GLASGOW RANGERS 1 EVERTON 4
OCTOBER 2 1891
Yesterday being a general holiday in glasgow soime 10,000, spectators assembled on the ground of the glasgow rangers, at ibrox to withness the trial of skill between the english league champions and the rangers. A great dent of rain fell on Wednesday night and yesterday morning, and connequently the ground was heavy going. By noon, however the weather was all that could be desired. It will be noticed that chadwick and latta were absentees from the everton ranks while the home team were minus hadet, goalkkeeper. Punctually at half-past twelve o'clock, geary kicked off for everton and after pretty even exchanges the home left got down the field but mclean replied with a hugh kick, after which the same wing came again, and mclean having been beaten king received a good pass, but shot yards wide. The rangers again attacked their opponents stronghold, but the everton left wing soon carried the ball away, geary finishing up with a rapid shot, which narrowly escaped scoring. The half right then made an effective adavance, and owing to campbell missing the kick blyth shot in and just sent the ball over the bar. Further exchanges were than indulged in about the centre line, after which jardine received a handful but threw safely away. Shortly afterwards geary spirited down, but the home team quickly went to the front again, blyth abd fraser passing neatly until mclean dashed in and robbed. A free kick to the benefit of the rangers having been safely steered clear, away went the everton front rank, and hodge gave a corner which was not improved upon. Then for some time play rule, about the centre line, but macpherson sent the ball flying, over the crossbar, and a minute later kiet shot wide. Another shot having been made at jardine's charge, the everton forwards went mean through the home defence and wyllie forced a corner which proved of no avail. In a very short space of time afterwards geary received the leather at the centre line, and made a rapid dodging run and then shot in at express speed, the ball sailing through the rangers goal. Then followed an attack by the home left, but mclean averted danger by conceding a corner, after which the vistors went gally down the rangers gordon giving a pass to geary, who shot with telling effect the ball striking one of the posts, and reid giving a corner. This having been cleared macpherson, kier and mccreadie gave a pretty display of passing and made an abertive attack; but the everton boys quickly placed their opponents on the defensive only succeeding in foreing the ball-over the line. An equally furtile attempts having been made at the other end the home left again went to work, and two corners went to the benefit of rangers but this was quickly avenged the everton front again dasting away and wyllie scoring, the second goal. After the everton goal had a narrow escape, the visitors' right wing put in splendid work. Wyllie shot, but reid saved, and them geary jumped in and lowred the rangers colour for the thrid time. Score at half-time glasgow rangers nil, everton three. The team had a somewhat longer interval than usual keir restarted. After a few minutes play in the centre keir attempted to get away, but we beaufully robbed by campell and a second later blyth induced campbell to gave a corner, which was quickly accounted for, the everton man raced away and wyllie caused the homester some uneasy by sending in a rattling shot. The rangers then got down to close quarters, mccreadie doing his best to beat jardine after which the everton man returned the compliment milward sending in a beautiful shot which just curled round the wrong side of the post. Still keeping up the attack the everton men made a prolonged stay within the rangers quarters but at length relief was given, and after spirted play by the home front rank the ball was over the everton goal-line. A short visit here enamed owing to campbell being injured, and after this the rangers attacked, but without success. Kelso, holt, and lochhead in term aceonated for rushes by the rangers, and them the everton men, once more dashed away geary making a couple of capital attempts. A minutes later away flew the homsters and after the ball had been kept hobbling up and down close in to the everton goal, fraser succeding in scoring the first point for the glasgow team. Shortly afterwards the vistors made a further onslaught wyllie shooting in to reid, who kick clear. Then the home tean repelled a further attempt but after a spell of play in the midfield the everton boys once more moved up, and send the ball in dangerous proximity to the rangers posts. The vistors had to submit to a turn of pressurea free kick snabling the home team to make threatening attack. This having been disposed of the everton men sprinted away, milward shooting in and striking one of the posts, the ball rebounded in the centre of the goal, and wyllies breasted it through. A couple of barren attempts wre then made by the rangers, but geary made a further run and shot into reid's hands after which milward had a shot, but to no effect. Final result:- glasgow rangers 1 goal everton four. Teams:-
Glasgow rangers:- reid, goal; hodge, and tait, backs, marshall,, mccreadie, and stewart half-backs, blthe, fraser, kier macpherson, and mccreadie (h) forwards
Everton, jardine (d), goal; mclean (d), and campbell (w) backs; kelso (r) holt (j)(captain), and lochhead (a) half-backs wyllie (t), gordon (p), geary (f) mcmilan (j), and milward (a)
GLASGOW RANGERS V EVERTON
October 2, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
At Ibrox, Glasgow, before 6,000 spectators. Play commenced at 12-230. Everton playing a strong combined game, scored after twenty-five minutes' play' by Wyllie and other two points before crossing over. The Rangers then gained a goal, but Everton quickly got another, and playing with great confidence, held their opponents well in check up to the finish, finally winning by four goals to one.
EVERTON V GLASGOW RANGERS
October 2, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton paid their second visit to Glasgow this season, yesterday, when they tried conclusions with the Glasgow Rangers. Being the autumn general holiday the start was at the early hour of half-past twelve. The morning following heavy rain, was fine, and there were quite 10,000 present at Ibrox. The teams were as follows;- Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Campbell, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain) and Lochhead, half-backs; Wyllie, Gordon, Geary, McMillan, and Milward, forwards. Rangers; Reid, goal; Hodge and Tait, backs, Marshall, McCreadie, and Stewart, half-backs; Blyth, Fraser, Kerr, McPherson and H. McCreadie, forwards. Geary kicked off promptly to time, and Milward and McMillan were going nicely until Hodge interposed. The Rangers got down on the left, but McPherson shot wide. Campbell took a free kick, and the Everton left working along smartly Geary took a neat pass and shot on one side. The Rangers tried to get through on the left, but were beaten by Mclean and Kelso, and then Campbell overran the ball and let in Blyth, who shot erratically. With this escape Everton made ad advance on the right, where Tait came to the rescue and a slip by Campbell looked ominous for the visitors, but a shot behind from a free kick gave relief. At the other end Milward and McMillan, though not permitted to take good aim, gave much trouble to the home defenders. Play was not of the most interesting character just now, neither side displaying brilliant combination. The Rangers were the more aggressive, McPherson and Kerr each shooting narrowly at goal. Geary soon became prominent for a speedy run, and pasting well out Wyllie, Tait was only just in time to kick out. Everton returned on the left, and after Milward had been within an ace of beating Reid, Geary tried his luck, and scored the opening goal as the result of 25 minutes' play. The Rangers were pulled up smartly on the left, but Gordon was feeble when a chance came his way. Holt did good work at midfield, which enabled Gordon and Wylie to move prettily, and from the pass Geary stuck the post with a magnificent shot. Everton showed splendid combination at this period, their quick and sure passing causing much trouble to the Rangers' defence, which proved equal to the emergency. Everton then had to defend on the right. Campbell cleared from a corner, whilst a moment later McCreadie shot moderately. Jardine fisted out from Marshall, and Gordon and Wyllie went off in a joint run, the latter screwing a neatly obtained goal a few minutes from the interval. In the remaining brief period before changing ends, however, McPherson from a foul, tested Jardine with a hot shot, whilst Wyllie drove in at the other end. Reid knocked the ball into play, and Geary pouncing in again, scored for Everton, who thus changed over with a strong lead of 3 goals to nil. The Rangers on resuming, were busy on the right, where Campbell made a good attempt to check the raid, but was immediately driven by Blyth to concede a corner. Wyllie and McCreadie shot well for either side, and then returning briskly, Milward essayed a grand shot, the ball grazing the near post. Everton attacked warmly, several fair shots being tried on the right. Stewart was conspicuous for some clever clearances, and, aided by his well-judged tactics, the Rangers were able to locate play in Everton quarters, but were well held in check, and this, though Campbell was lame at the time from an injured shin. From clever forward work Geary had a double-barrelled shy, calling upon Reid the first time, and going just outside at the second attempt. The Rangers surviving a severe onslaught moved down quickly, and after one or two futile attempts at length scored from Fraser's shot. Wyllie had a couple of long range shies, and pressed for a while without the desired effect. The Rangers from Tait's pass, grew dangerous. The Rangers, from Tait's pass, grew dangerous, which increased in severity on a free kick falling to them. Kelso in particularly cleared, and Everton were soon at the face of goal, where Milward's shot struck the bar. Wyllie took the rebound with success. The Rangers had a brief turn, but were not capable of beating the visitors' defence, and Everton went away splendidly at the lead of Geary, and somewhat one-sided game resulted –Everton 4 goals, Rangers 1.
October 3, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton League side are due at Sunderland, and the Anfield-road enclosure will thus be occupied by Everton and Stockport County, who will be engaged in the only Combination match arranged for today.
Sunderland v Everton.
Everton v Stockport County, Everton, Anfield (Combination), Kick-off at four o'clock. The following will represent; Everton; Williams, goal; Chadwick and Collins; Kirkwood, Jones and Robertson, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Thomson, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.
Everton league v Northwich Victoria, Northwich
SUNDERLAND V EVERTON
October 5, 1891. Birmingham Daily Post
A very large company was present to witnessed the match between these clubs at Sunderland, and the proceedings throughout excited the keenest excitement. The start took place at quarter past three, and after the Sunderland backs had resisted several determined attacks the ball was worked across, and Campbell followed up some pretty play by sending the ball through for Sunderland. This accrued ten minutes' from the kick-off, and ten minutes later Geary equalised for Everton. The ball was twice got through by Sunderland, but in each instance the point was disallowed. At half-time the score was one goal each, when ends had been changed the Everton men began to show signs of fatigue, and some of their changes lacked the vigour of the first half. After a little bad luck the Sunderland men worked the ball across and Scott scored from a corner. Geary for Everton made a fine rush the whole lengthy of the field, but when about to shoot at goal he came into collision with Gow, and was carried off the field. The result of the game was, therefore, a victory for Sunderland by two goals to one.
October 5, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton emerge very creditably out of their second tour in the north this season, but are not, of course, satisfied with the result of the Wearside battle. On Thursday, though without Latta and Chadwick, whose places were filled by Wyllie and McMillan. Everton gave a superior exhibition at Ibrox to that shown by the Glasgow Rangers, and thoroughly merited the comparatively easy win of 4 goals to 1. The home forwards had a few chances of shining brightly in opposition to the strong half-backs, Kelso, Holt, and Lochhead, each in turn enjoying much success in outmanoeuvring the Rangers' vanguard. Campbell and McLean also gave a reassuring display in defensive tactics; whilst Jardine was not beaten until the game was practically secured. The Everton forwards did not travel smoothly at the outset of the play, but afterwards their combination and shooting were particularly fine, and had not the players been advised to take matters comfortably, the issue would presumably have been much more one-sided. The meeting of Everton and Sunderland on Saturday created a great stir in the Tyne and Wear district, but the attendance hardly came up to that of previous matches. The conditions generally favoured a fair trial of skill. The weather was temperate, with the wind of little force, and both clubs were represented in full strength. J. Hannah, late of Sunderland Albion, having hitherto been absent from League matches on account of illness. Everton had the best of the opening incidents, but Sunderland were the first to score. Everton were not slow in equalising, however, and for a long time the play was vigorous and even. Sunderland seemed the stronger as the second half progressed, closing in towards Everton's goal in a dashing and uniform style, and shooting strongly. The visitors' defence was severely tested at the juncture, and the back play of Mclean and Campbell was of the very best quality. However a corner proved fatal a quarter of an hour before the finish. Scott took the kick, and the ball was sent into goal, and passed through untouched, as Everton aver, but in the opinion of the referee the point was a legitimate one. Everton were naturally chagrined at this development, but pulled themselves together for a final effort to overtake their rivals. A splendid fast run down the centre by Geary looked as though he would equalise, but in taking his shot, he either got kicked by Doig or twisted his foot, and fell in agony, to be carried off the field, when it was found he had received a sprained ankle. With ten men, Everton had no hope, and once more accepted a narrow defeat of a goal margin from Sunderland. The home team were certainly the better balanced side and showed less indulgence in wing tactics. Lochhead was too often erratic, and whilst Holt and Kelso were consistent and energetic, the display of Jardine, Mclean, and Campbell was most gratifying.
