April 6, 1907
Key note: “Comparatively little interest was taken in the visit of Derby County to Anfield by Liverpool football enthusiasts, and the attendance would scarcely reach five figures. Practically deserted was ‘Spion Kop,’ which presented a somewhat dreary aspect. In view of their precarious position in the League chart I fully expected Derby to make a bold effort to annex at least one point, and a chance came their way, which, had it been accepted, would, I think, have enabled them to share the honours. This was in the last quarter of an hour, when Dunlop made a feeble attempt to intercept a pass from the County left wing, and Davis gaining possession went ahead until he was alone with the goal at his mercy and only Doig to beat. Liverpool were at this time one point ahead, and it seemed any odds on Davis equalising, for he was unhampered. His final effort, however, was miserably weak, for he shot, or rather attempted to do so, in such feeble fashion that the ball, which went straight to the custodian, simply ambled over the turf. Derby’s fate was settled by this failure, though the incident was quite characteristic of the genera play of the visitors throughout, and in consequence of their defeat they drop another rung in the ladder. Worse football has not been seen at Anfield during the season.” (Athletic News: April 8, 1907)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – Derby County 2-0 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. C.C. Fallowfield (Lincoln); linesmen: Messrs. F. Birtwistle and R. Eccles.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Ned Doig, Percy Saul, Billy Dunlop (C), Maurice Parry, James Gorman, James Bradley, Arthur Goddard, Joe Hewitt, Sam Raybould, William Macpherson, John Cox.
Derby County (2-3-5): Harry Maskrey, Jack Nicholas, William Moore, Alf Wood, Ben Hall, Jimmy Bagshaw, Jack Davis, Jimmy Long, Alf Bentley, Freddie Wheatcroft, Sammy Lamb.
The goals: 1-0 Hewitt (17 min.), 2-0 Hewitt (85 min.).