Liverpool F.C.: Weekly review: December 3, 1893 (Liverpool Mercury)

December 4, 1893
Liverpool’s victory over Ardwick on Saturday tends to prove that the Anfield club commands a great superiority over Manchester clubs. This season it has played both Ardwick and Newton Heath twice each, and, singularly to state, have defeated both by the identical score of 1-0 and 3-0.

Liverpool have now got halfway through their League engagements, and although eight of these have been played away from home, and against some of their strongest antagonists, they have the very gratifying result of losing but 4 points in 14 matches, a result the football loving public ought to be proud of.

Saturday’s game was not so well attended as previous ones have been, but the uninviting  weather was not doubt responsible. Taking into consideration the treacherous state of the ground, the game was very fast, and full of interesting and exciting items. The Liverpool team exhibited more earnestness throughout than they have shown in some of the other hoe fixtures, a state of things which undoubtedly pleased.

Operations had not been in progress very long when it was observed that the home team were gaining the upper hand, and the least bit of steadiness in front of goal would have given them a greater number of points than they obtained.

In the latter portion of the match Liverpool were continually aggressive, and but for a fine display of goalkeeping on the part of William Douglas as has been witnessed on the Anfield ground would have put on a heavy score.

The home forwards played with rare dash at the finish, Patrick Gordon and Douglas Dick, being well fed by David Henderson, succeeding in getting through a rare amount of successful work.

The pride of the team – the three halves – were in magnificent form, especially Joe McQue and James McBride, whilst so clever was the defence of the backs that it was not until late in the second half that Matt McQueen was called upon to handle the ball.

The Ardwick forwards played well together, William Egan, late of Fairfield, filling capitally the centre. The half backs were very fair, whilst the backs were decidedly good, John McVickers showing up better than his partner. Douglas in goal, deserves every praise for his goalkeeping – the frosty ground and foggy atmosphere apparently not interfering with his splendid work.

As an instance of the result of the pressure of finances upon nearly all football clubs, the Ardwick club are a good example. Last week two of their best forwards were transferred to Sheffield United, and to-day Douglas, the goalkeeper, with David Robson, full back, are being transferred to Stoke, the sole reason being that Ardwick cannot afford to keep them any longer.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: December 4, 1893)

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