January 5, 1939
More than £200,000 worth of footballers under one roof! This is what I found at Cleveleys, when I went to see the Liverpool in training for Saturday’s FA Cup-tie against Luton Town at Anfield.
Cleveleys has been taken over by footballers. They were here, there and everywhere. In addition to the Liverpool players and officials there were big parties from Leeds United and Swansea Town in addition to Blackpool F.C. player. All had one thought to get 100 per cent fit for Saturday’s battles.
Six inches of snow did not hold up preparations, and although, naturally, the snow has caused outdoor work to be curtailed, the lads are getting plenty of needed exercise and fresh air.
I found the Liverpool party in high spirits. The best news is that every one of the injured players is absolutely fit.
Tommy Cooper, Arthur Riley, Jim Harley, Matt Busby, and Willie Fagan are all sound again and will be ready if needed. The team will not be chosen until tonight’s meeting of the directors.
The lads were out at ball practice in the snow today, and Cooper took the opportunity of adopting a snow treatment for the knee which has been troubling him. He rubbed snow into the joint, and this set up a fine circulation. “It has done the knee a tremendous amount of good,” said Tom, “It could not be fitter.”
Mr. Kay sees Luton.
“There is nothing of the kick and rush about Luton Town,” commented Mr. George Kay, the manager, when I asked him what were his impressions of Town, when he saw them last week.
“Their three inside-forwards, Billy Redfern, Hugh Billington and Eddie Connelly, are fine constructive footballers.
“Town will take a lot of beating, for they are fast in development, and speed is a feature of their work. I am optimistic enough to think we can win.”
The facilities at Cleveleys are ideal. There are splendid baths, gymnasium, and arrangements have been made for indoor games – billiards, snooker, table tennis, rings, quoits, darts, and even in the bad weather conditions the players always have something to occupy their minds.
Players in the Liverpool party, in addition to Directors Messrs. William Harvey Webb, Stanley Ronald Williams, Mr. George Kay and Trainer Mr. Charlie Wilson, are Arthur Riley, Dirk Kemp, Tommy Cooper, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Matt Busby, Fred Rogers, Jimmy McInnes, Tom Bush, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Bill Kinghorn, Harry Eastham, George Paterson.
(Evening Express: January 5, 1939)