August 1892


June 20 1892 Liverpool Mercury

Everton followers will note these achievements of their goalkeeper with pleasure, when he played at Sefton Park, between Sefton extra eleven and Mersey in a cricket match. Richard had 76 runs to his credit.

It is reported that Bell, the famous Dumbarton left winger, has been engaged to play with the Everton club at Goodison next season.



July 2, 1892. The Blackburn Standard

The Everton Football Club have engaged the following players to appear with the team at Goodison Park next season. Bell, international forward, of Dumbarton; Boyle, of Dumbarton, the international half-back and Dewar, who played such a fine game for Sunderland Albion last season. Many clubs have been after and have offered fabulous sums to Bell, but he prefers to play with the same team as his old club mate, Latta.

The new ground of the Everton Football Club is being pushed forward with all speed, and it will be finished by the time the 1 st of September arrives. On the date the Bolton Wanderers open the ground, and it will be a big day in Liverpool.



July 9, 1892. Preston Guardian.

McLean, the late Everton full-back has been engaged as reserve back next season for Liverpool. Doyle, who was reported a few days ago to have signed for Everton, opened a public house in Glasgow on Saturday, the Magistrates having granted him the licence a few days previously.

Bell and Boyle of Everton, of Dumbarton about whom similar reports have been in circulations, played for Dumbarton last week a football tournament n Glasgow.




July 11 1892 Liverpool Mercury

On Friday afternoon Richard Williams, the popular goalkeeper of the Everton F.C., met with a serious incident. He is employed at the works adjoining the Mersey Railway central station, which engaged in helping to fix some carriage wheels, one of them slipped and crushed his foot severely. He was taken in a cab to his residence and will not be able to leave his home for five or six weeks.

July 16, 1892. The Blackburn Standard
The Bootle F.C., is to be turned into a Limited liability company. At the meeting of the members the other evening, there were promises of 90 shares being taken up, and Mr. George Mahon, of Everton F.C., assured the Bootle Club of every assistance form Everton Football Club.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Tuesday 16 August 1892
The following clipping' deals with Everton's new ground : It IS without doubt one of the best appointed and most commodious football enclosures in the country. When finally completed it will BE capable holding quite 40,000 people. . . . The covered stand IS quite unique in its way. I believe that few other football clubs in the kingdom can boast of a covered stand able to accommodate at least 4,000 people, and it is so constructed that each individual spectator can get a perfect view of the game. . . . Extensive stands have also been erected on the northern and southern extremities of the enclosure, whilst the western side being banked up in such a way as to afford standing room for quite 20,000 people. . . . Their dressing-rooms and baths are perfect little models in their way, and the committee have arranged that the players, as well as the referee, shall have access to and from the ground without coming into contact with the spectators. Mr. Love, the trainer, has his own quarters, and the secretary, will likewise have an office on the ground."

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Wednesday 17 August 1892
It is whispered that Lockhead late Third Lanark and Everton may be seen in the ranks of a Paisley club ere long.
Much regret has been expressed in Dumbarton at the unexpected announcement that Richard Boyle, the prominent centre half back of the Dumbarton Club, has decided to come to England.  The fortunate club is Everton. 

August 20, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
The followers of Everton will be interested to learn that the players will take part in a practice match on the Stanley ground on Tuesday next. The kick-off is at 6.30 p.m.. No charge will be made, and an opportunity is this affords, which will be thoroughly appreciated, of taking a look at the form of the men who have been secured to do battle for Everton during the season about to commence.

Falkirk Herald - Saturday 20 August 1892
Danny Kirkwood who at one time played for East Stirlingshire, was in town this week negotiating for the occupancy of a public-house.  He is still in the Everton reserve team. 

Edinburgh Evening News - Monday 22 August 1892
Boyle was understood to - have had a good appointment as draughtsman, and has, caused general surprise by going over the professional ranks. If, as is stated, has joined Everton, they should be strong in centre half-back. 

