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April 2,1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Fa Cup Semi-Final
The great semi-final tie between out local teams was decided on the Villa ground at Birmingham on Saturday with the result that Everton beat Liverpool by 2 goals to nil. The older organisation has therefore earned the right to oppose Newcastle United in the final at the Crystal Palace on the 21 st inst; and for the third time in their history Everton have the chance of bring the Cup top the Mersey city. In 1893, the Blues were unexpectedly beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Fallowfield in the final for the famous trophy, again in 1897 on the classic ground at Sydenham they were overcome by Aston Villa after what is generally admitted to have been the finest exhibition of football ever seen in a final tie. Now the clubs has a third chance, and the myriad fellowers of the game in Liverpool and district will hop that this time rewards will come. Saturday's match with Liverpool was right regarded as a very open affair, and this enhanced the interest inevitable in an encounter between two local teams. About 20 excursions trains were run from the seaport to the midlands capital, and other special trains brought football followers from different parts of the country. Probably 10,000 people made the journey from Liverpool, and when the game started there would be close upon 50,000 present at Aston-park. The climatic conditions were ideal for football, except that the light was not perfect. There was neither sunshine nor wind, and the turf was in grand order, but a rather dull sky gave a light not quite so clear as was desirable. This however, made very little difference, and on the whole better conditions for a great game could hardily be hoped for. Everton were represented by the team decided upon on Friday evening, the younger Balmer partnering Crelly, at back, while Abbott displaced Booth in the half-way line. This meant that Everton were at full strength. Liverpool made a series of changes of a higher experimental kind. They were badly handicapped by the absence of Cox, their crack left winger, who had not recovered from a kick received at Preston the previous Saturday. A decision was come to that Raybould and Carlin, the latter outside, should form the left wing, but at the last moment the fear that an injury Raybould had sustained some weeks ago would show itself decided the directors not to risk playing him. Under these conditions Hewitt, the centre was transferred to his old Sunderland position at outside left with Carlin as his partner, while Parkinson was played in centre with Robinson and Goddard on the right. Mr. H. Dennis of Middlesbrough was the referee, and under his control the players faced in the following order, the table showing the heights and weights of the teams. Taylor the Everton captain beat Raisebeck in the spin of the coin, but there was practically no advantage in this. The game at once became fast and both sets of halves were hard at work. The Liverpool trio were rather better than their opponents, and serving the front line nicely, the Reds were the first to get dangerous, Scott having fist away a header from Parkinson. It was rather a weak attempt, and when Everton got away in turn they were much more incisive near goal. In quick succession Hardy saved good shots from Bolton, Sharp, and Abbott, and this was the keynote of play in the first half. If anything Liverpool were the cleverer team and they had slightly the best of the play, but their work near goal was lacking in sting. Chances were missed on both sides. Abbott failing on one occasion with an open goal, but the chief sinners in this respect were Liverpool Robinson should certainly have put his side ahead, but over-excitement was the probable cause of his failure. Each custodian had to save, but Hardy had more work to do than Scott. This was due to the prompt shooting of the Everton front line, rather than to Weakness in the Liverpool Backs, the Reds' forwards indulging in far too much passing in front of goal. The Liverpool forwards were clever, particularly the wingmen, but gave Hewitt they were greatly at fault to shoot. At half-time neither side had scored. The game had so far been a good one; fast and clean, excellent work done on both sides and little to choose between the teams. The second half was not so good. For some time play was very slack, with a slight advantage for the Reds, who, however, were always kept out with tolerable ease by the Everton backs. With nineteen minutes of the second half when a sensation came for Abbott hanged in a shot at close range, which Dunlop standing in the goalmouth, failed to clear, the ball bouncing off his leg into the net. The leather seemed to hit another player before reaching Dunlop, and this deflection of its course was probably the reason of the back missing. It was rather a lucky goal, but it gave Everton for the need stimuius. The front lines came down with a rush, and a few minutes after the first goal Hardman scored a second. He received from the right wing and headed in, the ball striking the foot of the far upright and glancing into the net. Soon after this the Liverpool side made a desperate effort, much their best of the day. Several corners were forced, but Scott and the backs repelled the attack, and after this the game was in Everton's hands. Some fouls tended to spoil what had been a clean game, but under the circumstances Mr.Dennis had not very much to complain of. The Blues kept the upper hand rather easily to the finish, and just at the close Young netted for the third time, but was obviously offside. Everton thus won, the tie by 2-0. The winners deserved their victory by reason of their determination to push the attack home. They were animated by a resolve to get goals, while their opponents seemed content to play skilful football with out the thrusting effort at the last to crown their efforts. In the connection the absence of Raybould, the chief cup-tie scorer, and the transfer of Hewitt to the wing, was sorely felt. Hewitt did well in his position, but he was needed in the centre. Parkinson quite failing in that position. The Everton forwards were strong all along the line, while Liverpool fell off in the inside positions. At half-back and backs there was little between the teams. Raisebeck was probably the best half on the field, with Taylor, who had an easier task, a capital second, while Makepeace was extremely clever at times. Both sets of backs defended well, and no complaint can be made against either custodian. Everton are to be congratulated on their win, and Liverpool are entitled to sympathetic consideration on account of the forwards line they had to turn out.

