Slippery nature at Anfield

December 27, 1892
This match was played at Anfield yesterday, before 6,000 spectators. The weather was delightfully fine, but the slippery nature of the ground made the players very careful at times. Hannah won the toss and defended the Oakfield Road goal.

Liverpool: Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Matt McQueen, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, John Cameron.
Sheffield United: Charles Howlett, Mick Whitham, Bob Cain, Rab Howell, Willie Hendry, George Waller, William Croxon, Brady, Harry Hammond, Davies, John Drummond.

Hammond started, and the visiting right made tracks for Ross, and for a time the game was confined to the Liverpool quarters. Miller eased the pressure and gave to Wyllie, who raced away from his opponents and tested Howlett, who was all there.

Still continuing to have somewhat the best of the argument, McVean and M. McQueen really deserved to score with two capital attempts. Hammond and Brady were next prominent, and caused Hannah to display his defensive powers, and with McCartney’s assistance, he rallied up the left wing in splendid style. At this juncture Drummond was transferred to the left wing, and in co-operation with Brady they proved a most dangerous pair, giving the home defence much annoyance.

Two fouls from Cameron created a diversion for a few minutes, but otherwise Liverpool had by far the best of it, for they obtained two corners, and Miller was almost too strong for Howlett with one of his fast shots.

The play now became most exciting, both goals being visited in turn, and both Hammond and Croxen had fruitless shies. The Sheffield forwards were now livening up to their work, and a keen race took place between Hannah and Brady, in which the former proved victorious. Half-time found the visitors attacking, and the score nil on both sides.

Upon resuming Wyllie got away on the wing, but hands spoiled a possible chance. Strong half-back play by the United enabled the visiting forwards to cause Ross to become wide-awake, and he used his hands with good effect. McLean eventually relieved with a huge punt, and Wyllie securing dribbled beautifully on the right, and finished up with a grand shot, which under ordinary circumstances would have scored.

Having slightly the best of the game Liverpool kept up a fusillade of shots, Miller on one occasion just missing when close in. Following the kick off Hammond ran down the centre and passed to Drummond, who obtained a corner, which proved fruitless.

M. McQueen gave Miller a good opening, but weak play by Smith threw the chance away. An exciting bully in goal immediately afterwards looked ominous for the United, and how the goal was saved was remarkable. An accident to Croxen who fell heavily when charging McLean caused a slight stoppage.

A foul, well taken by Hannah, resulted in a goal kick, and then the visitors by a series of throw in made considerable headway, but McQueen’s grand half-back play nipped most of their well-meant efforts in the bud. The play became very exciting as both goalkeepers were visited, and by their saves they deserved the lavish applause accorded them.

Miller now became very conspicuous by neat dribbling and effective passing, and from a centre by Wyllie was unfortunate enough to head over the bar. As time drew near the home team maintained the upper hand, McCartney, McQueen, and McBride being too good for the forwards, and on McQueen, whose fine play throughout elicited loud commendation, at last led an attack, and Miller passing to Wyllie, that player scored for the home team with a difficult screw shot. Right up to the finish Liverpool pressed, and a capital game ended in a win for the home team by a goal to nil.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: December 27, 1892)

**All newspapers have Hugh McQueen on the outside left position, but he is not mentioned in the match report at all. Instead Cameron, which no paper have listed in the line-up is mentioned. I suspect the papers have gone with the preview line-up, and forgot to change names. I have gone with John Cameron on outside left because of the match report. Why would they mention his name if he wasn’t playing?

Willie Hendry, Sheffield United (Lloyd’s Weekly News: March 10, 1895):


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