November 9, 1944
Manager Mr. George Kay, of Liverpool, has so many team matters which need confirmation that he was reluctant to announce any news of his eleven for the visit to Manchester United at Maine Road. However, Mr. Kay has given me a list which we must regard as possible. Of course, there are several players who look certain to play – lads like Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jimmy McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, and Billy Liddell, but Services calls at the last minute may affect some of them.
One of these has come from the Western Command for Don Welsh to play at Bolton.
Mr. Kay as every hope that Matt Busby will be here to lead the side and so complete a sound half-back line – no word has come through regarding Jack Pilling and his “battle” with influenza – and George Paterson, the Scottish forward, and Jack Campbell, a guest with Chester last Saturday, also go into the list. Mr. Kay has telegrams and letters out and the replies may enable him to be more definite before the party sets out for Manchester.
Liverpool have signed Les Shannon, the 18-year-old reserve centre forward as a professional. Shannon is the leading goal-scorer in the Liverpool County Combination. He went to Scarisbrick Road School.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver, Matt Busby, Laurie Hughes, Jimmy McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, George Paterson, Billy Liddell, Jack Campbell.
(Evening Express: November 9, 1944)