There was a great scene in Lime-street when the victorious Everton team arrived on Saturday's night. During the whole evening crowds had gathered in and about the station and the Lime-street and large numbers of police were kept busily engaged in keeping a clear roadway for the passage of the trams and wheeled traffic. Many thousands of people were present and much cheering was indulged in About eleven o'clock the station was thronged, and when the train arrived from Birmingham, bringing the Everton team and directors ringing cheers and shouts went up from the crowd. The greatest enthusiasm prevailed, the players and officials having great difficulty in working through the excited throng. The Liverpool team detrained at Edgehill.

Athletic News - Monday 02 April 1906
A table sets forth in another place the progress of the rivals from the first round. There it is seen at glance how Everton have won their way by such a convincing majority as 13 to 4. It is doubtful if the Goodison Park club have done a better performance this season than master Liverpool by 2—0, for it must be remembered that the Anfielders have long been the leaders of the league, and may logically be accepted as representing the best team-week in week out—in the long tourney. Tina triumph over their near neighhours completed a rubber of Cup-ties, Everton having won two out of three, while in the series of matches between them Everton won have now won 18 games and shared the honours in eleven, leaving Liverpool the consolation prize of seven victories.  When Everton reached Birmingham shortly after noon on Saturday they were confident of success.  Their most sanguine expectations were fulfilled.  During the season Everton have suffered much from injuries to their players.  They have had two goalkeepers, six backs, six half-backs, and eighteen forwards -although Abbott, Taylor and Makepeace, the half-backs of Saturday, have appeared both in the intermediate and forward lines.  These figures, however, suggest the difficulties under which the Evertonians have labored.  On the other hand, Liverpool have not been so troubled.  For instance, eight forwards have filled their requirements, seven men have appeared in the half-back line, four at back, and two in goal.  Speaking generally, Liverpool have relied on a sound eleven, and they owe much of their success to this fact.  But on Saturday Liverpool had to endure the pangs and arrows of outrageous misfortune.  Cox was completely incapacitated, and Raybound dare not trust his right leg.  When both these men have been at their best the left wing has been most powerful.  Only thrice have they both been absent in league matches, and the fact remains that when they have been away Liverpool have only won one match –that against Sunderland at Anfield.
Everton’s Vanguard Excel.
Their absence on Saturday caused a complete readjustment of the Liverpool vanguard.  Whether the executive took the wideset course in making such a sweeping change may be doubted.  It is, however, easy to criticize after the event.  The directors no doubt exercised their judgement for the best, as they hoped, but the sequel is unanswerable.  The Liverpool forwards failed entirely to show that method and penetrativeness that might have bene expected of them.  On the other hand, Everton were a well-balanced side in every section, and they obtained the reward of honest striving.  Their forwards were more incisive, and they proved equal to mastering one of the best defences in the country.  Possibly there was a tinge of luck about both the goals, for the shots were by no means irresistible cannon balls shattering a fortress, but, on the other hand, it is a fair retort that they should not have been allowed to take effect.  Liverpool must pay for their faults.  On the whole it was a pleasant game, and Everton have to be congratulated on succeeding this year in the stage where they failed twelve months ago.  They showed good, if not brilliant football. 
There has never been an uninteresting Final Tie when Everton have bene playing.  They were the opponents of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the memorable match at Fallowfield, Manchester, in 1893, when the game was spoiled by the unruly conduct of a crowd who could not see the struggle.  On that occasion the late Harry Allen shot the only goal, which took the Cup to Wolverhampton, the train bearing the victorious team being welcomed home by a series of salutes by fog-signals placed on the metals of the railway.  How sadly the “Wolves” must now look back upon those happy days- the era of Maplass, Allen, and Kinsey and eleven English lads.  When Everton next participated in the last struggle of all twas in the Diamond Jubilee year of 1897, and again they experienced a reverse.  Aston Villa beat them by 3-2-all the goals being scored in the first half.  It is the unanimous opinion of all the most experienced critics that this was the greatest Final ever fought, and it is undeniable that Everton have been the finest team that have never won The Cup.  Will the third time pay for all, as the old proverb suggests? 
The memory of that 1897 Final will never fade, and it is interesting at this juncture to recall the names of the men who represented Everton.  They were;- Menham (goal); Meechan, Storrier (backs); Boyle, Holt, Stewart (Half-backs); Taylor, and Bell (Right wing), Hartley (Centre), Chadwick and Milward (Left wing). 
From this it will be seen that the only player who is likely to appear for Everton in the Finals of both 1897 and 1906 is John Taylor.  Taylor is a wonderful footballer for he has been with Everton since 1895, and three years before that he was considered one of the best men in Scotland.  He has appeared in every position on the field save that of centre-forward and goalkeeper, and a more genuine worker never stepped on the arena.  Others who were with Everton in 1897 are still playing –the most notable instance being that of John Bell, who, is like Taylor, in wonderful form.  It would be impossible to exaggerate the worth of John Bell to Preston.  With such traditions to live up to, Everton may be expected to give Newcastle United a hard game. 

