March 1, 1982.
The Sheffield Independent.
The Sheffield United team are rapidly qualifying for the League –if form is to be taken as any criterion. Following their meritorious success over Burnley at the beginning of last week they on Saturday journeyed to Liverpool, and by some admirable all round play won a creditable victory over Everton by two goals to Nil. This was not enough to satisfy them, and yesterday they gained a crowning triumph at Bramell lane by defeating the Evertonians again, and on this occasion by the large majority of five goals to nil. Well played United! The Bramell lane team deserve all the more credit for their success because on each of the three occasions referred to they were short of one or two of their players. Still they have always several good men in reserve ready to fill any vacancy, and it is by no means easy to say exactly what actually is their full strength. They acted generously and in a sportsmanlike manner on Saturday, at Everton, when after half-time they allowed Murray of their opponent's reserve to take the place of Holt who had been badly hurt in the first half and compelled to leave the field. They scored both goals, with eleven opponents on the field. Again I say “well played United!”
SHEFFIELD UNITED V EVERTON
March 1 1892. The Sheffield Independent.
Sheffield United 5, Everton 0.
Yesterday afternoon at Bramell lane, the United team gave another evidence of the brilliant form they gave recently shown by a most decisive triumph over the Everton league team. On Saturday last the first game between the teams this season resulted in a very creditable win for the Sheffielders, at Everton by two goals to none. Yesterday there were several changes in the teams on both sides. For Everton, Wharmby, Collins and Gordon took the places of Holt, McLean and Maxwell, and on the United side Howlett, Scott, and Howell played instead of the two Lilleys and Whittam, owing to unfavourable weather and counter attractions there was but a small attendance. The game was played on the some portion of the ground used for the English Cup semi-final on Saturday. The visitors, winning the toss defended the goal at the Bramell-lane end of the ground, and the homesters kick off with a slight breeze blowing cross-wise. The United forwards, quickly made tracks for their opponents' goal, and Watson sent in a clinking shot, which Jardine saved, however, Both teams early on showed some nice passing and play was even. From a well-combined attack the Evertonians looked like scoring, but Scott got in the way and cleared. After some even play the United advanced again and from a pass from the left Hammond put in a good shot, which narrowly missed scoring soon the visitors replied, and Geary tried a long shot, which Howlett, however, saved a little later Everton attacked with great determination, and Howlett had two shots to stop from Chadwick, whilst a couple of corners to the attackers came to nothing. The pressure at length was relieved, and the Sheffielders got away by the right wing and made a claim for “hands” but the referee settled the dispute by throwing the ball up, and the visitors' backs repelled the subsequent attack. Hammond and Scott of the United, now changed places, the former coming from centre-forward to left half-back. The United attacked again, and Davies put in a good shot which however, Jardine successfully negotiated. They quickly returned to the assault, and Scott beating and flouring Jardine, who rushed out, scored the first goal for the United after 31 minutes play. Again the Sheffielders dashed down, and a long fast shot by Howell was headed away by Collins, once more the hometsers attacked, and from a pass by Duncan, Wallace shot through only, however, to have “off-side” claimed and allowed against him. Towards the end of the first half the Evertonians played up with spirit. For a time good play by Howell stopped them, but soon they swarmed round the United goal, and sent in repeated shots, two from Wylle and Geary especially causing Howlett trouble to save. However, the United defence prevailed, and the interval arrival with the score –Sheffield United 1, Everton 0.on change of ends, Milward at once got away, but Cain stopped him and the United quickly responding Watson ran through and scored a well got goal two minutes after the resumption of play. The Everton men them made a quick advance, and some close play near the home goal gave than a free kick for “hands” which however, they put to no good use. Scott ran down the centre well for the United, but at the finish shot wide. The visitors a little later forced a corner, but the United defence was very safe, and on the whole the Sheffielders had now the best of the exchanges, showing much the better combination. Jardine had several shot, to stop and the visitors worked hard in resisting the well-sustained attacks of the United, their defence being good. At length the Evertonians grew dangerous again, and Wylle with a long shot struck the crossbar whilst Milward shot wide. The visitors after this pressed for a time and got a corner soon after which Gordon headed in, but Howlett saved. Offside was given against Gordon, and immediately Duncan ran the ball down well into the visitors ‘quarter, where Scott shot a third goal for the United 25 minutes after changing ends. Five minutes later another smart attack by the Sheffielders resulted in Davis adding a fourth point after a struggle close in. The home team continued to play an excellent game, and attacking from a free kick they soon scored a fifth goal Needham shooting through. Still the Sheffielders had the best of it and the Everton defenders were kept busy, whilst the visiting forwards rarely got pass the home halves –Howell, Henrdy and Needham –who all played a sound game. Towards the end the Evertonians, however, improved and made several threatening attacks. A corner to them, however, failed to give them any score, and the result was Sheffield United 5, Everton 0. Teams: - Sheffield United: - Howlett, goal; Cain and Hammond, backs; Howell, Hendry, and Needham, half-backs; Wallace, Watson, Scott Davis and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - Jardine, goal; Howarth and Collins, backs; Kelso, Wharmby, and Robertson, half-backs; Gordon, Wylle, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Referee Mr. W. E. Clegg.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 5 EVERTON 0
March 2 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Sheffield yesterday. Everton had the worst of the first halfand at the interval the game stood at United one goal to nil. Ion the second hal Everton were kept well at home and the United who showed first class form, score four goals in 35 minutes, and having the best of the argument during the remaining of the match, winning by 5 goals to nil.
EVERTON V LINCOLN CITY
March 3, 1892. The Yorkshire Herald
At Lincoln yesterday in bitter weather and before a limited company. Everton at once went away with lead, Chadwick lowering the home citadel with a fine shot after the game had been ten minutes in progress. The visitors continued to have much the best of matters, and a second goal came from the same wing shortly afterwards. Everton crossing over with a lead of 2 to nil. On resuming the City had more of the play, but failed to score, and the visitors adding another goal won by 3 to nil.
GRIMSBY TOWN 3 EVERTON 3
March 3, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Grimsby yesterday in a very unfavourable weather. Snow and sleet falling the ground was consequently very bad. The home team stated, the ball being almost continually at the home goal during the first half. At half-time the game was two-to one in favour of grimsby. On resuming the visitors scored in less than a minute which was followed by one from the home team. The rest of the game was of first rate character and the Grimsby goalkeeper outshow himself. The result was a draw 3 goals each.
LINCOLN CITY 0 EVERTON 3
March 4, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Played at lincoln yesterday, in better weather, and before a limited company. Everton at once went away with the lead, Chadwick lowering the home colours, with a fine shot , after the game had beem ten minutes in progess. The the visitors continued to have much of the best of the matters and a second goalo came from the same player shortly afterwards Everton crossing over with a lead of 2 goals to nil. Resuming the City had more of the play but failing to score Everton adding another gaol won by 3 goals to nil.
March 5, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The England team include Holt, the solitary Everton player rewarded with international honours so far this year, plays this afternoon against Wales at the Racecourse ground. Everton take up the subject of the League at Anfield road. The last similar engagement was on January 2, when Burnley made a draw. The visitors this afternoon are Stoke, whom Everton have not met this season in a League match. Both sides will suffer presumably from absenteeism, as while Everton will be short of Holt, Stoke have to make a still greater sacrifice, Rowley, Underwood, Clare, and Scholfield having been signalled out for International distinction –the first three players against Ireland, and the last named against Wales. Everton thus seem to have an easy task set them, but they must not treat Stoke lightly, for they have, as the Everton Combination players know full well, capable men in reserve.
Everton v. Stoke, Anfield, Kick-off at four p.m. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Earp and Howarth, half-backs; Kelso, Jones, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Everton v North Meols, Southport. Kick-off at three p.m. The following will play for Everton; Smalley, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Griffths, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.
England v Wales, at Wrexham; England; Rowley (Stoke); Underwood and Clare (Stoke); backs; Cox (Derby County), Holt (Everton), and Whittam (Sheffield United), half-backs; Athersmith (Aston Villa0, Pearson (Crewe Alexandra), Devey (Aston Villa), Hodgett (Aston Villa), and Daft (Notts County), forwards.
March 7, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton home again from their eastward tour, during which they were beaten by Sheffield United, ran a dead heat with Grimsby Town, and defeated Lincoln City, participated in a League match on Saturday, their visitors being Stoke, whom they met for the first time this season in connection with the campaign. Stoke had such experts as Rowley, Clare, Underwood, and Scholfield away, and Everton lacked the services of Holt –and thus on paper the Anfielders seemed to have a golden chance of adding a substantial win to their attenuated list. R. Jones took centre half-back, and as he has proved himself a player in that position not far inferior to Holt, and further, as Earp resumed, the Everton team was a good one. The substitutes Stoke placed in the field were, however, perhaps the most successful men in the team, and thus the theoretical easy conquest soon dissolved, and the reality turned out to be a very stern affair indeed, having for its issue a narrow Everton victory of a goal to nil. Taking the game as a whole the home team were aggressive for fully three parts of its progress, but at the outset too much eagerness was shown to score, with the inevitable result of loose combination and worse shooting. By degree they got steadier stride, and as a rule afterwards the open play of Everton all round left little to be desired. The shooting also improved, but only once did the custodian directed at his charge, and this was from a grand screwing shot by Chadwick. When this long-differed point was netted time was getting short, but brief as it was Stoke were very near equalising, but were too hard pressed by the watchful home backs to take full effect from a favourable position. The visitors gave a splendid exhibition of defence, and they had a lot of this kind of work set them, Brookes could hardly have been more safe in goal, and Stanley and Bateman as backs were repeatedly scoring successes. The half-backs were good, especially Christie; and the forwards though not showing close formation, were steady and pretty straight in their shooting. Jardine had very little to do, so well did Earp and Howarth screen him, neither making scarcely a mistake. Kelso was the hero of the day, and appeared to be always doing the right thing. Jones made a judicious centre half, and Robertson was fully in touch. The one fault with the forwards was moderate shooting.
• England beat Wales 2-0 at the Racecourse ground, Johnny Holt becoming the first Everton player to win International honours for England.
