March 27, 1893
The Liverpool team came successfully through a trying ordeal last week, and although handicapped by the absence of two of the recognised team in each match, added three other victories to their account.
Chester was tackled on Wednesday in the local cup competition, and, showing superior form in all departments, the Anfielders won rather easily. On Thursday the recent Lancashire Cup tie between Bootle and Liverpool was rehearsed, and, seeing how closely these teams were matches, and the cause for which the fixture was arranged, it says little for the generosity of the Liverpool football-loving public that there was such a meagre attendance. Even with the larger number of tickets sold, the recipient, D. Kirkwood, will not get more than £50, a paltry sum in these days of mammoth gates.
Of the game it can be said that there is little between the teams, but on the form exhibited last week Liverpool were much superior at forward and half-back, the backs being on about a par. John Whitehead, in goal, defended very cleverly, and had much more to do than Matt McQueen at the other end, who, by the bye, seems capable of filling any position on the field with more than ordinary ability.
After the above mentioned games, the team were not in the best of order to meet Rossendale in the Lancashire League match on Saturday. Again the home team were short of their regular players, and at the last moment had to turn out the right half in the person of the trainer, who, under the conditions, made a fair show.
The visitors went off with extraordinary dash, and held a distinct advantage in the early portion of the game, but clever goalkeeping and good defence wore them down, and then Liverpool generally held the upper hand, and with a tithe of good fortune would have won with a more substantial majority than two goals to one. Joe McQue was the best player on the field, and was closely followed by John Miller of the home team, and Johnny Weir and Sam Davis of the visitors.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: March 27, 1893)