Friendly matches

Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers 0-1 (Friendly: April 27, 1893)


April 27, 1893
Match: Friendly, at Anfield, kick-off: 18:15.
Liverpool – Blackburn Rovers 0-1 (0-0).
Liverpool (2-3-5): William McOwen; Andrew Hannah (C), ???; John McCartney, Joe McQue, James Kelso; Thomas Wyllie, John Cameron, John Miller, Jock Smith, Hugh McQueen + 1.
Blackburn Rovers (2-3-5): Walton; Forbes, Lofthouse, Hall, Sawers + 6.
The goal: 0-1 Hall (88 min.).

Played at Anfield last night before a poor attendance. Play ruled even Wyllie and Miller being best for Liverpool, while Lofthouse and Hall were prominent for the Rovers. Both goalkeepers were tested but the interval arrived with a clean sheet.

During the second half play was generally of an even character, both goalkeepers being called on frequently. Hall scored for the Rovers, and nothing further being done the visitors won by a goal to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury, 28-04-1893)

At Liverpool, but the game did not attract a large company. Neither team was at its full strength. Liverpool being without McLean, McBride, and McVean, while the Rovers were short of Southworth, Marshall, and Taylor.

Sawers commenced the game, and it was evident early on that the absence of the home players would greatly deteriorate the play, and the Rovers had rather the best of it at first.

A piece of brilliant play by Miller caused the venue to be changed, and Cameron was afforded a nice opportunity of giving his team the lead, but the shot went wide.

After Lofthouse had put in a fast run and centre, McQue brought the ball back again, and Walton was called upon by Miller too clear. Again Lofthouse, being well fed by Sawers, contributed a fine run, finishing up with a most accurate centre, which gave the utmost concern to the home supporters, but the interval arrived with 0 goals scored.

Having the wind in their favour in the second half, the Rovers where very aggressive, but McOwen performed great feats under the most trying circumstances, as Hannah was faulty at one period.

Eventually a combined run by Wyllie and Cameron introduced the ball in the Rovers half, and the home halves (McCartney, McQue, and Kelso) spoiled most of the attempts of the visitors to break away, while Miller, Smith and Wyllie sent in several telling shots.

A long kick by Forbes at length, however, gave Lofthouse possession, whose centre, being poorly dealt with by the home backs, was converted by Hall with a fast daisy cutter.

The whistle was blown immediately afterwards, leaving the Rovers winners by one goal to nil.
(Lancashire Evening Post: April 28, 1893)

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