December 17, 1945
If Harry Nickson solves the goalkeeping problem which has been worrying Liverpool for months past another romantic chapter will be added to the many which Soccer has produced.
A couple of months ago, had you asked Liverpool who Nickson was they’d have said: “Never heard of him.” Neither had anybody else here, apart from those who knew him as a boy in the Bootle J.O.C. League or Longmoor Lane School side, for Nickson has spent most of his football life in the Army. Coming home on leave from India in October, he asked Liverpool for a trial, git it, impressed George Kay, and signed amateur forms. After one game with the third team he was promoted to the Central League side, with which he had four outings before playing for the first team at Chesterfield.
Such was his display there that he was immediately offered professional terms, accepted, and was signed on the spot. He is aged 23, belongs to Maghull, and stands 6ft. 2ins., so that he is all right in that respect. During the war he has played for representative Services’ sides in India and won high praise.
Mr. George Kay, Liverpool’s manager tells me that he was very pleased with the way Nickson shaped on Saturday. “His handling was safe, he showed intelligence in positioning, and with experience I think we will adequately fill the position,” he said.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 17, 1945)