Authors tracking down family of St Helens man who was Anfield legend in 1920s

Author Jeff Goulding is seeking surviving relatives of players from Liverpool's first back-to-back league championship sides in the early 1920s, including Peasley Cross-born John Bamber.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 3:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 4:02 pm
John Bamber

The Reds won the third and fourth of the 19 top-flight titles in 1921/22 and 1922/23, making them only the third side to win consecutive First Division championships after Aston Villa, who accomplished it twice in the 1890s and The Wednesday - and although Bamber shared their triumphs he didn't get a medal due to his low number of appearances.

Now a new project between author Goulding, whose recent book Champions Under Lockdown has gone into reprint, and historian Kieran Smith, who heads the Liverpool FC Historical Group and also runs a dedicated fund set aside by the club to ensure the graves of ex-players and managers are properly marked, is set to tell the story of The Untouchables - Liverpool's title winning heroes of almost a century ago.

They are reaching out to any surviving relatives of the players' families,or the back room staff, to come forward, being very keen to chronicle their memories and see any memorabilia they may have.

Bamber started his career as a right winger but developed into a wing half, He joined Liverpool during World War 1 and also had spells at St Helens Town, St Helens Recreation, Prescot Cables, Leicester City and Tranmere Rovers.

Anyone locally who can help Jeff with his research,is asked to email :[email protected]