Rochdale lowered the Liverpool colours

Monday, December 11 – 1916
Don’t think me wise after the event. I hope I am not one of the I-told-you-so brigade. Still, I do claim to have had second sight regarding Liverpool’s black day. Liverpool, losing for the first time this season, were, like Everton and South Liverpool, a goal out, and – I dreamt that Rochdale won 3-2!

Furthermore, a dear friend of mine who has often been quoted in this column as the local football Jonah landed home safe and sound on Friday night! He rarely comes home without finding our teams losing at the week-end. He is one of the number saved from the Britannic.

There seems to have been some bad blood among “friends” at Rochdale. Never before have I heard of player carrying their spleen as far as Tully and Crossan did.

They are Rochdale members, and they argued over points, and on the field of play threatened to do things which should cause them to be ordered off! What a season this is, to be sure! I wonder what the next surprise is.

“F.E.H.” here describes how Liverpool after being two goals up, lost by 3-2: –
The pitcher goes often to the well, but gets broken at last. And when that calamity does occur it is more often than not the result of sheer carelessness. Thus it was with Liverpool, at Rochdale, on Saturday.

They spoiled their splendid record after leading by two clear goals at the turn, and though the incident is certainly regrettable, the Anfielders are deserving of very little sympathy. The Spotland spectators would probably be the first to admit that Rochdale’s victory was very much in the nature of “a fluke,” and that a division of the points would have been a much more accurate reflection of the contest.

It is exceedingly difficult to account for the sudden failing from grace of the Anfielders, for they began promisingly enough, and Bennett had twice found the net before the change of ends.

In the second period they suddenly faded away to nothing, and for almost half an hour there was only one team in it. In this thirty minutes the home forwards piled on three goals, and ran out victors to the excited cheering of the crowd.

For once in a way, the Anfield halves quite failed to do themselves justice, and it was primarily due to their weakness that Rochdale owed the proud distinction of being the first lower the Liverpool colours, Swann ought to have saved the third goal.
(Liverpool Echo, 11-12-1916)

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