It has leaked out why the Empires and Red Stockings do not come together again. Negotiations were pending for a match, but the Red Stocking manager refused to accede to them, unless the "dead-head" system was abolished. And this is a good idea. He objects to any person except the players witnessing the game free of charge, and insists on outside members of both clubs paying their entrance fee. If this rule was adhered to by amateur clubs, their balances on hand would be greatly increased.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 14, 1875
The phrase "outside members of both clubs" is rather interesting. One would have to assume that they're talking about the non-playing members of the Empire club for the most part. To the best of my knowledge, the Reds didn't have non-playing members unless you want to count stockholders.