May 31, 1940
So there remains something to strive for, and I can see Liverpool going all out against the Rakers. Who will have Alf Hanson back on duty – against the team he has assisted in the last two matches!
Liverpool will once again have the aid of Frank Swift, of Manchester City; Guttridge, of Aston Villa; Tennant, of Stoke City; Murphy, of Middlesbrough; Brown, of Huddersfield; and a newcomer, Walton, the Cardiff City and former Bolton Wanderers inside-left. Walton is stationed with Berry Nieuwenhuys in the Royal Air Force.
The Reds will be out not only to complete a League “double” over New Brighton, but to record a hat-trick of wins over them. They won at Rake-lane in the Liverpool Senior Cup and at Anfield in the Regional Tourney.
New Brighton are a sound side fore and aft. They have a good defence and a quick-raiding attack. Liverpool will have reason to feel satisfied if they force a draw.
Liverpool: – Frank Swift, Roy Guttridge, Jack Tennant, David Murphy, Alan Brown, Bob Paisley, Billy Liddell, Len Carney, Berry Nieuwenhuys, George Walton, Herman Van den Berg.
New Brighton: – Willie Hawthorn, Bill Ratcliffe, Arthur Buxton, Davis, Steve Hughes, Murphy, Horace Small, Waring, Arthur Frost, Albert Malam, Alf Hanson.
(Evening Express: May 31, 1940)
** Note: Article refers to Murphy, of Middlesbrough. All sources claim it was George Murphy, of Bradford City who guested Liverpool in this period.