August 25, 1892. The Liverpool Mercury
Opening of the New Ground
The new ground of the Everton Football Club Company Limited, at Goodison Park, Walton lane, was opened last evening by Lord Kinnaird, president of the Football Association of England. Previous to the ceremony his lordship was entertained to dinner at the Adelphi Hotel. Among those present in addition to Lord Kinnard were Mr. G. Mahon (president of the club), in the chair; Dr. Baxter (vice president), in the vice chair; Dr. Morley (vice chairman of the Football Association of England and president of the Blackburn Rovers), Messrs, J.J. Bentley (chairman of the Football League and secretary of the Bolton Wanderers), H. Lockett (secretary of the League), R.PO. Gregson (secretary of the Lancashire Association), R.E. Lythgoe (secretary of the Liverpool Association), Mr. Earlam (secretary of the Combination), Inspector Churchill (secretary of the Liverpool Police Athletic Association); Messrs, W and J. Kelly (contractors for the new ground), and Mr. James Prescott (architect for the ground). –Dinner over, and the health of the Queen having been proposed by the Chairman, and duly honoured, that gentleman gave the toast of “Association Football,” coupling with the name of Lord Kinnaird. Association football, he said, occupied a higher position in England at the present time than ever before, and a great measure of this result was due to the exertions of their guest. It was his desire that the Everton Football Club should follow in the footsteps of Lord Kinnaird in his endeavours to hold for Association football a position of respect among sportsmen as a national game. (Applause)-Before Lord Kinnaird's reply, Dr. Morley replied to the toast on behalf of the council of the Football Association. He assured his hearers that during his 13 years' connection with the Association he had seen stirring times. Tact and good temper, however had carried them through, and would continue to do so. (Hear, hear) –Mr. Bentley having replied on behalf of the League, and Mr. Earlam on behalf of the Combination, Lord Kinniard, whist replying to the toast of “Association Football,” at the same time proposed “Success to Everton.” He believed Association football to be as good a game as any other, and his object, and the object of the other, and his object, and the object of the Everton Club, was to maintain the game as a national sport, and mot allow it to play second fiddle even to cricket. (Applause) In common with the Everton Club it was his endeavour to save the game from the taint of rowdyism and betting, and he looked to the club to support him and his colleagues on the council of the association in the decisions they might come to when such points were raised. (Hear, hear). Any committee putting its foot down at any piece of rowdyism would, he was sure, receive the support both of players and spectators. It was because Everton had always upheld these principles that it gave him great pleasure to propose that toast. He thought the time was coming when football lovers ought to try and secure grounds for the next generation. He was anxious that they should seek not only the lease of their grounds but the freehold; otherwise 20 or 320 years hence, the landowners would step in with the builders in their train, and they would lose the ground. (Hear, hear). He thought they ought to bring pressure to bear upon municipal corporations to supply the grounds. The matter was a public one, and the grounds ought to be provided at the public expense. (Hear. hear). As soon as the public made up their minds nowadays that they wanted a thing, they would get it. (Applause). He congratulated them upon their new ground. The Everton clubmen were good sportsmen, and he was convinced that they had a great future before them. (Lord Applause). – The Chairman, in responding to the toast, said that their club would certainly endeavour to acquire the freehold of their ground as soon as their financial position permitted. Any help that the Liverpool public gave them to this end would be amply compensated by the help the club intended to give to their public institutions. (Applause). After dinner the party drove in carriages to the splendid new ground at Goodison Park. This was crowded with thousands of spectators, who cheered lustily as Lord Kinnaird briefly declared the ground open. A short programme of athletic sports was next gone through, the prizes being distributed to the successful competitors by Mr. Mahon. The band of the 3 rd V.B. K.L.R performed a selection of music during the evening. The festivities concluded with a display o fire-works.


August 25, 1892. Lancashire Evening Post

The Everton Football Club, which, it will be remembered, underwent a decisive change last winter, celebrated the opening of its newly-acquired ground at Goodison Park, Anfield, last evening. The club is lucky in having secured one of the finest grounds in England. There is accommodation on the ground and Stands for fifty thousand people. The committee of the club entertained to dinner at the Adelphi Hotel, yesterday, the principal officials of the various football associations, amongst whom were Lord Kinnaird, president of the Football Association; Dr. Morley (Blackburn Rovers), vice president; Mr. J.L. Bentley, Chairman of the Football League; Mr. H. Lockett, secretary of the Football League, and Mr. R. P. Gregson, secretary of the Lancashire Association. – Dr. Morley, in responding to the toast of ‘Association Football,” said that football had gone through a great number of changes during the last few years. He was glad to see that the old spirit of rowdyism was fast dying out, and that a true feeling of sportsmanship now actuated both players and spectators alike –Lord Kinnaird, in proposing the toast of “Success to Everton,” said he was a staunch advocate of clubs having a ground of their own –a freehold that would be not only an acquisition to themselves, but to generations to come. (Cheers.)


August 27, 1892. The Liverpool Courier

The interesting function in connection with the formal opening of Goodison-park as the home of the Everton F.C., of which Lord Kinnaird the central figure, was a complete success, for the weather was bright and inviting, and as there were not less than 12,000 persons present, a most cheering forecast was given as to the future of the good old club. Goodison-park will rank as one of the finest football arenas in the country, either in point of size or equipment; and when it is remembered that the work of construction was not commenced until April was well advanced; the progress made by the contractors is truly marvelous. The actual area enclosed is about 5 ½ acres, and this ample space Mr. Prescott, the architect, and Messrs Kelly, the contractors, have utilized to the fullest advantage. Already the turf is in splendid condition –as perfect almost as a bowling-green and ready for the practical opening against Bolton Wanderers on Thursday next. The covered grand stand on the eastern side is a magnificent structure of its kind, close upon 420 feet in length, with an elevation furnishing thirteen tiers of seats. The uncovered stands at the rear of the goal posts stretch the full width of the playing ground, that at the north end considerably beyond, and each of these thus an elevation of eighteen tiers, the standing space being double towards the sunset. But apart from the accommodation thus furnished, there is a nine-foot space in front of the covered stand, and close upon 24 feet coutigitious to the stands in the rear of goal. Beneath the grand stand there is a complete suite of rooms, including dressing apartments for the players, fitted with batons and every convenience to the comfort of both the resident and visiting teams. On the western side the ground has been banked up for a distance of 40 yards so that provision has been made for fully 30,000 spectators; but although this may exceed the present requirements of the club, there can be no doubt that Goodison park is destined to become an extremely popular winter resort, conveniently situated as it is to rail and tram, and within east distance of the city. At present there is no telegraph office attached to the grounds, consequently press massagers will have to be sent to the Central-office, a distance of three miles, thereby entailing a serious loss of time and oftenest vexations disappointment. It is therefore greatly to be hoped that this defect will be remedied, and that from a press point of view Goodison-park will be as thoroughly equipped as are the leading county cricket enclosures, Old Trafford, to wit, where the pressman can dispatch his messages without the slightest difficulty or delay.

Everton's New Ground

August 27, 1892. Cricket and Football Field

opening ceremony by Lord Kinnard

" All roads lead to Paris" is a well known apothegim, but, if we changed the name of the Parisian city into Liverpool's football capital, the axiom would be apparently verified to the but casual of server last Wednesday evening. From six p.m the public entrances kept revolving registering the throngs ; and even the keepers of the private doors had put little time for refreshments. The evening was fine, put cooled by the refreshing zephyr, which swayed the variegated and imcomceivably-shaped lauterus which hung in semi-ciruclar forms from the roof of the grand stand. the latter, by the way, did not dent its name. Many experessions of admiration and approval were heard on all sides, and the red baize immediately below the press seats rendered the view more pleasing and the comfort more homely. No wonder the ground looked as level as a billiard-table. What with the quality of the turf (which I heard is from the rich rare soil of Aintree racecourse) and the unceasing care displayed, its superior will be difficult to find.

