January 6, 1901
West Ham United v Liverpool.
Frost and fog threatened to render the Canning Town fixture futile, but at the time fixed for commencing play was possible. Liverpool drove to the ground from Chingford, where they have been staying for two days. West Ham trained at Purfleet. Both team were at full strength, and play started before 10,000 people.
This, perhaps the most interesting tie set for decision, attracted an enormous gathering to the Memorial grounds at Canning Town. Both teams had made unusual preparations for the match, and a capital contest was expected.
Liverpool kicked off, and for a time they showed to the better advantage, but the locals then had a turn, Albert Kaye almost scoring. Bill Perkins, the Liverpool goalkeeper, for a time had his hands full, West Ham keeping up a continual bombardment of their opponents’ goal. A couple of fouls fell to Liverpool, but nothing resulted, and half time arrived without either team having scored.
Upon resuming West Ham again pressed, but Liverpool soon got down, and Hugh Monteith had to save twice in quick succession. Exciting play followed, and at length John Cox ran in, and, passing the ball to Sam Raybould, the latter scored. From this West Ham lost the services of Charles Craig, and, being unable to get on terms they were defeated after a keen and exciting struggle.
(Source: Lloyds Weekly Newspaper: January 6, 1901)