October 15, 1894
Well it’s a record – £1026; prodigious would Dominic Sampeson describe the proceeds. So will Dicky Sams and so will the people generally. The phenomenal sum and indicates beyond all cavil that, there must have been something near 40,000 spectators, and yet the attraction was purely local.
Probably ninety-nine out of every hundred were Liverpudlians.
If so, to what great extend the Association game of football has caught on in the district within the space of about twelve years.
The game in new to Liverpool compared with some other towns, and Mr. R.Wilson demonstrated the rapid growth when he informed a circle of friends that, as treasurer of Everton, he had the unique experience of having been the custodian of Everton’s smallest ‘’gates” (2s 1d) and of their largest. From a couple of shillings to a thousand pounds to a big jump to accomplish within a decade, but Liverpool people have accomplished it and can boast that they are the greatest supporters of the good old game of football, as remodelled and perfected into an up-to date science.
The game itself turned out to be a much better exhibition of play than one dared to hope.
Excitement of course ran high but considering the dimensions of the crowd the behavior of the spectators was admirable.
Fouls were numbers, certainly, but were of a light kind, with perhaps one exception, and were all through Mr.J. Lewis, the referee, had the men well in hand, and promptly and impartially exercised his authority.
Everton won solidly, but there superior staying power carried their triumphantly, as it had done so consistently this season. for the first hour it was anybody’s game.
The fouls and corner kicks were about equally distributed, and so there can be no charge of undue roughness of claim of greater pressure of one team over another.
Everton were in addition to their superior stamina, more compact in front of goal. Following up quickly and shooting more accurately than their opponents.
For once in a way, the Everton defence was a bit unsteady, at least in the early period of the game.
Charles Parry was singularly unfortunate in some of his kicks, but invariably covered his mistakes. Adams was more sound, and had a lion’s share in keeping the goal intact. Cain, however, had very little to do, but he made no mistake what at distant intervals called upon. The shot that troubled him most no doubt was one from Kerr in the second half, which went in so sharply that he had time to knock the ball straight from the goal, instead of outing it aside to more aft land.
The half-backs were a strong feature of the Everton team. Holt was in the thick of the fray, scoring repeated successes. Boyle checked Bradshaw and McQueen in his usual quiet and effective way, feeding his forwards also with taste.
Stewart had the most active wing to grapple with in Kerr and Ross, and he rendered his old club mate very impotent in the later stages of the game. The forwards were in good formation. Notwithstanding that Bell and McInnes had to retire for a time. Hartley made a good inside left in the place of Chadwick, and thus gave further proof of his usefulness, as a utility man. Either on the left, the right, or centre, and with McInnes, Alex Latta, Southworth, and Bell up to their standard, notwithstanding that the latter was a bit lame, the Everton forwards gave much satisfaction.
Coming to Liverpool team, one and all are to be sincerely congratulated upon the very excellent display their gave.
Again McCann fully demonstrated that he can complete with the best talent in the country in his own special line. That save of his from Hartley in the first half could hardly be excelled, and he was very unfortunate in having a point scored against him. by one of his own side. Indeed he is in no way blamable for having the greatest number of goals scored against him in the League clubs.
Hannah and McLean came out of a most trying ordeal in brilliant style, and the generally steady and effective work of the two is a crushing reply to their detractors, who would have it that both are about done up and not class enough for premier football. McLean‘s heading in the goalmouth was a marked feature of his work, and by keeping his position in better style he came out very strongly against Latta and McInne.
McCartney, McQue, and McBride after the first goal was scored, settled down in earnest fashion and delighted almost everyone with their telling work against such a magnificent quintets as that possessed by the Everton club. McBride is rapidly coming back to form as was shown by his neat touches and timely saves, and without a doubt he is the best man to play in front of.
(Liverpool Mercury: October 15, 1894)
Alex Latta, Everton (Lloyd’s Weekly News: October 30, 1892):