Sheffield Wednesday v Liverpool 3-1 (Charity match: May 11, 1918)


May 11, 1918
Match, benefit for the Footballers’ War Fund, at Hillsborough.
Sheffield Wednesday – Liverpool 3-1 (1-0).
Attendance: 10,000.
Referee: Mr. A. Scholey (Sheffield).
Sheffield Wednesday (2-3-5): Summers, William Stapleton, Gunner Charles Brelsford, Tom Brittleton, Jim Harrop, ‘Smith’, Stanley Pearson, Jack Burkinshaw, Salt, Teddy Glennon, Lieutenant Sammy Lamb.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Billy Connell, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Alex Robertson, Donald Mackinlay, Dick Birchall, Thomas Green, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Substitution: Hewitt (Liverpool) for Alex Robertson in the second half.
The goals: 1-0 Glennon, 2-0 Glennon (50 min.), 3-0 Lamb (57 min.), 3-1 Green.

The fourth of a series of matches arranged by the Liverpool and Sheffield clubs in aid of the F.A. Players’ Fund was the only one of the lot in which one side was able to claim a decision, for at Hillsboro’ Sheffield, on Saturday, the Wednesday defeated Liverpool by 3 goals to 1. The result was quite a proper reflex of the game, for while it is quite true that in the second half the referee ought to have given a penalty against Wednesday for “hands,” the Sheffielders were quite two goals the better side.

The main difference between the two sides lay in the fact that Wednesday made the most of chances which came their way, while the Liverpool forwards, at close quarters, fiddled about in a manner not consistent with their general reputation. At the outset, too, the visitors looked the more business-like lot near goal, but later on their shooting was feeble and not frequent.

Liverpool were handicapped by the fact that early in the game Robertson strained his leg, and he was not much use in the first half, though he stuck it to the interval. In the second half Hewitt came out and played left back, Jenkinson going to centre half, but within twelve minutes from the restart Wednesday were three goals up, and Liverpool’s subsequent improvement availed them little.

The scoring was opened in the first half by Glennon, who accepted a centre from the right and placed the ball in the net wide of the keeper. Glennon got a second goal five minutes after half-time with a terrific drive, and seven minutes later Lamb, the old Swindon outside left, who was assisting Wednesday, scored three goals for the Sheffielders.

It was after that that Liverpool showed at best, and Green god a good goal for them, but the visitors could not add to their score. Connell, Longworth, Mackinlay, Lewis, and Schofield were the best men of the Liverpool side, while Wednesday were a sound team. The attendance was about 10,000 and the four games should produce a sum not far short of £1,000 for the fund.
(Liverpool Echo, 13-05-1918)

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