Athletic News - Monday 02 April 1906
By Tityrus
In the twinkling of an eye the fate of Liverpool was sealed. In a few words, we can thus crystallize the story of the heroic struggle which Everton and Liverpool furnished before 38,000 spectators at the Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham, on Saturday. For 64 minutes both had held out bravely. Each turn had weathered distressing times, and the difference between the rivals was practically infinitesimal. But in the sixty-fifth minute Abbott, who has a weakness for shooting, luckily, as I think, credited his club with a goal. The incidents leading up to this crisis can for the nonce be held in abeyance, but Abbott, with his foot on his native heath, for he is a Birmingham boy, struck a blow at the supreinacy of Liverpool. As I have said before, the man who strikes first has the better chance. What is true of the individual applies collectively to a team. Before Liverpool could recover from the shock, before they could regain their breath, so to speak. Everton swooped down on them again. Evidently the "Blues” intended to make the most of their advantage, and in the sixty-sixth minute Hardman headed another point. Two goals in two minutes! As I said, all was changed in the twinkling of an eye. The dreams of Liverpool were dispelled.  'Tis true the "Reds" put forth a gallant effort to make a breach the defence of the Evertonians, but, thanks mainly Scott’s right hand, they were foiled. Liverpool retired beaten by 2-0-a greater margin than was justified. The Goodison Park brigade thus enter the Final Tie for the third time in their history, and advance a step further than twelve months ago, when they were conquered by the Cup winners—Aston Villa.
During this season the Everton players have suffered greatly from injuries, and their comparatively humble position in The League is largely due to the misfortunes of war. They had all their resources available for the battle with Sheffield Wednesday, and they had their full strength for this last tie. Every man was perfectly fit, and. Mr. Cuff, the secretary, said before the match: "No team out of Liverpool can beat 'em.” His sanguine prophecy was full-filled.  Now Liverpool had a dual disaster to face. Raybould had strained the muscles of his right thigh, and Cox had been kicked on the leg at Preston. The one international forward of Liverpool was unable to take his place, and although Raybould was perfectly willing to don his jersey, his comrades feared that if he happened to be touched on the tender spot he would break down.  Thus Liverpool lost their left wing. They were deprived of two of their most brilliant players in the hour of their greatest need. This was a trial, because their absence necessitated a rearrangement of the vanguard. Now I should have thought that as little disturbance as possible would have been courted. Instead of which Joseph Hewitt was taken from centre forward, where he has played since the second Saturday in September, and placed at outside left, while Parkinson, who has not been in the centre since he broke his arm at Woolwich, resumed his old position, Carlin being placed at inside left
As soon as the teams had taken their bearings Hewitt reminded us that he had played on the left wing for Sunderland by the effective centres that he made. Thrice Scott was called out to “push dem clouds, away.” There was much concentration of energy in the Everton goal, but strive Parkinson and Robinson ever so deftly, they could not effect a breach. Gradually the Goodison Park combination began to get a  grip of the game, and once when Sharp had pounced on the ball after Bolton parted with it, as Dunlop was drawn to him, there was such danger that Parry came across to check the movement. Indeed shortly after the Welshman had to keep one eye on Settle and another on the ball. Everton were exercising considerable pressure, and Hardy fielded a fine shot by Taylor. Makepeace co-operated so well with Sharp that the latter dropped the ball into goal so sweetly that Hardy had to clear it.  Young was to the fore, but again Hardy saved, and Makepeace ended the excitement by shooting wide of the posts.  Although the Liverpool left wing and centre were cheered for excellent maneuvering, they were foiled at the finish by Abbott.  When Robinson drove over the bar, the ball must have occasioned Scott a little anxiety, for it was calculated to be deceptive in its flight. Yet another fine centre from Hewitt obliged Scott to handle, but Bolton changed the scene of operations by opening out the game. Young was hampered at the close, and so gave way to Abbott, but he was most erratic when he seemed well placed—and we all know his lightning drives that reduce goalkeepers to helplessness. Hardy had reason to congratulate himself on such an escape. Liverpool contested the issue in rare style, and they were inspired by the exertions of their great captain, Raisbeck, but even when Goddard beat the backs, and when Hewitt followed his example, all was sheer vanity and vexation of spirit. The ball seemed to be middled merely to be passed back to the wing again. As the "Reds” could make no progress towards the Crystal Palace, the “Blues" of Everton tried to advance in that direction, and Young was so perilously near Hardy that West gave a corner-kick-the first of the match. Sharp placed deftly, but Bradley headed out. Each goal had a narrow escape from downfall, for Hardman led a raid which eventually enabled Taylor to hurl in a thunderbolt, to which Hardy took both hands. —a plan he had not always adopted. Following a throw-in, Parkinson put Goddard in possession. The right winger tricked Abbott and transferred to the centre. Carlin looked most likely to score when Scott rushed out and removed the danger. Again Everton retaliated, when Hardman obliged Raisbeck to give a corner. Bradley and Dunlop were most able in defence, but even so Young was very near heading a goal. It must merely have been a question of inches. So half time arrived, without a goal to cheer or depress.
