Liverpool’s great victory

November 29, 1915

So Everton’s lengthy sequence of Anfield successes –wholly and in part –has gone by the board, and after winning seven games in succession on the ground of the Reds, and after having avoided reverse there since so remote a date as January 21, 1899, the Goodison Park team had to submit to defeat, decisive and emphatic, on Saturday, after opening in a style that suggested that they were going to run away with the spoils.

Tremendous interest was taken in the fixture, and, from the opening moments of the game the teams were about their work in a manner that clearly indicated that business only was meant.

Everton brought Nuttall into their ranks instead of Robert Parker who was unable to put in an appearance, and Liverpool changed Winn, as announced, for Donald Mackinlay. Otherwise the sides were at their full playing power, as Liverpool have apparently found their true effective strength in the eleven that has done recent duty for them.

The ever-increasing crowd of spectators who found the prevailing conditions quite congenial, were treated by the Blues to a particular lively opening period, and for practically twenty minutes of the game they were fairly running round their opponents, whose defence lasted splendidly under the succession of vigorous onslaughts they were called upon to contend against.

Nuttall rapidly and repeatedly brought himself into prominence with some fast and forceful play, and it was evident that he was going to allow no opportunity to escape him. He was not, however, destined to secure the goal on which he had apparently set his heart, for it was left to Clennell to achieve the first and Everton’s only success of the contest.

This came when matters had been in progress for some seventeen minutes at the end, of which period he drove in a shot which had Scott, beaten all the way. Inspired by this splendid effort, and amid the unrest rained enthusiasm of the onlookers who at the time must have numbered some 17,000, the Blues continued to force the pace. Pagnam had made one or two individual attempts to force for himself an opening, but he was vigilantly shadowed, and Thompson and Maconnachie were a clean and resolute pair of backs.

Eventually, however, the opening for which he had maneuvered came along, and with the game half an hour old he seized upon the chance –anything but an easy one –and flashed in a long low drive, which escaped Fern with unpreventable accuracy, and the teams were on an equality.

Thereafter there came about a metamorphosis, which was as striking as it was instantaneous. Barely three more minutes had elapsed before the home centre, whose previous shot was directed from a most awkward angle, burst away again. He baffled the opposing backs in the most deceptive fashion and Fern’s only hope was to come out of goal to meet the bustling centre, who spurted along with determination written all over his face, Fern accordingly came out, as he unhappily found to his cost, for not only did Pagnam achieve his object with a remarkable shot, but the Everton goalkeeper was so badly injured in the ensuing collision that he had to leave the field before the interval arrived, and was unable to take further part in the game.

Pagnam, too, received a nasty shaking, and a rather protracted stoppage was necessary. The enthusiasm increased to tremendous volume and when at the end of thirty-eight minutes Watson with a dainty point added Liverpool’s third goal, the issue appeared and ultimately proved to be in safe keeping for the Reds, who led at the interval by three goals to one.

It was distinctly hard lines on Everton to have face the second portion with only ten men. Fern’s injury consisted of a badly bruised back, and his resumption was out of the question.

As on the previous Saturday, Maconnachie filled the breach, and it is emphatically to the credit of the Evertonians that with the one exception which, late in the game, brought Liverpool their crowning success, they kept their citadel intact with their depleted forces.

Grenyer for a period went back, and the visitors played four forwards. And for quite a lengthy spell in attacking quartette quite bewildered the Anfield defenders and only the great resource of Scott, when anticipation was always exact, prevented the margin of scoring from reduction.

Chedgzoy, Nuttall, Clennell, and Fleetwood, all tested him in turn, whilst Maconnachie, on the other hand, found his position in the nature of a sinecure though on one occasion Metcalf, with a little more steadiness might readily have scored.

Eventually the completely deciding goal of the game came when Pagnam, after previously just missing the distinction accomplished the “hat-trick” by rushing the ball through after the deputising custodian had partially cleared. Subsequently Pagnam also had to retire as the result of an accidental kick in the face, and no more scoring ensuing; Liverpool gained a striking victory by four goals to one.

Every player of the twenty-two may be complimented upon his fine work. Whilst there were isolated instances of “warmth” the game was contested on the cleanest lines. A fact upon the referee, Mr. A. H. Pellowe may be deservedly paid tribute his control being marked throughout by coolness and completeness.

Pagnam’s work was of sterling merit, and all the Liverpool half-backs aid excellently. Scott was safe in goal, and Watson’s work gains an added intelligence at every appearance.

Everton were excellently served by Chedgzoy, Clennell, and Kirsopp, in the front rank, and Wareing was the outstanding figure of the intermediate line, whilst Macconnachie filled the dule role with complete success. Thompson rendering him valuable co-operation.

Taken every way it was a struggle worthy of the occasion, and with Everton being accorded full sympathy for the misfortunes of having to play for the most part short-harded. Liverpool are to be congratulated upon their altogether striking achievement.

Liverpool: Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, Norman Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkey, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, William Banks, Arthur Metcalf.

Everton: Tommy Fern, Bob Thompson, Jock Maconnachie, Tom Fleetwood, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, Sam Chedgzoy, Billy Kirsopp, Tommy Nuttall, Joe Clennell, George Harrison.

Referee: Mr. A.H. Pellowe.
(Liverpool Courier: November 29, 1915)

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