September 29, 1906
The Reds failed
Liverpool’s mission to the land of the ex-Heathens failed – 1905-6 defeat was not converted into a victory. The game produced a mixed estimate, for I find some writing it down as having been of the brilliant order, whereas others indeed say it was but moderate in point of quality.
Certainly Birmingham played by far their finest game of the season – an item not without precedent where Walter Wigmore’s men are concerned. Prior to Saturday, Liverpool’s right wing had been by far the most successful; but in the game under notice Robert Robinson and Arthur Goddard were totally of colour, and the honours distinctly went to the other extreme, where John Cox gave of his best, and John Carlin (whose first appearance it was) made an excellent partner Sam Raybould’s absence.
Players who may happen to be out of form should be ever ready, without loss of dignity, to take a dip into second team waters, whilst directors for their part should not hesitate to fearlessly carry out their conditions for the common good.
Saul’s creditable debut.
Carlin’s usefulness was again most marked, while Joe Hewitt worked well and cleverly against a stonewall centre-half like Wigmore. Goddard and Robinson were “off.” With Everton the case has been different all season – the right wing off colour until Saturday.
Nor was the Reds’ middle line up to standard. James Bradley came in an easy first. Alex Raisbeck being less pervading than usual, with Maurice Parry only slightly in advance of the Parry who disappointed us so against Sunderland.
Much interest centred around the debut of Percy Saul, and it is satisfactory to record that the ex-Plymouth man came out of a trying ordeal with much credit. He tackled well with a view to putting his forwards in possession. Billy Dunlop played an exceptional part, but for once in a way Sam Hardy was caught napping when the Brums recorded first goal, for he allowed himself to be robbed by the bustling Billy Jones.
Liverpool due at Woolwich.
Next week Liverpool are due at Plumstead to meet the Arsenal, who are also a greatly improved team, and this morning ranked second to Aston Villa on the League table. A side which can win by two clear goals on their merits against Newcastle United must boast much ability, and the League champions will do well if they succeed in dividing the spoil.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: September 29, 1906)