May 1, 1918. The Evening Express
I sincerely hope the visit of Everton to Sheffield next Saturday will prove as big a draw in the blade city as the United did at Goodison Park, because the greater the crowd, the better for the Solider, Footballers’ War Fund, which will need all the support possible as a start was made very late. Last Saturday’s game was a very pleasant one indeed, and Sheffield showed form, which will probably enable them to win at home. At the same time Everton will give them a good hard time and have selected the following side to do duty; Mitchell; Smith, Stott; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Platt, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donanchie.
CHAIRTY EFFORTS WHICH MERIT SUPPORT
May 3, 1918. Evening Express
The present period is prolific in local efforts for charity, and as the various appeals are really necessary and urgent, I am sure they will not fall on deaf ears. The sportsmen of the district have always been among the first to come to the assistance of any worthy cause, as they showed by raising so many ambulances I would draw their special attention to the Lord Mayor’s Prisoner’s War Fund. Since the new push more Liverpool boys have fallen into the hands of the enemy –no surprising, because the Liverpool’s have been in the thick of it –but this means much greater calls on the fund referred to. The treasurer of it is Mr. W.R. Clayton chairman of the Everton Football Club, and indefatigable in work of this description. He tells me that the £20 given to Fleetwood by George Anderson and which the club captain handed over to Mr. Cuff as evidence of having been approached has been to the fund, white the directors have voted a further £200. This is a capital start. Then last night Mr. Clayton stepped into the ring at the stadium and roused great enthusiasm by a telling speech. “Don’t give from the top of your pockets but dig deep down.” Was his appeal and the sum of £41 8s 10d was a good response. I understand there are also to be collections at football matches etc., for the same object so it should receive considerable assistance.
Of course, the footballers have their own fund, for the benefit of which a series of matches are being played all over the country. Both Liverpool and Everton will be engaged tomorrow against Sheffield clubs the “Reds” being at home to the Wednesday, while Everton play their return with the United at Sheffield. Everton are giving a trail to new outside right named Platt, otherwise full team out as follows;- Mitchell; Smith, Stott; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Platt, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
FURTHER CONTESTS WITH SHEFFIELD CLUB
May 3, 1918 The Liverpool Echo
Everton at United’s ground will be up against something hot as all who saw last week’s game will agree. Fortunately Everton are to be better represented and there is no knowing how will Everton will shape when their lines are linked up by their recognized members. Platt deputies for Wadsworth who cannot get away from business. Teams; Everton; Mitchell; Smith, Stott; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Platt, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie. Sheffield United; Blackwell; Milton, Wilson; Pantling, Brelsford, Beutmont; Hill, Brown, Kitchen, Charles, Shearman.
Sheffield Independent - Saturday 04 May 1918
A particularly interesting game will be played at Bramall lane this afternoon when Everton visit United in the return match. Last week the clubs drew in a clean contest, in which the Everton goalie stopped a penalty. Everton will be putting a team of pre-war - strength in the field, and United will have to be on their best behaviour to win. Smith (West Bromwich) appears at back, and Fleetwood and Grenyer are also available, and Gault will lead the attack The team will be; Mitchell; Smith and Stott; Fleetwood, Warring, and Grenyer; Platt, Jefferis. Gault, Clennell and Donnachie. United’s eleven will be selected from: Blackwell; Stungess, Milton, Wilson; Brelslord. Beaumont, Pantling; Taylor, Hill, Brown, Johnson, Kitchen, Shearman and Charles.
May 4, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Harry Makepeace a master of pure wing half-back play and a delight to the onlookers.
For outside right the name of the irrepressible, Taylor again crops up. His first choice here must rest with yet another admired cricketer –John Sharp, with Sam Chedgzoy a capital second.
For inside right a decision is not so easily arrived at. McDermott, Jefferis, Coleman, White, Wilson; and Taylor have in their days been names to conjure with.
It is laregely a case here of paying your money and calling your choice. Each man would run in the voting but my vote goes to that mazing man, Master McDermott whose sojorim here was all too short.
Then what of centre forward: Sandy Young, Bert Freeman, Robert Parker and that £1,500 man –or boy Tom Browell stand out as Everton’s greatest leaders. In attack and despite Freeman’s phenomental feats of scoring forcefulness, Sandy Young at his best was is the writer’s opinion a still greater.
For the inside left there are Chadwick, Settle, Gee, Wilson, Wattie White, Bradshaw, and Joe Clennell.
Chadwick, however like Holt had passed his best by them, and it is with confidence that Settle is given a vote in Everton’s finest eleven of the two past decades.
At outside left John Bell, Donanchie, Gee, Wilson, Harold Hardman, and Harrison represent the best goods, and one would place them in that order named.
Here ends my best Everton 1888-1918 team would read; Roose; Thompson, and MaConnachie; Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Bell, a truly “international list made up of five Scots, four English, one Welsh and one Irish representative, whilst the all-rounder champion let me nominee John Taylor.
