August 28, 1945
It is curious that Bolton Wanderers, 1944-45 North Cup winners, should be here to open both Goodison Park and Anfield, but we could not have wished for a better club or side. Believe me the Wanderers are a brilliant team when they settle down as Everton will confirm for they have individual efficiency and collaborate skill.
George Hunt, in attack and Harry Hubbick, in defence are the “key” men who prompt and rally, and who bring their craft and experience to bear in moulding the team into a grand and menacing football combination. Indications are, of course, that Liverpool, having won 3-1 at Burnley, will secure their second victory, but it is going to be a tremendously hard task.
I warn Liverpool not to set a pace they cannot maintain for therein lies danger to their security. I have little fear that the Liverpool forwards will get among the goals if they avoid too much “up-the-middle” play for that will be helping the task of the tall Lol Hamlett, who is so dominant in the air. Far better to exploit the wingers at every opportunity.
Liverpool have to make team changes, and it is possible that Don Welsh, of Charlton Athletic, who has scored in each of Charlton’s two victories, and Cumner, of Arsenal, will be on view. Incidentally, Willie Fagan is still down south and not at Chester. Mr. George Kay and myself speaking at cross purposes was reason for the misunderstanding.
Berry Nieuwenhuys is not in the probables, and this may mean Liddell crossing to the right. Bernard Ramsden will be at left back for Jeff Gulliver – his first senior appearance since pre-war days – and Tom Bush takes over centre-half duties for the injured Laurie Hughes. Despite the “its and ands” touch about the side it looks good enough for a second victory in a game starting at 6.30 p.m.
Liverpool (from): Dirk Kemp, Jack Westby, Bernard Ramsden, Harry Kaye, Tom Bush, Tom McInnes, Jack Pilling, Billy Liddell, Don Welsh, Les Shannon, Jack Balmer, Reg Cumner.
Bolton Wanderers: Bill Fielding, Dick Threlfall, Harry Hubbick, George Taylor, Lol Hamlett, Danny Murphy, Tom Woodward, George Hunt, Nat Lofthouse, Malcolm Barrass, Done Howe.
(Evening Express: august 28, 1945)