Everton were quicker into their stride when operations were resumed.  We had bene warned to look out for a fearsome opening rush of the "Blues" we thought that this was the accepted time, but the issue was contested as stubbornly as ever.  The Goodison Park men resisted much pressure chiefly brought about by Hewitt and once Scott had to be on the alert to stoop out an effort by Parkinson.  But them Everton took command of the game, when Young initiated an attack which was happily consummated.  I thought that Young, who always lay near the backs, was offside when he broke away, and I was not alone in that opinion.  Certain it is that he led the forward men, which brought the goal, for Abbott, about a dozen yards from hardy, made an oblique shot.  Dunlop was right near the post, and took a kick at the ball, which seemed to me to brush his boot, and bound at a tangent into the net twenty minutes after crossing over.  It was really a simple goal, and if Dunlop had not been there the ball might have rolled out or bounced back off the post.  The fact remains that it entered the net, and within a minute a second point accrued.  Everton attacked from the kick-off, and Bolton headed in so well that hardy was glad to hit the ball out anywhere.  Sharp, however, pounced upon it just wide of the area and he gently lofted it across to the other wing, when Hardman dashed in, and striking the ball about five feet from the goal, he headed in.  Coming in contact with the post, the ball curled over the line.  Naturally these reverses roused the “Reds” and from a  centre by Goddard Raisbeck had such a chance that Robert Balmer was glad to give a corner, and from this Scott made two splendid saves –the result of the expense of another corner and this resulted from a tight scrimmage right on the goal line, where there was a little argument, Parry being apparently in some discussion.  Again Everton dashed away, and only Bradley prevented downfall from coming right through, while the second portion resolved itself into a series of struggles between individuals.  Hardy had rather more to do than Scott prior to the interval, although at the same time the Irish International custodian had one or two very critical moments.  On the whole the game was played in an excellent spirit, and at a fine pace, which was only what one had a right to expect looking at the superb conditions of the green sward.  After a season’s play the turf was firm and comparatively rich with grass, while there was an absence of breeze and a clouded sky.  The teams could not have chosen a more ideal day for a great match, and they gave us a hard game –full of exciting incident if not too remarkable for pretty combined movements.  The game was kept open by both sides, but Liverpool lost the day, owing to the want of incisiveness on the part of their three inside forwards.  Rarely did one of them ever reach the ball in time when within the danger zone, and they never made what I should call a sharp, stinging drive well placed from short range This was the cause of their undoing. Nor did Everton show good practice at shooting—for both their goals accrued from comparatively feeble balls, for, as I think, Dunlop ought to have cleared Abbott’s effort, and when Hardman headed the second point there was only sufficient vitality in the ball after it had collided with the base of the post to roll about a foot over the goal line. But, like Mercutio’s wound, each shot served; but I should really like to know whether Abbott and Hardman expected to score. In their inmost hearts, they put that ball into goal. However, to the victors be the spoils, and all honour to Everton for the way they have persevered and plodded on in the face of adverse circumstances. They richly deserve a turn of Dame Fortune's wheel, and if they win The Cup—as I expected they would do one time last year —they will reap the reward of seasons of toil. Somebody must have a little luck to “lift" the trophy—and why not Everton? At any rate they got the goals, and kept their opponents at bay, their display being good if not super-excellent.
The Irishman, Scott, kept a grand goal.  I say so much in spite of the fact that he was not tested severely at close quarters, as his judgement was so sound in clearing centres.  He made his office look easy by his grift of anticipation, and he was never at fault in coming out of his castle.  His timing was perfect or surely Carlin would have scored from Goddard’s centre in the first half.  And again when Everton rejoiced in a lead of two goals, Scott was the man who kept them in that happy position for there was a most dangerous and seductive header after a corner-kick.  The ball was going away from Scott all the time, and it seemed a hayrick to a hayseed on the downfall of the Everton stronghold, but Scott stretched out his right arm to its fullest extent, appeared to get the ball on the palm of his hand, and inch it along round the post for a corner.  Makepeace rushed up to him and patted Scott on the shoulders as much as to say; “Well done, my bonny boy.”  Yes, Scott was a barrier, and he reminded me of the day when he held the breach for Ireland at Wolverhampton.  The Everton backs –two Liverpool lads- were more reliable than I remember them to have been for a long time.  They attained a level standard of safely, and if I had to make a choice it would be in favour of Crelley, who was the more robust and the better tackler.  With their old line of half-backs the visitors were always safe.  Abbott has not the speed of Goddard, but he is a dour customer, who keeps on going at his own pace.  He was several times most useful, and he atoned for one or two wild drives when he scored-for usually he is one of the swiftest and surest5 shots among half-backs.  Taylor was a rare despoiler, but the artist among the three was Harry Makepeace.  Once or twice Hewitt dribbled round him and tricked him in the first half, but on the whole the right half-back was a pronounced success, for he often got the ball, had complete mastery over it, and placed it on the ground with enviable accuracy to Bolton.  In the same way Abbott was serviceable in plying his wing. 
