Goalkeeper crisis ahead of season?


August 28, 1916
Many curious places have I been forced to use when writing this column, but surely today’s notes constitute the most novel. The rain at Saturday’s match caught me full in the back and laid me out. If there are errors to-day, please be charitable to the clerk (aged eleven) who has been brought in to type the “Notes” in a bedroom.

It was an interesting game, but the Reds were far too good for the Stripes, who had to find a deputy for Campbell in goal. Sutcliffe was plainly out of practice. He fielded the ball badly, and should have stopped the goals scored in the first half.

Nevertheless, every one of the 5,000 spectators enjoyed Mac’s success. He tried often and hard, and his goal-scoring recalled the shooting power of another half-back McIlvenny.

Liverpool, by gaining the help of Smith, the Reading captain, did a good stroke of business. Steady and strong, and a man of longish experience, he will do Liverpool proud. He is not the only find in defence, for Lucas played resolutely.

A local named Collins was enterprising and enthusiastic in the rear. The new forwards must have further trial, because they are known to be better than their play in the rain suggested.

Curtis for example, was known at Wolverhampton as a crack shot, but with the exception of Taylor the little centre forward received little help.

Waine was so long out of work that when the ball was sent to him he had forgotten how to play.

Of the old members it came to be said that they should hustle a number of opponents.

Pagnam took a penalty kick against his rival captain Wadsworth, who was a busy man and looks like having a good season.

Goddard’s cuteness, Longworth’s activity, and Taylor’s defeat were points that will be remembered by those who risked the weather.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 28, 1916)

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