January 1, 1897
Key note: “The Liverpool team who have been training at Freshfield for nearly a fortnight, left the Exchange Station Friday at quarter to one and were accompanied by more than 600 of their supporters. Boltons’ splendid enclosure presented a fine appearance. Liverpool created a big surprise by inflicting a severe reverse on the Wanderers, and on the play shown by the two teams Liverpool thoroughly deserved their splendid victory. Throughout the game they held the upper hand, and exhibited sterling play all round. The forwards combined in good style, and Geary, who replaced Bradshaw, was very prominent by contributing several dashing runs and accurate centres, whilst he scored with a really brilliant shot.” (Liverpool Courier: January 2, 1897)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Burnden Park, kick-off: 14:15.
Bolton Wanderers – Liverpool 1-4 (0-2).
Attendance: 20,000; gate receipt: £512.
Referee: Mr. G.H. Dale.
Bolton Wanderers (2-3-5): Paddy Smith, John Somerville, Di Jones, Alex Paton, Jimmy McGeachan, Archie Freebairn, Billy Thomson, Tom Miller, David Nicoll, Jocky Wright, Bob Jack.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Willie Donnelly, Archie Goldie, Tom Wilkie, John McCartney, Robert Neill, Thomas Cleghorn, Malcolm McVean, Jimmy Ross (C), George Allan, Frank Becton, Fred Geary.
The goals: 0-1 McCartney (37 min), 0-2 Allan (40 min), 0-3 Geary, 0-4 Allan, 1-4 Jack (90 min.).
Did you know that the gate receipt taken at this match was a new League record for Bolton Wanderers at the time?
Di Jones, Bolton Wanderers F.C. (Cricket and Football Field: September 16, 1893).