WELL-KNOWN FOOTBALL OFFICIAL’S DEATH
September 2, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
J.J. Bentley died this morning. John Bentley recently had been one of the foremost figures in football both from the playing and the managerial point of view, not to mention the organization and controlling part he played to football in football’s great game. A real sport J.J. B was a very practical man. He had played the game, and practical as well as theoretical was his football knowledge. He will be best remembered by his secretarial association with Manchester United F.C and his membership of the Football League Management Committee. For years he had been a martyr to rheumatism but after he had taken a house at Fairhaven he seemed to pick up very considerably, and as Mr. John McKenna his life-long friend said when I phoned the message to the League president “he seemed at our last meeting to be in much better spirit and we all congratulated him upon his health improvement. Mr. Bentley was an active member of the first Turton club when the game was in its cradle, and for years afterwards closely inter himself in the affairs of Bolton Wanderers. As Chairman of the League during the time of its great development, Mr. Bentley had a cosmopolitan interest in all the clubs, and in his snave fashion helped to smooth over many a difficulty. His relations with players were invariably of the friendless character and his long acquaintance with them made him an interesting personality. Few people even challenged his memory with success, and his score of anecdotes about officials and players was a big one.
CHEDGZOY WILL PLAY
September 2, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
Tonight at 5.45 the very interesting Goodison Park fixture will be Everton-Liverpool v. South Liverpool-Tranmere. A good crowd is expected to give the season 1918-19 a send-off especially as Chedgzoy will be helping by playing in the place originally allotted to H. Wadsworth.
September 3, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
The excellent game for charitable funds draw a good-sized crowd to Walton, and yielded mush good football and some artistry that tickled the taste of the crowd. The storm which broke over the city at night – added to the difficulty of tram services –did not improve the outlook for the game, but those who were present had plenty of goals for their money ad much sport. Tom Page led the goal-scoring episode with a real good one, and Bennett equalized. Later Wattie Wadsworth made a corner good for a goal, and Lewis and Bennett added goals. Result; Everton and Liverpool 5-1, but the disparity between the sides was not full till after the interval. It was a pity George Scholfield wrenched his knee, for the beauty of the left flank was thereby ruined. However, Chedgzoy and Jefferis recommenced with fascinating footwork and progressed by unusual methods –half the charm of the game.
• News from a friend at Walton tells of the wounds received by George Wynn the clever little Manchester City forward. He was shot it the left leg, and a shell’s burst led to further wounds –in the left foot.
EVERTON TO MEET MODERATE OPPOSITION
September 5, 1918 The Evening Express
For the opening game at Burnley against Everton the home club have selected the following players to represent them in that important fixture –Greenwood; Finney and W. Newton, A. Newton, Hobson and Jones; Atkinson, Lindley, Freeman, Johnson, and Clarkson. Freeman and Lindley are the only players left of the famous English cup winners the others being mostly local juniors. Finney is a member of the Accrington Cricket team (Lancashire League), and played some splendid games last season. For the convenience of the visitors the game will began at three o’clock instead f 3.30.
EVERTON AT BURNLEY
September 6, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton at Burnley, is a match of unusual interest if only for the fact that many old friends will foregather. As first stated in this column. Lindley captains Burnley and Freeman makes special effort to take part against his former side. “F.E.H” will give readers of the Football Echo a special on this game and I would warn readers that it is impossible to expect the “Football Echo” unless it is ordered. Order it and forward it later to your relative in the trenches. “Tommy just loves to get what he describes as “the one and only “Football Echo.” Everton; Mitchell; Robinson, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Burnley; Greenwood; Finney, W. Newton; A. Newton, Hobson, Jones; Atkinson, Lindley, Freeman, Johnson, Clarkson.
September 6, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Reserves at Tranmere will also face former Goodison players –Simpson and company
NOTES & NOTIONS
September 7, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
A Football Colossus
The death of Mr. John James Bentley, the widely known football authority of many parts and confounder with Mr. McGregor of the Football League in 1888, perceived from the Association world one of its most prominent figures of the past thirty years. “J.J.B” began to play football when he was eighteen. That he did not begin earlier was not his fault. He never tried talking of the old days at Turton, near Bolton, where he was born and obtained local pre-eminence as a half-back. He followed up the game with the Bolton Amateurs and gained a county badge for Lancashire v. Sheffield. In 1884 he became secretary of Bolton Wanderers, being a regulator in the town at the time and his genius for organization was fostered by his new insight into the management of a leading club. He was writing football reports and notes at the time being one of the first and smartest contributors to the “Football Field.” From this he advanced to the staff of the “Athletic News” and for years 1892 to 1900 after the death of Mr. T. R. Sutton, accepted the editorial chair. He may be said to have been the first football journalist in Manchester and district as “Bee” was in Liverpool –to revolutionize the style in which matches were reported. Introducing a chatty “intimacy” tone to relieve the bald narrative which was so dull, uninteresting and “stodgy. After severing his connection with the “Athletic New” he supplied regular articles to London and provisional journals. He was to the point with the pen as with the tongue and called the football “the ball” not such things as “inflated sphere.” “Tegunmentary cylinders and the “leather globe.” A champion of his day was to him a “good player” or a sound one.” Superlative were not his “wares,” nor did he place the football player of momentary eminence on a pedestal. Mr. Bentley connection with the Football League dated from its inception, in fact he was the last survivor of the famous band that assembled at Anderton’s Hotel, London, on March 23, 1888 (to consider the matter and christen it the “Football League”) and re-assembled at the royal Hotel, Manchester three weeks later (April 17) to determine constitutions of the League. Mr. Bentley at first suggested the following clubs as the “Twelve Apostle” Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Accrington, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Wolverhampton, Halliwell, Old Carthusiasns, Stoke and Notts County, but eventually it was decided to effect ten of the above, together with Everton and Derby instead of Old Carthusians and Hallwell-six Lancashire and six Midland clubs. Mr. J.J. Bentley alone knew the secret of Everton’ eleventh hour admission to the (afterwards) most important League in the world. It was mooted at the time that the Merseyside club’s prospective wealth and the question of “pooling” had something to do with the “after thought” election. Like the Americans we can only guess at this bit of “secret history.” –and lament the non-existence of a “J.J.B” autobiography.
