August 17, 1907
Practice match, at Anfield.
Liverpool Reds – Liverpool Whites 2-3 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. Matt McQueen.
Reds (2-3-5): Sam Hardy; Alf West, Percy Saul; Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, James Bradley; Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Jack Parkinson, William Macpherson, John Cox.
Whites (2-3-5): Edward Husbands; Harry Griffiths, Tom Rogers; Tom Chorlton, George Latham, James Hughes; Mike Griffin, Charles Hewitt, Robert Blanthorne, Harry Fitzpatrick, Allan Ramsay.
The goals: 0-1 Blanthorne, 1-1 Robinson (53 min.), 2-1 Parkinson, 2-2 Fitzpatrick, 2-3 Ramsay.
The Reds’ eleven compromised practically last season’s League team, and were called upon to face the sun’s powerful rays at the outset. Some fairly interesting football was witnessed during the first 20 minutes.
C. Hewitt showed up to advantage in manipulating the ball and outwitting opponents whilst Husbands effected a number of smart saves. After being subjected to severe pressure, the Whites worked away on the left wing, and Fitzpatrick, passing to Ramsay, the latter centred splendidly, and Blanthorne breasted the ball past Hardy, thus scoring the first goal.
Nothing further was scored to the interval. Husband’s goalkeeping constituted the feature of the first half. Interval: Whites 1, Reds, 0.
Eight minutes after the resumption, Robinson equalised with a splendid cross shot, Cox and Goddard having jointly worked the necessary opening. Play still favoured the Reds, and Husbands citadel escaped fortunately once as Raisbeck headed against the crossbar.
Husbands next saved well from Macpherson. Cox was repeatedly prominent. Eventually Bradley shot in truly. Husbands knocked the ball down, but Parkinson, rushing in, crashed the ball into the net, thus giving the Reds the leads.
Shortly afterwards, Ramsay made a smart run, beating Parry and centring to Fitzpatrick, who equalised with a fine shot, Hardy being helpless. Then Fitzpatrick, who had shaped promisingly throughout, placed the ball well ahead for Blanthorne to race for possession and so harass the Red’s back division that the latter became flurried, thereby allowing Ramsay to swoop down and score a third point for the White’s.
(Cricket and Football Field, 17-08-1907)