June 3, 1940
Liverpool, who made a goalless draw with New Brighton at Rake-lane, had one glorious opportunity of finishing the season with victory. Less than 10 minutes from the end of the game, in which good marksmanship was rarely seen, Billy Liddell was brought down in the penalty area. Liddell, despite his shaking, was called on to take the kick, but a brilliant save was made by Hawthorne, who had been on the top of his form all the game.
Both teams provided spirited football. Liddell was the star of the game, and his nearest rival in artistry was Alf Hanson, the ex-Liverpool player, who was on the left wing for New Brighton.
Each side had a Murphy and both did well. Steve Hughes, the Rakers’ amateur, was in great form at centre half and he had a good afternoon’s work watching the fleet-footed Berry Nieuwenhuys. Albert Malam, the Rakers’ inside left, was always dangerous and he took the honours for the best shot of the match – a terrific low drive which rebounded from the foot of the post.
(Evening Express: June 3, 1940)