News about Liverpool’s trial and life in camp


Thursday, August 3 – 1939
Liverpool F.C. will hold their first trial match tomorrow evening – at Langrove Camp. The staff at Anfield today were busy packing up the necessary jerseys for this Reds versus Whites game which should provide a real treat for the Territorials in camp there.

Last night the players did a full workout for football on the parade ground, and Matt Busby, the Liverpool skipper, writes to say that they were watched by nearly everyone in the Battalion.

“The British Army is all right,” states Matt, “now that we have settled down. There is keen competition here among the Companies to secure highest marks for efficient tents and outfits felt quite bucked today when we learned that ‘C’ Company, to where we are attached, was awarded first place.”

The battalion is due to leave Langrove this weekend, and expect to reach Lime Street Station between four and five o’clock on Sunday afternoon. They will match in full kit to the headquarters in Townsend Avenue – and the Liverpool players will be in the march.
(Evening Express, 03-08-1939)

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Members of Liverpool F.C. players in camp with the 9th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment in the Gower Peninsula. In the picture are Matt Busby (left), Arthur Riley (with rifle), Willie Fagan, and Jack Easdale (behind Riley), Mr. George Kay (team’s manager), Cyril Done, William Pinnington and Keith Peters.

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