Livers first hold on the Lancashire Cup


June 2, 1919
For the first time in their history Liverpool won the Lancashire Cup by defeating Oldham Athletic, at Old Trafford, on Saturday. The meeting drew a record crowd for this competition, the attendance being 20,000, and the receipts over £1,300. The finances of the Lancashire Football Association have thus been put upon a substantial basis.

The game was splendidly fought, and up to the last half-hour was keen and full of incident. In the closing stages, when Liverpool had established their superiority by a two goals’ lead, the Oldham players gave up trying, and the interest fizzled out. Oldham’s replayed game with Manchester City on Tuesday evening had obviously taken much out of the Oldham players, for they were never as sprightly or confident as the Liverpool lot. Still they fought gallantly, and in spite of the summer-like conditions, play was fast and reached a high standard.

The Liverpool players were wonderfully smart, and their fast movements often completely nonplussed the Oldham defenders. Liverpool scored at fifteen minutes, Harold Wadsworth heading through a nice length ball from Albert Pearson. At fifty-five minutes Harry Lewis scored from a penalty, and ten minutes later John Miller got a third goal.

On the play, Liverpool were certainly three goals the better side. Howard Matthews was the only player on the Oldham side that lived up to his reputation. The forwards never understood each other, and could make no impression on the smart Liverpool defence. In fact, William Scott was never in difficulties, although he fielded several well-aimed shots very confidently.

Ephraim Longworth and Billy Jenkinson were never over-worked, as the Liverpool half-backs made their game easy by completely subduing the Oldham attack. Donald Mackinlay was a splendid provider, and got excellent service from both Walter Wadsworth and John Bamber. H. Wadsworth was probably the most prominent of the forwards, for he rarely wasted a ball. Lewis was a master of trickery, and he often left his opponents hopelessly confused. Harry Chambers did good work, and Pearson was very accurate with his centres.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: June 2, 1919)

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