March 2, 1896
Liverpool v Burton Swifts.
The first meeting of these two clubs in the League tourney took place at the Peel Croft ground, Burton, on Saturday. Owing to the continuance of drizzling rain the crowd never exceeded 1,500. Neither side was fully represented, Liverpool being short of Tom Wilkie and John Holmes, and the Swifts being minus Sam Jones (goalkeeper), Donald McNeil (back), and Alex Boggie and Jock Sorley (forwards).
Jimmy Ross having won the toss, played with the wind, and the Liverpool team at once bore down upon the Swifts’ goal, earning a corner in the first half-minute. Keeping up the pressure with determination, the visitors at length scored by John McCartney, who, finely manipulating a free kick given against Dick Gray for running with the ball, met the return and drove into the net. Later on Frank Becton scored out of a loose scrimmage, and Ross put on a third by half time.
On turning round some little time elapsed ere further scoring took place, the Swifts making two or three excellent attempts to defeat Harry Storer, but the visitors, after a spell of even play, put on a fourth by Becton. After this reverse the Burton team lost heart, and although George Allan had left the field some time Harry Bradshaw (who came centre) and Ross worked the ball beautifully down the centre, and the captain scored a fifth point. Becton with a long shot recorded the sixth, and Ross, after capital wing play by himself and Malcolm McVean, added the seventh, which result brought a most one-sided game to a close
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: March 2, 1896)