September 2, 1939
Key note: “Liverpool won a gallant victory against Chelsea by a goal to nl, but it was an occasion memorable not for the incidents of the game so much as the unreal atmosphere which pervaded. Never been before has a Liverpool team been rounded up from Territorial camps in order to fulfill a League fixture, and it will be remember as the match in which Harley, the full back, was ordered off. As a game it was a triumph for Liverpool’s ‘Terrier’ brigade, some of whom had been on duty as late as 5 a.m. on the day of the match. But Chelsea’s form was so indifferent that it could never be the sparkling kind of match we saw against Middlesbrough, and in the end it was straggling and of little interest. The chief features were the duels between Van Den Berg and Barber, one of the most gentlemanly full backs in the game, the half-back excellence of Busby, Bush and McInnes and some grand full-back play by both Ramsden and Harley.” (Liverpool Daily Post: September 2, 1939)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:15.
Liverpool – Chelsea 1-0 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. G.W. Jones (Nottingham).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Dirk Kemp, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Matt Busby, Tom Bush, James McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Willie Fagan, Cyril Done, Jack Balmer, Herman Van den Berg.
Chelsea (2-3-5): Vic Woodley, George Barber, Jack Smith, Jack Mayes, Bob Salmond, Sam Weaver, Dickie Spence, Joe Payne, Dai James, John Smith, Alf Hanson.
The goal: 1-0 Done.
Sent off: Harley (Liverpool).
Match report from the Liverpool Daily Post: September 2, 1939.