Liverpool ring up the curtain


August 9, 1939
Liverpool have chosen two strong sides for this evening’s game, and I have no doubt there will be the customary large crowd to welcome new and old players. Poland, the goalkeeper from Wrexham; Paisley, the half-back from Bishop Auckland; and the promising Bootle lad, Pinnington, will be on view.

The club has left out Riley and Cooper, probably because they have passed the test. The view has also been taken that Rogers may make a full back and that Easdale is a bright prospect at centre half. Rogers has appeared in this position before, of course, but it is uncommon to find him starting the season there. Easdale’s work will be watched with interest. He is a Scot, a grand header of the ball, and his duels with Taylor, Fagan, and Balmer will be worth watching.

R. Jones is not available through Militia calls, so Pinnington, who has previously appeared on the left wing, comes in to fill his place, and both sets of players will be numbered in accordance with the new order. The kick-off is at 6.30.

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, Jack Easdale, Bob Paisley, William Pinnington, Harry Eastham, Cyril Done, George Paterson, Bill Kinghorn.
(Liverpool Daily Post: August 9, 1939)

Ron Jones, Arthur Riley, Tommy Cooper

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