Liverpool v Preston North End 2-0 (League match: November 20, 1909)

November 20, 1909
Key note: “After the manner in which they had put the League champions to flight it was generally expected that North End would push Liverpool more closely than they did. In once sense the Anfielders had to work hard for their victory, for any advantage was denied them until the end was well in sight and when it appeared as though neither was going to have any return for their exertions beyond the point carried by a no-goal draw. The heavier and less sprightly North End team were more handicapped by the hard, slippery surface than their lighter and brisker opponents, who moved well on the top of the ground where many of the Prestonians could not get a sure grip. One saw this in the certainty and pace with which the home forwards and halves maneuvered and ran, and it was purely as the outcome of fast inward-travelling dashes past the backs in the last few minutes that gave Liverpool the victory, both Goddard and Stewart – the latter going by Rodway like a streak – converging on goal at a big speed, and leaving McBride helpless with their efforts. Stewart’s goal especially was beautifully got, and but for a brilliant save by McBride under the bar Parkinson might easily have added a third.” (Lancashire Evening Post: November 22, 1909)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:45.
Liverpool – Preston North End 2-0 (0-0).
Attendance: 20,000.
Referee: Mr. A. Briggs; linesmen: Messrs.: R. Eccles and H. Dale.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sam Hardy, Tom Chorlton, Robert Crawford, Robert Robinson, Jim Harrop, James Bradley, Arthur Goddard, James Stewart, Jack Parkinson, Ronald Orr, John Macdonald.
Preston North End (2-3-5): Peter McBride, John Winchester, Tommy Rodway, Jimmy McLean, Joe McCall, Billy Lyon, William Main, Ernest Bannister, David McLean, Arthur Mounteney, Arthur Winterhalder.
The goals: 1-0 Goddard (70 min., assist: Stewart), 2-0 Stewart (73 min., assist: Parkinson).

Arthur Goddard.


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