March 9, 1945
Liverpool have no chance of overtaking Everton, but they can reach 15 points, and that is something which seems to be within their scope. They have to meet Tranmere Rovers twice and the first game is being staged at Anfield tomorrow, when we shall have the rare treat of two games for the price of one.
Watching the cup game will be the players of the Liverpool and Lancashire FA’s who, as soon as the Reds and Rovers troop off, will enter the field for their second round tie of the FA Minor (Youth’s Cup).
One game will follow right on the other and spectators at the senior game are invited to remain to see the youngsters – at no extra charge. I hope they do stay to see the boys who will be making football history in a couple of years’ time.
Enthusiasts who wish only to see the junior game will, of course, be allowed into the ground after the League game. I have not much doubt about Liverpool beating Tranmere who, however, put up a grand fight at Wrexham last week. The Reds, however, have a fine defensive anchor in Laurie Hughes who will be playing against his old club, but Billy Liddell will not be available.
Liverpool still have doubt, but the Rovers will have their new professional Atkinson, at outside right and young Barrett at right half. I expect a Liverpool victory in a game due for 3 o’clock and another Liverpool victory in the Minor Cup. I am assured that Liverpool have a splendidly-balanced side and I know the representatives from our senior clubs – there will be seven in the team – are “the goods.”
Lancashire bring a side of power and ability – they defeated Cumberland in the first round, while Liverpool disposed of Cheshire – and we should see a really good exhibition in a game of 35 minutes each way. Here are the teams for the Anfield big line up:
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, A.N. Other, Phil Tayloer Horace Cumner.
Tranmere Rovers: Butler, Ted Anderson, Len Kieran, Arthur Barrett, Ernest Richards, Stewie Williamson, Harold Atkinson, Abe Rosenthal, Allder, Danny Glidden, Alf Hanson
Liverpool F.A.: Maines (Fittons), Melling (Haydock and Everton), Charlie Lever (Collegiate and Everton), Bryan Williams (Longview and Liverpool), Butter (Army Cadets), Doyle (CD Cadets and Everton), Hughes (Compton Recs), Phil Taylor (Bromborough Pool and Everton), Robert Williams (Liverpool), Gerald Pilkington (Bankfield), Johnson (Prescot A.T.C.).
Lancashire F.A.: A. Kirby (Holker Central OB), J. Hacking (Blackburn Rovers), Macdonald (Manchester United), Phillipson (Blackburn Technical College), P. Parker (Preston North End), K. Baxter (Worsley Boys), J. Whittam (Blackburn Rovers), E. Lund (Manchester United), R. Conroy (Bury Squire), D. Howarth (Greenbank Rochdale), R. Toothill (Rochdale St. Thomas’).
(Evening Express: March 9, 1945)