February 11, 1893
Key note: “A true sportsman can always take a defeat with Spartan-like fortitude. At the close of the Bury v Liverpool match Mr. William Barclay, the Liverpool guide, philosopher, and friend, manfully admitted that the better team had deservedly won. He did not beat about the bush looking for a flimsy excuse, as is too commonly done nowadays, but candidly confessed that his men had been beaten fairly and squarely by cleverer players. If we had more of this chivalrous feeling we should get on better. It is no use buttering a team when they have met their masters, and it does one good to come across a man who knows how to take a licking, even though it may mean the loss of a championship.”
(Athletic News: February 13, 1893)
Match: Lancashire League, at Gigg Lane.
Bury – Liverpool 3-0 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. T. Marriott.
Bury (2-3-5): John Lowe, George Holt, John Warburton, Joe Clegg, R. Jobson, George Ross, Jack Plant, Bourne, Williie Barbour, A. Spence, Arthur Wilkinson.
Secretary: H.S. Hamer.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Matt McQueen.
Secretary: William Barclay.
The goals: 1-0 Barbour (22 min.), 2-0 Plant, 3-0 Plant.
* Athletic News: “The heights and weights of the Bury players” ;
Football at Bury (Cricket and Football Field: February 4, 1893)