April 1902

EVERTON 1 NOTTS FOREST 0 (Game 405) April 1 1902. The Liverpool Courier

The bank holiday football attraction in Liverpool was the visit from Notts Forest to play their return League fixture with Everton at Goodison Park. Early in the season the Foresters inflicted a severe defeat upon Everton, who were naturally anxious for revenge. The splendid weather was all in favour of a large attendance, and in this respect anticipation were realised. In the Everton team, Boyle appeared at right back owing to Eccles having been injured, but Abbott was able to resume his at left half. On the Forest side their were several alterations, the chief absentee bring Frank Forman. The teams were as follows : - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Boyle, and Watson, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bowman, forwards. Nottingham Forest: - Linacre, goals, White, and Iremonger, backs, Robinson, Timmins, and Henderson half-backs, Broughton Fred Forman, Calvey, Capes, and Spouncer, forwards. Refere Mr.J.Brodie.

There would be about 20,000 people present when at 3-30 the Forest kicked off against a slight breeze. The visitors at once became aggressive, and after smart work by Broughton, Forman tested Kitchen who fisted away. Everton the took up the running, and several fine movements by the forwards ended in Sharp and Taylor shooting strongly. White saving a certain goal from Taylor. The game was contested with good spirit, and the pace was exceedingly fast. Broughton forced a corner off Abbott, and after Kitchen had fisted away the Everton right made progress, with the result that Linacre had to handle a header from Young. Still Everton pressed, and Bowman secured a corner, which, however, was not turned to account. More aggressive work by the Everton front line followed, the only result being another abortive corner. The visiting right indulged in passing, and from a centre by Broughton, Kitchen caught the ball and cleared effivetively, Settle and Bowman were prominent, but an accidental foul spoiled their work. Iremonger was penalised for unfairly tackling Taylor, and from the free kick the Forest back, two or three times repelled what looked like being dangerous shots. The run of the play continued to favour Everton until the Forest right wing broke away, and displaying clever tactics, Kitchen had to exert all his abilities to save his charge. Wolstenholme pushed Spouncer within the penalty line, but it did not come under the ban of the referee, and the Evertonians again rushed off. Abbott placing the ball beautifully to Settle, whose shot banged against the crossbar. Next Taylor with a fast shot from long range, tested Linacre, and keeping up the pressure, a terrific shot from Abbott hit the upright, while immediately afterwards the same player just sent wide. The Forest responding with a gamely attack, but could extract no quarter upon the Everton defence, and then the home side forced the game, Bowman being at fault in dealing with a centre from Taylor. From a Bowman's centre Everton gained a corner, but it was badly utilised. Settle was applauded for clever tackling, and being fouled the free kick led to vigorous pressure on the Forest goal. Bowman was well fed, but was rather too slow in taking advantage of the opening, sending to high. Play was confined almost continuously to the Forest half. Once from a centre beautifully placed by Bowman, the ball was headed wide by Taylor. Then Timmins was penalised for handling, and following the free kick Linacre missed a header from Taylor. Bowman pounced on the ball and sent it across to Sharp, who completing a smart attack by placing the ball into the net after the game had been in progress rather more than half an hour. A minute later Settle had hard lines, with a lighting shot, and after a brief attack by the Forest, Everton returned, and a nice run down enabled Sharp to get in a centre, which was only disposed of with difficulty. The Evbertonians were undoubtedly playing a grand game, and the Forest goal was lucky to escape further downfall. The Forest had on occasional look in, but their efforts in front of goal were rarely dangerous, both Boyle and Watson distinguishing themselves by smart tackling and good kicking. Half time Everton 1 goal; Notts Forest nil.

In the second half play, for some time lacked the interest, which had, been maintained during the first forty-five minutes. It did not take very long, however, before the Evertonians were bombarding the Forest goal, and Linacre in particular had to get out a regular stinging shot from Settle at the expense of a fruitless corner. Spouncer was responsible for an accurate centre, from which, Broughton shot inches wide of the upright. The Forest forwards frequently spoiled reasonable chances, by getting offside, and for the most part Everton were attacking. Settle put the ball in the net after the whistle had blown for a foul, and from the free kick, Young in a difficult position shot a shade too high. Afterwards Settle again seem to tested Linacre with a fast shot which brought the custodian to his knees, and from Bowman's centre, Young was at fault when nicely placed. The Forest pressed without success, and although three corners in rapid succession fell to Everton they could not improve their position, and the game ended without further scoring. Final Result Everton 1; Notts Forest nil.

 

WHITE STAR WANDERERS 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1

April 1 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Everton sent a fairly strong team yesterday to meet the Star in a friendly, the attractive bringing a splendid attendance to the Marsh lane enclosure. The opening play was evenly contested, the Star players, although having to face a powerful sun, playing extreme well against their superior opponents, first Magill and then Kelly giving Davies difficulties shot to clear. At the opposite end Foote had a couple of weak shots to negotiate, and then Kelly, who was constantly busy on the Star left, put in a good run, and sending across to the oppose wing. Roberts opened the score with a shot that completely beat Davies. It was some time before the Everton forwards got into their stride, the narrowness of the ground spoiling their combination, the outside wing men being the only players to show to advantage, and a neat pass by Singleton enabled Tudor to place the ball in the net, the referee, however, ruling the Everton player offside. The game continued to be stubbornly contested, a couple of corners to Everton proving of no advantage, and the interval arrived with the Star leading by a goal to nil.

For a few minutes, after recommencing, Everton had matters pretty much their own way, but although gaining a corner they were unable to get pass Foote, and the homesters improving. Kelly led the way with an attack on Davies charge, an attempt by Turner just missing the mark. The visitors however, were soon again at the other end, and strove desperately to get on level terms. Paterson having hard lines with a long shot that skimmed the crossbar, but the same player had better luck immediately afterwards, as with a grounder the ball passed through Foote's hands into the net. The Star custodian made amends with a brilliant clearance from singleton, but there was no holding for Evertonians at this stages, and a couple of corners were taken in quick succession. Foote, however, displayed splendid form between the upright, and repelled shots from both wings. An effort by Coupe livened up matters, and a corner to the Star being nicely placed, a bully in goal looked like a certain goal, but the ball was eventually got away. The Star, however, held their own, a high shot from Magill, being nicely steered by Davies, the resulting corner being fruitless, and nothing further was scored, the game ended in a draw White Star 1; Everton 1.

 

EVERTON REVIEW

April 1 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

The return League fixture between these clubs attracted fully 25,000 spectators to the Goodison Park enclosure yesterday, and the home team won an interesting game by 1 goal to nil. The first half was productive of some splendid football, in which the Everton team held a decided superiority. Their forwards worked splendidly together, and, well backed up by the half-backs, kept the visitors defence fully employed. That Everton were not leading by 3 goals at the interval was due more to good luck than management on the part of the Notts defence, for Settle after dribbling close in, sent against the crossbar with a shot that Linacre would never have seen. Then Abbott experienced similar fortune, for a terrific drive from short range landed the ball against the upright, and on receiving from the rebound, the left half missed the net by inches only. Throughout the opening half, Everton held a complete ascendancy over their opponents, and they were vastly superior to the Foresters in every particular. Thirty minutes after the commencement of the game a foul was given against the Notts centre half, Timmins, and from the free kick, the ball was accurately placed for Taylor to head into the gaol, Linacre only partially cleared, and Bowman sent across the goalmouth to Sharp, who had no difficulty in registering the only goal of the match. After the interval the game became more even, and the Foresters gradually advanced to an equally with their opponents. They made several promising raids, their forwards passing very judiciously, and Spouncer, on the extreme left, being repeatedly prominent with his accurate centres. But Kitchen was never seriously troubled, and though many of the movements of the visitors appeared to bode danger in midfield, they invariably fizzled out before the sturdy defence of the home backs. The Everton forwards played a great game in the first half, their manceurves altogether bewildering the Notts defenders, and their goal escaped very luckily on several occasions, rasping shots being charged down in extremely fortunate fashion. Afterwards however, there was a marked deterioration, and Notts with a little more determination near goal, might have easily drawn level. Settle gave a capital display, and Sharp likewise ran and centred finely, but Young was off colour, and was frequently dispossessed by Timmins, the Foresters centre half, Bowman again gave a most disappointing display at outside left, and the number of chances he bungled was alarming. He was afforded every opportunity of demonstrating his worth, but Robinson found little difficulty in checking his career; whilst even when he did get a clear course he hung on to the ball until the full back took the ball from him. Delay in centring was his weakest point, and whilst the rest of the line were anxiously awaiting the cross-shot they had the mortification of witnessing the Notts full back almost invariably succeed in clearing before the ball could be delivered. Taylor passed very badly, and landed the sphere at the feet of the visitors' defenders too often to be appreciated. The halves were the strongest part of the team, though Wolstenholme found a troublesome pair to deal with in Capes and Spouncer; but as a body the home trio were difficult to beat. Boyle, at full back, indulged in some very pretty work, and though lacking somewhat in speed, there was judgement noticeable in every feature of his work. Watson kicked well, and Kitchen was as already stated, never seriously tested. In the opening half, Broughton, the Forest extreme right winger, was prominent; but in the second moiety, the left wing bore off the honours. Calvey opened the play to his wings in grand style, though he was easily beaten when it came to a question of shooting. The left wing rendered splendid services, and one of the smartest forwards on the field was Spouncer. At half, Robinson was in rare trim, and Timmins played a capital game in the centre, repeatedly getting the better of Young. Iremonger kicked strongly at full back, but White was the better man in this line, and his display left nothing to be desired. Linacre kept a good goal, and some of his clearance tested his abilities to the fullest extent.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 3 PADIHAM 1

April 2 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination (Game 30)

Played at Goodison Park yesterday, before a meagre attendance. Everton lost the toss, and had to face the wind and a bright sun. Tudor started and for a time Padiham had the best of the exchanges. Their work in front of goal was weak, however, and Muir was not troubled. Rankin and Brown change the venue, the visiting custodian having to clear from Proudfoot's header, and Padiham raced off, Muir having to run out to clear. Play was well contested, the visitors playing smartly, and having the best of the play. A fine centre from the left wing went dangerous close to Muir's charge. For a long time after this the Blues could not get past the halfway line, and a weak kick by Clayton gave Padiham a chance, but the shooting was very poor. From a free kick, Everton got down Singleton sending over the bar. Then Singleton centred beautifully, the ball being headed away, and from a rush on the Padiham right, Muir saved very coolly. Directly afterwards Everton should have scored, after a fine effort by Singleton, but Tudor failed to take advantage of an open goal, and a moment later the visiting centre was equally at fault, putting the ball over the bar, when right in front of Muir. Proudfoot tried hard to get away, and two of the defenders had to tackle him at the finish, before he was dispossessed. At the other end Muir cleared from a long shot, and after an abortive corner to Padiham their centre was given a beautiful chance by the left wing, but he again sent wide. Paidham continued to have the best of matters, the Everton forwards playing poorly, and Muir twice saved well. Proudfoot at last took the ball at the other end, and the visitors goal had a remarkable escape from Singleton centre, which Clark shaved the post with a beauty. Padiham had a turn, but a fruitless corner was all that fell to them. A splendid run by Rankin followed, and the custodian saved a hot shot from Paterson. Half time Everton nil; Padiham nil.

