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April 1, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination (Game 28)
The postponed game was played at Goodison Park last evening in splendid Weather, and before a capital attendance. Everton tried a new goalkeeper Bushell. The United started, and the visitors opened strongly. Everton had to defend for some time. Bushell after a weak clearance cleverly saved a sharp return, while Balmer once robbed the right wing in fine style. The home side could not get going but although the visitors kept up almost constant pressure, they could not get through. At length Wolfe and Norse ran down but a long shot travelled wide of the goal. The home halves with the exception of Clark, could not stop the visiting forwards who were playing with great dash. At last Elston forced a corner, but Clayton sent wide, although a little later Norse, shot in splendid, the custodian saving well. Next Elston had an opening, but sent high over the bar. Everton continued to show improved form, and Wolfe twice centred well without result. End to end play followed for some time, each side missing chances. Once however McEwan grazed the bar, following a fine run by Elston. Before the interval, the last named was successful in netting the ball and Everton led at half-time by a goal to nil.
On resuming the visitors pressed without result, and then Everton had a turn, but failed to get the better of the United backs. Manchester again attacked, and at length the centre beat Bushell, and equalised the score. Everton tried hard to again secure the lead and a couple of shots went very close. Elston, McEwan, and Wolfe, each made good attempts to defeat the goalkeeper, but without success. Balmer and Clark were conspicuous in further pressure by the United, whose forwards lost a couple of favourable openings by weak shooting. Near the end Everton pressed, but the United backs kicked out frequently and nothing further was scored. Result Everton 1, Manchester United 1.
Everton: - Buschell, goal, Galvin and R.Balmer, backs, Clark, Russell, and Chadwick, half-backs, Wolfe, Norse, O'Hagan, Elston, and McEwan, forwards.

April 2 1903. The Liverpool Daily Post
Played at Newcastle before 10,000 spectators. Newcastle won the toss, and the teams lined out as follows: - Newcastle United: - Kingsley, goal, Aitken, and Agnew, backs, McWilliams, Veitch, and McIntyre, half-backs, Turner, Gardner, McColl, Orr, and Templeton, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Russell, and Abbott half-backs, Rankin, Taylor Young, Settle, and Dilly, forwards. Young started the game, and at once Everton got away on the right, but Rankin was not allowed to get in his centre. Some sturdy kicking by the Everton backs kept the Tynesides at bay, but Templeton slipped past Wolstenholme, and tricking Balmer and getting into goal, when Crelly rushed across and cleared the situation. Everton replied on the right. A clever run down by Rankin, followed by a capital centre enabled Young to test Kingsley. This was followed by a stinging attack on the home goal, but try as they would, the visitors could not get through. Still keeping up the pressure, the visitors forced a corner, Young getting over. Templeton next got away, and nearly scored, but Gardner, who got the ball, directly after, made no mistake, beating Kitchen with a beautiful shot. A little later Crelly was guilty of handling the ball within the penalty area, and the usual penalty kick was awarded and McIntyre put on a second goal. From now and upto the interval they had the best of matters, and when the whistle blew Newcastle were leading by 2 goals to nil. On resuming Everton had the advantage of the wind. The Tynesiders rushed down the line, and the ball was passed and repassed in front of goal, but before an opening could be found Balmer dashed forwards and the ball was sent midfield. Again the homesters got down, and Kitchen's charge had a very narrow escape of being captured a third time. Orr passed to Templeton but that player, trying to do too much himself. was robbed by Wolstenholme. A good combined effort by the Everton vanguard left to a hot attack on the home goal. Kingsley saving from Young, and a minute later he conceded a corner to Taylor. A struggle in the goalmouth followed, but Kingsley punched the ball clear at a critical moment. Some midfield play followed, and neither side gained much ground. A good run by Rankin changed things somewhat, the home lot having an anxious time. From a terrific a shot Kingsley brought off a grand save when a score seemed imminent. Still pegging away the homesters worked their way in, and a shot from McColl only missed by inches. A corner to the visitors followed, but proved futile. shortly before time, Gardner scored a third goal. Result Newcastle United 3, Everton nil.

April 6, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
After a showery morning, the weather turned out fine on Saturday afternoon with the result that this important match was decided under pleasant conditions. The visit of the League leaders was an attractive fixture, but there was not a very numerous attendance. Each side had the honour of having a man away in the great International at Sheffield, Booth of Everton, assisting England as centre back, and Davis of Wednesday appearing for his country at outside right. Russell took Booth place while for Davis the amateur V.S.S.Simpson appeared. The teams were : - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson and W.Balmer (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Wolstenholmes, Russell, and Abbott half-backs, Rankin, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Dilly, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Lyall, goal, Thackeray, and Langley, backs, Ferrier, Crawshaw, and Ruddlesdin half-backs, V.Ssimpson, Chapman, Wilson, Malloch, and Spikesley, forwards. Referee J.H.Brodie. Everton won the toss, and had the advantage of playing with the sun behind them Wilson kicked off, and the Blades were at once prominent, but Abbott was all there and relieved nicely. Smart work by Young was recognised by the spectators, who numbered about twelve thousand, but in trying to utilise the pass, both Dilly, and Thackeray tied themselves into a knot on the ground. However, neither was hurt. For a time Everton pressed, but there was not the required sting in the attack to afford the visiting custodian much anxiety. A couple of free kicks fell to Everton, but neither was utilised, and the game was devoid of interesting features. Play was stopped for a few moments owing to Thackeray being injured in an encounter with Settle. The Wednesday right back, however, soon resumed, and for a time Everton pressed on the left. The Blades half-backs were on the best behaviour, with the result that the Everton forwards could not get in a shot at Lyall. Ultimately Rankin found himself in position, but his shot was high over the bar. Next Lyall cleared a shot from Young, and at the other end Simpson headed into the hands of Kitchen, who easily removed the danger. Everton attacked with great persistency, and following a centre by Rankin, Langley only saved his side from Settle, at the expense of a corner. From this Lyall was brought out of his goal and fortunately for himself was able to return to position before the Evertonians could get in another shot. Then the Blades put on pressure, Wilson initiating a smart movement, in which Simpson participated, but which was spoiled by the alertness of Russell. Dilly failed to turn to account a grand cross from Rankin, and then in the course of further pressure by the Blades, Chapman got in a fast shot which, was lacking in accuracy of aim. At the other end, Settle missed a fair opening, but Rankin tested Lyall with a beauty, while Settle shot just wide of the post. From a free kick the ball found its way into the Everton net, but it had touched none of the players in its progress. After this several shots by the Wednesday forwards were charged down, and next Young, and the other missed a grand centre from Rankin home forwards. A moment later Crawshaw collared and brought down Settle as the latter was about to shoot, and it was fortunate for the visitors that the offence took place just outside the penalty line. Balmer was applauded for some tricky work, and Simpson from thirty yards shots into the hands of Kitchen. Wilson next shot inches wide, and at this period the Blades were having rather the better of the argument. Towards the interval Everton put on a spurt, and were rewarded, for from a pass by Young, Settle just managed to guide the leather into the net. This success encouraged the Evertonians, as in rapid succession, first Rankin and then Wolstenholme and again Rankin got in grand shots, which Lyall saved in splendid fashion. Half-time Everton 1, Sheffield Wednesday nil.
On resuming Everton immediately made way on the right, and Rankin and Ruddlesdin had a rare trial of speed, which was only ended when the whistle blew for what the referee declared was a foul on the part of the Evertonians. The Blades soon got into their stride, and after Balmer had trickily beaten Spikesley, who had not been much in evidence, the Everton defenders were for a few moments rather hard pressure. Gradually they drove their opponents back, and were forging well ahead when Dilly was at fault in taking a pass Russell, who had been playing a fine game, initiated an attack, which resulted in Rankin sending in an oblique shot which was a little too high. The Blades quickly returned to the attack, and a long shot from Crawshaw, which glanced off another player, found Kitchen on the alert. Each end was visited in turn, and a centre from Spilkesley was nicely intercepted by Kitchen. For a time the Wednesday confined play to Everton's half, and for one reason, which was not apparent from the press box, the referee after consulting one of the linesmen, awarded the visitors a penalty kick . Langley, who had no difficulty in, took the kick equalised the score. Everton attacked after this, and a shot from Rankin was deliberately fisted out by one of the visiting defenders within the penalty area, but neither the referee nor linesmen took any notice of the infringement, the spectators meanwhile expressing their disappointment by booing. The game was full of exciting incidents to the finish but nothing more was scored. Result Everton 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Athletic News - Monday 06 April 1903
By Harricus
Were one to be guided by the result of Sheffield Wednesday's previous visit to the ground of the Everton club, Saturday’s game ought to have ended in a decisive victory for the Evertonians, for last season they won by five clear goals; but there were extraordinary circumstances attending the Sheffield club’s latent visit to Goodison Park. They were at the head the League for the time being, and they recognised that even a point would be of invaluable assistance to them. As it happened they got a point, for the score at the finish was I—l. The importance of the stake at issue caused more than the usual April interest to be taken in the game, for there must have been 15,000 spectators, and they were witness to a very fair game of football, albert certain official decisions rather upset their temperament the second half. The game from the commencement was of a rather superior order, play being carried on in an excellent spirit by the players, and except to the biased partisan of either club —those people who must have a goal and the other side none—the exchanges were very enjoyable. I thought Wednesday showed the smarter tactics, particularly forward, but it fell to Everton to secure the only goal of the half, though they rather delayed the scoring thereof, for the last five minutes had been entered upon. It was a capital point, Young working out an opening for Settle to run in and net the ball. It was an effort and caused the International to perform the “splits,’ but he got there.
There seemed a probability of Everton maintaining the lead to the end, for they finished the first half strongly, and commenced the second in the same spirit. However, an incident occurred which altered the state of the poll. A Wednesday man foaled within the penalty area, and after consulting the linesman nearest the scene of action, Mr. Brodie gave a penalty, whereat the crowd raved and continued their amusement right to the end of the game. However, a penalty it was, and Langley showed the crowd how to score a penalty goal. The aforesaid crowd directly afterwards thought their side should have had a penalty to even matters, as it were, but Mr. Brodie ruled otherwise. Neither side got a goal after that, though nearing the end Simpson almost altered the score sheet, while just before the finish Lyall was brought to the ground with a stinger from Dilly, and almost allowed the ball to escape him. As I mentioned in my opening remarks, it was a good game to watch, and though, of course, there were many fouls, there were very few shady tricks, not as one might have anticipated considering the importance of the game from the point of view of one club at any rate.
On the run of the game, a draw is a fitting reflex even though the equalizing goal may not be considered satisfactory to the other side, but so long as officials are appointed to govern the game so long will official verdicts stand good. Of two satisfactory elevens, I thought visitors showed the better football, their movements being more methodical and premeditated. The home defence was, however, superior to that on the other side. Kitchen was very safe in goal, and cannot be blamed for not stopping a penalty kick, while Henderson and Balmer were steady and sound, if lacking a superfluity of polish. Henderson has undoubtedly improved since he returned to the club. It can hardly be said that Booth’s presence at Sheffield weakened the side, for Russell made a capital centre-half.  He has a good name, tor a Russell has never been surpassed for the position. He is not speedy, but is a most useful man to have on one’s side, and is not unlike Hynds of Manchester City. Wolstenholme and Abbott never play badly, at least, when I am looking on. The forwards were not on the level of the half-back and defenders. There always seems to be something wanting in Young, and Dilly did not strike me as a crack outside left. Settle got the goal, and that is something in a game of one each, but Rankin was about the best forward, and ought to develop, while Taylor as usual, was always out and about. Lyall in Wednesday’s goal, times was rather uncertain, and was once penalized for carrying, whilst Thackeray was hardly a success, as he was erratic In his kicking. He, however, got a shaking in the first half from which he never seemed to recover. Langley was effective, and all three half-backs were prominent. Ferrier is a tackier, and believes in harassing his opponents as well as shooting when he thinks fit. Ruddlesdin is rather inclined for more scientific methods, and Tom Crawshaw was the man we know him to be. The two inside men, Chapman and Malloch, were the strong men of the attack, making great headway, though all the forwards were good, and here it was that they had an advantage over their opponents. V. S. Simpson, the amateur, has, I think, only played in two League matches this season, and I have seen him on each occasion, though occupying a different position. .Amateurs do not mind where they play, but I fancy Simpson is more adapted to inside play than outside. Everton; Kitchen; Henderson, and Balmer; Wolstenholme, Russell, and Abbott; Rankin, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Dilly.  Sheffield Wednesday; Lyall; Layton, and Langley; Ferrier, Crawshaw, and Ruddlesdin; V.S. Simpson, Chapman, Wilson, Malloch, and Spikesley;.  Referee; Mr. J.B. Brodie, Wolverhampton. 

