Liverpool v Arsenal 0-2 (League match)

Saturday, January 5 – 1935
March: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:30.
Liverpool – Arsenal 0-2 (0-2).
Attendance: 55,794; receipts £3,380.
Referee: Mr. J.E. Mellor.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Arthur Riley; Tommy Cooper, Jack Tennant; Ted Savage, Tom Bradshaw, Jimmy McDougall; Berry Nieuwenhuys, Vic Wright, Sam English, Syd Roberts, Alf Hanson.
Arsenal (2-3-5): Frank Moss; George Male, Eddie Hapgood; Jack Crayston, Herbie Roberts, Wilf Copping; Joe Hulme, Ray Bowden, Ted Drake, Alec James, Cliff Bastin.
The goals: 0-1 Drake (2 min.), 0-2 Hapgood.

If there is one thing Arsenal know, it is how to get a lead. But they had been unable to keep it until Saturday, when they brought off a double against Liverpool, winning 2-0 at Anfield after a rousing and arresting game.

Drake bored a way through to score in two minutes, and Hapgood failing with a penalty kick against Bradshaw, found the ball coming back to him and headed it through. And so this particular Arsenal eleven retained its unbeaten record. James was back and soon much in evidence, but injury sent him off the field and finally kept him at outside left, where, however he dictated policy.

Liverpool could have done with a similar schemer. Their manager once entered the field tired of their futile endeavour, and ordered Nivvy to go centre and put the disappointing English at outside right. It was too late. Liverpool had left their marks on Robert’s head, on Crayston, on Male and Hapgood, but they did not look like scoring, except when twice kicked off the goal-line.

Naturally, the crowd of nearly 60,000 (they paid £3,380) went frantic with delight at Liverpool’s second half rally, but it was a false one. It had no sting; it was all dash and bustle, with no football merit. Arsenal meet that sort of attack imperviously until it breaks under it own force.

The champions were not without fault, save in defence. The work of Drake was superb. Bowden was a fine initiator, but Bastin and Hulme were in a very quiet mood. Indeed, they were hardly noticed , thanks to the work of Tennant and Cooper and the great success of McDougall.
(Daily Mirror, 07-01-1935)

Cliff Bastin.
Cliff Bastin

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