September 4, 1954
Key note: “This was a poor show by Liverpool. They were beaten by a side which has previously made only a very moderate showing. Liverpool started for half an hour as though victory would be their portion, but the longer the game went the more ragged and disunited they became. The defence was slow, Underwood might well have saved the goal which gave West Ham the points, and though Payne reduced the Hammers’ lead 14 minutes from the end, Liverpool never made a real fight of it. It was a disheartening display.” (Liverpool Echo: September 4, 1954)
Match: Football League, Second Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – West Ham United 1-2 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. F.B. Coultas.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Dave Underwood, Tom McNulty, Frank Lock, Barry Wilkinson, Geoff Twentyman, Don Campbell, Jimmy Payne, Alan Arnell, Louis Bimpson, John Evans, Billy Liddell.
West Ham United (2-3-5): George Taylor, John Bond, Bill Nelson, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Frank O’Farrell, Harry Hooper, Albert Foan, Dave Sexton, John Dick, Jimmy Andrews.
The goals: 0-1 Sexton (24 min.), 0-2 Hooper (60 min.), 1-2 Payne (76 min., assist: Arnell).