June 6, 1941
Two of the finest wing discoveries of wartime football will be playing for Liverpool tomorrow in the North Regional game at Deepdale against Preston North End. They are Billy Liddell, of Liverpool, the Scottish boy, and Jack Lyon, of Everton, the Whiston lad, who graduated through the Everton junior sides. Both are still in their ‘teens.
Lyon is on loan from Everton, and so is George Jackson, the versatile player who has scored five goals against the Reds this season, and who has even kept goal for them.
Manager Mr. George Kay is also hoping to have the assistance of Willie Fagan, Bert Turner, Richard Dorsett, and Alf Hanson. He has selected 13 players from which the final choice will be made.
The game will decide whether Preston are to record the big League and Cup “double,” just as the North End of 1888 recorded the first-ever peace-time “double.”
They can be overtaken by Manchester City. The reckoning, of course, is on goal average and North End hold the lead. They can be beaten, however, if Liverpool defeat them by 2-0 or more and providing Manchester City, at Maine-road, defeat Bury by 5-0 or more.
Another win for Preston will ensure them having the best League record in the country – north and south.
They did not enter for the Lancashire Senior Cup, which was won by Manchester United.
Preston have proved to England what Rangers are to Scotland, and so it is small wonder that efforts are being made for them to meet in a “Test” match early next season.
North End will be without Andy Beattie, their international defender, tomorrow, but will have out most of the boys who conquered Arsenal in the Cup Final at Ewood Park last Saturday.
Liverpool are not daunted by the task facing them in their final match of the season. They went to Preston some months ago with one of the youngest sides ever to turn out for the Reds, and won 4-1. I doubt whether they can repeat that performance, but they are a well-balanced side and will make North End fight every inch of the way.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Ray Lambert, George Jackson, Harry Kaye, Bert Turner, Dennis Cooke, Eddie Spicer, Billy Liddell, Richard Dorsett, Cyril Done, Willie Fagan, Stan Palk, Jack Lyon.
Preston North End: Jack Fairbrother, Len Gallimore, Bill Scott, Bill Shankly, Tom Smith, Cliff Mansley, Tom Finney, Andy McLaren, Jimmy Dougal, Bobby Beattie, Hugh O’Donnell.
(Evening Express: June 6, 1941)