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Authors want to find family of 1920s Liverpool player

Authors want to find family of 1920s Liverpool player

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Two authors want to track down the family of a footballer who played for Liverpool's back-to-back title winning side of the 1920s. 

Jeff Goulding and Kieran Smith are researching the life and times of the Reds squad, who won the club's 4th and 5th championships in 1922 and 1923.

They want to find out more information about Jock McNab, who after retirement managed the Jawbone pub in Bootle.

Jeff explained: “A couple of the players had connections to Bootle. Walter Wadsworth was born in Cowper Street and grew up in the area. We have managed to track down his family and are in contact with them. They now live in the south. However, we are struggling to make contact with relatives of the other, Jock McNab.

“Jock, a Scot, has a colourful history. He served in WWI and was a champion boxer, before joining Liverpool after the war in 1919. Jock and Walter were great pals and remained so long after they hung up their boots. We know Jock went on to manage the Jawbone pub in Bootle, and we'd love to hear from old customers, family members and friends who may have stories or memorabilia to share.

“If anyone does have info, we'd love it if they could contact us at jsgoulding67@gmail.com or kieran.smith9@hotmail.co.uk”

Jeff Goulding is a Liverpool based football author and Liverpool season ticket holder who has written 5 books about the history of the club.

Kieran Smith heads the Liverpool FC Historical Group and manages an official club fund that seeks to trace and restore the graves of former players and staff.

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