May 4, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Burns Campbell’s Report of Bramall Game
Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith and Stott, backs; Fleetwood (captain), Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Platt, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Sheffield United; Blackwell, goal; Milton and Wilson, backs; Pantling, Beaumont, and Sturgess, half-backs; Shearman, Kitchen, Johnson, Tummons, and Hill, forwards. Referee; Mr. P. Saul, (Barnsley). This afternoon starting at three o’clock, Everton and Sheffield United played their war fund return match. Last week Everton, near the finish of a struggling game on very hard turf drew level. Today United expected to fare better, but were faced by a much stronger side than last week. The weather was really too good for a big crowd many people preferring to work on the land for the day, but there would be five of six thousand present when the teams turned out late. Everton kicked off with a strong sun shining in their eyes and a good movement which Grenyer started was carried on by Platt and Jefferis without Blackwell being troubled, for Milton relieved when things were looking sultry.
A Goal in Four Minutes
It took Everton only four minutes to get a lead Donanchie, who is well remembered at Bramell lane for the great game he played here last November got away on one of his sharp runs, and he finished with a centre which invited a goal. Clennell met the ball with his head, and Everton were one up. From the kick-off Kitchen and Shearman tried to imitate the performance of the Everton left wing but the difference was that Mitchell saved Kitchen’s shot. Platts had a fine chance from another centre by Donnachie but he put the ball outside a performance he repeated a moment later when taking a corner-kick. The game had been very open up to now, but suddenly a lot of keen tackling developed, in which Fleetwood was very prominent. The Everton right-half was very busy dealing with Kitchen, Shearman, and Sturgess and although he held them for a while Shearman got away, despite Smith’s attempt to handle the ball, and from the winger’s centre Tummon appeared to have a chance but handed wide. Shearman went off again on another run and made another fine centre which Johnson and Tummon missed, and the ball went to Hill, who simply put it behind. The crowd had now grown to about 7,000 and appeared to be enjoying football which was certainly worth looking at, although the heat was so great that the spectators must have been much more comfortable than the players. For a long time Sheffield had nearly all the game and during this period Mitchell was the busiest men on the field. When Johnson sent Tummon through a great attack began in which Mitchell saved half a dozen shots, and there was one from Kitchen which beat the goalkeeper but Smith rushed in and got his head to the ball in time to clear. That did not finish it by any means and Mitchell was loudly cheered when he turned a great shot by Kitchen over the bar. The corner led to more trouble for Everton, but Mitchell saved them again and finally the Blues got away, and Blackwell taking his chance, beat and cleared a terrific drive from Gaults.
A Goal to United
This was immediately followed by a goal to United Tummons gave Hill a pass, and from the latter’s centre Johnson headed through. Just before half-time Donnachie who had been very quiet saw an opening, cut distanced all opposition and made a perfect centre. Clennell as usual was in the right position and headed into the net.
Half-time; Sheffield United 1, Everton 2.
Clennell scored after four minutes
Johnson scored for Sheffield after 35 minutes
Clennell scored for Everton after 42 minutes.
LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONSHIP SETTLING
May 4, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
The deciding match in connection with the Liverpool League Championship is to be played at Goodison Park on Monday evening at 7 thanks to the generosity of the Everton Club. The teams –Huyton Quarry and Comets-are well known and very even, and the occasion be a fine sum handed out to the M.U. Oddlefellowds War Fund. Go to Goodison help the cause and see a topping struggle between the younger generations.
Football war fund.
Sheffield Independent - Monday 06 May 1918
Sheffield United 2, Everton 2.
Delightful football was played by both team and the game was much enjoyed by about 7,000 spectators. A feature was the brilliant goalkeeping of Blackwell for United and Mitchell for Everton, the shooting of both home and visiting forwards being strong and accurate. The play was lively pace despite the warm weather, and the game was absolutely clean one. United gave trial to a local outside-right named S. Hill, who got across some excellent centres and altogether made a very creditable debut. Everton opened the scoring three minutes from the start, Donnaohie sending in a fine centre from which Clennell cleverly headed the ball through. A perfect centre by Hill enabled Johnson to head a very similar equalising goal for United, but before half-time Everton regained the lead, Donnachie again centreing for Clennell to head through. Midway through the second half splendid individual effort Johnson made the scores level. United.—Blackwell; A. R. Wilson, Milton; Pantling, Beaumont. Sturgess; Hill, Tummon, Johnson, Kitchen and Shearman. Everton. -Mitchell; Jas. Smith. Stott; Fieetwood, Wareing. Grenyer; Platt, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell and Donnachie. Referee: Mr. Percy Sant (Barnsley).
THE SECOND DRAW
May 6, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton and Sheffield United played their return for the National Players War Fund at Bramell Lane. Sheffield on Saturday before some 8,000 spectators, and as was the case in the first game at Goodison the result was a draw, the score being two goals each. Although the weather was really too hot for football the game was fast and enjoyable and contained a great amount of interesting play. Everton took the lead very early for after four minutes Donnachie made a perfect centre which Clennell headed into the net from close in. Some good chances were missed and gradually the home men got a grip and attacked very hotly. Mitchell the Everton goalkeeper, after a splendid exhibition was eventually beaten when Johnson accepted a centre from the outside right and headed through. Just before half-time Clennell scored again from Donnachie’s centre. The second half was very keen, and the Sheffielders playing the wide swinging game for which they are noted, continue to gave Mitchell plenty of employment. The goalscorer made many brilliant saves, but finally Johnson broke through on his own and after beating three men finished with a great shot which found the net. There was no further scoring.