EVERTON 1 STOKE CITY 0
March 7, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
Alex latta missed a first half penalty
This, the first League match of the season between these clubs, was the fixture at Anfield Road on Saturday and attracted about 7,000 spectators. The visitors were without Rowley, Clare, Underwood and Schofield but had efficient substitues. Whilst R Jones filled the position usually occupied by Holt. Earp was bandages still on the his injured leg reappeared after several weeks'absece. The teams were as follow:- Everton, Jardine goal Earp, and Howarth backs Kelso Jones, and Robertson, half-backs Latta (captain), Wyllie,, Maxwell Chadwick and Mlward, forwards. Stoke City; Brookes, goal, Stanley, and Bateman backs Christie, Proctor and Brodie half-backs, Balham, Evans, Turner, Tunnicliffe and Dunn forwards. Tunnicliffe and Dunn on Maxwell kicking off, made a move on the visitors left but were effectively attended to by Kelso and Latta took the ball from near Brodie's head at midfield, but was not permitted to travel far. He was soon in possession again however, from Howarth's long kick, and initiated a determined tussle in the vicinity of the Stoke goal, which Milward tried to reduce, but placed into Brooke's hands. Stoke right wing ran down speedily-too fast, in fact, as thet were forced to run the ball out. Jones now made himself conspicuous for good work, with the result that the defence of the visitors was sorely tested by the quick movements of the home forwards, but the latter early gave evidence that shooting was to be once more a weak point with them and the danger for the moment was not great. Kelso, after upseeting the Stoke left wing several times had a turn at shooting himself lobbing direct into goal, but found Brookes in perfect readiness to catch the ball though Milward almost struck the near post from the return. Stoke got down sufficiently far to put Earp and Howarth on their mettle both clearing in a confident manner that augured well for the subsequent play. Kelso gain did good work, and thus the home forwards were in evidence for a long time, manourving in the open grandly but failing lamentably at the critical period of aiming. The defence of Stoke was a high quality, both Stanley and Bateman being quick and decisive in their action. A free kick fell to Everton near in, and from this Stoke found an escape, and also got a place kick when pressing. Proctor came though and shot so well that Howarth could arrest the ball only at the second attempt. Play was not allowed to remain long in the home quarters, and another spell of attack was carried on by Everton, but the forwards seemed in too much hurry, and consequently were erratic in both passing and shooting. Stoke did not show up strongly for combination, but they were nimble, and indulging in long, low shooting were very near opening the scoring as following a corner Jones Howarth and Kelso each stopped shots travelling in the direction of Jardine. Latta changed the venue in characteristic style, but was pulled up and them from Kelso and Jone's judicious play Milward found himself in command, but having dribbled round Christie finely he mailed a preomising good piece of individual work by driving high over the bar. It was some time before Stoke could supply the Everton backs with employment. cHeristie, however assisted Ballham and Evans to become aggressive, and Earp and Howarth for once failing to stem the rushes Jardine was called upon twice to use his hands with effect. Play tended in favour of Everton once more, and during a tight scrimmage the new rule was broken, the Penalty kick being taken by Latta who shot straight into Brooke's hands, and allowed a race chance to pass away. At the interval approached Stoke passed well but were held in check, and ends wer changed before either side could score. Everton opened the second half with spirited play. Milward shot accurately but rather tamely, and Brookes had no difficulty in clearing. Keeping close in, Latta headed grandly for gaol, the custodian saving marvellously. Stoke then made a digression and forced a corner which gaive little anxiety. Everton renewed that attack with more persistency than ever. But the shooting was most disapponting, hardly a good aim being essayed during a ten minutes siege. Certainly Milward once sent in well, but there was too much screw on the ball. And it turned just off the post. The play became somewhat monotonous as Everton could sczecely ever to be disloged. Gradually the shooting improved Wyllie sending in two beauties first grazing the post and then trying brookes with a dropping one, which was smartly stopped near the ground. All the time Stoke were defending stubbornly, and they got through a heavy quantity of work very creditably. Stoke ran down occasionally, and once Ballham led a fierce movement on the right and sent across to Tunnicliffe so smartly that danger seemed imminent to Everton. Earp however cleverly intercepted the shot, and the home forwards again warmed to their work. Latta banged in a terrific shot just beneath the bar but Brookes jumped up and ounched away the ball. Corners followed to Everton and then at length the long expected goal came, Chadwick scoring from a shot that curled in the air, and upset the wily'custodian's judgment. No other points were gained. Stoke had one chance and missed it, Everton thus winning by 1 goal to nil.
NORTH MEOLS 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
March 7 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
At Southport, Ainscought scored for North Meols who led at the interval by a goal to nil. In the second half Everton scored twice, the home team having hard lines.
Everton Team:- Smalley, goal, Chadwick, and Collins, backs, Wharmby, Griffiths and Lochhead, half-backs, Gordon Murray, Pinnell McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 19 March 1892
Mr. James Prescott, civil engineer, North John Street, Liverpool, has received instructions to lay out the Goodison-road site for the purpose of football, and also to build stands thereon. Having carefully inspected the ground he has come to the conclusion that it is not necessary to carry out any elaborate scheme of drainage, but he has a plan of his own by which he hopes to secure the desired results at a greatly reduced cost. He intends to provide stand accommodation for 20,000 spectators, dressing rooms, sanitary conveniences and tracts for athletic sports. The whole of the work is to be completed by July.
March 12, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton League visit Stoke, and, since they could merely defeat by a goal to nil a somewhat moderate representation of Stoke's resource last week at Anfield, the Evertonians will have to be on the rive, and make better use of scoring opportunities, if they are to return home victorious. Stoke, however, have not a formidable home record, though many of their losers were only by a goal margin. They have played eleven times on their own ground, winning on four occasions (Derby County), Burnley, Darwen, and Accrington), and losing on seven (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Bolton Wanderers, and Notts County).
Everton v. Stoke City, Stoke. Kick-off at 3.30 pm. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Reserve, McLean.
Everton v. Leek, Anfield. Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; Smalley, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, R. Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton v. Newton Heath, Anfield.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
March 12, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
In accordance with requisitions sent in to the committee by members of the Everton Football Club, and with a view to the committee informing the members of the present position of matters, a general meeting of the club has been summoned for Tuesday evening next, at eight o’clock, in the Presbyterian Schools, Royal-street. The following are the requisitions:-
No 1-1 That Messrs John Houlding, Alexandra Nisbet, Thomas C. Howarth, having lost the confidence of the members of the club, be respectively removed from the presidency and committee. 2. Top reach rescind resolution of resolution whereby Mr. Holding has a right to nominate a Mr. J.J. Ramsey, or any other person, to a seat on the committee. 3. And to pass any resolutions having relevance to these matters as the meeting may consider necessary.
No 2.-1. To obtain a clear and definite statement, duly audited, of the financial condition of the club, with a full account of the negotiations in reference to the Goodison-road Ground, as regards rental and conditions; tenure and conditions, and notice to quit; lease and conditions; finance –as to draining, levelling, turfing, enclosing, building stands, and dressing rooms, and other necessary erractions; advances –as to what person or persons are advancing this scheme, and on what terms. 2. To clicit from the committee an official statement as to the present and future liability of the members.
3. To elicit from the committee to what extent the club is committed for next year, including the non-playing season, as regards players and other salaried officials, in the total amount of wages per week during May, June, July, and August, and also during the other eight months of the year ending 20th April, 1893.
4. To rescind the resolutions passed at the last general meeting, authorising the removal of the club to the Goodison-road site, and empowering the committee to form the club into a limited liability company, with a capital of £500.
5. To submit the following resolution;- “That the Everton Football Club do now amalgamate with the Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company Limited. “
Incompliance with Mr. Houlding’s request the committee of the club consented to a copy of the prospectus of the “Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited,” being sent to each member along with the notice convening the meeting.
Association Matches today
Everton v. Stoke, Stoke, Kick-off at 3.30 p.m.. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Earp and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Reserve; Mclean.
Everton v. Leek, Anfield, Kick-off at four p.m.. The following will play for Everton; Smalley, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnel, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton v. Newton Heath, Anfield.
March 14, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton have every reason to be pleased with their success over Stoke on Saturday, even though the balance in their favour was but a goal to nil, just as it had been on the previous Saturday. Whenever Everton have visited Stoke in connection with the League they have always found the Pottery men stern and tough opponents, who were very near winning, but who have never so far succeeded, as the first match at Stoke terminated in a draw of no goals, the second in a win for Everton by 2 goals to 1, and now again in a victory for the Liverpool team of a goal to nil. Neither side was fully equipped on Saturday, Clare and Underwood on the one side and Holt on the other being incapacitated through injuries. The ground too, which had been cleared of snow, was in a dangerous state- hard and slippery, with patches of ice freely spotting the field of play. The wind also blew pretty strongly from goal to goal, and whichever side was assisted by the elements was for the time being the aggressive one. Everton thus attacked more of less in the first half, during which Chadwick scored the only goal of the match, and Stoke had the best of matters in the second stage with the material difference that they were prevented from scoring. Broadly speaking, the game was an even one, with Everton showing, the game was an even one, with Everton showing the better combination. The ground being on the hard side the ball was with difficulty kept low, and there were as a consequence many uninteresting episodes; but the play was spirited and fast, and during the last half hour Stoke were very strong and persistent in their raids, several times being within the proverbial ace of equalising. Jardine had plenty of work to do this time, and he saved once or twice marvellously, particularly an awkward one from Scholfield. Howarth and McLean was very successful in clearing at most critical moments, he using his head and feet so effectually as to nearly always battle Scholfield and Tunncliffe. Robertson and Kelso also did good work. Jones was not so prominent as when at Anfield, but he received a bad kick on his right thigh early in the game, and limped afterwards. The forwards shot much better than than they had done for some time previous, and passed with judgement, but could do little in the second half. Scholfield was the best Stoke's forwards, but had poor support from Tuncliffe, and the right wing were thus stronger. The defence was quite as good as in the match at Liverpool, and Rowley, though suffering from a cold, was smart in goal.
Tomorrow evening the members of the Everton Club will meet I the Presbyterian school, Royal-street to debate the latest phase of the ground question. It was generally understood that the decision of the last meeting settled the dispute; but a section of the members have determined upon making one more effort to avert the exodus from Anfield-road to Goodison-road. Can they hope to be more successful in their advocacy than at the two previous general meetings? Some good will perhaps come of the renewed discussion; but it is hoped a final settlement will be arrival at, for further delay and indecision will be positively dangerous.
