September 1893

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 01 July 1893
By Richard Samuel
The Everton annual meeting passed off in a comparatively quiet manner.  Mr. Mahon was in the chair, and in moving the adoption of the report, explained the various items in a clear manner.  Some of the items are large, and as he explained later on, they would no doubt be reduced in the future.  They have had to fight a strong opponent, and this necessitated a bold and vigorous policy, and this had resulted in a marked benefit to the finances of the club.  The number of season ticket holders are 810, against 590 the previous season.  The club have now a balance in hand of £1,967, and I was pleased to hear that our charities would form a prominent position in the policy of the club in the future.  The intelligence that Stewart, of Preston North End, had been secured, gave great satisfaction, and he stated that Groves most probably would be seen in the Everton ranks also.  He paid a tribute to the directors, and especially to Mr. W. Jackson, for the arduous services in the past, and then condemned the practice of a section of the shareholders to decide whom they would recommend to fill the vacancies on the directorate.  A lot of questions were asked on items in the balance sheet but most of the questioners evidently did not understand the working of a football club or the disposal of its finances.  Ultimately the balance sheet was passed unanimously, and Messrs, Kelly and Read elected to the directorate, Mr. Mahon, of course being re-elected. 

Athletic News - Monday 03 July 1893
The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Everton Club was held last Wednesday evening, and passed off very quietly.  In Mr. Mahon the club possesses an astute chairman, and in dealing with the general position of the club he worked his audience very nicely, appeasing this section and sitting on that.  The process of lecturing a particular section for having the audacity to hold a meeting for the directorate in place of these retiring “took on” with the meeting generally.  To a lot of people present, however, it must have been amusing, for it is not long since Mr. Mahon himself was guilty of the practice, and filled the chair with as much success as he did on the present occasion.  Now those people who received his censure on Monday evening believe Mr. Mahon to be a greater autocrat than his predecessors.  It is very funny. 
All persons interested in football, not only in Liverpool, but throughout the country, have seen the balance sheet, and I dare say most will agree that it is fairly satisfactory document.  A lot of questions, however, were asked about it, but very few seemed to understand the items, and some of the queries were very foolish.  When it came to the divided the members were more at home, and despite a proposition that the amount payable should be put on one side to purchase the ground with, the meeting decided nearly unanimously that 5 per cent, should be paid.  It was very little the Chairman enlightened them upon, but he raised enthusiasm when he stated that Stewart of Preston North End, has been secured, and that most probably Groves would be seen in the Everton ranks next season.  The balance sheet, which shows a surplus of nearly £2,000, was adopted, and Messrs, Kelly, and Read were elected on the directorate, Mr. Mahon consenting to sit thereon as a kind of sleeping partner, owing to indifferent health. 
The ground at Goodison-road has been drained, and the directors are anxiously waiting for rain, so that the turf will knit.  We are afraid very little improvement will be seen in the condition of the playing pitch next season, but the directors at any rate have done all they could.  A list of the players engaged for next season has been published, but with the exception of Stewart, of P.N.E., and Groves, there is only a new goalkeeper from Shankhouse.  Of course, there are Lindsay, Walker, and one or two others that appeared at the latter end of last season, and we hear there is a player from Ireland coming over. 

Athletic News - Monday 10 July 1893
The amount paid Preston North End for the transfer of W. Stewart to Everton was only £25, and the ex-solider is worth all that and more.  There was another arrangement which Everton agreed to, but which did not come off.  At the present time matters seen to be rather complicated in north end football circles, but in previous years it has been the same, and yet the club has come along all right at the finish.  We only hope it will do so again, but the outlook is decidedly black.

July 11, 1893.The Huddersfield Chronicle
On Wednesday morning, William Campbell, labourer, of Liverpool, brother to Campbell of Everton football fame, fell from the Eiffel Tower at Blackpool, which has now reached a height of 400ft, and was killed immediately, his neck being broken.

July 15, 1893. The Blackburn Standard.
Fatal Fall From The Tower.
The first fatal accident of the Blackpool Tower works occupied on Wednesday. A Liverpool Ironworker named William Campbell was at a height of almost 300 feet when he lost his foothold and fell 140 feet before his body was caught by some Tier rods. These broke his back and flung him onto a platform, where he was found dead. The terrible great was witnessed by a great number of visitors.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 15 July 1893

  • Are certain Everton directors afraid of “the tail wagging the body instead of the head.”
  • Are the Everton Stewarts useful?  Do they save money, and aid the club’s efficiency?  Are they not an honour to the club?
  • What have the recognized useful Everton stewards done to merit the deprivation of holding their innocent meetings in their room at the Park?
  • The letters can be produced wherein the Directors sanctioned the Stewards’ assembly.  The breaking of the rule is a direct infringement by one gentleman.
  • Storer of Arbroath-Everton’s new centre-half is, I hear, a big man and a fast one.  “It’s a wonder he’s not been captured before,” says a follower of the dribbling code.

August 1, 1893. The Birmingham Daily Post
The Aston Villa management yesterday received the following communication from Mr. H. Lockett, secretary to the Football League; “Aston Villa and Groves case. The following is the finding of the Appeal Committee; We find that the Aston Villa Club secretary has been guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct towards the Everton Club, yet the club itself has not committed the offence provided against by rule 8, under which a penalty was imposed, and we are, therefore, reluctantly compelled to allow the appeal, as the matter is not one for which any penalty is provided by the rules as they stand. But we suggest that the rules shall be altered to embrace such matters in future. We direct Villa to pay their own expenses incident to the appeal, and the League to pay the other expenses incurred. Signed July 27, 1893. J.C. Clegg, C. Crump, W. Forrest.” The following is the wording of the rule (8) referred to: “Any club guilty of inducing or attempting to induce a bona-fide player or players of another League club to leave the club for which he is registered shall be deemed guilty of misconduct, and shall be liable to expulsion.”

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 05 August 1893
By Richard Samuel
The Liverpool and District League held a meeting on Wednesday evening when the position of Kirkdale was discussed.  It will be remembered that when the fixtures were arranged it transpired that the Everton club were assisting Kirkdale, and in return have call on any of their players.  This did not suit the other members, and Kirkdale were only allowed to make fixtures on sufferance, as it were.  However, everything has come out all right, for it was explained that the Everton club only desired to promote local talent, and although some thought the better way of doing this would have been by presenting the League with a Cup for competition, the avowed object is good enough to be going on with.  It would have been hard lines on Kirkdale had they been thrown out with the season so close on us.  Football matters on the whole are quiet and there are no signs of the near approach of the season.  You see, we are pretty well settled this year, though the decision in groves’ case has caused a ruffle.  Where will this player land, after all?

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 05 August 1893
Everton F.C. have taken over Kirkdale F.C. as in the team.  Messrs Griffiths and Leyland are the representatives and naturally all expenses of the will come from the club from the Park.

August 22nd 1893. Edinburgh Evening News
Arridge, who was one of the Bootle full backs last season, and was the mainstay of the club's defence, has signed on for Everton. Several clubs were in treaty for Arrdige's services and Everton is considered fortunate in securing so efficient a player.

August 24, 1893. The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser
A deputation from the Everton Football Club waited upon the Blackburn Rovers Committee on Tuesday night for permission to approach J. Southworth their famous centre forward. Permission was refused, Southworth having consented to again sign for his old club, terms having been arrived at.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 26 August 1893
By Richard Samuel
Cricket will soon be a thing of the past and football will resign supreme.  All this week Mr. Molyneux has been busy issuing season tickets and paying the “divi” and we have had the usual beating of the drums in the local papers.  That announcement of the probable capture of the finest centre forward in the kingdom did it, and the usual haunts of footballers has ever since been full of football gossip.  There is nothing much new, and the Everton team that will take part in the earlier League games will be much the same as what did duty last season.  There are competent understudies for every position, and from what I can see the Everton executive will have a better lot of players to fall back upon than they had last year.  The men engaged are;- Williams, Jardine, and Ord (Shankhouse), goal; Kelso, Howarth, Arridge (Bootle), Parry, Lindsay (Stockton), and Chadwick, backs; Boyle, Holt, Stewart (Preston N.E), Storrier (Arbroath), Walker (Gainsboro), Coyle, and Jones, half-backs; Latta, Bell, Geary, Maxwell, Chadwick, Milward, Reay, and Hartley, forwards.  The season opens with the Wolves on Friday, and then league games follow with Sheffield United on Saturday and with Notts Forest on Monday.  The ground looks very well and the comfort of spectators has been further attended to. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 26 August 1893

  • Can Everton exchange a back for a centre-forward?
  • Is it true that Messrs. Cuff and Collar wrote by a more respectable class of Stewarts for Everton F.C?  “Tis wonderous strange.”
  • Is it true that two policemen ordered some Everton players off the Kirkdale ground when they went to practice? Was it right or spite?
  • Everton’s football players will be rigged out next Friday in their brand new war paint, at present on view at 54, Whitechapel, Liverpool.
  • Liverpool and Everton are well to the fore in the matter of bill posting, and the hoardings are ablaze again with announcements of forthcoming fixtures.
  • Everton were led to believe that Southworth mat wanted permission of his old club to sign for them, but the answer given to the deputation dispelled that idea.
  • “I bite your ear, Everton directors, for too play a benefit match to enable the Bootle directors to meet the £100 liability?  Since you received Smart Arridge. 
  • What did the Everton deputation say when the Rovers said no?
  • Kirkdale being the third of the Everton is now off.  Mr. Clayton’s idea to encourage local talent will therefore fall to the ground.
  • Dave Jardine hopes to see October for then he takes unto himself a pretty girl as his wife.  If I said “don’t” the lady would not be too pleased to thank me for such good advice.  I’m a married man myself.

Athletic News - Monday 28 August 1893
The close season has been a remarkably quiet one in Liverpool, almost total absence of gossip relating to football matters led one to think the game had lost favour with the public. But this week we have had a starter. The Everton executive can fetch 'em, and their sensational announcements in the papers has caused another epidemic of football fever. “Probable capture the finest centre-forward the kingdom” is rather thick after four months' silence; then follows a list of practice nights, and “the secretary will attend in town between certain hours to issue season tickets.”  That’s big. It was at the National Sporting Depot that I found Mr. Molyneux busy issuing season tickets, and this line of business, he assured me, showed an improvement on last year. “Your team and prospects. Mr. Molyneux?” I don’t know whether his answer is complimentary or not, but it was. Well, you know all about them,” and, as matters turned out, he had nothing fresh; even that finest-centre-forward-in-the-kingdom bubble had burst, and nothing remained. The club, as usual, have a strong list of players to select from, but the League team will be composed of practically the same men as last year. These are Williams, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Stewart (late of Preston North End), half-backs: Latta, Bell (or Geary), Maxwell, Chadwick, and Mil ward, forwards. In my opinion the executive have a stronger list in reserve than last year, and some idea of this can be gathered from the following names :—Jardine, goal; Arridge (late of Bootle), Lindsay (of Stockton), in addition to Parry and A. Chadwick, backs. Then in the half-back division we have new faces in Storrier (of Arbroath), Walker (of Grimsby), as well as last season’s men, Coyle and Jones. There is only ono man forward, and that is Reay (of Newcastle), but then there are Murray and Hartley to fall back upon. The team should do as well in their League engagements as last year, but further than that I should not like to go. There is this much to be said: That in the event of illness or anyone being disabled they have much more reliable men in reserve than they have had. This should give confidence to the club’s supporters, for at the beginning of last season they were heavily handicapped in this respect The Combination team will be as strong as ever, and should have no difficulty in again lifting the flag. The ground, I may add, has been drained, and should wear better, whilst to add to the comfort of the spectators patronizing the grand additional doors have been put in. The seats immediately behind the press have been enclosed and reserved, the price being two guineas. These ticket holders and the members the fourth estate now have entrance all to themselves.

