December 19, 1892
The great Lancashire League fight is over, and Liverpool are dethroned. The team, like many other well-known organisations, could not rise to the occasion, for when called upon to face a severe ordeal they miserably fail, and were beaten by Blackpool with 2 goals to nil.
The committee deserves commiseration and sympathy, for it is an evident fact that they have done everything possible to assist the team to win important matches. But so long as several of the players are above taking advice from those whose position and experience warranted their doing so, so long will those players bring disgrace upon their club.
It is all very well to have two-thirds or three-fourths of the game, and then not win. Continual pressure on the opponent’s goal without scoring does not win points, and these in the league table are the crucial test nowadays. The players must be alive to tackle this, and after the games at Blackpool and Northwich, where it was allowed they had hard luck, they ought to have let no opportunity slip, but played with increased vigour and determination to make assurance doubly sure.
Blackpool set the team a splendid example of this in the former match, and which they followed up with so much success on Saturday last. In the first quarter of an hour Liverpool looked like easy winners, and even when Blackpool scored, many felt confident of the ultimate success of the home team. But it was not to be, and the blame lies on the shoulders of the team, who are capable of better things.
Duncan McLean, who has been cautioned over and over again, of his habit of lying right among the half-backs, let in the visiting right, and being too slow to overtake them, a goal was the result. The same thing occurred in the two matches above mentioned. Andrew Hannah showed good judgment in his play, and was very safe. Sydney Ross had no possible chance with the first shot, and the second was not an easy one. James McBride was the best of three excellent half-backs, who played a skilful and determined game throughout.
The weak point was undoubtedly the forwards. They never seemed to understand each other, and it was only at the end of the game, when it was too late, that they put any vigour in their play. Malcolm McVean was without doubt the best forward on the field.
Thomas Wyllie, by his offside play, lost two distinct chances, and if he would work a little more he would make himself a better player. Jock Smith was simply out of it, want of training being apparent. Hugh McQueen towards the finish played strongly, and John Miller would have done better if he had shot oftener.
Playing the close game against men like Davy does not and will not come off.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: December 19, 1892)