EVERTON V SUNDERLAND
October 5, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton having beaten Glasgow Rangers on Thursday by 4 goals to 1, visited Wearside on Saturday to decide their first League match this season with Sunderland. The weather was fine, but dull, and the attendance numbered about 10,000. Both clubs had their full team, which was constituted as follows; Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Campbell, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain), and Lochhead, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Geary, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Sunderland; Doig, goal; Porteous, and Gow, backs; Murray, Auld, and Gibson, half-backs; Smith, J. Hannah, Campbell, Scott and D. Hannah, forwards. Immediately on starting Kelso pulled up the Sunderland left wing, but Murray did equally well on the other side. Everton went down in good formation, the ball going out on the right; but pressure was renewed on the left, and Geary tested Doig. Sunderland right wing raved down strongly, and got a couple of futile corners. Holt and Mclean each cleared, and from a spanking run by Latta, Doig's charge was well-nigh captured by Gordon. Everton attacked stoutly and forced corners, from one of which Doig saved grandly. McLean missed on Sunderland left escaping, and closing in smartly a corner was given, Campbell scoring out of the ensuing scrimmage. Everton at once made a sturdy attack to repair the damaged record, but got only a corner, and then had to depend a keen assault on their goal, which they did with success. The visitors returned to the attack in earnest. The ball went into touch on left, and Holt passing up to Milward, he centred, and Gearey equalised. Jardine saved from a shot by Campbell, and Everton went well on the left when Gordon just failed to turn a fine centre to account. J. Hannah, who appeared for the first time in a League match, ran himself off side, and with this let off Everton grew very threatening. Geary shooting straight and Latta being not quite in time to prevent Doig making a clever save. When Sunderland were pressing hard, W. Campbell gave hands. Everton were in trouble, but yet cleared on the ball being worked over the line, and then gave much anxiety to the home defenders, who were found to be sound. Sunderland took up the theme on the right, and Murray shot through goal, but Campbell charged Jardine when in an off-side position, and the point was promptly vetoed. Whilst Everton were in an advantageous position, Geary unfortunately got winded, and though a chance almost immediately occurred on the right, it was only to find Gow equal to the emergency. After some even play Campbell for Sunderland cleverly beat two opponents and shot grandly, but Jardine saved magnificently. In reply to a run on Everton's right, which caused Murray to put into touch, D. Hannah went away in a powerful run, ad pressure of much severity was brought to bear on Jardine's preserve, but Mclean and Kelso were conspicuous for checking the raiders, and the interval the tally was even with a goal each. Everton, on resuming had the wind against them, and were at once called upon to oppose an invasion. Murray found an opportunity to shoot. Jardine was allowed to take charge of the ball, and cleared. Sunderland, however, were persistent, but Jardine gathered the ball grandly from a sharp shy by Auld. Mclean now came to the rescue, and drove to open ground, whence Everton left headed a run. Milward shot on the wrong side of the post, whilst from a further favourable range Geary lifted over the bar. In foiling Scott in his shot a few minutes later, Mclean gave a free kick close in. This was a critical incident for Everton, but the Everton right defence, in particular, did some clever defending on Sunderland returning strongly once or twice. Holt extricated the ball from a scrimmage, and this enabled Everton to take up the attack and shoot from different directions, Chadwick placed behind, and on latta and Gordoin running down a foul occurred in favour of Everton. The place kick was near in, but Lochhead kicked out inexplicably. Sunderland became aggressive, but a free kick gave a respite to Everton. Play continued to be even and exciting, and Jardine stopped a warm shot, as did Doig from Gordon at the other end. Sunderland were seen in a threatening mood soon afterwards, and from a free kick conceded by Lochhead, Jardine came out with a grand save. A corner, however, followed, and this led up to tight scrimmage, and in Gibson lifting over. Coming back Sunderland forced a corner, Scott took the place, and the ball passed through. Everton maintained that it had gone into goal untouched, but the point was conceded. A great cheer signified this success, and Sunderland responded with great dash. They ran and shot splendidly, and Jardine and Campbell joined in some brilliant clearances. There was yet a quarter of an hour to play. Excitement and enthusiasm went up to a high pitch as Sunderland for a time penned Everton within their own half. The visitors tried a change in their formation, Milward and Geary transposing positions. Still Sunderland had the best of matters, and, after a spurt on the Everton right, Jardine made another fine save. Geary, on Kelso rendering a free kick nugatory, delighted the spectators with a splendid run, travelling from one end of the field to the other. He outpaced Murray and Porteous, but in taking his final kick at goal, he and Doig collided, and Geary sprained his ankle and was carried off the field. Nothing particular occurred in the subsequent play, and a hard game ended in a win for Sunderland by 2 goals to 1.
EVERTON V STOCKPORT COUNTY
October 5, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
The Anfield enclosure was again occupied on Saturday by the Everton second string, when Stockport County were the visitors, and the match a combination one. Both sides were fully represented, and when Wright kick-off for the visitors a crowd of some 5000 strong had assembled. The homesters were the first to show up in a nice passing style, and a couple of shots by Elliott and Wyllie narrowly escaped taking effect. For a minute or two the visitors were troublesome, but Chadwick eased with a good kick, and Murray succeeded in scoring the first goal for Everton, from a free kick, which was succeeded by Thomson securing a second point. Nothing more was done in the scoring line up to half-time. Immediately on restarting the home front rank got in a fine line, and Wyllie finished up with a shot which completely baffled Urmston, thus making a third goal for Everton. Stockport strove hard up to the finish to initial, but it was left to McMillan to score the fourth point for his side, a very one-sided game terminating with the result –Everton, 4 goals, Stockport County, nil.
SUNDERLAND 2 EVERTON 1
OCTOBER 6 1891
Played on the ground off the former club, before about 10,000, spectators.few the first for minutes, after the homesters had kicked off play, confineed to the centre, but J.hannah and broke through and passed prettly down the home right, a check being at length administrated by campbell, then everton passed from left to right, and after latta and gordon had attacked the home defence lochhead had a shot at goal, put without success. Then the everton men came again, and porteus defening cleaner the his lines. The vistoring team made another effort, and doig throw clear after which the sunderland left wing made an effective advances. A couple of barron corners being the only chances. Shortly after this latta gained a lot of ground and a quick assault was made on the sunderland goal doig kicking clear. Then campbell broke away for sinderland, and made a forceful run, but was foul by holt, gow took the frree-kick, campbell meeting the ball and scoring the first point for sunderland. After the evverton men had endoudoured to get through their opponents defences, the home team had a other free-kick, which resulted in a barron corner. For a short time, play was in everton's half, but at length chadwick and milward, and then geary and the right wing was sending the sunderlands defences back, then J hannah and smith played pretty footballer down home right, but lochhead dashed in and robbedthem, after which the everton team advanced, and milward passed to geary who made the score equal. Shortly afters jardine made a very clearance and milward forced a cornerfrom porteus, at home goal. Subseqently having a narrow escape. Chadwick later on, pass the ball to geary, who got in an express shot, and nearly beat doig. The homesters quickly returned the compliment by rushing down the field, the ball was then sent to murray, who shot pass jardine, but the everton goalkeeper having been subjected to a foul, the goal was disallowed. Both side's attacked and jardine saved a grand shot from campbell after which each side held their own, and at half-time the score was 1 goal each. After the interval geary restarted, and in the home team moving up holt, missed and let in J haanon, but campbell at length made a great clearence. Then murray had a shot, but without scoring and after a short period of play, in midfield the homesters returned to the attack, jardine having a difficulty shot save, and a monute later,, the home right again move up at the vistors half, and J hannon sent the ball flying by the side of the post. After this milward and chadwick had a turn, the former having a struggle with porteus, when milward shot over the bar. The home front then made an onslaught but twice a great rush by the home front rank and was followed by a wild shot at the everton goal. After which the vistors attacked, but this was quickly repulsed.smith and J hannah started a great move on right, smith shot latre jardine who saved cleverly, and them a fine shot by scott, putting the ball between the posts still keeping up the attack the homesters troubled jardine on three occasions and the everton men were fairly pinned in their own quarters. About eight minutes from the call of time, geary with the ball at his toes, made a spendid run, but was charged by doig when on the point of shooting, and was so badly injuryed that he had to be assited of the field. Final result sunderland 2 goals, everton 1.
Add geary was able to accompany his collegues back to Liverpool, but it is feared the injurie he has sustained to his ankle will deprive the club of his services for some time. Teams:-
Sunderland, doig goals; porteus,and gow backs; , murray, auld, and gibson, half-backs, hannah (j), smith, campbell, scott hannah (d),, forwards
Everton, jardine (d), goals; mclean (d), and campbell (w) backs; kelso (r), holt (j) (captain), and lochhead (a), half-backs, latta (a), gordon (p), mgeary (f), chadwick (e), and milward (a) forwards.
NORTHWICH VICTORIA 0 EVERTON 3
OCTOBER 7 th 1891
No information traced, in local papers except for score.
BOLTON WANDERERS V. EVERTON
October 10, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
The Bolton Wanderers being possessed of so brilliant a record in the league competition this season, the interest in their doings has naturally much increased, and on Saturday, when they received a visit from Everton, nearly 10,000 gathered at the Bolton ground. Winning the toss, Bolton played with the wind behind them, and soon pressed their opponents, but a goal obtained was rightly disallowed for offside. The game then become fast, and fairly even, Everton perhaps had a slight advantage until Cassidy scored for the Wanderers, and the home side assumed the upper hand. Jardine, the Everton goalkeeper was hurt, and the visitors had to play with only ten men. The Wanderers, however, did not increase their lead, the score at half-time being;- Wanderers 1, Everton 0. Robertson acted as goalkeeper for Everton in the second half, and proved highly effective but of course the team were handicapped. Once, however, the Liverpool men hit the Bolton post, and another time Latta screwed right into Sutcliffe's hands. No score, however, was obtained, and had the Bolton centre taken full advantage of the opportunities attend him by McFetteridge and Munro, the Wanderers would probably have scored heavily. As it was Bolton Wanderers proved victorious by 1 goal to nil.
EVERTON V NORTHWICH VICTORIA
October 10, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Northwich yesterday. During the first half the visitors pressed continually. Notthwich got away once or twice, but only briefly, and Everton scored goals to nil before the interval. Afterwards for the first ten minutes play was equal. Then Everton became aggressive, and maintained the pressure until nearly the end. Northwich then pressed, but could not score. Final result; Everton, 3 goals, Northwich Victoria, nil.
October 10, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
With the followers of the Association code in Liverpool the one great attraction this afternoon is the meeting of Everton and Preston North End in a League match at Anfield. Neither club, who have as yet monopolised the championship, are going so strongly as previously, but this will hardly detract from interest in the great contest. Last year at Anfield, before one of the largest crowds ever seen on that ground, North End won a memorable game by a goal to nil, due so the conspicuous personality of J.N. Ross, whose defence was brilliant in the extreme, and it is to be hoped, though doubtful, that his recent injury will not prevent his taking part today. If he should be absent, the chances of Everton winning are greater, but they would still more prefer to meet and succeed against their old foemen with Ross in his position. Of the six league matches so far decided by Everton and Preston North End, the latter have won five and the former one. Preston have scored in every match, with an aggregate of 14 goals, whilst Everton have made goals in two games only -1890, when they scored one at home and two away. Everton have accordingly much leeway to make, and with this object the team has been amended, Robertson superseding Lochhead, and Elliott filling the gap occasioned by Geary's accident.
Everton v Preston North End, Anfield, Kick-off at 3-30 p.m. The following will present Everton; Jardine, goal; Mclean and Campbell, backs; Kelso, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Elliott, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Combination
Everton V Leek, at leek. Kick-off at 2.45 p.m. The following will represent Everton; Williams, goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Kirkwood, Jones, and Lochhead, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Parry, McMillan, and Thomson, forwards.