April 6, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination (Game 29)
At Turton. The home team started against a strong wind. Everton scored through O'Hagan after ten minutes play. Turton now made headway, and after both custodians had been called on Haworth and the two Jone's worked up the home right, Jones finishing with a grand shot, which completely beat Bushell. At half time the score was Turton 1, Everton 1. On changing ends, Turton attacked strongly, and again scored and Turton won by 2 goals to 1. Everton: - Bushell, goal, Galvin, and R.Balmer backs, Clayton, Clark, and Chadwick, half-backs, Wofle, Boardman, O'Hagan, Elston, and McEwan, forwards.

April 6, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
The thirty-second annual meeting between the Association football representatives of England and Scotland took place on Saturday at Bramell-lane, Sheffield in delightful weather and in the presence of some 30,000 spectators. And after a hard game resulted in a victory for Scotland by two goals to one.

April 6, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Last Season Everton trounced Sheffield Wednesday to the extent of five clear goals, on Saturday they managed to share the points with the Blades-than which it would be difficult to imagine more diametrically opposite results. The reasons may be adduced for this complete reversal of form, either Everton have considerably deteriorated, on the Tykes have improved in like proportion. The former of these suppositions must be taken at the solution of the problems, and the team is finishing the season in anything but a blaze of glory. Considering that the League leaders and as eleven with the reputation of Everton were opposing each other on Saturday, the display given was lacking in every feature which tends to produce as attractive contest, and brought no credit to either side. Sheffield could scarcely have vanquished Sunderland on such form, and despite Everton's frailties, the visitors would most probably have been beaten, but a penalty kick, which was only awarded after consultation with one linesman. During two-thirds of the game there was absolutely no interest in the proceedings, and taking away the period, between the time of Everton first scoring and the interval, and the closing five minutes everything worth noticing will be eliminated. The Sheffielders were smarter on the ball than the home side, but they finished their movements very badly, and their half-backs were the most consistent part of the team. Everton on the other hand, were extremely slow, this failing being particularly noticeable in some quarters, while combination was chiefly conspicuous by its absence. About seven minutes from the interval, Settle just reached a centre from Young and scored, the effect being that, for the rest of the first half, Everton display something like the form one naturally expects from them, and Lyall had all his work cut out to prevent further disaster.
Sheffield never seemed like equalising, and it was a decided stroke of luck for them when a penalty was given against one of the Everton halves for jumping, and Langley easily placed his side on a level footing. Rankin, who otherwise played a capital game, then missed a glorious opportunity of gaining the lead, for with an open goal, he attempted to dribble close in, and was of course, dispossession by a couple of defenders, who rushed over from the opponents wing. Another centre from the same player rolled right across the goal mouth untouched, but this should never have been allowed to occur, for the ball was distinctly over the limit line when Rankin centred it. This was not the only mistake made during the game by the officials and a glaring case of culpability was seen when another intended centre from the extreme right winger was knocked down with both hands by one of the Sheffield defenders just inside the penalty area, neither linesman nor referee taking the slightest notice of the incident. This was almost immediately after Sheffield had been granted their penalty claim, and the spectators became rather noisy at the incident. Simpson shot into Kitchen;'s hands when he was yards offside, whilst Everton were allowed a corner, which came straight from Settle's foot. It cannot be said that the game was well conducted by any means, and the blunders already specified are but a few out of many, which were witnessed. These were not unduly favourble to either side, with the notable exception of the penalty kick, which Sheffield got, whereas Everton were denied what should have been theirs and for this reason the visitors must be considered fortunate in taking away a point. But the home team did not deserve to win, for their play never reached a high standard, and a division of honours was perhaps the most equitable result.
Forwards, Everton were the inferior side, and Rankin alone showed anything like average form, some of his sprints along the wing being very exhilarating. At other times he displayed a lack of judgement, which nullified a promising opening, but all round he was the best of the home front line. Young was very feeble in the centre, and neither Settle nor Dilly played up to expectations. The outside winger was altogether too slow, and there is a lack of fire and whole heartedness in his work, which is surprising. Languid in getting away, and not too clever when tackled. Dilly was exceedingly disappointing, and the exhibition given by Settle was not one whit more creditable. Wolstenholme was the pick of the halves, and Spikesley got few chances in the first moiety, though afterwards he managed to elude his opponent's vigilance more frequently. Russell gave a promising display in the centre, but Abbott was off colour, which is in itself somewhat of a novelty. Further behind, Balmer was more successful then Henderson, but in the last quarter of an hour both the full backs were often at fault in their returns. Kitchen was equal to every call upon his skill, though he had very little to do, the shooting of the Blades being erratic. For the Tyles, Lyall kept a very good gaol, but there were only two periods when he was plied, with anything approaching difficult drives. There were of course, when the Everton forwards suddenly awakened to the fact that something was expected from them, reference to which has already been made above. Langley defended stoutly at full back, but Thackeray evidently felt the effects of a kick received in the early stages of the game, for be frequently failed in his returns. Crawshaw was the shinning light in the half-back line, and he simply caused Young to be a passages throughout, frequently beating the latter by his superior dash and vigour. Ferrier was very effective against the home left wing, giving Settle no lattitude whatever, and the intermediate line as a body was more than a match for the Everton attack. Wilson a sturdy centre forward, displayed a rare notion of the duties pertaining to such an arduous post, and his passes along the turf were beautifully placed. Chapman was the pick of the forwards, although he was without his usual partner, the international, Davis and one fine effort, when he went clean though the Everton backs, deserved the successes which is narrowly failed to gain.

April 7, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
The Everton directors sent a team to St Helens last evening to play a friendly match with the Northern Nomads. There was a good attendance to witness the match. The game opened evenly, and neither side could claim the advantage, for some time. The amateur backs, and half-backs gave splendid exhibition and did not give the Everton forwards much opportunity of shinning. Everton opened the scoring through Rankin, who put the ball through at close quarters. The Nomads made strenuous efforts top equalise, but Kitchen, Henderson and Balmer defeat well, and at the interval Everton were winning by a goal to nil. Everton showed superiority in their play in the second half, and Dilly scored a second point for them from a centre by Rankin. The Nomans showed good combination at times but they did not finish so well as their opponents. Final result Everton 2, Nomads. Nil. Everton: - Kitchen, Henderson and R.Balmer, backs, Wolstenholmes, Russell, and Abbott, half-backs, Rankin Taylor, Young, Settle, and Billy, forwards.

April 7, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Mr.W.C.Cuff and Mr. D.Kirkwood on behalf of the Everton F.C, while in Scotland last week secured the signature on a league form of Daniel Gordon, a full back of Broxburn. He is 20 years of age, stands 5ft 10ins high, weights 11 st , and is regarded as a important capture.

