May 8, 1955
In the space of little more than 24 hours two notable officials connected with Liverpool F.C. have passed away. In te death of Mr. John W. Morris the club has lost an energetic and whole-hearted director, after less than 12 months on the board.
Mr. Morris held very decided views on many football topics and never hesitated to express them forcibly. His ambition, like that of his colleagues, was to see the club back in the First Division at the earliest possible moment. He will be sadly missed in the boardroom and elsewhere.
Yesterday the death took place of Mr. George Patterson, the club’s former secretary-manager, at the age of 68, after many years of ill-health. Mr. Patterson joined Liverpool as assistant secretary 47 years ago, was appointed secretary when Tom Watson died in 1915, and in 1928, when the late Matt McQueen resigned as manager, he took on the dual job. He retained the double berth until Mr. George Kay was appointed manager some years before the war.
Upon the cessation of normal football in 1939 he resigned his secretaryship, but still retained the interests of the club at heart, and was a regular attender at all games until recent years, when his health made this impossible.
Liverpool have been badly hit by the death of officials in recent year. In addition to the two gentlemen named above, it is only a few months since Secretary John Charles Rouse died, while Directors James Troop, William Harvey Webb and Ralph Knowles Milne and former Manager George Kay have also passed away in the last couple of seasons.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: May 9, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited
John William Morris.
George Stanley Patterson.