March 1893


March 2, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

The North End team are in regular practice for their match with Everton in the Cup semi-final next Saturday. Trainor has recovered from his injury, and will appear beneath the upright; but Russell, who is lame, will probably be succeeded at centre forward by Drummond. The team leave Preston on Friday, and they will probably line up against Everton at Sheffield in the following order;- Trainor, goal; Holmes, and Ross, backs; Grier, Sanders, and Stewart, half-backs; Gordon, J. Ross, Drummond, Beckton, and Cowan, forwards.


March 4, 1893, The Liverpool Mercury

The eyes of Liverpool, so to speak, will be on the performances of Everton and Preston North End at Bramell Lane, Sheffield. No semi-final tie was ever rendered more interesting or more difficult of forecasting in its issue. Collateral form is not generally are reliable index; but if it can be depended upon Everton should win, for they have been phenomenally consistent during the past couple of months during which time they have been phenomenally consistent during the past couple of months during which time they have beaten nine League teams in succession, included among whom were Preston North End, and who were actually defeated at Goodison Park by six goals to nil. Since then North End have drawn with Ironoplis at Middlesbrough, and then routed the “Nopes” in a sensational manner by seven goals to nil on the following Saturday. This letter achievement has brought many friends to the side of North End, but its worth may be easily over-valued. However, it will be a stern fight to-day for which careful training has prepared both teams. Several excursions are announced. At Goodison Park Everton will encounter the Burnley Swifts, who are in command of the North East Lancashire League in connection with which they have not lost a match.

Everton v. Preston North End, Bramell-lane, Sheffield, Kick-off at 3..30 p.m. a selection will be made from the following to play for Everton; William, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Preston North End; Trainor, goal; Holme, and Ross, backs; Grier, Sanders, and Stewart, half-backs; Gordon, J. Ross, Drummond, Beckton, and Cowan, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.J. Hughes (Cheshire), Linesmen, Messrs J. Howcroft (Northamberland) and M. Roberts (Derby).

Everton Combination v. Burnley Swifts, Goodison Park, Kick-off. At four o'clock. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick and Parry, backs; Coyle, Jones, and Jamieson, half-backs; Smith, Murray, Hartley, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards.


March 6, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

The semi-final ties of the English Cup competition overshadowed every other Association event on Saturday. At both Sheffield and Nottingham –the towns chosen as the venue of the momentous struggles –tremendous crowds assembled, but that at Bramell-lane, where Everton and Preston North End were the exponents, was the greater, the “gate” realizing £340, whereas hat at Trent Bridge, where the Wolverhampon Wanderers and the Blackburn Rovers where the champions, amounted to £750. Each game, as anticipated, proved to be hard, stern, and pretty even, with fouling strung at too high a pitch to permit of purely skilful play. The Rovers, who had become strong favourites in some quarters owing to the easy manner in which they had routed Sunderland a fortnight ago, and who have won the English Cup five times, did not come up to expectations, and were beaten by 2 goals to 1, the Wanderers being their superiors in forward play. Everton and Preston North End could not affect a decisive issue, and a severe combat, fought out on a sticky and tiring ground, resulted in each team scoring 2 goals. They will have accordingly to meet again. Thursday, the 16 th instant, being the date decided upon, at Sheffield. The Prestonians had most followers among the assembly –who were certainly the most noisy –and this was evident all through, for whilst any good bit of play by North End was cheered to the solo, quality clever Everton displays fall comparatively flat. The reason, perhaps, is supplied in the foot that Everton had a fortnight ago made themselves somewhat unpopular by defeating Sheffield Wednesday and depriving them of cup honours. Everton, however, being fortunate in securing choice of ends, and so turn their backs to the stiff wind, which blew from goal to goal, early seemed likely to upset the calculations of those who espoused the cause of Preston North End, as the Liverpoolians soon got into a good stride and firm combination. They had far the best of the game during the first half, and thoroughly earned their lead of 2 goals to nil, a score that ought however to have been increased, for Gordon in particular failed to utilise what appeared to be easy chances of further scoring. The breeze stiffened somewhat by the time the second stage was entered upon, and this helped North End materially, but it was ten minutes or so before they assumed strong aggressiveness. From thence to the end Everton were more or less hard pressed. Many excellent shots were levelled at Williams' charge, as, step by step, North End advanced. When J. Gordon scored from a corner, a hugh cheer went up, the excitement growing in intensity until Coan equalised with a magnificent shot. Hope of Everton's success was now crushed, and anxiety in turn felt as to whether the defence could hold out, which herculean task though it was, it did, the whistle sounding, to the relief of the many thousand Liverpool people present, and still more so to the players, on a drawn game. The Everton men played well to a man during the first half hour; but they were all this time being badly knocked about, for North End were not at all disposed to be kid-gloviah, their fearlessness and pluck often bordering on brutality, though never so vicious as to call the full powers of the referee into use. The goalkeeping of Williams was of the best quality. The two shots that beat him were grand efforts, and most of the shots he did clear would have defeated the majority of custodians, Howarth and Kelso got through of custodians. Howarth and Kelso got through a heavy day's work in a clean and certain style. The half-backs were all three very effective in their tackling and judicious in passing up to the interval, the back play during the first half being so perfect that Williams had only once to attend to a shot. Afterwards the Everton half-back trio fell off through two exacting work. The forwards shaped well at the outset, though they were occasionally slow in front, but as the game went on they fell off woefully, and were scarcely ever aggressive in the second stage. That they were not so must be laid t the charge of Gordon, as he seemed to get exhausted, though it was mainly owing to an injury he received in the second half that he was so weak towards the finish. So it was, perhaps, a mistake to leave out Geary, whose sprints would have been useful, since Latta, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward were in fine-going, fettle. Preston North End had to depend chiefly upon wing play, for Drummond was out of touch at centre, invariably kicking too strongly, which was not surprising in a man who is a back one day and a forward the next. They were also handicapped through Grier's injured foot bothering him. He was useful, however, and Sanders, Stewart, Holmes, and N.J. Ross were all effective, if at times too vigorous. Trainer was not at his best, but then he has been on the injured list.

Everton exertions in conjunction with the theatrical profession in the cause of charity have met with ample reward and highly satisfactory results –as the net receipts amounted to £313 –a sum which would have been even much greater had the weather on the gala day proved more propitious, and had not some malevolent Pecksmith stopped the lotteries that had been arranged for handsome prizes generously given. Stanley Hospital was allotted £208, and the Royal Infirmary £104.

Next Saturday Everton and Preston North End will fight over again, but in the Lancashire, and not an English Cup-tie. North End will have a distinct advantage on this occasion since the tie is to be played off at Deepdale. There is evidently much equality just now in the teams, and if the ground should be dry and easy going Everton will have confidence of successfully “bearding the lion in its own den,” especially if a large company of their supporters are present to spour them on.

Everton followers are so constant that they would feel slighted if there was no sport provided at their popular resort. The Everton executive have thus secured a match with the Edinburgh St. Bernard's who have had a very successful experience this season.


