April 13, 1946
Key note: “Don’t be misled by the score at Anfield, which suggests that Liverpool were a really good side. Such was not the case, although they were definitely much better than they had been against Leeds. That is not enough, for there are stern days ahead next season when everything will be speeded up, and everyone on their toes. At this period of the season it is customary to see games which savour of ‘end of the season,’ and this match at Anfield can be placed in that category. The one redeeming feature about Liverpool was that their forwards would shoot, but Stoke were poor, for they never offered opposition to force Liverpool to show real determination. It was go-as-you-please football by both sides.” (Liverpool Echo: April 15, 1946)
Match: Football League, Northern Section, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Stoke City 4-1 (3-0).
Referee: Mr. J.H. Parker.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Cyril Sidlow, Jack Westby, Bernard Ramsden, Phil Taylor, Laurie Hughes, Eddie Spicer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done, Wilie Fagan, Bob Priday.
Stoke City (2-3-5): Dennis Herod, Harry Brigham, John McCue, Frank Mountford, Billy Mould, Jock Kirton, George Mountford, John Sellars, Syd Peppitt, Fred Steele, Frank Baker.
The goals: 1-0 Priday (29 min.), 2-0 Priday (37 min.), 3-0 Fagan (44 min., assist: Priday), 4-0 Balmer (46 min.), 4-1 Kirton (80 min.).