SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 4 EVERTON 0 (Fa Cup game 24)
March 2 1896. The Liverpool Mercury
Unfavorable weather militated against a big crowd turning out at Olive Grove, for when the game commenced there would not be more than 12,000 spectators present. Unfortunately. The Everton difference had to rearrange their team, owing to McInnes, Holt and Arridge being unfit, and from the outset their chances to which the semi final stage were none too preraising. Bain had been falling all night, and the game commenced in a drizzling downpour, on a very sodden ground. Wednesday opened well by forcing a corner, and Petrie keeping his forwards well ahead, a chance to score was missed by Brash who lay in a good position. Danger threatened a moment later, as a free kick was given to Wednesday, just outside the twelve-yard line, but Milward charged down, only to find Petrie in possession, and the latter with a clinkling shot skimmed the bar. Goldie put in some neat touches and frequently kept the home left at bay and on Bell racing off the ball was eventually transferred to Chadwick who had a long abortive shot at Massey. Spikesley recovered lost ground, when Cameron and Bell realised, Storrier supplementing the movement with a clever run down and shot from the side of his foot, but Massey lay in line and brought off a lucky save. Again the Everton right were prominent, but Jamieson gave a minimum of quarters, and Brady, Brash Davies, and Spikesley fairly outwitted the Everton halves the ball finally coming across to Spikesley, who meeting it in the air tipped it over Adams head to Brash, and the Latter finding Hillman out of goal had no difficulty in heading it in. the reverse was effected after 15 minutes play. On getting to work again the Wednesdayites swarmed round the Everton defence and Brady had an easy chance to put the ball through but shot badly. Spikesley had the better of Adams, and forced a corner, which came to nothing, and just as the Everton right were getting in a good astride, Cameron was kicked in collision with Crawford and retired for some five minutes. After Milward had put the ball behind Spikesley got off with one of his characteristic runs, and had practically no opposition when the finished up with a shot that went wide across the goal. Davies next tested Hillman, but the latter only partially clearing Bell rushed up and put it through before the Evertonians could get back to his post. The visitors livened up after this second downfall and following a fine movement on the left, Milward gave Chadwick an easy chance to reduce the margin. But the latter miskicked and Earp made no mistake in getting it away. No further scoring took place up to the interval when Sheffield had a lead of two goals to none. The Everton forwards with Bell in the centre, opened much better and tracks were early made to the home end. There was no passing Brandon, however, whose hugh lunges kept the Blues at a considerable distance and then Brash and Brady took up the running, Petrie finishing the movement with a clinking hard drive at goal, the ball rebounding from the crossbar to play. Repeated attempts by Milward to get away were only met by Earp and then Bell initiated a fine passing movement, which combined in Brash defeating Goldie and as Hillman had come out, the ball was drive into the net for the third time. Shortly afterwards Spikesley made the running again and, centring accurately to Bell, a fourth point was put on. Following the Everton played up with greater dash, but were rarely allowed within shooting range. Chadwick sent in a couple of long shots, but of no great difficulty, and when the end came, Sheffield Wednesday were popular victors by 4 goals to nil. Teams: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Kelso, backs Goldie, Boyle (captain), and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, Cameron, Storrier, Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Massey, goal, Earp, and Brandon, backs, Petrie, Crawshaw, and Jamieson halfbacks, Brash, Brady, Bell, Davies, and Spikesley, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 DARWEN RESERVES 3
March 2 1896. The Liverpool Mercury
Played at Goodison Park, before 2,000 spectators. The home team opened well, and had the better of the game in the first portion of play. Hartley and Latta beating the Darwen custodian with clever shots whilst the visitors got one pass Briggs once, the score at half time was 2 goals to 1 in favor to Everton. The second half was altogether in favour of the Leaguers, who they well much better staving powers, and though Briggs kept them out repeatedly he was twice beaten, and the visitors won a hardy game by 3 goals to 2. Everton: - Briggs, goal, Kelly and Storrier backs Latta, Meiklejohn, and Mainman, halfbacks, Williams, McDonald, Hartley, Murray, and Schofield forwards.
