January 14, 1916
One of the strange things about Liverpool F.C.’s football life is that one can never hazard a guess as to what they will do next, unless it be that they will perform the unexpected. For years they have lived up to that reputation, although the composition of the team has charged from stem to stern.
Last week they appeared to have a ghostly chance at Stockport County’s ground. They were not able to play Wadsworth, and Mackinlay was in a sense a trial spin again at outside left.
Well, Liverpool won comfortably, and surprised the football world. To-morrow they play a side that was seen at Everton last week. Rochdale ran Everton to a goal, and Liverpool, at home to Rochdale, started off as though they were about to pile up a record score – and the final was 2-2! After seeing Rochdale last week everyone was impressed by their ruggedness, and it may happen that because Liverpool look to have a chance against this rugged team that they will proceed to lose.
However, I am hopeful that the Anfield brigade will succeed where they failed at home.
Liverpool: Elisha Scott, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, Norman Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Walter Wandsworth, Ernest Pinkney, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, William Banks, Donald Mackinlay.
Rochdale: Arthur Causer, Jack Barton, Daniel Crossan, Jim Tully, James Kay, Yarwood, Archie Rawlings, James Brannick, Fred Heap, Ernest Hawksworth, Albert Smith.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 14, 1916)