April 5, 1945
Liverpool are faced with serious team problems for their North Cup second round tie – first “leg” – with Manchester City at Anfield on Saturday. Manager Mr. George Kay and the directors are working hard to secure as many stars as possible, but things are doubtful at the moment.
The club is unable to make any forecast, and the officials are just working and living in hopes. There is a good chance that Matt Busby, the international captain, will be here, for Matt assured me ten days ago that he thought he would be all right. Appeals have been made for the services of three other Scottish internationals, Billy Liddell, Willie Fagan, and Jim Harley. Harley is a vital need for Blackburn Rovers require Jack Westby, Nieuwenhuys is expected to have recovered from the thigh injury received at Goodison Park last Saturday, and Cumner, the Welsh international is available.
We know that Don Welsh and Phil Taylor will be able to play, and the always present – Hobson, Gulliver, Kaye, Hughes, Pilling and Campbell – will be ready for the call to duty. I have hopes – and so have Liverpool – that the position will be clarified within a matter of hours, but even then there may be doubts right up to the time of kick-off.
The City are not without their worries, but hope that Alex Herd – he got the vital goal in last season’s cup-tie between the clubs – and Frank Swift will be available. There is a big “if” about the appearance of Peter Doherty.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver, Matt Busby, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Billy Liddell, Don Welsh, Horace Cumner.
(Evening Express: April 5, 1945)