December 18, 1893
Those who witnessed Liverpool’s display at Anfield against Notts Forest must have been satisfied that they received their money’s worth in the keen and well-contested struggle which took place.
The game was generally voted as one of the best that has taken place upon the ground at Anfield, and Liverpool proved themselves quite as good as their opponents almost from the start. It is now patent that the Anfield team has never yet been promptly stretched by any club at home, and a few displays like that of Saturday would make the Liverpudlians still more popular.
The return to the old order of things in the forwards proved to be an unqualified success. The whole quintet vied with each other in earnestness, plack, and dash, and the result was a magnificent victory. Although lacking the superior methodical skill of their vis-a-vis, the irresistibility of the home forwards – reminding one of the old Bolton Wanderers’s dashes – carried all before them time after time; and it must have been an eye-opener to the Forest players to see their defence so often bullied.
Malcolm McVean, Patrick Gordon, and Harry Bradshaw were over on the qui vise for the slightest chance, and the way the two latter repeatedly sprinted from their opponents roused the greatest enthusiasm.
William McOwen had much less work to do than William Brown, but what he did was of a very high order. Andrew Hannah played an exceptionally fine game – in fact, it may be put down as his best performance with the Liverpool Club – his tackling, clean kicking, and speed being equal to his best days.
Duncan McLean’s long kicking was of great service at times; while praise must be awarded to Joe McQue, James McBride, and Matt McQueen for their half-back play. The forwards, as already mentioned, were a distinct success, part of which is due to the cool and steady play of David Henderson, who, of not brilliant, was very effective.
Notts Forest came with a good team, and showed capital football. Brown in goal did his share in first rate fashion. Adam Scott was the better of the backs, whilst John McPherson at centre displayed great judgment in the half back line. “Tich” Smith (William Smith) was an absentee from the forward rank, his place being taken by Sandy Higgins. John Brodie – the new man – playing in the centre.
The Forest forwards exhibited more exactness and cohesion than their opponents, and had not the home defence been in excellent trim would undoubtedly have damaged the Liverpool record.
(Liverpool Mercury: December 18, 1893)
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):