December 25, 1952
Match: Football League, First Division, at Turf Moor, kick-off: 14:15.
Burnley – Liverpool 2-0 (2-0).
Burnley (2-3-5): Des Thompson; Jock Aird, Harry Mather; James Adamson, Tommy Cummings, Reg Attwell; Jack Chew, James McIlroy, Bill Holden, Les Shannon, Billy Elliott.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Charles Ashcroft; Ray Lambert, Ronnie Moran; Phil Taylor, Bill Jones, Bob Paisley; Jimmy Payne, Kevin Baron, Albert Stubbins, Ken Brierley, Billy Liddell.
The goals: 1-0 McIlroy, 2-0 Holden.
Burnley began their Christmas campaign with a comfortable win over Liverpool at Turf Moor. These pictures show the Clarets’ two goals. TOP: McIlroy, although tackled and brought down by Moran, gets in a left-foot drive which flashed past Ashcroft for the first goal. LOWER PICTURE: Holden cleverly placed the ball past two defenders on the goal-line after Shannon had headed back to him in a duel with Ashcroft.
(Burnley Express, 27-12-1952)