April 20, 1917
It is not my intentions to give the record of the previous meetings of Everton and Liverpool in chart form for they will only produce arguments almost team formations 7c., and lead questions to send questions for me to settle.
No1 I’ll content myself, in these busy times with giving the present season’s returns, and will draw your attention in the fact that tomorrow’s game will probably be the best played by the clubs, mainly because the heavy weather has passed off the ball will be a nice weight, and the turf will be in fine conditions.
First this season’s meetings:
December 2, 1916 at Anfield – Liverpool 2-1;
December 25, 1916 at Walton – Everton 1-0;
March 17 1917, at Walton drew 2-2;
April 6, 1917, at Anfield 1-1;
April 7, at Anfield – Everton 4-0.
The last play was the most severe that Liverpool have suffered, and like good champions they immediately buckled to and showed the football world that the form was all wrong. They totted up twelve goals in six days and now they are ready to face Everton at Goodison Park with a belief in their power of victory.
It is the sixth meeting of the session, and those who saw Good Friday’s contest are certain to attend again, for the football that day was excellent. Naturally the following day’s form was below par. However, that being the final meeting of the great Mersey rivals, I can see tomorrow’s attendance being one of, if not the best of the season. The team sheet never offered less comment. Both sides at full strength. So all ready and well for Mr. Walter Chadwick when he lines up the following sides:-
Everton: Tommy Fern, Joe Smith, Bob Thompson, Tom Fleetwood, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, Murray, Frank Jefferis, Ernie Gault, Joe Clennell, and Joe Donnachie.
Liverpool: Tommy Haughton, Ephraim Longworth, Tommy Lucas, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Arthur Goddard, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, and Tommy Cunliffe.
(Liverpool Echo: April 20, 1917)