EVERTON V. KILNARNOCK
January 1, 1892.
The Liverpool Mercury
In this match to be played today at Anfield, commencing at 2-30 p.m, the following will represent Everton; Williams; Earp, Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, Milward, forwards.
Everton combination v. Gorton Villa; the following team will play for Everton in the combination match at Gorton today (Friday)-Jardine, goal; A. Chadwick, and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
January 2 nd v. Stoke Swifts; Jardine; Chadwick, Collins; Kirkwood, Jones, Lochhead; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, Ellliott.
EVERTON 1 KILNARNOCK 1
January 2 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Latta missed penalty kick
The friendly game was played on the Anfield ground yesterday afternoon in the presence of over 5,000 spectators. Kilnarnock are on tour, their fixtures being Everon yesterday, Rotherham town to-day and Bolton Wanderers on Monday. They hold the honours of being champions of the Scottish Alliance and the Glasgow Charity Cup they have played two drawn games with the Glasgow Rangers whm they again meet next Saturday to decide who shall enter the next round. Everton yesterday played the same eleven that beat Aston Villa, with one exception that being Lochhead who took Holt's place in the centre half while Kilnarnock had their full strength. The teams were as follows:- Everton; Williams (R), goal, Earp (E), and Howarth (R) (captain), backs; Kelso (R), Lochhead (A), and Robertson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyllie (T), Maxwell (A), Milward (A), and Chadwick (E), forwards. Kilnarnock;- Henderson, goal; Scott and Orr, backs, Patterson, Campbell, and Broadhurst half-backs, Tannahill, McPherson, Brown, McEvey, and Kelvin, forwards. Everon commenced hostilties with a strong wind in their favour and aided by a free kick, the visitors goal was soon in danger, which was however, ultimately averted as the ball rolled harmleesly out behind the posts. A movement on the Scotch left was next prominent, but Earp proved equal to the occasion by lobbing well forward. Rushing along in full force the homesters became very troublesome to the Kilnarnock defenders. A corner fell to Everton, and chadwick caused Henderson to deal with a warm shot, which Latta repeated with no result. The Scotch centre now got his forwards under way, and coming through in fine style, Williams was called upon to sheer two attempts from the foot of Brown. From a powerful kick Earp the Evertonians again surrounded the visitors' goal but Scott and Orr proved worthy of the Occasion, as they repeatedly held them at bay. Getting a pass from Campbell, the Alliance champions lost no time in becoming troublesome to Williams the home custodian proving equal to the occasion. The play continued well contested and of an intersting nature as both sides in turn showed accurate combination which caused the defences to be severely taxed. Williams was conspacouous by two grand saves, and then Henderson experienced an anxious time of it as he was tested by shots from Latta Wyllie, and Chadwick. The Scotchmen were cheered for their fine passing which repeateldy taxed the abilities of the Everton defence, McPherson and Tannshill being especially prominent. Before the interavl a hot scrimmage took place in front of the Scotch goal, Everton pouring in shot after shot to Henderson, who, being ably assisted by Scott, and Orr, held his charge manfully. On the half-time call neither side had scored. On restarting Howarth grandly repelled and sending well forward, Chadwick and Milward quickly made progess along on the line, and after the Scotch custodian had thrown away twice Orr handled within the twelve yard range. Latta took the Penalty kick , but fail to bring about the desired result. The play continued of the first quality, neither teams having the advantage. Earp showed spendid form at back, and repeatedly broke up the concerted attack of his rivals. The Anfielders returned to their opponents quarters, and though several shots were tried at goal, the ball was never allowed to find a clear way. Not to be denied the Leaguers come again, and after a brilliant bit of passing by their front rank Milward crossed to Chadwick, who in turn gave to Latta who neatly headed through, amid great cheering. It was very visable that the sctchmen did not at all like defeat for off they went, and before a minute had elasped the score was one all, Campbell during the needful with a shot which struck the crossbar on its way through. Both elevens now worked vigurously, and tried hard to gain a leading point. But on the call of time a really good and fast game resulted in a draw of 1 goal each.
January 2, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton v Burnley, Anfield, Kick-off at 2.30 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.
Everton v Stoke Swifts, Stoke. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
January 4, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton's performance at Perry Barr on Monday exceeded anything done by the Liverpool club this season. The game from start to finish was voted by the Birmingham supporters as the finest exposition witnessed this year. Play opened fast, and Everton had the best of the opening exchanges. Their forwards worked like clockwork, while Holt, at half-back, fairly excelled himself –in fact, the whole eleven played a most correct game. Williams kept a fine goal, and was only beaten from scrimmages, while Earp and Howarth put in grand work at back. Chadwick and Milward were greatly appreciated for their short passing game, and Maxwell, in the centre, fed his wings with great accuracy. Latta worked hard, but he was most unlucky to be put off side so often by the home backs. For Aston Villa, Hinckley, between the posts, did not please the Villa supporters, though it must be said on his behalf that he only failed at shots of the best quality. Evans rather outshone his colleagues (Baird) in defence, and he had more work to attend to, since the Everton left wing were a such a spirited mood. The Aston half-backs worked very hard, and of five clever forwards Hodgetts and Devey were the most to be feared.
Everton, followed upon their good deeds at Birmingham, disappointed their friends on Saturday in only making a draw with Burnley. It was a most aggravating ending, almost as galling as some of the wretched aims that were occasionally made at goal. The game was not one calculated to increase the popularity of the dribbling code, for there was an unnecessary amount of ill feeling evident all throughout, and Mr. Hughes had the unpleasant duty forced upon him of cautioning man on each side. Everton had by far the most of the play, and it does not speak volumes for the resources when at close quarters that they could be so frequently in range of goal as they were on Saturday and yet only score a single goal. It is true that Hillman is a tall and brilliant custodian, and that Walker and Lang were fearless backs; but for all that Everton often had the goal at their mercy, and left it intact except on one occasion. Early in the game Milward, in particular, mulled two fine opportunities, and the crestfallen expression on his features betokened that he was himself dumbfounded at his false-kicking. He, however, during the subsequently play made amends for these mistakes. He got in some sprinkling long shots, and was in the right position to take Wyllie's pass and score the solitary goal. Excepting in the matter of shooting the Everton forwards gave a splendid exhibition of play, their passing generally being well directed and always unselfish. Holt and his wing men were ever successful in destroying the formation of their opponents, and Howarth and Earp, with Williams, were a trio that left nothing to be desired in the last lines of Everton's defence, except in the closing minutes of the game, when Howarth was at fault in tackling Nicol, who quickly closed in upon the scrimmaged through, giving Williams no chance, as he was literally surrounded by attackers. Burnley went in for rushing with Hill as a dashing centre, but were inferior to Everton who were right to enter upon the impending cup tie without any qualms as to the result. It is singular that with Everton and Burnley history on Saturday somewhat repeated itself. On March 14 last Everton at Turf Moor had most of the play, but were beaten in the last ten minutes. Now, after having three-parts of the game, and leading up to the moment when most people were expecting the whistle to sound, Burnley took them by surprise and make a draw.
On Friday Everton had the well-known Scotch team Kilmarnock at Anfield-road. The game was of a high-class nature, the dribbling and tackling of both sides being much admired. The Scotchmen, considering they had travelled overnight, did surprisingly well to hold their own against the Leaguers, and make a draw of one goal each. Henderson, for the visitors, gave a fine exhibition of goal-keeping, while Campbell at centre half was often a disturber of Everton's combination. Their forwards though young, were fast and clever. For Everton all played a good game, Earp being very conspicuous with some powerful kicking at back.
Everton Combination team were busy during the past week. On Monday they had Heanor Town as their visitors, who came with an unbeaten record, but Everton scored so rapidly before their opponents could settled down that the issue soon became certain of being a decisive one in favour of the home team. Everton successfully tackled Gorton Villa on New Year's Day; but on Saturday, in playing their return visit to Stoke Swifts they had at length to strike their flag and accept a narrow defeat after a splendid contest of a goal to nil. This was Everton's first reverse. They had previously taken part in matches, winning 23 and drawing in two instances.
EVERTON 1 BURNLEY 1
January 4 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Burnley made the first appearance on the anfield enclosure this season on Saturday, to play off their League engagement. Much interst was centred in the game as the teams are drawn together in the first round of the English Cup competition which will be played at Liverpool on January 16 TH . The weather being wet and windly the attendance was under the average. Both teams placed their full strength on the field and were composed as follows:- Everton; Williams (R), goal, Earp (E), and Howarth (R), backs; Kelso (R), Holt (J) (captain), and Robinson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyllie (T), Maxwell (A), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A), forwards. Burnley; Hillman (J) goal; Walker, and Lang, backs; McFettridge, Matthews, and Keenan half-backs, Nicol, Bowes, Hill, McLardie, and Graham forwards. Winning the toss, Burnley elected to play with a strong wind behind them. Maxwell sterted for Everton, and crossing over to his left, Lng had to rush to the rescue as Milward was about to shoot. Everton returned but Walker eased pressure on his custodian, as he landed well up the field. Taking up the pass the Burnley Forwards cleverly worked their way in on the right and Hill becoming exceedingly dangerous Earp shielded Williams in gallant style. The visitors' front were smart on the ball and Hill from a pass by Nicol had another try. Everton now combined grandly and sailing along Latta got well in and parted to Chadwick who in turn banged in with a great force. Hillman, however caught hold and threw at the expenses of a corner. Milward had a clear opening but his aim proved wide, much to his own disgust. Play became very fast and after Howarth and Earp had driven back the moorites, Maxwell was sandwiched by Lang and Walker when on the point of taking a shy at goal. Everton were going strong, their half-backs backs working with grand effect. Latta and Wyllie went flying along on the right and a corner resulting Lang rose to the occasion by a clever lob. A ree kick against Robertson aided Burnley to get within range, but Earp received then in fine fashion and sent his forwards again on the attack. Wyllie and Maxwell both testing Hillman without result. Holt was cheered for his sterling work, he fairly excelling himself as he repeadly broke up the well-meant movements of the Burnley forwards. The game at this stage became vigorous and forcible both sides being penalised for infringements the referee using his preogative in stopping the roughness.. assited by the heavy wind, Burnley for a time compelled the homesters to act on the defensive. Milward and Chadwick in preety styles, made tracks towards the visitors' goal, when McFettridge was penisled for fouling Chadwick. The kick was well placed by Howarth, and when the interval came the Anfielders were awarming round Hillman's charge. The teams however, crossed over with the score none all. On restarting with the breeze in the favour, Everton at once raided the Burnley territory, where Matthews interceped, and Hill dodging along the centre, was fouled by Earp when close in. milward settled on the ball from the free kick, and after short and quick passing the Everton men lost no time before they became most troublesome to Lang and Walker, Latta had a couple of shots at Hillman, and then Chadwick winded Matthews with the ball as it wa winding its way into goal. Keeping up the attack, the Everton forwards caused the Burnley defenders to have a lively time of it. Lang and Walker, however proved a sturdy couple. And though Maxwell and Wyllie had near things yet an entrance could not be found. Having all the play, the home lot kept up the attack, and at last success rewarded their efforts as Wyllie crossed beautifully over to Milward, who by a low shot close in beat Hillman for the first time. With the point in their favour the Everton men made the pace very hot, and when Latta had a free course he was pulled up for offside. Hill now manged to get his men underway and dribbling smartly through the home halves William's charge was in jeopardy until Earp in fine style sent well up the field. The ball was fouled by McFettridge and Robertson taking the free kick sent it through the goal without touching any one. Holt and Kelso did some effective tackling and fed their forwards with good judgment, but though shot after shot was rained in nothing came of them. Nearing time Burnley put on a spurt and attacked strongly and after Howarth had failed to catch Nicol the Burnley van cloed in and scrimmaged the leather past Williams, even play now followed, both sides trying hard to get the lead but on time being called a very fast game which throughout was much in favour of Evertton, ended in a draw of 1 goal each.
