October 1901

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 05 October 1901
Played at Manchester before good attendance. Both sides were representative. Sykes started for Everton, and directly afterwards Hunter gave a corner, which came to nothing. Clarke was twice penalised for fouls. Bevan opened the scoring for the home side, who at the interval led by one to none. On the restart, play was very even, although Everton pressed they failed to score. ResuIt—EVERTON 3, CITY 1

David Jardine Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 05 October 1901
David Jardine, once a famous custodian in the services of Bootle and Everton, has now joined the Welsh Druids
It stated that there every likelihood of Mr. R. Molyneux, the late Everton secretary, taking up the management of another League club in the County Palatine.

Athletic News - Monday 07 October 1901
Last season, when Sheffield United visited Goodison Park, they lost 3—l, but on Saturday Evertonians could only triumph by 2—l, after one of the most interesting matches seen this season. Everton introduced to League football an inside right in P. Paterson, who comes from Larkhall—a little place which has produced the Raisebeck, Neil Gibson, and other footballers of note. When Ayrshire played Lanarkshire at the Glasgow Exhibition Mr. Richard Molyneux, the ex-secretary of Everton, went North to see that match with the idea of securing an outside left In this quest he was not successful, but he saw Paterson, and Everton eventually secured this young man from the Royal Albert, for whom he had played four seasons. Born in 1878, he stands 5ft. 7in., weighs 10st and 4lb, and may make a player. But the scintillating, coruscating star in the ranks of Everton on Saturday was that sturdy bantam— Settle.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 07 October 1901
Played at Goodison Park, before about 15.000 spectators. Everton scored in five minutes from the start. Settle succeeding, though Foulke appealed that the ball was not over the line before he kicked out. Having far the best the play, Everton again scored, Abbott beating Foulkes with magnificent shot. Tho home team continued to have the best of the game, and at the interval were leading by two goals to none. The visiting team appeared to be quite unable to make any headway, and the game was in favour Everton. Priest headed a goal shortly before the finish. Result :—Everton 2 goals, Sheffield United 1.

Ooctober 7 1901. The Liverpool Courier
The runners up for the English Cup were the visitors at Goodison park on Saturday. On the Sheffield side Bennett, Beers, and Lipsham were missing from the front line, but both Morren and Needham were pronounced fit to play. At 3-30 the teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer and Watson, backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott halfbacks Taylor, Paterson, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes, goal, Thickett, and Boyle, backs, Johnson, Morren, and Needham, halfbacks, Brawn, Field, Hedley, Priest, and Bourne, forwards. Referee Mr.J.Adams.

Booth won the toss, and this gave his side the advantage in the matter of the wind, while for the time being the sun was shining in the backs of the visitors. Hedley started before something like 15,000 spectators, and the first aggressive movement came from Everton. Young forced his way through, but was checked before, he could get in a shot at goal. Still keeping up the pressure. Taylor put the ball nicely across, and Settle tipped it in. Foulkes kicked out, but was obviously over the line, and the referee awarded a goal. This success came after the first three minutes play. It vigorated the Evertonians, who exhibited plenty of dash, another long shot from Settle giving Foulkes some trouble. The visiting right wing were prominent, Brown getting in a nice centre, which Balmer easily accounted for. Then followed another smart attack by the Evertonians in which the halves played a conspicuous part. The ball finally was sent to Taylor, who was left with a clear course. He however, shot straight at the burly Foulkes who easily succeeded in averting the downfall of his goal. The rain had not effected the going to any appreciable extent. The run of the game was decidedly in the home team's favour. They were smart on the ball, though Young was rather slow Settle put in some very pretty touches, and once Bell looked to have a good chance, but his centre from a difficult position went just behind. The Blades gradually forced their opponent's back, and Muir was called to kick away from Brawn. The danger was only momentary, and Everton were again operating in the visitors territory. Foulkes was not troubled, and in a twinkling, United retaliated with a dangerous attack. Twice the ball was banged in, and Muir saved under the bar. Morren ending the move by shooting over. A splendid shot by Young was the next item of interest noticed, the gigantic Foulkes stopping the ball as it was sailing into the net. The pace was maintained a high pressure, Settle and Bell were in great form, and gave the United defenders plenty of work. A corner was not improved upon. Momentarily the game slowed down a little, and then the Evertonians provided an interesting, and gratifying titbit. Taylor got in a high shot almost from the line. Foulkes met the leather with his fist, but in a twinkling Abbott was upon the ball, which he dispatched into the corner of the net, quite out of Foulkes reach. It was a fine effort, and deserved the applause with which it was received. Settle unluckily tipped the ball a little too far when he looked like lowering United's colours again, and the run of the game remained in Everton favour. Half-time Everton 2 goals, Sheffield United nil. There was a dashing onslaught by the right wing immediately the game was resumed, but the ball went over the line. After a fruitless run down by the visitors, Bell careered down the field in rare style, and finished with a shot which had not quite the requisite sting to cause Foulkes much trouble. A moment later the outside man forced a corner, which was followed by another from which, Abbott sent high over the bar, Brawn helped to change the venue, and Hedley tried his luck. The ball was charged down, and in a twinkling, Bell was again dashing in, Foulkes direction. Cleverly he managed to thread his way clear, and Foulkes only partly clearing the unusual spectacle was witnessed of Foulkes rushing out to twenty yards distance in his attempt to get the ball away, Settle had the temerity to fling himself at Foulkes and the referee awarded a free kick against the Evertonians. Once again bell distinguished himself, and this time he was badly brought down by Johnson amid cries of “Turn him off “ Fortunately Bell was soon, able to resume and from the free kick, both Young and Settle went for Foulkes, it being extremely funny to see Young apparently trying to get hold of Foulkes round the chest. Everton were now going great guns, and hard pressed the Blades defence. Wolstenholmes experiencing hard luck with a splendid effort. The United rarely made their way over the half-line, and when they did they were not very dangerous, the home halves being exceedingly difficult to pass. Brawn was distinctly the best of the visiting forwards, and he was well looked after by Abbott. Thickett conceded a corner, when hard pressed, but this proved abortive. Priest scored for United fifteen minutes from the finish, and the game was exciting to the end. Final Result Everton 2 goals, Sheffield United 1.


October 7 1901. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination (Game 6)

At Hyde road in drenching weather, before 2,000 spectators. The match was played for the benefit of Bob Moffatt, who had played for the City since 1895. Play at the start was very even, and there was one very narrow escape of scoring by the home team, Sharp in order to avert danger, Kicking back to Kitchen. After twenty-five minutes the City took the lead, Bovan receiving a nice pass from Scotman, who had tricked the halfbacks and racing past Eccles was able to score a splendid goal. Later Kitchen fisted out from Watson. Everton on the resumption tried hard to equalised, but their efforts were all to no purpose, as O'Brien just missed putting through by inches, whilst Proudfoot and Daly, by judicious combination, gave their side considerable advantage, also to no avail. Ross received a nasty twist in his right leg but was able to resume after a few minutes rest. Owing to some misunderstanding, Barrett was beaten by Proudfoot after ten minutes play. Daly give Everton the lead and Everton eventually winning by 3 goals to 1. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Sharp, and Eccles, backs, Boyle (captain), Clark, and Blythe, halfbacks, Daly, Proundfoot, Sykes, Bone, and O;Brien, forwards.



