Liverpool F.C.: Weekly review: April 16, 1894


April 16, 1894
The recent displays of the Liverpool team are not inspiring their supporters with any great hopes or jubilant feelings for the forthcoming test match. Little or no fault can be found with the defence generally – the onus of the unmistakable deterioration must be laid upon the shoulders of the attack, not one of whom is in anything like his proper form.

The important and disorganised style lately adopted by them has caused many to feel thoroughly annoyed that such undoubtedly clever exponents of the game should display so much feebleness. Unless they impart more zeal and assiduity into their work, the team are not likely to pull though against Newton Heath.

The midfield work is all right. Where the forwards fail so lamentably is in not shooting with force when the ball is brought in the neighbourhood of their opponents’ goal. With this point borne well in mind, and provided the same set of forwards carry out the remaining matches, a much-required improvement will be apparent, and then the test match need not be feared by any Liverpudlian.

A mixed eleven defeated the White Star Wanderers in the semi-final round of the Liverpool Cup Competition, and thus won their way into the final. It depends very much upon the date when the final tie is to take place whether the Anfield club will be able to put their first team on the field or not.

The players are being sent into special training at Hightown, preparatory to meeting Newton Heath, and it can hardly be expected that the Liverpool executive will jeopardise their chances against the Heathens by playing an important cup tie during the same week as the test match takes place.

After the good fight Andrew Hannah’s team made at Burnley in the County Palatine League some weeks ago, it was generally anticipated that the Burnleyites would meet with defeat in the return match on Wednesday evening last, but chiefly owing to the absence of Andrew Hannah and Duncan McLean, combined with but very indifferent forward play, the Anfield club met with their first reverse at home, Burnley winning by two goals.

Taking advantage of the resolution of the Palatine League committee allowing reserve teams to compete, the first match with the Blackburn Rovers, was fought out between “A” teams from either clubs. The home club was far more strongly represented than Liverpool, and won rather easily by five goals. Geordie Dewar and Jimmy Haydock were the most prominent Rovers, the latter scoring four goals, whilst Millett, a local player (who is the full-back for the Liverpool reserve), and Patrick Gordon easily outshone their comrades.

After the narrow squeak the Saturday previous, it was generally voted that the Pottery men would “catch it hot” when contending at the Anfield enclosure, as in the las half of the play at Burslem the visitors maintained all the attack and obtained a well-deserved draw, and it was expected, and rightly, too, that the Liverpudlians would take the opportunity of performing the rubbing-in process; but, as the old oracle states, “The expected seldom happens.”

The imagined easy win did not come off; and, in fact, the homesters had to buckle to with great determination, first to equalise, and afterwards to win, as they eventually did. Although not completing the season in the brilliant manner they opened with and carried on throughout the year till just lately, yet their record is a truly magnificent one, and stands equal to that of Preston North End’s gained during the first year of the League, who, like Liverpool, went through one season’s League matches without defeat.

The two records are – Preston North End, 40 points out of a possible 44; Liverpool, 50 points out of a possible 56.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: April 16, 1894)

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