August 25, 1950
Liverpool have made one change in the team to meet Sunderland at Anfield to-morrow. Stubbins will make his first appearance in the side this season. He will take over from Cyril Done.
Sunderland just missed their way in the late weeks of last season, but they had done sufficient for some of the critics to name them as potential champions this season, but there is a long way to go. So far as names go they have the material, some of the classiest players in the game.
When they are in the mood Sunderland can be a sore trouble to any opposition, but there is a tendency at times to overdo the “pretty” stuff. The Roker people were desperately anxious to get Jack Hedley, and he plays his first game at right back. It was in defence that Sunderland were a wee bit shaky last season. They will not have to show any traces of this at Anfield, especially with Billy Liddell anywhere about.
The Sunderland team were at Anfield on Wednesday running the rule over Liverpool team trying to find the strong and weak points. They would not see any weaknesses, but no doubt have made their plan of campaign. Like Liverpool they have lost one game and won one. A Liverpool v Sunderland meeting usually produces good football and that is the main thing.
Liverpool. – Cyril Sidlow, Bill Shepherd, Eddie Spicer, Bill Jones, Laurie Hughes, Bob Paisley, Jimmy Payne, Phil Taylor, Albert Stubbins, Jack Balmer, Billy Liddell.
Sunderland. – Johnny Mapson, Jack Hedley, Arthur Hudgell, Reg Scotson, Billy Walsh, Arthur Wright, Tommy Wright, Ivor Broadis, Dickie Davis, Len Shackleton, Tommy Reynolds.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 25, 1950)