August 30, 1919
Key note: “The most cordial congratulations must be extended to the Liverpool Club for their auspicious commencement of what promises to be an epoch-making football season. Their fine victory over a powerful Bradford City side operating on their own ground at Valley Parade was not only emphatic but thoroughly well deserved. The prevailing conditions – a rough, bumpy playing patch and a light ball – were both against an accurate exposition of the code, and indeed the opening stages of the game were rather wild at haphazard in character. First impressions of the Liverpool team are distinctly favourable, though, of course, it is far too early to express a definite opinion as to the general composition. One was most struck by the balance and sturdiness of the half-back line in which William Lacey and Donald Mackinlay figured with especial prominence. The forwards must be allowed some time to fit in.” (Liverpool Echo: September 2, 1919)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Valley Parade, kick-off: 15:30.
Bradford City – Liverpool 1-3 (0-2).
Referee: Mr. H. Pollitt.
Bradford City (2-3-5): Jock Ewart, Fred Potts, Irvine Boocock, Joe Hargreaves, Charlie Storer, Jimmy McIlvenny, Dickie Bond (C), Oscar Fox, Jimmy Marshall, Gilbert Kemp, George Handley.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell, Sam Speakman, Billy Jenkinson, William Lacey, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay (C), Jack Sheldon, Harry Chambers, Fred Pagnam, Harry Lewis, Albert Pearson.
The goals: 0-1 Lewis, 0-2 Chambers, 1-2 Marshall, 1-3 Pearson.
** Harry Lewis missed a penalty-kick late in the game.
* Liverpool Echo: “Ephraim Longworth unable to assist”;