March 23, 1945
The Everton outlook brightened considerably when Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly made his team announcement for the recall of Harry Catterick, the enlistment of Morris, the powerful Stockport and Aldershot centre-half, the hopes that Stevenson will play, all indicate a strength which at one time seemed improbable.
Jimmy McIntosh cannot play, Boyes is at outside left. I recall vividly that the Blues once went to Anfield – and it is not all that long ago-without stars, and won readily. Liverpool are warned that it can happen again. Still the Reds are favourites, and I have a feeling that the eventual winners will go a long way towards winning the trophy.
This will be the seventh meeting this season, and honours are with the Reds. The scores have been Liverpool’s first; 5-2, 2-0, 0-0, 2-2, 1-4, 3-1.
I am convinced that success or failure tomorrow depends largely on Pilling’s ability to blot out Stevenson, and Grant’s ability to harness Welsh, who is certain to play. These forwards are key-men. Hughes will need to watch the quick dashes to the unexpected position of Wyles, just as I warm newcomer Morris that the Liverpool inside forward switch can be most disconcerting.
Ted Sagar, Everton’s international goalkeeper is home on leave from abroad and is likely to play. Nieuwenhuys, Liddell, and Fagan are doubtful for Liverpool.
The gates will be opened at 1.30 p.m., and every turnstile will be brought into use. I hope all spectators will make a point of getting to the ground early, for, remember transport is limited.
The kick-off is at 3 o’clock and here’s to a football revel.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jim Harley (or Jack Westby), Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Billy Liddell, Don Welsh, Horace Cumner.
Everton: Ted Sagar or George Burnett, George Jackson, Norman Greenhalgh, Jack Grant, Jimmy Morris, Gordon Watson, Harry Catterick, Stan Bentham, Cec Wyles, Alex Stevenson, Wally Boyes.
(Evening Express: March 23, 1945)