Liverpool F.C. off to Spain


May 7, 1958
Liverpool F.C. players and officials leave for London on the midnight train to-morrow to undertake a tour in Spain, during which they will play at least four matches.

The journey throughout will be made by train or coach. From London the party goes overland to Paris, leaving the French capital at midnight on Friday for Spain, where the first game will be played on Sunday night at San Sebastian. They will be met at Irun, on the Spanish border, after the journey from Paris, and go to San Sebastian by road.

The 15 players making the trip are Doug Rudham, John Molyneux, Ronnie Moran, Gerry Byrne, Dick White, Barry Wilkinson, Roy Saunders, Bobby Campbell, Fred Morris, Bobby Murdoch, Jimmy Harrower, Billy Liddell, Alan Arnell, Louis Bimpson and Johnny Morrissey.

Tommy Younger, Alan A’Court, Johnny Wheeler and Jimmy Melia are not available. The former will shortly be joining Scotland’s World Cup party for special training; A’Court goes to Yugoslavia and Russia with England’s touring party, and Wheeler, if not required for the World Cup, in which he hwas named in the preliminary list, will be on tour with the F.A. party in Nigeria.

Melia is unable to go because of his Forces commitments.

A stiff test
The match at San Sebastian is against Real Sociedad, one of the leading Spanish teams, who will provide a stern test for the tourists, particularly after such a long journey and under conditions which will be very different from those which operate during the season in this country.

Following this game there are engagements against Elche F.C. at Alicante, Pamplona F.C. at Pamplona, and one over the border in France against Perpignon.

The agent who is arranging the tour has also mentioned the possibility of a game in Madrid against Atletico, one of the star teams domiciled in the Spanish capital, but discussions regarding that will be continued when Liverpool get to Spain.

The officials accompanying the party are Mr. Thomas Valentine Williams (chairman), directors Harold Cartwright and Tom Parker, manager Phil Taylor, and trainer Albert Shelley.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: May 7, 1958)

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