March 2 1896. The Liverpool mercury
The Everton club has surely hit upon troublous times, and no doubt it is thinking today what is thought on Saturday-that there is no corners obscure enough to crawl into the tide over the time of crushing defeat. After awaiting in a valorous and vengeful mood for an opportunity to wipe out the defeat of the last League engagement at Oliver Grove where their colours were lowered by three goals to one, it was hard to be drubbed beaten, and run away with to the tune of four goals to nil. They smarted and chafed under the League defeat, but what was that to this? Outmatched, outran outplayed, beaten in close quarters, and dodged in the open. And now to account for so compete a failure. The forward rarely rose above the level of mediocrity, and it was unquestionably this branch of the team that was responsible for such a heavy trouncing. Certainly allowance must be made, owing to force of circumstance, for a rearrangement of the line, but that in itself does not account for so severe a defeat. There was an utter absence all along the line of that harmonious working that characticterised the brilliant victorious they obtained up to a few weeks ago, and that the van is state was apparent on Saturday to the most ordinary observer. Storrier was altogether cut of his depth as a centre forward, for his rarely kept his wings under control, but what could be expected from a player who has been long absent from high pressure football, and moreover, is admittedly ill at ease in this position? A capable centre forward on Saturday would unquestionably have restored the balance, and under the cirstunance would it not have been better for the prospects of the club had the directors retaised the service of Flewitt, at any rate until the close of the season, for when in strict training there could be no question about his ability. In the first half of the game the Everton right wing were almost alone in attack, and when either Cameron or Bell was dispossessed of the ball they were first to claim attention again, the left wing being left severely alone. The contrasted markedly to the play of the Wednesday forwards, who generallised the work to a nicely for the ball travelled from one to the other in a manner that remained one of Evertonians methods a few weeks ago. Cameron and Bell got through most work, and were going strongly when the former received a nasty kick when in collision with Crawshaw and their unfortunate incident had no small bearing to the subsequently play. Bell got in many fine sprints down the wing in the first half, but whenever he become at all dangerous. Jamieson, the opposing halfback was on his track in a trice, and repeatedly kept him out of deadly range. When the first half had all but expired Bell went centre forward and the change up to the interval worked wonderfully well, for twice in succession the Wednesday goal escaped marvelously. However, in the second portion the home halves, having nothing examptional to contend with on the wing, confined their attentions towards the centre, and most able did they carry out their mission. Storrier was more successful on the wing, was setting down when, owing to a wrenched knee, he was compelled to gave up. Chadwick on the whole played a very feeble game. His shooting lacked the old sting and though he sent in several shots, they were invariably directed straight to the custodian. Milward did very well, considering the scant attention he received, and one could scarcely blame him for attempting to run through single headed. He opened out one fine chance for his partner after Wednesday had scored their second goal, and had it been taken the visitors would have been encouraging to further exertions for the crowd were now show in appreciation the movements that led up to it. The Everton halfbacks played as good game throughout but they were at times, pardonably as unable to stand the heavy strain consequently upon playing behind a beaten lines. The fact that four goals were scored does not in the least reflect upon the work of the half backs, for the defenders would have been nothing less than peerless in their respective positions had they, under the existing circumstances been able to keep out the Wednesday forwards in each as vein as they were on Saturday. Goldie signalised his return to the team by some fine tackling and placing of the ball, and while Boyle was ready in judgement Stewart was again a concientious