April 7, 1897
Match: Bass Charity, at Peel Croft.
Walsall Town Swifts – Liverpool 0-1 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. A.J. Barker (Newcastle); linesmen: Messrs. G.H. Poyser (Swadlincote) and E.J. Ottewell (Burton).
Walsall Town Swift (2-3-5): Charlie Bunyan, Ted Peers, Charlie Aston, Jack Taggart, Albert Wilkes, Bill “Artful” Taylor, Daniel Horobin, Jack Aston, Arthur Griffin, George Johnson, Felix Mooney.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, John McCartney, Robert Neill, Thomas Cleghorn, Andy McCowie, William Michael, George Allan, Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw.
The goal: 0-1 Neill.
Note that the Walsall Advertiser claim McCartney scored Liverpool’s goal; while Burton Chronicle (whose match report was much more complete) recorded Neill as the scorer. I have gone with Neill.
Also note that two Walsall players Sammy Holmes and David Copeland is mentioned in the report, but not among the names in the line up. Holmes usually played right half at this point in the season (No. 4), while Copeland was an inside forward (No 8 or 10). Towards the end of the season he usually played inside left (No. 10).
(A big thank you to Kiernan Smith for sending the details from this match to me).
Harry Storer, Liverpool (Lloyd’s Weekly News: December 1, 1895):
Harry Bradshaw, Liverpool (Illustrated Police Budget: November 11, 1899):