November 6, 1893
A numerous and hearty assembly awaited the reappearance of the Liverpool team at Anfield after their signal success of the past month, and right royally did they demonstrate their pleasure at the team’s prosperity.
The splendid attendance goes to prove that the Anfield club are receiving very loyal support, and if the same consistent form can be sustained, Liverpool will command better gates than that accorded to most first League clubs.
Owing to the low position of the visitors in the League record, it was not anticipated that Liverpool would have much difficulty in disposing of the aspirations of the Northumbrians, but as the game turned out it was never an easy thing, and during the initial portion the United forwards displayed such cleverness and combination that a less capable defence than that possessed by Liverpool must have succumbed to the many incisive attacks by the visitors. But at the present time the form of Duncan McLean, Andrew Hannah and the three halves make it almost an impossibility for ordinary forwards to successfully create anything more than a temporary breach.
The Newcastle team, owing to a misunderstanding between the home backs and judicious all round play, added the seventh goal scored against the Anfielders in League contests.
It appeared as though they were on the point of increasing this debt several times afterwards, but they were foiled by the steady play of the whole of the defence. In the meantime the forwards had been performing their part of the contract, James Stott leading off by converting a well-placed free-kick into a major point, and by the time the game ended had placed to their credit four other points, two of which were strenuously objected to by the visitors, but the referee allowed them to be chronicled.
The most pleasing feature about the Liverpool team in their last four or five matches is the vastly improved condition of each man. The manner in which they have worn down their opponents during the second half was splendidly exemplified on Saturday.
The dashing, skilful, and resourceful Tynesiders of the first half became later on, under the treatment meted out to them, a listless crew as far as football was concerned, but smarting under the crushing defeat resorted to some reprehensible tactics, which might have ended very disastrously to one of the home team.
Patrick Gordon and McLean were the champions on the home side, although every man played well. Joe McQue was still absent, not having properly recovered from the strain in the muscle of the thigh, whilst Douglas Dick partnered Gordon instead of Malcolm McVean.
Harry Bradshaw, the new centre, met with a fair amount of success, and when he becomes thoroughly accustomed to the style of play of his supports will be of material service to his team.
Hugh McQueen and Stott got through a lot of work, with success, although the latter did not shine with his usual brilliance. Gordon and Douglas Dick, on the right, were equally clever as their confreres on the other side, Gordon in particular making chances and opening both for Dick and Bradshaw in a most unselfish style. Dick is a very efficient substitute for Gordon, and under the trying time of playing to a new and critical crowd must be complicated on his display.
The best part of the Newcastle team is without doubt their forwards. The pretty and taking combination they opened with quite pleased the spectators, but eventually the home halves mastered them and allowed but little liberties, Harry Jeffrey played a much better game than his partner at back, while the halves did a fair share of their work, although their inclination for unfair play often marred their game.
When Liverpool visit Newcastle in a week or two they must be prepared for a severe fight.
(Liverpool Mercury: November 6, 1893)
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):