tried all the way. As Arridge owing to a bronchial attack, was unable to play, much uneasiness was abroad as to weather Kelso would survive the ordeal of filming the leftback position with credit; but whatever doubt may have existed on this point, it vanished before the game was many minutes old, as he settled down to some excellent work, both in tackling and kicking, and kept his position as well as any other player on the field. Adams play dwell consideringly the wing he had against him, but unfortunately Hillman's judgement was not as sound as usual, for both the first and second goals were the outcome of leaving his charge. He had however, twice the number of shots keep out as his vis a vis and they were almost without exception of a high-class character. With regard to the home side, they appeared from the very outset a winning team. There was no mistaking the deadly movements of their forwards when they got possession and threatened their way to the last line of defence and as stated above it was in the respect that they towered over their opponents. Bell who at one time was a likely candidate for the Everton ranks, kept his wings well employed And ever ready to seized openings was a constant there to Adams Kelso and Hillman. The two inside men, Brady and Davies though the latter at times was selfishly inclined, also played well, and Spikesley and Brash were always dangerous whatever the ball came their way. It was a fine line all though, and should they maintain their form that defeats, Wednesday will have to pile on goals. Jamieson an Evertonian a few seasons ago, played a magnificent halfback game by repeatedly accounting for Cameron and Bell and initiating attacks on the opponents defence. Crawshaw was a s sound as ever, and while Petrie executed capital work on the right it was more by bad fortunate that he failed to add to the score, as one of his shots skimmed the bar in the first five minutes and another immediately after resuming rebounded from the crossbar when different at a difficult angle. Earp also an Ex-Evertonian played a strong back game but nothing could have been fine then the all round defenders of Brandon who was simply impetable. Massey was not severely tested, but whatever came his way was safely dealt with. Taking the game all round the Blades were quite four goals better than their opponents and if they can but maintain that form they should be somewhere about when the final comes round.
FROM NEAR AND FAR.
March 3, 1896. The Sheffield Independent.
The London daily newspapers are not yet wound up to interest point as respects the English Cup competition. The only comments worth quoting are the two following the “Chronicle” says the great sensation was the utter wretching of the Everton crew on the Sheffield rocks. After their defeat by the Wednesday in the League, it was felt that Everton's prospects were black, but nobody could have expected such a woeful collapse as was actually made by a club, which a few weeks before had appeared invincible. As Sheffield Wednesday played in this match not a team in the Kingdom would have beaten them and the hasty have at once installed them favourites for the Cup. That I however, is a totally different matter. The “Blades” have so consistently worked their way into the semi-final round year after year without gaining chief honour that their friends have begun to despair of them. Their paper chance is the best of the four clubs, but that is a fact threatency rather then encouraging. I think Sheffield Wednesday have come best out of the bunch by beating the great and mighty Everton pointless by four goals (says “Rover” in the Morning Leader”). Surely Everton are the team of all the disappointing. Weather than any of the league clubs, they cannot purchase pluck-which, after all, is the greatest quality in football. This season Everton seemed to have a chance of the League championship and a great chance of Cup. Now they have lost their hold on both. Perhaps, they will have the sorry satisfaction of seeing the final on their own ground at Goodison Park. As for Wednesday's share of Saturday's performance they are beyond all praise just as their efforts were beyond all expectations when I saw the Blades at Millwall a few weeks ago. I could not understand their indifferent position on the league ladders, but since then they have gone from victory to victory. Provided they do not meet Derby in the next round, the Blades should see the final.
