Blackpool beat Liverpool at Anfield


December 19, 1892
This important fixture was brought off on Saturday at Anfield, and the interest was so great that fully 6,000 spectators watched the game. Both teams were as advertised, and when William Marsden started against the wind the excitement rose to a high pitch.

Lawrence “Lol” Wright was early called upon, and it looked as though it was going to be a nice thing for the home team, as first Thomas Wyllie, then John Miller and Hugh McQueen, all had capital shots. Harry Stirzaker cleared the danger, and his left wing by pretty passing troubled Andrew Hannah, who when nearly beaten saved in excellent style, and again Miller and the wings were swarming round Wright, and Edmund Morgan gave a corner. After a severe bully in the visitors’ goal the ball was put out to Parkinson, who out-paced Duncan McLean and sent smartly across to Pittaway, who finely scored the first point.

Liverpool, by good half-back play, were again in dangerous vicinity to Morgan, Parr, and Wright, but their vigorous defence allowed of dallying, and they cleared time after time when a goal seemed imminent. Marsden was next conspicuous for a dashing run, winding up with a shot, which, being well followed up, made matters look awkward for Sydney Ross, but McLean cleared. Again the ball was brought back, and Wyllie missed an easy chance, and unfortunate piece of business that Jock Smith repeated.

Upon resuming, Blackpool soon asserted themselves, while Liverpool fell off, but Hannah and McLean put in some big kicks. Miller then got nicely down and dribbled through his men, but the final attempt was cleared. Blackpool were to the fore once more, and being more fortunate than their opponents Marsden tricked Hannah and scored a second point.

Liverpool now seemed to realise their position, and put an immense amount of spirit into their play, but Blackpool were equally determined to hold their advantage, although Wright must be voted somewhat lucky in negotiating several of the shots sent in from the left wing, and also those from James McBride and Matt McQueen, that of the latter looking almost a certainty; and so right up to the finish Liverpool commanded the play, but could not get the ball, and so a grandly contested game ended in a second win for Blackpool by 2 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury: December 19, 1892)

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