January 1, 1949
Key note: “A Happy New Year’s gift for Liverpool. They were worthy of their first-half goal and their penalty was a just one. To fall from the spot kick is a tragedy. Turnbull hardly did this. It was a good save by Minshull which prevented him scoring. Liverpool’s first half display was excellent. In the second half they had to go on the defensive, but even in this phase of the game they did wonders.” (Liverpool Echo: January 1, 1949)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Roker Park, kick-off: 15:15.
Sunderland – Liverpool 0-2 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. T. Seymour.
Sunderland (2-3-5): Johnny Mapson, Arthur Hudgell, Bernard Ramsden, Willie Watson, Fred Hall, Arthur Wright, Len Duns, Jackie Robinson, Ron Turnbull, Len Shackleton, Tommy Reynolds.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Ray Minshull, Bill Shepherd, Ray Lambert, Phil Taylor, Bill Jones, Bob Paisley, Billy Liddell, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done, Willie Fagan, Ken Brierley.
The goals: 0-1 Own goal (Hall, 11 min.), 0-2 Liddell (penalty, 86 min.).