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.
|Arthur Riley||South Africa||Goalkeeper||185||80|
|James Jackson||Newcastle-on-Tyne||Right back||173||74|
|Tommy Lucas||St. Helens||Full back||168||69|
|Robert Done||Runcorn||Full back||175||73|
|John Charlton||Leadgate||Left back||173||74|
|Tom Morrison||Hurlford||Right half||175||70|
|Tommy Gardner||Liverpool||Right half||176||67|
|Robert Ireland||Darvel||Half back||175||77|
|Tom Bradshaw||Bishopton||Centre half||185||89|
|Norman James||Liverpool||Centre half||184||71|
|Alfred Roe||Sheffield||Centre half||181||76|
|Jimmy McDougall||Port Glasgow||Left half||180||73|
|Tom Bromilow||Liverpool||Left half||174||73|
|Charlie Thompson||South Africa||Left half||175||74|
|Dick Edmed||Gillingham||Outside right||180||73|
|Harold Barton||Leigh||Outside right||173||68|
|Gordon Hodgson||South Africa||Inside right||183||85|
|Bob Clarke||Newcastle-on-Tyne||Inside forward||180||88|
|Jimmy Smith||Clydebank||Centre forward||176||73|
|Alan Scott||Liverpool||Centre forward||180||67|
|Archie Macpherson||Alloa||Inside left||173||74|
|John Wicklow||Belfast||Inside left||181||79|
|Dave Wright||Kirkcaldy||Inside forward||173||75|
|Gordon Gunson||Chester||Outside left||177||72|
|Fred Hopkin||Dewsbury||Outside left||172||75|
|J. Kelly||Londonderry||Outside left||171||76|
(Athletic News: August 25, 1930)
Liverpool F.C. – 1930/31.