August 12, 1950
Key note: “Liverpool’s game proceeded on normal pre-season lines for the first half, with the seniors taking matters very comfortably and the reserves putting all their wares in the shop window. Then came the second half landslide, with Taylor, even more nonchalant than usual, bagging three goals with the ease that a housewife shells peas, and Baron, working like a trooper, getting three of more individual calibre. This left Balmer’s first half-goal to decide the issue 4-3 in favour of the Reds.” (Liverpool Echo: August 14, 1950)
Match: Pre-season trial, at Anfield.
Liverpool Reds – Liverpool Whites 4-3 (1-0).
Attendance: 13,107; gate receipts: £888.
Referee: Mr. W.H.E. Evans.
Liverpool Reds (2-3-5): Cyril Sidlow, Ray Lambert, Eddie Spicer, Bill Jones, Laurie Hughes, Bob Paisley, Jimmy Payne, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Billy Liddell.
Liverpool Whites (2-3-5): Ray Minshull, Bill Shepherd, Steve Parr, Jack Heydon, Joe Cadden, Frank Christie, Billy Watkinson, Kevin Baron, Cyril Done, Sam Shields, Ken Brierley.
Substitutes: Charles Ashcroft for Minshull at half-time; Bryan Williams for Done at half.time; Jack Haigh for Shields at half-time; Malcolm Glazzard for Brierley at half-time.
The goals: 1-0 Balmer (10 min.), 1-1 Baron (50 min.), 2-1 Taylor (60 min.), 2-2 Baron (62 min.), 2-3 Baron (64 min.), 3-3 Taylor (73 min.), 4-3 Taylor (87 min.).