April 20, 1895
Key note: “Liverpool and Preston North End have left their matches until late on in the season, for it was only on Good Friday that the first of the two matches was played, and then Liverpool, with a crippled team, succeeded in making a draw of it. Every confidence was therefore placed in the team winning on Saturday, seeing the match would be played at Anfield, but those who went nap on the Liverpool were rudely awakened, for they never looked like a winning team. Everyone knows the issue meant a lot to the club, and the defeat simply means that they will have to play for their position in the League, and probably place them at the bottom of the list. There was a fair crowd, probably numbering 11,000 or 12,000, but the dispirited play of the home team took all the enthusiasm out of the spectators.” (Athletic News: April 22, 1895)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 16:00.
Liverpool – Preston North End 2-5 (1-3).
Referee: Mr. Barker.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Matt McQueen, Duncan McLean, Billy Dunlop, John Curran, Joe McQue, John McLean, Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross, Harry Bradshaw, Frank Becton, Hugh McQueen.
Preston North End (2-3-5): Jimmy Trainer, Sandy Tait, Bob Holmes, James Sharp, Moses Sanders, Willie Orr, Adam Henderson, Jackie Pierce, Tom Smith, John Cunningham, Bob Blyth.
The goals: 0-1 Cunningham, 1-1 Bradshaw (assist: Ross), 1-2 Pierce, 1-3 Smith, 1-4 Pierce, 1-5 Henderson, 2-5 Bradshaw (84 min.).
James Sharp, Preston North End (Lancashire Evening Post: September 3, 1901).