Anfield happenings (November 23, 1907)


November 23, 1907
The match at Hyde Road
Liverpool have generally provided a good game at Hyde Road, and their latest visit proved to be no exception to the general rule. It may be that Liverpool are not – as a well-known Manchester write puts it – a great side, but they were a better one on Saturday than the City, and deserved more than the point they earned. And this, although they were handicapped by the absence through injuries of such brilliant players as Alex Raisbeck, Percy Saul and Arthur Goddard. Three players of such calibre would make a difference to any team, and therefore the men who did duty are the more to be congratulated upon their achievement.

In the first half they outplayed the City, and a certain amount of ill-luck, coupled with poor shooting, prevented them taking a more decided lead. Several times the ball was put just wide of the post, and Harold Uren had particularly hard lines. William Macpherson scored the only goal in this half of the game, a slip by Tommy Kelso enabling Joe Hewitt to give him a distinct chance.

Not until Robert Robinson went lame in the second half did Manchester have any advantage, and even then Liverpool were equally dangerous. Seven minutes from time George Dorsett flashed along the right wing, and from the touch line he screwed the ball in a remarkable manner into the corner of the goal. It was a fine shot, but there was a distinct element of luck about it, nothing the position of the shooter. In addition twice in the run up he was over the line, but in the gathering dusk the linesman failed to note the fact.

After the two teams were on level terms Robert Robinson scored an offside goal, and again sent in a shot that was only saved with difficulty. Doubtless had he not been limping, he would have scored. However, the end came with a division of the points, a very frequent result with the Manchester Citizens this season.

The new men.
Liverpool introduced a young amateur into their front line – by the name Harold Uren. He has been well spoken of in football circles for some time, and in his essays in the Reserve team he has shown good football. His debut was therefore watched with interest, and he did not disappoint. Of course he has something to learn, but he is speedy, and is not afraid of tackling a back. He has a tendency to shoot rather than centre, but that is not an uncommon failing. It is said that he is better on the left wing than on the right. If that is so he must be very good. At all events he is worthy of further trials.

Maurice Parry came out like a new man, and this will be good news, for there have been too many changes of late at right half. The Welshman is a clinker at his best, but his previous attempts this season made one conclude that either he was done, or had ceased to care for the game. However, he held Lot Jones and Jimmy Conlin very satisfactorily, and that should be a good test for him.

Tom Rogers had steadied down, and did all the better, and Alf West and Tom Rogers were better than the opposition pair. James Gorman, good enough in defence, should study the art of feeding, while James Bradley was quietly effective. The forwards lacked in one essential – they all shot badly.

In midfield play there was not much faults to be found, but near the goal their hesitancy was at times apparent, while on other occasions they shot wildly.

Manchester have an excellent goalkeeper in Walter Smith, but the backs are not over sound. The halves were fair, Frank Buckley making a good substitute for the lengthy Bill Eadie. Two of them, Jimmy Blair and John Wood, have been seen in the forward line this season, but then Manchester always had a fancy for training their forwards into halves – Willie McOustra and Sammy Frost for example. Billy Jones and Conlin were the cleverest wing, for Irvine Thornley, like the Livers, shot wildly when he got chances. Dorsett’s goal saves him from being described as mediocre. It was the one special effort he made. Manchester City may not set the Ship Canal on fire, but they will pick up plenty of points. They have however, lost the brilliance that sparkled at Goodison in September.

Today’s match.
The Proud men from Preston have not the name to conjure with they had in the days gone by. They are content to occupy a modest position about the middles of the League table. Still they play hard football, and woe betide the side that looks down on them. Amongst their team are John T. Hunter and John Carlin, who previously were identified with Liverpool, and Harry Stringfellow with Everton. As the team knocked Liverpool out of the Lancashire Cup, the Anfielders will try to get some of their own back by winning today. Last year, it will be remembered the Livers won very easily.

Goal-getters for Liverpool.
League: Joe Hewitt 9, Charles Hewitt 4, Arthur Goddard 3, Robert Robinson 3, Harry Fitzpatrick 2, William Macpherson 2, Alex Raisbeck 1, John Cox 1, James Bradley 1. Total 26.
Combination: Jack Parkinson 9, Sam Bowyer 8, Harry Fitzpatrick 3, Robert Blanthorne 2, Harold Uren 2, James Gorman 1, Mike Griffin 1, Ted Dalton (Manchester United) 1, William Macpherson 1, Maurice Parry 1. Total 29.
Cup Ties: Robert Robinson 2, Joe Hewitt 1, James Bradley 1. Total 4.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: November 23, 1907)

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