SOUTH AND EVERTON AT DINGLE TOMORROW
May 7, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow evening South Liverpool have Everton Reserves as visitors at Dingle Park (7.0 clock) the proceeds of the match to be given to the South End Mission for the Kiddies. Open-Air and Disabled Soldiers Funds, and it is expected that a big gate will eventuates “South’s” directors are putting out their best team, and the following will take part; Capper; J. Page, Jenkinson; Owen Williams, Clayton, E. Williams, Robertson, T. Page, Bennett, Parr and Tattum. Mr. W.R. Clayton and his colleagues are sending a strong contingent and a keen match may be looked forward. The Toxeth club for some years have made a point of helping the mission and they are most desirous that for the season’s farewell game and the cause their supporters will turn up on masses.
May 8, 1918. The Evening Express
Everton play a team selected from South Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers at Goodison Park on Saturday on behalf of the National War Fund and a good game is anticipated. At any rate the “Blues” have chosen a very powerful eleven. Intending spectators should note that the kick-off will be at four O’Clock. The Everton team will be;- Mitchell; Robinson, and Stott; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Wadsworth, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donanchie.
May 9, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
South Liverpool 1, Everton Reserves 0
Ever to the fore in the cause of charity the Everton and South Liverpool clubs played a match at Dingle Park, the proceeds being given to the South-end Mission for the Laddies. Open Air and Disabled Soldiers funds. Over 2,000 spectators watched a keen game, in which the Dingle club prevailed by the only goal scored. In the first half the game was splendidly contested and the South were awarded a penalty. Wilde, who played a great game, saved finely the great shot from J.Page. In the second half the South were the superior side, and it was only Wilde’s clever goalkeeping that saved his side from a heavier defeat. This player keeps goal next Saturday, for Tranmere Rovers and South Liverpool against Everton at Goodison Park. Wright scored fifteen minutes from the finish for the home side.
PRISONERS OF WAR.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner - Friday 10 May 1918
LAUGHED AT ZEPPELIN.
Seaman Beaumont was made prisoner Antwerp in October. 1914. He confirms the stories of the ill-treatment of the prisoners taken at Antwerp. He was crowded with seventy-two other men in one van for sixty-five hours. The German Red Cross nurses would visit them and ask if they would like coffee, and then returning would throw the hot coffee into their faces. Since being captured he has received four baronet wounds—one for the offence of laughing at a Zeppelin. But, he says, the German soldier himself is quite a decent fellow; it is the officers who responsible for excesses. His camp was on one occasion visited by Mr. Gerrard, the American Ambassador, who told the Germany authorities that things had to altered. He took eight hundred of the men with him to dine at town six miles away. And within the next twenty-four hours the 'Germans had built wooden barracks to accommodate 250 men. At the same camp were interned a large number of French and Russian prisoners, who were treated more severely than the British. It is the work of tlte Russian prisoners of war in mines and factories that keeps Germany going, savs Seaman Beaumont, and that probably explains why Germany finds it difficult to return Russian prisoners of war in fulliment of the agreement at Brost-Titovsk. Seaman Beaumont was able to save the life of a little German girl, and for this a Russian officer awarded him medal, and he was afterwards given more consideration by the camp authorities. Seaman Beaumont added that he is willing to give information he can to those who have relatives in Germany, and he also makes an appeal for football. Football, he says, was the only sport allowed to the men, and the German footballs are made of brown paper, as leather is very scarce. He asks that the footballs should be sent to Thomas A. Lewis. R. E., Gofingenaulager, Frankfurt-on-Oder. Lewis is a member of the Everton team, and a friend Seaman Beaumont.
TEAMS SELECTED FOR TOMORROW’S GAME
May 10, 1918. The Evening Express
Everton are bent on aiding charity tomorrow for to assist the National Football War Fund they will play a combined South Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers eleven at Goodison Park, and intending spectators should carefully note that the kick off is timed for 4 o’clock, so as not to interfere with the schools semi-final, referred to in this column and which, I hope, will receive the support it deserves as the school are thus doing football magnificent service, for the junior of today are the internationals of tomorrow. But to get back to the Fund match Everton will have Robinson again at full-back and Wadsworth outside right, so that they will be represented by practically their best side, as follows;- Mitchell; Robinson, and Stott; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Wadsworth, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
The South “Rovers” will be;- Widle; J. Page, and Simpson; Scott, Smith, and Owen Williams; Moreton, Hilton, Siddell, Wright, and Tattum.
END OF SEASON WINDS UP WITH NOVELTIES
May 10, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Here’s date for your diary; Whit-Monday morning, 11 o’clock, Everton v. Boxers Eleven (“put up”) by Johnnie Best at Goodison Park. Remember the last match on similar lines. Ordinarily there is a very “friendly” air about May fixtures, but this season is quite an exception, owing to the attractive novelties brought to Merseyside notice. First we had visits from Sheffield clubs, and now we are to see the combined strength of Tranmere and South Liverpool pitted against the Everton team –a natty arrangement. This match starts at four o’clock at Goodison Park and if you would have fill of football you should first see the boys at Anfield in the Schools Shield semi-final. These are the sides to meet at Everton; Mitchell; Robinson, and Stott; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Wadsworth, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
The South “Rovers” will be;- Widle; J. Page, and Simpson; Scott, Smith, and Owen Williams; Moreton, Hilton, Siddell, Wright, and Tattum.
