December 18, 1893
The first meeting between these clubs took place on Saturday, at Anfield, before 5,000 spectators. Both sides were strongly represented, Liverpool being short of James Stott only, whilst the visitors were without Alex Stewart, the absence of William Smith on the right wing being accounted for by the presence of Higgins.
Liverpool: William McOwen, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, Matt McQueen, Joe McQue, James McBride, Patrick Gordon, Malcolm McVean, David Henderson, Harry Bradshaw, Hugh McQueen.
Nottingham Forest: William Brown, Adam Scott, Archie Ritchie, J. Connor, John McPherson, Peter McCracken, Arthur Shaw, Sandy Higgins, John Brodie, Horace Pike, James Collins.
The Forest having won the toss, elected to play with the wind, and David Henderson kicked off towards the Oakfield Road goal. The early passages were rather in favour of the Liverpudlians, Malcolm McVean finishing a nice piece of work by sending into Brown’s hands, immediately following which a corner was given by Scott, which, however, came to naught.
A foul off Matt McQueen let in the visitors, and McPherson propelled a shot which was just a trifle wide. Remaining in the Liverpool territory, Shaw a little later on was given a chance by Joe McQue heading in the wrong direction, but the right winger dallying a second too long was showed off by Duncan McLean, who sent the leather up the field.
A couple of fouls against Notts placed the game in the visitors’ half, but a capital piece of work by McPherson gave Brodie an opening, who, with Higgins and Collins, at once made off, but when appearing dangerous they were skilfully robbed by Duncan McLean, who, sending well to his left wing, allowed Harry Bradshaw to burst away, and giving to Hugh McQueen at the right moment the latter player sent across to the right wing, but they not having an opening returned to Harry Bradshaw, who scored amidst great rejoicing.
The Notts men went off with great spirit, and Andrew Hannah and Matt McQueen had to put forth their best endeavor to shake off Collins and Pike, who throughout were a dangerous pair; but try as they would the visitors could make but little impression upon the Liverpool defence.
At length Patrick Gordon gave relief to the home side by a fine run and centre, which, however, was kicked clear, only to be met by Joe McQue, who experienced the hardest lines with a shot which struck the upright.
The game continued to be of a fast and exciting nature, neither side claiming any advantage, while both sets of backs were kept busy, and when the half time arrived Liverpool were leading by a goal.
Upon resuming, the Liverpool right wing put in some telling work, being nicely led by Matt McQueen, but being driven back by Ritchie and Scott, a long punt by the latter gave Shaw possession, who finished a fine dribble by compelling William McOwen to handle; and the leather remained the vicinity of the home citadel for some time, Collins, Brodie, and McPherson each in turn having shies at William McOwen’s charge, but the latter being in excellent form gamely repelled all attacks.
A heavy kick by Joe McQue have timely relief, and David Henderson securing, sent out to Harry Bradshaw, who darted off at top speed, and centring accurately to Patrick Gordon, who had followed up well, allowed that player to add a second point.
From this period the visitors fell off in their play, whilst Liverpool maintained the pace to the finish; and having all the best of the latter portion of the game, were deservedly rewarded for their persistency by securing another goal, the result of a fierce shot by Malcolm McVean.
Eventually Liverpool ran out easy winners by 3 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury: December 18, 1893)
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):