November 17, 1916
It looks like being a topping match tomorrow. The somewhat erratic Blackburn Rovers side is due at Anfield, and the League leaders know they have on of the best teams in the land to contend with. Rovers, by winning, would gain much of their fallen hopes of championship honours, and it is a point in their favour that their side will be stronger than last week.
Liverpool’s very surprisingly victory last Saturday at Southport makes to-morrow’s game all important, but with the possibility of Edgar Chadwick turning out on a ground where he once was a regular “operator,” the game becomes exceptionally interesting. Chadwick last played for Liverpool F.C. in or about 1904, and his reappearance in the game last week has been the text of many fine tributes to his powers.
Jimmy Ashcroft is playing against his former comrades, and an odd working of the war-session is the hurried appearance of Ashcroft in the Rovers’ goal against Everton, and now the persistent appearance of Jimmy in the Anfield goal. Still, it’s all for the good the game, and Jimmy deserves much for his capital play last week.
Bennett, the South Liverpool centre, will make his bow at Anfield, and by all accounts his form will be voted capital. Donnachie, ex-Everton and Oldham, could not be expected to be in form last week, but he will soon find his old style again, and his re-appearance, like that of Longworth, will tend to strengthen the Liverpool side.
The kick off is 2.45, the collection for St. Dunston’s Hospital for the Blind, and the referee Mr. W.J. Heath.
Liverpool. – Jimmy Ashcroft, Ephraim Longworth, Tommy Lucas, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Joe Donnachie, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, Tommy Cunliffe.
Liverpool v Blackburn R. – At Anfield. To-morrow (Saturday), 2.45. Admission 7d (Stands Extra).
(Liverpool Echo: November 17, 1916)