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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When Liddell was dropped from the Liverpool side for the first time in October 1958, Everton and Arsenal legend Joe Mercer, then manager of Aston Villa, almost immediately bid for his services. "He'll get goals anytime. He's a goal-getter. He always was and will be", said Joe at the time. Liverpool had no intention of selling their prime asset. "Not for £100,000," said veteran president Tom Williams adding with foresight, "There will never be another like him."