August 30 1893. Birmingham Daily Post.
A coroner's jury at Walton, Liverpool yesterday returned a verdict of “Death by mis-adventure” in the case of George Howard of Everton Football Club who it was alleged put his head in a noose of clothes-line to frighten his wife, and strangle himself after some words respecting a young woman he was seen in conversation with, and of whom there were some jealously.

August 30 1893. Glasgow Herald.
Mr. Brighthouse, County coroner, held an inquest at Walton Liverpool yesterday afternoon on George Howard groundsman for the Everton club, who it was at first supposed had committed suicide by hanging himself from clothes line, to which he attracted a noose, deceased's wife gave evidence that she saw her husband at the practice match talking to Lizzle Roderick, and they had some words about the girl shortly after Howard returned home. He kissed his children bidding them goal-bye then went into the yard, and she followed him. He put his head through the noose of the clothes line that was stretched across the yard. She though he did it to frighten her, and she told him not to be silly, but to go in. He did not do so, and in about five minutes she want out and found him quite dead, with his head in the noose. Mrs. Howard was confident her husband never meant to take his life. Elizabeth Roderwick denied there had been any familiarities between them. The jury accepting the opinion of deceased's wife that Howard did not comptemplate suicide returned after considerable deliberation a verdict of death by misadventure.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 September 1893
By Richard Samuel
In addition to the ways and means devised by football secretaries for advertising their particular show, we have the weather taking a turn favourable to the game.  I should think Jack Southworth is entitled to something as an advertising medium.  I know his trouble with the Rovers’ Committee has served to whet the appetites of the Liverpool public more than anything else, and now we are told that his transfer to the Everton club is accomplished.  The being a fact we have a rare sting of forwards.  I have seen both Everton and Liverpool teams at practice, and both give promise of accomplishing great things.  Of the new men Everton have obtained, none have created so favourable an impression as Reay.  He is a big strong fellow, and makes for goal in grand style.  On Monday evening the forwards on both sides show splendid form, and I hardly know which to praise most, for the reserve lot were quite as aggressive as the league set.  It was a rare good tussle right through, and the game was splendidly contested. 

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 September 1893
At Goodison Park, today, before an unusual demonstrative crowd.  Sheffield United gave the touch to the ball which, from all appearances, will be early followed at this famed enclosure for the next eight months.  At last season, the United comes very early, and they intend to justify their now more exalted position in the football sphere.  If one might judge of yesterday’s game with the proud holders of the National trophy, the runners-up bid very fair at least to equal in the winter pastime their doughy deeds of the season departed.  Reverting to their game with the Wolves, it must be admitted that, in the initial stage, they were not near so smart on the ball, or showed that speed and determination to score which the cup holders did, and had not Kelso turned to tackle successfully, aided by Howarth and the newcomer from Preston –Stewart –their citadel would have been reduced more than once.  The latter’s hugh and serviceable throws were certainly a feature of the match, and much relished by the 9,000 spectators.  The latter portion saw the Toffee men in a better vein, and the sterling abilities of Rose and Baugh caused considerable commendations.  Black, their new outside left, is a splendid catch, and he and his partner, Harry Wood were without doubt the most conspicuous on the spot, where Ord, the new tried Everton custodian from Shankhouse, stood waiting.  Chadwick showed too much to his back forward play, although at times his passing was quick and neat.  The home lot won by 2-1 and Maxwell received much praise for his improved shooting abilities, while Latta enjoys the distinction of scoring the first goal with a grand fast grounder for the season 93-4.  Ord was scarcely tried, and had not near so much to do as Rose, who is the first flower as a custodian.  In the winter season Wykes deserves a good word, and the Wolves gave us a glimpse of better things to follow.  The teams which faced each other today were;- Everton;- Williams, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs; Latta, Bell, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward.  Sheffield United; Howlett, goal; Whittam and Cain, backs; Howell, Hendry, and Needham, half-backs; Drummond, Gallacher, Dobson, Hill and Fleming, forwards.   There were be fully 14,000 spectators when Maxwell commenced proceedings before the ruling of Mr. Lewis.  Both ends were visited in turn, Hill making a fair try with a long shot.  Latta then centred badly and a good chance was missed.  Cain and Kelso were prominent in defending. Then Maxwell compelled Howlett top fist clear.  Latta again missed, and Cain had to put out after neat work by the centre and the right wing, two shots were saved in rapid succession from Maxwell and Milward, but Bell failed when all expected a score.  Everton still pressed.  It took Needham and Bain all they knew to cope with bell and Latta, and they both behaved well.  After Hill gave Williams a long one to negotiate Chadwick and Latta were busy in banging at Howlett, but all attempts were frustrated.  Drummond missed an easy chance in front of Williams, when Milward ran to the other end, only to hit the post-very hard lines.  A foul to Everton resulted in the first goal after 30 minutes’ play through the instrumentally of Milward.  The visitors then made good efforts, but the home backs were very safe, and Williams was scarcely troubled.  Half-time; Everton 1, Sheffield United 0.  Final; Everton 2, Sheffield United 3.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 September 1893

  • Everything is all right Everton way.
  • Lucky shareholders –two guinea tickets for seven and sixpence at Everton.
  • The stewards of Everton must have been busy today, and they are without doubt an active and earnest body of workers.
  • Thousands witnessed Everton in their practice games, but such exhibitions are but a poor reflex of the real thing –League matches.
  • Compassion is felt in the neighborhood of Goodison-rd, for a widow of the poor man who brought his life so abruptly to a close.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 02 September 1893
By “The Croaker.”
“The Southworth case,” as it had got to be called owing to the repeated announcements respecting the famous centre-forward’s intentions, has been the sensation of the week in Blackburn, as it has, in milder degree, in more than two or three other towns in Lancashire.  By this this everybody knows that Southworth has been transferred to Everton, but everybody does not know how the separation came about, and a few remarks about that may do something to set matters straight.  It was known early in the summer that Southworth was dissatisfied with his prospects in Blackburn, notwithstanding that he has been, on the authority of Mr. Mitchell, the dearest Blackburn lad the Rovers ever had; but it was not until three weeks ago that it was ascertained that his reluctance in signing was anything more than he has usually displayed.  When negotiations really began it was discovered that there was “a power behind the throne,” which was working the strings.  Of course Everton did not openly appear in the matter, but inasmuch as it has a very able non-official agent in Blackburn, and as there is nothing in the League rules to prevent a player’s brother from seeing other clubs, it may be imagined that nothing went on that Everton did not hear about.  However, at the beginning of last week the section of the Rovers’ Committee who were very much in favour of reclaiming Southworth at almost any price came to an arrangement with him, to which he pledged his word.  Singularly enough that same evening the Everton delegates came over to Blackburn and formally asked permission to approach Southworth.  This was refused, but the committee gave Everton to understand that in the event of their not being able to come to terms with the player the Liverpool club should have the first chance of approaching him.  This was, perhaps, an unwise promise to make, as events turned out, for although the understanding was supposed to be a secret one, Southworth’s brother knew all about it next morning.  Who could have told him?  That is a question the Rovers would have liked to be answered last week, for things began to look precious like a matter requiring investigation by the League.  Anyhow, the immediate result was –naturally enough –a rise in Jack’s demands.  He wanted £3 per week winter and summer, a bonus of ten pounds, payment for the past seventeen weeks at £3 per week, and a legal agreement that he should be allowed to go at the end of the season at a price not exceeding £20.  Extraordinary terms these, especially the last clause, and so the Committee felt, for when the sub-committee reported that they had provisionally consented to them the majority immediately and emphatically overruled them, and decided that rather than agree to them they would part with their man –a decision which was received with general approval in the town.  Everton’s way was once more clear, and on Thursday they quietly came over and made a bid for him.  A good deal of plain talking went on at the interview, and they were told that they would have to pay for their premature action in the matter, but ultimately they agreed to terms with which the Rovers are perfectly satisfied, but which, If I am rightly informed, will make his appearance in the Everton team almost as costly as a prima donna’s.  Mr. Mitchell has passed his word to keep the figure secret, but I happen to know that the price of £200 was put on Southworth to another League club on Wednesday, and I shouldn’t mind guessing that Everton have paid quite this amount for his transfer, besides giving the Rovers a match at Liverpool into the bargain.  Putting all this down at the moderate figure of £260 and supposing that Everton are paying Southworth no more than the Rovers offered him, we get £416 as at least the cost of the new centre forward to Everton, and I don’t mind expressing an opinion that he will cost them more than this before the season ends.  He is undoubtedly the finest centre-forward in England when in form, and as such he is worth a big price; but the Blackburn people with the money in their pockets, cannot forget the many occasions during the last two years on which Southworth has not been in form; and they think they can afford now to do with a more steady if less brilliant centre.  People may say this is a case of “sour grapes” but the feeling seems genuine in Blackburn that Rovers committee have done the right thing, whatever may be the consequences.  And as we must now say, not good-bye, but su revoir to the great Jack because we quite refuse to believe that he will prove the only exception to the rule, and not want, like every other Rover who has gone away, to come back to the old fold again. 

