October 9, 1943
Key note: “Liverpool have dashed into the leadership of the Football league North, overtaking Blackpool and Aston Villa thanks to a smashing 6-4 victory over their neighbours Everton, at Goodison Park on Saturday. This is the reward of sheer consistency and a fighting spirit with thrills as well as entertainment. Liverpool’s display in the first half at Goodison proved them to be worthy of their position. Certainly the fall of Blackpool by the only goal at Bury at Bury, and the fact that for the second week in succession Aston Villa dropped a home point, enabled the Reds to forge ahead on goal average, but I am quite confident that if the lads keep up Saturday’s first half form, they will gain their second war trophy. This was a game we shall remember for a long time not only for its high standard of football, and pulsating moments, but for its utter absence of anything questionable. Never have I seen a “Derby” so free from fouls and in saying. Thank you lads, I know I am voicing the sentiment of the 28,934 spectators who paid £2,226. Of the receipts the Government gets £851, but the clubs will get only £650 each. There is something radically wrong there. Billy Liddell was at the match with his broken leg in plaster and he says that medical opinion is that his leg has been cracked before. It will be three weeks before the plaster comes off. Both clubs had a fully representative gathering of directors ably entertained by Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins and company, and to emphasise the pre-war touch I noticed with astonishment coming through the stand after the game that most of the litter was – orange peel!” (Evening Express: October 11, 1943)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Goodison Park, kick-off: 15:00.
Everton – Liverpool 4-6 (0-4).
Attendance: 28,835; gate receipts: £2,226..
Referee: Mr. P. Snape (Manchester).
Everton (2-3-5): George Burnett, Jack Jones, Norman Greenhalgh, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Scott-Leo, Jack Grant, Eddie Wainwright, Tommy Lawton, Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jim Harley, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done, Don Welsh, Alf Hanson.
The goals: 0-1 Done (4 min., assist: Welsh), 0-2 Done (8 min., assist: Welsh), 0-3 Harley (39 min., assist: Done), 0-4 Done (42 min., assist: Hanson), 1-4 Own goal (Hughes, 49 min.), 2-4 Lawton (54 min., assist: McIntosh), 2-5 Done (66 min., assist: Welsh), 2-6 Welsh (67 min., assist: Hanson), 3-6 Stevenson (85 min., assist: Lawton), 4-6 McIntosh (87 min., assist: Stevenson).