Immediately after restarting Proudfoot ran through to within about ten yards of goal, but shot wide. Then Rankin sent in a beauty, the custodian saving at full length. Padiham paid a brief visit to the Everton goal, Muir being called upon, but the home side kept up the attack. The visitor's custodian was hurt while saving, but soon resumed, and Clark sent a fine shot, just over the bar. Then Proudfoot worked a beautiful opening for himself, but in trying to place the ball into the corner of the net, he sent just outside. A moment later, however, Paterson succeeded in opening the scoring and directly afterwards the gaol had a wonderful escape from a corner. A rush by the Padiham left wing followed, and the inside man scored somewhat easily, thus putting the sides on level. Everton retaliated strongly and a splendid dropping shot from Singleton was well saved in the top corner of the goal. Five minutes later Paterson gave Everton the lead from a centre from Singleton, and before the finish Rankin scored a third goal. Result Everton 3; Padiham 1. Everton: - Muir, Sharp, and Balmer (r), backs, Clayton, Clark, and Brown half-backs, Rankin, Paterson, Tudor, Proudfoot, and Singleton, forwards

TO VISIT SCOTLAND.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 03 April 1902

Tit-Bits For Arbroath

Ever on the outlook for tit-bits for the numerous supporters of the Arbroath club, Mr Richard David, the popular Match Secretary, has just preformed a piece of work that will earn him the thanks of all Red Lichtie enthusiats. This is no less than the securing of the famous Everton Club, to play their last match of the season on Gayfield. The Liverpool Combination are expected to be the strongest possible eleven, and, appearing as they do on Wednesday, the 30th, a bumper gate is certain to repay the local Committee for their enterrpise. This news, coming as it certainly will, as a pleasent surprise, will keenly interest all Arbroath' s supporters.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 406)

April 7 1902. The Liverpool Courier.

Blythe carried off, early in second half.

The weather in Sheffield on Saturday was miserable in the extreme. Rain fell from early morning, and so persistent was the downfall that very few people visited Owlerton Park. Everton were without Settle, Blythe taking the place of Abbott, who went forward. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Boyle, and Watson backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Blythe, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Abbott, and Bowman, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Lyall, goal, Layton, and Langley, backs, Ferrier, Crawshaw, and Ruddleston, half-backs, Davis, Chapman Simpson (V.S) Beech, and Spikesley forwards.

The visitors winning the toss, Simpson set the ball in motion on a sudden ground. The first move came from the Wednesday right wing, but nothing came of it, and then Bowman and Abbott were prominent. The slippery ground, however, was altogether against anything like a descent exhibition of scientific football. Blythe got in some good work and fed his forwards nicely, but Layton's sure kicking was very useful to the Wednesday men. Kitchen was called upon to handle, and a moment later Boyle had to concede a corner. From that Crawshaw headed in, Kitchen scooping out the ball at the expense of another corner. Again the corner was beautifully taken, and there were some exciting incidents in the vicinity of the Everton goal, until a long shot from Ferrier went wide. The visiting right wing made play, but accidental handing stopped from progress, for a while. A hot shot from Beech keep Kitchen on the alert, fortunately for Everton. A less capable custodian might easily have been beaten. A free kick tom Everton was taken by Wolstenholmes, who sent the ball over the line, and immediately afterwards Abbott meeting a centre from Sharp directed the ball at Lyall, who had little difficulty in clearing. Considering the dressing conditions, the football was as good a could be expected, but it was not very exciting. A surprise shot from Crawshaw was diverted by Kitchen at the expense of a fruitless corner. Langley made rather a bad shot, but the mistake cost his side nothing, and for a while neither team could get any advantage. The rain continued to fall in torrents, and the ground became worse than ever. Simpson put in a low shot, and Kitchen in trying to back away just touched the leather, which rolled over the line. Following the corner Wednesday had a period of pressure, but very few shots were directed at Kitchen, both Boyle and Watson being safe in their keeping. Everton retaliated only to find that the state of the ground utilized against accurate forward play. Still there were some smart exchanges between Young and Bowman, the latter forcing an abortive corner off Layton. Play after this was of give and take description, although the Wednesday had rather a shade the best of the matters. Boyle headed away a dangerous centre from Chapman. At the other end Young missed a nice opening presented to him by Sharp, and then Taylor shot into the custodian hands. Kitchen afterwards fisted out a good attempt on the part of Davis, and the game was stopped for a time owing to an injury to Blythe leg over strained in tackling Chapman. Blythe had to be assisted off the field by trainer, and Abbott took his place at left half. Wednesday had the bulk of the attack, but the interval arrived with a clean shoot. Half-time Everton nil; Wednesday nil.

When the second half was commenced Wednesday were the first to break ground, and Simpson tested Kitchen with a fast shot, but the custodian cleared alright, and Sharp was enabled to get down on his wings, and at the end of a brilliant individual effort he centred to Bowman, and the being unattended, had no difficulty in beating Lyall after seven minutes play. Following this Wednesday attack heavily, and Beech forced Kitchen to save in the top corner. A little later Beech equalised the score after Kitchen had saved from Layton following a free kick close in. There was no more scoring, and the game ended in a draw of one goal each.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 2 TURTON 2

April 7 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination (Game 31)

At Goodison Park in miserable weather, rain falling heavily. Turton displayed the smarter tactics, for a long time in the first half, but were weak near goal, and Everton scored through Tudor. Before the inter Tyrer made the score level from a penalty kick. On resuming Singleton gave Everton the lead, the home side having the best of the game. However, five minutes from time Turton scored from a rush by Booth. Result Everton 2; Turton 2. Everton: - Muir goal, Boyle (captain), and Balmer (r), backs, Clayton Clark, and Brown, half-backs, Rankin, Paterson, Tudor, Proudfoot, and Singleton, forwards.

 

ENGLAND CAP FOR SETTLE

April 7 1902. From Liverpool Mercury

The 31 st annual international match between Scotland and England at Ibrox Park, in the presence of 70,000. The game resulted in a one all drew, with Everton's Jimmy Settle equalized a few minutes from the interval.

Regrettable Accident.

No one could have foreseen what a terrible tale of disaster, and death would soon have to be told. The game had run ten minutes of its course, the western terracing collapsed, and carried down amidst the ruins, hundreds of spectators in a struggling mass. It was painful sight to see the dead and injured carried across the field of play on the way to the pavilion, where medical and ambulances were in waiting. A sight like this has never before been seen at football match in Scotland.

 

EVERTON REVIEW

April 7 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

There was nothing very much at stake in the match between Everton and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and probably this was just as well, because the conditions under which the return League match at Owlerton Park was played were such as to render abortive anything like a decent exposition of scientific football. Rain came down in torrents, the ground was a perfect quagmire, and the pitiful handful of spectators who found shelter under the corrugated canopy of the grand stands were well nigh chilled to the marrow and the ninety minutes had expired. Under these depressing conditions it need not be surprising if the game failed to provide that interest which is usually associated in the encounters between the “Blues” and the “Blades” Early in December Everton gained perhaps the most decisive victory of the season at Goodison Park by five goals to nil over Sheffield Wednesday. It was scarcely in the order of things that this should be repeated at Owlerton, but with a shade of Luck, the Evertonians might easily have captured a couple of points, which would have brought them even nearer to the probable if not absolute champions of the League. In the first half of the game up to the time that Blythe had to leave the field, there was nothing in the play suggestive of superiority on either side, but when early in the second portion. Bowman with a brilliant shot defeated Lyall all the way, the visitors had a great chance of finishing masters of the situation. It was owing to a slip and possibly also to the wretched state of the ground that led to Ktchen allowing Beech to register an equalizing goal. After this both teams displayed what under the circumstances can only be described as surprisingly good form. They seemed to revel in the mud, and though at times slipping about in a fashion interesting to the spectators, they positively worked up a certain degree of enthusiasm as to the final issue of the game. Twice within one week, Liverpool clubs have shared the points on the Wednesday ground; in the case of Liverpool, this point was particularly welcome, and in view of the downfall of Sunderland on Saturday, Everton's draw places them all the more favorably in the League table. Turning to the play individually, there is no doubt that the visitors were to a certain extent weakened by the absence of their deadly shot-Settle-who was doing International duty at Glasgow. Abbott was called upon to fill the vacancy, but, after all his forte is not in the forward line. Efforts he did many things in conjunction with Bowman, who, if he were to impart to his work a little more energy would become a more enable unit of the Everton. Both Sharp and Taylor exhibited exemplary pertinacity, the outside man especially getting along the slippery surface at a rare turn of speed, and losing no opportunity of putting in centre which, had the ground been favorable might easily have been turned to account. After all, one of the most pleasurable features of the game played under such distressing circumstances was the really fine defence of the right back-Boyle-who has given so many years of valuable and ungrudging service to the Everton Club. His kicking, and tackling were at times of the greatest assistance to his side, and his confreres Watson despite a tendency to try too much on his own account, rendered admirable aid, keeping in check, such a speedy pair as Chapman and Davies. As already intimated, Blythe was injured at a comparatively early stage of the game, and though he returned to the field, after the interval, he was what is colloquially called a passager, having eventually to retire after trying what he could do as outside left to Bowman. Booth and Wolstenholme displayed their usual cleverness, but they probably more than the others were handicapped by the state of the ground, the vicinity of the centre line being, as a matter of fact, liquid mud. The Wednesday defence was the best part of the team, for the respective players in this department got through their work in a manner that was about criticism. The forwards as times worked admirably together, and in the open showed both speed, and ability, but when it came to a matter of testing the custodian their efforts were reduced to the very ordinary level. The right wing pair were the most aggressive pair, and were ably backed up by Ferrier, who played the most consistent half back game, while Layton, Langley, and Lyall proved a most formidable rearguard. Under the conditions that prevailed, probably a division of honours was the best solution of a somewhat uninteresting game.

Rumours of Cox to Everton

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 12 April 1902

There are rumours in Liverpool that Cox will partner Everton Settle next season. The rumour arose before they were seen in that conjunction on that occasion was not a very happy one. Each man played for his own hand and ignored the other ten. It is a fact that Liverpool are seriously displeased with Cox because of this selfishness but they do not mean to part with him, especially to Everton. My advice to Cox is to stick to Liverpool. His job is sure so long as he plays up to form, and there is a pension for him in his old age; but at Goodison, although he may get a "rise" it will be an Irishman's -he will be retired at 28 compulsorily, and he can't long persuade Everton that he is under that age. Liverpool have no age limit; they play a man as long as he is capable -and a good deal longer, in some people's opionion. Besides, so many players have gone to Goodison to Anfield and so many from Anfield to Goodison that it is difficult to tell other's from which. If there are many more exchanges the clubs will have to alter their names.

