Big surprise in the Liverpool side

December 29, 1922
Liverpool directors met last night and made vital alterations in the constitution of their side. William Lacey reappears at outside right, Sambrook of Wolverhampton, makes his first appearance in the senior side at centre, and Bamber keeps a hold on his place at right half-back, vice McNab. It is folly to change a winning side, but possibly the crush of matches has had a lot to do with the selection of the side.

Tickets are on sale for the Arsenal Cup-tie, and those making written application to Mr. Georg Patterson must enclose stamped addressed envelopes.

Liverpool, the leaders, have just come to grips with Chelsea at the moment the London side managed to find some scoring forwards. This is a bit of bad luck for the Anfield fellows, but they are good for anything and anybody now, and indeed Ephraim Longworth says they are just used to playing three games in six days and seem to enjoy the heavy work – when there is a bonus at the end of it.

Johnson, it must be understood, could have played at Anfield on Tuesday, but he had strained a muscle, and it was deemed sensible to rest him awhile. Therefore, when Chelsea are tackled to-morrow the Londoners will see the full Anfield side, and they will see some stiff football. Chelsea’s half-back line seems to be more than useful, and therefore we shall all be keen to to see how the Reds have fared in town. Here’s a good wish for them.

Liverpool: Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Donald Mackinlay, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Tom Bromilow, William Lacey, Dick Forshaw, Jack Sambrook, Harry Chambers, Fred Hopkin.

Chelsea: Colin Hampton, George Smith, Jack Harrow, David Cameron, Harry Wilding, Tommy Meehan, John Bell, Harry Ford, Jimmy Armstrong, Billy Haywood, Bobby McNeil.

Reserve team to-morrow: – Frank Mitchell, Ted Parry, James Kane, Frank Checkland, Charles Harrison Davis, Bill Rogers, Thomas Malone, Jimmy Walsh, Danny Shone, Harry Lewis, Harold Wadsworth.

Davis, the Blyth (and gay) boy, makes his debut.

Wolves Reserves at Anfield on Monday, 2.30.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 29, 1922)

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