October 15, 1943
Both Liverpool and Everton will have out different teams for this return clash, but whereas Liverpool’s changes is limited to Nieuwenhuys return to the attack in place of Don Welsh the Everton team has been reconstructed, and several new “guest” players will be on parade. Caskie’s returns after a long absence will go a long way towards solving Everton’s forward problems, for he can play on either flank, and is a dangerous inside man.
It is possible that Caskie will open at inside-right with Robert’s his partner, but if that does not suit then McIntosh can always be brought inside and wee Jimmy, one of football’s most colourful personalities and who joined Everton from St. Mirren just before the war, can go to the wing.
Murphy, the Welsh international will be there to fill any inside-forward positions. Curiously enough Murphy’s last Derby appearance was in the red jersey when he scored two goals. Mr. George Kay, manager of Liverpool when I told him Everton’s team hopes remarks. “Ah well, Theo is doing all he can to beat us them.”
“Yes” I replied, “and no one can blame him after that first half four goals to nil shock of last week.”
“One thing,” re-joined Mr. Kay, “It is all building up for a grand game.”
That is the spirit. The points matter nothing so much as the game itself, and I am convinced this will be another “smasher.” One must be guided by current form, and after Liverpool’s display in the opening stage of last Saturday’s game I take them to complete the “double” and record their sixth successive win.
If Everton are to shock their rivals there must be better covering in defence than we saw a week ago. Then defenders were too easily drawn out of position, leaving wide gaps in which, too often, stood Tom Jones without support. And with Liverpool possessing one of the deadliest attacks in the country when it comes to snap shooting the Reds want only an inch in which to pay 100 per cent dividend.
That crack-a-jack shot from Balmer last week which flashed by the post was the perfect example of snap shooting, and typical of what these Liverpool forwards can do. Everton must learn to blot them out by sound marking. The Everton defence will be strengthened by either Butler (Blackpool) or Hallard (Bradford), or both but more speed to possession instead of allowing that Liverpool forwards to take the initiative will serve Everton well. Everton’s attack will have to be good to upset that brilliant Liverpool half-back line of Kaye, Hughes and Pilling – one of football’s best at the moment.
Personally, I think Liverpool’s hopes centre principally on those three lads in a game which should bring more than 25,000 spectators and which will take you right back to pre-war days.
The clubs are combining their gate-men forces, and every turnstile will be opened nice and early. Please come early, form orderly queens and tender the correct money if possible for that save valuable time.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jim Harley, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done, Alf Hanson.
Everton (from): George Burnett, Jack Jones, Norman Greenhalgh, Maurice Butler, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Billy Hallard, Fred Roberts, Jimmy Caskie, George Murphy, Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh.
(Evening Express: October 15, 1943; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited
Jimmy Caskie (Dundee Evening Telegraph: November 27, 1945):