EVERTON 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1 (Game 407)

April 12 1902. The Liverpool Courier

This, the Last League match of the season at Goodison Park, was played in beautiful fine weather, and there would be fully 12,000 people when the game started. On the Everton side Bell reappeared at outside left, while the County, who had been in training at St.Annes-on-sea, were fully represented. Teams: -

Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Boyle, and Watson, backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Notts County: - Pennington, goal, Prescott, and Montgomery, back Innes, Bull, and McDonald, half-backs, Joynes, Humphreys, Ross, Morris and Gee, forwards.

Everton kicked off against the sun, and from the start Notts worked down on the right, and by nice dribbling got past Watson that the ball was shot over the line. Then Bell received the ball, and as the result of a fine run, got through all the backs. In centred beautifully to Taylor, who, however, skied the ball. The visitors came again, and Morris sent in a fine shot, which Kitchen fumbled somewhat, but at the same time managed to get away. Bell made another dash down, but was forced over the line. The Notts forward showed nice passing, and once when Joynes was obviously offside, he was allowed too near, the Everton goal, only two shot yards wide of Kitchen. After gave and take play, Joynes forced in corner of Watson, but this was easily dealt with, and after Boyle had cleared nicely, Settle put in some fine work, which, however, came to nothing. Sharp was easily beaten, though for some time the play was in the County half. Still the visiting forwards showed good form, but they could make little headway against the strong Everton defence. Kitchen saved a capital attempt by McDonald, and then the Everton left wing made progress, Settle however, shooting yards outside. At the other end Gee was conspicuous, butting in a shot which Kitchen gamely saved, and then Sharp, after a fine dash down the field, sent in a fine centre, but no advantage accurned to Evertonians. Still keeping up the pressure Taylor, passed neatly, and only for Settle shooting straight at the custodian. Try as they would the visitors could make little impression on the Evertonians, who were very determined to extract the full points, and it was lucky for Notts that a shot from Booth went just over the crossbar. With all the pressure they were exerting Everton could not score, and from a breakaway, Notts became dangerous. Their forwards however, seemed to be too anxious, and in this way chances were thrown away, Gee on one occasion making a bad mistake. Play was quickly transferred to the other end, where from a centre by Settle a grand opening was afforded Taylor, whose shot, however, was dealt with in workmanlike fashion by Pennington. Boyle was applauded for his cleverness in robbing Gee, and play continued to be full of interesting episodes. As the game progressed, so did the form of the Evertonians. Young shot wide. A visit to the vicinity of the Everton goal brought no result, and following clever play by Wolstenholmes an opening was afforded Sharp whose centre was cleverly neutralized by the County defenders. Everton were now having all the best of play, but they failed to pierce the opposing defence, though Booth and Young had good triers. Twice Pennington fisted out shots from Sharp and Young, and under the circumstances Everton certainly deserved the goal, which was not forthcoming, Settle with his back to the goal, planted the ball over the posts, and play was continually in the visitors half. Harris forced a corner of Watson, and the ball bobbed about Kitchen until Bull headed it over the bar, and into a position of safely. The Everton left wing again took up the running, and Young called upon Pernnington. The visitors retaliated, and a long shot from McDonald was the only call upon Kitchen. Sharp again distinguished himself, and from his centre, Bell headed in. Pennington having little difficulty in clearing. Nothing had been scored, when the whistle blew for the interval. The game was reopened before fully 15,000 people, and a minute later there was quite a sensation provided. After Bull and lifted the ball up, Gee headed towards goal and Bull shot, the ball rebounded from Kitchen, and Humphreys rushed through, thus scoring for Notts. After this the Evertonians attacked with great persistency. They simply walked round the Notts defenders, and could do anything but score, although on one occasion Settle gave Pennington a teaser. Thus early the Notts backs resorted to the kicking out process. Everton swarmed round Pennington, only to find the defence too stubborn for anything, but it was lucky for the visitors when a nasty dropping shot from Booth went the wrong side of the upright. Everton had the best of the play, pressing to the finish, but the Notts backs prevented a score, and the County gained a couple of points from a game in which, for the most part they were on the defensive. Final Notts County 1; Everton nil.

 

NELSON 4 EVERTON RESERVES 0

April 14 1902. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination (Game 32)

At Nelson. Bertwistle made a fine run and passed to Bennett, who beat Ford. Bennett scored a second goal for Nelson, after Ford had cleared. Halt time score Nelson 2; Everton nil. In the second half Everton pressed, and Hartley effected a fine after Rankin had made a brilliant run. Almond scored a third goal for Nelson, and Cowell a fourth goal, Nelson 4 goals Everton nil.

Everton: - Ford, goal, Young (w) and Balmer (r), backs Brown, Clark, and Blythe, half-backs, Rankin, Paterson, Tudor, Bone, and Singleton, forwards .

 

EVERTON REVIEW

April 14 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton concluded their home League programme in a very unsatisfactory fashion, for, as was the case last season. Notts County defeated them by scoring the only goal of the match. To some extent the Midlanders were fortunate in gaining both points, for they did not show any superiority as far as actual play was concerned. In fact, they were kept on the defensive fully two-thirds of the game, but they secured a lucky goal, and succeeded in maintaining this advantage to the end. Nevertheless, some degree of credit is due to Notts in preventing Everton from obtaining a goal, for the home forwards and halves were at full length, and it is generally admitted that to gain points on foreign soil, no matter what disparity there may appear to be between the combatants, is deserving of praise. To this extent therefore, let Notts be complimented upon their performances; they wanted the points badly, and they should now succeed in evading the clutches of the Second Division. Everton played a good game in the first half, and had chances enough to have made their success certain before the interval was reached. Bell put in some dashing runs, and centres in this portion of the game, but the inside players made but poor use of their opportunities. The Notts backs were very determined, however, and stood on no ceremony in getting the ball away to safer quarters, with the result that Pennington's task was considerably lightened. It was this extra vigour produced doubtless by the knowledge that their status in the First Division depended greatly upon the result of this match, that pulled Notts through and the visitors owe their success solely and simply by reason of the excellent work accomplished by the backs. That they recognized the difficult nature of the task awaiting was shown by the fact that the County committee had dispatched their eleven to St.Annes-on-Sea, where they had spent the week prior to the game under notice in fitting themselves for the combat. The Everton front rank was decidedly off colour, and Bell, who had done so well in the opening half, was seldom in evidence afterwards. Unfortunately for the outside winger, his partner Settle was not in the happiest vein, and this of course militated considerably against the harmonious combination, which usually prevails on the wing. Young was also greatly, at fault, especially in taking the ball and passing out to his wings, but he piled some capital shots at Pennington, each of which however, was well caught by the active custodian, barring one, which he did well to tip over the bar. On the right wing was much blundering noticeable, Sharp repeatedly failing to take a long pass, but Taylor was as effective as any forward on the field. As a body however, the forward did not shine; there was any amount of smoke, but no fire in their efforts. Up to a certain point they shaped creditably, and then collapsed like a bubble. A similar state of affairs prevailed at half-back. Abbott being the least conspicuous of this branch of the team, though neither Booth nor Wolstenholmes showed to such advantage as in their recent matches, and were not so completely in touch with their forwards as was necessary to command success. The defence was good, and Boyle executed some neat touches, whilst Watson kicked very consistency, and Kitchen was fully equal to the few demands made upon him. As already stated, the Notts defence was the strongest point of the team, and Pennington accomplished some very clever clearances, using great judgment in getting the ball away. Prescott and Montgomery were a vigorous pair of backs, whilst of a capable trio of halves Innes was most prominent, though McDonald was a rare worker, and shadowed Sharp most assiduously. There was nothing particularly brilliant about the forward line, which at times displayed neat passing; but Joynes, on the extreme right appears to be a smart youth though he is very aimly built. They made poor use of several chances of scoring, and shaped very moderately when it came to a question of shooting. They managed to win, however, and thereby gained the object, which they came.

 

SKELMERDALE 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0

April 17 190. The Liverpool Mercury

Liverpool Senior Cup Semi-Final

At Skelmerdale. There was a record gate. The home side had more of the game them Everton. One shot hitting the bar. Muir saved splendidly several times in quick succession. Even play followed for a time, but United again pressed, Boyle at right back playing a fine game for Everton. The United were playing a splendid game, and scored, but the referee disallowed it. At Half-time the scored was Skelmerdale nil,; Everton nil. Full team Skelmerdale 1 Everton nil.

Everton: - Muir, goal, Boyle (captain), and Balmer (r), backs, Clayton, Clark, and Brown, half-backs, Rankin, Paterson, Hardman, Makepeace, and Singleton, forwards.

BOLTON WANDERERS v. EVERTON.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 19 April 1902

Bolton Wanderers having an unbroken record at home, and this match with Everton was the last home match of the season, considerable interest was manifested. A crowd of about 12,000 assembled at Burnden Park this afternoon. The Wanderers were without Sutcliffe, who had sustained broken finger Stoke, and Picken. who was suffering from innuenra. Teams: Bolton.—Hanson, goal; Halliday and Ostick. backs; Freebaim, Bannister, and Struthers.'half-backs; Stokes, R. N. Brown. McKee. Barlow, and Williams, forwards. Everton.—Kitchen, goal; Eccles and Watson, backs; Wolsteaholme. Booth, and Abbott, half-backs; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. The Wanderers started with the wind, and began monopolise the play, Kitchen's charge having several narrow escapes. Williams ought to have had one through when the custodian only partially cleared. Settle made effort to get through, but was checked by Ostick as was also Sharp. Kitchen was very fortunate dear low rasping shot from Bannister. Play centred in the visitors' goal for a time, through a mistake by Brown, Young and company got on the swing, and after Struthers had checked. Sharp sent terrific shot right across the goalmouth, but no one was up. Shortly afterwards Sharp put across again, and after Bannister had failed to dear properly. Young pounced on the ball and scored, Hanson never having touched the ball up to this. The visitors showed much better tactics, and were far quicker on the ball than their opponents. Hanson had to fist clear a fine shot from Taylor. Ultimately Sharp again obtained, and after fine bit passing Young notched second goal. At the other end Bar low had hard lines with a good attempt, the bail striking Watson and going into Kitchen's hands. Thrice again the visitors' goal had narrow shaves. Half-time— Everton 2, Wanderers 0. Resuming the Wanderers shaped indifferently, and consequently play was mostly in their half, was rarely they got near Kitchen, who was well covered the backs. Barlow had hard lines, the hall striking the upright. A corner was secured, and being well placed the visitors were fortunate clear. An excellent shot was put in from the line Struthers, who had changed place with Brown, and it was just well saved hy Kitchen. The visitors were, however, much the smarter eleven, and in a rush down hy Sharp, who centred finely. Bell shot, and the ball striking Halliday it went through. Ultimately Bannister gave the sphere Barlow, and that player and Struthers taking it through the backs, the former scored. ResuIt—EVERTON 3, WANDERERS 1.

