Foreward
The rich history of the Aliens RFC is available today due to the meticulous efforts of their Secretary and founder member F.J.Applebee who recorded Committee minutes, fixtures, results, players statistics and preserved the newspaper cuttings of the games.
He only started this, however, in 1912 and consequently the details of the first five seasons are missing. This gap in our knowledge has now been filled with the exclusive use of facilities based in our wonderful city of Liverpool at the Central Library in William Brown Street. A lengthy trawl through newspaper microfilm has unearthed some interesting facts, some articles to be proud of, and has answered my doubts about the role of personnel at the club. With the huge success and competition from the Northern Union (Rugby League) the Aliens, amongst other clubs, assisted in upholding the rugby union code in Liverpool and District. I have also queried the appointment of the Liverpool Director of Education, Mr J.G.Legge as the first President. Was it an honorary position with no active role ? Well, the newspaper reports confirm he was at Clubmoor cheering on his side. The season started in full-swing on September 28th, 1907 with a game against Birkenhead Park 4ths at Lower Park, and the rest, as they say, is just history.

D.P.Bohl October 2009


 

Fred Applebee recalls in 1971 - Looking back sometimes it seems only a very short time since, at tea time in our diggings at 9 Huntly Road, off Sheil Road, I looked across the table and said to my pal Joe Fairley,
“Well ! If I start a new club will you be the first to join ?”
That is exactly how the club came into being.


[9 Huntly Road]

NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS 1907-20

INAUGURAL SEASON 

            1907-08

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BIRKENHEAD PARK 4th v. ALIENS
   
At Lower Park, Birkenhead; 3 30.
Park: Back,
C.H.Stewart; Three-Quarters, C.Jones, A.M.Legge, W.R.Gibbings, and G.H.Raschen; Halves, H.O.Pain and T.F.Dod; Forwards, G.Jones, F.H.Kendall, H.D.Ryalls, R.P.Ziegler, G.Urmson, P.W.Griffiths, and F.M.M’Crindell.
Aliens:
Back, H.W.Mitchell; Three-Quarters, J.Wood, J.W.A.Taylor(capt.), H.Tolson, and F.J.Applebee; Halves, J.P.Scott and E.E.Bond; Forwards, J.Fairley, J.W.Hetherington, J.D.Johnstone, R.W.Jones, R.T.Robinson, W.A.Stewart, W.Thomas, and A.L.Walker.

(Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury Saturday 28th September 1907)

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[Athletic News 30/9/1907]

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At Huyton v Liverpool Old Boys 3rd

Mitchell, Applebee, Taylor, Tolson and Johnstone, Gall and Scott; Bond, Fairley, Jones, Hetherington, Robinson, Stewart, Thomas and Walker, (Liverpool Courier 26th October 1907)

Liverpool Old Boys 3rd 1pg (3) Aliens 6g 3t (43) (Liverpool Courier 28th October 1907)

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New Brighton 2nd v Aliens at Rake Lane 3.30

Mitchell, Applebee, Taylor, Tolson, Johnstone, Bond, Scott, Bell; Jones, Hetherington, Robinson, Stewart, Thomas, Walker, Wood (Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 4th November 1907)

New Brighton 'A' 9 Aliens 3 (Liverpool Courier 4th November 1907)

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Hamilton v Aliens at Birkenhead Park 3.15 (Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 9th November 1907)

Mitchell, Wood, Taylor, Tolson, Johnstone, Bond, Walker, Bell, Davison, Fairley, Jones, Hetherington, Robinson, Stewart, Thomas (Liverpool Courier 9th November 1907)

Hamilton 5 Aliens 3 (Birkenhead News 13th November 1907)

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Aliens 28 Liverpool 3rd 3 (Liverpool Courier 18th November 1907)

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Aliens 8 Chester College 6 (Liverpool Courier 27th January 1908)

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Old Cestrians 8 Aliens nil (Liverpool Courier 10th February 1908)

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Ashford House 6 Aliens 4

New Brighton 3rd 6 Aliens 'A' 3 (Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 17th February 1908)

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Bolton 'A' v Aliens (Cricket and Field 29th February 1908)

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Old Cestrians 3 Aliens nil (Liverpool Courier 16th March 1908)

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Aliens 1dg 1t (7) Rock Ferry 1g (3) (Liverpool Courier 23rd March 1908)

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Aliens 25 Barnsley 0  (Liverpool Courier 30th March 1908)

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SEASON 1908-09



(Liverpool Football Echo 26/9/1908)
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Aliens Reserve 10 New Brighton 4ths 0 (Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 8th September 1908)

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Waterloo, Ashford House, Pyrrhic, Aliens, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead School, and HMS Conway will be among other clubs that will assist in upholding the rugby code in Liverpool and District

(Liverpool Courier 21st September 1908)

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Haney, Quine, Lloyd, Bond(capt.) Boyce, Scott, Bate, Askew, Bretland, Brown, Bywell, Cannell, Emblem, Raffle, Williams (Liverpool Courier 26th September 1908)

Aliens Reserve 10 New Brighton 4th nil (Liverpool Courier 28th September 1908)

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Aliens met Marple and District in the neighbourhood of the Peaks, and in a good game won by 6 points to nil. The winners are a strong combination, and expect to do well in their fixture.

(Liverpool Courier September 1908)

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Stockton Heath v Aliens 

Mitchell, Tolson, Beverley, Helme, Johnstone, Applebee, Stein; Bywell, Davison, Fairley, Jones, Sloss, Stewart, Taylor, Walker 

Waterloo 3rd v Aliens 2nd 

Haney, Quine, Bond, Brown, Scott, Rochester, Bate, Plank, Bell, Wood, Williams, Harding, Emblem, Cannell, Boyce, Askew, Bretland (Liverpool Courier 3rd October 1908)

Stockton Heath 16 Aliens 8 (Liverpool Courier 5th October 1908)
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Aliens v Hamilton at Birkenhead Park

Mitchell, Tolson, Helme, Beverley, Johnstone, Applebee, Stein; Bywell, Davison, Fairley, Robinson, Sloss, Stewart, Walker, Williams 

Aliens 2nd v Hamilton at Clubmoor 

Brown, Quine, Raffle, Bond, Haney, Scott, Plank, Askew, Bate, Bell, Boyce, Bretland, Cannell, Harding, Emblem, Rochester, Wood (Liverpool Courier 24th October 1908)

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The Aliens visited Hamilton at Birkenhead, and a most enjoyable game ended in the visitors' favour by 18 points 6. Stewart and Johnstone showed good form in the first half, and their tries were the outcome of considerable cleverness. After the interval Shaw dropped a goal for Hamilton, but in retaliation Beverley, the Aliens' full back, got speed and ran through his opponents for Tolson to get a good try. The Aliens are improving every time out, and they have a foundation of a strong side.

Aliens 18 Hamilton 6 (Liverpool Courier 26th October 1908)

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Aliens 14 Southport Olympic nil (Liverpool Courier 2nd November 1908) |
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ALIENS SUPERIORITY

The meeting between the Aliens and Southport Olympic at Clubmoor was a very one sided affair. Stronger in the packs, and much quicker in handling the ball, the Aliens were often dangerous, and in the first half Stewart scored a couple of tries, one being converted by Applebee. Similar conditions prevailing in the concluding stages, Helme emulated the deeds of his colleagues by crossing twice, and Olympic were beaten by 14 points to nothing.
 (Liverpool Courier 2nd November 1908)

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Aliens v New Brighton 'A' at Liscard
Mitchell, Tolson, Brown, Helme, Johnstone, Applebee, Stein; Davison, Fairley, Haney, Jones, Sloss, Stewart, Taylor
Aliens 2nd v New Brighton 3rd
Brown, Bate, Haney, Raffle, Quinne, Plank, Scott, Askew, Bell, Cannell, Boyce, Emblem, Wood, Williams, Bretland, Walker
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Aliens 20 New Brighton 'A' 4 (Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 16th November 1908)

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Liverpool 'A' 3 Aliens 3 (Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 23rd November 1908)

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New Brighton 11 Aliens 6 (Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 30th November 1908)

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Aliens v Pyrrhic at Clubmoor
Mitchell, Bond, Beverley, Helme, A.N.Other, Johnstone, Stein; A.N.Other, Ascroft, Davison, Fairley, Robinson, Sloss, Stewart, Taylor, Harding, Bywell
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PYRRHIC EXCEL

The Aliens had Pyrrhic (Parkfield Old Boys) as visitors at Clubmoor, and came to grief on their own ground. In the initial half of the game Pyrrhic were brilliant, and two minutes from the start Gorry got over cleverly, Thompson turning to good account for the place kick. Green put on another try for the visitors shortly afterwards, Thompson failing to augment on this occasion. The tactics of Pyrrhic were splendid, and they held the upper hand to close the first half. Wright, securing from the scrum and smartly running through all the opposition, got over, Thompson kicking a fine goal. At the interval the visitors led by 13 points to nil, the outcome of good work by the whole fifteen. Resuming, the Aliens were to the fore, exhibiting clever tackling and passing, and as a result Stewart was successful in putting in a try to their account. Robinson being unlucky with the kick at goal. Both fifteens put in all they knew, but the scoring in the second half was done by the Aliens, Johnson adding a second try, and being successful in "majorising." The result of a keenly-contested and very interesting game was a win for Pyrrhic by 13 points to 8.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 7th December 1908 

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POOR ALIENS

Poor individually and collectively were the Aliens at Clubmoor, with the exception of Beverley at three-quarter. Ashford House were in their opponents territory for practically the whole of the first half, but failed to register anything. However, after the interval two tries by Davies and a penalty goal by Tait enabled them to win by 5 clear points.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 14th December 1908 

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Aliens  v Ashford House at Clubmoor

Aliens 2nd v Ashford House 2nd at Prenton

Aliens nil Ashford House 9

Liverpool Courier 19th December 1908 

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Aliens 0 Ashford House 6
Mitchell, Tolson, Beverley, Helme, Johnstone, Applebee, Stein; Ascroft, Bywell, Davison, Fairley, Harding, Sloss, Thomas
(Liverpool Courier 9th January 1909)
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A DRAW AT HUYTON

Old Boys second string had the Aliens as visitors at Huyton. The ground which is invariably on the soft side, was a perfect quagmire, and is badly in need of improvement, good football being utterly out of the question under such conditions. Old Boys kicked off against a strong wind, which hampered their efforts considerably, the Aliens having matters pretty much their own way. Johnstone for the visitors kicking a capital goal from a penalty kick soon after the start. Ellin and Westaway were conspicuous for the "Boys," but the slippery state of the turf spoiled several good efforts, and the home contingent were unable to open a score in the first half. On changing over the luck also changed in favour of the "old 'uns," Westaway running in a fine try, Turner failing to convert, result being a draw of 3 points each.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 18th January 1909

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Aliens v Old Cestrians at Clubmoor 3.30
Mitchell, Tolson, Brown, Helme, Johnstone, Applebee, Stein; Ascroft, Davison, Fairley, Harding, Jones, Sloss, Stewart, Thomas

Aliens 2nd v Hamilton at Birkenhead Park

(Liverpool Courier 23rd January 1909)

Aliens 11 Old Cestrians 3

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 25th January 1909 

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Brown, Tolson, Robinson, Helme, Johnstone,Applebee, Stein; Ascroft, Bywell, Davison, Fairley, Jones, Sloss, Stewart, Thomas

ALIENS DEFEAT PYRRHIC

The younger organisations of Liverpool with remarkable nomenclature were opponents at Broadgreen, the home of the Pyrrhics. The game was sternly contested, but the finer points of the code were not very noticeable on either side, the "rush and risk it" policy being chiefly in vogue. The home side were quickly placed on the defensive, Brown being held up by Clarke, after the former had been well served by Tolson. A forward rush enabled Robinson to open the scoring for the Aliens. Johnstone failed to negotiate the goal kick. Shortly afterwards Davidson and Stewart crossed the line, but both kicks at goal were unsuccessful. Following the resumption Stanley Clarke crossed the visitors' line, but the try was not improved. Clever work by Stein enabled Robinson to score a try, and just before the finish the last named again got over, the final result reading Aliens 5 tries, 15 pts; Pyrrhic 1 try, 3  pts.

For the visitors, Brown played a steady game at full-back, whilst Tolson and Robinson were the most noticeable of the three-quarter line. Stein was nippy at half, and the forward line was best represented by Davidson and Sloss. The Pyrrhic fifteen lacked cohesion and initiative, but S.Clarke, Winslow, Lomax, and Green may be mentioned as having played a good game.

Liverpool Courier 8th February 1909

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A FINE VICTORY

A game full of incidents, and fast from start to finish, was that between Pyrrhic and the Aliens at Broadgreen. The last meeting of the teams ended in favour of Pyrrhic. Right from the start Pyrrhic went away with a 'determined rush," and some stubborn play took place close to the visitors line. From a free kick the Pyrrhicites had very hard lines in not scoring, and the Aliens took advantage of this by mounting the attack. Pyrrhic had to fall back on their line several times, and Tolson and Robinson were brilliant in the visitors' ranks. The home defence was sorely tried, but the two Clarkes and Winslow effected some fine saves. The Aliens persistence had its reward, and Robinson dashed over. This was followed by a try by Davison, and Stewart added a third. At the interval the visitors led by 9 points to nil. In the second half the play was more even and Pyrrhic scores through Stanley Clarke. Robinson added two more tries for the Aliens. Of the five tries scored by the Aliens not one was converted - the result of bad judgement. In the three-quarter line Robinson and Johnstone opened out some promising movements for the Aliens, and Brown at back was always safe. Wright and Crone for Pyrrhic kept the pack well served. 15 points to 3 was the verdict, and the Aliens deserved their victory.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 8th February 1909

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SOFT THING FOR THE ALIENS

The team of Liverpool Schoolmasters, which plays under the name of the "Aliens," had an exceedingly soft thing on when they encountered Marple and District at Clubmoor. Even with a considerably weakened team the home team were immeasurably superior in every department to their opposition, about whom the less said the better. The opening score came five minutes from the start, Robinson's drop goal being the finest bit of work all day, and from thence onwards the Aliens scored at fairly regular intervals through the instrumentality of Ascroft, Jones, Mitchell, Fairley and Robinson. With the District men only scoring once - Mather crossing the home line - The Aliens won by 20 points to 3, a game which all through was rather scrambling, and towards the end became sometimes farcial. The display of the home forwards, who worked with fine effort throughout, was the only satisfactory feature of the days play.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 15th February 1909

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Aliens v Barnsley at Barnsley
from J.Brown, Tolson, GPS Brown, Johnstone, Applebee, Stein, Fairley, Jones, Sloss, Stewart, Walker, Williams, Boyce, Massey, Bell

Aliens 'A' v  New Brighton Extra at Clubmoor

(Liverpool Courier 20th February 1909)

Aliens v Liverpool 'A' at Clubmoor

Brown, Tolson, Bonney, Robinson, Johnstone, Applebee, Stein;  Fairley, Jones, Sloss, Stewart, Walker, Davison

Aliens 2nd v Liverpool 3rd at Aigburth

Liverpool Courier 27th February 1909 

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LIVERPOOL SECOND DOWN

Judging by their display at Clubmoor against the Aliens, Liverpool second string would seem to be bent on emulating the recent performances of the senior fifteen. Granted they had a team depleted in the three-quarter and forward line, and, granted also that the Aliens played greatly ahead of their usual form, the fact remains that Liverpool seconds were miserably weak. At full-back Montgomery was not reliable, while the threes were a moderate lot. Two Liverpool University players at half made little improvement, Crawford in particular doing practically nothing with the exclusion of a good try for goal from a place in the second half. Of the forwards, Crean and Darbyshire were the best of the bunch. The homesters, as has been indicated, played really well, and won 29-0, the fine goal kicking of Fairley being responsible for many of the points, Johnstone got four tries, causing much amusement by the cool way he planted just as he was collared by an opponent. Robinson(twice) and Stewart were the others to cross. Brown at back was always safe. The three-quarters and halves worked splendidly, Bonney standing out prominently while the forward line were eminently satisfactory.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 1st March 1909

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THE ALIENS v WATERLOO 'A'

The Aliens are weekly adding to their laurels, and at Clubmoor, on Saturday, had the satisfaction of administering a 21-3 licking of an "A" team from Waterloo. Throughout the game the Aliens attacked consistently, whereas Waterloo trusted to unexpected rushes on the home line to gain them their points. At three-quarter and half they were inferior to the schoolmasters, whose doings were watched with considerable interest by Mr J.G.Legge, director of education. Johnstone ran in a brace of tries. The finest try of the afternoon was by Tolson, and others to cross were Robinson and Bonney. Fairley again carried off the honours in the goal kicking line, improving three of the five tries scored. Waterloo had plenty of chances, but their combination was poor, and their only score was an unconverted try, the wind being responsible for the failure of the kick.

