July 15, 1942
Councillor William John Harrop. – Native of Liverpool. Educated at the Liverpool Collegiate School. Comparatively new to municipal life, but a stalwart veteran in sporting circles. Carries on business as an estate agent and valuer.
Entered City Council without opposition 1938 as Conservative member for Anfield Ward, and sits on Markets and Water Committees. Has still, I believe, to make his “maiden speech” in Council Chamber. Believes in doing his public work and speaking in Committee.
Has been keenly interested in football all his life. Joined Liverpool F.C. Board of Directors 1926. Is one of the best known football legislators in the country. Recently re-elected to Management Committee of the Football League with the astonishing majority of 16 votes over all rivals. This was the second year in succession he topped the Management Committee poll, and so he created a record. Position carries a seat on soccer’s premier body – the Football Association Council.
Was chairman of Liverpool Football Club for five years. Relinquished this office when he joined the League Committee, and was succeeded last year by Mr. Richard Lawson Martindale.
A master of finance, Mr. William John Harrop has been on Liverpool F.C.’s finance committee many years.
Is one of the four sitting members of the City Council who went into municipal circles from football – the others being Councillor Stanley Ronald Williams (director of Liverpool F.C.), Councillor Ike Robinson (hon secretary of Liverpool County FA), and Councillor R.E. Searle (director of Everton F.C.). The late Alderman A. Gates was also an Everton F.C. director.
(Evening Express: July 15, 1942)
William John Harrop.