HAMILTON ACADEMICAL 0 EVERTON 4
April 21, 1902. The Glasgow Herald
Last night Everton played the first match in their Scottish tour by engaging Hamilton Academicals on Douglas Park, before some 2,000 spectators, with the exception of Booth, Everton played their best team, while Hamilton with performance with several Juniors. In the first half the English team scored twice through Proudfoot and Bell. They played against the wind but never had to stretch themselves. The play of the home team was scraggy and effective, though Walls had several good tries to retrieve their fortune. After the interval the Hamilton seemed to weaken up, and Curran all but scorer, Kitchen saving finely. Shortly after Everton scored twice in success, Proudfoot and Clarke, the latter of whom played with the Hamilton last season, being responsible. The game ended Everton 4, Hamilton Academicals 0. Later in the evening at a Smoking concert in the Douglas and Clydesdale Hotel, Pail lie Pollock presented the Hamilton with the Lanarkenshire Cup.
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FAMOUS FOOTBALLER MARRIED.

Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 21 April 1902

This afternoon, at St Bride's Church Old Trafford, Manchester, the marriage took place of Jack Sharp, member of the Lancashire County cricket team, and the well-known forward of Everton F.C., and Miss Scott, formerly of Leyland. The wedding was of a pretty character, and at the close the happy couple received the hearty congratulations of their friends.

BOLTON WANDERERS 1 EVERTON 3 (Game 408)

April 21 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Everton played their last League match of the season at Burnden Park on Saturday. The weather was dull, and a strong wind blew from end to end. There were several changes in the home team. Picken missing his first League match for a couple of seasons. For Bolton a good deal depended upon the issue of the game, as they desired to retain their record being the only League club to escape defeat at home this season. The teams were: -

Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Eccles, and Watson, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-back, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Hanson, goal, Halliday, and Ostick, backs, Freeburn, Bannister, and Struthers, half-backs, Stokes, Brown (R.N.) McKie, Barlow, and Williams, forwards .

Booth lost the toss, and Young started in the face of a stiff breeze before about 10,000 spectators. The visitors did not make headway against the wind, and McKie looked like having a clear course when Booth luckily charged the ball down. Them Settle and Bell made off, only for Halliday to touch the ball into touch. Through Watson miskicking McKie had a rare chance, but Kitchen cleared in the nick of time, but immediately afterwards McKie put the ball behind. There could be no question that the wind was a most powerful factor, and but for the close attention of the Everton half-back, the home forwards must have scored. Taylor made tremendous efforts to get away, but to allow for the wind as a difficult matter, and an opponent invariably took his passes. At length Abbott, Bell, and Settle executed a fine movement on the left, and just as the little international was about to steady himself, Halliday banged wildly at the ball, and accomplished his object. A moment later Settle, and Bell nicely fed by Booth did good work. The former however, shot high over the bar from long range, and the Wanderers again carried play to the other end, where a fast ground shot from Bannister, though it came unexpectedly, brought Kitchen to his knees. The Everton custodian effected a grand save at the expanse of a fruitless corner. A nice passing movement between Abbott, Young, Settle, and Bell, was nullified owing to the latter getting offside. Then the Wanderers again attacked, but their efforts in front of goal, caused Kitchen no difficulty. The Everton half-back were playing a clinking game, and it befitted the occasion for Wolsteholme to score after some clever work on the part of Booth. The pair completely outwitted the home defence, and the success of the visitors came after twenty-five minutes play. In less than a minute Struther had a splendid chance of equalising for there was no opposition but Kitchen, and amidst a perfect veil of disappointment he shot over the bar. Brown and Stokes put in much good work on the home right, but the whole of the forwards lacked judgement in finishing. Williams earlier on had come into collision with Eccles, and now left the field, but the depleted ranks of the Wanderers played up pluckily, and for some little time the visiting defenders, without however, being able to get in a decent shot against Kitchen. After a lengthy pressure Booth retaliated a movement to the other end, which Taylor and Sharp turned to good account, the inside man when expected to shoot parted to Young, who was better placed, with the result that Hanson had no chance whatever with the last rising shot. Attacking again two corners were forced, and from the second Young was only a little faulty in elevation. The Wanderers, who had been reinforced by Williams, now exerted pressure, but again the weakness front of goal was apparent. The interval arrived with Everton holding a comfortable lead, which was distinctly creditable seeing that they had to face a strong breeze. Half-time Everton 2 goals, Bolton Wanderers nil.

In the second half Everton adopted the policy of kicking out to a large extent but Kitchen had several excellent shots to save, these coming from McKie and Stokes, Settle troubled the Wanderers goalkeeper, but could not beat him. However, Halliday put through his own goal, and a third goal for Everton settled the afternoon's honours but the Wanderers pluckily tackled their opponents, and Barlow scored, it was too late, however, for the Wanderers to pull the game out of the fire, and they retired beaten for the first time this season on their own ground. Final- Everton 3 goals, Bolton Wanderers 1.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 3 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0

April 21 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination. (Game 33)

At Goodison park. With the assistance of the wind, Bolton had the best of matters for a long time, but failed to score. After 15 minutes' play, Everton scored through Bowman, and although they had the best of the subsequent play they could not beat Arrowsmith again before the interval. Everton continued to show the better form after the interval, and Rankin and Bowman added to score. Result Everton 3; Bolton nil. Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer (r), and Young (w) backs, Clayton, Clark, and Brown, half-back, Rankin, Paterson, Bowman, Chadwick (j), and Singleton, forwards.

 

EVERTON REVIEW

April 21 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton wound up their League season on Saturday in brilliant fashion, defeating Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park by three goals to one. After all this was probably only to be expected in view of the many recent inconsistent performances which they have given. Latterly, at home, when everyone expected a victory, they proved themselves most disappointing, and therefore, Saturday's success was not altogether a surprise for the Evertonians have a penchant for showing up the unreliability of football form. Moreover apart from the decisive victory, they dealt the Bolton Wanderers a severe blow, in as much as they upset the calculations of the Boltonians who were exceedingly anxious to be the only club in the League which throughout the season had not known defeat before their own spectators. Until Saturday the Wanderers had attended this distinction, and it is certainly unfortunate for them that in their last fixture they should have been deprived of it. However, not even the most enthusiastic of their supporters could venture the statement that on the play exhibited by the team they in any way deserved to maintained their record in this respect unfurnished. True they had a depleted team, but it is unquestionable the fact that those who represented the club were singularly weak, and inept. At times, particularly when they had a stiff breeze behind them they displayed a dash that boded ill for the Everton defenders amongst whom Kitchen, in goal, was conspicuous and ever reliable. At the same time, the recklessness and inaccuracy with which Bolton men shot at goal frittered chances, which under ordinary circumstances would have been turned to account, away. The defence of the team was by no means up to the standard of a club, which had so long averted disaster on their own ground. The loss of Sutcliffe was of course, a great blow to the Wanderers, for the reserves custodian-Hanson-it is no great reflection upon him to state, was a long way removed from being a second Sutcliffe. Some of his clearance were lucky in, the extreme though it must be stated that he was set to blame for any of the goals registered against his side. The fault rather lay with the backs-Halliday and Ostick-neither of whom kicked with anything approaching safely, while at times they were sadly deficient in resource when tackling was required. Still it has to be admitted that Everton, on the day play, were a particularly dangerous side. Even when operating against the wind one could not but recognize the masterly understanding which prevailed throughout the team. The half-back line time and again broke up all attempts at combination by the home forwards, and withal never lost the slightest opportunity of placing the ball to the toe of one of their own attacking line. It was this concerted action which, more than anything else, exposed the weakness of their antagonists, and had the players extended themselves a little more, the adverse margin against the Wanderers must have been even more pronounced. Once they gained a commanding lead, there was not that incisiveness of attack, which might have been exhibited, and throughout the second half there was something like a tendency to show up their opponents. Still there were occasional brilliant flashes of play, which even commanded the admiration of the home supporters. They was not a weak spot observable in the team, as will be gathered from what has already been stated about the complete understanding which existed. Kitchen accomplished many smart things in goal, and was rather unlucky to have been beaten when he had no other resource than to leave his goal. The backs did all that was required of them in finished style, while as has been indicated, the half-backs were a most formidable trio. The friends, too, as a body played on the top of their form, and a pleasing feature of their display was the equal distribution of the work, for which considerable praise is due to Young. Having completed their League programme, the Everton team enter to-day upon a tour in Scotland and Ireland, and this will keep them busily engaged till the last day of the season, no fewer than eight friendly matches having been arranged.

RAITH ROVERS 4 EVERTON 4
April 23, 1903. The Glasgow Herald.
Continuing their holiday tour the English combination visited Starle’s Park, Kirkcaldy and tackled the Raith Rovers, before a good turnout of spectators. The teams were:- Everton, goal; Eccless and Watson, backs; Wolstenholmes, Clarke and Blythe, half-backs; Pearce, Settle, Proudfoot, Abbott and Bell, forwards. Raith Rovers:- Oswald, goal; Intre and Denholmes, backs; Orrock, Morris and Grierson, half-backs; J. McDonald, McFarlane, Markie, Erkford and Hasson, forwards. At the start Raith nearly scored, and a minute later Eckford netted with a grand goal after Orrock had missed badly from a corner. Proudfoot made a likewise had miss in front of Oswald. Play was immediately after transferred to Everton’s charge, where after several tussels, Markie ultimately beat Kirchen for a second time. Goalscoring was rapid and Everton getting down, Oswald was beat from a scrimmage from the goalkick the home team made grand progress, and though a fine square pass, Markie beat Kitchen for a third time. The play of the home forwards was a treat and when once on the run they took a lot of stopping. Grierson followed in with a fine drop kick, which took the English goalkeeper all his best to stop, the ball being tipped over the bar. Everton than had some share of the play, but bad shooting spoiled many of their attempts. A penalty against Everton was awarded, but Markie who took the kick, failed in his attempt. Immediately after Bell got off in a grand style and finished up by beating Oswald. Half-time; Raith Rovers 3, Everton 2.
On resuming in the second portion Everton gradually pressed until the Raith had to give away a corner, from which a penalty was gained and converted into a goal by the visitors right. Continuing Proudfoot then gave his team the lead by beating Oswald with a swift ball, Bell followed with a fine effort, Proudfoot stiking the upright, Hasson was the means of transferring play, and squaring to Mackie, the player was deliberately tripped up while in the art of shooting. A penalty was awarded which was converted into a goal by Eckford, from this to the close the home team kept the English team defending, Kitchen’s charge running some narrow escapes. A slip by Innes let Bell in and passing across to Pearce that player shot wildly over the bar.
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EVERTON AT KIRKCALDY.

Dundee Courier - Wednesday 23 April 1902

FAST GAME AND RAPID SCORING.

