April 26, 1919
Match: Lancashire Cup Section – at Edgeley Park.
Stockport County – Liverpool 1-1 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. F.J. Proctor (Trentham).
Stockport County (2-3-5): Joe Butler, Tommy Robson, Fred Garratt, Jimmy Mitton, Fred Fayers, Francis, Harry Crossthwaite, Lot Jones, Norman Rodgers, Dick Crawshaw, Jack Curtis.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott, James Penman, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Tom Bromilow, Ben Cross, John Miller, Harry Lewis, Albert Pearson.
The goals: 0-1 Bamber (35 min.), 1-1 Fayers (pen, 50 min.).
Butler reappears for Stockport County.
Liverpool, secure in the leadership of their section of the Lancashire Cup Competition, took the opportunity of giving a trial to three juniors in their match with Stockport County at Edgeley Park, and succeeded in making a draw of it. It was
however, only a very moderate exhibition on both sides, and both goals scored were most unsatisfactory, the first, to Liverpool, giving rise to emphatic protests on the part of the Stockport players, while the Liverpool men were equally at variance with the referee’s decision in allowing Stockport a penalty.
Liverpool scored their goal at the end of thirty-five minutes, Miller finishing a dashing run with a screw shot which Bamber hooked in the net from what appeared to be an offside position. Five minutes after the interval, Rodgers and Penman went for the ball together, and the former came to the ground rather heavily. He was still lying there when Wadsworth, it appeared to be, made an apparent attempt at a foul upon Rodgers, and the referee awarded the penalty, from which Fayers scored. Even the Stockport players afterwards admitted there was no actual offence.
It was indeed a game in which the goalkeeping was a feature, and the veteran Joe Butler, who must have kept goal for Stockport nearly twenty years ago, and who was only called upon at the last minute, performed with his old-time skill.
Scott’s ability was none the less apparent. He injured himself in stopping one terrific shot from Rodgers, and had a little luck with another, but he distinguished himself. At right full-back, Liverpool had Penman, a junior who has played with Glasgow Celtic Reserve. He kicked well, but requires experience. Jenkinson was the best full-back on view, and Garratt the better of the Stockport pair. Robson was not so safe as usual. W. Wadsworth was a great asset in the Liverpool half-back line, but the most useful man was Bamber, who gave much assistance to his forwards. The Stockport half-backs were erratic both in their breaking up and attacking work.
Cross, a Birkenhead youth, and Bromilow, also a local and a brother of the Everton Reserves’ goalkeeper, appeared for Liverpool. Cross was an energetic player, but Bromilow, who is a half-back, showed that he was operating in a strange position.
(The Athletic News, 28-04-1919)
Lot Jones, Stockport County.