War time matches

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


October 16, 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.).

Liverpool shots fruitful
Liverpool proved last week that shooting was the important factor in football with six goals to their credit; and in the third minute at Anfield today they had opened their account in the return against Everton, through Harley, who had the ball nicely placed for him, and he hit it accurately and truly. Burnett was beaten, so Liverpool had once again started off in a promising way.

The football was fast and entertaining, and at seven minutes Everton had drawn level. Stevenson had robbed Balmer and swept the ball over to McIntosh, Liverpool defence moved up in an effort to throw McIntosh offside, but they were not quick enough, and McIntosh went on to score a capital goal.

Liverpool hit back and a shot whistled just outside the woodwork and when Hallard was fixing the ball to make a centre Harley popped up from nowhere to take it from his toe, so that a bright chance for Everton was lost.

Plenty Of Punch
Everton were producing plenty of punch, much more so than a week ago and Hobson had to save under the bar and Murphy failed to hit the ball aright. It was Liverpool, however, who took the next goal. Done being the root cause in that he started the movement which saw the ball pass from one to another before it finally came to him to shoot with his foot into the net. Liverpool were now sounding the Everton defence, and Done was almost through and Balmer came along with a grand shot that Burnett turned out of goal.

Balmer’s Goal
Everton changed their forward formation, shortly after that Caskie going to outside left and McIntosh centre forward. McIntosh did net the ball from a Caskie centre, but the referee disallowed the point. At 41 minutes Balmer scored Liverpool’s third goal, Done gave him the pass after some capital work by the Liverpool wing halve, and the half finished with a weak-shot by Stevenson.

Half-time; Liverpool 3, Everton 1.

On resuming Liverpool were not long in increasing their lead. It was Everton’s defence who faltered on this occasion, for they stood still in the belief that Harley was offside. The Liverpool winger, had, however, played to the whistle, and took the ball almost to the goal-line before the turned it back in front of the Everton goal and Nivvy had a simple task and took it.

At the hour, Everton reduced their arrears, Stevenson shooting in from close range. The margin between success and failure was extremely narrow. Liverpool, however, got hold of the game again and playing with great confidence and determination, Balmer headed a fifth goal from Harley’s centre. Near the end the same player shook the upright with a terrific drive. Final; Liverpool 5, Everton 2.
(Liverpool Echo, 16-10-1943)

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Liverpool win again
Everton included three new guest players against Liverpool in the return Merseyside “Derby” at Anfield today. They were Roberts (Bury) and Murphy (Bradford City) and Hallard (Bradford), at left half. Caskie made his first appearance for once than a year, and started at inside-right. Liverpool had Nieuwenhuys at centre forward and Harley once again at outside-right. There was again a grand gathering and there must have been more than 25,000 spectators present.

The game opened on a particularly high note, both teams developing attacks at an amazing pace, Murphy almost got through after grand work by Caskie and Stevenson, before Balmer tried one from long range, but this was off the target. In three minutes Liverpool had taken the lead, with a grand goal from Harley. Balmer made it possible running through to draw Greenhalgh and then gently slipping the ball through for Harley to cut in and score with a perfectly-placed right foot shot.

Liverpool kept it up, Burnett pulling down Nieuwnehuys shot from under the bar before Nieuwenhuys had a shot charged down. In seven minutes Everton equalised through McIntosh with a goal engineered by Stevenson. Stevenson robbed Balmer and worked to his left before lobbing the ball just inside the penalty area. The Liverpool defence hesitated claiming offside as McIntosh dashed through, and the winger, hooked the ball into the far corner as Hobson advanced. Liverpool suffered the penalty of not playing to the whistle for McIntosh definitely was onside.

The crowd laughed when Harley raced back to rob Hallard and also when Jack Jones and Bentham headed the ball while lying on the ground. Hobson could only turn aside a dangerous centre from McIntosh, but he was quick to dive out and smother the ball before Roberts could shoot.

Burnett’s Saves
Caskie neatly jumped out of the way to force two Liverpool players to tackle each other, and then McIntosh gave Westby the slip and flashed a shot across the face of the Liverpool goal. Burnett made an excellent save when he dived to hold a header from Nieuwenhuys, and then he leapt out to pull down a centre from Harley.

