August 30, 1916
Liverpool opens the local season with a home game against Bolton Wanderers, who, although minus some well-known names, have gathered round them some good players, notably Hodgkiss and Hurst, the ex-Southport men.
Liverpool’s side has been chosen, and shows little change from last season’s bustling eleven. Henderson, at inside left, and Lucas, at full back, are the main changes.
Everyone is talking of the precision of Lucas, whose display on Saturday suggested that he was much older than twenty years; he seemed to have obtained much experience somewhere. A sturdy fellow, with time on his side, Lucas, to my mind, looks a Burgess in the making – and no finer type of back could one desire.
He is not confined to football for his sport, as he is a bowls merchant of some repute. His brother, J., is a championship winner, and his cousin has made his mark on the green.
We shall all watch the future of Lucas with much hope and belief in his ability to rise.
The club has filled the Walkden void in South Liverpool’s books by arranging to play an attractive side at Dingle Park on Saturday, and South will be glad to see the Reds’ side, for it includes Trafford, the clever Parr back; Northy (Heywood United); Fairhurst (Sutton); and Ashcroft (another of the Thatto Heath and St. Helens pickings).
Liverpool (v. Bolton), 3.30, Anfield. – Ted Taylor, Ephraim Longworth, Tommy Lucas, John Bamber, Arthur Goddard, Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkney, Arthur Metcalf, Fred Pagnam, James Henderson, Tommy Cunliffe.
Liverpool Reserve, at South Liverpool’s ground, 4 o’clock. – Sutcliffe; Trafford and Collins; Northy, Fairhurst, and Williams; Davis, McNicol, Sammy Taylor, Ashcroft, and Arthur Dagnall.
The club ask that spectators on Saturday will, as far as possible, help the management by offering the exact entrance fee at the turnstiles. If a crowd of 20,000 spectators attended and each man offered a shilling for his 7d fee the club would be bewildered to find coppers.
(Liverpool Echo: August 30, 1916)