STOKE SWIFTS 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
January 4 1891
The Liverpool mercury
Stoke Swifts against Everton at Stoke before 3,000 specataors. Everton pressed at the start but Stoke gradually work down, and forrester scored. Fast and even play followed intervented between now and half-time. With out any scoring. On restarting, the game continued of an even character, both custodians having to defend and finally Stoke won a grand game by 1 goal to nil.
Everton team:- Jardine (J), goal, Chadwick (A), nad Collins (J), backs, Kirkwood (D), Lochhead (A), and Jones ® half-backs Gordon (P), Murray (J), Pinnel (A), McMillan (J) and Elliott (J) forwards .
EVERTON V. GORTON
January 9, 1892. The Wrexham Advertiser
Played on Friday at Gorton, before 2,000 spectators. Everton pressed during the first half, and scored three points to their opponents nil. The second half was more stubbornly contested, each team scoring twice. Result; Everton 5; Gorton Villa 0
Stoke Swifts v. Everton
At Stoke, On Saturday, before 3,000 spectators. At the start Everton [pressed, and obtained several corners. End to end played followed add eventually Draycott passed to Forrester, who scored. The home team had much the best of the game. Result;- Stoke Swifts 1 goal, Everton none.
January 9, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Today, Everton visit the well-known quarters on the banks of the Trent of Notts County. This has always since the League was first organised proved a fatal trysting-place for Everton. In the season 1888-89 they were beaten by 3 goals to 1; in 1889-90 by 4 to 3; and 1890-91 by 3 to 1. On the other hand, when Notts have been at Anfield the tables have been completely turned. Everton have there had amply revenge, and the results is that the aggregate Notts and Everton stand on an equality, having won three games each. Neither are shaping so well this season, as last, and as Notts will be deprived of Oswald, who has just been suspended for several weeks as the outcome of the francas with Drummond at Preston a long deferred victory by Everton on Nottingham soil seems more certain than usual.
Everton v. Notts County, Nottingham, Kick-off at 2.15 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward.
Everton v. Northwich Victoria, Anfield, Kick-off at 2.30 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Reserve Fairbrother.
January 11, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton are to be congratulated upon at length making a successful visit to Trent Bridge that is in connection with the League. They defeated Notts County the previous time they were in Nottingham, but that was an immaterial friendly match, won by a goal to nil on April 23. Of the six League contests hitherto decided between Everton and Notts County three had been won by each, the home team being winners in every instance. There was thus evidence of equality. This was confirmed by a glance at the goal aggregate, which gave a total of 16 to both clubs. Confidence was pretty generally felt by Everton that they would return from Nottingham on Saturday buoyant with victory, a sanguine view engendered from the knowledge that Everton had latterly developed a high state of efficiency in the matter of combination, and that Notts on the other hand would lack the great services of Oswald, their captain and centre forward, who, for retaliating an assault more forcibly than was discreet, has been suspended for a few weeks. Much uneasiness was experienced by Everton, however, ere they had reached Nottingham as Chadwick and Howarth, who should have joined the party at Marple, failed to do so, having missed the connection, but, to the relief of everyone concerned they turned up at the appointed time. The ground had been protected with straw, and was in a fairly good condition, though hard. Very little snow was allowed to remain on the field of play, and under the Arctic influences, the ground was as good going as it could possibly have been made. At the outset players slipped about considerably, but were steadier as the game advanced. Notts had the advantage of the wind, but taken on the whole, the first half was about as evenly contested as the inability of either side to score would indicate. Soon after turning round Notts obtained what appeared to be an easy goal. Williams for some reason making no attempt to play the ball. This pleased the noisy company immensely, but gave more annoyance than uneasiness to Everton, for it had been some time evident that they were playing the prettier and stronger game. Their passing improved until it could have hardly been more perfect. Latta, who had found in Hendry an invariably insurmountable obstacle during the first half, was now continually scoring over his adversary, forcing his way to near the corner, then to either shoot or centre. The left wing, too, was equally effective when their turn came, and soon the score was equalised by Milward, from Latta's pass, whilst Maxwell turned two other passes to good account, and Everton won by 3 goals to 1. The opinion was freely expressed that Everton had given the spectators a grand exhibition of football, taking into account the slippery footing. Williams had plenty of shots to save, and, with the exception of the instance when Notts scored, he cleared with great effect, always placing the ball at a pretty safe distance so to obviate a quick return shot. Earp had most work of the Everton backs, and performed it unflinchingly, while Howarth was at his best, and very conspicuous for covering his colleagues when called upon. Holt, too, though he had been ill during the week, did, if anything, more than his share in securing victory, and completely spoils Walkerdine in his promotion to centre forward. Robertson and Kelso maintained their reputation, and the forwards went in unison, and shot better than usual. Notts were best represented by Hendry and the half-backs the forwards' great failing being hesitancy at the moment of aiming at goal.
NOTTS V EVERTON
January 11, 1892. The Yorkshire Herald
These clubs met for the first time this season at Trent Bridge before 4000 spectators. Notts played Williamson, a local amateur and Walkerdine took Oswalds place. The home team kicked off with the wind in their favour, and during the first half hour both goals had narrow escapes. Then Notts missed an easy chance. Neither had scored at half-time. Five minutes after resuming Walkerdine scored for Notts with a soft shot. Everton then commenced to play a brilliant passing game, and Milward quickly equalised with a grand shot. Everton continued to play finely, and Maxwell scored twice. The game finally ended –Everton 3 goals, Notts 1.
NOTTS COUNTY 1 EVERTON 3
January 11 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Everton visited Trent Bridge on Saturday in order to play off their League match with Notts County. The ground had been protected and cleared as far as possible of snow, the only inconvenience being from the hardness and slippary surface. About 4,000 spectators were present and as customary at Nottingham, these during the tedium of waiting for hostilities to commence were entertained with music from an efficient band. The teams were as follows:- Notts County; Toone, goal, McLean, and Hendry, backs, BRAMLEY, Calderhead and Shelton,, half-backs, Williamson, McInnes, Walkerdine, Walker, and Daft forwards. Everton : Williams (R), goals, Earp (E), and Howarth (R), and backs, Kelso (R) Holt (J) (captain), and Robertson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyllie (W), Maxwell (aa), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A) forwards . Everton kicked off against a strong wind, but bore down on the left, when Toone was called upon, and found ready. Walker, and Daft replied on the Notts left McInnes, from a pass lifting over the bar, notts came up again, but Earp stemmed them, the ball was forced over the line. Everton had further defensive dutes to attend to, and though finding footing insecure, held on boldly. Holt eventually cleared, and Latta and Hendry were seen contending for the mastery, the latter gaining a slight advantage, but Everton remained in front of goal for some minutes, without becoming very manacing. At the other end, McInnes had a shot, but went wide and after Latta had been driven into touch Williams got in a spendid shot, which gave Williams an opportunity of showing he was in a busness like mood, he putting well away. Notts were difficult to beat off and during the pressure Williamson on the outside right, was the more prominent of the attackers. The scene of action was transferred by the Everton left wing, which suffered a check from McLean, but who did not clear. A corner was conceded, Everton, the shot from which was stopped by Hendry and Daft beating Holt in a race for possession. Walker got the ball, and had a fine chance but chose to pass to the right, when Williamson drove hard against the end net. Chadwick and Milward moved quickly down and Wyllie shot in strongly. Toone catching the ball. Notts next advinced much determination and seemed likely to score, but Williams stopped a keen shy by Willaimson, and Earp move up a return raid. The visitors left wing, in a breakaway forced another futile corner, and play reverted to the other end, where Walker, when steadying for a handy shot, had the ball taken smartly from his foot by Earp. Play now took an open turn, and rather spirited, though the direction of the kicking was not particularly good. Walkerdaine was the next to be treadening. He had outwited Earp and the half-back, but just as he was about to aim for goal. Howarth rush in and intercepted him brilliantly by kicking over the line. Nothing came of the corner, and the tussle that ensuned McInnes got accidentally kicked, enforcing his tempprary retirement. Dagt screwed in at a long range but Williams parried the shot. Everton had a turn of attacking. Holt trying a good aim, the ball being sent over the bar a moment later. Everton closed in persistenly at this period. Latta found his progess arrested once or twice by Hendry, and so the brunt of the outslaught fell upon the left and centre, but the defence was too stout to be broken. Walkerdine seemed likely, on Notts at length getting down to make his mark but Howarth saw the danger and averted it. McInnes returned and was welcomed with a cheer, and on a frr kick against Wyllie for hands being cleared, McInnes signalled his reapperances by driving hard across the frost of goal the ball narrowing missing its intented target. Shortly following came the interval, much having been attempted but nothing done. That is in the essential matter of scoring. The Notts left went away on the restart, bur Robinson pulled them up when narrowing for goal. McInnes it appeared had exchanged wings with Walker, but the first named was handicapped through the injury he had received. Latta greater success against Hendry in the second half. He easily got in a midfield left, although he met with half's whilt Everton were busy experimenting as to how goalwas to penetrated a foul was conceded to Notts, who moved down and scored with a low medium pace shot which Williams was not prepared for, and made no attempt to reach. Everton at once rallied, Latta sent across swifty to Milward, whose shot was stopped by Toone, just inside the near post. A rush on the Notts right was wound up with a shot which Willaims negotiated and then Latta again sent over to Milward, just as he had done a few minutes proviously, but this time with satisfactory result, as Milward got the ball through. Everton had been steadly and suely improving their formation. The all round passing and following up were really brilliantly and such good work soon began to tell to their advantage, whilst Notts were tamed down considerably, Maxwell during the subsquent play, scored twice-once from a pass by Chadwick, and again from a centre by Latta. All three goals bring the result of excellent paly. Notts sputed up towards the close, Daft especially shooting well, but they had shot their bolt in a single successful effort of Walerdine early in the second half. As a closing incident Latta and Chadwick had good shots . toone fell on the ball and clearned from the latter, and Everton won a deservedly by 3 goals to 1. The game having keep free from roughness.
