March 16, 1917
To-morrow it is Everton and Liverpool in contest, and I never remember a more promising outlook. The turf is good, the day suitable, the kick-off at 3.30, the visitors to Goodison Park come as “champions.”
Everton have the return of Sam Chedgzoy and Jock Maconnachie – valuable helpers – and Everton have recently touched their highest form, much-needed balance in attack having been attained by the introduction of Ernie Gault and others.
Study the lines given below and you’ll find there isn’t a pin’s point between either side. It is a gloriously-even view the team-sheet shows, and with Chedgzoy brought into the Everton side there can be no doubting the experience and the talent that is at the front of Everton’s side.
Liverpool’s defence has stood up strong true for many months, but to-morrow they will have a rare test. Can the Liverpool half backs keep such a strong forward line in check? It not, can the backs and the goalkeeper keep them out? Everything depends upon Everton’s style of attack. It is essential that they shall swing the ball about. Otherwise they will play into Liverpool’s hands. Liverpool defenders like to face the close-fitting eleven.
Then there is the other side of the picture. Can Liverpool’s rather small forward line beat down Everton’s all string half back line? There’s a problem that can only be answered by the morrow’s game. It will be a battle of wits and determination, plus all-round ability. Which is which? You ask. Well, I think Everton take the former and Liverpool the latter.
A record crowd for the season is a moral certainty, and equally important is the fact that Everton and Liverpool have the reputation of giving the football world clean “Derby” games. It is not necessary, I am sure, yet it might be forgotten by some chance, hence my appeal to all the players to jealously guard that clean record. Go straight, and may the better side win.
The band of the R.W.F. is expected to assist in the proceedings.
Liverpool. – A.N. Other, Ephraim Longworth,Tommy Lucas, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Arthur Goddard, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, Tommy Cunliffe.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: March 16, 1917; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited