Everton 5 Aston Villa 0
January 2 1891.
The Liverpool Mercury
Departing from the old custom of introducing a Scotch touring club to their patrons the Everton executive this year selected New Years day for the return league match with Aston Villa. Since the institution of the league the Birmingham club has only once beaten their Liverpool opponents. This was at their first meeting as leaguers on September 22, 1888, when Aston Villa won at Perry Bar by the narrows margin of 2 goals to 1. A fortnight later, however, the return match at Anfield was more decisively in favour of Everton, as they revenged the previous reverse by scoring 2 goals to nil. In 1889 Everton won both league matches, at Birmingham by the same score (2 goals to1), as Aston Villa had won with the previous year, and at Anfield by no less than 7 goals to nil. This season Aston Villa have the distinction of being the only club that has participated in a drawn game with Everton, both teams scoring a couple of goals at Perry Bar, on October 11. The Liverpoolians are up to this particular contest had carrier everything before them. To administer a check to Everton was that time an undoubtedly meritorious performance, and came as a surprise and disappointment to the supporters of the Anfield club, but Latta some ten days previously had received his serious injury in the 3 rd Lanark match, and the forwards being thus disorganished explain the cause of Everton's partial failure. Aston Villa, who are at present hovering about the line that divides the fortunate ‘'eight'' and the unhappy ‘'four'' in the League race are not one of the most attractive teams, but for a holiday fixture yesterday's match was a great improvement on one of an itinerant character, and that the public appreciated the change is amply shown by their assembling yesterday at Anfield to the number of 10,000. As will be seen from the following names the Everton side was the same as defeated Burnley,
Aston Villa: - Warmer, goal, Evans and Cox, backs Brown, Devey, and Campbell, half-backs, Brown (a), Cowan, Dickson, Graham, and Hodgetts, forwards. Everton: - Jardine, goal, Hannah (captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Brady, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Dickson started, and the Everton left became busy, Evans Brown and Cox defending well. A brown failed, to get past Parry, but Hodgetts and Graham made a little more ground. Hannah sent the players back and fine passing was spoiled through bad shooting, the footing bring too slippery for accurate aiming. Cowan, on Aston Villa going to the front forced Jardine to give a corner. Geary had too shies at goal, and from the last shot a corner was conceded. Latta placed properly Cox heading out of danger. Another futile corner befell Everton and on A,Brown and Cowan making a determined effort to shift the venue Doyle ruthlessly dashed their hopes. The Everton forwards took charge of the ball but the passes were badly made and taken. The Everton left wing certainly played the better game just now and a long shot by Milward went in well, but was too high. Everton carried Hannah and Doyle spoil breakaway by the visitors wings and more protracted skirmishing in front. This culminated in Chadwick scoring, the ball striking the off post on the inside and bouncing through, after being worked pettily by Geary Brady, Milward and Chadwick. Brown made a good run on resuming, but was checked, and the Everton right became persistent. Cox having much difficulty in foiling the raiders. Hodgetts went down in a strong run, and this being taken up by Dickson, Parry rushed in and made a fine cleanace with a powerful lick. Back again in the vicinity of Warmer, Latta put through from Milward's centre, but the play was ruled irregular. Everton could not be driven back, however, and corners were concerned, from one of which Milward scored. The visitors them became really dangerous as A.Brown led the way, but Hannah came to the rescue, and cleared grandly. Geary replied, and Evans prevented Milward essaying a shot. Aston Villa improved, and several times made their way goalwards, though always finding the home backs impassable. Parry gave his left wing another opportunity of testing the ‘'Brums'' defence a strong dribble and a shot by Milward, when was near taking effect, being followed with a smart knock out, and the interval arrived with Everton leading by 2 goals to nil. The second halt opened with the home team being again ‘'referred'' out of a goal. Latta and Brady had dribble up, and Milward receiving the pass beat Warner but the appeal was sustained. The home forwards considerably overshadowed their opponents and some excellent wing play resulted in great pressure falling upon the Aston Villa charge. The shooting, however, was of very poor quality. Geary having many chances not taken advantage of though of course allowance must be made for the uncertain footing. A rush down the visitor's left was well carried out, and finished with a true centre, but Kirkwood intercepted. Aston Villa were soon backs again with even more vitality, Doyle pulling up Graham, and Jardine stopping hard one from Dickson. Latta was unceremoniously pulled down by Cox, but this assisted Aston Villa nothing, as Everton came with a burst and shots rained in fast, the Cleverest one being sent in by Chadwick, but it was nicely put aside by Warner. To relieve the monotony of Everton's attack. Dickson sailed away and beat Hannah, but Doyle covered magnificently, and Latta and Brady, after experiencing a momentary crack by Campbell closed up Brady at length scoring with a screw kick. The game had only just been restarted when Brady again let fly, and made the record a quartet to nil. Hannah was next filled up to attend to Hodgetts, and the ball going out, Dickson from the throw in, shot in well, Jardine saving cleanly. Chadwick was very near with a shot along the ground, but Warner picked up, and from a corner Brady sent in crisply, the shot being well stopped near the post. Hay continued much in favour of Everton. Geary shot splendidly just over the bar, but returning Chadwick put into goal, and Geary standing near tipped out of the reach of Warmer. A few minutes later a one sided game came to a close. Everton winning by 5 goals to nil a score that greatly under-rated the run of the play as Everton were far superior at all points.
EVERTON V ASTON VILLA
January 2, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
Both clubs played their first teams, Latta again taking his place for Everton. The home team had much the best of the opening movements, and Cox saved a shot from Geary. Graham and Hodgetts at length removed the ball, and Cowan sent in one which Jardine put behind, but nothing resulted from the ensuing corner. Everton again worked down, and Geary tried a shot, which Cox placed behind. Everton sustained the advantage, and a somewhat soft goal was scored by Chadwick, the view of Warner being obstructed by the backs. The Evertonians continued to hold the advantage, and several shots were put in, but were misdirected. Milward passed nicely over to the right wing and Latta shot through, but as he was offside the point was not allowed. From a corner Milward headed the second goal. After this the visitors showed better form, but Dickson missed a ridiculously easy chance. This was followed by a couple of attempts from the two Browns, both of which went high over the bar. Just before half-time Warner made a fine save from Milward. At half-time the score was –Everton 2 goals, Villa 0. On restarting the Villa made good advance, but were easily repulsed. Everton got up again, and Latta missed a good opportunity, whilst ineffective shots were propelled by Geary and Brady. Brown and Cowan were prominent with pretty play and Graham was offered a clear opening, but allowed Kirkwood to interfere. Result Everton 5, Aston Villa 0.
SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
January 2 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Southport yesterday. The ground was very hard, rendering play difficult. The first half ended in favour of Everton, who were leading by a goal to nil, at the interval. In the second portion the visitors again scored, but the central equalised and the game ended in a draw-2 goals each.
January 3 rd 1891. The Liverpool Courier.
