Liverpool v Manchester United 4-0 (Lancashire Cup Final: April 25, 1931)


April 25, 1931
Match: Lancashire Cup, Final, at Anfield.
Liverpool – Manchester United 4-0 (2-0).
Attendance: 12,000.
Referee: Mr. W.E. Ryecroft (Nelson).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Elisha Scott, James Jackson, Tommy Lucas, Tom Morrison, Norman James, Jimmy McDougall, Harold Barton, Gordon Hodgson, Dave Wright, Archie Macpherson, Gordon Gunson.
Manchester United (2-3-5): Alf Steward, John Mellor, Jack Silcock, Ray Bennion, Clarrie Hilditch, George McLachlan, Joseph Spence, Hugh McLenahan, Tommy Reid, Stanley Gallimore, Sam Hopkinson.
The goals: 1-0 Wright (11 min.), 2-0 Wright (44 min.), 3-0 Hodgson (82 min.), 4-0 Macpherson (85 min.).

Although the conditions were terrible for the Lancashire Cup final at Anfield, for rain fell practically throughout, it was a thrilling game. The players mastered the conditions, and the crowd of 12,000 enjoyed every minute of it.

Liverpool started shakily, but they were on top by the interval, and though I did not think they were two goals the better team – scored by Wright after 11 minutes and 44 minutes respectively – they took their chances and, as an attacking force they were much superior to the United.

But there was no doubting the supremacy of the winners after the interval. They scintillated in attack, and Wright had a joy day, even if he did not score again. His positional play was delightful to watch, and the manner in which Hodgson and Macpherson assisted him was worth going a long way to see.

Hodgson got the third goal after 82 minutes, and three minutes later Macpherson worked his way through to score the fourth.

Scott made some great saves in the Liverpool goal, and particularly in the first half, when the United were seen at their best. Just exactly how much the result depended on a save from Reid in the first minute is a matter for conjecture.

Jackson and Lucas were sound in defence, and I though Morrison the best half-back.

Hodgson, Wright, and Macpherson were excellent forwards, and if the wingmen, Barton and Gunson, were not so smart, they, at least, made up an effective attacking force which played as well as they have done at Anfield for months.

The United were best represented by their defence Steward, Mellor, and Silcock played soundly, with Hilditch, veteran though he be, an overworked centre half-back, who came out with colours flying. The forwards were a very weak lot, McLenahan was the best of a line that never showed much semblance of constructional play.
(The Athletic News, 27-04-1931)

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