January 4, 1902
Key note: “Sensations were not lacking on Saturday, for every football enthusiast in the country oped wide his eyes and whistled when he saw Liverpool 7, Stoke 0, in big black type that looked as if it wouldna’ ding and downa be disputed. But as Shakespear-Bacon once observed, thereby hangs a tale, which will be related in due time. Highly-spiced news often comes from Liverpool! Amazement at the start of Thomas Goudie had barely subsided when our souls were harrowed by the dreadful disaster on the electric railway. On Saturday a football team suffered from the effects of poison in the fish they partook of for their light lunch prior to playing. Such was the predicament of Stoke, and if we remember aright Nottingham Forest once had a similar experience in the same city. Any irritant unwholesome matter foreign to food often has fatal effect, and there is no doubt that four members of the Stoke team were seized with sudden illness, and their energetic secretary, Mr. H.D. Austerberry, was also afflicted. This is not a fable invented to excuse an apparently overwhelming defeat, for prior to the commencement of the match L.R. Rouse, the goalkeeper, told Mr. C.E. Sutcliffe, the referee, that he felt very ill, and that unless there was an improvement he should be compelled to retire. A few minutes later Roose asked permission to withdraw. This was bad enough in itself, but at half-time there were other seizures. Stoke renewed the game with seven players! Mr. Sutcliffe consulted his linesmen as to whether he should allow the match to proceed, and it was agreed that if any other player was compelled to retire the game should be postponed. Fortunately Watkins and Whitehouse reappeared, but even so Stoke had to fight on with nine men!” (Athletic News: January 6, 1902)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:30.
Liverpool – Stoke 7-0 (4-0).
Referee: Mr. Charles Sutcliffe; linesmen: Messrs. W. Standring and J. Roberts.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Bill Perkins, John Glover, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Charlie Wilson, William Goldie, John Cox, John T. Hunter, Sam Raybould, Andy McGuigan, Tom Robertson.
Stoke (2-3-5): Leigh Roose, Sam Meredith, Andy Clark, Billy Leech, Sam Ashworth, James Bradley, Freddie Johnson, Tinker Whitehouse, Martin Watkins, Sam Higginson, Len Hales.
The goals: 1-0 McGuigan, 2-0 Raybould (12 min), 3-0 McGuigan, 4-0 McGuigan, 5-0 Raybould (55 min), 6-0 McGuigan, 7-0 McGuigan.