April 20, 1914
The weather was delightful this morning when the Liverpool players who are going to uphold the honour of Merseyside at the Palace next Saturday, left Edge Hill Station for their headquarters at Chingford, where they are to prepare for the all-important event of Saturday next.
The sun shone so brilliantly as the party assembled on the platform that it seemed more suggestive of a cricket rather than a football event, and certainly one felt inclined to ask whether Liverpool or Burnley would bat first.
However, I felt that the bright weather was a happy omen, and if the players are favoured with similar summerlike weather they will enjoy their stay at the popular Epping Forest resort.
At the same time the men will, no doubt, welcome a cooler atmosphere.
The same party, who stayed at the Forest Hotel in preparation for the Aston Villa match, made the journey, viz.: Kenneth Campbell; Ephraim Longworth and Bob Pursell; Sam Speakman, Thomas Fairfoull, and Harry Lowe; Bob Ferguson, Donald Mackinlay, Jack Sheldon, Arthur Metcalf, Tom Miller, William Lacey and Jimmy Nicholl.
Mr. Edward Askew Bainbridge, Mr. Tom Watson and Trainer Connell, as on a former occasion, accompanied the players.
Willie Lacey’s view
Mr. Bainbridge and Fairfoull joined the train at Lime-street, and they met their colleague at Edge Hill. I (the Critic) had a chat with one or two of the players, and they were delighted at the prospect of enjoying their stay at Chingford.
They looked on the weather as ideal, but they did not disguise the fact that they hoped for a cooler atmosphere on Saturday.
Willie Lacey told me that the Epping Forest resort is a capital training ground, and the players like it very much. Everything is convenient for training, and the facilities for playing golf are very good indeed.
The genial Irishman said that sprinting and quiet exercises are usually indulged in, and they did not anticipate any real work.
Asked as to the prospect of the match, the inside left, of course, was inclined to the general view, “You never can tell,” but he said, “I think we ought to bring it off.”
Harry Lowe, the captain of the team, whose knee appeared to be a little stiff, said that he received a knock under the knee, but he felt that the soreness would soon leave him.
The captain’s opinion
The captain was hopeful as to the result. He said they meant to win, but pointed out that Burnley thought likewise; but they (Liverpool) were going to see if they could beat them by grit, allowing other things equal.
The whole party were in good spirits, and Mr. Tom Watson appeared to be in high feather.
They looked forward with pleasurable anticipation to a quiet week at Chingford, and the players will, no doubt, be as fit as the proverbial fiddle when they enter the field on Saturday.
While recognising that they had a hard nut in Burnley to crack, the boys felt that they had a good chance.
One thing is certain – there will be eleven triers, who will strain every nerve to bring the cup back to Liverpool.
When they arrive at Euston the party will travel to the Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, by motor ‘bus – a drive which would be enjoyed to the full.
(Evening Express, 20-04-1914)