December 1, 1944
Liverpool will have greater strength in attack for tomorrow’s keen Football League test with Chester at Anfield in what should prove one of the most attractive matches for weeks, for Chester will have their international stars back.
As a matter of fact two of the new wonder Scotland side – Jim Harley and Andy Black – will be on view while Billy Hughes, the Welsh international captain will be there. Add to this the fact that Don Welsh, the England half-back-cum-forward, Phil Taylor, recovered from muscle trouble, and Cumner, the Welsh International forward from Arsenal, are also in this line-up, you will appreciate that this will be a football feast.
While we in Liverpool will have this revel, the North Wales folk will also have a classic for their entertainment, this being the duel at The Racecourse between Wrexham and Everton. This is in every respect a championship match, for both clubs are right there with a chance – always provided the dubs above them the stumble. Over at-Prenton Park there will be the all-Cheshire “Derby” between Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County, while Southport go to Bolton Wanderers, and Crewe Alexandra entertain Manchester United at Gresty Road.
Why not Shannon?
I am hopeful that Liverpool will decide that tomorrow is the fitting day for young Shannon, the reserve centre-forward, to make his League debut. Shannon’s name is not included in the possible team, but I am quite accustomed to Liverpool giving us pleasing last-minute news.
Of necessity conditions must be right for a young and not so big lad to make his step forward, but I have a feeling that if Chairman Mr. William McConnell, his colleagues and Manager Mr. George Kay are satisfied that the stage really is “set” that Shannon may get that golden chance.
In Shannon we have a boy who has scored more than 100 goals in a season and a half, and who is a player of the Hugh Gallagher type. It is essential that youngster should backed experience, and with Taylor and Welsh on either side of him I am confident he would justify the promotion.
I am all against rushing juniors along too quickly, but look forward to a pre-match announcement off Shannon’s debut. There is still a doubt about Cumner, and an emergency may induce the club to include Shannon. Chester are a highly-attractive combination with a two points better record than the Reds, but striking force may decide it for the Reds’ in a game starting at three o’clock.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver, Jimmy Mclnnes, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Don Welsh, Hoarce Cumner, Bill Kinghorn, Jack Campbell.
Chester (from): George Scales, Dyer, Billy Hughes, R. Dutton, Pincott, Tucker, McNeill, F. Neary, Tommy Astbury, Burden, Andy Black, A.N. Other.
(Evening Express: December 1, 1944)