October 3, 1904
Ragged and disappointing football was witnessed in the first half of the game between Liverpool and Leicester Fosse at Anfield. Two reasons may be adduced for this state of affairs. The visitors won the toss and set the Anfielders to face a brilliant sun and a strong breeze, the effect being that whereas the Midlanders could not utilize the advantage they had gained, the home players were evidently harassed in their movements by the elemental conditions, and uninteresting play was the result. In addition, several easy chances of scoring were mulled by the Liverpool front line, and the clean sheet at the interval was an accurate reflex of the inefficacy of the two teams. Murray let in the Leicester left wing repeatedly, but the latter were too slow to accept the chances offered.
In the second half, Liverpool quickly put the issue out of doubt, and Robinson went in for a course of goalscoring all on his own. He headed the first point, after some clever work by Cox, and the second was the result of a remarkably fine show five minutes later. Then, after half-an-hour, he notched the third from another forward pass by Cox, and near the finish, after being brought down inside the penalty area he put on the fourth. After the interval, Liverpool had matters all their own way, and won easily enough.
Quite the feature of an otherwise insipid game was the performance of Robinson in scoring all the goals, and he simply reaped a deserving reward for his genuine work throughout the whole of the proceedings. Cox also played a smart game, and Goddard was in a more lively mood than in his previous appearances this season. Raybould was only moderate, but the weakest member of the front line was Morris, who was a passenger all through. Even when he changed places with Cox after half-time, there was no improvement noticeable in his play.
Parry again gave a capital exposition in the intermediate division, and he had no superior on the field, whilst Raisbeck and Fleming – the former especially – were always in the thick of the fray, and displayed good judgment in feeding the forwards. Dunlop was in splendid form, but Murray was completely off colour. Doig had a few ticklish shots to deal with, most of which came from the visitors’ left wing, and on one occasion he was fairly beaten by a trimmer from Allsopp, but Dunlop came to the rescue with a timely kick.
On the Leicester side, the left wing – Evenson and Allsopp – accomplished some very clever work, and the latter is an extreme winger of no mean ability. Blessington was tricky, but did not finish accurately, though his partner, Sheffield, did not make the most of the chances he gained. Pollock at half-back was prominent, and both the full backs played creditably, Robinson being the more dashing and effective. Smith was not very keenly tested, but he was simply helpless with the shots that scored.
Liverpool: Ned Doig, David Murray, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, George Fleming, Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Sam Raybould, Richard Morris, John Cox.
Leicester Fosse: Walter Smith, Jack Bennett, Walter Robinson, Bily Morgan, Billy Bannister, Bob Pollock, Jack Sheffield, Jimmy Blessington, Arthur Mounteney, Ike Evenson, Tommy Allsopp.
Referee: Mr. P. Harrower, London.
(Source: Athletic News: October 3, 1904)