November 29, 1915
Decisive victory over Everton.
Liverpool’s spell of non-success in the local “Derby” games played at Anfield ended on Saturday, when they gained a clever and decisive victory over the Goodison Park club. Liverpool had waited long for a victory, for one has to go back to the season of 1899 to find the last record of a win at Anfield.
Saturday’s match provided a keen, exhilarating game, and in spite of the hard and slippery surface the players controlled the ball with great cleverness, kept their feet wonderfully well, and played at a fine fast pace, to the delight of 20,000 spectators.
Liverpool’s success was in the main due to their ability to take advantage of opportunities and to Pagnam’s initiative. For the first half-hour Everton appeared to have a firm grip of the game. They played capital football, scored once through Clennell, and worked with excellent understanding.
Then came a wonderful burst of activity by the Liverpool forwards, and in the last fifteen minutes of the initial half they scored thrice, and paved the way to ultimate victory. Pagnam was the leading factor in this Liverpool revival, and he once again emphasised the conclusion that he is a player who can win a game off his own bat.
In justice to Everton it must be admitted that they were not so much inferior as the final score would suggest, for they enjoyed much more of the attack than did their opponents, but after the first half-hour the sting had gone out of their advances.
Everton lost the services of Fern just prior to the interval, but Maconnachie held the breach right through the second half in very creditable fashion, and the fact that Liverpool only scored once was to some extent due to Maconnachie’s alertness.
Clennell’s goal came at the end of seventeen minutes’ play, and was the result of good footwork and a capital work. After this success Everton continued to show superior play, and much of the ineffectiveness of the Liverpool forwards was due to the brilliance of Wareing, who held Pagnam as in a vice.
At the end of thirty minutes’ play, however, Pagnam got the ball after a long attempt by Mackinlay had been blocked, and from forty yards’ range drove in a long ground shot that found a resting place in the corner of the net. It was a most unexpected happening, and quite nonplussed the Everton defenders, as Pagnam appeared to have little opportunity for shooting.
Then, two minutes later, Pagnam scored a second goal in what may be termed his usual way. Receiving a pass from Goddard, who dashed past Maconnachie and made straight for the Everton goal. Fern advanced to meet the challenge, but Pagnam just succeeded in getting his shot as he fell headlong over Fern. Both players were rather badly injured. Pagnam played on until another injury caused him to retire two minutes from the finish; but Fern, although he resumed after the accident, left the field before the interval. A lofty pass from Metcalf enabled Watson to score a third goal, and Liverpool led at the turn by 3 goals to 1.
Through the second half Everton played with one full-back – Thompson – but, in spite of this handicap they displayed more aggressiveness than the Anfielders. Scott parried many fine shots, but Everton’s forward work was not convincing, and with Pagnam adding a fourth point Everton’s fate was sealed.
Chedgzoy and Kirsopp made a capital wing, and the Everton attack generally developed from this quarter. Nuttall did not fill the centre forward position well, and his shooting was anything but deadly. Clennell was untiring, as usual, but Harrison was for once out of the picture.
The half-back line was the strongest part of the team, and Wareing played one of his best games. Thompson had need of all his resources in the second half, and he often held the Liverpool forwards in clever fashion.
Scott kept a grand goal, many of his clearances being executed with rare judgment. Longworth was very reliable, and Middlehurst, although not so prominent as usual, was fairly safe. Bradley is developing into a useful half-back, and both Goddard and Mackinlay made capital openings and tackled well. Pagnam was the outstanding figure in the forward line, and Pinkney supplied some useful centres. Result: Liverpool 4 goals, Everton 1 goal.
Liverpool. – Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, Norman Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkney, 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.
(Liverpool Daily Post: November 29, 1915)