May 5, 1945
Key note: “It is not often that Liverpool fall into the error of taking the opposition too cheaply but on Saturday against Oldham Athletic they did, and as a result had to fight hard for the lead after giving the visitors a football lesson for an hour. With half-back PIlling as captain for the day – a gesture to mark his official debut as a signed Liverpool player – Liverpool showed marked superiority throughout the first half.” (Liverpool Daily Post: May 7, 1945)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, Regional 2, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Oldham Athletic 3-2 (2-0).
Referee: Mr. J. Phillips (Liverpool); linesmen: Messrs. J.R. Collinson and A. Bell.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Herbert Hall (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver (Reading), Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling (C), Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Les Shannon, Phil Taylor, Harry Eastham.
Oldham Athletic (2-3-5): Fred Ogden, Jack Hurst, Bert Eaves, Tommy Williamson, T. Phipps, Robert Keating, Eddie Chapman, Les Horton, Norman Standring, Ken Brierley, Les Goodwin.
The goals: 1-0 Taylor (10 min., ass: Campbell), 2-0 Nieuwenhuys (30 min., assist: Shannon), 2-1 Standring (47 min.), 2-2 Brierley (60 min.), 3-2 Shannon (65 min., assist: Kaye).
Les Shannon, Liverpool’s match winner. Image a few later when Shannon played for Burnley.