November 12, 1915
Liverpool are not the sort of side to show their qorst against the best sides. Ever and anon we have known the side when apparently in a hopeless position come up against a side and trounces that side. It is Liverpool’s way.
That they did not shine against Manchester United is, perhaps, not surprising, for there was a cloud over the proceedings in view of the everlasting commission regarding the contest at Easter between the two teams.
By the way, this note gives me a chance to announce another exclusive. Last week I gave the forecast of the decision; two days ago I told you of the meeting place of the commission, and now I can tell you that, although many folk have jumped to the conclusion that tonight’s meeting of the commission at Anfield will conclude with the announcement of the verdict of the F.A. and League, no report will be issued to the Press tonight.
Getting back to the Anfield match of the morrow, we can say that the home side’s formation, and the famed players who are representing Southport, will ensure a big crowd gathering at Anfield. Never were Southport shares at such a high figure.
The war has done Southport a power of good, and they deserve to succeed in this season’s series if only on the score that they showed enterprise what time Preston and other clubs slept – aye, snored!
The Liverpool side last week at Blackpool had chronic experiences, losing their goalkeeper and having William Molyneux and Mackinlay crocked. That game can be blotted out from our books except in regard to the bare record. Liverpool can be depended upon a fight hard and to the finish, and therefore a capital game should be witnessed by a large crowd of workers.
Liverpool. – Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Sam Speakman, Norman Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkney, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, Arthur Metcalf, James Dawson.
(Liverpool Echo: November 12, 1915)