August 21, 1941
Berry Nieuwenhuys, Liverpool’s South African outside right, and one of the most colourful personalities in football, definitely will appear in Liverpool’s only practice match, which is scheduled for Anfield on Saturday.
Berry is in the Royal Air Force stationed somewhere in the south, and telegraphed me to say that he will be in Liverpool on leave during the week-end, and ready to play.
Straight away I got into touch with Mr. George Kay, the Reds’ manager, who was delighted with the news. “You can tell the people that Nieuwenhuys will play,” he said enthusiastically.
So the South African will play for the Reds team, which is composed in the main of players who have graduated through the ‘A’ team.
Mr. Kay has chosen two entirely different elevens which will, in turn, oppose the Reds. They will feature players from Liverpool, Bootle, Birkenhead, Rock Ferry and surrounding districts, the youngest being a little right winger, Eddie Davies, a 15-year-old from Rock Ferry.
There are some names among the newcomers which conjure up memories of former Soccer stalwarts, names like Shepherd – and a centre forward at that – Kay, Parry, and Arnold. Yes, and an inside right named Hall boats the Christian name of Willie like the English international. There will be four former Bootle schoolboy players in Keane, Williams, Harlock, and Parry, and three ex-Collegiate players in Len Carney, George Collister and Willis. Mr. George Kay’s son will be playing.
Here are the teams: –
Whites (1): Ray Willis, Charlie Fazackerley, Tom Culshaw, George Kay, Fred Finney, Eric Paterson, Collin Ostle, Willie Hall, Arthur Shepherd, Reg Owens, Syd Cattral.
Whites (2): Phil Keane, Bill Checkley, Topliss, Thornton, Glyn Parry, Bob Arnold, Dean Harlock, Eddie Davies, Len Carney, Billy Watkinson, Williams, Goodwin.
(Evening Express: August 21, 1941)