Twenty players called up for service

(Daily Mail, 30-08-1939)
All Liverpool’s first team players will be available for the game with Middlesbrough at Anfield to-night, in spite of the fact that 20 of the clubs’ professionals were called up yesterday for service with the Territorials.

The players concerned were: Arthur Riley and Dirk Kemp, goalkeepers; Bernard Ramsden, Tommy Cooper, Keith Peters, backs; Matt Busby, Tom Bush, Jimmy McInnes, John Easdale, half-backs; Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Harry Eastham, Pinnington, Bill Jones, George Paterson, Cyril Done, Eric Patterson, Bill Kinghorn, John Shafto, forwards.

As Stanley Eastham and Ronnie Jones are already serving, the Liverpool officials were faced with a problem, for only nine of their professionals were unaffected. Later, however, they were informed that the players would be available for tonight’s game.

The players will report to the military authorities to-morrow morning.

(Daily Mail, 30-08-1939)

Thursday, August 31 – 1939
Twenty Liverpool players yesterday changed soccer clothes for uniforms, paraded as Territorials in the 9th King’s Regiment, Liverpool (K.L.R.), and unless the international situation improves, the club will have only nine professional players for the First Division match with Chelsea on Saturday.

Army authorities have told the club that they cannot promise special leave for the players if the situation does not improve. Liverpool officials have not yet made any decision about Saturday’s match.

(Daily Mail, 31-08-1939)

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