February 15, 1918
In April, 1914, Liverpool and Burnley met at the Palace, Burnley winning 1-0 in a game that was, if not excessively brilliant, certainly the most sporting final that I can remember. It became known as the Sportsmen’s Final.
Since then Liverpool have done big things, and Burnley have faded away; but the remembrance of the rivalry and steady progress made by Liverpool towards championship honours will undoubtedly tend to create a big crowd for tomorrow’s game at Anfield.
Liverpool have increased their following by their sporting actions through the war period and through their trial of young boys who have now made their mark on football’s pages. Slip and the championship will go by; but out Anfield way they are desperately keen on the championship for the second year in succession, and I am sure the men will not take Burnley with ease, Preston’s case having taught them a lesson.
These are the team sheets: –
Liverpool. – A.N. Other, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Robert Waine, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Burnley. – Pritchard, Finney, Harry Hastie, Leslie, Hobson, Jones, R. Wood, Charles Edwards, Bert Freeman, Adamson, Cornthwaite.
(Liverpool Echo: February 15, 1918)