Friday, February 16 – 1945
Liverpool go to Burnden Park to tackle old friends in Bolton Wanderers in determined mood, for Manager Mr. George Kay has emphasised that while the Reds are safe complacency can be fatal, and George wants to see the points sage in the “locker” before he sits back content. I can warn the Anfield lads that Bolton are playing good football right now, and with three points needed in three games to make them safe will pull out every extra ounce.
Liverpool will be without Don Welsh and Jim Harley, but Jack Westby or Jack Blood are available for right back, and Nieuwenhuys is bringing along Hinsley, of Bradford City, for the inside left position as partner to Michael Hulligan. Hinsley, I have not seen, but Berry assures me that he is a player possessing skill and a shot. Berry should know, seeing that they are colleague in the same RAF team.
If the Liverpool half-backs can handle the brilliant Bolton attack in the same manner as they put the grip on Everton a week ago I expect Liverpool to win. Let me advise the Reds that the fountains of Wanderer pressure are Hunt and Barrass.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jack Blood, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, George Hinsley, Michael Hulligan.
Bolton: Bill Fielding, Lol Hamlett, Harry Hubbick, George Taylor, Jack Connor, Danny Murphy, Willie Moir, George Hunt, Nat Lofthouse, Malcolm Barrass, Tom Woodward.
(Evening Express, 16-02-1945, by ‘Pilot’)