John McKenna suspended by the FA

"Play Up, Liverpool"

Saturday, February 10 – 1900
Murmurs from the Mersey
The poor are said to be especially kind to each other because of their misfortunes. By the same token, Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers should be on excellent terms indeed; they are both in hot water for the same offence – “poaching.”

The water is rather hotter for the “Livers” than for the Rovers. Liverpool has been fined £25, one of their directors, Mr. John McKenna (the vice chairman), has been suspended, and the chairman, Dr. Houlding – son of Alderman Houlding, J.P. – has been severely sensured by the Football Association as “particeps criminiz.” Whew!

William Houlding

The “crime” in which they shared was that of “approaching” Evans, of the Ilford club, without permission. Towards the end of last year, when the Liverpool defence was going “rocky,” Mr. McKenna went south “on a holiday.”

John McKenna

It was not exactly a suitable time for “holidaying,”…

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