May 4, 1945
Chief interest centres on our local clubs, and Liverpool should make no mistake about improving their position when they meet Oldham Athletic at Anfield tomorrow. This will be a welcome visit for the ‘Latics have not played here this season.
Oldham are a tough side, and Mr. Bob Mellor has found many fine youngsters in the war years who look like making the grade. I am assured that Standring, Horton and Brierley are three inside forwards of rare ability.
Liverpool will have the “old faithful” defence, but doubts remain about the attack. Nieuwenhuys will not be available, as he has been posted to the Eastern Counties, but I expect Shannon will be given his second run with the seniors. Shannon did well against Everton at Easter, and played finely for South Liverpool on Wednesday.
I hope manager Mr. George Kay seizes this chance of giving Shannon extra experience. Alf Hobson will not be available owing to a family bereavement and Kemp will keep goal.
Liverpool (from): Dirk Kemp, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Phil Taylor, Les Shannon, Jack Balmer, Harry Eastham, Willie Fagan, Jimmy McInnes.
Oldham Athletic: Fred Ogden, Jack Hurst, Bert Eaves, Tommy Williamson, T. Phipps, Robert Keating, Eddie Chapman, Les Horton, Norman Standring, Ken Brierley, Les Goodwin.
(Evening Express: May 4, 1945)