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The First Club to Play at Anfield

Believe it or not, it’s over 130 years since Liverpool first match was held. In 1892 Liverpool club FC was established after a crash in Everton FC. The crash resulted in an unresolved dispute which caused a division between John Houlding, his close stakeholders, and Everton football club. This made Anfield owner to remain an empty stadium with no one to play soccer in it. Being a visionary manager, Houlding decided to establish his club in June 1892. Since then Liverpool soccer club was formed and ready to play their first match.

Read the full story here: Liverpool History – How Liverpool FC were founded

Historic Match After Liverpool Debut

The unresolved conflict between Everton and Houlding made Everton FC relocate to Goodison Park and Liverpool FC was left to play their first match on September 1892. Liverpool’s first match took place at Anfield stadium – the brand new home ground for John Houlding’s team. With everyone else hooked on Everton FC, his newly found team was making great preparations in a local house and changing room. Just formed in weeks after the split from Everton, the club becomes John Houlding’s promising gamble. Clothed in two great colors, blue and white, they boldly take to Anfield for the first time.

The team’s Line up

Rotherham FC: Leatherbarrow, Pickering, Leather, Cutts, Longton, Brown, Rodgers, Turner, Barr, Thicket, and Wharton
Liverpool FC: Hannah, Ross, J Kleso, McLean, McQue, Wyllie, Smith, McBride, Miller, McVean, and Kelvin

First Half Game (5-0)

With the stadium having less than 100 supporters John Houlding, the stadium landlord, brewer, ex-manager of Everton FC, and businessman was resilient to see Liverpool in a promising position. He put his reputation on the line as the football season began. This was Liverpool’s great choice to attack the opponents flat. John almost left his stadium when Miller Loudmouth scored the team’s first-ever goal. No one had such expectations but it seemed Houlding’s club was selected for their game mastery. Andy Hannah –  the ex-Everton skipper and expert in tactics, marshaled his club’s men. One of his men by the name James McBride, small but smart is a blur and right back. Another club’s man who was critical in the overall match was Funnyman Malky McVean. He danced across the middle field determined to give Liverpool FC a memorable victory in the first season

The Second Half Game  (7-1)

Liverpool FC bravely played and with a proximity close, Wylie gave the club a 5th goal. At half time Houlding’s club had scored five goals while Rotherham had nothing. After the team’s break and resumption, the visiting club took control and Ross was signaled for action. There was a little pressure that popped out for a short period. However, the home defense positioned itself firmly to safeguard their jurisdiction. The club’s player, Wyllie, was able to break away from a pass made by McLean but Turner successfully prevented John Houlding’s right winger from advancing further this time round. There was a significant heat of scramble that happened just in front of Ross. With tangible calmness, Ross took the ball disregarding the flurry of feet that stomped him, and finally managed to clear the danger.

Miller Scores a Goal

The visitors started to have assertions with Liverpool’s goalkeeper saving two shots from Rotherham. McBride’s techniques displayed high-end professionalism and Kelvin got a narrow miss of the target with a forward pass. Some minutes later, McQue hit the crossbar. Houlding’s team was a nice start for there was a good display of both regular and perfect shootouts. The match pace got an escalation with Miller attracting a cheer for a solo run via the midfield. He was so fast to net an impressive shoot that translated to a score.

Liverpool’s Final Scores

When the game was about to end, the visiting team got a sole point scored by Leatherbarrow. This was an impressive goal for Rotherham just before the final blow of the whistle. Liverpool first match marks a historic event that made the team thunder with a 7-1 win against Rotherham Town in a friendly match. There went a wind of optimism and enthusiasm by the cub and its fans. The victory in their first-ever match injected a sense of euphoria and expectations among the supporters and within the entire soccer community. This became a promising launchpad that ignited trust and hope for John Houlding’s club. The joyous reception from fans probably created a sense of unity therefore laying the concrete foundation for a bond between the team and its committed stakeholders.

130th Liverpool Anniversary

Liverpool FC has come a long way to win various Leagues and titles since their first match. The journey has been surrounded by significant victories, challenges, and iconic events. Since the club’s inception in 1892, Liverpool FC quickly began etching its identity in soccer history, facing the roller coaster challenge of achievements and plights. The earlier years saw Liverpool emerge and culminate in their first-ever match against Rotherham. Other matches followed with various clubs and this led to a significant advancement and evolution in the entire 20th century. These advancements got tangible punctuation by several milestones, from League titles in 1900-01s to Bill Shankly’s evolution era in 1960 and 1970. Liverpool FC got several League titles, FA Cups, and their first European trophies.


Liverpool first match was an ignition button to drive through victories and adversities. Some fans lost their lives in two ugly tragedies leaving behind the steps of Liverpool’s history and the broader soccer community. The team also faces several changes in terms of leadership and management. From John Houlding to Jurgen Klopp, the club’s fortunes rose with significant near-misses in the Premier League and memorable returns in the English competitions. Liverpool first match wasn’t just a roar of victory but the start of the blend of other victories and saga, a story that would be knitted to produce a defined spirit and trait of Liverpool FC for prospective fans and other generations.

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By Solomon Githinji

Solomon Githinji is a dedicated writer for Liverpool FC Times, bringing the rich history and dynamic present of Liverpool FC to life. A lifelong fan, Solomon's insightful articles capture the triumphs, challenges, and spirit of the Reds, connecting with and inspiring a global community of passionate supporters.

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