The first of the 80 minutes’ matches

December 3, 1915
Liverpool did not choose their team till last night, and they decided to give a trial to a Peasley Cross player, a big half back. Liverpool are acting wisely in trying juniors, and they are steadily building up a stiff-built side that will stand them in good stead in the happy days that are, one hopes, not far ahead.

The game will be the first breakage of the F.A. rule which says a match is to be of ninety minutes’ duration. To-morrow the first of the games of eighty minutes’ duration will be played, and it will be interesting to see how the players “carry on” with ten minutes lopped off their pleasure.

Games ought to become increasingly interesting, and the “ding-dong” should be more emphatic than formerly – which is asking for a lot, I’ll admit. Certain it is that Liverpool will have a good number of spectators, their wins and and their long-looked-for win over Everton at Anfield having aroused enthusiasm in their side. The kick off is 2.30, and there may be no interval – the referee is the sole judge of this point.

Liverpool: Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, John Bamber, Arthur Goddard, Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkney, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, William Banks, James Henderson.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 3, 1915)

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