Liverpool v Arsenal 2-3 (League match: September 1, 1919)


September 1, 1919
Key note: “Well, last night’s exhibition was something like a blow to those who had been in the habit of watching Anfield’s successes in war time. The reason of defeat – it wasn’t hard to find. Liverpool got a goal – it seems fatal to let them think they are winning easily. They dwadle. Jock Rutherford centred, Bert White took the centre first time, and equalised. Still Liverpool believed in themselves, but they kept the greasy ball far too close and played right into the hands of Frank Bradshaw and Joe Shaw, two stunning good backs on last night’s showing. Rutherford centre, White scored again first time. Liverpool instantly got nervy. They did not play their normal game, and with Tom Miller and Jack Sheldon unable to do the right thing, although the latter centred truly a fair number of times, Arsenal – who had been out of the hunt in the first half – saw their chance and went in and won. Rutherford centred, Billy Blyth scored a – first-time shot – and although Fred Pagnam scored after Harry Chambers had practically made the goal complete on his own, Arsenal were worthy victors.” (Liverpool Echo: September 2, 1919)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 18:30.
Liverpool – Arsenal 2-3 (1-0).
Attendance: 12,000.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Kenneth Campbell, Sam Speakman, Billy Jenkinson, William Lacey, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Jack Sheldon, Fred Pagnam, Harry Chambers, Tom Miller, Albert Pearson.
Arsenal (2-3-5): Tim Williamson, Joe Shaw, Frank Bradshaw, John Graham, Clem Voysey, Angus McKinnon, Jock Rutherford, Dick Burgess, Bert White, Billy Blyth, Freddie Groves.
The goals: 1-0 Chambers (16 min.), 1-1 White (55 min.), 1-2 White, 1-3 Blyth, 2-3 Pagnam (89 min., assist: Chambers).

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