January 30, 1893
The appearance of the Liverpool ground at Anfield on Saturday reminded one of the days when large crowds wended their way thither. Fully 8,000 spectators assembled in anticipation of witnessing a closely contested game, in which they were not disappointed. The ground was in capital going order, and as both teams had undergone extra preparation, the excitement became intense as William McKennie kicked off to time.
Darwen had the best of the opening exchanges, Jonty Entwistle on the visitors’ left, being early noticeable for a fast sprint, but Andrew Hannah interfered, and enabled John McCartney to put across to Hugh McQueen, who, being tackled by John Leach, judiciously crossed to the right wing, where Tommy Wyllie forced a throw in from M. McAvoy. This McCartney sent well in, and a corner resulted, which, being grandly placed, was easily converted by Malcolm McVean.
This unlooked for success inspired the Liverpudlians to greater efforts, and for a time they were masters of the situation, but the exceptionally fine defence of James Orr and Leach allowed no dilatory action, and from one of the former’s tremendous kicks John Wade and William Campbell go into a telling swing, which left Duncan McLean in a dilemma, and danger seemed imminent, but Hannah interposed just in time. Joe McQue, who was playing a skillful game, passed over to the right, and Jock Smith and Wyllie out-maneuvered Orr, and scored a corner. The ball was well placed and bobbed about in tantalising fashion. McVean missed when his partner had attended to the goalkeeper.
Again the visitors’ forwards, fed by R. Maxwell, went rushing towards William McOwen in formidable array, Entwistle and the right wing being the most dangerous, and from a shot by the former McOwen had to be remarkably smart to save a downfall. Half-time arrived with Liverpool leading by a goal, but having to face a strong wind which had been of material assistance to them during the first portion of the game.
John Miller recommenced operations, and McVean and McQueen brought the leather well up on the left, but had the misfortune to run over the line. Darwen retaliated, and Matt McQueen deservedly earned a round of applause for robbing Wade, by a supreme effort, in the act of shooting. Liverpool delighted their supporters by their form, and, though paying against the wind, had as much of the game as their opponents.
Fortunately, McLean and Hannah improved as the game went on, and, with discreet play by the halves, the visitors were kept in bay. Miller then executed a pretty dribble down the centre, and put on out to McQueen, but Wyllie just missed the desired space by a shave.
Towards the end Liverpool pressed severely, and shots by McVean, Smith, and Wylie were deserving of a better fate than they received.
When Mr. Stacey blew his whistle on completion of time, leaving Liverpool winners by one goal to nil, the cheering was most hearty, and the team received the congratulation of all.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: January 30, 1893)
Sketches from the match found in Lancashire Evening Post for Tuesday, January 31, 1893.