Tuesday, July 28 – 1959
Instant suspension faces any Soccer stars accepting offers from a South African agent, who plans a talent swoop in Britain. In a warning letter to the clubs the FA have revealed that the agent is Berry “Nivvy” Nieuwenhuys, former Liverpool left winger, who now coaches in Johannesburg.
Acting for the Transwaal Professional League – a newly formed rebel outfit not affiliated to the South African FA – Nieuwenhuys will approach players here with big money contracts, a job outside football and free passage to South Africa. But stern action faces any who accept.
The FA say in their letter: “Inform your players that any who agree will be suspended by the South African FA.” And that means they would be black listed automatically by the FA, and any body associated to FIFA, the international controllers.
(Daily Mirror, 28-07-1959)
Berry Nieuwenhuys, ex-Liverpool F.C.