January 5, 1945
With the choice of A.W. Brown, of Huddersfield, as centre-half for the Royal Air Force Soccer team to meet the FA XI at Coventry on January 20, England selectors will once more have the opportunity to assess his abilities in opposition to George Smith, of Charlton, the FA pivot.
RAF team: Bert Williams (Walsall), Laurie Scott (Arsenal), George Hardwick (Middlesbrough), Frank Soo (Stoke City), Alan Brown (Huddersfield Town), Bill Layton (Reading), Stanley Matthews (Stoke City), Robert “Sailor” Brown (Charlton Athletic), Jock Dodds (Blackpool), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool), Leslie Smith (Brentford).
(Liverpool Daily Post: January 5, 1945)