Mr. Bentley succeeded Mr. McGregor as president of the League very soon after its formation and exercised the power put into the hands with a wonderful acumen. His practical experience as an exponent of the game as referee and as legislator, gave him an ideal equalization for the post. He returned from the presidential position in 1910 and was everywhere acclaimed at the finest official the League had –or would ever likely have.
September 7, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
They’re off. Monday’s pre-lim at Goodison showed the leds sharpshooters up in the pre-war firing form. Season 1918-19.
The death of Mr. J.J. Bentley came as a surprise news item to some, but not to all, for the Turtonians had within recent years a number of serious attacks to combat. One by one are we losing the members of the League’s original pioneer band –the real stalwarts of the game.
Mr. Bentley was right way back among our earliest football specialists. Manchester was ahead of most contemporary cities in this respect. For example until “Bees” coming into our midst, Merseyside had to buy a Manchesterian paper to learn the up-to-date bite about our Everton and Liverpool clubs, and their players.
Re Mr. Bentley –he was a perfectly natural writer on the game, no needless embroidery; his language was the simplest and most lucid English. Twenty five years or so people brought the “Athletic News” very largely to read his special match report of the week, written under the nom-de-plume of “The Free Critic.” Mr. Bentley was very sensible –he rarely gave more than a few lines of the details of a match and seldom took any notes. But his criticism of the play and the players were so sound and practical that they were eagerly sought and read. Yes, a splendid judge was he, Kindly and considerable too, towards the junior or League debutants.
BAINBRIDGE JR., WOUNDED
September 7, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Director’s Son Wounded
This is the first intimation football readers will have that the son of Mr. E.A. Bainbridge, the Liverpool F.C director, has been wounded in France. Edward Askew Bainbridge junr, for some years played for the unbeaten Wedfield and he as been out since 1915 is going on well. All express the hope that he will go on even better.
EVERTON’S BURNLEY VISIT
September 7, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Clennell In Form
Everton’s first journey was to Burnley as they confabbed with old friends and foe members of the team. The selected eleven put Everton in a winning rein right though of course. Everton; Mitchell, goal; Robinson and Thompson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Burnley; Greenwood, goal; Finney, and Pte H. Studdant, backs; Lindsay (captain), Hobson and Dixon, half-backs; Atkin, A. Newton, Bradshaw, Johnson and Clarkson, forwards. Referee; Mr. Chadwick of Blackburn.
Turf Moor was bathed in sunshine but the conditions generally could not have been better for the teams to turned out. Unfortunately the new restrictions upset all contemn before the Everton plated plains and the after three o’clock before the Evertonians were at the scene of operations. As a consequence it was twenty minutes after the hour when the teams turned out. The visitors as selected but the home eleven presented a few new faces and locally there was considerable disappointment at the non-appearance of Freeman. Everton won the toss and the home side at had a refreshing breeze behind them. The visitors did not seen to be able to get going and Clarkson coming along again this time on his own account put in a shot which came to the reaching Mitchell.
A close Shave
The goalkeeper and ball were in imminent of being bundled through the net when Hobson dashed into the fray and cleared his lines. It was a narrow escape and the Evertonians in their sense of appreciation by getting down on the right. Chedgzoy showed a clean pair of heels to both Dixon and Stuttard and he centred well but Donnachie drove the ball straight at the home defence and the movement then came to nothing. The rest of the afternoon soon began to the inevitable tale, and let a long period play was very desultory character.
Everton Two Up
The leather was swung from end to end but eventually Everton formed up combination and a goal was the result. Jefferis Initiated the movement with a pass on the wing and putting the ball the Burnley backs, Clennell fastered on to it and scored at close range. Subsequently Clennell and Donnachie gave the defenders trouble, but Lindley broke up the movement and Clarkson put in a characteristic raking shot which brought Mitchell out. The visitors returning to the attack and made the most of they superior and brushed aside all the efforts of Lindley and then Donnachie nipping in utised with a shot that quite deceived Greenwood. After the second point Burnley made some effort.
