Football still lingers on


June 5, 1942
The game at Anfield ought to draw a good crowd, for it gives the Reds’ supporters a chance of seeing some pre-war Anfield first-teamers once more. Since their Army duties took these players beyond easy travelling distance we haven’t seen much of them, and the opportunity to renew acquaintance is welcome.

Among the Liverpool “exiles” in the Army side will be Dirk Kemp, whose first appearance this will be at Anfield for just over two years. In the half back line we shall have another opportunity of seeing Jack Easdale, the promising young Scot who looked like making the grade when war upset things, as well as Tom Bush and Jimmy McInnes, who have played here occasionally this season.

There is one “borrowed” player in the attack in Reid (Bradford City), otherwise the line is an all-Red one, including Bill Kinghorn, the South African, another player of promise who looked like making good until Hitler put things out of joint.

Curiously enough, the home side is less a Liverpool combination than the visitors, for there are only four registered Anfield players in it – Fred Finney, Harry Kaye, Billy Liddell, and Cyril Done. The rest include this season’s regular guests, such as Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge and Fred Haycock, with the balance made up by Preston North End stars, plus the always useful Arthur Owen, of Tranmere, a diminutive back has served Liverpool admirably every time he has played for them.

The proceeds of the match are being divided between the Lord Mayor of Liverpool’s War fund and the Army Welfare Fund. The start is 3 p.m., and the teams as follows: –

Liverpool. – Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Arthur Owen, Bill Shankly, Fred Finney, Harry Kaye, Billy Liddell, Andy McLaren, Cyril Done, Fred Haycock, Jack Wharton.

Liverpool Army XI. – Regimental Sergeant Major Dirk Kemp, Corporal Harry Pollard (Sheffield Wednesday), Sergeant Eric Westwood (Manchester City), Corporal Jack Easdale, Sergeant Tom Bush, Sergeant Jimmy McInnes, Sergeant Harry Eastham, Sergeant Phil Taylor, Corporal Reid (Bradford City), Private Bill Jones, Sergeant Bill Kinghorn.
(Liverpool Echo, 05-06-1942)

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