Liverpool v Manchester United 1-1 (League match: January 25, 1919)

January 25, 1919
Key note: “Liverpool played just like their true, uncertain selves. They hesitated when they should have shot, they dribbled when a clean-cut centre would have found co-forwards waiting a chance to shoot, and, remember this, the ground was a quagmire, and, therefore, hesitant steps should have been conspicuous by their absence. Liverpool got an excellent goal and then rested on their oars, believing their defence sail-safe, although Master Sims was rushing hither and thither and making Longworth keep upside him. Needless to add, Langford ever forward and waiting a chance, found a nice centre from the right wing, and notched quite a good point. Liverpool had, through early carelessness allowed a victory to pass away. Both sides had many faults – it was natural that the elements should be the greatest winner of the day – and one could not understand why the fleet-foot of Schofield was not seen more frequently. Lewis pleased by his delicate touches, and Matthews played another all-promising game, furthering the strong views made in my Notebook during the week. There is no need to hurry him for speeding purposes – let them come on their own way and then be assured that Matthews has boots that will gain a goodly crop of goals. He is a most interesting ‘passer’ at the moment, and the fact he keeps his wings going in the ‘authorised version’ will please those who imagine a centre is there to feed rather than be fed. Walter Wadsworth had a high old time mudlarking, Jenkinson was good enough to redeem his errors by his own cleverness, and John Miller and H. Wadsworth were good in turn, but found the ‘going’ unsuitable. The United with Woodcock as sharp-shooter, Ellis as spring-heeled winger, and useful half-backs and backs, not to mention the solid man, Mew, in goal, should be in a higher position in the League chart.” (Source: Liverpool Echo: January 27, 1919)

Match: Lancashire Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Manchester United 1-1 (0-0).
Attendance: 15,000.
Referee: Mr. F. Leigh.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Frank Checkland, John Miller, Harold Wadsworth, Billy Matthews, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Manchester United (2-3-5): Jack Mew, Jack Silcock, W. Makin, Sam Cookson, Clarrie Hilditch, Tommy Meehan, John Howarth, Tom Jones, Wilf Woodcock, Len Langford, A. Ellis.
The goals: 1-0 Matthews (50 min.), 1-1 Langford (75 min.).

Walter Wadsworth in the quagmire (Liverpool Echo: February 1, 1919).


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