April 1, 1897
It must have been a surprise to Liverpool to be beaten at home by Burnley, and the losers would be none too well pleased that two of their discarded players, Malcolm McVean and Jimmy Ross, had such a conspicuous part in bringing off “the coup.”
Burnley, however, played well, and deserved their victory. The forwards showed more method than usual, and they took the fullest advantage of every opening. The two men mentioned were a continual trouble to the Liverpool defence.
Burnley’s defence was such stronger than it has been of late, Jeremiah “Jerry” Reynolds being the best back on the field. Burnley paid £130 for the services of Ross and McVean.
(Edinburgh Evening News: April 1, 1897)