Liverpool F.C. practice match at Anfield


August 29, 1895
The last practice match of the players of the Liverpool Club took place at the Anfield ground before a large number of spectators. The teams were as follows:

Whites: John Whitehead, goal; Archie Goldie and Hope Robertson (Police Athletic), backs; Ford (Police Athletic), John Holmes and Parry (Casuals), half-backs; Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross, George Allan, Frank Becton and Fred Geary, forwards.
Blues: Matt McQueen, goal; Tom Wilkie and Billy Dunlop, backs; John Curran, Joe McQue and John McLean, half-backs; Griffiths, Bardsley (Casuals), Harry Bradshaw, Davie Hannah and Hogg (Casuals), forwards.

The sides were well balanced, but the superior forward play of the Whites gave them the victory by 3 goals to 2. McQueen was not at his best in goal, but Wilkie and Dunlop gave an improved display at back. Allan also exhibited more cohesion with his men, but his style is not altogether in harmony with Ross and Becton. Whitehead had several awkward shots to deal with, and negotiated them with cleverness, while Holmes did exceedingly well in a quiet way at centre half. The Casuals men altogether were serviceable.
(Liverpool Mercury: August 30, 1895)

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