Liverpool v Manchester United 7-1 (League match: April 22, 1916)


April 22, 1916
Match: Lancashire Section: Supplementary tournament: Southern Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Manchester United 7-1 (2-1).
Attendance: 18,000.
Referee: Mr. J.L. Turner; linesmen: Messrs.: A. Roberts and A.E. Fogg.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, James Middlehurst, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Ernest Pinkney, Wilfred Watson, Fred Pagnam, William Banks, Tommy Cunliffe.
Manchester United (2-3-5): William Wright, Cyril Barlow, Edward Hudson, Thomas Forster, Frank Knowles, Tommy Gipps, Aaron Travis, Wilf Woodcock, Crossley, Billy Halligan, Winterburn.
The goals: 1-0 Watson (11 min.), 2-0 Pagnam (19 min.), 2-1 Woodcock (40 min.), 3-1 Pagnam (49 min.), 4-1 Watson (68 min.), 5-1 Pinkney (77 min.), 6-1 Pagnam (85 min.), 7-1 Bamber (88 min.).

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One couldn’t declare that Kenneth Campbell and Wright were really busy men. True Wright had to pick the ball from the net a number of times, and he courted that task by wretchedly inept attempts at clearing. No, it was a day when Liverpool’s luck was in. I do not desire to discredit any members of the side – the all played a fresh, robust style of game, and deserved to win well, if not handsomely. They had nothing to beat, however, and the United’s goalkeeper was so weak that three of the goals put against him were scored either by men who were lying on the ground or else were falling to the ground as they were in the act of shooting. United’s backs have stood the struggle of the season very well, but one at least (Hudson) was bad in his timing of the ball in vital, close-in melees. With the United forwards ragged and unable to show schoolboy ideas of shooting, it was not surprising that the visitors’ full backs became exhausted. The half backs were weak in initiation, and confined themselves to attempted break-up tactics. Woodcock scored one nice goal, Crossley missed from two yards distance, and Halligan and Woodcock never came within yards of the form they have shown in matches I have witnessed.
Manchester United have contracted an unfortunate habit when meeting Liverton clubs. They finish their games with ten men almost regularly. Hofton was one case years gone by, and in this season’s games there have been further examples, notably at Everton recently, when Halligan retired before half-time, and again on Saturday, when goalkeeper Wright left through a rather bad injury, sustained through a collision with Watson. The majority of the goals had been scored ere Wright left, as will be witnessed by the following record of the day’s doings: –

Watson scored for Liverpool – 11 minutes.
Pagnam scored for Liverpool – 19 minutes.
Woodcock scored for United – 40 minutes.
Pagnam scored for Liverpool – 49 minutes.
Watson scored for Liverpool – 68 minutes.
Pinkney scored for Liverpool – 77 minutes.
Wright retired, Hudson taking his place.
Pagnam scored for Liverpool – 85 minutes.
Wadsworth scored for Liverpool – 88 minutes.

Without looking through the books, I should say that it is an age since Liverpool scored seven goals in a League match. Was it not the vile, wet day years gone by that Liverpool beat Manchester United 7-4 – an evening match you will remember? Certainly the Anfield visitors have had plenty of goals for their money this Eastertide. With improved forward work the team has become strong in every department. There can be no denying the excellent game Wadsworth and McKinlay played, and, it is a point worth studying that the inclusion of Banks coincided with the glut of goals. All the men played well, that’s sure, and Campbell got a hearty welcome from the big crowd. Bamber, who in style, face and mannerisms is very like Andy Ducat, the old Arsenal and present “Villa player,” is coming on finely, and is going to prove a valuable asset to Liverpool, who throughout the season have been scouting for good young folk in order than when right and might get THE day and football is normal Anfield resources will be strong.
(Liverpool Echo, 24-04-1916)

Note that Echo had Wadsworth as scorer of LFC’s last goal, but changed this a few days later to Bamber.

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