The disputed English cup tie at Barnsley

February 4, 1895
Feeling in Liverpool and Barnsley.
One of the leading members of the Liverpool Football Club Company was interviewed yesterday in reference to the objection of Barnsley St. Peter’s. He assents to the statement that there was no agreement to play extra time, and that this was done because the referee ordered it.

If it is a fact, it has not been generally known among Liverpool footballers that such an objection as has been taken would be good. The common idea was that if the referee ordered extra time both parties would have to abide by the result.

The Liverpool Committee meet tomorrow night to consider their reply, but while they contest the point it is generally thought they will be beaten, and that the match will be replayed on Wednesday week. The tie has been ???? prolific of objections, but it is to be hoped no ill-feelings will result.

A Barnsley correspondent wrote yesterday: – All over the town the gallant struggle which Barnsley St. Peter’s made against the formidable First Leaguers in Liverpool in the Cup-tie, on Saturday, is winning then the loudest praises, and football enthusiasm has risen to a high pitch. Following up the excellent game, the protest which has been dodge by Barnsley against the win under Rule 17 is being eagerly discussed and it appears almost a certainty that the battle will have to be fought anew on Liverpool soil. The rule is quite clear in the point, and is one which was amended in order to deal with the extra time question. The referee is practically without power on the point if one of the teams offer any protest, and cannot order the resumption of the game.

The heavy state of the ground on Saturday made playing hard work, and after 90 minutes’ “spin” both seemed to have had enough. The Barnsley captain Black, protested against the referee’s decision before the extra half hour began; but Mr. Roberts, whose discharge of duties had called for almost absolute unanimous approval, ordered the game to be resumed.

Apart from the financial aspect of the question to the “Saints,” the conditions were against any additional time. The referee was shown his error after the match, and the rule, if was contended, was quite clear. Mr. Roberts recognised this.

The protest was in due form and was forwarded with the deposit to the English Football Association, and also to Mr. William Barclay, the Liverpool secretary. There is a meeting of the Council of the English Association on Wednesday night, when no doubt the matter will be considered, and there appears to be no other alternative but to replay the game.

In the event of a mutual arrangement being offered to the clubs, the Barnsley people will strive hard for Thursday afternoon – the local half-holiday – in order to give their followers an opportunity of accompanying their heroes to Liverpool, and no doubt if this is gained Barnsley will muster strongly. The event is creating the liveliest interest in the town and district.
(Sheffield Evening Telegraph: February 5, 1895)


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