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; Bill 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
Belfast;
Goalkeeper;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 69 kilos (10st. 12lb.).

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

Andrew Aitken
Newcastle-on-Tyne;
Goalkeeper;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 71 kilos (11st. 2lb.).

James Jackson
Newcastle-on-Tyne;
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
Runcorn;
Right or left back;
175 cm. (5ft. 9in.) and 73 kilos (11st. 7lb.).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alfred Roe
Sheffield;
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
Liverpool;
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
Gillingham;
Outside right;
180 cm. (5ft. 9½in.) and 73 kilos (11st. 6lb.).

Harold Barton
Leigh;
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 Clarke
Newcastle-on-Tyne;
Inside right or left;
180 cm. (5ft. 10¾in.) and 88 kilos (13st. 11lb.).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Kelly
Londonderry;
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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