May 21, 1942
Liverpool F.C. mean to make a strong bid for the “double” of League championship and Lancashire Cup, and with this object in view have strengthened their semi-final side against Blackburn by two borrowings from Preston.
As Preston did not enter for the Lancashire Cup their players are not “tied,” and Liverpool have seized the chance to enlist the services of Mutch and McLaren, Preston’s inside forwards, who should make a deal of difference to Liverpool’s attack. Mutch, of course, is an international and a player of ripe experience.
McLaren is a young player still in his teens, whom so good a judge as Mr. Jim Taylor, Preston’s chairman, regards as one of the most outstanding discoveries made by any club for many years. McLaren has made several appearance for Preston on Merseyside in the last couple of seasons, and has always played brilliantly. In the concluding game of last season, against Liverpool at Deepdale, he scored all Preston’s six goals. He was also a big factor in North End’s “double” success in lifting the League championship and League Cup.
McLaren will partner Nieuwenhuys on the right wing, Mutch pairing off with Liddell, with Done at centre forward. Haycock is at left half, and Finney, who has done so well in recent senior games, remains at centre half.
Blackburn will be without Robert Pryde, their big centre half, who is playing for the Western Command at Goodison Park, but otherwise they will turn out a strong side, including most of the players who drew with Liverpool at Anfield a month ago. Bremner, the Scottish international, who gave a brilliant display in that match, is again in the forward line, which will be led by Weddle, the former Portsmouth players, and altogether the Rovers’ side looks strong enough to give Liverpool a tough fight, though I expect the Reds to get through by a narrow margin to the final.
The match will be played to a finish. If scored are level after extra times the first goal finishes the game.
Liverpool. – Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Fred Finney, Fred Haycock, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Andy McLaren, Cyril Done, George Mutch, Billy Liddell.
Blackburn Rovers. – Herman Conway (West Ham), George Forbes, Taylor, Jack Percival (Manchester City), Jack Westby, Bobby Ancell (Newcastle), Tommy Gardner, Gordon Bremner (Motherwell), Jack Weddle, George Glaister, Tommy Pearson (Newcastle).
(Liverpool Echo, 21-05-1942)