December 26, 1908
The Northern Nomads opened their Christmas-tide tour yesterday, when they met a weak Liverpool team at Anfield and credited themselves with a three to one victory. The score represented the difference between the sides, and as the Nomads can put out a stronger side than did duty for them yesterday they should have a successful tour.
Liverpool were first to score through William Hunter, who made a grand run. Thereafter, however, the amateurs were the better side, but it was not till repeated attacks had been made on the home goal that it fell to a shot from Mansfield. This the sides crossed over one goal each.
After the change of ends the professionals continued to be kept on the defence. Grand play by Boardman led to Mansfield adding a second goal, while after Sam Hignett had hit the amateur’s post Smith completed the scoring with a fine long shot.
It was a fine, interesting game, but it would have taken a stronger Liverpool side to have extended the amateurs. G. Roche, in particular played grandly at half for the Nomads. The ex-amateur, Gox, was splendid at back, and Swann made some fine clearances in the earlier part of the game. McKenna, Mansfield, and Boardman were the pick of the forwards. Liverpool were best served by Hunter and Gus Beeby.
(Manchester Courier: December 26, 1908)