Welcome to Anfield’s new coach

January 3, 1959
Welcome to Anfield’s new coach
By: Tommy Younger
It is most fitting that I open this article with the time-honoured wish from the heart of a Scotsman – “A Guid New Year to you all.” Even more fitting is that I write this on Wednesday – New Year’s Eve – just as I am about to embark on my own private celebrations. By the time you read this, I hope you have all recovered and feel ready for another year of steady work.

Now I have to welcome a man of my own clan – Mr. Reuben Bennett, who is to join us at Anfield as coach. I particularly extend the hand of friendship as I have played against him. Mr. Bennett is a quiet, unassuming fellow with no regard for publicity. His belief is that actions speak louder than words and he prefers the results of his labours to be fruitful rather than a lot of talk.

However, I feel it would be of interest to readers to know a little of his background and for this reason, give the following short outline.

Reuben Bennett.

He played as goalkeeper for Dundee until 1950 when he became their trainer. Following this, he was manager of Ayr United. He joined this club when they were in the Second Division and took them into the First.

Then he went to Third Lanark where he took over the combined duties of trainer and coach.

At the time there were signs of weakening in the club, but here again he went with them into the First Division.

A fully qualified man, he holds Scottish and English coaching certificates and was a Sergeant Major Physical Training Instructor in the Army.

Wide experience has taught Mr. Bennett the value of being ever ready to adopt new ideas, and adapt old ones to the benefit of all concerned.

Consequently he keeps an open outlook on the game. He maintain that success can only be achieved by hard work and he expects everyone to realise this.

I trust you will join me in wishing him a long, happy and successful reign at Anfield.

Before concluding, a word or two about Christmas games. If I leave this over, time will have placed them in obscurity and there will be no point in my remarks.

I am wondering if it would not be possible to minimise travel for these games. We all know the crowded conditions at this time of year, and it seems pointless to add to the general confusion by moving teams and supporters long distances.

It would be convenient to everyone if games could be arranged as locally as possible and neighbouring clubs fight it out among themselves at this time.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 3, 1959)

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