Wednesday, January 14 – 1914
There is a tremendous battle due at Barnsley to-morrow. The incentive to win on Saturday was big, but to-morrow’s replayed tie has behind it the knowledge that the winning side has to play at home, and to a moderate side like Gillingham.
Now, that is a weighty addition to the game, Liverpool v. Barnsley, and to Liverpool F.C. it means more interest than Barnsley, for though the Yorkshire team has been visited by Gillingham, after a draw away – Barnsley won the replay by 3 goals to 1 – Liverpool folk would show a deep interest in the match, inasmuch as it would bring Ernest Pinkney, the Barrow youth, and Sam Gilligan, the ex-Liver player, to our city. Pinkney made a big show at his first run with Everton’s first team, and was hailed as Jack Sharp’s successor. Gilligan, the old warrior, seems likely to play on for ever, like Billy Meredith, Steve Bloomer, and that class. Sammy was an immense favourite when he was with the Anfield club, and he did the club well as a half back as well as a forward. As a coach I would always take on my side. However, we’ll first get over the Barnsley fence before going into details about Gillingham. Still I mention again that Gillingham are drawn against the winners of the replayed tie, so that the local players may be impressed with the importance of to-morrow’s result.
A club must have some luck if it would win the Cup. Mayhap Saturday’s was Liverpool’s “trifle” – when Barnsley gave them a fright.
Bob Ferguson was very much cut up when his record was broken, and it is good to see that the injury had not kept him down as long as expected. His return to the Liverpool side means that the Liverpool half-back line will be at full strength again, and, though I did not see Barnsley play last Saturday, I think I can safely prophesy that the Barnsley right ring (made up of Wilfred Bartrop and the old comedian’s son, George Travers) will not have the pleasant time they experienced on Saturday. It ought not to be necessary (but, judging on what I have seen in games in which our clubs are concerned, it is) to point out that forwards should shoot when the chance present itself.
Andrew Wilson, the Sheffield forward, declares that he does not believe in dribbling into goal. The old band is right – we are gradually drifting into a habit of “putting” and “patting” the ball before shooting in the erroneous belief that we can be more accurate in shooting if we plant the ball and kick when it is “dead.” That’s wrong. This is no time or theorising on shooting, but Liverpool will win the Cup-tie to-morrow only if their forwards slam the ball goal-wards when the chance to shoot comes their way.
The defence is playing grand football now, and the half-backs are, as a line, as good as the club has had for years. Forward there must be shooting –how else can a goal come? – and the team as a whole must not cease their labours. Barnsley, in the racing parlance, “stay for ever.” I do not readily forget their final tie with West Bromwich Albion at Bramall Lane. Extra time was necessary. West Brom had got the grip on their adversaries, but the ground was hard, and they could not control the ball when near goal. They took a breather when they thought the game was a sure draw. It was a fatal business, as Barnsley went away with one of those superhuman efforts of their and carried the day.
Barnsley will fight to the last, but Liverpool ought to make a bold fight against them, and return to Liverpool conquerors. I devoutly hope so, for the novelty of both our clubs out of the great knock-out competition at the first round would make the city bear the appearance of a dull (K)night. Good luck go with Liverpool, and whether James Dawson or Donald Mackinlay plays at outside left – the former had a kick on the knee on Saturday, and is described as a doubtful starter – we look for a dour display from that position of the Liverpool side.
When the teams line up in the order given below, there will be a good following for Liverpool, as the excursion being run is sure to be well patronised – if arrangements made in my hearing are carried out by the Liver enthusiasts. Here’s to the Mersey side, and may they win. For full report on the doings of these teams to-morrow get the “Echo.”
The kick-off for the replay will be a 2.15 in case extra time is necessary.
The latest news from Barnsley’s quarters is as follows: – Barnsley are continuing their special training at Lytham. They are recovering from the effects of their hard game at Liverpool, and are in the best of spirits preparing for the replay. The team will not be selected until just prior to the match, but is expected that the side which stood so well last Saturday will again be relied to do service for the club.
(Liverpool Echo, 14-01-1914)