December 30, 1893
William McOwen, the Liverpool Football Club goalkeeper, (says Pastime) jumps up and pulls the crossbar down when the ball appears likely to hit it.
The Football Association has ruled that in the case of a temporary displacement of the bar the referee may award a goal if, in his opinion, the ball has passed under the place where the bar ought to have been.
If a referee will allow a goal when the ball passes just over the bar while William McOwen is hanging on to it, it may deter this ingenious player from practicing a not very desirable trick. Other goalkeepers with the same trick are Adam Ogilvie (Blackburn Rovers) and Jack Hillman (Burnley).
It makes the crowd laugh, but it doesn’t look fair.
(Blackburn Standard: December 30, 1893)