September 2, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The season at Goodison Park opened last evening, when the English Cup-holders served as the ‘'dish of fare.'' Although the weather was threantening there was a fairly good attendance at the start,, the members increasing as the game progessed. The teams faced as follws:- Everton; ord, goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain), backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart half-backs, Latta, Bell, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards, Wolverhampton Wanderers; Rose, goal, Swift, and Baugh, backs Kinsey, Haynes and Malpass, half-backs, Black, Wood, Butcher, Griffins and Wykes forwards . It will thus be seen that both sides were strongly represented Everton giving a trial to Ord (late of Shankhouse) in goal, which Haynes played centre half in place of H.Wood for Wolverhampton. Butcher kicked off for the visitors, and Rose was at once visted, Bell almost beating him with a low ground shot. Everton came back again, and a long throw in by Stewart was cleared by Baugh, Bell sending over a moment later. Neat headwork by the ‘'Wolves'' was neutralised by a spendid efforts from Bell, and Rose was again hotly assiled, but without result. A couple of corners were taken by the Evertonians, Chadwick from the second making a good but ineffectual attempt in scoring. Griffins and Wykes, made a capital headway on the ‘'Wolves'' right, the ball being taken almost to the mouth of the Everton goal. The danger was cleared, however, and mid-field play took [lace, Hall ending by kicking wide of the posts. Still keeping up the attack, Everton pressed, and from a judicious pass by Bell, Latta scored the first goal of the season. Malpass next put in some pretty work for the Vistors who were awarded a free kick in front of their opponents goal. Everton, however, packed well and on the danger being cleared Latta and Bell were seen to great advantage. Wood and Black made a fine dash along the cupholders left, with the result that the English International equalised the score. This success infused fresh vigour into the visitors, for another determined attack was made on the Everton goal, Griffin spoiling the opportunity although a good attempt was made. At the other end Milward got in tricky play, following which the ‘'Wolves'' front rank executed some pretty passing all along the lines. Ord saved from Butcher, and Boyle stayed off danger by clearing clear. The visitors just at this period were playing a mcuh better game than at the outset, and repeated attacks were made on Everton citadel,, Wykes on one occasion missing with a header by the merest shade. A few minutes afterwards half-time was called, with 1 goal each. During the interval the following list of gentlemen was handed in as being invited to withness the game by the Everton committee:- Messrs, Scott, C.C.E.Walker C.C. Woodcock, Registrar Cooper, T.Macreary, T Williams, J.S.Mack, T.E.Sampeon (coroner), D.T.Williams (collector of customs), S.King, (deputy official receiver), and Allan C.E. The attendance had increased to fully 6,000 when Maxwell resumed the game on behalf of Everton the cupholders now having the wind in their favour. They soon made their presence felt, and Wykes sent in a long dropping shot, which almost scored. Butcher was also on evidence and almost beat Ord with a beauty. Kelso and Howarth were kept busy for a few moments but the latter gave relief and the Evertonians forced a corner kick. No advantage accrued, and Wood and Black were again busy on the ‘'Wolves'' left. Kelso was sorely tried, but came out of the ordeal right well. Then Latta, Bell, Chadwick and Milward put in some pretty play the latter sending in a rasping shot which Rose saved spendidly whislt full length on the turf. Not to be denied, however, Everton returned, and Maxwell from a pass by Chadwick gave Everton the lead. The home side were now having the best of the play, and repeated attacks were made on the Wanderers goal, Rose saving grandly on one occasion, at the expense of a futile corner. It was only rarely that the ‘'Wolves;'' broke away, but when they did they were always dangerous, and it behoved the Everton defenders to keep a sharp look out to prevent them from scoring. Everton were almost notching another point but Rose saved, and then the visitors were denied the privilege of scoring an equalising goal. Nothing further was done, and the game ended-Everton 2 goals, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

September 4, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
This match inaugurated the League campaigh at Goodison Park on Saturday. It was patronised by about 12,000 spectators, who accorded the players, who were as follows, a hearty welcome upon entering the area:- Sheffield United: Howlett, goal, Whittam and Cain backs Howell, Hendry, and Needham, half-backs, Drummond, Gallacher, Hill, Dobson and Fleming, forwards. Everton:- Williams goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain), backs, Boyle, Holt and Stewart half-backs, Latta Bell, Maxwell, Chadwick and Milward, forwards. Everton kicked off against the wind but with the sun at their backs,, and lost no time in bearing down on goal, but the ball went harmlessly over the line. The visitors got clear with the goal kick, when Holt was penalised which gave them further advantage, though no shot was permitted. Some good midfield play ensued, termination in the Everton right making ground and in Maxwell driving in a low shot, which, but being very speedily, Howlett got down to and stopped. Everton returned but the efforts was in vain, as Latta shot badly across the face of goal. The home team could not be beaten off just now, however, and Maxwell, Milward, and Bell joined in a treble barrelled shot. They sent in very hard. Howlett saved the two first shots grandly, but when it came to Bell's turn he threw away a golden chance by kicking outside. Another miss by Latta, and then the United backs breathed more freely, for their forwards were enabled to enter Everton territory but only brietly as a foul put the home team on the attack again, culminating in a futile corner. A run on the vistors right wing caused the Everton defenders to beatir themselves though Hill would not be denied until he had a long shot calling upon Williams to make his first clearance. A more likely attempts was immediately made at the other end where from a pass by Latta, Milward experienced rather hard lines with a header. Boyle was punished for fouling the Sheffield right wing, but it almost proved a blessing in disguise as Milward fastened on to the ball and running hard finished up with a terrifuc shot but which fortunately for the United hit the near corner of the goal posts and bar. A spurt by the United was then rendered nugatory by Howarth, and Everton swooping down on the goal were at last rewarded Milward scoring out of a melee arising from hands in front Howlett's charge. The game now just half an hour old, and play ran upon very even lines up to the interval, the defences being superior to the attack. The home team thus led at half-time by a goal to nil, but they ought to have done better, seeing that they had two thirds of the attack. On resuming the visitors went strongly on the right only to be checked,, and to find themselves promptly on the defence when the United found deliverance in Howell. Hendry next took spendid aim at lengthy range. The ball went rather high, but Williams reached it, and was just quick enough to punch over the bar. He gave a corner, of course and this proved fatal, Hill scoring out of the ensuning tuslle. With the score now equal. Sheffield darted off from the centre kick, and Fleming, catching the backs napping scored an easy goal apparently to the surprise of Williams. A hugh shout, however, soon rent the air, for from a free kick taken by Stewart the ball bounced off an opponent into the net and brought Everton upon equal terms again. The home team were nearing taking the lead a moment or so later, but Howlett caught the ball from Chadwick's well directed shot, and the goal, on the other hand, was notched at the reverse end of the field, when Gallocher. Finding himself unchallenged took a calm and deliberate aim quite out of the reach of Williams. Everton saw that the game was slipping out of their grasp. They made most determined raids to capture goal, but they did not have it all their own way by any means and once or twice looked as though the United would add to their lead. In the meantime Chadwick had been compelled to leave the field through an injury received to a shoulder in falling. Thus weakened Everton's propects became overcast. They continued to make energetic attempts. Bell especially so, but it was not in the power of Everton to find a further flaw in the Sheffield defences, and the result of the game was in Everton being beaten, rather surprising by 3 goals to 2.

September 4 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The first match in the combination was played at Leek. Everton arrived late, and it was a quarter past four when the game started. Leek won the toss, and in the first half more than held their own, although Everton scored once to Leek nothing. In the second half, however, Everton gradually assumed the upper hand, and won by 4 goals to nil.

September 4 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton were destined to open their campaign inauspicously, but though to lose was not expected, and therefore the more disappointing, they were not badly beaten the score being 3 goals to 2, and they wore handicapped through Chadwick failing and hurting a shoulder which caused his retirement about midway in the second half. The attendance was a capital one, seeing that the visitors, Sheffield United, were not well established, and that they were making their debut as memebers of the first Division. The ground was od course, in fine condition, except for the length of the grass in places, and the only real inconvenience was the brightness of the sun, which the United had in their eyes during the initial half. Everton, with last year's players save W.Stewart who filled the place so successfully occupied by A Stewart last season, went off in good style at the onset, and had the best of the play for the first quarters of an hour, during which time several chances were created,, but not turned to account. It was at this period that Everton threw away their opportunities, the shooting being too tame, and there was lacking a spirit of cohesan and dash when within range. Afterwards the United made play pretty even, and though Everton managed to scrimmage a goal-the only point of the first half-the tactics of the two opposing teams up to the interval were not such as to awaken confidouce that Everton would remain masters of the situration. If there were many who though the home team would steadily forge further ahead, they were soon to be undeceived, for within five minutes of changing ends the Sheffielders were actually leading. In another minute Everton drew level, but before the cheers had fairly died away another diaster was at hand Williams finding himself beaten for the third time in quick succession. There was fully half an hour to run when Sheffield secured this third goal, but to proved to be the last point of the match, and so there was nothing but for Everton to sunmit to a reverse. In the latter part of the game Bell made herculean efforts to save the match, but he could not break down the sturdy defence. It might have had a different termination had Chadwick not been injured; but after making every allowance in this respect the all round play of Everton was below par. They were too slow, there was some selfishness in the forward rank. Milward being left to shift for himself too freqently; the half-backs tackled and passed weakly especially Holt and Boyle, and the backs did not cover each other so compeletly as we have seen them do. Willimas, however, had not much to do, but he was not in good form, or he would doubtless have saved the second goal. The United were very determined, and they were in a healthy state to put their resolution in force. They were keener in every department. Howlett brought down the house-at least, if he did not, he deserved to have done-by the way he parried a double barrelled effort by Maxwell and Milward early in the game. The backs both tackled gamely and kicked cleanly, and the trio of half backs were individually and collectively smartethan those of Everton, Needham particuarly grappling very effectively with Latta and Bell; whilst the forwards were pacemakers, and never hesitated to shoot when within range with much directness. On the day's play United earned their victory, and are congratulated upon commencing their League career so full of promise. Tonight Everton are visired by Notts Forest who-think well about it yet that are more especially concerned-defeat the ‘'Wolves on Saturday by 7 goals to 1.

September 4, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
At Everton, before a monster gathering. In the first half the game was pretty fast, both goals being attacked in turn. Everton scored a goal, but the United, though they made a determined effort, were notable to break through the home defence, and at the interval the game stood –Everton, one goal; Sheffield United, nil. The second portion was very exciting. The United equalised, and playing up well, gained another point. Result; Sheffield United, three goals; Everton, two goals.

September 5, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald.
Played last evening at Liverpool. Milward kicked off for Everton before ten thousand spectators just before six. The homesters early assumed the aggressive, shot after shot being sent to Allsopp without effect. McInnes and Collins made a fine run, and Williams just tipped over the bar for a fine shot from Higgins. Everton continued to press, Allsopp's charge having many miraculous escapes, nut nothing was scored, and the interval arrived with a clean sheet. The second half had hardly started when Allsopp was beat by McMillan, credit, however, being due to Bell, who ran nearly the whole length of the field. A minute later Boyle notched a second goal for Everton, and then play became very fast. Everton had the best of the play, however, and Milward beat Allsopp with a nice low shot. Both ends were visited. Everton had hard lines on several occasions, the ball striking the bar. McMillan scored again for Everton, who pressed to the finish. Final; Everton, 4; Forest, nil.

