Viewing the great Derby game


February 25, 1916
What will the harvest be? Everton and Liverpool meet for the third of five times to-morrow, and locally the match has aroused the usual intense interest. In the trenches one imagines that many a sporting little bet will be wagered over the fixture – for the Liverpudlian and Evertonian seem to fin no cause for argument save over football.

Neither team did well last Saturday, but that makes no difference in the meeting of Mersey rivals. We have often seen the best games from them when they looked on paper to be fragile players. Further, it must not be forgotten that never did Liverpool look so hopelessly out of gear for point-making against their keenest rivals than when they first met this season – Liverpool for the first time since 1892 scored full points!

So you see one cannot “prospect” the land when Everton and Liverpool meet.

Certain it is that Everton are not at fullest strength to-morrow, and certain it is that they will strain hard for victory, both from the championship outlook and from the pressure that naturally accrues from beating local rival.

Everton without Jock Maconnachie, Bobby Parker, and Billy Wareing are seriously handicapped; but their wing forwards stand their ground, and consequently Mr. A.N. Other, whoever he may be, will be well provided with chances.

Whatever the centre post holds for is one thing is certain, Donald Mackinlay and John Bamber will be tried very heavily. I am just a bit afraid that Bamber’s slow moving style will be taken toll of by Joe Clennell and George Harrison, and I look to Everton’s left wing to prove vert dangerous. Fortunately there is the ever-reliable and stalwart Ephraim Lonworth behind Bamber, and consequently the left wing cannot have a picnic.

With Ted Taylor making his debut, the championship hanging on the game to an extent, and inter-club keenness rifle, the game to-morrow promises to be one of the best ever witnessed between the sides. It is to be hoped that no “scenes” will be witnessed, and that all the players will recognise that Mr. Pellowe is referee and that the Liverpool Derbys have ever been renowned in the last fifteen years for their cleanliness.

Don’t let us have repetition of the Bradford and Sheffield errors, please, but let us play the game all the time. Taylor’s appearance at Everton was somewhat of a curiosity. He was once wanted at Everton, latterly at Leeds, and Oldham were anxious to keep him, knowing that he must sooner or later supersede Matthews.

Further, Taylor has played his best fame at Everton when far from fit – he was one of the biggest factors in Everton’s defeat from Oldham’s side when they met early in the season. Next be helped Oldham to surprise Liverpool, and now – ? Well, the morrow will tell.

Judging the sides from the plan of the field given below, I should say that there is little between the pair in goal or full back, but at half-back Bobby McNeal’s entry into the Everton line makes that line a trifle stronger than Liverpool’s, and forward Everton have it on the wings, but Liverpool have it in the centre. Liverpool vary so much that it is difficult to weigh their form, and much depends upon Fred Pagnam, who has run riot in the Everton games this season. He has recovered from last week’s aggravating injury and the large crowd that is certain to attend Goodison Park to-morrow is sure to be thrilled by many incidents of a fast game.

1916 EFC v LFC preview
(Source: Liverpool Echo: February 25, 1916)

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