January 18, 1939
Owing to recent strenuous games under bad ground conditions a number of clubs have casualty lists, and there are, therefore, doubts about the compositions of some sides for Saturday’s Cup and League games.
Everton and Liverpool are among the few who are practically clear in this respect, and for the tie with Stockport County at Anfield on Saturday Liverpool will have the sides that won so well at Charlton with the exception that Nieuwenhuys, recovered from injury, resumes in place of Bill Jones.
It is good to have the South African in the team once more. He is always looked on as a potential match-winner, his mercurial dashes and facility for clinching an issue marking him down as a vital link in the Liverpool attack. Nieuwenhuys will therefore resume his partnership with Taylor, which was interrupted by an injury in the Luton Town Cup-tie. Rogers, of course, retains his place in the absence of the injured Tom Bush, and the side to oppose the Cheshire representatives will be:
Dirk Kemp, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Matt Busby, Fred Rogers, James McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Harry Eastham.
All the players are fit and well, and no doubt would welcome a drier spell to that outdoor exercises could be more pleasant.
Stockport are likely to have a good following, and with Lythgoe practically certain to be in his usual berth at centre-forward, the team likely to face Liverpool is:
Jack Bowles, Fred Jenkinson, Patrick Owens, Duggie Reid, Bill Titterington, Bob Still, Tommy Bagley, John Essex, Alf Lythgoe, George Sherwood, Charlie Sargeant.
Mr. George Kay, the Liverpool manager, weighed up the strength of Stockport on Saturday, and his opinion is summer up as follows: –
“They are a strong, virile side, very quick on the ball, with a powerful defence and a speedy attack, and just the right leavening of youth and experience. We shall need to go all out and give nothing less than our best, for Stockport can keep up the pace, and when all is said and done it is only goals that count.”
(Liverpool Daily Post: January 18, 1939)