November 30, 1955
It did not take Liverpool’s directors long last night to decide their team for Saturday’s away game with Port Vale. When Manager Don Welsh reported a clean bill of health the choice of the same side as pulverised Fulham was automatic.
This game at Vale Park reminds one of the old conundrum which poses the question as to what happens when an irresistible force meets on immovable object. Liverpool were irresistible last week. Port Vale’s defence on their own ground has been almost immovable all season.
Liverpool’s seven goals against the Craven Cottagers is one more than the Vale have forfeited in nine home matches, representing twelve hours of strenuous effort by their visitors.
Port Vale have been noted for the excellence of their defence for several season. When they came up from the Northern Section two seasons ago they had the remarkable record of only five goals against the in 23 home matches, in 19 of which the opposition failed to score at all. They had one spell which 11 successive home games were played without conceding a single goal.
Not unnaturally, the Second Division proved a much stiffer test, yet last season they had only 21 goals against them on their own ground, which was less than all but three other teams in their division.
So far this campaign no team has scored more than one goal at Burslem, and though Vale have lost two of their last three home games and drawn the other, they will still take a lot of beating.
Much will depend on whether the Liverpool forwards find so large a proportion of their efforts coming off as successfully as was the case against Fulham.
It seems almost too much to expect that it should be so, but if they serve up a display anywhere near as good they should be on the right end of the winning bonus. The team read: –
Dave Underwood, John Molyneux, Ronnie Moran, Roy Saunders, Laurie Hughes, Geoff Twentyman, Jimmy Payne, Alan Arnell, Billy Liddell, John Evans, Alan A’Court.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: November 30, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited