The stiffest of tussles await


December 2, 1905
Both Liverpool clubs have very stiff engagements to encounter today. Liverpool receive Aston Villa with their team at full strength, and Sam Raybould will reap a capital reward for his five years’ service.

Always a side to be  reckoned with, Villa have now the credit of being at the top of the ladder, and the Reds are certain to try their hardest to bring them from their high pedestal.

Usually in benefit matches all spectators pay, but the Anfield directors have decided that for tomorrow’s match it shall be left optional to shareholders and season ticket-holders whether they pay for admission or not.

The Reds have done great things against the Claret and Blue – as instance the victories for three successive seasons by 5-1, 1-0, and 2-1 at home, and 2-0, 1-0, and 2-1 away. Liverpool should win and make amends for that horrible routing on a certain Monday in September, when Ned Doig was five times beaten; besides, if they do succeed, the totals will be level, the scorebook at present favouring the Aston men by 8-7, with 36 goals to 27. All the men are well, and are looking forward to one of the stiffest of tussles.
(Liverpool Daily Post: December 2, 1905)

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