November 27, 1944
Grand holiday football news for the Merseyside enthusiasts. All four clubs concerned have agreed to Boxing Day matches being the semi-finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup. Should January 1 be declared a national holiday, the return matches of the two-game ties will be played that day.
As I mentioned on Saturday the pairings were Everton v. Liverpool and Southport v Tranmere Rovers, and in order that an early move be made to start the county cup competitions they agreed readily to the suggestion that this Boxing Day – an extra so far the Football League programmes are concerned – be seized on to provide added interest to already keen games.
The Blues and Reds will clash at Goodison Park, but a switch has been necessary in regard to the other tie. Before the draw was made Tranmere and Southport had arranged to play at Prenton Park on Boxing Day, but the draw gave Southport home advantage. However, Southport have agreed to go to Prenton Park for the first leg, and so the only “snag” has been surmounted easily.
The cup flavour about these matches should make for fine holiday attendances. All we need now to set the seal on things is for the Football Association to ask the Government for permission to play on New Year’s Day. I have no doubt that if the interests of the war effort are not affected that the country will be granted this extra day just to compensate for the loss of many holidays during the war. The Lancaster Gate people, however, should move in the matter now.
If New Year’s Day is a holiday, then you football enthusiasts can book Liverpool v Everton at Anfield and Southport v. Tranmere Rovers at Haig-avenue as “dates.”
Other important week-end items are that Harry Kaye, Liverpool’s brilliant young halfback, has resumed training again following knee trouble, and that Wally Boyes, Everton’s international winger, is fit again following his cartilage operation – a recovery which must almost constitute record.
Team flashes for next Saturday are that Jim Harley definitely returns to Liverpool, with Willie Fagan and Phil Taylor possibles, while Don Welsh is as near a certainty as makes no matter. Everton are certain to have Tommy Lawton again,
Liverpool seem to have solved Scotland’s international problem, for Matt Busby, Jim Harley, Billy Liddell and Willie Fagan were outstanding successes in the Scots’ 7-1 win over the R.A.F., Liddell getting two goals, Fagan one, and Busby one penalty. These players are certain of their February caps against England which will create an all-time record – four players from one English club in a Scottish team.
(Evening Express: November 27, 1944)
Tommy Lawton, Everton F.C.