September 5, 1893. Birmingham Daily Post
Notts Forest having defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers so brilliantly on Saturday, there were 10,000 people to see them play Everton at Liverpool. Chadwick and Maxwell were absent from the home team, who, however, had the better of the game, despite some fine efforts by the Forest. A goal by Kelso was disallowed, and half-time arrived without a point to either side. Afterwards the game was still finely contested, but McMillian and Boyle scored for Everton, and after a point by Bell had been disallowed, Milward put on two more goals, Everton thus gained a splendid victory by 4 goals to 0.

September 5 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
This, the second League match of Everton's season was played at Goodison Park last evening, in spendidly fine weather, but which was, of course too warm for the comfort of the actors. The attendance would number about 11,000. Notts Forest were represented by the same team which did so well on Saturday in beating the Wolverhampton Wanderers by 7 goals to 1 whislt Everton made two changes from the eleven that were beaten by Sheffield United-McMillan and Elliott filling vacancies occasioned by the absence of Chadwick and Maxwell the former still suffering from a shoulder injury of sAturday. Teams:- Everton; Williams, goals Kelso, and Howarth (captain) backs, Boyle Holt, and W.Stewart half-backs, Latta, Bell, Milward, McMillan ands Elliott, forwards. Notts Forest; Allison goal, Ritchie, and Scott, backs, Smith, McPherson and A Stewart, half-backs Shaw McCallium, Higgins, Collins, and McInnes forwards . Everton at once took up the attack in excellent style, the opening being most exciting, and the visitors' defence sorley tried. Milward put out to the right, when an overhead kick into goal bothered Allsop so greatly that he could only partially clear, Scott putting on the finishing safe touches by means of an unpredutive corner. Keeping hard on the attack Everton were again in a favourable position,, but Elliott mulled a very clear chance. Shaw then essayed a strong run as far as Howarth, who gamely interposed and kicked up nicely only to see the ball run out. Higgins next tried his fortune but he was also promptly pulled up and Everton were enabled to return to goal in earnest, though the long siege bore no fruit. McInnes brough relief to his side in a fine sprint, and a danger to the home team was immenent. A foul was given against Everton at the jucture, close in, resulting in a futile corner. The Liverpoolians quickly assurned the aggressive again, during which play Scott especially put in clever defensive work. The Forest were now seen to much better advantage, a good high shot by Higgins forcing Williams to concede a corner. From this Milward and Elliott sped away, the outcome being that Kelso landed magnificently into the net but a prior foul of the goalkeeper nullified the point.Everton continued to have the best of determined play, and once Elliott turned the ball goalwards very neatly but the general tactics were those of the forcing go ahead kind rather than finished combination, and the raids being thus rather ragged, the Forest defence were very successful in their clearance. A fine centre by Milward deceived better results, but Elliott was too slow to put on the requiste goal polish. The three centre forwards of the Forest then broke away, and would probably have reduced the Everton goal had not Kelso outpaced and kicked into touch. The visitors sustained pressure for a few minutes, and were then in danger Milward leading up. The ball was crossed and re-crossed without the desired results, it either being sent a bit too high or too wide, and the interval arrived with nothing scored. Soon after resuming Higgins delivered a rattling high shot, but this Williams cleared at the expense of a barron corner. The Forest displayed good combination, and were often returning goalward, but they could make no effective headway against the stubborn defence and presntly Bell raced off, defying a obstacles and passed to Milward, who took the ball cleverly and scored. The Forest got well off from the restart without causing much anoexty to the home defenders, and soon Everton were storming Allsop's charge. Here Bell was fouled which proved costly to the Notts men, as Boyle shot in striking the crossbar. The ball dropped down in front of goal, and was expeditiously rushed into the net. Everton thus assumed the lead by 2 goals to nil,, and loud was the ovation they received. The forest were not at all demoralised at the turn of events, and kept fairly well in Everton quarters, but so assiduous was the defence that only one likely shot could be tried. This was made by McPherson as long range, and was coolly neutralised by Willimas, who caught the ball. The Everton right changed the venue, and, from sharp passing. Bell beat Allisopp but was palpaby off side. Coming up again, Bell shot beautifully skimming the bar. The play being keen, there were unnamerous fouls; still the game was not a rough one. Everton sustained their vigour in a manner that must be decribed as surprising in the light of what occurred on Saturday. McMillan shot in hard when off side, Allsop stoppong the ball, but a few minutes a pass came from the left to Milward, who ran and shot sucessfully. Placing Everton in a sounder position. The next incident oif interst was a powerful flying shot by Milward into gaol, which was grandly stopped by Allsop with uplifted hand. The Forest at length made progess on the left, who shot accurately though only to find Williams safe. Towards the finsih some grand work done by Latta and Bell, culminating in Milward again scoring with a terric shot. Boyle lobbed in and the ball went into the net. But a foul of the goalkeeper rendered the point nuil. Williams next just in time to clear, when the whistle sounded Everton had won brillabtly by 4 goals to nil.

September 8 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
This League match was played at Derby on Saturday, in fine weather and before 8,000 spectators. The Derby team was the same that defeated Sheffield United on Monday, whilst Everton made further changes, Southworth, of Blackburn appearing as centre forward whistle Chadwick was sufficently recovered from his injury to resume his place in partnership with Milward. The teams were accordingly as follows:- Everton, Williams goal, Kelso and Howarth (captain), backs,, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, Bell Southworth, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Derby County:- Robinson, goal, Methven, and Leiper, backs, Cox, A Goodall, and Docherty, half-backs, Keay Bllomer J Goodall Allen and McMillan, forwards . Everton were kept waiting some minutes whilst the home team were being photographed. The wind blew from goal to goal. Towards which Everton turned their backs at the start, but Deby by a pass from A.Goodall at the outset moved on, when J Goodall put over the bar. Everton went off from the goalkick on the right without being permitted to shoot, and A Goodall and Bloomer became conspicuous, but Stewart was ready, Keay, However, soon goot in a shot, which Williams stopped, Howarth clearing. The Everton right again made tracts of a plucky but futile kind and in turn the visitos had to defend, throws-in-failing to then on each side of the field. Some effective long passing by the home team caused anxiety to Everton, but first Stewart cleared danger and then the ball was kicked over the goal line. Bloomer than ran and shot, and Willimas was just in time to prevent goal being captured. Coming up again immediately., Kelso kicked granly from the face of goal. The pace was terrific, but Everton having held out stoutly were enabled to attack for a short time, when from Bell's centre, Chadwick shot very well. during some indecision as to whether the ball had gone into touch. Allen ran down, and Howarth seeing the threatening aspect rushed across and kick out. Just previously Bell had been robbed magnifiently when about to shoot near in. going along on the left a throw-in put the ball to J.Goodall, who ran down, and from a pass by McMillan a goal was scored by Keay, who closed in and got into the net near the post, the game at this juncture having been in progess about 25 minutes. The wind by now had veered and was driving across the ground, Williams was sson called upon to fist out a screw shot from McMillan, whilst, Latta parting at the corner to Bell the latter missed his ain my a yard or so. Kelso having foiled McMillan, Bell passed over to Milward who shot too high. The ball was next headed out of the Derby Goal when Chadwick sent to his partner, who was once more at fault shooting wildly across the goal and outside. Derby had another turn at attack but through the general activity of the visitors backs and half-backs were beaten off without becoming danferous. Then Methven found his side in a difficult situration, and ran across to kick out from the Everton right wing. It was no relief, however, to Derby, and following the throw in Chadwick found himself in a position and equalised with a rather long shot. Everton was now enabled to play more compactly, and got two free kicks in close proximity to goal, both of which were of no avail. The home team got under weigh a few minutes later and scored from a tussle arising out of a corner given by Holt, Allen heading through when Williams had stumbled in saving a prior shot. Everton went quickly to the face of goal after this second reverse and had two frre kicks. They had a good shot also, and this being met, Southworth returned with a beauty but in vain. Sustaining the pressure it seemed as though Everton must equalise, especially when Holt shot in beutifully, Robinson however, impassbale and the interval arrived with the score-Derby County 2 goals; Everton 1 goal. On resuming the visitors got a free kick, but this was of no use , though well placed at Derby were very near scoring so much so that Williams ran out to try a clearance. This he did not succeed in doing, but Kelso whipped round and smartly prevented a straight shot taking effect. Derby were not yet to be beaten off, and Allen sent in a teaser,, which was smartly attended to. It was some time before Everton could clear, When latta forced his way down from a long pass by the left wing. Derby did not allow their territiory to be invaded for long and McMillan running fast, sent over to Bloomer, who met it grandly, and scored. The same player almost immediately took the ball from Howarth's toe and sending it into goal gave Williams no chance, whatever, the brilliantly successful effort receiving a richly deserved ovation. Everton were now in forelorn position, but they had not lost heart, and were not far out with a shot from the right. A still further rebuff was in store for them, however, as amidst great excitement McMillan shot in from near the left touchline and brought Derby's record up 5 goals to 1. Some judicious passing by Milward (who had beaten cox). By Chadwick, and by Southworth was rewarded by the latter scoring 25 minutes from time. Everton were seen at their best for the day just now, and after Chadwick had shot over, Latta forced his way down and passed across to Milward, who was accurate in his aim this time, and scored. Two goals only now divided the teams, and there was yet plenty of time for Everton to recover the lost ground; but they were soon to have their budding hopes mipped, for the Derby right wing grew so mencing that Howarth had no alternative than to kick out. From the throw in the ball went to McMillan who let fly, and completely beat Williams. Derby continued to have the best of the play. Near the finish Archie Goodall had two grand shots at goal in quick succession, the latter one taking effect, and when the whistle sounded Derby by superior all-round tactics had won by 7 goals to 3.

September 8, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Goodison Park, before 6,,000 people. In the first half Everton had the best of play but the defence of the United was excellent. Everton scored first from a scrimmage, McMillan added a second goal, Farrell scored for Dresdan. The interval arrived with Everton leading by 2 goals to 1. The second period was stubbornly contested but the score remained unchanged. Result Everton 2 goals; Dresdan United 1.

