October 2, 1893
Liverpool, in having to travel to Nottingham on Saturday, had to undergo one of the most severe ordeals it will be their lot to meet with this season, and it is greatly to their credit that they made such a decidedly good show. In spite of a First League match taking place within less than a quarter of a mile, the attendance was about 5,000.
Notts County: George Toone, Thomas Harper, Jack Hendry, Archie Osborne, David Calderhead, Alfred Shelton, Arthur Watson, John Mabbott, Daniel Bruce, George Kerr, Harry Daft.
Liverpool: William McOwen, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean; Matt McQueen, Joe McQue, James McBride, Patrick Gordon, Malcolm McVean, David Henderson, James Stott, Hugh McQueen.
Hannah having won the toss, set the Notts men to face the sun. Bruce opened the game, and Gordon was away off on the right, but lost possession after a tussle with Hendry. Watson, on the home right, put in a fast sprint, securing a corner, which McQue headed out. Hands against Notts gave Liverpool a favourable opening, but a huge punt by Hendry spoilt any chance in that direction, although McLean replied with a similar and equally good return. A brilliant run by Watson almost proved disastrous to Liverpool, but McOwen saved in fearless fashion.
Notts were playing a superior game to Liverpool, their forwards passing with great judgment, combined with plenty of speed and dash, and, being well fed by Calderhead (who throughout played a great game), Osborne and Shelton. It was not long before Daft put in a sharp run and centre, which Watson opportunely turned to account.
This success infused more vigor into the game, while giving more confidence to the Notts team, and before long the homesters were on the attack, and obtained several corners, all of which were well attended to by the Liverpudlians. Gordon attempted several times to regain the lost ground, and from one of his attempts Toone had to handle smartly to get clear, while Henderson headed another shot past the post. Some good play by Osborne resulted in Mabbutt, Watson and Bruce taking the ball to the other end, the former trying his luck only to find McBride in the way.
The Liverpool defence from this stage of the game played in their best form, the halves getting in a lot of work, which, however, was nullified by the dilatoriness of McVean, or Henderson. McVean did get in one or two good shots without effect. The game continued to be of an even ding-dong fashion till a glaring case of selfishness by one of the forwards caused Liverpool to again be on the defensive, and when half-time arrived Notts were leading.
The second half opened in a most sensational manner, the visiting team getting down at the Notts goal, and literally bombarding it with shots, even Hannah being amongst the shootists. A foul against Henderson for charging the goalkeeper at length gave a welcome relief to the home players, which, succeeded by a series of sharp passes among the Notts forwards, carried the ball into the vicinity of McOwen, but good generalship on the part of Hannah robbed Daft of a possible opening.
Gordon vainly attempted to pass Hendry, who returned into Liverpool quarters, and the game ruled in favor of Notts, Bruce putting a trimmer which almost did the trick, but so admirable was McOwen’s behavior that the danger was easily removed. Stott attempted to get past Hendry, but was tripped, a point which failed to catch the referee’s eye, but which was of little consequence, as shortly afterwards, from a foul, well taken by M. McQueen, Stott threaded his way through the ruck, and, parting at the right time, allowed H. McQueen to beat Toone with a low shot.
This success caused Notts to make strenuous efforts to obtain a leading point, while Liverpool, being well content with the game as it stood, had more regard for their own citadel than that of their foes, and were well pleased when the whistle blew to find that they remained undefeated in the League matches.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: October 2, 1893)