First friendly vs Preston

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

"Reference to Alan Hansen's assertion (May 15) that Kenny Dalglish was the best player ever to pull on a Liverpool shirt, and that Steven Gerrard could supersede him. His comments, obviously, apply only to the modern era. I have regularly watched football at Anfield and Goodison Park since 1938 and, in my opinion, the greatest Liverpool player was the incomparable Billy Liddell, who played in the old leather boots and with the heavy leather ball. Liddell was a wonderful sporting player, extremely fast, fearless, with a rocket shot in both feet and a terrific header of the ball. A truly great 'one club' player - and I was privileged to have watched him throughout his career."

A letter from Ray Terry to the sports editor of The Telegraph in May 2006

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