Sefton’s Up-hill Task.
The fine spirit which the Rugby game encourages is well illustrated in the case of the Sefton club. Rugger is played in very primitive conditions at West Derby, and has but meagre support from the district, though there is nothing to pay, and all are welcome. Yet Sefton can run four teams, and has a playing membership of a hundred or so keen young enthusiasts.
The club owes much to the untiring work for the game of W.B.Croxford who took the lead in reorganising Liverpool Rugger after the armistice was signed, and who has had a couple of seasons of arduous work as a member of the Lancashire County Selection Committee. With more freedom this term, he is taking a hand in the game again, and his experience must be very valuable to a young side that has learnt not to be discouraged by defeat. A strong feature of Sefton football is the loyalty of the players to their club. Such loyalty merits better fortune.
Liverpool Daily Post 20/9/1922
One of the best achievements in Merseyside Rugger last week-end was the victory of Sefton on the new ground of the Old Salfordians, for the Salfordians have built up a great reputation for home victories during the past two seasons. Though they were without the assistance of S. Brown, who was playing for his own club, St. Helen’s Old Boys, Sefton were able to include in their pack Laker, formerly of Sunderland and the Old Whitgiftians, and the forwards played a capital game against their heavier opponents, while the backs utilised their opportunities very smartly, Norman Hutchings being in especially good form.
There has been some little misapprehension as to the reference to the Sefton club’s ground at West Derby as "primitive." The playing piece is well enough, and big enough, but it is a field among fields with no appointments save the goal posts and touch flags. The allusion to primitive conditions was made with the idea of showing how admirable the sporting spirit of the members is in face of difficulties.
Liverpool Daily Post 27/9/1922
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