EVERTON 3 PRESTON NORTH END 2 (game 208)
March 9 1896.the Liverpool Mercury
The return League match engagement between these clubs at Goodison Park, brought together some 15,ooo spectators-an attendance which, considering the unfavorable weather was highly satisfactory. Orr, Sharp, and Henderson were absentees on the visiting side; but matters were fairly level in this respect, as both Cameron and Chadwick were away, the longer taking part in the Scottish trail game, while Chadwick was rendering services in the English-Ireland match at belfast. The teams were as Follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams and Arridge, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Milward, Hartley, and Schofield, forwards, North End: - Trainor goals, Holmes and Tait backs, Grier, Sanders, and Eccleston, halfbacks Smith Pierce, Stevenson, Cunningham, and Blyth forwards. Everton were fortunate in having the choice of ends, for a fairly stiff breeze blew down the ground and on Stevenson kicking off the running was at once taken up by the home right, when Tait got in a hugh lunge, and for the next few minutes the North End forwards held the position. A neat check by Adams followed by some capital defence by the halves, nonplussed the visitors attack. Holt came to the rescue at a critical moment and then Bell made off and levelled a fine shot at Trainor who saved in good style, but on the line returning again with Schofield in command, a fine pass to Hartley almost resulted in success as the latter shot in hard, only to see the ball rebound from Holme's leg. After Bell had failed from the other end of the line Stevenson made headway, which resulted in Pierce driving in at Hillman, who saved nicely, and the ball travelled quickly down the home left. Schofield centred beautifully and as Tait kicked out Boyle met the ball and with a swift rising shot put into the net. Trainor having no possible chance to save. On resuming hands against McInnes spoiled a neat movement which, looked promising, and Hillman was called upon. Boyle immediately having another pop at goal with near approach to success. At the other end Cunningham had an easy chance to draw level from close range but shot badly. From the goal kick Holt was strongly in evidence and passing the ball to the right Bell sent in a veritable thunderbolt, which fortunately for north End passed wide. A further return resulted in a corner kick which Schofield placed accurately, and the ball was rushed through, Milward playing no small part in obtaining the second point. Following this, from a free kick Smith found himself with only Hillman to beat, but the custodian scopped the ball out of the goalmouth, and Boyle completed the relief, this bringing about the interval with Everton leading by 2 goals to nil. On resuming North End played but ten men, owing to Tait having strained his thigh and Grier went full back. Blyth complacing the trio. Hands against Holt looked ominous for Everton, as Sanders being well up sent in a high stringing shot which, Hillman tipped over the bar. McInnes got the corner kick away, and after a fine cross pass by Schofield he almost added to the score. A few minutes later Bell with a fine effort brought out Trainor, who saved as the expense of a corner, but on returning again the same player got in a magnificent centre which was pounced upon by Hartley and Everton led by three goals. Arridge now left the field through injury, but was not away long. During his absence North End rushed the ball past Hillman and this encouraged them to further exertions, and for some time they more than their own against a complete team. Holt put in a grand long shot which Trainor was lucky in getting away, for Hartley was upon him in an instant and bundled him into the net. Hillman also brought about a fine save as the corner of the post, and after the ball had been bobbing about the goal Stevenson placed it finely for Blyth, and scored a second point was put on. Arridge was immediately afterwards penalised, and the closing stages found the North Enders attacking vigorously, but no further scoring took place, and Everton won a good game by 3 goals to 2.
GLOSSOP NORTH END 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 9 1896. The Liverpool mercury
No details . Everton:- Briggs, goal, Balmer, and Kelly, backs, Goldie, Meiklejohn, and Mainman, halfbacks, Latta, McDonald, Hartley, Murray, and Hill, forwards.
EVERTON 2 GLASGOW CELTIC 3
March 16 1896. The Liverpool mercury
The Scottish League champions paid a second visit to Goodison Park on Saturday last, and the friendly fixture with Everton brought some 7,000 spectators together. Neither side was at its full strength, and the Everton team included four of the combination players. The sides were as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Kleso, and Arridge, backs, Boyle (captain), Meiklejohn, and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, McDonald, Milward, Chadwick, and Schofield forwards. Celtic: - Docherty, goal, Meeham, and Doyle, backs, Maley, Kelly, and Callaghan, halfbacks, Madden, Blessington Marton, MaMahon, and Ferguson, forwards. The home forwards opened very well, and made a sharp visit to the Celtic end, where Doyle and Meehan put in strong work, Ferguson eventually breaking away and testing Hillman who with a capital shot. The visitors then indulged in some fine passing movements, which culminated in a bully in front of the home goal, and madden, opened the scoring account. Directly afterwards Milward sent in a terrific shot which, appeared to be making straight for the net, but Doyle got his head in the way and conceded a fruitless corner. Again the Celts van by excellent passing got well Dow ,but Martin finished up badly and having now obtained the measure of the home defense, it was well difficult to keep the line out of shooting range. However, a change set in, and Chadwick, Milward and Schofield made progess and the last named player got his right foot to the ball and steered it into the net, the custodian apparently misjudging it. From this point to the interval the game ran evenly, and the score of a goal each just about represented the actual play. The second half opened with a strong attack on the Celtic defence, but Bell from Schofield finished up badly, though a minute later it looked on Milward scoring after a fine centre from the left, when he was coolly dispossessed and Ferguson made off to the other end and with better result, as Martin fastened on to the ball, and placed his side ahead from a hard shot at close quarters. Chadwick and Schofield continued to share most of the attack, but met with a very stubborn defence, both Doyle and Meehan kicking out of the goalmouth frequently with confidence. Shots from Bell met with no better result, though they were invariably well directed. Another breakaway resulted in Martin beating Hillman from a fine pass from the left and almost immediately following Schofield put the ball passed Docherty, thus being the last point scored. Everton though having much the better of the game, being defeated by 3 goals to 2.
