A win is crucial tomorrow when Liverpool play hosts to Tottenham in the Premier League. The Londoners are four points ahead of us in the battle for top four and can´t be allowed to increase the gap. A 100 years ago Liverpool showed how Tottenham should be disposed of. The match in October 1914 ended in a 7-2 home win.
When history and Tottenham are mentioned many Liverpool fans remember the match at Anfield in 1978 when the Reds played sensational football and won 7-0. The final goal, a header by Terry McDermott, is often described as the greatest team goal scored by Liverpool.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfWlciSofiM
But already 64 years prior to this match Liverpool managed to put seven past Spurs at Anfield. The game was played during World War One. It is the only English professional football season to have been played in WW1 or WW2.
Many thought it was wrong to play football while other young men went off to war to fight for their country. Attendances were low and only 20 000 came to Anfield on the 31st of October 1914. The ones who chose to be there could at least enjoy an extraordinary goal-fest.
Liverpool took an early lead through Billy Banks in the 10th minute. Thirteen minutes later Fred Pagnam started a goal-spree of his own. Before half-time Tottenham´s Bert Bliss cut back the deficit and at 2-1 ahead of the second half everything was left to play for.
Goal-wise nothing happened until it remained 20 minutes. Then number 10 Fred Pagnam put Liverpool 3-1 up. But just two minutes later Tommy Clay gave the guests hope when converting a penalty. But Fred Pagnam had some unfinished business to take care of. He completed his hattrick in the 80th minute and found the net once more two minutes later to get a memorable quadruple. Liverpool cruised at 5-2 up and Jackie Sheldon made it an even more miserable day for Tottenham with two late goals to make it 7-2.
Fred Pagnam just played in two seasons for Liverpool, the war-time one and one after the war, 1919/20. He then left for Arsenal. He was really prolific and scored 28 goals in 37 league games in the red shirt.
Despite this goal-hungry performance Liverpool didn´t perform particularly well this season. The Reds landed in a final 13th place (out of 20) and was also shamed by a match-fixing scandal involving Liverpool and Manchester United players. The season ended even bleaker for Tottenham who propped up the table and was relegated.
I don´t expect a 7-2 result this time but a victory is a must if there is any point in claiming:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com, www.wsc.co.uk.