Anfield tournament to start season?


August 4, 1941
Merseyside’s football season is to be given a wonderful send-off on Saturday, August 23. This is in the form of an all-star five-a-side knock-out tournament to be staged at Anfield football ground.

Liverpool, Everton, Tranmere Rovers and Chester will be the competing clubs; there will be “prizes” for the winners; and the proceeds will be devoted to the Lord Mayor of Liverpool’s War Fund. It is expected that the Lord Mayor (Alderman Sir Sydney Jones) will attend to kick-off.

The idea is that of Mr. George Kay, Liverpool’s enterprising manager, who holds the view that such a tournament with competitive interest will do more to help the War Fund than a practice match. Mr. Richard Lawson Martindale, the Liverpool chairman, and Mr. Kay are organising the event.

It is a long time since Merseyside had a five-a-side tournament and I am certain it will make a ready appeal to the sporting public. It ensures fast, snappy competitive fare.

With four clubs competing it means two semi-finals and a final. I would suggest, however, that Mr. Kay steps out boldly and invites the two Manchester clubs, Wrexham, and Southport to enter. If New Brighton can play so much better.

Eight clubs would ensure a bumper competition and some really fine football. I look forward to this day eagerly.
(Evening Express: August 4, 1941)

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