A colour scheme: Liverpool Reserves in dark green shirts


January 9, 1919
On Saturday last we had two example of teams’ colours clashing, and, strangely enough, was in Liverpool, and each team was ordered by the referee to change after having dressed up for the occasion. At Everton the home side turned out in their usual blue jerseys, but were ordered back to the dressing-room, and finally came out in camouflaged black and white stripes – strange how different a man looks when he changes what has been his regular colour. At Anfield the home team had turned out in red, and returned to the dressing-room, there to put on a dreary looking dark green jersey – probably a running jersey used in training time. One pressman saw the Anfield reserve men turn out in red, went round the ground to the Press-box, and nearly fell into the error of describing the opposing side as Liverpool Reserves.

A similar instance comes to mind. It was the last Cup-tie ever played at Woolwich, and Arsenal and Liverpool colours clashing, Liverpool played in red and Arsenal in a new colour. A London pressman, who knew not the players’ faces, actually described the game “back to front” from start to finish, giving Woolwich the victory by 4-0!

That day, by the way, there was a congregation of provincial clubs in the city, Wednesday, of Sheffield, being at Chelsea, Everton at Brighton, and Liverpool at Woolwich. All the visitors stayed at the Endsleigh Palace Hotel, and right merry was the proceedings. It was the first time, I think, that the present secretary of Liverpool F.C. (Mr. George Patterson) had helped to officiate in “away” games of any distance.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 9, 1919)

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