March 6 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

This semi-final tie played at Bramall lane Sheffield, in the presence of 28,000 spectataors, the enclosure being packed to overflowing, many having to be content with a very imperfect view of pla. Both teams arrived during the morning and prompt to time took up their position as follows:- Everton, having the same team that defeated Preston a few weeks back:- Preston North End, Trainer goal, Holmes, and Ross (hj) (captain) backs, Grier, sanders, and Stewart, half-backs, Gordon (j), Ross (jun), Drummond, Beckton, and cowans, forwards, Everton:- Williams goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain), Boyle, Holt, and Stewart half-backs, Latta, Gordon (p), Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards, Referee Mr C.Jhughes, Linesman messrs Howcroft and Roberts . The ground consqently upon the recent rains, was soft and yielding whilst a strong wind swept from goal to goal. This Everton, winning the toss, had the assistance of at the outset. The ball on Drummond kicking off , went out twice, and from one of the throws in, Chadwick and Milward moved along until checked by Sanders. Maxwell was then penalised, but this was no relief to North End, as Chadwick quickly had a long, wide shot. The Everton left wing returned, and the people swaying forward at the corner of the ground broke down the barricade, though the police kept the field of play clear. Preston failed to drive Everton back and Latta shot in correctly. Trainer mulled the ball, and Gordon rushed it into the net, Everton thus scoring in seven minutes. Preston restarted full of ‘'go'' and swooped down on goal in compact formation, but Gordon lifted high over the bar. Stewart was very active for Preston, he spoiled one or two raids by Everton. Soon, however, Latta beat him. Ross too kicked badly and from a throw in Trainer was soon called upon by Latta. He fisted away, and so Latta tried again, but this time Sanders in heading for a corner, almost gave Everton a goal. The kick was placed well by Chadwick, when the ball grazed outside the post. The Everton Stewart next passed up judiciously, leading to more pressure upon the Preston defence until Grier kicked well and timely. North End now had a turn, when P. Gordon took the ball from near goal, though without clearing as Howarth and Kelso each had to kick back. Some pretty passing by Everton ended in Latta after steadying himself, screwing just outside the net. Holt and J.N. Ross collied and fell a moment later, and this let in J Gordon, who was fouled by A Stewart. Holmes making nothing of the free kick. Preston forced two corners, which Howarth and Kelso neutralised easily, and Latta again beat N.J.Ross, but he gave to Holmes the latter kicking out. Cowan next ran granddly, and forced a corner, an effort Latta replied to by running round N.J.Ross, but only to shoot out. Stewart of Everton and his colleagues continued to play most effectively, but their forwards could not get at goal. Cowan, however, wass more dangerous at the other end, as he wound up a dashing movement, Williams playing the ball for the first time. Cowan return, but Drummond was off side when he took the pass, and this blunder by Preston centre forward opened the way to a further reverse. Latta had a throw in, when Holt possessed himself of the ball, and gave it to Chadwick, who scored beautifully at long range, a great cheer sugnalising that Everton had assumed a subetantial lead of a couple of goals, as the result of 25 minute's play. Everton were soon afterwards awarded two free kicks, which caused trouble to their opponents, whilst a corner was so nicely taken by Chadwick that the gaol had a marvellous escape. Preston North End, smarting under the influence of the unexpected turn of events, exerted themselves to the utmost; but Milward had the next meritorous shot at goal, whilst the closing incident of the first half was in Gordon shooting well at the Everton goal, and in Williams conceding a futile corner. The interval thus arrived with Everton leading by 2 goals to nil. On crossing over, despite the strong wind against them, the Evertonians went off with the lead, and found the North Enders' defence a lot or work. After a time play was transferred to the other end, and the Preston forwards worked their way close in but lacked fire. Returning to the attack, Cowan the extreme left, centred admirably, and gave a spendid chance to Gordon, but the latter shot just outside. Still the Prestonians assailed, and after 14 minutes play their efforts were rewarded, Gordon sending in a shot just inside the post which nobody could have stopped. Owing to being injured in a charge Gordon of Everton had to retire for a few minutes, but soon reappeared. The ball travelled quickly from end, to end, both teams putting in some smart work. Ross junior made a grand run into the Evertonian territory and passed to Gordon, but the ball outpaced the latter. Preston as sailed in force and Cowan after 25 minutes play made the game equal by dodhing round Kelso, whilst the latter was attending to Drummond, and steering past Williams. Preston continued to press hard, but could not get though Williams on several occasions had to negotiate some hot shots. After a time Everton got down and were conceded a corner from which Trainer had to beat away in hot haste and the ball being kept in the vicinity of the Preston citadel the custodian had to come out to save. Jimmy Ross had a fine opening at the other end, but was pulled up just in time. Whilst Gordon with the aid of Beckton was within an ace of scoring for Preston. The Everton strong hold was now in a state of bombardment, and it was nothing short of a marvel how it escaped captore, the interceptions being smart in the extreme. A short occupied owing to Holt being winded and although each goal was in turn assailed the game eventually ended in a tie of 2 goals each.



March 6 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

These teams, the previous game having been won by Everton by 6 goals to nil. Met at Goodison Park, the game despite the apparent inquality of the teams attracting as many as 6,000 spectators. The home club was strongly represnted, their eleven including Jardine and Parry, a lat start was effected and before the scoring had commenced the welcome news arrived from Sheffield that Everton were leading Preston North End by 2 goals to nil. This was lustily cheered and enthusasium being awakened. Everton piled goal upon goal until the end Burnley Swifts were routed by 12 goals to nil.

Everton team, Jardine goal, Chadwick nd Parry, backs, Coyle Jones Jamieson half-backs, Smith, Murray, Hartley, McMillan and Elliott forwards.


March 8, 1893. Burnley Express

There was a big crowd at Everton on Saturday, the attendance being placed at 7,000 to witness the return match between Everton Combination and Burnley Swifts. The teams were made up of the following players;- Swifts;- Ryan,; Tattersall, Sawers; McFertridge, Nash, Mullineaux; Hatton, Place, Binns, Hargreaves, and Graham. Everton; Jardine; Chadwick, Parry; Coyle, Jones, McLaren; Smith, Murray, Hartley, McMillan, and Elliott. There was not so much between the teams for a while, and the Evertonians did not score until 20 minutes had elapsed, after which the Swift got openings but did not shoot well. Before the interval the homesters put on two more goals. To say, the least, however, the Swift had hard luck in not scoring on two occasions, in fact, hey aver that Jardine was over the line once, while Hargreaves got one through from Hatton, but had the point disallowed. In the second moiety the Swift were completely outplayed. The Evertonians played in champion form, and there was no resisting them, and as they scored on an average a goal every five minutes. Burnley Swift had to retire with the crushing defeat of twelve goals to none. Though Mullineaus was hurt and was absent towards the close of the game, it had little or no effect on the result.


March 10 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

This match was played at Oswestry yesterday in brilliant weather and before 2,000 specatators. Mr Wright of Hallson started the ball and for some time the play was of a fairly even character. The home forwards then attacked, and in the result F Jones scored. This was the score at half-time. In the latter portion Everton had the best of matters and scored on three occasions and when time arrived a grand game ended in favour of the visitors by 3 goals to 1.


March 11, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

The Associationists of this district will be greatly engrossed in the four ties which form the second round of the Lancashire Cup competition, especially those games in which three Liverpool clubs take part. Everton, who gave still to effect a decisive issue with Preston North End in the English Cup semi-final have been drawn to meet the Prestonians to today at Deepdale, and in the light of recent and prospective events, the engagement have awakened national interest. Everton have the disadvantage of playing on their opponents' ground, where they have never but once, we believe won a match, but they have come out so strongly during the last two months in their contests, whether at home or away, that they will encounter Preston North End today with a greater hope of victory than an any previous visit to Deepdale. The will, too, have a host of friends to keep them company, for, as will be seen from an advertisement elsewhere, cheap trains are announced to run from Exchange Station at 1,3,in advance if required.

We have been officially informed that Scholfield, of Stoke, and Spikesley, of Sheffield Wednesday, will take the places of Milward and Chadwick, of Everton on the left wing, in the team to represent England against Wales at stoke next Monday.

There is an important match at Goodison Park between Everton and Edinburgh St. Bernard's. The latter's permonaces have already been recorded. St Bernard's will have a strong team, including Walter Arnott, the celebrated Queen's Park full back. During the progress of the match telegrams will be received from Preston every quarter of an hour.

Everton League v. Preston North End, Preston, Kick-off at three p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards,

Everton Combination v. St. Bernard's Goodison Park, Kick-off at four pm. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick, and Parry, backs; Coyle, Jones, and Jamieson, half-backs; Smith, Murray, Pinnell, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards,


Everton v Preston North End, Sheffield (English Cup undecided semi-final tie)


March 12, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire cup competition second round

