February 10, 1913
The Anfielders have seldom been able to indulge in excultations over their rivals at Goodison Park, for when the pair have met the chances of Everton being successful have always held away in the minds of the football public in Liverpool. Hence, although the latter had perforce to make alterations in the eleven to represent them in this game, there was a general feeling that, in accordance with custom, they would rise to the occasion. Liverpool won by two clear goals, however, and the score does not in any way over-represent their superiority. Everton’s forward line was curiously arranged for the centre berth was allotted to Houston, the recently – acquired recruit from Linfield, while Browell appeared at inside left. Strangely enough, these two players were the most successful individuals in the front rank, despite the fact that they were operating in unaccustomed positions, and Everton’s failure was in no wise due to any frailty on their part.
I never remember any Liverpool team playing such a confident and skillful game against Everton. There was only one discordant not in the whole proceedings, this being caused by the tactics adopted by Crawford in the first fifth minutes. Twice he fouled Beare and brought himself under the notice of the referee, but subsequently he altered his methods, and played sterling football. There was no necessity for either Crawford or Peake, who also had to be penalized, resorting to illegal dealings.
After twenty-five minutes’ warfare Parkinson pounced on a pass from the right wing, and running nearly half the length of the field, gave Caldwell no chance of stopping his final shot. Before the interval Houston headed through from Beare’s centre, but he was adjudged off-side by the referee. Personally, I considered the decision a correct one, but there was a great diversity of opinion upon the point, and a certain section of the crowd showed this in marked fashion.
At the interval the Anfielders were a goal ahead, and whatever difference of idea may have existed at this stage as to their being deservedly in front was demolished after the resumption, for in the closing stages Everton were a well-beaten team, and we had another brilliant goal from Parkinson, who received the ball in his own half and burst through all opposition. There was not a weak spot in the Liverpool team, and their success was thoroughly deserved. Their forwards were a most incisive force, and much of their effectiveness was due to Parkinson. Often he was placed off-side by the strategy of the Everton backs, but some of his passing was finely distributed, and his two goals were excellent examples of his ability to snap up chances to the utmost.
Goddard was in grand form also, and along with Metcalf, provided an element of attack that tested the resistance of Makepeace and Macconnachie to the utmost. Miller was the least noticeable of the front line, and as a consequence Lacey had few opportunities; but there was some excuse for the inside man, who collided heavily with Harris, and in the second half he changed places with his partner. At half-back, Lowe gave his best display of the season and shared the honours of the line with Ferguson. Longworth was sound all through, and Campbell open the few occasions when he was called upon cleared capitally. One save from Beare after the interval, when the right winger had veered close to goal, was a really brilliant effort.
The Promise of Houston.
Considering that he was occupying a strange position, in strange company, Houston did wonderfully well. He quickly got the ball under control and passed to his wings judiciously. Browell played capitally at inside left, and gave Davidson many chances, but the latter responded in a half-hearted manner, and was rarely a source of anxiety to the defence. At times Jefferis and Beare were responsible for some clever footwork, but after the interval, with rare exceptions, Everton’s front rank was not a potent force. Harris was the best of the half-backs though Makepeace did well in the early stages, but he felt the strain of the struggle in the closing period of the tussle.
In the centre Fleetwood was often at fault with his passing, and further behind Holbem gave an exceedingly feeble display. Macconnachie was reliable but he had an extra amount o0f work thrown upon him by reason of his partner’s weakness. Caldwell was not to blame for the defeat; he had a more difficult task to face than the Liverpool keeper, and brought off several smart clearance.
Everton: James Caldwell, Walter Holbem, Jock Maconnachie, Val Harris, Tom Fleetwood, Harry Makepeace, George Beare, Frank Jefferies, 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, Altrincham.
(Source: Athletic News: February 10, 1912)