January 24, 1896
Motherwell are not succeeding so well in their League games as was anticipated. Another defeat was registered against them at Renton last Saturday, when a win could have been obtained.
By the way of strengthening and improving the team they substituted John Curran, of the Hibs, for Dailly, at back, but the “improvement” was the wrong way.
Daly has certainly not been showing up too well of late, but he never gave such a poor exhibition as did the substitute. In fact, Curran was the man who lost the game; with any other man of average ability the game would have resulted in a win for Motherwell.
(Source: Motherwell Times: January 24, 1896)
** The match in question was a 2nd Division match in the Scottish League at Renton, played on Saturday, January 18 – 1896. Motherwell lost 2-3, and Curran scored an own goal (0-2), and had a very poor performance overall.