Preparations for the local Derby at Anfield

Thursday, September 29 – 1910
The Everton directors at their meeting last evening decided on the team to oppose Liverpool at Anfield. After last Saturday’s experience it was only to be expected that the forward line would be altered, and it was quite on keeping with popular opinion that Freeman should be brought back to his positon at centre forward.

The full team is as follows: – William Scott; Bob Balmer, Jack Maconnachie; Val Harris, Robert Young, Harry Makepeace; Arthur Berry, James Gourlay, Bert Freeman, Alex Young, Bob Turner.

1910 LFC v EFC cartoon pre match

The injury to William Lacey, of course, prevents the Irishman from turning out, but in Gourlay, Berry will find a good partner. The Port Glasgow man is at home in any of the three inside forward positions, and he ought to be seen to advantage at inside right.

The directors are fully alive to the situation, and in a trial match yesterday morning the players were put through their paces. The men are to have an outing in the country tomorrow, and they expect to turn out in the pink of condition on Saturday. The “Blues” are keen on showing their true form against their local rivals.

The team is undoubtedly a strong one, and if he forward line plays up to form the Liverpool defence will have a trying time. The Everton defence is as sound as a bell, and the Reds will have to play right at the top of their form if they expect to get over the strength of the opposition. I may mention that George Barlow and Ernest Pinkney are the reserves.

The demand for tickets is good, but here are plenty left at Messrs. Bullock’s, Rushworth and Dreaper, and the local sports’ outfitters. Everything points to a big crowd, and if the weather remains fine the spectators will be able to watch, what promises to be an excellent game, in comfort.

Mr. Tom Watson has arranged for the 4th West Lancashire band to render selections during the period of waiting before the match. It is usual to have a band on these occasions, and it is certainly a good move to keep onlookers entertained prior to the kick-off.

The Liverpool team will not be chosen until to-night, but I do not anticipate any alteration in the side which did duty at Hyde-road last Saturday.
(Evening Express, 29-09-1910)

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