Liverpool v Leeds City 4-0 (War time, benefit match)


Monday, January 1 – 1917
Match: Benefit for the widow of the late Mr. John Cameron, at St. James’ Park, Newcastle, kick-off; 14:30.
Leeds City – Liverpool 0-4 (0-1).
Attendance: 6,000.
Leeds City (2-3-5): Willis Walker; Charles Copeland, Frank Hudspeth; John Hampson, Harry Sherwin, Robert Barnshaw; Jimmy Stephenson, Clem Stephenson, Harry Peart, Arthur Price, Thomas Mayson.
Liverpool (2-3-5): John William Swann; Ephraim Longworth, Tommy Lucas; John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Norman Bradley, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, Tommy Cunliffe.
The goals: 0-1 Bennett (16 min.), 0-2 Lewis (55 min.), 0-3 Bennett, 0-4 Bennett.

The match Liverpool v. Leeds City, at Newcastle, was arranged by the League Committee for the benefit of the fund for the widow of the late Mr. John Cameron. The Merseysiders easily accounted for the leaders of the Midland Section of the League by 4 goals to nil. It is true that in the second half Leeds were without Price for a long time, and before the finish Barnshaw also retired; but, after making full allowance for this handicap, the fact remains that Liverpool won decisively on their merits. In every department they were superior, and in no case was this more conspicuously shown than in the matter of finishing work. In the open Leeds put up some attractive footwork, but once the penalty area was reached feebleness became so glaringly apparent that Longworth and Lucas had a very good time. Swann in goal made two fine saves from Stephenson. The strength of the winners was chiefly amongst the half backs, who never ceased in their spoliation tactics as well as in supporting their own forwards. Bennett scored three goals and Lewis one, the latter’s effort being the best of the day. The Leeds defenders, including Hudspeth (Newcastle) were never well-balanced, probably due to the excessive weakness of their halves. Mayson badly bungled at a penalty.
(Liverpool Echo, 02-01-1917)

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