The opion was freely expressed that Everton, had given the spectators a grand exhibition of football, taking into account the slippery footing. Williams had plenty of shots to save and, with the eception of the instance when Notts scored, he cleared with great effort, always placing the ball at a pretty safe distannce so as to obviate a quick return shot. Earp had most work for Everton backs, and performed it unstinebingly whilst Howarth was at his best, and very conspicuous for covering his collegue when called upon. Holt too though he had been ill during the week, did if anything, more than his share in securing victory, and completely spoilt Walerdine in his promation to centre forward. Robertson and Kelso maintain their reputation and the forwards went in and shot better than usual. Notts were best represted by Hendry and the half-back the forwards great failing being hestinacy at the moment of aiming at goal.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 NORTHWICH VICTORIA 1
January 11 1892
The Liverpool mercury
PLAYED AT Anfield, enclosure on Saturday. The visitors owing to the ground being covered several inches with snow. Protest against the game being considered a combination one. Both teams failed to place their full strength in the field. In the first half, Everton had much the best of the argument, Gordon opening the score for the Anfielders. Almost immediately after the restart after Jardine had been called upon, the homesters returned to the Northwich end and from a free kick, Murray put through the second point for Everton. Just on the interval, Elliott added a third, which made the score at half-time:- Everton 3 goals Victoria nil. In the second portion of the game the homesters kept their opponents well in hand. After some pretty play by Everton forwards Gordon headed though the fourth point. The visitors tried hard to recover, their position and Jardine had to clear a good attempt from the northwich centre forward. Coming again into the Everton quarters the victoria met with better success as they scored very easily after which Elliott added another point for the Anfielders. No further scoring took place,, the homesters thus retiring victors by 5 goals to 1.
Played 17, won 14, lost 1, draw 2, for 75, against 11, points 30
On print in Field Sports on 25 January, 1892.
Monday, January 25 – 1892
Mr. John Houlding is still determined to stand by his demand for £250 as rental. Possibly he has not been approached in a conciliatory spirit; at all events his final answer to the club is as follows: -
With regard to the rent I am willing to accept.
“I believe that the land in Walton Breck-road will always be wanted, for when we consider that 10,000 people leave the ground at that end in about ten minutes you must have room for them to spread out. I therefore think I ought to have 4 per cent on my outlay, viz., £250 per annum. But if I should sell the land outside the boundary, or any portion thereof, at any time during your tenancy, the rent will be lowered proportionately. I also reserve myself the right to nominate one member on the committee.
“I am also willing to grant a lease, with the usual landlord's conditions insisted, on the portion required for enclosure, for the period of ten years. Rent to be paid quarterly in advance. The tenants to have the option of purchase of the land that is used at present and enclosed, at seven shilling and sixpence per yard, such purchase to be arranged between now and the 30th April, 1894. The purchase to include all fast and loose fixtures, boundaries, &c., that may be on the ground sold at the time.
“I am also willing that a company be formed, on the conditions as per enclosed prospectus; of course the notice to quit holds good.
The prospectus herein referred to is the one explained in these columns some time ago. It will be scarcely be necessary to impress upon the members the urgency of prompt action in this matter. The season is now far advanced, and as the club is still under notice to quit the present ground it behoves the members to fix themselves in a sure tenancy as early as possible.
**ARTICLE FOUNDED BY KJELL, THANKS FOR THE RESOURCES**
MR. EDWARD WHITLEY
January 15, 1892. The Birmingham Post
Mr. Edward Whitley, M.P. for the Everton Division of Liverpool, died yesterday at his residence, The Grange, Halewood, near Liverpool, after a few days illness, from bronchitis. The deceased was born in 1825, and has served in the army. He has been in Parliament since 1880.
EVERTON V. NORTHWICH VICTORIA
January 16, 1892. The Wrexham Advertiser
Played on the Anfield enclosure on Saturday. The visitors, owing to the ground being covered several inches with snow, protested against the game being considered a Combination one. Both teams failed to place their full strength in the field. In the first half, Everton had much the best of the argument, Gordon opening the score for the Anfielders almost immediately after the start. After Jardine had been called upon, the homesters returned to the Northwich end, and from a free kick Murray put through the second point for Everton. Just on the interval Elliott added a third, which made the score at half-time –Everton, three goals; Victoria, nil. In the second portion of the game the homesters kept their opponents well in hand. After some pretty play by the Everton forwards Gordon headed through the fourth point. The visitors tried hard to recover their position, and Jardine had to clear a good attempt from the Northwich centre forward. Coming again into the Everton quarters the Victoria met with better successes, as they scored very easily, after which Elliott added another point for the Anfielders. No further scoring took place, the homesters thus retiring victors by five goals to one.
ACTION BY EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB AGAINST DOYLE.
January 16 1892
The Liverpool mercury
At glasgow sheriff ordinary court on Thursday sheriff Guthrie the record and fixed next Thursday as a diet for debating the relevancy of the action at the instance of Richard Molyneux. Secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Football Club against Daniel Doyle formerly one of the Everton players claiming £111. Pursuer states that the Everton Club was formed for the purpose of engaging in the game of Football upon what is known as professional principles, and for promoting and profitting by football and the defender was one of the professional football players in the service of the club and as such in remuneration down to the date of his breach of contract founded on. On or about 14 th January last year an agreement was entred into between the pursuer as secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Club, on the one hand, and the defender on the other, whereby the defender agreed that from and after 1 st may 1891. Until 30 th april 1893, both inclusive he should serve the club as a professional football player, that he would obey the lawful commands of the committee of the club and that for his services the pursuer should pay him £3 weekly during his employment, and that the defender should devote his whole time and service exclusively for the benefit of the club and would not at any time during his employment play for any other club or with other team than Everton Football team all comform to the agreement produced. At the request of the defender the terms of the agreement were modified to the extent that the defender should receive £91 on the 1s t. may,, 1891, on account of anticipated earnings, and a weekly payment of £1 5s during the rest of the period contacted for. In conformity with the modified contract and on the faith of the due implement of the defender's part thereof, the pursuer, on behalf of the club on or about 30 th . May 1891, advanced and paid to the defender the sum of £96 together with a sum of £15 being twelve weeks' additional salary in advance, making altogether the sum of £111 sued for. Notwithstanding the agreement the defender's obligation under it, and the payment to him of £111 defender, in violation of the contract deserted the club, and refused to remain one of its combination and not only deserted the pursuers club, but was induced to join Celtic Football Club, where it is believed and averred he is employed on terms and conditions implying pecuniary remuneration for services rendered in excess of those provided for in his contract with the pursuer's club. It is stated that the failure of the defendant to implement his contract with the pursuer's club led to serious loss injury and damage to the club and its reputation action for damages in respect of which is reserved. Doyle, in his defence denies the alleged breach of contract, but admits he terminated his engagement with the Everton on 8 th August 1891, having served it for a period of 14 weeks. He refers to the agreement and states that the modification of it is thus expressed in a note on the margin of the egreement :- ‘'the said D Doyle to receive £91 on May 1, 1891 out of his season's wages and 25s per week during the rest of season 1891-92.'' He admits that in terms of the agreement as modified the club on 30 th May 1891 paid him £96 and he admits that he also received £15. On the 8 TH august 1891, he terminated his connection with the Everton Club and explain that his reason for accepting the offer of the Glasgow Club was that it was close to his home in Airdrie. The Everton Club he says, had no difficulty in finding a successor. He stated that he served the Everton Club 14 weeks his wages for which in all amounted to £42 and has always been and is still willing to return the balance of £69 to the club on their discharing their claim against him. Doyle give a general denail to the other statemnts of the pursuer denies the counter statements of the defender, and explains that according to the laws of football in England playing is suspended during the months of May , June, july and august and that the defender was engaged with special referance to his playing during the football or open season. an additional plea was added to the effect that the defences were irrelevant.
January 16, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
At Anfield Everton will meet Burnley, with whom they made a draw of a goal each a fortnight ago, after doing the bulk o the pressing. Everton ought improve on their previous performance, especially in the shooting department. They will have Geary to assist them instead of Maxwell, who it is said, is not eligible, owing to playing in Scotland during the close season; but if Geary is all right and well trained, his speed and shooting should be a distinct advantage to Everton, though it must be acknowledged that Maxwell and his wingmen have got into a good understanding with each other.
Everton League v. Burnley, Anfield, Kick-off at 2.15 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Referee, T. Armit. Ladies season-tickets holders may pay for admission to this match, members only being free.
