Great games: Ulster United 1, Liverpool 5

In 1948 Liverpool Football Club made an extensive tour of North America. The highest attendance to watch a game during their tour was the 17,000 fans who turned up at Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto on Tuesday June 15.

A newcomer to Ulster United was goalkeeper Larry Gage. He had formerly played for Aldershot in the English Football League. He impressed greatly for the Redhanders in their exhibition game against Liverpool. After the season he returned to England where he signed for Fulham. He later played for Gillingham.

Jack Balmer scored two goals for Liverpool. Bill Fagan, Albert Stubbins and Bill Liddell scored once each for the Liverpudlians. Paul Hric scored on a penalty for Toronto Ulster.

When Cy Davies, Ulster left fullback, was injured he was replaced by Bill Kennedy.

Ulster United’s goalkeeper Larry Gage was said to have been sensational.

In an interesting note in the Windsor Star newspaper it said: “William Ferguson, Claremont, Ont., a spectator, died from excitement during the performance”.

Line-ups:

Ulster United: Larry Gage; Bill Davison, Cy Davies (Bill Kennedy); Paul Hric, Archie McDowall, Norm Rowley; Art Varley, Tommy Axe, Ronnie Rowe, Jack Rudland, John Gifford. Subs: Kennedy replaced Davies

Liverpool F.C.: Sidlow; Harley, Lambert; Tayor, Jones, Paisley; Billy Liddell, Balmer, Albert Stubbins, Fagan, Brierley. Subs: Shannon replaced Stubbins

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