STOKE CITY 0 EVERTON 1
March 14, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This return League match was played at the Potteries on Saturday. Clare and Underwood were unable to assit Stoke through injuries and Holt was absent from the Everton ranks from a similar cause. The teams were composed of the following:- Everton-Jardine goal, McLean, and howarth, backs Kelso Jones and Robertson half-backs; Latta, Geary (captain), Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Stoke City:- Rowley goal, Stanley, and Bateman, backs; Christie, Proctor, and Brodie half-backs, Ballham Evans Turner, Tunnicliffe, and Scholfield forwards. Maxwell kicked off on a slippery ground in the presence of 1,500 spectators. The Stoke left wing were not long before they tried to get through the Everton line of defence, but found McLean an effective barrier, and midfield play of a by-n0-means clever quality became the order of the day for a few minutes, the ball proving lively, and the players slipping a good deal. Steadily but surely operations tended in favour of Everton who attacked without becoming dangerous. The visitors however, quickly returned to the siege, and made a capture, Chadwick, from help rendered by Milward driving into goal very hard in a way that competely puzzled Rowley, Everton, within tem minutes being in the happy position of leading. Stoke restarted in a dashing bit of play, and Howarth was called upon to kick to neutral ground, when Proctor got possession and failed at a long shot. McLean was harried by the left wing, and missing his kick let in Stoke who by means of quickpassing got within shooting range, Jardine clearing with his fist. The home team gave renewed trouble and moved down on the right, but Howarth drove them back, and Everton took up the offensive. Latta went strongly, but was prevented by Brodie from putting in a shot. The left wing was more successful, as Chadwick from a pass by Geary, aimed so well as to draw Rowley out of his goal to make a running save. Kelso then passed up to Maxwell, with the result that Latta tested Rowley with a fine shot, but the ball was fisted out. Play continued to be very lively in proximity to the home goal, Latta placing behind to be immediately followed by a good aim from Milward. Stoke made strenuous efforts to shift the venue, but it was in vain, the defence of McLean and Robertson being especially clever. Still play grew more even, and some fast work was achieved by the Stoke left wing, though neither Schofield nor Tunnicliffe was permitted to make too close a reconnoitre of Jardine's charhe the final effort causing the ball to travel over the goal line wide of the posts. Everton were soon threatening but a free kick and warm scrimmage were of no avail. Turner now became conspicuous in helping Stoke to attack. He had a tussle with Jones the latter receiving a severa kick, which caused him pain for the rest of the game Turner shot but went wide and Everton tried once more to improve their position. Kelso shot well, Latta indifferently and Chadwick forced a corner, from which Robertson soon centred to Milward, who was too high in his shy. Some long kicking was of service to stoke and though McLean made one or two checks Tunnicliffe had three distanct openings and mulled them by shooting yards wide of goal. Jardine was called upon a moment later, and having placed the ball safelty away the interval was announced with Everton leading by a gaol to nil. Scholfield and Tunnicliffe exchanged positions on resuming. Stoke now had the wind, and opened the attack in a manner that prepared Everton for some hard defensive work that was in store. At the first brush they were not dangerous, but closing in again Jardine cleared a grand shot smartly,, but narrowly. Everton left wing made a digression, but Stoke quickly repied in an emphatic style, and for some minutes the Everton defenders were kept very active in attending to the raiders. At the other end Milward seemed to have a chance but he hesitated, and the opportunity passed away. Jardine sefely played shots by Christie and others, and then Latta came to the rescue with one of his strong runs, only to cause the ball to go out. Play developed a ding dong aspect, and much excitement was created at fast action on either side placed the respective goals in jeopardy. Howarth diverted a shot though slipping, and Evans returned, but Jardine cleared. Milward next placed nicely to Maxwell, but the latter did not shoot with sufficient force to beat Rowley. Latta also did moderately, as after dodging his way through, he finally struck the end of the net. A foul against Robertson threw Everton into a risky position as the ball was sent close to the post, and Jardine got it away with difficulty. Stoke pressed severly, and looked as though they must score, but could obtain nothing more tangible than narrows shaves. Once the ball dropped on the top net, following which McLean defended admirably. In the subsequent play Geary shot just off the posts and Jardine stopped Several shots brilliant one falling on his knees with the ball in his hands. Scholfield drove in straight, and Jardine again clearing smartly, a fast game came to an end, Everton winning by a goal to nil.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 LEEK 0
March 14, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
The return combination match, Everton having previously beaten Leek by 5 goals to nil, was played at Anfield-road on Saturday before about 3,000 spectators. Everton were oftener on the attack during the first half than Leek, who owing, to the sound defence of Chadwick and Collins, only tested Smalley about once. The home team however, found scoring difficult, and when the interval came McMillan was accredited with the solitary gaol. Afterwards the attackers were more successful, and in the end Everton won by 5 goals to 1.Everton team, Smalley, Chadwick, and Collins, backs, Wharmby, n'k and Lochhead half-backs, Gordon Muuray Pinnell, McMillan, and Elliott,, forwards
Played 19, won 16, lost 1 draw 2 for 94 against 12, points 34
STOKE CITY V. EVERTON
March 14, 1892. The Birmingham Daily Post
This match was played at Stoke-on-Trent in the presence of upwards of 2,000 spectators. The ground had been cleared of snow, but was rendered hard and slippery by the frost. The visitors had the best of the play during the first half, keeping the home team actively employed in defending their goal. This they did in a very creditable manner, so that Everton only scored once, the point obtained by Milward after fifteen minutes' play. In the second half the game was much more evenly contested, Stoke frequently pressing their opponents very severely. Neither side, however, was able to score, and the result was that Everton proved the visitors by 1 goal to 0.
EVERTON V. NEWTON HEATH
March 15, 1892. The Birmingham Daily Post
At Anfield. The game started at 4.40. The opening play was in favour of Everton; but Slater defended well until Maxwell scored. Before the interval was reached Sneddon and Chadwick had scored for their respective sides. Early in the second half Milward scored, after which both goals were attacked without augmentation of the score. Result –Everton 3, Newton Heath 1.
EVERTON 3 NEWTON HEATH 1
March 15, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This match was played at Anfield last evening the attendance numering about 4,000. Everton were not fully represted, the teams being as followed. Everton:- Smalley, goal, McLean, and Howarth, backs Kelso, Lochhead, and Robertson half-backs, Latta, Wyllie, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Newton Heath, Slater goal, McFarlane,, and Clements backs, Doughty, Stewart and Henrys half-backs, Farman, Hood, Donaldson Sneddon and Edge forwards. Everton at once became busy in front of the visitors but were prevented from getting through. Strong play followed on the home right whence Wyllie tested Slater, who made a good save. Newton Heath got clear, but Kelso sent them back and more spirited work was contributed on the Everton right, where, following other shots. Latta closed in and tried a short sharp shy, which Slater safely negotiated. McLean got far up the field, and the visiting left wing dodging round him had a clear course, Smalley having only just time to punch the ball away. Latta was soon off in a powerful run, and despite the sturdy defence of Clements a centre was made, and Maxwell scored. A spendid run by Latta was much hampered by the opposing backs, and proved futile. Everton however, contined to have the best of the game, and Milward shot over. The left wing were busy for a while, and losing possession, Smalley came in for attention, being only feebly supported by the home back. The ball, however, was got away, and following a midfield throw in, Slater's charge was again jeopardised, Milward precipitating himself of the ball into the net. At the other end Donaldson shot over, and apparently lost a good chance; but close on the interval Sneddon Equalised. Everton again attacked, and a minute later Chadwick had placed his side a goal ahead, the score at half-time being-Everton 2 goals; Newton Heath 1. On Maxwell restarted the Evertonians attacked, Milward lungimg outside with vicous force. Desultory play ensued, in which the homesters had the best of matters. At length the ‘'Heathens'' broke away, but the movement was not sustained, and Milward heeled back very cleverly. After a scramling bully, Latta kicked outside, thus giving welcome relief. It was only a temporary respite, however, for a moment later Milward banged the ball through. After a further escape, Smalley was tested, and proved invulnerable. During a subsequent attack Lochhead received a nasty kick and for a while play was located in the Everton half. The visitors were now playing much better, and the game was more even, but there were repeated spills through anxiety to obtain possession of the ball. A corner to the ‘'heathens'' was barren of result, a goal-kick by Smalley eventually clearing out the invaders. Soon afterwards Lochhead shot over, and closely following ‘'corners'' fell to the lot of the visiting side. These having been cleared, play in midfield ensued until the visitors again took up the attack, and the Everton citadel had a narrow escape. Towards the end the homesters pressed somewhat heavily, but the score remained unchanged, the final result being- Everton 3 goals; Newton Heath 1.
THE FUTURE OF THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
March 16, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Mr. Houlding Removed From The Presidency
In accordance with requisition sent in by members of the club, and with a view to the committee informing the members of the present position of matters a general meeting of the members of the Everton Football Club was held last evening in the Presbyterian Schools, Royal-street. The chair was occupied by Mr. G. Mahon and there was a packed attendance, incliuding Councillor John Houlding.
Requisition No 1. Was as follows:- 1. That Messrs John Houlding. Alexandra Nisbet, and Thomas C. Howarth, having lost the confidence of the members of the club, be respectively removed from the presidency and the commit.
2. To rescind resolution or resolutions whereby Mr. Houlding has a right to nominate Mr. J. J. Ramsey, or any other person, to a seat on the committee.
3. And to pass any resolution having reference to these matters, as the meeting may consider necessary.
Requisition No 2 read thus
• To obtain a clear and definite statement, duly audited, of the financial condition of the club, with a full account of the negotiations in reference to the Goodison road Ground, as regards rental and conditions; tensure and conditions, and notice to quit; lease and conditions; finance –as to draining, levelling, turfing, enclosing, building stands and dressing rooms, and other necessary erractions; advances –as to what person or persons are advancing the money required in connection with the scheme, and on what terms.
• To elicit from the committee an official statement as to the present and future liability of the members.
• To elicit from the committee to what extent the club is committed for next year, including the non-playing season, as regards players and other salaried officials, in the total amount of wages per week during May, June, July and August, and also during the other eight months of the year ending 30 th April 1893.
• To rescind the resolutions passed at the last general meeting, authorising the removal of the club to the Goodison-road site, and empowering the committee to form the club into a limited liability company, with a capital of £500.
• To submit the following resolution;- “That the Everton Football Club do now amalgamate with the Everton Football Club and Athletic Ground Limited.”
Mr. Mahon said seeing that Mr. Houlding was present perhaps, as president of the club, he would take the chair. (Cries of “Hear, hear,” and “No, no.”).
Mr. Houlding;- I am here to reply, and a criminal never takes the chair; he stops in the dock. (Laughter and applause).
Mr. Mahon said that as Mr. Houlding declined to take the chair the proceedings must go on. having explained how it was he (Mr. Mahon came to occupy this position, he said that at the last meeting a resolution was passed authorising the committee to take steps to register a club with a capital of £500. The committee attempted to do it, but the register declined, saying that he could not register such a club, because a company almost similar has been registered the morning before –the morning after the evening meeting. (Shame.)
