February 28, 1916
Once again Liverpool have succeeded in lowering the colours of their Goodison Park neighbours, their latest victory, on the ground of the Blues on Saturday, constituting the “hat-trick” of the present season. Although the weather conditions were of an extremely winterly character there was nevertheless, a fine gathering of spectators, who found ample food for enthusiasm at every point of a capitally and dandy contested game.
Everton experienced a singular number of team difficulties. Billy Kirsopp and Joe Clennell were both physically unable to take part, and Jefferis and Grenyer were appointed to take their places. Jefferis had been selected to deputise for Robert Parker at centre forward, but at the last moment he was moved over to partner Chedgzoy, with Tommy Nuttall appointed as the pivot of the side. The latter, however, failing at the last moment, Wareing undertook the position, whilst McNeal was as left half-back. Again Tommy Fern wired at the eleventh hour his inability to attend and Mitchell came into goal to give, as it transpired an excellent display.
Liverpool were able to play as announced, Taylor who on the previous Saturday assisted Oldham to defeat them, keeping what proved to be in a fine goal. Mr. Pellowe, was in charge, and he referred the game with considerable skill and to the satisfaction of everyone concerned.
Everton commenced with only nine players, and thought the missing pair, Wareing and Grenyer were in action at the end of two minutes, the home goal had by that time undergo a narrow escape, in Everton backs not having properly settled down to their work. Once the game got going the spectators were treated to some admirable forward play on both sides many smart and rapid passing movements being witnessed, and both goalkeeper being well tested.
Mitchell had the prove difficult shots to contend with, and he brought on a series of sparkling saves, whilst at the other end Taylor, who was several times called into services, proved himself thoroughly reliable.
Chedgzoy tried one or two shots at close range, but the angle from which he aimed was miserably difficult and his direction was inevitably out of harm’s way. Taylor was always, vigilant and active, and he anticipated numerous shots with confident accuracy. Pagnam was well shepherded by Fleetwood, and his work during the afternoon was chiefly devoted to feeling his inside men. For he was allowed an altogether negligible number of opportunities for an individual shot.
The interval came with a black sheet, a position which fairly reflected the fluctuations of the play, which had all alone been clever, and altogether above suspicious.
The All Important Goal.
The second half produced a hard and attractive struggle and only ten minutes had elapsed when Liverpool scored the only goal of the game. Pagnam’s persistency had the foundation of the success for he forced his way through several opponents and was not shaken off the ball until right close in. Here he had to part with it when apparently in the art of shooting, but Metcalf was in close attendance and securing possession, he drove past Mitchell at close quarters, the Everton custodian having no chance.
Jefferis had previously just missed when he appeared to have a clear opening, but he did not get control of the ball. Everton worked like Trojans to get on an equality, but the Liverpool defence, with Taylor giving a great exhibition was not to be captured.
On the other hand, the Anfielders worked with unrelaxing vigour to and to their grip of the game, but they, too found a determined defence ready to receive them, and the struggle proceed on the line of a splendid duel between attack and defence on either side.
Chedgzoy made one or two clever efforts to trouble Taylor but he found himself each time compelled to shoot from an awkward situation, and the Liverpool – Oldham custodian was not troubled. Whenever he was called into action he was absolutely safe and, indeed, he gave a splendid display to the end, which saw Liverpool victorious as indicated by the only goal scored.
Whilst every man of the 22 gave a most praiseworthy account of himself the two custodians may be at once singled out for unstinted praise. Taylor, in the victors citadel, was the personification of activity and skill, and nothing could catch him napping. Mitchell too, did everything that was possible in the home goal, where no guardian could have given a surprising display.
The backs on either side were clean and strong, with Longworth probably the outstanding figure in the defensive department. Fleetwood and Goddard respectively may be awarded the palm so far as the two half-back lines were concerned, though both Brown and McNeal were always in the thick of the fray. Fleetwood merits an individual line for the manner in which he struck to Pagnam. He had evidently so; himself to the task of shadowing the dangerous enterprising centre, and he did his work most effectively and withal cleanly with the result that Pagnam as a marksman was to an unwanted extent out of the picture. He, however, did prodigies of work in plying his comrades on either side with opportunities for which they were always on the alert.
Harrison was probably the best forward on the field, his work bearing the stamp of excellent at every stage. Wareing did excellently in his new position, and he was always on hand when shooting opportunities came along. To sum up, every man gave a capital display, and all are to be especially complimented on the fact that there was not an unwholesome fracture in the game, which at all periods gave pleasure and kept the spectators well interest.
The players taking part were:
Everton: Frank Mitchell, Bob Thompson, Bobby Simpson, William Brown, Tom Fleetwood, Bobby McNeal (West Bromwich Albion), Sam Chedgzoy, Frank Jefferis, Billy Waring, Alan Grenyer, George Harrison.
Liverpool: Ted Taylor, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, John Bamber, Arthur Goddard, Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkney, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Cunliffe.
(Source: Liverpool Courier: February 28, 1916)