December 30, 1893
Liverpool still going well.
On Saturday last they tackled Ardwick and won by six goals to two. This is the third time the teams have met this season, and Liverpool have improved their scoring on each occasion. On Christmas Day the team started on a cruel journey, leaving Liverpool at 7.40 a.m. arriving back at a late hour in the evening.
The weather out Accrington way was about on par with the railway journey, and the two combine rendered a colleague of mine unfit for duty on Boxing Day. The accounts of the match points to a defeat of Liverpool, but this is nonsense. Accrington certainly obtained the only goal of the match, but it must be borne in mind they had the benefit of the gale and rain for the allotted time, whilst when it came o Liverpool sharing the same advantage everybody had had enough of it, and the game was abandoned some time before the time agreed on had expired so that the game is an undecided one.
On Boxing Day the Corinthians’ were at Anfield, and the team was a strong one. The game, too, was well contested. The visitors had most of the play, yet they could not make much of the Liverpool defence, James McBride and Matt McQueen always spoiling the well-meant attempts of Fryer and Rupert Renorden Sandilands. The Corinthians’ defence was also too good for the Liverpool attack, except at times when the home lot would come with rush when least expected.
Previous to the first goal being scored the visitors had the best of the play, but their forwards were not so keen as the home lot, and this is the secret of their defeat. David Henderson opened the scoring, his left wing working the ball up and sending across to the right, Patrick Gordon putting it into goal and David Henderson finishing the movement by scoring a good goal.
The Corinthian put in some splendid bits of passing, but somehow they made a mess of it at the finish. Their shooting was poor to begin with, and another element against them was the effective work done by the home defence. You will have to travel a long way before you come across such “downy” defenders as Andrew Hannah, Matt McQueen and James McBride, and often enough, they would let the Corinthians finesse with the ball to their hearts’ content but would chip it in at the finish and upset their calculations.
Had the Corinthians put more dash in their player perhaps they would have been more successful but taking the play as it stood the Liverpool defenders had the best of the argument and a little bit up their sleeve.
The second half was much the same as the first, only that the home lot had more shies at Moon, and most of them were true ones. Most of the play was either in midfield or in Liverpool quarters.
Whilst his side were busily attacking Moon gave us the Highland fling in quite an artistic style but the effect was somewhat marred when directly after Patrick Gordon came running up and centred and David Henderson ran through the goal with the ball. Liverpool more than held their own afterwards, though no further scoring took place, and the home lot won by two goals to nil.
To beat such a strong team must be considered a good performance, but though good points were often shown the play was never of that robust character as those associated with the League. Liverpool played their usual game, the forwards often being disappointing and then putting in an effective bit of play, and this is how the two goals were scored.
The defence was good and better than that of their opponents. Harrison and Frederick Raymond Pelly, however, kicked strongly, but when it came to tackling they were not so good. The only fault I could find with the Corinthian forwards is that they did not make for goal as they ought to have done, seeing they ad most of the play. Their combination was all right and they were strong on the wing, but dash was sadly needed when it came to question of scoring goals.
(Cricket and Football Field: December 30, 1893)
Frederick Raymond Pelly, Old Foresters (Lloyd’s Weekly News: March 19, 1893):
Rupert Renorden Sandilands, Corinthians (Lloyd’s Weekly News: October 15, 1893):