Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool 1-1 (League match: September 1, 1894)

September 1, 1894
Key note: “Perhaps it was only natural that most people out Blackburn way considered that the outcome of their opening match at Ewood Park on Saturday would be a couple of points for the time-honored Rovers. That such a thought was in the minds of the larger proportion of the spectators who assembled round the enclosure to give the old Cup-fighters a hearty send off in their winter’s campaign I have not a shadow of a doubt, and I am just as certain in observing that their disappointment at the result – ‘honours divided’ – was keen to say the least of it. Liverpool have every reason to be satisfied with the result, for have they not fairly justified by their performance in their first encounter their selection among the first-class League clubs. But I am disagreeing somewhat. To get back to the start I may say the ground was in splendid condition, the weather very suitable, and the wind in such a kind mood as to not interfere with the fortunes of the game. Each side put its strongest eleven into the field.” (Athletic News: September 3, 1894)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Ewood Park, kick off: 15:30.
Blackburn Rovers – Liverpool 1-1 (0-1).
Attendance: 12,000 (10,000 and 15,000 also mentioned in reports).
Referee: Mr. Thomas Helme (Farnworth).
Blackburn Rovers (2-3-5): Adam Ogilvie, John Murray, Tom Brandon, Geordie Dewar, George Anderson, Harry Marshall, Harry Chippendale, James Whitehead, Ted Killean, Jimmy Haydock, Coombe Hall.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William McCann, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Matt McQueen, Patrick Gordon, Malcolm McVean, John Givens, Harry Bradshaw, John Drummond.
The goals: 0-1 McCartney (25 min., assist: McQueen), 1-1 Hall (75 min.).

Match reports:
* Liverpool Mercury: “Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool”;
* Athletic News: “Liverpool make a good start”;
* Liverpool Mercury: “Weekly review”;

George Anderson, Blackburn Rovers (Lloyd’s Weekly News: March 3, 1895):

Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):


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