For week night match for Rovers the crowd at Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy, last night was a large one, the " drawing power of Everton being sufficient to bring out the local football enthusiasts witness the display of the runners-up in the English League on a Fife pitch, with Rovers as opposition. The day was a most disagreeable one, but towards evening a fine drying breeze set in, and a blink of sunshine also broke through prior to the teams lining up in the following order:— Everton—Kitchen; Eccles and Watson; Wolstenholme, Clark, and Peace, Settle, Proudfoot. Abbott, and Bell. Raith Rovers—Oswald: Innes and Denholm ; Orroek, Morris, and Grierson; J. M'Donald, M'Farlane, Maekie, Eckford, and Haxton. Referee, Mr Nisbet. Within the opening minute the Rovers counted through Eckford, the effort being soon followed by second goal, Mackie beating Kitchen. The visitors replied smartly, and after smart exchanges, they were successful in beating Oswald from a'scrimmage at close quarters. After fast forward play Mackie again raced in and beat Kitchen with lovely straight drive. Thus were four goals rattled on within a quarter hour, and play still ruled very fast and brimful of lively passages. The home front rank performed grandly, Mackie and his left wing being prominent. A penalty for the Rovers was smartly handled by Kitchen, and after fast run down Bell scored with a fast shot. Half-time Raith Rovers, 3 goals; Everton, 2 goals. On resuming the visitors rushed in on Oswald, and in the scrimmage a penalty was awarder, from which Everton scored through Settle. The Englishmen were now forcing the pace, and the centre forward put fourth goal past Oswald, giving his team lead. The combination of the Englishmen at this juncture was a feature. A penalty to the Rovers for "attentions" to Mackie was netted amid applause bv Eckford, and the teams were "four all." The play the Everton forwards continued to be remarkably clever, but the locals played gamely, and draw of four goals resulted, most creditable performance the part of Raith Rovers.

FALKIRK 0 EVERTON 1

April 24, 1902. The Glasgow Herald.

Played at Falkirk, last night in presence of about 10,000 spectators. The ground was in splendid condition for a fast game. Falkirk started play with the wind in their faces, and during the first half the play was very evenly contested, but was very quick and on the mean scrappy. Half-time no scoring, on the resumption more energy was infused in the game by the visitors and play improved. Final Falkirk 0, Everton 1

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EVERTON V. FALKIRK

April 24, 1902. The Edinburgh Evening News

Everton continued their Scotland tour by meeting Falkirk on Brookville Park, before about 1500 spectators. In the first half Falkirk had the advantage of the breeze. Half-time arrived without scoring, although Everton had an offside goal just before changing ends. The play was off a better description in the second half. Ten minutes after the interval Settle scored from a corner, Falkirk had quite as much of the play as their opponents. No more scoring took place and the game, which only consisted of two 35's ended; Everton one goal, Falkirk nothing. The Everton team included Gillespie of the Queen's Park.

Everton to Face Rangers

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 25 April 1902

The Everton Football Club directors have arranged to play a match against the Glasgow Rangers at Goodison Park on Thursday next, May 1st. The Rangers offered to put up a Cup they won at Glasgow Exhibition last year, to be competed for by the two highest clubs in the English and Scottish Leagues, the proceeds to be devoted to the fund for the sufferers by the Ibrox disaster, and the match arrnaged for Thursday next will be in that competition.

FALKIRK V EVERTON

April 26, 1902. The Falkirk Herald

Everton continued their Scotland tour by meeting Falkirk on Brookville Park, before about 1500 spectators, on Wednesday night. Weather and ground were favourable to a fast game, but in the first half when Falkirk had the advantage of the breeze, the play was slack and scraggy. Half-time arrived without any scoring, although Everton had n off-side goal just before changing ends. The play was of a better description in the second half, the visitors throwing off some of the listlessness of the firs portion. Ten minutes after the interval Settle scored from a corner. Falkirk had quite as much of the play as their opponents. No more scoring took place and the game, which only consisted of two 35's ended; Everton, one goal; Falkirk nothing. Teams; Falkirk; Allan; Hill and Reid; Scott, Drummond, and Goudie; Kingshorn, Campbell, Leishman, Burt, and Kemp, Kinghorn, Campbell, Leishman, Burt and Kemp. Everton; Kitchen; Gillespie (Queens Park), and Hamilton (Stenhousemuir Hearts); Sharp, Clark, and Blyth; Taylor, Bowman, Young, Settle, and Bell.

Everton commenced a tour in Scotland on Monday, when they defeated Hamilton Academicals by 4-0. With one exception, the Everton turned out their strongest team. Then on Tuesday evening Everton were ay Kirkcaldy, where a draw of four goals each resulted. The Kirkcaldy team led in the scoring, and made the visitors play up. On Wednesday evening Everton appeared against the Falkirk team, and as the weather and ground were favourable, and the attendance fairly good for a week-night, it was expected that some class play would be shown. I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that –apart from the close and favourable result to Falkirk that took place –the game was disappointing. The strangers turned out what certainly could not be called a representative Everton team as they had only one of their regular back division; and the game was shortened by 20 minutes. There were at times interesting bits of play shown, but the game as a whole failed to raise any enthusiasm. While the Everton team had only one of their regular back division, it compared most favourably with the display of the front rank. In fact the Everton half-backs and the Falkirk left wing pair displayed the most energy and the most skill during the whole game. Perhaps it would have paid Falkirk more had the ball been crossed oftener to the right, but Burt fed up Kemp as well as ever he did. The two local men in the Everton front rank Young and Bowman did not electrify their old admirers by their displays; in fact when they were robbed of the ball, they made little effort to recover it again. There were other two local men in the Everton team –J. Gillespie (the old Queen's Parker) and Hamilton (of the Stenhousemuir Hearts). Gillespie defended in his usual vigorous style, and Hamilton made a fairly good show. I believe Everton intended to have had some other juniors on trial, but they did not “draw.”

 

EVERTON RESERVES 3 NELSON 2

April 28 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination (Game 34)

At Goodison Park, before a capital attendance, Nelson had the assistance of a strong wind in the first half, and Almond out on a couple of goals, for them in half an hour. Davies notched a point for Everton before the interval and leaded at half time by 2 goals to nil. With the wind in their favour, Everton attended hotly for the greater part of the second portion. Davies equalised while Rankin scored the winning goal with a magnificent shot. Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer (r), Young (w), backs, Clayton, Clark, Brown, half-backs, Rankin, Paterson, Davies, Chadwick (j), and Singleton, forwards.

 

BOHEMIANS 2 EVERTON 3

April 28 1902. The Liverpool Courier

At Dolymount Park, Dublin, before an excellent crowd, and in delightful weather, in the first half the Bohemians with the advantage of a strong breeze scored twice, although Everton had most of the play, but finished badly. In the second moiety the visitors gave a fine exhibition, and scored three goals, the home team being unable to increase their score. A very pleasant result in a win for Everton by three goals to two.

BLACKBURN PLAYER FOR EVERTON

April 29, 1902. The Evening Telegraph

Everton on Saturday paid £10 to Blackburn St. Phillips for the transfer of T. Chadwick, the latter club's centre half-back. Chadwick is not related to the famous Edgar of that Ilk, but is a brother of Jim Chadwick, who formerly played with Everton Reserves. He has already had two trials at Goodison Park.

 

NEW PLAYER FOR EVERTON

April 29 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Everton on Saturday night engaged for next season T.Chadwick, centre half back of Blackburn St Philips. Chadwick is not related to the famous Edgar, but is a brother of the Chadwick, a former regular's member of the Everton Combination. Everton have seen their new half-back in two trials, and the readily gave the Blackburn Junior Club £10 for the transfer.

 

GLASGOW CELTIC 1 EVERTON 1

April 29 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

Played at Goodison Park, Glasgow yesterday, neither side was fully represented, several juniors appearing. In the first period the exchanges were even, Everton scoring after 20 minutes by a good shot from Taylor, and the teams crossed over with the visitors holding the lead. In the closing stages Hamilton had a capital run and equalised the match finally ended in a draw of 1 goal each. Celtic: - Edmonds, goal, Watson and Davidson, backs, Smith, McNeill, and Loney. half-backs, Hodge, Thomson, Quinn, Livingstone, and Hamilton, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Eccles, and Watson, backs, Wolstenholmes, Russell, and Williamson, half-backs Taylor (captain), McMenemy, Young, Settle, and Shariden forwards.

CELTIC 1, EVERTON 1
April 29, 1902. Glasgow Herald.
These teams met last night at Celtic Park, in a friendly fixture, but not withstanding the splendid weather the game only attracted some 1,5000 spectators. Teams; Celtic;- Edmonds (Hamilton A), goal; Watson and Davidson, backs; Smith (Trabhock), McNeil (Hamilton A), and Lone, half-backs; Rogers, Thomson, Quinn, Livingstone, ad Hamilton (Cambusiag Hibernains), forwards. Everton:- Kitchen, goal; Eccles and Watson, backs; Wolstenhomes, Russell (Murbarglen Glencairn), and Williamson (Ruthergient Glentevan), half-backs; Taylor, McMenamy (Rutherson Glentorian), Young, Settle, and Sheridan (Cambuslang Hibernians), forwards. Referee Mr. F. Kelso, Hibernians. The game in the first half was pretty evenly contested, the Celtic forwards perhaps being more often dangerous, but their finishing was poor. The Everton defence, particularly Eccles, play a fine game, and splendly nipped the ball away from the Celtic front rank. Thirty five minutes fater the start the Everton forwards got off and Taylor scored somewhat easily with a cross shot. The remaining minutes, of this portion went all in favour of the home team, and both Hodge and Smith tested Kirchen with good shots. At the interval Everton led by 1 goal to nil. The second half was an improvement on the first, and the defenders of both sides stood out. The Everton team became more settled as the game advanced, and Edmonds was cheered for some clever saving. The Celtic played hard for the equaliser, and when they got it through Hamilton it was fully merited, Kirchen having no chance of saving. This proved to be the last scoring, and a far game ended in a draw of one goal each. For Everton, Eccles, Wolstenholmes, Settle and Taylor were the bets, while Edmonds, Watson, Smith and Hamilton were the pick of the Celtic team.
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DUNDEE V. EVERTON

April 30, 1902. The Dundee Courier.

Dundee 1, Everton 1.

Everton were the attraction at Dens Park last night, but there was only a meagre turnout of spectators. The visitors had a very mixed eleven, several Glasgow juniors turning out for them. The teams were;- Dundee; Stewart; Storrier, and Sharp; Henderson, Longair, and Gowans; Atherton, Mackay, MacFarlane, Bell, and Keillor. Everton; G.W.L. Kitchen; Hamilton, and Balmer; Clark, Russell, Williamson; Bowman, McMeny, Proudfoot, Lang, and Sheridan. Referee-T.Peat, Dundee Wanderers.

