September 25, 1911
Liverpool have gone thus far without a victory. They were beaten at home on Saturday by West Bromwich Albion, and on he form shown in that game will have to improve if they are to make much headway in the League table. The weather was wet, but a large crowd gave the Albion a cordial welcome on their reappearance on the Liverpool ground after an absence of seven years. It was thought that the heavy going would favour Liverpool, but they were outclassed, so well did West Bromwich play, and once the latter took the lead the result was never in doubt.
The Albion’s form on the slippery ground indicated that they will go far in the League tournament. The forward play was in marked contrast to that of Liverpool. While the home quintette were poor at combination and wretched in shooting, the Albion made straight for goal, combined beautifully, and never missed a chance of trying a shot. They were clever and speedy in contrast to Liverpool. Every man kept his place and varied the long passing with the close passing game so well that the home halves never had a rest. Only Jim Harrop could cope with the attack with any degree of success, and a lot of work was thus thrown upon the backs. Ephraim Longworth again played a splendid game, but Robert Crawford was uncertain, and was directly responsible for one of the goals. Sam Hardy played well, and had no chance with any of the shots that beat him.
The Albion had three good halves to back up their clever forwards, of whom every man did well. Jack Manners looked after Jack Parkinson with success, but perhaps the best of the line was George Baddeley, whose combination with his right wing was very fine. Jesse Pennington quite maintained his reputation, and had no superior on the field, although his partner Joe Smith was excellent. Hubert Pearson’s work in goal was first class, and he did not suffer by comparison with Hardy.
All the scoring was done in the first half. Liverpool went off at such a pace that they looked like carrying all before them, but from the start they did not show much finish.
The Albion attacks, on the other hand, were always dangerous, and in twenty minutes Ben Shearman scored from a corner. Liverpool were not long in equalising, also from a corner, Parkinson’s header sending the ball against Smith, from whom it seemed to rebound against Pearson as he rushed across, and thence into the net. But in 33 minutes Crawford miscalculated the direction of a centre from Shearman, and Sid Bowser put the ball through at his leisure, while a couple of minutes later the home defence was overwhelmed, and Jack Allen scored at short range.
(Source: London Daily News: September 25, 1911)