September 4, 1942
While appreciating that Wrexham, with their galaxy of “guest” players, are a much more dangerous force than they were last season, I feel pretty sanguine about Liverpool’s chances of completing the “double” over them at Anfield.
This is going to be no easy thing for the Reds, however. Manager George Kay emphasises that Wrexham are a good, progressive team who made the Anfielders battle every inch of the way at The Racecourse last week before they ran out winners by the odd goal in seven.
However, now that Eric Keen has solved Liverpool’s centre-half problem and brought that steadiness necessary in defence, I think Wrexham can be held. And certainly the Liverpool attacking power looks good enough for anything.
The Kopites will have the opportunity of seeing international Chelsea centre-forward George Mills, leading the attack for the first time. I can promise them a treat. Mills is a consummate leader with a remarkable sense of position. He is always seeking the open space, and is as alert as they come. Mills will have Dick Dorsett, of the Wolves, and Cyril Done to prompt him, and so should not be left to plough a lonely furrow.
Mr. Kay states that there is a chance that Eddie Spicer, the ex-Liverpool schoolboy player, now an officer in the Marines, may be home on leave in time to play. If not then Pilling, the former South Liverpool left-half who did so well at Wrexham, will be there to operate behind his former Holly Park colleague Palk.
Wrexham bring an attractive side, including Turner (Birmingham), White (Preston North End), Frank Hill (Arsenal), Moore (Grimsby), Arthur Frost (Newcastle), Milburn (Leeds), Lea (Millwall) and Graham (Norwich City). But . . . my fancy is Liverpool.
American soldiers will be the guest of the Liverpool Club at the match.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Eric Keen, Eddie Spicer (or Jack Pilling), Billy Liddell, Cyril Done, George Mills, Dick Dorsett, Stan Palk.
Wrexham: David Jones, Isaac Lea, James Milburn, Cyril Jones, Arthur Turner, Norman Moore, George Collins, Frank Hill, Arthur Frost, Billy Graham, Frank White.
(Evening Express: September 4, 1942)