WALSALL DISTRICT 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 16 1896. The Liverpool mercury
Played at Walsall. The home team had the better of the general play, and backed up by a strong defence were frequently attacking. Copeland score by heading into the net, and Horchin added a second later on. While Hartley reduced the margin close in to the interval. On resuming the home defence held out against a strong attack, and eventually Copeland scored a third, leaving the result 3 goals to 1 in favour of the Walsall. Everton: - Briggs, goal, Kelso, and Molyneus, backs Latta, not known, ansd Mainman, halfbacks, Williams, McInnes, Hartley, Murray, and Elliott, forwards.
March 16 1896. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton team were opposed to a formidable array of defence on Saturday last, and though having unquestionably the greater share of the play, the verdict were against them. At the outset it appeared as though the celts were going to command the whole situration and make amends for the two previous defeats they experienced this season, for their passing and shooting in the initial stages were prolific features. But when once the home forwards found their footing and got into their old stride they were always a dangerous line, and nothing but the superb defence of Doyle and Meehan could have prevented them from finishing up with a substantial lead. It was the last lone of defence that frustrated all Everton's hopes, and had the home defences have even moderately steady the local team would undoubtedly have had the satisfaction of recording a treble victory of the season. While the play in the first half was generally even, that of the second was unquestionably in Everton's favour for it was only at odd intervals that the visitors broke away, and playing on one weak position they were then dangerous. It was by sudden spurts that the second and third goals were registered by the Celts, and it must have been disheartening to the Everton forwards, after coping with good success against a stout defence, to find themselves further in arrear at a period when such was least expected. Schofield and Chadwick formed a capital left wing, and by their successful maneuvers, which always foretold danger, one was inclined to imagine that they had played together for seasons. The celts right half and back were often beaten by the local lad, and but for Doyle's great judgement in heading and kicking out of goal when apparently under difficulties the custodian would have had a lively time. Chadwick's return to his best form was quite refreshing, and Milward though far from being an ideal centre, was more effective than in the North End match. He kept his wings fairly well under control, and the outside men, had more direct attention. It was as well that the latter point was attention to, for McDonald was only a moderate substitute for Mcinnes and Bell had frequently to get along by individual effort, and while his work in the field was excellent, his shooting was somewhat erratic. Meiklejohn was outclassed at centre half, and it was on his position that most of the Celtics attack were directed. Martin was allowed quarter on almost, every occasion that he got the ball, and when close up he was then frequently enabled to get between the backs. Boyle and Stewart played a steady game in defence, and in the second half were they especially soon to advantage in opening out chance for those in front. Arridge and Kelso fairly well, and Hillman had no chance against the shots that defeated him. The Celts forwards were a well-balanced line, and when they got off it required the best attentions of the Everton defenders to stay their career. The outside men, Madden and Ferguson, were very speedy and resourceful, and whenever, there was a chance of Boyle or Stewart defeating them they rarely failed to centre accurately to Martin, who in the absence of much opposition frequently wended goalwards. Blessington and McMahon were capable inside men, and the halves, though never brilliant got through their worm, which was principally of a defensive character, very creditably. Doyle was in one of his best moods, and played a fine game frequently assisting his partner and custodian when at times downfall appeared certain. The game all through was fairly interesting, but the result was not in accordance with the general play.
