September 16, 1899
It is a fact that Sunderland specially lay themselves out to beat Liverpool. Such, at least, is the idea of Tom Watson, and surely he ought to know.
Sunderland certainly do their best to prove to their old friend that football is not yet a dead letter on Wearside, and unfortunately their proving has invariably been all too successful.
Liverpool have not beaten the Wearsiders at Anfield for three full seasons, and it looks as if we are never going to beat them.
Sunderland, I might add, had a little inducement, in the shape of a £2 bonus per man, to beat Liverpool, whilst the Liverpudlians had their usual 10s. home bonus dangling before their eyes.
Slight difference, eh?
In the same proportion in fact as the difference in the play of the two teams.
(Lancashire Evening Post: September 16, 1899)