Liverpool v Everton 4-0 (Friendly: December 25, 1917)


December 25, 1917
Match: Friendly, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:30.
Liverpool – Everton 4-0 (1-0).
Attendance: 17,000.
Referee: Mr. Ike Baker.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Robert Waine, Ben Cross, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Everton (2-3-5): Frank Mitchell, Doser Wright, Robinson, Frank Jefferis, Billy Wareing, Alan Grenyer, Billy Caulfield, Ernie Gault, Bill Wright, Joe Clennell, Joe Donnachie.
The goals: 1-0 Wadsworth, 2-0 Lewis, 3-0 Bennett, 4-0 Schofield.

The Liverpool Football Club, received Everton, and the meeting provided about 17,000 spectators with much to discuss and much to interest – not to mention four goals to the home side.

The first half was the better, Everton then being quite as good as their rivals, although Liverpool led by a goal, headed by Wadsworth, who is nowadays taking full advantage of corner kicks. Up to that point Everton had been without fortune, notably when Clennell hit the foot of the upright and when the spin of the ball deceived Grenyer, who was placed a right for an easy goal.

In the second half Liverpool had a scoring fit, and Bennett put in a great goal, Lewis and Schofield also netting good points. Schofield for the first time put his name on the Liverpool score book, and he cannot secure a prettier goal than yesterday’s which was due to a solo dribble, the player turning inward at every step.

Liverpool played in fine, free fashion and deserved their handsome victory. Their small-built forward line was energetic and capable and the newcomer, a boy who has represented England and Birkenhead in school matches, played a distinctive game.

The half backs were a splendid set of advances and breakers-up, and Jenkinson excelled himself while Longworth and Campbell were as sound as usual.

Everton had some of the Southport contingent to help. There were two Wrights, one a forward who played for Everton last season, the other Doser Wright, the little full-back.

Caulfield who took the place once occupied by Merritt of Southport, also assisted and his runs and dribbles were often and generally helpful. Gault however was not happy in the inside berth, and after half-time changed places with Wright.

Wareing who captained the side was the most successful half-back, and or either side he had valiant helpers.
(Liverpool Echo, 26-12-1917)

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