The Aliens scored a runaway victory over Waterloo thirds after having all the game. The Aliens securing 30 points to 8 points for Waterloo.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 15th March 1909

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ALIENS BEAT NEW BRIGHTON 'A'

Very little individuality or strikingly clever work was seen at this match at Clubmoor, wherein the home fifteen succeeded by 11 clear points. In the first half, which passed without incident or score, hostilities were waged mainly in midfield, were play tended to get clogged, the ball being kept too close. On changed ends, matters improved slightly, and the Aliens gradually wore their opponents down, tries being obtained by Stewart, Davison and Johnstone, the last named getting over smartly at the corner. The places were a trifle different, and Fairley was only able to add the major points on one occasion. A feature of the game was the tackling, which on both sides was particularly keen, and it is their slight superiority in this branch that the Aliens owed their immunity from successful attack. They however, and New Brighton as well, might with advantage have used their feet more, while the openings that did occur were not always utilised to the greatest extent.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 22nd March 1909


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Aliens v New Brighton 'A' at Clubmoor

New Brighton Extra v Aliens 2nd at Mill Lane

Brown, Tolson, Robinson, Bonney, Johnstone,Applebee, Stein; Ascroft, Bywell, Davison, Jones, Massey, Sloss, Stewart, Thomas

Liverpool Courier 30th March 1909 

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Aliens v Stockton Heath at Clubmoor

from J.Brown, Tolson, GPS Brown, Johnstone, Haney, Applebee, Stein; Ascroft, Bywell, Davison, Jones, Massey, Sloss, Stewart, Taylor, Williams

Aliens 3 Stockton Heath 8

Liverpool Courier 3rd April 1909 

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SEASON 1909-10


New County Rep - 29th September 1909

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Leigh and District 12  Aliens(Liverpool) nil

Liverpool Courier 6th September 1909 

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Preston Grasshoppers 15 Aliens 10

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 27th September 1909 

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Chester College met the Aliens second string at Clubmoor, and had the worst of a good encounter by 16 points to 7. The tackling on both sides was very fair, but the Aliens combination gave them the victory. For Chester, Stanworth crossed and Ford dropped a goal, while for the Aliens Fairley kicked a penalty goal and improved two tries by Owen and Redpath, missing one by Sloss.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 11th October 1909 

11th October 1909

13th October 1909

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Aliens 5 Preston Grasshoppers 4 

Aliens 2nd 5 Preston Grasshoppers 24

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 25th October 1909 

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Birkenhead Park 'A' 11 Aliens 3

The Aliens had a rather stiff proposition in encountering a fifteen which was billed as Birkenhead Park II, but, which included more than one first team exponent. The game was by no means one sided, it did not go nearly so much against the Aliens as the 11-3 result in favour of the Park would seem to suggest. This will be easily understood when it is explained that the eleven points were the outcome of one mans efforts. G.Pinion was in the Park's ranks and his work was most excellent. He landed two drop goals and a penalty one, and several other times attempts to drop others. But apart from Pinion there was no one else extra notice. For the Aliens Helme ran in a fine try, having nearly succeeded once or twice previously. Fairley took the kick, and was all but successful, while his work at other times was praiseworthy. Brown kept his line intact, and amongst the three-quarters some fine bursts of passing were seen, Johnstone being a hard worker.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 1st November 1909

 

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ALIENS DEFEAT LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY

In this match the 'Varsity men were outplayed pretty well in all departments of the game, and were ultimately defeated 10 points to 3. In the initial half Johnstone dropped a goal for the Aliens, this being the only score on either side up to the interval. In the second stage Redpath registered two unconverted tries for the Aliens, and before the close the 'Varsity scored a penalty goal.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 8th November 1909

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Note: Croxford played for Heaton Moor against Waterloo.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 8th November 1909 

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Aliens v Waterloo 'A' at Waterloo

Aliens 2nd v New Brighton 3rd

J.Brown, Johnstone, Helme, GPS Brown, Redpath, Applebee, Stein; Bywell, Fairley, Jones, Owens, Ringrose, Robinson, Sloss, Williams

Aliens 3 Waterloo 14

Liverpool Courier November 1909 

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Aliens v Oldham at Oldham

J.Brown, Redpath, GPS Brown, Helme(capt), Raffle, Applebee, Stein; Bywell, Davison, Fairley, Owens, Ringrose, Robinson, Sloss, Williams

Abandoned Frost

Liverpool Courier 20th November 1909 

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Aliens v Ashford House at Clubmoor

Aliens 2nd v Ashford House 2nd at Prenton

Liverpool Courier 27th November 1909 


ASHFORD HOUSE BEAT THE ALIENS

It is evident from the start that the 'House' were masters of the situation at Clubmoor, and, to use a metaphor, the scholars drubbed the masters. The dire weather gave no heart to enthusiasm, relieving incidents were marked by their absence. In the first quarter Morgan crossed for Ashford House, and before the interval and improved try also resulted to them, but the second half mizzled out without either advantage to either side.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 29th November 1909

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Ashford House 2nd 5 Aliens 3

Liverpool Courier 13th December 1909 

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ALIENS OUTPLAYED

Oldham visited the Aliens at the Clubmoor ground, and the latter had an unfortunate afternoon. Rain fell heavily all through the match, and the ground was in a very greasy state. There was no score in the first half, play being very even and inclined to roughness, having to be stopped several times. Both Bywell and Helme, of the Aliens, had to retire from the rest of the game after about 20 minutes play. In the second half, with two men short, had considerably the worst of it. Kirkshaw scored a good try for Oldham ten minutes after the restart, but the kick at goal failed. Shortly after Mills got a second try for Oldham, and Woodcock converted nicely, and Oldham retired winners of a hard game by 8 points to nil.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 17th January 1910

 

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FROST SPOILS SPORT

Waterloo would have played against the Aliens at Clubmoor and Aliens II at Waterloo.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 24th January 1910

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Poor Saturday weather befell the match between the Aliens and Liverpool College.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 31st January 1910

 

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PYRRHIC DRAW

At Childwall. In the opening stages of this match, Pyrrhic showed better form in the finer touches of the game, but they were lacking in driving home their attacks and the Aliens, as a rule, profited by the home sides faulty fielding. Pyrrhic were the first to score, Crone dropping on the ball from a good rush. Clarence failed to convert. From a scrummage on the line Douglas Sloss obtained a smart try for the Aliens but Fairley failed at goal. In the second half Pyrrhic forced the pace, and only good defence by the visitors kept them out on several occasions. Result. Pyrrhic 3 points Aliens 3 points.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 7th February 1910

 

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New Brighton 2nd eclipsed the Aliens 8 points to 3.

Liverpool Daily Courier 28th February 1910

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The game between the Aliens and Pyrrhic was a scrappy and uninteresting nature, the only noticeable feature being the splendid tackling of both teams. There was some good individual play, and the try scored by Johnstone was got by clever play and he also converted the try. Clark reduced the margin against Pyrrhic with a penalty goal, all these points being scored in the first half. The second stage was unproductive and the Aliens finally won by the narrow margin of 5 points to 3.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 7th March 1910

 

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ALIENS AT AIGBURTH

The Aliens started strongly at Aigburth against Liverpool ‘A’, but except at spasmodic moments, failed to punch home their work. On the other hand Liverpool commenced in a weak fashion, and developed strength as they went along, with the result that at half time they were 10 points up, and this to nil. The second venture recorded a try to the teachers per J.P.Brown, and a further goal to Liverpool, who thus left off winners by 13 points to 3. Brown of Liverpool opened the scoring and Byrde augmented, followed later by Dickson copying his example, and Byrde again converting. Crossing over J.D.Johnstone failed to increase J.P.Brown’s try whereas Byrde was again successful for his club mate Heyworth. Certainly the Aliens displayed many smart moves, but were not consistent, the only really good work coming from J.D.Johnstone and J.Brown. F.H.Heyworth, had a somewhat easy task, for he was well defended by his ‘threes’ and Byrde was particularly good at half. Boult and Derbyshire were the choice of the home pack, and Ringrose, Jones and Brockington for the visitors, Raffle was safe and good in goal.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 14th March 1910
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New Brighton 'A' v Aliens.

Liverpool Daily Courier 21st March 1910

 

SEASON 1910-11


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Preston Grasshoppers 19 Aliens 3

Liverpool Aliens opened their list of fixtures at Preston, where they met the local Grasshoppers. By some misfortunate understanding the Aliens were short of a full contingent and they lost by 19 points to 3.

Liverpool Daily Courier 26th September 1910

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Play in the Oldham versus Aliens match at Clubmoor was always stoutly contested. The forwards were well matched and the tackling of the respective backs was very accurate. The tussle had progressed well into the second half before Brown snapped up a chance to score an unconverted try, by which margin the Aliens won their first match of the season. Aliens 3 points Oldham nil.

Liverpool Daily Courier 3rd October 1910

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Liverpool Aliens followed in the wake of Waterloo at Furness and were victimised by 25 points to 3.

Liverpool Daily Courier 24th October 1910

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Birkenhead Park 'A' 8 Aliens nil

Liverpool Daily Courier 31st October 1910

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Aliens 13 Waterloo 'A' 3

Liverpool Daily Courier 7th November 1910

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Aliens v University 'A' at Clubmoor

Williamson, Tolson, Johnstone, Raffle, J.Brown, Cocks, GPS Brown, Ascroft, Bishop Fairley, Johnston, Ringrose, Robson, Sloss, Williams

Aliens 2nd v University 2nd at Calderstones

Haney, Rumjahn, Ellis, Taylor, Robinson, O.Bayliss, H.Bayliss, Howe, Inglis, Lord, Owens, Parry, D.J.Sloss, W.Sloss, Williams, Brunskill

Liverpool Daily Courier 12th November 1910

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Aliens v Liverpool 'A' at Aigburth

Williamson, Tolson, Johnstone, Raffle, J.Brown, Cocks, GPS Brown, Ascroft, Bishop Fairley, Jones, Ringrose, Robson, Johnston, Sloss, Williams

Aliens 2nd v Liverpool 3rd at Clubmoor 

Taylor, Rumjahn, Ellis, Robinson, Quine, H.Bayliss, O.Bayliss, Haney, Howe, Evans, Howarth, Inglis, D.Sloss, W.Sloss, Wharmby

Aliens 2nd nil Liverpool 3rd 7

Liverpool Daily Courier 19th November 1910

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Aliens v Ashford House at Clubmoor

Aliens 10  Ashford House 5

Aliens 2nd v Ashford House 2nd at Prenton

Fairley, Quine, Smith, Ellis, Rumjahn, O.Bayliss, H.Bayliss, Brunskill, Flint, Haney, Lord, Parry, Owens, Sloss, Williams

Aliens 2nd 8  Ashford House 2nd 3

Liverpool Daily Courier 26th November 1910

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Aliens v New Brighton 'A' at Rake Lane

Aliens 6  New Brighton 'A' 3

Aliens 2nd v New Brighton 3rd at Clubmoor

Aliens 2nd 8 New Brighton 3rd  5

Liverpool Daily Courier 3rd December 1910

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Ashford House thrashed the Aliens at Prenton 14 points to 6

Liverpool Daily Courier 12th December 1910

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 ALIENS IMPROVED FORM

The Aliens have improved greatly in the last few weeks, and there is more method in their game plan, especially they are to be commended for rallying round a comrade attacked. Unity is strength, and this was proved time after time at Clubmoor on Saturday. Again there was no selfishness in their play, for no matter who had the ball, the player never rushed pall-mall, on his own, to certain disaster, but parted with the leather as occasion demanded. This enabled them to play three parts of the time in their opponents territory. Not that Cosmopolitan were weak; indeed, it was their very robust play that tended to keep the Aliens so active. To single out two particular players, J.D.Johnstone must be given the palm, on the one hand for fine all round play and for his ready acceptance of a drop goal, and on the other side to H.Gordon, the sprightly full back, whose sterling good run was well rewarded with a try. Both sets of forwards were fairly equal in the scrums, but the Aliens had the advantage in the back divisions, this accounted for their win by 10 points to 3.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 19th December 1910

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At Clubmoor the Aliens were often hard pressed by the rising young Cosmopolitan, but the experience of the home club pulled them through by 10 points to 3.

Liverpool Daily Courier 19th December 1910

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Aliens 2nd v Cosmopolitan 2nd at Clubmoor 2.45

WH Ellis, J.Rumjahn, J.Rotherham, J.Robson, H.Howarth, E.Smith, H.Bayliss, OE.Bayliss, D.Sloss, W.Sloss, J.Williams, W.Parle, N.Howe, WG.Flint, WJ.Inglis, RF.Owens

Liverpool Echo 21st January 1911

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New Brighton 'A' v Aliens at Town Hall at 3 

New Brighton 3rd v Aliens 2nd at Mill Lane

Liverpool Echo 27th January 1911

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Aliens v Liverpool 'A' at Clubmoor
J.Robson, J.Brown, HN.Ellis, AG.Ascroft, JH.Helme, GPS.Brown, H.Bayliss, S.J.Bishop, WG.Flint, W.Johnston, RW.Jones, E.Ringrose, RT.Robinson, D.Sloss, IR.Williams 

Liverpool 3rd v Aliens 2nd at Aigburth 3
WH.Evans, E.Quine, A.Williamson, J.Fairley, E.Smith, OE.Bayliss, H.Howarth, N.Howe, WJ.Inglis, RF.Owens, TP.Owens, W.Parry, D.Sloss, W.Sloss, J.Williams

Liverpool Echo 10th February 1911

ALIENS AND LIVERPOOL 'A'

At Clubmoor the Aliens were out for blood, and held the upper hand until Montgomery relieved the situation. Brown tried a drop, but Gillespie was cool and caused play to revert to midfield. From this Liverpool made their first intrusion and got as far as the quarter flag. But the Aliens were soon back and with a free kick accruing they had a grand opportunity. The kick was a grasshopper, but the Liverpool citadel was still besieged. Liverpool then commenced successful rushing tactics, this enabling them to pay attention to Robson. Half time 0-0. Unfortunately Gillespie broke his ankle during a melee under the posts. Final. Aliens 3g 2t (21) Liverpool 'A' nil

Aliens 2nd 3 Liverpool 3rd 17

Liverpool Echo 11th February 1911

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Aliens v Birkenhead Park 2nd at Clubmoor
J.Robson, J.Brown, J.Johnstone, AG.Ascroft, JH.Helme, GPS.Brown, AW.Cocks, S.J.Bishop, J.Fairley, W.Johnston, RW.Jones, E.Ringrose, RT.Robinson, D.Sloss, IR.Williams 

Birkenhead Park 3rd v Aliens 2nd at Birkenhead Park
WH.Evans, J.Rumjahn, A.Williamson, H.Howarth, E.Quine, OE.Bayliss, CG.Stein, D.Sloss, W.Sloss, WG.Flint, RF.Owens, TP.Owens, WJ.Inglis, W.Parry,  N.Howe, CT.Lord

Liverpool Echo 17th February 1911

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Aliens 16 Birkenhead Park 2nd 7

Liverpool Echo 18th February 1911

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Aliens v Oldham at Clubmoor
A.Williamson, J.Johnstone, AG.Ascroft, HN.Ellis, J.Brown, GPS.Brown, AW.Cocks, S.J.Bishop, J.Fairley, WG.Flint, RW.Jones, E.Ringrose, RT.Robinson, D.Sloss, IR.Williams 

Preston Grasshoppers2nd v Aliens 2nd at Preston
WH.Evans, J.Rumjahn, E.Quine, FCW.Taylor, Hine, OE.Bayliss, H.Bayliss, J.Williams, D.Sloss, W.Sloss, N.Howe, WJ.Inglis, RF.Owens, TP.Owens, W.Parry, JEM.Brunskill, JWA.Taylor

Liverpool Echo 24th February 1911

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Aliens 2nd v Cosmopolitan 2nd at Clubmoor 3.30
JWA.Taylor, J.Rumjahn, J.Williams, H.Bayliss,E.Smith, OE.Bayliss, CG.Stein, N.Howe, WJ.Inglis, W.Parry, W.Sloss,  JEM.Brunskill,  CT.Lord, RF.Owens, D.Sloss

Liverpool Echo 3rd March 1911

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Aliens v Preston Grasshoppers at Clubmoor 2.45
A.Williamson, J.Johnstone, AG.Ascroft, HN.Ellis, J.Brown, GPS.Brown, AW.Cocks, S.J.Bishop, J.Fairley, WG.Flint, RW.Jones, E.Ringrose, RT.Robinson, D.Sloss, IR.Williams 

Liverpool Echo 10th March 1911

Aliens 5 Preston Grasshoppers 13  MATCH REPORT but faint

Liverpool Echo 11th March 1911

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Aliens v Waterloo 'A' at Waterloo
A.Williamson, J.Helme, J.Johnstone, AG.Ascroft, J.Brown, GPS.Brown, AW.Cocks, S.J.Bishop, J.Fairley, WG.Flint, RW.Jones, E.Ringrose, RT.Robinson, D.Sloss, IR.Williams

Aliens 2nd v Waterloo 'B' at Clubmoor
JWA.Taylor, WH.Evans, H.Anderson, H.Bayliss, J.Rumjahn, OE.Bayliss, H.Howarth, N.Howe, WJ.Inglis, CT.Lord, RF.Owens, TP.Owens, DJ.Sloss, J.Williams

Liverpool Echo 17th March 1911

MATCH REPORT but faint

Liverpool Echo 18th March 1911

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Aliens v Southport Olympic at Clubmoor 

Aliens 2nd v Liverpool University 2nd at Calderstones

Liverpool Echo 24th March 1911

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Aliens v Furness at Clubmoor
Mitchell, J.Brown, J.Johnstone, AG.Ascroft, J.Helme, HN.Ellis,  GPS.Brown, S.J.Bishop, J.Fairley, N.Howe, W.Johnston, E.Ringrose, D.Sloss, DJ.Sloss, IR.Williams

Liverpool Echo 31st March 1911

ALIENS AND FURNESS

At Clubmoor before a good crowd of spectators , the Aliens played a couple of reserves. The visitors were speedy and soon took the lead, Brown and Widdup each kicked drop goals for Furness. Ascroft afterwards replied with an unconverted try for the Aliens. Near the interval they again attacked strongly, but were repulsed. Half time Furness 8 Aliens 3 Full time 16-3.