Playing with the wind, Everton did most of the pressing, and a weak return by Sharp nearly allowed Proudfoot in. Keillor collaring the ball dashed down on the left, and, passing to Bell, the latter touched over to Mackay, who, after getting the better of Balmer, shot hard, but Kitchen cleared with difficulty. Sometime after Dundee's goal ran a very narrow escape, but Storrier averted the danger by just clearing the ball from Proudfoot. A fine solo run by Mackay was spoiled just in front of Everton's uprights by one of the backs' fouling Keillor. From the free kick which was granted Mackay netted with a beauty. Despite the fact that they were playing against the wind, Dundee had nearly all the advantage, and Mackay narrowly missed scoring on two occasions. Half-time arrived with the score standing at: - Dundee, 1; Everton, 0. on the game being renewed, Proudfoot was off in a second, and before the home defence could pull him up Stewart was beat. Everton for a period pressed vigorously, but Storrier and Sharp repelled the many attacks. Transferring play to the other end, Dundee had decidedly hard lines in not getting on the lead. Shots were poured in, Atherton, MacFarlane, Keillor, and Mackay testing Kitchen severely, but the latter was able to keep his charge intact. The closing stages were most interesting, Dundee's forwards showing great form, whilst Kitchen kept an admirable goal, never making a mistake, and clearing with ease and precision that frequently elicited applause. Proudfoot's individual runs were also a feature of the close. Result:- Dundee, 1; Everton, 1.

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BUYS HIS OWN TRANSFER.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 30 April 1902

A singular development of League transfer system is reported from East Lancashire. Edgar Chadwick, the Southampton international forward and old Everton player, has bought his own transfer for $35 from Burnley club, whose League player he was, with the object of returning League football. It was understood was anxious to join Blackburn Rovers, but it now practically settled he will play lor Liverpool next season.

THE EVERTON TOUR

April 30 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

The following from Dublin, under the date of April 25 th , should prove interest to followers of the Goodison Park players: - the Everton League team are on tour in Scotland and Ireland. The team left Liverpool on Monday last, and played the Hamilton Academical on that evening of that day, Everton won by 4 goals to nil. On Tuesday at Kirkcaldy, they met the Raith Rovers, and an interesting game resulted in a draw of 4 goals each. On Wednesday, at Falkirk, the teams bearing that name were defeated by 1 goal to nil. The Everton team crossed to Belfast from Glasgow on Thursday night, after spending a pleasant day at Rothesay, to meet Glentoran on Friday night, when a good game was witnessed, which resulted in a goalless draw. The Glentorians team seems to be identified with the famous firm of Shipbuilders, hardour and Wolfe, as most of their players are employed in their work. An early start was made on Saturday from Belfast, and the Everton team reached Dublin about 11 am to fulfill the important engagement with Dublin Bohemians, which had been strengthened for the occasion by outside talent. The first appearance of the Everton team in Dublin seemed to attract considerable interest. An influential representative of the Bohemians met the team on its arrival, and conducts them to their hotel, pointing out some of its sights of Dublin on the way. The result of the match, which was largely patronized, was Everton 3, Bohemians 2. Everton meet Celtic at Glasgow on Monday, Dundee on Tuesday, and Arbroath on Wednesday.

 

BIG CAPTURE BY EVERTON

May 1 st 1902. The Daily Post

Last evening the directors signed on for next season John Brearley, who has been playing forward for Middlesbrough during this season. He has scored more goals than an other forward in either division of the League, and assmaterially helped his side to reach the first division honors. Brearley is a Liverpool lad, and is undoubtedly an acquisition to the Everton team. It is creditable to the Everton directors that they have able to secure Brearley as Liverpool, Aston Villa, and others clubs were very keen to engaged him.

ARBROATH V. EVERTON

May 1, 1902. Dundee Courier

Arbroath 3, Everton 1.

Player Refusals To Leave The Field

Everton concluded their Scottish tour last night, when they met Arbroath on Gayfield Park. The weather was favourable, but a strong wind blew from the west. The English team included Watson, the old Dundee back, and five prominent Glasgow juniors, namely Russell, Williamson, McMeney, Sheridan, and Lang. Mr. McIntyre, Patrick Thistle, was referee, and the teams were; Everton; Kitchen; Balmer and Watson; Clark, Russell, and Williamson; Bowman, McMeney, Proudfoot, Sheridan and Long. Arbroath; McKenzie; Carrie, and Clark; McGlashan, Cargill, and Davidson; Black, Middleton, Hay (Dauntless), Willocks, and McNaughton, (Dundee Edenbank). Owing to Everton having to leave Arbroath for Liverpool early the match was only one of two thirty-fives. Arbroath won the toss, and Everton started play against the breeze. The Marrons had the better of the opening, and McNaughton and Davidson forced a corner between them, but Watson cleared, and Lang and McMeney each tried McKenzie with shots, which the custodian turned aside in fine style. After thirteen minutes' play McNaughton opened the scoring with a lovely shot, and Hay two minutes later took advantage of a weak return by Balmer and scored a second goal. Up to the interval Everton had the greater share of the attack, but just on the sounded of the whistle McNaughton and Middleton almost beat Kitchen with long stinging shots.

Half-time; Arbroath, 2; Everton, 0.

The restart was in favour of Everton, who seemed determined to reduce the leeway, but they found in Arbroath defenders strong opposition, Carrie, Clark, and Cargill being especially prominent. At length Proudfoot got his foot on the ball, and when close to goalmouth he piloted the ball past McKenzie. At this stage a rather unpleasant scene was witnessed. As the referee was returning down the field, Watson, the Everton left-back, used threatening language towards him, whereupon Mr. McIntyre ordered the player off the field. Watson refused to go, and the Everton players threatened that if their back had to leave they would also retire. For a time it looked as if the game would come to a termination, but eventually Watson apologised to the referee, and the game was resumed. Up to the close play was uninteresting, and the final result was:- Arbroath 3, Everton 1.

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Brearley

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Friday 02 May 1902

The rumours that Brearley is leaving the Middlesbrough Club were confirmed yesterday by the announcement that Everton have secured his transfer at a cost of $250. As as inside right or centre-forward he has proved himself a player of first rank, while his shooting powers have contributed in no small measure to the success of the Middleborough club

EVERTON 1 GLASGOW RANGERS 1

May 2 1902. The Liverpool Courier

Glasgow Exhibition Cup

Considerable interest was aroused in the meeting at Goodison Park last evening of Everton and Glasgow Rangers. The game had been arranged for the benefit of the Ibrox Park disaster fund, and was one of the ties in which Everton Glasgow Rangers Celtic, and Sunderland are participating for possession of the Glasgow Exhibition Cup. A further inducement for the players top exert themselves was the fact that the Bovril Company offer gold metals to the winners of the cup. There was a good attendance, fully 7,000 spectators watching with keen interest, what proved to be a really fine game. Both sides imparted to their work plenty of determination, with the result that the issue was always in doubt and most attractive from the point of view of the onlookers. In the first half, with Everton facing the sun, the home team had rather more of the play, but the Rangers attacks were probably more incisive. At half time nothing had been scored, and it was not until five minutes from the close of the second half that Hamilton scored for the Rangers as a result of a well-executed movement. A minute before the whistle blew; Young equalized from a beautiful centre from Dilly. The teams in the gathering darkness played an extra ten minutes each way, but neither could score again, and the match ended in a draw of one goal each. Everton played two of their latest recruits-Bearsley (a Liverpool lad, and formerly of Notts County, and Middlesbrough) at inside right, and Dilly (a Scotch junior international from Arbroat) at outside left. Each made a decidedly favorable impression. Dilly's effort which led to the equalising goal being a smart bit of work. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Eccles and Watson, backs, Wolstenholmes, Blythe, and Abbott, half-backs, Taylor (captain) Brearley, Young, Bell, and Dilly, forwards, Glasgow Rangers: - Dickie, goal, Smith and Drummond, backs, Gibson, Neill, and Stark, half-backs, Graham, Robertson, Hamilton, Miller and Smith (a), forwards.

OLD DUNDEE PLAYER FOR TOTTENHAM

Dundee Evening Post - Monday 05 May 1902

We are able to state that John Watson, the old and popular Dundee back, and now of Everton signed for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The Southern club is building up a strong team for next season.

 

DILLY AND ARBROATH CLUB.

Dundee Evening Post - Monday 05 May 1902

SEQUEL TO INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE MATCH

ALLEGED ILLEGAL "POACHING" BY EVERTON.

The statement published in last Thursday's "Evening Post" that Tom Dilly, the wellknown Arbroath forward, had left with Everton for England the previous evening, caused quite a stir in football circles in this quarter, and especially in Arbroath. It is well known that for several weeks Dilly has been much sought after by First Division Scottish clubs, and by them in particular was his departure regretted, As was seen from our football edition on Saturday, Dilly that afternoon took part in the International League replayed tie Parkhead, Glasgow. It appears that Dilly still a signed player for Arbroath, and was not eligible to play for any other without the committee's permission. conversation with a well-known official, our representative learned that Dilly and the Everton club may be reported in the matter, and that suspension may follow the affair. Dilly arrived home in Arbroath on Saturday evening. It is reported that the matter will be discussed at meeting of the Arbroath club this evening.

GLASGOW RANGERS 3 EVERTON 2

MAY 5 1902. THE Liverpool Courier

Glasgow Exhibition Cup

This replayed tie in the Glasgow Exhibition Cup Competition was contested at Cathkin park on Saturday before 6,000 spectators. Neither sides was at full strength. The teams were: - Rangers: - Dickie, goal, Campbell, (Patrick Thistle) and Crawford, backs, Gibson, Neill, and Stark, half-backs, Graham, Walker (Liverpool), Hamilton, Speedie, and Smith, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson (Southampton), and Balmer (r), backs, Rankin, Clark, and Abbott, half-backs, Taylor (captain), Brearley, Young, Bell, and Dilly, forwards. The Rangers started with a fine dash and Graham getting offside spoiled a nice combined effort by the right wing. At the other end Campbell nearly checked Dilly; and then a concerted run by the Rangers forwards ended in Speedie opening the scoring with a capital shot, when four minutes only had gone. A long pass by Bell was not taken by Dilly, and again the Rangers got away, only to be stopped by Rankin. Everton's play was tricky at times, but lacked finish, and the defence of the Rangers was too good to allow them to obtain an opening. Brearley was unfortunate with an individual dribble, but following this Rankin gave to Dilly, who had no difficulty in equalling. From the centre the Rangers dashed down on Kitchen, and Kitchen scored what seemed a good goal, but it was disallowed for offside. Rankin played a very attractive game for Everton, and was mainly instrumental in keeping McDougall in check, Brearsley gave Everton the lead with a splendid shot, which Dickie no chance. Half-time Rangers 1; Everton 2.

The second half was keenly contested, and although the Rangers had a decided advantage throughout, it was not until within five minutes of the finish that Hamilton equalized. The closing moments were the most exciting period of the match, the third and winning goal being snatched within the last minute by Walker for the Rangers. Result Rangers 3; Everton 2.

 

NEW PLAYER FOR EVERTON

May 5 1902. The Liverpool Courier

On Friday Albert Monks, a member of the Bury Football team, was signed on for Everton. Monk's who is an inside right or centre forward, went to Bury from Staybridge Rovers at the end of last season, and has played several times in the Bury team.

 

 

ENGLAND CAP FOR SETTLE

May 5 1902. From Liverpool Courier

At Birmingham on Saturday, England drew with Scotland by two goal all at Villa park. and at length Jimmy Settle headed in from a corner after 65 minutes play in front of 15,000 spectators. This was the first England goal, after being two goals to nil down at half time. A couple of minutes later Wilkes equalised, also from a corner and nothing further was scored.

