September 6, 1897
Key note: “Quite 3,000 spectators put in an appearance on the Anfield Road ground last evening to witness the game between these clubs, the proceed of the ‘gate’ being set apart for the benefit of McCartney, the popular skipper of the Liverpool Club. The new organisation played up well, and with closer experience of one other’s play they will require a lot of beating. The home right wing played a strong game and were prominent in most of the attacks that led up to scoring.” (Liverpool Mercury: September 7, 1897)
Match: Benefit for John McCartney, at Anfield, kick off: 17:45.
Liverpool – New Brighton Tower 4-1 (2-1).
Referee: Mr.E. Ramsbottem.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Willie Donnelly, Tom Wilkie, Billy Dunlop, John McCartney (C), Joe McQue, Thomas Cleghorn, Robert Marshall, William Walker, Patrick Finnerhan, Frank Becton, Joe Lumsden.
New Brighton (2-3-5): Jack Robinson, Gow, Smart Arridge, Tom Allison, George Anderson, Charles McEleney, Hamilton, Josh Hargreaves, Henderson, Harry Hammond, Alf Milward.
The goals: 1-0 Finnerhan (20 min.), 1-1 Hammond, 2-1 Becton, 3-1 Becton, 4-1 (see special note).
NOTE: It is impossible to clearly say who scored the fourth goal for Liverpool. None of the Liverpool paper’s give any clear view on the matter. Mercury, above, says the goal came from a return from the goalkeeper after Lumsden’s shot. Daily Post claim it was rushed through from a “scrimmage,” Courier says that the Liverpool forwards rushed in the fourth goal from a scrimmage. The “scrimmage” mentioned is quite often used in match reports in the old days. So either Marshall, Walker, Finnerhan or Becton scored it.
Alf Milward, New Brighton Tower (Lloyd’s Weekly News: January 17, 1892):
George Anderson, New Brighton Tower (Lloyd’s Weekly News: March 3, 1895):