Liverpool F.C.’s final “dress rehearsal”


August 15, 1939
What will be the eleven to represent Liverpool in the Jubilee Fund match at Anfield on Saturday against Everton? The question may be answered at Anfield tomorrow night. The Reds will hold their final trial game in readiness for the 1939-40 season, and five players who were not selected for last week’s trial will be included.

This means that practically ever professional available will have shown his paces in a practice game, and the form of all will be more or less known. One of the problems facing the Reds is the position of goalkeeper. There are four claimants for the position – Arthur Riley, Dirk Kemp, George Poland and Eric Mansley.

Kemp last week gave a sound all-round display, including the saving of a penalty. We also saw the brilliance of the newcomer, George Poland, and tomorrow we shall be able to have another look at the great goalkeeper, Arthur Riley, the man who makes the work look easy.

Fine last line.
No matter the final selection, we shall know that the club will not be let down by “the last line.” One thing is practically certain. We shall have the old-young brigade in attack. If there is any problem at all in this division, it is at outside left where Kinghorn, on last week’s form, is challenging hard for inclusion at the expense of Van Den Berg.

Busby and McInnes will be the wing half-backs for certain, and one assumes that Bush will continue at centre-half. I know, however, that a big section would plump for Rogers who has put in such grand service in various positions, while others would hand the position to young Jack Easdale, the 20-year-olf Scot who, like Bush and Rogers, cost the club nothing.

Easdale will have to join the Militia shortly – I think he will have to go in January – but that apart, there is no doubting the tremendous strides he has made in his football arts. Easdale is as hard as iron and can take all the bumps that are coming. Sound in the tackle and good with the ball in the air, I think Easdale has only to show up well against the first team, at least, for the Everton game.

A run against Everton would tell the selectors far more than any trial match, and it is an experiment that could well be tried. We all know what Tom Bush and Fred Rogers can do against a side like the Blues, and so the opportunity should be seized to test Easdale.

Cooper, Riley, Liddell and Jones (W.H.) are the actual newcomers to tomorrow’s trial, for Stan Eastham did play in the second-half last week when Ray Lambert was injured.

Reds: Arthur Riley, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Matt Busby, Tom Bush, Jimmy McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Herman Van Den Berg.

Whites: George Poland, Tommy Cooper, Fred Rogers, Stan Eastham, Jack Easdale, Bob Paisley, Billy Liddell, Bill Jones, Cyril Done, George Paterson, Bill Kinghorn.
(Evening Express: August 15, 1939

XX

Another trial at Anfield
Liverpool F.C. have brought in some “newcomers” for their trial game at Anfield to-morow. Cooper and Riley are back to work, and Liddell, the young Scottish boy, who has been with the club for eighteen months and who shows distinct promise, is also out again. W.H. Jones, another youngsters who combines his football with more than an ordinary knowledge of how to play cricket will also be fresh on the Anfield sward this season. Riley will keep goal for Reds, virtually the first team, and Cooper will be at right back in White’s side.

Teams:
Reds. – Arthur Riley, 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, Tommy Cooper, Fred Rogers, Stan Eastham, Jack Easdale, Bob Paisley, Billy Liddell, Bill Jones, Cyril Done, George Paterson, Bill Kinghorn.
(Liverpool Daily Post: August 15, 1939)

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