The Emormous Concourse

Of 12,000 included many of the "Gentle Sex", who appeared (like most of the competitors) in the pink of the season and condition. At 6:45 an artifical report announced that having banqutied well lord Kinnard had made the usual declaration. He immediately crossed the ground, accompanied by DR.Morley, of the Rovers ; messrs, J.J Bentley, Chairman of the football league ; H. Lockett, secretary of the football league ; R.P Gregson, sec, Lanchashire Association ; R S Lethgoe, sec, Liverpool Association ; M.Earlam, of the combination, an our local DR. Baxter. The group were instantly subjected to painless photography. The 120yds handicap opened the various items, all of which were confined to football professionals. In the first heat, Evertons flier, Geary, Kane sailing through aided by a flying start. Kelso was second. Robertson accounted for the second heat, R.Jones running him up. The last heat saw Jardime beating Elliott easily. The final was worth witnessing, Davis giving Hope a yard and beating him by four. The scratched man got off wretchedly, but sprinted smartly in for the 3rd prize. The three legged race was the cause of muvh merritment. The lenghtly Pinnell and the goalkeeper appeared to be in a knot from which they could not extricate themselves. The laughter was frequent and full, as this contest was run in two heats of three couples (irrespective of the final), and in each there was something of comedy. Eventually Milward and Jones divided the first prize of £4, whilst the two "macs," were each repaid for their funny efforts by a "sovereign "Balsam. Walking races are, as a rule in athletic sports.

Dull, Stale, And Uninteresting,

but here was a notable and surprisingle agreeable exception. the prominent thrusting forward figure of Pinnell, the serious ait of McLaren, the fun-of-the-thing style of Jardine, the tenacious sticking of Gordon, and the plucky pedalling of Rogers, diversified now and then (where the officials were not) by a little mixing and crowding, put the usual monotony out of the contest. Rogers deserved better than third, but none can gainsay that the scratch man, Pinnell, did not deserve the premier. Gordon was second. In high jumping, Jardine's ability is generally acknowledged. he cleared 5ft., tieing with Robertson, to whom he conceded four inches. Pinnell captured another prize here. The half-mile was run in semi-darkness, nought to be seen but flitting shadows, who arrived corporeally home in the persons of Ross Muir, Robertson, and Geo.Smith. The contests on the whole reflect great credit on the handicappers_Messrs. Clayton and Molyneux. By the time Spectacie was more iluminated, as the pale blue and redish lights bordered the grass edges in a cool yet amminating manor. Then the "Ascent of the Monstre balloon, "The display of the large coloured rockets ( were whose efforts to reach the enpyreau resulted with a burst of colours of the rainbow), the grand illuminations with coloured fires and prismatic lights, the lights, the cascade in ascent and desent, etc, etc, delighted the onlookers with there varied and extensive pro-portions. And the "Grand Finale" half-circle devise and motto,

Success To Everton

Drew ringing cheers from the four quaters. we must not omit to mention the dulcet atrains by the band of the 3rd vol. B.K.L.R, who played to please.


August 29, 1892. The Liverpool Mercusry

There is one huge covered stand, and it is contemplated covering those at either end, a shield from the rain or cold winds that will be much appreciated by those who patronise the more ‘'popular'' places, whilst thiose whp prefer to view the play from the sloping banks will find the survey of the field of action free and uninterrupted. The offices and dressing rooms provided on the ground will be gratifying to the players and officials and if the turf, which at present appears on the whole well knit wears well, there will be less liability of injury to players when reaching ‘'mother earth,'' as they inevitably do in the course of spirited play. The programme of Everton is, of course a good one, consisting of 30 league fixtures in addition to cup-ties and wxtre matches chief among the latter being that of Queens Park at Goodison Park on Thursday October 6, the personnel of the teams will be an improvement apparently on thaty of last year, the new hands comprising Dewar (of Sunderland Albion), and Coyle backs: Jamieson (Cambuslang), and boyle (Dumbarton), half-backs, and Smith (Canmbiuslng) and McLaren (Dumbarton),. Forwards. All the old players except mclean, Clochhead, Kirkwood and Wyllies are, we believe, secured and two very strong teams can thus be manned. The second team will be chiefy occupied in maintaining the high position they secured last year in the Combination. The season opens on Thurdsay at Goodison Park When Everton League will Meet the Bolton Wanderers in a friendly contest, the first League match being that with Notts Forest on Saturday next.

