Amateurs turn professionals at Anfield

December 11, 1954
The transfer of Alex South to Anfield yesterday made the ninth addition to Liverpool’s professional staff since the season started, though some were formerly amateurs with the club. Professional additions from outside sources, in addition to South are John Price and Graham Wood from the Wolverhampton area, and Fred Perry from Worthing.

Former Anfield amateurs who have turned professional in the last four months are: Jimmy Melia, Bobby Campbell, Arthur Daly, Walter Hughes and John Arkwright. The first three are former Schoolboy or Youth internationals.

When the season began I expressed concern that Liverpool should start their Second Division career with only 30 professionals, including part-timers, which was 20 less than Everton, and left no margin for emergencies.

The position now looks healthier, and though there is still not much to spare regarding experienced players, the club is building steadily for the future. In addition there has been the acquisition of an outstanding amateur goalkeeper in Doug Rudham.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 11, 1954)

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