April 28, 1950
Spare a thought for those unfortunate Arsenal and Liverpool ex-regulars who will be among the spectators when the Cup Final teams turn out into Wembley’s vast arena to-morrow afternoon.
Most disappointed man of all must surely be the Lancashire club’s left half, Bob Paisley, who has played in all their previous Cup games except the drawn third-round match with Blackburn Rovers.
The decision to leave him out of the side in preference to utility man Bill Jones, has deprived him of the chance of achieving an unusual “double,” for he played for Bishop Auckland in the Amateur Cup Final of 1939.
Another Liverpool player to be passed over is Jack Balmer, their balding inside right and former captain. Youth is on the side of his successor Kevin Baron, who, like club colleagues Laurie Hughes, Jimmy Payne, and Eddie Spicer, is in his first full season as a League team regular.
(Derby Daily Telegraph: April 28, 1950)