April 1, 1896
These teams met at Crewe on Saturday, in boisterous weather. The ground was thoroughly saturated and made accurate football difficult. The visitors brought a very strong team amongst whom figured Becton, who has been selected as one of the players to represent England against Scotland next Saturday.
Crewe won the toss, and had the benefit of very strong wind. Cleghorn and McQue were the first to show up on behalf of the visitors, and after some nice passing Allan gave Lathom two shots to stop in quick succession, which the home custodian cleared. Another determined raid by the visiting forwards resulted in Latham being beaten by Allan, who scored after fifteen minutes’ play.
Liverpool continued to press, and Bradshaw missed the mark by a few inches. The Alexandrians now had a look in, and after Williams and Jones had run the ball down towards Storer, a foul was obtained from which Simpson sent in a long shot, which went sailing over the bar. The wind made sad havoc of correct football, and miskicks were repeatedly seen from both sides, but eventually Geary, Allan, and Becton gave the home defence much trouble, and Mcque was responsible for a second goal for Liverpool from half-back.
Peake followed on behalf of Crewe with a beautiful shot which Storer saved well, and both Riley and Woolfe put in some nice work at times, but could not score owing to the fine defence of Goldie and Wilkie. Just before half-time McVean rushed in from the right wing and registered another goal for Liverpool, who led by four goals to none at the interval.
After changing ends the Alexandra were completely outclassed as they could not withstand the pressure of the opposing forwards, who came down time after time and registered three more goals in the second portion, Allan, McVean and Becton doing the needful. This Liverpool won very easily by seven to none.
Crewe were never seen to greater disadvantage, and it now becomes more apparent every day that first class football has nearly finished so far as the Crewe Alexandra are concerned. The Liverpool players were a grand lot, and it goes without saying that they gave a splendid exhibition of Association football. The following were the teams: –
Crewe Alexandra: Fred Latham, William Tuxford, Jim Brookes, George Batho, Harry Simpson, R. Dixon, Solomon Riley, Jack Woolfe, James Peake, Ted Williams, John Jones.
Liverpool: Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Tom Wilkie, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Thomas Cleghorn, Malcolm McVean, Fred Geary, George Allan, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
(Source: Crewe Guardian: April 1, 1896)