March 1, 1918
Liverpool did not altogether convince last week at Burnley, but there were reasons for their partial failure of the first half. Still, I don’t like to see a team unable to win at Burnley, and do not desire to make excuses for Liverpool an more than I should make them for Stoke, whose falling-off I noted a matter of three weeks ago. With the teams at strength we shall see a grand game unless I am greatly mistaken.
It is to be devoutly hoped that Campbell will keep goal. As I stated yesterday – an exclusive once again – Campbell is greatly perplexed by his arm injury – caused through saving a penalty kick. Bennett and Jenkinson are probable starters, and Liverpool, in their fine, free method of football, should certainly give Stoke their quietus.
All things points to a record gathering for the season, and I confess that the match has, as the Americans say, “got me,” as it has gotten many old time footballers who vowed they would not see another game till the war had ceased, but who have revoked in view of the importance of this fixture.
When the following sides face each other the big crowd will look for a clean, fair game, and I feel sure the players won’t disappoint them: –
Liverpool: Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Bill Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Robert Waine, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Stoke: Teddy Peers, Billy Twemlow, Alex Milne, Joe Jones, Charles Parker, Dick Smith, Billy Harrison, Bob Whittingham or James Martin, Harry Howell, Billy Herbert, J. Bridgett.
The band of the Albert Memoral School, Birkenhead (45 performers) will play a varied selection of music, under the conductorship of Mr. Joseph Williams.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: March 1, 1918)