Out of curiosity they got an office copy of the papers, and amongst other clauses they noticed “to purchase, take, or lease, or otherwise acquire.” They also found that two of your committee had been parties to the perpetration of that act –Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Ramsey. (Shame). Their chairman then read the names of the subscribers, which were received with groams. The committee, he added, next communicated with the Association, and they responded to the appeal for protection, and passed a resolution which practically knocked the new company on the head. (Loud applause). The League had also passed a resolution of a somewhat similar character. (Hear.hear.) Both the Association and League had sided with them that the majority should govern and rule the club. (Applause.) He next referred to the offers that had been made to Mr. Houlding with respect to rental and the stands, and added that they received no repliers to the communications (Shame,”). At one meeting Mr. Houlding claimed the stands. Afterwards he made no such claim, and said that he made his first remark when he was heated. To strengthen their hands, however, they had taken counsel's opinion, which was to the effect that “the wood and iron fixtures are all moveable by the club as tenants against Mr. Holuding as Landlord, provided they are removed during the term.” (Loud applause.) With respect to the engagement of the players, the committee had no trouble. (Hear, hear.) So far as finance was concerned, he wished to point out that the cash in bank, the money in shape of advances to players, and the money in hand, made a balance to the good of upwards of £500 (Loud applause). In addition to that they must estimate what they were likely to receive from the remaining matches and the expenses to the end of the season. At a low estimate the committee put down £800. At the end of the season they thought the balance in hand would be £1300, and at the end of the close season they would have, he thought, in hand ££500 (Applause). The next season he believed that the wages would be lower than this. (Hear, hear.) Now came the question as to the fiancé of the Goodison-road Ground, and he thought that some members had been frightened with respect to threats of liability. He mentioned that a guarantee fund had been formed to the extent of £1517, and they had received a number of promises, varying from £200, £100, and so on. Those gentlemen who sympathised with the members asked for no interest and had said that they were not going to look to that money if they never saw it. (Loud applause.) The next point was the lease of the Goodison-ground. He explained that the arrangements now come to were that a lease should be granted for five years at £650 per annum and for building purpose for some 15 years. (Applause.) He had got there lease, signed, sealed, and delivered. (Loud applause). They had undertaken that there should be no sale of intoxicating liquor on the grounds. (“Bravo,” and applause.). Passing on to the question of amalgamation with the Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited, he referred then to the prospectus, and argued that Mr. Houlding and Mr. Orrell, were asking too much for the land, namely 7s 6d per yard. He reduced the proposal “that in the event of amalgation,” &c, “each member shall be entitled to have allotted to him one fully paid-up share in the company free of charge.” If Mr. Houlding and Mr. Orrell were entitled to what they wished, the members should be entitled to at least seven of eight shares. (Hear, hear, and applause). Were the members to be deprived of their voice and interest in the club? (“No,” and “Hear,hear.”) If the committee still retained the confidence of the members they would see that they tried to form accompany, and an effort was to be brought forward to extend the membership. The programme was a business like one, and if the meeting in the face of it voted for amalgamation it would practically be a went of confidence, and they would retire.
A discussion took place as to which requisition should be taken first and it was decided to deal with the second.
The new solicitor to the club (Mr. Cornett), in reply to questions, stated that the committee were liable to creditors for good supplied or contracts entered into. So far as individual members' liabilities were concerned, a creditor in suing an individual would have to prove that the individual in his own right had ordered the goods or entered into the contract.
In answer to further questions, the solicitor stated that a member was only liable to the date of his resignation.
Mr. T. C. Howarth said that he would move the following resolution (No 4 in requisition No.2);- “To rescind the resolution passed at the last general meeting authorising the removal of the club to the Goodison-road site, and empowering the committee to form the club, into a limited liability company with a capital of £500.” Amid great confusion he proceeded to criticise the financial statement of the club as explained by the chairman, and asseted that, if they took the liabilities outstanding and the banking account, it was 100 to 1 that the club at the present moment was not worth anything whatever – that it was in debt. (Loud laughter and applause)
The speaker could not afterwards be heard for sometime owing to the noise and confusion, and
The Chairman, having obtained order, said that Mr. Howarth was trying to show why they should not go to the Goodison-road site.
Mr. Howarth, proceeding, said that it would have been fairer if the chairman had told the whole story with respect to the Goodison-road site. (“Oh,oh” and “Chair.”)
The Chairman asked the speaker to keep to his resolution.
Mt. Howarth contended that something like £3500 would have to be expended before they could kick a ball on the Goodison-road site. (Groans, applause, and general confusion). Before the meeting voted on the question before them, they should consider well their position, and consider those who patronised them. The present ground was the most popular one in the country. (Applause).
Mr. Jeffeus seconded the resolution of Mr. Howarth, and, whilst in the midst of a long statement which was being heard with groans and applause.
Mr. Fisher said that this was nothing but obstruction on the part of Mr. Howarth and his seconded, and it would not do there. (Lord applause and confusion).
A demand for a vote having been made, the Chairman put Mr.. Howarth's motion, which was declared lost by an overwhelming majority.
In reply to the chairman's question, no person rise to propose other motions in requisition N0.2, and they accordingly fell to the ground.
Mr. Clayton, amid loud applause, rose to propose the first resolution in requisition No1. Namely, “That Messrs, John Houlding, Alexander Nisbet and Thomas Howarth, having lost the confidence of the members of the club, be respectively removed from the presidency and committee.” Mr. Clayton said that he did not propose this from spite or spleun, (“Oh, Oh,” and applause.). Mr. Houlding was not worthy of holding the position of president of the club – (Loud applause and hooting)-because he had gone out of his way to insult and ignore every one of the 500 members of the club. (Lord applause). Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Howarth owing to the action they had taken, had also lost the confidence of the members. (Hear,hear). By this action they would lose their president, but he was sure that if they unanimously approached Mr. R. Wilson he would take the position. (Loud applause).
Mr. Was seconded the motion.
Mr. F. Everett said that when he noticed this resolution on the paper he thought that he had never seen any action more contemptible. (Loud applause and groans, and “What a bout forming the company” Laughter.) He hoped that the motion would be carried.
Mr. R. Martin asked the meeting to extend some consideration to the gentlemen named in the resolution, who had worked hard for the club. (Hear, hear) Had it not been for what Mr. Houlding had done for them there would now be no Everton Football Club. (Applause.).
Mr. Nisbet said he could not agree to the course of action taken by the meeting that night and he therefore resigned his membership. (Laughter).
The Chairman –You are not in order in doing so. (Applause).
Mr. Nisbet. –I don't accept your ruling, I resign. (Laugher and applause).
Mr. Houlding, addressed the gathering. He explained that all went on well until the last annual meeting –until the playing season began. Then he received a note from Mr. Orrell. He (Mr. Houlding) had been charged with having done underhand work, but if matters were inquired into they would see that he had done nothing at all. (applause and laughter.) When he got Mr. Orrell's letter saying that the club must clear out, he thought the only way –as he did not care to incur further liability –was to form a company. The committee agreed to that. Afterwards they turned round and opposed the move. They went against him, and therefore his business was to say nothing more about the matter. (Hear, hear, and Oh, oh.) He said nothing more about it, he had never made any charges, and he refrained from writing to the papers about the matter. (Hear, hear and laughter).
Mr. Wilson supported the motion, and said that the committee had his entire confidence.
A vote was taken and the motion was carried.
Mr. Howarth wished to speak, but he was cried down.
Mr. Clayton next moved the following;- “To rescind resolution or resolution whereby Mr. Houlding has a right to nominate Mr. J.J. Ramsey or any other person, to a seat on the committee.
Amid some confusion, it was pointed out that if this motion was carried it might terminate their tenancy with Mr. Houlding.-The motion was withdrawn, and the proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the chairman.
THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
Road Ground Decided Upon.
A large March 19, 1892. The Liverpool Football Echo
Mr. John Houlding Deposed From The Presidency
Goodison attended meeting of the Everton Football Club was held on Tuesday, at the Presytefiln schools (Tuesday 15 March), Royal-street, for the purpose of considering the following requisitions sent in by members:-
Requisition No 1-1 That Messrs John Houlding, Alexandra Nisbet, Thomas C. Howarth, having lost the confidence of the members of the club, be respectively removed from the presidency and committee. 2. Top reach rescind resolution of resolution whereby Mr. Holding has a right to nominate a Mr. J.J. Ramsey, or any other person, to a seat on the committee. 3. And to pass any resolutions having relevance to these matters as the meeting may consider no essay.
Requtant on No 7-1 –To obtain a clear and definite statement of the finaical conditions of the club with a full lot of the negotiations in reference to the Goodison road ground as regard –Rental and conditions tenure conditions and notice to quit, lease, and conditions as to levelling, turf, enclosure, building stands, and dressing rooms, and other necessary erractions. Advances –as to what personal or persons are advancing the money required in connection with this being done, and by what terms.
2. To elect from the committee an official statement as to the present and future liability of the members. 3. To elicit from the committee to what extent the club is committed for next year, playing season, as regard players and other officials in the total of wages pay during May, June, July and August and also during the other eight months of the year ending 30 th April 1893. 4. To rescind the resolutions passed at the last general meeting as to the removal of the club to the Goodison Road ground, and in powering the committee to bring the club into a limited liability company, with a capital of £500. 3 to submit the following resolution –That the Everton Football Club do not amalgamate with the Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited.
Mr. George Mahon occupied the chair, supported on the platform by Messrs, Coates, Atkinson, Grififths, Baxter, Clayton, Nisbet and Howarth members of the committee, and Mr. Cornet (Solicitor to the club). As the proceedings were about to begin, Mr. John Houlding, the president entered the room and was vociferously cheered by a section of the members. The Chairman, seeing that their president was present, thought on himself ought to occupy the position of an ordinary committeeman, and to ask him to take the chair.
Mr. Houlding –I cannot hear.
The Chairman –I have asked you, as president of the club, to take the chair (cheers).
Mr. Houlding –I am here on trial, and a criminal never takes the chair; he stops in the dock (cries of “Oh,” and a Velee; “Best place for him.”).
