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

"He not only composed the letter my father sent to the club, a letter setting out the stipulations about my having a profession outside football, but Mr. Gray followed this up by making extensive inquiries about the company Liverpool intended to place me with. Not until he was satisfied did he tell my father it would be in order for me to join the club. Certainly if had not given the all-clear my father would not have allowed me to sign."

Presbyterian minister Rev. D.G. Gray played a big part in Billy Liddell's move to Liverpool

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