Why the poor attendance in the Cup tie?

February 5, 1896
A letter was read from the Liverpool Football Club complaining of the action of the Liverpool District Association in playing a Liverpool Cup semi-final tie on the Everton ground on Saturday last at half the usual price of their cup ties – viz, 3d – which greatly injured their gate in their English Cup tie with Millwall.

The latter club also wrote complaining of the injury done to the gate.

Mr. Robert Edward Lythgoe (Liverpool Association) stated that the Association had nothing to do with the date. It was left to the two clubs, who were allowed to March 11 to play their semi-final. The clubs were Southport Central and Everton, and they agreed to play on that date.

The Association took a third of the gate and got out the bills, and the admission money was fixed before they knew of the date or what clubs would be in. It was decided to take no action.
(Liverpool Mercury: February 6, 1896)

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