October 7, 1958
Ivor Allchurch, Swansea’s transfer-listed Welsh International inside forward, has decided not to join Liverpool, and Newcastle United must now be favourites for the signature of the Welsh star.
The Liverpool chairman, Mr. Thomas Valentine Williams (T.V. Williams), and manager Mr. Phil Taylor travelled to Swansea last night hoping to obtain his signature, but after a half-hour talk today Allchurch turned down the chance to go to Liverpool.
Terms were not discussed. Allchurch asked for a transfer because he wanted to play in the First Division football. Allchurch said that he would be willing to move to Newcastle if no other club in the First Division nearer to Swansea made a firm bid.
Swansea today confirmed that Newcastle had made the most attractive offer yet for Allchurch, the reported basis for negotiations being £30,000, plus Welsh international inside-right Reg Davies, who last played for his country in October, 1957 against England.
A spokesman at the club said: “A nice round sum of money has been offered plus a player, and although we do not know what United’s record fee for a player in the past is, we think it is well below that now offered.”
Both Liverpool and Middlesbrough were told by Swansea’s manager this morning that should Allchurch decide to stay in Division 2 football and still insist on a move they would be immediately informed.
Newcastle paid £27,000 to Barnsley for the Robledo brothers in 1949. In 1953 they signed Jimmy Scoular from Portsmouth for £26,000 and were recently agreeable to paying £25,000 – if not more – for Sheffield Wednesday’s Albert Quixall.
(Source: Newcastle Evening Chronicle: October 7, 1958)
Ivor Allchurch turned down Liverpool and chose Newcastle United. Picture from private collection.