May 3, 1905
Burnley, who were very narrowly beaten at Turf Moor by Liverpool after having an equal share of the game, played the return match on Saturday. Nothing depended on the issue, for Liverpool were secure at the head of the League and Burnley were well clear of the last three, whose chances of re-election depend on the vote of the remaining clubs. Still in spite of the showery weather there was a crowd of about 10,000 spectators. The teams were at:
Liverpool: Ned Doig, Alf West, Billy Dunlop, Tom Chorlton, Alex Raisbeck, George Fleming, Joe Hewitt, Robert Robinson, Jack Parkinson, Sam Raybould, John Cox.
Burnley: Billy Green, Robert Henderson, Hugh Moffat, Fred Barron, David Walders, Joe Taylor, Jack Walders, Jimmy Hogan, Dick Smith, Doug McFarlane, Andrew Ross.
Referee: Mr. J.H. Pearson, Crewe.
It will be noticed that Arthur Dixon was an absentee from the Burnley ranks, Henderson taking his place, while Hewitt and Chorlton played for Arthur Goddard and Maurice Parry in the home team. Liverpool commenced in promising fashion, for in the first minute Cox ran through and centred to Parkinson, who smartly headed into goal. Green, however, brought off a remarkably fine clearance at the expense of a fruitless corner. After this the play quietened down considerably, and Burnley had quite as much of the game as the Anfielders. Five minutes from the finish of the first half, Parkinson got his head to a capital centre from Hewitt, and opened the scoring.
After the change of ends Liverpool re-commenced without Raybould, who had twisted his ankle, and before the game had been long in progress Fleming collided with an opponent and had to be carried off the field. It transpired that the elbow of a Burnley player had come in contact with Fleming’s nose and the Liverpool half-back was completely dazed by the shock. With only nine men, Liverpool were more dangerous than when at full strength, and Robinson placed his further ahead, whilst Cox ran clean through the Burnley backs and scored a third after a brilliant individual effort.
Burnley fairly held their own against the full strength of Liverpool in the first half. Singular to say, they were not so effective in the latter portion, when Liverpool were two men short. The Burnley forwards showed excellent form in midfield, the chief weakness being in the shooting line. Barron was prominent among the half-backs, and Moffatt and Green were in fine form.
On the Liverpool side Cox played a brilliant game forward, Hewitt and Raisbeck were also prominent, and the defence all through was very safe. West and Dunlop were a stalwart pair of backs, and Doig had several awkward shots to negotiate, which he dealt with very skillfully.
(Burnley Gazette: May 3, 1905)