January 1, 1945
There is no doubt that Manager Mr. George Kay, of Liverpool, has made a “capture” in Jack Blood, the tall Exeter City player, who did so well at centre-half for the Reds when they put up the season’s highest goals total in beating Southport 12-1 on Saturday at Anfield.
Blood had been playing as a guest with Southport for a season and a half, and when the ‘Port left him out it was Jack’s cricket connections which enabled him to secure the Anfield appointment. This was through the medium of Mr. Charles Leatherbarrow, of Southport Cricket Club who has promoted so many matches for war charities.
Blood had been centre-half for Southport, but when with Notts County and Exeter he was a back, and as Liverpool will be without Jim Harley next Saturday – Jim crosses to Belgium with clubmates Billy Liddell and Willie Fagan for the weekend exhibitions on the Continent – Blood will fill the right-back position. This, of course, is presuming that Laurie Hughes has recovered from the injury to his side, and Mr. Kay is confident that Laurie will be all right for centre half.
Blood should be a real asset to Liverpool, who have long needed a capable deputy for centre half and full back. Blood fits the bill ideally, and against Southport delighted everyone, not that the opposition was in any way exacting, but because Blood himself made not the semblance of a mistake in position, tackling or use of the ball. No player could do more. Pity that Blood’s debut should have been against his former colleagues, but that is just another freak of wartime football.
(Evening Express: January 1, 1945)