April 18, 1896
Quick-note: Although losing the toss placed the Liverpudlians at a disadvantage they having to contend against a bright sun and wind, the latter went right away from the start, and by dash, skill, and judgment were always one too many for their opponents. So one-sided was the game generally that there is little or nothing to say about the encounter, and as a really-good match the fight on Saturday – if fight it can be called – will rank as a very poor affair indeed. (Liverpool Mercury: April 20, 1896)
Match: Football League, Test Match, at Anfield, kick-off: 16:00.
Liverpool – Small Heath 4-0 (1-0).
Attendance: 20,000; gate receipt: £500.
Referee: Mr. Tom Armitt; linesmen: Messrs: Roberts and Dale.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Barney Battles, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Thomas Cleghorn, Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross (C), George Allan, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
Small Heath (2-3-5): William Meates, Frank Lester, Sid Oliver, Tot Farnall, Alex Leake, Adam Fraser, Frank Mobley, William Robertson, John Jones, Fred Wheldon, Tommy Hands.
The goals: 1-0 Allan (30 min., assist: Ross), 2-0 McCartney (51 min., assist: McVean), 3-0 Bradshaw (53 min., assist: McVean), 4-0 McVean (assist: Cleghorn).