March 21, 1896. The Dundee Courier & Argue
Charles Parry (Newton), the right full back, was born at Llansilan, near Oswestry. He first played for the Oswestry Club, and has played for Chester, Newton Health, and Everton. He was last season considered the best back Everton had. After playing half of the present season with Everton, he received an offer to become tenant of a public-house at Newton (Montgomeryshire). After getting the consent of the Everton club to his transfer, he went to live at Newton, and now plays for the club of that town. He weighs 14 stone, and was captain of the Welsh team that so recently defeated Ireland at Wrexham.
S. Arridge, left back, made his first appearance as a senior in the Bangor Club, where he played outside left and then full back. He then transferred his services to Bootle, and after playing several years in that team, joined Everton, where he has been for the past three seasons. He played for Wales in 1892, 1894, and 1895, and was also chosen in 1893, but was unable to take part in the international. Tall and well built, he is no mean opponent; is speedy, and kicks well with either foot.
PRESTON NORTH END 4 EVERTON 4
March 23 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams having off days, met in a friendly rivalry at Preston, and while the Everton executive tried several of the combination players the Prestonians, with the exception of Trainor were identical with the team that did duly at Goodison Park a fortnight ago. The sides were as Follows : - Everton: - Briggs, goal, Adams, and Molyneux, backs, Boyle (captain), Meiklejohn, and Stewart, halfbacks, Hartley, McDonald, Cameron. Chadwick, and Schofield, forwards. Preston North End: - Wright, goal, Holmes, and Tait, backs, Eccleston, Sanders, and Grier, halfbacks, Smith, Pierce, Stevenson, Cunningham. and Blyth, forwards. North End were the first to take up a dangerous position, but met with a strong defence, and following some capital work by the visiting forwards, McDonald put the ball into the net from a corner kick, thus opening the scoring account. The play had scarcely been resumed when Sanders defeated Briggs, and the teams being once again on level terms. Played up most asidually, Chadwick sent in a beauty, which Wright safely dealt with, and them Cameron followed suit, only to be also beaten back. Blyth and Cunningham took up the running, but failed on reaching the last line of defence. Eventually an opening was made for Smith, who placed his side ahead, with a clever shot. The lead however, was not long maintained for a pretty pass from Cameron to Schofield was converted. Following this success the Evertonians looked best on increasing their lead and finally Chadwick put in a warm shot which, took Wright all his time to gather. With North End pressing the interval was reached the teams crossing over with the score equal. On resuming Hartley got in a telling shot, which took effect and though the home players pressed in persistent fashion it was some time, they were awarded by the equalising point from Stevenson. Cunningham followed with a fourth and towards the close Chadwick brought the score level again the final result being 4 goals each.
March 23 1896. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton team would in the ordinary course of events have met Derby county in a League engagement on Saturday but the latter's participation in the semi-finals for the English cup coupled with the demands of the governing body for the use of the ground for the Bolton Wanderers against sheffield Wednesday contest left no other alterations than to wander afield for friendly combat. Their engagement was with North End and though they made the journey with a mixed team, they nevertheless gave an exceptionally good account of themselves against a full League team of North Enders. The play alternated in curious fashion for one side had no sooner obtained an advantage then they were promptly hauled down from their pedicel eventually ending a draw of four goals, each which was a fitting conclusion to an interesting game. The Everton forwards although a mixed of combined like old hands accounted to each others play and generally they infused more sting in finishing touches than did their opponents who were at time weak when in good range. Both sides of backs got through their work well on a heavy ground, and the task of the representative goalkeepers was not a light one, as may be judged by the number of shots that found the net.
