Liverpool at Wien


May 21, 1936
Writing from Wien, Ernest Blenkinsop, captain of Liverpool F.C., says: –
“My dear Bee. – Just a line again. We are having a jolly time, and our sightseeing tours are very interesting. We have had some humours incidents during our long train journeys. One night, or, I should say, early morning (1.30 a.m.), we were awakened from our sleeping berths by two customs officers wanting to know how much money we had. We gave several remarks until we realised how serious the customs officers were.

Ernest Blenkinsop.

“One night, through some misunderstanding, Charlie Wilson found himself having to occupy the same sleeping compartment with a German gentleman. Charlie did not fancy this and decided to move in on Syd Roberts and Alf Hanson and sleep in their lower berth, Alf and Syd occupying the upper.

“The conductor, on his early morning survey of the compartment, saw Charlie’s original berth empty. After a search he discovered Charlie and insisted that Charlie should return to the proper place. The broken English and Stockport conversation which followed was a scream! Ben Dabbs and I had a real laugh. Needless to say Charlie won in the end and stayed with Syd and Alf.

“Everyone is satisfied with the food and the hotel service. The catering for English people has certainly improved 100 per cent since my first trip here in 1928. We leave in the morning, 8 a.m., arrive in Zagreb 5.30, to prepare for our game with the Gradjanski Club on Sunday. Now we have made a good start we are very keen to carry on with the good work.

“Hope you and yours are well. Kind regards.

“Just before leaving Prague an interpreter gave us a copy in English of the game with Slavia Sparta, taken from the German newspaper, Prager Tarblatt, so I am forwarding a copy of the same. It may interest you: –

“An English football lesson.
“It was time that an English club may prove to the Continental teams that there is always still a possibility to learn from the British how to play football. We are grateful for this lesson. The 11 boys from Liverpool fought from the first to the last minute for every ball. We admired their perfect poise, their perfect self-governing, especially when a diluvial rain changed the ground into a sea.

“Liverpool have demonstrated better football than the FA team in Vienna; the team impressed the Prague public, which did not leave the ground, despite the rain. The public were a little disappointed about the result, but have to recognice that the better team won.”
– Prager Targblatt, May 14, 1936.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: May 21, 1936)

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