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1896/97 Season Summary

The season began disastrously with the first league win coming at the fifth attempt with a 10-1 victory at Rossendale. The Saturday evening Football Standard, edited by William Lymath, a Central Committee member who wrote under the name of ‘Itinerant’ celebrated in verse,

Bring out your brazen trumpets
Have forth the sounding drum
There's no mistake about it
That first league victr'ys come!
Then blow yer bloomin' ardest
And bang that blessed drum
Let all both near and farthest
Know that league victr'ys come
This latter state of Rossendale
Must surely be their worst-
For Central landed seven goals
'Ere they could notch their first
Oh! Sad the fate of Rossendale
All hope must serve be gone
When on their own high mountain's steep
They're routed ten to one
Bang, Bang, along that drumlet
For Central's spanking team
Who waltzed all round the Hillman
And banged 'em through like steam

Central won the return match 10-0 on Christmas Day. lnside left Jackie Kirwan scored five goals at Rossendale and three in the return match. A native of Wicklow he was Central’s most sought-after player at that time and in February, 1898 he was transferred to Everton together with centre-half Harry Stringfellow for a fee of £130. He subsequently played for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1901 F.A. Cup Final and gained 16 lrish International caps.

The transfer fees enabled the club to embark on a London tour losing 5-0 at Reading and defeating St.Stephens 2-0.

With transfer fees and a curtailed wage bill the club’s finances improved. At the end of the 1896-97 season Central met Preston North End in a friendly and to everyone’s amazement won 6-1. Speedy outside-left Lollie Halsall subsequently to play for Blackpool and Preston, excelled.

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Chorley 28 21 3 4 66 23 45
2 Fairfield 28 19 3 6 77 35 41
3 Halliwell Rovers 28 14 7 7 74 47 35
4 Southport Central 28 16 2 10 84 51 34
5 Stalybridge Rovers 28 14 6 8 51 34 34
6 Clitheroe 28 15 4 9 54 35 34
7 Oldham County 28 14 4 10 60 53 32
8 FC Nelson 28 13 5 10 66 38 31
9 Stockport County 28 15 1 12 52 42 31
10 Ashton North End 28 10 4 14 43 58 24
11 West Manchester 28 7 4 17 40 67 18
12 Bacup 28 6 6 16 46 67 18
13 Fleetwood Rangers 28 6 4 18 33 92 16
14 South Shore 28 6 3 19 45 73 15
15 Rossendale 28 5 2 21 37 113 12

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