August 8, 1955
When Manager Don Welsh and his coaches put another 50 ambitious youngsters through their paces this week-end Liverpool had “vetted” well over 100 amateurs who have a hankering to make their living from football. There are still another 50 or so to be watched before the season starts.
Already 18 boys have been signed on amateur forms. These will be given further trials in the next few months in the club’s various junior teams.
If Liverpool finally find half a dozen who have the ability eventually to turn professional they will be quite satisfied, despite all the work which these trials entail.
Most of the boys who have been tried during the past few weeks are from beyond Merseyside, a big proportion from the Manchester area, where Liverpool’s scouting representative has been active in combing junior circles for prospective talent.
The reason that lads from Merseyside have been in a minority in the recent comb-out is that these are invariably given trials straight away in the junior sides immediately they come to the club’s notice.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 8, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited