Horace Barnes persistent and clever


April 17, 1916
Liverpool failed because their forward line was disjointed, and the right wing shot rather wildly. Rarely has the team set off so merrily. They started as though they were about to smite Manchester City hip and thigh. Headers and shots went to Jim Goodchild’s hands, and there was a lot of fast shooting across the goalmouth when the right wing was close in.

There were vital mistakes, because the wind, which favoured Liverpool in the first half, was blustering, and judgment was needed in close in moves. Manchester City had few chances, and, if Joe Cartwright and Tommy Broad were frail in centring and shooting, Horace Barnes did not lose heart. He was persistent and clever, and his work brought relief to his defence and chances to his co-forwards.

No forward played so entrancing a game. Yet Barnes did not seem keen on scoring. He worked most assiduously for the benefit of his comrades, and I do not remember the old Derby man being so unconcerned in shooting. The crowd generously applauded his sweet passes inward, and also his close dribbling. His passes were models upon which one could wish that other forwards would fashion their play. The ball was crossed to the right wing with a sting and with but a little loft, the result being that the player receiving could take the ball his stride and lose no time in making ground.

If City had a stronger player than Cartwright, who is just an average type of player, the City’s left wing would be talked of all round the country. A man of, say, Harrison’s stamp would fit Barnes to a “T,” and their football would always recall happy days of Dennis Hodgetts and Steve Smith.

Manchester City for long enough were prevented from settling to their game thanks to the half backs and Ephraim Longworth and Sam Speakman, but near the interval their pressure brought in its train that slice of luck that is so helpful to a harassed side. City were granted a penalty for a supposed offence on Barnes, and Barnes netted the ball.

There was more fortune later on, for a break in the game through Barnes being injured led to words concerning a free kick from goal or a free kick from outer range. Before the matter had been forgotten Broad whipped the ball across, and Harry Taylor was beaten by Ted Taylor. I thought the goalkeeper was charged before he touched the ball, and others contend that Taylor was bothered by the sun’s rays and by the curl on the ball.

Liverpool did not become more energetic, apparently believing that it was not “their birthday,” and the result was improved form by the City and a ding-dong game in favour of them. One could count the number of strong shots tried by Liverpool’s men; two by Tommy Cunliffe, one by Arthur Metcalf (it hit the crossbar), and long tries by Arthur Goddard and Walter Wadsworth, the latter the best direct shot of the day and but inches out of gear.

Cunliffe’s game was confined to the first half, and Fred Pagnam against a well organised opposition had few chances of shining, although he plainly needs some more games before getting to his old form. John Bamber and Wadsworth and Goddard were a good line, but the City half backs were stronger in that they made chances for their forwards with regularity.

At full the Liverpool men did not suffer in comparison, Longworth being the best, and the remaining three doing good work. The goalkeepers were not tried to any extent, but Goodchild and Taylor were safe.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: April 17, 1916)

Lot Jones, Manchester City F.C.
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