1895, Darwen, 0-0.
** Liverpool could not break down Darwen’s stubborn defence at this winterish game at Anfield in the presence of 6,000 spectators. Even when Haddow was ordered off the field for unsportsmanlike behaviour Liverpool could not find the sting in their attack to settle the matter and the match ended in a goalless draw. Local newspaper “Liverpool Mercury” started their match report with the following line: “Liverpool are a terribly disappointing team!”
James Haddow, Darwen F.C.
1901, Newcastle United, 0-1.
** Believe it or not but this match was filmed and by following the link you can view a few seconds of a football match with The Reds (in black and white) from 115 years ago. Newcastle won 1-0, and towards the end of the match Liverpool’s Charlie Satterthwaite was carried off the field unconscious.
1907, Preston North End, 1-2.
** Proud Preston came to Anfield and grabbed all the points thanks to former Merseyside players. Ex-Liverpool John Hunter scored first for Preston and then former Everton midfielder Harry Stringfellow put on a second goal before 25 minutes had passed. Liverpool’s only reply came through Charlie Hewitt, also before half-time.
1912, Manchester United, 1-3.
** On a rainy and stormy afternoon in Manchester (yes, also in 1912) – Liverpool went down 1-3 to the United. Goals from George Wall and a brace from George Anderson put United 3-0 up before Donald Mackinlay reduced the lead late on. Matters didn’t get any better when Arthur Goddard missed from the penalty spot, after Nuttall had fouled Mackinlay.
1918, Manchester City, 2-0.
** From a rainy Manchester in November 1912 to a sunny winter afternoon with cheery spectators at Anfield in 1918 saw Liverpool defeat Manchester City by the score of 2-0. Walter Wadsworth’s little brother – Harry sent the Reds ahead, and towards the end of the game profilic war time goal-scorer Tommy Bennett settled the matter with a second goal. Fully 20,000 spectators at Anfield during war time. Football for the people.
1929, Leeds United, 1-0.
** Leeds dominated most of the play but had to leave Anfield empty handed. The only goal came in the first minute with Liverpool Scots Archie Macpherson found Jimmy Smith with a golden nugget pass. Local media celebrated the play of defender Tommy Lucas and baptised him “Liverpool’s wonder worker”.
1935, Derby County, 0-0.
** Liverpool came to this match with big home wins against Everton (6-0), Grimsby Town (7-2), West Bromwich Albion (5-0) and Huddersfield Town (3-0) but could not break down the stubborn Derby defence. A special match for Tommy “Snowy” Cooper who met his former team-mates. Derby left Merseyside with a point in their bags.
Tommy “Snowy” Cooper.
1940, Manchester United 2-2.
** For twenty minutes Liverpool played with perfect understanding. They hardly made a mistake and promised a score of cricket proportions. Why they should fall away so steeply remains a mystery. An explanation may be the fact that they have always done their best work against the odds, and not when they have taken early and easy leads.
Other Liverpool F.C. related news on November 23:
1884, Fred Staniforth, born in Kilnhurst (Yorkshire).
1887, Ernest Pinkney, war time guest during WW1, born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1928, Gordon Hodgson, Liverpool F.C. married to Miss Doris Huckell.
1928, Watford F.C. signs Neil McBain, from Liverpool F.C.