Everton v. Southport Central, Southport, Kick-off at three p.m. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
January 18, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Despite the exertions of the Everton executive to place their enclosure in a fit condition for the proper fulfilment of their Cup tie with Burnley, their wishes could not be fully carried out. The parties who contracted to clear the snow could not complete their undertaking in time owing to the slippery state of the roads and recourse was had to a liberal distribution of sand, which was being laid on at the time of the spectators were assembling. The frost, however, had got a firm grip of the surface, and though the sand had a neutralising effect, the ground was still dangerous. It was not suited for a fierce Cup-tie combat, as hard knocks and falls would have had series consequences on the recipients, and so it was wisely decided by both clubs to declare the match not a Cup-tie, a course of action approved of by the referee, Mr. Armitt. It was a stern game, all the same, and Burnley in particular went about their work in a manner the thoroughness of which was greatly appreciated. They commenced strongly, maintained the pace all through, and after a grand display on a difficult ground pulled up winners by 4 goals to 2, as “fresh as paint.” They are a capital combination of splendid physique, that were evidently much better trained than Everton, who, if they are to go forward in the Cup competition will have to pay more regard to strict training and practice. With the exception o the forwards the Burnley formation was the same as when in Liverpool a fortnight ago. Espie now took centre forward and Hill resumed his customer place on outside-left. Graham was thus an absentee, and the change was greatly to the advantage of Burnley. Espie is a man of weight, speedy, and has an excellent command of his wings, which are equally powerful. The half-backs were more successful than when previously opposed to Everton and Lang, Walker, and Hillman sustained the high standard o defence they gave in the League match. It was unfortunate for Everton that Maxwell'a ineligibility prevented his assisting his club, for he has now got into the proper groove with his wingmen. Geary should have returned, after three months' enforced absence, to his old place, but the ground being slippery, it was not thought advisable to run any risk of throwing him on the injured list again. Gordon made a poor substitute, but the greatest mistake of all was in playing him on the wing and in bringing Latta to the centre. Two departments were thus disturbed instead of one, and this becoming apparent, Latta resumed his proper place in the second half, and at once became a source of tribulation to Lang and Keenan. The forwards certainly played up pluckily, and improved greatly in the later stages of the game, but they compared unfavourably with the Burnley vanguard and that they did so was not the fault of Holt, Kelso, and Robertson, for the half-back play of Everton was all that was desirable. Earp got through a lot of work well but Howarth was weak at times and too phlegmatic. Williams also was often as fault.
EVERTON 2 BURNLEY 4
January 18 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Much speculation was indulged in as to what the result of this important contest would be seeing that on the last meeting of the clubs at Anfield a fortnight ago a hard and stubbornly contested game ended in a draw of one goal each. On Saturday, Everton had to do without the services of Maxwell, whose absence sadly weakened the home attack. Geary was put down to fill the centre position, but owing to the hard stae of the ground the home executive deemed it advisable to substitue Gordon for the ex-Notts player, whose ankle is yet weak. Everton took the precaution of making the enclosure as fit as possible, and men were engaged up to the kick off in spreading sand over the snow. Previous to the game, a consultation took place between the respective captains who agreed to sign that it would be no cup tie, the referee coinciding after he had made his official inspection. Graham was dispalced on the left wing by Hill and Espie took the latter's place in the centre, otherwise the Burnley team was the same as met the Anfielders previously. The following were the players:- Everton, Williams (R), goal, Earp (E), and Howarth (R), backs; Kelso (R), Holt (J), (capatin), and Robinson (H), half-backs, Gordon (P), Wyille (T), Latta (A), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A), forwards. Burnley, Hillman (J), goal; Walker, and Lang, backs, McFettridge, Matthews, and Keenan, half-backs, Nicol, Bowes, Espie, McLardle, and Hill, forwards. Shortly after the advertised time Mr. Armitt got the teams in hand and Everton losing the toss Latta started against the light breeze. The visitors soon showed they meant business as Nicol dashed on the wing and screwing across the goalmouth, McLardie missed a fine chance. Everton from this early let off got busy on the right and Hillman had to exert himself in getting rid of a spendid attempt by Latta. After Chadwick had sent over the bar, Howarth shaped well in stemming a rush by Hill and McLardie and then Williams prevented Espie from scoring after the ball had been placed by McFettridge. A corner kick to the visitors having been landed outside Chadwick and Milward made a spirited advance, and Hillman had to deal with a strong shot from the foot of the latter, but before danger was averted a barren corner to the homesters accrued. Holt was now injured by Matthews, and during his temporary absence Keenan, through the blundering of Gordon managed to score for Burnley 20 minutes from the start. Everton went away from the reverse and were often troublesome but could not penetrate the Burnley defence and Earp soon afterwards had to stop a dangerous rush by the visitors' left pair. Enthusiasm was now aroused among the home supporters as Latta got possession from midfield and ran down. His final, however was nicely met and cleared by Hillman. Who had to ru8n out twelve yards to save his charge. Everton had now a very slight advantage and twice the Burnley goal was all but captured. Give and take play ensued after which Burnley again became aggressive and Nicol, through Howarth missing his kick, beat Williams for the second time with a seemingly soft shot. For eight minutes before the interval Everton swared the Burnley goal, found no entrance between the posts, and when half-time arrived the visitors were leading by 2 goals to nil. On changing ends Hillman was loudly cheered for his abilities in goal. Resuming Gordon was placed in the centre and Latta took up his usual position on, the right. The second stage opened fast on the part of Everton and play was returned in front of Hillman for a few minutes. Matthews, who during the game had shown doubtful tactics throughout which were quite uncalled for, was now cautioned by the referee, and hooted by the crowd for fouling Latta. McLardie then had a weak shy at goal, after which the Everton right winger forced Hillman to concede another barren corner, with a hard shot. Burnley again had the pull and twice the ball was sent into the net, after Earp had repelled the attackers half a dozen times. Nothing, however, was gained by the visitors, and Latta fastening on the ball lost no time in transfering play to the other end where Chadwick got his toe to the leather, and opened the scoring for the homesters with a shot which srewed itself beyond the reach of the Burnley custodian. From the midfield kick Burnley ran down, and McLardie gave his side a still further lead by putting the third point on. Disater agin fell to Everton as Holt in passing back to Earp, allowed Hill to get in through a miskick by the Everton right back, and a fourth goalm was registered for the visitors Williams shaping anything but well in dealing with the shot. MClardie now had a lively tussle with Latta and was successful in stemming the right winger. Keenan removed danger in the Burnley goal, he being conspicuious by sterling left-back play, as he gave Espie a fine chance which was not accepted, the ball gontly gliding outside. Lang having kicked out to clear the home attackers a free kick was award Everton for hands against Bowes, and Holt judiciously tipping the ball to Robinson,'' hop'' successed in scoring the second goal for the Anfielders. Play continued exciting to the close and an intersting game ended in favour of Burnley by 4 goals to 2.
SOUTHPORT CENTRE 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
January 18 1892
The Liverpool mercury
This match was played at the scarisbrick new-road enclosure, Southport on frozen snow on the coldest day of the season, and before an attebdance only of the most inveterate patrons. The teams which vat=ried from those annnounced were:- Everton; Jardine (J), goal, Fairbrother, and Collins (J), backs, Wharmby, Jones (R), and cockayne half-backs, Maxwell (A) Murray (P), Pinnell (A), McMillan (J), and Edwards, forwards. Southport Centre; Gee (J), goal, Fairhurst and Gee (C) backs, Hought, McLeren and Dodd, half-backs, Hasell (L), Lee (H), Iddon (T), McPherson, and Fielding, forwards. The presence of Maxwell proved an unexpected gratification, and indeed the whole Everton team excited pleasure among the onlookers. On clear ground there could be little doubt that Everton would have won by at least 3 goals to 2; but under the circumstance victory rested with the team which could the better preserve their perpendicular and the game was pretty even, with the advantage to Centre towards the close. At the start Everton went off with a telling combination of forwards and in a few minutes scored a magnificent goal. Apparently they netted a second goal ten minutes later but an appeal for offside was unheld. Before half-time Southport equalised after Jardine had shown a defence which was greatly admired. At half-time the untrodder state of the snow right and left of the Everton goal testified that the Liverpool men had only been partially put on their defence Southport opened the second half by missing an opportunity and Everton, among other instance of hard luck, struck the crossbar. Even combat ruled for a while and then Southport by a spurt of good passing play, neatly made the score 2 to 1 with which register a pleasnt game even totally closed. Owing to indisposition Jones who had done good work did not appear in the second half while Fielding kept on though bhut in indifferent form. Dodd shone more for Centrel. Mr. C Blundell was referee.
THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB AND DOYLE
January 22, 1892. Birmingham Daily Post
Claims for £111
In the Glasgow Sheriff Court, yesterday, Sheriff Guthrie heard the arguments as to relevancy in the action at the instance of Richard Molyneux, secretary of the Everton Football Club, Liverpool against Daniel Doyle, lately residing at 26, Coniston Street, Liverpool, and now at Marlborough Street, Glasgow, claiming £111. Plaintiff stated that the Everton Club was formed for the purpose of engaging in the game of football upon what are known as professional principles, and for promoting and profiting by football, and the defendant was one of the professional football players in the service of the club, and as such in receipts of remuneration down to the date of the breach of contract. On or about the 14 th January last an agreement was entered into between the pursuer, as secretary, for and on behalf of the Everton club on the one hand, and the defendant on the other, whereby the defender agreed that from and after the 1 st May, 1891 until 30 th April, 1893, both inclusive, he should serve the club as a professional football player; that he would obey the lawful commands of the committee of the club; and that for his services the plaintiff should pay him £3, weekly during his employment, and that the defender should devote his whole time and services exclusively or the benefit of the club, and would not at any time during his employment play for any other club or with any other team than the Everton football team, and conform to the agreement produced. At the request of the defendant, the terms of the agreement were modified to the extent that the defendant should receive £91, on the 1 st of May, 1891, on account of anticipated earnings, and a weekly payment of £1. 5s, during the rest of the period contracted for. In conformity with the modified contract, and on the faith of the due fulfilment of the defendant's part thereof, the plaintiff, on behalf of the club, on or about 30 th May, 1891, advanced and paid to defendant the sum of £96, together with a sum of £15, being twelve weeks' additional salary in advance, making together the sum o £111, sued for. Notwithstanding the agreement, the defendant's obligation under it, and the payment to him of the sum of £111, defendant, in violation of the contract, deserted the club, and was induced to join the Celtic Football Club, where, it is believed, and averred, he is employed on terms and conditions implying pecuniary remuneration for services rendered in excess of those provided for in his contract with Plaintiff's club. The failure of the defendant to fulfil his contract with the plaintiff's club led to serious loss to the club and injury to its reputation, action for damages in respect of which is reserved. Doyle, in his defence, denied the alleged breach of contract, but admits that he terminated his engagement with Everton on the 8 th August, 1891, having served it for a period of fourteen weeks. He refers to the agreement and states that the modification of it is thus expressed in a note on the margin o the agreement;- “The said D.Doyle to receive £91, on May 1, 1891, out of his season's wages, and 25s, per week during the rest of the season 1891-92.” He admits that in terms of the agreement as modified, the club on the 30 th May, 1891, paid him £96, and he admits that he also received £15, on the 18 th August, 1891. He terminated his connection with the Everton Club, and explains that his reason for accepting the offer of the Glasgow Club was that it was close to his home in Airdrie. The Everton Club had no difficulty in finding a successor. He states that he served the Everton club fourteen weeks, his wages for which in all amounted to £42, and has always been, and is still willing –to return the balance, £69., to the club on their discharging their claims against him. Doyle gives a general denial to the other statements of the plaintiff. Plaintiff denied the counter statements of the defendant, and explained that according to the laws of football in England playing in suspended during the months of May, June, July, and August, and that the defendant was engaged with special reference to his playing during the football or open season –After hearing arguments on both sides, the Sheriff intimated that he will probably give a decree for the admitted sum of £69, but a final; decision will not be given for another week.
ACTION AGAINST DOYLE
January 22 1892
The Liverpool mercury
In the Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff Guthrie heard the debate as to relevanoy in the actions as the instance of Richard Molyneux, secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Football Club Liverpool against Daniel Doyle, laterly residing at 26, coniston street Liverpool and now at marlborough-street Glasgow, claiming £111, purser states that Everton Club was formed for the purpose of engaging in the game of football. Upon what are known as profeesional principles, and for promoting and profiting by footbal, and the defender was one of the professional football players in the service of the club, and such in remuneration down to date of his breach of contract. On or about the 14 th January last an agreement was ebtred into between the purser, as secretary for and on behalf of the Everton Football Club, on the one hand and the defender on the other. Whereby the defender agreed that from and after the 1 st MAY 1891 until 30 th August 1893, both inclusive he should serve the club as a professional football player. That he would obey the lawful commands of the committee of the club and that for his service the pursuer should pay him £3 weekly during his employment, and that he defender should devotee his whole time and service exclusively for the benefit of the club and would not at any time during his employment play for any other club or with any other team than the Everton football team, and comform to the agreement produced. At the request of the defender the terms of the agreement were modified to the extreme that the defender should recived £91 on the 1 st May 1891 on account of anticipated earning and a weekly payment of £1 5s during the rest of the period contracted for. It conformity with the modified contract and on the faith of the due implement of the defender's parts thereof, the puruer on behalf of the club on or about 30 th may 1891, advanced and paid to defender the sum of £96 together with a sum of £15 , bring twelve weeks additionalm salry to advance making together the sum of £111. For notwithstanding the agreement the defender obligation under it and payment to him of the sum of £111. The defender is vioalation of the contract. Deserted the club and refused to remain one of its combination, and not only deserted the pursuer's club but was indeed to join Celtic football club where is to believed and averted, he is employed on terms and conditions implying percasary recertaination for service rendered in excess of these provided for in his contract with pursuer's clu. The failure of the defender to implement his contract with the pursuer's club led to serious loss, injury and damage to the club and its reputation. Action for damages in repect of which is reserved. Doyle in his defwence denied the alleged breach of contract but admits that he terminated his engagement with Everton on the 8 th August 1891, having served its for a period of 14 weeks. He refers to the agreement and states that he modiification of it is expressed in a note on the margin for the agreement:- ‘'the said D Doyle to received £91 on May 1 st 1891, out of his season's wages and 25s per week during the rest of the season 1891-92''he admits that in terms of the agreement as modified, the club on the 30 th May 1891 paid the defender £96 and he admit that he also received £15, on the 18 th August 1891. He terminated his connection with the Everton football club and expalined that his reason for accepting the offer of the Glagow club was that it was close to hiss home in Airdrie. The Everton club had no difficulty in finding a success. He states that he served the Everton club for 14 weeks his wages for which is all accounted to £42, and has always been and is still willing to return the balance £69-to the club on their discharging their claims against him. Doyle gives a genaral denial to the other statements of the pursuer. Pursuer denied the counter statements of the defender and explained that according to the lasw of football in England playing is supended during the months of May, June July, and August and that the defender was engaged with special referance to his playing during the football or open season. after hearing arguments on both sides the Sheriff intimated that he will probably give a decrea for the admitted sum of £69 but a fianl decision will not be given by his lordship for another week.
January 23, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton and Burnley will this afternoon again endeavour to bring their first round English Cup tie to a definite issue, and, as the weather has taken a more favourable turn, there seems every possibility of the fate of one or other of these two tough opponents being sealed this afternoon as far as this year's cup competition is concerned. As originally arranged, Burnley and Everton should have played a League match at Turf Moor, but this has been deferred to some future date. Looked at from the display of last Saturday, Burnley are much fancied as winners, but much reliance may easily be displaced in last week's form. Everton were not then fully represented, and were on that account, together with the slippery state of the ground, overmatched by Burnley. The object to be obtained, too, was not momentous, but the incentive will not be lacking now, and altogether a very keen game is apparently in store without, it is hoped, any undue tendency to roughness.
Everton v. Burnley, at Anfield-road. Kick-off at 2.30 p.m. The following will represent Everton; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Chadwick, Milward, and another forward.
THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
January 23, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Although there has been a temporary lull in the agitations caused by the “spilt” which took place a few months back between the members and committee of the Everton Football Club, and their landlord-president (Mr. John Houlding) over the question of rent and purchasing of ground, the matter itself has not been allowed to drop by those chiefly connected with the affair. It will be recollected that a sub-committee was appointed to interview Mr. Orrell, the owner of the adjoining land to the now rented by the club from Mr. Houlding, also to “see and report on other grounds,” &c” It will also be remembered that Mr. Houlding promised to draw up and submit to the members a proposal to work the club on the “Limited liability” principle. For the purpose of considering the sub-committee's report, and also the advisability of forming the club into a company on the basic set forth in Mr. Houlding's prospectus, a meeting of members has been called for Monday next, at Colleague Hall, Shaw-Street, at half-past seven p.m. It will be remembered that at the last meeting held Mr. Hounding gave the club notices that their tenancy of the ground now rented by them would expire at the end of the present season. The sub-committee's report is as follows:-
We saw Mr. Orrell, and he is willing to sell the portion of land referred to at 7s 6d per yard, and he further stated that he is prepared to take any lower price that Mr. Houlding will be willing to accept for his land. He is also prepared to accept £100 per annum as rental, and to give up a lease to run concurrently with any lease which Mr. Houlding may give for his ground. Mr. Orrell is willing to give the club ownership in any errections put on the ground.
As to other Grounds –
The ground in Goodison-road, at the top of Spellow-lane, may be acquired on lease for any period from seven to twelve years at £50 annum. The owners are willing to give the club the option of purchase, but the price is not fixed yet. All errections put on the ground would be the property of the club. The ground is about 300 yards by 200 yards, and the club take any portion required. There are two sewers at either end of the ground, 12 feet deep at one end and 13 feet deep at the other end, so that there would be no difficulty as to drainage.
The ground in Lower Breck-road, about 100 yards from Breckfield-road at present used by Walton Breck and other football clubs is offered on lease for twelve years at £100 per annum, the club having the option of purchase at 5s 6d per yard, all errections to be club's property. In addition to the land, we are offered a large house adjoining the ground, tenant of which is about to leave. This house would be suitable for dressing-rooms, offices, and club house for members. The ground offered is 180 yards by 120 yards. We have received an estimate of the cost of removing and rebuilding the errections from the present ground to either of the above grounds, including drainage of new ground, the cost being £330. The estimated cost of new boardings, two large covered stands, two large uncovered stands, turnstiles boxes, draining and levelling the ground would be £1,800. Signed –W. R. Clayton, Wm, Henderson, Robt Wilson, J. Griffths, Geo-Mahon, James C. Baxter.
The sub-committee, at the request of the special committee, had an interview with Mr. Houlding, who after consideration, has replied as follows;-
With regard to the rent I am willing to accept, I believe that the land in Walton Breck-road will always be wanted for when we consider that 10,000 people leave the ground at that end in about ten minutes, you must have room for them to spread out. I therefore think I ought to have 4 per cent, my outlay –viz £250 per annum. But if I should sell the land outside the boundary, of any portion thereof, at any time during tenancy, the rent will be lowered proportionately. I also reserve the right to nominate one member on the committee. I am also willing a lease, with the usual landlord's condition's inserted, so the portion required for enclosure for that period of ten years. Rent to be paid quarterly in advance. The tenants to have the option of purchase of the land that is used at present and enclosed at 7s 6d yard, such purchase to be arranged between now and the 30 th of April, 1894. The purchase to include all fast and loose fixtures, boundaries &c, that may be on the ground sold at that time. I am also willing that a company be formed (on conditions as per enclosure prospectus). Of course the notice to quit holds good. –John Houlding.