October 7 1901. The Liverpool Mercury

Everton added two more points to their account at the expense of Sheffield United, and this was about the most satisfactory part of the proceedings for the game could not be any stretch of imagination be designated as one in which the high standard of play prevailed. Hard fought it undoubtedly was, but the quality of the football was not sufficient to arouse much enthusiasm and particularly was this the case as the part of the “Blades” who failed to sustain reputation to provide a keenly exciting combat. The ground appeared to be rather treacherous in places, and at times the players experienced some difficulty in retaining their foothold, so that this may have exercised a detrimental influence on the movements of the combatants. Everton commenced in brisk fashion, and during the greater part of the opening half held a decided advantage. In three minutes they were a goal ahead, for Settle deftly glinted a centre from Taylor, and though Foulkes promptly kicked the ball away, there was little doubt that it had been over the line. Had the home forwards utilised the many chances that came their way in the first half hour they should have placed the issue absolutely safe before the interval was reached, but they showed a marked preference for shooting straight at Foulkes which, naturally enough, produced nothing, and golden opportunities were lost simply through a lack of judgement. Similar occurrences were witnessed repeatedly during the progress of the game, and it seems remarkable that experienced forwards should so continually aim just where the custodian has the easiest chance of stopping the ball. Just before the interval Abbott banged in a shot from a centre by Wolstenholmes which gave the bulky “Blades” no chance whatever, and this was by far the finest attempts witnessed during the afternoon. The play deteriorated considerably in the second half, especially after Bell, who had been rendering excellent services, was badly fouled by Johnson, and the check took all the football out of the left winger afterwards. The result was that from this point the Everton van carried two passagers instead of one as previously. Some faulty work between Balmer and Watson let in the Sheffield right, and this the only dangerous part of the visitors team gained an opening whereby Preist was enabled to head the single point obtained by his side. In the opening stages the Everton forwards put in some capital work, and were all over the opposition defence. The experiment of trying Taylor on the outside right was successful even though he obtained but little assistance from his partner. Paterson. The latter, who was making his debut in First Division warfare was very weak, even for a first appearance. There was a lack of dash about his movements, which played into the hands of the Sheffield halves, and upset the notions conceived by the man on either side of him. Lack of confidence may have accounted for this and with more experience better results may ensue. Young occupied the centre forwards position, and here again lack of a more extended acquaintance with First Division warfare was the cause of many failings. But here were shown evidences of ability which seen to require a little time for successful development, and it is no light matter to be burdened with the keystone of attack in strange company. At times he passed judiciously to the wings, whilst he delivered several creditable shots at Foulkes, but his most glaring weakness was when, after some tricky footwork and gaining a favourable opening, the entire advantage thus secured was completely nullified by a wild pass anywhere. Apart from these inexcusable blunders, there appears to be some of the right materials for a centre in Young, which extended experience, may foster. Taylor gave a capital display and as already stated, the left wing executed several smart movements, until Johnson knocked the outside winger out of time. Everton held a decided advantage at halfback and the finest halfbacks on the field was Abbott, who appears to be in his very best from this season. He had the strongest part of the Sheffield attack to face, but was rarely beaten, and in his attentions to the front rank could not have been excelled. There was just the extra bit of determination in his work which enable him to so completely master the opposition, and his goal was the finest individual efforts seen in the match. Booth was also in an aggressive mood, and more nearly approached old-time form than has been the case before this season, whilst Wolstenholmes was equal to every emergence. The full backs were not at their best and made some unaccountable blunders at times, one of which proved fatal, but Muir kept a good goal. Judged from their display against Everton, little surprise need be shown at the humble position occupied by the one time League champions, and English Cup winners in the League table. Their forwards were poor, and the best of the bunch was Brawn, the outside right, who was the leader in almost every attack on the Everton goal. It was only at rare intervals that glimpse of their former excellent were witnessed, and with the decline in power of the veterans of the side, it will be necessary for the United to better themselves if they mean to retain their status. They have experienced wretched luck in the matter of injuries to their players, and to this must be attributed their moderate exhibition. This was more painfully apparent in the halfbacks division, and what was once the solid foundation of the United team was on Saturday in a tottering and dilapidated condition. The full backs were only moderate, but Foulkes was in every sense of the word a tower of strength to his side. It was surely the magnetic influence of the gigantic proportions which so completely enthrallied the Everton forwards that they could only level the ball tilt at him. As an exhibition of stylish football, the game was a failure, and the sombre hue of prevailing moderation was relieved only at intervals by scintillating flashes from quarters already stated. Teams may have become more level in points of respective ability of late, but it would be decidedly benefial to the game generally if a higher standard was aimed at.


Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 12 October 1901

Possessing the comfortable knowledge that they have made most promising start for the season, came to Nottingham for to-day encounter at the Forest or the City Ground. The form shown hitherto the famous Mersey " Blues" rendered the match one of the highest interest, and recognised that the Reds had a very hard task at hand, even with the advantage which playing home conferred upon them. While fully admitting that Everton have performed better than Forest, the important fact must be remembered that the Reds have had four Hard matches away from home, while their visitors of to-day have only once journeyed out of Liverpool, upon the occasion their encounter with Aston Villa, when a draw resulted. Judged upon that exploit, the form of the " Toffeemen" would not impress one very highly, neither was goalless draw with Newcastle at Goodison Park especially convincing. The " Blues," however, led off with brilliant victories over Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the drawn game at Anfield Road represented sterling work to the composition the Forest team, Linacre was not asked to play, owing to his recent bereavement. The display given by Stoke, however, left no cause for anxiety to this department, and for the rest, the directors saw no reason to unsettle the team which drew with the " Potters." Everton have had a good deal of bad luck since September, the crowning disaster being the accident to Toman, the ex-Bumloy and Southampton player breaking his leg. Proudfoot is understood not to have satisfied the Goodison Park people, and with Bell absent, two junior Scottish forwards in Young and Paterson were brought in. Jack Sharp made his first appearance after the injury which he sustained eariy on. Taylor crossing over. The weather was delightfully fine, but the gate was not large as, having regard the interest that attached to the match, had been anticipated. When the rival captains tossed there would about 10,000 spectators. Forest won the toss and defended the railway goal. From Morris's pass. Spouncer muddled the centre the first haif minute, and Murray headed past. Then Taylor got away but was off-side. From the free kick Robinson passed Fred Forman, from whom Muir had to save, picking up a low shot very neatly. Still the Reds attacked, and a capital centre from Fred, dropped the foot of Morris, who within two minutes the put a beautifully judged ball past Muir into the net. After this early disaster Everton went ahead rather strongly, but Frank Forman repelled from Settle, and Young was kept uut by Henderson, who was too good for Paterson when the visiting inside right was forcing his way through, but the Evertonians persisted with Young and Paterson working their way close up, Iremonger had to kick out when Sharp was dangerous. but the Lancashire cricketer came again, being given off-side just as he shot into Newbiggmg's hands. The Everton forwards threatened the home goal continuously for several minutes, and Settle and Taylor both missed openings, whilst Wolstenholme sent past. Receiving upon the touch line. Spouncer looked like getting clear, but was dangerously near the limit, and the linesman at last stopped him. Frank Forman and Iremonger were called upon to deal with successive advances by Settle and Sharp, but the " Blues" were now holding their own. Settle was given off-side, and then foul by Frank Forman. Young gave the visitors an advantage, of which, however, they failed to make use. With the home forwards approaching, Calvey tried a long shot, which was a yard wide, and a swift centre by was disposed of by Watson, who relieved in splendid fashion when Sharp was getting close, and Frank Forman was applauded for a plucky return after Woistenholme had got the best of Henderson. The Everton right wing were very lively, and Iremonger found them rare handful, several times being compelled to kick out. Weak kicking by Watson let in Calvey and Murray, and the Everton left back had to put the ball back to Muir. Frank at the other end had adopt simrlar expedient, when pressed Settle and Young, and when Calvey was favourably placed for a along the centre, he was just off-side, a tact which the referee was not slow notice. Both sides were playing admirable football, and each set of forwards were dangerous in turn. A promising attack by the "Blues" being terminated by off-side against Sharpe, Spouncer and Morris were continuely in extremely attractive bit of work which took them well down the direction of the Everton goal, and here Balmer tackled Morris determinedly, but Wolstenholme had to concede a corner. Calvey sent past, and Timmins attempted feed Morris, but it was intercepted, and crossed nicely Taylor, who was held to be off-side, Robinson enabled Fred Forman to break away, and the home outside right was conspicuous for a capital run, at the end of which he called upon Muir with a shot which the keeper came out to clear. Booth was prevented by Robinson from sending Settle off, and hard work on the Forest left wing ended Spouncer delivering wide. Balmer was penalised for jumping Calvey. but the "Reds" didn't utilise the free kick, and Henderson infringed setting a back. The game had lost a little interest since the earlier stages. Neither side being seen to such advantage previously. When the Everton forwards attacked again, Taylor came under the notice the referee for jumping at Iremonger, and the Forest left, back made an excellent clearance. Then Forest attacked again on the left, and a lovely centre by Spouncer was converted into a corner by Balmer. Spouncer placed the flag kick with good judgment, and Henderson headed the second goal of the day, end his first for Forest, after 35 minutes' play. The Blues" made vigorous attempt to reduce their opponents' lead immediately after, and the Forest defenders exciting two minutes, at the end of which Frank Forman gave a corner kick and the ball was safely got away. The home team looked like adding to their lead just afterwards, but Balmer stuck very closely Morris, and Calvey, to whom the ball rolled, was unable force an opening. Muir saved two magnificent long-range shots from Calvey, and at the other end Taylor placed into the net after the whistle had gone for off-side. Hal-ftime:— Nottingham Forest 2, Everton 0

When p!ay was re-commenced Imonger turned back Young and and Fred worked down in conjunction with Murray. Abbot forcing the ball over the touch-line the top corner, but the throw-in brought no advantage to Forest. They ought to have secured another goal, however, a moment later, as Balmer miskick in a manner which spelt danger to his side, but Morris put over. Murray planted a nice centre well into the mouth goal, but Calvey was at fault, and another chance was missed. Settle and Taylor had changed places, but so far the Everton International forward had received attention. At last he received from ' Booth, and shot, after a smart individual dash. Iremonger giving a corner. The flag kick was well placed, but after Frank Forman had once relieved Abbott put in a lofty shot, which carried the ball over the stand, amid great laughter. Robinson nulled up Taylor, but Settle got through, and came out the outside man, from whom he threw away. The Everton centre-forward sent past, and just now the "Blues" were causing anxiety to the home defenders. Frank Forman headed back from Taylor, and after Robinson had once worked clear from Settle Booth placed the visiting forwards again. Iremonger, however, withstood attempt by Sharp, and Calvey gob through, his to the left wing being unfortunately intercepted Woistenholme. Calvey had another chance from individual effort, but he was given off-side, and Fred. was knocked off the ball by Watson close to the corner flag. The "Reds" confidently appealed a corner, but the linesmen pointed to the goal, and from Muir's kick out Young and Sharp carried the ball to the other end, where the outside right finally struck the side net. The Everton players generally were now showing considerable dash, and the home supporters were continually calling the Forest to respond. punched out in first-class style from Young at very close quarters, and then "the home team, clever combination, assailed tho Everton goal. The ball went out to Spouncer. who returned splendid centre, from which Morris narrowly missed. Muir was fortunate save a very fine ground shot from Calvey. Iremonger was to the oocasion when Taylor attempted get away from a smart overhead kick by Abbott, but play was now much looser again, and a run by Sharp only produced a lofty shot behind goal. Iremcnger repelled when the right-winger came again, and bowled oyer when the Everton half-back tried stop him, of which the referee marked his disapproval awarding a free kick. This concession did not have the effect removing the Reds" very far from the Everton goal, and Murray much too high when a favourable opportunity presented itself. Everton returned to the attack, and a corner given Frank Forman was placed rather too deep by Settle, Timmins relieving, and passing to Calvey. The latter tried get through on the wing, but failed elude Booth, and Settle, witn perhaps the best ohance of the afternoon, screwed ridiculously wide. Calvey gave a judicious pass to Fred Forman, but the right winger was given off-side, a decision which was by no means relished by the home crowd. Compensation came moment later, as Calvey, who was great form, ran up and tested Muir wi%h grand shot, which the custodian only just; fisted out. The ball went to Spouncer. had come close in, and the outside left shot in before Muir could recover himself, the third goal accruing the Reds" after twenty-seven minutes the second half. As they had done after every goal, Everton made a vigorous onslaught Newbigging, who cleared one lone shot in style, and with the Foresters once more busily employing themselves in the Everton haif. Spouncer put in a superb shot, which travelled at a great rate just wide the upright. The "Reds" were now showing vastly superior tactics to those the Evertonians, and Morris appeared certain scorer until Muir came out to meet him, visitors' goalkeeper effecting a wonderful save, and evading the rush the Welsh International, he dodged cleverly and returned down the field. The goal was, however, doomed to further downfall, Fred adding the fourth goal from free kick. Everton made rather unpromising effort to respond, but were beaten back by Frank Forman and Robinson, and Spouneer, attempting a s shot. both too high and too wide. Young and Taylor tried again, but own make no on the right back. While making fast for goal, Calvey was very unfairly brought down but the kick brought advantage, proceeded ih« other etui, wnereNewbigging saved from Abbott, and .sent past, from a corner. With time fast running out the "Biues" made half-hearted kind attempt to score, and Tayior shot behind, but this was their expiring effort, end time was called, with Everton beaten for the first time uns season, the «core being:— Nottingham Forest 4 Everton 0 Players: Nottingham Forest.—A. Newbigging (goal) Frank Forman, J. Iremonger (backs) G. Robinson. G. Henderson, S. Tomnins, (half-backs) F.R. Forman, P Murray (right wing). Calvey (centre), A. G. Morris, and W. A. Spouner, (left ' wirg). Everton (goal), Balmer, Watson (backs), Wolstenholme. Booth. and Abbott (half-backs); Sharp, Paterson (right wing), Young (centre). Settle, and Taylor (left wing). Referee: J. B. Brodie of Stafford.


