Season preview 1930-31: Liverpool F.C. (Athletic News)

August 25, 1930
Liverpool will rely in the main on the same players as last season, and are hoping that they will not strike such a bad patch as in the closing games when only one point was obtained out of 12.

The paucity of goals was a reflection upon the attack, which held the unenviable record of having scored fewer than any in the First Division. Too much reliance was played upon the centre-forward.

There has been no new signings during the close season. The recruiting process was carried out during the last term, when Aitkin and Thompson came to the club from Wallsend, Charlton from Bradford City, Ireland and Macpherson from the Rangers, Roe from Mexborough, Tom Bradshaw from Bury, and Gunson and Wright from Sunderland.

The management regard the outlook hopefully. There are no qualms about the defensive division, which has been the mainstay for many season.

The club is fortunate in possessing goalkeepers of the ability of Scott and Riley with Aitken as understudy, and there is not likely to be any decline in the full-back division. The rumours concerning the fitness of Jackson were unfounded, as has been shown in the practice games, and he will be ready for the opening match. There will be keen competition at half-back, as the various positions appear to be well duplicated.

John McFarlane has gone to Halifax Town; William Fairhurst, a goalkeeper from St. Helens, to Wigan Borough; Albert Shears to Tranmere Rovers, and Harry Race to Manchester City, while John Quinn, an outside-left is still unsigned.

Elisha Scott
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 69 kilos (10st. 12lb.).

Arthur Riley
South Africa;
185 cm. (6ft. 1in.) and 80 kilos (12st. 8lb.).

Andrew Aitken
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 71 kilos (11st. 2lb.).

James Jackson
Right back;
173 cm. (5ft. 8½in.) and 74 kilos (11st. 3lb.).

Tommy Lucas
St. Helens;
Right or left back;
168 cm. (5ft. 6in.) and 69 kilos (10st. 12lb.).

Robert Done
Right or left back;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 73 kilos (11st. 7lb.).

John Charlton
Left back;
173 cm. (5ft. 8in.) and 74 kilos (11st. 9lb.).

Tom Morrison
Right half-back;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 70 kilos (11st.).

Tommy Gardner
Right half-back;
176 cm. (5ft. 9 ½in.) and 67 kilos (10st 7lb.).

Bob Ireland
Right or centre half-back;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 77 kilos (12st. 1lb.).

Tom Bradshaw
Centre half-back;
183 cm. (6ft. 1¾in.) and 89 kilos (13st. 13lb.).

Norman James
Centre half-back;
184 cm. (6ft. 2in.) and 81 kilos (11st. 3lb.).

Alfred Roe
Centre half;
181 cm. (5ft. 11¼in.) and 76 kilos (11st. 13lb.).

Jimmy McDougall
Port Glasgow;
Left half-back;
180 cm. (5ft. 11in.) and 73 kilos (11st. 6lb.).

Tom Bromilow
Left half-back;
174 cm. (5ft. 8½in.) and 73 kilos (11st. 7lb.).

Charlie Thompson
South Africa;
Left half-back;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 74 kilos (11st. 9lb.).

Dick Edmed
Outside right;
180 cm. (5ft. 9½in.) and 73 kilos (11st. 6lb.).

Harold Barton
Outside right;
173 cm. (5ft. 8in.) and 68 kilos (10st. 10lb.).

Gordon Hodgson
South Africa;
Inside right;
183 cm. (6ft. 0¼in.) and 85 kilos (13st. 5lb.).

Bob Clark
Inside right or left;
180 cm. (5ft. 10¾in.) and 88 kilos (13st. 11lb.).

Jimmy Smith
Centre forward;
176 cm. (5ft. 9½in.) and 73 kilos (11st. 10lb.).

Alan Scott
Centre forward;
180 cm. (5ft. 10¾in.) and 67 kilos (10st. 7lb.).

Archie Macpherson
Inside left;
173 cm. (5ft. 7¾in.) and 74 kilos (11st. 11lb.).

John Wicklow
Inside left;
181 cm. (5st. 11¼in.) and 79 kilos (12st. 6lb.).

Dave Wright
Inside left or right;
173 cm. (5ft. 8in.) and 75 kilos (11st. 12lb.).

Gordon Gunson
Outside left;
177 cm. (5ft. 9¾in.) and 72 kilos (11st. 4lb.).

Fred Hopkin
Outside left;
172 cm. (5ft. 7½in.) and 75 kilos (11st. 12lb.).

James Kelly
Outside left;
171 cm. (5ft. 7¼in.) and 76 kilos (12st.).
(Source: Athletic News: August 25, 1930)

Liverpool F.C.: 1930/31.

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