On This Day – United and Liverpool, the Fixed Game

April 2, 2011

2-4-1915 Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-0 at Old Trafford in front of a crowd of 18,000 on this day in 1915. George Anderson scored both of United’s goals in a end of the season mid-table match. A large amount of the money had been placed on United winning 2-0 at 7/1 and the FA investigated the game for match fixing. Three United and four Liverpool players where banned for life for match fixing. One of the players, Sandy Turnbull, was killed in the First World War and five of the others received a reduced ban due their service in the War, but Enoch ‘Knocker’ West, served a ban of thirty years, the longest ban in the history of the Football League.

West played for Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest before moving to Old Trafford in 1910.  He won a league winners’ medal in 1911 for United and scored 80 goals for the Reds before he was banned in 1915.

Free the Manchester United One

Graham Sharp wrote ‘Free the Manchester United One‘ about West’s campaign to prove his innocence. West had sued the FA for libel, a case which he lost.