The chairman remarked that, seeing Mr. Houlding had declined to take the chair, it was his duty to fill that position (cheers). It had, however, been formed upon him in consequence of the resignation of Mr. Barclay, vice president, and Mr. Williams committeeman. The place of Mr. Williams had been filled by the appointment of Mr. Davies, a gentleman known, he believed, to a large section of the working members, hear, hear; and “No, No). One of the resolutions passed at the last meeting was an instruction to the committee to register a club with a capital of £500. The committee attempted to do that in the diplomatic way, having on the day following the meeting instructed their solicitor in accordance with the resolution; but on the papers being sent to London they were returned by the agent with the information that the register declined to accept them, because a company of almost similar title had been registered the morning before –that was, the morning after the evening of the club meeting (hisses and cries of “Shame”). They wanted to know who were the evil ones who had done that in just act. They procured, therefore, an office copy of the memorandum of association of that company. The memorandum set out that the company was “to purchase, take on lease, or otherwise acquire.”He drew their particular attention to the words “take on leave.” Looking at the memorandum, the committee were astonished to find two of their number had been parties to it. They were Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Ramsey. The subscribers were Mr. Berry, brother of the solicitor to the new company; Mr. William Houlding, son of Mr. John Houlding; Mr. J. Nisbet, Mr. J.L. Ramsey, who was in the emply of Mr. John Houlding; Mr. John Dermott, and Mr. W. F. Evertons, whom he had himself not the pleasure of knowing a member; “He is better know than you are, “and cries of “Order”. He was entitled, seeing that the purpose of the club had been frustrated, to say who were the parties that had frustrated it (Hear, Hear, and cheers)? As soon as they ascertained that, the committee, on their behalf entered into negotiations with the Association, who felt so strongly the position of the Everton Club that they passed a resolution which practically “knocked” the new company (cheers). A similar resolution had been passed by the League. At the previous meeting a resolution to offer Mr. John Houlding a rental of £180 was carried and that offer was made. No reply was received, and seeing that the club's tenacity expired on April 30, the committee applied to Mr. Houlding for a week's grace after the date to remove the stands. No reply was made. Subsequently they asked Mr. Houlding whether he was prepared to make any offer. Again there was no reply. That position forced their hands somewhat, the members would notice by their cards that there was a match with Accrington on April 30, and they would see the difficulty of removing the stands on the evening of that day. Under the circumstances they communicated with Accrington, who at their request altered the day (hear, hear, and cheers). With regard of Mr. Houlding's claim to the stands, counsel's opinion had been taken, and was as follows:- “In my opinion, the wood and iron, fixtures pointed out to me on the ground at Everton are all moveable by the club as tenants as against Mr. Houlding as landlord, “provided they are removed during the term” (cheers). Respecting the engagement of players, the committee never had less trouble in engaging all the players they engaged and a loud cheers. He would up on to deal with the question of finance. At the present moment their position was that they had in the bank about £150. With money's in the shaped of fiancés in players, and money which were coming in they had upwards of £500 to the good (cheers). In addition to that they estimated that the amount likely to be received from the remaining (not his, less expenses, was £800. That was a lowistimate, but on that basis they would have a balance to the good at the end of the season of £1,300 (cheers and confusion). There was the question of the close season, when there was no money coming in and everything was going out. The committee estimated the expenditure during the close season at £800. That meant that they would have £590 left. As to next season, they had every reason to believe that the wages would be less than this (hear, hear). He came beat to the question of finance respecting the Goodison-road ground. Many members, he understood, were frighted by threats of habilities without end. He had in his hand a guarantee fund which contained the names of gentleman both inside and outside the club, and he had been astonished to find the sympathy of those outside. Every gentleman who had put his name on that list was not going to charge a penny of interest, and was not going to look to the members for the money if he never saw it again. Mr. W.P. Hartley, of Bootle, had put down his name for £200 (loud cheers), Mr. R.S. Hudson for £100, Mr. J.C. Baxter £200 (cheers), Mr. J. Dickinson for £100, Mr. J. Griffiths for £100, Captain Douguerty for £100, himself for £100 (cheers), and Mr. Robert Wilson, Mr. Coates, Dr. Dimond, Mr. Clayton and others £50 each. The total amount of the guarantee fund was £1,517 (loud cheers). As to the lease of the Goodson-road ground, they knew that he (Mr. Mahon) had some time ago an offer of the lease for seven years at £50 per annum, but that offer was not accepted. Meanwhile the life interest in the estate having passed to another proprietor, the negotiations had to be entered upon again, and the committee on the 1 st March entered through their solicitor, into an agreement, taking the ground on lease for five years, at £50 per annum, and for two years following at £75 per annum; should the land not be required for building purposes, the club had the option of retaining it for another seven years at £100 per annum (cheers). He had there the lease, signed, sealed and delievered (loud and prolonged cheers). They had undertaken to sell no intoxicants on the ground (Bravo and Cheers). They intended to put their dressing-room on it, and to have refreshments (a Vice; “A Cocoa room”). In conclusion, he desired to state that the committee proposed to form a company as resolved upon, to extend the membership and to hold an annual athletic festival. They also proposed to hold a bazaar during the year, and had many promises of support (hear, hear, and cheers). He contended that the programme of the committee was business like. A number of questions were then assed with regard to the liability of members, and were answered by Mr. Mahon, and Mr. Cornett, the new solicitor of the club. Mr. Howarth, speaking amidst great interruption, promised to move clause of requisition No. 2. He spoke strongly against the action of the committee to Goodison-road. Mr. Mahon had dealt with the finances of the club, and stated that they anticipated making £800 between now and the close of the season. For some weeks past they were not from the gates paying their players wages. They could not for one moment antipate that they would have at the close of the season anything like the balance mentioned by the chairman. The club was absolutely in debt at the present time. Mr. Mckenna on attempting to speak, was refused a hearing. The motion of Mr. Howarth having been seconded a stormy discussion followed.
On a vote being taken, about twenty members voted in favour of Mr. Howarth's proposition, and all the rest of the meeting against it. The proposition in favour of Goodison-road, on being put, was carried with an over-whelming majority, amidst loud and prolonged clayton moved clause 1 of requisition No 1. In the course of the remarks Mr. Clayton comthmued the action of Mr. Houlding, Mr. J. Houlding, Mr. Nisbet and Mr. Howarth.
Mr. Swan seconds it.
Mr. W. E. Barclay said he would like to hear Mr. Houlding defend himself (hear hear).
Mr. John Houlding then rose, and was applauded. The club, he said, went on all right until the last annual meeting in May. Directly the passing season began he received notification from Mr. Orrell, the owner of the adjoining land. He wanted to show his side as well as Mr. Clayton. He had been charged with underhand work (interruption). The chairman appealed to the meeting to give Mr. Houlding a silent bearing.
Mr. Houlding said that when he examined into his own conduct he did not know that he had done anything at all (“Oh,” and a Voice;” What about registered?”). When Mr. Orrell sent him the final demand to clear off the ground he thought the only way –as he did not want to incur a further liability of buying another ten thousand yards of land –was to form a company, and he accordingly brought a propestus before the committee all the members of which agreed to it. He was surprised to find at the general meeting afterwards that the members of the committee who had previously though that a company should be formed, turned round and opposed him. At the meeting the members were against him and decided by a majority that they would have nothing to do with the company. Therefore his business was to say no more about it, and he had aced accordingly (hear, hear). There had been a charge brought against the two gentlemen whose names, were coupled with his, that they were servants of the West Derby Board of Guardians. He could tell them that in his position as a member of the board whenever he met with a man whom he thought would make a first class officer he had always done his best to recommended him (applause). The clerk and the members of the board had always said that the men he had recommended were among the best officers of the board (applause). It had also been asserted that he had endeavoured to injure Mr. Clayton in the eyes of his employers Mr. Dwerryhouse. On the authority of Mr. Dwerryhouse himself he most emphatically denied the statement. An assertion had also been made that he had never paid for the Everton ground, but he produced a document showing that he had paid £5,228 11s 11d (applause). In everything he had done he had always thought of the interest of the Everton Football Club.
Mr. R. Wilson supported the committee, and said he did not believe in any man riding rough shed over the members (cheers). He supported the proposition. The proposition, on being put was carried by an overwhelming majoirity, only about eighteen persons voting against it. A suggestion made that Messrs Houlding, Howarth, and Nisbet be allowed to retain their position was rejected. Mr. Clayton, afterwards submitted clause 2 of the first requisition, but Mr. Barclay pointed out that if adopted it would at once deteremine the club's tenancy of the present ground, which was conditional on Mr. Houlding having a nomince on the committee. The resolution was consequently withdrawn, and Mr. Barclay moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, which amid some confusion was carried and noncluded the proceedings.
March 19, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Locally interest be divided between League and Alliance. Everton play Accrington at Anfield, this return fixture having been brought forward from April 30. Accrington have made themselves conspicuous for having had the highest number of goals scored against them of any club in a single League match, eat achieved by Aston Villa last Saturday, when they won by 12 goals to 2. This was an unexpected rout that is not very likely to be approached today –Indeed Accrington have generally run Everton closely. The result of the first match this season was a drew of a goal each whilst at Anfield in 1889, Everton won by 2 goals to 1, drawing in 1890 (2 goals each), and again winning in 1891 by 3 goals to 2.
Everton v Accrington, Anfield Kick-off at hour pm. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Howarth, backs; Kelso, Jones, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Everton v. Stoke Swifts, Stoke, Kick-off at 3.30 pm. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Chadwick, and Chadwick, backs; A.N. Other, Morgan, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton League v. Nottms Forest, Nottingham.
March 21, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton seems to have settled down in a winning groove. Commencing with a victory over Linclon City, they have followed this up by successfully defeating Stoke (home and away, Newton Heath, and again on Saturday Accrington, the latter by three goals to nil-the most decisive win in connection with the League that Everton have greatest margin hitherto. The teams met on equal terms on Saturday, as the two internationals centre half backs –G. Howarth, and Holt – were absent from either side. The game was carried on at a fast pace despite the warmth of the weather, and was a fairly good contest. Everton played the better game, but Accrington were at times dangerous, particularly in the earlier and closing stages. The home forwards were conspicuous for good wing play, both flanks doing brilliantly when opportunity came their way. That the play was so much confined to the wings was the fault of Maxwell rather than from a spirit of selfishness, as the centre man was very disappointing, and could seldom respond skilfully to the well-directed centres. He missed several fine chances, and when he did try a shot it lacked force of directness. Latta was in a dashing mood, and found in Geary a suitable partner, the speed of the right wing being the feature of the day. Latta scored one of the goals, and it was a fine display of fast dribbling, flourished off with a terrific shot. Chadwick and Milward were quite in touch with the right wing, and Chadwick was accredited with the other two goals, both as the result of long passes from Latta. Jones was rather weak at centre half, and twice gave hands at a spot that was sufficiently near in as to cause anxiety. McLean, too, was at fault often, and did not score many successes over Thomson and Elliott, thus failing to maintain the good play given to Stoke. Kelso, Robertson, Howarth and Jardine were all pleasing, the latter, if having little to do, making splendid scores when called upon. Accrington were not prominent for combination, but were spirited in their tactic, the left wing being the more dangerous, nearly all the shots coming from that side. The half-backs were moderate, but the backs were powerful, Stevenson extricating the ball from many an ominous bully.