EVERTON 1 BURNLEY 3
January 25 1892
The Liverpool mercury
The above clubs eought to have met at Burnley to bring off the League fixture, but owing to the English Association odering the cup tie to be replayed the Anfield enclosure was again occupied on Saturday. On the previous week Everton had to go under to Burnley with a defeat of 4 goals to 2. Even with this, however, the Anfield supporter did not for one moment imagine that the same dose would be repeated but rather that their favourities would come out of the ordeal with flying colours. Owing to the absence of frosh the ground was in excellent condition for a correct game. The weather also being most favourable. There were two import changes in the teams, Espie Burnley centre-forward being replaced by Hill whose position on the wing was filled by Graham while for Everton Geary was welcome lack to the centre. There was a tremendous gathering of spectators numbering fully 12,000. Which included a good sprinkling from Turf Moor. The following composed the teams:- Everton:- Williams (R), goals; Earp (E), and Howarth (R), backs, Kelson (R), Holt (J) (captain), and Robertson (H), half-backs, Latta (A), Wyille (T), Geary (F), Chadwick (E), and Milward (A), forwards. Burnley:- Hillman (J) goal; Walker, and Lang, backs, McFettridge, Matthews, and Keenan half-backs, Nicol, Bowes, Hill, McLardie, and Graham, forwards. Referee MR T Armitt (Leek). Losing the toss Geary commenced hostillities by crossing over to Latta, and Everton immediately became dangerous, Hillman having to deal with a couple from Milward and Wyllie. The Burnley custodian proved a hard nut to crack, as be again upset a grand combined attack by clearing his charge in marvellous style. The Everton defence was tried by the visitors front rank, and after a severe onslaught upon Williams, Howarth successfully got in his lob. A fine passing movement was next withness on the home left,. Chadwick and Milward becoming exceedingly troublesome to Walker. The leather was crossed over to Latta, who, after a severe tussle with Lang, sent in spendidly to Hillman; but all to no purpose, as the latter calmly threw away. Chadwick next repeated the dose, but with a like result. Everton were having much the best of the argument, and yet owing to the clever defence of the moorites, failed to find an opening. Enthusiausm ran high as Latta grounded Lang but however, Walker ran across, and in the nick of time sent forward to graham, who ultimately shot wide of the mark. Geary was conspicuous by a dashing sprint up the centre, but again Hillman was found safe. From the fist-out McFettridge got hold and giving to his van, the Burnley men came down in a body, Hill avaling himself of a clear opening and thus scoring the first point for his side. Not disheartened with this early reverse, the Evertonians completely hemmed in their opponents Hope Robertson being most prominent with his sterling half-back play.,. Nicol was again spoken to by Mr. Armitt for his dirty play which, so far, had been quite uncalled for, from the free kick Everton again attacked; but the visitors quickly retaliated, with the result that the Everton goal was again in danger Willams being called upon to steer upon to sheer some real stingers. Burnley returned, and this time Hill from a pass by McFettridge, scored the second point for his side. So far the visitors had all the luck, for though Everton had done most of the pressing, yet Burnley were more dangerous in goal when a chance was given them. The home van worked hard to amend matters, and showed most accurate comnination. Waker smartly sent back Milward, then Holt was seen to great advantage as he time after time got the better of Hill. Try as they would the Anfielders could make no impression on the stout defence of Lng, Walker, and Hillman, and though some beautiful shots were delivered to the latter an entrance was not found. Nearing the interval Burnley pressed, Willams dealing with a stiff one from Hill, but on half-time being called the scored stood –Burnley 2 goals, Everton none. Re-starting, the visitors were first to show up, Earp clearing capitally. The home left next made tracks along on the line, and as Milward was about to shoot, Walker pulled him down. Directly afterwards the left wing gave Hillman a particularly warm shot, which he manipulated in a capital style. Howarth was beaten by Nicol and Bowes and had not Earp rushed to the rescue Willams would have again been called on. From''hands'' against the Everton right back the visitors had a free kick, and Holt intercepting Latta went to the front by a speedy run, but Lang this time got the better of him, and with a superb kick returned the ball to the vicinity of Williams, where McLardie landed outside. From the goal kick Everton put in all they knew, with the result that Milward was deservedly awarded by scoring the first point for Everton. The game now became vigerously contested, the players on both sides being guilty of shady tricks with the result that mr. Armitt had to call the teams together and warm them. Everton with a gao behind made tracks and just as Geary was about to let fly, Walker knocked him off and drove among the specatators. Hillman followed this by effecting two saves which ashonished everyone. Corners fell to both sides,, but to no purpose. Bowes, and Geary came to loggerheads the referee again being requisitioned with the result that both players were repriemanded for their conduct continuing the game was of a go ahead nature both side in turn having an equal share of attcking. Wyllie and Latta got away on the wing, but were watched by Lang and Keenan. Geary was given a chance by the home right winger, but he shot wretchedly. Matthews was conspicuous by his powerful tackling, the same player stopping Geary when the latter had a likely chance. Burnley for a while pressed the home defence, and then Wyllie got under way on the right, but hands were given against him which enabled Burnley to return to the charge and Nicol, with a sharp straight shot again beat Williams, who badly failed in his attempt to save his goal. The tie was now practicially won by the visitors, and play until the finished centred in midfield, and two games thus ending in a win for Burnley by 3 goals to 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 14 DENTON O
January 25 1892
The Liverpool mercury
Owning to the English Cup tie having to be replayed at Anfield-road, this match was brought off on the ground of the Liverpool caledonians, woodcroft park. A late start was made in the first half, Everton scored 6 goals to Denton nil and adding 8 more in the latter portion. Won by 14 goals to nil. In the first match between these teams Everton won by 7 goals to nil, so that Denton have proved themselves 21 goals to nil inferior to Everton .
Played 18, won 15, lost 1, draw 2, for 89, against 11 points 32.
January 25 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton’s time for English Cup honours has not yet come. Hope is thus again deferred, but there is no reason why the heart should grow sick. So long as the English and Lancashire cups remain to be yet won. Everton cannot lament like Alexander the Great that “there are no more worlds to conquer.” Until ambition to be styled cup holders –is crowned with success the incentive continues for renewed vigour and determination to win the great prize. Everton have the grim satisfaction that they were not beaten accidentally but by a clever team, and Burnley are ungrudgingly congratulated on a thoroughly deserved success. They are at present a most evenly-balanced team, and are consistent, to boot, for what club could visit Everton on three occasions in one month, and first make a drawn, and then score two substantial victories? The teams on Saturday met under very even conditions. Espie it seems, is ineligible, having played in Scotland in contravention of the English rules, and this was looked upon as weakening the chances of Burnley, though subsequently events did not support this calculation. Geary’s reappearance after his long team of compulsory cessation fro active play gave greater confidence among the Evertonians, but it was known he was far from fit for such a severe ordeal as a battle with Burnley assured. Everton started in a manner that showed they were in a business-like frame of mind, and during the first quarter of an hour were so strong in attack that Burnley’s goal was in most imminent danger of being captured, but this only served to confirm the high opinion created of the Burnley defence when seen on the two previous occasions. Few, then, were prepared to see Burnley get the first goal –an advantage they soon strengthened, Hill, who played centre, being accredited with both points. Everton still attacked the more frequently, often experiencing hard luck, and when Milward scored a brilliant goal in the second half the enthusiasm was general, as Everton had worked unceasingly without encouragement for this crumb of comfort. There was plenty of time remaining to win, and this at intervals looked probable, but the attack was not keen enough to again break down the powerful defence, whilst Burnley, a minute from the finish, made matters more aggravating by dashing away and scoring a third goal,, thus winning by 3 goals to 1. Everton played a more skilful forward game, but were a long way ferior to Burnley in the matter of defence, and the weakness of the home backs, and goalkeeper was not compensated for by the superiority of their forwards. Williams had not near so many shots to attend to as Hillman, and yet was beaten three times to the latter’s once. Hillman is certainly one of the best custodians in the country, but Williams is after all a moderate man –is too fitful, being one day marvellously safe and another surprisingly weak. But on Saturday he was badly shielded, and his breakdown is due greatly to the slowness and errors of Howarth. Earp worked like a Trojan, but still all three compared unfavourably with Hillman, Lang and Walker. There was nothing much the matter with the half-backs –they were at least as good as those Burnley, and Robertson the most brilliant of all. Geary was not very effective, and the two inside men were not up to the highest mark, but Latta and Milward were in a most pleasing and dashing mood, and had their example been followed by the other three, the result might have been very different. Burnley’s forwards go straight for goal in rushing style without much regard for neat passing, and their mode of warfare if not pretty, certainty proved very serviceable, all playing fearlessly whether in close of open quarters. The game was marred by roughness, and Mr. Armitt had to reprimand several times.
Everton Meeting Tonight
The members of the Everton Club are summoned to a meeting this evening at Colleague Hall, Shaw-Street, for the purpose of considering the report of the sub-committee appointed some weeks ago to inquire into the whole question of the present or alternative sites. The advisability of forming the club into a Limited liability company will be again submitted to the consideration of the members. The sub-committee, in conformity with their instructions, have interviewed Mr. Houlding, with the object of ascertaining the most liberal terms he is willing to offer the club for the use of the present ground, and he has replied to the effect that he is willing to offer the club for the use of the present ground, ad he had replied to the effect that he is willing to accept £250, or less if the land required. Mr. Houlding will also grant a ten-years’ lease. The suggested sites are not numerous –only three, including the present one on an enlarged scale. Members have been supplied with the terms and dimensions of the alternative enclosures, but they will be inclined presumably, to remain where they are. The two new sites seem each to have a fatal flaw. The one in Goodison-road is capacious enough, but badly situated; whilst the locality of Breck-road, is suitable, but the ground too small -130 yards by 120 –for, since the minimum of the playing ground for a cup tie is 110 yards by 70, there will not be sufficient room for the comfortable accommodation of spectators. With the land now in the ownership of Mr. Houlding and Orrell, merged into one enclosure, possibilities present themselves of Everton possessing perhaps the finest football and athletic ground in the country.
THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
January 26 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Extraordinary Action of The Members
A special general meeting of the Everton Football Club was held last evening in the Colleague Shaw-Street. Mr. W.E. Barclay occupied the chair, and there were also present on the platform Messrs, Griffiths, Atkinson, Jackson, Clayton, Coates, Currier, Nisbett, and Molyneux. The object of the meeting was to submit the report of the committee as to grounds, rentals, tenancies, &c, and to obtain the directions of the members thereon; and also to consider the advisability o forming the club into a limited liability company, to purchase Mr. Houlding’s and Mr. Orrell’s grounds on the basis of their prospectus, or into a limited liability company, on a smaller capital, to lease the present or any other ground.
Mr. Clayton thought that the best course was to propose a resolution and clear one matter out of the way. If they carried it they would know in what position they stood. His proposition was that the club should not accept the third clause in the report of the committee in connection with Mr. Houlding, which expressed that gentleman’s willingness that a company should be formed on the conditions as per prospectus. He proposed that because he did not think they would be business men if they were to give 30s, for 20s, worth of goods. He had consulted a land agent, and his advice was that the land in question was only worth 4s, 6d, per yard. Therefore it would be ridiculous to buy such land at 7s, 6d, per yard. They would in that case have to call up a large capital, for if they called up a small capital they would have a big mortgage, and they would also have responsibilities for the amount of the capital and mortgage. For this course they would require £10,000 or £12,000. When he told them that at the end of the season they would have little or no balance in hand, and then if they adopted Mr. Houlding’s suggestion they would have to pay 4 per cent, on mortgage and 5 per cent, in shareholders, they would see what a disastrous matter it would be.
Mr. GillIes seconded the proposition
Mr. McKenna thought that Mr. Clayton should make a proposal to rent or lease the ground. Mr. Clayton had burked the question. They had waited for three months for that report, and he thought that the delay was not business like.
Mr. Clayton said that the scheme had been before them repeatedly, and that they ought to settle it at once.
The resolution on being put to the meeting, was carried by a large majority.
Mr. Clayton then said that it was not his intention to take any active part in leading the members of the club, but having taken up the subject that night he desired to follow it out. (Applause). They as members of the sub-committee, had presented to them certain schemes, and they asked them to settle the question. If the members there decided to give Mr. Houlding £250 or £100 they (sub-committee) were perfectly willing to fall in with their wishes; or even if they decided to follow some other course. If they decided to move to another ground they were willing to abide by the decision. He had been challenged by Mr. McKenna, and he took up that challenge. He moved “That we offer Mr. Houlding £180 per annum for the ground used by the Everton Football Club on lease for ten years; rent to be paid quarterly in advance; the tenants to have the option of purchase of the land at 7s 6d, per yard; such purchase to be arranged between now and April 30, 1894; all fixtures to be the property of the club; Mr. Houlding not to have the right of a nominee on the committee; this offer to remain open for seven days. Failing Mr. Houlding’s acceptance, that the committee do lease one of the other grounds in terms of committee’s report.” He had heard it stated that the gentleman who had a large financial amount at stake therefore considered himself entitled to have a representative on the board of directors. If Mr. Houlding had any such fears they could foreclose on their fixtures. Mr. McKenna at any time have brought the matter to a close.
