Northwich Victoria v Liverpool 2-1 (FA Cup: November 19, 1892)

November 19, 1892
Key note: “Liverpool did not cover themselves with glory on Saturday in the English Cup tie encounter with Northwich Victoria. The reputation they had built up by their victory over Aston Villa was ruthlessly brought down. Whatever complaint there was about the ground, and it was wretched enough, Liverpool undoubtedly had the advantage as they were a much heavier team, and, therefore on a heavy-going ground ought to have made a better show.” (Liverpool Mercury: November 21, 1892)

Match: FA Cup, Second qualifying round, at The Drill Field, kick-off: 14:30.
Northwich Victoria – Liverpool 2-1 (2-1).
Attendance: 1,000.
Referee: Mr. John Lewis; linesmen: Messrs.: Fletcher and Gunning.
Northwich Victoria (2-3-5): John Gow, Thomas Scanlan, George Postles, Bob Ramsay, William Crozier, Jesse Stanley, Josh Hargreaves, Patrick Finnerhan, Harry Bradshaw, Robert Macbeth, Harry Fecitt.
Secretary: W.A. Fletcher.
Liverpool (2-3-5):
Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Andrew Kelvin.
Secretary: William Barclay.
The goals:
0-1 Wyllie (10 min.), 1-1 Fecit, 2-1 Fecit.

Match report:
* Liverpool Mercury: “Knocked out of the FA Cup.”;
* Liverpool Mercury: “Weekly review”;
* Liverpool Mercury: “Liverpool hand in protest after FA Cup defeat”;
* Liverpool Mercury: “Liverpool’s FA Cup protest thrown out”;
* Athletic News: “Liverpool and District Notes”;

Harry Bradshaw, Northwich Victoria (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):



  1. John Gow was grandfather of my wife and I am trying to obtain his birth date and history of his football career.He was born in Scotland and lived in South Shields following the end of his football career. I believe his brother played football and they both played for Scotland

    1. Hello,

      Unfortunately I do not know much about John Gow’s career. What I have managed to find in my archives you probably have from earlier yourself.

      Apparently he started his career with Vale of Leven, and joined the “World Champions” of Renton in 1889. When Renton was found guilty of professionalism by the Scottish League in September, 1890 – most of their players were suspended. Renton ceased playing and all their players went elsewhere. John Gow arrived in Blackburn on Monday, October 6 – 1890 – together with a player from St. Bernard’s named Hall. Five days later John played a First Division match for Blackburn Rovers against Sunderland.

      In July 1891, the Lancashire Evening Post reported that Gow had gone back to Scotland and had been re-instated as an amateur player and signed for his old club Renton.

      From records we know Gow returned to England and played for Northwich Victoria and West Manchester.

      I have no dates regarding his age etc. I tried a quick search on ancestry for the 1891 Census in Blackburn without any luck.

      If I come across more information I will let you know.

      Best regards,


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