No goals at West Manchesters Brooks Bar

January 16, 1893
This return fixture was played at Manchester on Saturday before 3,000 spectators. A severe frost on Friday night following the thaw in midweek had covered the ground with sheets of ice, which had been covered with a sprinkling of sand. The state of the ground, together with a fierce biting wind which blew across it, totally spoilt the game, from a spectators’ point of view.

John Miller kicked off, but the homesters were first to the front with a corner. Duncan McLean headed out, and John McCartney raced up the right and gave to Thomas Wyllie, but that player’s final shot was yards wide.

Heavy kicking by both sides predominated for some time, till at length Roger Bridge roused the spectators by a grand individual effort on the home right, finishing up with a capital centre, which Bogie ought to have converted, but placed high over the bar instead. Joe McQue, then led Miller, who with Malcolm McVean and Hugh McQueen confined the play in the home half, a shot by Wyllie just topping the bar.

In the second half the homesters became more decided in their attack, and Sydney Ross had to deal with several queer shots which came curling in with the cross wind, but the Liverpool custodian, with one exception, was very clean with his saves.

Towards the close it looks as though Miller was going to repeat his performance of the first match, for he got through in capital style, but was blocked by Russell in the act of shooting. Both sides were visited in turn, and Sugg’s height enabled him to clear a capital corner by McCartney, and then James McBride was applauded for saving at a critical moment. A pleasantly contested game ended in a draw.
(Liverpool Mercury: January 16, 1893)


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