One of the smartest recruits secured by Liverpool during the close season was Ernest Peake, who was born in Aberystwyth twenty years ago. He was educated at the Board School there, and played with the eleven as an inside forward. Obtaining a scholarship at the County School, he assisted the team against other secondary school clubs for a couple of years.
At the age of fourteen he helped form a club known as the Barbarians, and this organisation eventually led to the formation of the Aberystwyth Town team. For four seasons Peake was connected with this club, and generally played right half back. Towards the close of his third campaign with them he was tried at centre half, and this was eventually recognised as his proper position in the team. So well did he perform in this onerous post that he was chosen to represent the Amateurs of Wales against the Professionals in a trial match, and operated against the English Amateurs at Wrexham last year.
His capabilities gained for him a place in the Welsh team against Ireland at Aberdare last season, and thus he secured International honours before reaching the age of twenty years. He joined Liverpool in May, and in the trial matches in August created a favourable impression by his play. Standing 5ft. 8¾in. and weighing 10st. 8lbs., he is not well equipped physically for a League footballer, but his cleverness more than counterbalances any lack in this respect. He played for the first time with the Liverpool premier eleven last week at Woolwich.
From the Joint Everton and Liverpool Programme, 27-02-1909 - Transcribed by Kjell Hanssen