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Merseyside has never seen a keener and more wonderful “Derby” game than that at Anfield since their inception in the season 1894-95. This was like a typical full-blooded Cup-tie, and it brought out all that is best in football and players. Although the game went at a tremendous pace until the end it was fought out in the best of spirits. If the game revealed, but one thing it was a most value revelation for Liverpool and that was in Chambers they have an ideal centre half. It will be revealed that the tabulation of injury to the stalwart Lucas induced Liverpool to make various shifts, the latest move being that Chambers was given the pivot position. Whether he will eventually graduate into a centre-half remains to be seen, but Chambers was no carbon copy. It is of course, a grueling job at times. He had the weight, which was most useful, and it was a new satisfaction to see how the wings were having the ball slung out to them.


This, however, is a digression. There was an atmosphere about the game, which could be felt yet, partisanship never went out of bounds, although one has to tread warily in summing up for fear of being thought a partisan of one side or the other. The cheering ran round the ground in waves that swelled, but did not break as each side in turn provided the entertainment. The large crowd were made the more comfortable because one end of the mammoth Spion Kop covering had been joined up with the grand stand, and the extension was opened for the first time. My opinion was that Everton deserved their narrow lead in the first half, writes a Daily Courier representative. But, having said that, ungrudging credit must be given to Liverpool for the way they fought back, with Everton putting up a desperate rearguard action. It must be remembered that all the first session Liverpool were a disorganised side, for Lucas, who had been on the top of his form at his regular job, was doing his best in the second to hold down the right wing position and doing it manfully with one sound limb and a swinger.


This necessitated Jackson going to the right back position, while Edmed, whom Liverpool must keep on the wing at all, cost was now in the danger zone at centre-forward. Liverpool certainly were running risks in putting this brilliant winger there for he is hardly built for the role. Anyway, all's well that ends well, and Red and Blue supporters could retire to their homes with the feeling that the result was right. Why could not Everton, when they had a 3-1 lead early in the second half hold on to it, 1 have been asked possibly there will be some who will disagree with the opinion that their last line of defence was not the strongest feature of the side and that the middle line can do better. I do not attach blame to Hardy, who generally inspired confidence, and who came in goal for Taylor, who was keenly disappointed that a finger injury picked up in the Huddersfield game kept him out. Everton eased up. Dean, of course, with his three goals, bringing his League total to 43 was a host in himself. What would Everton do without him? Yet he did not start too convincing, but I do not suppose we shall ever see a better goal than his second.


It was really the right material, and spectator at that. Weldon first trapped the ball and passed it on to Dean invited Lucas to come and catch him, and then unloaded a stiff shot and beat Riley, who had come running out. Dean had previously scored in this session, so that he was making a most auspicious 100 th League appearance for his side. This was certainly a turn in the wheel of fortune for it was Liverpool, though Hopkin, who had opened the scoring. Hodgson, who was using his head, and putting every ounce into the game, initiated the move. Race was proving a capable partner to Hopkin, and judging his play from every standard he must certainly be put down as a Liverpool discovery and the credit passed on to whoever was responsible for making it. The versatile Chambers also took some taking care of as a centre-forward during his spell in that position. Pleasing impressions remain of both Hodgson, a sterling player with the team spirit, and Edmed, who never really had time to settle down in either the wing or his new centre-forward position. Hodgson by his resistency in forcing his way through, had the satisfaction of bringing the sides level in the second half, and just previously Bromilow whom we were all pleased to see steadily coming back to something like his true form, had the pleasure of scoring, which had been questioned during the game from some yards out.


Hardy made a game effort to turn the ball out, and some of the Everton players had the impression the ball had not crossed the goal-line, but from my position it certainly appealed to have done so before Hardy made his effort, in which two or three of his clubmates tried to help him, and the referee signalled a goal without hesitation. It is a tribute to Dean that although he was so well watched –he was not always able to use the ball when it came to him –and his moves well known, he scored a trio, although Jackson patrolled him well during the time he was on duty at centre-half and Chambers was so successful later in a heavy role when necessary. With certain periods excepted, Everton's half back line came up to requirements Hart, time after time rooting out the ball and making the best use of it. Virr was sound, if he has played even better while Kelly helped Cresswell in some commendable positional play between the pair. Troup, always a good little one, and Weldon ran up against stiff opposition in Morrison, a distinct acquisition, and an outstanding back in Lucas until he was hurt, while McKinlay was never allowed to forget he was meeting a flyer in Critchley, and his work had to be done in a hurry. Teams : - Liverpool: - Riley, goal, Lucas, and McKinlay, backs, Morrsion, Jackson, and Bromilow, half-back, Edmed, Hodgson, Chambers, Race, and Hopkin, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards . Attendance 57,000, Receipts £3,400.

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