August 30, 1945
Liverpool’s tale of misfortune dated from mid-afternoon when several chosen players found they could not get away and Mr. George Kay had to get busy to fill gaps. This work brought a most welcome guest in the person of Peter Kippax, the Burnley amateur outside left, who played against Liverpool last Saturday, and who will be opposing them this Saturday.
Kippax was a scintillating star, but to the many who will hope that Liverpool can induce Kippax to sign professional, let me say that this is entirely out of the question. Kippax, son of a mill owner, is content to play football just for the sheer love of the game. And his exhibition was that of a player who revels in the job. Our thanks to Burnley for the Kippax service.
It was Kippax who dropped over such a glorious centre for Phil Taylor to head home the opening goal, and Kippax it was who seized on a ball just inside the Bolton in 70 minutes, and by sinuous dribbling, with the feint and swerve playing vital parts, went right through the Bolton defence to restore Liverpool’s lead.
The first Bolton equaliser was of the unsatisfactory sort for the Liverpool players, and we stand onlookers thought Nat Lofthouse nudged the ball with his hand. At least the Liverpool players stood still, and Lofthouse cracked a shot against the post, Don Howe getting it through on the rebound.
The second equaliser 10 minutes from time was a facsimile of Phil Taylor’s goal – from the other side. Tom Woodward, definitely in the first three among contemporary right-wingers, sent over a perfect centre, and Lofthouse’s head did the rest. One of the most remarkable features was that Don Welsh, of all people, should have failed to score with a penalty.
Bill Fielding made a fine save off Don’s rocket shot before a goal had been scored, but this was only one of the Wanderers’ many hairsbreadth escapes, for Welsh, playing in his third game in five days, hit a post; Jack Balmer found a winner kept by Fielding’s knees, and when Taylor neatly lobbed the ball over Fielding’s head Danny Murphy had dropped back on the line to turn the ball over.
The penalty miss seemed to upset Welsh, but Liverpool continued to show the better forward ideas, with Taylor and Balmer rare prompters. The defence moving around the dominant Tom Bush was quite sound, with Jimmy McInnes doing well as a make-shift left back and Bernard Ramsden marking his welcome return with full-blooded tackling and kicking. Harry Kaye was in sparkling mood, and Jack Pilling plugged through with customary diligence.
The score does scant justice to Liverpool, who attacked for three-parts of the game and completely put out of gear the Bolton attack – Woodward apart, of course. Yes, good entertainment for 17,437 spectators, and quite a happy Anfield re-union under chief host Mr. S. Ronnie Williams, vice-chairman.
(Source: Evening Express: August 30, 1945; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited