September 1, 1902
Tonight the Anfield eleven will open the season with a visit from the famous Celtic club, from which Liverpool’s latest recruit George Livingstone, was secured. The team will be as follows: – Bill Perkins, John Glover, Don McCallum, Maurice Parry, Charlie Wilson, William Goldie, Arthur Goddard, Richard Morris or George Livingstone, Sam Raybould, Edgar Chadwick, John Cox.
The absence of Billy Dunlop and Alex Raisbeck from the above list need cause no anxiety, for the sturdy full back experienced a little trouble with his feet in the early practices, whilst a trifling accident to Raisbeck kept him out of Wednesday’s trial, but both will be thoroughly fit for the League match against the Rovers.
The public midweek practice game produced some surprising football, ten goals being scored, nine of which came from what will be the League forward line. Now this points to the necessity to me of two things – either the defence was deplorably weak or the attack was exceptionally incisive. I am inclined to think that there was a modicum of both, particularly as regards the back play of the probably Leaguers, but the excellence of the forward work could not, apart from this, be ignored altogether.
The combination which obtained nine goals will find the best defence in the country an anxious time, for the two speedy extremes, Cox and Goddard, were most judiciously and trickily served by Edgar Chadwick and Livingstone respectively, and, with Raybould inspired to exert himself by the deeds of his wing men, there is no doubt the Liverpool front rank will want holding in their League matches.
Perkins was helpless with the terrific shots showered upon him and, without passing any judgment upon the remaining defenders, ‘twill be better to wait and see how they fare.
There are several promising players to draw upon. Morris is a clever inside left, and the local youth, Tom Hughes, has improved beyond recognition as a centre forward. Then, George Bowen will require some keeping out of the League team should his knee continue satisfactorily, whilst further behind John Davies, McCallum, and George Fleming are all worthy of selection.
Liverpool should certainly be able to put a powerful side into the field for their League matches, and I have no doubt many local lads will receive every encouragement from the Anfield people, if they will only remember that they cannot all be signed on at the maximum wage limit straight away.
(Source: Athletic News: September 1, 1902)