Liverpool prepare for a new season


August 15, 1917
Although their list of fixtures is not yet published, Liverpool are first in the field locally with a practice game.

While many other teams are experiencing trouble in assembling enough players to complete one team, Liverpool have apparently gone about their business on sound commonsense lines, which assures them of a ready personnel. In the first place, they are able to pace the same team in the field that did duty in most of last season’s matches, and a glance through the “second string” reveal some likely talent.

What a happy hunting ground the St. Helens district has proved will be gleaned from the names. Here are the two teams for Saturday: –

Reds. – Tommy Haughton, Ephraim Longworth, Tommy Lucas, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Arthur Goddard, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, Tommy Cunliffe.
Stripes. – Percy Kite, Black, Collins, Hunter, Tweedale Rigg, Hughes, Robert Waine, Holden, Green, Ashcroft, W. Murphy.

Of the newcomers Black, Collins, and Green are locals; Rigg and Hughes are from the “Comets”; Hunter, Waine, Holden, Ashcroft, and Murphy all hail from Thatto Heath, St. Helens. Kite, of course, is the tall Warrington youth who impressed us all last season with his agility.

The game should attract a big crowd. Kick off I 3.30, and no tax will be charged on your threepence, seniors, and boys one penny, as all goes to charity.
(Liverpool Echo: August 15, 1917)

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