November 6, 1893
This game was played at Anfield on Saturday, before a capital muster of spectators, numbering about 8,000. For the first time in a League match this season Hannah was unfortunate in the spin of the coin, and Graham elected to defend the Oakfield Road goal.
When the referee had marshaled the teams, the players faced each other as follows: –
Liverpool: William McOwen, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Matt McQueen, James McBride, Douglas Dick, Patrick Gordon, Harry Bradshaw, James Stott, Hugh McQueen.
Newcastle United: W. Lowery, Harry Jeffrey, James Miller, Robert Crielly, William Graham, Joseph McKane, Charles Quinn, Thomas Crate, William Thompson, Toby Gilhespy, Joseph Wallace.
Bradshaw commenced the game by sending to Stott, who in attempting to break through the half-back line was blocked by Graham, ad a foul against Liverpool following, matters did not look too bright for the homesters.
However, a run by Gordon and Dick, assisted by Bradshaw, changed the scene of action, but the ball was destined not to remain long, as owing to some misunderstanding by McCartney, Gillespie and Wallace cleverly worked the leather into close proximity to McOwen, but M. McQueen punted clear.
Gordon, Bradshaw, and Stott then put in some nice combination, and Lowery was lucky in saving from Bradshaw, who endeavoured to turn to account a centre from Gordon.
Having now slightly the best of the play, the home team kept Jeffrey and Miller very busy, and when the former deliberately fouled a shot of Stott’s close into the goal mouth, and the same player drew first blood a moment later, the yell of delight which came from the crowd testified that they did not approve of such tricks.
This good fortune seemed to serve the players to greater efforts, and for a spell the play was quite of brilliant order, in which both sides shone to advantage. Supplementing some very neat and effective work by Gordon, Bradshaw, and Dick, Stott and McBride endeavoured to work their way through, but being dispossessed by Graham the game turned to the other end, Quinn, Crate and Thompson being the executants in this scene-changing and the final pass of Quinn’s being expected to go over the line by the Liverpudlians, was smartly taken by Thompson and hooked into the net by an oblique daisy cutter.
This unexpected and preventable disaster had the effect of infusing more life into the play of the home team, who had to be very quick to gain any advantage. Danger to the Anfield fort was again threatened, and by the same player that had brought about its downfall just previously, but an opportune clearance by McLean gave a temporary breather.
Playing with exceptional gameness, it was with great difficulty that the visitors were shaken off, but not before McKane and Gilhespy both had shires, which were too close to McOwen’s charge to be pleasant.
At length the siege was raised, and away the Liverpool forwards travelled towards their enemy’s goal, to save which Miller had to concede a corner, and from a resulting foul, again close in, the excitement became intense as the ball bobbed about, and hustled so dangerously near the fatal line; but, mainly due to the almost superhuman efforts of Lowery the charmed space was not intruded upon, and his side could again breathe freely.
Not to be staved off, Stott, McQueen, an McBride placed the visitors’ goal under another assault. McLean coming to the assistance of the half-backs, and shining in grand style with his final attempt, Lowery had no other alternative than to grant a corner, which, being well placed by H. McQueen, was finely headed into the net by Gordon.
Playing on in brilliant fashion, the home team, as if to make amends for the loss of the one goal, subjected the United custodian to a severe bombardment, the earnestness of the Anfield forwards delighting all, and at length some sharp play by Gordon, Dick, and Bradshaw culminated in the latter scoring the third point for Liverpool.
To this the Newcastle men, headed by Thompson, showed some excellent combination, which was nipped only just in time by McBride. Half-time found Liverpool leading by 3 goals to 1.
Upon restarting H. McQueen brought himself into unenviable notice by sending two shots in succession yards over the bar.
Creilly took up the kick-off, and giving his wing an opening they worked the ball nicely up, but the dual pass was met by Hannah, who sent to Gordon, and that player travelled rapidly along the right wing and centred in beautifully, Stott making a gallant effort to reach the leather.
A period of uninteresting play followed, till Bradshaw dribbled down the centre and passed to Gordon, who, making a fine opening for Dick, that player had little difficulty in scoring.
The visitors at this stage showed signs of roughness, and when the referee allowed a goal by Gordon to count several lost complete control of themselves, and it is not to their credit that M. McQueen was not more seriously injured. As it is he will have to lie up for a week or two, if not longer. Eventually the game ended in Liverpool scoring their eight League victory by 5 to 1.
(Liverpool Mercury: November 6, 1893)