August 29, 1892
We are now rapidly approaching the advent of the football season at Anfield, and everything is in first-class order, despite the many reverses the Executive have had to endure. When the split took place the supporters of the President were left without a team or even the nucleus of a club. Still they banded themselves together with the strong determination that a club should be formed on the old ground.
A powerful committee was elected, the majority of who are the men who have worked for years for the old club, and naturally possesses the essential qualification of making the new organisation a success. It was freely prophesied that a good team could not be got together, but the splendid body of men who during the last month been practicing on the Anfield ground have cleverly proved how ridiculous these predictions were. Without hesitation it may be asserted that the team engaged at Anfield stands second to none in the country.
The position of goal-keeper is perfectly safe in the hands of Sydney Ross. His display in the practice matches stamps him as one of the finest custodians who ever appeared in a team. The backs are also a fine pair. The merits of Andrew Hannah are well known both as a skipper and also as a player, and his mature judgment, together with excellent defensive tactics, makes him most invaluable. Duncan McLean, the other back, has not the finish possessed by Hannah. Still he is a most enthusiastic player, and no doubt with a little tuition from his partner will eventually become equally safe.
The line of half-backs are a splendid trio. Young James Kelso is as like his older brother, Bob, in play as he is in features, and great things are expected from him. Joe McQue, the centre half, is a finely built young fellow, with superb tackling powers and excellent judgment in the manipulation of the ball, and it is certain that Celtic’s loss will prove a gain to Liverpool. James McBride, who will be entrusted with the defence of the left wing, is a player of the first water. Although diminutive in stature, he possesses a wonderful amount of strength, and never knows when he is beaten.
But it is the forwards who carry off the palm. Their attack is most formidable, and when fairly under way they will be difficult to stop. Thomas Wyllie is as speedy as ever, and if kept in his own position will prove as effective as any player in the kingdom. Jock Smith, the ex-Sunderland man, is a grand acquisition, possessing rare speed and good dribbling powers, and if he does not develop selfish tendencies he and Wyllie will make an excellent wing.
John Miller is an ideal centre, and no man has earned such high praise as Miller has done since he came to Liverpool. He is a most unselfish player, feeding his forwards with remarkable accuracy, and when a chance of scoring present itself his shots are sent with a velocity that gives the goalkeeper little chance. The left wingers are both young players, with splendid speed, and combine well together, considering the limited opportunities they have had. Malcolm McVean is a good shot and a rare dodger. Andrew Kelvin, who will play outside, is a second Fred Geary, having the speed of a deer and a dogged persistancy to score.
With a team like this together, and with a strong reserve, it is to be hoped the defeats will be few and the victories many. There is also an excellent feeling between the committee and the players. The spirit of master and servant has no place here. All are united in one endeavor, viz., that of making the club a success.
The shares are being taken up in a manner far in excess of the anticipations of the most sanguine supporters.
(Field Sport: August 29, 1892)