September 10, 1892
If the Lancashire League clubs are all of the Higher Walton stamp they will have a lively time playing against Liverpool. Eight goals to nil is a terrible drubbing, especially when it is considered that the home left wing was upset through the absence of John Miller from the centre. A description of the game in these circumstances would be mighty dry reading, full of repetitions. Occasionally the visitors got away but Duncan McLean and Andrew Hannah were too safe to allow of liberties, and so Master Sydney Ross between the sticks had little else to do but look on and smile.
The smile, unfortunately, was on the wrong side of his face at Middlesbro’. Here the Liverpool men, after a long and tedious journey, had a job before them which they were unequal to. The Ironopolis team gave some of our crack clubs a stand last season, and it is quite safe to predict that they will repeat the dose this season, as they are much stronger. Liverpool played a very good game, but not so good as what they are capable of when the front rank is intact. The shots which scored were awkward ones, the ball skimming through high up under the corner, so that Sydney Ross could hardly be blamed for allowing the ball to pass. The Liverpool men speak in high terms of the decision of the referee, therefore permit me to put it on record as the gentleman filling this onerous duty is more frequent jumped on metaphorically speaking, than praised.
Thursday evening brought Barrow before a Liverpool crowd once more. The attendance was not bad considering that he game was just as stubborn as when the team played on the same ground last season. I think they have improved somewhat, certainly their defence is remarkably good. R.D. Fenton and Steel proving themselves very capable backs whilst Stevenson played about the best of the halves.
The home team were again without John Miller, his place being filled by Malcolm McVean, which I think is a mistake. Not that the work by Mac did not do well; but when there is a temporary vacancy in the centre, my experience is that it is better to fill that place by a reserve man and not spoil the combination of the wings by withdrawing a man. The play was very well worth looking at, some bits now and then being really first class. Several times Thomas Wyllie centred grandly, but the passes were not taken.
The first goal came from a beautifully placed corner kick by Wyllie, which John Cameron utilised, and the only other goal of the match came from Wyllie, and a regular scorcher it was, Liverpool winning by two to one.
The pace throughout was very fast, and Duncan McLean did a lot of good work. He is improving very much, both in safe tackling and speed. Jock Smith’s play pleased me very much also, it was a decided advance on the first match of the season.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: September 10, 1892)