Liverpool Echo 1st April 1911

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SEASON 1911-12

 

ALIENS AND ASHFORD HOUSE

The ‘House’ boys are to be reprehended for turning up late. Their game with the Aliens was very moderate at the start, but gradually improved and it was quite on the cards towards the close that they might equalise or possibly win. The Aliens themselves did not commence too strongly but they invariably held their opponents in check. Both the tries of Brown and Ascroft were well deserved, and Johnstone’s kicking especially in the first case was beautifully directed. All the House three-quarters were good and the right wing of Ashford House did the brunt of the work. Some clever touch finding was found on both sides, and W.W.Ridge scored prettily after a smart sprint. Lees augmenting the points.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 7th October 1911

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Aliens v Hamilton at Birkenhead Park
Williamson, Earles, Croxford, Robson, Rumjahn, Cocks, H.Bayliss, Bishop, Ellis,  Flint, Fairley, Howe, Owens, Ringrose, Sloss

Liverpool Echo 13th October 1911

Aliens 2nd 3 Hamilton 6

Liverpool Echo 14th October 1911

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Aliens v Waterloo 'A' at Waterloo
Williamson, Rumjahn, Croxford, Robson, Earles, Bishop, Cocks, Bayliss, Ellis,  Flint, Fairley, Howe, Owens, Ringrose, Robinson

Liverpool Echo 20th October 1911

At Clubmoor. Rumjahn put in a brilliant run, and looked like getting through when he was brought down by Fontineau

Aliens 3 Waterloo 'A' 12

Liverpool Echo 21st October 1911

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Aliens v Preston Grasshoppers at Preston
Aliens 2nd v Preston Grasshoppers at Clubmoor

Liverpool Echo 27th October 1911

Aliens 2nd at Clubmoor. This match was remarkable for prolific scoring. The visitors started one short and the homesters pressed their advantage to such good purpose that when half time arrived they led by 32-0. The chief scorer was Helme, who scored five tries of which Flint converted one and Evans two. Half Time 4g 5t

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Aliens v Chester College at Townsend Lane 3

Liverpool Echo 3rd November 1911

Aliens 8 Chester College nil 

Liverpool Echo 4th November 1911

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Aliens v Liverpool University at Calderstones

Liverpool Echo 10th November 1911

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Birkenhead Park 8 Aliens 3

Liverpool Echo 18th November 1911

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Aliens v Liverpool 'A' at Clubmoor
Williamson, Rumjahn, Johnstone, J.Brown, Robson, GPS.Brown, Cocks, Earles, Flint, Howe, Jones, Owens, Ringrose, Williams

Liverpool 3rd v Aliens 2nd at Aigburth, train from Central at 1.45, 2.45

from Outhwaite,  Earles, Owens, Anderson, Quine, H.Bayliss, OE.Bayliss, Bishop, Brash, Garet, Griffiths, Halewood, G.Madoc-Jones, T.Madoc-Jones, O'Donnell, Sloss

Liverpool Echo 24th November 1911

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New Brighton 'A'  8 Aliens 3

Liverpool Echo 2nd December 1911

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Liverpool University v Aliens at Clubmoor 2.45

Raffle, J.Brown, Robson, Ellis, Earles, Cocks, Bishop, Fairley, Flint, Owens, Parry, Ringrose, Robinson, Williams

Liverpool University 2nd v Aliens 2nd at Calderstones 2.45

Williamson, Chenet, Taylor, Tolson, Quine, O.E.Baylis, H.Bayliss, Brash, Garet, Griffiths, T.Madoc-Jones, G.Madoc-Jones, Narbonne, Outhwaite, Owens, Roberts

Liverpool Daily Courier 13th January 1912

By a superior display in every department, Liverpool University at Clubmoor scored an easy victory over the Aliens. The 'Varsity passing was effective from the outset, in fact the best seen on the Aliens ground this season. For a time the defence of the home team thwarted the forcing tactics of the visitors, but it was always a matter of time, and when once the students pierced the Aliens defence the points increased almost momentarily. In the first half R.S.Ellison, Summer and W.Ellis scored tries of which were converted, and towards the close further tries were made and the game ended 19 points to nil.

Liverpool Daily Courier 15th January 1912

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All fixtures cancelled due to snow

Liverpool Daily Courier 22nd January 1912

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Aliens v  Southport Olympic at Clubmoor

Rumjahn, Earles, Robson, Ellis, J.Brown, Cocks, GPS Brown, Garet, T.Madoc-Jones, Jones, O'Donnell, Outhwaite, TP Owens, Ringrose, Robson, Williams

Liverpool O.B 3rd v Aliens 2nd at Huyton

A.N.Other, Haney, Griffiths, Quine, A.N.Other, Taylor, Narbonne, Sloss, Owens, G.Madoc-Jones, Halewood, Brash, Flint, Bishop, Ellis

Liverpool Daily Courier 27th January 1912

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                                                                                LIVERPOOL SUBDUE THE ALIENS.

After an interesting game at Aigburth a strong Liverpool 'A' team defeated the Aliens by 11 points to 5. Robinson was responsible for the Aliens only try, which he converted into goal. 

Liverpool Daily Courier 12th February 1912

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Birkenhead Park 2nd v Aliens at Lower Park

Taylor, A.N.Other, Robson, Robinson, Brown, O.E.Baylis, H.Bayliss, Bishop, Fairley, Flint, Griffiths, O'Donnell, Owens, Outhwaite, Williams

Aliens 2nd v Birkenhead Park 3rd at Townsend Lane

Liverpool Daily Courier 17th February 1912

Birkenhead Park 2nd 19 Aliens 3

Aliens 2nd 3 Birkenhead Park 3rd 11

Liverpool Daily Courier 19th February 1912

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Aliens v Ashford House at Prenton

Aliens 2nd v Ashford House 2nd at Clubmoor

Liverpool Daily Courier 24th February 1912

Ashford House 14 Aliens 11

New club Wallasey tackled big fry Liverpool O.B at Huyton and lost 30 points to nil.

Liverpool Daily Courier 26th February 1912

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Aliens v Hamilton at Clubmoor

A.Williamson, J.Rumjahn, J.Brown, TP Owens, FJ.Haney, H.Bayliss, AW Cocks, SJ Bishop, J.Fairley, RW Jones, RA O'Donnell, F.Outhwaite, E.Ringrose, RT Robinson, J.Williams

Aliens 2nd v Hamilton 2nd at Birkenhead Park

Garet, Lecourt, Griffiths, RF Owens, Narbonne, T.Madoc-Jones, OE Bayliss, D.Sloss, Thomas Brash, G.Madoc-Jones, Roberts, Halewood, Flint

Liverpool Daily Courier 2nd March 1912

Hamilton were much the better side in this game at Clubmoor and the verdict favoured them by 14 points to 3.
Hamilton 2nd won by 11 points to 5.

Liverpool Daily Courier 4th March 1912

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Aliens v Preston Grasshoppers at Clubmoor

Aliens 2nd v Preston Grasshoppers 2nd at Preston

Liverpool Daily Courier 9th March 1912

                                                                               ALIENS BEATEN

The Aliens were at home to Preston Grasshoppers in a fast game and were beaten by 3 tries to1 try. Margerison the speedy 'Hopper' scored two tries for the visitors, and Robinson got through after a good effort. O'Donnell of the Aliens made a try in the later stages, but generally the visitors were a stronger force.

Liverpool Daily Courier 11th March 1912

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Aliens v Waterloo 'A' at Waterloo

Williamson, Brown, Ellis, Helme, G.Madoc-Jones, Bayliss, Cocks, Fairley, Haney, Jones, Outhwaite, Owens, Ringrose, Robinson, Williams

Aliens 2nd v Waterloo 2nd at Clubmoor

Liverpool Daily Courier 16th March 1912

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Alteration to Rugby Union Rules REPORT

Liverpool Daily Courier 18th March 1912

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Aliens v Veterans at Clubmoor 3.30

Aliens: Outhwaite, T.Madoc-Jones, Ellis, OE Bayliss, Lecourt, Cocks, H.Bayliss, Ringrose, Owens, Bishop, O'Donnell, D.Sloss, Williams, Garet, Howe, G.Madoc-Jones

Veterans: Haney, Johnstone, Croxford, Helme, Emblem, Davison, Applebee, Fairley, Robinson, Jones, D.Sloss, Bywell, Flint, W.Johnston, Bretland, W.Sloss

Liverpool Daily Courier 23rd March 1912

In consequence of insufficient rail services the Aliens and Furness had to abandon the meet. The match was the last of the "foreigners" list, but anxious to have a final spin, the Aliens opposed a side of Veterans. We are not told at what stage the crocks had passed, but contrary to expectations, they stayed the course to the fullest extent and won by 17 points to 6. The Aliens took the lead on two occasions but the persistence of the vets bore fruit, and it was acknowledged that some of the side would materially strengthen the playing forces of the Aliens organisation.

Liverpool Daily Courier 25th March 1912

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SEASON 1912-13

 

Birkenhead Park 17 Aliens nil.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 21st September 1912


 

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Aliens v Preston Grasshoppers at Clubmoor 3.30

Taylor, Croxford, Helme, Anderson, Rumjahn, H.Bayliss, Cocks, Ellis, Howe, Jones, O'Donnell, Ringrose, A.Roberts, D.Sloss, Trist, Williams

                                                                                ALIENS PLUCKY EFFORT

At one period with their game against Preston Grasshoppers at Clubmoor, the Aliens were at sixes and sevens, and the visitors held a half-time lead by 14-3. After the interval the Aliens were very much more effective and by steady play they forced a draw of 17 points.

Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury 28th September 1912

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Committee Meeting held at The Clubmoor Hotel Thursday 10th October 1912

Present Messrs Knipe, Greenwood, O.E Bayliss, J Milbourn, Ellis, Williams, Applebee

R.L.Knipe

O.E.Bayliss

J.Milbourn

H.N.Ellis

J.Williams

F.J.Applebee

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Mr Bayliss reported that he had arranged for tea to be supplied to home and visiting teams at a charge of 5/-. If there were no game, no charge would be made.

A Hearty vote of thanks to Mr Bayliss was passed on motion of Mr Knipe seconded by Mr Ellis.

As the assistant secretary suspected a leakage of gate money in the Preston Grasshoppers match it was resolved to keep a more efficient check on the tickets and receipts in future.

Mr Bayliss undertook to ask Wilkinson to replace the barbed wire which has been removed from fence.

The following new playing members were elected.

P.C.Kinns

proposed by

F.J.Applebee

seconded by

J.Williams

F.King

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S.J.Kay

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F.J.Applebee

D.Bellamy

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F.H.Crebbin

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H.N.Ellis

The secretary reported that he had arranged with the Oldham club to visit Clubmoor on March 15th.

Mr Ellis reported that the Entertainments Committee proposed to hold a.Whist Drive for members and friends on Saturday November the 9th.

The committee approved of this, and gave the entertainments committee a free hand in the matter.

Mr Milbourn proposed and Mr Williams seconded "That the treasurer order 6 new club jerseys."

Mr Knipe and Mr Ellis between them kindly promised to supply the club with a new set of "touch" flags.

The best thanks of the meeting were tendered to them for their offer, and also to Mr Knipe for making the flags.

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LIVERPOOL UNIV. v. THE ALIENS.

Beautiful weather favoured this fixture at Calderstones. The 'Varsity were short of Ellison Brothers, who were playing at Aigburth; likewise O'Donnell, of the visitors. The Teachers had no fewer than seven A team men out, the October holidays taking many of them home. 'Varsity led off, and straightway became dangerous, but a series of scrums on the visitors' line was the only result, and they were cleared by some fine loose work. Even play followed, but from a scrimmage at half-way Hinchcliffe got away and wriggled through on his own. The try was not improved. After this the Teachers bucked up considerably and kept the Student's defence busy, but were not able to break through. Half-time: Liverpool University 1 try, Aliens nil.

Echo 12/10/1912

 

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Committee Meeting held at The Clubmoor Hotel 25.10.12

Present Messrs Milbourn, H.Bayliss, Ascroft, Greenwood, Ellis, Helme, Knipe, Applebee

The secretary read a letter from Mr H.Flenley, advocating purchase of boxes for spectators to stand upon. Mr Milbourn offered to go round and report on their suitability or otherwise.

The City Council demanded the sum of £4.5.0 for use of dressing rooms from 1st Sept. 1912 to April 30th 1913. Money was to be refunded for occasions on which the rooms were not actually used.

It was decided that the agreement should be signed by Mr Bayliss.

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SOUTHPORT OLYMPIC v. THE ALIENS.

At Birkdale, in a downpour of rain. The home team started with two men short, including T. Wainwright, and the homesters started against a strong wind and driving rain. The Aliens immediately pressed, and after ten minutes Bishop registered a try for the visitors, but the kick failed. Southport throughout were penned in their own half, and Hodgson, Penny, and Berry played a sound defensive game against the opposing forwards. Half-time: Aliens 3, Southport 0.

Echo 26/10/1912

 

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THE ALIENS v. CHESTER COLLEGE.

At Clubmoor, in showery weather, Chester started with a faulty kick from the scrum. Griffiths obtained, and kicked tamely into touch. From the line-out Croxford recovered the lost ground with a smart but Twist failed to gather the pass, when he had a clear course. Soon after Chester were penalised, and Ellis made a good attempt to goal. Howe then dribbled over, but could not ground. After this Chester made ground, but were driven back, and only a mistake in tactics by Croxford saved their line. Half-time: No score. Final-Aliens 6 points, Chester College 4 points.

Echo 19/10/1912

ALIENS DEFEAT CHESTER COLLEGE.

Those of the Aliens' supporters who braved the elements at Clubmoor were rewarded with victory by the narrow but sufficient margin of 2 points. At the interval both lines were intact, though the Aliens had lost two or three-promising openings. In the second "thirty" Jones opened the Aliens' account with a try. A scrum in the home twenty-five proved disastrous, for the oval came out to Wilson, who put the College ahead with a neat drop goal. Trist, however, soon put the teachers in front again, when, artfully eluding Holt, he grounded. Ellis misfired with having his goal-kick charged down. Aliens were really better than their winning margin suggests, because their tackling was surer and their combination more effective than Chester's.

Daily Post 21/10/1912

 

FURNESS v. LIVERPOOL ALIENS.

In the second half Liverpool attacked, and Croxford scored, Ellis failing at goal. Helme followed with another, Trist converting. Another unconverted try followed, Croxford scoring in the corner. The same player added another, Trist failing at goal, Priestman had to touch dead repeatedly.

Result- FURNESS, 22 pts.; LIVERPOOL, ALIENS, 14 pts.

Lancs Courier 2/11/1912

 

LIVERPOOL ALIENS DEFEATED.

Liverpool Aliens were defeated by Furness at Dalton after a game in which the fortunes of the two teams varied intensely.

The Aliens had to obtain the assistance of three locals to complete their team, and they were continually defending in the first half. The Furness backs were very dangerous, and tries were registered by the Browns-Wilf., Tom, and Harry -and Gillott, the forward who took part in the county trial games. Wilf. Brown dropped a goal and Teasdale converted three of the tries, bringing the interval score up to 22 in favour of Furness.

Instead of the home team keeping up their aggression in the second half they were actually routed. Croxford went over with three tries, and Helme-one of the locals- added another and Trist kicked one goal. The result was therefore: Furness, 22 points; Liverpool Aliens, 14 points.

Daily Mail 4/11/1912

 

Aliens' Bold Fight.

Playing at Furness against the titular club, Aliens had a sensational game. In the first half the Furnessians were all-powerful, and they ran up a score of 22 points. After the interval the effects of the long railway journey had worn off. The Aliens, who fought a great finish, scored a goal and three tries. Croxford was brilliant, and got a trio of tries with dashing runs through his opponents' defence.

Courier 4/11/1912

 

The Aliens.

I am indebted to Mr. F. J. Applebee, the hon. secretary and treasurer of the Aliens, for a complete record to date of his club. The claims of the bigger games prevent my paying a visit to Townsend-lane, Clubmoor, but one of these days I hope to give the club a surprise visit. A characteristic of the present team is their enthusiasm the whole game through. Happening of this important type in Rugby football are numerous, as instanced by the fact that in late September Preston Grasshoppers led the Aliens by 17 points to nothing, and at the finish the result was a draw. On Saturday last at Furness the home team scored 3 goals, a dropped goal, and a try, and the visitors, to all intents, wore subdued to defeat. The second half the Aliens played like giants and registered a goal and four tries.