September 8, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The exectives have decided to enlarge the directors box and admit therein two guines tickets holders and directors. Only the ground tickets holders will also be provided with an entrance at Goodison Road side, apart from the boys, which has caused so much annoyance.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 September 1893
BY” Black Rock”
Everton’s First League Defeat.
If first impressions are the strongest, then none left the Goodisonian enclosure last Saturday with a plethora of great hopes for the season we have just entered upon. On the contrary, murmuring long and loud was heard on all side , as the large and discontented crowds emerged from the swinging gates, the while the victorious United visitors from Sheffield were jubilating with uncommon and pardonable joy. And, to, even crown their victory, be it truly said, they deserved it, although they certainly in the first portion spent more time in defending than in attacking.  Ture, the home team lost their services of Chadwick after 25 minutes of the latter half, but before the accident to the International’s shoulder they were in a minority of a goal (2-3), which result represented the finish.  Again, the losers goals were not of that high order one might expect, as they both resulted from fouls close to Howlett, whom Everton have to thank for scoring the second.  The Sheffielders, from start to finish, would right on, displaying far more understanding and combination in midfield than their opponents, and banging at goal
On the slightest pretence of an opening.  I can’t say much of Holt in his favour, for the little man was undoubtedly weak, and threw a tremendous amount on Stewart, Kelso and Howarth.  The former especially –as with the Wolves on the previous day-kicked strongly and accurately in every position, and
These two performances prove at least that he has lost none of his old fire.  Williams, after four months’ handling of the small ball, failed to hold the large winter one, and to his own chargin, and to the surprise of the thousand eyes on him, the new United player from Darlington –Fleming –beat him with a twenty yards shot which he let slip through his hands.  None of the home team’s attacking force won many laurel’s for their shooting, save Bell, who was the hardest and best worker on the field, and who proved himself worthy of the character I gave him last season.  Maxwell’s efforts in the latter stages were painfully poor.  I learn he had been unwell, and was unfit to appear; if so, why play him?  The last thirty minutes saw a series of ragged, disjointed, individual swoops and although they all but came off on a few occasions, there was not much in them to inspire their supporters with the chance of a draw, or the Sheffield visitors –there were a few –with a great amount of fear, for Cain, who is more respected now than ever, played such a game of strength, skill, and dash, that his reputation is further enhanced.  His partner, Whittain, lay back to Howlett, and the trio, chiefly aided by the active Needham, who was a thorn in the side of Latta, bore the brunt of the work bravely.  Hill was clever, and quick to boot, in the centre and he had much pleasure in running round Holt, but Stewart gained many friends by the amount of ground he covered, and but for him I am afraid the defeat would have been bigger.  Altogether, the new League team created a strong impression, and they will be welcomed on a return visit, for Evertonians love to have another go at their conquerors.
The Forest Fails
We had a much better exhibition of football by Everton on Monday when the 7 to 1 conquerors of the cup holders, came to fulfil their first League game with the runners up at Goodison-rd.  We had also a different arrangement of the home forwards;- the Combination left appearing-McMillan and Elliott, with Milward in the centre.  Notts Forest played the same eleven as did such good work on Saturday.  There was another big crowd present when Mr. Armitt, of Leek, sent the men away.  The manner in which the twenty-two started left little for unfavorable comments, Everton, particularly, getting into their stride immediately.  For the first fifteen minutes once only did Notts get over the centre line, the quarter being spent by repeated tries at Allsop.  The reserve lads received plenty of encouragement, and their earnestness in their work kept the remaining three alive and on the go.  Higgins, McInnes, and Co, were not idle, and their centres almost got through on more than one occasion; but Kelso, without the least ceremony, bowled him over more than once.  The game was very spirted, and the interest was sustained, whilst both sets of backs displayed much accuracy in returning.  Still, judging on this half as a whole, the front van’s play was more of an individual character than otherwise, and the majority of shots came from distances that caused Allsopp little to do top save.  The pressure was due more to pluck than skill, and although Bell and Latta passed and repassed, the work was not carried through with that cohesion one admires.  Milward, individually, ran and shot to please, but he did not appear to be able to keep his company in harmony.  The teams crossed over with no mark on the badly wanted telegraphs board.  The game was not four minutes old when Bell, receiving at the centre flag and seizing the opportunity, rushed by Scott, and giving to Milward a chance, the ball was in the net, with rapidity.  There was a tremendous outburst of applause at this success, and Bell had the honour of gaining it.  Notts now played with greater dash than before, but the dash was only half a flash, for Boyle sent in a high one to be saved if possible, and no doubt would have been had a few of the Everton forwards allowed Allsopp time to get at it.  Two goals in ten minutes was good work, and still the Forest were anything but done.  From end to end the forwards ran, and although the home marked something in their favour on two other occasions, they had not near so pleasant a time as the 4-0 represents the visitors are a good eleven, and they have an equally good balanced team, but the rushes and determination of the home lot appeared at times to unhinge them.  Both their backs were good, and Smith was perhaps slightly in front of his confreres.  The Notts Stewart, from Everton met more than he bargained for with Latta and Bell, and we had a series of conflicts between them in the second half.  All the Evertonians did well, and Williams is again restored to favour.  I don’t think the Combination wing is quite class enough, still they get on nicely together, save when they pass rather far, which they often did.  However, what would Everton have done without them?  As Southworth is expected to be at Derby today, I am looking out for a victory.  May it be so!

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 September 1893
By Richard Samuel
“Football form is all wrong” is a common saying, but it is generally used in connection with some particular match or cup tie, but right off the reel we have some glaring inconsistencies of “form” in this distict.  To begin with the Wolves opened the season at Goodison Park, and after a fine game retire defeated by two goals to one.  On Saturday we find the Cup holders defeated at Nottingham by seven goals to one, whilst Everton are beaten at home by Sheffield United, one of the latest additions to the first division of the League, though the defeat is only by 3 goals to 2.  On Monday both teams came out of their shell and surprised everyone by winning matches with clubs that did infinitely better than they on the Saturday.  To come to the part Everton played in the two games I honestly say that they deserved to be beaten by Sheffield United and that they fully earned the victory over Notts Forest on Monday evening.  To anyone who saw both the games the difference is easily arrived at.  In the game on Saturday the forwards did not play as if they had a definite object in view, assuming that the object was obtaining goals.  They had several opportunities of scoring but they did not shape at all well at the job, whilst the uncertain action coupled with a deplorable amount of dilatoriness in the open, rendered their play at times ludicrous.  Even the first half, when they were seen at their best, the opposing halves were a little bit too good, whilst as the game progressed they were altogether too nimble for them.  Bell alone held his own, and he certainly gave several good bits of individual work, but it was all to no purpose.  In the second half there was no attempt at combination, and whilst Chadwick’s absence may have had something to do with it, it must be confessed, he was anything but a success whilst on the field.  The half-backs, too, were not up to the mark, and it is a long time since Holt was in so many difficulties.  The fact is the visitors were too smart and played a much more determined game than did the Everton men, and on the day’s play fully deserved the victory.  But what about Monday’s game with the Forest?  Here we have a team that took six goals out of the “Wolves” two days previously being put through the mill, and as many as four goals scored whilst on four other occasions was the ball put into the net.  This is a big advance even on last season’s form, to say nothing of that of Saturday.  And the victory was quite as pronounced as the score indicates.  The forwards were re-arranged, for Milward played centre forward, with McMillan and Elliott, of the Combination team, on the left, and the change worked admirably.  There was a welcome change in the mode of attack, for whereas on Saturday the forward played or rather endeavored to play, the short passing game, with a listlessness in their movements which was very aggravating, they were now full of go, and every pass was in the right direction, whilst the shooting was both powerful and true.  Although the change is gratifying such a reversal of form will not do the game any good.  It will provide food for many an argument against football, for it is no use telling the people who are always harping on the demoralizing influence attached to the game that it was Milward’s dash or the different style which the different result, but this and the general smartening up of the team was undoubtedly the cause of it, for on the form shown the best of clubs would have received a severe handling.  All the same, such a reversal of form is not in the best interests of the game, and it behoves the team to be more consistent, or the avowed antipathy towards the game will become more general.


Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 September 1893
The visit of Everton to Derby this afternoon was productive of great interest, inasmuch that Sheffield United who defeated the Liverpool men last Saturday, have since succumbed to the Peakites.  Everton came with a very strong team, including Jack Southworth, who turned out for the first time as centre-forward, Johnny Goodall’s men were in full force.  A big crowd was present.  The County played against the wind.  Goodall shot over the first minute and pretty play by Bloomer and Reay endangered Everton’s goal.  The visitors, though Latta, caused Robinson trouble, but the County again bore down on their opponents.  The was fast, and Southworth, Chadwick, and Milward essayed a run, but Leiper whipped it opportunely.  Remarkably fine passing by Goodall, McMillan and Bloomer left the ball in Reay’s possession, and although he partially muffled it he managed to score in 20 minutes.  The County did most pressing, and Williams stopped shots from McMillan.  Here the last-named had the goal at his mercy, but passed instead of shooting.  A rush to the Derby goal by Milward caused Robinson to punt out, whilst a second initiation by Everton ended in Bell sending over.  The Liverpudlians came away, and after Methven had freed, Chadwick had an opening and equalized.  Derby eased up but, cheered on by their supporters, they pulled themselves together.  Goodall, McMillan, and Bloomer playing a fine game, the ball was kept in the Liverpool end, and Allen easily beat Williams a second time.  Resuming Docherty and McMillan shot, but Williams relieved.  Southworth here tried to get through, but Archie Goodall stopped his career, and derby again showed championship form.  McMillan and Allan by neat play ran down the left, and shot a terrific one, which no goalkeeper could stop.  Bloomer again got the ball, and rushing in he sent Derby further ahead by scoring a fourth point.  McMillan added fifth, a long shot, Williams jumping up and missing.  Everton now showed up well, Milward, Chadwick, and Southworth passing beautifully.  “Jim” put on a second for his side.  Derby slowed down and the latter sent to Milward, who put on Everton’s third goal.  McMillan put on a sixth.  Derby proved the better team on all points, won 7 to 3.  Final; Derby County 7, Everton 3.

Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 09 September 1893

  • Howlett wore “specks” at Everton –an unusual sight for the gods.
  • Bravo for the toffee man!  What a stunning and remarkable victory after Saturday’s fiasco.
  • Said I to Mr. Gibson; “What’s the latest about these caps?”  “Oh, Everton stole them!” said he.
  • What a magnificent game Bell played.  “Daddy” was slightly off, but “Dicky” Boyle was champion.
  • Chadwick, we are glad to say, is nearly all right, and let us still hope he is as good as ever, for Edgar is very popular.
  • Two lightning-like shots were admirably saved by Howlett, but the Bell should have been rung by the Dumbarton man.
  • Maxwell and Holt should not have been permitted to play a week ago.  If you don’t believe me leave it to the doctor. 
  • Everton form was full of fire and dash.  They never lacked vigour in attack, though sometimes lacking precision in shooting.
  • It’s seldom Kelso is floored, but he was, and neatly by McInnes last Monday. 
  • Fancy the Everton International left wing not being considered good enough.
  • The Wanderers intend taking their full team to Everton on Monday night to play Geary’s benefit match.  There ought to be a big gate.

