Liverpool put seven past Fleetwood

December 5, 1892
Played at Anfield on Saturday, before 3,000 spectators. Liverpool were fully represented, having the same team which had defeated the Rangers at Fleetwood by 4 goals to 1.

Hannah won the toss and defended the Oakfield Road goal. Wilson commenced hostilities and immediately Leadbetter and Robinson created a diversion on the right, Hannah repulsed them, and after some indiscriminate kicking on both sides Smith and Wyllie brought the ball well up, but Wyllie shot over the bar.

Good defence by Bethel Robinson and Bibby kept Liverpool at bay, and it was some time before McVean found an opening. This success, combined with the fact of having a strong wind behind them, caused Liverpool to be continually on the aggressive, and before half-time Miller had added three more goals to Liverpool’s score, making the game 4 to nil in their favour.

Upon resuming the game was more open, Chapman first conceding a corner, an Ross following his example immediately afterwards. McLean then came in for a round of applause for saving in a critical moment, and bringing the ball down to Hugh McQueen, who raced off and centred, the ball hovering in dangerous proximity to Chapman; but Miller put an end to the doubt by scoring the fifth goal.

A quick run and centre by Smith and Miller culminated in the sixth point being headed by the latter, while M. McQueen completed the score by a grand shot from half-back, which altogether nonplussed the goalkeeper, and the whistle blew leaving the homesters winners of their seventh league match by 7 goals to nil.

Liverpool: Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Matt McQueen, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Hugh McQueen.
Fleetwood Rangers: Chapman, Bethel Robinson, John Bibby, Dick Craven, Alf Dempsey, Henry Yates, Billy Hogan, J.W. Robinson, Wilson, Bob Robinson, John Leadbetter.
(Liverpool Mercury: December 5, 1892)


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