June 29, 1931
The Shareholders Association of the Manchester City F.C. have occasioned a surprise by deciding to oppose Mr. Lawrence W. Furniss, one of the founders of the club, whose term of office as a director has expired.
The Association are supporting Mr A. Hughes, the chairman, who also retires by rotation, and in place of Mr Furniss they have nominated Mr H. Wood, a member of their executive and chairman of the Ground Committee.
Mr Furniss, who is the senior director, has been associated with the club for over 44 years. He played for Gorton, from which it sprang, until he met with an injury, and he was the Hon. Secretary of Ardwick, from the ashes of which he helped to raise the City club in 1894.
It is understood that it is the desire of the Shareholders’ Association that he should be given some life position with the club in recognition of his services, but Mr Furniss, who, after his injury, became one of the leading referees, wishes to retain his seat as a director, and is contesting the election.
(Source: Athletic News: June 29, 1931)