The scouse invasion of London

February 19, 1927
The prospects for London Cup-ties were suddenly changed just before midday by the climatic conditions. A fog gradually developed, and at 11.30 it was as black as night. It was later learned that both the football excursions from Liverpool had been delayed by fog in the Midlands and the North.

There was another climatic change at one o’clock. The fog lifted almost as quickly as it descended, and the outlook was far more promising with every prospect that the games would not be interfered with . Nearly all the Liverpool supporters when they arrived at Euston, wore the Red and White colours, and several were fantastically dressed. A boy of 18 wore a top hat with red and white stripes attached to which was a card referring to a previous victory of the Liverpool team. It read: “In loving memory of Boscombe, who fell asleep at Dean’s Court, on January 8th, 1927. Not dead, but sleeping.” Underneath was a verse which began:

They had spared no great expense,
To put up their best defence.
But Liverpool came, and sad to tell,
Boscombe never had a smell.

Another man wore a huge carnival mask which completely covered his head and shoulders. He said he was Elisha Scott’s mascot. A third wore evening dress lavishly decorated with red and white favours. His top hat windows in it and little electric lamps to light them up at night time.
(Nottingham Evening Post,: February 19, 1927)


Burnley supporters in Liverpool in 1914.
Burnley supporters in Liverpool in 1914.


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