December 30, 1941
Laurie Hughes, 17-year-old-captain of Tranmere Rovers ‘A’ team, makes his first eleven debut on Saturday, when the Rovers entertain last season’s cup winners and League champions, Preston North End, in the second “leg” of their War Cup Qualifying Competition.
Hughes steps in at centre-half in place of Wally Hughes, who is injured. Hughes is just the lad to seize his opportunity. He is almost a six footer and a natural footballer. I was deeply impressed with him when I went across to see the Rovers’ trial games in August. Laurie is the former Liverpool and Lancashire schoolboy player.
The Rovers have chosen Bill Gibbons for right half, but he is due to report for military service this week, and may not be available. Preston are bringing a tip-toe side, including nine of the players who beat Arsenal in the Cup final last season.
Tranmere Rovers: Lovatt, Wishart, Arthur Owen, Bill Gibbons, Laurie Hughes, Ronie Hodgson, Llew Ashcroft, Abe Rosenthal, Bunny Bell, Cyril Lewis, Harold Bridges.
Preston North End: Jack Fairbrother, Andy Beattie, Scott, Bill Shankly, Smith, Mansley, Tom Finney, Andy McLaren, Jimmy Dougal, George Mutch, Jackie Wharton.
(Evening Express: December 30, 1941)