Middlesbrough v Liverpool 4-0 (League match: April 18, 1914)

April 18, 1914
Key note: “With all their thoughts and aspirations turned towards Crystal Palace, it was scarcely to be expected that Liverpool would strain themselves unduly in their League encounter with Middlesbrough on Saturday. As a matter of fact, however, they put up a fair fight against the Ayresome Park contingent, and it was only in the closing stages that the north-eastern club emphasised their superiority. The weather was all against robust football. The heat was intense, and play might have been impracticable but for the stiffish breeze that prevailed. The ground, too, was so hard backed that many of the players at the close of the game felt the tiring effect of playing upon a dusty, unyielding surface. The general character of the game may be best described as scrappy. The Middlesbrough forwards, who showed both speed and determination, almost monopolised the attack, but their finishing touches were woefully erratic. Flying shots from long range went frequently well over the bar or wide of the target, while the shots that did come to hand were admirably handled by Elisha Scott. The latter was deputising for Kenneth Campbell, who is suffering from a slight attack of lumbago, and he proved himself a very able substitute for the brilliant young Caledonian. The shots which did beat him were all difficult ones, and it is no reflection upon Scott’s capability that he should have been beaten on four occasions.” (Liverpool Daily Post: April 20, 1914)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Ayresome Park, kick-off: 15:15.
Middlesbrough – Liverpool 4-0 (1-0).
Attendance: 15,000.
Referee: Mr. C.R. Hall; linesmen: Messrs. W.H. Dean and A. Brown.
Middlesbrough (2-3-5): Tim Williamson, Jack Haworth, John Walker, Stewart Davidson, Andrew Jackson, Edward Verrill, Jackie Carr, George Malcolm, Fred Kirby, Walter Tinsley, Richard Wynn.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Elisha Scott, Sam Speakman, Robert Pursell, Thomas Fairfoull, Harry Lowe (C), Bob Ferguson, Robert Macdougall, Arthur Metcalf, Tom Miller, William Banks, Jimmy Nicholl.
The goals: 1-0 Davidson (22 min.), 2-0 Tinsley (60 min.), 3-0 insley (80 min.), 4-0 Tinsley (85 min.).

Match reports:
* Liverpool Daily Post: “Liverpool lackadaisical”;

Tim Williamson, Middlesbrough (Athletic News: March 24, 1913).

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