West Bromwich v Liverpool 5-0 (League match: September 15, 1894)

September 15, 1894
Key note:
“The first visit of the Second League champions to West Bromwich aroused a lot of interest. After opening in splendid style, and when everybody was looking forward to a grand contest, an unfortunate accident to Patrick Gordon completely changed the aspect of the game, ruined the chances of Liverpool, and quite spoilt the combat from a spectator’s view. Of course, it is not to be thought that Gordon’s absence from the field was the sole cause of the heavy defeat. There were other reasons, and marked ones too, and which the committee will, no doubt, look into. It was painfully evident in the last two matches that there are some of the team who do not take that care of themselves they should do. They seem to think that if they pay attention to the usual order of training once or twice a day the remaining portion of the time is to be spent as they think fit. This is altogether a mistaken notion, and is one some of the players will do well to dispel at once. By now they should have found out the truth of the old adage ‘it’s the pace that kills,’ and the sustained speed at which first league games are carried out is only to be obtained by the most assiduous training, and, above all, careful and strict living. Where the team last year used to shine, in finishing so strongly, now is the weakest point of their play, and it behoves the whole team to at once bestir themselves and mend this fault, or else they will assuredly kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.” (Liverpool Mercury: September 17, 1894)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Stoney Lane, kick-off: 15:30.
West Bromwich Albion – Liverpool 5-0 (3-0).
Attendance: 6,000.
Referee: Mr. T.S. Ashmole.
West Bromwich (2-3-5): Joe Reader, Billy Williams, Bob Crone, Tom Perry, Charles Perry, Jack Taggart, Billy Bassett, Roddy McLeod, Thomas Hutchinson, William Richards, William Newall.
Liverpool (2-3-5):  William McCann, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Patrick Gordon, John Givens, Jimmy Ross, Harry Bradshaw, Hugh McQueen.
The goals: 1-0 Bassett (15 min.), 2-0 Williams (pen.), 3-0 Hutchinson, 4-0 Bassett, 5-0 Richards.

Match reports:
* Liverpool Mercury: “A tough afternoon in West Bromwich”;
* Liverpool Mercury: “Weekly review”;

Joe Reader, West Bromwich (Lloyd’s Weekly News: May 1, 1892):

Charles Perry, West Bromwich (Lloyd’s Weekly News: March 20, 1892):

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

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