Monday, May 20 – 1968
A party of 13 Liverpool players leave Speke to-morrow for a tour of Portugal and the Canary Islands during which they will meet two teams with whom they could clash in next season’s Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
Liverpool meet Oporto in Lisbon on Wednesday and then fly on to the Canary Islands to meet Las Palmas a week later.
The party is without four first teamers – Roger Hunt and Peter Thompson, with the England party prior to the finals of the European championship and Tommy Smith and Emlyn Hughes who are both injured.
Hughes and Smith plus Gerry Byrne and reserve team trainer will join the party in Lisbon on Friday for the remainder of the tour.
Las Palmas are almost certain to be in the Fairs Cup next season, having finished third in the Spanish League. Oporto, one of Portugal’s top clubs, could also finish high enough to qualify.
Manager Bill Shankly will return to Liverpool immediately after the match with Las Palmas because of pressure of work, leaving the remainder of the party in the Canary Islands for a short holiday.
This follows his usual pattern, for he doesn’t normally accompany the party unless there are matches.
The party is: Ron Yeats, Tommy Lawrence, Ray Clemence, Chris Lawler, Geoff Strong, Ian Ross, Ian Callaghan, Ian St John, Tony Hateley, Bobby Graham, Doug Livermore, Alf Arrowsmith.
(Liverpool Echo, 20-05-1968)