The champions’ wind up

April 23, 1906
There was not a large attendance at Anfield Road, Liverpool, on Saturday to witness Liverpool and Sheffield United finish their League programme. Wretched weather prevailed, and only 10,000 people turned out. Liverpool were without Billy Dunlop, Alex Raisbeck, Sam Raybould, and John Cox, while United played the same team as lost to Wednesday last week.

The opening exchanges were in midfield, the players having some difficulty to secure a foothold on the slippery surface. Pretty passing by the visiting right-wing carried play to the home goal, and a free-kick against West was well taken, but cleverly cleared by Hardy.

Liverpool now took up the running, and Gorman sprinted down the wing in possession and centred, Robinson, however, placed the ball over the bar again. Lang and Brown were conspicuous with smart transfers, and Hardy conceded a corner, which was placed behind. United continued to have rather the better of matters for a considerable time, but Parry set his forwards going and play veered to the Liverpool vicinity.

Leivesley was called upon to clear a splendid shot from Parkinson. Lipsham and Bluff came down the wing in promising fashion, but West stepped in and cleared in good style. A free kick was with difficulty placed over the bar by Leivesley. The succeeding corner was safely negotiated, and then Leivesley was brought to his knees in clearing a fine shot from Robinson.

At the other end the Liverpool custodian had an exciting experience, when Brown was all but through. Hardy’s clearance was effected in a brilliant style. Hewitt passed out to Gorman, who centred finely, Johnson conceding a corner. This was well placed and Leivesley saved from Robinson. The Liverpool forwards now showed improved form, and Hewitt placed Parkinson in possession, and the latter tricking Johnson, easily defeated Leivesley with a swift ground shot.

The United now responded to this, with a smart attack, and Brown tested Hardy with a swift shot, but the Liverpool custodian effected a smart save. For a considerable time Sheffield were penned in their own half, and Robinson passed to Parkinson, who again defeated Leivesley from a short range. No more scoring took place before the interval.

Resuming, Brown and Lang were first to participate in a movement which looked dangerous, but, the latter’s centre was not taken advantage of. Shortly afterwards, Hardy fisted out from Lipsham, and Bluff shot wide. Liverpool now took up the running, and Goddard put in a long shot, which Johnson met, and the ball was returned to the centre, where a series of fouls against Liverpool placed Sheffield in a good position. Nothing accrued, however, and the Liverpool forwards with bright, short passing, forced a corner, and this being well taken by Goddard, enabled Robinson to register a third goal.

The Sheffield forwards, although in good position on several occasions, could not pierce the Liverpool defence. However, from Lipsham’s centre Parry miskicked and Drake shot in, and easily defeated Hardy. Drake missed an open goal, from a centre by Lang, and then the latter, after running right into goal, hit the crossbar, Hardy clearing luckily. United might have even got on terms during the closing stages, but Brown, Wilkinson and Bluff each sent over the bar, or very wide. Result: – Liverpool 3 goals, Sheffield United 1 goal.

Liverpool: Sam Hardy, Alf West, Tom Chorlton, Maurice Parry, George Latham, James Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Jack Parkinson, Joe Hewitt, Robert Robinson, James Gorman.
Sheffield United: Joe Leivesley, James McCormick, Charles Johnson, Billy Wilkinson, Bernard Wilkinson, Billy Parker, Johnny Lang, Arthur Brown, Alonzo Drake, Edgar Bluff, Bert Lipsham.
(Source: Sheffield Daily Telegraph: April 23, 1906)


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