Football supporters invade Liverpool

Wednesday, April 1 – 1914
Quaint football followers in the city
Monkeys as mascots
Strange scenes and incidents in the street
Liverpool was invaded to-day by several thousands of football enthusiasts.

Strange dialects were heard in the streets, large portions of the male population of Burnley and Sheffield having migrated to the town for the replayed semi-final tie in the English Cup competition at Goodison Park.

There was no mistaking the visitors. They were in no sense shy about advertising their presence and their partisanship. Many of them sported favours a yard long, whether the colours were the claret and blue of Burnley or the red and white of Sheffield United.

Some favoured nosegays of artificial flowers, and it was not unusual for one to be worn on each lapel.

Two sturdy Burnley supporters.
Two sturdy Burnley supporters.

Club mascots
Others displayed mascots, generally teddy bears or small monkeys, and photographs of the team whom enjoyed their support were given a prominent place on their caps.

There were other enthusiasts with tall hats or caps in the club colours who endeavoured to let off their superfluous energy with the aid of trumpets, handbells, and rattles.

But after all, it was a good humoured invasion. Even if there had been nothing distinctive about their dress one would have had no difficulty in picking out these visitors.

The Burnley cotton operative or colliers with his neatly turned and sometimes ornamented clogs, always proclaiming himself by his loud voice and broad dialect, and when they turn their backs on the mill or the pit for a day’s outing with the football team, they are as happy as sandboys.

The enthusiasts from the cutlery city are almost equally keen in their enjoyment and partisanship, and naturally some commotion was caused in the centre of the city to-day when the rival sections met and exchanged boisterous though pleasant banter.

Sharp 'Uns fra' Sheffield.
Sharp ‘Uns fra’ Sheffield.

On the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway a number of well-filled special trains arrive during the morning, and several trainloads of Sheffield enthusiasts were poured into the city from the Great Central Station.

The service of special cars from the city to Goodison Park began at one o’clock, the tramway department making ample provision for conveying the vast crowd to Goodison.
(Liverpool Evening Express, 01-04-1914)

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