Class Tells Its Tale
The Everton forwards were unquestionable the better class than those of Liverpool, as one might reasonably expect with four internationals among them.  I could hardly say that any one of them.  I could hardly say that any one of them was thrown into bold relief by his personal prowess, but they all worked well, although I have seen both the extreme wing men more prominent in great matches.  Sharp, for instance, did not coruscate as he did in the closing stages of the battles against Aston Villa a year ago- and he did not eclipse Dunlop as he has often done in the battles between Everton and Liverpool.  And yet, Sharp kept his self-possession and preferred to lob the ball into goal at once to making the electrifying runs of which we know he is capable.  We must not overlook the fact that Sharp was always tactful and generally accurate, and it was his strategic touch that enabled Hardman to score.  Nor was Hardman quite the dominant factor that we have seen him, for there were few runs.  In fact, long dribbles were discarded and everything was sacrificed to getting the ball near the posts in the quickest time.  The three inside men played admirably, and I should say that Settle was the best forward on the field.  The sturdy little man took his share for he had to face an awkward man in Maurice Parry.  Even against the famous Welshman he often got the ball with his head, and with half a yard of room he could do more with it than any other player.  Moreover, Settle subordinated himself to the general weal, and I must say that this young Scotsman is very clever on the ball, and make excellent passes.  The Everton eleven were sound all through rather than brilliant.
The Weak Point of Liverpool
This was just where Liverpool failed.  They were not equal in all departments, for they were feeble in all departments, for they were feeble forwards, and, as I have already suggested, Robinson, Parkinson and Carlin were not in a deadly mood by any means.  They frittered their opportunities away, and their supporters must have sighed for Hewitt in his accustomed place and for Raybould by his side.  When we remember the part that Raybould played against Southampton and the three goals that he took, we can understand his loss.  On the wing Hewitt was a decided success, but if Tom Chorlton had been there and the Chester youth had been in the centre, I am obstinate enough to think that we should not have seen so many chances go begging.  That is merely my idea.  Goddard was in form, but it is depressing to wing men when all the world seems at sixes and sevens and the ball appears to be reveled in their comrades legs. 
The Dashing Dunlop
The Liverpool half-backs were a fine body, and I should unhesitatingly say that Raisebeck was the most commanding figure on the field.  What a game he played!  Here, there, and everywhere, he was always on the ball.  Great in defence, I thought that he helped his forwards far more than on many occasions, and some of his touches were masterpieces.  There is, after all, only one Raisebeck, but even such a man cannot make a team.  Maurice Parry was a potent factor, Braddley being the weakest man in the line.  If the Scottish selectors wanted to see Dunlop in his most dashing and impetuous vein they were gratified.  I doubt if Dunlop always knows where he is putting the ball, as a class back should, but he is a most valiant defender, and was well seconded by West, who is, by comparison, as pacific as a Quaker.  I have only pleasant thoughts of Hardy, who had nothing to reproach himself for.
Everton; W.Scott; J. Crelley, R. Balmer; H.Makepeace, J. Taylor, W. Abbott; J. Sharp, H. Bolton, A. Young, J. Settle, H.P. Hardman.  Liverpool; S. Hardy; W. Dunlop, A. West; M. parry, A. Raisebeck, J. Bradley; A. Goddard, R.J. Robinson, J. Parkinson, J. Carlin, J. Hewitt.  Referee; F.H. Dennis, Middlesbrough. 

April 2, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 33)
While their seniors were at Birmingham deciding the question as to which club should enter the final stages of the English Cup competition, the Reserves of Everton and Liverpool meet at Anfield in their return engagement. The conditions were all that could be desired, and a grand and interesting game was witnessed. Liverpool were the better side, however, and deserved their 4-2 victory, which enabled them to finish, “ all square” with their opponents on the season, Everton having won the initial game by seven goals to two. Both teams were well represented, and Everton gave another trial to Wright at centre forward. During the first half Liverpool had the wind in their favour, and so well did they play that they put on a couple of goals through Graham and Garside, the latter's point being the outcome of a splendid effort. Everton had few chances, and were unable to get through. In the second half play was more evenly contested. Hannan failed to beat Doig from a penalty kick, but when Liverpool were awarded a similar concession, Hughes made no mistake. However, Wright managed to open the scoring for the Blues, and Birnie improved the outlook for his side by adding a second goal. It looked as though Everton might manage to draw level, but Gorman settled the matter by beating Collins again, and Liverpool won as stated. The home side well deserved their victory, which would have been move pronounced but for the fine goalkeeping of Collins. Hannan did good work at back for the losers, who had a fine half-back in Black, Birnie and Cook, and Butler were the better of the visitors forwards who, however, did not combined so well as did the Reds. Indeed, Graham, Dudley, and Garside showed very clever form for the winners, but Blackborne, the goal-scoring centre, was too well watched to become dangerous. Doig showed that he can still keep goal cleverly, and Griffiths at back and Latham at half were conspicuous all through by reason of their fine play. Fifteen thousand spectators attended the match. Everton: - Collins, goal, Strettle, and Hannon, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs Birnie, McLoughlin, Wright, Cook, and Butler, forwards.