London Daily News - Saturday 11 April 1903
Three sides met at Liverpool in splendid weather and the presence of some 27,000 epectatora. With the sun behind them Everton for a time did most of the pressing, but they were met with stubborn defence. Nearing the interval, however, Liverpool gained the upper hand, and the Everton goal had several narrow escapes. Defence prevailed, however, and at the interval neither side had scored. After the resumption the game continued to be hotly contested. Liverpool were the superior side, but their shooting was decidedly bad, and the Everton defence was equal to all demands. Nothing was scored, and the game ended in a pointless draw. Result; Liverpool 0, Everton 0.

Falkirk Herald - Saturday 11 April 1903
After the match between Camelon and Broxburn "Danny" Kirkwood signed on Gordon, the Broxburn back, on behalf of Everton.  I understand Gordon was brought under the notice of the Falkirk club some time ago, and he was quite willing to play for the "Bairns" Broxburn however, put a small fee on the transfer, and Falkirk backed out.  They won't get him now at the end of this season. 

April 11, 1903. The Sunderland Daily Echo
Mr. W.C Cuff and Mr. D. Kirkwood, on behalf of Everton F.C. while in Scotland last week, secured the signature to a League form of Daniel Gordon, a full back, of Broxburn. He is 20 years of age, stands 5ft 10ins, and weights 11st. He is looked upon as an important capture and expected to strengthen the Everton defence.

April 11, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
The holiday attraction in Liverpool was the meeting of Liverpool and Everton yesterday afternoon at Anfield. Glorious weather prevailed, and long before, the time of kick off it was evident that the meeting of the rivals would bring together a crowd limited only by the capacity of the ground. Every available inch of space was taken, and the seats placed on the field itself were rapidly snapped up. It was estimated that there would be about 30,000 spectators present. Both clubs were fully represented, the teams lining up at three o'clock as follows: - Liverpool: - Platt, goal, Glover, and Dunlop, backs, Parry, Raisebeck, and Goldie, half-backs, Goddard, Livingstone, Raybould, E.Chadwick, and Cox, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goals, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Referee John Lewis.
Everton won the toss, and therefore had the advantage of playing with their backs to a brilliant sun. The opening exchanges were even, but from a throw in Crelly miskicked an effort from Raisebeck, and Kitchen had to clear. A moment later, from good work by the home right, Raybould had a chance, but he tipped the ball softly and Kitchen easily cleared. The Everton dashed away on the left, and Bell forced a corner from which shot after shot from the Everton vanguard was charged down. Liverpool retaliated and Raybould headed in a nice centre from Goddard, the Everton custodian stopping a bouncing ball. Glover checked a rush by Young and Settle and after a foul against Liverpool had been got away, Raybould got in a clever pass to Cox, but the winger was too much hampered to utilise it. Liverpool attacked and Raybould forced a corner, which was cleared. The game was fast even, and exciting. Settle dashed away, and with only Platt in front of him shot in. Platt half cleared, the ball hitting the upright, and rebounding across the face of the goal, where Goldie sent it behind, the corner proving fruitless. Everton were now having slightly the best matters. Jack Sharp beat Dunlop and centred well, but Young's shot went wide, and after one from Taylor had been charged down Abbott shot a foot high. After a brief visit to the other end Everton forced a corner, and from this a bully ensued in the home goal. Platt cleared apparently from well inside the net, but in the scrimmage in which Settle was hurt, the whistle was sounded for a foul against the attacking party Everton still attacked but without result, and although Raybould did his best from the left wing no progress was made, the visiting halves showing grand form. Parry put in a bit of real service by charging down a shot from Abbott, but the Reds continued almost continuously on the defensive. A sudden dash to the other end, resulted in Livingstone missing a good chance, and Everton again attacking, Sharp missed at short range. From a centre from Cox Goddard missed with a flying shot, and a nice run by Goddard and Livingstone ended in Kitchen clearing from the former. Play was afterwards more even, but the visitors Good work made the most dangerous attacks by Cox, and Chadwick gave a perfect chance to Raybould, but he could only tip the ball into the hands of Kitchen. At the other end Everton put in some hot work, and the home custodian narrowly escaped disaster. Play afterwards slackened down, and the interval arrived with a clean sheet. Half-time Liverpool nil, Everton nil.

The second half opened at a fast pace. Liverpool attacked, but were checked, and then Sharp tested Platt, with a beauty, which was well cleared. Everton still pressing, Platt ran out and cleared, and hurt himself in the process, but soon resumed. Nice work by the visiting right wing availed nothing and at the other end Crelly gave a corner which proved fruitless. Liverpool were the better side at this stage. They forced another corner on the right, and Goddard again placed it well. It appeared as though the ball was forced over the line into the net, but the claim was not sustained. Livingstone was afterwards making progress, when he got across with Crelly and a wrestling match ensued in the catch-as0catch-can style. Mr.Lewis interfered, and gave a foul for Liverpool. Jack Sharp then made tracks to the other end, and, but Raisebeck floored him in questionable fashion, a foul resulting. The kick proved of no advantage to Everton, but these incidents imparted a little heat into the game, which continued to be contested at a hot pace. Goldie a sent wide from long range, and afterwards Raybould at close quarters skied the ball, and thus missed a grand chance. A pretty pass from Goddard gave a clear run to Baybould, who carried the ball down, but lost control of the leather, and Kitchen ran out and cleared. Booth was instrumental in changing the venue, and Sharp once more beat Dunlop, but Glover kicked out. Resuming the attack, Liverpool forced a corner, but this was the extent of their success. A free kick was given for Glover to handled, but Parry cleared in the goalmouth and then Goddard dribbled across and put Cox in possession. The winger's centre took the ball straight to Raybould's toe in front of goal, but, to the disappointment of their home supporters, the centre once more failed, the leather slipping off his toe. Everton afterwards made play, but could not get within shooting distance, and at the other end a shot from Raybould was charged down, and a second from Chadwick missed by a foot. Still attacking Cox put in a good centre, and Raybould absolutely threw a goal away by a ridiculous miss under the bar. Liverpool were undoubtedly having the best of matters, but the shooting was bad. Final Liverpool nil, Everton nil.

April 11, 1903, The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination (Game 30)
Played yesterday at Blackburn, before 3,000 spectators. The Rovers wore black bands in mourning for Jack Hunter, who died last night. The home team won the toss, Swarbrick opened the score after 30 minutes play. Rankin equalised, and Morgan scored Rovers second goal. Half-time Rovers 2, Everton 1. The Rovers had the better of matters in the second half, but could not score. The game was fast and interesting throughout, and Rovers winning by 2 goals to 1. Everton: - Dent goal, D Gordon, and W.Wildman, backs, Clark, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Boardman, Dilly, O'Hagan, and McEwan forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 13 April 1903
By Junius
For their Combination match with Nelson the Everton executive gave a further trial to new players, Gordon, their latest capture, figuring at right full back, whilst Dent was afforded a chance to distinguish himself in goal.  Dilly was placed centre forward, and he had the satisfaction of scoring the three goals which gave his side the victory.  For half an hour the play was evenly contested, but afterwards Everton had matters more their own way and although the score was a goal each at the interval, the second moiety found the home team two goals in advance.  The score fairly represents the superiority of the winners, and the recruits above mentioned exhibited very creditable form. 

April 13, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
A large crowd gathered at Southport to witnessed the match between the Central and Everton on Saturday. The Weather was dull and threatening, and there was a strong wind, while rain fell soon after the start. The teams were: - Southport: - Garvey, goal, Spink, and Nightingale, backs, Sinclair, Bell, and F.Chorlton, half-backs, J.Chorlton, Shadbolt, Hulligan, Cooper, and Kelly forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Taylor (captain), Sheridan, O'Hagan, and Bell, forwards . Southport won the toss, and Everton started against the wind. The game opened very tamely, but it was not long before Everton began to put the pace on, and a smart run by Rankin gave Wolstenholme a good chance, but the ball shot over. Then Bell went away on the other wing to be robbed by Spink. A moment later Bell had another try, and getting nicely round Sinclair opened the scored the score, with a screw shot which, Garvey no chance. Without going to any great exertion Everton continued to have the upper hand, and a fruitless corner by Bell was followed by some smart saves by Garvey. Southport made a fine dash down, but were bustled back. Everton easily keeping the mastery over the movement of the home forwards. Cooper sent the ball across to Kelly, but Wolstenholme upset the combination, and the Everton forwards again attack Sinclair being the only one of the Southport halves which showed any idea of holding them back. Bell centred from the corner flag, and the ball was bundled into the net, but no goal was allowed, as Garvey had been fouled, Southport then had a turn and for a time pressed, and Kitchen saved from Hulligan. Southport were now playing better, and Kitchen was again called upon, and had to give a corner in saving brilliantly from Chorlton. A moment later Shadbolt shot over when he had only Kitchen to beat, but shortly afterwards J.Chorlton equalised while Kitchen was on the ground. From a free kick close to Kitchen. Sheridan broke away and ran the length of the field, and in spite of an attempt to foul by Nightingale, got in a shot, which Garvey saved. The referee having cautioned Nightingale, allowed a free kick, from which Everton were dangerous until Bell cleared. The home goal had a very near shave just before the interval, Sheridan shooting over while Garvey was out. Half-time Southport 1, Everton 1.
The rain cleared off during the interval, Bell raced away on the line, but Spink tipped the ball over it. Everton pressed for some time, but could not get through, and the effort ended in the ball going wide. The play of the visiting team was much the prettier, but throughout the game they went about their work in a leisurely manner. Near the finish the Central attack, and J,Chorlton scored. Central 2, Everton 1.

