March 4, 1940
Liverpool’s victory over Southport would have been greater than 5-1 had it not been for the goalkeeping of Harry Stevenson. He made several uncanny saves, and one in particular from Willie Fagan – he parried a thunderbolt drive from close in and injured his fingers in doing so.
What must have been most satisfying to the Liverpool management was the display of international Jack Balmer, whose first appearance it was in a serious game since his enforced lay-off. Apart from scoring two splendid goals, Balmer revealed that he has lost none of his former skill and dash, and he and Fagan were Liverpool’s most attractive forwards.
After Billy Liddell and Fagan had combined in scoring one of the most audacious goals imaginable, the Southport defenders rarely got to grip with Liverpool’s forwards, while the Seasiders’ attack, while always trying hard, were inept in front of goal.
Tom Bush, who had been married just prior to the game, marked his appointment as captain for the day by leading his team to victory. The game was watched by his pretty bride.
Liverpool’s goals were scored by Willie Fagan (2), one being from a penalty, Jack Balmer (2) and Phil Taylor, while Hunt replied for Southport. The attendance was 4,500.
(Evening Express: March 4, 1940)