April 4, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Considering that Everton had gained the victory in the great semi-final with Liverpool, the attendance at Goodison-park yesterday afternoon, when they encountered Stoke in a League match, was disappointing. At the same time the Evertonians received a rousing welcome from the five of six thousand people who were present when the game started. Two notable absentee from the Everton side were Sharp and Makepeace, for when Donnachie and Booth appeared. Stoke were short of Roose, for whom the old Evertonian, Whitley officiated in goal. The teams were: - Everton: - Scott, goal, R.Balmer and Crelly, backs, Booth (Captain), Taylor, and Abbott, half-back Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Stoke City: - Whitley goal Holford, and Benson, backs, Baddeley, Croxton, and Sturgess, half-backs, Griffiths, Rouse, Hall, Capes and Miller, forwards. Referee J.H.Smith. Everton kick off against the breeze minus Donnachie, who, however, made his appearance in a few moments. Stoke at the start were aggressive, and Capes robbing Balmer, Miller put outside. The ball was somewhat lively, and often nonplussed the players. Young put in a splendid shot, which forced Whitley to save, and coming along again he passed to Settle, who, shot hard and true, but found Whitley at his best. The backs on both sides were displaying good form, and checked many promising moves on the part of the forwards. Hands against Sturgess gave Everton a chance, but Taylor was robbed, and Stoke made tracks for the home citadel, Hardman made a splendid run on the left and centred beautifully to Young, whose shot was charged behind. The ensuing corner came to nothing and play continued in midfield for a few moments until Miller put in a hot shot, which was ably dealt by Scott. Balmer kicking was perfect. Young and Settle getting away Hardman compelled Holford to kick out. Donnachie forced a corner, from which Everton gained yet another, which, however, the referee – whose decisions were decidedly unpopular – did not grant. A moment later he again got into a bad graces of the crowd by refusing to allow a goal, which, appeared to be over the line, when Whitley cleared. Griffiths came along and shooting hard, Balmer, in trying to save deflected the ball into his own goal, Stoke thus gaining a somewhat lucky goal. Inspired by this success the Potters were again in evidence and Rouse when well placed shot over. Stoke continued to press, and after Abbott had headed out when Scott was beaten Baddeley scored. At the other end Hardman just missed with a scorcher, Bolton did likewise a moment later. The Everton defence was not proving too safe when near goal, Young when going through was badly brought down, and from the free kick Abbott shot wide. The Everton forwards were now beginning to assert themselves, and on several occasions had hard lines in not scoring. Although Everton were forcing the play nothing tangible resulted. Hardman forced a corner but it was badly ultised, and then Stoke goal survived a most desperate attack. On the play Stoke by no means their lead for Everton had been responsible for the bulk of the pressure. The weakness was in front of goal where the Everton forwards were distinctly at fault. Hardman forced another corner and from this Young shot just wide of the post. Young again came along, and was fouled within a yard of the penalty line. Hardman cleverly dispossessed Baddeley and passed to Young, who shot just over. The Stoke goal had another narrow squeak Settle and Whitley came to the ground with the ball between them. Booth passed badly and let Miller away. Donnachie when going nicely was fouled but the free kick proved of no advantage. Donnachie and Bolton were playing a good game, and after they had a corner. Abbott just put over with a flying shot. Stoke came away, and Abbott to save his lines was forced to kick out. Not to be denied the Stoke forwards made tracks for the Everton goal, and Rouse defeated Scott for the third time. The score was by no means in accordance with the run of the play, but still Stoke had got the goals. Just before the whistle for the interval Young brought Whitley to his knees, but offside was obvious. Halt- time Everton nil, Stoke City 3.
Immediately upon resuming the Everton inside men got to work their efforts being nullified by Holford kicking out. Settle cleverly gained a corner, which was well placed. Taylor heading past the post. A pretty bit of combination between Donnachie, Settle, and Young resulted in the latter severely testing Whitley. Hardman raced away, and shot well, Whitley just tipping over the bar. Once again the Everton players claimed a goal, Booth shooting hard, and Whitley once again picking the ball up when it was apparently over the line. Stoke then made a raid on the home goal, and Griffiths shot over. The Potters' forwards were always dangerous when near goal, and gave the home defence many anxious moments. A couple of corners fell to Everton, from both of which, they narrowly missed scoring. Taylor and Settle tried to get through, but the former shot weakly when in a good position, Everton did not deserve to be three goals in arrears, and in this half were having more of the game than their opponents. Yet another corner fell to the home team, from which Whitley brought off a good save. Stoke had a run down, which was not so dangerous as usual, and when Everton got away again Young was brought down within the penalty area by Benson. Abbott was entrusted with the penalty kick , but his shot, to the chargin of the spectators, was yards wide of the post. After this Donnachie sustained a nasty knock in the face, but he continued to take part in the apparently hopeless Everton attack. Everton's play was feeble in the extreme, and Stoke came near adding to their score. Combination was at a discount, and the spectators had given up hopes of Everton reducing the adverse margin. As a matter of fact, the home defenders were somewhat severely tested. Miller in particular being a dangerous customer. Young receiving from Balmer, made a great effort, but Whitley was not to be caught napping, and saved cleverly. From a corner Bolton put in a fine shot which topped the bar. Balmer granted a corner, and Stoke nearly scored again, the ball striking the upright and rebounding into play. Crelly was damaged, and although play was interesting to the end there was no change in the score. Final score: - Stoke 3, Everton nil. Although Everton had decidedly the better of the play in midfield their forwards rarely looked as if they would score goals. The Potters, on the other hand, availed themselves cleverly of every opening which presented itself, and from the standpoint fully deserved their victory over the club which has to encounter Newcastle United in the final of the English Cup.