When jubilating over the defeat of Everton on the banks of the Wear, the “Wolves” little dreams of the cured fate which awaited them, and which was so new at hand, “never ballos before you are out of the wood” is a maxim which should be hope in mind, but which the Midlanders completely ignored, and now we learn for the thousandth time how perilous it is to gloss over the misfortunes of an dishonorable foe. But the avenge was on their track and singularly it fell to the lot of the hardy man of the North to compass their downfall as they had previously done as champions of the Liverpool district. This untoward check was disheartening to the “Wolves” but still more so was that unexpectedly –perhaps not generally no –administered by the erratic Bolton Wanderers during the holiday season. Whilst these ravage but the prestige of the “Wolves” were being made, the Evertonians had risen like the mythological client from the devouring times, more powerful and more determined than ever, for now after a period of reaction which brought Wyllie on the scene the “In comparable Latta” was with them, and only those who have witnessed his masterly displays can realise what a tower of strength he is to the team. Accrington, however, were beaten by a narrow majority without his aid, but the stalwart Burnleyites, with Aleck on the right, were beaten by seven to three, and than on the first day of the new year came the long expected and much desired return game with Aston Villa, who it will be remembered, had the good fortune to effect a draw on the home ground at Perry Bar. But hereabouts, and generally too, the solution of the first fixture between the clubs has been regarded as a fluke, and this it was contended subsequent events would abundantly prove. And so they have but perhaps more effectually than even the most sanguine predicated, for it could scarcely have been expected that the Villians would be beaten by 5 goals to nil. As a matter of fact they were beaten from the start, for although nearly thirty minutes elapsed before a way was found through goal, Everton by far the best of the game. Dennis Hodgetts, once one of the finest outside-left players in the kingdom, was completely nonplussed, and to add to the general feebleness of the Midland men, Albert Brown headed through his own goal just prior to half time, so that being a couple of goals in arrears the game at that period was virtually over. What an complete difference, the reappearance of Latta made on the Everton right was seen in the vastly improved play of Brady, his colleagues, who shortly after the change of ends shot a couple of goals in masterly style. There was the same cunning manceurvingf as of yore, in appreciation of which the hugh crowd of ten thousand or more applauded as only an Anfield crowd can. These three victories in which the scoring was 14 goals to 4, give Everton an almost impregnable positions, and should the team be successful against Notts County today, the championship will almost be within hand. Everton will still have one of the two remaining League fixtures on the home ground, namely, the return with North End, and as has already pointed out on the strength of tabulated results this is an advantage which it is to be hoped will bring the team still closer to the much desired goal.
Everton (as district from the League team) added another victory to their already long season's list against Port Vale Rovers. The Rovers, who are ex-holders of the Staffordshire Juniors cup, play a good game, and were only defeated by one goal to nil, Everton having a point disallowed. The Evertonians “let in” the New year at Southport, where a capital game with the Central resulted in a draw of one goal each.
EVERTON V NOTTS COUNTY
January 5, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
The meeting of these clubs at Liverpool attracted a large amount of public interest, and those present witnessed a fine exhibition of football. Everton at once began to attack, and within a few minutes Geary was enabled to kick a goal, after a brilliant attempt by Robertson. Some even play followed, and then Chadwick scored a second point for Everton. Twice the home side got the ball through the posts, but on each occasion the goal was disallowed on the plea of “off-side,” When half-time was reached Everton led by 2 goals to 0. After the charge of ends the Notts team played up well, but they could never recover from their bad start. Two goals were scored on each side, so that victory rested with Everton by 4 to 2. The last point for Notts was gained by H.B. Daft with a beautiful low shot.
EVERTON 4 NOTTS COUNTY 2
January 5 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
This return match was played on Saturday at Anfield. Before another large concourse of spectators. Notts winning the toss, Hope Robertson kicked off towards the Anfield goal. McInnes fastened on the ball, and passed over to Daft, who was nicely robbed by Kirkwood. Coming again the homesters returned, not to be satisfied, and Latta rushing the ball up the wing and beating Hendry, offside was ruled against him. From the goal kick Chadwick got possession and shot in hard, Toone saving a beauty, but Geary dashing in, brought the downfall of the Notts goal, amidst loud cheers, after five minute's play. From the midfield Daft got off, and Hannah slipping, Oswald shot in, but Jardine saved splendidly, Latta now got away in a strong run, and amidst great excitement Notts cleared. The right wing of the visitors tried hard to relieve the present, but Doyle returned the ball well up the field, and the home team gave Toone some trouble to save, which he did in splendid style, until Chadwick got possession and defeated him, and so placed Everton two goals ahead. From the restart Doyle and Hannah, but intercepted the Notts left made off for the home goal. The Everton forwards now showed some pretty passing, but Toone was in champion form. Locker tried hard to get away, but was pulled up by Holt. Everton now had several shots, one from Chadwick forcing a corner, which was act turned to account. Daft got possession, and made off for the home goal, but was pulled up by Hannah. Some clever combination by Everton gave Notts anxiety but Chadwick got in the way of Geary and spoiled his shot. The remainder of the first half was all in favour of Everton, who led at the interval by 2 goals to nil. After a rest Oswald re-started. Notts raced off, but Latta getting possession passed to Geary, who had hard lines. The Notts left got off, and Daft sent in a good shot, which just passed outside the post. Milward and Chadwick were now conspicuous by a fine run, until pulled up by Gunn. The Everton right again got hold, and Geary passed well ever to the left, Milward forced a third goal for the homesters. The Anfielders now slowed down, and Notts getting off shot in, and Jardine was penalised for going over the regulation mark, from which, Notts adored. From the re-start Everton dashed off, and Toone had to save shots from Robertson, Latta and Chadwick. Notts tried hard to get away, put Parry returned to Latta, he passed to Geary and the latter scored a beauty with a low oblique kick. The game was now very even and after some midfield play, the right wing of the visitors got away, and McInnes passing over to the lift, Locker scored a second goal for his side. Everton continued to press, he found no further opening, and the game ended in a victory for Everton by 4 goals to 2. Teams Everton: - Jardine, goal Hannah (captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Geary, Hope Robertson, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Notts County: - Toone, goal, Gunn, and Hendry, backs, Osborne, Calderhead, and Shelton half backs, McGregor, McInnes, Oswald, Locker, and Daft, forwards. More good work again have Everton added two wins, which must be gratifying to the full with their followers. The Aston Villa match was to one side to tell in much attention, and as the midland club was fully represented, it is strange to those who watched the New Year's match at Anfield, how Aston Villa could manage to make a draw with Everton at Perry Bar
It is true the Anfielders were a differently constituted eleven than that which did battle on October 11. Latta had just previously met with his accident rendering the attack somewhat disorganized. The case with which Everton had avented their partial failure when at the Aston Villa ground, gave confidence that Notts County on Saturday would be tackled successfully, and this forecast was simply realised. Everton play is not fully represented by the score. They were unlucky in their claims for goal, while their opponents secured the two goals by a slice of good fortune, rather than the reward of mark-one goal being scored accidentally by an Evertonian as the result of a free kick in the goalmouth, and the second point during some indecisive back play on account of an impression that the offside rule had been broke. The game was carried on at a terrific pace, especially during the first half. Captain Hannah and his men by downright good skill work, dictating the terms of warfare, and playing football as ought to be, and as they can play it to perfection. Everton led at the interval by 2 goals to nil. The second half, was more evenly contested the home team apparently in a condistory mood, and satisfied that the game was safe, took matters comfortably. Brady enjoyed a well-earned rest, and this necessitation. Geary partnering Latta, and Hope Robertson, taking the responsibly of centre forward his shoulders. The attack suffered little conseqenances of the changes, Geary did some excellent work on the right with Latta, and the runs contributed by this wing were really brilliant Robertson avail a very useful centre forward. His weight told officially against Calderhead. The left wing was again to the fore, and together the attack was of a most complete kind. The halfbacks never fagged and each, as his turn caused sustained his reputation. Jardine who could be held responsible for the two goals, was not often called upon, but managed to give a taste of his activity in goal. The Backs again were an important factor in the plan for victory, and compared with Notts were far ahead, and confirmed the opinion long formed that, Hannah and Doyle are defenders not daily matched. Toone in goal for Notts was a success, and fully justified his selection as goalkeeper for the North against the South. Gunn was in a new position as far as Liverpoolians had seen him, as do defenders with Hendry and shaped fairly well. Calderhead played a good halfback game, as did Shelton. Oswald kept his wings well together and shot often, but generally the Notts forwards had not much opportunity of showing their combination, the home halves being too clever for them.