CORINTHINAS 2 EVERTON 1
March 30 1986. The Liverpool Mercury
These teams met at Queen's Club London before 4,000 spectators. The Corinthians had a rather weak team. The Weather was gusty, and the wind interfered with accuracy of shooting. The visitors pressed at the start, but Moores and Lodge were very safe the Corinthinas forwards working hard together. Sandiland scored first for Corthinans and ten minutes latter, the same player gained another point, and the Corinthians led at half time by 2 goals to nil. The visitor's quickly advanced to the attack at the commement of the second half. Moon saved three hot shots before being beaten by Chadwick, who notched the first goal for Everton within two minutes of resumption of hostilities. Led on by Reynolds the Corinthians swarmed round their opponent's goal. Hillman saves repeatedly, as did moon at the other end. final result Corthinhians 2 goals Everton 1 goal Everton: - Hillman, goal, Arridges backs, Boyle (caprtian), Holt, and Stewart, halfbacks, Bell, McInnes, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 CHESTER 0
March 30 1896. The Liverpool Mercury
Liverpool Senior Cup Final
The Liverpool club having scratched to Chester, and withdrawn from the contest, the latter appeared at Goodison Park to engage with the Everton combination team in the final for the cup. The sides were as follows Everton: - Briggs, goals, Kelso, and Storrier, backs, Goldie, Meiklejohn, and Elliott, halfbacks, Latta, Williams, Chadwick (j), Murray, and Scholfield forwards. Chester: - Coventry, goal, Ashbury, and Wilson, backs, Barker, Farrell, and Turner, halfbacks, Spencer, Jones, Worgan, Lewis, and Lipsham, forwards. Everton started, and had all the best of the earlier play. Chadwick tested Coventry, who saved well and a long drive looked like beating the custodian who, however, got up in time to tip the ball over the bar. Schofield took the corner, which resulted in Everton's first goal. Restarling the game, with but few exceptions was mainly monopolised by the home players, whom the wing forwards constantly threatened danger. Coventry was again tested, and then Worgan raced nicely away, and in comjunction with Lipsham, kept Kelso constantly on the alert. At the other end Williams was ruled offside, but directly afterwards the same player found the net from a pass by Murray. The play slackened down considerably, but towards the interval the home defenders was roused by a well-directed attack on their charge. A header from Farrell apparently beat Briggs, but Farrell but Lewis unfortunately got his head in the way, and the ball went outside. The interval was then announced with Everton leading by two goals to nil. The second half opened with Everton attacking, and after ten minutes play, Murray made an opening for Schofield who after thoroughly beating the defence, sent across to Williams who netted the third goal. The Chester left was then in evidently, and both Worgan and Lipham sent in a capital shots, one of which brought Briggs to his knee, but beyond this the bulk of the play, was confined to the other end. Where a shot from Murray struck the bar and after a partial clearance Schofield rushed up and scored the fast point of the game, Everton winning by 4 goals to nil.
March 30 1896. The Liverpool Mercury
The final for the Liverpool and district Senior Cup at Goodison Park on Saturday was not a great success, for the attendance was only of a moderate character, and the play rarely reached a high level. Then are usual incidents at this annual fixture, but one does not require to seek far for their cause. To begin with much of the interest in the competition was taken away by the withdrawal of the Liverpool Club, which left the trophy in the hands of Everton and Chester for control. Other trials have brought together the leading locaL clubs and where interest is likely to be sustained all through the game there will be found plenty of enthusiasm to give support. Apart from this, the public on the previous Saturday were admitted to a semi final tie in the English Cup competition between admittedly first class clubs for the sum of sixpences, but could they be expected profer the numble coin on Saturday in return for an exhibition of second or even third rate fare. The lower charge would have been a more popular one and even if the recepts were not increased the ground would have been rid of much of its hardness. The Everton combination teams were entrusted with the contest, and with regard to the play there could be no two occasions as to the result. The major portion of the movements of play consisted of excursions to the Chester goal, and had the Evertoninas, here inclined they could have quite doubled their score. It was only at odd moments when the home lot slackened off somewhat that the Chesterians had a chance to lower the Everton citadel and a couple of instances they showed good judgement which all but brought about the desired effects. Schofield and Murray in many fine touches of play, and it was from the former that most danger threatened while Williams and Latta especially in the first half, were not wanting in resource, though Chadwick gave then but little assistance. The halves were insteady, as were also the backs, but Briggs dealt very ably with everything that came in his way. The Chester team can be passed over as a hard working set, with a special word of praise to Lipham, the outside left, Morgan the centre forward and Coventry the custodian the last named player, by really good work, saving his side from a much heavier score.