April 9, 1931
The “Derby Telegraph” is officially informed by Mr. F. Mills, chairman of the club, that Burton Town and William Devlin have mutually severed their connection. The centre-forward will shortly return to Scotland.
Not only are the directors of the club disappointed with Devlin, but the player himself considers that he has not played in his best form while he has been with the town. Devlin’s reputation carried much weight when he came to Burton from Mansfield. He had played with Liverpool, Huddersfield, and Cowdenbeath.
“Although Devlin signed until the end of the season, we have come to an understanding,” said Mr. Mills.
“Devlin is disappointed with himself, and his desire to get back to Scotland is as great or even greater than our desire to part with him. There is no ill-feeling on either side.”
(Derby Daily Telegraph: April 9, 1931)