March 20, 1893
This match was the attraction at Anfield on Saturday. South Shields were fully represented, whilst the home team were without Sydney Ross, their clever goalkeeper, but Smith, after a lengthened absence, reappeared.
Winning the toss the Blackpoolites defended the Oakfield goal, and promptly to time John Miller gave the initial kick before fully 2,000 spectators. Liverpool were the first to show up, John Miller, Jock Smith and Thomas Wyllie putting in some pretty exchanges, and when the game was but five minutes old Wyllie had pierced his opponents’ defence.
Following the kick-off Taylor and Billy Mather carried the ball into the Liverpool quarters, and the home goal was threatened. Joe McQue relieved and gave to Smith, who passed on to Hugh McQueen, and that player dribbled rapidly down the left, and centred so accurately that Malcolm McVean was enabled to add a second point.
Still maintaining a fierce fusillade, the home team, with the exception of occasional bursts away by Halliwell, Birchall, and Mather, kept Rose and Naylor fully employed, and by half-time Miller had supplemented the score by a clever piece of work.
On turning round the home team fell away in their play, and went in for too much short passing, which generally resulted in losing the ball.
South Shore profiting by this found Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean much more work to do than previously, and before long McLean, through lying too far up the field, left Hannah to himself, who being determinedly tackled cleared in a very feeble style, which let in Birchall, who put in a terrific shot in Matt McQueen’s hands, which that player could not hold.
This reverse caused the home team to put more effectiveness into their play, and Miller scored twice, but had the misfortune to have one goal disallowed. No further score accrued, and an interesting and fast game resulted in favour of Liverpool by 4 goals to 1.
(Liverpool Mercury: March 20, 1893)