April 13 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination (Game 31)
At Goodison Park, before a fair crowd. McLuckie commenced operations, and from a pass by McEwan, Dixon give Dilly possession, who at once put in a capital shot, which Stevenson dealt with very smartly. Shortly afterwards the same player beat the Nelson custodian. The visitors then retaliated, and Johnson succeeded in equalising. Halt time Everton 1 Nelson 1. In the second half Everton had decidedly the best of the game, and put on two more from Dilly. A\ well fought game resulted in Everton winning by 3 goals to 1

April 14, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
The great football attraction in this district for Bank Holiday was the return League engagement at Goodison-park between Everton and Blackburn Rovers. The latter have for years been welcome visitors to Liverpool, but on this occasion the outcome of their match was all-important to the famous old club. The Rovers position in the First Division next season is by no means assured. Take Grimsby Town, they had included yesterday's fixture, two matches to, play and were only one point in advance of the fishermen, so that to be absolutely safe they must secure four points. Hence it was that their game at Everton meant so much to the Rovers, whose chances of success were not improved by the severe defeat they sustained at Middlesbrough on Saturday. Although the weather was bright and sunny, though still cold, there was not a great crowd as is generally associated with Bank holiday. Everton played their full team with the exception of Balmer, Hensderson filling his place. While the Rovers had Morgan, for Watson at inside left. The Blackburn players were black bands on their arms, out of respect of the memory of their late famous international Hunter. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - McIver goal, Crompton (captain) and Eastham, backs, Dewhust, McClure, and Birchall, half-backs, Whittaker, A.Monks, A.Bowman, Morgan, and F.Blackburn, forwards. Crompton having won the toss, Young kicked off against the wind in the presence of about 12,000 spectators. The Rovers were the first to attack, which they did with great persistency. Whittaker send in finely but Crelly intercepted finely at the expense of a corner, from which Crelly again saved the situation. Still the visitors kept up the pressure, which was only relieved when Bowman sent the ball high over the bar. Everton could not make any headway, and the Rovers coming with a rush, Whittaker sent in a beautifully with the result that Kitchen, while on his knees saved marvellously from F.Blackburn. At last Bell and Settle made towards the other goal, but nice passing between them was without effect. Play changed from end to end, and a fine shot by Taylor was only lacking in direction. It certainly deserved a better fate. The rushes on both sides were prominent, and they ruled pretty even. The Rovers continued to attack until commendable persistency and after Kitchen had saved good attempts by Bowman and Monks, Bowman scored with a really good shot. Everton were not imparting too much energy to their play. Shots by Settle and Sharp had little sting behind them, and a fine pass by Bowman was only diverted by Kitchen at the expense of a corner, for which Kitchen was again called upon. The game, which by no means interesting, was easily in favour of Blackburn, whose forwards found plenty of work for Kitchen. At last Blackburn shot in from near the corner flag and although Kitchen touched the ball, it found its way into the net, just give the Rovers a two-goal lead. Nothing else was scored before the interval. The display of the Everton forwards found little favour with a portion of the crowd. Half-time Everton nil, Blackburn Rovers 2.

It was somewhat surprising that when the Everton players reappeared they should have been hooted by a section of the spectators. Kitchen was first called upon, and kicked and fisted out in good style. A brief period of pressure by Everton resulted in Bell forcing a abortive corner. Another corner was won by Sharp, but this too was not to their advantage, and the game continued to be devoid of interesting features. The nice points of play were few and far between. For a time Everton could claim the bulk of the attack, but there was little in their final efforts-a failure which had been observable more than once. For once in a way the home half backs failed to afford the attacking forces, Blackburn tested Kitchen and a corner followed from which, the Everton custodian had to throw away from Bowman. At the other end Young sent a fast shot over the bar. Everton at this time being without the service of Settle who had been injured. In a forward movement by the Rovers Bowman shot in hard, and Kitchen just managed to tip it over the bar at the expense of fruitless corner. Shortly before the finish, Bowman obtained possession, and the ex-Evertonian added a third goal for the Rovers with a really splendid shot with his left foot, which gave Kitchen no chance. final result Everton nil, Rovers 3.
On the play the better side won, but Everton displayed form far removed from that which they gave against Liverpool on Good Friday. At the same time, on one or two occasions during the season they have been really inept so far as the attack was concerned.

Athletic News - Monday 20 April 1903
By Junius.
The curtain was down on the League season of 1902-3 at Goodison Park on Saturday, and judging from the display of football given both by Everton and Notts County the termination has not come one whit too soon. Notts had a poor side, for neither Prescott nor Montgomery could turn out at full-back, and Ross had to take the former’s post, whilst Swift partnered him on the left wing. Everton were without Settle, who was displaced by Sheridan, otherwise the home side was at full strength. To enter into the details of the game would serve no useful purpose, for a more feeble, invertebrate exhibition could scarcely be recalled. In fact, the play was a continued repetition of aimless and lackadaisical meandering between the two quarter flags, and in the end Everton won 2—0.
For reference only, I haste to hand down to posterity the scorers in this game. Notts were the first to seriously jeopardize the opposing custodian, tor after thirty minutes’ lounging. Humphreys got an opening and banged straight into goal, only to find Kitchen occupying the whole the premises, so to speak.  In the meantime it had been discovered that one of the stands was on fire, namely, that immediately adjacent to the Press box, but it could not have been occasioned by the play rousing the spectators to the fever-heat of excitement, and thus being insensibly conducted to the woodwork. After tremendous exertions, lasting fully two minutes, the flames, which had never been seen, were extinguished, and for the rest of  the afternoon we had to grope about to find something to keep us from falling into a prolonged trance. When Taylor hooked a centre from Sharp into the net, no one seemed in the least put about by the incident, but when Young actually converted cross from Bell, the surprise became intense, for the Everton centre had tested almost every part of the goal stands prior to this achievement. All this occurred before the interval, and afterwards the same standard of play was continued, only more so.  The ambitious attempts of those who essayed to shoot were received with mixed feelings, but when one of the Notts forwards landed the ball over the stands into the adjacent property, the long pent up enthusiasm would brook no denial.
I should not fancy any of the players engaged in this struggle would care to refer to it as a reference of their ability, in view of an engagement in another sphere of influence, and for this reason, all individualities must for the nonce be neglected; it is better, perhaps, to speak of the whole rather than the component parts. Everton gained two points, and that, I believe, was one of the chief inducements which nerved the home players to such deeds of notability. No matter how they had striven, they could not have gained a higher reward, and as the spoils of victory were theirs, to them be the glory and honour thereof.   Notts did not seem to be unduly troubled by the success of their opponents, and with a sublime appearance of magnanimity seemed pleased that the Everton players had succeeded in winning another League match. Pennington was given plenty of practice in stopping high deliveries, which may perhaps stand him in good stead during the coming summer, but even with his long reach, there were numerous balls sent down which he could not get even a glimpse of. Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Sheridan, and Bell.  Notts County; Pennington; Ross and Swift; Innes, Bull, and Mainman; Joynes, Humphreys, Green, McIntyne, and Gee.  Referee; Mr. T. Armitt. 

April 20, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Everton on Saturday completed their League fixtures list with a match at Goodison Park against Notts County, before 7,000 spectators. On the Everton side the only changes was the substitution of Sheridan for Settle, but the visitors had to make several alterations Buth the regular backs being on the injured list. Teams: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young Sheridan, and Bell, forwards. Notts County: - Pennington, goal, Ross, and Swift backs, Mainman, Bull, and Innes half-backs, Joynes, Humphreys, Green, McIntyre, and Gee, forwards. Referee Armitt. Everton having lost the toss commenced operations and immediately the County right worked the ball down nicely. Green centred, but Balmer relieved cleverely. Innes failing to take a pass from Humphreys spoiled an other attack by the visiting right. The Everton left retaliated.and after a good run, Bell crossed to Taylor, who brought Pennington out with a slow shot. A foul was awarded against Mainman, and from the free kick taken by Booth, Wolstenholme just shot outside the upright. Nice passing between Sheridan and Taylor gave the latter another chance, and the inside right forward skimmed the bar with a strong shot. For some time the run of the game was by no means exhilarating. The Everton left however indulged in some smart work as a result of which Sheridan had a glorious chance two or three yards from the post, but to his own disgust he sent the ball wide of the mark. When the spectators on the popular side had recovered from the temporary excitement occasioned by a portion of one of the stands being on fire they applauded with great heartiness a splendid shot from Humphreys, which Kitchen fisted out in his best style. A moment later Balmer was also checked for a beautiful bit of strategy by which he outwitted Humphrey as and Joynes. Next Bell centred nicely, and a high dropping shot from Taylor went over the crossbar. Play was of a ragged description, and the spectators found little to “enthuse” about. Neither side could claim any superiority, nor the general exhibition was far from what one is accustomed to associate with First League football. Even the cries of the spectators to “play up” had little effect. At last Wolstenholme followed some tricky work by sending the ball out to Sharp, who in turn tipped it on to Taylor, the latter having little difficulty in registering the first goal for Everton. After this the County imparted more vigour to their attack, and Humphreys called upon Kitchen. Everton had their full share of the attack, and Sheridan and Bell were prominent, but the centre and the outside man were not in the happiest mood. However, a corner was forced, following which there were some exciting exchanges in front of Pennington, the Notts goal having a narrow escape of a second downfall. Another period of tame play followed, and it was only relieved when a centre by Bell, who received from Booth, Young scored a second goal for Everton. The home side at this time was undoubtedly showing the superiority. Kitchen was called upon to save a header from McIntyre, but when the interval arrived nothing further had been scored. Half-time Everton 2, Notts County nil.
Everton restarted in good style, but Bell was adjusted offside. A couple of free kicks assisted the visitors, and for some time the Everton defenders were somewhat severely pressed. Crelly was winded and the game was stopped for a while. The Everton goal escaped from severe pressure, the visitors at this stage claiming most of the play. Free kicks were pretty numerous and generally they favoured Notts whose final efforts were lacking in power and direction. The Everton forwards could not get into their stride, but gradually they improved, and Bell called upon Pennington in quick succession. Abbott, and Sharp. Midfield play was the order for some time, and it was not characterised by many touches out of the ordinary. Everton were smarter in manipulating the ball, but they failed when in the vicinity of the goalmouth. They had the better of the play till the end, but nothing more was scored, and a tame game ended in a victory for Everton. Result Everton 2 goals, Notts County nil.

