August 21, 1915
Do the Liverpool public want football to proceed? Can bee buzz?
Saturday’s game at Anfield was the surest evidence that the game has still its drawing power and is not obnoxious. There were 9,000 people at Anfield, and if a national register could be taken I guess everyone but a small number that do not count for good in any sphere of life would have been able to prove ineligibility or prove service in munitions, &c. Who shall say one word in dictation of the recreation the 9,000 people took?
The sum of money brought into the channels of the Triple Flag Fund was £105, and when the programme receipts are added the total will be about £112 – a remarkably good send-off for the club and the game.
The referee was Mr. Halliday, and on the line we saw Elisha Scott, the Liverpool goalkeeper, and Joe Butterfield – the latter in khaki. The game was of good class and enjoyable, and though the second half petered out somewhat the first half’s show was such that no one could grumble.
Councillor W.W. Kelly, of Birkenhead, kicked off, and the band of the Liverpool Scottish played selections prior to the start and during the interval.
Both sides scored once in the first half, but afterwards the Reds dominated the game, and scoring four more points, won easily by 5 goals to 1. The scorers were Watson, Metcalf, Wadsworth, Mackinlay, Hafekost and Pagnam. Several of the new players were on view, and, generally speaking, they made a very favourably ompression. Henderson, who bears such a close resemblance to “Sandy” Young, was the first to come in for favourable notice, and his cute pass to Williams in the first minute was exceedingly well done. He is clever and resourceful. Williams claimed attention for his vigorous shooting, and with Goddard should make a capital wing. Goddard was as dainty as ever, and his clever lobbing of the ball into his opponent’s goal area was full of possibilities. Of the half backs Molyneux was the most prominent, and further behind Middlehurst’s sturdiness was useful to his side. Sutcliffe kept a good goal, his fielding was clean, and he showed much judgment with low shots.
Although the Reds scored five times, the general work of the forwards was far from convincing, while their shooting was never deadly. Pagnam worked hard as usual, and with just as much forcefulness, but he was rarely successful. The inside men failed to grasp his wants, and Pagnam’s game suffered in consequence. Metcalf and Pinkney did some good work, although the latter was prone to hug thee corner before getting in his centre. The half back line was strong and vigorous, Mackinlay and Wadsworth being particularly effective in both attack and defence. Longworth and Speakman made an excellent pair of backs, and Campbell’s work in goal was always reliable.
Reds. – Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth and Sam Speakman, James Scott, Walter Wadsworth, and Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkney, Arthur Metcalf, Fred Pagnam, Charles Hafekost, and James Dawson.
Stripes. – Sutcliffe, Tommy Lucas and James Middlehurst, Ted Winn, William Molyneux, and Norman Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Dai Williams, Wilfred Watson, James Henderson, and Walter Price.
(Liverpool Echo: August 23, 1915)