April 5, 1897
This return League match was played at Anfield before about 6,000 spectators. Both teams were well represented, and Jowett kept goal for Liverpool for the first time in a League match, whilst Michael played vice Allan, who was engaged in the international fixture at the Crystal Palace, this letting in McCowie. The following were the sides: –
Liverpool: Charles Jowett, Archie Goldie, William Dunlop, John McCartney, Robert Neill, Thomas Cleghorn, Fred Geary, William Michael, Andy McCowie, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
The Wednesday: Jimmy Massey, Jack Earp, Ambrose Langley, Harry Brandon, Bill Regan, James Jamieson, Laurie Bell, Robert Ferrier, Harry Davis, Arthur Brady, Fred Spiksley.
Referee: Mr. J.H. Strawson (Lincoln).
Liverpool commenced against a strong wind, and Sheffield were early attacking, a fine centre from Bell being nicely cleared by Jowett. This was followed by a momentary spurt on the part of the home team, and a fast shot from McCowie was intercepted by Langley. Clever work by McCartney and Neill gave their side the advantage, but eventually the visitors’ right wing forced a couple of corners, and from one Regan put in a grand shot, which Jowett cleverly stopped, whilst a foul to the visitors almost led to a score.
The play, however, was very ragged and monotonous, but at last the home front rank got down, and Michael shot across the goal mouth, Becton shooting into the stand when favourably placed. Bradshaw contributed a magnificent run the whole length of the field, and passing to Michael when almost in the goal mouth enabled Earp to kick clear, and Bell breaking away with the ball shot strongly, and only a feeble clearance being made by Goldie, Brady easily scored.
The visitors were nearly through again on resuming, Jowett saving a fine shot from Davis, and Liverpool were fairly kept on the defence. Just on the interval a corner fell to Liverpool, which was nicely placed by Bradshaw, but Michael missed scoring when almost under the bar. At half-time Wednesday led by 1 goal to nil, and on resuming, after a shot from Bradshaw had just grazed the outside of the upright, a corner fell to the Blades, and Bell headed past Jowett, ten minutes after the interval. This roused the home players, and Bradshaw tested Massey with a couple of grand shots, which were well cleared, but the Liverpudlians eventually got through, Michael scoring after Massey had saved from Bradshaw.
McCartney grandly overtook and robbed Bell, who had got clear, and then Geary shot past Massey from a clever pass by Michael, but this was disallowed for offside. The Liverpool forwards were now going better than at any previous period of the game, but Becton missed a capital chance of equalising.
A moment later, from a bully in the goal mouth, Langley fisted away a header from Michael, and a penalty kick was awarded to the home team, from which Becton scored. Nothing further was done, though Spiksley twice broke away, and the result was a draw of 2 goals each.
(Liverpool Mercury: April 5, 1897)