In defeating Everton, Forest have made measurable advance upon any performance yet achieved this season. The "Blues" came to Nottingham with unbeaten record, and although most, of their matches had been played Liverpool, it was impossible to under estimate the form which they have displayed. When to-day's match started one could not anticipate the result with any great degree of confidence, even allowing for Morris's early success, inasmuch as the visitors played every bit as good football as the "Reds." as the game wore on, however, Forest asserted superiority every department, and worked exceedingly hard for the brilliant victory which stands in their credit. Although the visiting forwards showed cleverness in midfield, their efforts in front goal rarely produced danger. On the other hand, the Forest forwards shot hard and often, and it was only due to Muir's resource in goal that the score was not even larger. The Forest defence was also infinitely better than that of the " Blues." and altogether the result one upon which the homoe team deserve hearty congratulation.


October 14 1901. The Liverpool Courier

On Saturday Everton had a stiff task in encountering Nottingham Forest away from home. The directors were mindful of the comfort of their players. For they travelled to Nottingham on Friday afternoon and spent a quiet evening. The day was more like summer than late autumn, the heat being absolutely apperceive. There was a fine crowd at the Forest ground, fully 10,000 people being present when the game started at three o'clock. The players were as follows: -

Everton: - Muir, goal, Balmer, and Watson backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott halfbacks, Sharp, Paterson, Young, Settle, and Taylor, forwards. Nottingham Forest: - Newbigging, goal, Forman and, Iremonger, backs, Frank Forman, Henderson, and Timmins halfbacks, Fred Forman, Murray, Calvey, Morris, and Spouncer forwards. Referee.Mr.J.Brodie.

The visitors opened the play, when the ball was put across to the Forest left, who got the better of Wolstenholmes, and ran the ball close to the Everton corner flag. Immediately afterwards Calvey headed towards goal, but the ball went wide, and on the Forest forwards returning again the ball was put to Morris, who shot hard at Muir, who failed to stick to the ball, and the score was opened two minutes from the start. The Everton left wing got down, but did nothing tangible, and then in the course of another attack by the Forest, Wolstenholmes distinguished himself, Sharp and Wolstenholmes fairly pressed, the Forest defending, and following the relief by Iremonger. Young put in some brilliant touches, completely outwitting the halves and backs, and gave to Sharp, who unfortunately was offside. Young put in a smart run, and was getting well towards goal when he was brought down most unfairly by Frank Forman, even the most excited Notts partisan agreeing with the decision of the referee. The pace was terrific, faster probably than in any game in which Everton have taken part this season. The visitors too, had the fair share of the play, in fact since the goal was scored against them they had practially been in the happy position of acting on the aggressive. Twice Settle and Taylor brought Newbiggings out of goal, but the nicest touches came from the right wing. For fifteen minutes the Forest were only twice in close proximity to Muir's charge, but their defenders held most tenaciously to their work, with the result that the Everton forwards had few opportunities of testing Newbigging. A period of midfield play after the tremendous pace was quite a relief. Next Taylor ran down in great style, and passed back to Young, who in turn gave the ball to Sharp, the latter ruled off-side. An effort by Fred Forman boded danger, and Watson helped him by backheeling the ball, with the result that the Forest outside right banged the ball at Muir, who cleverly saved. Next Spouncer sent yards wide of the upright, and at this stage the visitors were practically acting on the defensive all the time. Fouls were pretty frequent, the Forest players being continually penalised. The Everton men, however, were by no means faultless, and it was through an infringement of the rules that they lost a rare chance of equalising. The ball was sent into the net, but it was after the whistle had blown for a foul. Weak play by both Wolstenholmes and Watson endangered Everton goal, but Balmer intervened at the critical moment though immediately afterwards he was forced by Spouncer to concede a corner. This was nicely placed, and Henderson cleverly eluded opponents, got his head to the ball, and scored the second gaol for the Forest. The Forest were far away the more dangerous near goal, the efforts of the Evertonians clever enough in midfield, being lamentably deficient when it came to a question of assailing the goal. Half time Notts Forest 2 goals, Everton nil.

The second half opened in vigorous style with the Forest still holding the upper hand. Balmer kicked over his head, and with Muir coming out of his goal, it was lucky for the visitors that Morris sent high over the crossbar. Calvey next headed wide, and some minutes elesped before Everton had a look in. then Settle had a good try, the ball going off Frank Forman's leg out of play. The resulting corner found the Evertonians in possession but to the satisfaction of the crowd Abbott landed the ball over the stand. The visitors were now appearing to better advantage though there was still a weakness in shooting. F.Spouncer scored the third goal and Fred Forman the fourth Everton being badly beaten by four goals to nil.



October 14 1901. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination. (Game 7)

At Goodison Park. Roberts kick off for St Helen's, Muir almost lowering the Everton colours in a minute from the start, the ball striking the custodian. Everton retaliated Proudfoot opening the home score. At the interval Everton were leading by a goal to nil. Resuming St Helens assumed the aggressive and after repeated attempts to notch a point, Roberts drew level. Everton attacked, and Proudfoot put the home team ahead, and Everton winning by 2 goals to 1. Everton: - Kitchen goal Sharp, and Eccles backs, Boyle (captain), Clark and Blythe, halfbacks, Roche Daly, Proudfoot, Bone and Chadwick (j). forwards.



October 14 1901. The Liverpool mercury

The Everton team lit upon troublous times at Nottingham, where they sustained their first defeat of the season. The side was unfortunate in as much as the forward line was perforce subjected to a fresh disposition, owing to the injury to Bell, and after Sharp's absence from the team there were some misgivings as to whether he was fit enough to enter into the contest with his usual confidence. The removal of Taylor from his accustomed position on the right to the extreme left was an exacting call, but the directors had no other alternative-hence the unrest that prevailed. As if to add to their misfortunate the club met the Forest team on the top of their form, and none were more ready to testify to this fact than those who have closely followed the fortune of the home club, for on all hands was it admitted that a finer display has not previously been given by the “Reds” on that enclosure. The game was opened at a pace that was simply astonishing, and it required no keen observer to satisfy himself upon the point that the Foresters were best upon carrying off both points. As the play progressed, the home players, who were keener on the ball, more resourceful when in possession, and withal accurate in finishing touches, bounded into popular favour and could do practically nothing wrong. With a few exceptions quite the reverse has to be noted of the Everton players. It has seldom to be recorded that the defenders have failed to meet the demands made upon them, so that one is inclined at the first blush to treat their shortcomings with some consideration. But the failure of the backs was not extended to any particular period of the game, for blundering misdirected tackling, and kicking have probably never been crowded into a contest as was the case on Saturday. To begin with, Muir was beaten in the first two minutes in most simple fashion, and again towards the close; while Balmer and Watson did little to justify their reputation. Indeed, the former player has not made as many mistakes in a dozen games as were wrapped up in that of Saturday, and this must come as a big surprise to those who have followed his performance closely this season. Half back play too, was most indifferent, and the two usually successful players-Abbott and Wolsteholmes-were beaten time after time in most ignominious fashion. Booth had an exacting duty, and of the trio he alone did well, but one could not came to any other conclusion than that the rearguard as a whole had a rank bad day. Coming to the forwards allowances must be made for their inability to cope successfully with the Forest defenders. Certainly they had a couple of easy chances of reducing the lead, but at the same time they were under a cloud, and rarely looked like getting the better of their opponents. They combated desperately and well between the two penalty lines, but when they came to put forward a finishing effort, they failed badly. The wingmen were not a success for they easily dispossessed and rarely got in a centre that compared favourably with the efforts of the other side. A gratifying feature to chronicle is the steady improvement shown by Young, who received the ball and worked out openings for his wing men in a manner that should have been more than once turned to good account. Paterson also played well, and Sharp occasionally put in centres that troubled the home defenders. As stated above, the Forest played one of their best games, and their all-round concerted attack and brilliant defence were atreat to witness. They set a terrific pace at the outset and maintained it to the close, and while the margin in their favour is rather marked their substantial victory was in great measure due to the alertness and finishing movements of the forwards. The most stylish resourceful, and successful of the quintet was Morris, who with Spouncer, formed a wing that the best defences in the country wind find difficult to cope with. It was from this quarter that most of the dangerous movements were forthcoming, but the whole line did well, and Calvey, in the centre, formed a capable pivot to players, who evidently understood to a nicety the advantage that accrue from closely following up the ball. The halfbacks allowed and gave no quarter and Iremonger and Forman covered the keeper in most dexterous fashion.