This tie in the county cup competition created intense interest, which was only natural after the drawn game which ensued between the teams a week previously, and fully 17,000 spectators assembled at Deppdale the well known headquarters of the North End Club. The crowd in fact, was too large for the enclosure, with the result that people encroached on the field of play in places, which may necessuate the match being replayed. The ground was in excellent condition, with little or no wind, and altogether the game was played under favourable circustances. Each club made one charge from last week, Geary and Russell the two centre forwards, being now included and Gordon and Grier standing out, the position of the side's being filled as follow :- Preston North End, Trainor goal, Holmes, and N.J.Ross (captain) backs, Drummond, Sanders and Stewaet (w), half-backs, Gordon (j) Ross (jun), Russell, Beckton and Cowan, forwards, Everton:- Williams goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain), Boyle,, Holt, and Stewart (a), half-backs, Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Referee Mr John Lewis (blackburn) Howarth again won the toss, and Russell accordingly kicked off, with the sun in his eyes., but North End opened the attack on the right, and though Holt tackled gamely Gordon got near enough in to shoot, Williams stopping the ball with his feet. Holt was next adjudged to have fouled Beckton and from the pressure J Ross forced a corner. So far the home team had all the attack but a long pass by Chadwick gave employment to Milward who didged Drummond, but who could not reach the ball when passed to him by Chadwick. The Everton left wing quickly returned, but Holmes proved a barrier to their progess, and a piece of good passing caused the venue to be changed. J ross hitted over the bar, and Kelso was in requisition, who kicked away grandly and Latta centred by Chadwick put failed to get possession. The round play tended to favour of Preston, who went with a rush on the right, and shot. Williams caught the ball but could only make a weak kick, which J Ross took full advantage of, and managed to put into the net ten minutes from the start, a tremendous cheer greeting this early success of Preston, who soon caused Everton to conceded a corner, badly placed, on the left. Everton made several attempts to get within shooting distance but could not combined well, the opposing half-backs intercepting the passes. Boyle found it necessary to kick out shortly afterwards, and then Geary starting a run, he was cleverly robbed by Sanders. The Everton centre forward, however, followed up by shooting for goal. He was fouled simultaneously, but nothing came from the free kick, nor of a corner taken by latta., who was hampered by the crowd. Holt interposed at a critical period, and then N.J. Ross came in for official censure, he having kicked Maxwell. The free kick seemed likely to be expense, for Everton attack hard for some minutes during which Chadwick tested Trainer with a daisy cutter. Everton certainly showed firmer formation now then hitherto, and gave much anxiety to the Prestonians but Latta was robbed by Stewart when about to centre, whilst Geary,, from a change he made for himself, shot hard, narrowly over the bar. Some of the best passing so far was then contributed by Everton, which terminated in Maxwell making a fine bid for goal. This was followed by a dangerous shot by Beckton which Williams cleared at the expense of a corner. J Ross next sent the ball spinning along the bar, but had it gone into the net it would not have counted as the whistle sounded for an informality. Preston, however, were going strongly just now and a free kick being taken by Sanders he lobbed the ball against the crossbar rebound, and was rushed into the net. North End thus attained a strong lead of 2 goals in 25 minutes. Another disaster seemed imminent a moment or so later, as Gordon centred beautifully but, fortunately for Everton Beckton could not quite reach the ball. Cowan drove hard, and North End were dangerous in the extreme until, Holt got in some effective work. Latta relieved, but Stewart pulled him up, and then came Everton's greatest opportunity, as the sphere being handled they got a free kick in the goalmouth almost, but the ball struck the bar and but aside. a spankling shot, stopped by an Everton back, was the chief item between now and the interavl, which came with Preston Noth End in command by 2 goals to nil. On resuming Everton passed up nicely, but Latta centre could not be utilised, whilst a return raid culminated in a poor shot. A free kick conceded to Preston was enthrusted to J Ross, who put to NJ ross, but who shot wildly over the bar. The play went on even lines for some time, but it was evident that Everton half-backs were gaining in effectiveness to the corrsponding deteroration of the home team. The attack of the visitors was rather better than that of their opponents., but Trainor was always ready to clear the shots that came his way. The tactics of Everton were for long shooting as the flourish of a rush, and had centre been resorted to instead of wing shot, the match might have been saved. Holt got badly but accidentally kicked on the head some 15 minutes from time, but though weakened Everton made play if not often danerous. Just when every one was listening for the whistle to blow, Russell scored the best goal of the day, and secured victory of 3 goals to nil for Preston North End.


March 13, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

The second round ties of the Lancashire Cup competition were the chief attractions locally on Saturday, but none was more interesting, owing to the drawn game that ensued at Bramell-lane a week ago, than that between Everton and Preston North End at Deepdale. Though the Liverpool public was not so greatly represented at Preston as at Sheffield, the ground was packed to inconvenience, so much so that people had to be placed between the barricades and the touchlines, and as these encroached upon the field of play, the tie may have to be replayed, Everton having lodged a protest as the interval with the referee, Mr. J. Lewis, who will lay the matter before the committee of the Lancashire Association. The result of the match must be voted a great disappointment to Evertonians, but certainly the cleverer team on Saturday won, though the superior of Preston North End was not so apparent as the score would represent, the two first goals being somewhat lucky ones, and both as the result of free kicks. The condition of the ground, which was dry and easy going, was exactly as Everton hoped for, and further, they had the help of what wind was blowing, which was not much, and the sun at their backs, in the first half, and yet it was during the opening stages that they were weakest. They could not get into a confident stride until the 15 minutes had elapsed, during which time irreparable damage had been wrought to their chance of victory. From this period of the game to the end Everton were quite as good as their rivals, except when at the face of goal, a defect which will have to be remedied if they are to emerge with their colours flying next Thursday in the English Cup semi-final. The only department in the Everton team which merited unstinted commendation on Saturday was that in the charge of Howarth and Kelso –two ex-Prestionains –and whilst the former sustained his character as one of the cleverest backs in the country, kelso, difficult though it seemed, even played a better game than his captain. It was mainly due to these two players that the defeat was not more severe, for Williams proved to be a little unsteady and anxious, though in his defence it must be stated that he got badly kicked on the thing when trying to prevent the first goal being scored. The half-backs of Everton were not seen to advantage, Boyle excepted, Stewart as often beaten by J. Ross and Gordon easily, whilst Holt scored fewer successes than usual, and evidently found more than his match in Russell, but Holt tried his utmost and, in the second half, in tackling J. Ross, received a very serious kick on the back of the head, which will probably prevent his assisting in next Thursday's match. With the half-backs less effective than of late, the Everton forwards had fewer chances, and what they had were not made the most of. They passed splendidly at times, but on the whole combination was no a strong point, especially when closing in upon goal. The outcome was that too long shooting predominated, and these, with Trainor in good form, were useless. Who is to blame for lack of cohesion and dash at close quarters it would be difficult to say, but true it is that the forwards as arranged on Saturday were weak, and seldom indeed looked likely of capturing goal. The Preston North End forwards were also their weakest point. Their combination was not marked, but they always followed up their shots readily on the off chance of affecting a coup from a short return, and so were really dangerous whenever they got within range of goal, which was only too frequent. Drummond, Sanders and Stewart made a superb half-back trio, and with N.J. Ross and Holmes at their backs Preston defence could scarcely have been improved.

Everton find solace in the achievements of their Combination team, who affected a very clever win of 5 goals to nil over St. Bernard's of Edinburgh, a team which included two international backs –Walter Arnott and Foyer – and have beaten, among many other Scotch clubs, the Glasgow Rangers in a cup-tie. It was altogether a smart performance, and the respect for Everton's second team is confirmed in the support given by the Liverpool public.



March 13, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

The British and African Steam Navigation Company's Royal mail steamer Loanda sailed from the Mersey on Saturday for the Canary Islands and the West Coast of Africa, having on board a large party of visitors to Grand Canary. One of which is Mr. George Mahon, treasurer of the Everton Football Club, who has been indisposed for some time past, is visiting the islands to recruit his health.


March 13 1893. The Sheffield Independent.

The visit of the Scotchmen to play the second eleven at Everton attracted 10,000 spectators. The game was one sided so far as scoring was concerned. Everton obtained three goals to none, before the interval and adding two more points later on they won as under Everton 5 St Bernards 0.



March 14, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

This match was played at Goodison Park, before 6,000 spectators. The home team included Walker, late of Grimsby, half-back, and the visitor were strongly presented, including Arpott and Foyers (Scottish internationals). Playing against the wind and sun, the combination exhibited clever play, McMillan Gordon, and Murray scoring. Half time Everton 4 goals St Bernards nil. The second half was more evenly contested, but Everton scored the only goal, and won by 5 goals to nil.

Everton team, Jardine, goal, Chadwick, and Parry, backs, Walker jones, Coyle half-backs, Smith, Murray, Pinnell, McMillan and Elliott forwards.