Blackburn Standard -Saturday 9 September 1893
John Southworth, the ex-Rover, writes to us as follows : — SIR, — Now that my connection with the Rovers' Football Club is at an end, and I am in a position of greater freedom and less responsibility, so far as the committee are concerned, I trust you will grant me space in your valuablo paper for this communication. From week to week lately your columns have contained statements in reference to my conduct and attitude towards the committee, and imputing to me the most mercenary and unsportsmanlike conduct in my negotiations with the committee, and which are calculated very seriously to prejudice me in the eyes of the public if allowed to go unchallenged. First of all, I may state that in trying to sever my connection with the Rovers I have ONLY HAD ONE OBJECT IN VIEW, to try and assure myself of a position after my football days are over, which a place like Liverpool affords for a musician, more so than Blackburn. From my first appearance in tHe Rovers to tHe end of last season I have played in the position of centre- forward. In 1887-8 i had £1 a week for the playing season, and the same in 1888-9, thus for two years I got about £70. These terms held good also for tho season 1889-90, but a bonus of £20 was added, which makes about £55. The following season, 1890-1, 1 was paid £2 a week for the playing season and 10s. a week for close season, making a total for this season of £78 10s. In 1891-2 1 signed for two years, which meant till the end of 1892-3, for £2 a week playing season, 10s. a week close season, and £100 bonus, but instead of receiving the£l00 down.
the last of which I got aFter tho finish of last season. I also had a benefit match which realised between £70 and £80, but this not being included in my wages I don't put it down in my wage list. Thus in six years, I Have cost tHe Rovers in weekly wages and bonuses about £460 10s. Now for the other side of the question. With these facts before them the public will be able to judge as to tho sneers which have been indulged in, in reference to & very costly player. If I had been the selfish, grasping, mercenary character I have been represented to be, utterly regardless of anybody or anything but my own pocket, I could, four years ago, have had £2 11s, a week all the year round from Everton. with a prospect of £3 a week or even more the following year, and since that offer I have refused one from Sheffield United two years ago (in fact only a few days before I signed for the Rovers for two seasons) of HA A WEEK ALL THE YEAR ROUND. and a bonus of £50, and assuming I played another season witH them at the abovE salary (£4 a week) without the bonus it would bring up my wage list to considerably over £700 for four years as against £460 in wages from the Rovers for six years. It would be interesting to know how many of those who are so bitter on the subject would Have refused these tempting offers. In breaking off the agreement arrived at between the committee and myself I wish to state that it was not my fault. The sub-committee appointed to treat with me, and supposed to have full powers, agreed without any reservation whatever to terms, including I my release, if desired, at the end of the season for not more than £20, but the full committee repudiated the agreement of their

September 11, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald.
Derby County opened their home season on Saturday with a match against Everton. The weather was fine and the attendance numbered 8,000. Southworth appeared for Everton, both teams being well represented. Everton had the wind the first half, but the County had the best of play. Bloomer scored after twenty minutes, Chadwick at once equalising. Allen scored again for Derby, who led at half-time by two goals to one. On resuming the home team fairly made rings round their opponents, and piled on five more goals. Result; Derby County, seven goals; Everton, three.

September 12, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
This friendly match was played at Liverpool last evening for the benefit of Fred Geary, the popular forward. Maxwell start5ed just before six o'clock before 6,000 spectators. The home team had the best of the first half, and led at the interval by two goals to nil. Everton scored immediately on restarting, and had slightly the best of the game all through, the final result being;- Everton, three goals; Bolton Wanderers, nil.

September 12, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
This match set apart for the benefit of Fred Geary, the popular Evertonian, was played at Goodison Park last evening fine weather prevailing, whilst there was an attendance of about 6,000 . the opening exchanges favoured Bolton but the Everton defence was very good, and shots from Tannahill and Gariner were kept out by Kelso. Latta and Bell put in a nice run along the home right, but Jones relieved the tension by a kick to the centre. Maxwell returned the ball and on Everton obtaining a free kick they succeeded in nothching their first goal (Elliott) this reverse arounsed the Wanderers and Cassidy McArhur and Hughes made good efforts to equalise the score. Kelso, and then Howarth were prominent with good tackling, and the Bolton goal was next the sacene of operations. Sutcliffe having to use his hands from McMillan. Although the danger was cleared, it was not long, as the Evertonians again worked their way up the field, and Stewart recored the second point. undaunted by this, the Boltonians plodded on, and Williams saved with Tannahill almost upon top of him, whilst a moment later Ghardiner skimmed the bar with a rattling shot. Elliott and McMillan made a fine run along the Everton Left, but although the latter sent in strongly. Sutcliffe had no difficutely in saving. A fine burts of passing by the Wanderers front rank evoked much enthisiiasm, and they were within an ace of scoring. Paton shaving the post with a fine effort. Hughes afterwards had a possible chance, but he only made a poor attempt. Following, the Everton goal had a narrow escape, half time being reached without any aletraions to the score upon resuming Everton speedily obtained a corner, from which Bell added a third point. next Sutcliffe saved from Latta and a moment later deals succeesfuly with spendid dropping shot from Boyle. McMillan with an overhead shot just missed the mark and then Kelso conceded a corner, Williams clearing from Cassidy's final effort. A run down by Elliott and McMillan was the Following item, Somerville slaving off the attack whist a few seconds later Maxwell spoiled a good chance by sending high over the bar. Tannahill, Cassidy and Hughes were conspicous with good passing for the Wanderers, but it came to nothing, Kelso breaking up the combination. At the other end Sutcliffe saved a couple of warm attempts from Elliott and Bell. The Bolton goal was invariably the scene of operations, and only for the sturdy defence of Sutcliffe Gardiner and Jones more points must have fallen side, play up to the close verred in favour of Everton, who won by three goals to nil. Teams Everton:- Williams, goal, Kelso, and Howarth (capatin)backs, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart half-backs, Latta, Bell, Maxwell, McMillan, and Elliott, forwards. Bolton Wanderers, Sutcliffe goal, Jones, and Somerville, backs, Turner, Gardiner, and Paton half-backs, Dickenson Hughes Cassidy Tannahill, and McArthur, forwards.

September 12, 1893. The Birmingham Daily Post
This game for Geary's benefit was played at Everton. The opening stages of the game favoured Bolton, but Everton quickly assumed the upper hand, and scored from a free kick, Stewart following this with second goal. The Wanderers displayed pretty passing, but the Everton defence was good, and at half-time the home side were leading by 2 goals to 0. After the change of ends Everton had matters pretty much their own way, and Bell scored from a corner, this being the last point gained in the match hich ended –Everton 3, Bolton Wanderers 0

September 18, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
Played at Liverpool, before 18,000 spectators. Shortly after the start Everton ran up, and having saved Dunning put the ball through his own goal. The play was keen, and during a further raid Bell scored for Everton. Again attacking McMillan placed a third during a hot melee. Subsequently play was more even, and the score remained unaltered at half-time, viz-Everton 3 goals to none. On resuming both teams slackened down in their efforts, the powerful sun having told on the majority of the players. The second half was in favour of the visitors, who scored twice to the home team's once, and when the time was called, the score stood –Everton, 4 goals; Villa, 2.

EVERTON 4 ASTON VILLA 2 (game 126)
September 18 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The first of the two League match betweens these clubs was played at Goodison Park on Saturday. The weather was almost favourable, and the visitors being a club of proud history, and therefore poualr, a vast company assembled to watch the progess of the game, probably to the number of 20,000. Aston Villa had the same team that had represented them in their preceding matches so successfully, whilst Everton, as will be seen from the following names made three changes from the side which down before Derby County::- Everton; Willimas, goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain), backs, Boyle, Waker, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, Bell, Southworth McMillan Elliott, forwards. Aston Villa; Dunning, goal, Elliott, and Baird backs, Reynolds, Cowan, and Chatt, half-backs, Athersmith, Devy, Logan, Hodgetts and Wooley forwards. Mr J.J.Bently officiated as referee. Promptl to four o'clock Southworth kick off against what wind was blowing out with his back to the sun. the first incident of note was in Aston Villa being awarded a free kick from which they pressed, but in vain, as hodgetts shot outside from a favourabled positition. The vistors returned on the right, only to be driven off by Howarth and Stewart helping the Everton left wing clinted applause by skipping merrily along. Here Elliott centre and Dunning running out to save was grassed, but he clung to the ball grandly until he could place it out of danger. Everton were not to be beaten off yet, and on Stewart taking a free kick and placing into goal mouth, Dunning touched without arresting the ball, and the home team thus the home team thus scored within minutes. Aston Villa found Walker a daring and effective tacler with the result that they were immediately again thrown on the defence, and but for the marvellous efforts of Dunning would inevitable have been beaten, as to threw himself on the ball and held the attempt of some half-dozen men to disposses him of it. He proved safe and the pucky manner in which the old Bootle custidian came of with flying colours was not allowed to pass by unrecognised with a cheer. Scarcely less hearty than it would have been had Everton actually score. Dunning now had a respite, and well he deserved it. His forwards essayed a raid or two without becoming menacing. Chatt lobbed over the bar from a long range, and this was followed by a tame shot by Logan. Everton soon assumed the aggressive in a determined manner, when Bell banged in and missed by a few inches. A corner was next conxeded Aston Villa which gave no trouble to clear, and Southworth initiated a successful onslaught, as taking nicely a neat pass by McMillan. Bell scored from a terrific shot. With a lead of two goals, Everton were in a strong position, and Southworth from Bell made two fine aims in quick succession the first almost grazing the outside of the left post. Rynolds the old West Bromwich man, was very near a few minutes later in a shot, and this led up to a fine run and pass on the Everton left wing, but Latta instead of shooting into goal as he probably intended returned the ball to McMillan who headed over. More trouble was at hand for Dunning and his backs. The ball was sent across by Sourthworth to the left wingmen, who moved nearer goal, and then Elliott centred spendidly. The forwards closed in,, and after two of three had tried to force goal from shooting range. Southworth, we believed Managed to elude the vigilance of the Custodian, and Everton were now leading by three goals. No need to say there were cheers. The commanding situration came as an agreeable surprise, but was neveraless not flucky reached rather the reward of sharp, quiet action. Aston Villa showed good style, but the leather when it came to the finishing tiuches, rendered so of course by the home half backs and backs. Bell was next near scoring once more through Latta's support. Just before the interavl Aston Villa took two free kikcs within 15 yards of the goal, but could not sterr into the net, and at half-time Everton were still ahead by three goals to nil. Soon after resuming Southworth forced Dunning to give a corner by pushing the ball behind but coming up again, Southworth was not true in his shot, and then Aston Villa grew very dangerous indeed, rushing in several times. Kelso in particular put in some fine defence, but was destined to be at length beaten by Wooley, who scored the opening goal for the Villa. The game went on in a most sprited style, each side being enabled to send in some rattling, if futile shots. Once McMillan had a clever shie but Dunning just succeeded in punching the ball and causing it to spin a long the bar and drop behind. Nothing came from the corner nor of one Kelso found it necessary to concede a minute later. Hands against Logan gave some anxienty to the visitors, but they survived, and once more at the other end both Athersmith and Devey essayed shots which deserved to score but did not. tWo futile corners were the outcome of another hot siege by Everton, whilst Reynolds fouled Elliott when about to shoot near in, nothing coming of the tussle. The home forwards maintained the activity evinced hitherto. A fine general movement was foiled by the referee, pulling up Latta for a infringement of the off side rules, and this interposition was received by the crowd with derison. Latta was not disconcerted, however, and straight way returned, centring to Elliott who was faulty in heading from a good position. Having much of the best of play, Everton soon scored their fourth goal, Walker getting through with a long straight shot, and it was not many second before Aston Villa also scored, Asthersmith being the pitat. Some grands attempts were then made by Bell Southworth, and others, the centre forwards seeming to have got the ball under the bar once. The point was not given, and when thr referee terminated the keen gane, Everton had earned a victory of 4 goals to 2.