October 15 1901. The Liverpool Mercury

R.Beveridge, who last season played as a forward for the Everton team, died at home in Glasgow on Friday, from the effects of monary trouble, Beveridge, who was 25 years of age, came into prominence with Lanark team, he afterwards transferred to Everton, and them return to Glasgow.


October 19 1901. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Club-Second Round.

At Barrow, in dull, windy wind weather, before a good attendance. Both teams turned out as selected. Docherty, won the toss for Barrow, and the home team played with the wind at their backs. Sharp broke away, his shot being a failure. Higgins and Ross Transfer play, but Abbott relieved at the other end. Ross called upon Kitchen. Young by a good run transferred play, and Settle shot over when in a good position. Play, however, ruled fast, Paterson next essayed a run, but was ruled offside. Kitchen had to save a header from Sanders, and Eccleston, with a long shot, all but scored. Play, which was now mostly in midfield, was exciting. Barrow playing a good game against their more experienced opponents. Cunningham, after tricky work, had a shy, missing by inches. Play was transferred, and Settle scored, Duguid never attempting to save, half-time Everton 1 goal Barrow nil. The visitors, with the wind in their favour, had all the play in the second half, Sharp shot under the bar, Durguid saving well, while Settle had a grand chance when fouled by Docherty. Barrow's pressed and Higgins put across to Ross, that player shot, Kitchen saving. Bell sent into the goalmouth, a corner resulting. Everton pressed, and Settle shot well, Duiguid saving. Just afterwards Abbott shot a second goal for Everton, and Everton won by 2 goals to nil. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer, and Watson backs Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott halfbacks Sharp Paterson Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards.


Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 19 October 1901

Considerable interest was taken in this match, and there was a large crowd Bury this afternoon. Bury, with a strong sun at their backs, pressed at the opening. Brooks having hard lines with good shot, and Heap heading over. Give and take play followed, and Thompson was tested by Roche, whilst Heap short range put over the Everton bar. Half-time—Burv Reserve 0, Everton Reserve 0.

EVERTON 1 BURY 1 (Game 382)

October 21 1901. The Liverpool Courier

Bell and Taylor unfit for match

Summer weather prevailed on Saturday when Everton and Bury met in a League match at Goodison Park. At 3-15 the teams faced as follows : - Everton: - Kitchen goal, Balmer, and Watson backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Blythe, halfbacks, Sharp Paterson, Young, Abbott, and Settle forwards Bury:- Montogomery, goal, Lindasy, and McEwan, backs Johnson, Thorpe, and Ross halfbacks, Richards, Monks, Wood, Sagar, and Plant, forwards. Referee. Mr.Sutcliffe.

Bury kicked off in the face of a brilliant sun, and the opening stages favoured the visitors, who after some interesting exchanges got down so far that Richards was enabled to get in a shot which, however, went wide of the mark. Then Everton bore down on the right, but the Buryites were soon back again, and from an attempt by Richards, Watson kicked behind. The resulting corner led to some exciting play, and another corner from which Sharp sent over the crossbar. The visitors were very persistent, and obtained another corner which, however, was not utilsed. Smart play by the left wing yielded a fourth corner from which Blythe smartly cleared. Lindsay was impassable, and play was almost entirely confined to Everton's half. Try as they would the Evertonians could make no appreciable impression upon their sturdy opponents, who were remarkably quick on the. Moreover they were aided by a couple of free kicks. Only by vigorous defence did the house team turn the tables. Young initiated a clever movement and passed out to Sharp, who, however, could not reach the ball before Montgomery, running out, had managed to kick the leather away. The Evertonians made another dashing attack a moment later, Sharp being particularly prominent. A long return by Balmer landed the ball in the goalmouth, and McEwan not getting in his kick properly Abbott had a pop at Montgomery who effected a remarkable clearing into which the elements of luck entered. A long shot from Booth missed the mark, and then a fine run by Richards boded danger. Watson was left behind, but happily from the Everton point of view the ball was got away without the goalkeeper being called upon. Give-and-take play followed, neither side being able to claim much advantage. Balmer recovered himself from a difficult position, and immediately afterwards the game had to be stopped owing to Richards being dazed through receiving the ball full in the face from Watson at short range. The Bury outside right pluckily resumed, and following a free kick Montgomery had to handle. His charge, however, was not seriously threatened. Next Abbott shot in, but a Bury defender at the expense of a corner luckily intercepted the ball, which was badly utilsed. A moment later the Everton forwards attacked in force, and Abbott shot in at Montgemery. Settle rushed up, and the ball almost seemed to be over the line, but Montgomery managed to get it away when surrounded. Handling in midfield had been pretty frequent and Everton from one free kick looked like opening the score, but Young kicked over the bar. For a time the visitors exerted pressure, but shots at goal were at a discount. A mistake by Lindsay let in Abbott, from whom, however, the ball bounced to Montgomery, who a minute or two later had to kick away a good attempt by Young. Kitchen also was called upon by Richards. The pace slowed down, but the excitement was renewed when Monks tested Kitchen. The goalkeeper was equal to the occasion, and fisted away. Wood, however, sent in again, and luckily for Everton, Wolstenholmes was in the way and prevented an almost certain goal. Young worked his way through, only to slip just before he could get in his shot. A high drooping shot from Richards occasioned Kitchen no trouble and when the interval arrived, neither side had scored. Half-time Everton nil; Bury nil.

