March 25, 1893
At present it looks as if we must rely on the Liverpool team to uphold the honour of Liverpool in the football world. That the team is doing well cannot be questioned, and it is gratifying to note the increased attendances at the matches. Another pleasing feature is the friendly attitude of the spectators towards the team. This is as it should be, for there is room enough for two clubs to fight for premier honours in Liverpool, and I am sure there is no occasion for any hostile feelings being shown towards the players.
Let bygones be bygones!
This motto seemed to prevail on Saturday, for at times the crowd, which numbered fully 5,000, gave vent to unmistakable outbursts of applause. And the men deserved it. They showed altogether superior football, whilst their dash in the first half was too much for the Lincoln defence. They, however, offered a stubborn resistance for some time, and then James McBride got through with two good shots.
The pressure on the Lincoln goal was almost continual, the only item to relieve the monotony being a couple of good sprints by John Chadburn and John Irving. There was not much in them though, and William McOwen was never seriously threatened.
Things were different at the other end, where Fred Jones was frequently called upon, and it must be said that he kept goal well. It was some time before a third goal came, but eventually Hugh McQueen worked well, and Patrick Gordon put the ball in the net, and this was the score at the interval.
The Liverpool men seemed inclined to take matters easier on resuming, and certainly Lincoln had more of the play, and in one attack McOwen did very well in preventing disaster. The more open play gave the Liverpool halves more scope, and all three, but more especially McBride and Joe McQue did splendid work. That the home halves were far ahead of their opponents was often remarked, and they had generally the best of the argument.
Malcolm McVean at length put on a fourth goal, and afterwards Liverpool pressed continuously.
That the better side won was admitted on all hands. McOwen had only one dangerous attack, and he certainly come out of it with credit. The backs were safe, but whilst Andrew Hannah played a steady game, Duncan McLean was inclined to wander. Both kicked well, and rather easily dealt with the attacks of their opponents.
Much of this is due to the effective work done by the half-backs. McBride had the most clever men to face, but the little man’s resources were never fully tested. McQue I have always had a good opinion of, and I am more favourably impressed every time I see him. He is of the plodding order, and is generally at the right place at the right time, and he has a happy knack of getting out of difficulties. John McCartney was not so good as the others, but he was not by any means a failure. The fact is the trio were too good for the opposing forwards.
The forwards did not altogether please me. Their passing was not well sustained, and their movements were uncertain. McVean now and again took a lot of work on his own shoulders, and clever as he undoubtedly is, it won’t pay against the team he will have to meet. The left wing worked the better of the two, but theirs is not a finished style. Matt McQueen cannot be called an ideal centre forward, and a clever half-back would have pegged him back several times on Saturday. A good man in this position is badly needed, and I hope the executive have been successful in their attempts to obtain one.
Then the team will require a lot of shaking off, for taking them altogether they are a well-balanced lot, and men who know how to play the game. Up to the end of October they have a series of tough matches, and if they can only win all the matches their position in the first three is pretty well secure.
The Lincoln men were not in the same boat, but next Saturday we shall see them team fully tested with Small Heath, and another exciting match with Notts County (away) the following Saturday.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: September 16, 1893)