March 17 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

Following the tie of two goals each which these rival teams played on Saturday week, they were ordered to again meet at Bramell line Sheffield yesterday afternoon. It was fully antcipted that there would be another large attendance, despite the generally inconvenient day of the week, and these expectations were fully realised for by the time the rival teams faced each other, there would be quite 20,000 spectators lining the barriers. The almost phenomenally fair weather experienced during the last few days in Sheffield gave way yesterday morning to several sharp showers of rain, but the downpour was not of such weight as to seriously affect the ground which was in good going order., though a stiffish breeze miliated against accurate play. Everton played the same team as on the previous meeting, but the Preston side, Russell took his palce at centre forward in place of Drummond, who went to his old position at half-back, supplanting Grier, who was on the injured list. The hugh crowd during the interval of waiting indulged in good-humoured chaff, and when North End made their appearance at 3-25, they were cheered, as were their opponents, who appeared immediately afterwards. Preston winning the toss elected to defend the Bramell-lane goal having a stiff breeze in their favour. From the first play ruled fast, but the defence of each aside showed rare form. Preston got away in force and obtained a corner which proved fruitless, and Everton dashing away, to the other end kept the Preston backs busy, and for a considerable time seriously imperilled the North End citadel. Despite the wind being against them, Everton kept up the pressure. At length Beckton and Russell got away, but Kelso returned, and from a free kick from a foul the ball was directed just outside the Preston posts. An unsuccessful raid was made on the Everton quarters and then Preston by capital combination, again assailing, got through, and obtained a corner from which Cowan after subsequent play, shot over the bar. At this juncture snow fell heavily, and continued for fifteen minutes, after which happily, it ceased. Each end was in turn besieged, and with the wind dropping considerably after the cessation of the strom, some neater forward play was wittnessed. From end to end the ball travelled rapidly, and although each goal was in turn in jeopardy, the defence prevailed. Everton going away with a rush obtained a corner, but the Preston backs relieved. North End, after a well concerted run got close in the Everton quarters, and had a fine opening, but spoilt the chance by a series of mistakes. During the latter portion of the first half Everton had the best of the play but neither side could score, and the interval arrived with no goals to either side. On crossing over, Preston broke awa and Gordon shot outside the Everton uprights. For the first ten minutes the play on the whole was pretty evenly divided, but ruled very fast while several members of each team went in for some unnecessary charging. After some capital play Everton got though, and Milward had a grand opening, but failed to utilise whilst after a rapid rush to the other end Ross junior from a grand position, shot over the bar. After a considerable amount of give and take paly in midfield. Everton went away with a rush, and Trainor had all he could do to save, and from another attack immediately afterwards Latta sent in a shot which hit the cross bar and rebounded into play Trainor having to rush out and beat away in hot haste to clear. Everton were now holding the upper hand, and kept Preston North End busy with their repeated attack, but all efforts were repulesed although Trainer had several times to exert himself. At length North End raised the siege and Ross jun, Gordon, and Russell negotiated a good run into the Everton quarters, but Williams came out, and cleared his lines cleverly. A rush to the North End lines saw the ball carried over the line, and more desultory mid-field play took place. A slight occasion wass caused owing to Gordon, of Everton being Injured in a charge but fortunately he speedily recovered. Not to be denied Everton again assailed and secured a corner, but the flag kick was badly directed, and was easily got away. Everton returning to the attack invaded the Preston lines in fine style, but Ross and Holmes were always there of thereabouts, and nullified at the brilliant efforts of the Everton forwards. North End made a determined effort towards the finish, but Everton defence prevailed, and at the call of time neither side had scored. After consultation it was decided that a third meeting of the teams should take place on Monday next at Blackburn on the Rovers ground, the kick off being fixed for 3-30p.m. teams Everton:- Williams, goal, Kelso and Howarth (captain) backs, Boyle Holt and Stewaet (a), half-backs, Latta Gordon (p), Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Preston North End:- Trainer goal, Ross (jn) (captain) and Holmes, backs, Stewart (w), Sanders, and Drummond half-backs, Cowan, Beckton, Russell, Ross (jun), and Gordon forwards. Linesmen: Mr J.Howcroft, (Middlesbrough), and Mr. Roberts (Derby), Referee Mr. C.J.Hughes (Cheshire).


March 18, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

Not one of the seven games to be played this afternoon will be so eagerly watched as that between Everton and the Wolverhampton Wanderers, at the latter's ground. The reason is not far to seek. In the first place, the same clubs may possibly have to play off the final tie of the English Cup competition, since the “Wolves” have qualified for the closing stage and are waiting for either Everton or Preston North End, whenever they can bring about a decisive issue, again. Everton and the Wolverhampton Wanderers are equal in a proportionate sense in the League championship –Everton with 28 points for 25 games, and the Wanderers 24 points for 23 games. So that the result today may thrown some light on the question as to who shall win the cup and as to priority in the League. At Goodison Park the first Combination fixture this season between Everton and Macclesfield is set down for the defectation of the Evertonians.

Everton v. Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton

Everton v. Maccelesfield, at Goodison Park


Boole v. Everton, League, Hawthorne-road


Aigburth Vale v Everton (Liverpool Cup)


March 20, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald

At Wolverhampton, in fine weather and before a large crowd, the position of the teams in the English Cup Competition giving additional interest to the match. Scoring was opened by Everton. This visitors, added by a strong wind got down several times, and Geary scored twice. Halt-time scorer- Everton three goals to Wolverhampton nil. The Wanderers improved with the wind, but Geary completed the sequence with a header, which made Everton's fourth point. Butcher immediately responded with a god one for the “Wolves” who then improved on a free kick against Stewart by shooting a second. Everton were hard pressed, the “Wolves” pressing with almost herculean efforts, but although they were very near scoring during several hot sallies nothing resulted. The final of a curiously fought game was –Everton, 4 goals; Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2 goals.


March 20 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

This return match was played at Wolverhampton on Saturday, the previuos game having resulted in a win for Everton by 3 goals to 2. The weather was fine and the ground in excellent condition. Much iinterst was excited in the contest, owing to the possibility of the same clubs having to meet in the final tie of the English cup competition at Manchester next Saturday; but, as it turned out the issue furnished no cue to the coming event, as whilst the Wanderers placed their full cup team on the field, Everton depended on an eleven in which the combination men were prominent in the matter of numvbers, the Everton executive owing to the strain of the severe tussells with Preston North End, finding it essential to give the bulk of their cup team players a rest, inany of them having received minor injuries, so that the chance of Everton at Blaclburn should not be imperilled. The sides were accordingly as follow:- Everton; Jardine, goal, Kelso, and Parry backs, Stewart, Jones, and Coyle, half-backs, Latta (captain), Hartley, Geary, McMilan, Elliott forwards. Wanderers:- Rose, goal, Baugh, and Swift, backs, Malpass, Allan, and Kinsley, half-backs, Topham, Wykes, Butcher, Wood and Griffin forwards. Latta won the toss, and so Butcher kicked off against the wind. Everton opened on the left without being dangerous. Some goal kicking by Kelso, Parry, Stewart, and Jones threw Everton to the front again, when on Latta shooting in,, McMillan lifted over. Topham was next conspicuous in good combined play, but Kelso neutralised the effort, and Everton returned, when Kinsley interposed. Geary joined Hartley, and Latta in a movement, and again Kinsley proved a barrier. A retalistory movement on the ‘'Wolves'' right terminated in a futile shot. Everton quickly combined strongly in front, and lokked likely for forcing a goal but Kinsley cleared. Kelso next despoiled Butcher, deeming it safest to kick out. The home team just now passed beautifuuly, and despite soon fine work by Stewart, the ball went to Topham who was not far wide in a long shot. Parry kick clear a moment later and Elliott and McMillan running down and sending to the centre, the ball was worked into the net after Rose had used his hands. Thus Everton took the lead a quarter of an hour from the kick off. During the play that immediately followed the visitors back and half-backs were found employment, which was so satisfactorily attended to that Jardine, had nothing to do. A fine kick by Kelso removed operations and Geary and Elliott sprinted away the latter going a little wide with a long hard shot. The Wanderers next tried a capital rush but Coyle kicked away nicelt twice. The home team were not to be driven off, and later Jardine had used his hands to tame a shot. Wood drive kennnly outside. Some strong forward play by Everton caused further anxienty to the Wolverhampton Wanderers. Their passing was sharp and crisp, and after being once denied, Everton tried again, and from a tussle, arising from a free kick to the visitors close in, Geary beat Rose with a powerful close range shot. Half-hour had now esapled which had been well employed by Everton, and they had scored 2 goals to nil. Both Geary and Latta took aim on restarting, neither of which were good effort, whilst a better attempt was that from the home right, but this Jardine frustated coolly. At the other end McMillan and Hartley shot moderately, but Everton kept in front and after neat passing Geary again scored. A spendid goal. The play continued much in favour of Everton. Once Butcher sprinted off, but he was challenged by Kelso, Parry clearing and then Elliott from more clever passing beat Rose but the Whistle had sounded before the goal had been crossed. The game had run on fairly intersting but the visitors certainly showed the better tactics and had entire merried the commanding position that they had gained. Nearing half-time Topham centred and Griffin shot out narrowly. The Wanderers give further trouble; still the Everton defence was sound. Coyle keeping quite in touch with his more experience colleagues, and when the interavl arrived, Everton had scored 3 goals to nil. Latta early got in a run on resuming though he was checked by Kinsey. A nice piece of passing ensuedon Everton left and this too, was nipped in the bud. Then Topham became prominent, the cheers he received proving him to be a very popular. He had two good shots each of which Jardine fisted in grand style. Nothing coming of a corner, that resuled from one of these effects. Everton then cleared, and took up the attack on the right and left, McMillan shot in, and Hartley headed the fourth goal, out of a exciting tussle. The ‘'Wolves'' were not at demoraraised at the turn of affairs and closed in on goal, with a great dash, but the defence was too good for a time. Jardine at length stepped out a little to saved but Butcher was to quick for from him a neatly taken pass and the Wanderers thus met with their first reward. Everton resuled in a grand rush in a cluster with out the desired effort. The Wanderers then fairly attack goal, and during the severe pressure, a free kick was given against Everton, from which Wood took Allen's pass and scored driving the ball though a forest of legs somewhat luckily. Wykes was sson found a chance but shot high over the bar, when on returned Kelso hooked the ball out of the goalmouth. A free kick was badly taken by Allen, and then Woles returned to goal most determined severly times. Once the ball bouncing off the ground on to the top of the net. Afterwards Parry headed away great danger. At length Elliott and McMillan raised the siege, and sending across to Hartley, the latter forced a corner. Nothing came of the play but Hartley had a shot at goal, before the Wanderers could resume the attacfk. Which was fierce in the extreme, Jardine and others having to be smart in repulsing most dangerous shots. Geary essayed one of his sprints and play become less eciting and more open. Latta had a now gone to the help of the half-backs, and time approached, it became apperant that the ‘'Wolves'' could nopt rub of the arrears. In fact, Everton were nearer scoring again, but were held smartly in check and the result of good game was a clear win for Everton of 4 goals to 2.



