How a Liverpool fan robbed Everton of a talent


October 25, 1937
Willie Fagan had an unusual experience in his match for Liverpool. He played alongside a young centre named John Shafto, also making his debut.

Shafto cost a £10 note. Fagan cost the best part of £6,000. One would think the moneyed player would have shown up the other man. Instead Shafto showed greater prospect than Fagan, though in fairness to the Fifer it must be said that a player who feels he must justify a big fee spent on him is naturally a little over eager.

Shafto by the way, was signed by Liverpool from Northumberland in a curious way. Everton had sent one of their scouts to sign the boy, and overnight this representative stayed in a hotel, where he mentioned the reason for his visit.

A Liverpool “fan” heard him talking, immediately phoned Anfield, and Manager George Kay went straightaway to steal Goodison’s almost cut and dried signing.
(Dundee Courier: October 25, 1937)

John Shafto
John Shafto

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