Liverpool v Rochdale 5-2 (League match: March 28, 1942)

March 28, 1942
Key note: “Liverpool won their final game in the Cup Qualifying Competition against Rochdale by 5 goals to 2, but they had to strive much harder for victory than the score would suggest, and if Rochdale had not concentrated upon defence in the second half they might easily have made a draw of it. It was only Liverpool’s superior defence that kept the score at 3-2 until half-time, but in the second stage it was Rochdale’s defence that shone, and it was not until late in the game that Palk (70 mins.), Liddell (89 mins.) got their goals. Balmer was the focal point of most of Liverpool’s attack. Rochdale, with Cunliffe (ex-Everton) as captain, also had two excellent wing men in Bartholomew and Colquhoun.” (Liverpool Daily Post: March 30, 1942)

Match: Football League, War League Cup Qualifying, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Rochdale 5-2 (3-2).
Attendance: 5,006; gate receipts: £239.
Referee: Mr. F.W. Wort (Mottingham, Kent).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge (Aston Villa), Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Tom Bush, Fred Haycock (Aston Villa), Billy Liddell, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done, Dick Dorsett (Wolves), Stan Palk.
Rochdale (2-3-5): Arthur Chesters, Tommy Sneddon, Gil Richmond, Stan Cutting, Jim Treanor, Joe Duff, Duncan Colquhoun, Jimmy Cunliffe (C), James Thorpe, David Jones, Roly Bartholomew.
The goals: 1-0 Liddell (2 min.), 2-0 Dorsett (15 min.), 2-1 Bartholomew (17 min.), 2-2 Bartholomew (26 min.), 3-2 Liddell (28 min.), 4-2 Palk (70 min.), 5-2 Liddell (89 min.).

Match reports:
** Liverpool Daily Post: “Rochdale’s good display but Liverpool win.”;
** Rochdale Observer: “Rochdale out of War Cup.”;


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