December 18, 1905
Saturday afternoon was anything but an ideal one for football at Bramall Lane, as quite a fog hung over the enclosure; but despite this, there was an attendance of fully 15,000 spectators, who witnessed a rattling game.
Liverpool kicked off towards Bramall Lane, for a couple of minutes assumed the offensive, but they were driven back, and Needham and Drake both tested Hardy with good shots. Then Liverpool had a turn of pressing, and Parry’s shot was disposed of by Leivesley, who subsequently put his side one up.
From the kick off, the ball travelled to the Liverpool end, and in less than two minutes the equaliser had come, through a fine kick of Brown’s. The remainder of the first portion was well fought, and the interval arrived with the teams on equal terms – one goal each.
The second half was commenced in the same energetic fashion that had marked the first, the Liverpudlians being the aggressors. After ten minutes they swarmed around the United stronghold, and Cox headed past Leivesley, this giving Liverpool the lead.
During the last ten minutes the United kept Liverpool strictly on the defensive, but their halves and full-backs played a sound game, and Liverpool just deserved to win.
Result. – Liverpool, 2; Sheffield United, 1.
Sheffield United: Joe Lievesley, Thomas Stewart, Bob Benson, Charles Johnson, Billy Wilkinson, Ernest Needham, Edgar Bluff, Jimmy Donnelly, Arthur Brown, Alonzo Drake, Bert Lipsham.
Liverpool: Sam Hardy, Alf West, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, James Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Joe Hewitt, Sam Raybould, John Cox.
Referee: Mr. J.T. Howcroft (Bolton).
(Sporting Life: December 18, 1905)