January 4, 1940
Manager George Kay, of Liverpool, has always been keen to give youth a show. Now that the war has cut into football and made many regulars first team men into soldiers he is more keen than ever to make sure that nothing worth persevering with passes without being tried out.
In recent games the Liverpool side has included Billy Liddell, Len Carney, Cyril Done and Eric Mansley, all young in the matter of Division 1 experience, and the idea is that Liverpool’s reserve side should be continually putting up the best talent this area offers.
There are some excellent lads in the side to play the pride of Preston at Anfield on Saturday (2.45), in a Lancashire League game. Preston have no fewer than six junior sides, and Mr. Jim Taylor, who takes a keen interest in them all, is bringing the pick of the lot to try conclusions with the Anfielders.
It is therefore well the Liverpool side reads strongly, with some newcomers to help them along. Chief of these is Private T. Cheadle, of the North Staffordshire Regiment, who impressed Matt Busby so much that Matt fixed him up straight away to have a game with the Anfield club.
Collegiate Old Boys provide another good prospect – Jack Balmer and Len Carney are both ex-Collegiate – in H.T. King, a 19-years-old inside left. Ray Connah, a 16-years-old Welsh schoolboy international, who has made a great impression in his few games so far, is played at inside right.
Mansley, the 6ft. 2in. goalkeeper, nephew of Mr. Harry Mansley, vice-chairman of Chester F.C., promises to turn out a worthy follower in the long tradition of great Anfield goalkeepers.
This game provides a good opportunity for Liverpool’s followers to weigh up the future possibilities of the clubs’s reserve strength. The team reads: –
Eric Mansley, Kenneth Seddon, Private T. Cheadle, R. Goulding, Dennis Cooke, Eddie Spicer, George Leadbetter, Ray Connah, Cyril Done, H.T. King, Sidney Cathrall.
(Liverpool Echo: January 4, 1940)