When did an Everton full back play in goal for Liverpool?

War is raging in Europe and while the Football League is on hiatus, regional competitions are set up all over the country. Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley were among the players who featured for Liverpool in the Northern Regional League in front of  5,000 spectators at Anfield on 8 February 1941. The Liverpool Daily Post and Echo report:

George Jackson

  One more curiously has been added to war-time football’s ever-increasing store of strange happenings, and in years to come I can see the youngsters of a future generation testing one another’s Soccer knowledge by propounding the teaser – “when did an Everton full back play in goal for Liverpool?”

Those whose hobby it is to note such curiosities no doubt have the date down already in their little blue books – February 8, 1941, and George Jackson the player. And a right good job he made of his task. True the Kopites had a few sarcastic remarks to make when he fell backwards into his goal in saving a header from Catterick, and gave Everton a point which was all against the run of the play, but afterwards he played almost faultlessly, and in the second half particularly made some really excellent saves. Several efforts from his Everton colleagues were fisted over the bar in the best approved style, and if his performances hadn’t the hall-mark of an Elisha Scott or a Sam Bartram, it was at shy rate a very creditable exhibition, and maternally contributed to keeping Everton’s score down during a period when the Blues were well on top.

Copyright Liverpool Daily Post - 10.02.1941

Still one more war-time meeting of Everton and Liverpool went in Everton’s favour. Their 3-1 success at Anfield was deserved, and Liverpool’s only consolation was that they were forced to play a full back in goal, and therefore, at best could only have had scant chance of escaping defeat. George Jackson, an Everton player, took over this vital job. Could any Everton player in a Liverpool team have a more unenviable ask than to pick the ball out of the net overlooked by Spion Kop? I doubt it. Thus was Jackson’s task after half an hour’s play. The irony of an Everton goal at that time was twofold, since Liverpool had things pretty well their own way and had seemed the more likely to take the lead. Jackson’s fumbling of a Catterick header was excusable, “but not when playing against Everton,” was the general impression of the Kop! Actually this full back turned goalkeeper had many grand saves to his credit. He made them as if to the manner born, too. There was more at fault with the Liverpool attack than with him.

Copyright Liverpool Echo - 10.02.1941

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