Wednesday, September 28 – 1910
Preparations for the big match at Anfield on Saturday are in full swing, and it is certain that the Anfield enclosure will be taxed to its utmost capacity. With the alterations made the spectators ought to have a greater measure of comfort, and if the early comers will only get to the front and not block up the passages nearly 50,000 people will be able to witness what is likely to prove a stirring contest.
In previous years inconvenience has been caused by the passages being congested, and onlookers at the rear have been unable to get to a place of vantage, although there was plenty of room in the centre and in the front of the enclosures. If spectators would only help the management to overcome this difficulty it would be better for all concerned.
Last season’s corresponding gate realised £1,300, but given fine weather even this goodly sum ought to be left in the rear on Saturday. Everything points to a most interesting struggle, for although the teams have not shown to great advantage so far this season there are indications that they are coming back to their true form. But the local “Derby” is always interesting, and there is no reason why this, the 29th meeting, should not be as well fought out as the previous “rounds.”
If we could but depend on another such exhibition as that seen between the sides at the Park last October, then there would, indeed, be cause to rejoice. That game at the Park was one of the finest I have ever witnessed. It will be remembered that Everton were “all over” Liverpool in the first half hour, but Hardy saved the situation in great style. The Liverpool keeper was in magnificent form that day, and one of his saves from Coleman at about three yards range will ever be remembered.
The “Reds” stuck doggedly to their work and never gave up, and near the finish Parkinson pulled the game out of the fire by a really great effort.
The return match at Anfield was not nearly so good, but whereas Liverpool won the first match in the closing stages, Everton returned the compliment by running away with the points in the last minute or so of the contest at Anfield-road.
It was Freeman who did the trick. The “Reds” had been pressing for some time, when the ball came out to Sharp. The winger at once placed the ball to Freeman, who was standing in the centre of the field, and Bert made one of his old familiar dashes for goal. Beeby did not come out, and Bert deftly placed the ball in the net. Thus the “Blues” won a game in which, on the play, they were by no means the better side.
The sides meet for the fifteenth time at Anfield, and out of the series the Reds have only proved victorious on but two occasions on their own ground. Although the Livers have shared the spoils on several occasions they have not beaten their rivals at Anfield since the season 1898-9 – they also proved victorious at Goodison – so that it is eleven seasons since the Livers obliged their supporters with a victory on their own enclosure. It is certainly time for the “Reds” to make a move, for they have a lot of leeway to make up.
The Everton directors have postponed the selection of the team until this evening, a fact which will cause some speculation as to the intentions of the selectors. Lacey will not be able to play, and the natural conclusion is that White will take his place; but there may be further interesting developments at the Park. The Liverpool men are going on satisfactorily, but the side will not be chosen until the usual time on Thursday evening.
(Evening Express, 28-09-1910)