Collectors are asked to be at Mr. Cuff’s office at three o’clock, not 2.30 as previously advised.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
May 11, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Kirsopp, we learn is still in a military hospital in Birmingham slowly recovering from wounds and fever. Lieutentant Galt, strange to say is stationed close to. The former may be transferred to Liverpool.
May 13, 1918. The Evening Express
The encounter between Everton and a mixed side, made up from the South and Tranmere Rovers was put back till four o’clock not to interfere with the boys’ game and in the expectation –that the crowd would cross over to Goodison, the proceeds being for the National Football Fund, but hopes were not justified, and the crowd was of moderate dimensions. A combined team did not necessarily mean good combination, rather the reverse; but the South-Rovers blended very well and beat the “Blues” by three goals to one, Siddall (2) and Wright being the scorers against Everton, while Wadsworth notched the best point of the game. Everton’s defence was not too sure, and the adverse total might have been greater had there not been such an incomprehensible “starving” of Moreton, who made splendid use of the rare chances he was given. I regretted to see some heated introduced into such a game, especially from men of experience who are expected to appreciate robust but clean play rather than resent it.
EVERTON TEAM PITTED AGAINST MINOR PLAYERS
May 13, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
The eleven chosen from the Tranmere Rovers and South Liverpool clubs had the satisfaction of defeating Everton by three goals to one at Goodison on Saturday after an interesting game, which revealed weakness in the home defence. Collins and Stott failing to cope with the determined efforts of the forwards. Fleetwood led the Everton attack, and while clever touches were shown by both wings Simpson and Page were very sound, the latter being one of the best players on view, while Wilde saved the situation smartly on occasion Wright was difficult to stop, and Tattrum was good but Moreton did not have many chances. All the goals were scored in the second half Siddall obtained two in rapid succession, Wadsworth reduced the advantage very neatly but just time Wright put the visitors further ahead.
May 14, 1918. The Evening Express
The Everton F.C have kindly lent their ground in order that two matches may be played tomorrow for the Lord Mayor’s Milton Shilling Fund. At 6 pm. Windsor meet St. Sylvester’s Juniors while at 7-30 pm Clubmoor Mission oppose St. Polycarp’s. There is very considerable rivarely between these respective sides, who have been anxious for these trials of strength, so spectators will witness keen football and also help a needy case. Admission 4d, stands extra.
The teams are as follow;-
Windsor; Pricthard; Moody, Hayes; Longshaw, Boyle, Williams; Forbes, Smith, Meadows, Almond, Evans.
ST. Sylvester’s –Finnigan; Blundell, Moneghan; Parker, Hassitt, Doyle, Quinn, Gill, Murphy, Lensi, Malone.
Clubmoor Mission; Penny; T. Jones, Croot, Barmshaw, A. Jones, Newton; Wright, Elliott, Holmes, James, Phillips
St. Polycarps S.C. ; T. Lawson; Saunders, A. Terry; R. Fowler, G. Jones, A.N. Other; Sharp, Malan, Carter, Welsh, Walker.
BOXER’S FOOTBALL MATCH
May 14, 1918. The Evening Express
Johnny Best, who is bringing together a team of footballers to play Everton at Goodison on Whit Monday, morning, wishes me to emphasize the fact that the Boxers will also be men who really can play football. Some people seem to be under the impression that the match is intended to be a funny joke, but nothing is further from the thought of the promoters. It will be quote serious, and Johnny promises the Everton stalwarts a tough job to win. He has already had several guarantees of appearance, one being from Kid Doyle, who plays for Bowden Colliery. Sergeant Northrop is a promising Rugby exponent, but is also useful at “soccer.” Then Jim Harris played a great game in the last fixture of the sort; while Charlie Hardcastle has quite a reputation in Barnsley for his abilities in this direction.
BOXERS V. EVERTON
May 14, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
The following well-known boxers have wired that they will turn out against Everton on Whit Monday; Charlie Hardcastle; Kid Doyle, Seargeant Northrop and Jim Harris. Those are all good players and it is expected a good game will be put up against the Blues. The complete team will be given later.
Two Charity Matches at Goodison
Two football matches will be played on Wednesday evening in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Fund for Prisoners of War. The first –Windsor v. St. Sylvester Juniors –will kick-off at 6pm and the second –Clubmoor v. St. Polycrap’s at 7-30 pm. Roll up in your thousands it for a good cause and some good sport is assured.
LAST FOOTBALL MATCH OF THE SEASON
May 15, 1918. The Evening Express
The curtain will be rung down on Saturday when Everton and Liverpool meet once more. The object of the match will be to assist the National Football War Fund and both clubs served up such splendid fare all through the season that their thousands of “thick and thin” supporters will turn up to a man so that a bumper gate is assured. Despite the lateness of the season the players have word so well that I expect to see a capital game, which takes place at Goodison by the way, kick-off 3.30. Everton will be served by their strongest available team, which has been chosen as follows;- Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing; Grenyer, Wadsworth, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie.
The teams will also play on Monday morning with the exception of Smith, whose place will be take by Stott against Johnny Best’s the boxers team at Goodison Park at 11 a.m. This match is on behalf of the Lord Mayor’s Milton Shilling Fund.