April 20, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination (Game 32)
At Crimble Vale. The Heywood right was conspicuous, and a stiff fusillade ensuing on the Everton goal, Brearley scored from close quarters. Heywood continued to have the best of matters and Poulston scored a second and third. Half-time Heywood 3 Everton nil. Everton were very aggressive; United presently took up the running and Morgan had a clear goal, but the ball wide. And eventually Heywood winning by five goals too two.

April 20, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
The League season finsihed at Goodison park on Saturday, when Everton met and defeated Notts County by two clear goals. A feeble exposition of football it would be difficult to imagine than this last scene in another campaign, and it is evident the end of the season has not come one whit too soon for some of the players. There was absolutely no interest in the proceedings, for the combatants themselves appeared incapable of undue exertion, and with nothing at stake, there was some excuse for them taking matters so easily. All the scoring occurred in the first half. Taylor converting a centre from the right wing whilst shortly afterwards Bell placed neatly for Young to add a second point. The proceedings after the interval merit no notices though for a few minutes when Pennington had half a dozen shots to stop in raid succession it seemed as if the spectators would be aroused from their lethargy. But this was only a transitory gleam, and the game dragged its slow length along until Mr.Armitt terminated the depressing performance. The only satisfactory feature of the proceedings perhaps was the fact that Everton succeeded in winning, but the opposition was such that they could scarcely have done otherwise. Concerning the Everton players there is little to be stated in their favour, though their defence was seen to greater advantage than their attack. Kitchen and Balmer accomplished some clever deeds, the full backs on one occasion beautifully robbing Joyce and Humphreys, who had completely outwitted Abbott. The custodian was rarely called upon, nut one clearance from Humphreys who drove in with great force from short range deserves special mention. Little fault could be found with the half-backs, who reached a fair level of capability without being at any time unduly prominent. In the front rank some feeble efforts were made. Young shaping very badly in the centre, and frequently spoiling several promising sequences of passing Sheridan indulged in some tricky footwork, but his shooting was as weak as of yore, and he made a sad effort to score on receiving, but a few yards from the posts. But taking the play all round there was nothing to arouse enthusiasm; a dull level of monotony was reached which was striking in accordance with the end of season warfare' almost without life, and suggestive of the end so rapidly approaching. Notts were less effective than their opponents, they did indeed, make one decent attempt to score, but this was about it. Their right wing was by far the most promising part of their forward division, but throughout the finishing touches were moderate, and Kitchen was hardly ever in difficulties. Bull was the most prominent of the half-backs; whilst further behind Ross shaped well, considering that his usual position in the front rank. In goal Pennington kept out some capital shots from Bell and Taylor, but the home forwards were very lenient in the majority of cases, and their efforts generally found the goal stands.

April 21, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 33)
This postponed match was decided at Goodison park. last evening; in splendid weather. Both sides were strongly represented, Everton having Hardman of Blackpool at outside left; while Dunlop played for Liverpool. The teams were: - Everton: - Whitley goal, Gordon, and Wildman, backs, Clark Russell, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly Makepeace, and Hardman forwards. Liverpool: - Perkins, goal, Dunlop, and Doswell, backs, Morgan, Raisebeck, and Taylor half-backs, Latham, Wilson, Nixon, Morris, and Davies forwards. Liverpool won the toss, and Dilly kicked off for the home side. Everton opened well, and Hardman raced away, Makepeace, however, sending outside. Again the home left made play and Perkins was called upon, but a free kick against Rankin spoiled a promising opening, Liverpool made tracks towards the home goal, but failed to pass the halves and Hardman, who showed up well, sent the ball over the Liverpool bar. Latham nest got the better of Wildman, and forced a corner from which, Whitley had to handle. The Blues were quickly at the other end, and Hardman sent in well, Clark shooting over the bar. Dunlop was conspicuous pressure by the home side. A free kick to the Anfielders resulted to play being taken to home territory, but Rankin returned and Perkins had to handle. Then Liverpool attacked with vigour and Morris had hard lines with a splendid shot, which struck the bar. The home left retaliated, Rankin shooting just outside when the ball was centred. Again the Reds attacked and Morris beat Whitley, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Pretty combination by the home forwards ended in Dilly calling upon Perkins, who easily cleared. At half-time neither side had scored.
On resuming, Everton were first to press, Hardman centring and Perkins clearing. Dunlop's big kick were very useful to his side, and he set his forwards on a fine run, but Nixon shot, too high. Play continued to be very keenly contested, and both teams showed splendid play. For some time Liverpool had the best of the exchanges, but the defence of Gordon and Wildman prevented Whitley from being troubled. Morris once beat Gordon in a race for possession, but he shot outside, when favourably situated. Whitley saved from Raisebeck, and then a fine bit of work by Hardman resulted in Perkins being called upon. From a shot by Davies Latham rushed the ball into the net, thus scoring for Liverpool. Soon afterwards Makepeace put through, but was offside, and Later Hardman had a goal disallowed. Everton tried hard to equalise, but failed, and a splendid game ended; Everton nil; Liverpool 1.

April 23, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Mr.W.C.Cuff, the secretary of the Everton Football Club writes to us as Follows: -
As you are doubtless aware, persistent rumours have recently been circulated respecting the play of out team against Blackburn Rovers on Easter Monday, and it has been freely suggested that out team did all they possibly could to allow the Rovers to win, and thereby increase their chances of remaining in the First Division of the League at the expense of Grimsby. The directors are naturally very much concerned at this suggestion and determined to probe the matter to the bottom. The whole of the members of out team taking part in that match have been separately examined by a full meeting of our board, and most exhaustive inquires have also been made elsewhere, with a view to ascertaining the truth or otherwise of such charges, and the unanimous conclusion is that there is no evidence to support the allegation that our players stood down on that occasion.

April 24, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
This match for the benefit of the Leek club, was played at Goodison park last evening before a fair attendance. The home team tried several local players, while Leek were well represented. Spence started for Everton, who early pressed. Morton centred well, but the ball was sent over the bar. Afterwards the Leek had a turn, Griffiths causing the Everton custodian to handle. A little later Edwards sent in from long range, Peck clearing. At the other end Bell, just missed with a good shot, and soon afterwards had the bad luck to twice hit the Leek post. The visitors retaliated Griffiths sending close, while Elston was conspicuous with good work. Play was very contested, both sides showing good form. The forwards played cleverly but lost chances of scoring. Bell Mainman and Morton put good work by Everton at the interval neither side had score. On resuming the visitors took up the running the left wing being prominent with some good combination. Once Elston had a grand opening, but sent wide. Everton were then dangerous, but the Leek defence prevailed and after about a quarter of an hour plays Elston opened the scoring for the Welsh men. Shortly afterwards however, Bell equlised from close range. Each end afterwards was visited in rapid succession, Everton having rather the better of matters, but the respective defenders were very safe, and nothing further was scored. It was an interesting game, each side possessing some very capable players. Result Everton 1 Liverpool Leek 1. Everton: - Dent, goal, Gordon, and Wildman, backs, Clayton, Clark, and Farrell, half-backs, Morton, Hammond, Spence, Bell, and Mainman, forwards. Leeks: - Arthur Lloyd goal, G.Lamb, and W.R.Williams, backs, R.B.Fry, G.Taylor, and Geo Otty, half-backs, H.Griffiths, J.Brown, E.Lloyd Edwards, C.Chadwick, and A.Elston, forwards.

April 25, 1903. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lancashire Combination (Game 34)
Everton concluded there season this afternoon, meeting Black Lane Temperance in a combination match. The weather was gloriously fine, and there was a very good attendance of spectators, Everton gave a trial to a new goalkeeper, and two backs. Young set the ball in motion for Everton, and ten minutes later, and Rankin at once made a claim in the visitor's goal. Rankin centring nicely, but Fletcher relieved by kicking in to touch. For some minutes Everton continued to press, and a fine concerted run by the forwards ended in two corners being granted, but both proved absortive. A sudden burst, but send away by the visitors newly ended in disaster to the homester, but Murray cleared in time. The Evertonians were soon back at Black lane's goal, and the lather had several narrow escapes, through shooting of the Evertonians was at times rather erratic. After the visitors had an abortive corner, a fine single headed run was made by Rankin, which ended in a corner. From the corner kick Sheridan shot in beautiful, but it was well saved. The visitors at last broke away, and Stanhope scored a good goal. This reverse roused the home team, and getting away finely from the centre McEwan equalised with a grand shot. After this Everton had nearly all the play and shot after shot was sent in, on one occasion the ball hit the crossbar, Young missed a fine opening when he had no one to beat, but the goalkeeper, his final attempt being weak. The homesters tried hard to gain the lead and after another fine run by Rankin MvEwan scored a second goal from Rankins centre, after Young had just failed. Half-time Everton 2, Black lane 1. Final result Everton 5, Black lane 2.
Everton: - Dent, goal, Gordon and Murray, backs, Clayton, Clark, and Farrell, half-backs, Rankin, A.N.Other Young, Hammond, and McEwan, forwards.

