September 4, 1912
Key note: “Oldham Athletic proved just the tough opposition one forecasted they would, and success to the Anfield club was made possible by nearly a dozen thrilling saves by young Kenneth Campbell. Liverpool F.C. seem to breed the very best of footballers. They get rid of one of the greatest, and then simply call for another. The cost of their recent goalkeepers has been a mere nothing. First it was Ned Doig, and the old Sunderland man kept guard for a long time with distinct credit; then Sam Hardy had a long spell of brilliance. When Hardy left Kenneth Campbell, a junior from Scotland, was brought into service. In fact, Campbell was signed and played before Hardy left. The change has been beneficial to the club, for whereas Hardy was beginning to show signs of inability to get to a shot with the electric speed that made him famous, Campbell, fresh from the heather-land, was modelled on similar lines to Hardy when he had spent his first season in first-class football.” (Liverpool Echo: September 5, 1912)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 17:30.
Liverpool – Oldham Athletic 2-0 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. T.P. Campbell; linesmen: Messrs. J.H. Ashworth and A. Atkinson.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth (C), Robert Pursell, Harry Lowe, Bob Ferguson, James Scott, Arthur Goddard, Jack Tosswill, Tom Miller, Tom Gracie, William Lacey.
Oldham Athletic (2-3-5): Howard Matthews, Jimmy Hodson (C), Syd Buxton, Hugh Moffat, George Hunter, David Wilson, Ollie Tummon, Joe Walters, Gilbert Kemp, Lady Woodger, Joe Donnachie.
The goals: 1-0 Tosswill (27 min.), 2-0 Miller (62 min.).
Evening Express: September 7, 1912.
Liverpool’s team for the opening game vs Oldham. Picture was taken at Anfield prior to kick-off.