September 11, 1942
The first of the big Merseyside “Derby” matches constitutes the feature of tomorrow’s sports parade when we see practically the wind-up of the cricket season. There should be nearly 15,000 people to see the Red-Blue offering.
Last season there were attendances of from 12,000 to 14,000 for the games, with one exception, and indications are that there will be a rise this time. It is the “Derby” games which will pull back the erstwhile supporters who, may be, have not been following the game quite so regularly as in peace days.
There are several factors which should make tomorrow’s meeting a game of games. In the first place, Liverpool step on the field claiming a 100 per cent record. The Reds have taken full points from Wrexham and share the 100 per cent, distinction with Merseyside friends in Chester and Tranmere Rovers. On the other hand Everton will be seeking their first win of the season. All the Blues have to show for their efforts, so far is a single point as the result of the home draw with Manchester United.
Power of Shot.
My opinion is that power of shot will decide tomorrow’s game, which has a decidedly open appearance. And believe me, Liverpool have the lads who can shoot. That forward strength may take Liverpool through to their third win of the season.
Everton will miss the craft of Stevenson, while appreciating that they have excellent deputies. Wee Alex is a master craftsman, however, who must always be missed. Frank Soo, will make a fine deputy and there is George Mutch at inside-right to carve out the paths for quick-moving Harry Jones at centre.
Then Wally Boyes returns to take over at outside-left with Anderson on the right. This line breathes skill all right, but it may just lack the snap of the Liverpool line. And that extra snap may mean all the difference between success and failure.
At half-back I think Everton have the pull, if any, for Tommy Jones returns to the centre-half position, and Stan Bentham will, I think be happy to get back to right half. The Everton forwards should not lack for opportunities and neither should Mills and company if Harry Kaye and Ted Spicer will concentrate on the constructive arts, and leave Tom Bush and the backs to shoulder the brunt of the defensive work.
I am pleased to say that Roy Guttridge has recovered from injury and that Ray Lambert will be available so the major problem of the Reds –full back –is solved.
Everton are still uncertain about their defenders, but there is a chance of Billy Cook and Norman Greenhalgh will return. Maybe we shall not know for certain until the last minute. Anyway, make up your minds for a great struggle producing football at the brightest and best.
If I fancy Liverpool it is because of the deadliness in attack from Liddell to Taylor.
The kick-off is at three o’clock, and you are asked to come as early as possible to avoid delays at the turnstiles. Remember that there is a limit on gatemen these days.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Tom Bush, Eddie Spicer, Billy Liddell, Dick Dorsett, George Mills, Cyril Done, Phil Taylor.
Everton: George Burnett, Billy Cook, George Jackson, Norman Greenhalgh, Jack Jones, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Gordon Watson, Alf Anderson, George Mutch, Harry Jones, Frank Soo, Wally Boyes.
(Evening Express: September 11, 1942; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited