Shaker’s brave fight


December 29, 1941
Although Bury were beaten 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday, they put up a brave fight, and all the 6,693 spectators agreed that had they taken a goal it would not have been out of turn. Bury had the cruelest luck in front of goal, for fully four scoring shots were deflected luckily, and on all other occasions they battered unsuccessfully against Alf Hobson, who once again hit the high spots in goalkeeping arts.

Yes, Bury had their moments, and a player of outstanding qualities in Eddie Quigley, who came to play left back, but who went to left half to prove the master man of a capable Bury team. This Quigley is going places in football.

Liverpool, however, were the better side. They had an understanding which was missing in the Bury ranks, and they had the players who could move to open spaces, whereas Bury crowded far too much.

In the first half, during which Berry Nieuwenhuys and George Ainsley scored, it was just easy for the Reds, and even when Bury crammed on sail later Liverpool could forge further ahead through Liddell and Ainsley, so unruffled were they.

The pleasing part about Liverpool’s win was the delightful work of wing half-backs, Eddie Spicer and Harry Kaye. These lads are great finds. Roy Guttridge and Ray Lambert were resolute backs, with Bill Whittaker always holding the defence together solidly, and a lively leader in Nieuwenhuys, received good back from Ainsley and George Paterson, while the Bury backs could make little of Liddell or Jimmy McIntosh.

Despite Bury gallantly, this was a complete Liverpool win with which to wind up 1941 and give promise of bright things in 1942.

Chairman Mr. Richard Lawson Martindale, vice-chairman Mr. William McConnell and directors Messrs. William Harvey Webb, William John Harrop, Stanley Ronald Williams, George Alfred Richards and Ralph Knowles Milne were present as hosts to a gathering which included some friends whose voices are heard more regularly at the Town Hall than at our football grounds.
(Evening Express: December 29, 1941)

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