October 12, 1929
Key note: “People wondered why this match collapsed at the interval and the second half was so flat that the teams might have been playing with a burst ball. There is only one explanation: there were not enough good footballers on the field to keep the match alive. There were not enough good forwards – real First Division forwards to make the match worthy of its standing, and, of there had been, they couldn’t have played good football for ninety minutes because the half-backs did not know how to supply them with the ball. Elisha Scott reappeared, was cheered, made a one-hand save from Hicks when the ball swerved that was worthy of this really great player, and then – in the second half – Liverpool’s pet Irishman was sent to earth and unceremoniously rolled upon by earnest Birmingham forwards. ‘Another injustice?’ Not at all. The forwards meant no harm. But over the ropes with the old question – is this a private scrap or can anyone join in, came to spectators. The Liverpool police force flew into action, and all was peace.” (Athletic News: October 14, 1929)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:15.
Liverpool – Birmingham 1-1 (1-1).
Referee: Mr. F.H. Burton; linesmen: Messrs.: J.R. Nicholson and H. Harrop.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Elisha Scott, James Jackson, Robert Done, Tom Morrison, David Davidson, Jimmy McDougall, Harold Barton, Gordon Hodgson, Jimmy Smith, Harry Race, John Lindsay.
Birmingham (2-3-5): Dan Tremelling, Ned Barkas, Jack Randle, Jack Firth, George Morrall, Billy Blyth, Benny Bond, Johnny Crosbie, John Bradford, Ernie Curtis, George Hicks.
The goals: 0-1 Curtis (1 min.), 1-1 Smith (23 min., assist: Barton).