Wednesday, August 24 – 1960
Match: Football League, Second Division, at The Dell, kick-off: 18:45.
Southampton – Liverpool 4-1 (3-1).
Referee: Mr R.H. Mann (Worcester); linesmen: Messrs R.A. Chappell and C. Coppack.
Southampton: Ron Reynolds, Ron Davies, Tommy Traynor, Brian Clifton, John Page, Cliff Huxford, Terry Paine, George O’Brien, Derek Reeves, Tommy Mulgrew, John Sydenham.
Liverpool: Bert Slater, Gerry Byrne, Ronnie Moran, Johnny Wheeler, Dick White, Thomas Leishman, Kevin Lewis, Roger Hunt, Dave Hickson, Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court.
The goals: 0-1 Leishman (11 min.), 1-1 Sydenham (19 min.), 2-1 O’Brien (29 min.), 3-1 Reeves (40 min.), 4-1 Paine (53 min.).
Liverpool scarcely knew what hit them. They were struggling from the opening minute when the Saints got three corners in quick succession. Liverpool scored first after 11 minutes, a lucky goal by wing half Tom Leishman, but Cliff Huxford and his colleagues never let that worry them.
Southampton, recapturing the form which enabled them to shock Manchester City in the Cup last season, cut the Merseysiders’ defence to ribbons. Brian Clifton, normally an inside forward and deputising brilliantly at right half for the injured Dick Conner, started the goal spree.
His Crossfield pass was headed on by centre-forward Derek Reeves to the unmarked John Sydenham, and the England Under-23 winger got a great 19th minute equaliser.
A George O’Brien “special” made 2-1 10 minutes later, and when the inside right drove a power drive against the crossbar, Reeves nipped in to head it home for the third. It was Reeves’s 150th goal for the Saints.
Seven minutes after half-time the Saints’ other Under-23 winger little Terry Paine gave Bert Slater no chance with a scintillating shot.
(Daily Express, 25-08-1960)
Terry Paine, Southampton.
John Sydenham, Southampton.