Anfield happenings (December 3, 1910)

December 3, 1910
A famous victory
Liverpool turned out with the team that was just beaten at Nottingham to meet Manchester United, ex-League Champions, and ex-Cup-holders. There is a great rivalry between the two cities, and this is apparent in football. If there is a club Liverpool like to beat it is Manchester United, and I suppose it is the same with that club in regard to the Reds.

The Manchester men turned out in striped jerseys, in which blue was a dominating colour, but it would have been all the same whatever it was, as the men could only dimly be discerned through the fog that had come down. Liverpool are indeed to be condoled with over their weather experiences, for the last two fixtures have been completely spoiled. Manchester United, under seasonable climatic conditions, would have attracted at least 30,000 people. As it was only about 12,000 turned out. But they were well rewarded, for the Livers played quite the best home game of the season.

It is a strange fact that they are always seen to advantage when opposed to a clever team. And United are all that, despite the fact that they lacked the services of Holden, Duckworth, Bell, and West.

The game was exceedingly well contested. At times the visitors’ defenders – especially Roberts and Linkson – were inclined to be over robust, but taking matters right through, the football was of a high quality. For the first twenty minutes we could see little of what took place except that the shadowy figures were first at one end and then at the other. It was at this time that Turnbull scored after Livingston had struck the crossbar. Afterwards when the fog lifted, the Reds had the better of the play. Parkinson got through, but struck the post, and shortly afterwards, as he was having another try Linkson brought him to earth again within the penalty area. It was a glaring foul, and fully merited the extreme penalty which Goddard made excellent use of. Liverpool made other efforts to secure the lead, and the interval score, 1-1, was hardly a reflex of the proceedings.

The second half was distinctly Liverpool’s, although it was a long time before they beat Moger, thanks to Roberts powerful tackling and Stacey’s judicious big kicking. But then two goals came in quick succession, Parkinson racing through to take a pass from Uren, while Stewart profited by a weak clearance of Moger’s from a centre by the winger to drive the ball hone. Just prior to Parkinson’s success Moger had made a brilliant save from Goddard.

Just before the end Beeby fisted a corner taken by Meredith to the foot of Roberts who lobbed the ball back, and Robinson trying to head it put it through his own goal.

Thus we won, as last year, by the odd goal in five.

I think I am justified in saying that the one chief reason for the success of Liverpool was the manner in which the two great winger of the Manchester team were bottled up. Both Meredith and Wall were rendered perfectly innocuous by the tactics of the Liverpool wing halves and backs. And all four, Longworth and Robinson, and Crawford and McConnell were scrupulous fair. The consequence was that the two fliers could not take advantage of the work of the inside men, and their dangerous centres were few and far between. The crowd quite enjoyed the bouts which almost invariably ended in the Livers favour, although they appreciated the deft and crafty touches which Meredith occasionally displayed, but Roberts received a rare putting up from Parkinson.

James Stewart made a big difference in the Liverpool forward line, and his play to both the centre and the wing man was of great value. Stewart’s injury has been a serious handicap to Liverpool. Uren was full of trickery, and his centres exceedingly dangerous. That he is not afraid to tackle was shown by the way he stood up against George Livingston. The Livers generally were the superior team, and there was better understanding between the various lines that we have seen since the season opened.

Goal scorers for Liverpool.
LEAGUE – Parkinson 7, Brough 3, Orr 2, Bowyer 2, Stewart 2, Goddard 2, Gilligan 1, Harrop 1, Peake 1. Total 21.
COMBINATION – Brough 6, Gilligan 6, Bowyer 4, Leavey 3, Speakman 1, Peake 1, Stewart 1, Stuart 1. Total 23.
FRIENDLIES – Speakman 5, Brough 4, Bowyer 3, Thompson 3, Leavey 2, Connell 2, Uren 1. Total 20.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: December 3, 1910)

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