February 15, 1896
Match: FA Cup, Second Round, at Molyneux, kick-off: 15:15.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Liverpool 2-0 (2-0).
Attendance: 13,500; gate receipts: £402.
Referee: Mr. Arthur Kingscott. (Derby); linesmen: Messrs. A.G. Hines (Nottingham) and A. Hall (Derby).
Wolves (2-3-5): Billy Tennant, Dick Baugh, Tommy Dunn, Hill Griffiths, Billy Malpass, Billy Owen, Joe Tonks, Charlie Henderson, William Beats, Henry Wood, David Black.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Tom Wilkie, John McCartney, Joe McQue, John Holmes, Fred Geary, James Ross (C), George Allan, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
The goals: 1-0 Wood (25 min.), 2-0 Owen (penalty, 30 min.).
** Some sources credit the 1-0 goal to Griffiths.
This tie took place at Molyneux Grounds, Wolverhampton, on Saturday, in beautiful weather, before 15,000 spectators.
Ross having won the toss, elected to play against the slight incline, and immediately the black and gold team forged to the front, and McCartney and Goldie were busy. At length the rush was finally dealt with, and the Liverpudlians were seen to be in full swing to the other end, Becton being tripped when clean through and in a favourable position. Nothing came of the free kick, and again the play was located in the Liverpool quarter, Malpass being ever prominent.
The activity of the Wanderers was very pronounced, and they were the better team at this stage, being so united in their defensive work.
After 25 minutes’ play Griffiths obtained possession and centred, but ere Storer could handle the ball he was bundled over. The referee allowed the point, and this, of course, infused greater energy into the Wanderers’ play. Only five minutes more had elapsed when Wilkie, in heading the ball, brought down Beats, and a penalty kick was awarded against him, with the usual result that a further point was scored. This was the score at half-time.
On resuming the Anfield men shaped much better, and showed the prettiest football of the day, but, being opposed by vigorous and determined play, no breach could be made in the Wanderers charge, and Liverpool ultimately retired beaten by 2 goals to nil.
(Liverpool Mercury, 17-02-1896)
Hill Griffiths, Wolves.
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