May 22, 1939
Liverpool Football Club touring party left Liverpool today for their Scandinavian tour, which continues until June 9. During that time they will play five matches.
The first game will be played against the Swedish League at Malmö, on Wednesday, and on Friday they will oppose AIK at Råsunda.
The following Wednesday, May 31, they face the Göteborg Combined eleven, and on June 2 oppose Södermansland FA at Eskilstuna. The concluding game will be at Elfsborg, on June 6.
The following players have gone: Tommy Cooper, Matt Busby, Arthur Riley, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Ray Lambert, Tom Bush, Fred Rogers, Jimmy McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Herman Van den Berg, Bill Kinghorn and Harry Eastham. They were in the charge of Manager Mr. George Kay and Trainer Mr. Charlie Wilson.
Accompanying them were Mr. William John Harrop, chairman; Mr. James Troop, vice-chairman; and Messrs. William Harvey Webb, Stanley Ronald Williams, Richard Lawson Martindale and George Alfred Richards, directors.
Mr. Kay said to Pilot before the team departed:
“The Liverpool club is out to uphold the prestige of British football. We feel, however, that this is something more than just a football tour. It will help in fostering a feeling of friendship among nations. I hope and believe that we can come through the tour without defeat.”
(Evening Express: May 22, 1939)
Member of Liverpool Football Club leaving Lime-street Station, today, for their Tour of Scandinavia. In the centre is the chairman, Mr. William John Harrop, and the captain Tommy Cooper.