October 11, 1943
Liverpool Win “Derby” Game
Liverpool won the “Derby” game at Goodison Park by six goals to four, the winners laying the foundation of their success by two quick goals in the early minutes. There were 28,835 spectators and the receipts amounted to £2,226.
I have seen more artistic “Derby” games but never a more exciting opening than this one. It was electric, to say the least, and Everton suffered the shock. After Alex Stevenson had missed a fine opportunity Liverpool surprised the onlookers by scoring two swift goals. Cyril Done getting the first in five minutes. A ball passed, a few inches over Tommy Jones’s head, and Done rushed in to bang the ball into the net. Two minutes later Done finished off some fine work, which produced the second goal.
With this encouraging start Liverpool shot at every opportunity, and when Done hit a ball to George Burnett the goalkeeper could only push it out for Jim Harley to place the ball in the net. Liverpool dictated matters so much that Everton were rarely seen in an attacking light and when Done popped on Liverpool’s fourth and his own third goal, one began to wonder what the ultimate score in their favour would be.
Everton’s attempts at scoring were paltry Done almost sneaked one in the first attack in the second half, when Everton showed improved form, but even then it was a Liverpool player who scored their goal, Laurie Hughes turning the ball into his own net in trying to hook it round the post.
Five minutes later Tommy Lawton snapped up a Jimmy McIntosh centre and scored from the right wing, so the game took on another aspect. Could Everton pull the game out of the fire? McIntosh sent in a fiery shot which Alf Hobson tipped over the bar. When Liverpool, got together again they scored two more goals, in two minutes.
Done was of course, one of the marksmen along with Welsh. It now seemed certain that the Anfielders would finish up winners by a good margin, but a sprightly rally by Everton produced two goals through Stevenson and McIntosh, and the final score, 6-4, made to look more respectable from Everton’s point of view.
Liverpool’s shooting was magnificent. It was a great contrast to that of Everton, who had one shot at Hobson throughout the first half, the others being headers straight at the goalkeeper. The Everton defence was not so sure as usual, and Don Welsh, the Charlton half-back and forward, was one of the reasons for its uncertainty.
Welsh is the quiet type of player. He never rushes about, but when he does a thing it is accomplished in such a manner that it invariably opens the way for a colleague, with Done playing as a second centre-forward Welsh saw to it that Done got quite a lot of the ball, and the result was four goals.
Liverpool’s open play and their smashing attacks completely robbed Everton of the initiative and kept them tied down to defence, for whenever Liverpool launched an attack there was danger in it. Not so Everton, who wanted to work the ball and so, played into the hands of the Liverpool defenders.
Speed was another factor in the Anfielders victory. They tackled like lightning and swept the ball about. Young Hughes put up a solid front to Lawton, he made but one mistake, not bad for a boy in his teens playing his first “derby” game.
Tommy Jones was not the dominating pivot we know, and with Scott-Lee failing to fill the bill at left half a whole lot of pressure was flung on Jack Jones and Norman Greenhalgh, Stevenson was Everton’s best forward, for he held the ball before parting, and so made sure of its destination.
But this was Liverpool’s game after the first five minutes. They played well to a man and were well worth their victory.
Everton: George Burnett, Jack Jones, Norman Greenhalgh, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Scott-Leo, Jack Grant, Eddie Wainwright, Tommy Lawton, Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jim Harley, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done, Don Welsh, Alf Hanson.
Referee: Mr. P. Snape, of Manchester.
(Source: Liverpool Daily Post: October 11, 1943; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited