September 20, 1893
Match: Friendly, at Bank Lane.
Newton Heath – Liverpool 0-3 (0-1).
Referee: M. McIntyre (Manchester).
Newton Heath (2-3-5): Joe Fall; Andrew Mitchell, Lever; George Perrins, William Stewart, William. Davidson; Alf Farman, Billy Hood, Charles Rothwell, James McNaught, John Peden.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William McOwen; Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean; John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride; Patrick Gordon, Malcolm McVean, David Henderson, Matt McQueen, Hugh McQueen.
The goals: 0-1 McVean, 0-2 Gordon, 0-3 Gordon.
This return match was played at Manchester yesterday. The first engagement, it will be remembered resulted in favour of Liverpool by a goal to nil. Liverpool tried a new centre forward (Henderson), and he certainly made a far more favourable debut than his predecessor of the same name.
The game opened in favour of Liverpool, but directly afterwards the “Heathens,” by forcing tactics, made Hannah and McLean look alive, and they, realising the position, went about their work in unmistakable style, and allowed the other forwards to take no liberties. It was close upon half-time before an opening was found, when McVean completed a fine piece of combination by scoring a grand goal for Liverpool.
Upon the teams turning round the sun blazed forth, but, fortunately, it was at the backs of the Liverpudlians, who, playing with great determination and skill, began to get the better of their opponents, and Falls had a rare innings, but was equal to his work, and saved splendidly time after time. So continuous was the pressure that it was evident the home goal must succumb, and ere the game ended H. McQueen and Gordon had each added points, making three in all.
Liverpool surprised the spectators with their grand combination and all round excellence, and if they anything like the same display on Saturday, Small Heath should not go away winners. Liverpool have now won five matches, scoring 11 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury, 21-09-1893)