May 31, 1918
The Liverpool committee has decided to rely on the team that played so well at York to represent the city against West Ham at Goodison Park to-morrow, at 3.30 p.m.
The game will be in charge of Mr. Twist, the League referee from Preston, who is a member of the scholastic profession, and who refereed the game v. York at Anfield. The linesmen will be Messrs. Evans, Birmingham, and Fenby (York).
During the time after the gate opens and the commencement of the game music will be provided by the Albert Memorial Band from Birkenhead. This in itself is quite a good feature.
The ball has been presented by Messrs. Sugg.
Liverpool’s record so far reads: – v. Birkenhead (a) 1-1, (h) 2-1; v. Preston (h) 5-0; v Manchester (h) 2-0; v. York (h) 1-1, (a) 2-0.
They have been in the semi-final on one previous occasion, when they were beaten by Sunderland, who the trophy that year, but this is their first appearance in the final.
Liverpool. – Kilroe (St. Oswald’s R.C.); Morris (Lawrence-road), Jones (Banks-road); Wilson, captain (Morrison), Hogan (St. John’s R.C.), Riley (St. Alex R.C.); Hutchinson (Lister-drive), Hodge (Lister-drive), Barton (Broadgreen), Ferguson (Broadgreen), McCracken (Broadgreen).
Undoubtedly Liverpool were caught in a bad mood when pitted against York at Anfield. Their form that day would not have guaranteed them a place in the second round, but they had good cause to complain of the dry ground and the light ball.
Now, however, they have resumed a winning smile, and with Wilsonian control the lads are certain to be more settled.
Liverpool people should go to the match, support the teachers and boys, and encourage Liverpool to go in and win their first Shield final.
(Liverpool Echo: May 31, 1918)