Arsenal v Liverpool 4-4 (League match: October 27, 1928)

October 27, 1928
Match: Football League, First Division, at Highbury, kick-off: 15:00.
Arsenal – Liverpool 4-4 (2-4).
Attendance: 33,782.
Referee: Mr. C.E. Lines (Birmingham).
Arsenal (2-3-5): Dan Lewis, Tom Parker, Horace Cope, Alf Baker, Herbie Roberts, Billy Blyth (C), Joe Hulme, David Jack, Jimmy Brain, Len Thompson, Charlie Jones.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Elisha Scott, James Jackson (C), Robert Done, Tom Morrison, David Davidson, Neil McBain, Dick Edmed, Bob Clark, Gordon Hodgson, Jimmy McDougall, William Salisbury.
The goals: 0-1 Edmed (1 min.), 1-1 Own goal (Davidson, 14 min.), 2-1 Thompson (penalty, 22 min.), 2-2 Hodgson (30 min.), 2-3 Hodgson (32 min.), 2-4 Hodgson (44 min.), 3-4 Brain (50 min.), 4-4 Thompson (penalty).

Liverpool high-scoring at Highbury.
Hodgson’s hat-trick.
How Salisbury paired off with his old partner.
The first point of note in regard to this momentous match is that James Jackson was this morning appointed captain. All will agree that the choice is an excellent one, and it is curious that he should be chosen for the Arsenal game, because his father was a player here years ago. The second point concerns the truce between the Scottish FA and the intermediates which is said to be off due today, and will release a number of football transfers unprecedented in the history of the game. Liverpool Football Club have their scouts on the spot.

James Jackson, the new Liverpool F.C. captain.
James Jackson 1928

Point three: Liverpool played Salisbury, of Partick, today, possibly through the big train smash, because the train carried a letter from Bolton Wanderer, and becoming five hours late Liverpool stepped in as winners. He wasn’t the only pebble on the beach today. David Jack… the £10,000 transfer, was on view as an Arsenal player for the first time at Highbury. The band celebrated the occasion by playing “Jack’s the man,” by Chapman, and “Twinetts,” by Joe Hulme.

David Jack, Arsenal F.C.

Red into White
The weather had been so bad that the Arsenal reckoned it must cost them £1,000 in gate receipts. At the kick-off it was dull weather but fine, and I should think the crowd was 50,000 strong. The Arsenal have increased their Spion Kop accommodation. Liverpool, as usual in this fixture, turned out in white, and after Jack had shown the photographers the £10,000 look everything was in order for the day’s work

Jackson and Blyth, brother Scots tossed for something that carried no special effect, and Jackson won.

Jack’s opening run gave the crowd something of what they hoped for. Just two tricks and passes and Arsenal became a real danger, in fact, nothing but a header by Jackson prevented a goal.

Edmed’s early thrust.
In one minute the whole course of the game was changed by an electric spark engineered by Salisbury. I think, who put the ball from the left wing quite simply and neither the Arsenal full backs nor Lewis made the slightest endeavour to run out or check the advance of the dashing Edmed, who was overjoyed to find uninterrupted travel to goal.

He scored in the easiest, possible manner to make the Arsenal wonder where did that one go to? Arsenal should have equalised in two minutes, Jones standing right in front of Scott giving him a chance where none have risen.

Any foul on a £10,000 man becomes a matter of supreme importance, so that when the rugged Davidson laid Jack down on the ground, he had the doubtful honour of being the first man to put £10,000 on the floor.

Cope wasted the free kick, and there followed an overhead kick by Edmed that made a shooting chance for Hodgson. The ball went outside, and when Morrison cleverly stopped Charlie Jones and placed Hodgson the effect was a corner kick, and a lucky one at that.

Salisbury was rather hasty with his first shot in English football, and his second was a sharp one to the foot of the posts, but Lewis was there for a save, if necessary.

Davidson’s bad luck.
Arsenal equalised after McBain had kicked away from the line. Jack went over to inside left and made a hesitating feint and a rather long pass, but he had to reach it his great long legs to prevent the ball passing over for a goal kick. He hit the ball rather hard, and Jones got his head to it and turned the ball to the middle of the goal, Davidson was on the spot, and in trying to kick clear he turned the ball over the line at no uncertain pace.

One-one in fourteen minutes. I think Scott would have saved had Davidson not intervened, but, of course, Davidson was to be sympathised with. Once again Jones showed speed against Elisha Scott’s men, but more practical was the ffort of Hodgson, who made a way for Clarke to shoot, but the limping and not certain Lewis picked up.

Lewis was attended to for knee trouble, and hobbled in the goal for some time. It was remarkable, by the way, that Edmed should have scored for the second week in succession in the first minute of the game.

