Out of the Lancashire Cup

September 19, 1905
The time-honour Lancashire Cup has lost much of its pristine glory – in Liverpool, at any rate. No doubt this is the direct result of the absence of a genuine spirit of rivalry which is the natural evolution of present day conditions. Some day the competition may be confined to its proper sphere – that of the junior clubs who now have practically no chance of ultimate success.

As it is, the  League clubs are not keen on winning, an yet stand a chance of having good men damaged. Last year Southport Central secured the trophy, and Bury, who visited Liverpool this afternoon at the Anfield enclosure, have been several times successful. The shakers when on their best behaviour are hard nuts to crack, and, with the afternoon fine and pleasant and the prospect of an interesting game, the present round was more attractive than usual.

There would be 1,500 spectators present when Hewitt led off and Raisbeck passed smartly on to “Robby,” who just as nimbly fed Goddard, but the outsider travelled into the centre and put the leather across to Cox, who, however, failed to get away, and Leeming tackled him straightaway, and gaining possession, let in his right, and the Shakers came away very smartly, West failing to check

Swann in the centre. Latham was quickly to the rescue, and in consequence the Livers once more invaded Bury territory, and Wolstenholme responded to a hot one from Goddard.

Matters continued to progress at a rather easy pace, and an incursion by Bury saw an ill-directed shot come Swann. This was followed by an attack from both Liverpool wings, but they did not put the Bury warden in danger. The Shakers now got to work in good earnest, and occupied home territory in full force. The Reds’ defence got in a rare muddle for a few minutes, during which Ross struck the crossbar with a fine drive. Thorne also made a brave effort, but Doig responded bravely. Bury seemed firmly established, and several hot shots were sent in in quick succession, and when West and Murray did get a look in at the leather they seemed little desirous of parting with it.

Bury seemed most anxious to open the account. Plant and Dow doing good work. A smart tackle by Latham enabled him to put Cox in a very favourable position, but he fiddled about and wound up by putting Hewitt offside. Soon afterwards the referees decided against Cox, who had just got up full steam, but the spectators failed to appreciate the decision.

The game now slowed off considerably, and even a foul in Liverpool’s favour did not lead to a spirited attack. The game continued to be of an uninteresting character, with the exception of the able custodianship of Doig, who seemed determined nothing should pass him. Neither side developed any class, and there was little attempt at accurate passing either by halves or forwards; but instead of combination the players fell back on the kick and rush game, which was poor provender for such critical judges as Liverpool spectators. Some times either goal appeared to be in danger, but little real pressure was put on either custodian, and the marksmanship of all the forwards was moderate to a degree.

The game lacked real incident, and was but a series of pilgrimage from one goal to the other. Half-time, Liverpool nil, Bury nil.

The second half of the game was characterised by even more supinencess (???) than the first, and the Reds never looked like winning, nor even showed any real desire to. In the last ten minutes the Shakers appeared to take in the situation, and some treated the disappointed spectators to some of their real form. A dashing sprint by their right wing took the Livers by surprise, and, Murray being beaten, Doig rushed out, but Swann’s shot cannoned off him, and the leather coming to Richards, he easily netted before Doig could regain his charge.

Restarting, the Shakers immediately rushed the ball before Doig, and in a trice the ball was once more netted, Swann doing the trick, the Liverpool custodian being practically uncovered. It was hard lines on Doig, who had worked heroically throughout. Result: Bury 2 goals, Liverpool nil.

Liverpool: Ned Doig; Alf West, David Murray; George Latham, Alex Raisbeck, James Hughes; Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Joe Hewitt, James Gorman, John Cox.
Bury: John Wolstenholme; Percy Slater, Jimmy Lindsay; Joe Leeming, Frank Thorpe, George Ross; Billy Richards, Joe Hodgkinson, Herbert Swann, Billy Dow, Jack Plant.
(Liverpool Daily Post: September 19, 1905)

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