December 19, 1892
In a minor degree, like the match at Sunderland the winners of the Liverpool and Blackpool match were booked at the probable champions of the Lancashire League, though doubtless Bury will have something to say about this before the season closes. In the first match at Blackpool on November 5 the Liverpool men rather unexpectedly lost their only game, the Seasiders fairly running them off their feet in the first twenty minutes, but the defeated ones were not loth to express the opinion that the tables would be turned in the return match. The visitors played the same team as at Blackpool, while the Liverpoolites were strengthened by the inclusion of McBride and Smith, the full teams being: –
Liverpool: Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Matt McQueen, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Hugh McQueen.
Blackpool: Lawrence “Lol” Wright, Edmund Morgan, Harry Parr, Frank Parr, Harry Davy, Harry Stirzaker, John Parkinson, Harry Tyrer, William Marsden, James Pittaway, Edward Parkinson.
Referee: Mr. R. Kirkham, Darwen.
With Everton away from home I expected seeing quite a big crowd, but the gate would scarcely exceed four thousand. Blackpool did not lead off with that dash which was so noticeable in the first meeting of the clubs; but, nevertheless, after about ten minutes’ play, Pittaway managed to score for the Seasiders, which came as a surprise to the home spectators. Wright had a couple of very difficult shots to deal with directly after this, but he saved in splendid fashion, and he often had to show his abilities, for his side, though leading by a goal, were having much the worst of it, Hannah and McLean generally being over the half-way line; but through the bad shooting of the Liverpool forwards – Wyllie being a great sinner in this respect – coupled with the stubborn resistance offered by the Blackpool defence, nothing could be done in the scoring line.
The visitors’ goal had a near shave through one of the backs kicking the ball over the bar, and good work by Pittaway and Marsden transferred the ball to the other end, where it bobbed about in the vicinity of Ross for a short time, but eventually went behind, and at half-time Blackpool led by one goal to none.
Blackpool started the second half with determination, and had the best of matters for a time, but McVean by some pretty play, in which he got the best of three or four opponents, worked the ball to the other end. Blackpool were, however, anything but disheartened, and Marsden sent in a very puzzling shot with which Ross had no chance, the ball going in at the corner, the second point being notched for Blackpool in consequence.
Liverpool then had a look in, and a splendid shot from Wyllie seemed certain to score, but Wright was in the way of it at the right time, and most of the play was carried on in the Blackpool half; but the Seasiders’ defence was exceedingly smart, and try as they would the home quintette could not beat Wright.
The Blackpool forwards were not idle during this time, and broke away on every available opportunity, and on one occasion Ross had to be smart to get rid of a shot from Pittaway. The Scotsmen strove hard to score, but they had to retire pointless against the two goals registered by Blackpool, who can this claim a dual victory over their big rivals, which is a very creditable performance indeed when one reads over the names of the Liverpool team. What is more, they have not had a goal registered against them in the two matches, whilst they have five to their credit.
The play was not so interesting as in the first match, and though it may seem strange, yet the defeated team had fully three-fourths of the play; but whilst Liverpool were slow in front of goal, their opponents made full use of every opportunity, and played on the backs. I never saw a lot of more determined layers. They carry no “passengers,” and although they did not win by superior play, they deserved their victory if only for their perseverance. The defence could not have been better, and it was this coupled with the weak play of the losers in front of goal, that won the match.
Wright played a grand game in goal, though he was a trifle lucky in clearing once or twice. He caused some amusement on changing ends in acknowledging the applause that was bestowed on him by raising his cap and disclosing an entirely bald pate. The other defenders were all there.
(Source: Athletic News: December 19, 1892)