The invincible Anfielders

October 24, 1904
It was generally conceded that Burnley would have a hard nut to crack in Liverpool, and, especially in their crippled state, victory was not expected. And therefore their supporters were not disappointed at Liverpool’s triumph.

Owing to injury sustained at Burton, Doug Macfarlane was an enforced absentee, and Bell, the amateur, filled the vacancy. Though he does not display the dash of the ex-Barrow man, Bell is an acquisition to a forward rank. Moffat appeared in Joe Taylor’s place.

With the exception of Sam Raybould and Richard Morris, Liverpool were represented by the same team as the previous week.

The visitors, who operated down the slope and had the sun at their backs, had much the better of the play for some time, and then Burnley gave Doig and his companions a taste of their powers, and for a quarter of an hour the Turf Moor men had the better of the bout.

Robinson failed at a penalty against Dixon just before the interval, but in the second half the visitors were the better team, and Robinson scored. Five minutes from time Cox beat Green for the second time, and Liverpool won by 2-0.

Liverpool’s superiority.
Liverpool were the superior side. They had much the better of the play than the score would indicate. They were faster and smarter, and showed better combination than Burnley. Their defence was excellent, and the half-back and forward departments were very strong.

Walders was the more conspicuous in the home intermediate line, though Barron was a good second. Dixon, who crossed over to the left, played a good game, and Henderson showed no mean ability; while Green, beyond one mistake in the initial stage, which the Liverpool forwards did not turn to account, gave a distinctly good display. Of the forwards the left wing was the best, more by reason of Bell’s excellent shooting. Though beaten by a better side Burnley were not disgraced.

Burnley: Billy Green, Robert Henderson, Arthur Dixon, Fred Barron, David Walders, Hugh Moffat, George Atkinson, Dick Smith, Andrew Ross, Arthur Bell, Joe Smith.
Liverpool: Ned Doig, Charlie Wilson, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck (C), George Fleming, Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Jack Parkinson, Sam Raybould, John Cox.
Referee: J.H. Pearson (Crewe).
(Source: Athletic News: October 24, 1904)

** Sam Raybould had recovered from injury and played this match, but not as centre forward as he usually did. Instead Liverpool tried him in partnership with Cox on the left wing.

Arthur Dixon, Burnley F.C. (Athletic News: March 13, 1905).


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