Anfield Happenings (October 8 – 1910)

Saturday, October 8 – 1910
The first of the great games is over and Everton have again demonstrated their superiority over us when they come to Anfield. It is curious to reflect upon.

The teams promptly turned out, and Harry Makepeace beat Arthur Goddard with the coin. This success was fraught with more momentous issues than usual for the glaring sun which blazed down shone straight in the faces of the Livers. Yes, probably the winning of the toss made all the difference.

The crowd was a great one, but there was almost a death-like stillness when Parkinson kick-off. From the outset the game was very fast, and the ball was no sooner at one end than it was back again at the other.

The first goal speedily came, for Arthur Berry having a clear course ran through and centred right to Young’s foot, and he promptly put in a shot which Beeby could not get at. It seemed as if 1-0 would represent the lead at the interval, for the Blues were faulty in front of goal, when from the third successive corner Harry Makepeace headed in and Peake helped the ball into the net. The centre half was completely unsighted and never saw the ball until it was much too late.

The second half was not exciting, and it was marred from a spectator’s point of view by the irritating stoppages caused by minor accidents. First one and then another player was hurt, but fortunately none seriously, and not one injury was the outcome of rough play.

No goals were scored, although the Livers made a desperate rally in the last few minutes. Scott was caught napping with the ball and a free kick was credited, but Goddard, although he took the rebound, was unable to pierce the wall of humanity ranged against him.

It is always difficult to apologise for a beaten team, but looking at the last match broadly, while it is necessary to criticise the players, one can always find consolation in the fact that Liverpool never seem able to rise to the occasion when they meet Everton and Anfield. I must, however, deal with the players of Liverpool. I will leave to my colleague the more pleasant task of dealing with the Everton men.

Taking the goalkeeper first, Beeby did well to stop many shots, and he had no chance to save either of the two that counted. He must, however, cultivate the art of judging to a nicety when to run out and when to stay at home. I think that is the difference between a good and a great keeper.

At full back Longworth showed qualities which were eminently acceptable. For some seasons we have not been comfortable about our full backs, and I must say that the Bolton youth is one of the most promising. He was accused by one critic of rambling. Well, all I can say is that he rambled to some purpose, and when he was out of his place it was to help a weakness elsewhere. He is not perfect, but that head save of a sure goal was as good as anything.

I have seen Chorlton never as Arthur Berry’s measure, but then he and McConnell never harmonised, and this militated against the success of both. The half back line – the accepted back bone of a team – was only moderate. Peake was the best, but even he did not shine as I have seen him. Robinson, ever a worker, was slow and ponderous, and McConnell showed poor judgment in dealing with the outside winger.

Of the forwards I thought Arthur Goddard alone did himself justice, and truly the captain sets his men a very good example. Brough was not very prominent, and his failures in front of goal want a lot of making up. Parkinson was well watched, but badly supported on each side and behind, he can hardly be expected to shine. Gilligan was no greatly in evidence, and Macdonald is still inclined to dally when he gets the ball, and wait until it comes to him.

One thing we can all congratulate ourselves upon, and that is the bitterness which used to characterise these matches has gone. No cleaner games take place anywhere than between these keen rivals, and I believe the people of Liverpool themselves have much to do with the spirit of sportsmanship which prevails.

Goal Scorer for Liverpool.
LEAGUE – Parkinson 3, Stewart 1, Brough 1, Orr 1, Gilligan 1. Total 7.
COMBINATION – Gilligan 2, Bowyer 2, Brough 1, Speakman 1, Peake 1, Leavey 1. Total 9.
FRIENDLIES. Speakman 4, Thompson 3, Bowyer 2, Leavey 2, McConnell 2, Uren 1. Total 14.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme, 08-10-10-1915)

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