Liverpool v Manchester United 3-4 (League match: October 23, 1943)


October 23, 1943
Key note: “It was almost a case of history repeating itself at Anfield where we had a game to thrill the most exacting. Last season Liverpool were being well beaten at Manchester against the United, but recovered to win. Saturday it was United’s turn. At the end of 52 minutes Liverpool were leading 3-0, and if you had told any of the 18,950 spectators (receipts £1,328) that the Reds would lose they would have laughed. But lose Liverpool certainly did. Within 31 minutes of that third goal the United had forged ahead, and such was the power of their rally that no one begrudged the the reward. It was one of the most sensational turns around we have had this way for seasons.” (Evening Express: October 25, 1943)

Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Manchester United 3-4 (2-0).
Attendance: 18,950; gate receipts: £1,328.
Referee: Mr. J.H. Parker; linesmen: Messrs. S.J. Bostock and W. Cottrill.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, John Shafto, Jack Balmer, Don Welsh, Cyril Done, Alf Hanson.
Manchester United (2-3-5): Jack Breedon, John Griffiths, George Roughton, Jack Warner, Billy Porter, Bert Whalley, Bill Bryant, Stan Pearson, Jack Smith, Bellis, Jack Macdonald.
The goals: 1-0 Balmer (assist: Welsh), 2-0 Welsh, 3-0 Balmer (52 min.), 3-1 Smith (58 min.), 3-2 Macdonald, 3-3 Pearson, 3-4 Pearson (85 min.).

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