April 4, 1951
Liverpool F.C. are making a couple of experiments in their defence for Saturday’s game against Arsenal at Highbury, and will also have Stubbins back as leader of the attack after an absence of seven games through thigh injury.
In goal, Ashcroft takes over from Russell Crossley, and Bryan Williams comes in at right back for Ray Lambert, the idea being to give the new manager, Mr. Don Welsh, a chance to assess the possibilities of these newcomers against class opposition, which is obviously a better guide than to see them in the reserve string.
A couple of months ago Williams was placed on the transfer list, at his own request, because of the apparent lack of opportunity to get into the senior side. Now he gets his big chance, and with Liverpool apparently ready to utilise their remaining fixtures as a guide to possible rebuilding for next season, other of the younger professionals may get openings in due course.
Bryan Williams has made six senior appearances prior to this season, but all at right half, where his long throw-in was a feature of his game, allied to terrier-like tackling and abundant stamina.
Jimmy McInnes, who is in charge of the “A” team, has had much to do with reviving the player’s confidence, and if Williams makes the grade a large part of the credit will go to McInnes for his painstaking coaching.
Ashcroft has made two previous senior appearances this season and did extremely well, but an injury at West Bromwich lost him his place. Crossley and Lambert are being rested, but will be in the party to journey to Highbury.
The return of Stubbins, now fit after his troublesome thigh injury, means that Done goes inside left to the exclusion of Haigh, who though a good trier, is not yet quite ready for regular senior inclusion.
Liverpool: Charles Ashcroft, Bryan Williams, Eddie Spicer, Phil Taylor, Laurie Hughes, Bob Paisley, Jimmy Payne, Bill Jones, Albert Stubbins, Cyril Done, Billy Liddell.
Liverpool Reserves (v. Newcastle United Reserves, at Anfield, kick-off: 2.30: Cyril Sidlow, George Whitworth, Steve Parr, Jack Heydon, Joe Cadden, Willie Fagan, Don Woan, Kevin Baron, Jack Smith, Jack Haigh, Ken Brierley.
The kick-off of the Central League game has been advanced to 2.30 to enable Newcastle to catch an early train home.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: April 4, 1951)