The second half opened in rather tame fashion. Each side obtained a free kick, which led to nothing and for some time interest in the play was affected by the frequency with which the ball had to be thrown in. the usual cry of “play up Everton” was raised, but the Bury defenders required a lot of beating. A corner to Everton proved abortive, and a splendid cross by Sharp was badly utilised by Settle. A tree kick close in was also thrown away. From a sudden breakaway the visitors Plant centred from almost off the line, and Monks meeting the ball with his head placed it in the net, thus opening the scoring, for the Bury team. Abbott and Settle place, and the former made a desperate effort to equalise. Thorpe only missed the mark by inches with a terrible shot, and the visitors maintained severe pressure on the Everon goal. Suddenly Everton dashed off and Settle equalised, with a wonderful shot, which gave Montgomery no earthly chance. After this success, Everton play up in great style and the game was exciting to the finished, and the game end in a one all draw.



October 21 1901. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination. (Game 8)

At Bury. Everton had to face a brilliant sun. The game was well contested, but the Everton forwards were very smart and though there was no score at the interval the visitors found the net in the second half though Chadwick, and another point followed, and Everton won by 2 goals to nil. Everton: - Muir, goal, Sharp, and Eccles backs, Boyle (captain), Clarke, and Brown halfbacks, Roche, Rankin, Proudfoot, Bone, and Chadwick (j), forwards.



October 21 1901. The Liverpool Mercury

The Everton executive must have been sorely puzzled in determining the constitution of their team to face the rejuvenated Bury eleven, especially as regards the forward line, for few organizations in the country have experienced such wretched luck with their players as Everton have this season. First Toman, and then Sharp were disabled and in the match under notice Ball and Taylor were for similar reasons prevented from taking their usual places. Bell, whose ankle has been causing trouble, was in spite of the specialist's care, pronounced unfit for series warfare, and Taylor sustained an injury at Nottingham, which was the cause of his nonappearance. Sharp however, was included, but the absence of the others led to a considerable reshutting in the forward ranks, and with Paterson partnering Sharp for the first time, whilst the left wing was practically new, little surprise need be expressed at the result. In the opening stages of the game some really capital work was witnessed on both sides, but Bury were always the smarter on the ball, and they experienced less difficulty in making headway, for their forwards snapped up a pass with more avidity, and got away with much greater ease than the home side. In the second half this difference between the combatants was more marked, and when Monks headed the first goal from one of the many fine centres from Plant, the issue appeared settled. As a last resource, Settle came from outside to inside left, and after a very feeble exhibition in the former position had the felicity of scoring an equalising point with one of the cleverest shots seen at Goodison Park for many a day. Everton were decidedly fortunate in being able to claim a share of the honours, for as a body they were an inferior act to their opponents. For reasons already stated, the greater difference between the teams was noticeable in the forward division and whereas on the Everton side were witnessed ragged, desultory and uneven movements, on that of the visitors harmony and smart combination were the distinctive features one could scarcely expect anything else from an experimental forward line like that which represented Everton but nevertheless, there was weakness discernable despite the drawbacks mentioned, which at times was only too painfully apparent. The extreme wings were far from successful, and the difference of a few yards of Settle, which brought him from inside to outside left, simply dispossessed him of all ability to give even a fair exhibition. One redeeming feature was forthcoming, however, before the finish and the shot, which he whizzed past Montgomery, must be entered to his credit account as balancing a big proportion of the total on the debtor side. On the right wing Sharp, was only moderate, for the speedy outside man refers the drudgery to be worked off his partner. This Paterson was not able to achieve, and the Bury left half fairly had the measure of the pair. At halfback Everton were seen to greater advantage, and the whole line had their hands full with the dashing forwards of the opposition. Wolstenholmes had rarely experienced such a gruelling as Sagar and Plant treated him to, for this pair were continually harassing him with clever combination and in tricate footwork; but he struck to his work pluckily although he had palpably more than he could manage as the game progressed. Booth gave a capital display, and Blythe filled Abbott's place creditably, though the latter will be warmly welcomed in his usual position again. Further behind, Balmer played one of his best games, his kicking being clean and effective and his tackling particularly fine, while Watson accomplished some smart feat, although Richards seemed to have little difficulty in getting the better of him. Kitchen was in goal, vice Muir, and no custodian could have given a better display than the man who usually guards the reserve citadel. One or two clearances were considerably above average merit, a full length one from Sagar, when a goal seemed even more than certainty and another from the irrepressible Plant, which was tipped over the bar, being really clear. Coming to the Bury team, one must congratulate them on their performance, and there is no doubt they are a capable all rounds side. Not a weak place was noticeable from front to rear, and they held a decided advantage over Everton in this respect. The forwards were full of dash; when a pass came; no time was wasted in getting into a favourable position. The wings were very clever. Sagar and Plant doing excellent work, and the former opened out the game for his partner in grand style. Richards was the star on the right, for Monks, though very smart, stuck to the ball too tenaciously; but as a line the Bury quintet will want some stopping by the most skilful defenders, judged from their form at Goodison Park. The halfbacks were fully equal to the front rank in merit; they tackled well, and fed their forwards most judiciously; whilst further behind McEwan and Lindsay were a most reliable pair of full backs. Montgomery kept a good goal, and the Bury team sustained their reputation as being one of the most dangerous eleven's in the League. Their forward play was extremely incisive, and might with advantage be copied by some other teams, for not only was the midfield work smart and effective, but the excellence was carried to the goalmouth, and any but a most expert custodian would have been more often beaten than was Kitchen between the Everton posts.


Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 21 October 1901

Referring the Everton Secretaryship, re which Mr V. Wallace (Dundee) left for Liverpool to-day, the "Athletic News," says it is only the on the eve of the election of a person to this important post that serious attention has been directed to this matter. With the team doing well, the bulk the Everton Club supporters have taken little interest the event, for the to them everything has gone on up till now as if a full-fledged Secretary had the ruling ot affairs. It is only when a breakdown, such as occurred at Nottingham, takes place that the rank and file want know, you know, who managing the show. When on serenely the man who planks down sixpence every time is quite content, and does not bother about such a detail as to who is the Secretary of the Club. But the sportsmen the other side the ground are not so easily satistied. There are six starters in the competition, but to my mind five them are heavily weighted. However, shall hear more after tonight's meeting.



Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 21 October 1901

Played Goodison Park, before about 20.000 spectators . Playing with the sun in their faces. Bury started in great style, but met with a fine defence. Montgomery afterwards saved from Abbott, Kitchen effected wonderful clearance. Neither side could score before tho interval. Early the second half Plant and Monks tested Kitchen, who cleared splendidly. Montgomery, too, was frequently called upon, but Bury were smarter on the ball than their opponents. After twentv minutes' play Monks converted a splendid centre by Plant, but Settle equalised with wonderful shot. Tho result was a draw 1 goal each.



Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 22 October 1901


Mr W. C. Cuff, solicitor, Liverpool, has been appointed Secretary and Manager of Everton Football Club in succession to Mr. Molyneanx. The Directors of the Club had meeting last night, when those six candidates who had been placed on tho short list were in attendance. In all there were 128 applicants, and the number was reduced until only half a dozen remained, viz.:— Mr . Cuff, one of the Directors and interim Secretary dating the vacancy ; W. Wallace, Dundee ; Mr Thomas Maley, Celtic F.C. (brother Mr W. Maley); Mr Mangnall, Burnley ;Mr Wales, "Liverpool Mercury:" Mr Wilson, Secretary, Liverpool and District Football Association; and Dickie Boyle, the international half-back. They were each separately tested in financial matters for a quarter of hour, after which there was vote, which resulted in Cuff, Wallace, Maley, and Boyle being still in the running. Subsequently there was along discussion,and the first-mentioned pair were left the final vote, the result being that Mr Wallace was ousted by Mr Cuff by one vote. Considering that Mr Cuff was a former Director, had filled the position lately, which meant a lot, Mr Wallace has to be congratulated on the strong stand made against the local influence, and the vote indicates the favourable impression Mr. Wallace must have made as an expert and able football manager. It is understood that the salary is like £300 per annum.


