EXTRAORDINARY SCENES AT ANFIELD.
Fine weather, a holiday season, and keen partisanship combined to produce a record crowd at Anfield yesterday when the return League match between Liverpool and Everton was played. Indeed, the crush was so great that not only was the proper accommodation packed, but spectators encroached on the playing area. Fully an hour before the kick off the utmost capacity of the ground was tested. At half past two the dense and swaying crowd at the Oakfield-road end broke down the railings and surged on to the field. A staff of constables, kept the spectators behind the touch line, but shortly afterwards a similar incident occurred, and further avalanches of spectators poured on to the green. All round the playing pitch enthusiastic supporters of either club swarmed around the touch line. Others climbed on the roofs of the stands while several partisans swarmed up the pillars supporting the roofs and perched themselves in forks of the ironwork. The ground is supposed to hold 28,000 people, but there were probably 35,000 present, while thousands remained outside unable to gain entrance. Owing to the encouragement of the spectators on the playing area, which the police found utterly impossible to prevent, it was very doubtful whether the game could be concluded. The players duly turned out shortly before three o'clock, and it was obvious that a start at all events would be made. Neither side was at full strength. Liverpool were without Dunlop and Robinson, their side being the same as that which, defeated Newcastle United. Parkinson partnering Goddard, while Chorlton took the place of Dunlop. Everton were short of Settle and Makepeace, Cooke playing inside left, while Black was drafted into the half-way line. Both teams were enthusiastically cheered when they appeared on the green, the League leaders receiving the warmer welcome. They lined up in the following order . Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, West, and Chorlton, backs, Parry, Raisbeck (Captain), and Bradley, half-backs, Goddard, Parkinson, Hewitt, Raybould, and Carlin, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and R.Balmer, backs, Black, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Cooke, and Hardman, forwards.
Hewitt started rather before time, and a nice pass out to the left by Parry ended in Carlin sending across, but Parry again got possession, and from his shot a corner accrued. This was immediately followed by a second but Bolton got it away, and a pretty pass by Jack Sharp initiated a promising movement, by the Blues front line. West chipped in and cleared, but Parry was penalised for fouling Hardman, and from the free kick Hardy threw away a soft shot from Cooke. Liverpool then pressed, but Parkinson preferred to pass to Hewitt instead of shooting himself when excellently placed, and Will Balmer nipping in cleared his lines. Further pressure by the Reds was repulsed, and Bolton trickling Raisbeck got off. He made little progress, and Chorlton cleared a foul against Liverpool. Carlin was penalised for jumping at Will Balmer but the free kick went behind. Weak kicking by Chorlton gave, the Everton left an opening, but Hardman's centre went among the spectators. Nice work by Raisbeck led to Liverpool putting in a cool and dangerous attack. Raybould and Hewitt were too hampered to shoot, but the former passed back to Raisbeck who missed the mark with a well-meant effort. The Reds attack continued, Hewitt feeding his wings prettily, but the Blues defence at this stage was impregnable. Young, Hardman, and Cooke, made play on the left, but Parry and West foiled the attack, and hands against Sharp again carried play into Everton territory, but another foul against Raybould neutralised this advantage. Well fed by Bradley. Carlin forced a corner, which was worked away offside relieving the Everton defenders. Young looked like working through, but Raisbeck cleared in the nick of time, after Sharp had got in a promising centre West miskicked, and gave a corner. This was Everton's first corner. Hardman placed it beautifully, but the leather was worked away, and Carlin dashed off to the other en. Receiving a pass Parkinson got clean through and looked all over a scorer, but his shot missed by a yard.
