January 24, 1919
I shall be very glad to renew acquaintance with Matthews, the big centre, because I am told his goal against Southport, last week, was an amazing one: he made a seeming slow drive so smartly that the crowd did not really see the ball in its flight – in a manner that John Miller scored with a volleyed first-time shot recently. One who was there says: “You said he was a player with a ‘James McLuckie shot,’ and this goal proved it to the hilt. It was a gem.”
Naturally enough Matthews, tight-bound by Army jerks, is a shade slow, but the crowd really must give these boys a good chance to get settled ere they bark at them. Matthews will train on if the crowd does not break his heart.
The return of the brothers Wadsworth, who have been on the sick-list, is worth a special note. The younger members poisoned his football, and Walter has been “boiling” over with indignation! Charles, another brother, is helping the reserves, and the eldest brother, himself an old football would like to play again, but is left a bit too weak after two and a half years in Germany.
These are the Anfield teams, due to kick-off at 3 o’clock, and a stern, fast and interesting game should be the outcome: –
Liverpool: William Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Frank Checkland, John Miller, Harold Wadsworth, Billy Matthews, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Manchester United: Jack Mew, Jack Silcock, W. Makin, Sam Cookson, Clarrie Hilditch, Tommy Meehan, John Howarth, Tom Jones, Wilf Woodcock, Len Langford, A. Ellis.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 24, 1919)