The extraordinary general meeting of the members of the Everton club, on Tuesday, resulted, as most people expected, in the confirmation of the action of the committee – the rejection of the amalgamation with the “Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited,” and in the removal of Messrs, Houlding, Nesbit, and Howarth from the executive. Everyone will regret the necessity, but few will be found lacking in appreciation of the decision of the meeting. The members at the previous meeting issued their ultimatum to Mr. Houlding, expressing willingness to continue his tenants upon certain and not unreasonable terms, but he never thought it worthwhile to even reply to these overtures, and accordingly, so far as the majority of the members were concerned, the negotiations were at the end. The way is now clear. Everton and Goodison-road will soon become as synonymous terms as Everton and Anfield-road. It is perhaps true, as Mr. Howarth said, that the present Everton ground is the most popular in the country, but it is not the locality of the ground that has made it a favourite rendezvous – it is the high-class quality of the football detailed out to the patrons that has impelled increasingly large assemblies of spectators to press into the Anfield-road enclosure. And so it will be at Goodison-road, or any other eligible place, of only good sport is assured. The work of laying out the new ground, it is said, is already placed in the hands of the contractor, and another proof of expediting matters is that 10,000 square yards of turf are being advertised for. Mr. Houlding's followers are also active, and on Friday sought the affiliation of the “Liverpool Association Football Club,” but the English council postponed the permission.
The sub-committee met to decide as to who should represent England against Scotland on April 2. There are several changes from that of last year, those who have been superseded being Moon, Howarth, A. Smith, Geary and Milward, Chadwick and Holt have regained the honour, and are to be congratulated on their success. The team is follows, and could hardly be improved – Toone (Notts), goal; Holmes (Preston North End), and Dunn (Old Etonians), backs; Reynoulds (West Bromwich Albion), Holt (Everton), and Shelton (Notts), half-backs; Bassett (West Bromwich Albion) and Goodall (Derby County) right wing; Southworth (Blackburn Rovers), centre; Chadwick (Everton) and Hodgetts (Aston Villa), left wing.
EVERTON 3 ACCRINGTON 0
March 21, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
This return League match was played at Anfield-Road on Saturday, in the presence of about 8,000 spectators, the first match having resulted in a draw of a goal each. The teams as follow:- Everton:- Jardine, goal, McLean, and Howarth, backs, Kelso, Jones, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Geary (captain), Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward forwards. Accrington:- Hay, goal, Stevenson, and McLennan, backs, Shuttleworth, Clegg, and Tattersall half-backs, Whitehead, Kirkham, Irvine, Thomson, and Elliott. Everton losing the choice of ends, played with the sun in their eyes during the first half, for some minutes play was confined to neutral ground, but Accrington after Stevenson had checked the home left wing. Were the first to become really dangerous. Jardine being called upon to stop shots both from the left right and centre, which he did in an effective manner. Latta broke away in a dashing run and shot, Stevenson intercepting the ball with his foot. Everton sustained an attack, but with out succes, as Maxwell missed his aim, Milward hit the post and finnally Latta shot over. The home team had much of the game now, and returned to goal frequently. Kelso placed nicely once or twice, and the visitors were thrown hard on the defence, but the shot at goal were not accurate. A fine long pass by Latta, however, led to a goal, Chadwick taking the ball and shooting. Hay touched but ineffectually arrested the leather. Everton thus scoring after 25 minutes play. The home team continued to carry on the warfare in their opponents quarters, and were often near jumping further ahead. Milward had a shy, but was too high. Chadwick followed by placing into Hay hands, whilst a sharp return from the right was spendidly fisted out. Stevenson at length cleared, and the Everton goal was in danger, as McLean found himself nonpussed by the Accrington left-wing, but Howard covered his colleage, and averted a probable downfall. Everton again pressed but Maxwell essayed a shot at too long a range, and Hay had no trouble to stop the ball. A spell of open play intervened, but near the interval Everton bothered the defence of Accrington. Hay, on a shot coming from the left, was winded by being charged, but he yet saved his charge from a capture. The home team, however, were persistent, and returning down the right wing, Latta passed beautifully to Chadwick who worked nearer in and scored a pretty goal. Ends were changed after a lengthy interval, with Everton leading by 2 goals to nil. On resuming, Geary became conspicuous for one or two of his characteristic runs, but without the desired effort, as he was not well backed up by Maxwell. Accringhton made an advance, but could not get beyond the backs, and Everton were soon again laying strong siege on the visitors goal, Kelso had a fairly good shy, and as did Geary, whilst Latta put outside, and so nothing came of this assault. Robertson next dispossessed the right wing of Accrington, and the ball being passed to Latta, the latter ran near in and shot a spendid goal, a clever piece of play, that was loudly cheered. After Latta had lifted over the bar from Milward's pass the visitors made a move on the right, but sent the ball over the line before they could get in a shot. The play became more even and when operations were in progess at midfield Geary received an injury to his left foot, and was compelled in a few minutes to retire from the game. Accrington were freqently, pressing with Everton reduced to ten men, but they could not find the way through goal, though a shot by Thomson was very near scoring Jardine cleverly when hard pressed, getting the ball round the post at the expense of a corner. Just on time the visitors were on the defensive and, holding out, the game terminated in a win for Everton, by 3 goals to nil.
STOKE SWIFT 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
March 21, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury.
These teams met for the third time this season they having won a gme each in the copbination campaign. The visrtor to Stoke scored the only goal of the first half and both sides scoring 1 goal each in the second half stage, Everton won by 2 goals to 1.
Everton Teams , Williams, goal, Chadwick and Collins,backs, an other, Morgan and Lochhead, half-backs, Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan, Elliott
WIRRAL AND DISTRICT 1 EVERTON RESERVES 7
March 22, 1892
The Liverpool Courier
This match the proceeds of which are to be devoted towards purchasing a new cup for the Wirrall Association. Was played yesterday on the Chesters-street enclosure Birkenhead, before 3,000 spectators. The following are the teams. Everton ; Williams, goal, Collins, and Edwards (h), backs; Griffiths, Pinnell, and Rogers (f), half-backs, Gordon, Murray Maxwell, Elliott, and McMillan, forwards. Wirral and District; Griffiths, goal, W Price, and Jones backs; Moreton, J Leay, and J Margerison, half-backs, C Edwards, T Spencer, Bradshaw, Lawrence, and Roberts forwards.
Bradshaw started prompt to time. The opening exchanges were brilliantly contested each goal being visited. Spencer and Edwards made a capital run for the District, But H Edwards managed to clear in time. McMillan and Elliott made a grand run for Everton, the former player just missing scoring by a few inches, and after Griffiths had effected a fine clearance for Everton the visitors then initiated a pretty movement, which ended in Gordon rushing up and scoring a grand goal. On restarting Bradshaw, Spencer and Roberts were away by a serious of passes, but Collins returned with a gigantic kick, come again the Wirral boys sent in two good shots which Williams cleared. Pinnell passed beautifully to the left, McMillan and Elliott taking the ball nicely down the field. Maxwell received and tipped back to McMillan, who beat Griffiths with a low swift shot. A few minutes later Murray and Gordon ran well down and passed and repassed the ball in front of Griffiths, Elliott at length sent in a lightning shot and scored. hAlf-time: Everton three goals; Wirral and District nil. On restarting Spencer and Edwards were soon away, but Rogers gave to his forwards. Everton forced corners in quick succession, Griffiths saving his charge in grand style. Elliott took and kicked the ball beautifully in the goal mouth,, and after some exciting play McMillan head the fourth point for Everton. Returning to the attack Jones let in Maxwell who scored with a high shot. The Wirral forwards livened up considerably after this, Bradshaw Spencer and C Edwards putting in some smart play. Spencer shot at Williams, when the ball struck Pinnell and rolled between the uprights. Everton were again to the front, and Maxwell and McMillan were responsible for some clever play. Margerison and Price failed to clear, but Harry Jones rushed across and kicked nicely to his forwards. Pinnell returned the ball, and McMillan forced a corner of Price. Elliott took the kick but the ball was cleared, whereupon Spencer made a mess of it and kicked back towards Griffiths,, the ball rolling between the sticks thus giving Everton their fifth goal, Bradshaw passed to Spencer, who ran down and forced a corner which was cleared by Everton after three minutes of intense excitement. Coming again Morton passed to Lawrence who sent in a grand shot, which Willams just managed to save. Everton were again in front of Griffiths, and from a scrimmage, another goal was scored. Final result Everton 7 goals; Wirrall and District 1.
EVERTO V WIRRAL AQND DISTRICT
March 22, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Played yesterday at Birkenhead, upwards of 3000 spectators being present. In the first half Everton scored 3 goals to Wirral nil. The second portion was well contested, but Everton had all the best of the play, and finally ran out winners by 7 goals to 1.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 EVERTON 2
March 25, 1892
The Liverpool courier.
On the town ground Nottingham in beauitful weather before about 2,000 spectators. In the first two minutes Earp missed his kick and Shaw, breasted the ball against the bar. Earp then clearing. Some grand play was seen on both sides. Shaw got down well into a corner pressing to Pike who shot over the crossbar. The Reds still attacked, and Mason centred but Lindley was weak in the centre. Milward and Chadwick got dangerous near the Reds goal, but Ritchie who relieved the Forest goalkeeper, handled, and then a corner came to Everton, which proved fruitless. Chadwick shot spendidly the Forst goalkeeper only saving his charge with great difficulty. A moment later Geary shot well, experiencing hard lines in not scoring. Everton obtained two corners, and on the second occasion Brown rolled on the ground Ritchie saving. The Forest obtained a corner, and then Everton attacking Milward just missed scoring. Half-time no score. On resuming the Forest had a turn at the visitors goal. Everton however, became well placed and Geary shot wide while brown saved a second shot five after change of ends from a free kick for hands, managed by Chadwick,. Geary afterwards scored a spendid goal. Forest made a couple off good attempts but Jardine was safe and other openings were spoiled by bad shooting. Brown saved twice from the shots from Chadwick and Geary, and an exciting exchanged followed, in which Everton were the more prominent. After Brown had been charged through Chadwick headed against the post, and Ritchie cleared. The Forest twice all but scored, Earp saving after Jardine had run out and missed the ball. Brown cleared from a scrimmage and Milward headed over. tHe game was somewhat uneventful until from a corner Everton rushed Brown through and scored, an appeal for foul being disallowed. Shaw then scored for the Forest a minute later the final result- Everton 2 goals; Forest 1 goal.
