ASTON VILLA 4 EVERTON 3 (game 189)
October 1 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
Reynold misses a penalty kick.
These clubs met in League warfare yesterday at Perry Barr, before 10,000 spectators in anything but ideal football weather. The home club played exactly the same team as drew with the Rovers on Saturday, while Everton, by reasons of Hartley's rather indifferent show against the Wolves substituted Bell in the centre, that being the only change on the part of the visitors.the players faced each others as follows : - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams and Parry, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt and Stewart, halfbacks, Williams, McInnes, Bell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Aston Villa: - Wilkes goal, Spencer, and Welford, backs, Reynolds, Cowan. And Ctabtree, halfbacks, Athersmith, Devey, Campbell, Hodgetts, and Cowans, forwards. Referee Mr. Pennington, Burslem. Previous to kick off the referee examned the boots of both sides, and a murinur of dissatisfaction went round the ground when it was found that Everton had won the toss, thus gaining the advantage of having the sin at their backs. Upon Campbell kicking over Hodgetts sent out to Cowan, but he in advertently put the ball into touch, and on Crabtree receiving from spencer just afterwards sent forwards to Hodgetts, who propelled a straight but slow shot towards Hillman. Milward then assayed a run, but the Villa halves were too good, and held the upper hand. Holt then fouled Campbell, and James Cowan taking the kick in neat style the ball bobbed about the Everton citadel, and was eventually pushed in the net by John Cowan, after Parry had headed out, five minutes after the start. Immediately following John Cowan was again prominent sending across the goalmouth in dangerous fashion. Everton replied by the aid of Chadwick and Milward and earned a corner from Spencer, which after a brief scrimmage, was nicely saved by Wilkes when lying on the ground. Midfield exchanges between the Everton backs and the Villa halves was halves was the next item followed by another foul against Holt, which led up to an attack y Cowan and Cowan and Hodgetts who beat Adams and crossed to Athersmith, but the latter sent flying over the bar. At this stage Chadwick, who upon being tackled by Reynolds tipped to Bell settled on the ball, and this player seized the opening, and outpacing all his opponents shot really grand goal. Hardly had the ball been restarted, when Milward had rattled the post with a fine effort, which was a very near thing for the home custodian. A stoppage excutted for an injury to Holt, who was injured by Campbell. Parry took the place kick, and put the ball in front of the goalmouth, and Boyle meeting, Spencer return just missed scoring by inches. A grand lob by Reynolds initiated an attack upon Hillman's charge, but Adams and Parry between them defended well. The Villa came again, and Hillman partially cleared from Athersmith. Adams jumped up and fisted out, a penalty kick following, while Reynold trying to screw into the corner, missed the desire haven altogether. To this Everton respond in gallant fashion, and Bell Williams, and Boyle, each sent in rattling shots, which took Wilkes all his time to negotiated, the captain's effort being an especially fine one. Everton were now playing in great combined and reatedly assaulted the Villa goal. While Everton were paying more attention to the attack, upon their goalkeeper opponent's goal, Campbell sent out a long drive to Athersmith, who with a clear field ran half the length of the field and centre close in to Campbell, but the home centre sent wide although he had the goal at his mercy. The miss however mattered but little as from a nice pass from his left wing Athersmith defeated Hillman with a high shot just over his head. This unlooked for reverse rather stagged the visitors for a while, and they had the worst of the argument. After Holt, had robbed Hodgetts in a beautiful fashion a corner fell to the Villians, which being sent over to John Cowan, was returned by him, and headed past Hillman by Devey-a really fine goal. Following a neat piece of combination by Milward and Chadwick, Bell in attempting to convert the pass into a tangible point, was anticipated by Crabtree, and the opportunity was lost. Towards half time the Blues left wing put in some felling work, but luck was against them, the record reading 3 goals to 1 in favour of Villa.
After a length interval which, the players fully deserved, Bell sent out to Williams, but Devey and Athersmith was put in possession, and Athersmith again got in one of his characteristic runs, finishing up with a spanking shot, which thundered against the bottom of the upright and went into touch. Everton were for a spell subjected to a bad time, till Holt and Stewart opened the game and gave to Milward who galloped up the field, and shot, Bell just falling to upset the custodian. From the kick off Stewart settled on the leather and sent forward to Chadwick, who tracking his men in neat and effective style, gave to Bell, and that player scored a second point for his side in magnificent style. In spite of the terrific heat neither side showed signs of easing up, and after a furious dash by each set of forwards, a foul fell to Aston Villa, which being well taken by Spencer, proved an imminent source of danger at the ball struck the bar and fell in front of the goal instead of going over, as most of the players imagined. However, the referee for offside against Campbell disallowed the resulting goal. Two corners then fell to Everton in success the second coming from a grand shot by Holt, which Wilkes only justed managed to up over the bar in the nick of time. The burly Evertonians after which, Milward and Chadwick made some headway till Spencer interposed and changed the aspect accounted for a brief visit to Hillman. A foul against parry brought no result, and a second Penalty against the same player for fouling Athersmith almost brought about the downfall of the Everton goal. A spirit by Milward opened up a chance for Bell but Cowan ran up and took the ball, and after several exchanges between the Villa forwards, with which, Cowan and Campbell were purley offside, the latter scored a fourth point from a fast pass by Athersmith-an altogether, sroneus and faulty decision. If anything, the game became faster than ever, and a little unnecessary vigour was introduced, but at length Stewart and Milward put the ball into the centre, where serveal pretty and incisive passes between Chadwick and Bell resulted in the Everton centre under great difficulties scoring the third point-the best point of the day. Twice in success the Villians tried the rushing game, which, however, proved futile, and then Milward Chadwick and Bell worked very harmoniously together. Wilkes at the finish having to handle. In a trice the game was transferred to the other end. Hillman punted up the field, and Spencer nipped in just in time to escape further disaster. Again were Everton sufferers through a faulty decision of the autocrat when in full sailing order, and Hillman received an express shot from Campbell. In a rapid movement the game was transferred to the other end, and Williams headed just past the post. By hugh kicking on the part of Hodgetts, when Everton were having the best of it. First which, both proved exceedingly dangerous; but the whistle blew without further scoring, and the final result read, after a magnificent and well contested game-Aston Villa 4 goals, Everton 3.
