February 10, 1894
We are now in a position to state that arrangements have been concluded by the committee of the Liverpool Association Football Club, assisted by a number of gentlemen connected with the leading Rugby clubs in Liverpool and across the water, to hold a football festival on the Anfield Road ground on Thursday, the 22nd inst., the proceeds to be devoted to the benefit of the Stanley Hospital.
The Newton Heath Club have consented to oppose Liverpool in an Association game (kick off 2 30), to be followed at four o’clock by a Rugby match consisting of sides picked from the Liverpool and Old Boys versus Birkenhead Park and New Brighton, the committees of the above named clubs having expressed their willingness to assist in the good cause.
The attraction to lovers of football of both codes is strong, and, given a fine day, there will doubtless be a big gate, and a substantial sum realised for the hospital.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: February 10, 1894)