MANCHESTER 0 EVERTON RESERVES 3
January 5 1890. The Liverpool Mercury
At Manchester Gordon scored the first point for Everton, this being the only point scored during the first half. Resuming Elliott scored for Everton. Final result in favour to Everton by 3 goals to nil.
January 10 th 1891. The Liverpool Courier.
Consequently upon the defeat of Notts County great joy prevailed in Toffeedom, for by this auspicious event Everton advanced a stage nearer the realisation of a long0deferred hope. Much was said earlier in the season as to the avil effects of over-work intensified as it was by loss of natural rest and the fatigue of travel; but not that the results of the holiday season are calmly surveyed it really seems marvellous how, under different conditions and impulses, so much should have been accomplished. The match against Notts County was the fourth on the home ground during the holiday season, and as was confidently predicated, the whole resulted in splendid victories for the Everton team. On Boxing-Day Accrington were beaten by 2 to 1, and on the following day Burnley succumbed by 7 goals to 3. Now the team tested until the first day of the new year, where Aston Villa, of whom better things were expected after the check received at Birmingham, were beaten at all points of the game, and suffered a crushing defeat by five goals to nil. In forcasting the result of last Saturday's match. Parry openly declared that Notts County would also be easily beaten, but as a matter of fact the “lacemen made a much better fight of it than did the Perry Bar team, although a victory of four to two leaves no room for doubt as to which was the better team. Thus we have four important League matches decided in the course of nine days, four victories gained, with a goal advantage in favour of Everton of 18 to six. But whilst these are most satisfactory results, it would be manifestly indecent to unduly exult or regard the struggle as virtually over. Everton have still two more matches to play before the League series of fixtures is concluded and it must be bear in mind that whilst the Rovers will make a bold bid for the coveted championship honours, Preston North End are due at Anfield today. Much, of course, depends upon the result of this important encounter, but as Everton will have a thoroughly effective team, with Latta again in his very best form, the utmost confidence prevails that the Deepdale reverse will be wiped out and with a final victory at Burnley, the crowning triumph of the club will have been realised Everton in 20 minutes played have gained 29 points, whilst Blackburn Rovers for 18 have 24 points to their credit, their most formidable opponents being Bolton Wanderers who have more than once and when least expected proved a match for their doughty neighbours and who thwarted the “Wolves” when their prospects looked brightest. There will be a great struggle for supremacy at Anfield today, and whilst hoping that the best team may win, the hope naturally rises uppermost that Everton –good old Everton –will be the victorious team.
FOOTBALL CHIP .
Liverpool Football Echo.
The contest for the championship of the League is going on fairly well, and Everton are nearly certain to be the champions. Notts County came and saw, but they did not conquer, they going down to the tune of 4 goals to 2. The game was one of the best seen on the Anfield ground, this season, and was full of sensations. George Toone gave a grand display of goal-keeping, and if he does not guard the English citadel against Scotland this year Toone will not get his just reward. A great interest was taken in Latta and Henday. These two are old opponents, and everyone will remember that when Hendry played last year for the Glasgow Rangers and Patrick Thistle at Anfield-road he played Latta to a nicety. In fact it has been said that Hendey has bottled Latta up oftener than any other man living. But last Saturday Alex was in fine fettle, and fairly walked round the big Uddingstone man to the latter's discomfiture. Charlie Parry again showed his true form, and played a champion game. At the beginning of the season Parry said he would make Campbell move from his place, and we think he is keeping his word. Harry daft was a bit of a frost, but then he was playing against Everton's skipper, who was in rare trim. Little McInnis of the Notts team was voted good goods. He several times got past Doyle, but Parry always went to the rescue of his comrades. Doyle always plays to win. But Danny, my boy, don't get so excited; leave Captain Hannah to do this shouting. Alex Brady was unfit for services. Geary partnered Latta and Hope Robertson went centre. This arrangement worked very well. Geary played one of his best games, and he and Latta made a strong wing. Alf Shelton had a lively time of it, with these two, but he played the game without losing his temper. During one portion of the game he happened to touch Geary with his foot and it was pleasing to bear the Notts man immediately ask Geary if he had hurt him. This little incident speaks volumes for Shelton, and shows that he can play the game in a proper style, always trying to a void roughness. Next week is the absorbing topic of the day. Can Everton beat Sunderland? The match will be worth going miles to see. Jardine will be unable to play, so Angus will be called in, and this will strengthen the Salmon and Blues. Everton have yet to win a match at Sunderland against Sunderland, and if they can manage to do it next Saturday, their old defeats will be forgotten.
We understand that an order had been given by the Everton Committee to “strike” the League medals they propose to give to the players when the cup is welcomed to Liverpool. The design is of a very unique character.
EVERTON V PRESTON NORTH END
January 12, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
Fully 14,000 people assembled at the Everton ground to see the local organisation try conclusions with Preston North End with Preston North End. When the two clubs met at Preston in November North End won by 2 goals to one, but since that time Everton had been playing very brilliantly, whilst Preston had fallen off, and a victory for the Liverpool team was generally expected. Play was very fast and skilful at the start, the visitors showing to especial advantage. Each goal was frequently in danger, but nothing was scored for half an hour, when a fine attack by Preston resulted in a goal for the visitors. Preston had the better of the play afterwards, but just before half-time Everton pressed, the sides changing over with North End a goal ahead. Early in the second half Everton attacked vigorously, but the visitors' defence was admirable, and at length Preston got down to the home gold. Some rather desultory play ensued, but towards the close the excitement ran very high. A splendid shot by Geary only missed by a few inches, and in the end Preston North End were left victorious by 1 goal to none.
EVERTON 0 PRESTON NORTH END 1
January 12 1891. The Liverpool Mercury.
