Liverpool ahead of their time


Thursday, 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, 24-01-1935)

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