Liverpool v Chester 9-1 (War time, League match)

Saturday, October 5 – 1940
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Chester 9-1 (2-1).
Attendance: 5,000.
Referee: Mr. H. Hartles (Runcorn).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sam Bartram (Charlton Athletic), Ray Lambert, Bob Batey (Preston North End), Bob Paisley, Stan Cullis (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eddie Spicer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Willie Fagan, Dennis Westcott (Wolverhampton Wanderers), George Drury (Arsenal), Billy Liddell.
Chester (2-3-5): Bill Shortt, Vic Brown, Dave McNeil, Harold Howarth, Trevor Walters, Doug Cole, Tommy Astbury, Gordon Bremner, Dick Yates, Bill Pendergast, Jimmy McIntosh.
The goals: 1-0 Nieuwenhuys (1 min.), 2-0 Westcott (35 min.), 2-1 Yates, 3-1 Westcott (47 min.), 4-1 Westcott, 5-1 Westcott, 6-1 Paisley, 7-1 Nieuwenhuys, 8-1 Drury, 9-1 Nieuwenhuys.

Liverpool score nine.
Westcott’s quick-fire shot.
To say that Chester hardly deserved to be beaten 9-1 at Anfield is more than an understatement. Many teams have performed less valiantly than Chester and have suffered defeat by only a goal or two. So once again it has to be recorded that Chester played particularly lucklessly against seniors on Merseyside.

Not often have Liverpool forwards hit so many on-the-target shots. While Shortt may have been guilty of a mistake or two when the goals were mounting, there was no stopping the early “bullets” which passed by him. Westcott alone smashed in four successful shots – in succession, too – while Nieuwenhuys registered three and Drury and Paisley one each. Seven of the nine goals in the second half.

Yet Chester plugged away at their thankless task and never flagged. If their finishing ad been of the same standard as Liverpool’s they must have rounded off half a dozen of the many well-planned and executed moves. They “missed the bus” in more senses than one, in that besides failing at vital moments in attack, they let a penalty kick award go for nothing at an important stage of the game. The culprit was Howarth, but he played so well at other times he more than counter-balanced the scales.

A cracking pace.
With many stars and a better knowledge of each other’s play Liverpool made it a cracking pace, but Chester contributed their share to a grand feast of football. There were very notable individual performances. Westcott’s quick-fire goals, Bremner’s remarkably accurate use of the ball, and the characteristic work of Cullis at centre half were main springs. Fagan schemed well to open the way for two fine wingers in Nieuwenhuys and Liddell.

Bartram was not required to play so well as at Chester, but only Yates’s well taken goal beat him.

Result: Liverpool 9, Chester 1.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 07-10-1940, by ‘L.E.E.’)

Dennis Westcott, war time guest for Liverpool F.C.

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