EVERTON AT KIRKCALDY

Dundee Courier 7 th May 1902

Raith Rovers 4, Everton 4

For a week night match at Raith Rovers the crowd at Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy, last night was a large one, the “drawing” power of Everton being sufficient to bring out the local football enthusiasts to witness the display of the runners-up in the English League on a Fife pitch, with Raith Rovers as opposition. The day was a most disagreeable one, but towards evening a fine drying breeze set in, and a blink of sunshine also broke through prior to the teams lining up in the following order;- Everton; Kitchen; Eccles, and Watson; Wolstenholmes, Clarke, and Blyth; Peace, Settle, Proudfoot, Abbott , and Bell. Raith Rovers; -Oswald; Innes and Denholm; Orrock, Morris, and Frierson; J. McDonald, McFarlane, Mackie, Eckford, and Haxton, Referee. Mr. Nisbet. Within the opening minute the Rovers counted through Eckford, the effort being soon followed by a second goal, Mackie beating Kitchen. The visitors' replied smartly, and after smart exchanges, they were successful in beating Oswald from a scrimmage at close quarters. After fast forward play Mackie again raced in and beat Kitchen with a lovely straight drive. Thus were four goals rattled on within a quarter of an hour, and play still ruled very fast and brimful of lively passenges. The home front rank performly grandly. Mackie and his left wing being prominent. A penalty to the Rovers was smartly handled by Kitchen, and after a fast run down Bell scored with a fast shot.

Half-time; Raith Rovers 3, goals; Everton, 2 goals.

On resuming the visitors rushed in on Oswald, and in the scrimmage a penalty was awarded from which Everton scored through Settle. The Englishmen were now forcing the pace, and the centre forward put a fourth goal past Oswald, giving his team a lead. The combination of the Englishmen at this juncture was a feature. A penalty to the Rovers for “attentions” to Mackie was netted amid applause by Eckford, and the teams were “four all.” The play of the Everton forwards continued to be remarkably clever, but the locals played gamely, and a draw of four goals resulted, a most creditable performance on the part of Raith Rovers.

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West Ham sign Toffees

Luton Times and Advertiser - Friday 09 May 1902

The West Ham club intend to make things hum during the coming season, for in addition to the best of their old team, they have signed on Farrell, of Northamptoin, Eccles and Blythe, of Everton, Barnes, the player who scored the winning goal in the Cup Final, and Bigger, of Sheffield United.

Tottenham have “Signed on” in additions to names already published, Chalmers of Watford, and Watson and Brown, both half-backs for Everton.

Ernest Robson

Western Times - Monday 12 May 1902

The free hitting of Ernest Robson, the popular Somerset professional and old Everton footballer, will give immense satisfaction to his many admirers. he did comparatively little in the battling line last year , though it is well known that he is really a capital batsman when once set. His fault is that he wants to knock the face off the ball immediately he gets in, and rarely gives himself time to settle down. Were he to be steadier at the commencement he would assuredly make many more runs.

Some Good Bats

Western Times - Monday 12 May 1902

The free hitting of Ernest Robson, the popular Somerset professional and old Everton footballer, will give immense satisfaction to his many admirers. He did comparatively little in the batting line last year, though it well known that is really a capital batsman when once set. His fault is that he wants to knock the face off the ball immediately he gets in, and rarely gives himself time to settle down. Were he to steadier at the commencement he would assuredly make many more runs.

Jack Blythe to West Ham

Shields Daily Gazette - Tuesday 20 May 1902

Jack Blythe, the old Blyth crack half-back, who has been three seasons with the Everton League Football Club, has been transfered to the West Ham Club, one of the Southern League group. The change, I understand, is one specially satisfactory to John himself. Blthe is expected here on a week's holiday during the close season.

EVERTON PLAYER'S APPEAL

May 31 1902. The Liverpool Courier

W.Muir appealed against the amount of the £250 at which he was placed on the transfer list by Everton. it was reduced to £100. He had been with the club for five seasons and was not offered another engagement.

NEW GOALKEEPER FOR DUNDEE.

Dundee Evening Post-Thursday 5 June 1902

EVERTON RESERVE PLAYER.

Dundee this forenoon signed a new goalkeeper in William Muir, of Everton. He has been a member ot this English team for five years, and previous to that played Kilmarnock. Muir was understudy to Kitchen last season. Muir about 26 years of age, and stands over six feet height. He belongs to near Kilmarnock, and has a Scottish International cap against England. It is expected that several others players will be signed in a few days.

DUNDEE TEAM BUILDING.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 05 June 1902

IMPORTANT CAPTURE TO-DAY.

NEW GOALKEEPER SIGNED.

Dundee Football Club have made good capture. They have just procured the services of a prominent goalkeeper for next season. Howes having returned to Leicester, the Executive had to look out for new custodian. In this they have been eminently successful. A special meeting of the Directors of the Club was held last night, when it was decided to open up negotiations, with Everton for the League transfer of Muir, their goalkeeper. These terminated most satisfactorily to-day, Muir, who was in Dundee, was signed for next season the course of the forenoon. Muir, who is tall and well-built, is about 27 years of age, and has seen a lot of service with Scotch and English Clubs. Hailing from Glenbuck, a district that has raised quite a host of prominent players, Muir whilst a junior had international honours conferred on him. Subsequently was with 3d Lanark, for whom played when only 18 years old. He afterwards went to Kilmarnock, but much to the regret of the frequenters of Rugby Park his stay was short, Everton stepping and taking him across the Border. For five years has been with which in itself testimony to his ability. He was then recognised first goalkeeper indeed, he did not miss more than half a dozen League matches all last season. Dundee have always been well served by goalkeepers, and Muir should worthily uphold the honour of the Club this respect.

 

Cuff and Elliott

Hull Daily Mail - Friday 06 June 1902

COMMITTEE'S DECISION.

A commission, consisting of Messrs J. C. Clegg, C. Crump, and J. J. Bentley, sat at Manchester yesterday, and for approaching a Crewe Alexandra player, named Robertson, suspended Mr Cuff, the secretary, and Elliott, the trainer, of Everton from Monday next until October. During that time neither official may receive remuneration from the club.

 

DUNDEE'S GOALKEEPER.

Dundee Evening Post - Friday 06 June 1902

A COSTLY PLAYER REMARKABLE TRANSFER FEE.

The Sporting Chronicle says:—Muir, the Everton goalkeeper, appeared in person at the League meeting in London last Friday and obtained a reduction of the transfer fee placed on him from £250 to £lOO. Dundee have now paid this amount, so that he will re-cross the Border after a few years' service at Everton. Previous to this he was at Kilmarnock for few months, his football abilities having been previously confined his native village of Glenbuick.

WARNING TO OFFICIALS. SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST EVERTON.

An English Football Association Commission met in Manchester on Wednesday, when a complaint was lodged by Crewe Alexandra against Everton, who were accused approaching a Crewe player named Robertson. As a consequesce, Mr Cuff, the Everton secretary, and J. Elliot, the trainer, were suspended from Monday next until October I.

CRITICISM AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

June 7 1902. The Liverpool Mercury

The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Everton football Club Company, Limited, was held last evening in the Lecture-hall. Presbyterian schools Royal Street. Mr. B.Kelly, chairman of directors presided over a large attendance the other directors present being Dr,Baxter, Dr. Whitfort, Messrs, E.A.Bainbridge, W.R. Clayton, A.T.Coates, J.Davies, D.Kirkwood, and H.Wright, and W.Cuff (Secretary).

The Chairman in moving the adoption of the balance sheet, said he need not say much with regard to the financial position of the club, as he believed they were all satisfied with the statement off accounts, which was a very fair one. The balance sheet was one of the lest they had before them during the eight years he had been a member of directorate. He was perfectly satisfied himself with the way it was drawn out (A.Voice;”Well drawn out” and laughter). Looking over former balance-sheets, their average taking had kept up the mark. When they saw they had taken over £9,000 last year, it compared well, considering the bad weather they had. It would be information for them to know that they took £600 less in the Liverpool match than in the previous year. They also took £400 less in the Sheffield United match. In last year's balance sheet it was £800 and this year only £400. Then in the Aston Villa match on Christmas Day they lost about £150 as compared with the same match in the previous year, and on the two Saturdays they had their gates closed altogether in consequence of the weather. Although they had lost £1,150 in that way, they had very fortunate to come there with a balance sheet showing takings of about £400 more than the previous year. (Hear hear). Their profit and loss account showed their profit had been a little less, but they had been looking after the welfare of the club in this way- their structures had to be attended to. It was necessary not to allow structures like theirs to get out of order, because they did not want such a disaster as happened at Glasgow. The building surveyor had examined the structures, and he was surprised to see the way in which they were got up. They would, he thought, stamd almost any amount of pressure. With regard to their cash balance, they had something like £300 or £400 in the bank, more than at the date last year. He believed the shareholders and directors were built up when the season commenced that they had got a fairly good team together, but in the second match they lost their centre. The directors did their level best to replace him, and he though they had succeeded in finding one of the best centre forwards, who ever played in that position (Applause). Although not scoring goals up to the eleventh match they were satisfield there was football in the lad; he was only 20 years of age, but he was making men of those who played alongside him. They were much disappointing they had not got first position in the League, at which they had aimed. To lose such matches, as Grimsby and Notts County on their own ground was a fatal fault. In the away matches they placed better football than on their own ground. They had been unfortunate perhaps with referee (Laughter). As to the English Cup the less he said about it the better (Laughter). Such an exhibition of football a they and both on the Liverpool ground and on their own would he though have proved fatal to anything. They were all disappointed and disgusted because they did all they could to get the team fir, but they absolutely failed. They would notice that £1,000 had been written off the mortgage, which was now £6,500.

Mr. Rawhson seconded the adoption of the balance sheet. Questions were then invited.

Mr. Tomlinson inquired how the training expense and trainer's wages had amounted to £551, seeing that for the four proceeding years, the average expenditure was only £327 making a difference of £225.

The Chairman replied that in the previous season, they had no special training whatever. Last season they were training away.

Mr. Tomlinson said he asked with regard to the average of four years. There had been special training during the last four years.

The Chairman- I am only prepared to answer for this year. Last year but one we had no special training, but in the past year we had increased work at Grimsby and Wolverhampton. The amount of special training is £243, and £19 10s. For Castleton.

Mr. Tomlinson then asked how the ground expenses were £350 against £213 the previous year.

The Chairman explained that this was caused by improvements to Stands, painting, and other extensions, making a total of £113 10s. 9d.

Mr. Tomlinson also drew attention to the travelling expenses, which were this year £833, as compared with an average of £537 for the previous years.

The Chairman stated that the Scottish and Irish tours cost £180, contracts and fares £28, and several small items which brought the amount upto £253.

Mr. Saunders asked what was the amount of the secretary's salary.

The Chairmans-£208 a year (Voice, “too much,”and not enough.”) I am not discussing that matter-I am simply telling you what it is.

Mr.Evans asked how it was that £713 less had been received in matches played away this year then last.