April 27, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Everton's visit to Portsmouth on Saturday, in view of their defeat of the Southerners in the cup ties, aroused great interest, and a large crowd (6,000) witnessed the game. Hardman and Henderson replaced Bell, and Crelly, and Portsmouth played McDonald at centre vice Brown. The visitors won the toss, and had the wind and sun at their backs. Portsmouth were the first to attack, and a pretty centre by Steve Smith was badly missed by all their forwards. Everton then pressed. Wilkie diverted a shot by Sharp for a corner, and Reilly saved splendidly from Wolstenholme. Taylor headed wide, and a foul against Dilly brought relief for Portsmouth. The Blues were displaying superior combination in a rather slow game, and were much smarter on the ball. Sharp shot tamely when nicely placed, and Taylor followed suit Settle eventually scored and Everton led by a goal to nothing at the interval. Play was well contested in the second portion, during which Cunliffe equalised. Result Portsmouth 1 Everton 1 . Everton: - Whitley, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Sheridan, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Portsmouth: - Reilly goal, Fry and Wilkie backs, Stringfellow, Chadwick, and Houlier, half-backs, Marshall, Cunliffe, Brown Wheldon, and S.Smith, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 27 April 1903
By Junius
The Everton combination eleven managed to defeat Black Lane Temperance after a very tame game by 5 goals to 2.  Play in the first half was very ragged, the home forwards in particular being extremely culpable, and as a result the visitors were the first to score through Stanhope.  McEwan, however, added a couple before the interval, and afterwards the Everton players infused more energy into their work.  Sheridan, McEwan, and Rankin scored in the second half, whilst Chatburn obtained one from a penalty for the “Laners” In the forward division Everton were very faulty, and though Young was played in the centre, he was far from being a success.  The extreme wing men, McEwan and Rankin, were the most conspicuous figures in this department, and the former had the felicity of obtaining three of the five goals secured by his side.  At half-back, Chadwick in the centre, gave a fair exhibition, and of the full backs Murray on the left wing overshadowed the new recruit, Gordon, who was inclined to take matters with too great a degree of complacency.  In goal another new-comer in Halliwell was given a trial, and he shaped very well.  For the losers, Ramsden, at inside right, was clever, and by far the most effective individual in the front line,  Stanhope, at centre half proved a rare defender, whilst further in the rear the Fosters, respectively at right back and in goal, were in good form, the custodian in particular rendering splendid service. 

April 27, 1903. The Portsmouth Evening News
Pompey v. Everton
About five thousands spectators turned up at Fratton Park to witness this friendly encounter. Everton it will be remembered, were drawn against Portsmouth in the Cup-tie and upon the match being played at Goodison Park, poor Pompey succumbed in alarming fashion by five goals to nothing. The present friendly was arranged with the idle of proving that Portsmouth were not quite so much inferior as the score would seem to indicate. Portsmouth were not at full strength, McDonald having to play centre forward in the absence of both Burnett and Brown. Everton turned up with Bell and Crelly, and in their place Hardman and Henderson operated. The teams took the field as under;-
Portsmouth;- Reilly; Burgess, and Willkie; Stringfellow, Chadwick, Houlker; Marshall, Cunliffe, McDonald, W. Smith, and S. Smith. Everton; Whitley; Henderson and Balmer; Wolstenholme, Booth, Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Dilly, Settle, and Hardman. Referee; Sergeant Coleby. Interesting Start
Portsmouth lost the toss, and the visitors had the benefit of a stiff breeze in the first half. The ground as very hard and fast, and the game opened in interesting style. After Whitley had saved a smart shot from W. Smith, the visitors got going, and Reilly had a beauty to stop from Settle. A corner to the visitors followed, and they pressed hotly. Dilly profiting by a mistake by Chadwick and running straight through. He, however, shot too soon, and the ball passed harmlessly over the cross-bar. Just afterwards Taylor also sent high, and then Portsmouth had a look in; but the Everton half-backs and backs played a very fine game ever, from one of Steve Smith's pretty runs, Marshall had a good chance, but lost the ball into touch. Just afterwards W. Smith should have shot, but left it too long, and was robbed by Henderson. Neither team appeared particularly anxious to over-exert themselves, and consequently the game was not brim full of interest, although occasionally pretty bouts of football were witnessed. The Everton forwards lost no opportunity of getting in a shot, whenever within range, and as a general rule their marksmanship was pretty accurate.
Not Much Danger
McDonald, following a smart attack by Pompey, had a soft shot easily cleared, but Whitley had more difficulty with a clever drive from Cunliffe, who had a good opening after a clever piece of passing. Hardman got in two ripping cross-shots, which Reilly negotiated, and play passed from end to end without much danger accruing to either side. Well on towards the end of the half, Whitley had decidedly lucky escapes. The ball was passed across from the right wing, and Steve Smith had a clear opening. He shot hard, and the ball cannoning off W. Smith came to him from an unexpected angle, and he only just managed to get it away in time. Towards the end if the half Everton set up a brisk attack, and Reilly was twice in difficulties before being finally beaten by a splendid shot by Settle. The whilst sounded soon after. Half-time; Portsmouth 0, Everton 1.
Resuming the game opened in more prominent. One of the men was spoken to by the referee for a foul on Houlker, and from the free kick Portsmouth got down, and Whitley saved a fine shot from Cunliffe, and directly afterwards another from Stringfellow. Portsmouth were having the best of the game, and Chadwick got in a fine drive which the goalkeeper negotiated. The Portsmouth defence was next hard pressed, but Houlkner cleared from right in the goal-mouth. The pace was much faster than in the first half, and the game was more interesting, both teams putting more steam behind their efforts. W. Smith had hard lines with a long shot which passed just over the top of the bar, and Cunliffe and Marshall both had good triers, but were stopped by the visitors backs.
Cunliffe's Lovely Shot
Play was chiefly confirmed to the Everton half, and once, from a corner neatly placed by Steve Smith, only hard luck prevented Portsmouth from equalizing, the ball being headed just over the cross-bar from a scrimmage in front of the goalmouth. Play had been in progress just over a quarter of an hour when Portsmouth went down in fine style, and Cunliffe got in a lovely shot which Whitley handled, but was unable to stop, the ball passing into the net. A corner to Portsmouth was cleared, and the visitors made a big effort, but their forwards were splendidly checked by the half-backs and where Everton were again compelled to defend, Balmer gave away a corner to Marshall, but this came to nothing, but Everton transferred operations, but were again beaten back, and McDonald shot just over the top of the bar.
No More Scoring
A couple of fouls against the visitors enabled Portsmouth to set up a steady bombardment, and Whitley saved two splendid shots from Cunliffe and W. Smith. Portsmouth continued to enjoy more than their fair share of the game, but at length Everton broke away, and Burgess had to clear into touch. From the throw-in, Portsmouth transferred play to the other end, and a foul being given in their favour against Taylor, Steve Smith took another corner, which as usual, came to nothing. McDonald missed a good opening after Stringfellow had a fine shot headed away by Henderson. A few minutes before time Whitley conceded a corner, in stopping a shot from Marshall and another in dealing with a fast drive from McDonald. Neither of these were improved upon, but Portsmouth continued pressing right on until the end. There was no further scoring the game ending in a draw, the final score reading;

Portsmouth 1, Everton 1

April 28, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Cup Final
At Bury before 7000 spectators. Bury were minus Sagar and Montieth and Settle and Crelly were absentee from the Everton team. The cup-holders were the more aggressive during the first half, but Whalley was in splendid fashion and kept the goal intact. Everton showed improved form after the interval but 30 minutes from the finish Leeming scored the only goal of the match. Everton: - Whitley goal, W.Balmer, and Henderson, backs Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Dilly, Sheridan and Bell, forwards.

April 30, 190. The Liverpool Courier
At Northwich, last evening in aid of a infirmary. Their Northwich team included several old Wychers who have attended some prominence, namely Broomfoeld (Bolton) Boden (Glossop) and Elmore (West Bromwich). The Everton team was largely imposed of Lancashire Combination players. Brimfield saved three good shots, and then Elmore scored for Northwich, from a free kick. Northwich leading one to nil at half-time. After seven minutes play in the second half, Harris scored a second, the Everton backs mulled, and Harris add a third for the District, who did the bulk of the attacking, and won by three goals to nil.


May 1 1903. The Liverpool Courier
About 2,000 spectators witnessed the above match at Kensal Rise last evening. Heavy rain fell almost throughout the game, which resulted in Everton's favour by four goals to one. Neither side was at full strength, nor during the second half the Rangers played tem men, owing to an injury to Freeman. Everton led at the interval by two goals, scored by Dilly to one, obtained by Brown, and after changing ends Sheridan and Abbott added points for the visitors.

May 1, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
In aid of the Garston Cricket Club the Everton Combination team visited Garston last evening and opposed a representative district team selected from the Gas Works. North End Church, and Caldwell Clubs. Nearly 2,000 spectators witnessed an interesting game. In the first few minutes Bell scored smartly, for Everton. Garston attack vigorously, and secured a penalty kick against Wildman, but Savage failed. Just before the interval Smith equalised from a well placed corner by McGarry, and at half-time the score was one goal each. In the second half Everton showed the better combination and Rankin and Wolfe added goals, the latter from a penalty kick, and Everton woin by 3 goals to 1.

May 1 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Dixon, the outside left of Everton, who was hurt during a match at Northwich on Wednesday, remained unconscious in the Northwich Victoria Infirmary until four o'clock yesterday morning. Later in the day he was reported to be much better.

