January 9, 1919
Liverpool Football Club, ever renowned through the war period, for finding the right type of junior and giving him a chance – finding is one factor, giving a lengthened trial is quite another, and just as important factor – have struck a very promising fellow of huge dimensions in Matthews, who scored six goal (one was disallowed) last Saturday for the Reserves. Matthews is a twenty-one year old player who has graduated at Ruabon, and he came under Liverpool’s eagle eye through a couple of Western Command matches played locally. In those, Master Matthews, helped himself to four goals each time. Here then was a marksman and a player who boasted – or could boast – youth, 6ft. 1½in. in height and 12st. and more in weight. He is now discharged from the Army, therefore is free to play for Liverpool, which club he has been chosen to represent in the semi Derby game at Anfield on Saturday.
Team: Liverpool (v. Southport Vulcan): William Scott, John Page, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Harold Wadsworth, John Miller, Billy Matthews, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 9, 1919)