August 15, 1885
Match: Friendly, at Anfield, kick-off: 16:45.
Everton – Burnley 2-4 (2-0).
Referee: Mr. Lamont.
Everton (2-3-5): Charles Joliffe, Tom Marriott, George Dobson, Pickering, Finlay, Sutton, Richards, Brown, Mike Higgins, George Farmer, Jack McGill.
Burnley (2-3-5): McClintock, Smith, Hargreaves, Raynor, Beattie, Keenan, Hutton, McCrae, Kennedy, Woods, Boyce.
Goals: Farmer and Higgins (Everton); Hutton 2, Beattie and Woods (Burnley).
The Everton football Club opened the season on Saturday at Anfield with an exhibition match with Burnley. There was a good attendance of spectators, but the weather was far too warm for good play. Everton with the ground in their favour, scored within five minutes from the start, Farmer putting the leather through from an apace by W. Brown and before the close of the first half Higgins scored the second goal for Everton. This was all the local club obtained, for in the second half Burnley put on 4 goals and thus won by 4 to 2. Farmer and Dobson played hard and well for the home team. Beattie and Brice showed up best for Burnley.
(Liverpool Mercury, 17-08-1885)
The Everton A.F.C opened the season on Saturday by playing Burnley, and as this was the first visit of a Burnley team to Liverpool, great interest centred in the match above 1,000 spectators being present within the Anfield enclosure. During the first half the home team pressed Burnley considerably, work. Farmer and Higgins both scored, and McGill and Brown should also have scored points. In the second half of the game the Burnley men penned Everton within their own lines and scored four goals (Beattie, Hutton 2, and Woods), the game thus ending in favour of the visitors by four goals to two.
(Liverpool Courier, 17-08-1885)
Match report from the Burnley Express, Saturday, August 22 – 1885.
Match report from the Athletic News, Tuesday, August 18 – 1885.