Friday, August 2 – 1968
The shock news for Merseyside to-night with only one week from the eve of the 1968-9 football season is that Liverpool centre forward Tony Hateley is injured.
He was not in the party that travelled by rail to Hull this morning and his place in to-night’s friendly at Boothferry Park, against Hull City, is likely to be taken by Alf Arrowsmith.
Hateley hurt an ankle in another friendly at Prenton Park, against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday. Since then he has been having treatment and doing light training in a bid to be fit for the season’s certain raiser at Anfield against champions Manchester City a week to-morrow.
Coincidentally, Hateley also got a knock on that ankle when Liverpool played Tranmere behind closed doors in a friendly before the start of last season. Then the injury cleared up in time for him to take his place at centre forward for the first game.
It would be a blow to Liverpool to have him missing at the start, for his link-up with Roger Hunt is a vital part of the Reds attack.
But his absence should not be felt too much to-night against Hull, a Second Division side that Liverpool, if they retain the form that helped them beat Tranmere on Tuesday, should have little difficulty in defeating.
(Liverpool Echo, 02-08-1968)