January 11, 1908
Key note: “The Anfield enclosure has not in past years proved a happy hunting ground for Derby County, and in League warfare their successes have been exceedingly limited. In the first half Derby were aided by a fairly strong breeze, which affected the returns of the backs considerably. Yet so steadily did the Liverpool defence perform, that the Midlanders could only once break it down, and this was the result of a penalty kick. Liverpool certainly played more in accord with their real ability than they have done for some weeks past. Whether this was due to the fact that they had swallowed more ozone at Blackpool than their Derby rivals, I cannot say, but I am inclined to lay much of the merit of the victory to the account of their half-backs. Bradley played a capital game, and this season there has not been a more consistent performer in the team than he. Intercepting deftly, and skillfully eluding his opponents, he gave Cox and Hewitt sufficient chances to have brought great results, but the left wing forwards were none too prominent in this tussle.” (Athletic News: January 13, 1908)
Match: FA Cup, First Round, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:30.
Liverpool – Derby County 4-2 (1-1).
Attendance: 15,000; gate receipts: £285.
Referee: Mr. T. Kirkham; linesmen: Messrs. H. Holmes and J.W. Whitehead.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sam Hardy, Percy Saul, Tom Rogers, James Hughes, James Gorman, James Bradley, Arthur Goddard, William Macpherson, Jack Parkinson, Joe Hewitt, John Cox.
Derby County (2-3-5): Harry Maskrey, Jack Nicholas, William Moore, Ben Warren, Ben Hall, George Richards, Jack Davis, Jimmy Long, Fred Bevan, Alf Bentley, George Davis.
The goals: 1-0 Cox (10 min.), 1-1 Bentley (penalty, 20 min.), 2-1 Gorman (47 min.), 3-1 Bradley (52 min.), 4-1 Parkinson, 4-2 Bevan (85 min.).
The “Rams” slaughtered at Anfield (Liverpool Echo: January 13, 1908):