YNWA takes a look back at our four previous encounters in the FA Cup, all of which have taken place in February, as we prepare to face Preston North End in the Third Round on Saturday. We also look back at some memorable trips to Deepdale in the League.
Most recently in the Cup
Future red Peter Thompson scored the only goal of the game in 1962 as the Lilywhites dumped us out of the FA Cup in a Fifth Round second replay at Old Trafford, with keeper Bert Slater making his 111th and final reds appearance. The first two games, at Anfield and Deepdale, had both ended goalless including extra time in the latter, despite our two Second Division meetings that campaign yielding a total of nine goals. Thompson moved to Anfield eighteen months later.
First time around
Our first ever meeting with Preston came back in 1894, when David Henderson bagged a brace in our 3-2 win in the Second Round at Anfield, with Malcolm McVean also on target and future red Frank Becton amongst the scorers for the visitors. This was a very memorable result against the ‘invincibles' who had won the League title twice in a row before finishing second in each of the three subsequent seasons, as well as being FA Cup Semi-finalists a year before our meeting. Unfortunately, we suffered our only defeat of the season in the next round, going out to another team from the division above, Bolton Wanderers.
Cally off the mark
Ian Callaghan struck the first of his 68 reds goals as we won 3-1 in a Second Division match in November 1961, our most recent League visit, with Gordon Milne and Ian St. John also on the scoresheet, our first win there in thirteen attempts.
In the top flight
We drew 1-1 in October 1897, with Harry Bradshaw on the scoresheet in his hundredth League outing. Harold Beadles struck the first of his six reds goals 24 years later as the game ended in the same score. Defender Fred Rogers debuted in our 2-2 draw in October 1934, with Gordon Hodgson and Vic Wright netting.
Left-winger Tommy McLeod made his reds bow in a goalless draw in April 1947, our tenth game in a row without defeat. John Smith struck as we drew 1-1 in August 1952. It was also a game of missed penalties, as Billy Liddell failed to convert for the reds, with Charlie Ashcroft saving a penalty from Tom Finney. We suffered our twentieth straight away League defeat in January 1954, as we lost 2-1. Unsurprisingly, this remains a club record. Inside-forward Kevin Baron struck his 32nd goal in his 153rd and final reds game.