A draw with no goals scored

February 3, 1902
The Blackburn Rovers and Bury should have played a League game at Bury, but the Rovers having on their Cup Tie with Derby County, Liverpool, who should have been the County League opponents, put in an appearance at Gigg Lane and played their match postponed from December 21.

There were changes in both teams, Bury played Thomas Gray vice John Berry centre, and, owing to slight injuries received in the Cup tie, John Cox, John “Sailor” Hunter and Billy Dunlop were replaced by William White, Tommy Green and John Glover.

Bury won the toss and had the advantage of the wind, but faced a bright sun. Play opened quietly, the state of the ground, which was partially covered with frozen snow, impeding the players. Bury forced two corners and maintained the attack for a period, but the shooting was wild.

A free kick to Liverpool removed play to the Bury quarters, but the game was quickly returned, and Bill Perkins saved from Gray. Just on the interval Green sent the ball against the upright, but ends were changed with nothing scored.

In the second moiety there was a lot of good work done in midfield, but neither team could brace itself up for great efforts near goal. They have both a big cup tie next Saturday, and in consequence did not, perhaps, put forth as much energy as they would otherwise have done. The result was a draw, with nothing scored.
(Sporting Life: February 3, 1902)


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