TEAMS FOR TOMORROW’S MATCH AT GOODISON PARK
May 17, 1918. The Evening Express
The game at Goodison, tomorrow, is certain to attract a great gathering and the more the merrier, because the calls of Charity can never be too fully responded to. The match under notice is on behalf of the National Football War Fund. It is the close of the season certainly but the two clubs –all honour to them –are doing justice to the occasion by fielding the full sides so that patrons can rely upon seeing a really capital struggle. Kick-off 3.30. Here is the plan of field. Everton; Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Wadsworth, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Liverpool; Connell; Longsworth, Jenkinson; Bamber, Wadworth, McKinlay; Waine, Green, Bennett, Lewis, Scholfield.
The Goodison ground will again be put to good use on Monday morning when the Everton team above with the exception of Stott for Smith meets Johnny Best’s team of boxers. The latter will be selected from Major Arnold Kid Doyle, Charles Hardcastle, Sergt Northrop, Arthur Townley, Johnny Webb, Jack Hanlon, Billy Simpson, Young Ingram, Sergt Jim Harris, Ivor Powell, Tancy Lee, Gus Platts, and Johnny Best.
PRIVATE WAINE TO PLAY IN THE LOCAL “DERBY”
May 17, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow at Anfield, the big local Derby game between Everton and Liverpool will be played for the benefit of the National Footballers War Fund. In two very strong sides one notes the return of Private Waine. I hope the crowd will be worthy the occasion. Everton and Liverpool meetings have for years been a pattern of cleaniness and keen spirit and tomorrow’s game starting at 3-30 will be no exception. Teams; Everton; Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Wadsworth, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Liverpool; Connell; Longsworth, Jenkinson; Bamber, Wadworth, McKinlay; Wains, Green, Bennett, Lewis, Scholfield.
BOXERS’ INTERESTING MEETING
May 18, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Special on Everton v. Liverpool
On Monday morning at the Everton ground, there is to be a revival of the Boxers football matches, which have in the past proved so interesting. Everton will play Johnnie’s Best and there should be match good fun. George Robey was asked by play for the Boxers as centre forward, but could not owing to an extra matinee being arranged in town, otherwise he would have come.
These Men Will Take The Ring
The following are the boxing players;- Kid Doyle; Charles Hardcastle, Jim Harris, Seargeant Northrop, Billy Simpson, Jack Hanton, Ovor Powell, Young Ingram, Johnny Best, Arthur Townley, Johnny Webb, Tancy lee Guse Platts. The first nine players are certain to play. Townley will play if he can get leave, and there is just a chance that Major Arnold Wilson may get home for the match. Young Ingram plays with Kid Doyle and Doyle wired Best to play him in the team; Doyle says “Ingram is 8ft amateur champion of Wales.”
Lieut Lake Wounded
I am sorry to report that Lieutenant Fred Lake has been wounded. The former Derby Footballer and Marine F.C Secretary, is at Roven Hospital.
The Local Derby
Everton and Liverpool met in the War Footballers Fund cause this afternoon at Anfield; Teams;- Liverpool; Connell; Longsworth, Jenkinson; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; Pte Waine, Green, Bennett, Lewis, Scholfield. Everton; Mitchell; Smith, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Wadsworth, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donanchie.
Everton by winning the toss, had the hugh benefit of the sun at their backs. The ball was black through persistent soaking. The start was sensational, Scholfield scoring in three minutes. The point was due to McKinley becoming a fixed forward and Bennett shooting against the foot of the bar –Scholfield met the rebound. Within a minute of the goal Bennett went quite close with a long shot. Green, Campbell, and Longsworth, were injured in turn, but all resumed and when the game got going some good sport was witnessed by a crowd of 7,000 people, and considering the successive heat, the players did remarkably well. For a long time Everton’s quite attack consisted of a strong shot by Clennell. Connell fielding and cleaning in two attempts.
Scholfield scored for Liverpool in 3 minutes
May 20, 1918. The Evening Express
“Ta ta, old thing, cheerio, chm chm, napoo, toodleoo, good-bye-e-e” was the somewhat insane but amusing refrain running through my mind as we foregathered at Goodison on Saturday for the final Derby game of the year, and I was glad to see a good crowd there supporting the Football National War Fund. The game was, unfortunately, marred by accidents Joe Clennell having to go, off altogether with a badly strained leg, while Green was away for some time. By the way, the lusty play of the last named led to an unusual accident. He tackled Mitchell while the custodian was holding the ball and tried to kick it out of his hands. Just as the whistle went for obstruction Mitchell dropped the ball at Green’s feet and pointed to the empty goal. When the custodian resumed his place. Some of the crowd barracked him and I thought he was unwise to enter into the argument with them. The incident seemed to upset him, because it was not like Mitchell to get on the wrong side of a cross shot so that the ball cannoned off his body into the net. A mistake by Smith gave Liverpool another point, but on the day they were the superior side, and the win of three goals to one was a pretty fair reflex of a game which the crowd enjoyed, and which was fought at a good pace throughout.
