August 25, 1919
A few days more and off go the footballers on their yearly marathon. Everybody prophesies a record season, and the best guide line to that promise is the attendance at practice games. They show already that the hold of the populace on the game is greater than ever, and there is a keenness about the enthusiasm that has never before been experienced.
Anfield’s trial on Saturday brought together another large crowd, and the surprise of the day was the unexpected appearance of William Banks, always a favoured player when he was with Liverpool. A little North-country lad, he joined up with the boys, and it was feared that his wounds would never allow him to play football again. However, he has recovered thoroughly, and has this week-end been signed by Liverpool.
I see one paper claims that Liverpool have the heaviest team in the tournament. I take leave to doubt it very much, but we will wait a while before being dogmatic about the point, which, after all, is nothing very extra ordinary – it is a question whether the big ones can play football.
Probably one of the best trials that ever were witnessed locally was served up for the declaration of the Liverpool F.C. enthusiast. The form was quite good, and the spirit of the men was deeply earnest and determined. Goals came fairly freely near the end of a fast game, but in truth the Stripes’ side did not merit a deficit quite so emphatic, for they had played well through, and as challengers were strong in their persistency and effort.
Harry Chambers, Fred Pagnam (2), Harry Lewis and Billy Matthews were the scorers, and the final (4-1) favoured the Reds. Ephraim Longworth and Billy Jenkinson were reliable. Billy Matthews, in the second half, was specially prominent, and William Lacey throughout was a star half-back. The goalkeeping was of good standard, Elisha Scott and Kenneth Campbell saving many hot shots.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 25, 1919)