Liverpool v Oldham Athletic 3-0 (Lancashire Cup Final: May 31, 1919)


May 31, 1919
Key note: “As Mr. John Lewis, the president of the Lancashire FA remarked when presenting the trophy, there could be no two opinions as to which was the better team in the Lancashire Cup Final Tie at Old Trafford on Saturday. Everyone sympathised with Oldham Athletic. A gruelling replayed semi-final in mid-week had undoubtedly told its tale, and there was never the sparkle, the vim, or the dash about their play that has characterised their work throughout the last few weeks. They were not the real Oldham Athletic. At the same time, to be quite frank and fair to the visitors, I can scarcely conceive that at their very best Oldham could have brought about any other result. They might have reduced the margin, but they are clearly not a team of the calibre of Liverpool. They have not the cleverness, and they have not the balance. Craftsmanship and cohesion – a thorough understanding throughout the team was written all over the play of Liverpool, and it is eloquent of their talents that they achieved so much with apparently so little effort. Everything seemed so easy to them. They never appeared to be exerting themselves, and yet they were winning all the time, right from the very moment the ball was set in motion, and against a side which, with the least encouragement, is capable of as robust display as any team in the country. Such is the art of football. Some clubs may be viewing with concern their prospects in a normal season, but there need be no qualms at Anfield. The team that has won the Lancashire Cup for the first time in the history of the club is fit for any task. They are skilful players happily blended.” (Athletic News: June 2, 1919)

Match: Lancashire Section, Subsidiary Tournament Final (Lancashire Cup Final), at Old Trafford.
Liverpool – Oldham Athletic 3-0 (1-0).
Attendance: 21,605; gate receipt: £1,300.
Referee: Mr. L.N. Fletcher (Bury).
Liverpool (2-3-5): William Scott, Ephraim Longworth, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay; Harold Wadsworth, Harry Chambers, John Miller, Harry Lewis, Albert Pearson.
Oldham Athletic (2-3-5): Howard Matthews, Harry Grundy, Bob Stewart, Bill Bradbury, David Wilson, Arthur Wolstenholme, Bill Goodwin, Joe Walters, Elliot Pilkington, Arthur Gee, George Wall.
The goals: 1-0 H. Wadsworth (13 min., assist: Pearson), 2-0 Lewis (penalty, 58 min.), 3-0 Miller (70 min.).

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