EVERTON BEATEN AT HOME BY LIVERPOOL
May 20, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
On Saturday Liverpool and Everton engaged in a game that had many points of interest the chief from a monetary point of view, being the object namely; the Footballers’ War Fund. A crowd of about 7,000 spectators saw a sparkling game, and considering the state of the ground the footwork was quite good and the ball control was of nice standard. Liverpool won, although losing the toss and facing a strong sunshine, and goals were scored by Scholfield and Bennett, Smith putting a third through his own goal. Wadsworth was Everton’s best forward, the line suffering through Clennell breaking down, Cotter taking his place near half-time. Grenyer at forward did one good thing –he shot hard and true, and Connell saved cleverly. Liverpool played in all-round good fashion and were without weakness, unless it were at centre and outside right. The Anfield left flank was once again the stronger and the backs were rock-like.
CHARITY GAME PLAYED IN SWLTERING HEAT
May 20, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton v. Boxers
Tom Bennett Turns Out For Everton
A surprise awaited the spectators at Goodison Park this morning when Everton met a team composed of notable boxers. The surprise was Bennett. The Liverpool teams were; Everton; Connell, goal; Stott, and Robinson, backs; Cotter, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs; Williamson, Gault, Bennett, Birchall, and Battersby, forwards. Boxers; Johnny Best, goal; Tommy Burns and Dick Hanson, backs; Arthur Grimshaw, Jim Harris and Wm. MacDonald, half-backs; Butchers, Moore, Libby Penny, Tancy Lee, Charlies Hardcastle, and Jack Hanlon, forwards.
From the kick-off, it was plainly seen that Everton were toying with their opponents and after some sterling combination Bennett notched the first point for the rivals of only last Saturday. Birchall and Battersby were always in the picture and their combination had the hectic footballers guessing. In fact all Everton’s forwards indulged in trick footwork when in front of goal and the Boxers defenders were sadly puzzled. Bennett was in his element today, for when the whole forward line had tried individual attempts at goal. It as his shot that finally went past Johnny Best, who by the way, was keeping quite a good goal in spite of the rather big task allotted to him. The Boxers broke through several times but only one was Connell tested –it was a stinger from Libby Penny. Just before the interval Tancy Lee not to be outdone by Bennett and company, indulged in some tricky touches and when tackled ended his performance with a neat back-heel touch to Jim Harris. Half-time came with two goals to Everton’s credit and both from the ever alert Bennett. In the second half the Boxers opened strongly and Tancy Lee tried several shots which Connell easily disposed of Everton their took a tumble to themselves and again raided the Boxers half and indulged in some most pattern weaving, Connell feeling so safe that he retired to the touch-line to have a chat with some of the spectators. Tancy Lee was perhaps the best of the Boxers forwards, but no doubt he is a deal better knock-out than the kick-out. Bennett was again in the picture and through the medium of his head again got pass Johnny Best. From the centre all Everton’s players stood still, while the Boxers forwards romped through with the ball and even then it took several attempts to beat Connell. Tancy Lee was the scorer and on the run of play he deserved his rather easy success. After this success the Boxers took new heart and broke through the Everton vanguard with good success. From a scrimmage in front of goal they emerged triumphant, McDonald easily beating Connell. Everton now had the best of the play, and when in front of goal did not try to score. After some intricate footwork and splendid combination, Battersby easily converted a ball from close range and full time came with the score 4-2. Final Everton 4, Boxers 2.
May 21, 1918. The Evening Express
The holiday spirit prevailed everywhere yesterday, and not least at Goodison, where a mixed side of Liverpool and Everton players were exceedingly glad that it was not necessary o be strenuous to make a show against Johnny Best’s team of boxers. Real sportsmanship was displayed and Mr. Clayton and Best will have the satisfaction of handling over nearly £70 to the Milton Shilling Fund as the result. Several of the men Best expected to put in the field were not available but Tancy Lee, feather weight champion, travelled specially from Scotland and returned the same afternoon while Charles Hardcastle came from Barnsley and Sergt Jim Harris, Butcher Moore, and Nibby Penny from Barrow. Tommy Bennett who must sleep in football boots for his is always ready to play, scored some more goals and the others gave exhibition of dexterity which had the Boxes wondering how it was done.
CHALLENGE TO ARCHIE GOODALL
May 21, 1918. The Evening Express
Richard Appleton, who claims to be Britain’s strong man, writes to me as follows;- “I accept the challenge of Mr. Archie Goodall, now appealing in Liverpool to lift weights with any man in the world. I hold the world’s record with a (barbell) lift of 619 lbs, performed at the stadium on March 14th and well cover any amount Mr. Goodall cares to put down as side stakes. Failing this, I invite Mr. Goodall to life a small dumbbell which he defied the efforts of some of the strongest men in the world, and If I fail I will hand £5 over to any charity Mr. Goodall names.