ASTON VILLA V EVERTON
October 1, 1895. Birmingham Daily Post
The victory gained at Wolverhampton on Saturday invested Everton's visit to Perry Parr yesterday with added interest, and there were fully ten thousand people present when the teams entered the enclosure. Everton made one change in their eleven, Bell playing centre in place of Hartley, but the Villa were represented by the players who drew at Blackburn on Saturday. Despite the fact that the sun shone brightly and the weather was too hot for football, a splendid game was witnessed play from first to last being exceptionally fast. The Villa commenced in a manner which led their supporters to anticipate a more substantial victory than that ultimately obtained, for when the game was only five minutes old Campbell scored, and then for a time the Perry Barr men outplayed their opponents. A brilliant individual effort by Bell, however, put the teams on equal terms, and encouraged by this success the visitors made some dashing attacks. They found the Villa defenders very safe, however, whereas their own backs and half-backs were unable to cope with the combination of the home forwards, who scored twice before the interval, thus holding an advantage of two goals when they crossed over. As the Villa had been playing with the sun shining in their faces it was thought that they would be seen to even greater advantage in the second half, but when play had only been restarted five minutes Bell scored again, and the game afterwards was mostly fiercely contested. Campbell put on a fourth goal for the Villa, whilst Bell got a third for Everton; and, with a quarter of an hour to play it seemed quite possible that the visitors might drew level. And do they would had there been the slightest defect in the home defence, but there was not, and when the referee signalled the finish the Villa were left winners of a hard fought game by 4 goals to 3. Wilkes gave a fine exhibition in goal for Villa, for whom Spencer played soundly at back, whilst Crabtree and James Cowan did any amount of work in their respective positions. All the forwards played admirably, but Hodgetts, Devey and Athersmith were the pick. Hillman was a fine custodian for Everton, for whom Holt, Stewart, and Bell did a lot of splendid work. The latter, who scored all three goals, was perhaps the most dangerous forward on the field. Having lost the toss the Villa kicked off up the hill, and with the sun shining in their faces. Notwithstanding these disadvantages they were quickly attacking, and in the first two minutes Hillman had a shot to save from Campbell. He was busy again directly after, for the Villa forwards showed grand combination, and within five minutes from the start scored a splendid goal. John Cowan made a fine screw shot, which Campbell met, and just touched into the net... A minute or two later he had another try, but the ball this time twisted outside. Everton now made an attack, but Wilkes saved brilliantly, amidst loud applause. John Cowan and Hodgetts were next responsible for a fine run, and the latter centred well, but Athersmith shot outside. From the goalkick Bell obtained possession, and dashing away with the ball, burst past the opposing half-backs, dodged Welford, and equalised with a shot which Wilkes had no chance to save. It was a magnificenent individual effort, and was generally recognised by the crowd. Encouraged by their success. Everton made another determined attack, and Williams hit the bar. After play had been stopped for a little while owing to Holt getting “winded” the Villa pressed again, but Hillman came out of his goal and cleared. Another attack followed, and Parry deliberately handled, with the result that a penalty kick was awarded the Villa but Reynolds failed, for once, to score, the ball striking the post and going outside. Everton, who were playing well, made several determined rushes, but Wilkes saved grandly, although on two occasions he had to concede corner kicks, so hotly was he pressed. The goal, however, was well cleared both times. After defending for some time the Villa took up the pressure, Campbell passing beautifully to Athersmith, and enabling the Villa sprinter to get clear away. He centred brilliantly but Campbell could not steer the ball properly, and it went wide to the wing. Cowan recovered it before it went out, and passed to Hodgetts, who screwed it cross and Athersmith meeting it well shot it into the net, thus giving the Villa the lead again. The Villa whose forwards were passing with admirable precision, were soon attacking again, and after Hillman had saved a shot from Devey, parry gave a corner kick. This was well placed by Athersmith, and John Cowan passing nicely to Devey, he beat Hillman for the third time. From the kick they made another rush for Hillman's charge, but the goalkeeper gathered the ball and punted out of danger. Bell now had another attempt to lower the Villa's colours, but Crabtree beat him, and the next moment saw the Everton goal in danger, but Hodgett's shot struck the side of the post and went out. The game continued to be well contested, but no more scoring took place before the interval, when the Villa had the substantial lead of 3 goals to 1. The teams took a rather longer interval than usual, a proceeding justified by the heat, which was very great, and the first incident worthy of notice when play was resumed was a run by Athersmith, whose shot –a swift, low one –struck the post and cannoned back into play. An attack by Everton followed, and Bell scored with a splendid shot within five minutes of the restart. From the midfield kick Athersmith raced away, and gained a corner kick. The ball was kicked away, but was returned, and Campbell scrimmaged it into the net after it had struck the crossbar, but was given off-side. Campbell now shot over the bar, and then Athersmith spoiled a good run by hooting very tamely. Two fine attempts were made by Everton, who gained a couple of unprofitable corners, but then the Villa who passing was superior to that of their opponents. Came down in fine style, and after some pretty work on the left wing, Hodgetts crossed the ball to Athersmith, who shot, and Campbell dashing up banged it into the net, thus putting the Villa two goals ahead. Cheered on by the crowd the home team began to make matters very warm for the opposing defence, attacking time after time with great determination. They were, however, beaten back, and Everton rushing up got the ball past Wilkes for the third time; Bell again steering the ball into the net. The game now became very exciting, and play was exceptionally fast considering the heat. Everton had a free kick near the goal, but put the ball outside. Athersmith was cheered for fine shot, which Hillman only just saved as the expense of a corner kick, which the Villa failed to turn to advantage. A splendid shot by Campbell was saved by Hillman, and Spencer at the other end stopped a determined rush by the Everton forwards. The whistle was blown directly after, leaving the Villa victorious by 4 goals to 3. The following were the teams: - Everton: - Hillman, goal; Adams and Parry, backs; Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, half-backs; Williams and McInnes (right), Bell (centre), Chadwick, and Milward (left wing), forwards. Aston Villa:- Wilkes, goal; Spencer and Welford, backs; Reynolds, James Cowan, and Crabtree, half-backs; Athersmith, and Devey (right), Campbell (centre), Hodgetts and John Cowan (Left wing), forwards. Referee Mr. A. Pennington.
