June 6, 1942
Key note: “It was a happy thought to wind up another season of war-time football at Anfield with a friendly game, which brought together many of Liverpool’s pre-war stars now, in the services, to meet some of the youngsters who have made good in their absence, and guest players who have assisted the old club during the season. The Army team was styled a Red Rose XI (55th Division Home Forces), with seven former Anfielders in the side, while the home team, in addition to usual guests, included Stan Eastham, making his first appearance since before the war. The Army side won more easily than the score of 3-2 suggests, and this was not surprising in view of their record of only one defeat this season. Altogether it was a most attractive fixture with which to end the season, and it was a pity there were not more spectators to well the proceeds, which were shared by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool’s War Fund and the Army Welfare Fund.” (Liverpool Daily Post: June 8, 1942)
Match: Benefit for Lord Mayor’s War Fund & Army Welfare Fund, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Red Rose XI (Liverpool Services) 2-3 (1-2).
Attendance: 3,087; gate receipts: £175.
Referee: Mr. J. Phillips (Liverpool).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge (Aston Villa), Arthur Owen, Stan Eastham, Fred Finney, Harry Kaye, Billy Liddell, Andy McLaren, Cyril Done, Fred Haycock, Jack Wharton.
Liverpool Services (2-3-5): Boothroyd (Huddersfield Town), Harry Pollard (Sheffield Wednesday), Eric Westwood (Manchester City), Jack Easdale, Tom Bush, Jimmy McInnes, Harry Eastham, Phil Taylor, Reid (Bradford City), Bill Jones, Bill Kinghorn.
The goals: 0-1 Reid (8 min.), 0-2 Jones (25 min.), 1-2 Wharton (45 min.), 1-3 Taylor (penalty), 2-3 Haycock.