Liverpool v Notts County 3-0 (League match: October 26, 1895)


October 26, 1895
Key note: “It is just like Liverpool to go and beat a powerful organisation like Notts County five days after the exhibition at Burslem. There was no half measure shown in the process either, for with the exception of the first five minutes and for a period just before the interval, the visitors never looked like winning. There were occasions when the Liverpool forwards seemed inclined to take matters easy, but as a pack they played well, and were much cleverer than their opponents. They won by three goals to none, and all three were good goals. Bradshaw led off after about ten minutes’ play, but McVean deserves a lot of credit for working the ball. Then Geary had a turn, he and Ross between them dribbling up to near the goal, when Geary finished up by putting the ball past Toone. It was only at intervals that the Notts forwards gained a foothold in the Liverpool quarters, so good was the play of the half-backs, Holmes, McQue and Keech The backs, Goldie and Wilkie, were also playing a great game, and altogether the Notts men were outclassed. Matters in the second half were more even, and that is all that can be said in favour of the visitors. They seldom got going in first-class order, the combination being frequently broken up, and the defence was not so effective. The goal had several narrow escapes, but at last Ross took matters in his own hands, and a slip pas Hendry was quickly turned to account, and the result was as above stated.” (Athletic News: October 28, 1895)

Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:00.
Liverpool – Notts County 3-0 (2-0).
Attendance: 8,000.
Referee: Mr. A. Scragg.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Matt McQueen, Archie Goldie, Tom Wilkie, Bill Keech, Joe McQue, John Holmes, Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross, Fred Geary, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
Notts County (2-3-5): George Toone, James Stothert, Jack Hendry, Charles Bramley, David Russell, Alfred Shelton, John Chadburn, Daniel Bruce, John Allan, Walter Bull, Elijah Allsopp.
The goals: 1-0 Bradshaw (7 min.), 2-0 Geary, 3-0 Ross.

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