December 26, 1922
Key note: “Anfield was packed to-day, and was in merry mood; first because it was Elisha Scott’s benefit (and he captained the side), and secondly because a silly rumour that Chambers had broken his leg was proved to be utterly false. The formation of the team was rather startling; it was a surprise to find Bamber at half-back, and still more of a surprise to find McNab at centre forward. As a matter of fact, many a correspondent has written to me suggesting McNab as a centre forward, but this is the first time the hardy Scot as made his bow in a new position. William Lacey had been picked to play centre forward, but had not turned up.” (Liverpool Echo: December 26, 1922)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:15.
Liverpool – Oldham Athletic 2-1 (2-0).
Referee: Mr. Harry Rylance.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Elisha Scott (C), Ephraim Longworth, Donald Mackinlay, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Tom Bromilow, Cyril Gilhespy, Dick Forshaw, John McNab, Harry Chambers, Fred Hopkin.
Oldham Athletic (2-3-5): Arthur Cooper, Harry Grundy, Reginald Freeman, Billy Broadbent, Bill Taylor, Elliott Pilkington, Charlie Wallace, Reuben Butler, John Blair, Ike Bassindale, Bert Watson.
The goals: 1-0 Mackinlay (25 min.), 2-0 Forshaw (40 min., assist: Hopkin), 2-1 Butler (85 min.).
** Prior to half-time, when 2-0 up, parts of the crowd were heard chanting “one – two – three – four- five.”