This is the type of rugger to set the spirit of enthusiasm moving. W.B. Croxford, R. W. Jones, H. N. Ellis, and F. J. Applebee are representative of that type, and a compliment to the men generally is well deserved.

"Oval" in the Express 7/11/1912

 

ECCLES ECLIPSE THE ALIENS.

A well-contested game at Clubmoor ended in favour of Eccles by the odd try in five. Aliens started short of five men, and hence Bowker rather easily improved the occasion by "docking" near to the post. With their side completed Aliens pressed until a neat move initiated, by Croxford culminated when Cocks drew level. Following one of scrimmages outside the goal-line Bowker regained the lead. Afterwards Helme was prominent in backing up Ellis, who put the sides on level terms at the interval. Another try was secured by Brox and this decided the issue. On the whole, Aliens forward work was incisive, Eccles' tackling was more effective than that of the teachers, but in other departments the teams were very well matched.

Daily Post 11/11/1912

 

CROXFORD TROUBLES ECCLES.

It was a great loss to Heaton Moor when Croxford left them to join the Aliens, and the Liverpool side have benefited greatly. He was a great cause of uneasiness to the Eccles defenders at Barton, but they managed to baulk his scoring opportunities, and the Manchester team won by the narrow margin of a try. The Eccles forwards worked keenly throughout and just managed to turn the verdict in favour of their side. Bowker scored two of the tries and if it should happen-as most people think probable-that the rearranged pack fail against Yorkshire the Selection Committee might well call again on Bowker. He was one of the best forwards in the trial match and did far more work, though perhaps less shouting, than some those who were chosen.

Daily Mail 12/11/1912

 

ALIENS DEFEAT WATERLOO.

At Waterloo the home "A" team fell victims to the Aliens after a keen struggle, although the visitors were rather lucky to claim winning honours. Waterloo in the first half were more than a match for the Aliens, Thornton goaling from a mark and Penny a little later getting over with a capital try which Fontannaz failed to improve on. The home side at half-time held an advantage of 6 points to nil. On turning round, however, the Aliens rather early crossed the Waterloo line twice with converted tries, and later added an unconverted try; while Waterloo, in reply, could only manage 5 points, though up to the finish it looked odds on the home lot piercing the visitors' defence again. Hearty tackling, however, by the Aliens kept their line clear, and enabled to run out victors by 13 points to 11 points.

Courier 18/11/1912

 

LIVERPOOL "A" ROUT ALIENS.

Liverpool have an exceedingly fine second string, as the Aliens found to their cost. While the first team were away at Headingley, having the greatest score ever recorded against them placed to their account, and F H. Turner playing for Scotland, the A team of Liverpool had a stiffening with such players as Morton, Mack, Heyworth, the brothers Mill, Royle, and Rooke. The whole, string are workers and fast and lively players. Starting off with rapidity, they kept in their stride throughout the game, and finished as fit as when they commenced. The Aliens, on the whole physically superior as regards stature, were dumbfounded, and it was some time before they recovered from the shock. With a brief spell of one speedy movement the Aliens gave way to the finesse of the Liverpool players, and the score as recorded was as follows :-Morton crossed and Mack kicked a goal, then Morton received a pass intended for Helme and ran over again; while later Heyworth scored and Mack again improved. Just on the interval Twist, for the Aliens, scored an unconverted try.

In the second period Heyworth (twice), Morton, and L. Mill drew Liverpool's score up to 25 points, and R. Jones managed by clever and forcible work to gain a try for the Aliens. Result: Liverpool A 25 points, Aliens 6 points. It should he said that the Aliens for nearly three-parts of the game were without Cocks, who sustained an injury to his shoulder.

Daily Post 25/11/1912

 

ECCLES WIN BY A POINT.

The Aliens of Liverpool have developed quite a strong side, and Eccles only beat them by two tries (six points) to one goal (five points). The same, however, lasted only 35 minutes, for at half time the captains and referee decided that the condition of the ground had become so bad as to render further play dangerous. What play there was, however, was exhilarating, and although there was much bone in the ground there was some vigorous tackling. The Aliens have a pack much weightier than Eccles, but owing to the hard state of the ground they were unable to get a foothold for the push in the scrummages. In the scrummages Eccles got the advantage by smarter heeling out. In the loose they were quite as good as Eccles, and one player, R. A. O'Donnell, formerly of Cork Constitution was very prominent. There were some good passing runs, and the game had not been in progress more than ten minute's when the Aliens backs indulged in one of the cleverest moves that has been seen on the Eccles ground. Eccles forced a scrummage near thc Aliens' line, and the ball corning out to the A1iens' scrummage half he ran round to J. H. Helme, who gave the inside pass to W. B. Croxford. Croxford received the ball near his own "25," and, after a race three-quarters the length of the field, scored a try between the posts. H. N. Ellis converted. Some good work in a loose dribble by H. Bowker, J. Bolton, and W. T. Pearson forced the ball over the Aliens' line, and T. Whitehead dashed up and scored. Shortly afterwards Eccles took the lead by a clever move by E. Kendal, who received the ball from a scrummage and punted across to F. L. H. Oakley, who took the catch while at full speed and scored a try at the corner. The remaining play fluctuated considerably, and it is to the credit of the two full backs, W.H. Eidsforth (Eccles) and J. W. A. Taylor (Aliens) that there was no further scoring. Both of them, considering the hard nature of the ground, tackled in very daring fashion, and their kicking was clean.

Manchester Gaurdian 2/12/1912

 


Committee Meeting held at Clubmoor Hotel 6.12.12

Present Messrs Ascroft, Greenwood, H.Bayliss, O.E.Bayliss, Croxford, Milbourn, J.Williams, Ellis, Applebee

The following members were elected.

M.Grieu(P)

proposed by

D.J.Sloss

seconded by

F.J.Applebee

G.M.Lloyd(H)

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H.Viner

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'Turk' Ellis(H)

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H.N.Ellis

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G.Parry(H)

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W.Parry

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O.E.Bayliss

F.Andrews(H)

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H.Bayliss

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Use of ground was granted to schools' Rugby Committee for match between North Liverpool Schools and Birkenhead Hr Elementary School on Dec. 14th, K.O. 1.45p.m.

It was also decided to give the proceeds of the "gate" in the University match on Jan. 25th to the schools' Rugby Committee and to allow a North v South L'pool Boys' match to precede the above match.

As Southport Olympic had written asking us to play a weak team against them on Jan. 18th it was decided to try to arrange a first team match with Hamilton for that date, the game to be played at Clubmoor. If successful in arranging this, it was decided to send the second team to Southport to fulfil the fixture with Olympic.

The Entertainments Committee reported that they had arranged a Bohemian Concert for Dec. 14th. The general committee approved of their arrangements.

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Committee Meeting held at Clubmoor Hotel Decr.19th 12

Present Messrs Knipe, Applebee, Jones, Williams, Flint, O'Donnell, Ellis, Milbourn

The following members were elected.

D.Parry(hon)

proposed by

W.Parry

seconded by

F.J.Applebee

R.Thornton(playing)

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J.Williams

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O.E.Bayliss

The Eccles club wrote declining fixtures for next season as they were offering dates to another club.

The secretary reported that he had arranged with the Hamilton Club to visit Clubmoor on Jan. 18th, and that the second team would visit Southport on that date.

It was decided to have a Hot Pot supper on Feb. 1st, arrangements to be made by the entertainments committee.

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The local Rugby Unionists got a rather nasty knock at Clubmoor, Liverpool, where the Aliens found several weak spots in their armour. It was the heaviest defeat the Sandgrounders have had to swallow for some considerable time, and though they took the pill like the sportsmen they are it was by no means relished. Still, it may act mechanically as a tonic, so other teams who have to be met may beware. After all, the Aliens were only getting their own back. They were beaten at Birkdale in the opening match of the season by a fair margin, though nothing like last Saturday's result of 29 points to 3.

Southport Notes Echo 10/1/1913

 

ALIENS OVERCOME LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY.

The Aliens thoroughly deserved their success against the Liverpool University, although they played below their best form. The 'Varsity opened strongly, and looked like walking away with the spoils, but once they got a grip of the game the homesters were more convincing. Their forwards were smarter in their combination, and showed a better understanding. The visiting forwards were a disjointed lot, working in fits and starts, but even at their best they never compared with the Aliens for judgement and understanding. The Aliens did all the scoring in the first half. Croxford scoring the first try after a fine individual effort by Johnstone, the veteran cleverly intercepting a 'Varsity pass. Ellis failed to convert from a difficult angle. After a clever passing move in the first half, Croxford securing the try between the posts for Bishop to convert. 'Varsity improved in the second half and scored tries through Lee and Anderson, Moore failing to improve on either kick. A feature of the game was the strong tackling and kicking of the 'Varsity back.

Daily Post 30/1/1913

 

Aliens' Hard Fight.

Playing against Preston Grasshoppers on the banks of the Ribble the Aliens put a very plucky fight, although at the finish the Hoppers held a considerable margin of points. Croxford opened the score for the visitors, but the home team forged ahead, and at the interval led by 10 pts. to 8. Later in the game Preston scored rapidly for a time, and Croxford accepted another opening for the Aliens, who were beaten by 28 points to 11.

Courier 10/2/1913

 

ALIENS VANQUISH ASHFORD HOUSE.

At Clubmoor the Aliens atoned for the reverse at Preston by a meritorious victory over Ashford House by 17 points to 14. Their forwards again played a storming game. The Aliens started short of two men, but as soon as they reached full strength Haney's hustle put them ahead. Croxford kicked past Fergusson, and Haney scored, despite Brinson's effort to touch down. Trist failed to convert. This reverse put the House on the qui vive, and a faulty Alien throw in led to a scrimmage before their sticks, when Harris, slipping the scrum, drew level. Vivyan had hard luck with the kick, but afterwards made amends with a brilliant solo try.

January 5, 1901

Wales 13 England 0

Arms Park.

Wales: W.J. Bancroft (Swansea); WM. Llewellyn (Llwynypia), E.G., Nicholls (Cardiff), G. Davies, W.J. Trew (Swansea); G.L. Lloyd (Newport), J. 'Bala' Jones (Aberavon); R. Hellings (Llwynypia), A.B. Brice (Aberavon), W.H. Millar (Mountain Ash), J.G. Boots, J.J. Hodges (Newport), J. Blake (Cardiff), R. Thomas (Swansea), W.H. Williams (Pontymister).

Scorers: T: Gwyn Nicholls, 'Buller' Williams, Jehoida Hodges. C: Billy Bancroft (2).

England: J.W. Sagar (Cambridge U); E.W. Elliot (Sunderland), J.T Taylor (Castleford), E.J. Vivyan (Devonport Albion), C. Smith (Gloucester); E.J. Walton (Castleford), R.O. Schwarz (Richmond); H. Alexander (Birkenhead Park), A.FC. Luxmore (Richmond), C.T Scott (Blackheath), N.C. Fletcher (OMT's), D. Graham (Aspatria), C.O.P. Gibson (Northern), E.W. Roberts (RNC Dartmouth), A. O'Neill ( Torquay).

Referee: A.J. Turnbull (Scotland).

January 9, 1904

England 14 Wales 14

Welford Road, Leicester.

England: H.T. Gamlin; E.J. Vivyan (Devonport Albion), AT. Brettargh (Liverpool OB), E.W Dillon (Blackheath), E.W. Elliot (Sunderland); P.S. Hancock (Richmond), W.V. Butcher (Bristol); C.J. Newbold, B.A. Hill (Blackheath), G.H. Keeton (Richmond), P.F. Hardwick (Percy Park), V.H. Cartwright (Nottingham), N. Moore (Bristol), J.G. Milton (Bedford GS), EM. Stout (Richmond).

Scorers: T: Edgar Elliot (2), A.T. Brettargh. C: Frank Stout. P: Herbert Gamlin.

Wales: H.B. Winfield (Cardiff); WM. Llewellyn (Newport), I.E.G. Nicholls, R.T. Gabe (Cardiff), E. Morgan (London Welsh); R.H. Jones, R.M. Owen (Swansea); AR Harding (London Welsh), J.G. Boots, J.J. Hodges (Newport), A.B. Brice (Aberavon), D.J. Thomas, W. Joseph (Swansea),J.W. Evans (Blaina), S.H. Ramsay (Treorchy).

Scorers: T: Willie Llewellyn, Teddy Morgan. C: Bert Winfield (2). Goal from Mark: Winfield.

Referee: J. Crawford Findlay (Scotland).

Thus the Aliens changed sides a try in arrears. Immediately after the resumption Taylor put the Aliens on an equal footing, while they drew ahead with probably the finest try scored on that ground. Ellis was given possession from the scrum: Crawford accepting an accurate transfer from Thomas, ran clean through the House lines. Bishop converted cooly. Haney and Jones augmented the Aliens' lead, the latter player catching the House napping over a line-out. Vivyan paved the way with a splendid run for a try by Lees. Haney making a blunder which a game tackle by Madoc-Jones was just too late to repair. Vivyan inflated the points, but just failed to improve on Willacy's effort.

Post 17/2/1913

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HAMILTON DEFEAT THE ALIENS.

Hamilton achieved quite a feat in whacking the Aliens by 9 points to 6, although the visitors led at half-time by a try to nothing. After that the Cheshire Hams got going, and put on three tries-who got 'em I don't know, not having been advised. But it is good to find the Hamiltonians overcoming their losses of good men so well.

Echo 8/3/1913

 

Aliens Success at Oldham

The success which has attended the Aliens this season will warrant their being included on some of the leading clubs' first team fixtures next season. Their latest victory was that of 31 point, to 6 over Oldham, who were completely outplayed.

Athletic News 24/3/1913

 

ALIENS LOSE TO BARNSLEY.

The Aliens had an attractive tit-bit for their supporters at Clubmoor on Saturday, when they entertained the Yorkshire Cup semi-finalists. Unfortunately, Barnsley were minus several of their regular men, and the Aliens very sportingly lent them a couple to enable them to put a full team in the field.

In the opening half the home team had the greater portion of the attack, but failed at the critical moments, when a cool head would have been invaluable. Their forwards on many occasions made much ground, but as a rule an ill-directed pass or a knock-on brought the movements to an untimely end. Yet they did most of the attacking for their side, and it was the forwards who initiated the movements which resulted in the scoring of their two tries-Bob Jones getting one in each half. The Barnsley forwards were a lusty lot, and played the typical kick-and-rush game in menacing style, although they were not so progressive as their opponents. Kell, at full-back for the visitors played a capital game, and his defence was always sound. Harris and Dickinson were a pair of hard-working forwards. Huggard, however, was the best man on the side, his fielding under extreme difficulties being excellent. Rumjahn was again at back for the Aliens; he fields well and kicks with judgement. Croxford was the best three-quarter on view, and Bayliss and Ellis are a serviceable pair of halves. Forward, Jones, although a little unorthodox perhaps, was easily the best of the home vanguard.

At the interval Aliens deservedly led by a try to nil, scored by Bob Jones after a prolonged spell of attacking by the home team. The second half was pretty even, and Barnsley were lucky to score from a try which to all appearances was offside. Kell scored again for the visitors and converted his own try. Jones again got through for the Aliens and the Rev. J. Nesbitt counted for Barnsley. On the whole, however, the home team were distinctly unlucky to lose, the result being:

Barnsley 11 pts, Aliens 6 pts. The Rev. Mr. Huggard, chairman of the Yorkshire Union, officiated as referee.

Post 31/3/1913

 


Committee Meeting held at Clubmoor Hotel April 4th 1913

Present Messrs Knipe, Croxford, O.E.Bayliss, H.Bayliss, Jones, Williams, Ellis, Applebee

The resignations of the following members were accepted

R.F.Harding and Sergeant Paterson.

A letter was also read from A.W.Cocks thanking the members of the club for their parting gift to him on his leaving for Canada, and resigning his membership of the club.

It was decided to place on the agenda for the general meeting, the following rule instead of rule 5.

The annual subscription shall be 15/- (12/6 if paid in full before Nov 1st or within two months of election) for playing members, and 2/6 for existing members. Future hon. members subscriptions will be 5/-. Ticket holders 2/6.

Report for season 1912-13

The first team played 24 matches, 9 of which were won, 3 drawn and 12 lost. They scored 221 points against 281 by their opponents. The chief scorers were W.B.Croxford 14 tries, W.J.Trist 11 tries and R.W.Jones 7 tries.

The second team played 20 matches, won 7 drew 3 and lost 10, scoring 159 points against 234. Their chief scorer was F.King, 6 tries.

During the season the club held four social gatherings, with fair results financially. Great credit is due to the Entertainments Committee for their work - work which should help to bring the men more in touch with each other, and also strengthen the "club" feeling between the members. While all have worked well to this end, I wish to draw your attention to the vast amount of hard work which has been cheerfully done by the entertainments secretary, H.N.Ellis, and to ask you to join with me in a very hearty vote of thanks to him for the efficient way in which these socials were managed.

F.J.Applebee

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Annual General Meeting held at Elm Bank, Oakfield May 27th 1913

Mr Knipe was voted to the chair.

The minute of the previous general meeting were read and confirmed.

The secretary's report for the season 1912-13 was adopted.

The cash statement was adopted.

The Election of Officers resulted as follows

President.

