June 30, 1944
Liverpool Football Club have decided not to compete in the Central League if the competition is revived next season – a point on which a decision has still to be reached.
Liverpool are one of the four clubs who have notified the President, Mr. W.C. Cuff, that they will not be able to play. Newcastle United have committed themselves to the North Eastern League. Blackburn Rovers find that their junior players will be needed for Football League duties, and Blackpool cannot compete because their second team play as Blackpool Services in the Lancashire Combination.
More than 60 clubs were circularised on the matter, and so far about 27 replies have been received, including some containing a request for more information.
There are plenty more replies to come in, and on them will depend the fate of the Central League next season. If they are “Yes” then the competition will, in all probability, go forward on a regional basis.
However, travelling difficulties seem to be the biggest obstacle to resumption, but these may be overcome. Mr. Cuff states that a decision will be made next week.
(Evening Express: June 30, 1944)