Liverpool v Everton 5-2 (League match: October 16, 1943)


October 16, 1943
Key note: “The return “derby” game, at Anfield was just as big a triumph for Liverpool as the first; in fact I preferred their latest successes, for Everton were in better form, yet they were beaten by a greater margin, 5-2, and Liverpool were undoubtedly that much better. Liverpool won once again because they played the open game, kept the ball moving swiftly, and shot whenever there was a semblance of a chance. Their football lost none of its skill by the open method employed. Liverpool ate up ground by a single pass, but Everton took two often three to make half as much ground. Another big factor in Liverpool’s success was that they played five forwards, whereas Everton exaggerated “W” formation tied them down to three forwards and this was not sufficient to break down the strong Liverpool defence. It was grand to see the Liverpool men covering one another, leaving few loopholes. Everton, as last week opened on a good note but it was Liverpool who showed then how to snap up chances, and within three minutes they had taken the lead. The frills and fancies were not for them. They wanted goals and went after them, but they were helped in that the Everton defence was not at its best. T. G. Jones for the second Saturday running was uncommonly out of touch with the game, but nevertheless Everton struck back and within four minutes had squared matters through McIntosh, who thus wiped out Harley’s goal.” (Liverpool Daily Post: October 18, 1943)

Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Everton 5-2 (3-1).
Attendance: 24,907; gate receipts: £1,861.
Referee: Mr. H. Holt (Rochdale).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jim Harley, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done, Alf Hanson.
Everton (2-3-5): George Burnett, Jack Jones, Norman Greenhalgh, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Billy Hallard, Fred Roberts, Jimmy Caskie, George Murphy, Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh.
The goals: 1-0 Harley (3 min.), 1-1 McIntosh (7 min.), 2-1 Done (23 min.), 3-1 Balmer (41 min.), 4-1 Nieuwenhuys (49 min.), 4-2 Stevenson (60 min.), 5-2 Balmer (80 min.).

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