Liverpool F.C.: The annual meeting of 1944


June 22, 1944
Reds’ rosy future
“We look on the future quite happily. We shall have no need to go around the country looking for players, for we have our own youngsters coming along,” said Mr. Richard Lawson Martindale, presiding at the 52nd annual meeting of the Liverpool Football Club last night, when accounts showing a profit of £1,258 were adopted; 7 ½ per cent dividends were passed for 1940 and last year; Messrs. Simon Jude and West were re-elected auditors, and the three retiring directors – Messrs. William John Harrop, James Troop, and Ralph Knowles Milne – were re-elected for a period of three years.

“We had a fine playing season,” said Mr. Martindale, “and no matter where we went Liverpool was always a topic of conversation.

“It used to be Arsenal, but last season it was all Liverpool. Much of our play was up to peacetime standards and the games proved that the players do not play any harder for the sake of bonus.”

Mr. Martindale referred to the willingness of players in undertaking long journeys to play for their clubs instead of playing for clubs much nearer, and instanced Berry Nieuwenhuys as case in point. Tribute was paid to Manager George Kay, the trainers and Mr. Bert Riley, the groundsman.

Mr. Williams, a shareholder, complimented the Board on the appointment of Matt Busby as the post-war coach, and Mr. Kay responding to a vote of thanks, said Liverpool always had twelve players on the field, the 12th being an invisible player – team spirit.
(Evening Express: June 23, 1944)

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