August 5, 1943
The League War Cup Competition will, as last term, occupy the second half of the coming football season. The qualifying series will begin on December 27 and will go on until the end of February. In that time each club will play 10 matches, and the 32 clubs with the best returns will go forward to the competition proper.
The whole of our seven Merseyside area clubs – Everton, Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers, Chester, Wrexham, Southport and Crewe Alexandra – will, of course, take part, and in the main they will battle among themselves for the right to go forward to the later stages.
The only “outsiders” who will come into the area are Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers, and Rochdale, and they will be opponents of Southport, who will be visitors to Merseyside in the League tourney but not in the League War Cup qualifying tourney. The other six area clubs will fight among themselves for places.
The tussles between Everton and Liverpool will take place the last two weeks in January. The clubs will be in opposition at Anfield on January 22 and the following week at Goodison Park.
The fixtures of these clubs with Tranmere Rovers are:
January 8, Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool;
January 15, Liverpool v Tranmere Rovers;
February 19, Tranmere Rovers v Everton;
February 26, Everton v Tranmere Rovers.
Everton will begin their quest at Chester; Liverpool will open at home against Wrexham; Tranmere will start their bid against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty-road; and Southport will open their cup campaign at Burnley.
(Evening Express: August 5, 1943)