West Manchester and Liverpool

January 21, 1893
After West Manchester coming such “flop” at Blackpool, the Liverpool club evidently thought that the task of getting two points out of their return match with the Mancunians a very rosy one. But after the game had been in progress a short time they soon found out their mistake, and, to say the least, were lucky to get away with one point.

The play was mostly in midfield, neither custodian having much to do in the first half, which arrived without any score having been effected for either side.

In the second half both teams put in all they could to obtain a winning point, the ball travelling quickly from end to end, but it was not to be, time being blown with a clean sheet for each team. The visiting forwards were never really dangerous, the home custodian only having to clear twice from their shots.

Hugh McQueen and John Miller were the pick, whilst their centre-half was the best man on the field. Duncan McLean, at back, had hard work to keep little Bridge from being dangerous, but came through with better credit than Andrew Hannah, whose kicking was weak. Sydney Ross, in goal, had stiff work on two or three occasions, but came out of it all right.

The home supporters were more than pleased with the play of their team, as they certainly had more if the game than their opponents. Bridge, Tom Iddon and Waring were the best of the forwards, whilst there was nothing to choose between the halves and full backs, who completely upset the visitors’ combination.

Frank Sugg figured in goal in place of Entwistle, who was given a rest, but he was only called upon twice during the game.

Owing to the painfully sudden death of Mr. A. Kershaw, one of the directors of the club, the players of the home team wore bands of crape, whilst the flag hung at half-mast. In the death of Mr. Kershaw, who died after a very short illness, the club has lost an ardent supporter and worker. His work on the directorship of the club was done in a very quiet manner, whilst as the representative on the Lancashire League their interest in that quarter was looked after with a fervour combined with courtesy, which it will be hard to replace.

The funeral took place last Monday at Sheffield, the coffin being completely hidden by beautiful wreaths, which included those sent by the directors and players of the club and the Lancashire League. Messrs. Irving, Stott, Pyatt and Rice represented the club; T. Chadwick and R. Norman, the Football Field. The scene at the grave was most affecting. The deceased, who was only 33 years of age, leave a widow and three children to mourn his death.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: January 21, 1893)


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