Meanwhile Chedgzoy got in a brilliant run on the wing and finished with a rising shot, which scribed the top of the bar. The visitors were now having matters pretty much all their own way and a attack on the left, Clennell scoring a smart third goal. Burnley replied with a spirited threat on the left and Clarkson was again quickly in, falling to get good shot which Mitchell casually threw and cleaned. Nearing the interval there was another shot.
September 9, 1918. The Evening Express
Everton beat Burnley by six goals to nil, and this my colleague “Rovers” attributes to the fact that the Goodison men adapted their methods to each other’s requirements. Referring to the players, he pays a tribute to Sam Chedgzoy, home on leave, and who returns to the front today. His drives across the centre when at top speed were clever and well-timed, and several of these were utilized by Clennell who claimed four of the six goals recorded. At outside left Donnachie, too, displayed some of his best touches and with Gault, found the Burnley net while Jefferis did much towards making the forward play attractive by effectively opening out the game on either side of him. Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer near the mark with surprise shots. Thompson has lost none of his old resource and in conjunction with Robinson ably supported Mitchell. The latter at times was heavily pressed, but cleared his goal with good judgment. The home players were a hard-working set, but were lacking in finish.
EVERTON TAKE TOLL OF BURNLEY
September 9, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
The Evertonians inaugurated their campaign with a runaway victory at Turf Moor. The football was at times somewhat scrappy and uneven, but there were “purple patches” in which the speed and combination of the visitors were agreeably shown. Burnley, who fielded a number of unfamiliar faces started most promisingly and Mitchell was given plenty to do. Once the Everton players got into their stride, however there was really only the team in it, and the toll of goals might easily have been heavier. Clennell opened the scoring with a characteristic touch, and he was followed by Donnachie who proved almost equally adroit. The first named then followed suit with a third, and this was the stale of the game at the interval. The second half was equally one-sided. Gault registered the fourth, and the wily and trailing Clennell added a couple more to his account before the end came. A feature of the game was the wonderfully smart work of Chedgzoy who displayed all his pre-war felicity of footwork.
September 12, 1918. Evening Express
Everton entertain Burnley on Saturday, kick-off 3.30 p.m., and they will introduce a new outside-right named Miller, who comes with a good reputation from the Newcastle district. The team will be;- Mitchell; Thompson, and Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
The Reserves play Runcorn Highfield, at Runcorn. The selected are; Lawson; Riley, and Winders; Cotter, Nelson, and Parie; Cosgrove, Grey, Lodger, Christie, and Bell.
FREEMAN TO PLAY AT GOODISON ON SATURDAY
September 12, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Bert Freeman would certainly have played against Everton last week had he not turned up late. I have official news that he will play at Goodison Park on Saturday against his old friends. Should and acquaintance be forgot.
TEAMS FOR TOMORROW
September 13, 1918 Evening Express
Everton are the home club tomorrow having their return game with Burnley, kick-off 3.30 and after the easy victory they achieved last week should be sure of inaugurating the campaign at Goodison Park in winning side. There will be one change in the composition of the side, a trial being given to a new outside right named Miller, who comes from Newcastle with a good reputation. At the same time Blues must look for stiffer opposition, as my Burnley correspondent informs me that Bert Freeman will turn out. The teams will line up as follows;- Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Burnley; Greenwood; Finney, Pte H. Stuttard; Lindley, Hobson, Joe Wilde; Ormerod, A. Newton, Freeman, Johnson, Clarkson.
Everton Reserves play Runcorn Highfield, at Runcorn. The selected are;- Lawson; Riley, and Winders; Cotter, Nelson, and Parie; Cosgrove, Grey, Ledger, Christie, and Bell.
MILITARY MEDAL FOR EX-EVERTON PLAYER.
Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 17 September 1918
Lance-corporal Sam Strettle, 58th Division Signal Company, R.E, has been awarded the Military MedaL The ex-Everton and Exeter City full back has done some good work out France, and I am sure that Warrington and Merseyside sportsmen will be glad to hear that has been rewarded. Strettle, a tall fellow, was a " personality,'' and though he did not have many chances the first teasm through the Balmers and Crelley being at command, he did valued work.
ANOTHER MERSEYSIDE SURPRISE.
