August 19, 1955
Liverpool set the ball rolling at Nottingham Forest, where they will find the Trentsiders a stern combination on their own ground.
As with Preston, the Forest ad a centre-forward problem most of last term. Ron Blackman, a close-season recruit from Reading, failed to fill the bill, and has subsequently departed to Ipswich. To take his place Forest this week signed Peter Higham from Preston, and hope he will help them to get off to a better start than a year ago.
Not a single goal was scored by Forest in the first five matches, all of them lost. Considering this disastrous beginning, they did well to finish 15th, and despite their fairly low position, had one of the best away records in the country.
They failed to score themselves eight times, kept the opposition goalles in nine matches, and frequently gave performances in advance of their position in the table.
After keeping their supporters for many months in an almost constant state of gloom by repeated failures whenever playing away, the Anfielders pulled up their socks considerably in the last three months by winning five and drawing one of their last eight matches on opponents’ ground. Unfortunately, at the same time they lost the victory knack at Anfield.
Providing they can start this season in the same happy away vein, and recapture their old facility for bagging maximum points at Anfield in the majority of cases, we may later be able to ponder pleasantly on promotion possibilities. It’s a nice thought.
Under the captaincy of Liddell, and with a fine team spirit, Liverpool might yet win back some of their lost medals.
Nottingham Forest: Bill Farmer, Billy Whare, Geoff Thomas, Bill Morley, Robert McKinlay, Jack Burkitt, Peter Small, James Barrett, Peter Higham, Dennis Alexander, Stuart Imlach.
Liverpool: Doug Rudham, Ray Lambert, Ronnie Moran, Roy Saunders, Laurie Hughes, Geoff Twentyman, Brian Jackson, Eric Anderson, Billy Liddell, John Evans, Alan A’Court.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 19, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited