Liverpool v Bradford City 4-0 (League match: September 19, 1908)


September 19, 1908
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Bradford City 4-0 (0-0).
Attendance: 20,000 (25,000 from the start of the second half).
Referee: Mr. A. Adams (Nottingham).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sam Hardy, Tom Rogers, Percy Saul, Tom Chorlton, Alex Raisbeck (C), James Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Jack Parkinson, Joe Hewitt, Ronald Orr, John Cox.
Bradford City (2-3-5): Martin Spendiff, Bob Campbell (C), Fred Farren, George Robinson, Jock Comrie, Harry Hanger, Albert Bartlett, Wally Smith, Frank O’Rourke, Tommy McDermott, Willie Gould.
The goals: 1-0 Orr (52 min., assist Parkinson), 2-0 Parkinson (assist Cox), 3-0 Hewitt, 4-0 Hewitt (89 min., assist: Parkinson).

The Liverpool goals:
* Seven minutes after the resumption Liverpool’s first goal materialised, and it proved a gem of the first water. Parkinson served up the ball, and ORR, who dribbled across, finding he hadn’t a decent opening, this ex-Tyneside craftsman, manæuvred adroitly for position and ended with a really magnificent goal, the ball touching the bar ere flashing into the netting. The crowd cheered loud and long, and encomiums were deservedly showered on Orr.
* In one instance Goddard executed a brilliant run and centre which PARKINSON sadly missed, but the inside right soon afterwards made amends by heading a second goal past Spendiff from a delightful run and centre by Cox.
* It didn’t help Bradford’s cause to give so many free kicks and following another such, Hewitt was  let in by the left back, Farren. Spendiff rushed out, but HEWITT easily drove the ball into the net, giving Liverpool a clear three goals lead.
* In the last minute Liverpool’s inside forwards rushed along, but Parkinson’s shot was stopped by Spendiff. HEWITT was, however, in attendance, and drove the ball into the net, Liverpool thus gaining a big victory.

(Source: Cricket and Football Field: September 19, 1908)

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