Saturday, September 25 – 1897
Poor Liverpool! Their fall is great! N wonder poor Tom Watson is reported to have gone into deep mourning! The term “genial” cannot, for the present at all events, be applied to friend Tom, and unless things brighten up shortly – oh, but it’s too horrible to contemplate!
Alas ! that one so you and fair should be on such intimate terms with misfortune. But, seriously, Liverpool are worthy of better things. They have a fairly good team, but somehow fate frowns upon them and refuses to crown their efforts with success.
The defence is looked upon as one of the best in the country, and yet Sheffield Wednesday actually passed it four times in fifteen minutes. How it was managed goodness only knows, as according to this season’s performances the Wednesday stood a very bad chance of piercing it four times in fifteen years, let alone fifteen minutes.
That Liverpool may ere long emerge from the darkness into the light is the earnest which of all Liverpudlians.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 25-09-1897)