Another one from Field Sports. For the opening of Goodison Park.

Opening of Everton's new ground
A day of supreme happiness to the managers of the Everton Football Club was last Wednesday, and their faces beamed with smiles of twelve-inch gauge. In the words of the poet: -

“Such a night you never saw,
Before they'd time to say the prayers,
Scraps and bones were all that were left
Of the banquet at the Adelphi.”

Nobility shed its gracious light upon the company round the festive board, and each said to the other, or seemed to say; “Eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we dine off common steaks, with a pint pot accompaniment.” And Kurly said: “Let there be peace,” and there was peace, likewise several of them. By the time that everyone was beginning to feel comfortable and ready to settle down for a little hilarity or other wine, there was a move for business, and the Rev. Gee Gee, geeunior, came in, with a solemn look at a steady step, for he abhors all levity and carnal amusements such as dinners, and giveth them not countenance.

For the chaplain is a man who drinks not, neither, therefore, does he spin. Me. George Mahon, who sat at the top of the table, in order to see that nobody stepped beyond the bounds of prudence or tried to ruin the proprietors of the hotel, said some nice things about the president of the English Association and Dr. Morley and the Everton Club, and they all congratulated themselves that they did their best to prevent footballers from allowing their angry passions to rise or to scratch each other's eyes.

Mr lord said: - “I Kinnairdly believe it, and then remarked that he was glad that Everton had obtained a ground of their own, and that they would do all they could to take it outright, and hand it over to the youngsters and youngsters' youngsters. Whereat they cried with a loud voice,“ Hear, hear; we shall, providing we get four per cent.” Then chariots were taken and the Everton prophet, which Coates is his arms, corks his motto, and Nick Ross his abomination, looked unutterably happy, and could have thrown halfpennies to the small boys who cheered.

It was a glorious sight when the cavalcade marched across the turf, as springy and thick as if it had been laid for a hundred years, and cheers were sent up for my lord, which said cheers were of the course braxenly acknowledged by “Kurly” and the “chaplain,” who think at times they are footballers or somebody, and not of the common clay.

The band played, the players ran, fireworks blazed, ten thousand people seemed to be vastly diverted, and officials brimmed over with affability as they reckoned upon shekels and prosperity. Thus a new era in Liverpool football was suspiciously ushered in, and there is small blame to those who had laboured so hard for months past to get things in order for feeling more than usually proud on a day which was one of the greatest in the history of the Everton Club.
(Field Sports, 29-08-1892)



