April 22, 1960
A squad of First Division starlets will be loaned to the New York Football Club next month to play in the glamorous international tournament there this summer.
Fourteen youngsters will be going to the the States.
Most of them, I believe, will come from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Their names will be revealed this week-end. Also in the party will be be Queen’s Park Rangers winger Les Locke and Newport full back Alf Sherwood.
They will be coached by Albert Stubbins, former Liverpool centre forward.
Their names are on a list drawn up by Walley Barnes, ex-Arsenal and Wales full back, who acts as British representative for Bill Cox, the American who is promoting te tournament.
Barnes told me last nigh: “I can’t reveal their names. But they are all youngsters with First Division experience.
“Like Sherwood and Locke they will go on loan for the duration of the tournament.
“Their fares will be paid and they will get match fees while they are there.
“Most of the clubs have already agreed to release the players.
“Four Hungarian youth stars will be joining the team in New York.
“I don’t think this side of youngsters will be biting off more than they can chew.
“All of them have ability and I expect them to do well, even against a class side like Burnley.”
The inclusion of Locke’s name in the squad means a startling change in fortune for this former Scots international half-miler.
Queen’s Park Rangers announced last week that he would not be retained for next season. So when he comes back from America he must find himself a new club in time for the Football League kick-off in August.
(Daily Mirror: April 22, 1960)