December 25, 1945
Key note: Liverpool got right back to their best at Anfield, and proved that had Willie Fagan been playing against Chesterfield they would have won. Fagan’s brilliant leadership, by which he drew the Barnsley defence out of position time after time paved the way for victory. It was a thrill-packed game in which Fagan opened with two fine goals after Barnsley had taken the lead. Paisley came through with a “smasher.” Bob Priday scored his first-ever League goal, and Liddell crowned another excellent display with a goal to make it 5-2. Barnsley proved themselves quite serviceable side, but Liverpool really struck their game in large measure due to the excellence of Baron at inside right, the good work late on of Paterson, and the notable debut of Finney, who came in at right-half at the last minute. This Finney has what it takes. Priday had a grand game, and definitely proved that he is a real capture. The South African’s centres were of the goal-laden variety, and in addition to his goal he also got the ball into the net only to lose the point for offside.” (Evening Express: December 27, 1945)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield.
Liverpool – Barnsley 5-2.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Nickson, Jim Harley, Ray Lambert, Fred Finney, Laurie Hughes, Bob Paisley, Billy Liddell, Kevin Baron, Willie Fagan, George Paterson, Bob Priday.
Barnsley (2-3-5): Holdcroft, Manley.
The goals: 0-1 ?, 1-1 Fagan, 2-1 Fagan, 3-1 Paisley, 4-1 Priday, 5-2 Liddell.