Brilliant display by Liverpool

December 28, 1915
Liverpool F.C. received a warm welcome from a crowd of 20,000 spectators at the Everton ground yesterday, and one felt that their welcome was in part due to their creditable draw at Burnley on Christmas Day. The game was an extra between the two clubs, a pooling arrangement having been made. Financially it was a success, and from a playing point of view it was a huge success.

The day was not favourable to good football, a gusty wind and a drizzling rainfall bothering the players. Yet all through the game was of the highest class, and the football shown by Liverpool in particular was forceful, clever, and skillful.

Goals were numerous, and on that score alone the spectators enjoyed the game, but apart from that important factor the ability shown by the players were sufficient to keep the holiday crowd in good humour.

In the first half honours were even 2-2 being the score. Everton were the better side during this period, because they were more combined in their efforts. Even so, Liverpool struck one as likely to come forward and regain the lead, because Pagnam especially, and the other forwards in manner degree were always dashing and spared themselves not one little bit.

Let us brief review the goals. In five minutes Pagnam scored the first of his total of three. It was a capital goal, and the shot he delivered when he shouldered off the opposition backs was one which had a certain amount of swerve upon it, and the ball was crowded between Fern’s body and the right upright.

Five minutes later Galt scored from a free kick against Wadsworth. Another free kick was awarded against Wadsworth, this time there was no doubt about the legitimacy of Mr. Forshaw’s decision, and Chedgzoy scored after Scott had partially saved. Shortly before half-time Dawson scored after Pagnam had hit the upright with a header from a right-wing centre. It was Dawson’s goal, but Pagnam undoubtedly made it a grit for the scorer.

Watson scored the header after the game had gone an hour, a fast shot which gave Fern no hope. Pagnam scored three minutes later, Goddard with a long shot troubling Fern and Pagnam gathering the rebound a couple of yards from the goal line. Near the finish Pagnam scored again.

It is an age sine Liverpool last beat Everton twice in one season – in 1898-99 to be accurate. That they deserved yesterday’s victory cannot be denied, although allowance must be made for the fact that Everton played ten men throughout the second half, Wareing being the absentee, and further Galt was off the field having his damaged head attended to what time Pagnam was scoring the fourth goal of the day. Still, Liverpool’s victory was complete and was emphatic and credit must be given them for their success -–hey invariably succeed at Everton’s ground, it will be worth recalling.

Clennell failed to score his customary goal, but made a number of fine shots –one a fiery shot, being saved cleverly by Scott. however, the ex-Rover was quite unable to do himself justice in the second half, and the left flank of the Everton side was not fast. Clennell being on the wing and Howarth making a moderate half-back.

There is nothing but praise for the players when considering the cleanliness of the game, and it need only be mentioned that the sporting spirit ruled the day –which is what Liverpool enthusiasts have come to expect of Mersey “Derby” games.

The irrepressible Pagnam stood out boldly it a bold side. His rushes were hard to encounter his shots were swinging, and his dribbling bewildering. Yet withal it must be noted that the whole Liverpool attack has rarely displayed such vim, and rarely used better methods towards progress. All did their part well, and Banks was particularly happy.

The half backs stood up to their work well, Goddard being the special bright spot in spite of an injury to his thigh. Wadsworth had a tough task and came out of it with credit and Bradley played his usual solid game.

The backs performed prodigiously. Longworth having no superior. Scott did not “get down” to some of the shots fired at him, but his save of Clennell’s big shot was sufficient indication of his powers.

On the Everton side there was a lack of balance, the left wing being out of touch with the game. Jefferis did better than on former occasions when appearing at centre forward and Chedgzoy and Kirsopp were the really dangerous wing.

At half back Fleetwood came as prominence by defence and attack, and in the latter category he made some striking solo dribbles, but was left at shooting time with little energy.

Galt was a bust and tireless centre half and Thompson got through a lot of work with good result. Macconnachie was not quite so happy. Fern’s “keeping” was excellent, and the nature of the shots he had to deal with were ticklish.

The teams were: –
Everton: Tommy Fern, Bob Thompson, Jock Maconnachie, Tom Fleetwood, Jimmy Galt, Billy Wareing, Sam Chedgzoy, Billy Kirsopp, Frank Jefferis, Joe Clennell, Horace Howarth.
Liverpool: Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, Norman Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Walter Wadsworth, Ernest Pinkey, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, William Banks, James Dawson.
Referee: Mr. Forshaw.
(Source: Liverpool Daily Post: December 28, 1915)

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