Long Reads

Former Cables players at the club's Centenary Dinner in 1984

In an effort to bring our club’s history to life, we have collected some of the articles previously published in our award-winning programme in this section of our website.

These are essays that were sometimes serialised over multiple issues of the programme, but which are presented here in their entirety.

Many of the pieces in this section were written by Roy McDonald and are accompanied by comments made by Roy on his website.  The commentary places the essays in context.

Others were written by Glyn Williams, who is a local historian of some note.

‘Jackie stood at about 5 feet 10 inches. Strong and sturdy, he was a good runner, an excellent header of the ball and deadly near goal’ (Eric Bond). To Cables ...
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‘He returned to Hope Street in August 1956 in time to play a highly significant role in the winning of the Combination championship, netting no fewer than 65 goals, the ...
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‘One of Prescot’s most feared and effective goal-scorers…. Though not a big man he was so dangerous around goal that apprehensive defenders would often concede penalties rather than give him ...
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Relegation at the end of the 1953-54 season was a bitter blow for Prescot Cables’ players, officials and supporters. The job of getting the team back into Division 1 of ...
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Compared with their full-time counterparts in the Football League, the part-timers of non-league football probably face fewer problems when they hang up their boots. Some will stay on as managers ...
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Note: This piece was written before Glyn's other Long Read about the life and career of Jack Roscoe. One of the greatest goal scoring centre forwards who ever played for ...
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Imagine an episode of that old TV panel show Tell The Truth. It was based on an American prototype invented by Bob Stewart and shown on ITV in the late ...
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The match between Prescot Cables and Lancaster Town in September 1930 is long forgotten except for the performance of one particular player: Cables’ 21-year-old goalkeeper Horace Whalley. The football correspondent ...
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When I visited the area, known as the ‘Welsh Streets’ because it was built in the 1880s for artisans from Wales, the houses were empty and boarded-up, as if awaiting ...
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1945-46 was a season caught between war and peace. Families wanted men-folk posted abroad to return as soon as possible, and everyone craved for a return to normal life. For ...
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I hope regular readers will forgive me for starting this account of Bill Rainford, Cables’ post-war captain, with an anecdote first published in March 2013 in my piece on Harry ...
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We have previously featured a number of Cables Greats, ranging from pre-World-War-One goalkeeper Billy Mercer (who later played for Huddersfield Town in the 1928 FA Cup Final) to 1960s Football ...
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‘One of the greatest players that I saw was Harry Grisedale … the legendary Prescot player’. The words of a Prescot Cables fan reminiscing on the internet in 2013 about ...
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When I was a small boy, growing up in Queens Road, Prescot, my father George took me every few weeks to have my hair cut by Bert Williams of St ...
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This piece was originally published in the programme in March 2013 as a birthday tribute. There must be very few regular visitors to Cables who do not know Harry Boydell, ...
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When the legendary Liverpool and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Elisha Scott finally hung up his boots and put away his gloves and flat cap in the summer of 1934, after nearly ...
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Billy Mercer   Wembley Stadium, Saturday, 21 April 1928. The FA Cup Final between Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town. 92,041 spectators. It gets off to a sensational start when, after just ...
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A version of this article was printed in the Prescot Cables programmes for the match against Radcliffe on January 26th, 2019. I am grateful to the St Helens Referees Society ...
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Watching your team being relegated is bad enough. But imagine it going broke and having to resign from the league midway through the season. A messy business. Teams who had ...
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Small in stature, his driving play from right-half proved to be inspirational. Neville Walker, From Slacky Brow to Hope Street In the early months of 1948 Liverpool manager George Kay ...
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Have you heard the one about the Englishman, the Scotsman and the Nigerian? They all played football for their respective countries and Prescot Cables! The Englishman was St Helens-born Jack ...
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Despite the recent impact of players from the Far East on the Premier League, very few British-born players of Asian origin have featured at top level, and only one has ...
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This is another story that I have been aware of for some time, but had found difficulty in "fleshing out". A trip to the Archive section at Kirkby Library led ...
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16 September 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Prescot journalist and Cables’ Club President Bert Taylor. When he died suddenly aged 85 in September 2002 he left a ...
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My original article about the high-scoring Cables centre-forward Jack Roscoe came out in March 2014 as a two-parter of just over 3,000 words. I was not short of material. In ...
