March 22, 1908
The semi finals of the English Cup will be played next Saturday as follows: –
Fulham v. Newcastle, at Liverpool
Southampton v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Chelsea
The playing of one of the semi-final ties on the ground of the Liverpool club is a tribute to the work of the directors of that organisation, who have during the past twelve months quite transformed that enclosure – once the home, by the way, of the Everton club – until it is now one of the finest and most up-to-date grounds in the country.
Mr. Tom Watson and the officials have made perfect arrangements for a big crowd, and the numerous turnstile entrances will soon make their impression upon any waiting crowds. The ground is not too favourably situated as regards reaching it from town is concerned, for no local train service is available. There will be no shortage of tram-cars, however. The majority of these cars travel from the Old Haymarket, and hundreds of special cars for the match will be put on. Liverpool does not follow the queue system in the boarding of trams. It is a case of hanging round the cars at the terminal and almost fighting for a place on the vehicle at times. Twenty five minutes should be allowed for the car to reach the ground. There are some cars which run from the Pierhead, and it is practice of some people, who do not care to crush, to take this care on its outward journey, that is, to the Pierhead, and on reaching the terminal maintain their seat, and are thus taken back to the ground for an extra penny. It is a good idea if one has time, and saves a lot of crushing. The walk out to the ground from town takes thirty five to forty minutes.
If the weather is fine, probably the best place to view the game from, if one does not mind standing, is Spion Kop, a huge hill at the Breck end of the ground. It can be seen from the top of the car, and is a wonderful erection, divided into sections to prevent crushing and rushing. It will accommodate 10,000 people, or more.
(Lloyds Weekly News: March 22, 1908)