An easier week for team selection


November 28, 1944
Neither Manager Mr. George Kay nor Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly are able at the moment to announce their teams for Saturday’s games – v Chester and Wrexham respectively – but methinks they will not have such a worrying week at last.

There are strong hopes that Horace Cumner, the Arsenal Welsh international, will be able to play for Liverpool again – it all depends on his Commanding Officer, of course – and if so, Liverpool will be happy.

As I mentioned yesterday, Jim Harley is on leave, Don Welsh will be back, and Phil Taylor’s pulled muscle should have improved sufficiently to enable him to play. Willie Fagan may be able to get here, and we all hope that Matt Busby will be able to make the journey. Matt cannot get away often, but tries hard to make it whenever possible. This week may be one of those occasions.

Jack Balmer, I hear, is still not quite fit, and Billy Liddell is stationed in the north and may be playing for Dunfermline Athletic again if Liverpool is too far for him. However, with Alf Hobson, Jeff Gulliver, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jimmy McInnes and Bill Kinghorn ready the Liverpool folk should not have furrowed brows.

Mr. Kelly is pretty happy, too, and hopes to be able to name his side on Thursday. Maurice Lindley actually played himself in to fitness last Saturday at Crewe. His muscle could be “felt” at the start, but his wholeheartedness and team spirit carried him through troublous early minutes, and soon he was playing as well as ever despite his handicap. As one person said to me “Maurice played on one leg, but how he played.” That is the spirit.
(Evening Express: November 28, 1944)

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