Monday, December 26 – 1932
Reserves, Central League, at Turf Moor.
Burnley Reserves – Liverpool Reserves 2-1 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. H.W. Hunt (Preston).
Burnley Reserves (2-3-5): Charles Hillam; William Wood, Gilbert Richmond; Tommy Manns, Stan Bowsher, Jack Schofield; Billy Jeavons, H.A. Edwards, Jack Kelly, Ernie Smith, George Mee.
Liverpool Reserves (2-3-5): Arthur Riley; Lewis Wagstaffe, Ben Dabbs; Ted Savage, Norman James, Alastair Henderson; Harold Taylor, Reid, Ted Crawford, Rigby, Alf Hanson.
The goals: 0-1 Rigby (10 min.), 1-1 Smith (50 min.), 2-1 Mee (83 min.).
Rigby gave the visitors the lead ten minutes after the start, but five minutes after the resumption Smith equalised. Mee gave Burnley victory seven minutes before the end of the game.
A large holiday crowd thoroughly enjoyed this Central League match on Bank Holiday Monday. It seemed as though Liverpool’s strong and tall defence was going to save a point in spite of Burnley’s trustfulness, but seven minutes before the end Mee nipped in to meet a low centre from Jeavons which had passed in between a crowd of players in front of goal, and beat Riley. The Liverpool custodian, in spite of a damaged ankle for which he was twice attended in the first half, gave an excellent display, and he had keen tackling players in front of him.
Burnley, who had more of the play, did not deserve to be a goal behind at the interval, but there was a weakness in the inside-forward positions. In the second half H.A. Edwards appeared at right-half, and Manns went into attack. The change was beneficial, an an early equalising goal resulted from fine combination by Kelly and Smith. Bowsher gave a strong display in a good half-back line, and the outside wing forwards, Mee and Jeavons, were always harassing.
Crawford could blame himself for failing to score a second goal for Liverpool when, with only Hillam to beat, he hit the upright. It was good, invigorating, whole hearted game from beginning to end.
(Burnley Express, 28-12-1932)