A penalty goal.
However, at the twenty-second minute the memory of that goal has been warped, for Done just nibbled at the ball in the penalty area, and his hand and face practically shrieked a penalty kick. It was plan he had no idea that he was in, the penalty box, to within a couple of yards.

Thompson took the kick in an uncommon way. He did not run, in fact, he was half a yard from the penalty spot when made his simple but effective score.

Hulme made one of his excellent special speedways and put the ball over so well that Jones was able to take steady aim at goal, and therefore he was vexed to find his placed shot hit a man who had fallen down. Blyth headed away a magnificent centre by Salisbury, and Hulme put one up to the heavens.

Hodgson begins hat-trick.
Just at the half-hour Hodgson scored. It seems an easy way of saying it, yet you can take it from me it was a goal of no ordinary make up. It began with the new player Salisbury, and Hodgson who had not been loved by the crowd for his dash, made a fearful shot that seemed to have ended when the ball hit the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Parker and Cope, however, were in the land of their goalkeeper, and the ball, spinning back trickled over the line. Lewis had lost sight of the ball as the crowd yelled to him to reach out for it.

The Welsh goalkeeper only realised his plight when it was too late, and when he grabbed for the ball it was just over the line.  I remember him grabbing at Wembley against Cardiff. That made the score 2-2, and one minute later McBain, always a assert provider, became an extra forward, and, getting near the penalty area, released the ball so that Hodgson could score with ease.

This was a real sensational match. A penalty-goal scored against one’s own side, and five goals scored in thirty-two minutes. There were five at West Ham last week in the same time.

Gordon Hodgson, Liverpool F.C.
Gordon Hodgson Liverpool F.C.

Jack compliments Scott.
Moreover, Hodgson made another thrilling drive, which the damaged Lewis saved at the foot of the post unexpectedly. Indefinitely better, however, was the save by Scott off Brain. It was as good a dive and a pat away that Jack was constrained to go up to the goalkeeper and shake him by the hand.

Scott has done some wonderful things in his time, but this was surely the last word in miracle goalkeeping. Yet, Scott should have been beaten again near half-time when there was an exciting melee.

Hat-trick completed.
The cost of this was proved when Hodgson made a solitary move in dribble, and with the left foot boxed home one of the hardest shots I have ever seen.

Half-time. – Liverpool 4, Arsenal 2.

Edmed had been hurt while Hodgson was scoring, but he recovered in time for the resumption of a game which was one of the biggest turn-ups in the history of football.

Roberts, ex-Oswestry, had a bad time with Hodgson, and the Arsenal backs and goalkeeper had been anything but secure against a big and rousing attack. Davidson once again brought Jack down to the ground, and this time he had the caution of the referee.

Goal by Brain.
Jack was not far off goal with the free-kick that arose. Was there to be any end of this scoring business? At the rate we were going we should require a ready reckoner. Jones centred in his best way, and when Jack headed Scott made a brilliant attempt to keep the ball out, but Brain, being right on the spot, had no difficulty in clouting the ball to the top of the net, he being two yards away.

Now we were four to three after fifty minutes. Parker and Roberts bumped into each other, with serious results for Roberts; this following a smashing dash by Edmed, who hit the ball top of the crossbar.

This was curious football with Liverpool now requiring their best to hold on to what had become a slender lead. Whatever happened the result was bound to be a freak result.

Another penalty goal.
The limit was reached when Arsenal were given another penalty for hands. I think it was against McBain, but in the frightful crush of players it was impossible to tell who offended. Indeed, I could not see any handling case, and Liverpool protested vigorously that it was no offence and surrounded the referee, who refused to listen.

Thompson scored with the penalty kick in the same manner that he had taken the first penalty kick. A friend tells me that the offending Liverpool player should go in for boxing and be the heavyweight champion of the world.

It was a most unfair decision, said this Londoner. Salisbury would have scored the ninth goal of the day if Lewis had not made a good catch.

Another addition to the day’s outstanding upsets was a fight in the grandstand with a lady intervening. “Ain’t we got fun.”

Scott, with a hard shot from Brain, kept the game at a draw. He was unbalanced at the time he rose to the ball, so that his ability to turn the ball over the bar was masterly.

Jack missed the chance of the match after making the chance. Even £10,000 men are human and can err.

McBain was Liverpool’s best half-back, and Salisbury had a shot close to goal; while Clarke fired high over. Edmed also went close to the winning goal. Roberts went outside right, and David Jack centre half-back. Just another ingredient in this mixed grill.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: October 27, 1928)

William Salisbury, Liverpool F.C. debutant.
William Salisbury

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