February 10, 1913
It is not indulging in exaggeration to suggest that Liverpool have found their feet to such an extent that at present they are entitled to be classed as the equal of any football organisation in the county. A week ago at Woolwich they smote the gunners hip and thigh, and last Saturday a crowd of 45,000 witnessed the team’s undoubtedly superiority over the neighbours at Goodison Park.
That the Anfielders would secure full points was generally anticipated, seeing that they were at full strength as opposed to enforced changes in their opponents ranks. The defection of such stalwarts as Frank Bradshaw, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, and William Stevenson would of course discount to some extent the prospects of the home club’s success. Yet those who represented the club were all tried experts, and much was expected from them.
Then there was the introduction of the ex-Linfield and Irish International Houston but the changes did not exercise a wholesome effect and no partisan could possibly on Saturday have degrudged Liverpool their success, it is remarkable, but none the less true, that in the history of League encounters between the two great local organisations Liverpool fare better at Goodison than at their own headquarters. In seven visits they have only twice met with defeat, while on the contrary, Everton have generally found their old home a happy hunting ground for points.
CONTRAST IN METHODS.
At all points of the game were the Anfielders the superior side, and nowhere more so than in the complete understanding that existed between the forwards and half-backs lines. There was a wholesome blending of methods that suggested a well-thought – out plan of campaign, and the quality of the footwork in these departments was one of the outstanding features of the game. Of hesitancy there was none, and the trustful movements of the quintet had an undercurrent of superiority that was eventually bound to assert itself. Though somewhat belated, it came in no uncertain fashion during the second portion of the game, when the daft footwork of the forwards completely bewilded the Everton defenders, and the wonder was that the score was not materially increased. Opposed to this, Everton’s attack was ragged and rarely convincing, and they failed to fully extend their opponents. Those pretty and effective triangular movements between the halves and forwards, often frequent feature in Everton’s programme, were entirely lacked, and the efforts of the van were thus cramped and reduced to a very ordinary level.
THE RESPECTIVE DEFENCES.
As in the Cup-tie, the Liverpool half-back play left little room for adverse criticism, and under the circumstances those in front had every opportunity of displaying their ability. Not so on the Everton side, for there was a very poor appreciation shown of the requirements of the forwards, and not for many weeks has the half-back line been so feebly represented. This is a new experience for Everton, but the lapse is but temporary and we shall probably see much better work in coming games, when the line is at full strength. In defensive play, too Liverpool claimed a big pull, and it would not have surprised even the most casual, observer had the record against the home side been doubled.
INCIDENTS OF PLAY.
The two goals, one in each half, twenty-five minutes after the start and the resumption, were scored by Parkinson, who in his time has played many a prominent part in these inter-club games. His success, however, in this engagement has probably never been surpassed by reason of the cleverness he displayed in order to accomplish his object. On each occasion he had to sprint almost half the field, and a most brilliant individual effort that brought about the second goal could scarcely be imagined. While Fleetwood’s attentions were directed to another quarter the ball was deftly placed to the Liverpool centre, who rounding Holbem and brushing past Macconnachie, left Caldwell helpless. The cleverness of the movements was vociferously applauded, and some time elapsed ere the enthusiasm died down. The goal in the first half was also well engineered, and in this case it was Goddard who set Parkinson on his successful mission. The Everton forwards were not idle; indeed, one brilliant shot from Browell rebounded from the crossbar, while many a dashing run by Houston kept the Liverpool backs well employed. The new recruits once got the ball into the net, but he was adjudged offside still the forwards as a whole failed to retain possession and rarely looked like overhauling their opponents.
Coming to the players and dealing first with the victors every player on the side is to be complimented upon the whole-hardheartedness of their efforts, and the grit and persistency that they showed in carrying out a studied plan of campaign. Mention has been side of Parkinson. Goddard has never rendered his club better service, and in conjunction with Metcalf indulged in much dexterous and adroit footwork, so much so as to quite unhinge the opposing defence, while Lacey and Miller completed a line that created genuine admiration. The success of the forwards was of course, greatly due to the untiring zeal, and all-round efficiency of the half-backs. Ferguson got through a tremendence amount of good work. Peake and Lowe were rare short of pressure. Longworth and Crawford set up a great defence.
On the Everton side great interest was naturally centred upon Houston. He was under a disadvantage seeing that he was not in the position, which has made him famous but there could be no mistaking the fact that he is an exceptionally capable footballer, and will prove an invaluable member to his new club. He makes up for lack of physique by real cleverness in taking a ball without losing his speed, and by a ready perception of the nearest route to goal. One could imagine his speedy flashes along the wing and centre to the liking of a resourceful pivot, and when matters become normal again at Goodison there may be anticipated a big advance in the direction of more virile forward play.
Browell at inside left, did uncommonly well, but none of the other forwards did anything out of the ordinary. This was probably due to weak support from the halves, of whom only Harris rendered useful assistance. Fleetwood was overwhelmed, and Makepeace is not yet able to stand the strain of a stern engagement. The lapses of the rearguard proved fatal. They did not maintain that stubborn attitude that is necessary to check an energetic set of forwards, and in this respect Holbem especially had a poor inception of the duties of a full back. Under the circumstances Macconnachie did fairly well, and Caldwell had little chance of keeping down the score.
Everton: James Caldwell, Walter Holbem, Jock Maconnachie, Val Harris, Tom Fleetwood, Harry Makepeace, George Beare, Frank Jefferis, John Houston, Tommy Browell, William Davidson.
Liverpool: Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Robert Crawford, Harry Lowe, Ernest Peake, Bob Ferguson, Arthur Goddard, Arthur Metcalf, Jack Parkinson, Tom Miller, William Lacey.
Referee Mr. H.H. Taylor.
(Source: Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury: February 10, 1913)