September 1, 1942
Two of Liverpool’s young products of the ‘A’ team, boys who were brought to the limelight last season, are included among the probable forwards for the Reds’ opening home game of the season – against Wrexham at Anfield on Saturday.
They are Hulligan and Hall, who made occasional first-team appearances last season, and who have made fine progress under Manager Mr. George Kay’s coaching scheme. Hulligan is an outside left and Hall is equally at home at inside or outside right.
Berry Nieuwenhuys will not be able to get away to play, and Mr. Kay will choose his two wingers from these youngsters and Liddell. George Mills, the Chelsea and England centre-forward, will again lead the attack, and it is expected that Palk and Done will occupy the inside forward positions.
It is good to know that Jack Balmer, the England forward, is making steady progress towards complete recovery from the leg injury received when playing for the Western Command at the back end of last season, and Mr. Kay has hopes that Balmer will be back on duty shortly.
Eddie Spicer, now an officer in the Marines, will be home on leave in a couple of weeks and will have a game or two, while Willie Fagan is also due for a spot of leave soon and will return to the Anfield fold after a lengthy spell with Northampton Town.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Eric Keen, Jack Pilling, Billy Liddell, Billy Hall, Stan Palk, George Mills, Cyril Done, Michael Hulligan.
(Evening Express: September 1, 1942)