Fairfield v Liverpool

January 3, 1893
This Lancashire League match was played at Manchester, in cold but fine weather, before 3000 spectators. The opening stages of the game were very erratic owing to the frozen snow lying upon the field.

Hannah, with his usual good fortune, won the toss, and for the first quarter of an hour midfield play prevailed. Liverpool at last began to assert themselves, and from a well-placed free kick, taken by McBride Miller opened the score for the visitors.

They were not long allowed to hold the lead, however, as from a fierce scrimmage in goal the ball was rushed through, and the score equalised. The game still continued in the same ding-dong fashion, but before half-time Wyllie had given the visitors the lead by a capital oblique shot.

Having to face a slight wind, Liverpool, on the restart, were pressed but so safe was the defence of McLean and Hannah that all attacks were repulsed, and from a capital bit of combination between McQueen, Miller, and McVean, McQueen again scored. This reverse, together with the fierce calls of the spectators, caused the homesters to rouse up, and Handford, Egan, and Doughty came dashing down the field in grand style, and Ross for a few minutes had a warm time, but McQue got in a big kick, and Miller and his supports were again causing trouble to the Fairfield defenders. Cameron, with an awkward curling shot, increased the score of Liverpool to 4, and with this result the gamed ended in a decided victory for Liverpool by 4 goals to 1, and once more Liverpool heads the Lancashire League.

Fairfield: Slater, Phil Bennett, Handford, Dought, Ramage, Stuart, Doughty, Hodginson, Egan, Handford, James.
Liverpool: Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, John Cameron, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Hugh McQueen.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: January 3, 1893)


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