Mr. McKenna. –I have said any such thing.
Mr. Clayton, continuing, said that if he did not say it in so many words he implied. At any rate the delay was not due to the sub-committee. Mr. Houlding had admitted that he sunk £6,000, but, as a matter of fact, he paid £5400, and he said he was entitled to 4 per cent. Grant him that the total was £216. They had been paying him £250 during the last three of four years. They were in very different circumstances now. They were compelled to take extra expense by renting the ground from Mr. Orrell. £5400 paid was paid for the whole of the ground, including the frontage, not for the ground, they used only, (Applause). It was not fair to ask them to pay 4 per cent, interest on the land they used, it would amount to £180, and he thought that was a very fair proposition. (Applause). Of course, it would be advantageous to stay on their present ground, but there was a ground in Goodison-road open for them if Mr. Houlding would not accept their reasonable offer.
Mr. McKenna said that there was no necessity for an amendment. He would take Mr. Clayton’s words to show the absurdity of his proposition. They had heard time after time that Mr. Houlding that he would not take £180. As a matter of fact, personal animus was at the bottom of the proposition. (Cries of “No, no,” and “Withdraw.”).
Mr.McKenna then said that if Mr. Clayton would deny that such was the case he would withdraw.
Mr. Clayton said he attached no weight to anything Mr. McKenna said. He looked upon him as an irresponsible official.
The Chairman –I am not going to waste my time here, and if you gentlemen will not go on with the business I shall go home.
Mr. McKenna said it was distinctly true that after all that time of deliberation Mr. Clayton wanted seven days more to obtain the resolution of Mr. Houlding. Mr. Houlding had given his standpoint time after time. Mr. Houlding would not alter his conditions one iota. He (the speaker) would now go into the figures of the question. If they decided to stop at Anfield-road it would be best for them, and cheapest. In the report on Goodison-road the amount for getting the ground into order was put down at £1800. The lease was to be twelve years, and the rent was £50 a year –that was another £500 for twelve years. He did not believe that the ground could be put in condition for £1800.
Mr. Clayton –I have an estimate from a firm to put the ground in order for £1800.
Mr. McKenna –Has that been put before the committee?
Mr. Clayton –Yes
Mr. McKenna –I have not heard of it.
Mr. Clayton –I told in my possession an estimate from one of the most responsible firms of contractors for £18000.
Mr. Barclay. –I think we had better let Mr. McKenna proceed. You have all listened to Mr. Clayton, and I think it is only right that you should gave Mr. McKenna a hearing.
Mr. McKenna took £1600 for granted. Added to that £600 for twelve years’ rent, a total of £2400 was reached. If they had £2000 in the bank at the end of the year, and invested it in Goodison-road, they had to take it all out, and would lose their 2 ½ per cent interest. If they had not £2000 they would have to borrow it, and at 5 per cent, at least, with the small security they had. That would be another £100. So in the end the Goodison-road ground would cost them £300 a year, instead of the Anfield-road £250 and the £50 a year which was put in the prospectus.
Mr. Mahon supported the resolution, and said that at the beginning his position towards Mr. Houlding had been rather one of compromise. Mr. Clayton had suggested a course, and he supported that rather than leave the ground.
Mr. Crosthwaite and Mr. Everett also supported the resolution.
Mr. Barclay. –It occurs to me that we are now wasting time, as Mr. Houlding has already refused to take less than £250.
A Member._ If Mr. Houlding does not accept the offer, will he give us the same care in the future as he has in the past.
Mr. Nisbet proposed a negative resolution. He said it was comparatively a small matter, and if they did adopt the resolution he wanted to know what the other members would do. This resolution was not seconded.
Mr. Pye moved that Mr. Dermott seconded “That we remain at the present ground on the present terms.”
Mr. Clayton said that it would be an advantage to move to another ground for more than one reason. They would not have their headquarters at a public house. They might in some degree attribute the losses of the present season to the latter fact.
The amendment was lost, and the proposition was carried by a large majority.
Mr. Mahon then moved that, in the event of Mr. Houlding refusing to comply with their terms, that they should take the Goodison-road site at £50 per annum.
Mr. Griffiths second, and the resolution was carried by a large majority.
Mr. Clayton then proposed that, in order not to thrust upon members any loss which in the future might occur, a limited liability company should be formed, the shares being £500 of £1 each, 10s, to be paid in monthly instalments of 2s 6d each –Mr. Atkinson seconded, and the resolution was carried –Consequent upon this a further resolution was passed to instruct the solicitors to the club to register the club and draw up the articles of association.
In reply to a vote of thanks, Mr. Barclay (the chairman) said that he had no doubt that all the members present had acted in a conscientious manner; but he would, in view of the nature of the resolutions which had been passed, be obliged to offer his resignation to the club.
The Proceedings then terminated.
January 30 1892. The Leeds Mercury
Sheriff Guthrie sitting the ordinary Court at Glasgow on Thursday gave judgement; for £69 against Dan Doyle, at the instance of the Everton by whom Doyle had been engaged and paid in anticipation. Mr. Mackenzie, representing Everton said there was a further claim for £42, and this will come up for proof on the 23 February.
Liverpool Football Dispute.
At the Chancery Court of Lancashire sitting at Liverpool yesterday before the deputy vice-Chancellor (Mr. F.W. Taylor) an application was made in reference to take Everton, the affairs of which have lately exciled a good deal of interest in football circles. The matter came up by Mr. John Houlding late president of the club and the landlord of the club ground, to restrain the committee of the club, from removing any of the fixtures or fittings on the ground depending the hearing of an action to determine the club's position. After a brief argument an in injunction in certain terms was agreed to by both parties, the right of each side being duly protected pending the action on the main issue.
January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The Association game. Now that both Everton and Bootle are thrown out of the English Cup competition, takes a quite turn in Liverpool. Everton League are matched with the Bolton Wanderers at Pike-Lane this afternoon in a friendly game, watch team having a vacant date through their inability to survive the first round cup ties. At Anfield road, however an interesting contest has been arranged between Everton Combination and the Caledoians. This is the return match, the previous one having formed in the u=inaugural ceremony at Woodcroft Park. The Caledonians then made a promising debut by running the undoubtedly clever Evertonians to the close result of a goal to nil. And if the “Callies” can escape with no severer defeat this afternoon they will have cause for congratulation.
Everton League v. Bolton, Bolton Kick-off a three p.m. The following will play for Everton league; Williams, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards.
Everton v. Liverpool Caledonian, Anfield, Kick-off at three o'clock. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Reserves Mclean and Kirkwood.
THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Ultimatum to Mr. Houlding
The Club To Be a Limited Company
A special general meeting of the Everton Football Club was held on Monday night in the Colleage Hall, Shaw Street for the purpose of hearing the repute of the sub-committee as to new ground, rental, tenancy, &c, and to obtain the direction of the members thereon. The meeting was also convened to consider the desirability of forming the club into a Limited liability company, to purchase Mr. Houlding's and Mr. Orrrell's grounds on the basis of such a company on similar capital and to lease the present or any other ground. There was a good attendance of members and Mr. W.E. Barclay presided. The Secretary (Mr. R. Molyneux) read the minutes of the last general meeting. The members were provided with copies of the propose prospectus for a Limited liability company, as drawn up by Mr. Houlding, and the report of the sub-committee upon grounds at Goodison-road and Walton Breck-road. Particulars of both these documents have appeared in our columns.
Mr. Clayton proposed “That we do not entertain Mr. Houlding's offer to the purchase of his ground, and said he did so, firstly, because the ground was worth 7s 6d a yard as demanded. He was assured by probably the best land valuer in Everton or Liverpool that the full worth of the land; if put upon the market, was not more than 1s 6d a yard (hear, hear).
The chairman thought –it would be better and more expeditious for Mr. Clayton to move a resolution with something definite in it, and not to propose merely datives motions.
Mr. Clayton –“I am bringing it to an issue. Continuing, he said that it his resolution was accepted or defeated their would know better how they stood. In addition to the reason that 7s 6d a yard was too much for the land, he urged that to meet Mr. Houlding's proposition they would have to call up a large capital in order to buy the land, probably £10,000 or £12,000. Owing to circumstances with which the members were familiar, they had little or no balance in hand, and he did not know how they were going to pay 4 per cent on a mortgage and 5 per cent, to the shareholders.
Mr. Gillies seconded the resolution.
Mr. McKenna thought the legitimate outcome of the deliberations of the subcommittee would have been a resolution to lease of buy some certain ground. They must first of all decide as to which ground they were going to play football upon. The sub-committee had kept them three months since the last meeting.
Mr. Clayton said he was quite prepared to move a resolution if the members decided not to buy the ground.
The Chairman observed that it would expedite matters for him to move the resolution at once (hear, hear).
Mr. Hall supported the resolution, which was carried with a very few dissentients.
Mr. Clayton then said he had a resolution to move, which was –“That the Everton Football Club offer to Mr. Houlding £180 rental, and that they offered to Mr. Orrell £100 a year for his portion of the land, on a lease to run for ten years, on all the terms as mentioned by Mr. Houlding except as to his right to nominate a member of the committee. Mr. Houlding to be given three days to consider his reply to the offer.” Mr. Houlding, he said, would have no financial risk under the terms put forward and therefore would have no right to a nominee on the committee. They had to pay the rent quarterly in advance, and if they failed to do so, Mr. Houlding could step in and seize the fixtures. Mr. McKenna would have them believe the subcommittee had been deliberating for three months and could at any time have brought up a scheme. That was entirely false.
Mr. McKenna –I protest, Mr. Chairman, I never said anything of the kind. I said we had been kept waiting for three month's, and I repeat it.
