April 18, 1893
Bootle v Liverpool.
Liverpool Cup. Semi-final.
This cup-tie roused rather more than normal interest, as in the two previous meetings each side had secured a victory. Fully 5,000 spectators assembled when Miller started on behalf of Liverpool.
A foul immediately resulted in Liverpool quarters, which being well taken by Hughes was allowed to pass out by his own friends – a grand chance lost. Playing up strongly Bootle had rather the best of it, and a little indecision between Hannah and McLean almost cost them a tangible point. A nasty foul by McEwan caught the referee’s eye, and being steered straight for goal by Hannah, the home team had a good look in.
Fouls then became frequent, but nothing resulted, the defence on both sides coping in an efficient manner with all assaults. Miller worked up a grand opportunity, but missed wretchedly when he had the goal at his mercy. Half-time arrived with no score, the result being indicative of the play.
Upon resuming the game remained very even, and although Liverpool had the best of the midfield manoeuvres no side could claim any decided advantage. Eventually a change became apparent, and when Hughes had to kick out to save, then Liverpool held command for some time. After the McQueens had exhibited capital combination Miller worked his way round Arridge, and scored for the Anfielders, this success being greeted with wild applause.
Liverpool after this tried long shots, which of course did not come off, and then Bootle pressed severely, but found Hannah and McLean in much better mood than at the commencement. McVean, receiving from McQue, led up a final attempt, but McQueen just missed when he had the goal at his mercy, and the whistle sounding for full time, Liverpool retired victors by 1 goal to nil.
Liverpool: William McOwen, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Malcolm McVean, John Miller, Matt McQueen, Hugh McQueen.
Bootle: John Jackson, Jack Hutchinson, Smart Arridge, W. Grierson Billy Hughes, James “Punch” McEwen, John Clarkin, Willie Gallocher, Jim Brandon, Charles McLafferty, A. Montgomery.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: April 18, 1893)