March 30, 1903
Key note: “The match was a strenuous affair from start to finish. Both teams were on full stretch from the moment of the kick-off, and the ground being heavy and slippery work was hard. The conditions suited Sunderland, whose defence was steady as a rock. In the first half playing against the wind the visitors controlled the ball better, and their attacks were always dangerous, but their goal was rather a lucky one inasmuch as the ball touching a Liverpool player placed the Sunderlander on-side. Nevertheless the point represented Sunderland’s superiority in this half. In the first few minutes of the second moiety Liverpool’s defence was rather shaky, but they managed to keep the Wearsiders out, and after this Liverpool with a shade of luck might easily have secured more than their single goal. Some of the centres sent across by the wing men were splendidly placed, and Raybould, in addition to scoring with a header, hit the upright, and later headed inches on the wrong side. It was a desperate game of which a draw is a fair reflex, but fate would have done no injustice to Sunderland had Liverpool managed to obtain the leading goal.” (Sheffield Evening Telegraph: March 31, 1903)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 17:00.
Liverpool – Sunderland 1-1 (0-1)
Referee: Mr. T. Kirkham; linesmen: Messrs.: E.H. Dodd and A.H. Hargreaves.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Peter Platt, John Glover, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, Arthur Goddard, Richard Morris, Sam Raybould, Edgar Chadwick, John Cox.
Sunderland (2-3-5): Ned Doig, Andy McCombie, Jimmy Watson, Matthew Ferguson, Sandy McAllister, Dicky Jackson, Billy Hogg, Robbie Robinson, Jimmy Millar, Joe Hewitt, George Bridgett.
The goals: 0-1 Bridgett, 1-1 Raybould (assist: Cox).
Andy McCombie, Sunderland (Athletic News: January 13, 1902).