November 20, 1897
Key note: “After the lapse of three weeks, with ne’er a victory to record, the success of Liverpool against the Wolves was exceptionally welcome, even though the margin in favour of the home team was of the narrowest possible nature. A long spell of defeat destroys confidence in a team, and on this account alone Saturday’s triumph would be extremely gratifying, for it should give the players more heart in tackling future opponents. But there is one cogent tractor in the oases which certainly deserves attention, and which was a prominent feature of the display of the forwards against the Wolves, namely, a lack of dash and determination not to be thwarted, which may be taken as the chief cause of the team’s non-success of late. The win made a great deal of difference to the position of Liverpool in the table, and it is to be hoped that now the winning course has again been entered that an improvement in the general play of the team will be continued, one more in accordance with what the team is really capable of accomplishing.” (Liverpool Mercury: November 22, 1897)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:30.
Liverpool – Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 (0-0).
Referee: Mr. J.H. Strawson.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, John McCartney (C), Thomas Cleghorn, John Holmes, Robert Marshall, Patrick Finnerhan, Fred Geary, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
Wolves (2-3-5): Tom Baddeley, George Eccles, Joe Blackett, Hill Griffiths, Billy Owen, George Fleming, Joe Tonks, Henry Wood, William Beats, Billy Smith, Jack Miller.
The goal: 1-0 Finnerhan (89 min.).