Blackpool v Liverpool 0-1 (War time, League match)


Saturday, October 14 – 1916
Match: Lancashire Section, Primary, at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool – Liverpool 0-1 (0-1).
Attendance: 8,000.
Referee: Mr. R. Eccles; linesmen: Messrs. T.W. Wilson and F. Slater.
Blackpool (2-3-5): Jimmy Kidd, joe Bainbridge, Jones, Joe Connor, Carlisle, Bobby Booth, John Charles, Johnstone, Kurragh, Chorley, Croker.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Ted Taylor, Ephraim Longworth, Tommy Lucas, Norman Bradley, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, James Henderson, Arthur Metcalf, Fred Pagnam, Harry Lewis, Tommy Cunliffe.
The goal: 0-1 Lewis.

Not since the opening day of the season have the Mersey clubs managed to treat us to a double victory. Saturday’s, therefore, was a very welcome dual success, and as both sides kept their goals against intact the performance was quite “clean.” Liverpool’s case is specially noteworthy, for their defence was up against probably the hottest forwards that have been met thus far. Taylor, Longworth, and Lucas make a rock defence, and that they should have conceded but one goal – in the first match of the season – is a splendid tribute to their ability and their oneness.
The Anfielders not only preserved their unbeaten certificate, but added another brace of points to their bag at Blackpool on Saturday. So far this season they have deservedly won the smiles of fickle Fortune, and their consistent form entitles them to the prominent position they hold in the competition.

The only point came in a rather fortuitous way from the foot of Lewis, following upon a succession of corners.
A word or two only is necessary with regard to the players. Pagnam played his customary game of physical vigour, and he was unfortunate in not collecting at least one goal. Cunliffe and Lewis were always the more prominent wing, though Henderson did some good work in the later stages. The half-backs seemed to revel in the rough-and-tumble of the contest, while the main defenders, Longworth, Lucas, and Taylor, were, as already indicated, always on their best behaviour. Blackpool, to their credit be its aid, strove pluckily to the end, and once or twice they were really dangerous; but they never looked like winners.
(Liverpool Echo, 16-10-1916)

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