At this stage the crowd broke through and ran down the playing pitch, the game having to stopped for several moments. The Reds took up the attack, and a corner was forced on the right, Parry heading over. Following a spell of midfield play, Everton forwards put in a nice passing run, and Hardman centred well, but Raisbeck was again a stumbling block. A foul against Liverpool carried the ball to the goalmouth, but a breach of the rules brought relief to Hardy. The Reds then made a dashing attack, Carlin showing brilliant form, and from his centre the Everton citadel was hotly assailed. The ball hobbled about between Parkinson. Hewitt, and Carlin, but so close was the defence that no chance of a shot offered. R.Balmer distinctly pushed Hewitt in the back in the goalmouth, but the referee failed to notice the incident. Pretty long passing by Everton looked very promising, but Young spoiled their well-concerned attack by getting offside. Tricky tactics by Hewitt gave Parkinson a chance of a shot. He took it promptly enough, but the ball cannoned off a defender over the line, the ensuing corner being cleared. A free kick for Liverpool brought no advantage, and Sharp sprinted off down the wing, Chorlton helped by Bradley tripping the ball into touch, Cook put in a long shot, which Hardly easily dealt with, and another from Taylor was similarly cleared.
The Blues were now attacking chiefly on the right wing, but they made little progress, and when the ball was swing across, Parry's long legs cleared the lines. Carlin was then again conspicuous, but R.Balmer shifted his centre, and a brief incursion by the Blues was easily repulsed. At the other end Carlin dribbled for position, but at the finish had to shoot in desperation although the effort only missing by inches. A further invasion of the playing pitch by the spectators again stopped play. The grand stand touchline and the Liverpool goal corner flag were hidden by the mass of spectators. After a stoppage of a few minutes the ball was thrown up and play was resumed. Scott ran out to clear a centre from Carlin, but there was little method in the Liverpool attack. A mistake by Bradley let in Young, who, sent in a low hard drive from long range, which Hardly dealt with safely. A hot and close attack by Liverpool followed, in which Black was conspicuous for good defensive work, but not a shot could the home forwards get in. Hardman was allowed to sprint off from an offside position, but the whistle afterwards put matters right. Young ran through between the backs, but West checked him, and Chorlton completed the clearance, Taylor got possession and sent in a high, dropping a shot, which Hardly caught but dropped, and Taylor, dashing up, scored Everton first goal. This success came forty minutes after the game, had been commenced, and the Blues' supporters rapturously cheered it. Undeterred by this reverse, the Reds dash down, and Scott, who stuck to the ball despite the attentions of Raybould and Hewitt, and safely cleared, collected Carlin's centre. At the other and a corner was forced on the right, but Chorlton and West got it away, and the Reds again took up the attack. From a free kick Raisebeck called on Scott, who was not found wanting. Further pressure by the Reds was the time well directed, and as a result Hewitt had a chance. He shot at once, but missed the mark, and then the whistle sounded the interval, Half-time Liverpool nil, Everton 1.
On resuming, the first movement came from the Reds a corner being forced on the right. This was badly mulled by the home attack and the Blues then got to the other end. Hardman and Bolton put in good work, but Chorlton cleared, and when they came again Hardman got offside. Sharp was then prominent on the right, but ran the ball over the line. Liverpool attacked for a spell, but Raybould was very slow, and although Parkinson did his best Scott who punched away easily collected his final shot. A foul against Carlin was cleared by Raisbeck, and once more the Reds pressed, but to no purpose. A foul against Bradley was cleared and Carlin beautifully tricking W.Balmer dashed down the wing. He centred weakly, and the ball was easily cleared, Parry failing to get possession when a chance for a shot offered. The Reds came again, and during a hot attack within the penalty area, R.Balmer fouled Parkinson by charging him in the back. The referee saw this incident, and promptly gave a penalty kick, which West netted. Ten minutes after the resumption the sides were thus level. The game was resumed amid great excitement, the players being every whit as keen as the spectators. A weak clearance by West, let in Young, and the visiting right, and Sharp forced Chorlton to concede a corner, from which the ball was headed wide. Liverpool now attacked strongly, and Parkinson, sent in a grand shot, which Scott saved, in masterly style at the expense of a corner, which ultimately went behind. From the goal kick, the Blues got down to the other end, and some exciting play took place in the Liverpool goalmouth, and the ball was netted, but the whistle had sounded for a breach of the rules. The Reds again took up the attacks, and from Carlin's centre Goddard headed into Scott's hands, while Hewitt afterwards sent over the bar. Keeping up the pressure, chiefly through the instrumentality of Carlin, the Livers kept the Everton defence busy, but the Blues were equal to all demands made upon them. The game was once more delayed by encroachment of spectators. On resuming Carlin again got in a brilliant centre, but it was not utilised.
