Liverpudliana: By Richard Samuel (January 19, 1907)

January 19, 1907
Liverpool’s rousing victory.
Liverpool took the wind out of Birmingham’s sail in no half-hearted fashion. The men in red rose from their ashes – the ashes of a burnt-out League championship; and during the week people have repeatedly asked, I presume, “Have Liverpool been lying low for the Cup?”

“’Spect so,” said Secretary Tom Watson; but he would probably remind his men that there is such a thing as a Second Division in the League, and that Liverpool have a strong leaning either to one end or the other of the League table.

Liverpool’s directorate have no desire to erect splendid new stand capable of seating 8,000 people at a cost of £8,000 for Second Division fare.

As I presumed, knowing Joe Hewitt’s domestic cares, Jack Parkinson figured at centre, and although a non-scorer himself he did much in rousing his men from their slumbers. Liverpool’s forwards made things hum for Robert Robinson almost throughout, and really merited a good 3-1 victory.

Arthur Goddard wasn’t watched as on the previous Saturday – which was a bad thing for Birmingham. Goddard’s centres were fair to look on, and plentiful too.

On the opposite wing John Cox took a long time to get into his stride. Billy Beer didn’t agree with him somehow, and it was generally a case of misfit with his old-time comrade, John Glover, during the first hour.

William Macpherson worked hard until he tired. “Mac” hasn’t got quite the physique necessary to take much out of men like Walter Wigmore, etc., week after week.

Jack Parkinson quite justified his inclusion, and particularly in keeping the wings plied. A centre is not a centre who overlooks this duty.

But the greatest success of the day, if even by reason of his scoring triumphs, was Sam Raybould in his old berth of inside-left. Of late, he had grown uncertain at centre, by reason of repeated failures and increasing responsibilities. But in his case – like many others – a judicious change has apparently just served as a healthy tonic.

At any rate, Raybould was quite himself on Saturday. His first goal was cleverly done – hooked through when he had his back to the goal. His second was the result of a deliberate shot, following the taking of deliberate aim.

All the half-backs played well. James Bradley taking chief honours. Alex Raisbeck was ahead of recent form, and Robert Robinson performed very creditably on the whole. He should do better with further experience at right half.

The backs were fairly satisfactory, yet once or twice dangerous mis-kicks were made, whilst the penalty to Birmingham and ensuing goal in the closing stages placed the crowd on tenterhooks again, and gave the visitors almost sufficient courage to run through an equaliser. Sam Hardy did his little well.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: January 19, 1907)


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