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Who’s who in the Liverpool team


Sunday, April 19 – 1914
The players who will probably represent Liverpool are as follow: –

Kenneth Campbell (goalkeeper), a young custodian whom Liverpool people think is the finest goalkeeper playing. Will one day play for Scotland. Born at Glasgow. Was secured by Liverpool from Cambuslang about four seasons ago, at a small fee, and took the place of Sam Hardy. He is now probably a better goalkeeper even than the English International. He is quick, clever, and plucky, and has a great deal to do with Liverpool reaching the final. Twenty-one years of age, and is the idol of the Anfield crowd, especially the ladies.

Ephraim Longworth (right back), a Lancashire lad whose abilities were not recognised until he went south. Was born at Bolton, and Liverpool secured him from Leyton three seasons ago. A consistent and reliable back, who never plays a bad game, and takes his football very seriously. Would play as keenly in a friendly games as in a League match. A fearless tackler and a pure kick, and rare judge of the correct time to rush in. A gentleman both on and off the field.

Robert Pursell (left back), a young Scottish player, a native of Campbelltown, secured from Queen’s Park, a deal that caused some trouble at the time. On his day a brilliant defender. One of the fastest full-backs playing. Provides the counterfoil to the dash of Longworth, his height standing him in good stead in his defensive work. Has great faith to Campbell.

Thomas Fairfoull (right half back), a dour Scot from West Calder, and Liverpool’s most consistent half this season. His first season at Anfield, having been obtained from Third Lanark. Was regarded as one of the best halves in Scotland, and has fully borne out his reputailor. Is a great believer in passing back to his goalkeeper in order to relieve the defence.

Henry Lowe (centre-back), the captain of the team, and a Captain Courageous. A big, strong half back, who goes all the way, and sets a rare example in his men. A man of few words, but great deeds. Hails from Worksop, and joined Liverpool from Gainsborough Trinity at the end of April 1911. Was four seasons at Gainsborough. A hard worker and a good general, very useful with his head.

Bob Ferguson (left half back), in his second season with Liverpool. Last season he did not miss a match. Was for six seasons with Third Lanark, where he had Fairfoull as a colleague. Started with Liverpool as centre-half, but soon went to the left, where he has been a great success. A typical Scottish half-back, neat and clever, and feeds his forwards beautifully. The tallest man in the team, and not so slow as he appears. Scored a goal in one of this season’s Ties, and hopes to get another. He also wants an English Cup medal to add to his Scottish trophies.

Jack Sheldon (outside right), the smallest man in the team, but “a terror for his size.” Was born at Clay Cross, and was signed-on this season from Manchester United, where except on rare occasions, he was kept in the reserve team owing to the excellence of Billy Meredith. One of Liverpool’s best captures, for he cost the Anfield club only £300. Has proved a rare bargain. Full of pluck and cleverness, speedy, and does not often waste a centre. Also a good shot.

Arthur Metcalf (inside right), not much taller than his partner, but of sturdier build. Like Sheldon, left his old team through lack of opportunity. A native of Sunderland, he played for Newcastle United, and in the season of 1911-12 scored thirty seven goals for the St. James’ Park club. But he was crowded out by the wealth of talent there, and joined Liverpool. The Anfield club has not regretted the bargain. A clever forward and a good shot, but unlucky in the matter of injuries.

Tom Miller (centre-forward), a Scot, from Motherwell. Was formerly an inside left, but Liverpool tried him as centre with the most satisfactory result. Has led the line well in the Cup-ties, and solved a difficult problem as to who should be the successor of Parkinson. A good dribbler, travels faster than he seems, and has a very useful serve. Generally a good shot.

William Lacey (inside left), a boy from Wexford, who has this season assisted Ireland to carry off the international championship, and, if Liverpool win the cup, will have done more than any player towards achieving that distinction. Has had a wonderful season. A versatile forward, he has figured in all the five positions for his club and country, and has also played at half-back. As good tempered as he is clever. Is Liverpool’s best shot, as well as the best forward. Was transferred from Everton to Liverpool, and has been a rare bargain.

Jimmy Nicholl (outside left), made his first appearance for Liverpool last January, when he helped beat West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Was secured from Middlesbrough; was not eligible to play in the first two rounds of the Cup competition, but has done fine work since, and considerably strengthened the forward line. Scored both goals against the Villa. Was born in Port Glasgow, and assisted Cambuslang Rangers and the Airdrieonians before joining Middlesbrough, where he was for three and a half seasons.
(Lloyds Weekly News, 19-04-1914)

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