September 26, 1904
Lincoln people looked upon the meeting with Liverpool on Saturday with mixed feelings of pleasure and regret – pleasure at seeing the talented visitors so early, and regret at having to meet them with a re-arranged team.
With the exception of Jack Martin, the centre forward, Lincoln put the usual team in field, but the necessity of finding a substitute for this important position necessitated an all-round change. Brown being moved from outside right to fill the vacancy, Watson going from outside left to fill Brown’s place, and Fred Simpson coming in from the Reserves to fill Watson’s position at outside left.
Notwithstanding these changes, during the major portion of the game Lincoln gave quite as much as they received, but on four occasions, which really decided the result of the match, matters went decidedly awry.
The first misfortune occurred when Dennis O’Donnell, Lincoln’s clever inside right, was crippled five minutes after the start, and although he pluckily limped about during the game, he was very little good; the second, when Raybould was allowed to go through and score a when apparently offside; the third, when a penalty ought seemingly to have been awarded for a foul on Brown; and the fourth when W. Simpson let in Raybould for a second time.
Raybould’s dual success.
Taking the game throughout, it was decidedly creditable to Second League football, and conclusively proved that there is really very little between First and Second Division football. With the wind during the first half hour Liverpool, although having the best of the play, never looked like scoring until Raybould was allowed to run through with a perfectly clear field.
After ends were changed Lincoln, practically with ten men, were the better team, until the mistake alluded to again gave Raybould an opportunity, which he turned to advantage. In general play Lincoln were little if any behind their opponents. The Liverpool team throughout played pretty and scientific football. The re-arranged Lincoln forwards were not so effective as the old combination. The defence, too, might be strengthened.
The Liverpool defence was good throughout, Doig and his backs coming through severe tests with great credit; but while the forwards played with pretty combination they lacked grit and shooting powers. Raisbeck did a lot of work, and played splendidly throughout.
Lincoln City: George Buist, Charles Laverick, William Pallister, George Fraser, Billy Simpson, Percy Blow, William Watson, Dennis O’Donnell, Edward Brown, Magnus O’Donnell, Freddy Simpson.
Liverpool: Ned Doig, David Murray, Billy Dunlop, Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck, Tom Chorlton, Arthur Goddard, Robert Robinson, Sam Raybould, Richard Morris, John Cox.
Referee: Arthur Kingscott (Derby).
(Athletic News: September 26, 1904)
George Buist, Lincoln City F.C. (Athletic News: October 24, 1904)