Everton’s One Ambition.
Athletic News - Monday 09 April 1906
By their failure to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton dropped their third League point at home last week. With the exception of the match with Sunderland a fortnight ago, their form in League fixtures has been utterly disappointing and it is just as well that they are safely placed in the competition. Their play against the Midlanders was at times pretty, but there was an utter lack of keenness, which suggested that the men were maintaining certain reserve. This was apparent after the visitors secured the lead in the second half, for the Everton forwards immediately put on pressure, and within a few minutes equalised the score. Perhaps the chief feature of the match was the satisfactory form shown by the three reserve players who were tried. Chadwick, the centre half, who hails from Ormskirk, gave a promising exhibition, passing low and judiciously. Black and Hill have enjoyed wider experience, and they are serviceable recruits in case of emergency. It would not be advisable to place any reliance upon Everton’s League form in determining their against Newcastle at Crystal Palace. To lose a point at home to Wolverhampton may  seem to denote the complete hopelessness of their prospects, but Everton have one ambition now.

Athletic News - Monday 09 April 1906
By Junius
Everton seem to have lost all interest in the League journey, and out of their last four matches at Goodison Park they have only gained three points.  On this form they would appear to have no chance of success in the final-tie with Newcastle at the Palace, but it would not be advisable to pay too much heed to their doings in the League at present.  Their defeat by Stoke, to the extent of three clear goals, presaged the draw with the “Wolves” and just now it is apparently an easy matter to secure points from Everton.  They play their postponed game with Birmingham today at Coventry-road, and within eight days have no fewer than four fixtures to work off, so that they will be kept busy up to the week of the final tie. 

Athletic News - Monday 09 April 1906
By Junius.
The Cup finalists could not defeat the present wooden-spoonists of the League on their own ground ; such is the extent to which Everton’s prowess in the League tourney has descended. Whatever the cause, there was no mistaking the dilatory character of the play, which, from an Everton point view, was pretty to witness, but entirely ineffective. Two totally dissimilar styles were evidenced, the home side exhibiting trickiness and deft pedipulation, while the Midlanders indulged in more robust tactics, but gained their goals all the same. Everton made three changes in the team which had beaten Liverpool, two of these being at half-back, but these reservists played uncommonly well, and fairly justified their inclusion. Evidently the League has charms for Everton at present. They were moved from their lethargy once, when their opponents took the lead in the second half, but this was only a transient change, and the end came, as it deserved, with the points equally divided.
Everton opened the scoring through Young, who received the ball after clever passing between Black and Bolton, and Baddeley was helpless with the drive which the centre forward flashed past him. The equaliser was entirely due to Wooldridge, who literally forced a way through the backs and crossed to Smith. Scott could only push the latter’s shot a few yards away and Hopkins rushing up completed the custodian's discomfiture. Shortly afterwards Wooldridge was presented with an open goal from centre by Hopkins, but he could only drive straight at the keeper, who coolly saved. Breakwell missed another fine chance prior to the interval, but shortly after the resumption Pedley put across a deceptive dropping centre, and Hopkins, again on the alert for unconsidered trifles, headed smartly into the net. Then Everton moved for a few minutes, the result being that Abbott headed against the cross bar during a tussle near Baddeley, and Bolton pouncing on the rebound had no difficulty in making matters level once more. Five minutes later the inside right got clean through, but made an awful attempt to utilize the opportunity, though another effort from the same player was checked with great difficulty immediately following.  Baddley was quite the star artist during the last quarter of hour.
The Everton forwards drafted out some very pretty tracing on the well-kept turf, and exhibited a tendency to toy with their visitors that seriously endangered any possibility of their winning the game. Even as matters went they had the greater opportunities for gaining goals, but while recognising their superiority as clever players they could not be deemed guilty of ultra-vindictiveness on Baddeley’s charge. Everton were clearly the more finished side, but they did not press their claims, and presumably did not care to engender too much excitement by their play on such a sultry day. The recognized members of the League team neither enhanced nor endangered their reputations, and it would serve no useful purpose to specify their efforts individually. They adapted themselves to the necessities of the situation, and for the second time within a week failed to win a home League match. Chadwick, who is a local lad, played well at centre half-back, and showed intelligent appreciation of the requirements for such an onerous post. Black also combined very neatly with his forwards, while Hill, at right full-back displayed an amount of coolness and resource that was very creditable.
It was unfortunate for the Midlanders that the point they secured could not gain for them a more satisfactory position in the League table.  There was not much method about their play, and I cannot help thinking that they were fortunate to avert defeat even taking into consideration the dilatory tactics of the home players.  Pedley was the smartest forward, but the thrusting endeavours of Wooldridge were most praiseworthy and he kept the forward line moving.  Hopkins were fairly successful, but the half-backs were not very obstructive, and there was little sympathetic understanding between them and the men in front.  The full-backs were about on a par with them, but Baddeley brought off several grand saves, and was decidedly the most proficient factor in defence.  Everton; Scott; Hill, R. Balmer; Black, Chadwick, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle and Hardman.  Wolverhampton Wanderers; Baddeley; Juggins, Jones; Williams, Corfield, Lloyd;  Hopkins, Breakwell, Wooldridge, Smith and Pedley.  Referee; A.G. Hince, Nottingham. 

