January 1, 1940
Match: Regional League, Western Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:30.
Liverpool – Crewe Alexandra 7-3 (3-1).
Attendance: 3,000; gate receipts: £104.
Referee: Mr. S. Roberts (Liverpool).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Eric Mansley, Jim Harley, Jack Tennant, Matt Busby, Walter Halsall, Stan Eastham, George Leadbetter, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done, Len Carney, Billy Liddell.
Crewe Alexandra (2-3-5): Tom Poskett, George Gilchrist, Charles Kneale, Arthur Tutin, George Cope, Still, Jack Waring, Arthur Rice, Leo Stevens, Smith, Matt Johnson.
The goals: 1-0 Liddell (2 min., assist: Leadbetter),
LFC: Nieuwenhuys 3, Liddell, Busby, Carney, Leadbetter.
Crewe: Stevens 2 (1 p), Rice.
Councillor William John Harrop, chairman of Liverpool F.C., toasting the King in the Board Room, before the Club’s first match in the New Year. He is drinking the toast from a loving cup presented by Sir Francis Joseph, KBE. Also in the picture are Mr. Frank Cottrell (chairman of Crewe Alexandra F.C.), Sir Thomas Brocklebank (chairman of Chester F.C.), and fellow directors.
(Evening Express: January 2, 1940)