March 20, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

At Goodison Park about 3,000 specatators. Everton from the commencement attacked, and Murray sppn broke though the visitors defence. Shortly afterwards Smith scored a second gaol, and Murray a third. Everton winning at the interavl by 3 goals to 1. During the second half Macclesfield had to defend continually, and goal upon goal followed until in the end Everton ran out easy winners by 10 goals to 1. Placed 1 st played 18, won 15, lost 2 drew 1, for 98 against 12 points 31.



March 20, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury.

Everton had much confidence in the ability of several of the combination men that on Saturday executive determined to give no less them eight of their cup players rest in view of the severe game to-day and the team despatched to the Molineux Ground to meet Wolverahampton Wanderers in the return League match was thus an experimental one, however, clever the men might have been individually. There was a confident feeling, however among the team that they could hold their own against the ‘'Wolves'' finalist of the English cup though the latter be, and how well the Everton acquitted themselves is shown in their win of 4 goals to 2 a result which has no shadow of ‘'fluke'' associated with it, but brough about by smarter all-round play. The Wanderers had the same team which had beaten Blackburn Rovers in the cup tie a fortnight ago. It may be alleged that they were not over-exerting themselves, but the fierceness of their play, in the second half especially refutes this as sumption. No. Everton shaped more brilliantly at every department. Jardine was in his best form in goal, and effected several characteristic saves. Parry was in his element and never more happy than in breaking up those strong rushes his charging heading and kickikng being alike a treat to see. Kelso sustained his later-day form, and his clean kicking did much in the cause of victory. Stewart did not put him self out much, not rushing into danger of being hurt, but was ready when the punch came. R.Jones had a smart man in Butcher to cope with, but enjoyed great success; whilst Coyle tackled and passed in the most approved style and was as useful as any half-back of the day. Geary made a good centre forward and shot at his best. The combination was good all through, the passes being given and taken as though the men had been long familiar with each other. Hartley was very useful in the inside rights, and found a considerable mentor in Latta, who was conspicuous when required. The chief strenth laid on the left wing being made a strong by Elliott and McMillan as it would have been perhaps by the usual pair.

The replayed English cup tie has caused the return match between Everton and Bootle's which should have been played this evening at Hawthorn road, to be for the present abandoned.



March 21, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

These teams met at Ewood Park, Blackburn yesterday, in order tp reply their undecided semi-final tie in the English Cup competetion. This was the third attempt to bring about an effect result. The teams had met twice at Bramell lane Sheffield a draw ensuring on each occasion. Two goals each,, beong scored in the first game, and nothing in the second. The equally of the sides thus became emphasied, and tremendous interst was of course aroused in the third encounter. The capacious ground was packed long before the timeof starting, and there must have been quite 30,000 within the enclosure. Many hundreds failed to obtain admission, and crowd of disapponted ones took advantage of the hill beyond the ground, where they had a distant view of the play. The beautifully fine weather, warm and bright, rendered the afternoon enjoyment complete, whilst the wind being inconsequential, and the ground in the best goung order the conditions were favouable for a true and skill exhibition of the Association code. The teams were- Everton, Howarth goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain) backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, Gordon (p), Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Preston North End- Trainor (capatin) goal, Holmes,, and Ross (nj) , Drummond, Sanders, and Stewart (w) half-backs, Gordon (j), Ross (jun), Russell, Beckton, and Cowan,, forwards Referee Mr. John Lewis.(Blackburn). North End were first to appear, and were well rerceived but a more flattering reception was accorded Everton a few minutes later,, and they evidently had most partisans. Trainor won the toss and Everton attacked the Darwin goal, and had the first brush without getting in a shot. Howarth was quickly called upon, and kicked up. Holmes returned, but Chadwick start a run, and would not be denied until he had a shot,, hitting the end net. Preston returned along the centre and attacked strongly, Howarth saving. No chance came, and Kelso, and Holt each interposed smartly, the later getting in the way of a shot by Stewart. N.J.Ross stopped a rush and after some open play in North End terrtory J Ross ran down and compelled Howarth to kick out, J.Ross was again in evidence,, but shot too high. Whilst Russell made bad use of a pass, and sent wildly outside. Gordon shots in grandly, but was a little too skyward, and this was followed by a rush, which Williams neutralised by running out and rising his feet. Niorth End were certainly playing the better game just now, and returned several times, Everton failing to get into a good line. At length the Liverpool right wing broke away, but N.J.Ross easily arrested their progess. Russell gave hands and from this Ross was again effective, and Everton were forced to defend during which trying period Kelso kicked spendidly. A chance now fell to Everton but Latta shot wide, with the goal at his mercy from Maxwell's pass. Maxwell tried a long low shot and then missed an opportunity, Gordon being also at fault with a screw a little later, Preston did not allow play to settle long in their Quarters, and so quick were they on the ball,, and close in following up, that both Howarth and Kelso, in particular had to exert themselves to the utmost and but for their herculean work Everton must have met with a reverse. Holt also did spendid things. Maxwell by way of a chance, found himself in control of the ball,, getting within range, but shooting blindly. N'J.Ross robbed Gordon and Maxwell very easily and them Everton were in real danger of being beaten. Williams, however, saved well from J.Ross, but without clearing,, and raids of a determined kind were made by Preston. A couple of free kicks fell to them, and from one taken by N.J.Ross the ball went to Russell, who headed over the bar. With this escape Everton woke up agood deal, and attacked with more vigour, and successfully, as Maxwell receiving from the left, dribbled and scored with a terrific high shot opening the scoring after just a half-hou's play. Everton at once returned to goal, but were held in check, and then survived a remarkable tussle right in the goalmouth of a profracted character. A delay now occurred owing to Sanders receiving a kick by Maxwell, which neccessitated his retirement, J.Ross going half-back in the energency. On resuming, Everton brought pressure to bear, on goal, Trainor having to use his hands from shots sent in from the left. The attacking party continued to be Everton, and though Ross defended cleverly and brillianty a fine centre by Boyle looked ominous, but Chadwick was a bit to trady in taking aim. A corner followed, and right up to the interval Everton were boldly bidding for goal,, shooting in with greater keenest than hitherto. No further opening was found, however, and at half-time Everton led by a goal to nil. On resuming, Sanders was sufficiently recovered to take up his position at centre back, and North End opened on the left, but found Kelso impossible. Everton also proved on the left in a spankling run, when Milward drove across to Latta but aginst whom off-side was proclaimed. Long kicking was indulged in by both sides, and momentarily play was de-ultory, this culminated in favour of Everton, and first Maxwell and then Chadwick, had a good shots. A sprint by the North End left wing was nipped by Kelso, and Spirited play by Everton was narrowly provented taking effects. The prestonians were then aggressive, and Williams picked up from J Ross, just in time. Whilst an abortive corner was conceded, North End on the left. The presure was sustained, though not severely. Cowan shot over at a long range, a better effort being one from Beckton, who went a few inches out with a low shot. Maxwell, who had for sometime played a strong and clever game, went through his men and centred finely, but it was in vain, and, on Everton returning Milward banged just outside the post from a powerful kick. Exciting play ensued a few minutes later as North End clustered in front of goal. Williams saved magnificently from Beckton and Gordon. The backs also cleared several times, and then Williams caught the ball from a central shot. The thrust on Everton's charge were most brilliant and J.Ross seened as though he must score, but Williams stopped the shot, and Latta ran off and took aim, a spendid shot which Trainor negotiated magnificently. The game was more spirited than over, and amidst the wildest demonstrations, the players fitted up and down with great gusto neither defences having any respite. Twenty minutes before time North end Equalised on J.Ross shooting across towards Gordon, who, though seeming to be off side, shot into the net at the further end of goal.preston caused more anixety to Everton, but Sanders went to high, at a critical period, and from the goal kick Everton, thanks to a good tackle by Stewart got down to the left corner, where Chadwick and Milward each shot in. J.Ross in reply, went the whole length of the field and thus relieved, but no one was up to take his centre though Beckton followed a moment, or so latter with a shot which Williams played. A corner came on the left, and again Williams got at the ball, whilst another flag kick on the right was cleared by the fielders. Howarth gave a throw in and Drummond shot, but Boyle headed out, and Everton gave a free kick almost on the goal line. Milward then got away, compelling N.J.Ross to conceded a corner. This was placed by Chadwick so well that Gordon headed into the net, Everton thus assuming the lead five minutes from ‘'time'' North End immediately afterwards swooped down on goal, but Williams got the ball round the post, or North End might have equalised. Latta raced off in grand style, and then went across but shot wide. A throw in to North End was the last item, and the whistle sounded whilst Preston were attacking with the result Everton 2 goals; preston North End 1. It must be admitted that on the whole Everton werein luck's way. The attack of the losers was better sustained than that of the winners, but this fact only demonstrates that Everton were grand in defence, Kelso and Williams especially so. On arriving at the Liverpool Exchange Station a large Crowd awaited the team. Who had a most beauty reception, Williams being carried shoulder high. To be well prepared for the final tie next Saturday, the Everton players leave for the country today. The gate amounted to £790.


