Nantwich 0 Liverpool 4
15 October 1892
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

Attendance: 700.
Referee: Mr. J. Taylor (Wrexham); linesmen: Messrs. W. Bulloch and W. Gunning.
Nantwich (2-3-5): Champion, H. Shenton (C), Richard Keay, T. Critchley, Herbert Crawford, Hitchen, Hope, A. Hollowood, John Garnett, Walter Cartwright, R. Bull.
Secretary: L. Jervis.
Liverpool (2-3-5):
Sydney Ross, Andrew Hannah (C), Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Thomas Wyllie, Malcolm McVean, John Miller, John Cameron, Andrew Kelvin.
Secretary: William Barclay.
The goals
: 0-1 Wyllie (70 min.), 0-2 Miller, 0-3 Miller, 0-4 Miller.

Liverpool FC was founded after a rent dispute between Everton FC and John Houlding who held the lease on the ground at Anfield. Houlding purchased Anfield in 1891, proposing an increase in the rent from £100 to £250 per year. Everton, who had been playing at Anfield for seven years, refused to meet his demands and moved to a new stadium in Goodison Park. Liverpool FC was then founded by Houlding on 15th March 1892 to play at the vacated Anfield. The original name was set to be Everton Athletic, but when the FA failed to sanction the name it was changed to Liverpool. This was Liverpool’s first ever match in the FA Cup.


Liverpool FC may have graced European stadia such as the San Siro and the Nou Camp and they may have won the coveted FA Cup seven times in their history but their first ever match in the world’s oldest cup competition was played at Nantwich’s humble London Road ground. The new Liverpool club went on to win the Lancashire League title in that inaugural season, having assembled a strong squad enough to beat the best. Most of the Liverpool players were “foreigners” brought down from Scotland by the lure of attractive wages. Those who took the field at Nantwich included three Scottish internationals. Pre-match Liverpool used nearby alehouse, The Leopard as changing rooms before the trudge up to the pitch in the pouring rain. In the circumstances, Nantwich did well to hold the Merseysiders goalless until 20 minutes from time. But then the heavy conditions took their toll on the home side (the match was played in a vile deluge) and their burly visitors pressed home their advantage, securing a 4-0 victory thanks to a hat-trick from John Miller and a strike by Tom Wylie.

Jackson Avenue, Home of Nantwich Town FC 1886 – 2007

Nantwich Striker, Herbert Crawford

Credit, Michael Chatwin, Official Nantwich Town Club Historian from the “Proud To Be A Dabber” book

The Leopard, London Road, Nantwich – Credit Bill Pearson