Oldham Athletic v Liverpool 0-1 (League match)


Saturday, April 27 – 1912
Match: Football League, First Division, at Boundary Park, kick-off:15:30.
Oldham Athletic – Liverpool 0-1 (0-1).
Attendance: 6,000.
Referee: Mr. H. Taylor; linesmen: Messrs. W.J. Vaughan and J. Westwell.
Oldham Athletic (2-3-5): Howard Matthews, Hugh Moffat, Syd Buxton, Clare Wilson, Alf Toward, David Wilson, Tommy Broad, Evan Jones, George Hunter, Bill Montgomery, Lady Woodger.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Robert Pursell, James Scott, Harry Lowe, Donald Mackinlay, Arthur Goddard, Sam Gilligan, Tom Gracie, Jimmy Stewart, William Lacey.
The goal: 0-1 Gilligan (2 min.).

Played at Oldham, before 6,000 spectators. Liverpool have largely Campbell, their goalkeeper, to thank for being able to win by the odd goal, some of his saves, especially in the last five minutes, being brilliant. The visitors also snatched the first opportunity that came their way in the first two minutes, when, following a fine run by Lacey, this player forced a corner, and placing in the centre, Gilligan scored after Matthews had partially saved.

Right to the finish the play was lacking in finish, many chances which came to the Oldham team being thrown away by bad shooting, and although Liverpool only attacked at intervals they were much the more dangerous lot. Apart from Matthews, not one of the Oldham players played well. Liverpool’s backs played finely, and were well helped by a useful half-back line. Lacey and Goddard were good forwards, but were poorly backed up. Result: – Liverpool 1 goal; Oldham Athletic none.
(Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 29-04-1912)

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