Two of the best

September 1, 1919
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. The visitors, however, soon settled down to smart and well-calculated football, and before the interval they had proved themselves masters of the situation. The Bradford attack was not to be ignored, but it lacked the quickness and precision of the Anfielders, who fully deserved their lead of two clever goals at the turn.

In the second half the Paraders showed distinct improvement, and having reduced the lead they fought valiantly for at least a share of the spoils. Fortunately, Sam Speakman and Billy Jenkinson, the Liverpool backs, had improved in equal ratio, and the Yorkshiremen were not permitted to notch a second goal, thought they made desperate efforts to do so.

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.

On Saturday Fred Pagnam was not at his best, and Jack Sheldon was overshadowed by Jimmy McIlvenny. Harry Lewis, Albert Pearson and Harry Chambers were well in the picture, and it is to be hoped that the first named will not be kept long out of it by his injury. Speakman and Jenkinson, beginning somewhat shakily, made good as the game went on, and in the later stages they displayed refreshing confidence. Kenneth Campbell also gave a brisk and intelligent exhibition of the art of the custodian.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: September 1, 1919)

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