Everton team, Jardine, goal, McLean, and Earp backs, Kelso Jones, and Robertson half-backs, Latta, Geary (captain), Maxwell Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
NOTTS FOREST V EVERTON
March 25, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
These clubs met, for the third time this season, at Nottingham, yesterday afternoon, before 2000 spectators. Everton, who are on way to the south, where they play a series of matches, had their full League team, but the Forest were not fully represented. The first half was very even, nothing being scored, but ten minutes after the interval Geary notched a beauty from a corner. The visitors scored again, and immediately afterwards Shaw scored for the Forest-Result – Everton, 2 goals; Notts Forest 1.
March 26, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
With the Everton League touring in the neighbourhood of the metropolis, the attractions in Liverpool this afternoon are not very striking. At Anfield-road the Combination team of Everton play off their return with Gorton Villa, who Everton defeated on January 1 by 5 goals to 2, and who stand at present eight in the combination table of results.
Everton v. Gorton Villa, Anfield, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; - Smalley, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Wharmby, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Wyllie, forwards.
Everton v Royal Arsenal, Plumstead
Everton v. Chatham, Chatham
Everton v. Millwall Athletic, Millwall
Everton v. Kettering, Kettering
ROYAL ARSENAL 2 EVERTON 2
March 28, 1892
The Liverpool Courier second half, dailt post
The Everton man, in good hunrour about their victory at Nottingham, arrived in london on Friday. They spent the evening quiently but pleasantly, and on Saturday left early for woolwich, some of them taking advantage of an opportunity given them sighted seeing the capital. After dinner they went on to plumstead where the fine ground of the Arsenal club. Around 6,000 spectators at the start of the match. On restart, Latta and Geary took the ball away, but the latter made a wretched shot. After a fine bit of passing, from a flying kick by Howatt, a run was made by Graham but he was outwitten by McLean. Chadwick and Milward took the ball down again, and Robertson sent the ball out away from goal. Johnny Holt was cheered for some very clever tricks. Everton were playing a far superior game to their opponents, and a fierce battle in the home goal took place, but the defence was far too thick to be penetrated. When the players took their place it was seen that Howat had recovered sufficiently to resume his work. Everton were stopped by Duist, and the home left rattling away got on to the goalline, where Pearson treid a puzzler, which Jardine managed to remove from beneath the bar. McLean assisted the ball further down the field, and Geary continue. A long pass was made from left to right, and it was smartly recured by the latter, a lovely goal them being scored by davies. Holt now stepped out, and both teams were on a level as regarned numbers. Play was now of a very open natur. Both goals being quickly visited. Groves had a hard fight with Chadwick and Milward but he triumphant, and then Holt went off the fieldowing to his hurst. Play was now in midfield, and not of a very excellent character. Everton carried the leather towards the opponents goal, and were making it warm when Rankin was damaged in a collison with Chadwick, and the game was stopped for a minute. On rankin resuming his place the Everton left pair worked in and Geary slashed out a beauty, which clasped by the upright. Everton were making all the play but their combination was by no means of a good character. Shaw made a pretty run, and beat Collins very smartly. He dropped in na long shot, which Jardine rescued at the expense of a corner. The ball was sent behind. From this Everton returned to their antagonints half, and Geary and Howat tested the thickness of each other's skulls with the result that each had to retire. Geary took his place and a minute later Everton was off and Geary tried a grand one which struck the upright. Maxwell received it on returning and easily equalised. Half-rime Everton 1 goal, Royal Arsenal 1 goal.the second stage opened in good style, milward scoring almost immediately after restarting. The vistors however, were not in command of the lead. Pearson making the scorwe level again. Jardine made a good attempt to save his goal. As he had the ball in his hands but letting it slip, it rolled about a foot inside. Milward was offside when he had the home goal appereatly at his mercy. The visting forwards got up again, but bee defended well. A spendid effort by Chadwick just missed its mark, while Milward put in shot which bee, beat away. Play was principedly in the home half, but the Arsenal defence was exceedingly good Rankin and Jeffrey relieving in fine style. A superb shot by Geary shaved the post and although the Everton were kept up the pressure to the end, they were unable to add to their score, and the game ended in a draw 2 goals each
Arsenal, bee, goal jeffrey,. And Rankin, backs, Groves buist and Bowart, half-backs, Shaw Crawford,, Davies, Graham and Pearson forwards. Everton , Jardine goal, McLean, and Collins backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), and Robertson, half-backs, Latta Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 GORTON VILLA 0
March 28, 1892
The Liverpool Mercury
The return match between these teams was played at Anfield-Road on Saturday, before 4,000 spectators. Gorton came with only ten men and thus depended upon but foyr forwards. Everton at once settled down to a strong attack good work particularly being shown on the right wing by Gordon and Murray but the Wyllie who filled the place usually occupied by Elliott, and then McMillan missed turning centres to account. After a break away Gorton, Pinnell shot hard and straight, but jenkinson made a clean saves. Everton attacked with even more persistence, though it was some ten minutes later before a goal was recorded and this was headed by Wyllie from a corner placed by Gordon. The visitors displayed plucky defence, the backs and Carter performing heavy work with credit. Jenkinson also proved active in goal, and saved well from Murray's attempt to turn a corner kick of Wyllie to effect. Gorton at length took play well within the home quarters, but having an incomplte front line could not sustain the pressure long enough to become dangerous. Between now and half-time, play was more even but when the whistle sounded it was to break up a hot attack by Everton, who were leading by a goal to nil. On resuming the Everton forwards were rearranged. Wyllie went from outside left to outside right Pinnell opartnering McMillan, and Gordon taking centre. The formation straight way became busy at close quarters and, having survived a narrow shave, Jenkinson was beaten by a shot from Wyllie the ball bouncing through off one of the Gorton backs. McMillan lacked speed, and spoiled several fine bits of play by his colleagues. Murray sent in a tricky long aim which was narrowly diverted by the custodian. Bennett then tricked Wharmby and was making ground in a dashing run, but got no support, and was dispossessed by Chadwick. The villa however, showed considerable go just now, and were frequently creating employment for the home backs. During one of these raids, Griffiths made a blind charge at the inside left man, who received a kick that at least looked suspicious. Another good movement was made on the Gorton right, the passing proving too smart for Wharmby and Grifiths, But Jones went to the rescue, and soon play was again at the other end, where Pinnell shot lengthily and accuraetly though without success. For some time previous to the Pinnell and McMillan had exchanged positions. The first named centre grandly once or twice, and Wyllie and Wharmby shot very well indeed. Whilst Pinnell lifted closely over the bar. Wyllie ran down and shot splendidly, Jenkinson knocking out but from the ensuing scrimmage McMillan made amends for many prior failures by sterring the ball through a forest of legs and scoring Everton third goal. The game continued to be intersting up to the close, and was remarkable for the clever manner in which Jenkinson repelled innumerable sharp shots, thus curtailing Everton's win to 3 goals to nil.
Everton team, Smalley goal, Chadwick, and Collins, backs Wharmby Jones and Lochhead, half-back, Gordon, Murray Pinnell, McMillan and Wyllie, forwards
March 28, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton League commenced their tour southward in a most satisfactory manner by defeating Notts Forest by 2 goals to 1 on Thursday, a result in the attainment of which Geary played a very important part. Everton are now in a position to boast of having beaten Notts Forest both at home and away, which few, if any, teams can do, the Foresters when in Liverpool on September 21 having been defeated by 2 goals to nil. Everton on Saturday were not so successful in their engagement with Royal Arsenal at Plumstead, and had to be content with a drawn of 2 goals each, the Liverpool men proving the more aggressive, Maxwell and Milward scored the Everton goals. Today the fixture is with Chatham, tomorrow Millwall Athletic and on Wednesday Kettering.
Everton Combination played the last of the series of home matches on Saturday, the occasion being the return engagement with Gorton Villa, who had been beaten in the first contest by 5 goals to 2. Everton were again on the winning side, scoring 3 goals to 0, as the issue of the interesting game. The visitor were dependant on ten men only, but they yet prevented the play from becoming tediously one-sided. They had but four forwards, who could not sustain a raid sufficiently long to battle the backs, and as a consequence Smalley, for the first time in his experience, so he assures us, was never once called upon a parry a shot. Everton, of course, attacked often, but none too well, as McMillian was off colour, missing Elliott apparently; whilst selfishness was exhibited on the right wing. Griffiths, too, was weak, though Kirkwood, Jones, Wharmby, and Chadwick joined in covering his defects. Jenkinson proved a smart goalkeeper, with clever full backs and half-backs in front of him.
Still another old Everton war horse has thrown in his lot with the Woodcroft-park combination in the person of C. Parry.
Athletic News, Monday, March 28 – 1892.
There are signs of a commencement of operations at Goodison-road, and already timber for enclosing the ground has arrived. Turf has been bought, and as the ground require little or no draining it is confidently expected that it will be ready by August.
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen
EVERTON V. ROYAL ARSENAL
March 28, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
This match, the second of the southern tour, was played at Plumstead on Saturday. About 6000 spectators were present. The teams were as follows:- Arsenal; Bee, goal; Jeffrey, and Rankin, backs, Groves, Bulst and Howart, half-backs; Shaw Crawford, Davies, Graham and Pearson forwards. Everton , Jardine goal; McLean, and Collins backs; Kelso, Holt (captain), and Robertson; half-backs, Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. There was little to choose in the teams during the first portion of the game. Pearson scored the first for Arsenal, but before changing over Maxwell equalised. Milward added a second for Everton, and Pearson another for the Arsenal. Up to the close Everton had the best of the game, which finally ended in a draw of 2 goals each.
EVERTON V. CHATHAM
March 29, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
At Chatham yesterday, Result –Everton 5; Chatham 0. Snow fell at the commencement of play, but soon cleared. There were about 1000 spectators present. Everton had much the best of the play during the first half, but only scored once, by Chadwick. On changing ends Gascoigne, one of the Chatham back, was injured, and had to leave the field. During his absence Chadwick and Milward scored. Subsequently Chadwick added a fourth, and Everton won by 5 goals to nil.
EVERTON V. CHATHAM
March 29, 1892. The Birmingham Daily Post
Played at Chatham, yesterday, in wintry weather, before 1,500 spectators. Everton pressed hard almost throughout the first half, but only scored once, Chadwick beating the Chatham custodian with a hot shot. Chatham were never dangerous. Chadwick and Milward soon scored for Everton during the absence of Gascoigne, who was injured, and Chadwick afterwards added a fourth and fifth. Result –Everton 5, Chatham 0.