EVERTON 5 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 (game 190)
October 7 1895 The Liverpool Mercury
Although the weather was altogether dull, they was about 12000 spectators at Goodison Park to witness the first of the League engagements between the above teams. The successful of United to Liverpool combined with the performance of the Everton play, would be a open game. At four o'clock the teams lined up as follows : - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridges, backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart halfbacks Latta, Bell, Cameron, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes, goal, Thicklett, and Cain backs, Howell, Whitham, and Jones halfbacks, Howard, Docherty, Hammond, Hill, and Walton. Hammond set the ball rolling for the United, and following upon some grand passing between Cameron and Chadwick, Milward raced down and got the ball slightly wide of the post. Howard had no better luck, at the other end, and as the home centre opening out the play again. Foulkes was distinctly lucky in meeting a hot one from Chadwick. The pass at this juncture was very fast, and as a rate the exchanges were to favour of Everton. under heavily pressure Cain kicked back tom Foulkes, and a fruitless corner followed, while some smart work on the part of Howell resulted in Howard obtaining possession and initiating a smart attack on Everton's defence. The ball was eventually sent across to Hill, but before he could put in his kick, Adams was upon him, though on returning Howell sent in a stinger, and for a little time the United forwards sustained a strong position. Holt eventually cleared, and Bell raced away, but Latta being offside spoiled the movement. A defect which matter little, however, as Cameron led the way for Bell, and the latter putting to the outside men just in time to notch Everton first goal 15 minutes after the start of the game. On resuming the Everton forwards fairly ran down on the United defence, and Foulkes was sequentially tested. Thickett fouled Milward, and almost brought about downfall, and again when a few minutes latter scoring pertale the home side lost ground by being penalised in goal. Cameram all but drove into the ball home, and Latta immediately following just put it ourside and from the goal kick Chadwick and Milward fastened on the ball, the latter finishing up with a stiff handful for Foulkes to negiate. It was only at odd intervals that the United forwards got under weigh, and when they did manage to get the better of the home halves, Arridge and Adams were equal to the danger made upon them. Jones caused considerable immented by deliberately handling the ball, and from the free kick Chadwick levelled a shot, which Foulkes throwing himself across the goal in order to save. After a slight pressure, which Arridge eventually cleared. Bell fastened on the ball and drove forward to Latta, who in turn cventre give to Cameron, who scored from long range. The play had no sooner been restarted than the latest recruit threaded his way between the backs, and on Milward closing in from the left, the latter out the ball into the net. This was all the scoring up to the interval were Everton led by 3 goals to nil. Getting at work again, Everton were first to adopt aggressive tactics. The monotony was broken by a fine effort on the part of Watson, but being indifficulty to support, it brought little reward. A moment later Hammond appeared to have a clear course, but Mullen the ball which, was smartly at the other end, where Bell almost brought about further disaster. Boyle put the ball over the bar and following some combination on the part of Bell and Cameron, Chadwick banged it into the net. This last reverse seemed to rouse the visitors to their position, and after several attempts they at length fairly held their opponents, but in attempting to get the ball into the net, they were along way out of their reckinish. Hill and Walton took good him, but the shots lacked fire, and Hillman met every effort with greatness coolness. Whitham kicked over the bar, the pressure was not relieved and Arridge foiled Deherty, and by judicious tackling enable his forwards to again under weigh. Cameron led on the way for Chadwick who sent in with terrific force, and though Foulkes mer the ball, he was unable to shop it. It was a grand attempt to save, and an similar effort from the scorer. The remainder of the game continued in the United half, and as nothing further was scored, Everton won by 5 goals to nil.
NORTHWICH VICTORIA 0 EVERTON RESERVES 4
October 7 1895.
Everton winning by 4 goals to nil, Reay scored two and Handford also scoring
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 EVERTON 1 (game 191)
October 14 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
Holt carried off after McInnes challenge breaks his collar bone
The visit of the famous Everton club to the Town Ground Nottingham on Saturday last created interest and the weather keeping beautifully fine a great crowd assembled. In view of the wretched show the home team made the previous week with Derby County the forwards rank of their eleven was materially altered. Promptly to time the teams appeared as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams and Arridge backs, Boyle (captain), Holt, and Stewart halfbacks, Latta, Bell, Cameron Chadwick, and Milward forwards. Notts Forest: - Allsopp, goal, Ritchie and Scott (captain), backs, Stewart (a), Frank Forman, and McCracken, halfbacks, Pike, Shaw, Rose, Fred Forman and McInnes, forwards. Referee Mr. Brodie. The Forest win the toss, and had the advantage of the wind. Cameron kicked off, and receiving from Bell ran right up to the home backs, where Scott was lucky in getting in his kick. Milward was then penalised, but Everton had much the best of exchanges, a foul against the home team menacing Allsopp's charge severely. A sudden burst by Pike in which long kicking was promptly caused Hillman to handle, without being hampered, however, Upon Stewart screwing up the field, Chadwick and Cameron dashed ahead, and the latter just skimmed the post. An injury to Holt by Rose caused a delay, and then even play followed for a spell. Chadwick a little later on received from Holt, and sent to Cameron, but Scott again intervened with effect, and when Milward was trying to save the Ball from going out Ritchie charge him heavily. Frank Forman then obtained possession, and the Forest forwards caused a few anxious moments to the Evertonians as Pike put in a rasping shot which Hillman stopped, but did not at first clear but doing so fast in time to save, Rose converting the shot. Back play by Adams and Holt, let in McInnes and Fred Forman, but Adams restored himself by knocking the amateur off the ball when the Latter was in dangerous position for shooting. After Allsopp had handled from Chadwick the ball was rapidly transferred to the other end and Shaw sending out to McInnes, but the effort was neutralised by the latter sending wide. Again the Reds came down with a swoop and Holt in tackling McInnes, who was in falling sailing order, was so severely hurt that he was carried off the ground. Although weakened the Everton men played up in the gamiest fashion, and in the result of a combined run by Cameron and Bell Chadwick earned a corner, and this being well placed was almost turned to account by Stewart heading into the net, but Allsopp just nipped in time and partly saved. Milward being among the rush promptly returned into the net. The point was disallowed however, for offside, a most astonishing decision seeing that the ‘'Reds'' played the ball last. By great determination of the Everton players more then held their own. Just previous to Holt returning the ‘'Blues'' goal was again jeopardized but Bell came to their assistance and Boyle also matter relieved. The Forest again assured the upper hand for a little time and Arridge heading out a shot by Frank Forman, while Adams spoilt Rose when in the act of levelling aim in front of goal. A neat pass of work by Latta enabled Boyle and Bell to work the ball towards the other end, but Cameron was rather weak, in the final touch and consequently Chadwick could not reach the leather, and the opening was lost. by long swinging and sudden dashes the Reds made progess, and were dangerous on several occasions, but the better forwards play of Everton often brought work of an ominous character near Allsopp. Scott and Ritchie defended so well that nothing tangible accrued. At this stage Everton pull themselves together in the most splendid manner and the prettest and most effective passing so far shown was exhibition by Latta and Cameron, and a futile opening was missed. First Cameron shot, then Bell and Milward wound up with a daisy cutter, which brought Allsopp to his knee, the other forwards just failing to get up in time. The Teams change over without any score.