The Salisbury Times, etc. - Friday 15 September 1893
Upwards of 8,000 people witnessed the first League match of the season at Derby. Although playing against high wind, the homesters had all the best of the exchanges during the opening twenty minutes. At the end of this time some smart passing by their forwards ended in Keay notching the first goal of them. Everton then broke away Chadwick equalised with clinking shot. As the interval was fast approaching, however, the County regained the advantage through Allan, and the teams crossed over with Derby leading by goal. With the wind in their favour, the Midland men fairly ran away in the second half, and made the pace terribly fast. Bloomer speedily added two points, and McMillan notched the fifth goal with a well directed shot right from side line. Play now flagged a little; and then the visitors rallied, and Southworth scored a second goal for them. Milward soon added a third point for Everton, and then the County again pressed hard. McMillan obtained the sixth, and Archie Goodall the
  seventh goal, just upon the call of time, the result being that Derby County won by seven goals to three.

September 18, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The directors of the Everton Football Club have arranged a match to played played this evening at Goodison Park, kick off at 3-15, beatween teams comsponed pf their own players for the benefit of the widow of their late groundsman(George Howard) . two equal sides will be chaosen and the game will thus take the term of a genium trial test, it will be remebered that Howard committed sulcude a few weeks ago in a fit of temperory insanity leaving a large family totally unprovided for. The case is a very sad one, and appeals especially to followers of Everton to assit those so suddenly deprived of means of support.

September 18, 1893. The Birmingham Daily Post
At Everton, before over 15,000 spectators. From the first Everton showed superior combination, and soon obtained three goals, the shooting of the visitors being rather erratic. At half-time the score stood 3 to 0 in favour of the home team. Soon after the resumption Woolley kicked a goal for the visitors, for whom, after Walker had added a fourth for the home team, Athersmith obtained another point, but the game ended in favour of Everton by 4 goals to 2.

September 19, 1893. The Birmingham Post
At Liverpool. Play started at 5-30. During the first half Everton had the best of the play, and Latta and Milward scored goals. The Albion repeatedly pressed, and Everton had hard lines in not adding to the score. Afterwards play was all in favour of Everton, the Albion only breaking away on rare occasions. Latta scored again, and Everton were left easy winners by 3 to 0.

September 19, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
This friendly fixture was played at Goodison Park last evening. The weather was anything but favourable and the attendance would not numbermore than 3,000. As will be seen from the sides, Everton played several of the combination team. Maxwell kicked off on behalf of Everton, and Latta and his partnerwent down the home right. The latter centred finely, but Milward missed a good opportunity, shotting high over the bar. A moment later, however, the same player sent in a magnificent shot, which Reader only just saved, Pearson Geddos, and Nicholls, now made play down the field,, the former cracking in a beauty which topped the bar. Some fine effective passing was next shown by the Everton forwards, Milward shooting in strongly but without effect, as Reader made a smart clearance. Play now veered to the other end and Bassett, forced a corner off Arridge. This was of no avail, and the Brums quarters were next the some of hostilities, a capital centre by Latta not being utilised. This, however, mattered little as from a pass by McMillan, Latta Everton's first points. This encouraged Everton dashed away with renewed energy, and only for the safe defence of the ‘'Throstles'' must have added to their score. Offside play spoiled an attack by the home right, and at the other end a spendid centre by Bassett was mulled by Geddes. Storrier next came in for favourable notice, he sending in a long dropped shot that was put a trifte wide. Milward also tried without effect.. the bulk of the play at this period was at the ‘'throstles'' goal, and Everton from a free kick, taken by Stoorier, were almost adding to their score. A speedy run down by Pearson and Geddes was shocked by Lindsay, and then Reader, through foolishly leaving his goal, was defeated a second time by Milward. Another point followed, only to be disallowed for offside play by Latta. Nothing further was done up to the interval, Everton then leading by two goals to nil. Albion restarted their attack being repelled by Arridge. Reay shot in hard at the other end, a futile corner being the only result of a praiseworthy effect. Everton still attacked, and Latta had hard lines, Maxwell unfortunately being in the way. T Perry for the Albion was playing a spendid game at right half, and repeatedly broke up the Everton attack otherwise the score of the home side must assuredly have beem added to. Bassett and McLeod were next seen to advantage, and the Everton backs were lucky in starving off a warm attack. Play generally was of a give-and-take order, inclined so favour Everton, who however, were prevented from yet adding to their total. McLeod and Bassett in several breakaway were always attended to successfuuly by Arridge and Storrier, and a third goal for the home side then came from the toe of Latta. Everton were at this time battling with tem men. Milward having retired from the fray, this, however, made but little difference, for the play still continued so favour the ‘'blues'' who attacked almost constantly, a fine shot from McMillan only just missing the desired mark. The light was now waning rapidly, and at the further ends of the field it was hardly possible to discern the players, Everton, however, had several shies at the Albion goal, but without effect, and the visitors had to retire beaten by 3 goals to nil. Teams: Everton:- Williams, goal, Lindsay, and Arridges, backs,, Boyle, Stoorier, and Stewart, half-backs, Latta, (captain) Reay, Maxwell, Milward, and McMillan, forwards. West Bromwich Albion:- Reader, goal, Crome, and Roberts, backs, Perry (t),, Perry (c), and Taggart, half-backs, Pearson, Geddes, Nicholls, Bassett, and McLeod, forwards

September 22 1893. The Liverpool Courier
As there appears to be some misapprehension as to the match which is to be played at Goodison Park tp-morrow we are requested to point out that the teams engaged will be the Everton combination team on one side and a selected team from the remaining Combination clubs on the other side. The exeutive of the combination decided that none of the clubs connected with that body should make any fixture for to-morrow, and to this the clubs really agreed, as there is a strong desire to place a term in the field that will be able to thrash the champions, Everton. From the 150 players placed at their disposal. The combination, Exective have selected a team good enough to do battle with any club in the county. And as there isd a general desire to beat the toffee lads in this match, and as the latter have a very strong team out, Geary, Reay, Maxwell Arridge Storrier, etc, one of the best games of the season should be withnessed. We understand that arrangements have been made to exhibit on the ground the half-time results of the League games taking place

September 22, 1893. The Liverpool Courier
During the past ten days Mr McGregor, on behalf of the Aston Villa club, has been intersing himself in attemping to arrange matters amicably with respect to the transfer of Groves from Albion to Aston Villa. It will be remember that shortly before the commencement of the past season, in consequence of some very uncalled for remarks by a few West Bromwich people not officially connected with the Albion Club, Groves intimated to the Albion directors that he had definitely made up his mind never to play for the Albion again, and asked to be released. Pressure was brought to bear to induce Groves to remain with the Albion, as he was exceedingly popular with the Ablion chief supporters, but he absolutely and defineltly refuse. As there appeared no probability of inducing Groves to reconsider the matter the Albion contested to transfer him to ant club he would name, providing these who took him would pay a fair amount for his transfer. Groves then Visted Everton, and consented to play for them but the officials of the latter club did not sign Groves on the spot. He returned to West Bromwich,, AND NEGOCIATIONS PASSED BETWEEN THE Albion and Everton, the latter sending £50 for Groves transfer. In the meantime the matter was reported in the Birmingham papers, and Mr Ransey ran over to West Bromwich, got the permission of Mr Ford to approach Groves, although the Albion secreatary refused permission, and the same night Groves signed an Association form to play with the Villa. How the matter was dealt with by the League a well known to all followers of football. Groves was in the unfortunate position of being a duly qualified player for the Villa, under the rules of the English Assoication, but he could not play for them in League matches, according to the rules of the League, as he was declared by them to belong to West Bromwich Albion. Matters were at a deadlock until Mr McGregor took up the subject with a determination to settle. On Monday Mr McGregor travelled to Liverpool with the Albion to try and arrange matters when the Everton directors had z special meeting. Everton said they had been put to a certain amount of expenditure for which they would require to be recouped before giving up all claim to Groves, but at the same time they intimated that they would prefer having the player. Under these circunstances the Albion refused to definitely negotiate, but invited Mr McGregor to attend a meeting of the directors on Tuesday. This he did, and stated that Everton did not require Groves now that they had capturned Southworth, and the meeting was adjourned until Wednesday to afford Mr McGregor an opportunity of proving this. On Wednesday Mr McGregor produced a telegram from Mr Molineux, the Everton secretary which stated that they would give up all claim to Groves for a sum named. This was all that the Albion required, as they could see clearly then Everton did not want Groves but merely desired to make something out of the transaction. As Groves was an Albion player, and cost the club a considerable sum to secure, the Albion directors considered they were entitled to any profit which was to be made out of the transauction and satisfactory terms to both Villa and Albion were than arranged. The Everton money had been returned, and the Albion will pay them in additions any expenditure they may have incured in respect of the matter. The Villa representatives admitted frankly that Albion could not have taken any course than the one they have, and we may now expect the incident and unpleasantness to be forgotten, and the two clubs on as friendly terms as ever, before. It is doubtful wheather Groves will be able tp play for the Villa against Everton at Perry Bar tomorrow; but as there are peculiar circumstances connected with the case it is generally thought he should be allowed to do so, and the opinion of the League officials is being ascertained on the subject.

September 25, 1893. The Yorkshire Herald
There was a fine crowd to witness this game at Perry Barr, quite 12,000 being present. The visitors had the slope in their favour, with a cross wind blowing. After Villa had missed one or two charges Southworth finished up a brilliant attack by scoring the first goal for Everton. The defence on either side severely pressed, and the half-time score was –Everton, 1 goal to Villa nil. On resuming, the visitors were forced to act on the defensive, and though they played well, they could not withstand the vigorous onslaught of their opponent's, who put on three goals and won by three to one.