EVERTON V. PRESTON NORTH END
October12, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
Holding similar positions in the list of League clubs, the meeting of these fine teams upon the Everton groud at Liverpool naturally attracted a great deal of attention, a large number of spectators witnessing the match. Those who were present were rewarded by witnessing a magnificent struggle, which ultimately ended a draw, neither side being able, in spite of strenuous exertions, to obtain any definite advantage. Everton won the toss, and immediately following the kick-off they pressed, but only for a time, as Preston quickly cleared and in turn attacked. This gave-and-take play lasted for about half an hour, at the end of which Townie scored for the visitors. A little later Campbell was injured, and for a time had to leave the field, upon his return Everton played up splendidly, and their efforts were rewarded, the scores being equalised just before half-time. During the second portion the game was hotly contested and despite the fact that Campbell owing to his injury had been compelled to retire, Preston could not obtain an advantage. Towards the close Preston had all the best of the game, and fairly penned their opponents, but meet with bad luck, as the ball frequently struck the goalposts without going through, the match finally ending in a draw of one goal each.
EVERTON 1 PRESTON NORTH END 1
OCTOBER 12 1891
Played on the anfield ground, about 18,000 spectators being present. Unfortunatelt for everton geary was unable to turn out, and thomson (who is expected to join the accrington club this week) played centre; and robertson was substitated for lochhead at left back. N.J. ross, who has been laid up for some weeks,, took up his position at back in the north end team. The vistors (towie), kicked off at half pass three. Drummond and gallacher got away, but campbell effected a fine clearance. Latta and gordon then went up the right and nick ross sent the invaders back with a hugh kick. It at once became evident that the game was to be a warm one, and both teams went at it hammer and tongs. Campbell effected a couple of fine clearances. The ball was taken up the everton left by milward and chadwick, and the former from a corner, had a long shot,, which, however, did not get the desired directions. Play in midfield followed, and them the home left went away again, but a bad pass by chadwick nullified the advantage. Campbell was hereabouts placed hors de combat. Towie, drummond, and gallacher made tracks for jardines, who saved a ‘'daisy cutter'' from drummond and marvellously. Holt then missed the ball, and latta, who was now operating at half-back also failed to get at the leather this combination of mistakes resulting in a corner, which was well got rid of. With only ten men. Everton were, of course, sorely tried everton eventually got off and thomson was given several chance, but his display was not at all admired, his movements being slow in the extreme. A free kjick was given close to the vistors goal, and thomson succeded in defeating trainer amidst a perfect hurricane of applause. This success infused still more energy into the evertonians and chadwick, latta who only just missed scoring a second point. The game continued to be carried out in a most spirted manner, and kelso was repeatedly cheered for grand play. From a throw in close on the everton line, mclean cleared and the ball was sent across to latta, who with gordon rushed up the right in a fine cencerted movement. Thomson received and shot grandly, holmes only just succeeding in getting the globe away. Half-time score:- 1 goal each. When thomas restarted on behalf of the homesters it was noticed that cambell was not in the team, and had been compelled to retire on account of a severe sprain. Not withstanding that they only had ten men,, the evertonians at once went for trainer's end, and for several minutes sorely taxed the preston defence, which however, remained intact. Mclean was applauded for a fine piece of play, and then chadwick shot in. everton at this point were pressing vigorously, but the dafence was equal to the attack and though the home forwards indulged in some very fine movements they proved of no avail. ‘' nick'' ross gave to his left wing men, who rushed away and sent to the other extreme wing, but robertson sent them to the rightsabout. There was a lot of playing the man instead of the ball hereabout. Milward sent in a terrifle shot , which trainer only just propelled over the bar. Gordon was given a chance, but shot wide and then north end made away to jardine's charge. Both teams now put in all they knew, and each end was visited in turn, the globe travelling quickly between the respective goalposts. Everton,, with ten men lasted remarkable well and a long-range shot by latta compelled trainer toconcede a corner, ross just succeeding in clearing the danger. The result was a draw,, 1 goal each. Teams:-
Everton, jardine (d) goal; mclean (d) and campbell (w) backs; kelso (r),, holt (j) (captain), and robertson (h) half backs;, latta (a), gordon (p) thomson, chadwick (e) and milward (a), forwards.
Preston north end, trainer, goal; holmes and NJ ross backs; sharpe, saunders, and stewart (w) half-backs; gordon (j), ross (jun),, drummond, towie and gallacher, forwards .
Garston, Oct 12-1891
Dear Sir, – On Saturday I was approached by two of my old colleagues of the Everton Football Club, and was asked to sign a declaration attesting to certain facts, but as one or two of the points named therein – whilst doubtless quite correct – were not within my own personal knowledge, I did not feel that I should be justified in signing it, and therefore preferred writing to you stating what to my knowledge the original terms between Mr Houlding and the club were.It was stated by Mr Houlding that in response to the club's special request he had purchased the field for a sum of nearly £6,000, and that during the time the club was not in a position to pay more he would be content to accept a rental of £100. It being distinctly understood that as the club became more established and got in a position to pay more it should do so, until it would give him a fair return for the heavy sum of money he had had to lay down, and as far as my memory serves me the fair return which he looked forward to was something like 4 per cent. I did not hear of any stipulation as to the cutting of a street by Mr Orrell, nor yet of any reservation as to the sale of intoxicants on the ground; but such stipulations might easily have been made without my knowledge, seeing that it was only occasionally I could get up to Everton to attend their meetings &c., at that time, owing to the long distance I was then living from Everton. I know the question of widening the ground was often discussed, but it was stated “Mr Orrell declined to part with more of his land.” With regard to the sale of liquor on the ground, I consider Mr Houlding had a perfect right to protect his ordinary trade interests, but there is a wide difference between protection and insisting upon the erosion of place; on the ground from which his own goods should be retailed out. For several years Mr Houlding certainly did not get a fair return for his money, and therefore it was only what any other sensible person would have done, to take care that by letting the ground he had purchased, he should hold the reins of power in seeing that his own particular trade was not damaged by others coming on the very ground he had paid all this money for, and for which he was getting so poor a return; and if Mr Houlding still wishes to hold these reins, I think the members should acquiesce without demur. I have often seen reference made to the fact that Mr Houlding reaps considerable advantage by the large business done at the Sandon Hotel through the close proximity of some to the ground, and by the meetings being held there. I consider such reference are contemptible, and never ought to be mentioned. It is only right that I should state that it was at my instance and proposition that the club's headquarters were removed from the old public house in Everton Village to the more respectable and convenient Sandon Hotel: this act with the fact that I prevailed upon such men as Mr Houlding, Mr Robt. Wilson, Mr W Lowe, Mr Arthur Boylett and Mr Brookes – actually proposing them as president and vice-presidents respectively – was laying a sound foundation for building up the magnificent club you now have. I have alluded to this simply to show that Mr Houlding had nothing whatever to do with the Sandon being made the club's headquarters. This was my doing, because it was much more respectable and better suited for the holding of such meetings, besides being the nearest hotel to our ground in Stanley-park for the players to dress at. I would also point out that it is quite an accident that the club ground is so near to the Sandon, as if any of the owners or occupiers of ground towards the bottom end of Arkles-lane could have been prevailed upon to let the club a good ground the present one would doubtless never have been used for football purpose, in which case some hotel – other than the Sandon and adjoining houses to the present ground would have reaped the benefits; and surely no one can begrudge the best friend of the club ever had of being one of a number that reap some benefit from the patronage bestowed upon them by visitors and members of the club. Assuredly someone would reap a benefit of this kind, and there is no more reason for casting this in his teeth than to tell other neighbouring hotelkeepers that they reap a benefit. What the members have to consider is the “Terms of Rental”, and if it is not presumptuous on my part, I would recommend that the club should lease the ground at such rental as can be agreed upon, which will be a fair remuneration for the money laid down by Mr Houlding in purchasing the ground. To move to other quarters would be tremendous expensive, and would necessary, be going out of a very large population, which might lose the club much more than (what seems) a heavy rental involves. I am, therefore, of opinion the club should stop where they are, making the best possible terms with both Mr Orrell and Mr Houlding; who I am sure, would meet the club in a fair spirit, should circumstances at some future date not be so favourable as at present. I have never written or said anything upon this subject previously, and should not have presumed to trouble you with this communication had I not been invited to sign the declaration referred to in the opening of my letter. And if anything I have written will assist the matter now in dispute to be brought to an amicable settlement my trouble will not have been in vain. – Yours &:,
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for this
LEEK 0 EVERTON RESERVES 5
October 12 1891
The Liverpool mercury
Everton combination team visted Leek o0n Saturday. The vistors were not slow in being such pressure to leek in their goal, and had hard lines in servere occasion. Replying to a futile effortby leek, lochhead give parry a chance to utilised th the ball. Everton continued to have much the best of the argument, but only on the numerous shots tried up to half-time. On resuming the slippery state of the ground, marritt fall in attempting to negioting a shot by murray and Everton forged further ahead, Everton score two further gioals later on winning by 5-0.
THE EVERTON F.C.- MEETING TO-NIGHT.
OCTOBER 11 1891
In view of the specking of members of this club which is to be held to-night to ‘'discuss the situation,'' the following circular has been issue:-
The everton football club, Liverpool oct 10 1891.
Dear sir:- owing to the grossly inaccurate reports and information, which have appeared respecting this club we deen it our duty to inform you upon the present position, more particularly upon matters in respect of which it will be your duty to exercise yoyr vote on Monday evening next at the general meeting. Deputation from your committee have waited upon messrs orrell and houlding, with the following results:- mr orrell offers (in writing) a ten year lease, rent £120 per annum: stands and other erections always to belong to the club. Mr orrell does not require mr. Houlding to guarantee the rent. Mr houlding:- the deputation waited twice upon this gentleman- results on each occasion unsatisfactory. Rent:- mr. Houlding demands £250 per annum notwith standing the fact, that m. orrell's demands has arisen entirely through mr. Houlding's inability to give us peaceable possession of the land which he (mr. Houlding) has been and is now charging rent for.. Leave- he will not say that he will grant one. Stands and fixtures- these are still claimed by mr.houlding the only deviation being mr. Barclay's statement (suthorised by mr. Houlding), which without any disrespect to that gentleman we are compelled to describle as ridicuslous, as he asks for the unanimous votes of about 476 members. As mr. Houlding can only claim the stands, on strictly legal grounds, it will be the duty of your committee to be advised as to their legal rights and, if an advised, to contest the legality of proceedings which, to you as members have been of so repugnants a character. Alternative schemes- we are not without these and they will be fully disclosed and handed to your committee at the proper time. We have obtained for your information particulars of renatls paid by others clubs, and now append list of same- aston villa £175, notts county £186 (stands included) police athletic £80, bootle £80, burnley £75 stoke city £75, blackburn rovers £60, darwen £50, wolverhampton wanderers £50, sunderland £45, accrington £40, bolton wanderers £35, west brom £35, preston £30, caledonians £25 everton mr orrell £120, mr houlding £250 total £370
The above figures need no comment. Finally we desire simply the welfare of our club and regret that it is the position taken up by the president which blocks any reasonable solution of the difficulty. We contend that the three main questions-stands rental, and leases or fixity of tenure (weather on the present or any other groung) should at this juncture be definitely placed upons a busness-like basis. We ask for no generosity, but we, in no undertain voice, demands fairplay- yours very truly, WR clayton 74 dacey road
Geo mahon 86 anfield road
We the underaigned memebers of committee hereby express our approyal of and concurrences in the above:- J atkinson, JC baxter AJ coates, F currier, J griffiths, W jackson.
