November 7, 1898
Newcastle United played their eleventh League fixture against Liverpool at St. James’s Park, Newcastle, when they gained their first triumph in first-class football in defeating the visitors by three clear goals. This hollow victory over the Liverpool is particularly noteworthy from the fact that the Liverpudlians gained the distinguished honour of being the first team in the League to defeat Sheffield United, the champions of the League. Over 20,000 spectators were present, and more than ordinary interest was centred in the encounter, as Newcastle United recast their forward rank in introducing A. Macafarlane, late of the Airdrieonians, as centre forward, and J Stevenson, the latest recruit from Derby County, as the partner to Rogers on the right wing, whilst Liverpool decided to rely upon the same team as defeated Sheffield United the previous week.
The visitors were fortunate in winning the toss, and they elected to play down the slope, with a good breeze at their backs. From the kick-off the visitors at once threatened the home goal, and from a nice pass by Robertson – Allan shot over the bar, whilst Marshall, on the opposite wing, was conspicuous with a capital shot that grazed the corner of the uprights. Continuing the attack in vigorous and meritorious style, the visitors forced a corner. The kick was cleverly headed away by Lindsay, and following a swift dribble of Macfarlane’s – Rogers essayed a beautiful shot. Storer threw away, though he ought to have been beaten by Stevenson from a pass by Rogers a few minutes later. The visitors continued to display superior form in attack, and a shot by Allan produced a corner. From the kick Raisbeck promptly returned the ball to Robertson and Morgan, who forced a corner off Lindsay. This advantage proved of no avail to the visitors, and the home forwards swiftly transferred the venue to the other end of the field, where Wardrope made a capital, though fruitless shot.
Combining admirably together, the visiting forward vigorously attacked, and Robertson essayed a grand shot, but Kingsley safely negotiated it. Liverpool, however, shortly gained a firm footing in the home lines, and obtaining a corner through miss-kick by Jackson, the home goal narrowly escaped a downfall. Twice Kingsley saved tremendous drives, and saved a terrific low shot whilst lying on the ground. Robertson made a fine attempt to score, but the home custodian once more cleared very smartly. Subsequently the United forwards displayed improved form, and Wardrope was within an ace of beating Storer with a low shot. Half-time arrived with a clean score sheet, but within eight minutes of resuming operations Peddie opened the scoring for United with a quick ground shot at close quarters. The United forwards now exhibited grand form, and from a pass by Stevenson – Macfarlane added another goal for United. A tremendous shot by Rogers resulted in a corner, and the latter beautifully placing the ball opposite the goal posts, Peddie registered the third point for United. The visitors were now completely outplayed, and the match resulted in a most decisive victory for the Novocastrians by three clear goals.
Newcastle United: Matt Kingsley, Billy Lindsay, Jimmy Jackson, Thomas Ghee, Jack Ostler, Jimmy Stott, Joe Rogers, Jimmy Stevenson, Sandy MacFarlane, Willie Wardrope, Jock Peddie.
Liverpool: Harry Storer, Archie Goldie, Billy Dunlop, Rab Howell, Alex Raisbeck, Thomas Cleghorn, Robert Marshall, Andy McCowie, George Allan, Hugh Morgan, Tom Robertson.
(Source: Sporting Life: November 7, 1898)