Everton played their last League match at Home on Saturday, and for a fitting finale, were opposed by the popular Preston North End team. This was practically the event of the season at Anfield as the issue was a vital one, and may prove the key to the League pussle. Various circumstances favoured the occasions. The weather took a turn of a genial kind hardly to be hoped for, and the Sun came and neutralised somewhat the effects of the frost. There were no clashing events. All Rugbeians were idea, and so helped to swell the usual Evertonians throng, and as Booth's match was scratched most of the players availed them as vet of the rare opportunity of witnessing a stern League contest. The enclosure was filled to overflowing, and so the number would be towards of 15,000. Great pains had been taken with the ground, and though it was still hard and slippery in places, it was rendered in fair playing condition by the aid of ashes, sand and sawdust, for which, Mr. Elliott and his staff deserves much credit. Mr. Betts the referee declined, properly to say whether the ground was fit for the purpose of a league match, leaving the clubs to move in the matter at the meeting tonight; but we have not been informed of any objection. The teams, which were as follows, had a flattering reception: - Preston North End: - Trainor, goal, Holmes, and Ross, (captain), backs, Drummond (g), Hendry, and Stewart (w), forwards. Gordon, Drummond (j), Campbell, Crossan, and Gallagher, forwards. Everton: - Jardine, goal, Hannah (captain), and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt, and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Brady, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. It will be seen that North End were with Kelso and J.Ross while Crossen appeared for the first time in a League match. Hannah was lucky in the toss, and Campbell opened play. Parry spoil Gordon run, but North End returned on the left. They were stalled of without much trouble but a fine kick by Ross give his forwards another chance, when Gordon tested Jardine, to find the custody a solid one. North End were persistence, using their weight well, but the home defence behaved excellently, Hannah, Parry and Doyle, in turn staying raids. Everton improved momentarily on the right, but Ross kicked back, crossan shooting in, and Jardine running and chucking clear. More pressure was put on, and Doyle came finally to the reasons. Geary made a splendid run and pass, which was deemed so ominous by Ross that he brought down execrations on his head for fearlessly kicking into touch. Everton were not yet beaten off, and Geary tried a couple of long shot. Campbell escaped past Holt, and wound on a spanking run by shooting long and low, the ball going past off the post. The home team came near scoring a little later, but found the defence too sturdy. Campbell grew dangerous again, until Latta was put into possession, supported by Brady, a fine shot being grandly intercepted by Holmes. An examination of boots was now resorted to, with the result that Chadwick was requested to discard his new for old ones. This gave the players a little breaking time. On resuming Everton attacked hotly, Chadwick shot in hard and straight, and in stopping the ball, Ross seemed to have fisted it, but no notice was taken. Everton left wing continued to haress Holmes and G.Drummond without advantage. Play then went to the other end by means of strong kicking, and after Gordon had put wildly behind, Crossan beat Jardine out of a scrimmage. Everton were thus after a quarter of an hour's play in a minority, and they went forward with a will. Kirkwood lobbed accurately to Geary who shot, but found Trainor safe. Then a corner fell to Everton, and Ross ultimately located play in Everton's quarters. The defence held good, and Latta soon went away, and Geary beating Hendry, the ball was punched over the bar for a corner. Preston North End grew determined, and for a long time the home team were in turbulent water, during which, critical period Hannah was ever setting his men an example in coolness. Latta by way of relief, ran finely, and passed across, but unluckily no one was handy to take the ball. Hannah next kicked over to Milward, who shot high above the bar, and Doyle having sent back from Gallacher, the interval came with North End leading by a goal to nil. Considerable fractions were evinced at midfield on resuming and twice Mr. Betts threw up for interruption. Doyle put his right wing in an advantageous position a fine shot being grandly surmounted by Ross. Everton closed up again, but failed at the proper moment. Excitement ran high, and evidently pervaded the players, with the result that scientific play was not easily discernible. The Everton right and North End left indulged in see saw movements to no advantage to either side, and then Jardine saved from Campbell whilst Gordon put behind soon afterwards on Stewart kicking accurately. Hannah came up to the assistance of Latta, who ran on but offside spoilt the effort. Everton attacked in better style now than hitherto and Ross several times kicked out, the lengthy siege enabling North End to display their grand defensive resource. Until ten minutes of time the home team were pressing more or less. Then J.Drummond shot Herr, as did the left wing, but Jardine cleared coolly. As a last effort Milward, who was now playing centre, dashed down only to see the ball kicked out without ceremony, and Everton were forced to retire beaten by a goal to nil. There can be no doubt that on Saturday's play the best team won, and moreover, the actual score rather underrates the respective quality of skill displayed. The achievements of Everton were a disappointment; those of North End came as a revelation. The winners have a knack of rising to their highest standard when battling with Everton and if Mr. Sudell's men had played all though the season as strongly as on Saturday, they would never have lost the lead of the league. In the first few minutes even victory seemed assured to North End. They gave no quarter nor asked for any. Everton were thrown on the defence at the outset, and the superb half-backs upset the home forwards combination whist Ross Holmes and Trainor were always equal to any stray raids on goal. As the game went on the Everton attack certainly improved, but the three inner forwards kept play too much to themselves, Milward especially getting few opportunities. The shooting too, was generally bad, and it was galling to Liverpoolians to witness the repeated chances mind. In the second half more particularly, after the difficult work of getting within shooting bounds. The Everton halfbacks were below their normal state of efficiently, Parry being the most successful but none ever flagged or shirked work. Hannah was cool and safe, whilst Doyle prevented Gordon and J.Drummond shinning greatly. Especially in the matter of shooting. Jardine played one of his granded games. Several of his clearance were most brilliant, and the return shot that beat him would have baffled the majority of goalkeepers. He apparently did not see the ball at all. The strength of North End was in their back play. The exhibition of Stewart and G.Drummond at half-back and Ross and Holmes at back, could hardly be surprised. Trainor had very little chance of showing his worth. Perhaps the feature of play that gave North End the greater amount of effectiveness was their long accurate kicks and passes, and find heading their height being an advantage to them in the latter made of working the ball. It was not a pretty game. The pace was too great and feeling too keen, and there was much kicking out, and not a few altercations. The match was disastrous in another respect to Everton, as Hannah sprinted his ankle in which be awkward should it prevent him playing against Sunderland.
STOKE SWIFTS 1 EVERTON RESERVES 3
January 12 1891. The Lievrpool Mercury
The return match was played at Stoke and the visitors won by 3 goals to 1. Last time won by 5 to nil. Everton: - Angus, goal, McLean and Cresswell, backs, Martin (captain), R. Jones and Hammond, half-backs, Gordon, McGregor, Robertson, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards .
January 17 th 1891. The Liverpool Courier.