October 12, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton are under a cloud –a fleeting one, it is hoped. The derangements occasioned by the secession of Doyle and Brady had no sooner been rectified than injuries obtruded, and caused renewed inconvenience. Last week Geary was incapacitated; before then Latta had to take a recruiting rest, and now Campbell, at a time when displaying a greater quality of usefulness then he had ever done before, is hors de combat with a damaged knee. Troubles never did come singly, but in battalions, and Everton seemed doomed to have their cup full at present, but there is to ground for despondency, for, though handicapped as the League champions find themselves, they yet just manage to hold their own, and have scored six points out of a possible dozen. This is a long way short of the position Everton held after the corresponding number of matches last year, when they had won five and drawn one, but such a brilliant performance was too phenomenal to be repeated, or even closely approached, and it matters not –so long as the success do come –whether they are distributed over the season or crowded into one particular stage, as they were last year. Even on Saturday, with Geary absent and Campbell disabled for three parts of the game. Everton did better than they did last season, and instead of defeat, made a tie with Preston North End, and thus secured a point against a team to whom they conceded the whole of four points in the previous campaign. This does not exactly look as if Everton were “going to the “dogs” as was remarked very loudly on Saturday within earshot of the press representatives, and if Campbell had not been so unlucky, Preston North End would, it is evident, have found their old rivals very animate “goes” indeed. The plain logic is –Everton, with a man short, were equal to Preston North End, and accordingly, had the numerical strength been uniform, Everton would have proved the stronger team. The issue, then is highly satisfactory under all the circumstances attending the game. In many respects the play was disappointing on each side. There was too much feeling displayed, and of course roughness was often visible. Both teams were tarred with the same brush, but the visitors bedaubed themselves the more thickly. Preston North End were remarkable in no department, and have fallen off steadily and surely from their former greatness. Last time they were at Anfield, N.J. Ross was the striking personality. He played on Saturday, was well received upon his entry into the arena and gave a sterling exhibition of defence that was a little surprising, seeing that it was his first appearance after an injury. He did not stand boldly out, as he did a twelvemonth back; but still he outshone his colleague. Drummod made a sturdy centre forward, and kept his wings well in hand, but his right hand supports were the more conspicuous. Gordon showed his retention of screwing power, shooting often with splendid judgement, and was carefully assisted by J. Ross, but the latter's need of praise is qualified owing to some doubtful touches of play, and of which the spectators were never slow in demonstrating their displeasure. Of Everton, it would not be fair to blame them for lack of cohesion at times. What can be expected when the forwards are reduced to a quartet? The wonder is they did so well. They played up gamely against odds to a man, and often showed good combination, or they would never have saved the match. That they did stave off defeat is to the credit, it must in bare justice be acknowledged of two men in particular –Kelso, who showed after Campbell's withdrawal what a fine back, if he could be spared, he would prove; the other hero was of course Jardine, who never kept goal more pleasingly.
This evening the members of the Everton Club are summoned to assemble in the College Hall, Shaw-street, to receive the report of the negotiations that have taken place since the last extraordinary general meeting on the question of tenancy. It is hoped members in the meantime have mastered the facts of the delicate situation, and will meet in a conciliatory mood. If each side remains stern and unbending, the crisis will develop a turn of which it is hard to say where it will tend; but if compromise be the prevailing spirit, the troubles will be quickly arranged. From a spectator's point of view, it is immaterial where the headquarters are, so long as they are ample and convenient of access. The present site commends itself by association, and the point to be borne in mind, is not what the ground is worth per yard for building purposes, but what is its value with stands, drainage, levelling, &c, to the Everton Club. An arbitrator would secure equity.
EVERTON V PRESTON NORTH END
October 12, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton met the ex-champions from Preston in their first League contest on Saturday, and despite the heavy rain which continued to fall from early morning till two hours from the kick-off, an immense crowd, approaching close on 16,000, lined the Anfield ground, many of them being excursionists from Preston and Manchester. Two changes were made in the home team from that of the previous week, Thomson and Robertson being substituted for Geary and Loochhead respectively. N'J. Ross, for the visitors, had sufficiently recovered to make up the accustomed position at left back. The following were the teams; Everton; Jardine, goal; McLean and Campbell, backs; Kelso, Holt (captain) and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Thomson, Chadwick, and MIlward, forwards. North End;- Trainor, goal; Holes and N.J. Ross, backs; Sharp, Saunders, and Stewart, half-backs; Gordon, J. Ross, Drummond, Towie, and Gallacher, forwards. Both teams were loudly cheered on entering the ground. Holt won the toss, and Drummond kicked towards the Oakfield-road goal. Both ends were immediately assailed, Campbell sending the Prestonians back twice, and, after Kelso had lobbed beautifully in, Latta rushed up, but shot outside the upright. North End being let in by Thomson, Towie missed a nice chance from Preston Gordon. Everton went away on the left, N. Ross kicking out, and MIlward sending outside from the throw in. From was hotly assailed, and Kelso relieved with an overhead kick. Play having been stopped owing to Campbell having collided with Gordon and hurt his knee, the homesters restarted with ten men, and were at once in front of Trainor, but Thomson missed his aim. A free kick to the North End having been got rid of, Milward and Chadwick trickly ran through the former's shot across the goalmouth, being worked clear by J.N. Ross. Everton still playing with ten men, and Latta at half back. The visitors had the best of the game, and Jardine's charge ran many narrow shaves. Coming again, Gordon got away on the Preston right and shot in, Jardine , in clearing, kicking against Townie's chest, and the ball rebounded through the goal, North End thus opening the scoring. Everton, for a minute or two after their reverse, made a few incursions, but found no opening, and Drummond, from a pass by Gallacher, skied one over the crossbar. Campbell's return, skied one over the crossbar. Campbell's return, after 24 minutes' absence, was conspicuous for a free kick, in front of Trainor, and Thomson, amidst tremendous enthusiasm, made the game level. From the centre line Latta ran up, and caused Trainor to fist out a warm shot, and Gordon and Chadwick each sent over the bar. Young Ross was now repeatedly hissed for questionable tactics. A fine run by Latta, and his outwitting of Ross, was the next conspicuous item, nut Holmes managed to steer clear from under the bar. North End then had a try for making headway, but Kelso drove them back. Ross sen, then crossed over to Gordon and Jardine had to negotiate a hard one, which brought about half time, with the score one goal each. Considering that Campbell had been of very little use owing to his injury, the homesters held their own up to this stage. With only ten men, Campbell not reappearing, Thomson started, and the North End charge was first in danger. Holmes stepping in the nick of time and breaking up a fine bit of combination by Milward and Chadwick. A couple of faultless shots at Jardine's goal having take place, McLean beat Gordon and Ross, and put his side on the attack, but N.J. Ross cleared a well-directed shot by Milward just as it was about to glide through, while at the other end Drummond headed a pass by Gordon over the bar. The hopes of the homesters were raised as Gordon ran down and crossed to Milward, the latter's flying shot being beautifully worked by Trainor. A long kick took play towards Jardine, who conceded a corner to Gordon, and then an off-side goal was scored against him. Jardine immediately saved after this, and Preston, still hovering in front of the home custodian owing to the crippled state of Everton, might have obtained the lead had Kelso not got in with a timely lounge. Latta, not relishing his position at half, ran down and forced a corner from Trainor, which as also a second one, proved barren, a similar couple of points being conceded by Jardine to the outside right of the visitors. Gallagher having been twice pulled up for poaching, play was taken up by the Everton left, but Holmes intercepted, and Kelso and Mclean had each to exert themselves in stemming a well-combined rush by the visitors. Five minutes from the finish Everton certainly had three fine chances thrown away owing to the selfishness of Milward and Chadwick and their centre forward getting too much to his left instead of keeping his place in the centre. Give and take play was carried on to the close, and the whistle sounded, after a very hard game, with Jardine saving a clinking shot and the score –North End 1 goal, Everton 1.
EVERTON V LEEK
October 12, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton Combination team visited Leek on Saturday. The visitors were not slow in bringing much pressure to bear on the home goal, and had hard lines on several occasions. Replying to a futile effort by Leek to score, Lochhead ran and gave Parry a chance he utilised to the full. Everton continued to have much the best of the argument, but only one of the numerous shots tried up the half-time took effect. On resuming, the slippery state of the ground caused Merritt's fall in attempting to negotiate a shot by Murray and an Everton forged further ahead. Leek had an advantageous turn, later on, but were unequal to it, and Everton adding two other goals, won by 5 to nil.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
October 13, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
An adjourned meeting of the members of this club was held last evening in the Lecture-Hall of the College, Shaw-street, for the purpose of receiving the report of a deputation which had waited upon Mr. Houlding and Mr. Orrell with respect to the conditions of tenancy of the football field. Mr. W.E. Barclay, vice-president of the club, presided, and there president of the club, presided, and there was a large attendance. The deputation reported that Mr. Orrell, who was first interviewed, stated that, on payment of £100, he would not disturb the club for the present season, and they might have the use of the ground for practice, and that subsequently he offered, in writing, to allow the club, on payment of £120 a year in advance, the use of his ground for ten years, and to give an agreement that he would not claim ownership of any errections put on the ground during that period. On the 21 st September the deputation waited upon Mr. Houlding, and, after informing him of Mr. Orrell's offer, asked him what he would do in respect of his ground. His reply was that as long as the club paid him his rent he would not disturb them, and that he would not deviate from the arrangement entered upon on the 24 th July, 1888. Mr. Houlding was subsequently invited to make a statement in writing of his views for the consideration of the committee, and he replied that so long as the club could afford to pay the rent of £250 a year he would take it, but I the finances were insufficient he would meet such an emergency by accepting a reduced rent. His attention was called to the advisability of the lease of his land running concurrently with Mr. Orrell's, and to the emphatic feeling of the members that he should forego his claim to the stands and fixtures. The deputation did not consider his replies satisfactory. They did not suggest any rental to Mr. Houlding in either of their interviews, not having any authority to do so. 0 after considerable discussion, Mr. Mahon moved that the committee instruct a solicitor on behalf of the club, to forthwith serve on Mr. Houlding a notice to quite the present ground and determine the present tenancy. He had got, he said, an offer of a more suitable piece of land at £50 a year, on lease for seven years, which he had very little doubt could be extended, if desired, to ten or fourteen years. If they could not get the stands and errections from the present ground –which he was disposed to think they could, when it came to a pinch –he firmly believed that the most satisfactory arrangements could he come to whereby stands could be erected, if not for nothing, for next to nothing. –Mr. Coates seconded the motion, which was supported by Mr. Clayton, who said that they need have no hesitation in supporting Mr. Mahon's proposal, as they all knew that he had no other interest to serve than the welfare of the club –Mr. Everett moved, as an amendment the payment of £100 to Mr. Orrell, in order to secure the season, and that a special committee be appointed to inquire into the whole matter of the ground, the terms on which the present ground and the adjoining field can be rented or purchased, and also the terms on which new grounds can be obtained.” –This was seconded by Mr. Brittain, and supported by Mr. Montgomery. - Mr. Clayton said he should vote against the amendment, because it was couched in the spirit of procrastination. –Mr. Howarth asked them not to vote for a scheme which only existed only in Mr. Mahon's pocket. –The Chairman read a letter, which he said he had just received from Mr. Houlding, in which he said; “Mr. John Orrell has given me notice that he intends to exercise his right to make the road on the north side of the football field, one half, namely, 18 feet of the breadth, of which must be constructed out of my land, and one half out of his. The enclosure and stands which have been erected, on sufferance, by private subscription, extend over the 128 feet contributed by me, and I am required by Mr. Orrell to remove them forthwith. Under these circumstances, it is with extreme regret that I am obliged to give you notice, which I hereby do, that you must give up possession of the piece of land, situated between Anfield-road and Walton Breck-road, used as a football ground, with the approaches thereto, after the closing of the present season, namely, on the 30 th April, 1892.” In a postscript, Mr. Houlding added “As the finances and property of the club are vested absolutely in the committee, I will take an early opportunity of meeting its members and arranging about the stands and other property on the ground.” The amendment was carried by a large majority, and it was resolved that the present executive from the special committee with the addition of Messrs, Wilson, Mahon, Henderson, and Councillor Walker.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB, ADJOURNED MEETING OF MEMBERS
OCTOBER 13 1891
It will be remembered that a month ago, at a meeting of the members of the everton football club held in the lecture hall everton-road. It was resolved that the meeting be adjourned,, to allow deputation to wait on mr. Houlding with respect to the conditions of tenancy, and also to interview mr.orrell. there has been since a considerable amount of discussion, both in the press and at committee, regarding the deadlock. Which appeared to prevail between the club and mr. Houlding. The members refused even for a moment to look at the limited liability scheme which mr. Houlding advanced and therefore, last night's meeting was looked forward to with great interst as it seemed probable that the troubles of the club would now be definitely settled, and mr. Houlding would be able to meet the members with some scheme which would be acceptable to the majority. Messrs clayton and mahon have been most active in fighting against what is tunred the ‘'holding clique'' and each of then last night received a capital reception, the majority, of the members being evidently of the same opinion aa themselves regarding the action of mr. Houlding. There was a very large attendance of members, mr. Carclay, vice president occupying the chair. The secretary (mr molyneux) having read the minutes of the last meeting.