September 25, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The return League Match was played at Perry Bar on Saturday. The weather was cold and showery, which affected the attendance, but which yet numbered aboutb 11,000. Everton were represnted by the same team which had won the previuos Saturday as Goodison Park by 4 goals to 2. Aston Villa made three changes- Elliott, Chatt, and Logan satnding out and Walford, Gillian and W Devey coming in, whilst J Dewey who played on the wing in the first match, now went centre. Teams Everton; Williams goal, Kelso, and Howarth (captain), backs, Boyle, Waker, and Stewart half-backs, Latta, Bell, Southworth, McMillan and Elliott, forwards. Aston Villa; Dunning, goal, Welford, and Baird, backs, Reynold, Cowan, and Gillan half-backs, Athersmith W Devey, J Devey, Hodgetts, and Woolley foreards, J.J.Bentley again offdiciated as referee. The strong wind blew in a neutral direction, but the sun was an impediment to those who had to face it,, and this fell to the lot of Aston Villa at the start. The home team opened the attack, and after some play Williams saved, on W Devey heading a shot. He next had to stop one from J Devey, and then the Everton left got down, but Welford was enabled to clear. A foul against Everton gave Aston some footing, but the visitors quickly returned. Elliott shoot behind, and then Latta took good aim Elliott again putting outside. Woolley, on the ball being smartly worked to the other end, headed in accurately, but Williams was ready, as he was also when J Devey shot well a moment later. A corner was the result of a smart central movement,, when Williams punched aside, another futile corner ensuing from further pressure, which was sustained until Reynolds took aim, and Williams made a fine high up. A free kick was taken by Howarth, and the ball going to the centre, Southworth had a clear course and, shooting carefully scored the initial goal, just when the game had been in progess a quarter of an hour. Dunning shortly following fisted a shot by McMillanm. A free kick was again taken by Howarth but could not this time be turned to account, the backs diverting the Everton progess. Boyle now beat Hodgetts smartly; but Walker spoiled previous good play by missing his kick, and thus letting in the Villans, who attacked for some minutes to no purpose. Walker cleared and Elliott McMillan, and Southworth joined in strong play, which also came to nothing. Everton then had to defend, Kelso using his head twice capitally when a crisis was at hand. Stewart next threw in near the Aston goal, but the ball went outside; and a nice pass to Woolley culminated in the latter shooting across the goal mouth. Boyle beat the home left and Bell ran through, but Elliott was forced to put over the line. Danger now threatened Everton, as Hodgetts made a rattling good aim though he found Williams capable of making a grand save. The left wing of the home team were soon again troublesome when Boyle dispossessed them very smartly. Reynolds fouled McMillan, and Stewart, put into the net from the free kick without the ball being touched. Bell made desperate efforts to touch it through, but was held by Dunning. The Villa lost no time making raids, on two occasions being foiled by Kelso, and Boyle respectively, whilst Baird was equally successful in tackling Southworth at the other end of the field. A corner which followed was no use to Everton. Howarth then ran across and kicked out, but Williams was called upon, making an easy clearance. A fine chance was then created by Everton, but unsteadiness rendered the adavntage imgatory, a faulty backward pass by Stewart putting the ball to the Astonian. Players continued tom dit up and down, but their tactics were not impressive on either side. Two good shots, however, from the Villa right wing, were ominous to Everton, but these were effectually parried by Williams whilst Cowan finished off the movement by shooting narrowly outside. At the other goal McMillan shot in so well that Dunning was only just in time in picking up near the goal line-many, indeed believed that the ball was over the line. More pressure by Everton of an unproductive kind a reply by Aston Villa when Hodgett shot into Williams hands and the interval arrived with Everton leading by a goal to nil. The second half opened by pretty play by Bell, and Southworth, the former shooting out. Still in front of goal, some more combination was seen by Bell and Southworth of high order, spoilt by McMillan shooting erratically from a pass by Southworth. Thus escaping, Aston Villa stormed goal. Amidst much ecitement, A free kick was taken by the home side near in. this was neutralised by Stewart and McMillan, but the Villa returned, and, forcing a corner, scored Woolley getting into the net out of the melee, and equalising within five minutes of the restart. Immediately returning on the left, Woolley from Reynolds ran and went in obliquenely in a manner which gave Williams no chance, and a hugh cheer signified that Aston Villa had at length assumed the lead. A spendid shot from the left looked like placing them still further ahead, but the ball went out on the far side. Everton, quickly got intothe and shot well but vainly from the right wing. A foul to Aston Villa was neutralised by Howarth and Latta were down Alone, and shots against the end of the net Everton were now capable of keeping up a degree of pressure, relief coming to Aston Villa when Southworth put just outside. In turning round to shoot Williams soon ran out to meet a central shot successfully, one danger threatening the home team, Welford kicked out, Bell failing to use his foot well on the ball being thrown in. Aston Villa were more successful at the other end as, from a pass by Wooley, when appearing to be off-side. Athersmith met the ball and scored. A hot fusilade was the supplement when Williams made three remarkable saves in rapid succession. Hodgetts sent in a warm shot a few moments afterwards, which Williams divereted at the expanse of a dangerous corner, when the custodian compassed another very fine save. When Everton at length cleared out the raiders, Latta shot high over the bar, but if he thus disappainted he led up to spendid attempts by McMillan and Southworth. Everton were not long before seen attacking determinedly again, a screw shot by Latta giving Dunning some difficulty in arresting. He made a bold save, owever, and so did Williams shortly following on Howarth missing his kick. The Everton goalkeeper prevented several other grand shots taking effect. He was beaten once by W Devey, but off-side was proclaimed. The play then tamed down, and when the whistle sounded, Aston Villa had throughly merited a victory of 3 goals to 1.

September 25, 1893. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton second team by virtue of their championship second team, by honour of pitting themselves against a strong eleven representative of the remaining cluns within the combination at Goodison Park on Saturday. About 5,000 spectattors were present to withness a well contested game, in which the Rest won by 2 goals to nil, scoring a goal in each half. Teams as follows.
Everton; Jardine, goal, Lindsay and Arridge,, backs, Coyle, Jones, and Storrier half-backs, Reay Pinnell Hartley, Maxwell, and Geary, forwards. The Rest:- Kent (Macclesfield),goal, Stanley (Dresdan United) and Eccles (Stoke swift) backs Drury (Leek), Flint (Buxton) and Bolton (Macclesfield), half-backs, Finney (Buxton) Baker (Stoke swift), Robinson (Dresdan United) Smith (Stockport County) and Grewcock (Chester), forwards.

September 25, 1893. The Birmingham Daily Post
This match was played at Perry Barr before about 12,000 spectators. The Villa lot the toss, and J. Devey kicked off uphill. The home team at once attacked, and Williams had to handle on several occasions, but a corner was all that was obtained. This was capitally taken by Woolley, but was saved by Williams. Bell then secured the ball, and co-operating with Latta, transferred it to the vicinity of the home goal, where Southworth beat Dunning by a low swift shout about fifteen minutes from the start. This livened the Villa up, and for the next five minutes play was continually in the visitor's goal, but the defence of Everton proved too good to be broken. A fine run was made by Elliott, but Dunning saved by fisting the ball outside, and half-time arrived without any alteration in the state of the game. On resuming, Everton started off with a rush, and when a goal seemed certain McMillian kicked outside. From the goal kick Hodgetts and Woolley exhibited some skill, passing and bringing the leather into the visitors' goal, where a corner was conceded. This was well taken by Hodgetts, and Woolley put in a smart shot which equailised. Two minutes later he scored again from a pass by Hodgett. The game now became very even, both teams doing their utmost, but the Villa soon pulled up to the front again, Athersmith scoring a third point from a centre by Woolley. A regular fusillade of shots were now showed in upon Williams, but he defended splendidly, and prevented further score. The Villa thus won by 3 goals to 1. Aston Villa; Dunning, goal; Baird, and Welford, backs; Gillian, Cowan, and Reynolds, half-backs; Hodgetts, and Woolley (left), W. Devey (Centre), J Devey and Athersmith (right wing), forwards. Everton; Williams, goal; Kelso and Howarth, backs; Boyle, Walker, and Stewart, half-backs; Latta and Bell (right), Southworth (centre), Elliott and McMillian (left wing), forwards.

September 29 1893. The Liverpool Courier
The famous hoilday fixture was unfortunately greatly marred by the unfavourable elimatic conditions which prevailed in Glasgow during yesterday forenoon. Although the weather cleared up an hour or so previous to the start the attendance was neveraless serishly affected not more than three thousand being present at the start. The visitors were minus Howarth, Holt and Southworth. The latter lost the train and Maxwell had to be wired for. As Everton's cplours are blue the Rangers dooned White Jesrsey. The Following were the Teams:- Rangers:- McKenzie goal, Smith, and Drummoind backs, Marshall, McCreadie, and Mitchell, half-backs, Blyth Steel, Gray, Kerr, and Barker, Everton:- Williams goal, Lindsay, and Arridge, backs, Boyle, Jones, and Stewart half-backs, Latta (captain) Bell, Maxwell, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Referee T.Marshall.
The ground apart from a little at the pavillion goal, appeared to be in good order. A strong brezee blew from goal to goal. The home men won the toss, and with the strong breeze in their favour almost scored through a pass from Barker. A minute later Gray beat Williams but was clearly off-side. The home forwards were very lively, but were admirably held in check by Lindsay and Arridge. Chadwick and Milward brought off a useful run, and so far proved the most effective pair on the visitors side. Both teams had difficulty in negotiating the wind, but as time went on Everrton settled down and opened the play. Grand defensive work by the Rangers' halfs, However, prevented then from getting close on McKenzie. Aiden by the wind the Glasgow players once more put the whip hand of their opponents and with a bit of luck should have scored once or twice. Barker on the run clearly beat Williams, but Arridge saved grandly. The strong wind compelety spoiled the beauty of the play, the game hitherto having been marked by vigorous rather than by studed efforts on the part of either side. Thanks largely to the assistance of the wind and powerful back play the Rangers overshaowed the visitors whose goal after many narrow shaves at last fell rto a header from Barker, the result of a corner kick. This success they almost repeated in a minute or two, but instead of going though the ball bounded over the bar. Occasionally the visitors came away in spirited fashion, but they were really never dangerous, being always well cornered by Smith and Drummond. Milward towards the close had a rare shot. His visit was continued and some promising work was put in but the vistorss failed to equalise the half-time standing Rangers 1 goal, Everton nil.
Everton opened the second half, in great style but could not break down the magnicent defence offsited by Smith though playing now against wind and sun. the Rangers front division almost beat Williams a second time Blyth with the goal at his mercy hitting the ball far over the bar. Everton returned to the charge and had a fruitless corner. The homesters were playing a fine open game, and once again were within an ace of scoring, but being too long on the ball at the critical moment. Everton individually were working hard, out their combination was very much at fault. Latta however, had almost equalised,, McKenzie just getting away in time. Everton againattacked vigorously but could not make no headway against Smith and the backs. It was only after Bell had scored a goal for Everton that the bvisitors played up to anything like their force., but the effortt came too lata in the day, and they retired beaten by two goals one. The play of both sides was thouroughly disappointing, and was in fact, in keeping with the hoilday season.