Why Liverpool could afford to let Bert Slater go


July 5, 1962
The transfer of Bert Slater, the Liverpool goalkeeper, to Dundee, the club managed by Mr. Shankly’s brother, Bob, is hardly surprising. The club did not want to stand in the light of a player who had given good service and who is obviously too good a performer to spend the rest of his life in the Anfield reserve side. Thus, Slater and that other chap who played such an important part in the club’s promotion, Dick White, are both removed from the Anfield scene. And not without the grateful thanks of all who appreciate their contribution to promotion long belated.

In other circumstances Liverpool could not have afforded to let a goalkeeper of Slater’s ability leave. Besides Jim Furnell, signed late last season from Burnley, they have the ever-improving Tommy Lawrence and the Welsh Amateur international, Trevor Roberts, a Liverpool University student, who may get a teaching job (and a professional football post) in the city when he graduates.

Roberts, who comes from Caernarfonshire, has been ‘keeping for Liverpool for the past three seasons. He is not yet 20, but is almost as big as Ron Yeats.

The outgoing of Slater may not be the only movement of note involving Liverpool within the next few weeks. But the next business may produce something for the “in” tray.

Mr. Shankly is very pleased indeed that nearly all his players and certainly all the first-teamers, have re-signed for next season. The club’s wage policy was put to the staff in talks by the manager more than once and even when the side was touring Ireland.

“When it came to putting pen to paper,” says Mr. Shankly, “our players were absolute gentlemen. They seemed to appreciate the explanatory talks we had had and there was no trouble from any of them.”
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 5, 1962; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited)

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