December 26, 1945
Key note: “The game between Barnsley and Liverpool at Oakwell was fast and exciting, but the football was perhaps more vigorous than it was skillful. A goal behind at the interval, Smith being the scorer, Liverpool were badly handicapped from striking back in the second half through having Hulligan limping about the left wing, thus virtually reduced to ten men. Before the interval the Liverpool goal had some narrow escapes, Smith, Fisher and Wilson each forcing the ball against the woodwork. Liddell was the mainspring of the Liverpool attack and only alert goalkeeping by Rymer prevented several hot low shots from the winger taking effect. At a later stage of a tense struggle, Liddell was switched to the centre, Shannon going to outside right and, though Barnsley’s goal was endangered, their defence survived by stout tackling and kicking. Fagan and Shannon were enterprising in the Liverpool front line, but good approach work was not crowned by strong finishing. More than one good opportunity went begging. Both the centre halves, Wilson for Barnsley and Bush for Liverpool, were dominant figures, and Barnsley had two clever and trustful wingers in Smith and Kelly.” (Liverpool Daily Post: December 27, 1945)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Oakwell.
Barnsley – Liverpool 1-0 (1-0).
Barnsley (2-3-5): George Rymer; Laurie Cunningham, Gordon Pallister; Jimmy Baxter, Joe Wilson, John Logan; Gavin Smith, George Robledo, Stan Fisher, Beaumont Asquith, Pat Kelly.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Nickson; Kenneth Seddon, Jim Harley; Harry Kaye, Tom Bush, Jimmy McInnes; Billy Liddell, Willie Fagan, Les Shannon, George Paterson, Michael Hulligan.
The goal: 1-0 Smith.