March 27, 1893
This, the last of the Lancashire League fixtures at Anfield, was played before 2,000 spectators on Saturday. Rossendale were fully represented, and included Alexander (late of Accrington), but the home team were short of Sydney Ross and John McCartney.
Liverpool: Matt McQueen, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, Richardson, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Jock Smith, John Miller, Malcolm McVean, Hugh McQueen.
Rossendale: William Holden, Harry Blears, Sam Davies, J.W. Alston, J. Weir, J.E. Spencer, J. Ratcliffe, David Alexander, Robert Duckworth, Jimmy Sharples, J. Ireland.
Ireland set the ball in motion, and by dashing play the Rossendale forwards carried the leather in close proximity to McQueen, and before long the latter had to use his hands twice. Liverpool did not appear to be able to pull themselves together for a bit, and it was owing to the stubborn defence that the visitors did not score. Then Miller led up an attack, and the ball remained in the vicinity of the visitors’ goal, and McQue, getting a chance, placed the leather nicely in, and McVean and Miller rushed up and scored.
After Liverpool had maintained a long bombardment of their opponents’ goal, Ireland sprinted down the centre of the field, and a mistake by McLean, who otherwise played a fine game, allowed the former an opening, which he immediately took advantage off, and equalised. Liverpool scored again from a well-placed corner by McQueen, McVean being the operator, and a hard fought game resulted in win for Liverpool by 2 goals to 1.
(Liverpool Mercury: March 27, 1893)