March 10, 1900
Match: Football League, First Division, at Bramall Lane, kick-off: 15:30.
Sheffield United – Liverpool 1-2 (1-2).
Mr. J.H. Strawson; linesmen: Messrs. E. Hanway & W.H. Bellamy.
Sheffield United (2-3-5): Bill Foulke, Thomas Clinch, Peter Boyle, Billy Beer, Harry Johnson, Harry Howard, Billy Brawn, Walter Bennett, George Hedley, Jack Almond, Bert Lipsham.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Bill Perkins, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, Rab Howell, Alex Raisbeck (C), William Goldie, Tom Robertson, John Walker, Sam Raybould, Charles Satterthwaite, John Cox.
The goals: 0-1 Raybould (7 min.), 0-2 Satterthwaite (20 min.), 1-2 Hedley (penalty, 42 min.).
** Liverpool won the toss, and United had to face a brilliant sun.
** The opening stages went in favour of the visitors, who, however, by wild shooting, missed three clear chances of scoring.
** GOAL: After seven minutes player, however, Cox centred, and Raybould placed the ball into the net.
** GOAL: Liverpool continued to show superior form, and after Dunlop had cleverly repelled a centre from Brawn, they again carried play into the home quarters, and Satterthwaite, receiving a pretty pass, easily added a second point, the Sheffield custodian being completely taken by surprise with the rapidity of the movement.
** DISALLOWED GOAL: Led by Hedley, the United forwards were seen to better advantage, and from a free kick the ball was landed into the net, without, however, a second player touching it.
** A fine centre from Lipsham was sent over, but again the clever work of the Liverpool halves and backs the home side could make little serious advance.
** GOAL, PENALTY: Three minutes from the interval, Howell fouled one of the Sheffield players inside the twelve yards’ limit, and from the ensuing penalty, which was granted after consultation with the linesmen, Hedley scored.
** Resuming, the United worked more in harmoney, Hedley being prominent with several dashing runs.
** A grand run and centre by Cox almost led to another goal, the ball skimming the bar with great force, and a moment later another strong shot from the outside left missed by inches only.
** Brawn tested Perkins with a header, which was smartly cleared, and, after a period of defence Liverpool once more assumed the offensive, and W. Goldie sent just outside the upright.
** Raisbeck was repeatedly prominent in repelling the United onslaught, whilst Dunlop grandly checked the home left wing.
** Another sprint along the wing by Cox caused Foulkes to come out to clear, and the custodian was also called upon by Raybould.
** United tried hard to equalise, but Liverpool held their own.
** DISALLOWED GOAL: Two minutes from the finish Hedley scored, but was given offside, and Liverpool won a great victory.
(Liverpool Mercury, 12-03-1900)
The visit of the Liverpool team to Bramall-lane on Saturday attracted fully 10,000 people to that ground to witness the return match with Sheffield United, and a very exciting and interesting match resulted in a victory of the visitors by 2 goals to 1. This was the first defeat in a League match suffered by the United team on their own ground this season, and though the Sheffielders were unlucky in not being able to put their full strength into the field, and also in having what appeared to us a legitimate goal, which would have qualised the scored, close on time disallowed, it must be admitted that the Liverpool team played the better and brighter football, and quite deserved their most creditable victory. The Liverpudlians, who are playing desperately to keep away from the two bottom places in the League table, had a powerful and representative team, who gave a capital all round display, being smart in attack and sound in defence, and but for occasional faulty shooting at goal, especially in the first few minutes, would have won by a larger score. Apart from the missing of several chances there was, however, no fault to be found with the play of the winners, of whom every man played well, particlarly Raisbeck, who at centre half-back showed very fine form indeed, in spite of having a dashing and skilful centre forward to face in Hedley.
(Sheffield Independent, 12-03-1900)
Rab Howell, Liverpool F.C. (Lancashire Evening Post: October 8, 1898).