Three stars missing out at Gigg Lane


November 16, 1944
Four Liverpool players have been chosen to play for Scotland against the Royal Air Force at Sheffield on November 25, and there is no doubt that if they do well they will get their caps against England on February 3.

They are: Busby – recalled to captaincy – Liddell, Fagan and Harley all of whom played so well at Manchester last Saturday. This is the first time Harley has been given representative match honours but it is an honour well deserved. Black, of Hearts and Chester will be Liddell’s partner.

Liverpool will select from seven forwards for their visit to Bury at Gigg Lane on Saturday. The stars like Matt Busby, Jim Harley and Berry Nieuwenhuys are not available, so Thorpe, the amateur from the RAF plays at right back – he played against Burnley and Wrexham last season – McInnes goes to right half, re-admitting Pilling to left half.

Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Sam Thorpe, Jeff Gulliver, Jimmy McInnes, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Billy Liddell, Phil Taylor, Don Welsh, Jack Balmer, Horace Cumner, George Paterson.
(Evening Express, 16-11-1944)

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