April 25, 1914
Match: English FA Cup, Final, at Crystal Palace, kick-off: 15:30.
Burnley – Liverpool 1-0 (0-0).
Referee: Mr. H.S. Bamlett (Durham); linesmen: Messrs. J. Talks (Lincolnshire) and R.O. Rogers (London).
Burnley (2-3-5): Ronnie Sewell; Tom Bamford, David Taylor; George Halley, Tommy Boyle, Billy Watson; Billy Nesbitt, Dick Lindley, Bert Freeman, Teddy Hodgson, Eddie Mosscrop.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell; Ephraim Longworth, Robert Pursell; Thomas Fairfoull, Bob Ferguson, Donald Mackinlay; Jack Sheldon, Arthur Metcalf, Tom Miller, Jimmy Nicholl, William Lacey.
The goal: 1-0 Freeman (58 min.).
There were four well defined chapters in the game: –
1. Burnley got off the mark the smarter, and were superior for seven minutes.
2. Liverpool for the remainder of the half were the superior side, and Nicholl would probably have scored had his drive not hit Taylor in the face – bad luck for Liverpool, and Taylor.
3. Liverpool resumed in a slowely manner, and Burnley scored in thirteen minutes. Liverpool were knocked over by the blow, and Burnley now served up much better football.
4. Liverpool rallied famously in the last ten minutes and came near equalising.
While not a great game and not the sort of game to rouse the crowd to enthusiasm, it was a good game – better than we have seen since Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Newcastle United. Allow for the difficult foothold the players had, and it must be conceded that the game was a good one, and the best period of all was the closing stage.
Liverpool left their revival till it was too late to be effective, and the lesson of their “late coming” at West Ham, at Barnsley, and at home against Gillingham had not been realised.
The game was kingly in many ways; the referee had an easy task, as play was clean. There was much heavy legitimate charging, and Boyle, Taylor, Hodgson, and Metcalf suffered injuries It was a matter of interest to see Mr Bamlett “pushing the business on,” and refusing to allow last year’s tactics to creep in the erred, as all referees do, and once he revised an offside decision – a frank admission of his mistake and a copy of ope of his actions in the Villa – Liverpool game.
There was an occasion when he pulled up Miller for offside when he was two yards onside. Still, he refereed well, and deserved plaudits.
Speaking personally, one must say that none of the players disgraced themselves in any way It is quite true that each goalkeeper at times failed to show a confidence that could easily have resulted in a goal In the first ten minutes Sewell was hazy.
Afterwards he caught the ball with rare precision, and on long lob by Longworth he took with a confidence that was wonderful. He copied the Rugby player’s “mark” and yet there was an occasion near the finish of the game when he was out of place, and Boyle headed the ball up against the crossbar.
It was in the early moment of play that Miller frightened Sewell at close range.
Campbell was not unduly pressed e’en though he once saw the ball hit the woodwork of the goal. He and Pursell had not a happy understanding at times, yet Campbell with the few shots that came his way was safe as a bank.
He half-handed one shot, and his covering save was masterly.
At full back Longworth was the star, Taylor finding touch too often, and Bamford, like Pursell, kicked a good length, but was variable. Longworth’s dash and skill were unequalled in defence.
At half back Fairfoull excelled. He kept the tight rein on Mosscrop, who was only seen in his spasmodic runs, Nesbitt being equally “tied.”
Mackinlay, too, was wonderfully sound in attack and defence. He had a belief in his own ability to check Nesbitt and Lindley, and was not hasty in his game. Only once did he waste a ball, and then it was a bad fall from his high standard.
He took the ball up the field unchallenged for some time, but as soon as he was drawing the defender he planted the ball straight to an opponent’s head.
Ferguson, at centre-half, was strong in heading and breaking up. Where he was below form was where he usually shines, in providing the forward with ground passes.
He frequently tried a pass to Miller when it was advisable to set the wing men going.
Our inside forwards were below their form. Each man did good work at times, and the earnestness was always there. But in the first thirty minutes of the game the forwards should have made good.
Miller was prone to offside, and when he closed in on Sewell he seemed as though he could not miss gaoling. Over anxiety must have had something to do with the lack of success of Miller and Metcalf.
Yet one must give the latter credit for a shot near the close that might have won the match.
Miller, too, gave some good passes. He formed a habit of pulling up sharply and turning round when the whole forward line was going forward That put the break on every movement, even if he managed to get the ball out to the wings.
It was a case of wrong tactics.
Lacey was not in the brightest moods. We generally find him going into the game with a robustness that carries all before him.
On Saturday he was not enterprising, and was not found sufficient work. He made a fine ground drive that Sewell saved, and his passing was direct and true, but he was not not the Lacey Anfield folk know so well.
Nicholl started splendidly, and his first shot was deserving of a goal It would have made a mighty difference had Taylor not been in the way. That fast ball would have beaten Sewell, I feel certain, and it was not a case on a par with Lindley’s when the ball was shot outside, the shooter being two yards from goal.
Sheldon was quite the outstanding forward on the field.
His temperament is of the right type; a big match doesn’t upset him. He trickled along the wing, and at times worked his way to the centre. The ball was always well under control, and his centres were splendid.
(Liverpool Echo, 27-04-1914)
Match report from the Evening Express (Liverpool), April 27 – 1914.
Match report from the Dundee Courier, April 27 – 1914.