Liverpool v Birmingham 2-0 (League match: October 3, 1936)

October 3, 1936
Key note: “Liverpool won because they accepted two chances, whereas Birmingham frittered away many of their chances through their desire to ‘show off’ when direct action was the thing which was wanted. Late on they developed a better sense and two great shots were saved by Hobson, whose catching of the ball has improved tremendously in recent weeks. Hobson, as a matter of fact, is performing well in Arthur Riley’s place, and the crowd has taken him to heart, while it was a nice gesture on the part of Hibbs, England’s goalkeeper, to shake Hobson’s hand as they left the field.” (Liverpool Echo: October 5, 1936)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:15.
Liverpool – Birmingham 2-0 (1-0).
Attendance: 23,892.
Referee: Mr. L. Dale.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Tommy Cooper, Ben Dabbs, Matt Busby, Tom Bradshaw, Jimmy McDougall, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Fred Howe, Vic Wright, Alf Hanson.
Birmingham (2-3-5): Harry Hibbs, Cyril Trigg, Ned Barkas, Lew Stoker, Tom Fillingham, Joe Devine, Ernest Richardson, Don Dearson, Charlie Jones, Fred Harris, Seymour Morris.
The goals: 1-0 Wright (4 min., assist: Nieuwenhuys), 2-0 Taylor (58 min., assist: Nieuwenhuys).

More Liverpool injuries
“If things go on as they have been doing Liverpool will have to open a hospital of their own. They have an enormous injured list, but as though it was not big enough Bradshaw, Busby and Phil Taylor must run into trouble in their game with Birmingham on Saturday. Busby appeared to strain his side, but it was Bradshaw who came off worst, for he was badly injured when Stoker crashed into him in the last few minutes of the game. Stoker need not to have gone in with such venom, for there was no real danger or the possibility of a goal, but Birmingham have always been noted for their tousy play. Bradshaw appeared to have injured his hip bone or his side, but whatever it was he was in great agony when he was carried off by trainer Charlie Wilson and an ambulance man.” (Liverpool Echo: October 5, 1936)

Alf Hobson.

Source: Chester Chronicle: March 18, 1939.

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