Changes for Prenton derby

January 4, 1944
There should be plenty of excitement at Prenton Park on Saturday, when Tranmere Rovers, seeking their first qualifying point in the Football League War Cup, face Liverpool, the club with the best season’s record of all the Merseyside clubs. This will be the third meeting between the clubs in the space of three weeks.

Both clubs announce important team changes, and although Liverpool will lack the services of Scottish international Robert Beattie, who goes on leave, they will have their two English internationals, Jack Balmer and Don Welsh, back to attack.

In defence, too, Jack Westby, of Blackburn Rovers, returns after having played in Scotland with Balmer and Welsh, so the Reds cross the river with a particularly strong side.

The Rovers will be without Wilf Birkett, the Everton goalkeeper, who was injured in last Saturday’s match with Crewe Alexandra, and so Threlfall returns to goal.

Drinkwater will be at right back, alongside Kiernan, while leading the attack will be the big Scottish player, Cochrane, who was with Hibernian at one time. Paterson, the Scottish international, goes inside right to partner Lew Ashcroft, who is making a special effort to player, and Jones will be at inside left, with Everton’s youngsters, George Makin, on the wing.

Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Willie Hall, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done, Don Welsh, Stan Palk, Jack Campbell.

Tranmere Rovers: Tom Threllfall, Jimmy Drinkwater, Len Kiernan, Bunny Bell, Steve Hughes, Bill Gibbons, Lew Ashcroft, George Paterson, David Cochrane, Fred Jones, George Makin.

Liverpool Reserves have an important Liverpool County Combination match at Anfield with Marine, the leaders, Liverpool must win if they are to have a chance of overtaking Marine and completing a “hat-trick” of title success.

Liverpool Reserves (from): Ernie Aindow, Jones, Kenneth Seddon, Tommy Halliwell, Richard Kirwan, Jenkins, Billy Twist, Jack Macdonald, Terry Garner, Harry Gould, Les Shannon, Robert Williams, Ernest Rothwell, Stan Sheldrake.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 4, 1944; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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