Liverpool v Huddersfield Town 2-3 (League match: October 20, 1928)

October 20, 1928
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Huddersfield Town 2-3 (1-3).
Attendance: 35,206.
Referee: Mr. E.R. Westwood (Walsall).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Elisha Scott, James Jackson, Robert Done, Tom Morrison, David Davidson, Tom Bromilow (C), Dick Edmed, Bob Clark, Gordon Hodgson, Jimmy McDougall, Tom Reid.
Huddersfield Town (2-3-5): Hugh Turner, Roy Goodall, Ned Barkas, Marshall Spence, Tommy Wilson, Dai Evans, Alex Jackson, Bob Kelly, Johnny Dent, Clem Stephenson, Billy Smith.
The goals: 1-0 Edmed (10 seconds), 1-1 Stephenson (5 min.), 1-2 Dent (27 min.), 1-3 Dent; 2-3 Edmed (61 min.).

Huddersfield fight back.
First away victory at Liverpool.
Huddersfield, on their day, are a great side. It was their day at Anfield, where they fought back a goal, scored within ten seconds, to equalise five minutes later, go further ahead after 27 minutes, and eventually lead at the interval 3-1.

But in the accomplishment thereof they were materially assisted by fortune’s favours, as when Hodgson had provided Edmed with the opportunity of scoring the opening goal, he collided with Turner and Goodall, and had to retire for ten minutes, and on his return was obviously not himself during the remainder of the game.

Meanwhile Done completely missed the ball after a throw in, allowing Jackson to centre for Stephenson to head past Scott, and in almost identical fashion the keeper was beaten by Dent. A third success would not have  materialised had Referee Westwood noticed a foul by Kelly on Bromilow.

The offence was clear from the Press box; as it was, Jackson, who took Kelly’s pass, went on to round Done and centre for Dent to score a third goal. Bromilow had to retire till twenty minutes from the finish. Meanwhile Edmed, with a clever individual effort, had reduced the lead, and though Bromilow was not an effective player on the extreme left wing, his colleagues put on tremendous pressure – a tribute to the trainer’s art – but none beyond Edmed appeared capable of defeating Turner.

First away win.
Thus Huddersfield gained their first away victory. Fortune was with them; still there is much to be said in their favour as an effective all-round combination, at least upon their showing in this game. They played good scientific football, as in their custom when on Merseyside, and were exceedingly fast and nippy in their progress. They thought quickly and their execution was clever.

At no time did there appear either bustle or tearaway methods, and movements seemed easy of accomplishment. Particularly was this so on the right flank, where Kelly and Jackson frequently outwitted Bromilow and Done by clever ball control, a quality that was a monopoly of the Town half-backs and forwards for greater portion of the game.

Liverpool were at time overrun by the machine-like passing of the visitors’ forwards, who owed much of their aggressiveness to their half-backs, all three being capable purveyors. Of course, it must be taken into consideration that Liverpool’s side was handicapped by the unfortunate happenings to which I have alluded. So the task of the visitors was rendered comparatively light. Reid, brought in at outside left in place of the injured Fred Hopkin, had few opportunities, but with these could not not be accounted even a moderate success.

Evan’s task.
He rarely sought the ball, and Spence, who had been drafted into the Town right half position owing to Steele’s being unfit, rendered Liverpool’s left flank quite ineffective; but Evans had a more difficult task on hand in his duels with Edmed, to the general advantage of the forward, who was best on view. Wilson had a handful in Hodgson, but in half-back play generally none did better than Morrison.

When Liverpool were hard at it during the closing stages, striving strenuously to divide the spoils, Goodall and Barkas were seen at their best, and on the whole the pair were more dependable than Jackson, who wandered too much, and Done, who was frequently deceived by Jackson. Goalkeeping reached an exceptionally high standard, both giving a brilliant display, with Scott the more frequently employed.
(The Athletic News, 22-10-1928, by ‘Junius’)

Dick Edmed, Liverpool F.C.

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