May 2, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
We understand that the directors of the Everton Football Club have signed on T.Corrin, the Portsmouth outside left, Corrin will be remembered as having played for Everton in the season of 1900-01, who he took part on one or two League games then he went South, and played for the Portsmouth Club for two season. During the season 1901-02 he showed fine form for the Southerners in theEnglish Cup-tie but got few opportunities during the season just concluded, owing to Steve Smith fine form. Corrin is a Liverpool lad, and is a player of considerable promise. He is both fast and clever and he can also occupy the centre forward position.

Athletic News - Monday 04 May 1903
By Tityrus
“If slander be a snake, it is a winged one- it flies as well as creeps.”  So wrote Douglas Jerrold, and of late we have had exemplification of the swiftness with which an ugly rumour will roll into a great ball of so-called fact, and of the speed with which ill-ness can travel.  I refer to the reports which have been circulated concerning the League match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers.  On the thirteenth of April the Rovers went to Goodison Park and defeated Everton by 3-0, and the brace of points which went to the credit of the Rovers placed them in such a position that they no longer dreaded descent to the lower realm of League life.  But this victory also entailed the depression of Grimsby, and ever since then the fisher folks have been asserting that this match was not a genuine fight, that it was a mere hippodrome business, and that the Everton eleven presented these points to their neighbours.  Is this a slander?  That is the point.  The executive of the Goodison Park club held an inquiry and publicly absolved themselves and their players.  But Mr. Bellamy, of Grimsby, is reported in the newspapers of his town to have retold a conversation between himself and Mr. Clayton, of the Everton management.  In this, according to Mr. Bellamy, Mr. Walmsley, the secretary of the Rovers, asked Mr. Clayton to virtually arrange the match.  Mr. Clayton naturally refused and when he saw the game Mr. Bellamy declared that Mr. Clayton remonstrated with his own team, the suggestion being that the Evertonians were generous before being just.  Now, I repeat, is this a slander?  Did Mr. Clayton, who is a cool, level-headed man, anxious for the success and the good name of Everton, unburden himself in this strain to Mr. Bellamy.  If he did has Mr. Walmsley said or what he intended to convey?  Is there any evidence that the Everton players were tampered with, or were their indifference and their lukewarmness due to natural promptings.  Perhaps the reader may say what natural promptings could there be in such a matter as this?  Well, so far as this particular fixture was concerned the issue was in no way vital to Everton, and I regret to say that the modern footballer is not too prone to ever exertion unless there is an object in view.  Then the Everton men may have said to themselves that a trip to Blackburn was far less trouble to them than the long journey from west to east, from Liverpool to Grimsby, and they may also have convinced themselves that the Rovers were old rivals, old neighbours, and old friends.  These feelings may have had their effect upon the Everton players without any cut and dried plan to deliberately give the points away.  Footballers are like most of us quite human, and they have their likes and their dislikes, their fancies and their wishes.  This is what I mean by natural promptings.  But whatever lies beneath the surface the League, to their everlasting credit, have determined to dig down deeply, and see for themselves.  Mr. Bellamy, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Walmsley, and everybody concerned have been summoned to attend a meeting of the Management Committee of the League at Manchester next Monday, when the whole of the circumstances surrounding this affair will be investigated.  For the sake of the good repute of football I thrust that The League will have to take no further action in the matter, and that everybody will be absolved from blame.  I did not see the match and cannot express any opinion upon its “bone fides,” but on public form I cannot see that it was a miracle for the Rovers to win.  I repeat what I have said before, that Everton have lost more points this season than the Rovers and what is more, the relative form of these clubs against each other is quite opposed to the theory of an arranged match.  Not since the season of 1898-99 have Everton gained a League victory at the expense of the Rovers.  In that season the latter were beaten in both meetings by 2-1 and 3-1, but since then the Rovers have either won or drawn, and as quite opposed to all this scandal I cannot resist laying emphasis on the fact that for four seasons the Everton eleven have never scored a goal on their own ground against the Blackburn Rovers.  This, to me at any rate, is evidence of the fact that Everton seldom play their best game against the Rovers.  We know there are such strange ideas as that a team cannot show their best form against certain other clubs.  Was there even a plainer case than that Sheffield Wednesday have never beaten the Rovers since the “Blades” returned from the Second Division!  These things are set down as the reflections of one who is loth to believe that any match had been willfully and wickedly arranged beforehand.  The League at any rate have set out to find the truth. 
Abbott (W), 33; Brearley (J), 22; Balmer (R.), 1; Balmer (W), 28; Bowman (A), 5; Bell (J), 22; Booth (T), 29; Clark (C.), 3; Crelley (J), 18; Dilly (T), 6; Henderson (W), 13; Kitchen (G), 26; Lee (J) 2; Makepeace (H), 3; Russell (J), 3; Rankin (B), 13; Sheridan (J), 18; Settle (J), 20; Sharp (J), 27; Taylor (JD), 33; Whitley (J), 8; Wolstenholme (S), 22; Young (A), 19.  Total 374. 
Abbott 4; Brearley 7; Booth 2; Bowman 2; Bell 5; Clark 1; Rankin 2; Robertson (Notts Forest) 1; Sharp 5, Settle 5, Sheridan 2, Taylor 3, Wolstenholme 1; Young 5; Total 45.

Athletic News - Monday 04 May 1903
By Junius
Unlike their rivals across the park, Everton have experienced no trouble in re-signing all their players for next season, and they can thus await the future with feelings of complacency.  It must not be understood from this that the directors are going to fold their arms and dose away the intervening period between now and next September, s they are keenly on the alert for a couple of really good forwards, which is about all they require to make their case complete.  There have been rumours that one or two of their prominent backs were going South, but these have proved baseless, and every player that they wished to retain has signed.  Clark, who played once or twice in the League eleven may go to Plymouth, but this is the only defection.  Everton have been disappointing during the past season, ‘tis true, and the Cup-tie reverse at Millwall undoubtedly exercised a deteriorating influence on the players in their succeeding League matches.  They could not lose or gain much in this latter competition; it was impossible when the Millwall disaster occurred to secure a high position in the league.  We did not get the best football out of some of the man, and possibly many of the supporters of the club may consider there is little of a roseate hue to look forward to for next winter.  This is, of course, a matter which only the future can determine, but I fancy the same team that has represented Everton during the season just closed would, if Everton during the season just closed would, if setting out now on another campaign, show setting out now on another campaign, show superior results.  The past experience of League clubs is sufficient evidence to warrant such an assumption.  On Friday, Corrin, who played last season for Southampton, and who previously was an Evertonian, signed for the Goodison Park club. 

Falkirk Herald - Saturday 16 May 1903
"Punky" Reid (Camelon) had a good offer from Danny Kirkwood, on behalf of Everton, this week.  Several local and district clubs, I understand would not be averse to signing him on. 

May 8 1903. The Liverpool Mercury
The directors of the Everton Football Club have signed on Simpson, the Leicester Fosse outside left.

May 16, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
A Rather unique inquiry so far as association football is concerned was held in Manchester last evening. Representatives appointed by the Football Association and the Football League met together to investigate charges arising out of the League match played on Monday, the 13 th April, at Goodison-park, between Everton and Blackburn Rovers. At the time there were ugly statements abroad as to the match being “squared” inspired by the fact that a win for the Rovers practically meant that their existence in the First Division of the League for another season was assured. It also had the effect if relegating Grimsby Town to the Second Division, and the inquiry, it was stated, had been instituted largely in consequence of reports from the Grimsby Club. At any rate,, all the circumstances were fully investigated by the commission, which consisted of Messieurs Clegg, Crump, Alcock, and Sherrington representing the Football Association and Meesrs, McGregor, Hart, and Sidney of the Football League. Mr.F.J.Wall, secretary of the Football Association, was also in attendance, Mr.J.C. Clegg presided over the commission, which heard the evidence of Mr. Bellamy, secretary of Grimsby Town; Mr.W.R.Clayton and Mr.H.Wright, directors of Everton; Mr.W.C.Cuff, secretary of Everton; Mr.Walmsley, secretary of Blackburn Rovers; the referee of the match Mr.. Armitt, the linesmen Messrs Marquis, and Dale, T.Booth the Everton captain, and. Crompton the Rovers captain. All the Everton players two of whom had been summoned from Scotland, who participated in the match were present to gave evidence, if required, but after the respective captains had appeared before the commission the other men were informed that their statements would not be required. The inquiry lasted close upon three hours and a half, and afterwards our representatives was officially informed by Mr.Wall that the decision would be communicated to the clubs concerned, and to the press probably on Monday next.

May 19 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Out London Correspondent says that the report of the Committee of inquiry into the alleged “ Squaring” of the Blackburn Rover and Everton match on Easter Monday was issued yesterdays as follows: - we are of opinion that J.Walmsley, the secretary of the Blackburn Football Club approached the representatives of the Everton Football Club and endeavored to arrange that the Rovers should be allowed to win the match. We are satisfied that, so far as the Everton officials were concerned, such efforts were not successful. We have not been able to obtain evidence to show whether similar attempts were made through the players, but the play shown on the occasion was such as to afford grounds for the greatest suspicious in the absence of more evidence, we gave the players the benefit of the doubt and take no action. As regards Mr.J.Walmsley, we are of opinion that he has been guilty of an offence involving the most serious consequences to the game in the estimation of the public, and fell that he must be suspended from taking any further in the game. We are further of opinion that the Everton directors neglected their duty in not reporting the matter to the Football Association and the Football League.

May 26 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Permission was refused for Everton Football Club to increase the benefit match receipts given to Balmer and Wolsteholme to £250 each.

