April 1, 1895
Liverpool v The Wednesday.
The return match between these clubs was played off on the Anfield enclosure on Saturday, when the Liverpudlians satisfactorily reversed the previous defeat (5-0) by a win of 4 goals to 2. Neither side was at its fullest strength, Jack Earp, Bob Ferrier, and Harry Davis being absentees from the visiting side, while Duncan McLean played vice Billy Dunlop, the names of the respective sides being:
Liverpool: Matt McQueen, John Curran, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, John McLean, Neil Kerr, Jimmy Ross, Harry Bradshaw, Frank Becton, David Hannah.
The Wednesday: Wally Allan, Harry Brandon, Ambrose Langley, Bob Petrie, Tommy Crawshaw, James Jamieson, Archie Brash, Robert Priestley, William Fox, Arthur Brady, Fred Spiksley.
Having lost the toss, Bradshaw started on behalf of Liverpool, who immediately bore down on the Sheffield goal. Ross, on receiving from McQue, shot over the net, but in a few seconds afterwards McQue again fed the centre players, and by a series of passes and re-passes Bradshaw and Ross carried the ball into the goalmouth, the former bring about the downfall of the Blades’ charge by a fast shot.
Having much the best of the argument, the Sheffield defence was sorely beset, and Ross, Bradshaw, and Becton were a continued thorn to Allan, who at length succumbed to a grand high shot from the latter, about ten minutes after the start.
Up to this the visitors had not crossed the half-way line, but a foul falling to their share they made matters very warm for Curran and McLean, McQueen ultimately clearing finely. Hannah raced off, but was pulled up by Petrie, and Spiksley got the better of McCartney and shot at McQueen, who again proved safe.
Three corners and a foul then fell to Liverpool’s share, all of which were fruitless, although Ross worked neatly and almost did the trick twice. The game was principally fought out in the Sheffield half of the field, but now and then the Blades would break away, and Curran and McLean then had their work cut out.
Crawshaw at length defeated McQue in a single combat and sent up to Priestley, who, with a fast, low and oblique shot, overcame the Liverpool defence and reduced the lead against them. The home team, principally by the aid of Ross, were again the aggressors, and just as half-time approached Becton struck the cross bar with a terrific shot, which fairly rattled the timbers, and Bradshaw failed to meet the rebound.
On resuming, Wednesday got a look in by careless play on the part of McLean. Hannah and Bradshaw, however, changed the scene, but the latter ruined his previous good work by taking the ball over the line. Play was generally ruled in favour of the Liverpudlians, till a want of decision by the home backs let in Brash, who, outwitting McLean, made a clear opening and equalised easily.
After this item matters went badly with Liverpool, as their defence was very rocky, and Fox got clean away, but took his shot much too soon. Ross was then severely kicked in the back by Crawshaw, and lay on the ground for some little time, and from the succeeding free-kick Becton turned to account an easy pass by McQue.
More feeling and interest was now roused, and both sides strove earnestly, the Sheffielders, if anything, being the more dangerous; but, as time drew nigh, Bradshaw, with one of his characteristic dashes, broke clean away and scored a fourth point with a high shot, and the game eventually resulted in a win for Liverpool by 4 goals to 2.
(Liverpool Mercury: April 1, 1895)
Jack Earp, The Wednesday (Lloyd’s Weekly News: April 7, 1895):