Mr. Geaoge mahon said that the minutes stated ‘'many questions were asked and answered.'' Now, he had asked a number of vital questions, which had not been answered to that day. That being so, he moved that the sentence referred to should be left out. Mr. Stockton moved the confirmation of the minutes, but on a vote being taken mr. Mahon's amendment was carried and the minutes afterwards confirmed with the words''and answered'' erased. The chairman explained that the meeting was called in accordance with the instructions given to the committee, when appointed to see mr. Houlding, and mr. Orrell in regard to the ground. A deputation had waited upon these two gentlemen, and the report of the deputation made to the committee was as follows-
To the committee of the everton football club. Is accordence with your committee's instructions we the undersigned deputation, waited upon mr. Orrell respecting his ground, adjoining the present football field and report to you as follows. After discussion, mr.orrell made an offer as follows, in writing;-that on payment of £100 he would not disture the everton club for the present season, and futher that they might have the use of his ground for for practice subsequently mr. Orrell made the following further offer in writing:- that on payment of £120 per year in advance he would allow the everton club the use of the ground on lease for ten years, and that he would give up an agreement to that effect. Also that he would not claim ownership to any eractions which they might put on his groundduring that period. In accordance with the committee's instructions we waited upon mr. John houlding on the 21 st september, when we expreesed a desire that he would inform us what he was prepared to do regarding his ground drawing his attention to mr.orrell offer which had been made in writing; also ground and conditions. To this he repelled that as longer as the everton club paid him his rent he would not disturb them. Next that he would not deriate from the arrangements recorded in your minutes, dated 30tth july 1888 (which is an informal agreement tenacy). We then considering these cooments invited mr.houlding to put into writing his ultimatum for sulputation to the committee on the following Monday but no reply made, so far as we are aware been made. In contequence of this and under further instructions from your committee, we again on the 28 th september waited upon mr.houlding and invited from him final reply in writing. He replied that as long as the everton club could afford to pay the £250 per year rent, he would agree it but in the event of the finances not being sufficient to meet this he would meet such an emergancy by accepting a reduced sum. We again invited him to put into writing any offer which he wished to make so that the same could be submitted to the committee, but we failed to obtain any promise that he would comply therewith. We drew his special attention to the advisability of his presting a issue to run concurrently with mr.orrell's and the falling of the members that he should forego any claim in the stands and fixtures. We did not sugestion any regard to mr.houlding in either of our inter views not having any authority from yoyr committee to do so:- signed AJ COASTES, JAMES C BAXTER, JOHN ATHKINSON W JACKSON.
Mr williams said one member of the deputation disagreed with the report, and stated that mr. Houlding was never asked to put anything in writing. Mr houlding said he was prepared to consider any offer masde, but none was made to him. The chairman said the report was signed by every member of deutation but one. Mr.nisbett, the member referred to, said he had not signed the report because he considered it substantually incorrect, omitting several important points and introducing certain things of which, as a deputation they had no knowledge. The willingness of mr. Orrell to lease the land at £120 a year was alicited by dr. baxter on a subsquent occasion. For his own part, he considered mr.houlding's replies perfectly satisfactory. The chairman said it was prposed at the committee that they should pay mr.orrell £100 in order that they should remain undisturbed till the end of the season,, and that was rejected. Mr jackson stated that as one of the deputation, he thoughts the report was perfectly correct. Mr.clayton next addressed the meeting observing that they had the signature of four honourable men to report. Mr. Nisbett had all along been is a monority of one, and that would give the meeting some idea of the value of mr. Nisbett's denails (applause).
Mr. Coatesd another of the deputation, said that mr.orrell had put into writing his agreememnt to let the club have his ground at £120 a year (applause). That was done by mr.orrell a stranger: but when they came to mr.houlding. president of the club, he would give no such matter in writing. Nor would he give them any modification of the rental nor abate from it in any way. Unless the club were in financial diffculties. In answer to the request of several members the secretary read a reply received from mr. Houlding soon after the diffuculty arose,, and stating that what he had agreed to was to the effect that the club should pay what rent they could afford until they could pay a maximum of about 4 per cent on the cost of the ground. In different years he had advanced to the club over £2,000 without any security. He had not received the full rent of £250 until the season 1889-90. Mr.mahon asked whether any member of the committee had a reply to submit from mr. Houlding, but there was no answer. Mr.R.L. stockton said he was not a representative of mr.houlding to whom he was not indebted for anything he knew of. Everydody knew they were paying too high a rent, but they wanted to find out what they were to do. It they had to leave the ground let them leave and let mr. Houlding think what he liked of them, and they would think what they liked about him (applause). The point was, where were they to carry on the Everton Football Club ? the chairman said he believed a majority of the committee had a plan to lay before the meeting. Mr.mahon, who rose to propose a resolution, prefaced his remarks by cheerving that he was no servant of mr.houlding's. he proposed that they should give notice to mr.houlding or his solictor, that the club would quit the present ground and would terminate their present tenancy. He and others had seat out the following circular to the members:-
THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB, Liverpool oct.10 1891.
Dear sir,- owing to the grossly inaccurate reports and infotmations which have appered respecting this club, we deem it our duty to inform you upon the present psition, more particularly upon matters in repect of which it will be your duty to execise your votes on Monday evening next at the genaral meeting. Deputations from your committee have waited upon messrs orrell and houlding, with the following results:- mr.orrell offers (in writing) a ten years' lease. Rent £120 per annum; stands and other erections always to belong to the club. Mr.orrell doe NOT require mr.houlding to guarantee the rent. Mr.houlding-the deputations waited twice upon this gentleman-result on each occasion unsatisfactotry. Rent- mr.houlding demands £250 per annum actwithstanding the fact that mr orrell's demand has arisen entirely though mr.houlding's inability to give us personable proportion of the land which he (mr.houlding) has been and is now charging rent for. Later- he will not say that he will grant one. Satnds and fixtures-theses are still claimed by mr. Houlding, the only deviation being mr.barclay's statement (authorised by mr.houlding), which, without any disrespeed to that gentleman, we are compelled to describe as ridiculous as he asks for the unanimous votes of about 476 members. As mr. Houlding can only claim the stands do, on strictly legal grounds. It will be the duty of your committee to be advised as to their legal rights and if so advised, to contest the legality of proceeding which, to you as members, have been of so repugnant a character.alternatives scheme -we are not without these,and they will be fully disclosed and handed to your committees at the proper time.
We have obtained for your information, particulous of rentals paid by other clubs:- aston villa…£175, stoke city £75… bolton wanderers £35….. notts county £135 (stands included), blackburn rovers £60, west brom £35, darwin £50, preston north end £30, wolverhampton wanderers £60, calendonians £25, police athletic £80, bootle £80, sunderland £45, burnley £75, accrington $40, everton, m.orrell £120 mr.houlding £250 total £370. The above figures need no comment.
Final-we desire simply the welfare of our club, and regret that it is the position taken up by the president, which blocks any reason his apposition of the difficulty. We comtend that the three main questions-stands rentals and leasers or fixity (whether on the present or any other ground) should at this jucture be definitely placed upon a busness like costs. We ask for no generosity, but we, is no uncertains voice demands fairplay:- yours very truly. W.R. CLAYTON, 74 acy-road, GEO. MAHON, 86 anfirld road.
We the undersigned members of committee, hereby express our approval of and circurances in the above. J.athinson, a.j. coates, j.griffiths, j.c.baxtere, f. cater, w.jackson
Continuing mr. Mahon said:- that showed the eight clubs together paid £345 fot their grounds, against £370 which was now asked for the Eeverton ground. Of course the question of leaving the ground depended to a great extent upon what they had to offer in place of it. He might my think he had in his possession certain documents, which he would beg them not to askhim to reveal, showing that they could get a most suitable piece of land that than the present ground for £50 a year and they would get a lease for seven years, probably even for fourteen years. And if they could not get their stands taken away from the present ground, theyget new ones for either nil or next to it. He had disclosed his scheme-to-enabled the committee and they supported it. Mr. Coates secondof the resolution. Mr.clayton, in supporting it, said it would be foolish to enter into a agreement to pay mr.orrell £120 a year for the rent and then fied themselves at mr.houlding's mercy. Mr.houlding referred to than whos mr.houlding would demand from anyone wish whom he was doing business:- a written agreement. As a football club he did not think they would be justifed in paying £370 a year rental. There were five gentleman who had not signed the clioular and this was because they were not asked. They know it was no use asking them since they were bound to mr.houlding. he could not blame. The chairman-do you refer to me ?: if so justified how I am bound to mr.houldingmr clayton-I will tell you in a minute. Mr.skidlish-I did and sign and I am not bound to mr. Houlding Mr charles clayton:- I withdraw as it affects you. Mr.williams- that's not enough you must withdraw it in reference to me. Mr.clayton-all right I withdraw it about the five of you. Mr clayton, continuing said the five gentlemen he referred to had noted not in the intersts of the members, but in their own intersts throughout the whole crisi. They might know how to value the chairman's sympathy when they remembered that he said the members could''clear out and mr.houlding and I will run a club on the ground'' (laud applauses). He would ask them all in the intersts of football –not in the intersts of an hotel or of any one man-to support the resolution.
Mr williams said that last speaker had imported great bitterness into the shatter but there were other members of the committee quite as honest as he. They must remember that unless they could come to some terms they would be turned off the ground at once (‘'no,no'') and they would not have a match on the ground next Saturday (laughter, and cries of'' rubbish''). Mr houlding had promised to consider any offer made to him, and not one of any kind was made. They were asked by two men the slainess twins who were like the ‘'nine''sailors of tosley-street, to withdraw from the ground on which they had spent £3,000 (a voice:''and that's to be collared.''). Mr. Everett proposed as an amendment ‘'that the club should pay to mr.orrell the £100, in order to secure the tenancy of the ground for the season, and that a special committee should be apppointed to consider the whole matter, including the investigation of any new grounds that might be though suitable.'' He said mr.mahon spoke of a ground which had in his mind's eye, but of which they knew absolutely nothing. He was sure the members would not take any such leap in the dark as mr mahon asked. They did not know what their position would be in regard to the league and in regard to the playres, if they left that ground. The old members had known all along about the read which would have to be made, and which now earning all the trouble. Mr.houlding said he did not claim the stands as his own property, but he was not prepared to say whose they were (loud laughter). Of course he was not satisfied with the present state of things but they must be careful he or they altered it. Mr. Britian seconded the amendment, and mr. Montgomery supported. Mr. Clayton said that mr. Everett had tried to throw dust in their eyes (hear, hear), they would be in no difficulty if they moved to new quarters to-morrow as regards the league matches. The players who signed would be housed to follow any resolution carried by the majority of the members (applause). The amendment was conched in a spirit of prourastination. The speaker was proseeding to allude to a meeting of a few days ago, when the chairman said he through mr. Clayton was out of order. Mr clayton said he would not pursus the subject further. The several depuations which had waited on mr. Houlding had not, so far, been able to receive any satisfactory answer from him (hear, hear). Mr T. howarth said as an old member, he would like to make a personal-explanation. Five years ago he was elected the committee before he was more than slightly sequaiated with mr. Houlding, and every year since he had been returned by increasing majorities. Mr. Houlding had never asked him to vote in any way. The members most recollect this that they had a letter from mr. Orrell's selicature to the effect that he would make a street on the ground. The question was-who should pay mr.orrell mr houlding or the members (‘'why should we pay?''). if they had more recommodation lately they would in two or three months have made the £120 which mr. Orrell claimed. Whats he (the speaker) had done in the past had been for the good of the club, and he would continue in the same path as before. The chairman then read the following latter, which he said had just been handed to him:-
Stanley house oct 12 1891
To the chairman and members meeting assembled
Gentlemen-mr.orrell has given me notice that he is tends tp exercism his right to make the road on the north side of the football field, one-half-vig 13 feet of the breadth of which must be contributed out of my hands and one-half out of his. The enclosure and stands which have been eracted on sufferance by private subscription extendover the 18 feet to be centributed by me, and I am reguired by mr.orrell to rwemove them forthwith.under these circumstances it is with extreme regret that I am compelled to give you notice which I hereby do, that you must give up possession of the place of land siturate between anfiled-road and walton brech-road, used as a football ground, , with the approaches there to, either the close of the present season-viz. 30 april 1892. This is the date of commendment of your occupation, but if it should appear that there is any doubt about this, you will understand that this notice applies to the expiration of the current year of your occupation whenever it may be-yours faithfully, john houlding. P.s. as according to rules all fixtures and property belonging to the club is vested absolutely in the committee, I will take an early opportunity of meeting its member to arrange about stands and other property on the ground. John houlding. This above letter was written we understand, before the meeting commenced. The amendment was carried by a majority. Mr. Mahon, in some further remarks said if mr.orrell moved the stands they would have a right of action against him for breach of agreement. Finally an amendment by mr. Everitt was carried by a large majority-that a committee consisting of the present executive, with counllier Walker, Messrs, Wilson, Mahon, and Henderson, be apponted to carry set the investagation specified.
October 17, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton have a formidable pierce of work before them today, as they visit Bolton, and tackle the present leaders of the League campaign. Last year Everton, then at their best, defeated Bolton Wanderers on the same ground, in a League match, by 5 goals to nil; but having occasion to try their fortune five months later at Pike's-Lane in a Lancashire Cup tie, the result proved an emphatic reversal, as the Wanderers won by 6 goals to nil. Heavy ground was the excuses for this unexpected Everton reverse and, seeing that rain has been plentiful of late, the turf in the situation, and direct their play accordingly. As will be seen from the under mentioned names, the team has been amended, and Murray, who has made a host of friends for his smart play in the Combination team, is to partner Latta, whilst Elliott superseded Thomson. Campbell not being available, Kelso has been chosen as right full back, where he did so well last week, and the vacancy thus rendered in the half-back line is filled by Kirkwood. Altogether, the team is an experimental one, but should work smoothly, though they will be hard tested.
Everton v Bolton Wanderers, at Bolton, Kick-off at 3.30 p.m. The following will present Everton; Jardine, goal; Kelso and Mclean, backs; Kirkwood, Holt, and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Murray, Elliott, E. Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
Everton v Buxton, Anfield, Kick-off at 3.30 p.m. The following will represent Everton; Williams, goal; Morgan and Collins, backs; A. Chadwick, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Wylie, Parry, Gordon, McMillan, and Thomson, forwards.
October 17, 1891. The Preston Chronicle
Football clubs must be good customers to ground landlords, judging by the following rentals paid for the various enclosures-Aston Villa, £175; Notts County £185 (Stands included), say £135; Police Athletic, £80; Bootle, £80; Burnley, £75; Stoke City, £75; Blackburn Rovers, £60; Darwen, £50; Wolves, £50; Sunderland, £45; Accrington, £40; Bolton Wanderers £85; West Bromwich Albion, £35; Preston North End, £30; Caledonians, £25; Everton-Mr. Orrell, £120 + Mr. Houlding £250-Total £370.
October 19, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Ill-luck still dogs the steps of Everton, and for three successive Saturday have the League champions been rendered shorthanded through accidents. To Geary, and Campbell has to be added Jardine, who at Bolton, on being tripped, fell in his head, and caused slight concussion, disabling him for the remaining portion of the game. the doctor thinks a few days rest in bed will put him right again, and it is to be hoped this sanguine view will prove correct, for Everton can ill-afford to be deprived of his great services in goal. Singularly, Jardine had to retire hurt on the occasion of the Lancashire Cup tie at Bolton last year. Under the circumstances Everton did exceedingly well to be beaten by the Wanderers by only a goal to nil. The ground was, of course, in a heavy-going condition and science in consequence was lacking. Everton who claim to have scored near the finish from Mulholland's shot, all round played the better game, and even when represented by only ten men, were cheered lustily for their smart play, the verdict being generally given, by Boltonians, too, that the better team had lost. Kelso and Mclean were in good form, and so were Holt, Kirkwood, and Robertson, when forming the half-back line. On Jardine retiring Robertson went in goal, and had about half a dozen shots to stop, which he attended to without any suspicious of nervousness. Chadwick, in drooping back into Robertson's position, made an effective half-back, and this department was conspicuous all through for the completeness in which it broke up the Wanderers' combination. Holt, who contributed his best game this season, never allowed Cassidy a chance of shinning. The forwards played up gamely, and displayed smooth action; but of course the left wing fell off after the rearrangement. Latta was a host in himself, his tackling being always heroic, whilst his shooting, in unison with that of his colleagues, was very accurate, but he experienced much hard luck. Murray made a promising debut in partnership with Latta. He appeared nervous at the start, but gaining confidence as the game progressed he bothered Roberts a lot in the second half, and it was a bit comical to see the light man out-manoeuvre the burly one. The Wanderers were not particularly brilliant. Several players seemed off colour, but Sutcliffe gave a splendid exhibition of goalkeeping. Paton and Roberts were the most useful of the remaining players.
BOLTON WANDERERS V EVERTON
October 19, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
The Liverpool popular club went to Bolton on Saturday to take part in the first of the two League games with the Wanderers, and took a mixed team with them to meet the renewed “Trotters,” no fewer than four reserve man donning the League jersey, Robertson, Kirkwood, Elliott and Murray filling the vacant gaps. The Wanderers played the same team that has done them such good service this season. Two heavily-laden excursion trains from Liverpool helped to swell the 10,000 spectators who were present when the following team's stepped on to the very saddened ground;- Everton; Jardine, goal; Kelso and McLean, backs; Kirkwood, Holt (captain) and Robertson, half-backs; Latta, Murray, Elliott, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Bolton Wanderers;- Sutcliffe, goal; Somerville, and Jones, backs; Paton, Gardiner, and Roberts, half-backs; Munro, Brogan, Cassidy, McNee, and McFettridge, forwards. Both teams came in for a hearty reception. A drizzling rain was falling when Elliott kicked off for the visitors, who lost the toss. Holt and Kelso had immediately to stem a rush of the homesters, and, after Sutcliffe had cleared a shot from Milward, Munro and Brogan sped along the right, and the latter kicked an offside goal. With the wind the Wanderers were very troublesome, Kelso heading a sure goal for them over the crossbar. Latta carried play to the other end, and by beating Jones, forced a barren corner. Mclean now headed a free kick clear, and offside spoiled a fine attempt by Milward. Everton, if anything, had the best of the game, both wings showing fine form, a shot from Milward hitting the bar and going over. Coming again, however, Everton fairly stormed Sutcliffe, and that custodian splendidly saved three fast shots from short range. If fell, however, to the Wanderers to open the scoring, a scrimmaged goal by Cassidy beating Jardine amidst great enthusiasm. Nothing daunted, Everton again forced the pace, a couple of fine shots by Milward narrowly missing their mark. At the other end McFettridge in taking a corner kick, sent the leather amongst the spectators at the back of the goal, which caused some amusement to the Liverpool contingent. The pace now became very much slower, and for a quarter of an hour nothing of much consequence took place. After this the Wanderers woke up, and Holt, Kelso and Jardine had to assert themselves to prevent the Liverpool colours from being again lowered. Robertson was now playing grandly at half-back. And kept his forwards pretty busy. Paton, however, proved a big barrier to Milward and Chadwick with the result that the homesters were often kept on the attack. Latta put in a fine run along his right, but his effort was nullified by Murray shooting weakly. Everton, by dashing play, had a corner, which Sutcliffe had difficulty in clearing, while at the other end Jardine was fouled by Brogan and had to retire, Robertson going between the posts. Holt, from the penalty kick sent forward, and Sutcliffe had a couple of shots to clear, a free kick for hands eventually removing danger to the “Trotters.” On half time Everton strove to get level, but the whistle sounded while the home custodian was working a shot from MIlward, and the score was –Wanderers, 1 goal; Everton, nil. On resuming, a damper was thrown over the Liverpool spectators when it became perceptible to them that Jardine was absent. Cassidy kicked 0ff, and the Wanderers were soon in front of Everton's goal, Robertson throwing clear. Latta removed the venue, and crossed to Chadwick, who had gone half-back, and that player, with a clinking shot, made Sutcliffe throw over the bar. Still keeping up the pressure the visitors made many incursions, but so well did Sutcliffe keep his charge that only barren corners accrued. The Wanderers outside right-winger having tested Robertson, Latta sped along, and sent in a flying shot, but Sutcliffe was ready, and threw away, and then Everton's charge narrowly escaped being again taken. A couple of corners to Everton now took place, but they were again fruitless, Sutcliffe's long reach holding him in good stead. Everton, although short-handed, fairly bore down the Wanderers, breaking up their combination, and doing anything they liked with them excepting one thing –that of scoring. Hard lines again fell to Everton, Latta sending in a flying shot to the home goal, and Elliott missing his kick, allowing the ball to roll out. Try as they would by downright hard work, and causing trouble to the home defence, Everton could not get the better of Sutcliffe, who seemed to be unable to do anything unmasterly between the posts. Five minutes from the finish the Everton portion of the crowd gave vent to their feelings by urging the Liverpoolians on to score, in the midst of which Milward drove in a hard and high shot to Sutcliffe, in the clearance of which it was claimed that the home custodian's hands were behind the posts, but the referee (Mr. Lewis) only gave a goal kick, and shortly afterwards Everton had to retire beaten, although having the major portion of the game, by 1 goal to nil.
EVERTON V BUXTON
October 19, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
This match was played at Anfield in the presence of about 3,000 spectators. Each side presented impregnable defence, and not a goal could be score during the hour and half's play. Thus Everton met their first check in pursuit of combination honours.
BOLTON WANDERERS 1 EVERTON 0
OCTOBER 19 1891
The first league match this season between everton and bolton wanderers created an immediate amount of interst on sAturday afternoon at bolton, there being an attenadance at pike lane numbering 12,000 pesrons. To swell the numbers a couple of loaded trains left tittheburn-street shortly before two o'clock although the weather was most threathing. The rain held off until the commenencement. The following wer the teams:- everton: jardine (d), goal; kelso (r) and mclean (d) backs; kirkwood (d), holt (j) (captain), and robertson (h) half backs;latta (a) murray (j), elliott (j), chadwick (e), and milward (a) forwords. Bolton wanderers, sutcliffe, goal; sommerville and jones backs; plaes, gardiner, and roberts half-backs; munro, brogan, cassidy mcnee, and mcfettridge forwards.
The wanders led the way on to the field, and were received, but the reception the everton boys got was quite as hearty. Bolton won the toss, and at half-past three, elliott kicked off for everton. After exchanges in the centre, kelso distinguished himself with an immense clearance and then the wanderers were in trouble. A return was at once made down the right by munro and brogan afterwards brogan afterwards to jardine shot saved cleverly; but immediatley afterwards the home team shot an offside goal. Again the wanderers go on up and troubled the everton defence, but kelso was all there when wanted, and after a further spell of play in everton's quarter latta got away and had a tussle with jones who conceded a corner. This having been cleared the home team gradually worked their way down, and here murray was to the front with a grand bit of play kelso than give a free kick but this availed the homesters nothing. As the vistors quickly turned the tables on their opponents and made a hot attack. This however, came to nothing and a rush was made by the bolton me. Holt clearned but the wanderes came up again, kelso covering jardine so cleverly that a shot went into no purpose.
Then from the return kick the everton left wing dashed away and went clear through the wanderers' defence but milward's final effort struck the bar. After some fast and exciting play in the everton goal mouth, jardine had to account defeat at the hands of cassidy. This reverse appeared to infuse the spirit into the vistors who went to work with a will, and the home defence was quickly in pure strain, but after a short period of play in close proximisy to the wanderers goal, roberts succesed in clearing out his opponents and once more the everton defence was troubled. A sharp attack was made on the everton stronghold,, and brogan fouled fouled jardine, who had to retire. Hope robinson taking his place in goal.. everton played up with great determination latta and murray, by good passings, making an excellent attack, and sutcliiffe was constrained to pick up and threw clear when he was on the point of being charged through along with the ball. Half-time:- bolton wanders 1 goal. Everton nil. With only ten men to play in the second half matters looked rather gloomy for everton. Chadwick took robinson's position as half-back, and had very hard lines on two occasions soon after the restart. For a disabled team the vistors played a wonderfully stout game, getting within shooting distance of the wanderers goal time after time but without the disired effect, no scorcing took place in the second half, and everton retired defeated by 1 goal to nil.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 BUXTON 0
October 19, 1891
This match was played at anfield in presence of about 3,000 spectators. Each side present inpregnable defence, and not a goal could be scored during the hour and a half's play. Thurs everton met their first check in pursult of the combination honours
Play 5 won 4 lost 0 draw 1,, for 23 aginst 2 points 9
Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough - Thursday 22 October 1891
Maxwell, the centre forward of the Third Lanark, has, after many refusals at last accepted the offers of the Everton club. Foyer, a young back from St. Bernard's has also been secured. Their first appearance will probably be against North End at Preston on Saturday week.
