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

"I never had the pleasure of seeing Billy Liddell play, but had one very happy encounter with him that demonstrated what a considerate and sporting gentleman he was. It was, I believe, in 1965, when I competed in the 100 yards at The British Universities Championships, held in Liverpool and organised by Liverpool University. Billy Liddell was employed both by Liverpool FC, based at Anfield, and by Liverpool University.

I pulled a hamstring in the 100 yards, and was immediately approached by Billy, who asked if it would be helpful if he were to take me to Anfield for treatment. Liverpool FC were in the forefront of investment in medical solutions for their players and, at that time, were (I believe) one of only two UK institutions that had acquired a Faradism Machine. (The machine stimulated blood-flow and hence muscle regeneration by causing muscle contractions). Billy personally took me to Anfield, and his friendly and much-welcomed gesture significantly assisted in my recovery."

A letter from Andrew Ronay in The Telegraph

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