April 7, 1945
Key note: “Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City was complete in every respect, and right here let me emphasise that but for the super-goalkeeping of Frank Swift, the game’s greatest and most colourful goalkeeper, Liverpool would have won the tie, let alone the match. But for the courage and efficiency of Swift, Liverpool would have won by seven goals, and for many a hectic spell it was merely a case of Swift v Liverpool.” (Evening Express: April 9, 1945)
Match: Football League, North Cup, Second Round, First Leg, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Manchester City 3-0 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. J.H. Parker (Crewe).
Liverpool (2-3-5): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jeff Gulliver (Reading), Matt Busby, Laurie Hughes, Harry Kaye, Jack Campbell, Phil Taylor, Billy Liddell, Don Welsh, Horace Cumner (Arsenal).
Manchester City (2-3-5): Frank Swift, Gordon Clark, Jack Bray, Willie Walsh, Eric Eastwood, Les McDowall, Maurice Dunkley, Alex Herd, Billy Williamson, George Smith, King.
The goals: 1-0 Liddell (40 min.), 2-0 Welsh (69 min.), 3-0 Welsh (89 min.).