September 1 1906
Match: Lancashire Combination, at Peel Park.
Accrington Stanley – Liverpool Reserves 5-1 (2-0).
Accrington Stanley (2-3-5): Bradshaw, Hudson, Carter, Andy McGuigan, Sheridan, James Garside + 5.
Liverpool Reserves (2-3-5): Ned Doig; Percy Saul, Tom Chorlton; Robert Robinson, George Latham, James Hughes; Arthur Berry, William Macpherson, Robert Blanthorne, John Carlin, Jack Lipsham.
The goals: 1-0 Garside (20 min.), 2-0 McGuigan, 3-0 McGuigan, 4-0 Garside, 4-1 Macpherson, 5-1 Garside.
Liverpool Reserves opened the season at Accrington this afternoon. The weather was exceptionally hot but notwithstanding a tremendous crowd assembled. The home team included only four of last season’s players. The eleven looked smart in a new attire – scarlet and white. Liverpool brought a strong team
Bradshaw won the toss and Stanley, elected to play with the sun behind them. Garside immediately gained possession, but Saul prevented him from shooting. After even play, Sheridan pounced on the ball after Saul had missed his kick, but he shot wide.
Some smart foot work was shown by the home right, which ended in Hudson shooting just over. Chorlton cleared when the Liverpool goal was in danger. Hudson, Carter and Bradshaw were invaluable on the home side. After twenty minutes’ play Bradshaw crossed the ball to Garside, who neatly eluded Doig and placed the ball into the net.
The referee allowed the players five minutes’ rest for a drink. Resuming, Hudson made a run and shot a trifle wide. Liverpool came near scoring, a good shot hitting the upright. The visitors lost Carlin, who was injured, and immediately after McGuigan increased Stanley’s lead after a good run by Sheridan. Half time: Accrington Stanley 2, Liverpool Reserves, 0.
Liverpool resumed with only ten men. The Stanley right wing got going, and from Hudson’s centre, McGuigan scored from long range. The play of the home team was good all round, the forwards being more speedy.
The fourth goal fell to Garside, who beat Doig all the way with a fast long shot, which landed in the corner of the net. The visitors made a spurt, and Macpherson scored a novelty goal. With only four forwards Liverpool could make little headway, and the Stanley were exultant when Garside scored an exceptionally brilliant goal, taking the ball from the corner flag to the post before shooting. There was only one team in it, Liverpool being disorganised. Final, Accrington Stanley, 5, Liverpool, 1.
(Cricket and Football Field, 01-09-1906)