Liverpool’s promising new players


August 19, 1920
Liverpool’s final public practice game served at least one useful purpose, for it gave us a glimpse of some of the new goods acquired since last season closed.

Judged by last night’s display it would be no exaggeration to say that the club possess a sound and serviceable lot of players among the newcomers, and although they were obviously outclassed by the League players, they promised well. At least five of the players on view favourably impressed. Reg Freeman, who partnered Tommy Lucas and was opposed to Dick Forshaw and Jack Sheldon, performed very creditably, as also did William Cunningham, who was the wing half-back in front of Freeman. The latter is physically well endowed for the position of full back. He is remarkably cool under pressure, and in anticipation shows good judgment.

Cunningham is of the dogged type, and he never releases his hold of the opposing wing till the position is hopeless. He will probably do well if properly handled.

John Ford is another half-back of promising quality. Thrustful and sturdy, with a good knowledge of attack, Ford should prove more tan useful as a pivot.

Both Harry McNaughton and John Scott maintain the club’s reputation for selecting goalkeepers of outstanding merit. The former was beaten thrice, but on each occasion it was by a long, hard drive that would have beaten almost any custodian. Scott parried and cleared several difficult shots, especially those from Harry Lewis, one of which, however, took effect after Scott had partially stopped it.

The League players did not extend themselves, and always gave the impression that they could do far more if they wished to do, eventually winning by 3-1. The scorers were Harry Chambers, Dick Forshaw, Tom Miller and Harry Lewis.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 19, 1920)

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