McIntosh gained the first corner of the day, but he placed this too far out and it was “pie” for Liverpool. In 23 minutes Liverpool regained the lead, and it was again Balmer who did the “donkey” work with the Everton inside forward lying to far back, Murphy lacked support, and so the Reds were able to turn defence into attack in a flash. Balmer, who had gone centre forward for a spell, glided the ball through for Done to take it in his stride, move across goal and score with an unstoppable right foot shot.

When Tom Jones miskicked Nieuwenhuys sprang in to drive one just by the post and then Everton rearranged their attack, McIntosh going centre-forward with Caskie at outside left and Murphy inside right. Straight away Everton should have equalised for Stevenson was put through but he had run too far forward.

Fine Demonstration.
Liverpool were giving another fine demonstration of precision shooting, and after Done’s shot had been charged down Balmer drove in one of his specialities, Burnett saving at full length. Liverpool kept it up, Burnett beating away, Hanson’s cross-shot. Tom Jones was having a worrying time and on occasions was not at all happy; in fact Everton delay in clearing was often getting them into trouble. Roberts came into the game with a quick shot by the near post, and then the Blues gained two more corners without further reward.

A perfect Everton movement, started by Stevenson, saw McIntosh force the ball over the line Caskie’s centre and although Gulliver headed it out, the point was disallowed, Liverpool getting a free kick for what I presumed was pushing. In 41 minutes Liverpool increased their lead, when Done took advantage of Bentham’s delayed clearance and opened up the way for Balmer to drive home from close range. Everton were indeed paying the penalty for “fiddling” in their own goal area –fatal against such a driving force as Liverpool’s. McIntosh had a good chance just on the interval, but delayed his shot and Liverpool escaped.

Half-time: Liverpool 3, Everton 1.

Liverpool opened the second half with a shock, just as they had opened the first. In four minutes Harley ran close in and passed across for Nieuwnehuys to bang the ball through. Everton now made another team change, Bentham going inside right with Murphy right half. Everton gradually showed improvement, but the Liverpool defence was brilliant in its marking.

Caskie was a box tricks, and it was when he took a quick throw-in to Stevenson that the Blues were brought back into the game in 60 minutes. Stevenson centred from the goal line and, although Hobson beat the ball away, Stevenson followed up and turned it into the net.

Everton Revival
This was the signal for an Everton revival, and they piled on the pressure without finding any loopholes, until McIntosh found himself through but shot outside. Bentham let go a lovely left foot shot which skimmed the bar, and then when Murphy tried a speculative shot, Hobson, although yards out of his goal, managed to fist away. Liverpool were kept on the defence, but Balmer got away to place by the post, and then hook over as Burnett advanced.

Play continued highly exciting with the pace still 100 per cent, and Burnett did well to flick over the top a header from Nieuwenhuys. In 85 minutes Liverpool decided the issue with another goal from Balmer, who quickly headed through a grand centre from Harley.

Final: Liverpool 5, Everton 2.
(Evening Express, 16-10-1943)

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Another big Liverpool win
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.

It was a thrilling opening, and with the game running along on fast lines, goals incidents were often and thrilling, but Liverpool’s shooting was more dangerous than that of Everton’s.

Power Drives
Everton ran into a spell when their passes persisted in going wrong, often through ill-fortune and eventually Liverpool’s power drives were rewarded. Done has never played better than in these two “Derby” games. He started and ended the second goal, but Balmer’s final pass to him was just the sort that Done desires and his shot went flashing into the net at 23 minutes.

Balmer almost followed suit a minute later. Burnett saving cleverly. Everton were still fighting every inch of the way, but there was not the punch in their attack, although McIntosh netted again, only to have the goal disallowed for an infringement. Four minutes from the interval Done returned the compliment to Ballmer by putting the ball across for him to crack it into the net.

Everton had altered the formation of their side considerably, and Caskie did some clever things at outside left, but his colleagues were not up to finish off the work. It was grand fare the players put before the crowd of 25,000 and the latter showed their appreciation.

Four minutes after the restart the Everton defence stopped playing in the belief that Harley was offside. He was not and he bounced forward to make a close centre from which Nieuwenhuys turned the ball into the net. Everton were not done with, for Stevenson come along with a goal at the hour, and for a while they promised well, but the Liverpool defence was not to be caught napping.

Bentham made two near misses and McIntosh challenged Hobson unsuccessfully, but with ten minutes to go Harley broke through and his perfect centre was headed with perfection to the back of the net by Balmer. It was Liverpool’s team work, their speed and shooting ability allied to some streaky Everton defence that enabled them to bring off the double against their city friends.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 18-10-1943)

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