March 23, 1983. The Liverpool Mercury

Liverpool Senior Cup-Tie

For this match, to be played at Fulwood, Aigburth-road, this evening, commencing at 5.30, the following have been selected to represent Everton; Jardine. Goal; Chadwick and Collins, backs; Coyle, Jones, and Jamieson, half-backs; Smith, Murray, Hartley, McMillian, and Elliott, forward.

Everton League v Wolverhampton Wanderers

The following players have been selected to represent Everton in this tie, which takes place at Manchester on Saturday; Williams; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.



March 24, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

Arrangements For The Match

The arrangements for the match at Fallowfield, Manchester, tomorrow, between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, are of a most complete character, and reflect the greatest credit upon Mr. Bentley and his colleagues, who have the matter in hand. So far as the ground itself is concerned, special care has been taken with regard to the provision of extra exists, and these have been so arranged that it will be possible to leave after the match from every corner of the ground. By these means, and with the exercise of care by those present, there should not be any unseemly crowding at the finish. He stand accommodation, which runs the length of the field on both sides of the ground will give a fine sight to those lucky enough to get possession. There will be ample provision in the way of conveyances, as the Manchester Carriage Company will be running extra vehicles, and opposition buses are certain to be plentiful. Visitors to Manchester arriving at the Central and London-road Stations can book thence to Fallowfield, and those coming in at Exchange and Victoria Stations will find a good supply o buses and trams running from market-street, starting from the Exchange and the Infirmary. The great match will be preceded by a contest between the schoolboys of Manchester and Sheffield, this commencing at two o'clock and acting as a kind of curtain raiser.


March 24, 1893. The Liverpool Mercur.

Liverpool Senior cup round one

These teams met at Fulwood ground last evening to play off their Liverpool Senior Cup-tie and as the weather was exceptionally fine, their was a large attendance of specatators. The first half was, well contested but despital the capital defence of the valeties Murray and Smith scored prior to the interval,, the score when the teams crossed over being 2 goals to nil in favour of Everton. Afterwards the game was entirely in favour of the visiitors, who did all the scoring and the game ended Everton 8, vale nil.

Everton, Jardine goal, Chadwick and Collins backs Coyle, jones and Jamieson half-backs, Smith Murray,, Hartley McMillan and Elliott, forwards. Aigburth vale, Spier, goal, Cogham, and Nidd, backs, Cork, Leek, and Gidman, half-backs, Sedby Boot Howcroft, Catesby, Stringer forwards.


March 25, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

The height of the Association season is reached today, and, with Liverpudlians, never more satisfactorily and interesting, since Everton make their debut in the final tie of the English cup competition –the goal of every club of any standing. If ordinary custom had been possible of observance, Kennington Oval, would have been the venue, but owing to returfing, of this celebrated cricket enclosure, some other eligible ground had to be chosen, and the English Council, taking a popular course, decided to play the match this year in the provinces. The Manchester Athletic Ground, both from its central situation and capacity for accommodating a vast crowd, has accordingly been selected as the scene of the great contest today between Everton and the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The stand accommodation, which runs the length of the field on both sides of the ground, will give a fine sight to those lucky enough to get possession. There will be ample provision in the way of conveyances as the Manchester Carriage Company will be running extra vehicles, and opposition buses are certain to be plentiful. Visitors to Manchester arriving at the Central and London-road Stations can book thence to Fallowfield, and those coming in at Exchange and Victoria Stations will find a good supply of buses and trams running from Market-Street, starting from the Exchange and the Infirmary. The cup tie will be preceded by a contest between the schoolboys of Manchester and Sheffield , this commencing at two o'clock and acting as a kind of curtain raiser.

The ground is said to be capable of accommodating 60,000, and, with fine weather, it is believed that the number present will not be much less than 50,000, which will b a record attendance. Excursions are announced from every direction. Each of the companies running from Liverpool will dispatch several trains, and the times of starting will be seen on reference to out chiefly of saloon cars, will leave Exchange Station, Tithebarn street at twelve noon, and will return from Victoria Station, Manchester, at 7.38 p.m. The teams, we understand, will return home by this train, arriving in Liverpool about half-past eight. This is the 22 nd anniversary of the final struggle .

Everton combination, at Goodison Park, compete with Chirk, who distinguished themselves a fortnight ago by defeating Stoke Swifts. During the progress of the match at Goodison Park telegrams will be received from Manchester every quarter of an hour.

Everton League v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester Athletic Ground, Fallowfield, Kick-off at 3.30 p.m. The following will play for Everton; Williams, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Gordon, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.J. Hughes; Linesmen, Messrs Gunning and Roberts.

The v. Chirk, Goodison Park, Kick-off at four o'clock. The following will play for Everton; Jardine, goal; Chadwick, and Parry, backs; Walker, Jones and Coyle, half-backs; Smith, Murray, Hartley, McMillian, and Elliott, forwards.


Everton v. Preston North End, Preston (replayed Lancashire Cup tie)