From reappearing Holt was not occupying his usual place. Latta taking up the centre half position, put in spite of this great calamity the Everton men were the first to assume the aggressive and Latta being beaten by Forman the latter sent in McInnes who with a furious curling shot landed the ball into the corner of the net, after five minutes of play. After this success the Reds unable improved, and on several occasions rushed the Everton men of their feet and twice in succession, Arridge was compelled to give a corner, while Hillman handled once. A long punt by Stewart at length opened the game, and Bell nicely away when tripped by Scott, but the resulting foul availed the visitors nothing. As other strange decision by the referee gave a free kick to the home team, and Mcinnes slipped in past Adams and drove home with terrific force. Hillman not appearing to take the slightest notice of the shot. The second reverse fairly disorganised the visitors and the Forest were now rather better team. Adams and Arridge were tested utterly, but the aid of Stewart, who never saved himself in the least, kept the Reds at bay, although a great shout went up, when McInnes appealed to put on another goal. Pulling themselves together, and well backed up by Latta Stewart, and Boyle, the Everton forwards again took up the running and bell, Milward and Chadwick each in turn dashed away, and with adividual efforts tried to reduce the lead. Their persistence was at length rewarded, when Cameron, just on time sent one past Allsopp and the final result read Notts Forest 2 goals Everton 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 9 OLDHAM COUNTY 2
October 14 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
These club met at Goodison Park, before a fair attention. The home lot got clean away from the start, but Williams shot over the bar, and immediateldly afterwards Meiklejohn put the ball past Cook. For some time play was confirmed to the visitors half of the field. Mainman putting in some capital shots at Read, which nowever were ably met. Later on Scholfield forced Oldham'a colours with a fine oblique shot, and following this pint, Williams with a single handed effort raced from Midfield and scored a fine goal. Oldham replied but McDonalf repelled every attempt, when dangerous. At the other end Flewitt missed an easy chance, but Williams who again defeated Read made amends. Following which Flewitt placed the fourth. Everton leading at the interval by 4 goals to 1. The charges of ends brought no relief to Oldham, whose goal was lowered twice. By Williams and Flewitt. Catville the inside left put in some capital display, and all but scored, and keeping up the pressure Meiklejohn record the County second goal. More pressure for the home forwards, and Everton winning an easy game by 9 goals to 2. Flewitt scored five in all and Williams 3Everton Team was: - Cook goal McDonald, and Storrier backs, Kelso Meiklejohn, and Elliott halfbacks, Williams, Chadwick (j), Mainman, Flewitt, and Scholfield
October 14 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
The game at Nottingham was in every way a disappointment. The play was poor, the referee faulty, and Everton were dreadfully unfortunate in having to play through three-quarters of the game, with but ten men. It was just the element of luck being dead against the Blues that placed them in the position of defeated combatants. It was evident to all present that the local champions are under the bane of the veiling goddess, and if there is any good fortune knocking about it is certain that our club do not get their share of it. Reviewing the game as a whole it cannot be recored as an exhibition of ‘'class'' football, but approached something nearer the kick and rush style of the usual second division clubs. From the outset it was apparent that the first meant losing nothing by any went of vigour, and in the first few minutes Holt, came in unnecessary attentions from the backs, while Milward and Cameron also felt to some tune the gentle (?) attentions of messrs, Scott, Richards, and co. the winning of the toss also proved a distinct advantage to the home team, as they had both wind and hill in their favour, and in these days of high pressure football such advantage as those mentioned, have a material bearing on the ultimate result. Primarily however, the cause of the Everton disaster was the injury to Holt. To have any injured to such as extent that he is compelled to leave ground is at any time a serious affair, but to have the lose the services of such a champion means more to the eleven than most people are aware of. He came back for about a quarter of an hour previous to the interval, but it would undoubtedly and absolutely have been better for his confreres had to remained off. Finding that they had to face the game with reduced forces, the ten smattered up splendidly. Latta going in Holt's place, and with this order of things Everton got into an effective style, Bell being quite able, having greater scope to transact the affairs of his wing and it was when this combination were beginning to put in some telling work that Holt returned and improved the unity, with the result that the finest passing of the day was shown and a legitimate goal scored. Chadwick secured a corner, which he as cleverly placed, and Milward, being close in, headed into the goal space. Allsopp handing out when palpably behind the line. However, Cameron met the ball, and this time popped in, but to the chargin, and consternation of the Evertonians the referee, for a reason he would not divulge, disallowed the point a decision which not only surprised the visitors, but even the home supporters. It was in the second half that the third rearrangement of the team told its tale, for then the harmony of play was only noticeable by its ascend and slackness on the part of the backs allowed McInnes to nip in with a swift rush and drive home with terrific force. Certainly the executant was not so far from the goal as Hillman would have liked him to be, and the backs with poor judgement, allowed him a free course, but it appeared as though the custodian never made the slightest effort to save either of the shots that took effect. Had Holt been able to take his usual part in the game there is no saying what would have happened, but it was apparent to the most ordinary observer that his absent had a most demoralizing effect. Hillman apart from the defence, mentioned was thoroughly sound, but to such a resourceful man it appeared most unaccountable to see much indifference. Adams and Arridge opened well and finished fairly well, but were very rocky between times. Adams was the weaker of the two, and it appeared that he did not pay sufficient attention to the speedy McInnes. Both lay too far up the field, and the long swinging passes of the Reds over their heads often put them in trouble. The half way line was of such a diversified character that it cannot be blamed for the defeat. Boyle when assisting his wing, was unique, but his defence was not as sound as usual. Latta also worked hard when figuring in the most important position of the field, and his ebullition of vigour while there seemed to emulate the others to greater effort, but the palm must be awarded to Stewart who was the most efficient of the 21 exponents. The forwards were good, and had in turn, but the latter quality predominated Cameron has early found out that first League football is anything but a sinecure, and he was given scant quarter. The exercise of a little more judgment will soon teach him to alter his tactics to spit the occasion, and certainly by his play on Saturday he offered himself as a fair target to his slashing opponents. Bell and Latta, justed before halftime put in some pretty telling passes which fairly roused the spectators, but Bell did much better as a general thing when by himself. Upon Chadwick and Milward as usual felt the burnt of the work but the latter did not appear to the best advantage, and probably the rough charging he received from Ritchie in the first few minutes had a great deal to do with this, while Chadwick, as he has ever been was the shinning light, and invariably made progress when he settled on the ball. The leading idea of the Forest team seemed to be to endeavour to break up the famous combination of Everton by sheer vigour; and they carried out their plan of campaign to a nicety. So strong a game did Scott and Ritchie play that Allsopp was not put in mant difficulties, but taken altogether the custodian did exceedingly clever work with several stinging shots, propelled at him. The backs contrary to expectation and in opposition to their late exhibition were the hardy pair of yore, and stopped at nothing in order to clear. Right well did the middle line support the defence, and Frank Forman worked untiringly, though unscientifically, to bring about the victory. Stewart was the best man on the winning side, and his neat and sound work led up to many an incisive attack.
