Everton win the first ever League derby

October 15, 1894
The long-looked for meeting of these local rivals took place at Goodison Park on Saturday, and excited all the interested. A great game, from a scientific point of view, was not expected, but the public appetite was whetted by the fact that Everton and Liverpool were to oppose each other and the full strength for the first time in their history.

Goodison Park.
The event recalled recollection of those keen game in which Everton and Bootle some six or seven years ago used to take part; but the parallel ends with keen local rivalry. The entertainment of Saturday surpassed in attractiveness every great that had occurred before, and Everton, who held the record of “gates” for the League matches, which was that of £735 taken this season before last, when Preston North End were beaten so easily, have broken their own record, the money taken on Saturday being £1,026. Which would show that the attendance must have been something like 40,000 included in which number were several leading citizens.

Whilst the vast crowds, were assembling a capital exhibition of football was given by picked teams of schoolboys of Liverpool and Nottingham, but the visitors were no match for the local lads, who won easily by three goals to nil, the representatives being as follows:-

Liverpool: J. Wilson (Stanley Road), goal, J. McAdam and J. Crelly (Arnot Street), backs, R. Morgan, (St. Lawrence), R. Campbell (Arnot Street) and H. Rankin (Stanley Road), half-backs, F. Glass (Arnott Street) T. Bale and A. Elston (Roscommon Street), W. Malepeacey (Queens Road) and W. Beard (St. Margaret’s Anfield), forwards.
Nottingham: A. Spick, goal, McCribble, and W. Hickling, backs, F. Lowe, C. Spick, and H. Bea half-backs, J. Cooper, H. Walton, A. Proctor, H. Hill, and E. Wheatcroft, forwards.

A few minutes before time fixed for starting the teams appeared within the area, and met with a hearty reception. Many had been the rumours during the week of men that could not play owing to injuries or other causes, but Edgar Chadwick was the only conspicuous absentee.

He having received injury to a leg at Bolton. The clubs were accordingly represented in their full strengths with the exception named, though Hartley ably filled the position of inside left.

Everton: Tom Cain, James Adams, Charles Parry, Richard Boyle, Johnny Holt, Billy Stewart, Alex Latta, Tom McInnes, James Southworth, Abe Hartley, Jack Bell.
Liverpool: William McCann, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Neil Kerr, Jimmy Ross, Malcolm McVean, Harry Bradshaw, Hugh McQueen.

Everton lost the toss, and prompt to time Holt kicked off against the wind. He was soon penalised, and Kerr headed over the line. Two free kicks fell to Liverpool of no avail, and then Bell forced to leave the ground momentarily. In the meantime Kerr received from Ross, and made a “running shot” into the people. Parry was next hard pressed, but cleared, and kicked onto the stand.

McLean was next in request, and put into touch four times in quick succession in grappling with Latta and McInnes, and from pressure on the left Hannah gave hands near in. Stewart took the place, and McInnes headed a goal in ten minutes from the start.

Everton closed on goal again, but good defence pulled Liverpool through. Bradshaw and H. McQueen were next prominent. The former beat Holt, but the latter recovering got the ball away. McQueen, on Parry missing his kick, had the pass and the goal almost at his mercy, but shot across and just out, the right wing men not getting up in time. Hartley was a shade too late in taking a centre a minute afterward, and the ball went over the goal line.

Liverpool again broke away on the right, and the outlook was ominous on Parry making a faulty kick, but no shot was possible. McQue was not long before he had an aim, And went within a yard. Hartley replied by shooting too high, but the whistle had gone, so no point would have been possible had he been more accurate.

Liverpool then attacked strongly. Both Parry and Stewart gave fouls, and a hot scrimmage ensued, when Cain and Parry checked keen shots. Going down on the right, some quick passing culminated in Bell driving in hard, and in McCann blocking the ball, McLean clearing grandly.

The game was of the fastest speed and Liverpool were having quite as much of the play as Everton. Whilst the tactics of Adams and Parry were not so safe as those of McLean who put in especially effective work. In a while Bell shot just over the bar.

A free kick against McCartney enabled Everton to keep within range, when Adams took advantage of some indecision on the part of Liverpool, and lobbed into the goalmouth, McCann saving. Holt had next to concede a corner in beating McQueen. McBride took the place, and McVean passing to the right Kerr sent over the bar.

Free kicks continued to be plentiful. Southworth was next going strongly, but Hannah checked him, and the heading work looked well for Everton, but the movement was gamely required. The home forwards improved in their combination, severely harassing the visitors defence. At this exciting period, McInnes hurt his leg, apparently a twist, and had to leave the field. After a slight delay Hartley shot in a futile corner being awarded. Everton, and McLean in dispossessing, Latta gave a further corner to no avail. McQueen next had a clear field, but was too quick in his shot, going short.

Leading up to half time, Boyle took fair aim, Hannah them robbed Bell by a fast run, and Kerr ran away, but Boyle interfered smartly when near goal. Everton responded quickly and scrimmaged near the post. This was tided over, and on Boyle essaying a wild shot, the whistle sounded for the interval, with Everton in command by a goal to nil, the result of very even play.

On resuming McLean at once broke up a raid. McInnes having now returned to the partnership of Latta. Ross was penalised for flooring Holt, and these two were immediately afterwards in collision. Then Ross seemed to be held by Holt and Stewart, but the referee did not interfere.

Liverpool were the more aggressive just now, and forced a corner, badly placed by McQueen, and from the pressure McQue went wide with a shot. McVean attended to a good movement on the Everton right with effect, but Latta again returned, and crossed, Ross sent the ball back, to the centre, and Hartley shot straight and McCann saved splendidly.

Liverpool held out during a renewed severe tussle, and rushed up the right, when Kerr shot in an accurately that a goal seemed certain, but Cain pushed the ball straight to Ross, who lifted over the bar with a wretched shot.

The Liverpool right wing again beat Parry, and another opening was at hand, but, to the relief of Evertonians, Bradshaw put just over the bar.  The latter at the same time received an injury, but did not leave the field. After a short delay, Liverpool pressed up a business like way, shot by Kerr, however, not deceiving all their good work.

The home team were more fortunate when their turn at attack soon came, as on Bell centering Latta sent into the net, after a hour of the game had arrived. Both sides improved in their play at this advanced time a grand movement finished off with a splendid shot by McQueen and a brilliant saved by Cain. McCann was also called upon, and he too saved splendidly. Stewart next fouled Kerr but the free kick was no help to Liverpool.

Holt then beat McCartney, and the put come was in McInnes shooting just outside at short range. A free kick by Boyle enabled bell to penetrate goal, but off-side was awarded. A little later however, Everton attacked with the desired effect, on the right wing making ground, Bell breasted into the net.

The home team were now in a safe position. The play continued to be spirited, and once McCartney was reprimanded for badly fouling Southworth.

Everton had the best of exchanges, but could not score again, thus winning by 3 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury: October 15, 1894)

James Adams, Everton (Edinburgh Evening Express: April 7, 1893):

Tom McInnes, Everton (The Sussex Agricultural Express: October 6, 1899):
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Charles Parry, Everton (Leeds Mercury: April 9, 1898):

Alex Latta, Everton (Lloyd’s Weekly News: October 30, 1892):

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

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