December 29, 1893
The Anfield club played their 16th League game yesterday at Crewe, before 4,000 to 5,000 onlookers. Beautiful weather prevailed, and everything promised a fast and exciting game. Promptly to time Mr. Brodie lined out the teams.
Crewe Alexandra: Edward Hickton, Harry Stafford, Alfred Cope, Herbert Crawford, Walter Cartwright, Sammy Barnett. J. Burrows, A. Hall, Joseph Sandham, James Peake, Robert Roberts.
Liverpool: William McOwen, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, Matt McQueen, Joe McQue, James McBride, Patrick Gordon, Malcolm McVean, David Henderson, Harry Bradshaw, Hugh McQueen.
Sandham opened the game, but Joe McQue intervened, and gave to Malcolm McVean and Patrick Gordon, who at once made tracks for their opponents’ goal. Barnett nicked in with a neat kick, and at once Liverpool were put upon the defensive. In this manner the game continued for a time, neither side obtaining any material advantage, till a chance was given to the homesters by a foul from Matt McQueen, which might, with a little trouble, have been better utilised.
At length Hugh McQueen raced away, and, centring at the right moment, Patrick Gordon rushed the ball through, thus opening the score within ten minutes of the start. From this point, Liverpool held their opponents well in hand, but could not break the sturdy defence of Cope and Stafford.
A rapid dash by the home forwards relieved the pressure for a short time, but so poor was the direction of the shooting by the Alexandrians that William McOwen was not seriously troubled. The Liverpool forwards then indulged in some very pretty and effective passing, but David Henderson failed on one or two occasions to finish up well.
Their persistency ultimately claimed the reward, and it came in the shape of a second goal by Harry Bradshaw, from a capital screw by Patrick Gordon. Just upon half-time a well-earned corner, taken by Patrick Gordon, was grandly turned to account by Hugh McQueen, Liverpool thus leading by 3 goals.
When the game was restarted Liverpool were at once to the fore, and almost “did the needful.” Generally the play was in Liverpool’s favour,
Hickton having much more work to do than his vis-à-vis. Malcolm McVean at length got an opportunity, and defeated the Crewe defence for a fourth time, which was succeeded by another from David Henderson a little later on.
After this stage the Crewe team played up with the greater vigour, and for the first a shot by Barnett menaced the Liverpool goal, but William McOwen was thoroughly prepared, and cleared grandly.
An interesting and pleasant game resulted in a decisive victory for Liverpool by 5 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury: December 29, 1893)
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):