Dundee Evening Post - Tuesday 22 October 1901

At a meeting of the Directors of the Everton Football Club last night Mr W. C. Cuff, solicitor, Liverpool, was appointed secretary and manager of the club salary of $300 per annum. There were 128 applicants for the post.


Lancashire Evening Post-Saturday 26 October 1901

as I anticipated last week, Mr. W.C. Cuff, a Liverpool solicitor, has been appointed secretary of Everton F.C., in succession to Mr. R. Molyneux, resigned, out of 100 applicants. Mr. Cuff acted as secretary protem, and showed proficiecy that none of his competitors really had an innings. The most formiable of them was Boyle, of the team.



Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 28 October 1901

While taking part in the match between the Rovers Reserve and Everton Reserve, at Everton, on Saturday, Arthur Blackburn, full back, met with nasty accident. Early in the second half he received a kick in the lower part of the abdomen, and was obliged leave the field. On getting back home B'ackburn consulted Dr. Gray, who ordered him keep his bed for several days.



Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 28 October 1901

At Barrow. in dull, equally weather, before a capital attendance. Barrow won the toss, and took advantage of a stiff breeze. Everton took up the play, and Sharp shot wretchedly. Higgin made a good run, but Abbott cleared. Sharp, at the other end, had another ineffective shot. Play was transferred, and Ross called upon Kitchen. Young broke away, and gave to Bell, who in turn passed to Settle, who with the goal at his mercy, shot over. Bell had a shy, but sent yards wide. Findley was cheered for nearly robbing Sharp when dangerous. Play ruled fast, and Barrow all but scored. Sanders was next conspicuous. Bell made tracks from Duguid, but Findlay cleared at the expense of a corner, which Sanders cleared, amidst applause. Another corner to Everton was again cleared Sanders, and play was again in the visitors territory. Cunningham neatly placed to Walker, who missed by about a couple of feet. Kitchen had save a header from Sanders, and Ecclcaton had exceedingly hard lines with a lengthy drive. Bell transferred play temporarily. Hands against Balmer looked dangerous, and Hall struck Kitchen with his shot. Midfield play was now the order, and Watson was next conspicuous, calling upon the home custodian with a lengthy shot. Later Settle scored. Half-time—Everton 1, Barrow 0.


October 28 1901. The Liverpool Courier

Kicthen saves a Whittaker's Penalty kick .

Fine though rather hazy weather prevailed at Blackburn on Saturday, when Everton met the Rovers for the first time this season in a League match. At 3-15 the teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer and Watson backs, Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott, halfbacks, Sharp, Paterson, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - McIver, goal, Crompton (captain), and Hardy, backs, Howarth, McClure, and Houlker, halfbacks, Whittaker, Dewhurst, Somers, Morgan, and Gate, forwards. Referee. Mr. F.Kirkham. Booth won the toss, but there was practically no advantage. Dewhurst started in the presence of about 10,000 spectators, and the Rovers at once attacked. A nice pass out by Somers enabled Whittakerr to run away and have a shot at goal, the ball going too high. The visitors retaliated, and a weak kick by Crompton gave a look in to Sharp, who shot in hard, Young unfortunately getting in the way and being ruled offside. The Rovers had another spell of attacking, and then Everton returned the compliment, the home goal this time avoiding an exceedingly narrow escape. Bell put the ball across nicely and Sharp shooting in, the ball went against the goalkeeper and over the line. It was a luckily save, and the resulting corner was not turned to account. The game was spiritedly contested, and was fairly even. The rushes of the Rovers always doded danger. Houlker sent wide when nicely placed, and a moment later, after clever combination by the home front line, Abbott saved smartly. Play came to the Rovers half, but the defenders were on the alert and McIver was scarcely troubled. A foul against Young ought to have assisted the Rovers, but Hardy, who took the kick, shot ridiculously wide. Settle next was adjudged offside, and play settled down in midfield, Bell, who was not looked after as well as he might have been, put in a lively cross shot, and after Sharp had tipped the ball to Paterson the latter headed into the net after seventeen minutes play. This reverse roused the Rovers, and Howarth landed the ball into the goalmouth, only to find it headed outside. From a foul against Booth, Howarth gave to Whittaker who again was faulty in his aim. Young put in some clever work, but Bell was offside. Booth was again penalised, and after some interesting midfield exchanges, Gate obtained possession, and sent across the goalmouth, when in a capital position. A miskick by Hardy was, unfortunately for his side, retrieved by the alertness of McClure. The outside left initiated a dangerous movement, but there was nothing was nothing brilliant about the shooting of the home forwards. At the other end, Bell and Settle were prominent, and from a centre by the latter, Sharp shot in, Young being penalised for setting a back. The next item of interest was a splendid oblique shot from Gate, which Kitchen cleared. From a corner McClure shot in, and while Kitchen was saving there was a scrimmage in front of goal, during which some infringement of the rules, must have taken place, for the referee awarded the home team a penalty kick. Whittaker was entrusted with the kick, but he shot straight and low at Kitchen, who managed to stop the ball. Hands against Balmer close in led to a vigorous onslaught by the Rovers, during which Gate missed heading in with practically an open goal. Hardy was frequently at fault, but was well covered by his confreres. Half-time Everton 1 goal, Rovers nil.

On resuming, Sharp initiated a smart attack, and was brought down very badly, when getting into a nice position for shooting. Howarth fouled Settle just outside the penalty line and the ball hovered near the Rovers goal. From a sudden breakaway Gate gave his colleagues a splendid chance, which was thrown away. A corner was not improved upon, and again, the Evertonians assumed the aggressive. Free kicks were pretty frequent, and the play for a time, was a rather ragged. Then Gate directed a splendid shot at Kitchen, who, although on the ground, managed to save, at the expense of an abortive corner. The Rovers pressed continuously, and at the end of 28 minutes, Dewhurst equalised. Shortly afterwards McClure gave the Rovers the lead, and after more aggressive play, Gate added a third point, and the Rovers held the upper hand to the finish, when Blackburn won by 3 goals to 1,



October 28 1901. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination (Game 9)

At Goodison Park. Everton won the toss, Gordon kicking off for the Rovers. This player missed a good chance in the first few minutes of the game. Everton assumed the aggressive and made things warm in the vicinity of Whittaker's charge, Proudfoot eventually defeating the Blackburn custodian with a good shot. Everton got away again, a capital sequence of passing and clever combination resulting, Proudfoot putting the ball out of Whittaker's reach. Blackburn then attacked, and Abbott shot wide, after which Everton were the assailants, Rankin putting on a third goal for the home men. Proudfoot scored a fourth, and Rankin a fifth, and Everton winning by 5 goals to nil. Everton: - Muir, goal, Sharp, and Eccles backs, Boyle (captain), Clark, and Brown halfbacks, Roche, Rankin, Proudfoot, Bone, and Chadwick (j), forwards.



