Saturday, January 7 – 1939
Luck may play a more prominent part than usual in the Cup-ties in view of the conditions. Naturally clubs are anxious to decide the ties, for postponements at this period of the season means complicated fixture lists and probably financial losses.
In the Merseyside district there are six clubs in which we are directly concerned, and there are hopes of a fair representation in the next round. The playing surface at Anfield has been cleared and the ground well sanded, and there seems every chance of play.
On form, Liverpool, who are stranger in the rear than at Middlesbrough, ought to beat Luton Town, a Second Division club, which has done well this season. The greater experience and higher class should tell in Liverpool’s favour, but the players are not likely to look on the match as a forgone conclusion, and they will, I am sure, go all out from the start.
Liverpool have not done well in the Cup for a long time and they should certainly take their home chance to-day. Luton Town will, I am sure, make the Liverpool men go all the way.
Liverpool. – Dirk Kemp, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Matt Busby, Tom Bush, James McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, George Paterson.
Luton Town. – Joe Coen, Tom King, Tom Dunsmore, John Finlayson, Gordon Dreyer, Fred Roberts, Charlie Clarke, Billy Redfern, Hugh Billington, Eddie Connelly, George Stephenson.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 07-01-1939)
Billy Redfern, from the same issue.