West Gorton, Manchester born winger James Garside had spent time at Preston North End in 1902-03 without making their first eleven before joining Accrington Stanley in 1903. After impressing against Liverpool’s reserve team Garside signed for the Liverpool in March 1904. Garside, who had served apprenticeship as a engine fitter and was considered the best outside-left in the Lancashire Combination, could now focus just on football. He made five appearances for Liverpool taking over the centre-forward position from Sam Raybould for the Second Division fixture against Lincoln City at Anfield in January 1905, one of only two League matches the prolific Raybould missed during the club’s Second Division Championship-winning season. Garside was given four more opportunities the following year, when the club managed to achieve the very rare feat of winning the League Championship only one season after being promoted from the Second Division. But he returned to Accrington Stanley in 1906 and spent 3 seasons there, before Garside joined Exeter City of the Southern League in 1909 playing 110 games and scoring 22 goals through to 1913, representing The Southern League against The Irish League in 1911.