April 7, 1896
Liverpool v Burnley.
The recipient of the above benefit match could not be anything but pleased with the very fair gate assembled at Anfield yesterday, as there must have been at least 4,000 to 5,000 spectators present.
Liverpool: Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Barney Battles, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Matt McQueen, Malcolm McVean, Fred Geary, John Clarke, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
Burnley: David Haddow, Knowles, Tom McLintock, Walter Place Snr, Charlie McEleny, Joe Taylor, Tom Nicol, Thomas Warburton, Hugh Robertson, Jimmy Davidson, Walter Place Jnr.
The player opened very tamely, and it appeared as though the affair was going to be as uninteresting as possible, but Bradshaw livened matters up with some brilliant work, and the contest became somewhat exciting.
From a bully in goal, Geary opened the score, and but a few moments elapsed ere Clarke, with a capital effort, had added a second. Keeping the game well in hand, Bradshaw put on a third point before half time, when Liverpool were leading by three goals to nil.
On changing ends the game went in favour of the visitors. From a bully the Burnleyites wiped off one of the scored against them. A little later McCartney handled near goal, which brought about a penalty kick, from which Burnley scored, after which Bradshaw sent a fine shot past Haddow.
The Burnley crowd came again with a grand rush, and Nicol added a third, and a well-contested game resulted in a win for the home team by 4 goals to 3.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: April 7, 1896)