December 24, 1900
Liverpool v Nottingham Forest.
The first meeting of the above teams this season took place at Nottingham, before 10,000 spectators, the proceeds being set aside for the benefit of Dan Allsopp, the former Forest custodian. The sides were as follows:
Nottingham Forest: Harry Linacre, Ted Peers, Jim Iremonger, Frank Forman, John McPherson, Bob Norris, Fred Forman, Arthur Capes, Jack Calvey, Grenville Morris, Alf Spouncer.
Liverpool: Bill Perkins, Tom J. Robertson, Billy Dunlop, Charlie Wilson, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, Tom Robertson, Andy McGuigan, Sam Raybould, John “Sailor” Hunter, John Cox.
The Forest won the toss, and were early dangerous, Perkins having to throw away twice in rapid succession. The Liverpool wing men were prominent in retaliation, and Robertson gave Linacre a warm shot to repel. At the other end Perkins saved grandly from Calvey, and after McPherson had sent wide the visitors bore down strongly, and Robinson checked the Liverpool right when favourably situated for scoring. After some pressure on their goal Liverpool broke away, and Raybould tricking Iremonger had an open goal, but shot over the bar. Both goals were rapidly visited, but at the interval neither side had scored, though the respective custodians had been well tested.
Resuming before an increased attendance, Perkins again cleared finely from Calvey, but the home goal was soon endangered by Iremonger tripping Hunter just outside the penalty line. Linacre cleared from Hunter, and the Forest goal was hotly besieged. Robertson was repeatedly dangerous, and Iremonger came under the ban of the referee very often for his unfair tactics. Liverpool pressed, but the Forest defence held out, and just before the finish Morris raced clean away but Perkins effected a capital clearance.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: December 24, 1900)