October 2, 1915
Match: Lancashire Section, principal tournament, at Deepdale, kick off: 15:00.
Preston North End – Liverpool 1-2 (1-1).
Referee: Mr. E. Eccles; linesmen: Messrs.: A.E. Fogg and F.H. Heald.
Preston North End (2-3-5): Hurst; Broadhurst, Jack Smith; Halliwell, McCall, Broome; Clifton, John Morley, Clay, Gillow, Ives.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell; Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst; Thomas Fairfoull, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Ernest Pinkney, William Banks, Fred Pagnam, James Henderson, James Dawson.
The goals: 1-0 Clay (3 min.), 1-1 Pagnam, 1-2 Wadsworth.
The game at Deepdale on Saturday was bright and entertaining enough in its way, though only a ghost of those former titanic struggles which in years past were witnessed on the ground of the historic North End Club.
The Prestonians are under a dense football cloud this season. To begin with, they are experiencing the utmost difficulty in raising teams, while they have yet to win their first match. On Saturday they only succeeded in completing a capable eleven at the last moment, so to speak, so that it was scarcely to be expected that these players should show that combination which is the main essential that makes for victory.
At the same time, McCall and his men must be given the fullest credit for putting up a thoroughly plucky fight against the Anfielders, and with the least slice of luck they might have shared the points with their more powerful opponents. The work of their forwards, though earnest, was scrappy, and the visitors’ defence was generally able to ward off the spasmodic attempts to lower Campbell’s charge. In short, Liverpool were much the better-balanced side, and, though their front line might have seen to greater advantage, there was little question as to which was the stronger. Altogether it was a sprightly and interesting encounter played under the most dismal conditions – a state of things which was not improve by the meagre attendance.
Liverpool led off in lively fashion, but North End were the first to score, Clay heading the ball through from a corner shortly after the commencement of operations. The Anfielders were not slow to retaliate, Pagnam getting through and equalising with an admirable shot. In the second period the visitors gained the lead through Wadsworth, who headed the ball through from a corner, and though North End tried hard they never succeeded in getting on equal terms. Liverpool’s victory would doubtless have been emphasised had the referee noticed that Pagnam was pulled down well inside the penalty area, or that Dawson was not offside when he shot for goal.
Pagnam was easily the most prominent of the forwards, and it was certainly no fault of his that the scoring was not greater. Henderson and Dawson were a clever and capable wing, and were much more frequently in the picture than Pinkney and Banks. The halves gave a tolerably good account of themselves, while the main lines of defence were always reliable.
(Liverpool Echo, 02-10-1915)