The quality of Merseyside

October 3, 1910
The usual thing happened at Anfield. Neither mascots, painted a gaudy red, with lucky horseshoes attached thereto, nor any other more tangible endeavor appears capable of changing Everton’s sequence of success on the Liverpool ground. A glorious day, a perfect pitch, and a large crowd of some 41,000 spectators, were details connected with the twenty-ninth meeting of these local rivals under the auspices of the League. When it is taken into consideration that these rivals have opposed each other at Anfield on fourteen occasions prior to the game which I have herewith to detail, and that Everton have not been beaten there since January 21, 1899, it will, I think be granted that there is ample substantiation for my opening statement.

Only seven minutes had elapsed ere Everton were well on the road to their ultimate triumph. Their right wing had proved troublesome straightaway, and it was the result of clever footwork by Gourlay and Berry that enabled “Sandy” Young to register the first point with a beautiful long drive. For some time the Liverpool backs were kept in a state of anxiety, and only the capital defence of Longworth and Beeby averted further disasters. The Liverpool forwards were a very disjointed set, the left wing being seldom in evidence and the only dangerous moves came from the other extremely of the line. Brough was once through, but Scott made a fine save, and another dash by Goddard ended in Parkinson heading just wide of the post. Longworth stopped Freeman when the centre-forward was apparently a certain scorer, but just before the interval Everton forced a corner, from which Makepeace scored. He headed the ball goal-wards and Peake, in endeavouring to clear, helped it past Beeby. Thus at half-time Liverpool was badly in arrears and though they had been facing a glaring sun, their general play did not create the impression that they would rub off the deficiency. This was borne out by the subsequent proceedings, and though in the last five minutes they made a final rally, they could not pierce their rival’s defence.

These details summarise the play, which all through went in Everton’s favour. On both sides the forward work left much to be desired, but the Everton quintette were certainly more dangerous near goal than their opponents. The former were more effectively served by their success must also superior to Liverpool’s. Neither Freeman nor Parkinson was seen to advantage, and the right wing on each side was considerably ahead of the pair on the left. The old Oxonian, Arthur Berry was a conspicuous success, he and Gourlay showing a fine understanding of one another requirements the amateur throw so much dash and determination into his play as he did in the game. His commendable turn of speed, coupled with a clever command raider on the Anfielders’ goal. Gourlay is a most adaptable footballer, and at inside right he was more effective than in his more customary position on the left wing. Freeman only came into notice spasmodically, and Turner was none too well served by his partner. As the play progressed Young appeared to gradually lose sight of the fact that there were others in the line. Everton’s defence was flawless and the most polished player on the side was Macconnachie. Sheer skill and intelligent footwork caused him to stand out amongst a capable set of defenders with startling vividness. Balmer never faltered and never blundered in his returns, or in anticipating his opponent’s intentions, the result being that Scott had practically nothing to do. In the intermediate line Makepeace was without a rival. Harris was little inferior in efficiency, and with the Middlesbrough recruit –Young –showing still further improved form, the half-back line presented a resistance that as far as as Liverpool was concerned, was invulnerable. Here in the rear ranks was Everton’s great strength.

Liverpool were not a harmonious eleven, for their forwards never settled down to decisive and concerted action. Goddard and Brough were occasionally noticeable for fine footwork, but not one of the five seemed able to clinch any advance. Many easy chances were frittered away, and Parkinson has seldom spent such a profitless ninety minutes. The left wing did not blend as had been expected, but apart from this, the one outstanding frailty was the inability to send in a rousing drive; a weakness which affected the whole line. At half-back there was not the same ability displayed as on the Everton side. Peake was the best of the trio, but though Robinson and McConnell worked hard there was a want of finish about their work. Of the full-back Longworth was easily the more resourceful; in addition he kicked cleanly and judiciously. There was no indecision about his work, and in this respect he compared more than favorably with Chorlton, who was inclined at times to hesitate. Beeby was sound enough in goal, and had no chance to stop either shot which beat him.

Liverpool: Gus Beeby, Ephraim Longworth, Tom Chorlton, Robert Robinson, Ernest Peake, John McConnell, Arthur Goddard, Joe Brough, Jack Parkinson, Sam Gilligan, John Macdonald.
Everton: William Scott, Bob Balmer, Jock Maconnachie, Val Harris, Robert Young, Harry Makepeace, Arthur Berry, James Gourlay, Bertie Freeman, Alex Young, Bob Turner.
Referee: Mr. W.A. McQue.
(Athletic News: October 3, 1910)


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