February 1, 1897
The replayed Lancashire Cup tie between Liverpool and the Bolton Wanderers was arranged to take place at Burnden Park, Bolton, Monday afternoon. In the morning a telegram was received from Bolton announcing that in consequence of the state of the ground, which was said to have been converted by the frost into a veritable sheet of ice, the match had been postponed, and that the referee, Mr. Lewis, had been apprised of the fact.
In spite of this message, the Liverpool officials and players proceeded to Exchange Station to catch the 1.10pm train to Bolton. But upon arrival at the station they were handed a telegraphic message from Mr. Lewis stating that he had inspected the ground, and found it totally unfit for play.
The players made their journey homewards, while Mr Mr. Tom Watson, Mr. John McKenna and other Liverpool officials went to Bolton, and there arranged that the match should be played at Burnden Park next Monday, subject to the approval of the Lancashire Association.
(Liverpool Mercury: February 2, 1897)