Berry Nieuwenhuys was the Reds’ inspiration

November 27, 1944
Now over to Anfield for reflections on not such a good game in which Liverpool defeated Bury 3-1. This was hard rather than enlightening football. Liverpool were generally masters of the situation apart from one testing moment when Kenneth Seddon saved them.

Seddon had opened shakily and, I am sorry to record, was the subject of some unwarranted barracking by a certain section of the crowd. Good for Seddon that he took no notice of it, but actually improved as the game went on, and with the score 2-1 the Reds’ favour it looked all odds on an equaliser when Seddon came like a bolt from the blue and cleared.

That intervention definitely stayed the attempted Bury rally and it was the brilliant Berry Nieuwenhuys – a first-half scorer with Horace Cumner – who headed a perfect goal to make it game and rubber for Liverpool.

We can regard this as Nieuwenhuys’ match. Berry was to Liverpool what Matt Busby has so often been – a positive inspiration. The Reds fielded a rather strange assembly, but it was Nieuwenhuys who came back to weld the defence together, and it was Nieuwenhuys who moved up to make the attack into live, motive force. Never has a player worked so industriously to good purpose. The South African stood out head and shoulders above everyone else, and not forgetting the perfection of Laurie Hughes, the rocklike defence of Jeff Gulliver, the neatness and persistence Jack Pilling and Jimmy Mclnnes, or the rare work of Cumner and Bill Kinghorn.

Liverpool suffered because Arthur Shepherd was out touch, this no doubt being due to the fact that Service duties prevent his keeping contact with a football. His play indicated that, and it something we can expect in war days.

Jack Campbell 1 liked, while Hobson did some sound goalkeeping in a game in which Liverpool were two up in ten minutes, and always moving better than a Bury in which youth and experience failed to link up
(Evening Express: November 27, 1944)

Berry Nieuwenhuys, Liverpool F.C.
Berry Nieuwenhuys Liverpool 1939

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