Good Friday

Combination; Macclesfield v Everton. Macclesfield


Everton League v. Middlesbrough Ironopolis at Goodison Park


March 27 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

The FA Cup Final

At one time on Saturday there were serious doubt as to the whether the final tie for the trophy (won last season by West Bromwich Albion) between these clubs would come off. This question arose from the fact that the weather was beautifully fine and summer-like-and an intertened crowd estimated at from 40,000 to 50,000 present, had been attracted to the Manchester Athetic club ground at Fallowfield. In the exspectation of seeing an exciting contest. Early in the day it was seen the crowd would be an enormous one, and that some difficulty would be experienced in keeping the field clear of action. During the progess of the match between boys from Sheffield and Manchester which by the way the last named won by two goals to one,, the barriers were severly tried and at last the near the pavillion gave way the result being a genearl stampede to obtain a better view of the more important match when it should start. It had been generally stated that ample provision had been made to maintain order, but the idea was soon routed, as the eager spectators quickly caused the larger number of members of the fourth estate, scated immediately in front, to make a shift for their personal safety. In fact, the police present seemed altogether disinclined to handle the crowd, and reinforcements were seet for. As the time for the start drew near, the excitement increased, and the idea gained ground that at the most an ordinary match would take place. At length the Everton men made their appearance in the pavillion, but it was left for the ‘'Wolves'' to be first in the field, the men from Wolverhampton who had numerous supporters, entering the enclosure from the large stand at exactley 3-30. Howarth led the Everton men on to the enclosure at 3-34, the scene then being a very lively one indeed. There was not much wind, and what existed blew across the ground, so that little advantage wa to be gained. When the competition was entered upon few people would have credited the assertion that it would be left for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton to contest the final. How much turned out to be the case is well known to followers of the pastime. With one exception whan a drawn game had to be replayed at Derby the Oval at Kensington has been the scene of the final, but this season owing to the returning of the ground the Surrey county Cricket Committee did not see their way clear to allow Fottball being played on the centre, and the Football Association had to seek pasture new. Many enclosures were suggested in the south and midlamds, but the final selection of the spendid ground of the Manchester Athletic Club at Fallowfield, which had been previously tested on the occasion of the annual Rugby match between Yorkshire and Lancashire, gave general satisfaction. An energetic committee at once set to work tp prefect arrangement, and these up to a certain point appeared to be satisfactory. The crowd, however, proved too large to control Saturdays match is the 22 nd since the inauguration of the competition in 1871-72, when the Wanderers who afterwards won the cup three years in succesion to beat Royal Engineers. The Liverpool club on Saturday made its first appearance in the final in fact they have never previously been past the last four. They have taken the Liverpool cup several times, but though also taking part in the Lancashire cup tiesbut have failed. Everton stay at Buxton however, appeared to have worked wonders and one and all turned out apprently in the best of condition. The Wanderers, who have had a compartively easy time of it since beating the Rovers if exception is taken to the league match they lost to Everton, did they final practice at home, and like their rivals made the journey to the scene of action during the afternoon. Weather of a more delightful character could not have been desired, and but for the untoward, circustances already alluded to the affair would have proved a gigantic success. As it the gate will no doubt be found to be a record. Thoughout the game. Wiolverhampton played with more dash then their rivals and it is to this they owe their vicyory as the appended will show:- at 3-25 Wolverhampton Wanderers centred the field from the Whitworth lane end being cald in amber and black jerseys, with black knickers, and five minutes later Everton were led on the enclosure by their captain the players wearing blue jerseys and white pants. At this time there would be quite 40,000 people presnt. The Liverpool contingent having lost the toss played with the sun in their eyes, and Maxwell kicking off for them, the ball was quickly returned, and Gordon running down the right wing, Maxwell kicked over. Latta now sent in a low swift shot and a corner was conceded to Everton, but Holt kicked over the crossbar. Griffin and J.H.Wood now came away with the ball, and the latter crossing over, Topham shot, but the leather was cleared. A free kick to Everton enused, but nothing resulted, and from a throw in at the latter's end, Milward headed away and shortly afterwards play was carried on to midfield, when Everton began to press, and Swift saved a very dangerous shot by heading out. The last named player supplemented a spendid dribble down the right wing by Topham, who centred grandly, only to see Kelso get the ball out of danger. From a throw in at midfield Butcher passed to Wykes, who ran doen the field but finished up by shooting just outside. Milward at the other end beat the ‘'Wolves'' custodian, but the goal was disallowed owing to some previuos infringement of the rules. Griffin and Wood, on the left, for Wolerhampton contingent,, became dangerous, but their final effort proved abortive. Everton now had a look in, and Milward centreing to Maxwell, the latter was wide of the mark and from the kick out, Butcher and Wood actalled for the Wanderers, the latter kick just going outside. Play at this time was very fast, Stewart showing up by an unsuccessful attempt at goal. Eventually a free kick for hands against Holt was conceded to Wolverhampton followed by a corner, also in favour but the defence play on the part of the Evertonians was to good to break through. Give and take work ensued, but eventually Chadwick caused Rose to use his hands and feet and almost immediately afterwards Milward had a grand opening but shot wide. Buchter now shoed up, and passing to Topham the latter failed to do anything, and a free kick to Everton brough relief to the club, who had now slight the best of matters, but Kinsley and Swift were all there, and kept their charge intact. Hands against Holt caused the represtatives from the banks of the Mesrsey to fall back Milward and Chadwick on the left, showed a fine display of passing, and the latter sending in a good shot, Rose saved his charge by pulling the crossing down and allowing the ball to go just over. Latta, Maxwell, Topham, Chadwick, Swift, and Butcher for their respective sides were proment, but nothing was scored the half-time period arrived with a blank sheet, and loner rest than usual was taken by the players until the crowd had been got outside the touch line. On changing ends the ‘'Wolves'' made a raid on the Everton goal, but only for a shot period, as Milward and Latta respectatively sent in a couple of shots,, but Rose saved spendidly. Wykes now showed up for the Wolverhampton team and Topham also sent in a shot which just skimmed the Everton bar. A free kick for hands against Allan came to nothing, and both teams considering the hot weather played up spendidly, and proved that their respective trainers had done their duties well. eventually Allen sent in a long shot from the right wing for the ‘'Wolves'' and although Williams ought to have stopped it he let it go though his hands and the first blood was drawn against Everton. Amidst tremoudous cheer. The second portion of the game had been in progess about ten minutes when this reverse to the Liverpool men took place, and, as it afterwards proved, was the only score of the match Wykes however, shortly afterwards sent exactly a similar shot, but this time Williams was successful, in preventing the leather from going though. Wykes was again prominentily a very dangerous shot, which only went about a foot wide of the mark. Afterwards Everton had a look in for a short time. Holt and Howarth doing yeoman service. Swift, however, played a grand defensive game at full back, and prevented these effortson the part of the Evertonians from taking effect.once again Everton in their endeavour to equalie got the leather up the left wing, but the ‘'Wolves'' were defending their change, in such grand manner that the ‘'boys'' in blue could not score. Malpass after a time got away on the right, and transferred the scene of action for the other end, where the ‘'Wolves'' had a fine chance to score, but despite the shot sent in by Wood Butcher and Griffin right in front of goal they failed to add to their total and midst the cheers of the spectators Wolverhampton won by one goal to Everton nil. Teams, Wolverhampton Wanderers:- Rose (wc), goal, Swift (g), and Baugh (r) backs, Kinsley (g), Allen (h) and Malpass (jw), half-backs, Griffins (a), Wood (h), Butcher (jh), Wykes (d), and Topham (r) forwards, Everton:- Williams (r) goal, Kelso (r), and Howarth (rh) (captain), backs, Boyle (r), Holt j), and Stwaert (a) half-backs, Latta (a), Gordon (p), Maxwell (a), Chadwick(e), and Milward (a), forwards. Referee Mr C.J Hughes (Cheshire), Messrs, T.Gumley, (London) and Roberts (Derby).



March 27 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

At Everton, before 5,000 spectators. Hartley started and Jardine was first visited. Then Everton pressed, and sent in shot after shot each of which was well acounted for until a goal was scrimmaged. Some brilliant passing next enabled McMillan to score the second goal. Half-time Everton 2 goals; Chirk none. Everton continued to have the best of the argument, so the finish and won by 4 goals to 1.

Everton team, Jardine goal, Chadwick and Parry backs, Walker, Jones and Coyle, half-backs, Smith Murray, Hartley McMillan and Elliott, forwards. Placed 1 st played 19 won 16, lost 2, drew 1, for 101, against 13 points 33


March 29, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

A committee meeting of the above association was held at the Neptune Hotel last night, Mr. D. S. Lamont in the chair. The draw for the semi-final Liverpool Senior Cup competition resulted as follows;- Bootle v. Everton, Aintree Church v. Everton the latter being played on the Bootle Ground on April 11. Permission was given to the Everton Club to play a benefit match on behalf of A. Latta, and one in aid of the National Lifeboat Fund. A donation of £5 5s was given to D.D. Kirkwood