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 19 September 1918
It will seem odd without Mr. William C. Cuff, the Everton F.C. official. He secretary and director of the Goodison Park club has had a spell of service extending over 23 and half years. It is long period and is split up into two sections—seventeen years as secretary and 6 and half director. The reason he tendered his resignation to club is that his practice has grown to such proportions that cannot possibly combine the two appointments. It will be remembered that some time ago I announced (exclusively) his appointment secretary of Liverpool and District Retail Meat Traders' Association. He is also their solicitor, and if you add to that a private practice that has grown perceptibly, it will be conceded that Mr. Cuff has had his hands full. His resignation will take effect three months. One of the best, known—probably the best known after Mr. Watson died —officials in the realm of football, Mr. Cuff had a way with him" that gained him many friends. His legal knowledge was, of course, a big asset to Everton, and must have saved the club many pounds in its time. Moreover, Mr. Cuff, ever sympathetic in his working, had got club secretarial work to a fine art, and was certain to deal with the minor details of a match as with the team-sheets. He showed judgment in selecting a player, and time and again has been entrusted with a blank cheque ' when in search of the real talent. More space than is at command would be needed to tell some of the big coups he has engineered successfully. There is no need to enlarge upon them; suffice it to say that graduated with the reserve team, and that he signed such men as Sandy Young, William Scott, Tom M'Dermott, George Wilson, Mitchell, Grenyer, Fleetwood, Clennell, Chedgaoy, Parker, Galt, Harris, Houston, and so on. It is not too much to hope that Mr Cuff will not lose his interest football.
EVERTON AT SOUTHPORT
September 20, 1918. The Evening Express
The “Blues” go to Southport, where they will meet stiff opposition from the reconstructed Ash Lane side, who have a number of promising players in the ranks. Everton are compelled to make one change, as Wareing has suffered bereavement in the loss of his wife’s mother. We extend our sympathy to him. Southport introduces a new centre forward in R. Jones who has played in the Birmingham League. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Cotter, Grenyer; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Donnachie. Southport; Capper; Dorward, Hurst; C. Roberts, Fay, Garner; Ashton, Caulfield, R. Jones, Geddes. Coats.
There will be an attractive match at Goodison where the Reserves of Everton and Liverpool meet under the auspice of the Lancashire Combination. He many admirers will be pleased to know that Kenneth Campbell thinks his arm is again strong enough and he will be given a run with the juniors. The kick-off is 3.30. Everton; Lawson; Riley, and Winders; S.F. Ledger, Nelson, and Parle; Cosgrove, Gray, Ledger, Christie, and Bell. Liverpool; Campbell; Hewitt, and Stanefield; Jeffes, Robertson, and Hughes; F. Lewis, Cross, Hale, Green, and Phillips.
EVERTON F.C. DIRECTOR ILL.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 20 September 1918
Mr. Ben Kelly, director of Everton Football Club, is in a Liverpool nursing home, progressing slowly after a very serious operation.
EVERTON SECRETARY RESIGNS.
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 21 September 1918
The resignation of Mr. Cuff from the secretaryship Everton will be a matter of real regret not only to what may be termed official football but to all who were brought into touch with the club of the palatial home at Goodison. Park. “Will" Cuff is a man who has lent distinction to an office which has not always tempted the gentleman. A solicitor by profession, he brought to it gifts of personality that made it a pleasure to have dealings with him, so much so that one has sometimes wondered how he put up with some of the actions of his board of directors. I think it was his sense of humour that saved him. Everton would certainly have stood higher in the counsels of football and in the respect of the clubs than it does had Mr. Cuff been given a freer hand. The club has lost a splendid servant, the game an eminently capable and likeable figure, and the Central League in particular a strong and active support. I am afraid that he will be succeeded by a secretary "cut to pattern: -a pity, for while men like the late Tom Watson and Will Cuff may be readily replaced in a clerical sense, something much greater goes with the departure of their individualities.
“HE FOUND EVERTON BRICK AND LEAVES IT MARBLE
September 21, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
The news of Mr. Cuff’s impending retirement from the secretary manager ship of the Everton Football Club came as no surprise to his legionary “bunch of friends” in the city, especially his clientele in the Mean Trade who at the time of his recent appointment as solicitor secretary of the Liverpool and District Retail Meat Traders Association recognized his gradual severance from the game he has so brilliantly scorned for a quarter of a century. “If war time football interest with a flourishing business, give up the football. In his mid-week letter of resignation which was sent to the club directors, and not via our contemporary’s office. Mr. Cuff point out the confliction of interest consequent on his rapidly developed city practice and multiplies activities clashing with Football. The time was ripe and imperative for a choice to be made between one and the other and naturally he decided to “re-embrace his old love” –the law. Early years we published an exclusive biography (our exclusives by the way and NOT like angels visits) of the Everton Club’s ever popular “architect” in the days of the youth William Charles Cuff was articled to a Liverpool first of solicitors, Messrs R.J. Jones and Ellenaginan, Harrington-street, with whom he remained as managing clerk until he commenced practice on his own account nearby. He was elected a director of E.F.C is much sought for office in those days in June 1895 and resigned on September 11 1901, on his appointment as honoury secretary as Mr. Richard Molyneux’s resignation. He was appointed stipendiary secretary in October, 1901, and thus completed twenty-three years’ official connection with Everton last June. Already there is talk of a fitting testimonial. Mr. Cuff is by general consent far and away the greatest King service officer-bearer the club has yet known and his most valuable asset. Everton’s prior prestige and household words in the football world have in the main attributable to the assidiced and guiding band of the congenial solicitor secretary, whose happy presence, delightful and overshadowed all else at headquarters. A well-known football authority has recorded the fact that in his position Mr. Cuff has no equal in Great Britain, not even excepting Mr. Wall the F.A. secretary. May his practice make him perfect in prosperity and happiness.