The game afterwards opened out a bit, and the Everton forwards called on the Anfield defence, but they could not get within shooting distance. A nice sequence of passing by the Everton front line ended in Sharp flashing down the wing. He was fouled in the act of centring, and from the free kick the ball was sent behind, Sharp again put in a brilliant run, finishing with a lovely centre, which Hardy thumped away. The Blues stuck to their work, but after a warm interlude in front of Hardy a corner was their only reward. This was got away, but the Blues came again and Young was looking dangerous when Parry fouled him. Abbott sending the kick over the crossbar. At the other end Scott was twice called upon, but the custodian was equal to each emergency. The Reds kept up a warm attack and Parkinson had a shot charged down, while Bradley shot over. The game afterwards rapidly changed ends. The Blues forced a fruitless corner, and the Reds netted the ball, but it was an obvious case for offside. From a free kick, Hardy cleared, and at the other end a corner for Liverpool was fruitless. The game, was fast and exciting to the close, and honours were even at the finish. Result Liverpool 1, Everton 1. Directly the whistle sounded the spectators swarmed in their thousands over the playing area, the scene being an extraordinary one, and quite unusual at Anfield.
The management of the Liverpool Football Club could not have had a greater object lesson as regrets the necessity for extending the accommodation of the Anfield-road enclosure than was afforded yesterday. Never in the history of the club have more people been on the ground at any match. Many of them could not see the game, but when doors are rushed police and officials are powerless. So great was the crush that barriers were smashed, and it was exceedingly fortunate, that no accident occurred. Still, the play was sadly interfered with by reason of the great attendance, and it was no wonder that the game, had to be stopped several times in order to keep the people from getting over the touch line. Under the conditions Mr. Green the referee, carried out his onerous duties with praiseworthy fact and judgement. At one time it was feared that the game might have to abandoned, but unfortunate, full time was played, and the match must of necessity stands as a League fixture. Perhaps under the circumstances it was just as well that the game resulted in a draw. At the same time such a verdict was not at all was Liverpool would have liked in view off their race for championship honours. Whether it was the overcrowding or the customary intense excitement when local rivals meet, certainly the match was a disappointment as an exhibition of Association football. It was a hard struggle throughout, but the finer points were for the most part conspicuous by their absence. The first half in particular was uninteresting - excepting of course, when Everton scored – and the second portion came as a welcome relief. Once Liverpool equalised there was a rare struggle for supremacy, and possibly had the Liverpool forward line even approached their true form the home side might have achieved a decided victory. As it was their attack was lacking in methods, and with the Everton defence in fine form, continuous pressure brought no tangible reward. Everton's goal, which the veteran Taylor obtained, was altogether a soft affair, for which that usually safe custodian Hardy was responsible. Taylor dropped the ball into the goalmouth, and apparently Hardy had a very easy opportunity of clearing. Unfortunately for his side the custodian failed to gather the ball and Taylor promptly had it in the net. This was a slice of luck for Everton, but matters were pretty well equalised, seeing that Liverpool drew level by means of a penalty kick given against R.Balmer. While Liverpool had more of the play than their opponents. Everton's rushes were more suggestive of danger. Indeed, in the last minutes after Young had nipped in between the backs, Sharp had a grand chance of beating Hardy, but from an easy position he shot yards wide. The defence on both sides was better then attack. Except for his one mistake, Hardy kept a good goal, but he was not so conspicuous as Scott, whose marvellous save from Parkinson will long be remembered. The brothers Balmer were a fine pair of backs, and while West played well, Chorlton gave a capital exhibition in the capacity of Dunlop's understudy. The respective captains- Raisbeck and Taylor – were the pick of the halves, their experience and judgement being of great value. Carlin was the most prominent of the Liverpool first line, which as a whole was below par, especially in front of goal. Young gave his best, and Cooke was a thorough trier, but neither Sharp, Bolton, nor Hardman excelled himself, although the right winger was responsible for some brilliant runs.
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