September 18, 1948
Key note: “Two goals were scored in the space of six minutes near the finish of the Goodison Derby this afternoon. Fagan scored a scrambling goal for Liverpool after 80 minutes, and at 86 minutes Dodds equalised for Everton from a penalty. It had been a game of thrills. A record crowd of 78,299 saw the game. The result was a tribute to both teams, and in common justice there could have been no other. Everton had out six of the 1939 championship team. Liverpool were seeking ‘the daily double’ their reserves having beaten Everton Reserves at Anfield earlier in the day. Bentham and Boyes, in the Blues team were making their first appearance of the season and in the absence of Farrell, Alex Stevenson the only Irishman in the game, skippered Everton. Bill Jones, Liverpool centre-half who is due to play for the Football League against the Irish league at Anfield on Monday, arrived with his head bandaged, following a cut over the left eye, received in Wednesday’s game against Arsenal. The bandage was merely protective and Bill will be there all right on Monday. Liverpool have not given up hope for an amicable settlement of the Stubbins impasse, and I think it very probable the talks will be resumed shortly. There were indications of a near record crowd. Ambulance men were kept busy, but as they always are on Derby days.” (Evening Express: September 18, 1948)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Goodison Park, kick-off: 15:15.
Everton – Liverpool 1-1 (0-0).
Attendance: 78,299 (new attendance record at Goodison Park).
Referee: Mr. F. Thurman.
Everton (2-3-5): Ted Sagar, George Saunders, Jack Hedley, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Gordon Watson, Aubrey Powell, Wally Fielding, Jock Dodds, Alex Stevenson, Walter Boyes.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Cyril Sidlow, Bill Shepherd, Ray Lambert, Phil Taylor, Bill Jones, Bob Paisley, Jimmy Payne, Jack Balmer, Les Shannon, Willie Fagan, Billy Liddell.
The goals: 0-1 Fagan (80 min., assist: Liddell), 1-1 Dodds (penalty, 84 min.).