Policing a football match

Letter of G. B. Ramsay to Chief Superintendent Adams, August 13, 1886

Dear Sir, We are now preparing for our forthcoming Football Season and shall require from three to a dozen policemen (according to the importance of the match) nearly every Saturday and Monday afternoon. Therefore would like to have an arrangement with you to the effect that I send you a cheque or Postal Order at the end of every month, which would release your men half an hour or more instead of waiting for about for their money.

Then again I understand that a neighbouring club only pays 1/- per man for the same time. Could you not reduce the rate you charge us from 5/-, which will amount to a considerable item every week. Your very kind consideration of this will much oblige.

I require two policemen for Monday evening next August 16th at Wellington Road, Perry Barr at 5.30.pm.

Yours respectfully
Geo B Ramsay,
Manager,
Aston Villa Football Club

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