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

"Billy Liddell has dominated the post-war stage of the Liverpool Football Club. At times he has seemed to be Liverpool. Already he is becoming more than a name - he's on his way to being a legend. A legend of electrifying runs, full-blooded shooting plus superlative sportsmanship. In all the years I've watched, I've never seen him intentionally foul an opponent, pettishly kick the ball away or do anything that was even the slightest questionable. He was the complete footballer, but he was something more; he is a man of great integrity who has endeared himself to us all. If I were as good a sportsman as Billy Liddell, I'd be proud. You're a better man than I am - Billy Liddell!"

John Moores, chairman of Everton FC, on 21st of September 1960 on the eve of Liddell's testimonial

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