September 21, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Struggle With Vulcan Side
Everton; Mitchell, goal; Robinson and Thompson, backs; Fleetwood, Cotter and Grenyer, half-backs; Miller, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Southport Vulcan; Capper, goal; Dorward and Hurst, backs; C. Roberts, Fay, and Garner, half-backs; Ashton, Caulfield, Jones, Geddes, and Coats, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Rylance.
The Vulcan side was strongly represented at Ash-Lane today, and Everton had hoped for their “usual” side but bereavement in Wareing’s family led to a shutting in the half back line, Cotter coming in. The visitors were received by a downpour of rain and the Vulcan brass hand. It was ten minutes after the appointed time when operations began; before a very sparkle but sportsmen like company. Southport were the first to make ground but they were well checked on the right, and the Everton forwards at once delighted, the already doused spectators with a perfect bit of combined work. Donanchie initiated the movement with a sprightly run and pass, which was taken up in turn by Gault and Jefferis but the latter’s effort was too strong, and Miller could not prevent the ball from going into touch. Jefferis immediately tried to make demands by wriggling through on his own account and he finished with a lefty shot which passed over the bar. Southport rallied gamely, and Coats and Geddes threatened trouble when Thompson jumped the breach and cleared.
The Three Muskerers.
The visitors were speedily on the job again and Capper was called upon to deal with hot shots from the three inside men. Fortunately the home keeper was in tip-top form and he was especially smart in fisting away a difficult dropping shot from Miller after a corner had been forced. For quite a long period Everton who had the wind in their favour, were masters of the situation. They practically kept Southport penned in their own quarters, and it was only the greasy state of the turf that prevailed then showing great accurate in shooting. Nevertheless the Evertonians kept persisting pegging away and following upon a further attack on the right, success crowned their efforts. Miller having lobbed the ball into the goalmouth there was a desperate bully at close range and Capper, failing to hold a hot shot from Gault, allowed the leather to enter the net. It was a costly mistake but the point was no more than the visitors deserved. Having established the lead, Everton proceeded a further bombard the home goal and Grenyer put in a hard drive which was only dropped of at the top of the corner. This led to another exciting bully, and Jefferis almost succeeded in defeating Capper with a hard ground shot. Play was becoming in favour of the visitors, when Southport roused themselves to some purpose and Jones gave Mitchell his first opportunity of showing his powers of custodianship.
His Head In The Way
This danger having been brushed aside, the worse of the blue jersey resumed the offensive and a hot shot from Gault had scarcely been cleared before Clennell, from a free kick sent in a deadly drive which was unfortunately incepted by Fay whom must have ached after the deflection. Still the Evertonians persisted in their attempt to the Vulcan goal and from a judicious forward pass Gault headed a second goal after Capper had once handled the wet and heavy ball. The Southport forwards simply could not get going and when Gault and Co swooped down again the rolled Clennell over in the penalty area. Everton’s inside left took the kick but he drove the ball wide of the mark. The home side played up pluckily but frankly the were no match for the cleverer opponents who were really mereful in their strength. Thus Jefferis, Gault and Clennell all shot widely when a little steadiness must have resulted in further disaster to Capper’s charge. Half a dozen times Fay made gallant attempts to give his forwards the imitative but all to no purpose and just before the interval Everton attack was one directed with redoubled vigour. Miller sent in a wonderfully the cross shot which capper bungled and Gault had only to nudge it into the net, when he also threw an open goal away. The home left wing pair made a last desperate rally, and the ball was lobbed in towards Mitchell but Thompson intervened and Everton were once again pressing when the interval came.
Half-time; Southport Vulcan 0, Everton 2.
It was still pouring when he game resumed. Miller showed his wonderful speed by spitting over the wet turf in even time, and although his finished rather lamely the effort led to a course on the other wing. It was cleared after some trouble but the visitors returned to the assault and the remaining stage of the game were in their favour. Donnachie scored a third goal for Everton.
EVERTON V LIVERPOOL RESERVES AT GOODISON
September 21, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
At Goodison Park. Teams; Everton; Lawson, goal; Riley and Winders, backs; Campbell, Nelson and McDonald, half-backs; S.S. Ledger, Gray, Parle,Christie, and Bell, forwards. Liverpool; Campbell, goal; Hewitt and Stansfield, backs; Jeffs, Robertson, and Hughes, half-backs; F. Lewis, Cross, Birchall, Gregg, and Phillips, forwards. Liverpool were very fortunate having the services of Kennetth Campbell in goal, but Everton had made many changes. The first move came through Rodger and Grey, who carried the ball to the Liverpool goal but Hewitt transferred to his left wing. Hereabouts Liverpool, though nice passing kept Everton penned in their own goal, R. Lawson, the home keeper saved three smart shots in succession. Rodger again raced away on the Everton right. A good opening was incepted through offside. Up to now Liverpool were the more dangerous side and showed good combination and Birchall looked all but through but his final effort went wide. Quarter time Liverpool were attacking and neither side had scored. The Everton forwards ably assisted by their halves made several advances but Campbell was rarely troubled. The first real attempt the Blues made was a good shot by Parle which skimmed the crossbar. After several midfield exchanges Green latched on the ball, and dribbling close in, scored the first goal for Liverpool. Lawson making a great effort to save. Bell and Christie advanced on the home left but Campbell was always there a the initial stage. Green again scored for Liverpool and a few minutes later the same player added a third. Just on half-time Cross scored a fourth for Liverpool.
