League matches

Liverpool v Aston Villa (League match: December 25, 1896)


December 25, 1896
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:00.
Liverpool – Aston Villa 3-3 (2-2).
Attendance: 15,000.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Tom Wilkie, John McCartney (C), Robert Neill, Thomas Cleghorn, Malcolm McVean, William Michael, George Allan, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
Aston Villa (2-3-5): Jimmy Whitehouse, Howard Spencer, Jimmy Crabtree, Jack Reynolds, Jimmy Cowan, Bob Chatt, Charles Athersmith, Jack Devey, John Campbell, Fred Wheldon, Steve Smith.
The goals; 1-0 McVean (5 min.), 2-0 Allan, 2-1 Cowan (33 min.), 2-2 Devey (40 min.), 3-2 Becton (penalty, 60 min.), 3-3 Athersmith (83 min.).

The Liverpool goals:
* MCVEAN receiving from Becton beat Whitehouse with a grand shot in the first five minutes.
* McVean getting possession from McCartney centred, and ALLAN beat the Villa custodian for the second time.
* Then McVean and Michael got down, and the latter forced a corner. The kick taken by Michael was beautifully placed, and Allan headed in. A certain goal would have resulted, but one of the Villa men tipped the ball over the bar. After consultation with the linesmen the referee awarded a penalty, and BECTON placed the home team ahead.

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