April 14, 1945
Key note: “Berry Nieuwenhuys, Liverpool’s captain, turned up at Maine Road for the return North Cup-tie with Manchester City, but although his leg was all right he sprained his back yesterday and reported unfit. This brought about a last minute forward reshuffle, bringing in Harry Eastham at outside right and Cumner to inside left. Welsh, who was released specially from the position of England’s reserve, led the Liverpool forwards, and Taylor was captain for the day.” (Evening Express: April 14, 1945)
Match: Football League, North Cup, Second Round, Second Leg, at Maine Road.
Manchester City – Liverpool 1-3 (1-0).
Attendance: 24,905; gate receipts: £1,970.
Referee: Mr. J.H. Parker (Crewe).
Manchester City (2-3-5): Jones, Bert Sproston, Gordon Clark, Willie Walsh, Eric Eastwood, Les McDowall, Maurice Dunkley, Alex Herd, Billy Williamson, George Smith, King.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby (Blackburn Rovers), Jeff Gulliver (Reading), Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling (South Liverpool), Harry Eastham, Phil Taylor (C), Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic), Horace Cumner (Arsenal), Jack Campbell.
The goals: 1-0 Herd (8 min.), 1-1 Taylor (48 min.), 1-2 Welsh (50 min.), 1-3 Welsh (75 min.).