First game in Football League







02 September 1893

Lengthy grass, high winds and a blinding sun were not ideal conditions for our first ever game in the Football League against hosts Middlesbrough Ironopolis, themselves making their Division Two bow.

What followed, however, was an exciting exhibition of football. The first half might have ended goalless but it was not without a string of Liverpool chances, with the visitors hitting the upright.

The 2,000 spectators gathered at Paradise Field witnessed more goalmouth action in the second half, and it was goals from Joe McQue and Malcolm McVean which eventually took the game Liverpool's way.

The Merseysiders would go on to win the league at the first attempt, finishing eight points ahead of second-placed Small Heath to gain promotion to the First Division.