Liverpool ending the season in style

May 1, 1905
Liverpool v Burnley.
The football season was terminated at Anfield in vastly different style to what was witnessed a year ago, and after eight months’ warfare Liverpool return to the upper circle, from which they should never have been compelled to depart.

By their victory over Burnley the Anfielders brought their total of points to 58, which is a record for the Second Division, and even Bolton Wanderers, who finished scored with 56 points, have beaten the previous best, which was 55, obtained by West Bromwich.

Concerning Saturday’s game, little comment is necessary; but Liverpool were decidedly unfortunate in regard to injuries to their players, for they had to content almost the whole of the second half with only nine men. Raybould in the early stages of the game twisted his ankle, and he was utterly unable to do himself justice afterwards, so that he did not appear after the change of ends.

Ten minutes had elapsed during the second stage, when Fleming, in endeavouring to get at the ball collided with an opponent, whose elbow came into forcible contact with the left half-back’s nose, and he was carried off in a dazed condition.

Parkinson had converted a centre from Hewitt before the interval, but singularly enough, Liverpool gained double the number of goals, with their two injured players absent. Robinson added one, and Cox, after a brilliant individual effort, put on the third point.

Frequently throughout the game was it palpable that the players had experienced enough football for one season, and during these periods the movements were strangely lacking in keenness and determination. At others the play proved fairly interesting, and altogether the exhibition was simply a characteristic finale to a most arduous campaign.

In the forward line Cox was responsible for some excellent work, and the right wing defence of the visitors could not keep in check. His dashing runs along touch and accurate centres were always boding danger to the Burnley custodian, who, however, effected some splendid clearances.

Hewitt also shaped well with the few chances he secured, and would doubtless have been seen to the greater advantage had he been more assiduously attended to by his partner. Neither Parkinson nor Robinson were particularly prominent, and Raybould’s injury prevented him from actively participating in the play.

The half-backs were an even trio, and both Fleming and Raybould deserve sympathy for their ill-luck in the last match of the season. Dunlop and West were in capital form at full back, and the former has evidently designs on a position in the attacking line. His performance in the intermediate division after Fleming’s retirement was exceedingly able. Doig kept a grand goal, and experienced a fair share of the defensive work.

Burnley displayed some smart footwork in the front rank, and their weakness near goal was their most characteristic failing. The inside players McFarlane and Hogan, were the most prominent, and the former made some of the best attempts at scoring credited to his side. Barron was the pick of the half backs, though he was unfortunate in not being able to convert a penalty kick given against Chorlton.

Moffatt was the better of the full backs, his kicking being very reliable, but the most conspicuous defender was Green. In the first minute of the game this custodian cleared brilliantly from a header by Parkinson, and other saves from Cox in the second half were equally skilful.

Liverpool: Ned Doig, Alf West, Billy Dunlop, Tom Chorlton, Alex Raisbeck, George Fleming, Jack Parkinson, Robert Robinson, Sam Raybould, Joe Hewitt, John Cox.
Burnley: Billy Green, Arthur Dixon, Hugh Moffat, Fred Barron, David Walders, Joe Taylor, Jack Walders, Jimmy Hogan, Dick Smith, Doug McFarlane, Andrew Ross.
Referee: J.H. Pearson (Crewe).
(Liverpool Daily Post: May 1, 1905)

Billy Green, Burnley F.C.


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