WOOLWICH ARSENAL V EVERTON
October 15, 1895. Birmingham Daily Post
Played at Plumstead in fine weather, before about four thousand spectators. Everton played several reserve men, and the game was exceedingly fast and exciting , but the visitors were always slightly the clever. Chadwick scored the only point for them in the first portion, while in the second Goldie obtained another, and won for Everton by 2 goals to 0.
WOOLWICH ARSENAL 0 EVERTON 2
October 15 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
This friendly match was played at Plumstead yesterday. The weather was of the mildest description and consequently a large gate assembled. The appearance of the northern team roused a lot of excitement, and they were awarded a very cordial reception. Owing to the injury to Holt and the absence of Boyle, who returned home after the Notts Forest match, Goldie and Storrier were introduced into the team while Hartley resumed his position in the centre. Teams Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridge backs, Goldie, Storrier, and Stewart halfbacks, Reay Bell, Hartley, Chadwick (captain), and Milward forwards. Woolwich Arsenal: - Sorer, goal, Powell, and Caldwell, backs, Crawford, Jenkns, and Ward, halfbacks, Mills, Mortimer, Gordon, O;Brien, and McAvoy, forwards . Chadwick, who acted as captain, won the choice of ends, and of course elected to play with the sun and wind behind his team. Gordon started and Stewart intercepting his pass out to Mills, play at the outset was located in the home quarters, a beautiful pass by Chadwick almost being converted. Stewart put an end to the pressure by sending over the line. After a corner had fallen to Everton, Jenkyns put his men in possession but Mills let the ball run out. Directly afterwards Gordon ran in and sent across the goalmouth. Keepering the game well in hand, the Reds had the best of matters for a spell, and Gordon propelled a terrific shot at Hillman who brought off one of his characteristic saves in magnificent fashion with one hand, and immediately Reay slipped along the right and carried the play into the neighborhood of Storer, who did some clever work. A good return by Arridge again caused the exchange to take place right in the home goalmouth, but in spite of the Everton halfbacks giving every assistance to their forwards the ball could not be landed safely into the net. A free kick to the Arsenal was well taken by Powell, which enabled Mortimer and Gordon to break away past Arridge, and Mortimer final effort was so good that it took Hillman All his time to clear. Some neat and taking passes between Bell, Hartley, and Chadwick evoked applause and upon Adams and Arridge repelling an attack by the home forwards the Everton men broke away, and Reay centring accurate fashion Chadwick settled on the ball, and scored a fine goal with a light shot under the bar. Following the kick off Mills and Mortimer dashed up the field, and Hillman running out to rectify a bad kick by Arridge was penalised near the goal, but disaster was averted by further good goalkeeping by the Everton custodian. Stewart led up another attack upon Store's charge, but although Reay lifted across the goal brilliant fashion Milward justed failed to reach the leather in time. A lengthy return by Powell put Gordon in possession, who in turn lifted over the to O'Brien, but Mortimer failed to ultilise the opening created by the left winger. Directly afterwards the same player dribbled past both Stewart and Arridge, but Storrier pulled him up before he got dangerous. After both sides had experienced an even share of the game Adams made a bad mess of an any looking kick but Mortimer, although getting a clear field again, was at fault in his shooting. Just as halftime arrived Bell slipped away on his own account, but upon being pulled up Goldie interposed, and caused Storer to grant a corner. This Milward tried hard to convert, but Crawford proved a stumbling block, and McAvoy. O'Brien, and Gordon raised the seige upon their own goal, and levelled a severe assault upon Hillman, whose clever antics in defending his charge provoked roars of laughter. On the teams restarting the Everton forwards came away with a rare dash and storer handled twice in the first moment, while just afterwards Reay running by kicking a nice place of work of Bell's and Hartley's but made amends later on by putting in a grand dropping shot, which took Powell's best effort to get away. Hartley next nipped in with great smartness, and upon Storer fisting out Goldie met the return and scored a really fine goal with a low fast shot. In a trice Mills Mortimer, and Gordon changed the scene of operations, and Hillman pleased the crowd again by his unique cleverness in defending his citadel. After Reay had been prominent by dashing effort, Arridge was placed in difficulties and the whole of the Reds forwards slipped towards the Everton goal in ominous fashion, till Goldie interveted in brilliant style and saved just in the nick of time. By the exhibition of some splendid combined touches the visitors fairly brought down the house, if they did not reduce the home fortress, but when again in full sailing order Caldwell interposed with a hugh kick. Easy work marked the effort of the Evertonians for a spell and then Chadwick raised a round of applause for a high shot which, struck the crossbar, and almost went into the net. Succeeding this point the Everton forwards out maneuvered their opponents entirely, and Milward, Chadwick and Bell-the latter especially shinning- were responsible for many meritorious attempts to increase their score. The old Small Heath player at length eased the pressure, and gave to his right wing, but Arridge charged down Mills's winding up shot, whilse Hillman subsequently attended successfully to the resulting corner. A free kick to the Arsenal was nicely worked out of danger by Storrier and Bell obtaining possession ran half the length of the field, but Hartley was a second too late to make use of the former's final pass. Some little feeling was shown against the referee towards the finish of the game in regard to his decision, but when the home eleven had headed the ball twice in succession on to the net the rancor died away. Right up to the finish the play was interesting, each side obtaining their fair share of it, and no further scoring taking place the game resulted in favour of Everton by 2 goals to nil.