Mr Legge

Vice Presidents

Messrs Adams, Booth, Camidge, Hendrie, Flenley, Johnstone, Kay, Knipe, Kearns, Morgan, Milbourn, Patterson, Nicholas, Rochester, Röhrs, Smith, Stringer, Madoc-Jones, Waldron, I.R.Williams, R.W.Jones

Captain 1st team.

W.B.Croxford

Sub-capt. "

R.A.O'Donnell

Captain 2nd team

W.G.Flint

Hon.Sec.

F.J.Applebee

Hon. Treas.

O.E.Bayliss

Committee.

Messrs H.Bayliss, H.N.Ellis, Helme, Trist, J.Williams, E.Roberts, Haney

Representative on County Committee

W.B.Croxford

Mr Ellis formally moved "that rule 5 now read"

The annual subscription shall be 15/- for playing members and 5/- for honorary members. Playing members subscriptions fully paid by November 1st or within two months of election shall be reduced by 2/6. Season tickets (admitting to all matches) 2/6.

The subscription for existing hon. members will remain at 2/6.

The formation of a third team was left in the hands of the committee.

The following names were struck off the list of members

Stein, Keely, Manning, Blanchett

The meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to Mr Knipe for presiding.

Supper was then served, and afterwards several of the members participated in a small whist drive, prizes being kindly provided by Mr Ellis.

Members Present. Messrs Applebee, Knipe, H.N.Ellis, Outhwaite, Andrews, H.Bayliss, H.N.Ellis, Kay, Milbourn, O.E.Bayliss, Haney, Jones, Croxford, Ringrose, Taylor, Owen, Griffiths, W.G.Lomas, H.W.Thomas, Bishop, O'Donnell, T.Madoc-Jones, R.A.Roberts, E.Roberts, Johnstone, Marshall, Helme, King.

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 SEASON 1913-14

 


 


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Committee Meeting held at Clubmoor Hotel Tuesday Aug. 19th 1913

Present Messrs Applebee, Knipe, Croxford, Milbourn, Haney, Williams, Ellis, O.E.Bayliss

It was decided to take the old ground on the same terms as for previous seasons.

It was decided to run a third team if possible, the Sport's Committee of the N.U.T to be approached re the letting of a portion of their ground as a playing pitch for same. Rent not to exceed £3.

The Treasurer was instructed to interview Mr Stringer, and report to the secretary who would then make formal application to the Sport's Committee.

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Committee Meeting held at Bee Hotel Aug. 28th 1913

Present Messrs Knipe(chairman), Applebee, Marshall, Ringrose, Helme, Lindsay, S.J.Kay, Outhwaite, King, Facey, W.H.Kay, O'Donnell, H.N.Ellis, Bishop, R.T.Robinson, D.Sloss, H.Bayliss, Venmore, Milbourn, E.Roberts, T.Madoc-Jones, W.G.Thomas, Flenley, Tolson, O.E.Bayliss, Croxford, Kearns, J.Williams, J.G.Williams.

The minutes of the previous General Meeting were read and confirmed.

With regard to the third team Mr Croxford proposed that and Mr R.T.Robinson seconded that:

"Those actively connected with the schoolboy movement hold a meeting next week and if a sufficient number of boys be obtainable, they be empowered to run a third team, at a rental of £5 for ground."

It was proposed and carried that These boys, up to the age of 17 be admitted to the club as junior members, without the right to vote, and at a subscription to be fixed by the committee.

No junior member to be played in the 2nd (or 1st team unless in case of shortage of players during coming season).

The same entertainments committee which did duty last season was again elected with the exception of that Mr Morgan was to be asked to take the place of Mr Cocks.

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Committee Meeting held at Townsend Lane Schools September 6th 1913

Present Messrs Knipe, Applebee, O.E.Bayliss, Croxford, Milbourn, H.Bayliss, Haney, Williams, Ellis

The minutes of the previous meeting were taken "as read".

The following members were elected as selection committee

Messrs Helme, Knipe, Williams, Jones with captains, sub-captains and secretary.

The following resignations were accepted.

W.Johnston, J.W.A.Taylor, H.W.Thomas

The following members were elected

 

Proposed

Seconded

W.J.Facey

S.J.Kay

F.J.Applebee

W.H.Kay

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H.Bateman

J.Williams

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J.H.Weights

W.B.Croxford

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R.F.Owens

F.J.Applebee

W.B.Croxford

J.B.Humphrey

G.Madoc-Jones

F.J.Applebee

J.R.Whittle

F.J.Applebee

W.B.Croxford

E.B.Ringrose

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E.Kendrick

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Aliens.

The Aliens were only poorly represented for their first match with Southport. In fact, only an "A" team took the field. Against Birkenhead Park something approaching their full strength was available, and they gave the Cheshire club some anxious moments by the quality of their dash. But they finished badly. Still Rome was not built in a day, and as there are several good men in their ranks they will be heard of to some tune as the season progresses.

Southport requested us to play our "A"team against them

 

BIRKENHEAD PARK'S GOOD START.

Birkenhead Park made an excellent start with Aliens as visitors. Of course, it was expected that they would win, and even 2 goals 8 tries to a try was not a colossal score for the occasion; but it was in the way the team shaped that satisfaction came, and for an opening game the play was quite good. Skipper Lindsay finds himself with a capital lot of fellow-forwards, among whom G. C. Burnell, H. D. Pain, L. G. Wall, and F. Wilson were, perhaps, the most prominent on Saturday, but they worked well together. The chief weakness was not keeping the eye on the ball-not an easy thing to do at all times-but in loose work they were capital. J. S. Jowett, a new half from Loretto, did well in the stand-off position, with an occasional touch of nervousness almost inevitable in first game with a new club; and J. C. Barber was good as ever in working the pack. At three-quarter H. H. Kempson's neady work was of value, and so, too, was the cleverness and dodginess of J. P. Pomeroy and his partner, J. L. Roe. E. D. Gonner, on the left wing, lost some good opportunities, but also made good openings. On the other side it was defence that was tested, and Weights, Croxford, Von Mergershausen, and R. Griffiths, the full back, did some good things, but the Park combination was too much for them. Anderson and M'Cubbin had several good dashes, and the forwards all worked hard.

In the second half Aliens had one good spell of attacking, the sole result being a well worked try which fell to Trist; but on the whole the Park were the pressers, and put on 3 tries in the first half and 7 in the second, the scorers being J. L. Roe (3), G.C. Burnell. (2), J. P. Pomeroy, E. D. Gonner, H. D. Pain, C. A. McHutcheon, and F. Wilson. Practically all of the tries resulted from combination amongst the backs or company play by the forwards, but Wilson got his through the smartness with which Lindsay snapped up the ball in touch and threw it out before a full line-up could assemble. On the whole play the Park prospects seem good, and oven against the "international" team at the other side of the river they will make a good show if they can put out full strength for the occasion.


NEWS THROUGH THE TUNNEL.

Birkenhead Park started the season with a sort of preliminary canter, having an easy thing on with Aliens, but the latter played a capital game against heavier metal. They were tryers all the way, they lasted well, and their defence was really good; but the Park won by 2 goals 8 tries to 1 try. As a matter of fact, most of the tries were so smartly worked that almost any defence would have been hopeless. Skipper Lindsay put in a notable one towards the finish by a bit of work which no defence could have countered. The Park Pack as a whole was good, but it was the clever work of J. C. Barber as scrum half that did the damage. He got his men going in fine style, and Jowell, the Loretto boy, did very well at stand-off. J. P. Pomeroy was himself at three-quarter, and J. L Roe on his wing got three tries. Kempson is a very strong point on the Park line, and is always resourceful. E. D. Gonner was unfortunate over the line, but got one try. G. C. Burnell played a fine forward game, and had couple of tries, the other scorers being Pomeroy, Pain, McHutcheon and F. Wilson.

20/9/1913

 

ALIENS v. NEW BRIGHTON.

New Brighton were visited by the Aliens to-day, this being the team's opening engagement. Frank Edwards was the referee, and New Brighton made the first incursions and got to close quarters, but relief came, and the Aliens approached midfield, only to he put on their defence by a spirited run on the part of Chester.

Hostilities prevailed close to Griffiths' charge, and several minor breakaways took place, but the visitors could not raise the siege, and eventually R. D. Nesbitt used his strength and rushed over, the goal kick failing. Later on Chester ran in another try, and this was followed by another from Stead, but neither were augmented. A free kick was well taken by Dwyer, who landed a goal. Stead was the next tryist, and Morgan scored full points. The score at the interval was New Brighton 17 pts, Aliens nil.

In the second half Stead, Armstrong and Dwyer scored for New Brighton, and Williams for the Aliens. Not one of the four tries were converted.

Final-New Brighton 26pts, Aliens 3pts.

 

 

New Brighton's Auspicious Start.

A hastily-arranged fixture between New Brighton and Aliens gave the former club an opportunity to get into harness on the closing Saturday of September, and if the Brightonians can be judged on their initial performance the club ought to have a fairly good season. Against the Aliens the forward line was not of a sensational composition, but probably the quality of the Aliens scrummagers rather upset their play. Behind the scrum, however, New Brighton were extremely fast and occasionally clever, and by gradual stages they accumulated a total of 26 points against 3 points scored by the Aliens. In the opening half R. D. Nesbitt, Chesters, and Stead (2) scored tries, two being converted by Morgan, and Dwyer kicked a penalty goal. After the interval Stead got his third try, and Dwyer forced his way over the Aliens' line. For the visitors Williams was the only player to make an impression, and his try was well deserved. Stead, Eskrigge, Chesters, and T. R. Cook were prominent in the winners' attack, and R. D. Nesbitt, the veteran forward, was the leading scrummager of the side. For Griffiths at back played well, and Jones was the outstanding three-quarter; At half-back Croxford put in a lot of good work, and the forwards held the scrum without, however, giving the rear ranks enough opportunities to the run of the game. Teams:-

New Brighton- Morgan, Stead, Lee, Eskrigge, Chesters, T.R.Cook, G.N.Cook, R.D. Nesbitt, Dwyer, McCann, Simpson, Armstrong, Roberts, Westrupp, Quinsey.

Aliens- Griffiths, T. Jones, Weights, Bellamy, Rumjahn, Croxford, Ellis, Parry, Sloss, Roberts, A. Roberts, Kay, Outhwaite, Ringrose, Williams, Referee, Mr. F. H. Edwards.

Post 29/9/1913

 

ALIENS CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH HAMILTON.

Aliens had Hamilton as visitors at Clubmoor, and a good game ensued, with the Aliens victors by 6 points to 3. Weights scored a doubtful try for the home team, and Dillon for Hamilton equalised early in the second half. Watts, for the visitors, had a try disallowed, and finally Bishop raced away, and with an excellent try gave the Aliens a lucky victory. In the second fifteen's contest at Birkenhead Hamilton 2nd won by 16 points to nothing.

Courier 13/10/1913

 

OLDHAM OVERCOME ALIENS.

The Aliens have not yet arrived at the long lane's turning, and on Saturday they experienced another home defeat at the hands of Oldham who secured the honours by the safe margin of 15 clear points. The visitors arrived late, and the start was delayed for half an hour. Consequently, despite twenty-five minute moities, the closing stages were contested in almost complete obscurity.

Oldham were full of confidence and vim, and within ten minutes a brainy pass from Wade left the way open for Noble to ground without opposition. The Aliens were kept strictly on the defensive, but, despite their efforts, Chadwick crossed over on the opposite extreme. J. Mills was not successful with the kick, but made amends by landing a penalty goal from half way, and Oldham changed ends with an advantage of 9 points to nil. The visitors to have the best of the argument. Noble scored a second try while J. Mills, following up smartly, and took a cross from Schofield on the run and once more the home defence were beaten. After this the Aliens stirred themselves, but, though they were penned, the Oldham defence proved invincible.

Post 24/10/1913

 

Aliens Still Losing.

In the match at Clubmoor between Aliens and Preston Grasshoppers the home contingent after being in arrears pulled level, but were unable to maintain even this advantage, being defeated by 3 goals (1 penalty) 2 tries (19 points) to 1 goal 2 tries (11 points). The cleverness of Duxberry, the Hoppers' halfback, was the keystone of their success, and the finest bits of individual work were seen when he gained possession of the leather. The respective forwards were fairly well matched, but the Aliens' octette had a penchant for kicking too hard, and thereby enabled the Preston back to turn a defending position into one of attack. The difference in the three-quarter line was more pronounced, as the Aliens were prone to "lob" the ball instead of sending it out smartly, and their tackling left much to he desired. On the other hand, the Brothers Plant were most effective in attack, and they were afforded many opportunities by the nippiness of Duxberry at the base of the scrum. Croxford scored two tries for the Aliens, and Bishop, as well as converting one of these also made a try. Radford was the most prominent forward of the visitors, and kicked the three goals which accrued, one from a penalty, and the others from tries by W. Plant and Blair. Duxberry and Plant also made tries.

Post 27/10/1913

 

LIVERPOOL A ROUT ALIENS.

Liverpool A were in militant mood on Saturday, when at Clubmoor they routed the Aliens by 30 points to 12. The visitors played with great dash and determination, and this was coupled with a degree of intelligence that the Aliens never aspired to or even hoped for. Everything came off for the visitors, although in one or two of their scores there was just that element of luck which follows successful teams. When, shortly after the start, the Liverpool forwards began to dominate the pack, everything was plain sailing. In the end the home men were played to a standstill. The visiting three-quarters fully sustained the good work started in the front line, and some magnificent passing bouts were indulged in. Mill was perhaps the best of the lot, but the whole bunch played extremely well. On the other hand, the Aliens were slow hesitating, were tackled

far too often in possession. Bishop was far below his usual form. Sloss and Ringrose, besides scoring, were responsible for most of the raids on the Liverpool lines.

In the opening half Lloyd scored a penalty goal for Liverpool, Kerr and Mill added four tries between them, two of their efforts being improved on. Ringrose and Sloss got over for the home side before the interval, both kicks being missed. After the change of ends Kerr and Mill again did the scoring for the visitors, the former's effort being easily converted. For the Aliens, Bayliss and Weights scored a couple of unconverted tries. Result: Liverpool A, 30 points; Aliens, 12 points.

Post 3/11/1913

 

RUGBY UNION.

DOUBLE EVENT FOR FURNESS.

(By "Line-out.")

The Aliens came all the way from Liverpool-or at least a dozen of them did (they picked up two men at Dalton, and Roger Horne made up the full side)--to suffer the indignity of a 41 points wacking. True, they did not give us finished football exactly, but they were triers all the time; five minutes from the finish, hopelessly beaten. Ellis was still spurring on his men, and at this particular stage it was due as much to good luck as good judgement that Furness kept them out. The tact of the matter was that the total of eleven tries (which produced four goals) was chiefly the outcome of the excellence of Furness. The forwards simply revelled in it, and they scored five tries. Bannon gave as of his old-time form, Lieut. Harvey was completely at home, Rodgers and Simm were generally in the forefront--all round, a display that was streets ahead of the previous week's. But the biggest factor in the Aliens' sea of trouble was Smith. The opposition could not reckon him up at all. What with the genuine pass, the "dummy" pass, the side-step, etc., Furness must see to it that the gardening takes a back seat- on Saturdays at any rate. "R.W." was a veritable box of tricks, and Milligan was an admirable pivot, and there was a good deal less of the dropped pass among the three-quarters. Browns corkscrew effort was very fine, Arnold did good work (sorry to hear we are going to lose him at Christmas.) Dyer was a good deal in the limelight, in all probability Todd has come to stay, and all that Weeks did was done well. When he was carried off in the second half with a twisted knee his only concern was as to whether it would keep him out of to-days St. Bees match. Let us hope it wont. The Aliens' best man was Ellis, the skipper. Little behind was Roger Horne (I might mention that he is in strict training for the Crocks' match. Again the weather was uninviting, and the holding capacity of the ground was not severely taxed. A word of praise must go to Mr. Oughtred, who was a painstaking referee.

From all accounts it was all good football-again a decided improvement on that of the previous week -That gave Furness "A" the victory at Lancaster against the Grammar School. They meet again this afternoon, at Thorncliffe-road.

Barrow News 22/11/1913

 

 

ALIENS TRIUMPH AT AIGBURTH.

Success long delayed is sweet, and hence the triumph of the Aliens in overcoming Liverpool's second string on their own familiar turf is a double achievement. They were behind at the interval, when the score stood 6 points to 3 against them. Nicholson and R. V. Cunningham both secured smart tries. Aliens' luck turned with the tardy arrival of Kay, who strengthened the pack wonderfully. Trist was the Teachers scorer. The Liverpool lot were a stout opposition, but the Aliens developed strongly in the second half, when Croxford crowned a well- sustained individual dribble by touching successfully. Ellis improved matters by converting, thus gaining the lead. Trist's debut at half was a success, and he made the issue certain when he again dived over for a further try. Thus the Aliens won 11 points to 6.

Post 8/12/1913

 

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Committee Meeting held at Clubmoor Hotel 11.12.13

Present Messrs Knipe, Milbourn, Flint, H.Bayliss, E.Roberts, Williams, Applebee

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

The following resignations were accepted.