March 17, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

Not yet! Everton failed in the last course of the National Cup competition at Fallowfield Manchester on Saturday, and the Cup instead of being held by Liverpool during the next twelve monthsa, has returned to the Midlands, being simply transferred from the West Bromwich Albion who won it last year to their neighbours the Wolverhampton Wanderers. Who are to be congraduated upon becoming cup holders for the first time in their history. The result is of course a bitter disappontment to liverpollians in general and Evertonians in particular, a contreterner all the more keenly regretted since the majority of their supporters though that once Preston North End had been disposed of as they were last Monday at Blackburn the destiny of the cup wasassured, and that Everton had practically won. No doubt the delustive feeling of over=confidence orevaded the players also, though not to-such an extent as with their patrons. On form, which is as untrusty as a brished reed. Everton should have won comforably, since represntatives of the club had beaten the Wanderers twice this season in connection with the League, and drawn with them in a friendly match. But, on the other hand. It ought never to have been lost sight of that the ‘'Wolves'' in order to qualify for the position in the final tie had to beat in particular Bolton Wanderers, and the Blackburn Rovers. Despite the fact that the Rovers had in the previuos round overthrown in an emphatic manner the powerful Sunderland team. The final combat of Saturday was where fore a much more open affair than Liverpool people were willing to concede, and it was evident from the equal reception of the two teams by the phenomenal crowd at Fallowfield that faith in the abilities of the respective contestants was about equally divided. The game however, was not a brilliant one. It is rear that the best exhibitions of the Associattion code are given in cup ties, for the apperent reason that excitement is worked up to an unnerving pitch. Then again,, the players on Saturday were more or less hampered through thousands of people having broke down the barriers, encouraging upon the touch and goal lines. So much was play interfered with by intruding spectators that the feeling became very general that the match was not a cup tie but merely a friendly one for the partification of the multitude of people who had spared neither trouble nor expense to be present. At times a listlesaness on the part of some of the actors was obserrable and this lethargy strengthened the opinion that the play was merely a rehearsal of the real performance of another day. But this assumption was wrong. There were protests talked about but none we understand, formally lodged, and so the issue was a decisive one. It certainly seems illegical that the Lancashire tie between Everton and Preston North End should be ordered to be replayed owing to the interference of the spectators, and not that with the Wolverhampton Wanderers at Manchester where the encrochments were more promounced; but in the one casea protest was handed in, and put so in the other. That there was no protest is a tribute to the sportman like insttincts of the clubs concerned for, after all, the inconveniences were equally felt by both teams, and Everton acknowledge that they were beaten in a fair and square combat. They were not Fortune favourities for the day, but as they had a very full allowance of luck at Ewood Park on Monday, they could not expect to be so kindly treated on Saturday. With ordinary luck, they would most probably have won, for it is generally admitted that up to the interval theu had played much the better game, not with standing that the had to face the sun and wind. The initail half was Everton's opportunity. They ought to have scored at least two goals during this period but their shooting was below their normal quality whilst it must be allowed that they were met by most brilliant defenders. On changing ends Everton with the elements helping them were though, and reasonably so to have the issue in their keeping, but instead of growing more powerful they showed evidences of disintegration. Their combination evaporated and when the ‘'wolves'' scored from a rush about half an hour off the finish, the genral factor of Everton were not such as to buoy up hope that they would even get on equality with their rivials, much less ultimately defeat them. The combination of the Everton forwards was very good at the outset, but towards the finish selfishess obtruded and no matter how generously Maxwell fed his wings his attentions were not reciprocated. The result was that there prevailed to much wing play, whist Maxwell deemed it necessary to commence to strike out on his own account. There was thus hardly any cohesion at the time Everton needed it most with the inevitable sequal of long shooting and easy clearances. Holt as usual was the hardest working on the field. He scored triumph upon triumph, and his two colleagues toiled uncertainly but each found themselves outmanunred more frequently,than usual. The great strength of Everton lay in the defence of Howarth and Kelso. Both tackled and kicked effectively the latter confirmed the oponion which grows week that he is the best right full back extant and his brilliancy should secure his selection for the impeding international league match. Williams, who did such wonders in goal, at Blackburn on Monday, was not so fortunate. Many think he should have prevented the shot which scored taking effect. He certainly stopped others more dangerous from a spectators point of view, but he misjudged the direction of the ball. Its is no sully on his reputation, however, to allow one of many shots piercing goal, and it would be manifestly unfair to by the onus of the defeat upon his shoulders. The sting must rather be suffered by the forwards in not making better us of chances that came their way. Forwards play, too,, was not a strong point with the Woverhampton Wanderers, but they were surefooted and kicked hard as a rule in the desired direction when they had a free course, but is iften happned that one or other of those Evertonians upon whom the duty devoloped spoils the shot at goal. Wykes who was so weak against Coyle last week. Was the most dangerous man of all, and he had evidently profited by the admonitions he had received. Malpass, Allen, and Kinsey was a powerful half-back fine and the success play of Kinsey thoroughly merited the international honours he afterwards received. The defence of Baugh and Swift also was some of the finest, the latter kicking much more truly than in the League match a weel ago. Thses sturdy backs shielded Rose so completely that he had comparatively little to do, and what this little was prevented no flaws, however, much Everton might have wished it otherwise. There was of course no procession when the team returned to Liverpool, but there was crowd awaiting them. And gave them an encouraging cheer. This the team thoughly deserved. They were beaten but by a goal,, and how hard and successful has been their work during the past two mouths id fully recognised. They had to meet a League team in each round of the cup, having beating West Bromwich Ablion , Notts Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, and after two drawns games, Preston North End. Conourrently with three achievements, they have done hereulean performance in the League winning every match played in this connection since they were narrowly beaten by Notts Forest on January 12, and then lifying Everton to near the top from bottom but two. The strain has been most exacting, but they have come so well out of it that, wheather further successess or the reverse are in store, during the next month. Everton have earned the graditude of all their numerous folling. They have yet the Lancashire Cup within the range of proveability, and they should rally to the standard with refurbished determination at Depdale next Thurday.


March 30, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

These clubs replay their second round tie in the Lancashire Cup competition at Deepdale this afternoon, and the match, following as it does the treble contest between the same organizations in the semi-final stage of the English Cup, is of special interest. For the convenience of Liverpudlians desirous of witnessing the game the Everton Club has arranged a cheap excursion to run from the Exchange Station, whilst the London and North-western Company also announce a excursion, particulars of both of which will be seen on referring to our advertising columns. The following have been selected to play for Everton; Williams, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-back; Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.


March 31 1893. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire senior cup second round

These teams meet at Deepdale, Preston in order to replay that tie in the second round of the Lancashire cup competition. It will be remembered that North End won about a fortnight ago by 3 goals to nil,, but on Everton protesting owing to the interference of the crowd, who encroached upon the touch line, and goal lines the match was ordered to be replayed. The weather yesterday was again summer-like, but the attaendance was not great, considering the importance of the contest numbering about 4,000. Neither side was at quite full strength. Holt was an absentee through an juried side, and Russell was left out. tHe teams were accordingly as follows. Everton, Willians goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain), backs, Boyle Elliott, and Stewart half-backs, Latta, Maxwell, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Preston North End:- Trainer (capatin), goal, Holmes (r), and Ross (jn), backs, Holmes (j), Sanders, and Stewart (w) half-backs, Gordon, Ross (j), Drummond, Beckton, and Cowan forwards. There was no wind to speak of and North End kicked off with the sun at their backs. Everton forced a corner on the left, hands giving relief to the home team. They soon got well down on the right, and were dangerous through Elliott missing his kick. This he made amends for, however, by kicking timely. Preston returned at once on the left, when Everton shot in along the ground, but Williams caught the ball and threw clear. Boyle placed out of harm's way, and play become open for a short time. Then J.Ross ran down and shot outside, which was followed by a better effort on the other wing. North End continued on the aggressive, Rose, after Howarth had kicked away, forcing a corner. Ross again shot ineffectively as did Gordon from a long range. Geary at the second attempt broke away, and passed to Latta, who was prevented by Stewart from driving into goal. A disater was quickly in store, Everton as a corner being conceded on the home right. J Ross after the ball had hobbed about a little headed into goal. Preston thus taking the lead 20 minutes from the start, a spurt on the Everton left was of no avail, and in a few minutes Everton were again in trouble. A mistake let in Cowan, who took full advantage of the opportunity, and immediately on resuming from the centre, Drummond ran down and scored nicely. Beckton missed a chance but this was of no advantage to the visitors as North End swooped down on goal, once more with success, Ross again beating Williams,. No less than four goals being scored in five minutes. The defenders of Everton were utterly impotent at this period, and had not Cowan found himself offside he would probably have added a fifth point. Everton despite the heavy record against them, plucked up a bit, and skirmised in front of goal but were not permitted to become very formidable-in fact they were easily cleared off. J.Ross next sent across to Beckton, who shot wide. Boyle put in some good defence at this juncture, but still North End exacted two corners. Beckton was again at fault, and Everton drove the ball in a desultory way towards goal, when Ross kicked to midfield. Howarth was hard pressed by the left wing and put the ball out. Chadwick next worked along prettily but there was no gaining a solid attack, and J.Ross replied with a spanking run but went out. Sanders shot hard into goal, Williams this time playing the shot with success. Once more the Everton left ran down, only to find J.Ross and his colleagues dash away and severely harass the Everton defence. Latta and Maxwell supported by Geary then tried to make an impression, but N.J.Ross scored one of his trumphs on defence, whilst a similar effort by Milward was equally well nipped in the bud by Holmes. As a closing incident of this diastrousd half to Everton. Kelso got in the way of a shot by J.Ross and the interval thus arrived with Preston North End leading by 4 goals to nil. The second stage was initated with tussling between Latta and N.J.Ross, the former getting slightly the best of the speed contest. Everton however, failed to grow dangerous, and Beckton sprinted down the centre, but Williams was too quick for him. North End continued to press, and almost scrimmaged a goal. Latta backed up by Boyle looked like getting through a few minutes later, but first Holmes and then Ross intercepted. Exciting play ensured at the other end. J.Ross sent in a grounder. Williams missed the first attempt, but was just in time to scoop the ball aside, with Beckton close upon him. The Everton left wing put in some good work until Stewart, robbed them, and thus threw the ball in the way of Gordon, who dribbled towards goal and shot, Beckton dashing in and scoring a smart goal. Play had now been in progess ten minutes from the restart. Everton rallied somewhat and lodged play for some time in their opponents quarters. The best effort was a dodging run by Milward, who best several opponents but the touch for goal was futile, as no one was at hand to help the ball on. Sanders licked over the bar, and this was followed by a better shot. Another attempted by the Everton let met with no better result than all others had done, the home defenders generally being planted whatever the ball went. The run of play continued to be much in favour of Preston North End, who were often at goal, but had no occasion to exact themselevs to any great event. Latta led several raids, but owing to the lack of cohension,, Geary especially being weak. North End always cleared conforably. Elliott once kicked out strongly when J.Ross was menacing. Then Geary essayed a spirit but the prestonians prompty went for goal again,, when Williams saved. Maxwell next brought down N.J.Ross, and was penalised, Sanders following up by sending the ball skimming narrowly over the bar. Everton shortly following got a free kick near in, only to see the goal line crossed. North End settled down in a quite attack. When Everton coped with easily, and a minute from the finish met with their soiltary but of fortune, as on Milward sending across Latta headed in and Geay caused the ball to go into the net. The only time Trainor was called upon during the whole 90 minutes. A disapponting h=game thus resulted-Preston 5 goals; Everton 1.