The Liverpool Mercury reported: Liverpool came through the first stage of the English cup very satisfactory on Saturday last. They were without Smith, whose ankle is far from being well, but included a new half-back – McCartney, of St. Mirrens.
In the first half Liverpool played against a strong wind, and although not able to score had by far the best of the game, but owing to the splendid defence of an old familiar friend, Champion (late Earlestown), could only put on four goals in the second half.
Hannah says that Champion can be ranked amongst the finest goalkeeper in the kingdom, an opinion which is worth something. The whole of the visitors played well. The new man gave satisfaction, and Millar confirmed the excellent opinion formed of his centre play by securing three finely judged goals – indeed, is required some judgment to get the ball past Champion.
The home team were “never in it,” and it requires some explanation how they came to demand £60 when asked to visit Anfield.