November 7, 1892
Up to Saturday last Blackpool and Liverpool were the only teams that had carried all before them in the Lancashire League, and their meeting at the Royal Palace Gardens, Blackpool, was to decide which team should maintain their unbeaten record. The supporters of the home team, who were not so numerous as I had expected, were pretty-confident of success, strong as the Liverpudlians are.
The match was really a contest between Lancashire and Scotland, and Lancashire won, although the losers included no fewer than nine men who have at one time or another been members of Scottish League clubs. Liverpool were without two capital players in James McBride (who played in the Inter League match last season), and Jock Smith (the ex-Sunderland man), the teams being: –
Blackpool: Lawrence “Lol” Wright, Edmund Morgan, Harry Parr, Frank Parr, Harry Davy, Harry Stirzaker, John Parkinson, Harry Tyrer, William Marsden, James Pittaway, Edward Parkinson.
Liverpool: Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Matt McQueen, Thomas Wyllie, John Cameron, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Hugh McQueen.
Referee: Mr. T. Lomax, Halliwell.
The local seasiders started in a way that fairly took their opponents by surprise. E. Parkinson caused McLean to kick out, and then Pittaway gave Ross a teaser, E. Parkinson a moment afterwards beating the Liverpool custodian with a splendid shot, the cheering at this early success being almost deafening. J. Parkinson next got the best of McLean, and crossed to Pittaway, who banged the second through, all this taking place in the first ten minutes, and this against a team that had had only one goal chalked up in four matches.
With a couple of goals in hand the home team strove strenuously to increase their score, the forwards playing a splendid combined game, but they could not break through the opposing defence for a time, but eventually E. Parkinson put on a third. Play after this was more even, and on one occasion McLean went through his opponents in capital fashion, but he received very little support from the other forwards, Blackpool crossing over with three goals in hand.
The second half opened in a somewhat tame fashion, the hard work of the first portion evidently telling on the home team. Liverpool forced the play, Wright being beaten early on, but the ball had previously been handled. Then the home custodian had to give an exhibition of his powers, and was deservedly applauded for making a good save whilst lying full length on the ground. The home team seemed to fall off a little, but they soon smartened up, and Marsden ended a sprint by putting in a splendid shot, which Ross just as well saved, and Pittaway forced Hannah to play the ball into his own goal. The game continued equal to the end, but no further scoring accrued – Blackpool thus gaining top place in the League by three goals to none.
On the day’s play the winners were undoubtedly the superior team, and had the game won in the first half hour. The Liverpool forwards were nowhere in comparison with those of Blackpool, and there did not seem to be a thorough understanding between them, whilst they were very weak in front of goal.
I have never seen a sharper and more determined lot of players than those representing Blackpool. Wright, in goal, was little troubled in the first half, but he had his work cut out in the second portion, and did it in a very satisfactory manner. The backs and half-backs were safe, Harry Parr being very prominent. The forwards deserve most of the credit attached to winning the match, and it would be difficult to point out one man who did more than another. Marsden makes a fine centre, and is very speedy, whilst E. Parkinson put in some capital centres.
Of the losers, Ross could not be blamed for any of the shots that beat him, and Hannah was the better of the two backs, McLean being slow, and kicking badly. M. McQueen was the best of the half-backs, and played with good judgment. McCartney was good at fouling his opponents, if that is any credit to him. The forwards were weak, owing to the want o a capable centre, for though Miller exhibited some nice dodging, he seemed to rely on his reputation, and reputation doesn’t count with those Blackpool people. The left was the better wing, and McLean had no superior as a forward. He worked hard and effective all through, and H. McQueen made some good runs, though he always waited for the ball to be passed to him. Wyllie would have done better had he been fed more.
(Source: Athletic News: November 7, 1892)