Lerpoolians in Soccer
There has been a greater historical involvement by Lerpoolians with the 'beautiful game' than readers might appreciate.
As the red half of the city continues to celebrate the silverware gathering exploits of LFC this season, it may surprise readers, more versed in the many contributions by College alumni to Merseyside cricket, hockey and rugby football, to learn that the 'lesser' game of Association Football has also benefited from Lerpoolians' input over the years.
David Wainwright in his book, 'Liverpool Gentlemen' (1960), notes the distinguished contribution to the game of Willie Cuff, a pupil at the College during the 1880s, who became a President of the Football League, a Vice-President of the Football Association and, for some years, Chairman of Everton Football Club.
There have been, and still are, Lerpoolians working in the media as football presenters. For a good number of years one such was Roger Elton Welsby (1962-67 Brook's), who, on realising that he would not make it as a pro footballer, found his way into sports journalism. He rose to become the voice and face of north-west football on Granada Television before progressing to become the presenter of ITV's, The Match, in the early 90s.
Across the "pond", Roger Bennett (1977-88), a keen Evertonian, has made a name for himself producing very popular football, and other sports, podcasts. Along with a fellow Brit, he has produced, among others, 'Men in Blazers', 'Wayne Rooney Interviews', and, following the USA's World Cup triumph, 'Women in Blazers'.
Efan Ekoku (1978-83, School House), who numbered Norwich City, Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday among the clubs he played for, as well as representing Nigeria in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, was seen presenting Sky Pick's coverage of the recent post-lockdown Premier League encounter between Watford and Norwich City. Liverpool fans may be pleased to be reminded of the four goals he scored in Norwich City's defeat of Everton at Goodison Park in 1993.
And lastly, we congratulate Crewe Alexandra's, Perry Ng (2000-13, Selwyn's), who, this season, has been helping his club gain promotion from League Two to League One in the English Football League.