March 3, 1947
A “SECRET” victory plan, which deceived thousands of fans who roared disapproval of their team’s tactics, won its creators a place among the Cup’s last four.
“Give it to Fagan. Don’t forget Fagan,” yelled supporters as Liverpool’s outside right and captain stood idle by the touchline.
For Fagan, so often Liverpool’s match-winner, could almost count on his fingers the number of times he touched the ball against Birmingham.
Unknown to the fans was that this was all part of the Liverpool plan – that Willie Fagan himself helped to work out.
“Even though it meant sacrificing the right wing, we knew Birmingham would have to watch Fagan, and decided to play down the middle for all we were worth,” revealed full back Ray Lambert afterwards.
“With Balmer playing well up with Stubbins we always had a spare man in the centre.
“Birmingham’s tendency to play their full backs wide apart had been noted earlier, and we knew there would be only their centre-half in the middle.”
Everything went off ass arranged – according to Liverpool’s view.
(Daily Mirror: March 3, 1947)