January 13, 1894
Match: Football League, Second Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:45.
Liverpool – Rotherham Town 5-1 (2-0).
Mr. T. Helme.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William McOwen; John McCartney, Duncan McLean (C); Matt McQueen, Joe McQue, James McBride; Patrick Gordon, Douglas Dick, David Henderson, Harry Bradshaw, Hugh McQueen.
Rotherham Town (2-3-5): Arthur Wharton; W Broadhead, Fred Turner; Billy Longden, Walter Hobson, John Barr; F. Turner jnr, Edward Cutts, Peter Rae, Alf Pickering, G. Fairburn.
The goals: 1-0 Henderson, 2-0 Bradshaw, 3-0 H. McQueen, 4-0 Henderson, 4-1 Turner jnr., 5-1 Bradshaw.
The return engagement between these clubs took place at Anfield on Saturday, in ideal football weather, and before a large audience, there being fully 5,000 people present. Liverpool were still without Hannah, McVean and Stott, while the visitors required the services of Bartlett and Pickering sen. to complete their team.
Rae, having started on behalf of the visitors, the game was immediately located in the Rotherham half, McQue sending over the bar after pretty work by Dick and Gordon. Sustaining the attack Bradshaw was unfortunate to put on the net, and a foul given against Turner was so well manipulated by M. McQueen that Henderson had little difficulty in opening the score.
Still maintaining full possession of the game the Anfield team made strenuous endeavours to again pierce Wharton’s defence, but that wily and self-possessed individual was in magnificent form, and although fairly peppered with shots by Henderson, Bradshaw, and McQue, he still remained the victor.
Turner, the left back, was compelled to grant several corners, all of which proved useless owing to the famous sprinter’s clever display. At length some timely following up by Rae and Pickering have Cutts a chance, and he, tricking H. McQueen, had a clear field, but McCartney came to his comrade’s assistance, and the threatened danger was for a time evaded.
Strong half-back play on the part of the visitors confined the game in the vicinity of the home 25 flag, but the failure of Turner to take advantage of a chance enabled McLean to lunge out and place his own side in possession of the attack, but the final attempts of the right wing met with but little success.
Rae, who throughout was ever on the alert for the slightest chance, again got away with a nice dribble, but “hands” ruined what appeared to be a splendid opportunity. Being well supported by McQue, M. McQueen, and McBride, the Liverpool forwards put in some really clever passes, Henderson in particular playing the passing game with rare judgment.
A sudden breakaway by Bradshaw and McQue carried the leather into the neighbourhood of the visitors’ goal, the former winding up a terrific shot, which Wharton could not reach. Shortly after this success Gordon put another past the visiting custodian, but was chagrined to find the point disallowed on an appeal for offside.
The Rotherham forwards then had a spell, and Rae, Cutts, and Turner jun., initiated a rather mild attack upon McOwen, who, however, had to use his hands to clear. To this futile effort the home forward replied with a grand dash, Turner sen., kicking past the post to save what would have been an almost certain goal. Half-time arrived with the home team leading, and barely had the game been resumed when, from a combined run by Dick, Gordon, and Henderson, the Liverpool left winger met the pass and beat Wharton with a good shot.
Playing with great skill and ingenuity, the home team bore down again upon Wharton’s charge, Dick working the ball into the goal mouth, and crossing to Bradshaw, whose shot was grandly nonplussed by Wharton, but Henderson lying handy added a fourth point.
In no way disheartened the visitors resumed work with greater vigour and skill, and were rewarded by notching a unit against the champions. This warmed up both sides, and the game was more keenly fought than ever, Dick shooting several capital Rugby goals, whilst Rae headed out a fine attempt by Turner.
Hands against Rotherham resulted in a free kick being awarded, which being again beautifully planted by M. McQueen, allowed the irresistible Bradshaw to head into the net, giving Wharton no chance, and an interesting game concluded in another win for Liverpool by 5 goals to 1.
(Liverpool Mercury, 15-01-1894)
Match reports in other media:
Sheffield Daily Telegraph, January 15 – 1894
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):