Athletic News - Monday 01 June 1903
By Junius
The annual statement of accounts furnished by the Everton secretary. Mr. W. C. Cuff, is to hand, and provides some interesting figures.  The club can again boast of having had a prosperous year from a financial point of view, the profits amounting to nearly £2000.  The actual figures are;—lncome, £11,789 15s., the gate receipts alone totaling £10, 194 19s. 8d.; expenditure side is players’ wages and transfer fees, which amounted to £4, 544 14s, 7d.  Another interesting item is; Proceeds of benefit match divided between Balmer and Wolstenholme, £325 5s. 4d. This is rather disappointing and consider the Football Association went needlessly out of their way in refusing the request of the Everton directors, who were desirous of increasing the amount to £250 each.  The fact that the club received £91 14s, 6d, as their percentage of the receipts in the Liverpool Senior Cup final is extremely encouraging, and justifies the action of the Association in their innovation of last season, whereby the competition was restricted to one match –between Liverpool and Everton.  Training expenses and trainer’s wages amount to £509 8s. 4d- an enormous sum- ad one which furnishes ample food for reflection, as does travelling expenses £944 6s. 4d. The directors again recommend the payment of the maximum dividend allowed by the Football Association, namely 5 per cent per annum, on called up capital.  The retiring directors are Messrs W.R. Clayton, D. Kirkwood, and H. Wright, who offer themselves for re-election. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 04 June 1903
Jack Bell, the famous Scotch International forward, was last evening signed on by the Preston North End directors. Bell has had a long and honourable connection with first class football in England and Scotland, and it is felt that his experience and coaching abilities will have a wholesome effect on the Preston forward rank, which for several seasons has lacked the presence of a guilding spirit. Bell was born in Dumbarton, in 1870, and is of sturdy build, standing 5ft 10 ½ in., and turning the scales at 12 ½ stone. hge is a player of many parts and one of the most useful and brilliant forwards Scotland has ever produced. he has played either centre forward, outside right or outside left againstB England in 1892, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, and 1900; against Wales in 1899, and against Ireland in 1890 and 1899. Thus a big share of International honours have fallen to his lot, and he can boast of never having failed in an International game. When he came to Everton from Dumbarton he quickly established a reputattion as partner to Edgar Chadwick, but subsquently changed to inside right, and played in that position for some seasons. Three years ago he migrated to the Celtic, and last season cast in his lot with Everton.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 05 June 1903
J. Bell, of Everton, Celtic and Dumbarton fame, yesterday signed for Preston North End, who ae making efforts to secure a strong team for next season. Bell, who is 32 years of age, has played six times for Scotland against England, twice against Ireland, and once against Wales.

June 5, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Jack Bell of Everton, Celtic and Dumbarton, yesterday signed for Preston North End, who are making efforts to secure a strong team for next season. Bell, whom is 30 years of age, has played six times for Scotland against England (2), Ireland, and once for Wales.

Dundee Evening Post - Friday 05 June 1903
Jack Bell, of Everton, Celtic, and Dumbarton fame, yesterday signed for Preston North End, who are making efforts to secure a strong team for next season. Bell, who is thirty-two years of age, has played six times for Scotland against England, twice against Ireland, and once against Wales. The North End forward play has been rather scraggy in recent years, and it is hoped that Bell's presence at inside right will add finish.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Saturday 06 June 1903
Tommy M'Dermott Signs for Everton.
Celtic yesterday completed the negotiations for the transfer to Everton of T. McDermott, there clever forward. McDermott graduated in the Cambuslang Hibernians, whence he migrated to Dundee, and proved one of the cleverest left wingers secured by the local combination. In order to strengthen their front rank Celtic obtained ther signature in exchange for Storrier. McDermott did not altogther come up to the expectations of the Parkhead Directors. It is undoubted that McDermott is an exceptionally clever footballer, and possesses a skill and resource which should prove of great service to his new club.

Dundee Evening Post - Saturday 06 June 1903
Tommy M'Dermott, the old Dundee forward, who last season was a member of the Celtic Club, has been transferred to Everton. M'Dermott graduated the ranks of Cambuslang Hibs, whence migrated to Dundee. In order to strengthen their front rank, Celtic obtained his signature exchange for Storrier. M'Dermott is a clever forward, and should do well with Everton.

June 6, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
The annual meeting of the shareholders of the Everton Football Club Company Limited was held last evening in the City Hall, Eberle-Street. Dr. Baxter “Chairman” of the directors, presiding over a large attendance. The directors present were Messrs. Clayton, Davies, Kelly Kirkwood Wright, and Dr.Whiford. The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report, which recommended a dividend of 5 per cent, said he considered that the want of success in the field last season was largely due to sickness and accident. The centre forward, Young was practically out of the field for the whole of the season and that was a heavy blow to the club and was a great barrier to success. In regard to the match with Blackburn Rovers, he denied that any arrangement had been made by the board or the players to give the Rovers a walk over. There was no doubt that an amount of sympathy was felt for the Rovers, and he had no doubt that it had a great effect on the play, and robbed the play of energy, which was neccassary to win. The commission of inquiry had exonerated both the players and the board, and the only slur cast on the club was in the reprimand issued to the directors for not having reported the conduct of the Rovers secretary in approaching the board. The board held an exhaustive inquiry themselves, and catechized the players, and they decided that it was not in the best interest of the club to report the matter. They were sorry for the secretary of the Rovers Club, and he trusted the Everton Club would inaugurate a movement whereby the sentence upon him might be reconsidered and disimished. He was a paid official, and his living was practically being taken away. The arrangements for the coming season were almost settled, and would be completed by the addition of a good centre forward. Mr. Kirkwood, one of the directors, had justed returned from Scotland, having secured McDermott inside forward from the Celtic club (hear, hear). Financially the club was in a very strong position, and they hoped that in three or four years the ground would be entirely from debt. (hear, hear) Mr.Wilson seconded, and the resolution was adopted.

A shareholder remarked that he considered that the directors ought to have reported the matter of the Rovers to the authorities right away, so that no reflection should be cast on the club. (hear, hear). Another shareholder asked for the names of the directors who were approached, and who ought to have reported the matter. The Chairman said there were two directors concerned. They reported the matter fully, to the board, and the board took the whole responsibility. Mr.Clayton-And advocated that it should be reported. Dr. Price considered that some club other than Everton should take up any action in regard to the sentence on the Rovers secretary. Mr. Clayton, as one of the directors approached by the Rovers secretary, said that he and his colleague reported the matter to the board, who passed a resolution at their first meeting to bring it before the Football Association, and Football League. While he was out of town an emergency and smaller meeting was held at which the arrangement was altered. If the matter had been reported the club, and players would have been spared the mud with which they had been besmirched in the newspapers, and the club would not have been censured (applause). Mr. Horace Wright, at the other directors concerned identified himself with Mr. Clayton;s remarks. A shareholder suggested that the want of success is the field might be due to want of harmony on the board (hear, hear). The following were nominees as director's Messrs. W.R.Clayton, Horace, Wright. D.Kirkwood (retiring directors) Roberts Wilson, E.W.Bell, and C.McKie, Messrs Kirkwood, 152 votes, Clayton 117 votes, and Wright 106 votes, were declared elected. A vote of thanks to the directors was passed unanimously. Mr W.C.Cuff the secretary, announced that the players for next season were: - goal, Kitchen and Whitley, Backs W.Balmer, R.Balmer,, J.Crelly, W.Henderson, W.Wildman, D.Gordon, and D.Murray, half-backs Wolstenholme, Booth, Abbott, Clayton,, Russell, Chadwick, and Makepeace, Forwards, Sharp Taylor, McDermott, Young, Sheridan, Settle, Simpson (Leciester Foose), Hardman (as an ameteur), McEwan, Dilly, Wolfe, Corrin, O'Hagan, and Rankin.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 08 June 1903
It is reported that the Lancashire County authorities are about to give a trail to Simpson, of Heywood, a professional who has done remarkable well lately. Simpson is a Notts man, aged 23, and is left handed. On Saturday, he took six wickets for 19 runs against Royton, and in his last three matches has scored 105, 94, and 85 resspectively, being not out each time. As a footballer, Simpson has signed on for Everton next season.

June 9,1903, The Liverpool Courier
In consequence of important information having reached the ears of the commissar, which recently dealt with the case of alegal “squaring” as between Blackburn Rovers and Everton, the inquiry is to reopened at Manchester to-morrow. Precisely what fresh evidence the commission have has not yet transpired, but developments of a highly interesting character are expected.

June 11, 1903. The Liverpool Courier
Having concluded the hearing the commission proceeded at once to deal with the Everton-Rovers matter. It will be remembered that in consequence of allagations a commission representing the Football association and the Football League heard evidence on the 13 th ult, as to the Everton, Rovers fixture. In the result they gave the Everton players “the benefit of the doubt” censured the Everton directors for not reporting the matter to the Association and the League, and suspended Mr.J.Walmsley, the Rovers secretary, from any further part in the game. Since then fresh evidence is said to have come to light, with reference to some alleged participation of others in the affair, and this evidence formed the subject of the re-opened Commission yesterday. The Commission for his inquiry consisted of Messrs., Clegg, Crump, Alcock, Sherrington, Hart McGregor and Sidney. Mr. W.R.Clayton and H.Wright (directors) and Mr Win C.Cuff represented the Everton club, while from Blackburn Rovers club there were in attendance Mr.Woodhouse and Mr. Shorrock (directors) This inquiry, which was also conducted in private lasted an hour. At its conclusion Mr.Wall announced to the press that the Commission in both cases would give an decision that night, the matter was adjourned for further inquiry and consideration.

Leeds Mercury - Saturday 13 June 1903
Halliday of Bolton Wanderers has been signed on by Bradford City. During the past two seasons Halliday has played in 78 matches for the Wanderers, 45 of which were with the first eleven. Previous to coming to Bolton he was with Everton.














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