January 9, 1897
Key note: “Wolverhampton Wanderers received a visit from the Liverpool team, and a capital struggle ensued between them. The Wolves forced the pace at the beginning, and were the first to score, but they soon slowed down, and play became more equal. Gradually Liverpool gained the upper hand, their players staying better on the soft ground than the home team. They equalised before the interval, and, scoring once after changing ends, eventually won by two goals to one.” (Sporting Life: January 11, 1897)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Molineux, kick-off: 14:30.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Liverpool 1-2 (1-1)
Referee: Mr. J. Cowley.
Wolves (2-3-5): Billy Tennant, George Eccles, Henry Wood, Hill Griffiths, Billy Owen, George Fleming, Joe Tonks, Joseph Lyden, William Beats, Joseph McMain, Billy Smith.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Willie Donnelly, Archie Goldie, Tom Wilkie, John McCartney, Robert Neill, Thomas Cleghorn, Fred Geary, Willie Michael, George Allan, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
The goals: 1-0 McMain (4 min.), 1-1 Allan (14 min., assist: Becton), 1-2 Geary.