CHATHAM 0 EVERTON 5
March 29 1892
The Liverpool Courier
The Everton men, continuing their southern tour, visited Chatham yesterday. As was the case on the occasion of their visited last year the weather was cold and unpleasant. Snow threatening to fall. This however, did not prevent the assembly of a good crowd, and there were about 2,000 present. Everton kicked off a five minutes past four and Dickenson stopped a rush. He and Hobart went along very pretty, and walked round Albert Chadwick but McLean and Elliott walked away. Everton were only in their opponents quarters for a minute when Hobart Dickenson, and Sharpe dashed down in smast style and gained a corner off Chadwick, which was of no use. Both teams continued to play a hard game, and spendid shots by Chadwick and Geary were saved by Waterman. A long kick by McGregor let Hobert and Dickenson again in possession, but they spoiled their chance after a fine, fast run with a high shot. Everton now asserted themselves, but they were as fault with their shouting, Latta and Geary skying the ball, and Milard being wide. Flannery and Gascoigne showed good defence, and Waterman was again useful with his fists against a shot by Chadwick. There was some fine tricky play by Allen, who was rendered useless owing to a strong kick by Hobart. Chadwick followed Allen's example in individual play, and finished up with a beautiful shot, with which Waterman had no chance. The Chatham men were unable to improve their position to any extent but though Everton were all the time in the home quarters there occurred no event of note. Sharpewent down twice, but each time the backs were enough for him. The home team, however, had one or two good chances, which would have prolited them had they shown combination when near goal; but they were too found of a kick-and-rush style. At this jucture Dickenson ran well in and in And crossed to McGregor who forwarded a neat thing which Kelso headed out. Everton were pressing until half-time, when the score stood-Everton 1 goal; Chatham nil. Everton started with pressing, but Hobart and Dickenson got off from Gascoigne's relief, and a long shot by Hobart caused Jardine to handle the ball for the first time. After McLean had sent his opponents back, Geary went away in pretty style, and cracked in a shot which Waterman grancly stopped with his foot Gascoyne was hurt in a charge against Latta, and he was compelled to refrain from play for a time. Latta now ran down and crossed, but Milward missed his kick and the ball went outside. A minute or two latter Latta repeated the kick, and this time it was successful. Chadwick meeting the ball and putting it through for the second time. No sooner had the ball been kicked off than the Everton men through beautiful work brough themselves to the front where Prall handed the ball, and a free kick was given to the beseigers whereuopn Holt touched the ball to Milward, who scored a third goal. With a heavy shot. The Chatham men were rearly suffering another reverse Holt and Geary with grand trials putting the ball foreibly on to the crossbar. A foul was given against Kelso, but the ball was run over the line, and Geary getting away in a nice dribble missed his mark by about a yard. Not many seconds afterwards Latta clung closely to the line and centring a fourth goal was scored by Chadwick with an exceptionally neat shot. Much of the subsequent play was counted to the Chatham half, for the Evertonians were continually hovering in the vicinity of goal, Chadwick and Milward being in particularly fine form, and making coys of their opponents. Fast runs were made by Geary, Maxwell, and Chadwick, but they were charged down by Gascoyan, who had recovered from his slight trouble. Flannery, Dickson had a long run, and eventually ran a corner of Chadwick. This did not bring any luck, McLean removed and Chadwick, Maxwell and Milward cantered down. The first name scoring a fifth point, Waterman making a mistake in trying to kick the ball away. Sharp on occasion had hard lines, and afterwards from a run by Dickson, a goal was nearly scored by Hobart, the game end. Everton 5 goals; Chatham nil.
Chatham , Waterman, goal, Flannery, and Gascoyne, backs, Prall, palatt, and Whitehead, half-backs MacGregor, Allen, Sharp, Hobart and Dickenson. Forwards, Everton, Jardine, goal, Mclean, and A chadwick backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), Elliott, half-backs, Latta, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwich, and Milward, forwards
MILLWALL ATHLETIC 1 EVERTON 2
March 30, 1892
The Liverpool Courier
This match the fourth of the Everton tour was played on the ground of the rising and enterprising Millwall Football Athletic. Everton's heavy victory over Chatham made the game an intersting one to the public, and there was a capital assembly of spectators. Around 3,000. Everton were not long in initiating an attack, and a pass from the right to left ended in Milward shooting the ball being coolly kicked away by Earle. Banks then had a long run, and passed to Ingham who kicked toofar. Thompson, from a free kick, placed the leather into goal. where it was removed by McLean. Everton went along quickly, their forward style being very pretty and correct and Geary shot over. The Athletic did not show much combination, but they ran down twice, and after McLean had dealt with them cleverly he was overpowered and obliged to give a corner. The home men, having the wind in their favour, were able to keep up a fair position, and after some rather scrambling play between Banks, Ingram, and Clark,, the latter scored with a beautiful shot. Everton did not show the best of football and when they broke away a good chance was spoiled by Elliott. McGahey and Earle exhibited the tackling powers, and removed the attack very smartly. For a long time the home team were in thrie opponents half,, but Chadwick, McLean and Kelso were strong enough for them, and Jardine was not required to use his hands. The only move in Everton's favour was a dribble on the left and a shot by Geary, which was received by Caygill. The Athletic were moving continuously in the viconity of gaol, but only one clear shot was treid,, and that from Withington, which was clasped by Jardine. Twice Everton managed to get the upper hand of a good half-back division, and though the goal had narrow escapes from a header by Wyllie and shots by Elliott and Maxwell, the equalising point was not found. Geary tried to run through, but he was outwitted. When he got close in, and a couple of shots by Milward was nearly completed by Maxwell. Then half-time was called with the score standing-Athletic one goal; Everton nil. Everton were expected to make a greatly inproved display when they changed ends, and had the wind in the favour. They were soon aggressive, and shots were dispatched by Geary, Wyllie, and Maxwell, the one by the latter (who had changed position with Elliott) being nicely kicked away by Caygill. The Athletic forwards were repulsed by McLean, and Maxwell, Milward, and Elliott had a run to thwemselves, but the first mentionedlanded the ball too far forward, and the goalkeeper was able to run and kick away. The home men played hard, though with little precision. Twice by severe bullying they carried the ball down, but each time they went wrong for want of combination. As far as proficiency in this department went Everton could not point the finger of scorn at their opponents, their passing at times being mediocre to a degree. The game was degenerating into a battering match. Everton could not, however, gain a great deal even in that style of play. At last they rushed the ball to the front, and as they seemed likely to scramble through Butter took upon himself the goalkeeper's duties. Being at once detected a penalty kick was award Everton, and from this Geary equalised. Ingram and Gloak slipped away, and Kelso gave a corner. The ball was dribbled right down from this by Milwardand Elliott and the former shot in. the goalkeeper tried to fist out, but screwed the ball through his own goal, and the game finished in semi-darkness with the score-Millwall Athletic 1 goal, Everton 2 goals. Millwall Athletic, Caygill McGahey Baxter Earle Butter Banks Gloak Ingham Withington, thompson, forwards Everton , Jardine, goal, McLean, and Chadwick backs, Kelso, Holt (captain), Elliott, half-backs, Wyllie, Geary, Maxwell Chadwick and milward forwards
MILLWALL ATHLETIC V. EVERTON
MARCH 30, 1892. The Yorkshire Herald
At Millwall Dockyard yesterday, in bleak weather, and before one thousand spectators, the ground being in fairly good condition. Everton kicked off against a strong breeze. After fifteen minutes play Ingram scored for Millwall, who had the best of the game owing to the wind up to the interval, but could not score further. Geary equalised from a penalty kick in the second half. Everton were then fortunate in adding a second goal, the ball going through off a MIllwall player. The game ended; Everton, 2 goals; Millwall, 1 goal.
EVERTON V. MILLWALL ATHLETIC
March 30, 1892. The Liverpool Daily Post
The third match of the London tour on the Everton programme was played yesterday, at Millwall. The kick-off was delayed until half-past five, and in the first half o the game Everton had to work against the strong wind, and during the first fifteen minutes the home side scored. Up to the interval Everton had much the best of the play, but they failed to get the equalising point, and changed ends a goal to the bad. On resuming, the Liverpool men showed district superiority over their opponents, and Geary soon “made even,” his goal coming from a penalty kick. Milward afterwards obtained another point, which left Everton winners by 2 goals to 1.
EVERTON V. MILLWALL ATHLETIC
March 30, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Millwall Dockyard yesterday, in bleak weather, before 3000 spectators. The ground was in fairly good conditions. Everton kicked off against a strong breeze. After 15 minutes' play Ingram scored or Millwall, who had the best of the game owing to the wind up to the interval, but could not score further. Geary equalised from a penalty kick in the second half. Everton were then fortunate in adding a second goal, the ball going through off a Millwall player. The game ended Everton 2 goals; Millwall Athletic 1.
EVERTON V. KETTERING
March 31, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Kettering yesterday, before 3000 spectators. The first half of the game was of a very uneventful nature, neither side being able to score, the teams being very evenly matched. The visitors had numerous openings, but failed to utilise them, their final shots being extremely weak. Everton scored the only point from a splendid run up by Latta, Maxwell putting through with a neat low shot. Final result; - Everton 1 goal; Kettering, nil.
EVERTON V. KETTERING
March 31, 1892. The Liverpool Daily Post
This match, which brings to a close the tour of the Everton club in the south, was played at Kettering, yesterday before 1,000 spectators. The visiting team did most pressing, but their shooting at goal was very definite. Up to the interval no point was registered, but when half the second stage of the game had been executed Maxwell scored, which gave Everton the victory by one goal to none.
EVERTON V. KETTERING
March 31, 1892. The Yorkshire Herald
At Kettering yesterday, before three thousand spectators. The first half of the game was of a very uneventful nature, neither team being able to score, the teams being very evenly marched. The visitors had numerous openings, but failed to utilise them, their final shots being extremely weak. Everton scored the first point from a splendid run by Latta, Maxwell putting through with a neat low shot. Everton thus winning by one to nil.
KETTERING 0 EVERTON 1
The Liverpool Mercury
Kettering played at kettering yesterday, before 3,000 specatators. The first hhalf of the game was of a very unevenful nature neither side being able to score. The teams being very evenly matched. The visitors had numerous openings but failed to utilise them their final shots being extremelt weak. Everton scored the only point from a spendid run up by Latta, Maxwell putting through with a neat low shot. Final result. Kettering nil, Everton 1 goal.