Saturday, January 17 – 1914
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:45.
Liverpool – Everton 1-2 (0-2).
Attendance: 40,000; gate receipts: £1,440.
Referee: Mr. A. Pellowe; linesmen: Messrs. F. Taylor and F. Hargreaves.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell; Ephraim Longworth, Robert Crawford; Thomas Fairfoull, Harry Lowe, Bob Ferguson; Jack Sheldon, William Lacey, Tom Gracie, Arthur Metcalfe, James Dawson.
Everton (2-3-5): Tommy Fern, Bob Thompson, Jock Maconnachie, Val Harris, Tom Fleetwood, Harry Makepeace, Bill Palmer, Frank Jefferies, Bobby Parker, Frank Bradshaw, George Harrison.
The goals: 0-1 Parker (30 min.), 0-2 Parker, 1-2 Metcalf (59 min.).
“Grounds for players” is as sound a maxim as “horses for courses” so far as the Evertonians are concerned, for not since the season 1899 have they yielded the maximum points to their neighbours on the Anfield enclosure. They prevailed as usual on Saturday, and thereby registered their sixth consecutive victory on the ground. It is an astonishing record that probably stands on a plane by itself.
It was somewhat unfortunate from a Liverpool point of view that the players had to take the field for so important an event within forty-eight hours of their exacting experience in the replayed cup-tie with Barnsley. Naturally enough, the team were not in the best condition for providing a spirited exposition of the code such as we have witnessed in the majority of the games between these rivals. Jack Parkinson, Tom Miller, Donald Mackinlay, and Robert Pursell were reported as unfit, and stood down, and as matters eventuated, the substitutes were not as successful as was hoped for by supporters of the club. That Everton deserved their victory cannot be disputed, for they demonstrated superiority in their forward line, while in every other department they were equal to their rivals.
LIVERPOOL’S FEEBLE FORWARD PLAY.
The ability of Parkinson to take up his usual position exercised a decidedly weakening influence on the Liverpool attack, for his substitute, Tom Gracie, was woefully weak, and failed altogether to keep the line going with any semblance to cohesion. Seldom was he prepared for the incoming centres, and time out of number, in the first half especially did he dally to such an extent that his confreres were practically left standing still, wondering what the next move would be.
There was some really capital wing play thrust to the winds and the presence of a capable pivot in the early portion of the proceedings at any rate might easily have resulted in placing a different complexion upon the game. Everton’s forward play was more evenly distributed, and herein lay their secret of success. Centres from the wings were not wasted, as was the case with Liverpool, and it was from two of these that the pivot laid the foundation to success.
The two periods of the game stood out in marked contrast. Beyond the incidents that led up to Everton scoring their two goals the play during the first half was decidedly on the tame side, and the 40,000 spectators were rendered somewhat subdued. The second portion, however, was productive of much brighter football, interlarded with clever touches of individualism that at times stirred the pulse of the respective supporters to great heights. Everton were unquestionably the more efficient side during the first forty-five, but as Liverpool gradually improved there was little between the contestants during the later stages, when a rousing effort was made by the Anfielders, who were far from being a spent force, to get on level terms with their opponents.
SCORING OF THE GOALS.
To Parker fell the distinction of scoring both the Everton goals, the first after play had been half an hour in progress, and he scored ere the enthusiasm of the club’s supporters had scarcely died down. Palmer in the first place made the opening, and it appeared as though Campbell might have saved the situation as the ball rolled under his body while prone, for the centre to dash up and pilot it into the net. He had no chance with the second, for on Harris putting out to Harrison the latter hooked the ball in and Parker, with a first time drive, left the keeper helpless.
Liverpool, two goals behind, opened the second portion in more business-like fashion, and though the right wing pair were kept busily employed, it would have benefited the side had the left been called more frequently into requisition. However, Metcalf drove past Fern after the keeper had but clumsily dealt with a previous effort, and towards the close there were possibilities of Liverpool drawing level. However, this was denied them, and they were beaten by the odd goal in three.
Coming to the players, and dealing first with the Everton forwards, Parker must be complimented upon the manner in which he distributed the play, and applied the finishing touches to the work of his comrades. Still there was not a finer performer in the line than Jefferis, his skilful feinting and adroit passing being very cleverly executed. Palmer displayed a more than useful turn, of speed after being somewhat inactive during the first portion, but he is certainly not a right winger, as was plainly evidenced when close quarters were reached. Bradshaw was a hard-worker without meeting with much success, while Harrison when the ball came his way made good use of its, and many of his placing across to the goal mouth were timed with capital judgement.
In the intermediate line Harris was the most successful, and kept the Liverpool left wing pair subdued for the greater portion of the game. Fleetwood was a great stumbling block to the inroads of the Anfielders, though he was not as skilful as usual in providing his colleagues with chances to make headway. Makepeace was up against an effective wing, and though not reaching his usually high standard of efficiency, he nevertheless got through his work in creditable fashion. Further behind Thompson gave a capital display and was more reliable than his skipper, whose clearances were not so accurate as usual, while he was frequently outwitted by the opposing wingers. Fern was not over burdened with work except during the closing stages, but the keeper brought this upon himself by his tendency to hold the ball too long before clearing. He courted disaster by this defect, and it would not have occasioned surprise had he paid the penalty in the last minutes of the game.
As has been indicated, the Liverpool forward play was handicapped for the want of a leader, and it was not until the respective wings went along on their own in turn that there was a semblance of obtaining goals. The outstanding player in the line was Lacey, who suffered little from the Cup-tie exertions, and, with Sheldon, combined to make a powerful right wing. The latter, however, was inclined to overdo his intricate footwork in beating his opposing backs, and when this was discarded, and the ball swung across, better results were in prospect.
At the other end of the line Dawson made the most of what came his way, but he was not too well attended to, and his display in the last quarter of an hour showed what might have happened had better support been accorded. Metcalf was not the force he was twelve months ago, but he scored the goal, and thus entranced the value of his presence in the line. The half backs showed district signs of their recent heavy duty, and only Lowe maintained the capital level, which has lately been identified with the display of the line. Crawford was somewhat fitful, but Longworth was consistent throughout, and covered Campbell with good judgement. The keeper, who received a great ovation after his recent Cup-tie triumphs, kept his charge with consummate skill, and did much towards saving his side from a more pronounced defeat, especially during the first period, when the Everton forwards at intervals were going strongly at close quarters. Upwards of 40,000 spectators witnessed the game, the receipts of which realised £1,440.
(Liverpool Courier, 19-01-1914)
Images from Liverpool Echo, January, 19 – 1914.
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