May 9, 1961
Key note: “It was Everton who won the Liverpool Senior Cup, but it is Liverpool who have picked one of the winners from the transfer market in Ian St. John, scorer of a hat-trick in his first match, and a ‘derby’ game at that? He is not to know that such things are hardly ever allowed in meetings of these local rivals, but it was a thrilling send-off that will take much of the sting out of the reverse for Liverpool supporters. It was only fitting that St. John, or Liverpool at least, should get that final goal in injury time at Goodison Park last night, for an Everton burst into a 4-2 lead after conceding equality, and being in grave danger of falling into arrears was a gross misrepresentation of the way play had gone. Even at 4-3 Liverpool might count themselves a shade unlucky and find many willing to agree with them that the only true verdict would have been a draw. For a debutant from Scotland to hit the jack-pot so spectacularly, so quickly, is little short of sensational, for it is an accepted fact this side of the boarder that Scots always require time to find their form in English surroundings.” (Liverpool Daily Post: May 10, 1961)
Match: Liverpool Cup, Final, at Goodison Park, kick-off: 19:30.
Everton – Liverpool 4-3 (2-1).
Referee: Mr. F.V. Stringer.
Everton: Albert Dunlop, Alex Parker, George Thomson, Jimmy Gabriel, Brian Labone, Brian Harris, Derek Temple, Bobby Collins, Alex Young, Roy Vernon, Jimmy Fell.
Liverpool: Bert Slater, John Molyneux, Gerry Byrne, Johnny Wheeler, Dick White, Gordon Milne, Ian Callaghan, Roger Hunt, Ian St. John, Jimmy Melia, Johnny Morrissey.
The goals: 1-0 Fell (28 min.), 2-0 Vernon (38 min.), 2-1 St. John (43 min.), 2-2 St. John (50 min.), 3-2 Fell (82 min.), 4-2 Collins (penalty, 86 min.), 4-3 St. John (88 min.).