BASEBALL MATCH AT GOODISON PARK
May 24, 1918. The Evening Express
Tomorrow at Goodison Park, local sportsmen have a fine opportunity of letting some of the American soldiers in the vicinity knowhow deeply we appreciate the fact that they have come over to take their place against the common foe, and to show then that “mateyness” we really are capable of when we let ourselves go. The opportunity referred to is provided by Mr. Clayton, chairman of the Everton F.C who has arranged a baseball match between the U.S.A and Canada. The sides will include some of the leading players, of the States where baseball is the national game, and draws crowds quite as big as those we see on the big football grounds normal times. Thousands of players receive fabulous amounts as salaries and the top notches undergo an amount of hero worship unknown on the side, while the newspapers give columns of details of the matches. Tomorrow’s teams are very strong and all who can should avail themselves of this opportunity to see an exhibition of a great national pastime, especially in view of the fact that the total proceeds will go to that most worthy object the Liverpool Prisoners of War Fund. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress will be present in their official capacity at the match. Which will commence at 2-30 p.m. The game consists of a service of innings and will last about two hours.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
May 25, 1918 The Liverpool Football Echo
We took the opportunity this week of renewing acquaintance so far as acquaintances exists between the man inside and the man outside the ropes, with that old football celebrity Archie Goodall. He is now in “the halls” with a wonderful hoop performance, and has, I should say, gone further in the new profession than any other stage struck footballer, who ever went before him. The hoop was designed and executed by Goodall, who climbs up the inside of the hoop so cleverly as a fly can climb a wall, and suspended head down from the top of the circle, gives a remarkable gymusastic display –quite a unique performance. The older brother John was a personally and apart from football, and Archie possesses personal qualities which were not imagined by those who him only on the field. He is introduced as the champions football” There never was such a thing and had there been Goodall would never have been the man. He was a good club half back and was of good Irish international class, but not a great deal more. He will be best remembered as an Irishman son of a Scotsman brother of n Englishman, himself brought in Scotland. The rigid birth qualified him accounted for one brother, born in England and playing for that Country, and another boot in Ireland, playing for Ireland. Other man have played for two countries but as a family the Goodalls are unique.
Archie Goodall eventful career is connected with Derby County. He inches –toward as it were during the early portion of his football innings and again became a nomad in his life, but in the inter, he was true to the County for a lengthily term. He was a character and was rather more difficult to deal with them his brother John. Older readers will remember his connection with Stanley F.C in the eighties, them days a rival of Everton, who eventually too their colours and the players in question. After a spell with Everton at Anfield he returned to Stanley, who played Walton-way and later accompanied John to Preston. For a brief period he assisted Aston Villa and them rejoined his famous brother at Derby. His waning football days were spent at Glossop and Wolverhampton. Not a great and glorious player of the Crabtree type, Archie was a combination smasher of the ball kind-even if some referees agreed to disagreed with the point. He had a will of his own, too. Derby wanted to go to the seaside for special training one season when they were in the running for a English Cup. All the team went save Archie. No he would not so. He asked that he had always kept himself fit – he fine physical was noticeable even in the youthful days with Stanley –and had turned out ready to last. As will as any man on the field and that being so declined to be taken away from his pursuits at Derby.
BASEBALL MATCH AT GOODISON
Liverpool Daily Post - Saturday 25 May 1918
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress are paying an-official visit to the Everton Football Ground today to witness the Baseball match between Amercians and Canadians.
EX-EVERTON PLAYER LEAVES RUHLEBEN
May 25, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Sam Wolstenholmes, the English international; left back, who played for Everton and Blackburn and was capped by England against Scotland in 1904 and against Ireland and Wales in 1905, had at last been released from the civilian internment camp at Ruhleben in Germany, and transferred to Holland. A native of Little Lever, Wolstenholmes, who played as a junior with Farnworth Alliance and Horwick and spent the best part of his career with Everton, went out to coach a German football team some months before the outbreak of war, and his wife and children were with him when he was interned.
U.S AND CANADIAN BASEBALL PLAYERS
May 25, 1918 The Liverpool Football Echo
Today Liverpool had an excellent example of the American baseball game. Here in Liverpool we have our own baseball clubs, but they play the English style. U.S and Canadain by giving an exhibition game at Goodison Park scored two good purposes, first, to help the Lord Mayor’s Prisoners of War Fund, and second to instill into our vision “the Yankee way.”
The novelty –to us –was favoured with fine weather and there was quite a good sized crowd present at 2.30 when what the average man in the land calls “rounders” was started. Here let me mentioned that next week the English School finals –Liverpool v. West Ham –is to be played at Goodison Park.
At the last moment it was found that Canadian contingent was unable to appear, and a nine consisting of American sailors turned out instead. When the players lined up they received a rousing cheer. The Navy took the first innings and Wagga just got home before the third man was out. The innings thus concluded. Navy one run. The Army failed to score in response, a continuous roar of calls, critical and sarcastic accompanied the play. The pitcher on the military side, backed up skillfully by the fielders, finished the next innings in three minutes. Many catches were missed in the long field in the ensuing innings. A beautiful drive by the centre brought Waggs easily to first base; but not being alert enough, the Army pitcher screwed round, volleyed with electric touch to the base, where Keene trapped him. The public stands were fairly well packed at the end of the third innings when the score still stood in favour of the Navy by one run to nothing. The base work was particularly brisk and clean, but the battered many fair chances. A fault on the part of Keene at first base enabled Hastie to get home from third base to the accompaniment of a wild cheer. The onlookers no seemed to get the hang of the game, especially those who were accustomed to the English code and the excitement grew as the game progressed. The umpire’s decisions in calling “strike” or “ball” often provoked exclamations of irritation. A splendid base feat got rid of three base runners simultaneously and at the end of the fourth innings Navy led by two runs to one. Some beautiful base work brought the fifth innings to a close without any addition to the score.