With the setting of the sun on the evening of Saturday last, the final scene, so far as League fixtures are concerned, was enacted at Anfield, and how great the interest was that centred in the all important contest between Everton and Preston North End was shown by the enormous crowd of 16,000 or more which struggle for admittance to the spacious enclosure. The supporters of the local club were hopeful, but by no means sanguine, that the Deepdale reverse would be effaced, and that the claim to championship honours would thereby be strengthened, but fate ordained otherwise, and it fell to the lot of the North-Enders to accomplish what no other team has done. The close of the day found them the proud winners of a dual and “bloodless” victory, for at Deepdale the verdict was in their favour by two to nothing, and in the final struggle, although the margin was reduced, it was one to nil. How the match was won and lost is now a matter of history, and as summaised by a free but unbiased critic, it may truthfully be reiterated that “Everton” did not play up to form, and putting sympathy in the background, it must candidly be admitted that the best team won –at all events the best team on the day. Although close upon thirty minutes elapsed before Crossans, during a determined attack close in goal, put the ball through and decided the issue, barely five minutes had elapsed before the eye solved the problem. The Everton backs defended well, and Jardine could not be blamed for not arresting a shot which owing to the crowd of players surging in front of him, it was impossible even to see, but elsewhere there was a continuous lack of combination, resulting in erratic passing such has perhaps never before been witnessed on the part of the Everton team. More frequently than otherwise the well-positioned North Enders had the ball placed at their very toes, and were thus enabled to monopolise the lion share of the game. Latta who singular to say, was very feebly supported by his old colleague, was unable to make headway against Ross, who never perhaps displayed such consummate act and skill as in this memorable match. Parry play was the redeeming feature of the half-back division who were outshone by that so ably let by G. Drummond and Howart, the latter of whom bid fair, prove a most valuable acquisition to the North End team. There was throngous a marked contrast in the play of the two teams, for whilst that of the winners was vigorous and full of confidence, the efforts of the homesters betrayed a conspicuous degrees of embarrassment and consequent uncertainty of action which culminated in defeat. But whilst the Prestonians deserved to win, they were nevertheless somewhat fortunate in doing so, for although Geary like his colleagues, was not seen at his best he sent in one shot which only missed by the nearest shave, and was a high man only by a superhuman effort could, but the ball passed outside and as it was the favouring chance, the fate of Everton was sealed. In the light of subsequent events, however, the championship is still an open, and with a win at Burnley all may still be well, Lets hope. More cherry news, however, came to hand on the return of the team that represented Everton against Stoke Swifts, although the result was less decisive than in the Anfield match, which the homesters won by five goals to nil. Still Everton had all the best of Saturday's encounter, and without being unduly stretched gained the line by three goals to nil.
Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton prospects as League Champions are not so rosy now as they were two weeks ago. Preston North End put a damper on their spirits, and no mistake. It is getting quite evident that Everton cannot win when a big issue is at stake. For instance, look at Stoke and Blackburn Rovers last year, and also last Saturday's defeat. The North End boys played a winning game from the start while the Salmon and Blue never seemed to get into their proper stride. Parry was the best of the home side, and we question whether Mr. Gordon has ever received such a showing up since he started playing. If by chance Gordon and Parry, Mr. Daniel Doyle and showed fine form, was always in attendance. Have you ever seen a set of forwards play worse, Geary and Brady especially, who both played like novices. Latta tried to do a lot, but Jack Ross had laid himself out to watch Dumbarton man, and that is the reason he did not shine. George Drummond, on the North End side, played a grand man. The old Un is a long way from being dour. Stewart and Ross were the heroes, both playing great games. The soldiers was a find indeed for Preston. The North End introduced a new forward in their ranks in the person of Crossan, late of the Celtic. He is also a good find, and should be a permanent in the North End ranks. It is no easy matter for a person to name the winner of the League Championship. Perhaps the present holders may have something to say on the question before it is decided. Their victory on Saturday last over the favorites at Anfield has caused some disappointment to Evertonians, although the homesters have not lost heart yet. The question of an umpire keeping off the field of play and near to the touch line has troubled not a few since Saturday last: but seeing there is no rule on this point, they must simply grin and abide it. It is reported that Doyle has signed a two year's' engagement for Everton, together with several other players. Good business this; and we wish both players and club success. Everton were successful against the Stoke Swifts for the second time this season, winning the return match last Saturday by 3 goals to 1. Everton are evidently very popular in the Potteries, judging by the attendance which around the match. A couple of lines on the posters which met the rane of the visitors were as fellows: - Another treat in store. “Meeting of the champions juniors –Everton v Stoke Swifts.” And the crowd was not inapporated, either. The Everton team have an excellent impression of Joe Lothouse of the Blackburn Rovers. The Rovers and Everton teams met at Crewe Station, the former returning from the futile victor over West Bromwich Albion, and the Toffeeites making for Liverpool. Of course, every footballer knows Joe Lofthouse, and he heartily shook hands with most of the Evertonian. Joe say he never gave a heartier shout than when he heard the result of the North End v Everton League match. “Not because of any animosity, you know,” said he, but because it has given us the opening for the League competition we have long been waiting for, and of which we intend to take full advantage. We shall sail right away to the top of the League now.
SUNDERLAND V EVERTON
January 19, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
The tie between these clubs at Sunderland chatted an enormous amount of public interest, and the game was witnessed by fully 20,000 spectators. Sunderland were thought to possess a reasonable chance of success, as recently in a League match on their own ground they had defeated Everton. Considering the score weather the grounds was in fairly good condition. From the first the struggle was keen and exciting both sides striving their utmost. After the game had been progress about ten minutes Sunderland began to press, and, amid tremendous cheering, Campbell kicked a goal for the. The Everton forwards tried hard to equalise matters, and made several desperate attacks, but the Sunderland backs were always equal to the occasion. Towards the close of the first half the play was all in Everton's quarters, and the goalkeeper had several times to use his hands, when the referee's whistle blew for the change of ends Sunderland led by 1 goal to nil. In the second half the home team still appeared to have the best of it, but the play was scarcely so exciting as before. Neither side was able to score again, and so Sunderland were left with a highly creditable victory of one goal to nil.
For thoroughly consistent form it would be hard to find a better example than, the Sunderland club. In their two League matches with Everton they have lost and won by a goal, and on Saturday, the scoring was the same, Everton being once more ousted from the English Cup competition by one point to nothing. The winners had considerably the best of the game, and Everton, and may thank a remarkably fine defence for averting greater disaster, as three-fourths of the play was in the strangers' quarters. Murray, the leviathan Third Lanark man, completely obstructed the glory of the usually brilliant Everton right wing, and the Sunderland forwards excelled themselves in cleverness, though it must be admitted that their shooting was weak and erratic. Many people will consider Sunderland safe to win the English cup, but there are at least half a dozen powerful rivals who may overthrow them. Their prospects are, however, undeniably bright if fortune favours them in the draws.
SUNDERLAND 1 EVERTON 0
January 19 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton were destined to meet Sunderland in the competition, and at the matter had to be decided on the banks of the Wear, where Everton had suffered a narrow defeat so recently as the 20 TH of the month this tie was one of the hardest, and excited the greatest interest of the whole 16. Everton, without Hannah who is still lame from the injury he received in the Preston North End match, and also minus Jardine, whose assistance rendered to Bootle against Carlisle made him ineligible left Liverpool at 8-30 on Friday morning and arrived in Sunderland just before two, where they had a mixed reception, though the cheers drowned the groans, by about 8,000 spectators. The utmost stir was created in Sunderland and neighborhood over the renewed struggle between the great rivals. Excursion trains were run from the surrounding towns, and by the time the start was effected the ground was packed with a crowd of about 18,000. The teams and officials were as follows: - Everton: - Angus, goals, McLean, and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt (captain), and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Geary Robertson, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Sunderland: - Doig, goal, Porteous, and Oliver, backs, Wilson, Auld, and Murray half-backs, Harvie, Smith, Campbell, Scott, and Hannah (d), forwards. Referee Mr. W.H.Jope; umpires, Messrs J.H.Strawson and J.Tillotson.
