Daily Courier report



Everton are credited with playing the best football in the country, said a well known official the other evening, and I have not the slightest doubt it is true. However, it is not producing many victories. There is denying the Blues are a classy side in midfield, but when they reach the penalty area they seem to lose all idea of goal getting. If any of the Blues were present at Anfield on Wednesday they received an object lesson from the South Africans as to the value of a first time shot; if they were not present then they missed a great object lesson. However, Everton have an opportunity of silencing their critics this afternoon when they receive Liverpool in the first of the local Derby games. They will have what is looked upon as their best eleven, in addition to which it is possible they will catch Liverpool somewhat at a disadvantage, for Forshaw, owing to a strain; is a rather doubtful starter. Both sides' have done none too well to date, in Derby game this matters but little. The crowd will roll up just the same expecting to see a good game, and the probabilities are that they will not go away disappointed. Liverpool, owing to injuries, were forced to delay the selection of the side from that of last week, Wadsworth returning the centre-half owing to Cockburn being injured, while a similar reason is responsible for McNabb deposing Pratt. Apart from the possibility that Forshaw may have to stand down the Reds look capable of putting up a good fight, and finding Harland plenty of work to do in this his first League game of the season. In the past the Anfielders have done remarkably well at Goodison Park, so that they take the field with full confidence. It should be a keen struggle between the pair, with the spoils going to the home side.



By S. H. H.

Liverpool, in keeping with tradition, won the Derby game with their rivals at Goodison Park. Moreover, although only a goal divided them at the finish, they were full value for the points earned, as they played the more convincing football. By this I do not mean to infer that Liverpool's play was the prettier of the two, for that was not so. Everton, so far as combined movements went, easily took the palm, but no matter how nice the passing and repassing appeared to the great throng, there were no denying the Blues' forwards were impotent when they reached the Liverpool backs. Scott during the game had not more than three difficult shots to deal with, which is hardly a tribute to the home quintette.


On the other hand Liverpool adopted more open methods and swung the ball out to the wings, the result was that when they got away there was always the likelihood of a goal accruing. It was such a movement that produced the only goal after four minutes' play. Raitt, in order to save his lines, gently tipped the ball out of play. Bromilow took the throw-in, got the return, and lifted it into the goalmouth, where Forshaw was apparently covered by Livingstone. Scenting danger, Harland left his goal, but Forshaw got his head to the ball and putting it back to Rawlings, the latter had an open goal to fire into. It was a simple goal, and I rather think the Everton defence was caught napping. Anyhow they never had an effective plan of campaign after this, for, having overdone the wing game, they next concentrated on the middle, which was just as bad, as the Liverpool halves never left the inside men, and either McNabb, Wadsworth, or Bromilow intervened at the crucial moment. The tenacity of the Liverpool trio had a great deal to do with victory. It was their most effective game this season, and none did better than Wadsworth. Walter kept such a watchful eye on Cock that little was seen of the Everton centre.


Forward the winners were well served by Johnson and Rawlings, while Lawson, who came into the side at the eleventh hour vice Hopkin, got across many good centres. At full back both McKinlay and Lucas did well after a shaky opening. Scott accounted for all that came his way in excellent style. For Everton, McBain, Chedgzoy, Troup, and Harland were the pick. The keeper had much more to do than Scott, but accomplished it in a effective manner, his saves in rapid succession from Shone and Johnson in the opening half being very fine. The game was witnessed by 50,000 people, including the Lord Mayor, the gate receipts totaling over £3,000. Teams : - Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott goal, Lucas, and McKinlay (captain), backs, McNabb, Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Rawlings, Forshaw, Johnson, Shone, and Lawson, forwards.

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