Liverpool v Notts County


November 20, 1893
Liverpool v Notts County.
The real fight for the position of honour in the second division took place at Anfield on Saturday, when these clubs met each other for the second time, in the previous encounter Liverpool were fortunate enough to make a draw, which, with a fortunate collusion of circumstances, caused a widespread interest to be evinced in the game.

Notwithstanding the miserable cold weather, about 8,000 enthusiasts braved the elements, and they were rewarded in witnessing an exciting game and a satisfactory finish. Both teams were thoroughly representative, the visitors having however, a decided pull in the way of names of repute. Hannah having lost the choice of ends, Henderson kicked off against a strong wind.

The teams:
Liverpool: William McOwen, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, Matt McQueen, Joe McQue, James McBride, Patrick Gordon, Douglas Dick, David Henderson, James Stott, Hugh McQueen.
Notts County: George Toone, Thomas Harper, Jack Hendry, Archie Osborne, David Calderhead, Alfred Shelton, Arthur Watson, George Kerr, James Logan, Daniel Bruce, Harry Daft.

The opening exchanges were rather in favour of Notts, Logan putting over the goal line. From the kick off Dick obtained possession and passed out to Gordon, who in his unique style tricked Hendry, and racing off at top speed outdistanced all his opponents, and drew first blood within a few minutes from the start.

This eye opener rather surprised the visitors, and special attention was immediately given to Gordon, who almost got clear of his man a little later on, but Harper came rushing across and tumbled him over.

The Notts men now got to work in earnest, and some beautiful passing was displayed, Logan, Kerr, and Watson especially being noticeable – the final shot of the latter bringing out the best efforts of McOwen, who thus early on showed himself to be in excellent form.

Although strongly repelled by Hannah and McLean the County men were not to be so quickly denied, and again the ball was carried to the home half, Daft and Bruce being responsible for this manoeuvre, and it took McOwen all his time to get rid of a shot from Logan.

A couple of fruitless corners fell to the visitors, and then McBride and McQueen changed the venue, Gordon endeavouring to repeat his early success without result, and then Shelton came in for notice for some grand tackling against Dick and Gordon, although he wound up with a badly placed shot.

Again McOwen was subjected to a fierce fusillade, but to his credit he came out of the ordeal in brilliant fashion, and after a temporary raid in Toone’s half the Notts men, led by Calderhead, came dashing down towards the Liverpool goal, and after several most exciting passages the persistency of the Notts players was at length rewarded in Bruce eventually doing the needful with a terrific shot, which was made all the more difficult to stop by the high wind.

The interval arrived, both teams were heartily cheered, and, after the usual rest, the players got to work again, Notts being the first to show up.

Capital forward play by Logan, Kerr, and Watson, assisted by Calderhead and Osbourne, menaced danger, which was ultimately cleared by Hannah, and Gordon treated the on-lookers to another piece of brilliant work by dashing from the right wing in splendid style, from which a sustained attack was put upon the County goal.

Although lacking the finish of the Notts forwards, the Liverpool vanguard were certainly more effective, as after several tries Henderson best Toone after about 20 minutes’ play in the second half, and Liverpool were then leading.

Now the tug of war began, and although the visitors made strenuous attempts to regain their lost ground the powerful defence of Liverpool repulsed all attacks. To the finish the game was well fought out, and great was the delight when the whistle blew, and Liverpool were accorded victors by 2 goals to 1.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: November 20, 1893)

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