January 2, 1911
Key note: “The display of the Wearside team against Liverpool at Roker Park yesterday was a striking contrast to that they have in the game with Sheffield United on Saturday. They had but a crowd of 10,000 to watch the encounter, and the conditions were not inviting. Heavy rain had fallen in the early morning, and although at the start the sun was shining there were several showers of hail, snow, and sleet before the game ended. As a consequence the ground was heavy – a factor which seemed to suit the Wearsiders, who, during the afternoon, showed some very fine form. The changes which had been made – Holley for Jimmy Gemmell and Milton for Harry Forster – were all for the best, and the home front rank has never during the season shown to greater advantage. They had the wind in their favour to begin with, and at once adopted the short passing game. This proved decidedly troublesome to the visiting defence, and in the first minute Longworth was forced by Bridgett to concede a corner. This was soon followed by another, though neither gave any tangible result. All the fighting, even at this early stage, was confined to the Liverpool end, and weakness in the latter’s line of defence was obvious. It was evident, too, that unless they exerted themselves their goal would be penetrated. The best department in the Liverpool team was the front line, of which Goodard and Parkinson were the pick. The halves were only moderate, and the defence, despite improvement when too late, was defective. Hardy was smart when he had a chance, but in the first half his backs let him down. For Sunderland it was an auspicious opening for 1911. It gave them the biggest lead at the cross-over they have had this season, it was their third win at home by four to nothing this season, and their fourth consecutive victory over Liverpool.” (Newcastle Journal: January 3, 1911)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Roker Park, kick-off: 14:00.
Sunderland – Liverpool 4-0 (4-0).
Referee: Mr. L. Bullimer; linesmen: Messrs. J.T. Pawson and E.T. Squires.
Sunderland (2-3-5): Thomas Allan, Billy Troughear, Albert Milton, Thomas Tait, Charlie Thomson, Harry Low, Jackie Mordue, Tim Coleman, Jack Cowell, George Holley, George Bridgett.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sam Hardy; Ephraim Longworth, Robert Crawford; Robert Robinson, Jim Harrop, John McConnell; Arthur Goddard, Joe Brough, Jack Parkinson, Sam Bowyer, John Macdonald.
The goals: 1-0 Holley (9 min.), 2-0 Mordue (11 min.), 3-0 Coleman (21 min.), 4-0 Cowell (30 min.).