Monday, December 21 – 1942
Michael Hulligan, Liverpool’s 19-year-old wing forward, yesterday signed professional forms for the club. This marks yet another step in Liverpool’s plan to build up a strong side ready for a quick getaway when peace-time football returns.
Hulligan is one of the most accomplished of the many good young players developed through the ‘A’, or, as I prefer to term it, the reserve team. Michael is in only his second full season with the club and it was not until last season that he made his debut with the first team.
That was at Preston when he helped the Reds to a grand win, and he also played at Stoke last Christmas. This season Hulligan made his first team debut on Merseyside by fighting in the second of the “Derby” games with Everton, and altogether he has had eight first team matches. Now that Billy Liddell has gone to the RAF Hulligan has made the outside left position his own and on current form he looks like holding the job.
Hulligan was born in Seaforth, and played for Star of the Sea School, Seaforth, before getting his place in the Waterloo Schoolboys’ side which created such a sensation in national schoolboy circles. Hulligan had one game in a Lancashire schools’ trial and then answered Liverpool’s call for youngsters and quickly established himself in the reserve in partnership with Jack Campbell.
Hulligan is a go-ahead player, always with a sharp eye to the quick route to goal, and he proved against Burnley recently that he is a goal-taker as well as a goal-maker. Hulligan is a player who would go far.
(Evening Express, 22-12-1942)