N.L. Jackson’s XI visit Park Avenue
On 30th December 1897, Bradford was honoured by the visit of the famous amateur Corinthian side, also known as N.L. Jackson’s XI. Corinthians were famous for their ethos and values and gave us the phrase “Corinthian spirit”. The following report appeared in the Evening Standard the day after the game but, interestingly, a report in the Liverpool Mercury gave the crowd as 5000.
BRADFORD v CORINTHIANS (A.)
The Corinthians, en route for Glasgow, broke their journey at Bradford, where they played a match with the local team before 500 spectators. The visitors put a strong team into the field, and with the wind in their favour had matters all their own way in the first half. Owen was the first to score, and before the interval Morgan added two more. After changing ends Hewitt scored from a pass by Dunn. Then Vassall put on a fifth, and later a pass by Healey resulted in Moore scoring Bradford’s only goal. Owen followed with another for the Corinthians who thus won by six goals to one.
The photograph below shows the Corinthian touring team from the previous 1896/97 season: