June 11, 1934
Liverpool F.C.’s annual meeting passed off quietly; breezily and nicely. Here and there, there was an interjection, a sally, a suggestion. The club’s position is not bright; that is not saying anything particularly new or refreshing.
They started the season in a way that made them interesting and well worth watching. They wound up distressed; wanting a very urgent win or two at Easter time to save their First Division status. They had scored more goals than most people and this was duly noted at the annual meeting, but these meetings can make figures look entrancing, providing no one seeks to balance the budget and ask: “How many goals against did the club suffer?”
Because you cannot cut a team into attack and defence; the team stands by eleven men; and forwards must take their part in the goal account, whether for or against.
Actually the most important notification of the evening was Mr. William John Harrop’s definite promise that the club would not pay any more fancy figures for new players and the club must first get its financial side right. They had lost £4,000 to rough special circumstances, but they could not go on in this way; there must be a halt; the club must work off its heavy over-load to the bank. That being so, one wonders what the future holds?
The chairman, Mr. Walter Henry Cartwright showed a rosy picture of the future, and said in reply to a Gardner inquiry, that a club could not keep nursing youngsters indefinitely.
The new director, Mr. George Alfred Richards, and the re-elected directors, Messrs. William McConnell and Stanley Ronald Williams, thanked the meeting for continued confidence, and thus one of the shortest meetings ever held ended in less than an hour and the meeting broke all records be revealing three lady shareholders present.
It would seem Annual Meeting are only fiery when an election is being fought. Odd thought!
The directors will no doubt ponder carefully the outspoken thoughts of Mr. Goulbourne and Mr. Howarth regarding the age of some of the members of the side and the possibility of young fellows in our area having a chance at home rather than finding the need to go to Blackburn.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: June 12, 1934)