Mr. Clayton replied that the subcommittee had been ready with their report for weeks and weeks. He had himself proposed resolution after resolution to hold a meeting of the members and settle the question. But they could get no answer from Mr. Houlding. Any delay that had been caused was not the fault of the subcommittee. Mr. Houlding had told them he did not want more than 4 per cent, on his outlay, and that was £216 not £250, they had been paying for the last three or four years. In consideration of their having to pay additional rent to Mr. Orrell he thought that £180 was a fair rent. The whole of the land was brought for £5,400 and this including the frontage of the land, which the club did not use at all, and for which, it was therefore not fair, to charge them. Deducting the cost of the land at 7s 6d per yard the interest on the remaluder was at the outside £180 a year, ‘£100 for Mr. Orrell's land, and £60 taxes bringing up to £340 –a larger rent than was paid for any football ground in England. As a business man he would prefer to get the Goodison road ground at £50 a year. However, to save time, and because it was desirable to remain on the present ground if possible, he would propose the resolution he had read, with the addition that if Mr. Houlding refused the terms the committee should be empowered to secure another ground, Goodison-road for preference.
Mr. Nelson seconded and asked that the rights of the club to the fixtures on the ground should be embodied in the resolution.
Mr. Clayton agreed to this, and observed that Mr. Houlding had said in open meeting that he did not wish to claim the fixtures and stands. Mr. McKenna spoke in direct opposition to the resolution observing that the mover was the last man he would have expected to say anything about procrastination. Mr. Houlding had told him time after time that he would not take £180 as rental, yet Mr. Clayton, made the proposition and laid the onus on Mr. Houlding. The fact was that personal animus was at the bottom of it (loud cries of “No, no,” and uproar).
Mr. McKenna –All right. Very good (cries of “Sit down,” and “Withdraw.”).
The Chairman –I am afraid there are too many chairman here tonight. I am sure Mr. McKenna will withdraw (applause).
Mr. McKenna –Certainly sir, upon the simple declaration of Mr. Clayton that it is not so. That is a fair and square offer, and I shall able by it.
Mr. Clayton –I attach no weight to anything that Mr. McKenna say. I look upon him as being an irresponsible official, whose utterances are official (a voice “Personal again” and uproar).
The Chairman –If this sort of thing goes on I shall go home, I am not going to waste my time listening to personalities by different members (applause).
Mr. McKenna –I distinctly made a charge, and as distinctly say I shall withdraw it if he says it is not so. As for his other personalities, I take them for what they are worth (laughter and applause). Continuing, he asked why there was not a straight forward proposal to go to the Goodison-road ground, when Mr. Clayton knew perfectly well the first part of his resolution would be refused. He would take Mr. Clayton's figures and compare the two grounds. The rental at Goodison road was £50 a year and suppose they took a twelve year's lease that wound be £600. To that they must add the £1,800 which it could cost –according to the sub-committee –to enclose and drain the ground and to put up stands. He did not believe however, that it could be done for that.
Mr. Clayton replied that he had an estimate from Messrs Kelly Brothers to do all that was required for £1,800 (applause).
Mr. McKenna, continuing said, that would make £2,400 or £200 a year, and if they had not money in the bank to pay for the stands, &c, they would have to borrow it a 5 per cent, which would bring the rent up to at least £300 a year. It was said they could sell the stands on the ground. But what for (a voice; “Chips” and loud laughter). It was not necessary to waste their time speaking of the Breck road ground (hear,hear, and laughter). Mr. Clayton knew that all these charges would be incurved, but he did not fairly say so.
In answer to a member, the Chairman's stated that Mr. Hounding had never definitely said he would not take £180 a year, but he had said he would not change from what he had charged before £250.
Mr. Mahon said he believed Mr. Houlding would behourably fulfil his word as to the fixtures, and therefore all they would require for the new ground would be £330 for their removal, and that such included the draining of the ground. That put an end to Mr. McKenna's bombast (applause). It was suggested that if they left the present ground an opposition club would be run there, and they must remember that Mr. Houlding was not a weak man to complete against. He had not said he must have £250 but that he thought he ought to have 4 per cent on his outlay.
Mr. Croathwaite said the subcommittee were never empowered to make any offer to Mr. Houlding and they did not make any.
Mr. Everett hoped the members would loyally support any scheme at meeting decided upon (applause). He thought the subcommittee had fairly carried out what they were appointed to do, but he would suggest that Mr. Hounding should be given seven days to consider his answer. This was agreed to by the mover and seconded of the resolution.
A member asked if, in the case of the majority deciding to leave the ground, would Mr. Houlding continue his privileges to the minority (laughter).
Mr. Kennedy moved an amendment. “That the club do move to Goodison-road.”
Mr. Nesbit, in supporting, said Mr. Clayton knew quite well Mr. Houlding would not accept the offer, and the only conclusion was Goodison road ground.
Mr. Pye moved another amendment that the club remain where it is, on the old terms. “
Mr. Dermott secondly.
Mr. Clayton, in replying to the discussion, said Mr. Houlding had really not been approached on the subject of rental, although it was mentioned in a casual way (Laughter and “Oh, on.”). Speaking of the other grounds, he said that whenever they went, it would investable to have head-quarters on the ground, for the members know they had sustained defeat on some occasions through their headquarters not being on the ground (Applause).
Upon the vote being taken, Mr. Clayton's motion was adopted almost unanimously.
Mr. Gillies said they had taken Mr. Houlding's consent as the only necessity, and had not said anything about Mr. Orrell (Laughter).
Mr. Mahon then infinitely propose that the Goodison-road ground, should be secured by the committee if Mr. Houlding refused the offer. This scheme he said, was the one he had in his pocket at the last meeting, when the members declined to put faith in him and others.
Mr. Griffiths seconded and the resolution was carried with but four dissentients.
Mr. Clayton next moved “That the club be turned into a Limited liability company, to be called “The Everton Football Club Limited,” with a capital of £500 in £500 S1 shares, one share to be allotted to each member. His to be called up, in sums of 2s 6d, at intervals, decide upon by the directors; and 10s to be left on call; any shares left over after the allotment of one per member to be allotted as the director may determine.” That would give the club a standing in the case of defaulting players (applause). It would also limit their liability, and protect the name of the club (applause).
Mr. Atkinson seconded and after other members had supported it, the resolution was carried and the committee were empowered to instruct their solicitor to take the necessary legal steps. In answer to one of the members the chairman said the directors would be elected, he presumed by the shareholders.
Mr. Clayton moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, who in replying, said that would probably be his last connection with the club. He believed every person present had acted under the most conscientious motives and he trusted they would give him similar credit (applause). He did not agree with the step they had taken, and he frankly said so (Hear, hear). Be believed they had taken a leap in the dark. He had been connected with the club for a long time, and had helped it through many difficulties (applause). He was also prepared to help then in their present difficulty, but in a different way to that upon which they had decided. The resolutions passed made the matter too serious a one for him to undertake and he was afraid he would have to send in his resignation as chairman of the committee in conclusion, he hoped the club would be successful, and that the members would have “A Happy New Year.” (Applause).
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISPUTE
January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
The New Company's Claims
Considerable surprise was expressed by the members of the Everton Football Club upon proof being obtained that a company had actually been formed with the title of the “Everton Football club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited.” Which was registered in Someset House, on Tuesday last, and to the articles of association, of which the signatures appended are Roberts Edward Berry, William Houlding, Alexander Nisbet, John James Ramsey, John Dermott, William Francis Evans, and John McKenna. The capital is to be £15,000 in £1 shares, and the company are to be continue using Mr. Houlding's ground for football, &c, as its name indicates. Looking at the who proceeding, it was remarked that while the general meeting of the club's was being held on Monday night, the papers for registering the new company were already in London, seeing that they were registered the next day. The effect of the formation of the company was the subject of general discussion amongst almost all classes of the community. Some contended that it would alone be entitled to be known as the Everton Football Club, while the vast majority contended that this was a point which ought to be strenuously disputed by the members and their committee who are busily engaged in carrying out the resolution of Monday night to seek for a ground elsewhere. Those who are fully acqualated with the rules of the Association and of the League urged that these two bodies would have to recognised the new company as the “club” before any play could take place under auspices with any other club connected with them, and there be some doubt that the committee will take immediate steps to represent the present conditions of matters officially to both the Association and the League authorities. It was found out that if the new company should succeed in being accepted into membership with the Association and the League, the dividends must under their rules be limited to 5per cent, that being the utmost allowed in order to preserve the purely sporting and athletic character of the football. Any profits made admitting a dividend above that amount are to go to a reserve fund or to be spent in the interest of the game. It is necessary to understand also that the Association is “a law into itself,” and so is the League; and there can be no such thing as compelling either the one or the other to recognised any club or organisation of which it does not approve. Of course it is impossible to predict the course which may be taken by the two great authorities named but it is quite certain that the Everton Football Club, through its circumstances, will leave nothing undone to maintain its own and will dear to the new company any right to lay claim to a portion of the title which they have assumed.
JUDGEMENT IN DOYLE'S CASE
January 30, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
The action at the instance of the Everton Football Club against Dan Doyle, lately a professional with them and now playing as an amateur with the Celtic Club in Glasgow, came again before Sheriff Guthrie, in the Ordinary Courts, on Thursday. Pursners it will be remembered alleged that they engaged Doyle from 1 st May, 1891, to 30 th April 1892, and that on the 30 th May last they advanced to Doyle the sum of £96, together with the sum of £15 being twelve weeks additional salary, making in all £111, for the recovery of which they now acne as they maintain that Doyle broke the agreement and left their service in August, Doyle in his answer stated that he was entitled to fourteen weeks wages, being the period between 1 st May and 8 th August, when he left Everton, which mount to £42. This deducted from the £111 left £69, when he was willing to pay. At last court day, it will be remembered; his lordship expressed his intention to give a decree for this sum. One the case being called yesterday, Mr. Mackenzie for the pursuers said he intended to ask his lordship to give a decree for the £69. Mr. Mackenzie said the case was continued from last court day, in order that he should ascertain whether the defendant had served any time under the agreement. He found that he had not. The agreement was from May, and Doyle left in August, and these four months were months during which football was suspended in England. The only question was whether pursuers were entitled to a decise for the whole sum of £111 or whether they would require proof of the defender statement that he had served fourteen weeks for the £42 in wages. The Sheriff. Still, although football is not played in mid0summer, there may be some reasons for giving his wages monthly –Mr. Mackenzie; “We shall require proof about that –The Sheriff; I shall give decrees for £69 and send the question about the balance to the Procedure Roll-for-proof. – Mr. Mackenzie; “I am not going to give up our claim for the balance –His Lordship fixed a proof for the 23 rd February at one o'clock in regard to Everton's claim for the balance of £42.