Festival football brings Saarbrucken to Liverpool

May 5, 1951
Next week will see the start of the long list of Festival of Britain fixtures, with Liverpool staging the first big game in the Merseyside programme at Anfield next Wednesday evening, when they will entertain Saabrucken (kick-off 6.30).

Mr. John Charles Rouse, Liverpool’s secretary, will act as liaison officer for the Saarbrucken people during their three games in this country. He will meet them in London at the week-end and afterwards accompany the party throughout their tour.

Liverpool played a game at Saarbrucken during their Continental trip last close season, and were surprisingly beaten 4-1, the home side getting two quick goals which practically sealed the issue in the first ten minutes. The Saarbrucken team does not play in any League, but confines itself largely to inter-city internationals and representative games. In this sphere they have a particularly fine record this season, having played 33 matches, won 25, drawn 1 and suffered defeat on only six occasions. The previous season they went through their whole programme unbeaten.

On their way to this country they played a strong representative Luxembourg side last Wednesday and won 8-0, so that it is obvious Liverpool have no simple task on their hands next week.

There will be 16 players in the visiting party. Among them will be Kurt Clemens, a centre forward who has a big tally of goals and for whom attractive offers have been made by several continental sides. Several others of the visiting players come with big reputations.

Though Saarbrucken is in France their side is not restricted to Frenchmen. Quite a number of players are either Germans or of German decent, and from all accounts they are a speedy and extremely useful combination.

After the Anfield game the party goes on to Grimsby for a match on Whit Monday, then visits Chesterfield for the last fixture of the tour.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: May 5, 1951)

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