Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers


April 28, 1893
Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers.
At Liverpool, but the game did not attract a large company. Neither team was at its full strength. Liverpool being without Duncan McLean, James McBride, and Malcolm McVean, while the Rovers were short of Jack Southworth, Harry Marshall, and William Taylor.

Bill 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 John Miller caused the venue to be changed, and John Cameron was afforded a nice opportunity of giving his team the lead, but the shot went wide.

After Joe Lofthouse had put in a fast run and centre, Joe McQue brought the ball back again, and Nat 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 William McOwen performed great feats under the most trying circumstances, as Andrew Hannah was faulty at one period.

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

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

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

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