Boys match at Anfield


May 4, 1939
At Anfield, tomorrow night, kicking-off at 7 o’clock, Liverpool Boys and Bootle Boys meet in their annual game for the W.R. Williams Memorial Cup.

This cup was given by the Liverpool Football Club for annual competition between the two neighbouring schools football associations, in memory of that fine sportsman, W.R. Williams. It is one of the high spots of the year for the boys and masters and invariably a very keenly contested and clean game is served up.

The Liverpool side have held the trophy for the past five years, but this year the visitors are making a stronger-than-ever effort to wrest it from them. The season’s record show that Bootle have a well-balanced side which took Manchester to a single goal result, and defeated this year’s strong Crosby side (which defeated Liverpool) by the odd goal.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have been patchy, but have come up strongly recently by 3-1 and 4-0 victories over Wallasey and Birkenhead. Both sides have two county players.

Every year, Mrs. J.B. Harrison, daughter of the late W.R. Williams, travels from Carlisle to attend this game and to present personally the medals which she provides for the two teams.

Liverpool (from). – Morris (St. Margaret’s, Anfield), Patterson (St. Margaret’s Anfield), Shacklock (St. Sylvester’s R.C.), McKenzie (Roscoe), Langley (Warbreck), Rothwell (Gilmour), E. Jackson (Gilmour), W. Jackson (St. Elizabeth’s R.C.), Crawford (St. Margaret’s, Anfield), Gerrard (Clint Road), Wilcox (Dovecot), Ellis (Roscoe), and Pollard (St. Sila’s C.E.).

Referee: Mr. S.N. Roberts.
(Liverpool Daily Post: May 4, 1939)

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