Liverpool v West Ham United 2-0 (League match: May 2, 1931)


May 2, 1931
Key note: “It was natural that Liverpool should take revenge on a club that defeated them in the early days of the season by such a pronounced margin as seven clear goals. They got on terms at Anfield by two goals without runs, but had matters run the usual course it is doubtful if they would have accomplished their object. At the half hour Barrett, the West Ham centre half-back strained the sinews of his leg and was led off the field to take no further part in the game. The London side were a goal behind at the time of this unfortunate happening; still, there could be no questioning the fact that up to that incident West Ham had played class football. Especially in forward play were they the most convincing, and as Earle had to drop back to fill Barrett’s position the severe nature of the handicap can readily be imagined. The United battled gamely against great odds, and the London men cannot be said to have been overplayed at any period.” (Athletic News: May 4, 1931)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:15.
Liverpool – West Ham United 2-0 (1-0).
Attendance: 14,582.
Referee: Mr. E.R. Westwood (Walsall).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Elisha Scott, James Jackson, Tommy Lucas, Tom Morrison, Tom Bradshaw, Jimmy McDougall, Daniel McRorie, Gordon Hodgson, Harold Barton, Archie Macpherson, Gordon Gunson.
West Ham United (2-3-5): Ted Hufton, Alf Earl, Reg Wade, Jimmy Collins, Jim Barrett, Fred Norris, Jimmy Wood, Stan Earle, Vic Watson, Wilfred James, Jimmy Ruffell.
The goals: 1-0 Hodgson (11 min., assist: McRorie), 2-0 Hodgson (80 min., assist: Barton).

** Match was also set aside as a benefit match for James Jackson, Arthur Riley and Gordon Hodgson for five years’ service to Liverpool Football Club.

Match reports:
* Athletic News: “West Ham’s misfortune”;

West Ham United’s goalkeeper, Ted Hufton. From private collection.

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