First friendly vs Preston

A SCOT'S DEBUT AT ANFIELD
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Liddle Pleases On The Wing 

1939"There were fewer than 300 people at Anfield for the "friendly" against Preston. Nivvy had a damaged ankle and this allowed Liddle, an 18-year-old Scot, to make his debut for the first team at outside right."

So begins the match report for Billy LIDDELL's, (the press misspelling his name as Liddle in this report) first ever game for Liverpool' first team.

This is how Liverpool lined up for Liddell's monumental game: Riley, Cooper, Ramsden, Busby, Bush, S. Eastham, Liddell, Taylor, Done, Fagan, Van den Berg.

Press reporter "Contact" concludes that "Liddle showed great promise and was never beaten in this game, which deserved a 30,000 gate for the excellence of the football shown." He also mentions in closing that "Liddle was making the Preston defence go all out."

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King Billy quote

"May I echo the opinion that the incomparable Billy Liddell was Liverpool's best ever player. I, too, was a long-time Liddell fan and my greatest memory was of him scoring from a free-kick by the simple manner of kicking the ball so hard that the ball and the goalkeeper ended up in the back of the net - a feat I would challenge any present day player to emulate. Incidentally, his pay enabled him to buy a sweet shop in Anfield Road, an establishment I frequently visited, as a post-playing investment."

A letter from Alan Heal in The Telegraph

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