March 25, 1893
The height of the Association season is reached today, and, with Liverpudlians, never more satisfactorily and interesting, since Everton make their debut in the final tie of the English cup competition – the goal of every club of any standing.
If ordinary custom had been possible of observance, Kennington Oval, would have been the venue, but owing to re-turfing, of this celebrated cricket enclosure, some other eligible ground had to be chosen, and the English Council, taking a popular course, decided to play the match this year in the provinces.
The Manchester Athletic Ground, both from its central situation and capacity for accommodating a vast crowd, has accordingly been selected as the scene of the great contest today between Everton and the Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The stand accommodation, which runs the length of the field on both sides of the ground, will give a fine sight to those lucky enough to get possession. There will be ample provision in the way of conveyances as the Manchester Carriage Company will be running extra vehicles, and opposition buses are certain to be plentiful.
Visitors to Manchester arriving at the Central and London Road Stations can book thence to Fallowfield, and those coming in at Exchange and Victoria Stations will find a good supply of buses and trams running from Market Street, starting from the Exchange and the Infirmary.
The cup tie will be preceded by a contest between the schoolboys of Manchester and Sheffield , this commencing at two o’clock and acting as a kind of curtain raiser.
The ground is said to be capable of accommodating 60,000, and, with fine weather, it is believed that the number present will not be much less than 50,000, which will be a record attendance. Excursions are announced from every direction. Each of the companies running from Liverpool will dispatch several trains, and the times of starting will be seen on reference to out chiefly of saloon cars, will leave Exchange Station, Tithebarn street at twelve noon, and will return from Victoria Station, Manchester, at 7.38 p.m.
The teams, we understand, will return home by this train, arriving in Liverpool about half-past eight. This is the 22nd anniversary of the final struggle.
(Liverpool Mercury: March 25, 1893)