January 10, 1895
Liverpool v Derby County.
This League match, which was postponed from December 22 last, owing to a storm, was played yesterday on the Derby ground, before a moderate attendance of spectators. The ground was almost as hard as iron, but it was protected by a think coating of snow. The teams were:
Liverpool: Matt McQueen, John Curran, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, John McLean, Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross, Harry Bradshaw, Davie Hannah, John Drummond.
Derby County: Joseph Green, Jimmy Methven, Joe Leiper, Jack Cox, Archie Goodall, John Harvey, Joseph Brooks, John Hamilton, Steve Bloomer, Johnny McMillan, John Paul.
The visitors had the best of the exchanges in the opening stages, but the County team soon got into working order, the shots sent in, however not being accurate. The game quickened, and both goals were pressed, but the home team were the most unfortunate, two clear chances being thrown away, McQueen saved grandly from McMillan, and Bradshaw put the ball out of the Derby goal when it seemed as though it would go into the net.
From this point until half-time the game went strongly against the County men, McQueen being only troubled once. Just before the interval Ross and Bradshaw went along finely, and the former scored with a nicely-directed shot.
The visitors made all the running when the second half was opened, but they did not cause Green any great anxiety. The home players entered into their work with a will, and gave considerable trouble to the Liverpool defence, which, however, remained sound, both Curran and D. McLean effecting some splendid rescues.
Then it was again Liverpool’s turn to attack, and McVean lost a beautiful opening, whilst Green saved prettily from an excellent shot by Ross. Some brilliant work was done by the Liverpool forwards, Ross and Bradshaw being the most prominent. On one occasion the visitors were clearly robbed of a certain goal, Ross being deliberately tripped when he was sailing straight into goal.
Towards the end the Derby County men attacked with their utmost vigour, but they found the opposing defence far too sturdy and clever to defeat. Liverpool eventually won a grandly-contested, extremely fast, and brilliant match by 1 goal to nil.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: January 10, 1895; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited