November 7, 1908
Liverpool’s latest win
Liverpool’s win in a hard though not great game with Newcastle gave great comfort, if not unmixed satisfaction. The ground surface was most trying and treacherous, and this made 90 minutes football a serious business to the contestants – it was harder than work! The Tynesiders did not strike one as being classy performers on a slimy surface, and I should certainly say that defence was the best part of their team.
George Wilson appears to have lost a lot of his flesh, his freshness and his smile, and can scarcely be said to thrive on coal. In brief, he is not happy at outside left, nor does Jimmy Stewart strike one as being a congenial partner for him. Stewart’s style of Saturday last is certainly not Newcastle’s needed one for inside left.
The winners on the whole played a good hard game, if not an exactly brilliant one, and fully merited the full points. Sam Hardy’s duties were not so exacting as usual, thanks to the way in which United’s vanguard was robbed of position, whilst it was cheering to note the advance in form of full-back Tom Chorlton in the continued absence of Alf West and Tom Rogers.
The great feature of the match, however, was Jim Harrop’s fine burst into brilliance as a centre half-back, just at a period when he had settled down to write him a moderate centre-half man after all. In the practice games, Harrop shone splendidly, but until Saturday he had not succeeded in reproducing the same standard.
Whether it was due to a sudden re-awakening, to the ineptitude of his opponents, or to the ground being as it was (heavy), time only can show. Certain it is that Harrop both fairly excelled and fairly enjoyed himself, his trapping, foiling, and placing being alike excellent and only equalled in merit by the wonderful game he played against Billy Meredith at left half last season. Maurice Parry laboured strenuously and effectively against Wilson and Stewart, whilst James Bradley kept Jimmy Howie well under control, even if he did not always render Percy Saul the hoped-for-protection against the elusive Jock Rutherford.
Forward, there was a higher standard of goodness all along the line than usual. Ronald Orr bore away the palm, despite his real unfitness to turn out; and there was not comparison between him and the thousand-pound Stewart. Ronald brought his goals up to double figures by scoring against his old love, and the finest bit of individual forward work in the match he also provided just before the close. Joe Hewitt and Jack Parkinson each showed marked improvement, so that all round the Reds gave much cause for satisfaction a week ago, a satisfaction, I trust, we shall not be called upon to quickly cast to one side.
(Athletic News: November 7, 1908)