Liverpool ahead of their time

January 24, 1935
Liverpool have chosen Ernest Blenkinsop, their international full-back and captain, to act as non-playing skipper of the side for the tie with Blackburn Rovers. Their plan, it is announced, is for Blenkinsop to occupy a seat at the “ringside” and give the players what advice he thinks necessary. But – The Football Association have an instruction to referees in their Referees’ Chart which says: – “While the game is in progress…no trainers or club officials must be  allowed to coach players along the boundary line.”

“Daily Express” was told by a prominent official of the FA in London yesterday that if Blenkinsop did give advice or coach the players from the touchline the referee would intervene and stop it.
(Daily Express: January 24, 1935)

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