Half-time; Everton Res 0, Liverpool Res 4
The second half opened aimlessly to the first with Everton on the aggressive but Liverpool were not long before they broke away on the right and Winders fouled Lewis in the dreaded area, Birchall failing from the penalty. The Reds were certainly the better team, and only on rare occasions did Everton give any trouble to Campbell. One or two good chances did come their way but were allowed to slip by. Lawson kept a good goal for Everton. Green added number five. Three-quarter time-Everton Res 0, Liverpool Res 5.
September 21, 1919 The Liverpool Football Echo
A week or two ago it was reported that the condition of Private Arthur Clamp, the Notts F.C Centre-half back, who was lying wounded in hospital, gave cause for grave anxiety, and yesterday it was announced that his death took place. Joining the forces last April, Clamp only went overseas a few weeks ago, and had been in the front line trenches three days when he was wounded. Clamp from 1906 to the 1914-15 season was one of the best defenders Notts had. He possessed remarkable stamina and excelled as a breaking up of combination.
September 23, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
The remarkably fine goal-keeping of Capper was all that stood between Southport and a heavy reverse according to my colleague “Rover.”
He says that the three clear goals victory of Everton was not a proper indication of the general run of the play for the home side –composed mostly of local talent –were quite outclassed. However, Capper’s work throughout bore the hallmark of class. In a reference to the players he says the new winger, Miller was quite a success. He showed a rare turn of speed, combined with capital control and with Jefferis constituted a powerful right wing. The pair were seen to great advantage in the first portion of play while in the second period Donnachie and Clennell came more into the picture. Gault was responsible for the two goals in the first half, while on turning round Donnachie after several dexterous touches also netted. There were other opportunities that were wasted, and Clennell failed at a penalty. At half-back Grenyer played one of his best games and the trio throughout had the situation well in hand. Thompson and Robinson were only occasionally harassed and Mitchell was rarely in difficulty. By the way my Southport Correspondent tells me that the Vulcan club has such a long list of players available that it has been decided to form a reserve team, and application has been made for admission to the Liverpool League.
EVERTON STILL WINNING
September 23, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton experienced something in the nature of a walk-over against Southport Vulcan whom they defeated in the hollowest fashion by three clear goals. This margin might easily have been trebled had the visitors cared to extend themselves. They were however, generous to an obviously inferior foe and among chances too numerous to mention they threw away a penalty, Clennell performing the “missing a haystack” stunt. Considering the afternoon and the greasy state of the turf, played ruled agreeably fast though it became speedly apparent that there was only one team in it. Miller as outside right showed a rare turn of speed, and fitted well into the general scheme of things Cotter also did well at centre half.
EVERTON’S TEAM TO MEET SOUTHPORT
September 26, 1918. Evening Express, Liverpool
Even though Everton won handily enough at Ash Lane and should do so again at Goodison, their game with Southport may not be one-sided as the visitors are hopeful of stiffening both attack and defence with new talent which has become available while we shall be interested to see how Capper acquits himself in goal after the eulogistic to him last week. Everton make two changes, Wareing returning as pivot, while Gosgrove plays at outside right in the place of Miller.
The reserves team against Liverpool Res at Anfield will be; Lawson; Riley, and Winders; Cotter, Nelson, and Parie; Ledger, Wattie White, Simpson, or Curtis, Christie, and Shepherd.
EVERTON AGAINST VULCAN
September 26, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
Everton against Southport play Cosgrove, s local, vice Miller, and Wareing’s return leads to Cotter’s exclusion. Reserve team against Liverpool Reserves, at Anfield;- Lawson; Riley, and Winders; Cotter, Nelson, and Parie; Ledger, Wattie White, Simpson, or Curtis, Christie, and Shepherd.
William Charles Cuff
Mr. W.C. Cuff’s resignation as secretary of Everton has been accepted by the directors.
Old Derby County Forward Killed
The death is announced from wounds in France, of Sergeant T. Benfield, the old Derby County and Leicester Fosse forward in his day one of the best forwards in the land.
Tom Browell is likely to play for City on Saturday –he is working in Manchester, wires “Vin”
South’s Secretary’s Son
Lance-Corporal W.H. Sawyer, elder twin son of Mr. W.J. Sawyer secretary of South Liverpool F.C has been wound in the back and right arm and is now lying in Nottingham Military Hospital.
