April 1, 1942
As events proved, it made no difference to Rochdale’s progress in the League War Cup whether or not they won at Liverpool on Saturday. Another two points would not have given them a place in the first round proper. Of course, Rochdale were not to know that, and although the final score at Anfield showed a substantial margin, the visitors actually put up a stout fight, particularly in the first half, when in spite of being two goals down on the first ten minutes, they fought back; had much the better of the game, and regained equality before losing it again to a “fluke” goal.
All three of Liverpool’s first half goals were of the unusual variety. The first was a “gift” due to misunderstanding in defence, and the second fell to done, who whipped round with his back to the Rochdale goal and swung in a first-time shot which rocketed into the top corner of the net. It was one of those affairs which centre forwards dream about in its perfect accuracy, yet are so seldom seen in actual practice. Bartholomew scored both Rochdale’s goals in a fine fight back to which the visitors held and maintained the initiative. Both came as a result of his excellent positional play in being at the correct spot to receive centres from the right.
But Rochdale were not in luck’s way, for when Liverpool’s outside right cut in both Richmond and Chesters accurately estimated a centre, only to see it slice from the wingman’s foot and curve quite sloppily on to the net.
Liverpool had the better of matters in the second half. The visitors defended stubbornly, but after ten minutes Done went through to score a good goal after racing clear of the opposition, and after that the Rochdale attack lost its fire. An injury to Treanor, who was absent for ten minutes from a blow on the head, provided Liverpool with a chance to score their fifth, and Rochdale were unable to make any reply.
Taken as a whole the local side contributed to an interesting game in excellent spirit, and their first half display was at least worthy of their being on level terms at the interval. They played well together, with Thorpe an admirable leader. In fact, the side gave of its best, only to fall away later on.
The Rochdale team was: Arthur Chesters, Tommy Sneddon, Gil Richmond, Stan Cutting, Jim Treanor, Joe Duff, Duncan Colquhoun, Jimmy Cunliffe, James Thorpe, David Jones, Roly Bartholomew.
Attendance 5,006, receipts £239.
(Rochdale Observer: April 1, 1942)