January 9, 1936
Liverpool to-day took Billy Hartill, of Everton, to their fold. It is a surprising signing. Hartill was the subject of another Scottish inquiry less than five minutes before Liverpool took their man.
Hartill was signed in the summer to replace Dixie Dean. He had a good show in the trial games, and later got a first-team show, but he has hardly lived up to the reputation he made with Wolverhampton Wanderers. While with Wolves he was a dashing leader, and could play in any inside forward positions.
A soldier – hence his nickname “Artillery” – Hartill has the height and heading ability to make him a power if he can recapture his Midland form. Liverpool will hope he turns out as well as their previous signings from Everton – William Lacey, Tom Gracie, Jack Balmer, Alf Hanson, &c.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 9, 1936)