Liverpool v Aston Villa 1-2 (League match: September 8, 1894)

September 8, 1894
Key note: “Favoured with grand weather, the opening game at home was a complete success in every sense but one – the inability of the home team to follow up their previous prowess by taking a point out of the Aston Villa. This unpalatable fact is due to two or three causes. First, the injuries the men received at Burnley, and which showed itself distinctly in the latter stages of the game; secondly, the continued indisposition of Neil Kerr, and disinclination to play on the part of Jimmy Ross, which of course, causes the club to be heavily handicapped; and thirdly, to the altogether unaccountable manner several of the team, especially those from whom it was least expected, lost command of themselves at a most crucial point of the game. Had these players kept their work with their accustomed collectedness and deliberation, it is not saying too much that the home club could have at least wound up with a draw. On the other hand, every credit must be given to Aston Villa, for their untiring energy and promptitude in availing themselves of the apparent looseness of the Liverpool players, and converting what, up to the last quarter of an hour, appeared to be a defeat into a well-earned victory.” (Liverpool Mercury: September 10, 1894)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick off: 16:00.
Liverpool – Aston Villa 1-2 (1-0).
Attendance: 20,000.
Referee: Mr. Jefferies.
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, Hugh McQueen.
Aston Villa (2-3-5): Albert Wilkes, James Elliott, Jimmy Welford, Jack Reynolds, Jimmy Cowan, George Russell, Charles Athersmith, Bob Chatt, Billy Dorrell, Jack Devey, Steve Smith.
The goals: 1-0 Bradshaw (18 min.), 1-1 Smith (75 min.), 1-2 Chatt (85 min.).

Match reports:
* Liverpool Mercury: “Weekly review”;

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

Charles Athersmith, Aston Villa (Lloyd’s Weekly News: November 6, 1892):

Jack Devey, Aston Villa (Lloyd’s Weekly News: March 24, 1895):


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