LONDON CASUALS 1 EVERTON 2
October 16 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
The famous Everton team continued their London tour by visiting Leyton yesterday. The home club had whipped up an amost international team against our locals, no fewer than six or seven Corinthians appearing for the Londoners, the full names being: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams and Arridges backs, Goldie, Storrier, and Stewart, halfbacks, Reay, Bell, Cameron, Chadwick (captain), and Milward, forwards. London Casuals: - Harrison (eh), goal, Barker (rr), and Bray (fh), backs, Wrefordbrown (c), Higson (t) and Buzzard (ff), halfbacks, Rhodas (ma), Taylor (ss), Fernie (jf) Compton (ed), and Stanborough (mh), forwards. Having lost the toss, the home side commenced hostilities and with a characteristic dash of the famous amateurs, the visitor's charge was at once subjected to a sharp attack. Fernie, Crompton, and Taylor being most assiduous in their attempts to lower the Fortress. Within five minutes of the start a nice opening was created for Fernie, who promptly accepted the chance, and with flying a shot defeated Hillman. This event rather roused the visitors and being backed up by Stewart and Storrier, and Everton vanguard were ever on the go, Chadwick Cameron and Bell doing most of the work. After the ‘'Whites'' by means of a fast run by Stanborough, had visited Hillman, and brought out the best defensive qualities of Adams and Arridge, Chadwick and Milward worked down in very promising style, and as the result of their efforts, Nell was put in command, and he again added lustre to his name by equalising with a magnificent high shot. Even play was the pronounced feature of the succeeding work, the halves on both sides showing up well, but Stewart initiated another assault upon Harrison, and that artist showed himself to be a master of his profession, bell and Cameron both suffered hard lines with two splendid attempts while Reay also sent in a couple of capital centre. Gamely both sides fought till half time, which arrival with the score reading one goal each. On resuming the light became very bad, but the teams renewed the contest with great vigour. The Casuals were the first to shown up, Hillman having a nasty low shot from Compton to deal with in the first five minutes. Keepering together in united style the northern were strongly aggressive for a long period, Stewart especially shinning both in defensive and attacking work. While Bell was responsible for a couple of excellent shots, which however, proved unproductive. Smart play by the Casuals halfbacks checked their opponents for a while, and the nimble Southerns by a few rushes often jeopardised the Everton goal. At length Adams led up to a capital chance for Reay, who, however, with a clear field sent wildly ever to the opposite corner flag. The pace had told in tale upon the amateurs, and they failed to hold their own as well as they had tutherto done. Hands to Everton close in, looked very ominous for the home team, the ball bobbing along for some time in the vicinity of Harrison, but ultinuatel Buzzard repulsed the attack. Rhodes and Taylor in continuation carrying the warfare to the other end, but running their opportunity by bad shooting. Howle of derisive laughter than followed for some terribly loose shooting on the part of one or two of the professional team. Following a period of slack play by both sides, Ferny and Compton broke away but Goldie interposed neatly, and returned to Reay who with Cameron looked like bringing about the downfall of the home citadel, when Barker pulled him up rather unceremoniously. Towards the finish of the contest the play slowed down very much, and this added to the wretched shooting of the blues; but when Buzzard rushed down and pass, but to Stanbrough, who in turn pass to Compton, the Everton goal was in immediate danger from a splendid shot from the left wing, and the excitement rose instantly, especially so when Chadwick followed with a dropping shot into Harrison hands. Another burst off by the Corinthians elements brought out the best efforts of Hillman and to the great amassment of the crowd, he ran almost half way down, the field tipping the ball, and upon his parting Bell sent to Reay who dashed in all scored a second point for his side. This good fortune added spiciness to the game, and right up the finish the play was brimfull of exciting incidents. The game eventually ended in a win for Everton by 2 goals to 1.
October 21, 1895. The Birmingham Daily Post
The game between Everton and West Bromwich Albion have always been of the keenest description, and at Goodison Park the Throstles are regarded as very formidable opponents. Everton no doubt have invariably proved successful on their own ground, but not without a hard struggle. Perhaps it was the recollection of the galliant fight which the ten Albion players (one of the team having missed his train) made last season which attracted so large a crowd to Everton's fine enclosure. At any rate the gate, numbering as it did close upon 20,000, was one of the best which has been seen there this season. The anticipations that Everton were in for a warm time were realised to the full. They found the visitors in rare good humour, and in the end were probably satisfied with escaping with the loss of one point only. The game throughout was contested in vigorous style and both goalkeepers had to exert all their great abilities in order to avert further disaster to their respective sides. Everton were the first to score, Milward doing the trick with a header, and naturally this pleased the spectators, for in Liverpool the drawing of first blood by Everton is regarded as almost synonymous with victory. The Albion, however, were determined to do their level best to upset the theory, and in this they succeeded, as they certainly deserved to, the equalising point coming just before half-time, as the result of one of the brilliant rushes for which the Albion are famous. There was plenty of excitement in the second half of the game, and each side had a fair share in the attack, but no other point being forthcoming, the match ended in a draw of one goal each,. Upon this result the Albion are to be heartily congratulated. It is no disgrace to any team to be defeated at Goodison Park, and the performance of the visitors is therefore deserving of the highest praise, capacially when it is borne in mind that Bassett, owing to receiving a knock on his already injured leg, was of very little use in the second half. As a matter of fact, even with practically four forwards it was only by the merest shave that the West Bromwich men were derived of a victory. McLeod on one occasion had the goal at his mercy, but with the idea evidently of making assurance doubly sure he passed to Bassett, who put the ball into the net all right, but was adjudged off-side. Throughout the Albion played with refreshing smartness and determination, and on the form displayed ought soon to improve their position in the League. Paddock was the pick of the forwards. He took advantage of every opportunity, and not only used his speed, but shot with great effect. The half-backs were a formidable trio, and, while Williams was more conspicuous than his partner, Horton did a lot of useful work. The rearrangement of the Everton front rank was not a success and Bell, who was again tried in the centre-forward position, failed lamentably to come up to his brilliant display against the Villa a fortnight ago. Although Boyle played well at centre half, the services of Holt were greatly missed; after all, the weakness of Everton was not so much due to the defence as to the attack.
Richard Boyles, the popular Everton half-back, was married on Wednesday at Dumbarton.
