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A big victory for Liverpool against Heywood Central


January 2, 1893
The first meeting of these clubs in a League match took place at Anfield on Saturday, before nearly 2,000 spectators. The clubs had met a fortnight ago in a friendly game, the result being a draw, and consequently great interest was evinced as to how the home team would shape against the club who on Boxing Day overwhelmed Bury at Bury by 5 goals to 1.

John Miller started the game, and, putting out to the right wing, Thomas Wyllie and Matt McQueen (who played vice Jock Smith) cantered up the field and secured a corner, which being nicely put in by Wyllie, was neatly converted by Miller. This success gave confidence to the home team, and they played with remarkable vigour and precision.

Hugh McQueen and Malcolm McVean roused an enthusiastic cheer for a most brilliant run, but Sharples ran out and cleared. Webster was given possession, and rushing past Hannah had a clear field before him, but McLean raced across and tackling successfully gave the leather to Wyllie, who combining in splendid fashion with McQueen overcame all opposition and centred, but the strong defence of Pearson and Evans relieved the danger for a while.

Shortly afterwards McQue judiciously gave to Wyllie, and that player obtained the second goal, while immediately he put a third through. Heywood in no way dishearten, played very strongly, and Pearson scored.

McVean then became noticeable in scoring two fine goals, while McLean was also brought into unenviable prominence by deliberately fouling close into goal, and Jones scored from the penalty kick.

Just on time the two McQueens put in a splendid piece of work, and were deservedly applauded; and an interesting game resulted in a victory for Liverpool by 6 goals to 2.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: January 2, 1893)

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