August 12, 1940
Liverpool Football Club expect to have the services of one of the finest goalkeepers in the country next season. This is Sam Bartram, the Charlton Athletic player, who is now in the Royal Air Force.
Bartram has sent word to the Liverpool Club that he will assist them during the coming season provided he secured the necessary permission from his Commanding Officer. This, of course, applies to all players who are now with the Forces.
The addition of Bartram to the list of Anfield “probables” shows that Manager George Kay has been far from idle since he was recalled to “prepare” for the season. Liverpool had only one goalkeeper – Eric Manley – at their command.
Bartram is a Durham lad who played for Bolden Colliers before going to The Valley under the wing of countryman, Jimmy Seed. Jimmy has always had a liking for lads from his native Durham.
I have seen Bartram play many fine games for the Athletic, and Liverpool need have no fears regarding their last line of defence. Bartram played for England against South Africa in 1939 – and now succeeds South African goalkeepers “’neath the shadow of the Kop.”
(Liverpool Evening Express: August 12, 1940)