April 8, 1901
Manchester City v Liverpool
At Hyde Road, before a moderate attendance of spectators. Both sides were well represented, considering that the game was only of the friendly order. Billy Gillespie kicked off, and Billy Meredith who, for a change, took the inside right position, looked like working his way through, but Billy Dunlop pulled him up. The City forwards once more took play into the Liverpool half, and Bertie Dartnell gave Meredith a pretty pass, which he utilised to the fullest extent, and scored a splendid goal. Very soon afterwards Meredith and Dartnell got away with some good passes, and Meredith putting in a good sprint was tripped inside the penalty line. Fred Williams was entrusted with the kick, but Bill Perkins was successful in keeping out his shot. The visitors then took the ball away to the City goal, and Sam Raybould equalised with a simple shot. The score at the interval was one goal each.
After the interval the City players had the best of matters, and a corner kick was conceded as the result of good play by Fred Threlfall. From the corner kick Joe Cassidy shot into the net, and gave his side the lead. The City players again took up the attack, and Dartnell was placed in possession. He very smarty landed the ball into the net for the third time. From a capital shot by Maurice Parry, the City defence was beaten for a second time.
Manchester City, 3; Liverpool 2.
(Source: Manchester Courier: April 8, 1901)