October 28 1901. The Liverpool Mercury

The Blackburn Rovers gave further evidence of improvement on Saturday, when they trounced Everton's representative team by three goals to one. At one stage of the proceedings, such a result was most unlikely, for throughout the greater portion of the first half there was only one side in it, and that was not the Rovers. Unfortunately for the visitors, they demonstrated in no uncertain fashion their ability to take advantage of faulty play by the opposing backs, who often misjudged their kicks of altogether, missed the ball. Had the forwards realised the value of closely following up goals must have been scored early on, but they were evidently satisfied with playing the waiting game, and this was the more apparent when they had opened the scoring after 17 minutes play. Meanwhile the front line of the home team had been fairly active, though fitful, but once could not ignore the fact that they were a dangerous quintet, and at any moment a parting shot might easily bring about the downfall of the Everton goal. Still, nothing further was recorded up to the interval, and on the play Everton, deserved their lead. The game in the second portion, must have struck consternation among the ranks of the visitors, for the home backs had steadily improved, and it at once became manifest that nothing but sheer determination and persistent go-aheadedness on the part of the visitors could have prevented the Rovers from scoring. Unfortunately, these qualities were not forthcoming from the Evertonians, and 17 minutes from time the Rovers, after a prolonged pressure, equalised. The remainder of the game was one of absolute rout, for the home team took the lead, and six minutes from time forged further ahead. To account for a complete a collapse is no light task suffice to say the Rovers were keener on the ball, more decisive in both aim and character, and none that followed the contest closely could deny that they fully deserved victory. The all round smartness of the victors during the second half stood out in marked contrast to the feeble efforts of their opponents, who were frequently left behind when it came to a smart tussle for possession. In great measure the onus of defeat devolves upon the forwards, but at the same time the halves and full backs were not above criticism, especially in the later stages, and but for some sound saves by Kitchen before the scoring account had been opened the result might have furnished more gruesome reading. After the keeper was once beaten, however, he failed to sustain his hitherto capital display, but there can be no denying the fact, that he accomplished much good work. With the forwards at fault it was only natural that the defenders would have a difficult task set them, and this was beyond their powers. Some neat touches by Bell in the first portion of the game were the only points worth the recording, and the half-backs play all through reached a very low standard, i.e., for Everton. Neither Wolsteholmes nor Abbott maintained their reputation, and while Booth was often conspicuous in breaking up tactics, much of his effectiveness was discounted by the frequent concession of free kicks. The backs were moderate, and, as stated above Kitchen's trouble came thick, and fast during the last quarter of an hour of the game. He misjudged the quarter at which the Rovers centre effected his aim, and six minutes afterwards he was beaten with a terrific rising shot, while the third goal was scored against him in easy fashion. The strongest division of the Rovers team was forward, and with ordinary support they are likely to cause pretentious teams much anxiety. In Gate, late of Darwin, the club had secured a hard working and all round resourceful left winger, and it was from this end of the line that most danger emanated. He was well backed up by Houlker, and in conjunction with Morgan often had the better of Wolstenholmes. The other end of the line, played a fairly good game, and having survived the period of wretched shooting in the first half and early in the second, they could do nothing wrong in the matter of marksmanship. The halves hung tenaciously to the Everton forwards, and kept their men well employed, while the shooting of McClure the centre of the trio, was above the average, and his shot that gave his side the lead was the best of the series. Of the backs, Hardy for the greater part of the game was faulty, but his improvement in the later stages was most marked, and to his judicious kicking towards goal was attributed to the Rovers' third success. The custodian was not sorely pressed, but a couple of smart shots from Bell and Smith were attended to with good judgement. It is not often that one has to record so complete a collapse by Everton in the closing stages of a game. They were thoroughly overrun, while their opponents maintained the pace up to the final whistle.



October 19 1901. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Club-Second Round.

At Barrow, in dull, windy wind weather, before a good attendance. Both teams turned out as selected. Docherty, won the toss for Barrow, and the home team played with the wind at their backs. Sharp broke away, his shot being a failure. Higgins and Ross Transfer play, but Abbott relieved at the other end. Ross called upon Kitchen. Young by a good run transferred play, and Settle shot over when in a good position. Play, however, ruled fast, Paterson next essayed a run, but was ruled offside. Kitchen had to save a header from Sanders, and Eccleston, with a long shot, all but scored. Play, which was now mostly in midfield, was exciting. Barrow playing a good game against their more experienced opponents. Cunningham, after tricky work, had a shy, missing by inches. Play was transferred, and Settle scored, Duguid never attempting to save, half-time Everton 1 goal Barrow nil. The visitors, with the wind in their favour, had all the play in the second half, Sharp shot under the bar, Durguid saving well, while Settle had a grand chance when fouled by Docherty. Barrow's pressed and Higgins put across to Ross, that player shot, Kitchen saving. Bell sent into the goalmouth, a corner resulting. Everton pressed, and Settle shot well, Duiguid saving. Just afterwards Abbott shot a second goal for Everton, and Everton won by 2 goals to nil. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Balmer, and Watson backs Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott halfbacks Sharp Paterson Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards.


Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 21 October 1901

Referring to the Everton Secretaryship, re which Mr. W. Wallace (Dundee) left for Liverpool today, the “Athletic News” says:- it is only on the eve of the election of a person to this important post that serious attention has been directed to the matter. With the team doing well, the bulk of the Everton Club's supporters have taken little interest in the event, for to them everything has gone on up till now as if a full-fledged Secretary had the ruling of affairs. It is only when a breakdown, such as occurred at Nottingham, takes place that the rank and file want to know, you know, who is managing the show. When everything goes on serently the man who planks down his sixpence every time in quite content, and does not not bother about such a detail as to who is the Secretary of the Club. But the sportsmen on the otherside of the ground are not so easily satisfied. There are six starters in the competition, but to my mind five of them are heavily weighted. However, we shall hear more after tonight's meeting.


Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 29 October 1901

Played at Barrow, yesterdav, before a splendid attendance, owing to a holiday being held in the town of the occasion of the launch of the King Alfred. Play in the initial moiety was very even and fast. Settle scored a simple goal after twenty minutes' play, Eccleston and Ross making good attempts for Barrow. In the second half the visitors pressed for ten minutes, but afterwards the play became more even, both custodians being called upon. Everton were the aggressors, but the shooting was wretched, Abbottlt scored for Everton, and the result was—Everton 2 goals, Barrow none.



Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 29 October 1901


At Barrow, before, large holiday crowd. Barrow had the wind behind them, and played a surprisingly good game against the first Leaguers. Sanders was very prominent, and experienced hard lines in not scoring. Then Everton got down, and at the end off 35 minutes Settle scored. Barrow played hard equalise, but half-time the score was:-- Everton. one : Barrow, nil. , Recommencing Everton pressed, and then play afterwards became even, each goalkeeper having work. Everton assumed the arggesive but the shooting was wretched. Abbott scored again. Result: Everton 2, Barrow 0