Monday, April 6 – 1908
Match: Football League, First Division, at Ewood Park, kick-off: 17:30.
Blackburn Rovers – Liverpool 1-3 (1-2).
Referee: Mr. Sharpe (Lichfield).
Blackburn Rovers (2-3-5): Willie McIver; Bob Crompton, Tommy Suttie; Albert Walmsley, Joe Wilson, Billy Bradshaw; Arnie Whittaker, Johnny Orr, Ellis Crompton, Richard Wombwell, Walter Anthony.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Sam Hardy; Alf West, Tom Rogers; Maurice Parry, Alex Raisbeck (C), James Bradley; Arthur Goddard, William Macpherson, Joe Hewitt, Ronald Orr, John Cox.
The goals: 1-0 Whittaker (1 min.), 1-1 Hewitt, 1-2 Orr (30 min.), 1-3 Cox (85 min.).
Blackburn Rovers were unlucky to lose to Liverpool at Ewood Park yesterday. In the first minute they established the lead through Whittaker. The equaliser was unexpected. The referee had apparently signalled for a goal kick in favour of the Rovers when Liverpool appealed to the referee, Mr. Sharpe, of Lichfield. He consulted his linesman, with the result that a corner was awarded, from which Orr beat McIver with a header. The goal that gave Liverpool the lead also seemed a little doubtful. Goddard drove the ball across the face of goal, and when Cox on the other wing took up the running, it seemed to have gone out of play. Cox, however, centred, and J. Hewitt planted the ball in the net.
The Rovers had practically given up playing and the crowd was highly indignant, greeting the official with a chorus of shouts of disapproval. The only other goal of the match fell to Liverpool five minutes from the finish, Cox eluding Crompton and mastering McIver in fine style.
The Blackburn club tried a new man in Orr, who hails from Scotland. Seeing that he is merely a youth, his play was full of promise, and in all probability he will have a future as a footballer. In both sides the defence carried off the honours. Crompton and Suttie and West and Rogers did very well; while in the half back lines Raisbeck and Wilson were prominent.
(Manchester Courier, 07-04-1908)