George Poland and Bob Paisley please at Anfield

Wednesday, August 9 – 1939
Reds beat the Whites.
Football trials cut little ice as a rule, but last night’s Anfield “preview” cut a lot of good turf and showed the newcomers in a good light. Reds – virtually the first team – put up five goals to the three obtained by Whites and the main “unknown qualities,” Poland, the goalkeeper who was signed from Wrexham, and Paisley, a left half-back from the famous North-Eastern amateur side, Bishop Auckland, were as impressive as they could be in this type of game.

Poland had five shots past him, but that is not to say that he failed, since he was facing the first team attack and their shooting was rarely at fault. Indeed, some of the balls which beat him were real cannon “fodder” and Nieuwenhuys, in particular, was in his strongest shooting vein. In build and style and general outlook Poland is remarkably like Elisha Scott. He has the same “nervy” Scott style while he is bobbing about changing position and there is no doubt that even though he was beaten often he is a very live candidate for the Anfield goalkeeping berth.

Paisley a worker.
Paisley, who signed professional on coming to Anfield, is one of those sturdy never-say-die half-backs. On this display he at least commended himself as being an honest worker with some of the necessary attributes for the rigorous of the game. Naturally the known quantities did their jobs in the usual smooth style, but at a varying degree of earnestness.

And that is why trials may often be misleading, since the man who has to prove himself often goes far on that task thanks to the inability of an opponent to really get down to a match that means little or nothing. It was good to see Fagan’s sturdy frame doing its work again and Nieuwenhuys was particularly noteworthy for his three goals, even if he did not appear to be in the game for long spells.

“Hat trick” for Done.
The club tried the experiment of playing a young Liverpool boy, Done, who has been on the staff for some time, at centre forward in the Whites’ front line and he got a “hat trick” of goals against the better defence in nice style, and showed that he wanted a lot of moving off the ball. Easdale, at centre half for Whites, headed the ball extremely well and was outstanding of his line, so Liverpool must feel that the time is coming when they will have to consider his claims. At the moment he is short of physical attributes rather than ones concerned with his ability to play football.

Balmer, Phil Taylor, and Nieuwenhuys (3) scored for the winners, and Done (3) for Whites. At the interval, Lambert, who had suffered a knock in training, was left out of Whites and Sergeant Eastham was brought in in his place. Kemp’s best work was the saving of Done’s penalty kick when a foul by Ramsden on Paterson produced the award.

Result: Reds 5, Whites 3.

Reds: Dirk Kemp, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Matt Busby, Tom Bush, James McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Herman Van den Berg.

Whites: George Poland, Fred Rogers, Keith Peters, Ray Lambert (Stan Eastham after interval), Jack Easdale, Bob Paisley, William Pinnington, Harry Eastham, Cyril Done, George Paterson, Bill Kinghorn.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 10-08-1939)

The Liverpool football team, wearing numbers at the back of their shirts, in their first practice match of the season last night.

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