Mr. Molyneux, the Everton secretary has paid a visit to Long Eaton, Derbyshire, and obtained a partial promise of the services of Kent, and Fairbrother, the Ranger's full-backs. The men are professionals, and the consent of the Ranger's committee to their transfer was sought by the offer of a substantial sum to the club funds. It is uncertain at present whether the offer will be accepted.
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 24 October 1891
Everton are now reported to have made a good catch or two, if the following is to be received authentic. It is made by Puffer,” of Scottish Sport :- No sooner has the Third Lanark get under weigh than the pirate makes an inroad into their territory and destroys what they have taken such pains to build up. Allan Maxwell, of Cambuslang, who has only been with them something like couple of months, has been bought up by Everton. He left, I believe, for Liverpool on Wednesday by the 2 p.m. express. His travelling companions are supposed to be Foyers (St,Bernard) and Pinnell (Blantyre Victoria). I have seen the latter play in an important junior match—Scotland v. Ireland—and was rather favourably impressed by his style. He plays forward -right or centre—and can shoot well at long range. Mr. Molyneauz should now feel satisfied. A year ago I fingered a £l00 Bank of England note which Allan Maxwell handed the Cambuslang club to refund Everton —the price of his blood. 1 should like to know the figure which landed the prize a year later.”
Yesterday Mr. Coe, the Accrington secretary, made definite arrangements for the transfer of Thomson from Everton to Accrington, and the ex-North End centre will play for the Reds against the Wolves today. The arrangement made a week or two ago was that Thomson should be transferred when Geary, the Everton centre, had recovered; but as Geary is not likely to in condition to play for some weeks, this arrangement was very unsatisfactory to the Reds, and during the last few days they have been pressing for an immediate transfer. It so happened, that Everton were in want of Maxwell, of Cambuslang, who signed for Accrington last season, and Everton would not play him without Accrington’s permission. Yesterday arrangements for a mutual exchange were made, and Thomson will available for Accrington and Maxwell for Everton. Maxwell arrived Liverpool Thursday.
October 24, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
Liverpool Associationists will be again denied the pleasure of seeing the Everton League team this afternoon at Anfield, as they visit Derby County, and indeed, will not be at home once more until Saturday week, when they play West Bromwich Albion. The Everton team, as will be seen from the names given below, includes neither of the reported new importations, the only change from last week being that of Wyllie for Elliott. He goes outside right, an arrangement which enables Latta to appear in a new character, which he will assume with credit, no doubt, as centre forward. At Anfield the Everton Combination team have a hard nut to crack in successfully coping with Stoke Swifts, who like Everton, have not yet been defeated in connection with the campaign, having scored 6 points in three matches against Everton 9 points for five games.
Everton v Derby County, Derby, Kick-off at three o'clock. The following will represent Everton; Jardine, goal; Kelso and
Mclean, backs; Kirkwood, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Latta, E. Chadwick and Milward, forwards.
Everton v. Stoke Swifts, Anfield, Kick-off at 3-30 p.m. The following will represent Everton; Williams, goal; A. Chadwick and Collins, backs; Dix, Jones and Lochhead, half-backs; Gordon, Parry, Thomson, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.
October 26, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
“Everything comes to those who wait.” That saying applies to Everton, who, after a month of hard luck, have at length managed to snatch a victory away from home, beating the Derby County in a somewhat business-like manner by 3 goals to nil. The victory is enhanced when the constitution of the Anfield team is taken into account, no fewer than five reserves having to don the League jersey for those who are laid aside through sickness or injury. Now that the champions have tested the sweets of victory on an opponent's ground, there is every reason to believe that they will go on conquering, and again land the League cup. The game from start to finish was a hard and fast one, neither side failing at any stage in their endeavours to win the coveted two points. Both goalkeepers were immediately busy in fisting shots and clearing their lines, but Latta ten minutes from the commencement, opened the scoring for Everton with a flying shot, which gave Robinson no chance. Derby then made many hids to equalise, but failed to penetrate and before the interval Everton's “new centre forward,” after a splendid display of dodgy work by Chadwick, notched a second goal for the visitors. The second stage was kept continually interesting with the determined play which was shown by the respective sides, but only one goal was scored, Chadwick doing the needful with a shot which screwed itself outside the reach of the home custodian. For the winners Williams, in goal, must be complimented for his coolness and sound judgement, at no time losing that self-control which is essential in a goalkeeper, and Everton need never have any fear about their custodians, now that they have got the Bromborough Pool player in their ranks. Kelso and McLean showed to advantage at back, and the former's outwitting of J. Goodall was a great treat. Holt, who has now come back to his well-known form, played one of his best games, breaking up Goodall's combination, and feeding his forwards well. Robertson and Kirkwood were also useful. Forward, latta, in centre, not only infused more vigour in that department, but caused quite a transformation of the attack, and reminded one of the clockwork movements of last year, which brought Everton to the head of the ladder. He is in fact, in his right place, and his display was highly eulogised by the crowd. Chadwick, although far from being well, was always troublesome, and got on well with Latta. Milward worked hard, and contributed his share with Wyllie and Murray to the victory. For Derby, Robinson had a lot to do, and need not be blamed for the three shots, as they would have beat any custodian. The backs had plenty to do, but if ever Archie Goodall was kept running about it was in this contest, as Chadwick and Latta fairly played with him. J. Goodall was conspicuous at times, but failed to get the upper hand of the visiting defence. It may be here stated that Maxwell (Third Lanark) and Pinnell (Blantyre), two new centre forwards, have been secured by Everton, and will take part in the match Everton v. Accrington Reserves at Anfield, this afternoon, the kick-off being at 3.45. two new half-backs will also don the Everton jersey. Campbell, Geary, and Jardine are recovering nicely, and will soon be convalescent.
Everton second string, by defeating Stoke Swifts on Saturday, have improved their chance of ultimately becoming Combination champions. They were unfortunate in not being able to place a stronger team in the field, but were lucky in the scoring department, and it is generally conceded that, though Stoke lost, they yet played a far superior game to Everton. Smalley kept goal well, however, and the defence was good, or the finished work of the visitors must have been rewarded with more goals.
EVERTON V DERBY COUNTY
October 26, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
For the second consecutive week Everton had to journey forth to fulfil a League engagement, and met Derby County, at Derby, On Saturday. The visitors were again without a representative eleven, Jardine, owing to an abscess forming under his arm making room for Williams between the posts. Geary and Campbell were drafted to the centre and back respectively. Derby had their strongest possible team. A brass band enlivened the proceedings by discoursing music. When the following teams faced there would be an attendance of over 8000;- Derby-Robinson, goal; Metheven and Staley, backs; Cox, A. Goodall, and Roulston, half-backs; Mills, McLachan, J. Goodall, Storer, and McMillan, forwards. Everton;- Williams, goal; Kelso and Mclean, backs; Kirkwood, Holt (captain) and Robertson, half-backs; Wylie, Murray, Latta, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. There was a large number of excursionists from Liverpool present when Goodall kicked off, and both ends were early visited, Staley and McLean respectively stemming the raiders. Everton went prettily away on the left from a lob by Holt, and got well in when checked by Cox, and, after A. Goodall had sent over the crossbar, Latta sent in a stringer to Robinson, who, however, was equal to the occasion, and punted out. The homesters by a fine dash on their right forced a barren corner, the ball being badly placed. Everton, seemingly alive to the occasion now worked along on their left, and Milward, centreing to Latta, that player gave Robinson no quarter by scoring a fine goal for Everton ten minutes from the start. Derby for a few minutes were busy in front of Williams, but Kelso removed the danger, and a fine piece of concerned play by the Everton attack was nicked in time by Methven close in. Chadwick, owing to getting offside, threw a chance away; whilst at the other end Mills all but Equalised with a fairly good shot. Coming down the visiting right, Wyllie showed rare speed, but his shot was faulty. Robinson's charge after this was hotly assailed, and then Williams had to save twice very cleverly, relief coming to the Liverpoolians by McLachlan shooting over. From the kick out Latta and Chadwick each had shies, but the defence was strong, and Everton had again to defend. The Liverpoolians, however, were not long before they got into the homesters' territory, and Chadwick shock the crossbar with one of his old-fashioned shots, and Murray made a slight mistake by faulty shooting. The visitors now seldom left the home end, and after Robinson had slipped in saving, Staley rushed in and kicked the ball away from an opponent's toe. At length Derby made a raid on the championship's charge, but Kelso and Robertson saved. Everton was now showing good form, no doubt caused by Latta being in the centre, and the Dumbarton man, from a fine bit of mancurving by Chadwick, added a second goal for his side after a splendid run and dribble, which received due recognition from the spectators. Again did Everton, take up the attack in a determined manner, but only succeeded in having a couple of corners, the clearing of which was being gone through, when the interval arrived with the score –Everton 2 goals; Derby County nil. After a refresher, Latta restarted, and being the first attacked, from a free kick against Kirkwood. Milward and Chadwick removed the venue, and crossed over to Wyllie, but the leather sailed outside. The crowd now became very excited, and noisy with their shouts to the homesters to play up, &c, to which A. Goodall responded by shooting high over the bar. Latta again asserted himself, and put his side once more on the attack, Robinson's goal running three miraculous escapes. Penning in the homesters in their own end after Kelso had stopped J. Goodall, Holt lobbed in, and Milward called on the home custodian twice to negotiate. Everton's centre forward came in for applause as he time after time robbed A. Goodall, and then Chadwick had the satisfaction or registering a third goal for Everton from a pass by Wyllie. A spicy bit of short passing by Milward and Chadwick was the next conspicuous item, and then Kelso had to prevent J. Goodall from getting too close. By way of a chance, the homesters made many bids to make headway on the right, but Robertson and McLean were equal to the occasions, and drove them back, and Cox, lying handy, had to steer a beauty from latta. Williams's abilities as a custodian now shone forth as he cleared three capital shots in galliant fashion. With three goals to the good, Everton did not force the game too much; nevertheless Robinson's charge was all but captured by Wyllie, the ball just shaving the upright. Towards the close Derby managed to quite hold their own, but were never really dangerous. Just to show the homesters that Everton were not yet all out, Milward, Chadwick, and Latta got in fine line, and in all probability would have augmented had Cox not been clever in defending Robinson at goal. Close on the finish the hopes of Derby were raised as J. Goodall managed to get behind his opponents six yards from the goal, from which range he shot, but Williams successfully kicked clear, to the evident disgust of the home supporters. No further scoring taking place, Everton retired victors, after a hard and exceedingly clever game, with the following score;- Everton, 3 goals; Derby County, nil.
EVERTON V STOKE SWIFTS
October 26, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
This match excited a great amount of interest, and about 7000 spectators assembled at Anfield. Everton were not represented by their best team, as Waugh and Dix were requisitioned to fill the vacancies caused by the claims of the League team. The visitors played by far the better game, and led by a goal to nil at half-time. Everton improved a lot on changing ends, the defence of Collins and Chadwick being especially good, and the homesters, scoring from a penalty kick and a free kick, won somewhat luckily by 2 goals to 1.
EVERTON V. DERBY COUNTY
October 26, 1891. The Birmingham Daily Post
The Everton eleven visited Derby, here about 8,000 people had gathered at the County ground. The visitors lacked their services of both Geary and Jardine, but Derby put their full strength in the field, McMillan reappearing for the first time since the accident. Despite the disadvantage under which Everton laboured, the only goals scored during the first half were both by the visitors, Latta putting on the first five minutes from the start, and the second shortly before change of ends. Soon after the resumption Chadwick easily obtained a third goal. Derby County afterwards frequently pressed, but the splendid goalkeepering of Williams, the substitute for Jardine, frustrated all attempts of the forwards to score. Indeed, it might also be said that the visitors owed their victory, certainly its decisive nature, to their new goalkeeper. The game ended with the score-Everton 3, Derby County 0.
