January 1, 1925
Match: Football League, Third Division North, at Prenton Park.
Tranmere Rovers – New Brighton 1-3 (0-2).
Referee: Mr. H. Mason; linesmen: Messrs. J.E. Townsend and R. Hull.
Tranmere Rovers (2-3-5): Arthur Briggs, George Jackson, Tom Stuart, Bert Jeffes, Fred Alstead, Lewis Rutter, Jimmy Moreton, Jack Brown, Dixie Dean, Stan Sayer, Bert Cartman.
New Brighton (2-3-5): Bert Mehaffy, Jimmy Niven, Jimmy Jones, Max Reid, Jack Reid, Harry Gee, Ernie Whitter, Allan Mathieson, Joe Wilcox, Peter Kelly, Gene Carney.
The goals: 0-1 Wilcox (Penalty, 2 min.), 0-2 Kelly (40 min.), 0-3 Wilcox, 1-3 Dean (70 min.).
At Birkenhead yesterday, before 10,000 spectators, in dull weather. In the opening half the visitors had the advantage of a strong wind. Play ruled fast and even, and after two minutes Jackson fouled Kelly, and from the ensuing penalty kick Wilcox opened the score. Five minutes before the interval Kelly headed a second goal for New Brighton, the ball passing through the home goalkeeper’s legs. In the second half Tranmere were almost continually on the offensive, but precious little shooting was done. Wilcox scored a third goal for New Brighton, after Briggs had mis-fielded, and 20 minutes from the end Dean obtained Tranmere’s only point. Result: – New Brighton, 3 goals; Tranmere Rovers, 1 goal.
(Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 02-01-1925)