August 20, 1941
Anfield football followers will have the unique experience of seeing one team in action against two different elevens on Saturday, when Mr. George Kay, manager of Liverpool, stages his public trials.
His main team will be composed of players who in 1939 were only “A” team players, with the addition of Alf Hobson, the Chester and former Liverpool goalkeeper.
The majority of these players made such advancement that last season they were practically regular Football League players.
This side will face first one team of the young newcomers to Liverpool’s coaching “school,” and then another entirely different eleven. All these lads are between 16 and 18 years of age and have been training at Anfield.
“My main object is staging the trials,” said Mr. Kay, “is to show to the club followers not only the advancement made by players they know – Liddell, Spicer, and others – but also to show what an abundance of young talent we have discovered. You will see the ‘A’ team boys of yesterday, who are now the first team boys of today, facing the ‘A’ team boys of tomorrow.”
Certain it is that the trial will reveal the strength of the Reds, for the power of any side today lies in the quality of its youth.
One interesting personality in the games will be Lieutenant Len Carney, the former Liverpool Collegiate inside-forward, who played for the Reds’ first team in pre-war days, and who is home on leave. He will partner Billy Liddell on the right wing.
Liverpool Reds: – Alf Hobson, John Macdonald, Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Dennis Cooke, Eddie Spicer, Billy Liddell, Len Carney, Cyril Done, Stan Palk, George Collister.
(Evening Express: August 20, 1941)