Liverpool Reds v Liverpool Whites 4-2 (Practice match: August 23, 1905)


August 23, 1905
Match: Pre-season practice match, at Anfield, kick-off: 17:45.
Liverpool Reds – Liverpool Whites 4-2 (1-1).
Attendance: 7,000.
Referee: Mr. J. McGill.
Reds (2-3-5): Ned Doig; Alf West, Billy Dunlop; Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, George Fleming; Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Jack Parkinson, Sam Raybould, John Cox.
Whites (2-3-5): Sam Hardy; Charlie Wilson, David Murray; John Hughes, George Latham, James Hughes; Ellis Dudley, Robinson, John Carlin, Joe Hewitt, James Garside.
The goals: 0-1 Carlin, 1-1 Parkinson, 1-2 Dudley, 2-2 Raybould, 3-2 Cox, 4-2 Parry.

Last evening the third of the series of practice games organised by our two premier local football organisations in aid of our medical charities was played at Anfield. The popularity of the Liverpool Club and the sympathy of the football loving public with the charitable efforts of the directors was evidenced by 7,000 spectators attending the game between the Liverpool full League team and an eleven selected from the reserves.

From the outset it was very evident that the game was not to be merely an exhibition of the football art, as the reserves seemed particularly anxious to give their more important brethren no quarter. The result was a keen, brisk, and spirited contest, which reflected great credit on the Whites. Hardy defended well against the Reds, and Carlin drew first blood for the Whites, but before the interval was announced Parkinson equalised.

Hughes was incapacitated at the commencement of the second half, and the Whites continued the contest with ten men. But the disadvantage stimulated them to brave efforts, and they forced the lead once more as the result of a brilliant long shot from Dudley.

The spectators cheered the weaker side heartily, and another goal accrued, but though the goal was well conceived and executed, offside technicalities neutralised excellent tactics. After this the First Leaguers asserted the upper hand, and after Raybould had equalised once more with a “header,” Cox and Parry also netted the sphere, and a well-contested game concluded with Reds 4 goals, Whites 2 goals.

Liverpool have now demonstrated by two satisfactory practice games that all their leading players are fit and well, and also that they have capable reserves to fall back upon.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 24-08-1905)

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