Anfield youth game

December 13, 1955
Those football followers whose half-holiday occurs to-morrow could do worse than go along to Anfield, where Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers meet in the third round of the FA’s national Youth Cup competition.

The lads on view will be the cream of the young talent of both clubs, and from all accounts they serve up football well worth watching. The kick-off is at two o’clock, and these are the teams:

Liverpool: Owen, Brereton, Byrne, Jones, Rimmer, Wade, Chapman, Melia, Phillips, Wheatley, Morrissey.
Bolton Wanderers: Dean, Wilson, Tilley, Stanley, Barnes, Edwards, Birch, Deakin, Hart, Hannaby, Riley.

Gerry Byrne, Jimmy Melia and Con Phillips have been winning high praise in Liverpool’s Central League side, and are rapidly gathering experience. Wade, who is on the ground staff at Anfield, is a former Birkenhead and Cheshire Schools player; Jones was capped by Wales when at school; Rimmer and Chapman have played for Lancashire Boys, while Johnny Morrissey has played for England boys. The other others also distinguished theselves in schoolboy football, and are now being groomed for higher things in the future.

The same thing applies to the Bolton youth side, of whom the outstanding boy is Dean, the former England Schoolboy goalkeeper, whom Frank Swift reckons is one of the most promising young custodians he has ever seen. He ought to be able to pick a good one.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 13, 1955; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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