Players. J.H.Helme G.G.Armit

G.S.Corkhill R.W.Jones

G.Madoc-Jones O.E.Bayliss

Grieu

The following members were elected

Players

Proposed

Seconded

H.Porter & R.P.Scaddan

H.Tolson

F.J.Applebee

S.Dumbell

E.Kendrick

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C.N.Cooke

D.Sloss

S.J.Bishop

S.R.Irving

F.J.Applebee

J.H.Owen

G.H.Mudge

E.B.Ringrose

W.J.Trist

H.A.Smith

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W.Johnson

F.J.Applebee

H.N.Ellis

S.S.Jones

W.B.Croxford

F.J.Applebee

E.G.Brook

F.J.Applebee

R.L.Knipe

Hon.

G.Madoc-Jones, J.H.Helme, G.S.Corkhill

O.E.Bayliss, R.W.Jones, Taylor, H.W.Thomas

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ALIENS SUCCUMB AT LANCASTER.

The Aliens gave quite a smart display against Vale of Lune at Lancaster, who had an unbeaten home record to maintain, the result of a close contest being a win for Vale of Lune by 2 tries, scored by Pinch and Regan, forwards, to 1 try scored for the visitors by O'Donnell, who was in the County trial pack this season.

The conditions favoured a fast game, but the contest was for the most part a forward scramble. The Vale forwards were up against one of the heaviest packs they have faced this season, and if the Vale had the better of matters in the packs the visitors were quite effective in the loose.

The Vale were without their captain, J.W.Gardner, and Macnamara, who usually plays at stand-off half, only made an indifferent substitute, and the three-quarter backs rarely got going. S.A.Pakeman and D.H.Ostrehan were of invaluable service to the Vale at centre three-quarter back, initiating many attacks, which the wings did not profit by, and doing yeoman work in front of an ineffective full-back.

The splendid work of the Vale forwards was manifest, and players like Pinch, G.Eccles, J.Mount, and T.Salthouse, are good enough for any club. The visitors were best represented by O'Donnell, Bishop, and S.S.Jones in the forwards, and G.H.Mudge, W.B.Croxford, H.N.Ellis, among the backs, Croxford and Ellis doing many smart things.

Athletic News 13/12/1913

 

ALIENS LOSE AT LANCASTER.

The visit of the Aliens to the Vale of Lune at Quay Meadow, Lancaster, provided a hard-fought game, which was in every way much closer than local supporters had anticipated. The Aliens had a good weighty pack, and though the Vale were more successful in gaining possession, the Aliens were wonderfully good in the loose, and their outsides, if not brilliant, played quite a useful game. Croxford, the ex-Lancashire three-quarter, was a tower of strength for the visitors, and with Ellis started many dangerous attacks. Mudge, at half-back, also played a skilful game for the Aliens, cutting through and giving dexterous passes. The Vale greatly missed their captain at scrum-half, M'Namara, who usually plays stand-off, making an indifferent substitute, and marring to a large extent the work of the Vale backs. The splendid work of the Vale forwards was always in evidence, and it is a curious feature that all the tries were obtained by forwards. W. Pinch scored for the Vale from a forward rush in the first three minutes, and O'Donnell, the Lancashire trial forward, equalised. Regan put the Vale ahead in the second half, the kicks all failing. The Vale backs gave a poor display, Atkinson, at full back, being quite a failure, and if his mistakes had not been well covered he would have jeopardised the Vale's unbeaten home record. The result was a win for the Vale by 2 tries to l try.

Liverpool Daily Post 15/12/1913

 

ALIENS v. LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY.

A more thrilling or good-tempered contest could hardly have been wished for than that between the Aliens and Liverpool University, at Clubmoor. There was not a dull moment, and the crowd's interest was never allowed to flag. The Aliens made the 'Varsity go all the way for victory, but the winners were undoubtedly more skilled in the art of seizing chances, although the visitors let many likely things go a-begging. Several fine passes given a yard out were bungled with the defence well beaten. Aliens, too, often lacked finish when close up, and passing, neatly executed up to a certain point, often lacked incisiveness in the final dash. The forwards were very evenly matched, and were often prominent in loose rushing. Hope was in brilliant form at full back for the 'Varsity. Kicking with rare judgement, and saving most daringly, he overshadowed the Aliens' full back. Ellison was most dangerous of the visitors, and Flynn distinguished himself by scoring a brilliant try. The stars on the Aliens side were Croxford, O'Donnell, and Ellis, the first named getting his side's solitary try with a brilliant individual effort, going half the length of the field. In the first half Ellison put on a try for the 'Varsity, which was immediately followed by another. Rimmer failing with both kicks. Flynn added another after the change of ends, and Croxford counted for the Aliens, both tries being unconverted. Result: Liverpool University 9 points, Aliens 3 points.

Post 22/12/1913

 

ALIENS AGAIN BEATEN.

Yet another reverse was added to Aliens' long tale of home defeats when they succumbed to Park's second string at Clubmoor by tries to nil. Despite having to face the showery squalls, Birkenhead, by keeping the oval low, crossed over a try to the good, Griffiths failing to stop Johnson. For some time after the interval the Aliens held their own, but the final fifteen minutes proved fateful, for Ashcroft, worked an opening of which Johnson promptly availed himself. A few minutes later the winger crossed again, only to lose possession, but Ashcroft kicked out to Tyson, who grounded despite Ellis's challenge. Close on time Arkle initiated a speedy quarter attack, which was concluded by Tyson on the opposite wing administering a coup de grace. The Park owe their success principally to swift, clean passing and resolute tackling. Forward the teams were evenly matched but behind the scrum the Park were superiors, steady in defence, swift and decisive in attack. Aliens were very prone to high tackling, and consequently frequently ''left.''

Post 29/12/1913

 

ALIENS' WELCOME WIN.

The Aliens broke the spell which has remained so long on their homeland at Clubmoor by a brilliant 25 points to 3 victory. Southport were weakly represented, their team including eight reserves, Twy being absent from the pack, and Gifford much missed at half-back. Aliens opposed them with an exceptionally strong combination, which included Hessey-Anderson, the Lancashire half-back, and Von Mengershausen, Manchester University and ex-South Africa three-quarter. Aliens asserted themselves early, as after three minutes H. Anderson obtained from a five yards' scrum, and eluding Grimshaw, Wainwright and Mackintosh "docked" safely. Later Anderson's astuteness enabled Ellis to slip through unmolested. After dominating the scrum the Aliens heeled out to Anderson, who artfully enabled the veteran Croston to get in near the posts, Bishop later cleverly negotiating the major points. Following a line out, Trist also traversed the Southport lines. Von Mengershausen engineered a bright venture, and parted to Croxford, who worked the oracle once more. Aliens thus had 19 points to their credit at the interval.

Olympic resumed with the wind in their favour, and soon managed to catch their hosts napping. Following a five yards' scrummage Grimshaw got away with oval to Baldwin, who got home smartly, and thus scored Southport's solitary try. The homesters, however, continued to dominate, and further tries came from Anderson and O'Donnell. The outstanding feature of the game was Anderson's irrepressibility.

Post 4/1/1914

 The Rugby boys visited the Aliens.

Another tale of woe.

The forwards do not break up quickly enough.

Schoolboys make the same complaint about their "homes from home."

The "Foreigners" had a lead of 19 points to nil in the first half.

Which was 29 points to 3 when the final whistle blew.

The 'A' team were dead off colour.

Southport Express Snippets 10/1/1914

 

17/1/1914

Aliens Defeat Hamilton.

The Hamilton (Birkenhead) Club, the extinction of which was threatened through lack of support, visited Aliens at Clubmoor, and a capital game ended in the Aliens favour. There was plenty of scoring, and the small crowd of spectators had full value. Aliens accumulated points, against 14 points scored by Hamilton, who, put up an excellent fight, and if their present team can he kept together the club should do well in the matches on hand.

27/1/1914

 

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06/3/1914

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Committee Meeting held at Clubmoor Hotel 2.3.14

Present Messrs Applebee, Knipe, Milbourn, Flint, Jones, O'Donnell, H.Bayliss, Williams, Ellis

Minutes of previous meeting were taken as read.

The business consisted solely of a discussion as to best means of getting in outstanding subscriptions.

It was decided that various members of the committee should interview members whose subs. were outstanding.

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14/3/1914

ALIENS HEAVY REVERSE.

At Clubmoor, on Saturday, the Aliens met by no means a representative team in Vale of Lune, but were, nevertheless heavily beaten. The home pack were quite as good as the visitors for three-parts of the game, and then went all to pieces, during which time the visitors ran in six tries from forward rushes, two of which were due to faulty work by the home back. In the first half, aided by a strong wind, the Aliens were constantly pressing, but the "threes" were terribly weak and threw numerous chances away through lying in a bunch and trying to walk the ball through instead of opening out and swinging the leather about. As a consequence it was close on the interval when Roberts scored their solitary try.

Afterwards, Croxford and Kay both made a mull of good openings. With the assistance of the wind the visitors dominated the play, and Bond, Wilcock, Helm, Corless, and Oglethorpe (twice) crossed the home line, Salthouse goaling from the last try, although a good kicker would have majorised at least three of the other tries. Result Vale of Lune, 1 goal 5 tries (20 points); Aliens, 1 try (3 points).

Post 23/3/1914

 

THE ALIENS DEFEAT.

The Aliens visited Heaton Moor and were defeated by 3 goals 3 tries (24 points) to nil. Heaton Moor were the better-balanced team, and their combination was the main factor of the Aliens' defeat. Cameron was the first to score from a forward rush, and E. Copley scored the next two tries after some fine passes between the backs. In the second half Whitehead, Cameron, and Summersgill scored. Kelly kicked two goals and E. Copley one. The Aliens were unfortunate to be beaten by so many points, as the game was not as one-sided as the score would suggest. W. B. Croxford was many times dangerous, but was too fast for his colleagues, and the chances that he made could not be utilised.

F.H. Anderson and G. Horridge played cleverly at half-hack, and gave their three-quarters many openings which they failed to materialise owing to lack of combination and some fine defensive play. J. H. Weights played a fine game at full back, and on several occasions cleared his lines cleverly. W.B. Croxford was the outstanding three-quarter. He made many fine attempts to score against his old colleagues, but received little assistance. S. Sloss, E. Kendrick, and S. S. Jones were prominent in the forwards. The Heaton Moor team gave a fine all-round exhibition, and it would be hard to individualise; but Cameron in the forwards and Kelly at half were at the top of their form.

Post 30/3/1914

 

ALIENS LOSE TO COSMOPOLITANS.

After a strenuous encounter at Clubmoor, Cosmopolitans won by three goals to a try, though the match was not nearly so lobsided as the score might indicate. The Cosmopolitans took most of the chances offered, and in the final touches they possessed the superiority which gained them the victory. W. Smith proved an exceedingly dangerous marksman, improving three tries. After last week the Aliens were very disappointing. Their pack was, as usual, lively in the open, but they were beaten in the scrum. The combination among the three-quarters left much to be desired, while Cocks, at stand-off half, passed too low to be effective. Cosmopolitans kicked off, but a strong double by the Aliens' forwards established the Teachers in the visitors' camp. Ellis eventually caught their defence on the hop over a short line-out, grounding by the post for a barren try. Aliens turned about a try to the good. In the second thirty-five, Lever's men seemed to have fairly found their stride. H. Gordon obtained behind the scrum and went through with a scintillating solo effort. Immediately after, Goodall accepted a transfer from Gordon, and put the Aliens further in arrears. Finally, a passing bout between Gordon, Gooddall, and Escomb was brought to a successful conclusion by the latter. W. Smith inflated the points on all three tries.

 

ALIENS OVERCOME LIVERPOOL A.

The Aliens were much the better side in their match with Liverpool A, at Clubmoor. Their forwards packed and scrummaged better, and their three-quarters always looked the more convincing line. Liverpool A, who were weakly represented, had the ball as often as their opponents, but they lacked the ability to press their attacks home to a successful issue. Against a less resolute defence they would probably have done better, but from start to finish the tackling of the Aliens was particularly sound.

In first half Madoc-Jones scored, after a scrambling run by R. W. Jones, who carried the ball up to the line and parted at the right moment. Ellis converted from a difficult angle, and this proved to be the only scoring in this half. The Aliens continued to have the best of matters on the resumption, and a fine passing movement among the forwards ended in Madoc-Jones scoring again for the home team. Ellis took the kick but failed to improve on the score. The finest effort of the match, however, came from Cocks, who, hands off man after man and scored a splendid try. Ellis again failing. Liverpool were by this time a well-beaten team, only Thomson being able to make any impression on the home defence. Gabrielson, Grant, and Thomson were Liverpool's best men, while the Aliens were well served by Griffith, Cocks, and Armitt. The final score was Aliens 1 goal 3 tries (11 points), Liverpool A nil.

 

RUGBY UNION.

THERE WAS SOME GOOD FOOTBALL AT DALTON

ON SATURDAY AND FURNESS WON.

Railway Meadow, Dalton, was the scene of a splendidly contested match on Saturday, when the Liverpool Aliens were pitted against Furness. There was a capital attendance, both on the field and on the "free" grandstand on the boundary of the railway line. Here a good crowd gathered and witnessed the match without putting their hand down for the threepenny bit. Surely the committee of the Furness Club can effectually prevent this free view of their matches by the provision of rolls of canvas or some other material stretched across the embankment wall. I commend this step to the committee. It was said (I may as well say that my friend Joe said it) that the gate in the field and out of the field (in the lane) was a record. I don't dispute it Joe. To the match. Furness had a representative side out, with the exception of A.N. Widdop, who was doing duty for the county. Liverpool was not fully represented, and picked up three subs in Dalton, in the persons of Molly Riley, J. Hunter, and J. Lawrence, who were in the forward rank.

DALTON AND LINDAL MEN WERE PLAYING.

I noticed two other fellows I knew, viz. Jack Helme, from Lindal, and George Corkhill, from Dalton, who live and work in the Mersey city, and are regular Aliens players. Furness made a fine burst in the first half, the Aliens seeming not to have got into their stride. Perhaps they had not cast their railway legs. At any rate Furness was the better team and tries were scored by Wilf Brown, Tommy Brown, Gilott, and Harry Brown; Teasdale kicking three goals out of four attempts, Wilf Brown also dropping a goal. At the interval Furness had 22 points to nil. But what a change, a sensational change, I should say, came over the aspect of affairs in the second half. Furness had evidently shot their bolt, for they were over played in the second half, and Liverpool put up 14 points. Croxford scored three times and Helme once. Twist kicked one goal. It was a peculiar match, for in the first half there was only one team in it and that was Furness, and in the second half there was only one team and that was the Aliens.

THE GAME WAS A CAPITAL ONE.

 

DEPLETED ALIENS VANQUISHED.

Oldham defeated the Aliens on Saturday by 15 points to 5. Oldham always held the Aliens in check owing to superior numbers, and it was unfortunate for the Aliens to play the whole game with two players short, or the result might have been different. In the first half both sets of backs showed neat combination, C. S. M'Cutcheon and P. Wade, for Oldham, being often prominent; while W. B. Croxford initiated many good movements, and found touch with some useful kicks, in the loose the Oldham forwards showed to advantage, and gained much ground with neat footwork, W. Toole, G. C. Wood, and J. W. Mathew being frequently to the fore. The Aliens' pack heeled from the scrimmages equally as often as the home eight, and in the loose R. A. O'Donnell and D. Sloss did many good things for their side. Tries were scored by C. E. Sharrocks. W. Noble, and J. Mills. J. Mills, H. Mills. and J. W. Mathews each kicking a goal for Oldham. W. B. Croxford scored a try and S. S. Jones kicked a goal for the Aliens.

Post 16/3/1914

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Com. Mtg held at Clubmoor Hotel 8.4.14

Present Messrs Applebee, Croxford, Knipe, Ellis, H.Bayliss, Jones, Smith, Bishop

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed, and committee promised to interview those whose subs were still outstanding.

Season 1913-14

The past season has been a disastrous one both as regards finance and results. We finished the season with a deficit of £13.1.5, the first team won 8 matches lost 19 scoring 165 against 395, and the second team won 5 drew 1 lost 14 scoring 145 points against 292.

The experiment of running a 3rd team resulted in failure.

The season however was not without its bright side. We had in our teams many men who were new to the game. They were not expected to win many games and they certainly fulfilled those expectations. Still they have youth on their side and among the novices are some men, who with a little luck, will go far in the game. They will commence next September with the advantage of a season's experience and with the advent of several new men, coupled with the retention of the services of most of the older hands the future of the club looks very bright. If only a little more keenness can be infused into the teams, the report at the end of the season will be much pleasanter to write and to read.

This year the entertainments committee has not been supported as it might have been. Our entertainments should be a source of considerable revenue to the club, and they will be if the members will give us their whole hearted support.

In conclusion I wish to thank those officers who have given up so much time for the well being of the club, in particular that much maligned body the selection committee, the entertainments committee and its secretary, Mr Knipe for turning out so frequently in all weathers to referee the second team games, Mr Milbourn for many actions which have lightened up my own work, and to Mr H.Bayliss for taking over the duties as treasurer when his brother had so unfortunately to give them up.

F.J.Applebee

Hon. Sec.

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One Fixture: v Germany.

The Aliens R.F.C-As the majority of their players are on service, have only one fixture, viz., that v. Germany.

 

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General Meeting held at Criterion Hotel June 18th 1914

Present Messrs Croxford(chairman), Applebee, S.J.Kay, W.Kearns, J.H.Weights, H.Bayliss, J.R.Williams, D.Sloss, H.Bateman, J.H.Owen, H.Cowper, G.L.Orchard, H.N.Ellis, W.G.Thomas, F.Outhwaite, R.T.Robinson, J.Milbourn

Minutes of previous general meeting were read and confirmed.

The Secretary's Report and Cash statement were adopted

The election of officers resulted as follows.

President

 

Mr J.G.Legge

Vice-Presidents.

 

Messrs Adams, Booth withdrawn Camidge resigned, Croxford, Flenley, Johnstone, R.W.Jones, J.Kay, Knipe, Kearns, R.Madoc-Jones, Morgan, Milbourn, Nicholas, Rohrs, W.R.Smith, Stringer, J.R.Williams, Waldron, Venmore withdrawn

Captain

1st team

S.S.Jones

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2nd "

W.G.Flint

Sub-capt.

1st "

H.N.Ellis

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2nd "

T.Madoc-Jones

Hon.Sec.

 

F.J.Applebee

Hon.Treas.

 

J.Milbourn.

Committee.

 

Messrs. H.Bayliss, E.Roberts, J.R.Williams, S.J.Kay, H.Cowper, J.H.Weights, W.G.Thomas.

Mr Williams proposed and Mr Bateman seconded

"That the playing members should be asked to contribute 2/6 each towards wiping off the deficit" Carried.

Mr Ellis proposed, Mr Kay seconded and Mr Milbourn supported

"That in addition a watch competition be held to wipe off remainder of deficit" Carried.

The next general meeting was fixed for August 18th at the Criterion Hotel.

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General Meeting held at Criterion Hotel Aug. 25th 1914

Present Messrs Ringrose, Mudge, Smith, McCarthy, O'Donnell, R.A.Roberts, E.Roberts, J.R.Williams, T.Madoc-Jones, Orchard, Johnson, D.Sloss, Bateman, Weights, H.N.Ellis, Cowper, S.J.Kay, Croxford, R.T.Robinson, R.W.Jones, S.Thomas, Upward, Milbourn, Knipe, Applebee.

In the event of the County Club agreeing to guarantee us against a loss of £10 on the seasons working, and if a minimum of ten matches could be arranged it was decided to continue the club, subject to considerable reduction in rental of ground.

Mr Milbourn, on account of pressure of business, was compelled to resign the treasurership of the club. The resignation was accepted with regret and Mr H.Cowper was elected to fill the vacant position, Mr Smith filling vacancy on the committee.

Mr Milbourn announced that the watch competition ha realised a profit of over £7. The winner was Mr Raby, 54 Mackfield Rd, Bootle

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The meeting closed with hearty votes of thanks to Mr Milbourn for his efforts in connection with the above competition, and to Mr Knipe for taking the chair.

* The best wishes of the meeting were sent to those members of the club who have volunteered for active service.

 

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Committee Meeting held at Clubmoor Hotel 3.9.14

Present Messrs Knipe, Applebee, Cowper, H.N.Ellis, T.Madoc-Jones, Smith

It was decided that as so many of the playing members had volunteered for active service, that the club should be suspended during the period of the war.

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CLUB ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED FOR DURATION OF THE WAR 1914-18

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Horace Tolson - An Alien at War

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General Meeting held at 'The Bee Hotel' 1.4.19

Present Messrs R.W.Jones, Applebee, Helme, Milbourn, S.J.Kay, Reid, Upward, Croxford, Marshall, O'Donnell, Outhwaite, R.A.Roberts, H.N.Ellis, J.R.Williams

Minutes of previous general meeting were read and confirmed.

The meeting decided that an effort should be made to continue the club, the secretary being asked to make arrangements for ground for coming season and to arrange a list of fixtures for first and second teams, on the proposition of H.N.Ellis, seconded by Mr S.J.Kay.

Mr Croxford proposed and the secretary seconded "That the name of the club be changed to 'The Tuebrook Rugby F.C.' "

The meeting decided that this proposition should appear in the agenda paper summoning the next general meeting.

The lack of beer and the price of substituted beverage having shell-shocked the majority of the members present, the customary vote of thanks to Captain R.W.Jones for occupying the chair was omitted.

 

 

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Aliens War Dead 1914-18

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General Meeting held at The Bee Hotel 12.9.19

Present Messrs Milbourn, Waldron, R.A.Roberts, O'Donnell, Reid, Bellamy, Upward, Kay, King, Helme, Flint, Outhwaite, H.N.Ellis, Barrow, D.Sloss, D.J.Sloss, Applebee

Mr Milbourn was appointed chairman.

Minutes of previous general meeting were read and confirmed.

The secretary reported that he had been unable to obtain a suitable ground.

Mr Flint proposed and Mr King seconded "That the L'pool Old Boys' Club be approached with a view to amalgamation of the two clubs." Carried

A sub committee of three was appointed to make further efforts to secure a ground, in the event of failure to amalgamate the two clubs. Messrs Milbourn, Ellis and Williams were elected on the sub committee.

Mr Croxford was elected as the clubs' representative on the County Committee.

The election of further officers was left over for another general meeting to be held in about a fortnight's time.

The meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to Mr Milbourn for occupying "the chair"

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SEASON 1919-20

General Meeting held at 'The Bee Hotel' 3.10.19

Present Messrs Croxford, Marshall, Thomas(S.R), Owen, Bellamy, Kay, Ellis, Helme, D.Sloss, Taylor, Milbourn, Knipe, Outhwaite, J.R.Williams, Upward

Mr Knipe was appointed chairman.

Minutes of previous general meeting were read and confirmed.

The 'ground committee' reported failure to obtain a suitable ground.

Mr Croxford proposed and Mr Helme seconded 'That the season be started with one team, and whenever possible all matches be played 'away' until such time as a ground be obtained.' Carried

The Election of Officers resulted as follows

President. Mr J.G.Legge

Vice Presidents Messrs Croxford, Flenley, Johnstone, R.W.Jones, J.Kay, Knipe, Kearns, R.Madoc-Jones, Morgan, Milbourn, Nicholas, Raus, W.R.Smith, Stringer, Waldron, I.R.Williams, Fox, Marshall, Taylor and Harding

Captain

J.H.Helme

Vice-capt.

F.Outhwaite

Secretary

F.J.Applebee

Team Sec.

W.B.Croxford

Treasurer

O.E.Bayliss

Committee.

J.R.Williams, D.Sloss, S.J.Kay, D.Bellamy, H.N.Ellis, R.A.O'Donnell, Upward, Owen

It was also decided to interview old members of the club asking for a subscription of 2/6 from each to clear off the small debt which the club has incurred.

The Meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to Mr Knipe for acting as chairman.

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TRIAL MATCH

With very little form to guide them Mr Croxford and co. did the best they could and the following team have been invited to represent Liverpool and District at Aigburth next Saturday.....F.Outhwaite (Aliens) 

Liverpool Daily Courier 13/10/1919

 

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General Meeting held at Victoria Hotel October 17th 1919

Present Messrs Sloss, Croxford, Snape, Owen, Applebee, Bellamy, Knipe, Ringrose, Jones, Williams, Milbourn, R.T.Robinson, J.Robinson, Bate, Hemmingway, T.H.Gaskell, W.Gaskell, Taylor, Helme

Chairman Mr R.L.Knipe

  1. The Secretary reported that the committee had an option on two grounds, one at Ford Station, the other at Eaton Rd, West Derby, with dressing accommodation at 'Oliva House'.
  2. It was agreed to take the Eaton Rd Ground at a rental of £15, and to pay the caretaker at 'Oliva' House 5/- per match for all the necessary arrangements. This amount to include the washing of towels.
  3. Mr D.Sloss kindly promised to see that forms were supplied for use in the changing rooms and was duly thanked by the meeting for doing so.

  4. The annual subscriptions to the club were fixed at the following amounts.
  5. Playing Members: 21/-

    Junior " (under 20 years of age) 10/6

    Honorary " 5/-

  6. The secretary proposed and Mr Croxford seconded
  7. 'That Mr H.E.Snape be elected on the committee of the club'. Carried

  8. It was decided to carry on with tea for visitors as formerly.
  9. For the present season it was decided to substitute for the usual card of membership, a cheaper variety containing fixtures, list of officers and a few of the more important rules.
  10. After an informal discussion it was decided that we should not invite Sir Reginald Hall to become a vice-president of the club, but that 'a' member could approach him in the usual manner and if desirous, he would then be elected an honorary member of the club.
  11. The meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to Mr Knipe for taking the chair.

       

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                                                                        WATERLOO "A" DEFEAT ALIENS.

The Waterloo "A" team had a runaway victory over the Aliens on Saturday, defeating them by no less than 45 points to 3 points. Only in the first ten minutes did the visitors look like making a game of it, after which the home men romped away with them. Mossop opened the score with a try, which Schofield converted, the latter player following up with a drop goal. Whitehead and Dow later put on tries, one being improved. King, for the Aliens, livened matters up by running practically the length of the field for a fine try. In the second half Waterloo's superiority was still more pronounced, Mossop and Vianna especially being good, and putting on tries, while Schofield was deadly in his kicking, and only once missed improving, the ball striking the upright. Waterloo ran out winners by 7 goals (2 dropped, 1 penalty) 3 tries (45 points), to 1 try (3 points).

Liverpool Post 20/10/1919

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Emergency Committee Meeting at 40 Inigo Rd, Stoneycroft 23.10.19

Mr W.B.Croxford the clubs' representative on the county committee received from the county secretary 27.10.19 a letter of which the following is a copy.

Lancs. Country F.C.

28 Brazenose St.

Manchester.

Dear Croxford,

I am informed that Outhwaite, Aliens, Lancashire probably played for Runcorn last year. Can you please verify whether this is so or not, as a member of selection committee, as such I tell you confidentially it has come to me by wire today from Mr James Milnes who says his informant is Baxter (of Cheshire I presume)

Chas Fletcher

An emergency committee consisting of Messrs Applebee, Croxford, Knipe and Milbourn was summoned, and Outhwaite was asked to appear before them. Mr Knipe could not attend.

The Vice-Captain was questioned by the committee and stated that the charge was absolutely unfounded. He added that he was prepared to state on oath, in a court of law if necessary, that since joining the Aliens R.F.C the only matches he has played have been for the Aliens, for Mr Croxfords' Liverpool and District Side, for Lancashire County Trials, and two scratch matches, one at Canterbury and one in France whilst serving with His Majestys' Forces'.

The committee expressed their delight that Mr Outhwaite was able to deny the charge, and left the matter in Mr Croxford's hands for the time being.

The general committee of the club will decide what further steps are to be taken in the matter.

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UNIVERSITY'S WIN.

Liverpool University, who were again playing at Calderstones Park on Saturday, got the better of the Aliens by 6 points to 5. Neither side was at full strength. The 'Varsity were without Hope, Woodson, and Reid, who were selected for the county trial, and the Aliens were minus their captain. Helme, who was injured last week, and Outhwaite, who was also in the Probables v. Possibles game at Tyldesley.

The game on the whole was rather scrappy, but there was plenty of attractive incident and two casualties, one in either fifteen. Johnson, one of the 'Varsity three-quarters, was just about to cross the Aliens' line when he was brought down heavily and had his collar-bone broken in a melee. He played on for a few minutes before retiring to the pavilion. The Aliens lost Sloss, who went off with a ricked back.

The scoring opened like a bolt from the blue. The Aliens were having a desperate fight on their own line, and the 'Varsity seemed on the ace of scoring, when the ball was suddenly got away to King. The wing three-quarter, whose remarkable turn of speed was the subject of frequent comment, was unmarked, and capped a dash nearly the whole length of the field by grounding under the 'Varsity posts. M'Diarmid converted, and the Aliens' 5 points lead was not wiped out till after the interval. The second half saw the 'Varsity maintain a persistent attack which, but for an excess, of individualism, would have meant at least three tries. Indeed, so far as actual points were, the home side owed their victory to Turner, who kicked two capital penalty goals and narrowly missed a third. M'Diarmid was quite the outstanding feature among the Aliens, for whom Hemmingway, King and Corlett did well. Burton, Oldham, Flynn, and Cook were the most noticeable men in the 'Varsity colours.

Result: Liverpool University, 6 points; Aliens, 5 points. Teams:-

Liverpool University. -~McLaren; H. R. Coster, A. Wilson, J. R. Johnson, and D. J. Cook; J. P. Flynn and R. S. Turner; J B. Oldham, S. Dumbell. L. Armour, W. Burton, D.A. Wells. A. R. Mann, J. V. Stephens, and Parry-Jones.

Aliens.-R. Hemmingway: F. King. D. Bellamy, S. J. Kay, and O. Robinson; W. J. Barber and J. M'Diarmid; D. Sloss. J. Williams, H. Daulman, R. A. Roberts, H. E. Snape, E. B. Ringrose, R. L. Corlett, and W. H. Varley. Referee, Dr. Smith.

Liverpool Post 27/10/1919

 

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Committee Meeting held at Gainsboro' Cafe October 31st 1919

Present Messrs Sloss, Williams, Croxford, O'Donnell, Bellamy, Knipe, Applebee, Milbourn

  1. The secretary reported that the landlord of 'the ground', not having signed a tenancy agreement, had without any warning, notified the club that they could not have use of the ground.
  2. Mr Knipe, the secretary and the treasurer had made every offer in their power to induce him to keep to his promise, but he refused.

    The committee decided that the only thing to be done was to look for another ground, Mr Knipe and Mr Milbourn each undertook to make immediate inquiries.

  3. The following members were elected on the selection committee. Messrs Sloss, J.R.Williams, D.W.Bellamy and H.E.Snape, with captains, sub-captains and team secretary.
  4. The following new members were elected.

 

Proposed by

Seconded by.

J.McDiarmid

F.J.Applebee

W.B.Croxford

W.J.Barber

W.B.Croxford

F.J.Applebee

A.Robinson

F.Outhwaite

"

F.G.Bellamy

D.W.Bellamy

"

R.K.Dixon

"

"

H.Munro

"

"

H.Daulman

H.E.Snape

"

E.Barrow

F.J.Applebee

W.B.Croxford withdrawn

S.T.Halewood

H.Halewood

R.L.Knipe withdrawn

T.Gaskell

R.L.Knipe

F.J.Applebee withdrawn

W.Gaskell

"

" withdrawn

R.Hemmingway

F.A.Bate

H.N.Ellis

W.G.Humphreys

J.Williams

F.J.Applebee

 

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WIN FOR ST. HELENS OLD BOYS.

Aliens visited St. Helens on Saturday to play the newly-formed Old Boys' team. The journey to St. Helens was made four short of the full team. St. Helens were at full strength and keen on the game, so that the Aliens were quite overplayed. Four of the Cowley Schools team turned out to complete the Aliens' team. Old Boys played with the wind in the half, and a grand run by E. Woods, who is proving the star three-quarter for St. Helens, put Watson ever for a try. Aliens were let down at forward, and in the opening period further tries were scored by Heaton and Brown (2). Lyon kicked a penalty goal, and Perkins improved Heaton's try, so that Old Boys led at the interval by 19 points to nil. In the second half, Greenough, Watson, Heaton, and Mavity scored for St. Helens, and Davies kicked a goal.

Result: Old Boys 33 points, Aliens nil.

St. Helens have a good side, and the forwards on Saturday had an easy task, pushing the weakened Alien pack off the ball and running the defence. Snape, Bellamy, Barber, and Hemingway strove hard to make some impression, and Outhwaite led the forwards well, but without avail. Woods was splendid among a good lot of backs. Mavity worked hard and effectively behind the scrum. Perkins the energetic secretary and captain, directed his team well, but passed very wildly.

Teams:-Old Boys: J. Davies; T. Lyon, W. Heaton, E. Woods, A. Greenough; H. Mavity and A. Perkins; S. Brown, W. Grime T. Mahon, J. Foster, J. Watson, W. E. Pennington. J. Molyneux, and A. Waywell; Aliens: Snape; King, D. Bellamy, Kaye, and Robinson; Hemingway and Barber; Outhwaite, O'Donnell, F. G. Bellamy, J. Williams, Dodd, Blashill, Bickerstaff, and Tickle.

Liverpool Daily Post 3/11/1919

 

LIVERPOOL 'VARSITY'S SUCCESS.

The Aliens entertained the 'Varsity at West Derby on Saturday, and sustained another defeat, the margin in the visitors' favour being 1 goal 4 tries (17 points) to nil. The game opened promisingly, and in the early stages capital passing by the 'Varsity was a good feature. However, play later became scrappy and disappointing. Francis and Blair got over for the 'Varsity in the first half, very poor attempts at converting being made. Tries in the second half were scored by Blair, Wilson, and Oldham, Mann adding the major points for the latter.

The Aliens played a man short first half, but Wilson was limping among the 'Varsity three-quarters, not having recovered from his recent mishap. The 'Varsity were much the better at all points, the combination of the Aliens often being at fault. Helme, Sloss, and Outhwaite played finely for the Aliens, but were not well supported. Just after the interval Helme-who has been rather unfortunate-got another injury and was carried off. Thus further handicapped by the loss of their captain, the Aliens had very little hope of success. They rarely broke away, and were generally hard pressed. The concluding stages were tame and scrappy, and the 'Varsity did not take advantage of many opportunities. Shirlaw and Turner played finely at half for the visitors, Oldham, Martin, and Mann doing excellently among the forwards. The Aliens seemed particularly to miss M 'Diarmid, who was absent from half back, and King, their very speedy three-quarter, was badly neglected.

Liverpool Daily Post 24/11/1919

 

RAINHILL'S SUCCESS.

In a keen, even game at Rainhill the Aliens were beaten by 1 goal (5 points) to nil. White's try was a beautiful effort, winding up smart aggressive movement following Alien pressure. Routley converted. The second half saw the rival defences prevail over some dashing attacks. The Aliens often approached, but failed to cross the line. Routley, and for played splendidly for the home team, whilst Sloss, Outhwaite, and Kay did excellently for the Aliens.

Liverpool Post 15/12/1919

 

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Committee Meeting held at Gainsboro' Cafe 17.12.19

Present Messrs Knipe(chairman), Applebee, Milbourn, Outhwaite, D.W.F.Bellamy, S.J.Kay, Sloss, Croxford, J.R.Williams, O'Donnell

  1. The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.
  2. Mr Milbourn undertook responsibilities for arrangements for Sat's match.
  3. First team v New Brighton (on Jan. 3rd) was selected.
  4. The secretary asked members of committee to see that no balls were thrown about in the dressing rooms, and also to see that no football is kicked in the grounds at 'Oliva'.
  5. The following new members were elected.

 

Proposed by

Seconded by.

J.Gall(hon)

F.J.Applebee

W.B.Croxford

W.J.R.Watts(hon)

H.E.Snape

F.J.Applebee

G.Stead

H.V.Clark

"

M.Cass

"

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E.Cass

"

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J.R.Hand

"

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E.Hudson

F.J.Applebee

R.L.Knipe

Oswyn Jones

R.A.Roberts

J.Williams

D.Roberts

"

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E.Martinez

W.M.Kay

S.J.Kay

T.H.Reid

H.N.Ellis

F.J.Applebee

H.C.Astle

"

"

J.Lewis

H.E.Snape

"

D.K.Finlay

W.B.Croxford

"

C.L.Lawford(hon)

H.Daulman

"

G.Younger

"

H.E.Snape

N.Herbert(hon)

R.A.Roberts

F.J.Applebee

Geo. Williams

J.Gall

"

J.Dugdale

R.L.Knipe

"

J.Lysaght

W.B.Croxford

"

A.L.Stephens

J.Milbourn

"

F.J.Behn

"

"

R.R.Jones

"

"

N.J.Crawford

"

"

T.Nelson

R.L.Knipe

"

G.Martinez

W.M.Kay

"

 

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NEW BRIGHTON BEAT ALIENS.

Playing fourteen men in the first half, New Brighton, at Rake-lane, led the Aliens fifteen by 11 points to 3 at half-time, and the second half was devoid of scoring. In the first half the Aliens gave a capital exhibition scoring first through Bellamy, the goal kick failing. After an exciting tussle C. Stewart equalised, Holmes adding the major points. Then a brilliant run and dribble by Hughes was stopped by a foul near the Aliens' line; but the referee awarded a try. Parker got another try for New Brighton, no goals following these crossings. Then Jones was added to New Brighton's long casualty list. The Aliens put up a good display, but New Brighton more promptly exploited capitally-worked openings. Play was rather scrappy in the second half, when New Brighton stoutly held their lead.

Liverpool Daily Post 5/1/1920

 

A Triumph for Young Lancashire.

Lancashire put what on paper may to some have appeared a weak team in the field against Northumberland on Saturday, but really the young pack of forwards is possibly the fastest and best available, except possibly Captain Wakefield and R. T. Annesley; and it is likely this will be proved in another season.

Such players as H. G. Periton, J. B. Whittaker, J. L. Cruickshank, E. J. R. Kirby, and W. A. Grierson, all recommended in these columns, should have gained in experience, and, if allowed to work together, should produce excellent results; while R. A. O'Donnell, a powerful forward of the Aliens, should also he serviceable.

Athletic News 6/1/1920

 

 ALIENS DEFEAT SOUTHPORT.

The Aliens gained a capital victory over the Sandgrounders at Deysbrook-lane by 15 points to 3. Up to half-time play was pretty even. Aliens, for the first quarter of an hour, kept the ball in Southport's half, and some good pack work enabled Croxford to snap a try. From this point to the interval the visitors re versed the position, and M'Kerrill evened things up with a good try. After halftime Aliens played up well, and chiefly by sound pack work, in which O'Donnell was seen to good effect, had Southport well beaten, Croxford, Kay, Hemingway, and Finlay respectively putting on tries.

On both sides the forwards played better than the backs, who failed to accept chances. Croxford put in capital touches all through, and did not miss much. Bellamy, Kay, Hemingway, and Finlay were sound, while O'Donnell's work in many cases led to scoring. On the Southport side Hamilton, Mitchell, Halstead, Anderton and M'Kerrill were all workers.

Liverpool Post 12/1/1920

 

 COSMOPOLITANS' WIN.

Cosmopolitan beat the Aliens at West Derby by 2 goals 1 try (13 pts.) to 1 try (3 pts.). The visitors were strongly represented, Cheshire and Robinson being included, whilst the Aliens only played fourteen men first half. Cubbin, the old County player, among the spectators, going to the assistance after the interval. The Aliens opened well, but a knock-on ruined a fine chance. Hirst opened the visitors' score, near the flag, Cheshire failing with the kick. The Aliens were a try behind at the interval, and sustained strong pressure early in the second half. Cubbin, relieved, and Kay and Bellamy broke away, the latter equalising. When the visitors got down again the home defence cracked up. Robinson got a very easy try between the posts, Cheshire converting, whilst Hirst also crossed and added the major points. Among the Cosmopolitan, Cheshire maintained his reputation, and Robinson and Hirst also shone in a generally capital side. The Aliens played pluckily under difficulties. D. Bellamy, Kay, Martinez, and Sloss performing creditably.

Liverpool Post 26/1/1920

 

 ALIENS TRIUMPHANT.

The Aliens triumphed over Bowden Rangers at West Derby by 12 points to 3. The conditions were against accurate play, but the Aliens settled down well, Outhwaite opening their score with a finely-worked try. A couple of chances to increase the margin went begging, so Bowden got level before the interval through Pierce. The Aliens dominated the second half, further unconverted tries being recorded by Kay, Williams, and Roberts. Bowden failing to respond. A rather scrappy opening was succeeded by more open tactics the Aliens' capital passing being more effective than the footwork, which the visitors favoured. Forward, the Aliens were strong, O'Donnell being very effective. The two Bellamys played very well in the three-quarters, and Kay's speed was a valuable asset. Crawford at back and Ellis and Outhwaite at half were particularly good. Pierce, Russel, Lees, and Owen did well for the visitors. It was an encouraging victory for the Aliens, and thoroughly deserved,

Liverpool Post 2/2/1920

 

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Committee Meeting held at Gainsboro' Cafe 6.2.20

Present Messrs Knipe, Applebee, Kay, Bellamy, Outhwaite, Williams, Taylor, Milbourn

The following new members were elected.

 

Proposed by

Seconded by.

J.Thomas

G.Younger

H.E.Snape

*J.C.C.McFeely

F.J.Applebee

J.Milbourn

G.W.Browne

"

W.B.Croxford

*P.Cubbin

S.J.Kay

F.J.Applebee

H.H.Rowlands

F.J.Applebee

J.Milbourn

G.Martinez

E.Martinez

F.J.Applebee

K.S.Bradshaw

R.Kaye Dixon

"

(* old members rejoining).

It was decided to open a banking account for the club, cheques to be signed by J.Milbourn. (Proposed by J.R.Williams seconded by S.J.Kay)

The election of an entertainments committee was confirmed.

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CROXFORD PRAISE.

The Aliens-surely it is time a more appropriate name was found for this club-put up a good fight with fourteen men at Heaton Moor, in a match in which W. B. Croxford played at stand-off half- back, and scored his side's only try. As a member of the Lancashire County Committee, and also of the Selection Committee and the Schools' Sub-Committee. Mr. Croxford has done valuable service for the football of the county in the last twelve months of reconstruction. At a time when a keen organiser was needed to revive the game in Liverpool, Mr. Croxford worked with tremendous earnestness and the fact that Merseyside Rugger revived so splendidly is due in a large measure to his untiring efforts. One thought his playing days were over, but, having done everything that was possible for one man to do as an organiser and in the committee-room, he apparently needed an outlet for still more energy. Mr. Croxford and Mr. Edgar Craig, of Broughton Park, have made a great effort to do for Lancashire what Mr. R. F. Oakes has done for Yorkshire.

 

ALIENS v. ST. HELENS OLD BOYS.

At Deysbrook-lane. St. Helens lost the toss, and kicked off against a strong breeze. Despite this handicap, however, they did most of the forcing, and their three-quarter line was early in the picture. As the game settled down keen play was the order, St Helens striving hard, with the Aliens' defence stubbornly defensive. The "Saints", however, were not to be denied, and Thewlas darted out from a midfield scrimmage, and with a beautiful swerving run planted the ball squarely between the posts, Woods converted. Give-and-take followed, and very gradually the Aliens forced their way into St. Helens territory After thirty minutes their efforts were rewarded, Arthwaite grounding the ball well out from the left-hand post. Bellamy, however, failed to convert. The second half was exceptionally keen, with both defences superior to their respective opponents. Result.- St. Helens Old Boys 5 points, Aliens 3 points.

Dail Post 9/2/1920

 

A "DAULMAN" PERFORMANCE.

Summer in the half-mile. One other competitor in this class deserves special mention. H. Daulman won his heat and ran second in the final of the 80 yards' handicap for employees over 40, and followed this up immediately after by winning his heat and first place in the final of the 100 yards' handicap open to all employees of the firm.

 

ALIENS AGAIN SUCCESSFUL.

Aliens defeated Waterloo A at West Derby by 11 points to 6 points, and well deserved the encouraging victory. The opening try, by O'Donnell, was strongly forced through, and, after two breaksaway by the visitors were spoiled by "knocking on," Mossop equalised. A beautiful try by Croxford gave the Aliens the lead, and Hutchins notched the major points. Aliens thus led 3 at half-time, and a penalty goal for Aliens by Hutchings and a try for Waterloo by Whitehead did not disturb the margin. In close scrum work Waterloo did well, but faulty handling spoiled good openings. The Aliens' three-quarters decided the game, Hutchings again giving a very fine display, B. Bellamy and Croxford ably assisting.

23/3/1920

 

 ALIENS WITHSTAND PARK A.

One of the most interesting games seen on the Birkenhead Park ground for a long time was that between the Park A team and Aliens on Saturday; and it was also a novelty in that no score was recorded. Park had the better of the attack, especially in the forward ranks, but the work of some of the three-quarters was scrappy in the extreme, chance after chance being missed through bad fielding or bad passing. The Aliens threatened the home lines at times, but their raids were few and shortlived. They did very well to escape without defeat, for the Park had a good A team in the field.

 

 CHESTER COLLEGE DEFEAT ALIENS.

The match between the Aliens and Chester College, at West Derby, was played in a downpour, the visitors winning by 6 points to 3. Perkins and Walkden got tries for the College in the first half, Walkden just failing with difficult kicks. The Aliens did better in the second half. O'Donnell got a try from a forward rush, and later Outhwaite also appeared to have touched down for the Aliens, but the ruling was otherwise. The Collegians had a well-balanced side, the forwards being capable in the close, Walkden and Sewell deserving mention. Williams (threequarter) and Bull at scrum half played good games. The Aliens were best represented by O'Donnell, Hutchings and Outhwaite. The Collegians were three regular players short, and Aliens had several changes. Kay, their capable and speedy three-quarter was away with a damaged shoulder, and Younger was missed in the pack.

 

 ALIENS v. HEATON MOOR.

At Deysbrook-lane. A close game resulted in Heaton Moor just winning by 5 points to 3, although up to half-time the Aliens were leading by a try to nothing, Croxford scoring. On crossing over, play was even, until good passing by the Heaton backs and threequarters enabled Kelly to run over for a try, which he also converted.

Result. -Heaton Moor 1 goal (5pts), Aliens 1 try (3pts).

 

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Committee Meeting held at Gainsboro' Cafe 16.4.20

Present Messrs Knipe, Milbourn, Kay, Williams, O'Donnell, Taylor, Applebee

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

The following new members were elected.

 

Proposed by

Seconded by.

N.Hutchings

H.Daulman

F.Outhwaite

D.Leff

F.J.Applebee

M.Cass

R.A.Dunsmuir

H.Daulman

W.B.Croxford

A.L.Roberts

F.J.Applebee

F.Outhwaite

The resignations of S.P.G.Upward (who has removed to Carlisle), and J.H.Owen were accepted with regret.

Messrs J.R.Williams and R. Kaye Dixon were appointed auditors.

One of our members R.A.O'Donnell played for Lancashire v Northumberland and scored two tries. His play was highly commended in the press. S.Dumbell, and Alien trained player, now with University appeared v Durham, and F.Outhwaite was first reserve v Cheshire.

Season 1919-20

The past season opened under depressing circumstances. After making the necessary arrangements for the continuation of the club we were faced with unexpected difficulties. We failed to find a suitable ground with convenient dressing accommodation. Our playing members numbered eight but we raised the number to fifteen and commenced our matches. As there had been no preliminary matches we were heavily beaten. In the first half of the season, the first team played 8, lost all and scored 14 points against 152. In the second half season they won 4, drew 1 and lost 7 scoring 82 pts against 79. Three of the 7 losses were by a narrow margin of a goal kick.

The second team had somewhat similar results. They won 4, lost 12 and scored 108 points against 333, but as this team contains some very promising and very young players, the prospects for the team are decidedly bright.*

We were very fortunate in numbering amongst our members several players of the old Hamilton club, and it was mainly due to their accession, together with a good influx of old boys from Liverpool College that the club was enabled to continue.

We have a small balance in hand but as there are several subscriptions outstanding we have decided to present the cash statement at the next general meeting.

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General Meeting held at "Bee" Hotel 16.6.1920

Present Messrs Applebee, Bayliss, Bellamy(D), E.Cass, M.Cass, Daulman, Dunsmuir, Hutchings, G.Martinez, Milbourn, A.L.Roberts, A.Robinson, D.Sloss, O'Donnell, Stead

Mr O'Donnell was appointed chairman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were taken "as read".

The secretary read his report for the season 1919-20.

The following resignations were accepted with regret. H.W.Mitchell, J.G.Waldron, D.Relf

The names of several old members of the club were struck off the roll as it was evident that interest in the club had died out.

A proposal to change the name of the club, in view of the small attendance, was left over till the August meeting. It was decided after some discussion to place the following resolutions (proposed by M.Cass) on the agenda for the next meeting.

"That the name of the club be The Mersey Rugby Union Football Club."

The meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to Mr O'Donnell for taking the chair.

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General Meeting held at Bee Hotel August 31st 1920

Present Messrs Knipe, Marshall, A.Robinson, Munro, Kay-Dixon, O'Donnell, R.W.Jones, A.L.Roberts, D.Roberts, E.Roberts, E.Martinez, F.J.Applebee, J.Milbourn, E.Cass, M.Cass, S.J.Kay, Croxford, Daulman, Snape, Sloss, Helme, Hutchings, Taylor, Williams

Mr Knipe was elected chairman.

The minutes of the previous general meeting were read and confirmed.

The Cash statement was brought before the meeting and was adopted with congratulations to the Hon. Treas. on the balance in hand.

The Election of officers resulted as follows.

President.

R.L.Knipe

Vice-presidents messrs

W.B.Croxford, R.F.Harding, R.W.Jones, J.Kay, H.Marshall, J.Milbourn, H.J.Morgan, L.Stringer, J.W.A.Taylor, I.R.Williams, W.G.Flint, A.E.Harris, Dr W.H.Broad, Dr Rumjahn, J.H.Helme, W.Deacon, S.Lees, H.Lees and Dr H.J.Knox.

Captain.

R.A.O'Donnell

Vice Capt.

N.Hutchings

Capt (A Team)

J.R.Williams

Hon.Sec.

F.J.Applebee

Hon.Team Sec.

J.H.Helme

Hon.Treas.

J.Milbourn

Hon.Asst.Treas.

J.W.A.Taylor

Representative on the County Committee.

W.B.Croxford.

Committee.

H.Bayliss, F.Outhwaite, H.E.Snape, R.K.Dixon, S.J.Kay, H.Porter, H.Daulman, D.W.F.Bellamy, V.A.Bellamy.

The meeting decided that the change in the name of the club was desirable from many points of view, and while regretting the passing of the old name, it was agreed that from the date of the meeting the club should be called The "Sefton" Rugby Union Football Club.

The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman for his services.

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Rugby Zeal on Merseyside.

Two Merseyside Rugby football clubs have decided to alter their names. Acting on the advice given them by The Athletic News last year, the "Aliens" have got rid of their far from pretty title, and for the future will be known as the Sefton F.C., which is much preferable; while the "Cosmopolitans" have determined upon Port Sunlight F.C. as designation.

Athletic News 18/9/1920

 

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