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Neville Walker’s account of Prescot FC’s early years includes some bizarre matches – like the occasion in 1889-90 when all the balls burst and the game had to be abandoned; ...
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It was in the Autumn of 1884 that a group of players from Prescot Cricket Club decided to maintain the sporting momentum by forming a football club and playing matches ...
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Memory Match; Stalybridge Celtic v Prescot Cables FA Cup Third Qualifying round, 29th October 1932 In a previous feature I looked back at the occasion of the record attendance at Hope Street, ...
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This feature examined the day of the record attendance at Precot Cables' Hope Street ground. It was printed in the programme for the home game against Dunston on 14th September ...
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This story was originally scheduled to appear in the match programme for the game against Leek Town on March 30th, 2019. However, the game was postponed, and the programme was ...
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This piece was written for the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup, on April 2nd 2019, which saw Cables into their fourth consecutive final, having won it in the previous ...
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This piece featured in the match programme for the Prescot Cables v Widnes semi final tie in the 2018/19 Liverpool County FA Senior Cup.  As a supporter of both clubs, ...
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This article was printed in the Prescot Cables v Atherton Collieries programme on 23rd February 2019. I particularly enjoyed piecing this story together. The Social Club at Prescot Town Football ...
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Memory Match - Prescot Cables v Great Harwood Town, 19th February 1955 This piece appeared in the Prescot Cables match programme for the game against Kidsgrove Athletic on 16th February, 2019 ...
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This article is another in the occasional series looking at some of the other football teams in and around Prescot. It was featured in two programmes in January and February ...
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On Christmas Day 1936 – his 17th birthday - Edmund Ainsworth “Eddie” Kilshaw signed as a professional footballer for Prescot Cables. He will be remembered as one of the greatest players ...
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I am particularly pleased with this feature. It stemmed from a brief mention of the man in Neville Walker's excellent book, "From Slacky Brow to Hope Street". At first I ...
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This article featured in the Prescot Cables programme for the match against Droylsden on 8th December 2018. It is a follow-on piece to the story of Colin Fraser featured earlier ...
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This story appeared in print in the Prescot Cables v Clitheroe match programme on 24th November 2018. (After it was written, I discovered that, a few years later, another player ...
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This article tells the story of the Prescot Football Club's first President, and the exploits of his daughter during the First World War. It was published in the Prescot Cables ...
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This article continues the series looking at some of the other football teams in Prescot. It was featured in the programme for the Prescot Cables v Kendal F.A. Trophy tie ...
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This piece was featured in the Cables programme for the F.A. Trophy replay against Sheffield FC on October 2nd, 2018 and tells the story of a former Prescot player who ...
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This piece records a particularly sad event which affected one of the Junior sides in Prescot. It was published in the Prescot Cables match programme for the game against Market ...
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During my trawls through the old newspapers for stories about Prescot Cables, I have noted some information about many of the other football teams who played in and around Prescot ...
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This article was a companion piece to an earlier one looking at Prescot's connections to other specific clubs. It appeared in the programme for the Play Off Semi Final victory ...
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This article is slightly different for me. Rather than focusing on the history, it considers the recently announced name and image change for the visiting team from Radcliffe and whether ...
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This piece was inspired by the large number of postponed games that Prescot Cables and other teams had suffered during the latter half the season. It appeared in the programme ...
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This piece looks at some games between Prescot and Everton over the years. It was featured in the programme for the Liverpool Senior Cup Quarter Final game between the clubs ...
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This is quite a long piece which looks at the exploits of the original Prescot Football Club in the local cup competitions. It appeared in the programme for the visit ...
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This article appeared in the insert for the rearranged game with Goole on 6th March 2018. It focuses on the remarkable movement of players from the Prescot area to Hull ...
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This piece looks at the lofty ambitions of the Prescot Cables' directors to join the Football League. It appeared in the programme for the visit of Tadcaster Albion on 10th ...
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This piece was inspired by a reference in a previous article in the Prescot Cables FC programme to the Prescot Panthers RLFC. It appeared in the programme for the postponed ...
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