August 29, 1982 The Liverpool Mercury

The curb of the closed season rules will be freed on Thursday, and the boisterous and exhilarating winter game will be in full cry – that is, with Associationists. And what a buzzing, hammering time is promised for Liverpoolians during the ensuing eight months! Not two, but four first rates clubs – in ambition if not actually – will cater for the public taste until probably the good fare becomes nauseous even to the most inveterate glutton or epicure. There will be keen rivalry, and nothing awakens the enthusiasm of the average Briton more easily than stern, determined, healthy competition for supremacy. The situation has changed. Two good clubs have spring up out of Everton, and the parent organization, which had had to migrate to other and better quarters, are, in a certain sense, upon their defence, and in the tragedy of the survival of the fittest will focus the interest of the Liverpool supporters of the dribbling code. Everton are well prepared for the attack. They have by aid of energy and enterprise which must excite admiration provided themselves with a football enclosure that can scarcely be surpassed for accommodation and completeness, and which is in a wonderful state of perfection considering the short time which the contractors have had at their disposal. Every comfort alike of players, spectators officials, and pressmen has been studied and seen to, and Goodison Park, it is safe to predict, will become an even more popular resort than Anfield-road has proved to be. The ground will compare favourably with Ewood Park, the splendid headquarters of the Blackburn Rovers, and in some respects is an improvement upon the latter eligible enclosure, as the spectators will be nearer on all sides to the touchline, an advantage of much importance in the dull, cloudy days that are met with during the winter months, when light is trying to the vision. There is one huge covered stand, and it is contemplated covering those at either end, a shield from the rain or cold winds that will be much appreciated by those who patronise the more ‘'popular'' places, whilst those who prefer to view the play from the sloping banks will find the survey of the field of action free and uninterrupted. The offices and dressing rooms provided on the ground will be gratifying to the players and officials and if the turf, which at present appears on the whole well knit wears well, there will be less liability of injury to players when reaching ‘'mother earth,'' as they inevitably do in the course of spirited play. The programme of Everton is, of course a good one, consisting of 30 league fixtures in addition to cup-ties and extra matches chief among the latter being that of Queens Park at Goodson Park on Thursday October 6, the personnel of the teams will be an improvement apparently on that of last year, the new hands comprising Dewar (of Sunderland Albion), and Coyle backs: Jamieson (Cambuslang), and Boyle (Dumbarton), half-backs, and Smith (Cambiuslng) and McLaren (Dumbarton),. Forwards. All the old players except McLean, Lochhead, Kirkwood and Wyllies are, we believe, secured and two very strong teams can thus be manned. The second team will be chiefly occupied in maintaining the high position they secured last year in the Combination. The season opens on Thursday at Goodison Park When Everton League will Meet the Bolton Wanderers in a friendly contest, the first League match being that with Notts Forest on Saturday next.

• McLean, Wyllie, of Everton are playing for Liverpool, D. Kirkwood signed for Liverpool Caldonians



August 30, 1892. The Liverpool Courier.

A meeting of the shareholders of the Everton Football Club company Limited.. was held last evening in the schoolroom of ther presbyerrian Church Royal-street. Mr. G.Mahon occupied the chair, and there was a good attendance. Mr. R Molyeux (secretary) read the notice convening the meeting, with nexplained that it was called for the purpose of electing directors and to elect a momence to act on behalf of shareholders entitled to a free share. The Chairman gave an account of the progress of the company. He said they had now arrived at that stage in the history of the club when they were determined that no secret should be held from the general body of the shareholders. There were now 431 shareholders, and this was considered very satisfactory when they remembered that the total membership of the club was 490. These shareholders held 1,730 shares, and he would like to explain that it was though advisable not to give out the shares in blocks, by which means theu would have had the whole of the capital subscribed, but rather to have a number of applications, so that there would be more supporters of the club. The number of old members belonging to the company was 304, and there was 40 old members who had taken season tickets. Of the 431 shareholders there were 338 holding season tickets, and as applications were coming in daily he expected there would be another hundred. Showing the confidence that the public had in the club, he might point out that there was 40 more season tickets holders up to the present time in excess of the total number applied for on the old ground. (Applause.) they had a profit on the first athletic festival of £150, and he expected there would be a profit of about £100 on the second. The total expenditure amounted to £2,700, being £700 in excess of the estimate, but he thought that as they had obtained double the accommodation which was provided on the old fround there was no cause to grumble. (Hear Hear.)

It was moved and seconded that the following be re-elected to act as directors:- Mr G.Mahon (charman), Dr. Baxter, Messrs. J Atkinson J.Griffiths A.T.Coates, W.E.Leyland, J.Davies, W.R.Clayton,, F Currier, and W Jackson. Mr. Swan moved an amendment:- that the board of directors shall consist of six directors, two of whom shall retire by rotation at the close of each financial year, and that all vacancies on the directorate shall be filled by shareholders at the annual meeting, at which retiring directors shall be eligible for re-election.'' He thought that already one or two had tried to be too inasterful and he was of oponion that six directors would be quite sufficient. On the amandment being seconded and put only three votes were recorded for it, and the original propsition was then enthusiastically carried. Mr. R.Molyneux was elected nominee on behalf of the free shareholders. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the directors for their work during the summer.