Liverpool v Woolwich Arsenal (Liverpool Mercury)

October 30, 1893
Preparatory for the above important game the Liverpool team arrived in London on Friday evening, accompanied by a large and influential party, consisting of Messrs. Ephraim Walker, Edwin Berry, John Asbury, H. Rendall, John McKenna, Benjamin Bailey, Lawrence Crosthwaite, and John Dermott.

Places of interest were visited on Saturday morning, the team arriving at Woolwich about two o’clock. Fully 8,000 were assembled to witness the game, and when the teams appeared the visitors received their share of applause. The usual preliminaries being over, the teams lined up as follows:

Woolwich Arsenal: Charlie Williams, Joe Powell, John Storrs, George Crawford, Robert Buist, David Howat, Walter Shaw, James Henderson, Billy Heath, Arthur Elliott, Charles Booth.

Liverpool: William McOwen; Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean; John McCartney, Douglas Dick, James McBride; Matt McQueen, Malcolm McVean, Harry Bradshaw, James Stott, Hugh McQueen.

Heath started on behalf of the “Reds,” who, at commencement, shaped in a likely manner, and, although playing against a strong wind, had more than their expected share of the game, Shaw early on showing good form, and, with his partner Henderson, looking as though he would be the means of carrying danger to the Liverpool camp; but McBride and McLean were too good, and Bradshaw and Stott worked up only to find a doughty opposition from Powell and Storrs.

A little slackness among the visitors did not tend to their advantage, and Hannah was compelled to grant a corner by Both, which was cleverly cleared by McCartney. McVean, Bradshaw, and Dick changed the scene of action by menacing the home goal, but McVean’s shot was a tride wide.

Shaw being well fed by Crawford brought the ball along on the right, but was promptly dealt with by McLean when getting dangerous, and a foul occurring Liverpool were able to draw first blood by rushing the ball through from accurate placing by McBride.

Once having tasted the Anfielders became insatiable, and within twelve minutes from this point had scored four other points by dashing play, a long dropping centre by McQueen and a rasping daisy-cutter by Stott deserving notice.

Upon changing ends Liverpool played even better football than hitherto, but so good was the defence of Williams, Powell, and Storer that the score was not increased, and a most one-sided game resulted in a victory for the visitors by 5 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury: October 30, 1893)


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