EVERTON 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 (game 192)
Ooctober 21 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
The first of the season's League matches between these clubs was well patronised, for at the commencement of play there would be quite 15,000 spectators present at Goodison Park. Unfortunately for Everton the full forces of the team were not available, and two changes of position were also requisite to bring up the complement. Holt's absence necessitated Boyle going centre half and an opening was made for Goldie, who played remarkably well during the Southern tour early in the week, and as Cameron had demands upon him at Glasgow, Bell took up the centre position, bring in Mcinnes to partner Latta on the right wing. West Bromwich was fully represented. The sides were as follows : - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams, and Arridge, backs, Goldie, Boyle (captain), and Stewart, halfbacks, Latta, McInnes, Bell, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Reader, goal, Williams, and Horton (j), backs, Perrt (t), Higgins, and Bankes, halfbacks, Bassett (captain), McLeod, Hutchinson, Kelsey, and Paddock, forwards. On opening the game a raid was at once made upon the home end, T.Perry gave Paddock a chance to take the lead in the first minutes of play, but the ball was driven high over the bar, and notwithstanding strenuous efforts on the part of Adams and Arridges the visitors kept up a persistent pressure. A couple of free kicks looked like bringing about a downfall when some well judged heading out of goal by Adams and again by Stewart, resulted in Milward and Chadwick getting possession and racing to the other end, where however, the stay was of short duration, as Bassett almost immediately fastened on the ball and rounded Stewart, only to find Arridge as speedy and resourceful as could be desired. A couple of minutes later McInnes unfortunately lay offside, and Bell, who was much hampered by Higgins, got in a shot under difficulties which topped the bar. A fine dropping shot by Hutchinson, the visitors centre, threatened disaster, when Arridge cleverly met it, and then Milward broke away, only to come into collision with Horton, which caused a slight delay in the proceedings. A fine concerned movement on the part of Bell, Chadwick, and Milward was the next item, and everyone was anticipating a successful finish when Williams staved off danger at the expense of a corner, which was indifferently placed, with the result that the visiting forwards broke clean away, and on the ball being played to Paddock, who worked out of the reach of opposition a clinking shot was levelled at Hillman, who saved in most clever fashion. Paddock again got off, and the home custodian running cut, took a flying kick, which led up to Bell racing down the centre following this up with a timely pass to Chadwick, who had the disappointment off seeing the ball skim the bar. Bell immediately afterward was sandwiched between the two backs when about five yards from Reader, but the ball eventually reached Latta, who shot slightly wide. At this juncture there was some nice touches of play divulged by the Everton forwards but owing to the close attentions of the opportune range. Adams nicely placed a free kick, and reader was twice called upon in quick succession. Shortly afterwards Bell placed the ball neatly to Latta, who returned it, and as Horton only partially met the ball Reader rushed out to save, only to find Milward up first, and the ball was promptly headed into the net. Mcleod took a long shot, which sailed over the bar, and from ‘'hands'' against Stewart, the Albion got in good position. Bassett sent in a hot one, which rebounded from the crossbar, and Kelsey followed with a well directed shot, which called for the fish of Hillman, but it was almost immediately back again, and this time Kelsey scored with a shot that was well nigh impossible to keep out. A corner to Everton was of little advantage, and a moment later as Arridge being heavily pressed, the attempt top even matters by driving back to Hillman but it was badly directed, and the subsequent corner almost brought about downfall. Stewart headed out of goal, and with danger cleared the interval was called with the result Everton 1 goal Albion 1.
The opening of the second portion was characterised by some effective work of the Everton forwards, but as a rule the visiting backs struck to them like leeches, and despite these attention Milward all but headed into the net. T.Perry and Banks were now busy in making opening for their forwards and eventually Paddock and Kelsey spirited away, but the formers centre to Hutchinson was cleverly met by Arridge by Arridge, and again on Bassett looking a certain score Everton left back nipped in, though relief was left to Hillman, who with a flying kick placed the Everton van well in front where they got along nicely until they reached Horton, who all through had been playing a good defensive game. A fine burst of passing by the whole line unfortunately ended in Milward overrunning the ball at a time when Reader would have had no possible chance of escape. Immediately following, Bell was wedged between the backs when about to shoot, and then a good shot from Chadwick called for Reader's best effort. Bassett changed the venue but Paddock finished up badly, and then a strong bombardment of the Albion goal took place. Goldie, Adams, and Boyle, with unerring accuracy, landed the ball well in front, and after several attempt had been made to pilot it between the uprights, Milward kicked over the bar. A strong kick from Horton left Hutchinson in command and it looked like defeat as Hillman wandered from goal, but fortunately nothing happened, and after a smart run to the other end the visitors got into a nice stride, and Bassett put the ball into the net. But Hillman appeal for offside was supported. Within a minute the Albion were back again, and McLeod from close range sent in a stringing shot, and it was simply nothing less than marvellous how the custodian got the ball away. McInnes had an opening, but it was not seized, and Latta only justed missed scoring from a fine cross shot by Milward. Nothing further was done, and the game resulted in draw of one goal each.
BURNLEY 1 EVERTON 1 (game 193)
Ooctober 28 1895. The Liverpool Mercury
There was quite 9,000 persons assembled on the Burnley ground on Saturday to follow the first of the League games between these clubs. Espie and Hill were still absentees from the home side and as Cameron is engaged in Scotland Harley filled the centre position for Everton, and Goldie was played right half vice Boyle, who went centre. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Hillman, goal, Adams and Arridge, backs Goldie, Boyle (captain), and Stewart, halfbacks, Latta, Bell, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward, forwards. Burnley: - Tatham, goal, Reynolds, and McLintock, backs, Place sen, Taylor, and Livingstone, halfbacks, Nicol, Davidson, Robertson, Bowes, and Place Jun, forwards.
Hartley started the game, and at once from a free kick, the Burnley forwards made off and on Nicol getting possession it looked like certain downhill. When the ball was driven harmlessly over the line, wide of the goal. McLintock almost put the ball into his own net from a high shot, by Stewart, and from the resulting goal kick the Evertonians kept up a determined pressure, Reynolds eventually clearing after Adams had placed the ball into the goalmouth. Goldie was penalised for handling off an opponent, and from the free kick Nicol and Davidson made the play on the Burnley right where they were safely attended to by Arridge and then followed a fine burst of passing by the whole of the visiting line,, but Chadwick's effort to score was weak in the extreme. On the Burnley forwards attacking again Adams and Arridges were beaten, and Robertson who had not the slightest opposition to contend with over ran the ball, thereby losing a certain goal. A melee in the moth of goal was luckily cleared at the expense of an abortive corner, and then Hartley went off on his own account, sicking to the ball, and opposing backs as well until he reached a few yards of the goalmouth, where he unfortunately handled, and play settled down in midfield. Some capital work by Boyle again improved Everton's position but fearless tackling by Taylor caused a change of venue, and Livingstone shot in splendidly after a corner had been taken. Hillman only justed reached the shot and partially cleared, when Nicol banged it towards the net, only to find Arridge meeting it and driving it out of danger. Within the next few minutes both Chadwick and Bell had fairly even chances to score, but weakness attended both their efforts, and then Goldie was penalised twice for Handling place, junior which resulted on both occasions in severe pressure on the Everton goal. Taylor put the ball well in and a free kick in the goalmouth gave Hillman a rest for some little. Time. Meanwhile Hartley, Bell and Milward put in some fine touches of play, but getting round mClintock and Reynolds seemed impossible. Following a further return in the direction of Hillman. Arridge was considerably hampered and drove back to the custodian; but his kick reminded one of a forward attempting to score from a strong long kick. However, Hillman cleared all right, only to find the ball back again, though Goldie being at fault and with the ball in safe quarter. Half time