August 31, 1917
Liverpool start with a journey to Burslem – one of the longest travels in the season – and the difficulty players experience in getting time off and in losing overtime, &c., has caused the officials trouble in teams selection. Then there is the fact that Donald Mackinlay will be absent through the death of his brother-in-law.
The men who are starred are doubtful starters, and the team to face Port Vale reads: –
Tommy Haughton, Ephraim Longworth*, Tommy Lucas, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Tweedale Rigg, Robert Waine, Arthur Metcalf*, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, Tommy Cunliffe.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 31, 1917)