Footballers off to camp


July 30, 1939
Liverpool F.C. players’ in training.
Twenty-four players from Liverpool F.C. were among Territorials who left Liverpool yesterday for training camps. They were the first batch of players to join up, and are setting a lead to the rest of the country.

“We see no reason why Territorial training should not be beneficial in every way,” Mr. William John Harrop, chairman of the club, said to the Daily Post, “It is an interesting experiment, and was taken in response to the appeal for football clubs as units to join the Territorial Army.”

The men, who joined the 9th Battalion the King’s Regiment Liverpool last May, occupied a full coach on the 10.30 a.m. from Lime Street, for Langrove Camp, Park Mill, near Swansea. The contingent in charge of Sergeant-Inspector Avis, represented a supplementary party, the others having left last week.

While in camp, they will still be in the watchful care of their team manager, Mr. George Kay, who is under canvas with them, and football practice will be by no means neglected during the week in camp. Mr. John Charles Rouse, assistant secretary to the club, was among the party who saw them off at the station.

1939 LFC off to camp
Liverpool football team at Lime Street Station yesterday before leaving for the Territorial training camp in the Gower Peninsula. They have joined the 9th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 31-07-1939)

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