The Chairman said that two away matches last year were the Cup-ties as against one this year, and this made up the differences. The Chairman also replied to a question with regards to a strip of land which had been transferred to Corporation and for which they got 25s a yard. This was required for the purposes of street improvements. As to the transfer fees and players wages, he though it was now wise to make everyone as well informed as the board themselves.

Mr.Saunders-Mr. Chairman, I don't think your secretary is worth a guinea a week. (“Oh, oh, and Laughter.)

Replying to another question, as to the office expenses etc, the Chairman said that while the directors dispensed with the services of Mr.Molyneux, or when he retired, they took into consideration the services he had rendered to the club, and knowing it was the commencement of a season, and that he could not enter into another place at once, they took upon themselves to pay him half a year's salary. (Loud applause.)

The account was then passed.

The Chairman moved that a dividend of 5 per cent to declared. This was improved.

Mr. Wade asked by whose direction Bell was played in a cup-tie, knowing he was not fit to play. At the end of last Season they had not an outside left signed on good enough to take his place. Bell was told to go off the field, as he was not fit to play, but he replied that he dared not do so, as he was ordered by the directors to take his place. With such management they would never win a league or any other cup. He wanted to know it was not possible to put some one in his place.

The chairman said that when Bell was at Southport in training a couple of medical men were sent to examine him, and they decided that he should play. (A Voice “Who were the medical men?”)

Dr, Whitford stated that he and Dr.Baxter went to Southport to see Bell, and saw Bell, and they were both personally responsible for his appearance. Bell considered himself able to play, and as (the Speaker) had no regret at the steps they took. In spite of what had been said.

The retiring directors: - Mr.J.Davies, and Mr.E.A. Bainbridge-were proposed for re-election. A third vancany was caused through the appointment of Mr.W.Cuff a director to the Secrataryship, and Dr.Whitford moved that Mr.George Mahon be elected. Dr. Whitford said that except to the very junior shareholders it would be unnecessary to say anything with regard to the services, which Mr.Mahon had rendered to the club. It was largely through his financial genius that the club occupied Goodison Park, and the election of Mr.Mahon would greatly strengthen the directorate (Applause.)

Mr.W.R.Clayton seconded the proposition, and the three gentlemen Messrs. Davies, Bainbridge, and Mahon were elected an bloc.

Mr. Maver a shareholder said there was a feeling that Boyle had been dropped because he went in for the secretaryship. It looked very much like it. (Hear hear.) The man had served the club nine years, and a more gentlemanly player never kicked a ball. He suggested that the board should come to terms with Boyle. (Loud applause.)

The Secretary (Mr.W.Cuff.) read the names of the players who had signed on for the next season as follows: - Goalkeepers, Kitchen, Whitley, and C.E.Wilson (Old Carthusians), Full backs, W.Balmer. R.Balmer, W.Henderson, and J.Crelly, Half-backs, Booth, Abbott, Wolstenholmes, Clark, Clayton, Makepeace, and T.Chadwick; Forwards, J.Sharp, Taylor, Brearley, Young, Settle, Bell, Sherdian, Dilly, Bowman, Rankin, Monks, and Toman. Answering a question, the secretary said Toman was progressing favorably, and it was hoped he would be able to play at the beginning of the season. At a later stage the Secretary stated that two new players had been signed on from Tranmere, but they had not yet gone through the League.

Some discussion followed with regard to the position of Boyle, several shareholders complaining that he has been well treated by the directorate. The Chairman stated that Boyle had been treated well; he had a good benefit (“No no”.)- and he had been given a free transfer. An irregular dissension followed in which the allegation was made that the board had parted with Boyle, because he had applied for the secretaryship. This the Chairman denied. The Chairman and the board endorsed the opinion of Boyle qualities, but they though it desirable to have a change (One of “Why' why?”) A shareholder deuced to move a resolution that arrangements be made with Boyle for next season but the Chairman declined to accept such a motion.

Mr.WE.R.Clayton said that as one who did not vote for the election of the present secretary in the initiatory stages, he could not be regarded as a nonpartisan, and he assured the meeting that the fact that Boyle was not re-engaged had nothing to do with the fact that he applied for the Secretaryship. A shareholder-Is Elliott engaged? The Chairman-Yes, but he will be disengaged on Monday (Laughter). A Shareholder suggested that Boyle should be retained as secretary during the suspension of the present secretary, (Laughter.) The Chairman- When the time comes the directors will deal with that in a proper manner. A vote of thanks was passed to the Chairman for presiding, and closed the meeting.

 

EVERTON FOOTBALL SENSATION

June 7 1902. The Liverpool Courier.

Secretary and Trainer Suspended.

Messrs. J.C.Clegg, C.Crump and J.J. Bentley, sat as a commission of the Football Association at the Grand Hotel, Manchester. The first case taken was a complaint by Crewe Alexandra against the Everton Club, who were accused of “approaching” a Crewe player, named Robertson. It appears that Mr.Cuff, the Everton secretary. Dr, Whitford a director, and Elliott the trainer went to Crewe with the idea of watching Robertson, and made no secret of it, intimating it to one of the Crewe committee. After the match Robertson was produced and interviewed by Mr.Cuff, and Elliott. The player, in his evidence, stated that he had been asked not to engage himself until May, and corroborative testimony was produced. In the en the commission found that neither the club nor Dr.Whitford went cognisant of the action of Mr.Cuff and Elliott, and all the club was called upon to do was to pay the expanses of the commission and of the Crewe “witnesses, but both Mr.Cuff and Elliott were suspended from Monday next until October 1. This is a severe sentence, for no remuneration can be paid to either official. The case occupied the attention of the commission for a couple of hours, a large number of witnessed being called.

INTERVAL WITH MR. CUFF

In view of the interest in football circles attaching to the decision of the commission a representative of the “Courier” yesterday had an interview with Mr.Cuff, and obtained his view on the case and the exact facts relating thereto.

“What is your opinion respecting the decision, Mr.Cuff?” our representative asked. “On the evidence brought forward,” he replied,” I consider the decision a fair one, and that the gentleman comprising the commission viewed the matter in the fairest resistible light, and I give them credit for absolute impartiality of judgement; but what I have to say is that the evidence adduced on the other side was not in accordance with the facts.” “You deny the statement then, that you ‘approached' the player in question in an illegal way?”“I do emphatically,” replied Mr.Cuff. “The club did not approach him in any illegal sense. The trainer and myself saw him play, and also saw him in the hotel afterwards, but we never asked him to hold himself over, as we had no authority for so doing. The conversation in the hotel did not appertain in the least to an engagement or otherwise. Of course the evidence on our side was outweighed, for whilst for Everton there were only to witnesses, there were on behalf of Crewe Alexandra not only the player referred to, but eight others to support him, and their statement that we “ approached” him in an illegal manner is absolutely untrue. Moreover, if we had gone to approach a player without our club's permission that should naturally not have ourselves known to the Crewe directors as we did. Our intentions all through were straight and above board. Hence our action in going to the committee, before the match and discussing the player.”

“Do you consider the ‘sentence' severe?” On the evidence adduced I do. When we appeared before the commission we had no idea that they would view our actions in the light they have done.” Questioned as to what he though had led the commission to pass so severe a sentence.” Mr. Cuff ventured the opinion that for some time reports had been circulated as to Southern clubs “approaching”players of other clubs, but so far they have been reports only, not having gone so far as the formulating of charges against a particular club. It was, he added, a well-known fact, that the Association viewed the offence of “approaching” in a very serious light, and now that there was a district charge the Association, he though, had “put it on” “ It is a sort of deterrent, and we have to suffer for the sins of other clubs. However, I supposed we shall have to ‘grin and bear.

Gray

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 10 June 1902

Patrick Thistle have signed on Gray, of Everton, a forward who was once assoicated with Lenzie and Meadowside.

 

VETERAN PLAYER FOR DUNDEE.

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 11 June 1902

A SUCCESSOR TO LONGAIR.

Dick Boyle, member of the Everton Football Club, was signed on by Dundee this forenoon. Boyle is what may be termed veteran player, having been connected with Everton for eight seasons. Previous to that he played for the well-known Dumbarton team, and is by birth a "Son of the Rock." Boyle will succeed Longair as centre-half. We were of the opinion that Boyle had seen his best days as a player, but, of course, it must be considered that in Tom Booth he had a crack centre-half to displace in the Everton team.

VETERAN PLAYER FOR DUNDEE.

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 11 June 1902

A SUCCESSOR TO LONGAIR.

Dick Boyle, member of the Everton Football Club, was signed by Dundee this forenoon. Boyle is what may be termed veteran player, having been connected with Everton for eight seasons. Previous to that he played for the well-known Dumbarton team, and is by birth a "Son of the Rock." Boyle will succeed Longair as centre-half. We were of the opinion that Boyle had seen his best days as a player, but, of course, it must be considered that in Tom Booth he had a crack centre-half to displace in the Everton team. We expect to announce further “captures “by the end of the week.

FOOTBALL A VETERAN FOR DUNDEE.

Dundee Courier - Thursday 12 June 1902

Dick Boyle, a member of the Everton Football Club, was signed by Dundee this forenoon Boyle is what may be termed a veteran player, having been connected with Everton for eight seasons. Previous to that he played for the well-known Dumbarton team

EVERTON PLAYER FOR DUNDEE.—

Edinburgh Evening News - Thursday 12 June 1902

The Dundee club has ever shown a partially for Anglo-Scots and their latest recruit from over the Border is R.H. Boyes, wo for nine seasons had been with Everton.

EVERTON AND DILLY.

Dundee Evening Post-Tuesday 17 June 1902

THE CASE SETTLED.

We are officially informed that a settlement has been arrived At in regard to the Thomas Dilly case. Everton have had -to pay over a tidy sum to the Arbroath club for their action in playing Dilly without his club's permission.

DILLY AND EVERTON

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 18 June 1902

Wages He Will Receive

We understand that Everton are very well pelased over he transfer of Dilly, of Arbroath. Dilly's terms are $2 10s during the playing season, and 30s in the close season.

EVERTON AND DILLY.

Dundee Courier - Wednesday 18 June 1902

We are officially informed that a settlement has been arrived at in regard to the Thomas Dilly case. Everton have had to pay over a tidy sum to the Arbroath club for their action in playing Dilly without his club's permission.

Charles O'Hagan

Derry Journal - Friday 20 June 1902

Local football enthusiasts will be interested to learn that Mr. Charles O'Hagan, late of Buncrana, who was, prior to his going to England, a popular and very capable play in the Celtic football team, has been signed on as amateur for Everton club. Everton is one of the leading football organisations in England, and finished second from the top of the table in the first division of the English League. The admission to this club is, indeed,a honour, only the cream of football players is signed on by them. We are glad to see the success which this young gentleman has gained in the football arena, and thronghont his stay with Celtic Club here he showed skill and tact in his play, which was admired by everybody. We understand that will very likely have a place on the next international team far England, which alone speaks volumes of the popularity which he onae gained in English football circles on his leaving this city for Liverpool.