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Bradford City defeat Liverpool


March 11, 1915
The attendance only numbered about 4,000 at Valley Parade yesterday when Bradford City and Liverpool played their postponed League fixture. The opening stages rules in favour of the visitors, for after Currie, the City left wing, had weakly put the ball behind, Ewart was called upon to save several good efforts by the Liverpool forwards. Miller made one particularly fine shot, which Ewart had to go full length to save, and shortly afterwards the visiting centre half, Lowe, just missed with a hard drive.

At the end of seven minutes, however, Bond, who had been troublesome on the right wing, sent across a good centre, and though Scott, the Liverpool custodian, got his fist to the ball he only partially cleared, and McIlvenny rushed up to shoot into the net.

Liverpool seemed demoralised by this score, and for the rest of the first half they were mainly on the defensive. Bond, Marshall, and Fox all had good efforts, and once Marshall, who was playing in the centre, shot across the goal mouth from a couple of yards out, with the visiting custodian out of position.

After forty minutes, however, Marshall received the ball at the centre, and, though hampered by the opposing full backs, forced his way through and put the ball past Scott for City’s second point.

The home team were aggressive on resuming, and although Torrance once nearly brought disaster by getting in the way of his goalkeeper, Liverpool were mainly on the defensive, and after nine minutes Currie sent the ball across to Fox, who easily scored.

Liverpool gradually went from the defensive to the attack, and during the last half-hour they were masters of the situation. Eventually, after fifteen minutes in this half, and after Ewart had brilliantly checked a shot from Nicholl, Metcalfe secured and put on Liverpool’s first goal. Five minutes later Pagnam added another after more good work by Nicholl, but although the home custodian was frequently called upon he kept a splendid goal, which enabled his side to run out winners. Taking the game as a whole, there was little to chose between the two sides.

Result: – Bradford City 3 goals, Liverpool 2 goals.

Teams: –
Bradford City: Jock Ewart, Fred Potts, Irvine Boocock, Joe Hargreaves, Bob Torrance, Jimmy McIlvenny, Dickie Bond, Oscar Fox, Jimmy Marshall, Jimmy McDonald, Peter Currie.
Liverpool: Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Robert Pursell, William Lacey, Harry Lowe, Phil Bratley, Jack Sheldon, Arthur Metcalf, Fred Pagnam, Tom Miller, Jimmy Nicholl.
Referee: Mr. L. Hitchen, Burnley.
(Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer: March 11, 1915)

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