November 26, 1910
One down at Nottingham
Liverpool were defeated at Nottingham, but they must be accounted unlucky. They once again ran up against a goalkeeper in his best form, and wherever the ball was put, there Albert Iremonger seemed to be. The tea was changed forward, but otherwise was the same that defeated Preston. Sam Bowyer was unfortunately absent for domestic reason, and so Ronald Orr once again cross to inside left, and Stewart made a re-appearance, after his injury, as partner to Arthur Goddard. Beeby still filled the place of goalkeeper, Sam Hardy not having recovered from his injury.
Notts had several changes, for Cantrell was unfortunate enough to come under the ban of the Football Association some little time ago, and he is now resting, and possibly ruminating upon the folly of allowing his temper to get the better of him. Craythorne was away through injuries, his place being filled by Griffiths, and as Morley is still hors-de-combat Lee received a further trial as partner to Montgomery at full back.
The first half was goalless if not altogether pointless. Fast football was shown, but each goalkeeper was able to deal successfully with the various shots levelled at him. Notts had rather more of the play, and the Liverpool defence was seen to advantage.
In the second half the Livers had decidedly the better of matters, but try as they would they could not beat Iremonger. He seemed to gifted with as many arms as the mythological Briareus, and how he got at one effort of Parkinson’s and another of Stewart’s was quite a feat of arms. Notts, on the contrary, had better fortune. On one occasion when Waterall broke away he put across a nice centre and this was deftly headed through by Richards. This player had another chance from the same quarter, but on the second occasion he over-ran the ball. In the latter stages the light was poor, and probably the game would not have been finished but for the fact that the referee allowed no interval – the players simply turning around.
Notts were hardly value for their two points. Their play was not nearly so stylish as that of Liverpool, nor was their shooting superior, but a head is better than a foot sometimes, and if Liverpool had displayed a little more headwork when near the goalkeeper they would probably have beaten him twice.
The play of players.
Clamp is a centre-half who plays a strong game without receiving much attention from the F.A. He can be relied upon to get a grip upon an opposing centre-forward, and to render him comparatively innocuous. He was a sore trouble to Parkinson, who never could feel that he was the master. Griffiths and Emberton, the other two members of the line, were steady workers, and they had a great deal to do with saving the game. Of course, the defence of Notts had always been powerful. The burly Montgomery is a wonderful back, and it is surprising how a man of such weight keeps in form. Lee, who is a forward, partnered him, and he is speedy and dashing, so that it is possible that right back is his real place. Of Iremonger I have already spoken, and he is quite in the first class. The forwards are fair to middling. Matthews is the classy man of the five, and Waterall does good work on the wing. The Lamb are proving a serviceable rather than a brilliant lot.
Had Liverpool obtained those two goals I suppose peans of praise would been sung in their favour. They did not, so we grumble. But the forward did really well, and deserved a better fate. Both Goddard and Uren, the former especially, worked hard, and Stewart was his old self. Parkinson was overshadowed by Clamp, but Orr did not put out to his partner as he might have done. Harrop was the pick of the halves, but I regret to see that he has a tendency to trip an opponent that beats him. It is not good Harrop, and I hope the occasions are but momentary lapses. He was well supported by Robinson and McConnell. The backs were sound and Beeby all right. I hope to see the men in good fettle for their fight to-day.
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, Brough 5, Bowyer 4, Leavey 3, Speakman 1, Peake 1, Stewart 1. Total 21.
FRIENDLIES – Speakman 5, Brough 4, Bowyer 3, Thompson 3, Leavey 2, Connell 2, Uren 1. Total 20.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: November 26, 1910)