January 1, 1898
Key note: “Liverpudlians would dearly like to see their club win a match upon their own ground. They can manage it away all right, but at home – ugh! It gives one the shivers to recall to memory their latest examples of ‘How to do it.’ Against West Bromwich it was naturally thought that at least the tide would turn, but alas and alack, it either steadfastly refused to either ebb or flow. All sorts of experience have been tried in regard to the composition of the tea, and it is perhaps this continual experimenting that is responsible for the non-success of the men. Lumsden has had a fair trial at outside left, and whilst there is no denying that he is a player of the coming order, he is far, very far, from being a Harry Bradshaw, and if it be true that the latter was compelled to stand down to make way for the ex-Burton player, then, indeed, can the ways of the Liverpool directors be likened upon that of the heathen Chinee, dark ad mysterious.” (Lancashire Evening Post: January 8, 1898)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 14:30.
Liverpool – West Bromwich Albion 1-1 (1-0).
Referee: Mr. Aaron Scragg.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, John McCartney, Joe Mcque, Thomas Cleghorn, Fred Geary, William Walker, Abe Hartley, Andy McCowie, Joe Lumsden.
West Bromwich (2-3-5): Joe Reader, George Cave, Billy Williams, Tom Perry, Abraham Jones, John Banks, Billy Bassett, Albert Flewitt, George Reid, Alex McKenzie, John Nock.
The goals: 1-0 McCartney (30 min.), 1-1 Flewitt.