Anfield happenings (November 19, 1910)

November 19, 1910
The Preston victory.
The critics have been rather hard upon the Reds this week, and I think quite failed to take into account the weather conditions, which were about as vile as they could be. It rained with a steady persistency that was bound to affect the players, and the foothold was naturally rendered most insecure. I am told that near the goal a man had to steady himself or he would have fallen. There is therefore every excuse for the lapses which occurred.

Hardy is pursued with ill luck this season, and he once again had to stand down owing to a sprained digit. A goalkeeper with a damaged hand is not to be trusted, and therefore Beeby again defended the goal. He did well too, and Hardy could not have been more successful. But Preston were in worse case, for McLean developed a sickness in the train, and Holdsworth, the unlucky, was an enforced absentee through an abscess under the arm.

This necessitated sundry changes, and we had the opportunity of watching Winterhalder perform at centre forward, Galbraith at outside left, Wilson centre half, and Wareing right half. I do not think these changes weakened Preston though, for the team played better football than at Goodison Park a few weeks ago.

The measure of Preston’s misfortune’s was, however, filled when Baker had to be carried off the field with a twisted knee, and after twenty minutes had elapsed the Proud team had only ten men. They seemed to play better so, and although the Livers were the cleverer and carried on the warfare mainly in the vicinity of McBride, the Prestonians were the more dangerous.

Indeed they were distinctly unlucky not to be leading at half-time, for although Beeby parried delightfully shots from Thompson, Bannister and Winterhalder, the latter completely beat the custodian with another shot, but had the mortification of seeing it strike the underside of the crossbar and rebound into play. It might just as well have gone the other way. On the other hand only once was McBride seriously troubled, a fine shot from Orr bringing out all his powers.

Dirty play.
The last half hour saw the Livers get fairly into their stride, and they wore the defence down completely. It also showed that if certain Prestonians were scratched they still retained that spirit which has gained them unenviable notoriety of late years in Liverpool. Three goals in all were scored. The first came from a corner forced by Robinson. Goddard planked it right across the goalmouth and Uren centring back Orr bobbed it through.

Up to that time Preston had played two backs, Lyons dropping into Baker’s place and Mounteney filling Lyon’s shoes. Then they adopted the one back system and this proved fatal. Parkinson, Goddard, Bowyer, and Uren ran riot round McFaddyen, and Parkinson and Bowyer scored. McFadyen did not like it, and his methods of treating his opponents deserve the severest censure. He was dangerous, and he must surely be thankful now that on one occasion at least he did not severely injure Parkinson, A strong referee would have given him marching orders for his offence was glaring. Lyon, too, added to his notoriety. This is not fair to the other members of the team, who play sound and clever football. Dangerous play should be put down with a strong hand.

The Livers are to be congratulated on their victory and I think the team is coming back to form. The structures of a well-known critic are not wholly deserved. In fact I think the game produced some real good football, and although an inside forward who can score is still a necessity, there was more unison between the lines in this game than has hitherto been the case.

Goal Scorers for Liverpool.
LEAGUE – Parkinson 6, Brough 3, Orr 2, Bowyer 2, Stewart 1, Gilligan 1, Harrop 1, Peake 1, Goddard 1. Total 18.
COMBINATION – Gilligan 6, Bowyer 3, Leavey 3, Bowyer 2, Speakman 1, Peake 1, Stewart 1. Total 17.
FRIENDLIES – Speakman 5, Brough 4, Bowyer 3, Thompson 3, Leavey 2, Connell 2, Uren 1. Total 20.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: November 19, 1910)

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