A SCOT'S DEBUT AT ANFIELD
Liddle Pleases On The Wing
"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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"Bottles, it has been said have been poised, waiting mouths left high, dry and unslaked as men in their Spion Kop hundreds have halted in silent expectation as Liddell burst through the opposing defence. On such occasions, it has also been said, normally sensible men have greeted the resultant goal by hurling still nearly full bottles into the air and others have been too stunned by the glory of the goal to catch them. Liddell, lifelong teetotaller though he is, would appreciate the compliment. There could be none finer, nor none more deserved."
2nd of July 1967 News of the World