January 18, 1919
Key note: “The Anfielders began in promising fashion with a series of well conceived forward movements, and in the first ten minutes of the contest they gained the lead through Matthews, who put in a telling shot. The Vulcan forwards rallied speedily, and were enjoying as much of the game as the visitors, when Roberts from a free-kick equalised. The sides were all square at the turn, and in the second period the struggle was continued with unabated zest. Southport showed no signs of tiring, and when they forged ahead through Turner they took good care not to lose. The absence of Walter Wadsworth from the Liverpool pivotal position seemed to throw the team out of gear, and most of the forward work was uncertain and scrappy. Matthews pleased many by his eagerness to profit by opportunity, but he obviously has something to learn in the higher branches of a centre forward’s art. Metcalf and Lewis were frequently in the picture, but Miller was positively starved, while Schofield spoiled much of his work through a tendency to ‘go solo.’ The halves were scarcely up to concert pitch and Jenkinson was frequently in trouble. The Vulcan right pair were always dangerous, and Roberts gave an excellent account of himself at right half.” (Source: Liverpool Echo: January 20, 1919)
Match: Lancashire Section, at Ash Lane.
Southport Vulcan – Liverpool 2-1 (1-1).
Referee: Mr. H.T. Churnside.
Southport Vulcan (2-3-5): Tommy Capper, Tom Dorward, William Garner, E. Roberts, Jimmy Fay, Sid Bowser, Bill Hooper, Caulfield, Jones, Turner, George Barlow.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Alex Robertson, Donald Mackinlay, John Miller, Arthur Metcalf, Billy Matthews, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
The goals: 0-1 Matthews (10 min., assist: Mackinlay), 1-1 E. Roberts, 2-1 Turner.