October 5, 1948
Liverpool Football Club last night ended all talk of a possible exchange of their centre forward, Albert Stubbins, for Middlesbrough’s inside left, Wilfred Mannion.
The directors refused Stubbins’s request to be transferred and at the end of the board meeting, Mr. Stanley Ronald Williams, chairman of the club, said that the board would neither agree to a cash transfer nor an exchange-of-player transaction with another club.
Since the start of the season, when both Mannion and Stubbins refused to-resign, an exchange of players has been a natural forecast, particularly as Stubbins has moved his hone from Liverpool to the North-East and Mannion his from Middlesbrough to Oldham.
Middlesbrough are expected to consider to-night the numerous offers they have had for Mannion’s transfer and perhaps he will be fixed up with a new club in a day or two, but it seems that Stubbins will not play again until he decides to return to Liverpool.
(Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer: October 6, 1948)