Everton won the toss, but there was little wind, and so advantage was not very great. Campbell kicked off, shortly before half past two. Auld stopped Chadwick and Milward. They, however, secured a couple of throws in, from the second of which the ball was sent to Harvie who shot to one side of the post. A visit was now paid to the home half in which Kirkwood was conspicuous. Campbell again, and Murray sent well to the front, causing McLean to kick into touch. The ball being well centred by Wilson, Campbell and Smith in turn had dangerous shots. From a goalkick Doyle changed the venue. Good passing was witnessed between Latta and Geary. Porteous intervened, and transferred to the home right wing, the consequence being a grand run by Smith and Harvie, both of whom did their best to score. The defence, however, was not to be broken just yet, and the ball was smartly run into the home half byLatta and Geary and centred. Once more Porteous proved the saviour of his side, averting danger at a critical moment, Scott and his partner ran down, and Hannah, took aim, but his shot was too high. By good combined play the visitors halves cleared, and Holt landed the ball in the home territory. He was stopped by Porteous. After Oliver had rendered himself conspicuous for a piece of nice defence, Geary was penalised for a foul. The free kick again gave Sunderland the upper hand, and the Everton half was invaded in vain. Chadwick and Milward removed the play. Doig, however, threw away. A good run by Smith and Harvie was well centred, and a throw in ensued for Everton, followed by two similar points for Sunderland. Murray obtained a throw in, from which grand play resulted, and Campbell at length scored the first goal 15 minutes from the commencement with a ‘'daisycutter'' The goal was a surperb one, and Angus could not be blamed. From the centre kick Everton made several desperate attempts to get on equal terms and both the home backs and Doig were kept busy. Holt was conspicuous for some splendid saving tactics, but fell in the snow, and the ball being worked forward by Harvie was put once more in the visitors goalmouth. Angus fell clinging to the ball, and amid cheers marvelously. A fast run to the other end, resulted in the first corner, for Everton. It was taken by Milward and well placed, but Geary with a clear chance, made a poor shot. A free kick for the visitors was the next item. Doyle took it, and again Everton might have scored, but lost the opportunity. A long drive by Latta went outside. Campbell and Scott next had chances, but Mclean and Doyle kept out the ball. Midfield play became the order of the day. Chadwick by tricky play caused the home halves to retreat. He gave to Geary and the latter shot. The ball seemed about to go through when Porteous kicked it over the bar. A corner of course followed. It was cleared, but a free kick for a foul was awarded to Everton. The ball was put through the home posts. The visitors were under the impression that they had scored, and claimed, but the referee through the ball passed through untouched. Scott and Hannah from the kick led a raid and McLean kicked out. Sunderland still held the advantage by a series of throws in, until Hannah handled, and thus afforded the visitors some relief. Campbell immediately after secured the leather, but the home team were penalised for ‘'hands'' in turn, and Doyle helped the ball well down the field. Latta then obtained possession, and shot wide of the mark. Parry, who sent across to Latta anticipated a long pass by Campbell intended for Harvie, and things looked ominous for the home team, when Murray cleared. Campbell then kicked across the Everton bar. A splendid piece of headwork was witnessed soon afterwards, and from now to the interval play was more or less located in promity to Everton goal. Changing ends with a goal in their favour Sunderland renewed the attack, and Campbell was just about to shoot when Doyle upset him. Campbell returned however, and sent in a fast low shot, which Angus wonderfully saved by giving a corner. Corners for Everton followed, and then then lively work took place in midfield, when Robertson charged Campbell, and had a foul given against him. Then Campbell fouled one of the visitors. After the free kick the home centre forward again got up, and from now the game for Everton was almost altogether a defensive one. They very rarely got over the centre line, and when they did the Sunderland backs proved too many for them, they playing with excellent tact and judgement. A foul was then given for Sunderland through Campbell. Doyle took the free kick, but the return was exceptional smart. Smith next passed to Campbell, but that player was dispossessed when he had a chance. Still the home team pressed, and Hannah made a shot which, Angus saved well. Everton then crossed over for a short time, and Latta made Doig save a warm shot. The latter part was in favour of Sunderland, who won by 1 goal to nil, and confirmed the result of the League match of a month ago.
Of course, the defeat of Everton's a sore disappointment, but it is no way a surprise. The two league matches had shown that it was only the advantage of playing at home that formed the dividing lone of two equal teams, and the third game, of the rubber has made assurance doubly sure that Sunderland and Everton are two exceptional even organizations. Sunderland, it will be noticed head had the good fortune to command the services of the identical eleven that had won the League match, while Everton had two or three changes, and this has a factor that told somewhat in favour of the home club. On the whole, Sunderland played the better game on Saturday. Their various department were more accurately balanced than those of Everton; but it was in the first half the home team were superior, the second stage being as even as the failure of either side to score indicates. The game was a fast one, and carried =on amidst much tumult from the vast assembly, but though play was energetic roughness was rare and, fouls infrequent. The Everton forwards were shockingly weak, and never did anything great. Milward and Chadwick alone combining will. Robertson was a moderate centre, thanks chiefty to Auld; and the right wing were decidedly of f colour, Geary tried hard. He looked for work and had plenty to do, but he was seldom dangerous. Murray proving a veritable stumbling block, recently forceful of his injured leg, when intercepted by the determined Oliver. The Everton half-backs however, were seen to much advantage. Kirkwood played better then he had done during the past few weeks, and the middle line was strong all across. Doyle and McLean made sterling backs, the latter being almost as smart as he was in the Wolverhampton Wanderers match. Angus kept goal, splendidly and one save in particular, when he threw himself on the ball and clean the post, evoked a burst of applause. Doig had very few shots to attend to, so well was he shielded by Porteous, and Oliver, though neither of the home backs compared favorably with those of the visitors. The halfbacks play of Murray, Auld, and Wilson was again the chief seat of Sunderland's strength. Murray was the hero this time, and not Wilson, who was not so successful as previously against Chadwick and Milward. The forwards play of Sunderland was another than that of the visitors . Campbell doing clever things at centre but like Everton the vanguard shot badly. Everton took their beating with good grace, and, to the surprise of the Wearside, made the welkin ring with song and on their drive from the Roker Hotel to the station. The ‘'gate'' realised £416. Parry has been asked to play for Wales against Ireland . The team will be chosen this evening.
January 24 th 1891. The Liverpool Courier.
