August 25, 1945
Key note: “A crowd of 7,481 saw Burnley outplayed by a strong and clever Liverpool team in the opening League game of the season at Turf Moor on Saturday. Liverpool won because they their attacks with skill and method, and their swift-moving forwards had the co-operation of a determined half-back line. That Liverpool found their men better than the home team was scarcely surprising, for half the Burnley eleven was composed of guest player, and it was not until the second half that they had the semblance of a workmanlike eleven.” (Burnley Express: August 29, 1945)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Turf Moor, kick-off: 15:00.
Burnley – Liverpool 1-3 (0-3).
Attendance: 7,481; gate receipts: £545.
Referee: Mr. H. Hartley.
Burnley (2-3-5): Jimmy Strong, John Roach (Manchester United), Donald Innard (Falkirk), G. Wilson, Arthur Woodruff, Campbell, Tommy Gardner, Doug Sneddon (St Johnstone), Brooks, George Drury (Arsenal), Peter Kippax.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Dirk Kemp, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver (Reading), Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jimmy McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Billy Liddell.
The goals: 0-1 Nieuwenhuys (20 min.), 0-2 Liddell (30 min.), 0-3 Liddell (40 min.), 1-3 Brooks.