September 13, 1894
Key note: “In the game with the Bolton Wanderers, it was generally anticipated that the home team, strengthened by the presence of Jimmy Ross and Neil Kerr, would be returned easy winners, and the feeling of ill-humour which filled most of the spectators, when the match concluded, was in a measure due to their prognostications not proving successful, many forgetting entirely that it is the element of luck which the game possesses that adds that spicy relish which perhaps is one of its greatest charms of the sport. No one who saw the encounter on Thursday will deny the fact that it was largely owing to a slice of good fortune that the Wanderers defeated the home team. Although Kerr was of little use throughout the game – his injured shoulder being a great detriment to anything but a feeble display – a decided improvement was noticeable a times in the method of the home attack; and if the players who are laced in that responsible position will follow the advice and style Ross, there is reason to hope that a great change for the better will develop early on. There was a marked similarity in the style of play of the two clubs, but the greater experience in First League warfare enabled the Boltonians to snatch a victory.” (Liverpool Mercury: September 17, 1894)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 17:00.
Liverpool – Bolton Wanderers 1-2 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. John Lewis.
Liverpool (2-3-5): William McCann, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Matt McQueen, Patrick Gordon, Jimmy Ross, Neil Kerr, Harry Bradshaw, Hugh McQueen.
Bolton Wanderers (2-3-5): John Sutcliffe, John Somerville, Davie Weir, Alex Paton, John Miller, Archie Freebairn, Robert Tannahill, Jimmy Cassidy, Charlie Henderson, Jimmy Settle, William Andrews.
The goals: 0-1 Cassidy (2 min.), 1-1 Ross (40 min.), 1-2 Tannahill (48 min.).