League matches

Liverpool v Newcastle United 2-0 (League match: March 17, 1900)


March 17, 1900
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Newcastle United 2-0 (0-0).
Attendance: 18,000.
Referee: Mr. R. Horrocks
Liverpool (2-3-5):  Bill Perkins; Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop; Charlie Wilson, Alex Raisbeck (C), William Goldie; Tom Robertson, John Walker, Sam Raybould, Charles Satterthwaite, Jack Cox.
Newcastle United (2-3-5): Matt Kingsley; Billy Lindsay, Dave Gardner; Thomas Ghee, Andrew Aitken, Jack Carr; Joe Rogers, Alec Gardner, Jock Peddie, Tommy Niblo, Willie Wardrope.
The goals: 1-0 Robertson (50 min.), 2-0 Walker (60 min.).

1st Half:
** Liverpool started well, and a good movement by Raisbeck was nipped by Aitken, who placed his forwards in possession. The incursion was temporary, Goldie clearing, and Kingsley being called upon to save.
** The United gave an exhibition of judicious passing, but were smartly brought up by Wilson.
** The visitors backs were great, but the homesters forced a couple of unproductive corners.
** Liverpool pressed hard, the Carr shot over for the United, and pretty and spirited play followed.

2nd Half:
** GOAL: The second half was equal to the first, but Liverpool managed to get away first, and Cox, running half the length of the field, sent a scorcher, which Robertson faciliated by a timely kick into the net.
** This success urged both teams to renewed efforts, Lindsay coming in for adverse comments from the crowd for his vigerous play.
** There was nothing to choose between the sides, and had it not been for unfortunate fouls the homesters would scarcely have fared as well as they did.
** Wardrope by a hasty shot, lost a chance, but Carr retrived, and subsequently got a free kick, which caused Perkins anxiety.
** Informalities naturally happened whilst the game was intense, both being penalised. Newcastle were repeatedly stopped when favourably  situated, sometimes unaccountably.
** GOAL: Satterthwaite missed, but Walker received a chance from hands against Gardner, and scored the second point amidst cheers.
** “They want three to win” shouted the crowd ecstatically.
(Sunderland Daily Echo, 19-03-1900)

The Liverpool team gave another creditable display of football against Newcastle United, and had the satisfaction of placing two more valuable points to their record, and improving their goal average at the same time by the useful addition of two goals.Since their downfall at Goodison Park in January, Liverpool have played four League games, each of which has yielded maximum points, whilst they have scored twelve goals to their opponents four, and it does seem as if the closing stages of the season were going to afford some recompense for the disastrous experience of the earlier part. Certainly on the form which is being exhibited at present there is ample justification for the anticipation of further triumphs, and imbued by the confidence which is ever inspired by success, the players themselves are rapidly doing themselves justice, and regaining their old-time efficiency. Since the inclusion of Raybould and Satterthwaite in the team, matters have gone ahead with a smoothness which had almost become foreign to the play witnessed before their arrival, and the utility of a decent centre has never been more forcibly exemplified than in the case of the Anfield eleven this season. Their forwards gave the Novocastrians a taste of their quality, and had the same deadliness in front of goal been witnessed that characterised their play on the occasion of the visit of Manchester City the Northerners would have been badly beaten. The remarkably accurate centres dropped in by Robertson were not once turned to account, and the clever right winger, who had the range to a nicety, found many splendid efforts foiled by the wild attempts of his colleagues. Cox was the chief offender in this respect, his shots invariably being too high. Otherwise the forward work was cleverly executed, the combination beeing good, and the wing men showing rare speed and judgment in centring. Cox was not at ease with Lindsay, and the old Everton player was frequently penalsied for unfair tactics. The crowd did not improve matters by their uncalled for jeers, and when, in the second half, the United full-back settled down to steadier methods his play improved in the same proportion. Robertsom was in rare trim on the right, and his goal, the result of a clear opening made by his clever dodging abilities was one of his best efforts. He had a capital partner in Walker, who with another excellent individual attempt, put on the second goal, and the adroit pass which landed the ball over the head of the United half, and enabled the home right to get close in for his shot, was a most tricky piece of work. Satterthwaite is a most consistent performer of the go-ahead style that baffles an opponent, and both he and Raybould assisted materially in bringing about the successful termination of the game. The latter is not a centre that dazles the eye with his brilliance, but his steady, plodding, never-failing endeavours are more useful to his side than the occasional flashes of a brighter constellation. The halves were lax at time in tackling, but, apart from this blemish, Raisbeck accomplished some splendid work, and Goldie likewise was seen to great advantage. Wilson is a rare trier, and never knows when he is beaten. The backs were sound, and Goldie gave a surprisingly fine display, whilst Dunlop was very effective in his returns, and Perkins was never in difficulties with anything that required his attention.  (Liverpool Mercury, 19-03-1900)

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