September 10, 1900
Liverpool journeyed to Stoke on Saturday, where 15,000 spectators assembled to witness the contest. The sides were well represented, as will be seen from the following list of players:
Stoke: Theodore Wilkes, Billy Capewell, Peter Durber, Teddy Parsons, Alf Wood, James Bradley, Freddie Johnson, Len Benbow, Sam Higginson, Willie Maxwell, Billy Leech.
Liverpool: Bill Perkins, Tom J. Robertson, Billy Dunlop, Charlie Wilson, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, Tom Robertson, John Walker, Sam Raybould, Charles Satterthwaite, John Cox.
Stoke had the better of the opening play, and Higginson just missed scoring. Johnson also tested Perkins, following which the Liverpool backs were seen in fine defensive form, but eventually Maxwell found the net with a terrific shot after the game had been in progress twenty minutes. Satterthwaite looked like getting upon even terms, but shot wide, and for some little time the visitors quite held the position, but failed to equalise from several easy openings. At length Walker put the ball through, and at half-time the scores stood one goal each.
On resuming Liverpool attacked strongly, and for some time played much the better football, but failed to get the better of Wilkes. Cox almost defeated the custodian after a brilliant movement, but success was not forthcoming until Raybould struggled through and added a second after thirty minutes’ play. The Liverpudlians were playing a winning game, and could not be shaken off, and though the Stoke forwards put on a big effort, their work was unavailing.
Result: Liverpool 2, Stoke 1.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: September 10, 1900)
Peter Durber, Southampton (Sporting Life: April 21, 1901):