January 8, 1898
Key note: “Dr Morley, who has for many years been connected with the Rovers, celebrated his 69th birthday on Saturday last, when he had the satisfaction of seeing his team beat Liverpool. Nothing suits the doctor better than to see the Rovers in a winning mood, and his cup of happiness would be full to overflowing if the Rovers were to bring the English Cup to Blackburn this year. Saturday’s game at Ewood Park was not remarkable for scientific football, but on both sides the contest was a stubborn one, and at time there were some exciting incidents. All the scoring was done done in the first part, when the Rovers certainly had the whip hand of their opponents. It was not often that the visitors got dangerous, and it was very unlucky for the home side that Ball should have presented his opponents with a goal by kicking between the posts in attempting to clear. Liverpool had opportunities to score in the second half, when they were seen to the best advantage. These they did not turn to account, for the defence was always steady when put to the test. Hartley, the old Everton centre, did not do much for his side, who lacked combination.” (Lancashire Evening Post: January 15, 1898)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Ewood Park, kick-off: 14:30.
Blackburn Rovers – Liverpool 2-1 (2-1).
Referee: Mr. L. Furness.
Blackburn Rovers (2-3-5): James Carter, Tom Brandon, John Glover, William Ball, Tom Booth, Peter Chambers, Tommy Briercliffe, Ben Hulse, John Proudfoot, John Wilkie, John Campbell.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, John McCartney, Joe McQue, Thomas Cleghorn, Robert Colvin, Daniel Cunliffe, Abe Hartley, Andy McCowie, Harry Bradshaw.
The goals: 1-0 Briercliffe (10 min.), 1-1 Own goal (Ball, 14 min.), 2-1 Campbell (44 min.).