Two spells of success at stake in Anfield duel

December 6, 1957
Although the second round of the FA Cup holds the interest in many areas to-morrow, as far as Anfield followers are concerned the match of the day is naturally at the Liverpool F.C. ground, where West Ham provide the opposition.

As was the case in their last Saturday home game, Liverpool should have a bumper gate, for on that occasion Blackburn were in the second place and to-morrow West Ham take the field after a run and of nine games without defeat, and a consequent rise to fourth position.

West Ham come to Liverpool after a few days rest and relaxation at Southport and are confident of their ability to extend their unbeaten run to ten, although they fully realise their task in trying to break Liverpool’s ground sequence of eight successive home games without a goal against.

Liverpool will do well to add to this total to-morrow. West Ham have not been really outstanding as far as goal scoring is concerned, but the run of defensive immunity by the Anfielders cannot be expected to last a great deal longer.

West Ham have quite a good deal of shooting power in their front line, with little Dare at outside right, the janky Keeble at centre forward, and another tall customer. Dick, at inside left all knowing where the goal lies.

Three years ago, when Dare was signed from Brentford as centre forward. West Ham won five games on the run. Last year they signed Eddie Lewis from Preston and collected seven points out of eight.

Since Keeble came from Newcastle, they have taken eleven out of fourteen, and although they missed promotion following the two previous signings, they are hoping that the third time will be lucky.

Two fine backs.
Defensively West Ham are amongst the best teams in the Second Division, with right back Bond very close to England honours, and his partner, Cantwell, a regular in the Eire team. Cantwell, a fine cricketer and an equally good golfer, has set something of a fashion among modern full-backs and has three goals to his credit this season, all from open play.

He and Bond have a free kick ruse which has worked very well at times, and Liverpool will do well to treat both these full-backs as something more than mere defenders.

The “Irons” – so called because the club was founded by workers engaged in building the first iron-plated war ships in the last century – will take a good deal of stopping.

Liverpool have done so well at home that an eventual setback will come as something of a shock, yet one must come sooner or later. Here’s hoping that it does not arrive to-morrow, at a time when Liverpool are on top of the League and achieve their promotion ambition.

Liverpool: Tommy Younger, John Molyneux, Ronnie Moran, Johnny Wheeler, Dick White, Don Campbell, Brian Jackson, Alan Arnell, Billy Liddell, Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court.
West Ham United: Ted Gregory, John Bond, Noel Cantwell, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bill Lansdowne, Billy Dare, John Smith, Vic Keeble, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 6, 1957; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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