November 24, 1915
Liverpool, in spite of the fact that they tried certain men out of position, have stuck to the side that conquered Oldham Athletic, away, last week. Liverpool were never averse to trying a man out of his generally-recognised position. Goddard’s is but one case; Pagnam is another important case on the books, and Peake, tried at centre-forward after a long spell at centre half, was another case – mention of the Welsh international reminds me that his last club was Third Lanark, not Hearts.
Well, the latest is the appearance of Arthur Metcalf as outside left. He was played there last week in consequence of the injury sustained by Dawson during the week’s work. Metcalf makes one of the short-built but stocky forward line, Pagnam alone having height and weight to carry him through the opposition.
At half back Bradley, the local soldier man, who plays a dogged game, will be sternly tested, and Winn and Middlehurst will be up against Everton’s right wing flank – sufficient evidence of the heavy work they will have to encounter.
Of course Everton always win at Anfield, just as Liverpool always win at Goodison Park in the return fixture. So we shall only be surprised if Everton fail to win next Saturday at Anfield.
Liverpool by their last two victories have shown something of their real strength, and I hope both sides will play as selected, for there generally comes into being an unfortunate big absentee from one or other side, thus making the game’s result “arguable.”
Robert Parker was unable play against Stockport County last week, and the consequence was that the Everton forward line was not happy in its movements. It had been arranged that Frank Jefferis should play centre, but as soon the game started Kirsopp took that place, probably consequence of the excellent form shown both men at Preston the week before.
While both started Saturday’s game in nice fashion, neither “came up to scratch,” and, physically and otherwise should say that Jefferis and Kirsopp are inside forwards or nothing – at centre they lack the “bite” and vim of leader. For the “Derby” game Parker is coming from Glasgow, and consequently Kirsopp goes to inside right, formerly, and Jefferis is on reserve.
That is the main change in the formation of the Walton side, but in addition Grenyer comes into the side again, William Brown being deposed. This change is in the natural order of things, and, of course, it was illness that kept Grenyer from keeping his appointment last week. He has made the position his own. He has quite lengthy service with the Everton Club, and has been unlucky to find regular and good man like Harry Makepeace barring his way for so many seasons.. However, he’s hung on to his work and has not complained— which is what cannot be said of some footballers who ” wait for dead men’s shoes. ‘
Thus early we need not enter into discussion of the game, but here it may be mentioned – in case any player knows not the honourable records of the and Liverpool teams – the Mersey city’s “Derby” game is a model of cleanliness.
Liverpool. – Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, Norman Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Ted Winn, Ernest Pinkney, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, William Banks, Arthur Metcalf.
Everton. – Tommy Fern. Bob Thomspon, Jock Maconnachie, Tom Fleetwood, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, Sam Chedgzoy, Billy Kirsopp, Robert Parker, Joe Clennell, George Harrison.
(Liverpool Echo: November 24, 1915)