March 28, 1903
Key note: “A curious game was that played at Anfield between Sheffield United and Liverpool, for there was the spectacle afforded of one team enjoying three-fourths of the attack, to meet with a wonderful display of goal-keeping, whilst on the other hand, the side that was content with an occasional breakaway had the good fortune to be opposed by a feeble exhibition of defensive work, and after having scored twice as much as their opponents gain a decisive victory, which their play certainly did not warrant.” (Athletic News: March 30, 1903)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Sheffield United 2-4 (2-4).
Referee: Mr. John Lewis; linesmen: Messrs.: E. Dodd and J.W. Horrocks.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Bill Perkins, Alex Raisbeck (C), John Glover, Maurice Parry, George Fleming, William Goldie. Arthur Goddard, George Livingston, Sam Raybould, Edgar Chadwick, John Cox.
Sheffield United (2-3-5): Bill Foulke, Harry Thickett, Fred Milnes, Harry Johnson, Bernard Wilkinson, Ernest Needham, Walter Bennett, Jimmy Donnelly, Arthur Brown, Archie Needham, Bert Lipsham.
The goals: 0-1 A. Needham (4 min.), 1-1 Cox (6 min.), 1-2 E. Needham (pen, 15 min.), 1-3 Lipsham (30 min.), 2-3 Raybould (40 min.), 2-4 Bennett (41 min.).
Did you know?
“Billy Dunlop was not quite fit to assist his club against Sheffield. The loss of his wife has been a severe blow to the clever left back, but he will probably be seen out this evening when Sunderland are at Anfield.” (Athletic News: March 30, 1903)
Bill Perkins, Liverpool (Lichfield Mercury: November 11, 1898).
Ernest Needham, Sheffield United F.C. (Tamworth Herald: September 6, 1902):
William “Fatty” Foulkes