Tuesday, January 1 – 1935
Match: Football League, First Division, at Ayresome Park, kick-off: 14:15.
Middlesbrough – Liverpool 2-0 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. E. Wood (Sheffield).
Middlesbrough (2-3-5): Joe Hillier; Jack Jennings, Bobby Stuart; Bob Baxter, Tom Griffiths, William Forrest; Joey Williams, Micky Fenton, George Camsell, Tim Coleman, Freddie Warren.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Arthur Riley; Tommy Cooper, Jack Tennant; Ted Savage, Tom Bradshaw Jimmy McDougall; Berry Nieuwenhuys, Vic Wright, Sam English, Syd Roberts, Lance Carr.
The goals: 1-0 Coleman (6 min.), 2-0 Coleman (57 min.).
Before 20,000 spectators at Ayrsome Park Middlesbrough gained a valuable point from Liverpool, who from the four preceding matches had gathered in seven points. The win was fully deserved. Though both sides were too prone to keep the ball close on the heavy surface. Middlesbrough occasionally broke away and spread play with the result that Coleman scored after six minutes and after 57 minutes. Liverpool challenged the first on the ground of offside, but the referee, Mr. E. Wood, of Sheffield, was perfectly placed for a decision.
Camsell, the Middlesbrough leader, though very tenacio0us, was too individualistic, and after Coleman, Warren was the side’s best forward. The Middlesbrough half-back line was the more resourceful, though Savage was often menacing at right half for Liverpool. Stuart and Tennant, the respective left backs, were impressive figures all though, and Hillier, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper, played with much greater confidence than has been the case.
Liverpool, who were without Hodgson and Hanson in the forward line, were deficient in attacking genius, though English worked especially hard at centre forward. The work of Carr, the South African, at outside left, was always the most threatening of anything Middlesbrough’s defence had to cope with.
(Yorkshire Post, 02-01-1935)
Ernie “Tim” Coleman