December 2, 1944
Key note: “Liverpool were treating Anfield supporters to their best all-round exhibition this season. This was football of the brand we got from the Reds a year ago – fast, open, and skilful, with good shooting to round off sparkling approach work and a solid defence to keep the opposition at bay. It was a game of considerable merit considering the wretched conditions to which Liverpool adapted themselves better than Chester. On such a treacherous surface possession was nine-tenths of the battle, for the man going forward always had the defender who had to turn at a big disadvantage. Liverpool seized on this by making the ball do the work with long sweeping passes, which frequently split the Chester defence asunder. The visitors, on the other hand, persisted in tactics unsuited to the sticky going, and thereby found their efforts constantly nipped in the bud by Liverpool’s halves and backs, who were always intercepting passes and breaking up attacks by their speedy tackling.” (Liverpool Echo: December 4, 1944)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, Regional 1, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Chester 6-0 (3-0).
Referee: Mr. A. Baker (Crewe).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver, Jimmy McInnes, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Don Welsh, Phil Taylor, Bill Kinghorn.
Chester (2-3-5): George Scales, Dyer, Hughes, R. Dutton, Pincott, Tucker, Albert Derrick (Newport County), Tommy Astbury, Tommy Burden, Andy Black, George Warburton.
The goals: 1-0 Welsh, 2-0 Nieuwenhuys (30 min.), 3-0 Nieuwenhuys (35 min.), 4-0 Taylor (60 min.), 5-0 Kinghorn, 6-0 Taylor.
Liverpool Echo: December 4, 1944.