Beautifully clever football

April 17, 1913
We crossed the park, and there had a capital exhibition from the young Reds and young Blues. I have seen a dozen or more games in the First Division of the League that have been nowhere near last night’s game in interest. John Bovill and Jimmy Stewart may have read the correspondent’s plea in last night’s “Notebook”; at any rate, they played beautifully clever football. Stewart, with shot and pass, making a strong forward, and Bovill keeping the crowd in a roar with his monkey tricks.

Liverpool won by 2-1, and merited that margin, for their forwards were a faster and more combined lot than Everton’s. In fact, Bovill and Stewart made many great passes, and the former gained the spectators’ good wishes by his delicate and effective footwork, which in some respects resembled Buchan’s style.

It was natural that the pace of the first half should be lost in the second portion, because the sun made the players’ work hard, and the players showed signs of fatigue. At half-time Liverpool led by a goal, scored by Stewart, and when James Brannick converted a shot that Elisha Scott could not quite get rid of (Tom Fleetwood had driven in hard and true), the game got a reviver that made an effect upon the players. However, Liverpool got into their stride again, and Hugh Lester scored with a crosswise shot. Henry Welfare had the backs and William Bromilow beaten, when he screwed the ball to the foot of the upright – a lucky escape for Everton.

Everton, outclassed in the first half, improved in the second, and yet Liverpool always just about held the whip hand. Liverpool’s goalkeeper was only tested twice, and the backs in front of him gave him this easiness. Alan Grayer and Sam Speakman kicked splendidly. At half back Robert Robinson showed up well, and Walter Wadsworth and James Scott were particularly strong. Forward Bovill was the star, and all the men played well. Welfare leading them with rushes and good control of the ball.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: April 17, 1913)


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