September 19, 1892
It was quite like old times at the Anfield enclosure on Saturday, so far as ”gate” was concerned, and the way in which the crowd augurs well for the success of the venture.
The game was one of those which the Liverpool folks delight in, and there was never a dull moment during the whole hour and a half. Thanks to the exceptionally clever goal keeping of Jimmy Gee the team crossed over with a clean record.
Accidents were the order of the day in the second half, not that the play was by any means rough. Duncan McLean had his arm dislocated, and then Platt injured his elbow.
Jock Smith opened the scoring, cleverly eluding the Southport defence, and second goal was gained just on time – the score beating the whistle by barely half a minute.
As has already been said, the crowd had rare value for their money, and Jack was quite as his master. J. Gee was the bright and shining light of the game, and he would be a decided acquisition to any team.
The backs defended well, while the Centralites have a trio of hardworking halves. Forward, Platt was not quite so successful as usual, but the left pair gave Andrew Hannah no end of trouble. To give the Liverpool such a warm afternoon’s work is certainly a feather in their cap.
Sydney Ross was never seriously taxed, his skipper and McLean relieving him of any cause there might be for anxiety.
The halves were in good trim, Joe McQue being especially noticeable.
Forward, John Miller greatly improved the forward line by his reappearance, and the others were all there when wanted.
(Liverpool Mercury: September 19, 1892)