October 3, 1892
This fixture was played on the Anfield ground on Saturday afternoon. Owing to the weather being so unfavourable the attendance of spectators would only number about 1,000. The visitors, who by the way are drawn against the Liverpool club in the English Cup tie, to be played at Manchester next Saturday, brought their strongest eleven, including Frank Sugg, who took up his position at right full back.
The homesters were also well represented, the teams being composed as follows: –
Liverpool: Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, Jno. Cameron, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Andrew Kelvin.
West Manchester: Entwistle, Frank Sugg, William Russell, Daniel Spiers, Pickering, Allison, Bridge, Tom Iddon, Bogie, Walsh, Leigh.
Punctually at 3 45 Bogie started the ball for Manchester, and crossing over to his left wing, Hannah had to intercept Bridge as he was making for goal. The Liverpool van smartly took up the running, only, however, to be pulled up by a strong lob by Sugg.
Play then settled down in midfield, and for a considerable time was of a give-and-take nature. Both defences were occasionally taxed. Entwistle being conspicuous as he safely dealt with a beauty from Wyllie.
The visitors settled down to their work and showed some capital combination, with the result that Hannah and McLean were both pressed, the former only by conceding a corner kick to Bogie. This was safely got rid of by Ross, and McBride placing among his forwards, the Liverpool van took up a strong position, Entwistle experiencing a warm five minutes as Wyllie, Miller, Kelvin, and Smith all tried to effect an entrance.
Pretty passing was now indulged in both teams, Miller on the one side and Bogie on the other leading their men in fine style. Gradually gaining ground, West Manchester ultimately forced the home defence back into goal, and try as they would neither Hannah nor McLean could make an effectual clearance.
Six corners in succession were taken by the Manchester men, and had it not been for the stubborn defence of the homesters they certainly must have scored. The Liverpool front division at last got away, and, after Miller had been driven back by Pickering, Wyllie drove the leather hard against the net on the wrong side.
Bogie took up a fine pass from Allison, and, racing past the home halves gave Ross a teaser to manipulate. Two more corners were forced by the visitors, and a clear opening was thrown away by Walsh. Just before the interval the Anfielders broke away, but, like their opponents, success was denied them, half-time coming with no score by either side.
On resuming, the Liverpool men shook off the loose tactic which they had shown during the first half, and at once got into their proper stride, causing both Sugg and Russell a deal of exertion to stem their determined attacks.
A powerful drive by the latter landed the ball at Bogie’s toe, and the visiting centre getting his men into line, parted to Bridge, who neatly evaded Hannah and drove past Ross, thus scoring a well-earned goal – the first of the match. This undoubtedly brought the home men to their senses, as from this stage they performed grandly.
Wyllie, on the wing, had a severe tussle with Russell, and then drove over the crossbar. Not to be denied, down upon Entwistle’s charge the Liverpool men went, and after a sharp bit of pretty combination Kelvin sent over to Wyllie, who in turn made the score one goal all with a rasping shot.
Called upon by the spectators, the home men fairly made rings round the Manchester defence, and although the latter gamely resisted defeat, Smith, after a scrimmage, sneaked through a second point. With only a minute to play the ball was centred in midfield, and McVean, from a lob by McQue, filled Entwistle’s hands, and the latter only partially clearing, Miller pounced on the leather and added a third goal, amidst great cheering.
Liverpool thus winning an exciting game by 3 goals to 1.
(Liverpool Mercury: October 3, 1892)