31 Agustus 2008

History of Liverpool FC (2)

The twenties saw a good period for Liverpool where for the first time they retained a championship that they had won. This came in 1921-22 and 1922-23. The period also saw the emergence of Liverpool’s first great goalkeeper Elisha Scott, a giant Irishman.

The end of the decade though saw Liverpool slump a bit and often finished in the lower half of the league whilst their rivals Everton compared considerably better. The team itself was ageing and need to be replaced to improve.

It was the final season before the war that saw Liverpools best finish since their double success early in the twenties. It equalled the finsh of 1924. The team saw many a classy player at Liverpool though in men like Gordon Hodgson, Liverpools top league scorer in a record that stood until Roger Hunt broke it in 1962. Hodgson was one of two great South Africans to play for the Reds.

The other being Berry ‘Nivvy’ Nieuwenhuys. Nivvy joined in 1933 and remained at the club until 1947 after missing years due to the second world war. In 1935, Liverpool signed Matt Busby from Manchester City and played over 100 games for Liverpool. He was even offered a coaching role at Anfield but has given his word to Machester United that he would go there.

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