May 17, 1939
Merseyside’s big Derby days – September 16 and January 20.
Fixture lists for the Football League for next season issued today, reveal that it is the lot of Everton to set the ball rolling at home so far as the Merseyside senior clubs are concerned.
Everton begin the season in defence of their championship against Brentford at Goodison Park on August 26. On the same day Liverpool go to tackle last season’s Second Division runners-up, Sheffield United, at Bramall-lane.
The first “Derby” game will be at Anfield, on September 16, and the return at Goodison Park will be on January 20 – the week following the third round of the FA Cup.
Middlesbrough provide the opposition in the Reds’ first home game at Anfield. Everton have again to go to Aston Villa on the first Monday in the season. They had to do so in season 1938-39.
The Eastertide matches provide excellent Lancashire “Derby” struggles for both clubs. Everton will be at home on Good Friday to Blackpool, and go to Blackpool on Easter Monday. Liverpool visit Preston North End on Good Friday and receive the Deepdale lads at Anfield on Easter Monday.
Liverpool meet Stoke City during Christmas and Everton face Derby County – yes, for the second season in succession!
(Evening Express: May 17, 1939)