was announced without a score. On resuming the Evertonians got off in grand style, and for the first few minutes had much the better of the exchanges. A bit of strategy by Adams prevented Robertson from testing Hillman, and immediately afterwards Reynould put the ball from a free kick into the net, it not having been touched by a player. From the goalkick there was a fine concerned movement by the Everton centre and right wing Latta made off and passed to bell, who parted immediately to Hartley, who shot hard in the ball passing just under the bar. This success fairly roused the Burnley men, and for some little time they hung dangerous round Hillman's charge. An opening was made for Robertson, but it was not accepted, and following a movement to the other end, Milward had the goal at his command, but shot straight at the custodian. Bowes had a chance to put his side on equal terms, but piloted indifferently and then Boyle deftly took the ball from Davidson's toe and that player was steadying for goal. Just at this juncture Boyle, Stewart, Adams, and Arridge, were putting in a great amount of defensive work, but still the home forwards were not to be denied, and again got well Dow, only to find their shooting at fault. A little later a miskick by McLintock almost let in Bell, but Reynolds ably covered the fault, and then Chadwick, Bell, and Latta indulged in some pretty passing, which resulted in Hartley kicking slightly wide of the upright. Up to the last minutes of the game, the Everton forwards ably fed by their halves. Kept up a persistence pressure, when Nicol, after many failures got away down the right, and parted to the centre of the field. There a looseness in the visitors play resulted in the ball bobbing about close to goal, and on it reaching Davidson, that player banged it into the net altogether out of Hillman's reach. Time was called directly afterwards, with the score Everton 1 goal Burnley 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 CHESTER 1
October 26 1895. The Liverpool mercury
Played at Goodison Park, on Saturday. The opening play was somewhat tame, Eventually Chester charged well ahead, but found in McDonald a sturdy defender. The home van then attacked and Flewitt had apparently a clear course. His final effort was however weak and following a spell of even play in midfield. Astbury only just missed finding the mark with a fine shot, skimming the bar. After the home lot had attacked in vigorous fashion, only to find the Chester defence in good trim, the visiting van broke off and beating the halves, Worgan levelled a long stringing shot at Hiles, which took effect and from this point up to the interval the Evertonians strained every effort to equalised, but they found their opponents in a stubborn mood, and at the change of ends the score was unaltered. Chester leading by a goal to nil. On resuming the Chester quarters were hotly invaded, and the play was not long in progess when McInnes equalised, and shortly afterwards gave his side the lead. Severe pressure followed on Coventrys charge, and after a heavy bombardment, Mainman put the ball out of his reach for the third time. And immediately afterwards from a scrimmage in goal McInnes added a fourth all the points being obtained within a period of ten minutes. Subsqently play was fairly even and Everton won by 4 goals to 1. Played 6 won t. lost 0, draw 1 for 28 against 7 points 11.
October 28 1895. The Liverpool mercury
The visit of the Everton team to Burnley on Saturday was productive of a good draw, for the capacity of the ground was fairly well tested, and the game, as is usual when these teams meet, ran on even lines throughout. It was remarkable in many respect. Nine-tenth of the play was carried on in close proximity to the halfway line, and in the first portion it was only at odd intervals that a spasmodic effort of a wing man resulted in one side or the other getting anywhere near the coverted line. Again, it was really astonishing how the players generally failed to pilot the ball to the net with any approached to accuracy where there was practically little of no opposition. In this latter defect both sets of forwards were at fault, and of the two the Burnleyities were the greater delinquents. The game was but a few minutes old when, as the result of a spirited dash by the home right, the outside man twice had the Everton custodian almost at his mercy, and it was really astonishing how the ball was not driven home. The methods adopted by the front lines were somewhat similar in character. The ball was kept fairly close, and it was mainly due to the magnificent defence that the score was not more substantial. Too much attention was bestowed upon the Burnley right by their halves, especially in the first portion of the game, and this had its deterrent effect fully demonstrated in the second half, when the other end of the line was both more speedy and effective. Wearing down one wing at the expense of an another is calculated to favour opponents of lengthy experience, and it told its tale in no uncertain manner after the change of ends. The Everton forwards were somewhat were somewhat loose at the outset, but it was distinctly noticeable that as the game progessed they improved, and during the last quarters of an hour of the first half nothing but the ill luck that attended their final effort could have prevented them from securing a satisfactory lead. After the resumption of play the home forwards were rarely allowed to get into dangerous position while on the other hand the Everton front through somewhat weak on the right wing played one of their best games, and their success was in no unmeasured degree attributable to the precise attention of their confrered immediately behind them, who also proved most capable exponents in the art of breaking up the Burnley combination. In this branch of play the Evertonians held a district lead, and as there was no apparent weakness in their work if the home trio, the display of the visitors was all more commendable. The fullback play by both teams were equally brilliant and it would have been a most difficult matter for the keenest observers to have noted a single point of superiority in the department, while the questions of goalkeeping left nothing to be desired. Coming to the players, and dealing with the Everton forwards, they must he complimented on their work more especially during the second half of the game. During this latter portion their movements reminded one of the games at Goodison Park against Notts Forest and Sheffield United, and what would have been the ultimate result but for the magnificent defence they were opposed to would have been a difficult problem to solve. Hartley supplemented a good all round performance by some of his old spirited dashes down the centre, and once during the first half,, after sticking to both ball and a couple of opponents, he was most unlucky in not being able to finish up in a manner his effort deserved. Chadwick and Bell, the inside me, though no actual fault could be found with them were nevertheless not at their best, but there were attendant circumstances that somewhat placed a barrier in their way. Latta was off colour and often beaten, and when in possession his final efforts were weak. But he was unfortunate in having to face Livingstone, the Burnley left half at his best. Chadwick came in for some rough usage about the legs early on, and no doubt this accounted for the poor quality of his shooting. Despite the fact that Milward was so assiduously marked he got through his work in creditable fashion, and frequently kept Place sen and Reynolds extended to their best form. He should however, have added a second goal shortly after his centre had scored the first, as he had a clear course, but shot straight at the custodian. Boyle adapted himself to Holt's position in a manner that delighted the Everton section of the crowd, and it can be safely said that he played his best game of the season. Robertson the Burnley cente forward, had little opportunity to make headway, allowed him by the tackling of the Everton skipper, who in addition was also successful in placing the ball to his forwards accurately and at the right moment. Stewart plodded along in his own ignitable cool style, and was second to none of the halfbacks on the field. His strong throwing in from touch was of immense serves to his side, and frequent side touches to his forwards were both pretty and effective. Goldie all round played a good game, but he must really learn to keep his hands off his opponents when tackling, as his penalties three or four times in the first half led without exception to incisive attacks upon Hillman's charge and with a less resourceful custodian it would not have been a difficult matter to foretell the result. This fault was however, unnoticed in the second half, and there was a distinct improvement in his play, which no doubt will warrant further trials. Adams and Arridge were simply peerless in their respective positions, the work of the latter especially in tackling being nothing short of excellent, while his partners heading in addition to sound tackling and clean kicking often spared the custodian's effort
s. Hillman again played a brilliant game. He got a couple of shots away in the first half that would defeat nine out of ten goalkeepers, and strange to say, one was from one of his own backs, who was heavily pressed, and drove back to him along the ground more vigorously that was intended.