TEAMS FOR TOMORROW MATCHES
September 27, 1918. The Evening Express
Everton are at home tomorrow to Southport and announce two changes. Wareing returns while George Harrison came home on leave yesterday, and in order that he may play on the left wing. Donnachie will cross over to the other extreme, an interesting item which will add to the attractiveness of the game and which, by the way, appeared first in the “Express.” Probable teams kick—off 3.30 are as follows; Everton;- Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Donnachie, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, Harrison. Southport; Capper; Dorward, Hurst; C. Roberts, Fay, Garner; Atkins, Caulfield, R. Jones, Geddes, Coats.
Liverpool Reserves meet Everton Reserves at Anfield, kick-off 3.30 and with the idea of giving his arm a further test Kenneth Campbell will have another run with the “A” side. The teams will be;- Liverpool res; Campbell; Hewitt, Stansfield; Jefferies, Robertson, Hughes; F. Lewis, Cross, Green, Birchall, Phillips.
Everton res; Lawson; Riley, Winders; Cotter, Nelson, Parle; Cosgrove, White, Simpson, or Curtis, Christie, Shepherd.
HARRISON RETURNS FROM FRANCE
September 27, 1918. The Liverpool Echo
It was a good idea of Everton’s to try Cosgrove the “A” member at outside left but late on we are told George Harrison the Everton winger, has returned from France, and like Chedgzoy, Swarbrick and all other footballing Tommies, he is anxious to help his old club. Harrison therefore, crowds out Cosgrove for the moment and Donnachie is transferred to the right wing. Thus does the Everton line assume its former aspect and the game with Southport Vulcan becomes absorbingly interesting, for we are always glad to welcome old friends and Harrison is classed in that category. The old Leicester Fosse player has been playing a lot of football during the quiet spells in France and is in good form according to my army of corresponding at the front. Vulcan have made changes from last week’s side, and there is a chance of Bunting of Rochdale being enrolled a member of their side for the Rochdale man is announced as taking up residence at Southport. Everton; Mitchell; Robinson, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Donnachie, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, G. Harrison. Southport Vulcan; Capper; Dorward, Hurst; C. Roberts, Fay, Garner; Ashton, Caulfield, Jones, Geddes, Coats.
Cosgrove and Wattie White form the right wing of the Everton Reserves side at Anfield.
September 28, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
A Football Colossus
It speaks volumes for the man and the hour that Mr. Cuff’s resignation of the Everton F.C, secretary ship should still be “the talk” and overshadow of all things in sporting circles. Mr. Cotton’s “bouquet” this week –one of the finest appreciations that ever graced the “Athletic News” –was delightfully fragrant and redolent of other days.
Listen to what the “heads” say;
Mr. F. J. Wall, Secretary Football Association.
I am very sorry to hear of the retirement of Mr. Cuff, I agree with your letterpress in the “Football Echo” that he was a valuable asset to our game. I know the advantage of our sport in a man of the type of Mr. Cuff holding his onerous position. It is so helpful in promoting harmony and goodwill between members and headquarters.
Mr. Jno Lewis –The Football League
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Cuff’s retirement especially so if it means severance from the game. I personally hope he will continue to be interested in our –great pastime and perhaps take a guiding hand in controlling football. He is a gentleman reliable always pleasant and agreeable and will be missed when one visits the Everton ground. I am sure we all wish him every good wish and success in his profession.
Mr. John McCartney, Hearts Of Midlothian
Thanks so much –for paper. I was just wondering what had taken friend Cuff that he should resign. Of a multiplicity of work and business he made a wise choice in giving up football. Even with all his club’s wealth, position, powers &c. Still he would have his worries. With football one has more to please than a close business corporation. The eyes of all Liverpool, yes all British football are on you and the consequent million and one criticisms to tolerate. I did not know Mr. Cuff intimately although much correspondence passed between us, but what little personnel contact I had and from public knowledge I must say he was an ornament to the game, a gentleman and sportsman out and out. There are far too few of the stamp actively associated with the game and football is so much the poorer for his departure I earnestly wish him well, being astute of his success in a commercial and a legal capacity.
Mr. Chas E. Sutcliffe, League Legislator
Mr. Cuff’s loss to the game is greatly regretted and indeed deplorable after a glorious record as secretary extending ever seventeen years. Hitherto long service, gold medals have been awarded to secretaries whose league connection dated back twenty-one years. (From which message one gathers that the League will gladly recognize in a fitting way Mr. Cuff’s long ad devoted services as Everton director and Charge & Alliance.
Mr. Mangnall. Manchester City F.C.
I quite agree with all you said about my good and true friend Will Cuff. Men of his caliber will be greatly needed when this terrible war is over, I was truly sorry when I know he was severing his connection with the game, and the only consolation was to know that he attended to continue as Hon sec to his Central League. His detachment from football commercially, society and otherwise will be greatly felt by his legion of friends and some regret the severance more than I do. He was as A 1 man at the business and had no superior in the management world.