BASEBALL FOR PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS
May 27, 1918. The Evening Express
Why should not big professional football clubs like Everton and Liverpool run baseball teams during summer seasons after the war is over. The thought struck me whilst watching the American Soldiers and sailors playing at Goodison on Saturday, and I think it is worth really serious consideration. There are several reasons one could give in favour of it. Not only would it keep the men in constant training but the personality of the players would be sufficient at first to guarantee good gates and once the public picked up the finer points of the game, either the English or American variety, they would partromise it regularly, especially if it was run on the league principle and we had local Derbies. Of course English baseball is played in Liverpool now, and has a good following, several prominent soccer men being quite expert at it, it does not draw the man in the street who is a regular attendant at football matches. When the latter ends in April he is at a loss on Saturday afternoon as to how to fill in a few hours –the only time he has for rest and recreation –and if he knew he could see Fleetwood, Longsworth, Bennett, Gault, and company in good sharp game of baseball he would only too glad of the chance. At least that is many opinion, but I should be pleased to receive other views. There will be a great deal of reconstruction after the war in spirit as in business and now is the time to get our thinking caps on.
May 27, 1918. The Evening Express
Regarding Saturday’s exhibition, it proved a decided attraction, the big crowd present including several notable citizens, the chief Lord Major, Dr. Utting, being among them. It was a novel sight in more ways than one. No game of American baseball had been played on either of our big grounds before, while the players themselves, some in regulation baseball togs, including catchers in body shields, and masks, others in naval or army uniform and a few in engineers overalls, were a striking contrast to the orthodox jerseys and shorts. Then, again, the match was a most exciting one, the Army winning by three runs to two with the final hit of the last innings, i.e. the ninth. “Say, bob, tell em it was a zeal good game,” remarked one of the naval men to whom I was chatting after the match, I ought to say that the Canadians couldn’t turn up and some American sailors deputized for them, but I was not so concerned with the play as with the doings of the native of “God’s” own country” who were present in large numbers to watch it. Talk about “cup-tie fever” it’s a child’s complaint to baseball in the blood.” “The weird cries the advice to players the disparagement of the referee (this soundly homely) and the antics of the players not engaged at the moment made the actual game pale almost into insigficance. The climax came with the winning hit, when the winners yelled their heads off. The locals also applauded heartily for by this time they had got the hang of the thing, and that is what makes me think that if it was taken up seriously in this country it would catch on. County cricket matches extending over three days, or all-day matches for that matter, are too long for the average man to attend though he follows their progress with the keenest interest by means of newspapers reports. Football owes much of its hold to the fact that it is over inside a couple of hours, and usually ends in a win for one side or to the other, and the same applies to baseball.
Tommy May Want It
One final point. with so many of our U.S Allies over here and in France, just now, and of course, playing their national game at every opportunity, our Tommies are bound to get interested, as they do in any form of sport, and if they take to it, then they will demand facilities for playing and watching it in the happier days to come. Personally I believe we are in for a baseball boom and now is the time to prepare for it. I cannot without making an appeal to local sportsmen the show a little more chivalry to laddies when boarding cars after leaving the grounds. I know it is largely want of thought, but I saw some ladies hustled rather badly on Saturday. They were Americans, and they, made some pointed remarks as to the lack of manners displayed. We do not want visitors to go away with a mistaken impression, so I do hope that in future care will be taken that women are shown the courtesy which is their due.
COLEMAN’S REPORT FROM THE TRENCHES
May 28, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
Ever a faithful correspondent. “Tim” Coleman has sent me further word regarding some our football-playing friends. His letter was sent off just before the push was felt, and its main points are as follows;-
Just a few lines to let you know we are still treading the fair land of France. All the lads got out of the recent big push except A. Turner and B. Ogley. Sorry to say poor old Arthur Turner, who used to assist Bury and Norwich, died of wounds. He was a strapping young fellow, and he was playing splendidly at the time. Captain Bell, one of our officers who assisted Southampton, has been killed. He was an officer and a gentleman and a great sportsman. T. Lonsdale and J. Doran, of Grimsby and Coventry City have got to “Blight” but both are all right. I hear that P. Gallacher was slightly wounded and is down the line. “Sir Sheldon” is O.K and he has gone for his annual holiday at a seaside resort? Webster, of Watford had a narrow escape –a Shell hit his billet and knocked it right in and all he got was a few piece in the hand. I don’t know whether the Boche has heard of my terrible execution with my rifle, but he made a most glaring attempt to put me out the other day. A few of my pals and myself were having dinner in our summer residence (“The Billet”) when he sent over two shells, the first burst six yards away and the second was a dud. Five of our lot got wounded, and the only bit I got was a bit of shrapriel in the forehead. It wasn’t enough to go sick with.
LIEUT R.M. MAKEPEACE M.C. KILLED
May 31, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sport Notes
I deeply regret to learn that the lieutenant has been killed in an accident in Scotland. He was the thirds son of Mr. and Mrs J.P. Makepeace and of course a brother of Sergt Harry Makepeace, the Everton footballer. He won the Military Cross in France, and was home to rest and he acted as instructor in aerial work. All good sportsmen will sympathise with the family in their sad loss.