February 15, 1896
There is a three-cornered feud being carried on just now in football circles in Liverpool between the local association, the Everton Club, and the Liverpool Club. It is all owing to the latter scratching their tie with Chester in the Liverpool Cup competition, which was brought about consequent upon Everton playing their tie with Southport Central on the same day that Liverpool played their English Cup tie with Millwall Athletic.
The Liverpool committee think that the affair was done purposely by Everton, the latter having made a tool of the association to further their ends.
In committees, the august body known as the Liverpool and District Association – a group of old ladies – decided to ask the Liverpool Club the reason of their scratching.
Up to the present, however, the club has not yet received Mr. Robert Edward Lythgoe’s “billet doux.” If the letter is sent, Mr. John McKenna, the club’s honorary secretary, intends to open the eyes, ears, and mouths of the executive.
(Lancashire Evening Post: February 15, 1896)