August 2, 1945
The Liverpool F.C. tourists have arrived back in England following their lightning tour of Germany, in which they defeated a RAF side – including George Pope and Dick Dorsett – by seven clear goals, and then drew 3-3 with the BLA Army side at Hannover Stadium before 35,000 spectators.
Matt Busby, Don Welsh and Jack Westby played in the second game, Jack Balmer, Willie Fagan and Jim Harley standing down, and on the B.L.A. side were Ted Sagar, Everton’s international goalkeeper; Dennis Westcott (Wolves), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United), McCabe and Rockaby (Middlesbrough), Eggleston (Sheffield Wednesday), and Blenkinsop (Leeds United).
Hagan gave BLA the lead with a penalty, but Welsh scored twice to give the Reds an interval lead. Westcott equalised, but Welsh completed his hat-trick with a penalty, and then Hagan levelled the scores in a thrilling game.
The Liverpool officials were entirely satisfied with the displays of the team despite hours of air travel and having to play two matches in two days. Bill Jones arrived too late to play in the second match, but in all probability will be playing for BLA against other touring sides.
Rangers, Derby County and Arsenal have arranged to visit Germany to entertain the boys. Billy Matchett, the Liverpool comedian, is at present on an extended tour of Germany with the ENSA, and writes to say what a joy it is to give shows to the fighting lads in anything from opera houses to barns. “I keep coming across scores of Liverpool lads,” said Billy, “and it is often like home from home. And what a thrill the lads got when they saw Liverpool were touring here.”
(Source: Evening Express: August 2, 1945; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited