October 4, 1902
Match: Football League, First Division, at Anfield, kick-off: 15:30.
Liverpool – The Wednesday 4-2 (2-1).
Referee: Mr. Arthur Kingscott.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Bill Perkins, John Glover, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, William Goldie, Arthur Goddard, George Livingston, Sam Raybould, Richard Morris, John Cox.
The Wednesday (2-3-5): Jack Lyall, Willie Layton, Ambrose Langley, Robert Ferrier, Tommy Crawshaw, Herrod Ruddlesdin, Reginald Hounsfield, Harry Chapman, Andrew Wilson, Jock Malloch, Fred Spiksley.
The goals: 0-1 Spiksley (22 min.), 1-1 Raybould (43 min.), 2-1 Raybould (penalty, 45 min.), 2-2 Chapman (60 min.), 3-2 Livingston (80 min.), 4-2 Goddard (81 min.).
The visit of the League leaders to Liverpool caused great interest, and there was an attendance of over 20,000 at Anfield. The home goalkeeper was the first to handle from Spiksley, who sent in a capital shot, and Perkins saved to gingerly as to perturb the Liverpool followers.
Dunlop cleared, Raisbeck sent on to Raybould, and the latter put in a drive which struck the under-side if the Sheffield bar, and fell back into play. An exciting scrimmage followed, and Liverpool claimed a penalty against Langley. It was not allowed, play opening out even exchanges in midfield ensued.
Spiksley was first to get away again, and he centred beautifully, but Perkins, playing with more nerve took the ball from Chapman’s foot and saved a certain goal. Raybould then scored for Liverpool, Cox added a second, and on the interval Wilson got through for the visitors.
Half-time – Liverpool 2, Wednesday 1.
The second half as hotly fought at the outset, and Chapman scored for Wednesday. Liverpool tried vainly to pierce the visitors’ defence, Lyall saving repeatedly. At length Livingston again put his side ahead, and a minute later Goddard added another.
Result – Liverpool 4, Wednesday 2.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 04-10-1902)
Fred Spiksley, The Wednesday F.C. (Lancashire Evening Post: October 1, 1898).