February 19, 1943
Laurie Hughes, the 18-year-old centre-half of Tranmere Rovers, today signed professional for Liverpool. This news will come as a bombshell to the Tranmere followers.
Hughes is one of the outstanding football discoveries of the war, and only last Saturday played a brilliant game for the Rovers against Liverpool at Anfield. Laurie should prove a tremendous acquisition to Liverpool, who are pursuing a big “build-for-the-future” campaign.
This is not a transfer deal and involves no fee. Whether Liverpool will eventually make a donation to Tranmere remains to be seen. Simply, the position is this. Hughes and his father approached Mr. R.S. Trueman, chairman of the Rovers, and asked for cancellation of the player’s amateur registration. Mr. Trueman immediately acceded to this and notified the Football League to that effect.
Hughes had been offered a professional engagement with Tranmere, but had declined. He has now taken the professional “ticket” with Liverpool, who for months have held the player in high esteem.
It was four years ago that Hughes was taken under the Tranmere wing. They signed him right from the Lawrence Road, Liverpool school team, and he was coached at the Prenton nursery by the late Mr. Jimmy Morton. Three seasons ago I went to Prenton specially to see Hughes in action, and tipped him as a boy destined for the highest honours in the game. I have had to cause to change that opinion. Hughes was only a “B” team player then, but he quickly established himself as a first team player and was this season’s captain.
Hughes is six feet, brilliant with his feet and his head, in fact, a natural footballer who is certain to do well at Anfield and who should not be long in gaining his place in the senior side.
Abe Rosenthal, the former Liverpool player, will take over the club captaincy of Tranmere with Arthur Owen as vice-captain.
(Evening Express: February 19, 1943)
Laurie Hughes, Liverpool F.C.