Will history repeat itself? Such is the question now being seriously asked, and indeed there is good reason for the anxiety, which prevails. So far as Everton is concerned, the holding of the Association Cup –which is still regarded at the chief honour of the season –is by a curious coincidence reduced to a dead letter at the outset, as was the case a year ago when the Anfield road team succumbed to Stoke in the first round of ties. Neither is there any very encouraging prospect as regards as League Championship and the magnificent trophy, which accompanies that event. The issue may truly be said to being evenly in the balance, for only by Everton's success at Burnley, and a reverse on the part of the (Rovers who have yet five matches to play) and Preston North End (who have seven) can the hopes of the Liverpool champions be realised. It was certainly hard lines on Everton to be drawn in first instance against a team like Sunderland, and to be handicapped by a long and tedious journey. The undoubted disadvantage of playing on a strange ground has been clearly established by the results of the season, and especially so in the case of teams so evenly matched as Everton and Sunderland, whose three matches have been decided by a goal in each instance the total of the series being only three. But Everton in the absence of Hannah, their captain who was hurt in the match against north End, lost the services of an astute leader and able player, and although no fault whatever can be found with McLean, still the influence of the sturdy Scot was visibly wanting. But while Everton were beaten by a goal to nil, this untoward result was by a mishap to Doyle, which unabled Campbell to race up and shoot rapidly before Angus could change his position in goal. Still no one will grudge the Wearsiders the victory they so well deserved. They are a splendid team, whilst Doig they have one of the very best custodian the country can boast of, and the wonder therefore is that they do not figure higher in the records of the League. Doubtless they will improve their position and with North End out of the way, a bold bid for cup honours will be made.
The Liverpool Football Echo.
There seems to be no end to the generosity of the Everton club. It is rumored they are going to give a helping hand to Accrington, who will take proceeds of the gate. The date of the match however, has not yet been fixed. The Everton players were promised £1 each if they beat Sunderland in the Cup tie. It is said they didn't earn their “quids.” Mr. Jackson, the assistant treasurer for Everton, brought back from Sunderland more money than he took. The Everton exchequer was benefited by something like £200. Golden salve is good for wounded feelings. Fred Geary, we understand, has signed on for another two years. The committee, however, are not sure yet about Chadwick. Pa Jackson, junior, however, thinks he could net Edgar if he was given the power. By the way, Chaddy is contemplating matrimony. Be careful Edgar. All hopes of bringing the English Cup to Liverpool this season have vanished. Sunderland played a grand game and fully deserved to win, being smarter and quicker on the ball than Everton. Angus played a splendid game in goal, and frequently caused the Wearsiders to cheer him instily. Hope Robertson was a rack failure, and might as well have been at home in Liverpool for all the good he was at Sunderland. Latta was also a frost, and we don't think the Dumbarton man was ever seen to worse advantage. He seemed frightened, and it is claimed as a setoff that he was unwell. If so, why did he play? Wyllie was on the ground ready to do service. Geary played a very hard game, but being in between two bad ‘uns his good work went for nought. Chadwick and Milward were easily the best wing, but still the young Cockney might have tried a bit better. Kirkwood played an improved game, and worked hard all through. Mclean was a great success, and worthily filled Hannah' shoes, and was every bit as good as Doyle. The players took their defeat in very good part, and fairly surprised the natives on the journey from the Roker to the station. Holt and Angus stayed behind till Monday. What was the attraction? It is said that the centre half fell head and ears in love, so for fear anything happens shortly you had better make up your minds what kind of a present you are going to give him. On the journey back the Rovers' saloon was hooked on behind Everton's. Is this an indication of what is going to happen in the League? Everton did protest after all, but it was not sustained. There were good grounds for protesting, and undoubtedly of the Sunderland players had violated the rules, but it appears that the Association had condoned the offence and Everton had no official estimation. Mr. Molyneux stated Everton's case in grand style, while Mr. Tom Watson appeared for Sunderland. Watson looked surprised when Mr. Clegg asked him who he was. Fancy the great Tom Watson of Sunderland not being known.
Everybody will be sorry to hear that Fred Geary is not playing at London today, on account of the death of his brother.
CORINTHIANS 1 EVERTON 3
January 26 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton commenced their metropolitan campaign on Saturday when au the historic final cup tie ground-the Oval at Kennington-their tested the quality of the corinthians, a famous amateur combination that was represented on this particular occasion by seven or eight internationals. The weather, unfortunately, was wet in the extreme, the event being thus robbed of much of its attractiveness, and not more than 2,000 spectators were courageous enough to face the persistent downpour of rain. Geary through bereavement, was an absentee, and Hannah and Brady were again left out as not being thoroughly recovered. The teams and officials were Everon: - Jardine, goal, McLean, and Doyle, backs, Kirkwood, Holt (captain), and Parry, half-backs, Latta, Wylie, Robertson, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Umpire Mr. Clayton. Corinthians: Moon, goal, Wells, and Anderson, backs, Winkworth, Brown, and White, half-backs, Brand, Currie, Lindley, Lambie, and Sandilands, forwards, Umpire Mr. N.L.Jackson, referee Mr. Clegg of Sheffield . Holt was successful in securing the choice of ends, and turned his back to the wind. Lambie opened with a run, but Doyle, from whose pass the Everton left wing created a chance, which was ineffectively utilised, returned his kick with interest. Doyle thus rated another attempt by the Corinthians, and this gave the visitors right wing an advantage, but again the shot passed behind. The home right wing caused the danger to be greater than it had previously been a corner being conceded, but this was tided over, and Everton were not slow in turning their attentions towards Moon's charge, which Robertson captured the game having been in progess about a quarter of an hour. The Corinthians were off in a strong run on re-starting and pressure being brought to bear on the left, Sandilands equalised. Kirkwood and McLean both failing to cut short the aggressive inovement. Corner next fell to Everton, who attacked very determinedly, but found the defence of Anderson and Wells of sound quality. Wykes and Latta showed some excellent work but White was very successful in checking a too close acquaintance of the Everton right wing with Moon. White was once penalised for a foul, but Kirkwood unluckily sent behind, and from the kick off at goal, Latta drove hard and straight, a fine shot, which Moon brilliantly compassed. Everton continued to menace the home goal, an aim by Milward being particularly near taking effect. At half-time, however, the record was one all.
On resuming the Cornthians were at once thrown hard on the defensive, and from a scrimmage Robertson again proved too resourceful for the watchful internations custodain. Having survived some hair breath escapes the home team had a turn at attacking. Sandiland assayed a shot without avail, but the Corinthians maintained their pressure, during which good shots rained in, the defence of Everton always proving equal to the incisive moments of their opponents. The play was carried on with energy, and Everton staying better soon asserted superiority and as the end of fast play approached, literally besiege goal, but were hampered with offside claims. The right wing of Everton at length returned to some purpose, however, as Milward shot successfully. This was the last point, and Everton thus achieved a meritorious victory of 3 to 1-which is the inverted result of the match played at Anfield in 1888 when the Corinthians beat Everton by 3 goals to 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BANGOR 0
January 26 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
The Evverton league team being away touring in the south the Anfield enclosure was occupied on Saturday by their second string, who had Bangor as their opponents. Some even exchanges took place in the first half but before the interval Everton scored twice, to the visitors nil. Gaining two more in the second portion. Everton thus added another victory to their long list by 4 goals to nil.
CORINTHIANS V EVERTON
January 26, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
At Kennington Oval, in wet and stormy weather. Everton who were without Geary, scored first, but the Corinthians immediately equalised. Nothing more was scored in the first half, but directly after Everton got a second goal. After this the Corinthians had the better of the game, but failed to score, and Everton scored again, and won by three goals to one.
ROYAL ARSENAL V EVERTON
January 27, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
The second match of the Everton southern tour took place at Plumstead, in splendid weather, before 8,000 people. Everton soon took the lead, scoring four goals by Latta, Milward, Wyllie and Chadwick in the first half. In the second portion the game was more even, but Robertson scored again for Everton, who had much the better of the play, their forwards being especially brilliant. Result Everton 5, Royal Arsenal 0.
ROYAL ARSENAL 0 EVERTON 5
January 27 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton League team played the second match of their Southern tour at Plumstead yesterday afternoon in magnificent weather, and about 10,000 spectators. Everton at all points of the game proved immensely superior to their opponents, and won easily by 5 goals to nil. The points were obtained by Latta, Milward, Wylie, Chadwick,, and Robertson, Campbell and Shaw took the place of Parry and Kirkwood, who were injured on Saturday . Teams Arsenal :- Bee, goals, Connolly, and McBean, backs, Howath, Stewart,, and Julian half-backs, Christy, Meggs, Cloak, Offer,and Fry, forwards. Everton: - Jardine, goal, McLead, and Doyle, backs, Shaw, Holt (captain), and Campbell, half-backs Latta, Wylies. Robertson, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
CHATHAM 1 EVERTON 4
January 27 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
This the third and last of the Everton Southern tour, was played at Chatham yesterday. The weather was unfortunately unfavorable as rain fell during the game, with the wind, in the first half, Everton pressed very much, Milward scoring twice and Wylie and Elliott one each. On charging ends, play was more even, Colvin scored for Chatham, the only point of the second half. Final Result Chatham 1goals, Everton 4 goals. Teams Chatham: - Oakley, goal, Pellest and Gascoigne, backs Pratt Davidson, and Leitish half-backs, Davies, McLeod, Colvin, Ekins and Hohart forwards. Everton: - Angus, goals, McLeod, and Doyle, backs Shaw, Holt (captain), and Campbell, half-back, Wylie, Kirkwood, Milward, Chadwick, ands Elliott, forwards. Attendance 5,000.
EVERTON V CHATHAM
January 28, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
Played at Chatham yesterday afternoon in rough weather before 5,000 spectators, Everton scored four goals, to none in the first half, Milward scoring twice and Elliott and Wyllie one each. Colvin scored for Chatham twenty minutes after the change from a centre by Hobart. Chatham play a good game in the second half. Result Everton 4 goal, Chatham.
January 31 st 1891. The Liverpool Courier.
The Southern tour of Everton was attended with results, which conclusively show that amateur teams, however, good have little or no chance when pitted against a first-class professional team. It was urged in behalf of the Corthinians that they were not fully represented, and that with ordinary luck the verdict against them of three goals to one –which oddly, is turned a “narrow” margin –might have been reversed. This is the old style of minimizing a defeat, but of course it is comforting to fall back upon the back eyed excuse that the absence of this or the other good man naturally affected the issue. For the matter of that, Everton were not nearly fully represented, for although it was pointed out that Geary was missing from the centre of the forward rank, no mention was made of the absence of Brady, or of Hannah, the captain of the team; and taking all things into account, it will naturally be concluded that “Pa” Jackson's cracks were beaten on their merits, and that too, on their own battle-ground at Kennington Oval. Holt was as vivacious and clever as ever; but as was only to be expected Milward, who was not deemed good enough for the North team, was the recipient of general praise. This to some extent may be traced to a sympathetic feeling because of his southern extraction, although hereabout the merits of the Great Marlow youth have long been recognised. If the “Old Athletic” does not know a good man when he comes across his line of vision, who does? Milward certainly played a very fine game (say that excellent judge) and if this was his real form, there are more unlikely things than the ex-Marlow man getting into one of the international teams this year. A matter of fact, there is no more consistent player in England today than Milward. Without even being sick sorly, or maimed, he always players will and it was a lucky day for Everton when Mr. Stockton so earnestly urged the committee to give him a place in the senior team. Journeying on to Plumstead on the Monday, the Royal Arsenal team were encounted but of course, the tourists had an easy task on hand, and as their fame had preceded them there was a much larger gathering than was the case at the opening match of the campaign. Latta, Milward, Wyllies, and Chadwick scored in the first half and Robertson in the second and eventually the Evertonians won their second victory by five goals to nothing. The second period was more even, but apparently only on sufferance, as the shooting was chiefly confined to the wings. Throughout the play of the Everton forwards was extremely brilliant as much so that the “Royalists” were rarely in a position to trouble Jardine, who in both matches kept goal remarkably well. The concluding match of the tour was against Chatham, but as the Corinthians and Royal Arsenal had failed to lower the colours of the victorious Anfield “boys” it was hardly to be expected that Chatham would accomplish that feat. In the first half Everton forced the play, with the result that Milward scored twice, and Elliott and Wyllie once each, and being four goals ahead at the interval the play slowed down, evidently with a view of testing the calbre of the Chatham team. From now to the end Chatham played a much better game, and were at length rewarded with a goal, which in the end left them in a minority of 4 to 1. As Milward played centre-forward in this match with success, Southern critics were not loth to confess that his high home reputation in was fully borne out by the events of the tour. To win three matches in four days was smart work on the past of the Everton boys, and as they registered 12 goals to 2, they well deserved the cordial greetings, which awaited them on their arrival at home.
Everton had the Bangor team as their opportnents, both sides being well represented. The game was an interesting one, but all in favour of the Evertonians, who defeated their opponents by four goals to nil.
A SPIRITED FOOTBALL TUSSLE.
Diss Express - Friday 30 January 1891
Football has advanced runs and rushes into the position of far and the most popular of British outdoor winter games; but this severely frosty season the sport has been sadly interfered with. Match after match has had to abandoned because of the impracticable state of the ground; and many a tussle that has actually taken place has been sadly spoiled by the difficulties the frost has placed in the way of players. But the welcome thaw of last week raised the hearts of all lovers of football, and on Saturday the game was in full swing all over the land. The opening match of the Southern tour undertaken the Everton club was largely spoilt by the heavy rain, the turf at Kennington Oval being very soft and slippery. The prospect of a good match, however, drew quite 2000 people to the Surrey ground, and, apart from the rain, the match was most enjoyable one. Everton, who lacked the services of Geary, their centre forward, won the toss, and the Corinthians kicked off in the face of strong wind and blinding rain. For little while the game presented no particular feature, but the Lancashire club gradually got the upper hand, and within 10 minutes of the start Robertson scored for Everton. The ball, however, had scarcely been set rolling again when Lindley and Lambie took the ball down, and Sandilands equalised. Everton played up hard after this, but the Corinthians defended well, and despite fine shots by Latta, Doyle, and Millward, half-time arrived with the score standing one goal each. Directly after the resumption the Everton forwards came away in splendid style, and out of some play in front of goal Millward forced the ball between the Corinthians posts. Another goal to Everton was disallowed for off-side, but then the Corinthians played up in fine form and for nearly quarter of an hour taxed the defence of Everton severely. Sandilands kicked just outside, and next came quite half a dozen shots into the mouth of goal. Any one of these might have taken effect, but after a while Everton cleared their lines, and though one or two good chances were missed, Millward, from pass across by Latta, obtained a third goal. The game thus ended in victory for Everton by three goals to one.