Everton’s New Secretary
It is rumored that candidate’s applications for the vacancy are expected to be numerous. The newcomers will pick up the threads at the end of year, and we hope it will keep fine for him, whose ever he may be. There is no truth in the report that our friend Mr. Thomas Jackson, who holds and upholds an important portfolio locally under the Ministry of Food, has been approached in the matter.
EVERTON’S WELCOME TO SOLDIER PLAYER
September 28, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton; Mitchell, goal; Robinson and Thompson, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Donnachie, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and G. Harrison, forwards. Southport Vulcan;- Capper, goal; Dorward and Hurst, backs; C. Roberts, Fay and Garner, half-backs; Ashton, Caulfield, Peacock, Geddes, and Jones, forwards. Referee; Mr. Harry Rylance.
At Everton today, supporters gave warm welcome to Harrison who was transferred with Thompson from Fosse; they and two of the best servants the club has had. Harrison is home on leave and his appearance on the team led to Donnachie moving to the right wing. Thompson’s solo defence when Southport backs clean away was a timely and clever piece of work, and was equaled by Clennell who at the fifteen minute scored from an acute angle at a second attempt his first attempt being crowded out.
It was a remarkable goal. That goal followed a rather unusual incident. Donnachie lobbed the ball to goal, and Capper fisted away to find Jefferis returning the ball to the spot where Capper should have been, and the old South Liverpool was Southport right half lay in waiting and headed the ball over the bar. After Capper saved a shot from Wareing the nippy Southport line made a good progress and forced Mitchell to make a good save from a very deceptive ball, which “hung” in the air. In the matter of timing Mitchell was much desperate. Capper had plenty of hot shots to hold, Clennell also gave a full blooded drive and Donanchie with an oblique shot was near. Half-time Everton 1, Southort Vulcan 0
Clennell scored a second for Everton
Clennell scored a third for Everton
Harrison scored a fourth for Everton
THE CITY’S RESERVES
September 28, 1918. The Liverpool Football Echo
Liverpool v Everton at Anfield
At Anfield. Liverpool held the advantage and after Lawson had partly saved, Birchall scored in eight minutes. Everton gained two further corners, then Green taking advantage of a misunderstanding between the Everton backs, scored a second and shortly afterwards added a third. Five minutes later Birhcall scored a fourth. In the general run of play Liverpool deserved their lead, as they took every advantage to shoot when near goal. Everton did give Campbell some trouble at times. One shot from Cotter almost got home but their combination was behind that of their rivals, and many chances were missed when it came to the first effort. Half-time; Liverpool Res 4, Everton Res 0.
September 30, 1918. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Beyond the Clennell hat-trick, George Harrison’s return and the wonderful goalkeeping of Capper, the match at Goodison calls for little comment. Everton had matters largely their own way, but the crowd greatly enjoyed the game, if only by reason of the great defence put up by Fay, Dorward, and the custodian. The pivot’s experience stood him in good stead, and Dorward kicked hard and well but even then shots rained at Capper who brought off some thrilling saves and did wonders to keep the score down to four goals. If he can but retain his form Southport will finish in a good position on the table when the season closes.
September 30, 1918 The Liverpool Echo
Funny game football! Here were Everton at half-time but one goal up against Vulcan of Southport. Yet to those who could beat the tram service and get to the ground in reasonable time the score was not surprising. The fact was Southport had a fine general in Fay and behind him was Dorward who is a rocky back. Then right at the rare came Capper, ex-South Liverpool and Liverpool. This strip of a fellow is gaining much by experience. He still inclines to go down on the knee to field a ball –not a wise habit to contract –but eventually he has come on his method of fielding long shots, catching a ball and punching away. He was the hero of Vulcan’s side, anyway and admitted that he had his strokes of luck- one makes one’s luck. He stopped Everton from running riot, as had been expected by those holding their name in the “sweep.” I wonder how many sweep-stakes are being run these days in office, workshops &c.
Clennell’s Points and Harrison’s Single
Joe Clennell was in a merry mood. When he lets his leg fling to its full length he is known to be on the spot. His goals were all good and the first was as remarkable as the third, the original goal coming as an acute angle and squeezing through and the third making a noise as-though the ball had been burst by the shooter. Probably the shooter had caught a stud against the leather but the fact reminds that the referee was “struck” by the noise, and tested the ball. It was good to see Harrison and better to see him among the goals. He hammered at Capper and Co, for such a time, and not until late on did he get any result inspire of his long and short and always-low drives. My, how he hit the ball! If a German gets the force of his kick. All ranks of the home side played good football, though the backs did not time the ball always to “time” I imagine Vulcan will come on a lot. Caulfield did not play as well as usual and the outside left was a failure as compared to Coats. Peacock but for hesitancy, was quite good and altogether the match for a supposed walk-over was excellent sport.
Browell Resumes with City
Tom Browell as suggested in the mid-week Echo, reappeared for Manchester City and his three goals helped his side to win the “sweep.”
The old Wolf player –one of the best –Jack Sheldon has made the great sacrifice. He had been in the Army but five months. Garland the promising Manchester City back, has had his left leg amputated.