DERBY COUNTY O EVERTON 3
OCTOBER 26 1891
A great number of spectators assembled on derby county ground to witness the match between everton and derby county about 8,000 persons being present. At five minutes past three everton kicked off, and at once-attacked the left wing doing most of the work. The home team defended well, and john goodall shortly went away, a threatening more being made towards the everton goal, but mclean replied so well that the scene of action was changed to the derby half, though not for a long period. Storer, mcmillan and A goodall relieved the pressure, and a terrific onslaught was made on, the everton stronghold but after a clearance had been effected archie goodall made a lofty long shot. Then the everton players troubled their opponebts and latta sent in a shot which gave robinson some difficulty. After this a fusile corner fell to the home players, and everton once more attacked, and latta shot the first goal for the vistors. Subsequently the home players passed neatly down the field, and mcmillan had a shot at williams's charge but the leather was cleared away, and then another long shot went over the everton post. Still bent on troubling their opponents, the derby players went to work with a will, and at length an excellent shot was well disposed of by williams. A well combined move was made by the everton forwards, and for some time the derby goal was in great danger. The ball was at length forced over the lines and after this the home left put in some tricky work with the result that kelso had to put forth his best efforts to stare off defeat. Williams was also called upon several occasions john goodall making a couple of capital shots, but the former accounted for every effort in an excellent manner. Kelso at length cleared out his opponents, and latta made an excellent attempt but directly afterwards made a couple of wild shots. Then the everton left got to work,, and chadwick struck the crossbar, with express shot, still keeping up the attack the everton boys went for their opponents' stronghold time after time, and with the exception of a couple of rushes by the home team, had for sometime much the best of play. At the result of one of these rushes john goodall had an easy chance of scoring, but missed his opportunity. The vistors defence was again troubled after which the ball was sent forward and chadwick passed to latta, who scored everton's second goal. The derby goalkeeper falling in attempting to save. The derby lads then put on full pressure but could not score, and at half-time the evertonians were busy in front of the derby goal. Rthe score being:- derby county nil, everton two goals. After changing ends play for some timw was fairly even, but at length the county men drove their opponents back, and made several futile attempts at the everton goal, john goodall putting the ball over the bar and archie goodall sending in a lovely shot. The everton men went down to close quarters, and pretty shot went to robinson who saved cleverly. Directly afterwards a corner fell to everton but this availed them nothing as john goodall went swifty down the centre but was beautifully robbed by kelso, and a minute later milward sent in a grand shot but without result and then chadwick shot a good goal from a pass by wyllie, this proved to be the last point and the everton retired the winners of a very fine game by 3 goals to nil. Teams follows:-
Derby county, robinson goal; meth, and staley backs; cox, godall (a) and roulstone, half-backs mills, mclachlan, goodall (j) storrier, millian, forwards
Everton, williams (r), goal;, kelso (r), and mclean (d), backs; kirkwood (d), holt (j) (captain), and robinson (h) half-backs; wyllie (t), murray (j), latta (a), chadwick (a) and milward (a) forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 STOKE SWIFTYS 1
OCTOBER 26 1891
Stoke swifts the first combination fixture of the teams took place at anfield before 5,000 spectators, the vistors were the first to show up prominently and the home goal had a narrow escape from a shot by fraser, who just shaved the post, from the goalkick the home team rushed up and forced a corner but this was easily cleared, and forester receiving the pass, ran nicely down and centred to tunncliffe who defeated smalley with a spendid shot. Both teams now played up vigorously, and each goal in turn seen the scene of attack. Smalley being troubled the most, everton tried hard to draw level,, but without avail and at half-time the score was stoke swifts 1 gooal everton nil. In the second half parry equilsed the score from a penalty kick , and shortly afterwards everton scored again the homme club findly winning a capital match by 2 goals to nil.
EVERTON V. ACCRINGTON RESERVES
October 27, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
This match, which was especially arranged to try Maxwell and Pennell, took place yesterday afternoon, at Anfield-road. Although the day was cold and dull over 5000 spectators were present. When the two new Scotchmen entered the enclosure they were eagerly scrutinised, and seemed to have passed muster. It was expected that Foyers and Fairbrother would have played, but the former has disappointed Everton, and the latter will not be in Liverpool before Thursday. Owing to the lateness of Accrington's arrival the kick-off was delayed till after four o'clock. The homesters were soon busy in front of the Reds' left back, from which Barlow and Mattison got away, but the final was faulty. It was now Everton's turn to attack, and so persistently did Wyllie and Maxwell bother the visiting backs that the former, from a careful pass by the later, opened the scoring for Everton. Once or twice did Pennall get possession within good range, but McLellad had his measure and easily robbed him, and then Williams twice saved well from Mattison and Pendergast. All round Everton were playing up well, and quite five minutes were spent in front of Mason, Pinnell, how having got a footing, being conspicuous with some good tricky movements, and he very nearly augmented the score. The Reds were now showing improved form, but their attack could not overcome the defence of the homesters, who were almost impassable. The spectators were now highly pleased with Pennell, and loudly cheered him as he brushed aside all opposition and kept the forwards in good line. Half-time arrived, and the score stood-Everton, 1 goal; Accrington, nil. Up to this stage the game had not been strong enough to sufficiently test the new men, as the visiting half-backs were on the weak side. Pennell, restarting, Everton were quickly busy, and Maxwell again enabled Wyllie to added another goal for Everton. No sooner was the ball again put in motion than Accrington's charge was in peril, and Pennell all but scored with his shoulder. Accrington now got away in good formation, and were within the range twice when checked by McLean and Collins. Not to be denied, however, they returned, but Walmsley threw a chance away by kicking outside. At length the visitors had their reward, Walmsley beating Williams with a low shot. Wyllie got away from a pass by Pennell, but his quick run only resulted in a barren corner. Darkness was now setting in, and it was impossible to discern the ball, which was kept in the visiting end until Wyllie scored an offside goal. Accrington, before the finish, tried hard to overhaul Everton's score, but the whistle sounded with the game –Everton, 2 goals; Accrington, 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 ACCRINGTON RESERVES 1
OCTOBER 27 1891
Strong reserves teams of these league clubs met yesterday afternoon at anfield between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators being present. The match was made impertant from the fact that it introduced two of the latest recruite to the everton ranks-maxwell, late third lanark, and pennell, of blanttyre, a mining district of some note near glasgow. Maxwell possesses a great reputation as a forward, and was said to have signed some time ago to play for accrington, but afterwards declined the engagement, and it is now understood that the two league clubs efforted a sort of mutual exchange between the lanark man and s thompson. Pennell is said to be a kind of''utility pearson'' (plays any position-even goalkeepr), and in yesterday's match he certainly left a good impression on the spectators' minds of his usefulness as a centre-forward, though it must be said his work is not of an artintie sort, but no he is very tricky.
Walmsley started at 4.5, and the opening stages were fairly even. After several exchanges pendergast shot in, but the ball passed harmlessly outside. The homsters then got a footing in their opponents' territory, and maxwell compelled mason to handle, morgan relieving the danger. Everton, however came again, and maxwell sent across to wyllie, who scored the first goal. Williams was next loudly applauded for a fine clearance, which was repeated a moment later when the home custodian again saved a good shot from walmsley. Maxwell sent to his centre who with a very judioious kick struck the upright. Wyllie gave his partner possession, and maxwell shot in grandly, mason only just getting to the ball away. Pennell was twice again nearly successful. Morgan at length gave relief, and walmsley and pendergast further improved the position of the vistors collins however stopping their progess beyond the half-way line. A foul thrown-in gave accrington an advantage, but pendergast with a long shot sent very wide. Accrington again assumed an aggressive attitude, and a shot was sent in to williams just as the whistle sounded. Half-time, when everton were leading by 1 goal to nil. Pinnell restarted and everton immediately pressed after the kick-off. Wyllie raced up with the ball, and scored a second point with a fine shot. The homesters still held the upper hand, and elliott was given a fine opportunity of adding to the home score but daltying too long with the ball he was dispossessed by tattersall. The vistors forwards were to the fore with some smart passing, but every attempt at goal was effectually kept out by mclean and collins. Pendergast sent in a swift shot to williams who, receiving the ball with the greatest possible coolness sent clear amidst great enthulasm. Accrington severly attacked and at last williams was defeated by a low shot from walmsley the home custodian having no chance, whatever of preventing the goal. At this stage the light became bad. Everton again pressed but without avail. The vistors at this juncture made a great effort to draw a gaol, and play now was perhaps the fastest of the game, the everton defence being tried time after time. Pinnell led up to a nice sequance, the ball travelling from wing to wing the length of the field nearly, but maxwell's shot just shaved the post. The play, what was seen of , it was of a ding-dong sort but the home side held their own, and won a very hard game by 2 goals to 1. Teams
Everton, williams (r), goals; mclean(d) and collins backs jones (r), robertson (h), and kirkwood (d) half-backs, wyllie (t), mcmillan (j), pennell (a) maxwell (a) and elliott (j), forwards.
Accrington, mason, goal; marsh and morgan backs, yarwood, mclellian and tattersall, half-backs, barlow, mattison, walmsley, tendergast, and wood forwards.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB, MEETING OF OLD MEMBERS
October 30 1891
The old members of the Everton Football Club, in the number of about Sixty. Met last night at the Bee Hotel's-lane: mr. T Evans, being in the chair, supported by mr. W.E. Barclay and mr. John Houlding. A capital dinner provided by the worthy host, mr. Tom Bush, having been dispaced of in unsatisfactoryly fashion. Mr. Houlding said he was very pleased with the reception he had met with. In 1885, before he purchased the football field the Sandon Hotel was doing quite as good busness as now. He did not think anyone could axcuss him of having made mutidy out of outdoor sports. Mr. Oreel had, had the lands left to him whereas (he houlding) had to buy his position. He had never asked more than 4 per cent for money which had to be taken out of a busness where he was making 7 or 8 per cent. This efforts of the members passent had caused the club to reach the vary highest position. The new members forget that the old ones had built up the club. He had alaways tried to walk straight, and he thanked their present very sincerely for their kind reception. Mr.W.E. Barclay said mr. Houlding, acting in canjunction with the old members-had made the club what it was. If mr.Clayton and mr.Mahon, whom he claimed among the gathering, would produce a definite scheme, it would be disastrous if they had to have the present groung. Mr.houlding was and a shylock. Mr.houlding having again viadated himself, mr. H.Heard said that among old opponents of Everton and supporter of Bootle, he only wished that the last named club had had in the past such a supporter as mr.houlding, and had it noot been for the exertions of the gentleman they would not be in the proud position they now were (hear hear). The chairman said that a letter has appeared in the Echo with responts to mr.houlding's first canididature for Everton. A mr.hall had stated that mr.houlding had pomised £25 to the club if the members would support him in his candidature for evertons ward. During the evening there was plenty of melody.
October 31, 1891. The Liverpool Mercury
With Asscoicationists, the most absorting event is that of the renewed struggle for supremacy between Everton and Preston North End in connection with the League. These contests with the champions and ex-champions have always been Everton's most vital games of the season; but the present event has a special degree of interest associated with it, from the fact that the principals have met once before this season, and made a draw, and again, on account of each team scoring a clear success last week when North End visited and defeated Blackburn Rovers, and Everton did even better in journeying to the midlands and overthrowing Derby County, who up to that moment were actual leaders of the League. Everton, well and reasonably satisfied with their performance at Derby, have chosen the identical team for this afternoon, with the exception that Jardine displaces Williams in goal. Deepdale is easy of approach, and as the charges are light, it is certain that Evertonians will be present in force.
Everton v. Preston North End, Preston. Kick-off at three o'clock. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Kelso and McLean, Backs; Kirkwood, Holt and Robertson, half-backs; Wyllie, Murray, Latta, E. Chadwick and Milward, forwards.
Everton v Chester, Anfield, Kick-off at 3.30 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; A. Chadwick and Collins, backs; Lochhead, Jones and Parry, half-backs; Gordon, Pennell, Maxwell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.