Three derbies in a row


March 19, 1945
Now a few points regarding the Anfield cup-tie, which will be the first of three big local “Derby” games in succession. We go to Anfield this week, to Goodison Park the following week, and then to Anfield on Easter Monday for the Liverpool Cup meeting. And I presume that suits you as well as me.

Liverpool have decided not to book any seats for Saturday. In fact, the ordinary League arrangements will pertain except that the gates will be opened at 1.30 p.m. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, of Everton, states that no seats will be reserved for the return game at Goodison Park. This will, I hope, save enthusiasts from telephoning the clubs and myself for tickets.

I mentioned that the draw was received with mixed feelings. That, of course, is due to the fact that it means our losing one of our strongest representatives so early. However, better to meet right away than never to meet at all. And looking at the team prospects, Liverpool will be favourites for survival.

Everton are particularly hard hit, for Tommy Lawton and Alex Stevenson, both internationals, are due to fly to the Continent this week for big Service games; Tommy Jones is waiting to go into hospital for his ankle operation, and Mr. Kelly is waiting to know if Preston and Millwall will grant permission McIntosh and Rawlings, respectively, to play for them.

Stevenson may not be able to go abroad, for he has a knee injury and went off the field before the end of Saturday’s game with North End at Goodison Park, which Everton won easily 3-0.

Happenings in other centres on Saturday brought joy to the heart for Harry Catterick, playing his first game since his leg poisoning, scored all four goals for Stockport County against Manchester City, and Don Welsh, of Liverpool, working gleefully in collaboration with Lawton, scored all five goals by which the Western Command defeated the London District at Stoke. That feet will play Don into the England side against Scotland at Hampden Park on April 14.

Welsh will be available for Anfield on Saturday, when the Reds will also have Harley, Liddell, Cumner, and possibly Fagan. The one doubt is Berry Nieuwenhuys, the captain, who has cartilage trouble. Berry assures me, however, that an operation is not imperative, and the doctor has assured him he can play so long as the knee is well supported. “And I mean to play in these Everton matches,” said Berry. “The knee will be all right, and if there has to be an operation it can be done in the summer.” That is the spirit. So the Liverpool side will be as near the following as make no matter: Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Billy Liddell, Don Welsh, Horace Cumner.
(Evening Express: March 19, 1945)

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