February 2, 1955
Liverpool football circles will be surprised and grieved to hear of the death of Mr. John Charles Rouse, the Liverpool F.C. secretary, at his home in Allerton late last night. He was in perfect health yesterday when I spoke to him.
He had been a member of the Anfield staff for 25 years and was acknowledged one of the most efficient secretaries in football. He was aged about 53 and was widely known wherever football was played.
Mr. Rouse was at the ground yesterday and appeared in his usual good health. He had visited Mr. John W. Morris, one of the club directors, in connection with football business, but later in the day, on arrival home, collapsed and died.
Lifetime in football.
Mr. Rouse spent a lifetime in football, for prior to joining the Liverpool staff he was secretary of the well-known amateur club Northern Nomads, and was associated with them when they won the Amateur Cup.
Mr. Rouse, who was educated at Alsop High School, held the position of assistant secretary prior to the war, but when full-scale football was resumed he was appointed secretary. Prior to joining Liverpool F.C. he was on the staff of the Lancashire Insurance Company.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: February 3, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited
Mr. John Charles Rouse (54), secretary of Liverpool Football Club and of the Professional Footballers’ golf championship, died at his home in Booker Avenue, Liverpool, last night.
Mr. Rouse yesterday made plans for staging the fifth round FA Cup-tie between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at Anfield, on February 19, and was at his office yesterday.
(Source: Aberdeen Evening Express: February 3, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited