December 14, 1895
Upon returning to Blackburn after the match the team, with Mr. John McKenna, had a narrow escape from a serious accident. When coming down the hill between Darwen and Blackburn the tyre of the hind wheel of the waggonette broke away from the spokes and dashed against the windows, breaking them to pieces, and covering the party with broken glass.
Owing to the spokes of the wheel remaining in the hub, the conveyance did not overturn, but Jackson, the trainer, who showed great presence of mind in stopping the horses as they appeared to be breaking away with fright, was damaged slightly on the knee when doing so.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: December 16, 1895)