Anfield happenings (October 4, 1913)


October 4, 1913
A more unsuitable day for football than last Saturday could scarcely be imagined, for the heat was oppressive, and even the spectators were inconvenienced by it. Under the circumstances, the players on both sides who struggled through 90 minutes at Anfield deserve the utmost credit for their performance. Although there were no goals forthcoming, there was any amount of good football seen, and in the end honours were deservedly even.

Before the interval the West Bromwich Albion were certainly the better team. Ralph Holden, who played in the place of Harry Lowe, who was suffering from throat trouble, proved a very weak substitute, and the three inside men in the opposition ranks were able to mature their plans without much trouble.

They kept Claude Jephcott and Ben Shearman well plied with delightful passes, and these outside wingers took full advantage of their opportunities. Repeatedly did they centre in perfect style, but their comrades were faulty in dealing with them, while Kenneth Campbell was in his finest form, and stopped their best attempts to score.

After the change of ends the Reds were more aggressive, and I think that had Lowe or Ernest Peake been playing our men would have won, for the Albion were becoming weary at their continual failure to gain a goal. Our forwards made a great mistake in tactics, and seemed desirous of walking the ball into the net. Had they swung the leather about instead of tip-tapping when within range of Hubert Pearson, it is pretty certain that better results would have been gained.

William Lacey and Arthur Goddard were the best of the forwards, and Bob Ferguson got through a gruelling time with credit, for he had to keep a watchful eye on the centre of the field as well as attend to Jephcott. Robert Crawford made one bad move, for which he was rightly reprimanded, but otherwise he and Sam Speakman defended capitally.

Campbell, however, was the great man in the rear ranks, and his goalkeeping was worthy of his undoubted reputation, especially in the first half. Jephcott was a brilliant forward for the Albion, and it was a pleasure to see him perform; but with the exception of weakness in shooting, the team all round showed exceedingly good football.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: October 4, 1913)

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