January 2, 1970
Southport are all set for their biggest gate of the season to-morrow – for a friendly. For Liverpool are taking a full-strength first team to Haig Avenue (3 p.m.) and, with the thousands of fans likely to make the short journey to Southport, the gate could well beat the 11,215 that saw the League Cup tie with Manchester City.
By taking the side that won 5-1 at Burnley on Boxing Day, Liverpool are not intending a mighty show of strength designed to frighten the Third Division side. It is just an opportunity to give the team a run-out following the postponement through flu of the Cup tie with Coventry City.
Liverpool originally fixed up for their reserve team, without a game since December 16, to play a friendly at Haig Avenue for match practice. But with the postponement of the Cup-tie, Liverpool decided to play their first team instead and re-arranged a Central League match with Nottingham Forest at Anfield.
Liverpool fans who have bought tickets for the Coventry Cup-tie but who will now be unable to travel for the mid-week can have their money refunded provided they surrender their tickets at Anfield before 5 p.m. on Monday.
Southport: John Armstrong, Dave Pearson, Colin Alty, Roger Aindow, Chris Dunleavy, Eric Harrison, Alex Russell, Tony Field, Eric Redrobe, Malcolm Russell, Keith Pring.
Substitute: To be named.
Liverpool: Tommy Lawrence, Chris Lawler, Peter Wall, Geoff Strong, Ron Yeats, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan, Ian Ross, Bobby Graham, Ian St. John, Peter Thompson.
Substitute: Steve Peplow.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 2, 1970; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited