April 10, 1946
Key note: “We have had some poor shows from the Reds this season. Way back in September they had a pathetic performance against Bury. Yesterday’s, if possible, was even worse. There is little consolation in the fact that they often pull out their best against good opposition, and sink to the depth against poor stuff. And what depths did they sink to yesterday! It was almost tragic to see the complete lack of unity in the side, and the struggling, disorderly attempts to produce even an emasculated imitation of the forcefulness and virility the side once possessed. This, surely, was the bedrock of ineffectiveness. Anything the future holds must, of necessity, be an improvement, at least so one hopes. Leeds are a poor side, yet they almost snatched victory in the closing stages after Fagan had given Liverpool the tonic of a goal in the first three minutes. It was the visitors, not Liverpool, who stages the fighting rally which Anfield spectators used to see so often.” (Liverpool Echo: April 11, 1946)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Leeds United 1-1 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. J. Lawless.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Charles Ashcroft, Jim Harley, Bernard Ramsden, Ray Lambert, Laurie Hughes, Eddie Spicer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done, Willie Fagan, Bob Priday.
Leeds United (2-3-5): John Hodgson, Les Goldberg, Jim Milburn, Arthur Price, Tom Holley, Bob Batey, Dennis Grainger, Aubrey Powell, George Ainsley, Arnold Knight, Billy Heaton.
The goals: 1-0 Fagan (3 min., assist: Balmer), 1-1 Grainger (86 min.).