Saturday, August 18 – 1945
Quite a fair crowd turned up at Anfield to-day to see Liverpool’s first public practice match, when two mixed teams of players on the club’s books turned out.
Reds. – Dick Kemp; Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver; Harry Kaye, Tom Bush, Jimmy McInnes; Jack Campbell, Kevin Baron, Harold Thompson, George Paterson, Billy Bretton.
Whites. – Edwards; Bernard Ramsden, Jack McDonald; Eddie Spicer, Jack Easdale, Jack Pilling; Billy Liddell, Phil Taylor, Les Shannon, Jack Balmer, Bob Paisley.
The most notable feature of the early play was the performances of Easdale at centre half for the whites. This fair-haired player kept Thompson and Paterson in check when they tried to burst through, and gave signs that he will be a valuable acquisition to the side when the stern business of League football commences.
(Liverpool Echo, 18-08-1945)