Match details

Copenhagen Select XI 3 - 3 Liverpool

Game date: Sunday 24 May 1914 Stadium: Copenhagen
Competition: Friendly Attendance: 15,000

Goals

Bill Lacey
Tom Miller
Arthur Metcalf

Notes

Tour: Tour of Sweden And Denmark (1914)
Campbell, Crawford, Mackinlay, Fairfoul, Ferguson, Wadsworth, Sheldon, Banks, Miller, Metcalfe, Lacey.

An account of the Liverpool tourists’ game last Sunday, from Tom Fairfoull, is to hand to-day. He writes: -
“We played a selected Copenhagen side on Sunday last, before an attendance of about 15,000. The weather was fine, but not quite so warm as when we last played. This was perhaps just as well, as we had to play our hardest game since coming here. Our injured list is increasing rapidly, and we had again to resort to changes. The team read: - Campbell; Crawford, McKinlay; myself, Ferguson, Wadsworth; Sheldon, Banks, Miller, Metcalf, Lacey. Losing the toss we were set to face a strong sun, and attacking right away, ought to have scored in the first few minutes, Metcalf being blocked on the point of shooting into an open goal. We were playing all over our opponents, but refused (!) to score, to much short passing in the goalmouth being the cause. The Danes, taking courage from our inability to score, became dangerous, mainly through the efforts of their centre forward, who dribbled finely, beating three of our boys neatly, and finishing with an effort which just scraped the crossbar. This served to show us we would require to play hard to win. Miller had a nice chance to open the scoring, but ballooned the ball over “Spion Kop,” the effort causing Tommy himself to smile broadly. It was evident that Lacey wasn’t feeling at home in the outside position. He was inclined to work into the centre, and by doing so threw the whole forward line out of gear. Sheldon was doing well, but made a bad mistake when, instead of crossing, he elected to shoot. A cross would have meant a goal here, as Miller was standing unmarked, and could hardly have failed to score.

“As is usually the case after doing all the attacking, we lost the first goal by a break-away. The opposing centre forward received a clearance from one of his own backs, and, working the ball magnificently, beat Ferguson, myself, and Crawford, and, shooting on the run, scored a fine goal. He received a great ovation from the crowd, and thoroughly deserved it. This reverse acted as a tonic on our boys, and Metcalf, taking a pass from Lacey, scored with a fine ground shot from twenty five yards. Our success didn’t meet with much approbation; it was evident the crowd was not a sporting one. The game was now moving on very even lines, our boys not combining as effectively as usual. Miller was not himself, and Lacey was lost on the outside. Billy wants work, and his forcing play was badly need in the inside. A mistake by our defence let the Danes in for another goal. Two of our boys jumped together for the same ball, with the result that both missed, and the inside left, standing unmarked, put the ball well out of Campbell’s reach. The Danes were now playing a good game, their centre being a continual source of danger. He had some corkscrew runs which were very clever. His style of play resembles Puddefoot’s, of West Ham, very much. This is the second forward we have met who would do well in English football. Half time found us a goal to the bad – a rather unique position in this tour.

“The second half began with Lacey in his own position at inside left, Metcalf going outside. The Danes started as if determined to hold on to the advantage they had gained, and began pressing us right away. Sheldon relived by a nice run down, and a quick pass to Banks, who shot, the ball passing the upright with the goalkeeper hopelessly beaten. It was a shock when we found ourselves another goal in arrears. A high ball was shot into Campbell, who punted out to the inside right, the latter shooting first time and scoring another fine goal. The fat was now in the fire with a vengeance. Our boys realising what was required of them now, began playing something in their old style, and Miller, taking a pass from the left, scored with a nice screw shot, which the goalkeeper touched, but failed to stop. The quick scoring had kept up the enthusiasm of the crowd, who were greatly excited, and encouraged the home players by shouting and cheering. They failed to notice we ought to have had a penalty, Banks being pushed in the back when in a good scoring position. Lacey equalised with one of his extra specials again. Billy has scored more sensational goals than he even did in the English ties, and this is saying something. I, myself, was forced to retire after this, having injured my ankle in a tackle. This left us with ten men and fifteen minutes to go. I watched the finish from the pavilion, and our boys had now all the play, though they failed to score, the game finishing a draw of three goals each We were a bit disappointed at the result, but had ourselves to blame, owing to our weak finishing.”
(Liverpool Echo, 28-05-1914) - Transcribed by Kjell Hanssen

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