April 13, 1896
Liverpool’s matches during the past week all partook of the friendly character, two being with Burnley, and the other with Sheffield Wednesday. The latter can be dismissed with the merest notice, as the game was one of the slowest funeral affairs it is possible to imagine.
The fights between the Burnley and Anfield clubs were, considering all circumstances, degrees removed from the ordinary friendly fixtures as they count at present. One feature was the heavy scoring which took place in both meetings, and this without doubt always has the effect of livening up matters under any conditions. Another point was the fairly-good amount of energy both sides introduced, especially towards the finish, and the contest at Burnley on Saturday on account of the alternate scoring become thoroughly exciting, and roused the spectators to a pitch of enthusiasm seldom seen at matches of that class, except, perhaps when the competing clubs are near rivals.
The whole of the eleven did well, but Matt McQueen stood out as being perhaps the most successful of the defence with Harry Storer. The latter was given a lot of work during the first half, as was also Billy Dunlop and Barney Battles, both of whom came out fairly-well, but failed to understand one another’s play. Bill Keech and John McLean, as usual, worked hard throughout, but now and then they were not too fortunate with their passes and placing. Harry Bradshaw and Malcolm McVean were properly old soldiers when facing the gale, and took matters very quietly, the former especially, but both made amends in the latter portion of the game, when most of the attack came from them. John Clarke was now and then more than ordinary successful, and showed that he uses his head by the capital style he imitated McVean when taking the flying shot, exactly similar to that of the right winger, which scored the third goal.
Willie Tatham did not have so much to do as Storer, but was completely beaten by the three goals scored against him. Tom McLintock was easily the better back, while the half-way line was best represented by Walter Place Snr and Charles McEleney. Of the forwards Tom Nicol was most dangerous, but was an absentee during the best portion of the second stage, being injured by Battles. After his retirement Walter Place Jnr. And Thomas Wilmington got through the greatest share of the work, and were distinctly responsible for two of the goals.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: April 13, 1896)