March 1, 1919
Match: Lancashire Section, Principal Tournament, at Anfield.
Liverpool – Bury 6-0 (3-0).
Referee: Mr. F. Leigh (Hanley).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Harold Wadsworth, John Miller, Billy Matthews, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Bury (2-3-5): Pickup, Thomson, Jimmy Stansfield, Mitton, Bob Heap, Billy Peake, Beattie, Jones, Jack Lythgoe, Parr, Daniel.
The goals: 1-0 Lewis (pen., 5 min.), 2-0 Matthews (20 min.), 3-0 Miller (43 min.), 4-0 Miller, 5-0 Mackinlay, 6-0 Miller.
The Jolly Miller.
Ready victims to the superior prowess of Liverpool were the Bury eleven at Anfield, and the 18,000 spectators found their interest centred almost entirely in the acquisition of goals by the forwards of the home club.
Bury were as originally chosen, but they gave a very moderate display and were beaten quite as decisive as the final figures would seem to warrant. Their forwards were almost a negligible quantity in fact. Daniel was the only probable performer.
Lythgoe flanked by weak wings, could make no progress, and the pair on the right never caused anybody the slightest uneasiness, or conveyed the idea that their mission was to gain goals. The half-backs struggled heroically to stir their forwards into some sort of concerted action, without avail; Heap was especially noticeable in this respect, and possibly the continued culpability of the men in front of him led him to over-indulge in dribbling; at any rate, the results obtained were identical. Peake also rendered excellent service and Mitton was very successful against the crafty left wing of Liverpool; as a line, the trio deserved a better reward for their zealous labours.
The full backs were just an ordinary set, and Pickup had little chance to stop the shots which beat him, with the exception of the one which Mackinlay flashed at him; this should have been negotiated safely. Campbell had not a solitary drive of any difficulty to deal with in the first half; that he had occasionally to bestir himself later on was due to the pressing attentions of Daniel.
Viewing the calibre of the opposition in a coolly confident mood, Liverpool found it a fairly easy matter to attain their ambitious aims, and at times there was a sparkle about their forward movements that was distinctly alluring. Their attacks, however, were not sustained, and became more jerky in character as the play progressed. The triangular formation on their left wing was excellently developed on occasions, but at other times Schofield was inclined to dalliance, and Mitton did not agree with such folly.
As a consequence, the advances were brought to a standstill, what time the outside left was wasting golden opportunities endeavouring to cast dust into the eyes of his opposing half-back.
Matthews gave an improved display in the centre; his passing was good, and that he is acquiring confidence was shown by his frequent attempts at scoring, often sending in a meritorious shot.
Miller distinguished himself by scoring three delightful goals, each the outcome of a dashing individual effort, which took him clean through the Bury rear-guard. The third point which came from a left-footed drive was a particularly fine effort. Both he and Lewis, however, would do well to place the ball more accurately down the centre, especially with a leader of the type of Matthews attendant on them.
Mackinlay and W. Wadsworth were the pick of the half-backs, the former in initiative, and his comrade, in a destructive capacity, being equally effective. Bamber was not seen to advantage, and was often beaten. The defence of Longworth and Jenkinson was exceedingly sound, and Campbell was quite equal to every demand upon him.
In this wise came the goals. A penalty was awarded for a foul on Lewis after five minutes’ football, and the same player opened the scoring. A quarter of an hour later, Matthews netted, and just before the interval Miller went away on his own, and the total was three. After the change of ends, Miller took it upon himself to repeat the performance exactly, and then Mackinlay, trying his luck, found Pickup at fault, the result being a fifth goal. Just to prove conclusively that the other two goals were not the outcome of mere chance, Miller raced clean through the defence, and though he varied the procedure with a shot from his left foot the result was the same – a goal.
(The Athletic News, 03-03-1919)