Liverpool F.C.: The annual meeting of 1962

June 29, 1962
Most significant disclosure at the end of the harmonious annual general meeting of Liverpool f.C. last night came almost as a postscript from the chairman, Mr. Thomas Valentine Williams.

It was that the club proposed to follow the lead of many Third and Fourth Division clubs and organise a Development Fund scheme to help pay for the reconstruction of their Kemlyn Road stand at a cost of £150,000.

Liverpool’s following being sp large and loyal, such a scheme would produce a tremendous revenue.

Both Mr. Williams and the manager Mr. Bill Shankly, spoke of their aim to make the club great. Both promised that wherever good player would be found they would be sought.

Although his name was not mentioned, Ray Wilson, the Huddersfield Town and England full back, who has said he wants to play in the First Division, is clearly a player in whom Liverpool have interest.

If Huddersfield say he can go, Liverpool, I am certain, would be prepared to go to great lengths to secure him.

Fraser fee
The man the club negotiated for earlier in the week, full back Cameron Fraser, of Dunfermline, might have come to Anfield if his club had not suddenly demanded thousands of pounds more for him than had been mentioned earlier. In these circumstances, Liverpool’s interest in him has waned considerably.

Shareholders who were given a comprehensive breakdown of balance sheet figures by Mr Richard Lawson Martindale, were told that players still unsigned for next season were Ron Yeats (now re-signed), Kevin Lewis, Johnny Morrissey, Allan Jones and Phil Ferns (who also re-signed today.)

Mr. Williams, who asked to remain seated while he gave his report – he has suffered leg trouble for some months – said that he gave grateful thanks to all concerned for the accomplishment of the club’s achievement of gaining promotion.

The way back had been a hard struggle and they had finished in third place on four occasions. This had caused them great frustration. They had languished in Division 2 longer than anticipated.

Good start
The foundation of success had been in the good start the team made with 21 points from 11 matches. The side had gained in confidence from this and led throughout.

The strengthening of the team had not only been a great contribution but had fully vindicated the Board. Moreover, the first, second “B” teams had not lost a match on their own ground, a wonderful record.

Mr. Williams went on: “We have a good side, and many fine youngsters on the books. But we are constantly in touch with clubs all over the country about players. We want to make ours one of the premier sides in British football.”

The chairman made special reference to Roger hunt, whose 42 goals created a new club record and whose selection as a member of the England World Cup party gave great satisfaction.

The club would spare no expense, said Mr. Williams, in seeing that the team got the first class players it deserved. His thanks for a wonderful season went to the players, manager, chief coach, and all the members of the staff and his fellow directors for their great help and loyalty.

Appeal for fans
He was indebted also to the followers of the club for their loyal part in helping to put the club back in the First Division, but he appealed to a small minority of supporters: “Do not let yourselves be carried by the excitement of the moment. The prestige of our club ranks high. I do not want these odd incidents to bring disrepute. I ask you to be good sportsmen and grand losers.”

Mr. Shankly said he was proud beyond words not only for himself, but for the club as a whole that promotion had been achieved. His aim had always been and would continue to be to get the players to play football at all times, with nothing fancy, whatever the circumstances.

The first step had been taken. The next one was to establish themselves in the First Division. He would never be satisfied. Any manager who was satisfied was slipping.

Dick White, the Liverpool captain for most of the promotion season and now transferred to Doncaster Rovers had this tribute from Mr. Shankly: “He was always most loyal to me and to the club. I wish there were more like him in the game.”

The Liverpool manager had in mind two young Liverpool players who would be more heard of next season.

Anfield to him was always a real cauldron, live and hot, and not being the coolest of people had once been paid a terrific compliment by another manager who was calm almost to the point of irritation. This manager said to him: “You’re worse than those people on the terraces.”

Three retiring directors, Messrs. Harry Latham, Tom Parker and Eric Sawyer, were re-elected, two other candidates, Mr. W.H. Bodley and Mr. H.E. Roberts, having withdrawn their nominations.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: June 30, 1962)

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