August 29, 1945
Key note: “Two of the finest goals seen at Anfield ground for many a long day were scored last night in the match between Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers, which ended in a draw of 2-2 and provided 17,437 spectators with a succession of thrills and exciting goalmouth incidents reminiscent of the keenest pre-war encounters. Bolton were decidedly fortunate to go away with a point. Liverpool had dine four-fifths of the attacking throughout and the visiting goal had had some amazingly narrow escapes. Liverpool should have won with ease for they were the better side, and their attack moving in line abreast as one man, time and again cut through the Bolton defence – only to be frustrated at the last fence. It was a thrilling opening to the Anfield season and the crowd showed its appreciation of the excellent fare served up, particularly Kippax’s goal.” (Liverpool Daily Post: August 30, 1945)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 18:30.
Liverpool – Bolton Wanderers 2-2 (1-1).
Referee: Mr. W.B. Nixon (Manchester).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Dirk Kemp, Bernard Ramsden, Jimmy McInnes, Harry Kaye, Tom Bush, Jack Pilling, Harry Eastham, Phil Taylor, Don Welsh, Jack Balmer, Peter Kippax.
Bolton Wanderers (2-3-5): Bill Fielding, Dick Threlfall, Harry Hubbick, George Taylor, Lol Hamlett, Danny Murphy, Tom Woodward, George Hunt, Nat Lofthouse, Malcolm Barrass, Don Howe.
The goals: 1-0 Taylor (26 min., assist: Kippax), 1-1 Howe (30 min.), 2-1 Kippax (68 min.), 2-2 Lofthouse (78 min.).