September 15, 1902
The Liverpool team paid its visit to Roker Park on Saturday when 20,000 people turned out to see Sunderland secure their first home League victory. Sunderland won the toss and elected to play towards the sea end. Liverpool went away with a rush, but were soon driven back.
Play after this for most of the half consisted of fast midfield exchanges, neither goal being much called on. The teams seemed pretty well matched. In the earlier stages Liverpool came the nearest to scoring. Doig cleverly ran out and took the ball from Raybould and Morris before either of them could get a shot in, and later he made a clean catch from Livingston. About two minutes before the interval McCombie kicked in for Sunderland from a foul, and Miller headed through in the simplest manner possible, and at the interval the home side led by a goal to nil.
In the second moiety the Liverpudlians quickly got to work, and Doig had several fine shots to negotiate. The visitors were awarded a penalty kick, and Raybould equalised the score with this. The home lot now made a stiff effort, and from a corner kick Jackson headed a fine goal. Both sides worked hard and well after this, but nothing was scored, and the end came with Sunderland two goals; Liverpool, 1 one goal.
Sunderland: Ned Doig, Andy McCombie, Jimmy Watson, Billy Farquhar, Sandy McAllister, Dicky Jackson, Billy Hogg, Jimmy Gemmell, Jimmy Millar, Willie Maxwell, Colin McLatchie.
Liverpool: Bill Perkins, John Glover, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Charlie Wilson, William Goldie, Arthur Goddard, George Livingston, Sam Raybould, Richard Morris, John Cox.
(Sporting Life: September 15, 1902)