April 9, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
After the midweek experience against Stoke, when Everton was deservedly beaten, there was no very confident hope that the Goodison-park, organisation would be able to account even for the team, which at present is in the inenvisable position of being the wooden spoonists of the First Division. True the Evertonians failed to win, but they went one better than in the encounter with the Potters, a division of the honours being the outcome of a game which rarely suggested serious League football. Encourged, doubtless by their defect of Aston Villa the previous Saturday, the Wolves tried hard to annex another couple of points but their return to something like their old form has come too late, for they are now fated, for the first time in their career, to spend a season in the second Division of the League. They had opportunity of meeting Everton without some of their recognised League players. For instance, Makepeace was away representing his country in the great international of the year against Scotland, while Taylor, who not missed an important match since the latter part of 1903, was also an absentee.
The weather was more like that associated with the summer pastime than with League football, and probably the hot aim had an effect upon the efforts of the players, or rather of the side which is fondly hoping to bring to the English Cup to Liverpool. Certainly the Everton display was not that of a team which are expected to prove cup winners. Probably they did not ever exert themselves at least that may perhaps be taken for granted. During the first half of the game, the Wolves enjoyed more of the play had their opponents who, however, seemed to have something in hand. Nice work by Bolton enabled Young to score Everton's first goal, but the “Wolves” were seen on level terms. Hopkins netting after Scott had partially cleared from Smith. Early in the second half, following a fine centre by Pedley, Hopkins gave his side the lead. It was after this that Everton showed something of their real form. Abbott banged the ball against the close bar, and Bolton meeting it, the sides were again on an equality. The later stages were more interesting, but neither goalkeeper was again beaten.
Although Everton had their full forwards line, the attack never reached he full measure of effectiveness Young, fortunately, was in a happier vein than has been the general rule this season, and one is further encouraged to hope that he will reproduce his best form in the final's a fortnight hence. Black and Chadwick performed creditably in the half-back line, and Hill, although he made occasional misses, put in some good work. On their Saturday's display the Wolves are a better team than their record would suggest. Probably it may not be an unmixed blessing for them to spend a season in Second Division Company. Everton: - Scott, goals, Hill, and R.Balmer, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Baddeley, goal, Juggins, and Jones, backs, Williams, Corfield, and Lloyd half-backs, Hopkins, Brakefield, Woodlridge, Smith, and Pedley, forwards. Referee A.G.Hines.

April 9, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 34)
Everton fulfilled their return fixture with Darwen on Saturday and sustained another reverse, the Peaceful Valleyites winning by the odd goal of three. As Darwen won at Goodison-Park last mouth by a similar score they have the satisfaction this season, of taking four points from the Leaguer's Reserves. It is something of a coindence that the East Lancashire men have also twice defeated Liverpool, and in each instance by a similar margins-one goal to nil. Saturday's game was sternly contested throughout, but the home side were the more balanced lot and deserved the points. All the scoring was done in the second half, and the respective defenders got through their work with district credit. As the result of two successive defeats Everton have now given place in the table to their Anfield rivals.

April 9, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Harry Makepace played for England against Scotland at Hampton park, Glasgow, Scotland winning by two goals to one, in front off 100,000 spectators. Makepeace was carried off injured.

April 10, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
This postponed League match was played at Birmingham yesterday, in splendid weather, before some 4,000 spectators. Everton put practically a reserve team into the field, but Birmingham made only once change from the team that drew at Derby on Saturday. Play was of a tame and movement nature, neither side seeming to get going, with the result that no goals were scored in the first half. In the second half. In the second half play was faster, and twenty minutes from the restart. Jones shot in, the ball rebounded off the upright, and Mountney rushed up and scored for Birmingham. Final Birmingham 1, Everton nil.

A variety of circumstances combined to reader the play in the match the reverse of scientific. A good deal of loose football was seen, but the players were handicapped in many ways. To begin with, the teams were unrepresentative, Everton having seven reserves men, while Birmingham were much below their normal strength. Then the ground, was hard, and the ball being light, no one could tell what would happen when it struck the turf, or what should have been the turf, from a lofty kick. The sun was drizzling bright, too, and a choppy wind added to the discomfort of the combatants. Everton had to find substitutes for Bolton, Settle, Hardman, Makepeace, Abbott, Balmer, and Scott, so naturally the side play an unsettled game. They held their own well in the first portion, however, and should have crossed over with a lead of a goal to nothing, Sharp caused infinited trouble to the half opposed to him, and Chadwick and Hill shaped particularly well in defence. The keen struggle came in the second half, when both sides played with greater spirit, the sun becoming less troublesome. A quarter of an hour from the end, it looked like being a goodless draw, but then Jones, the Birmingham centre, put in a long shot which Collins failed to get away, and the ball coming out of goal, Mountney met it, and placed it in the corner of the net. Thus Everton lost, but there was very little indeed between the elevens, and a draw would have been a far index of the general play. Considering how weakly they were represented Everton gave a creditable show, Collins kept goal well and Hill was at least the equal of any backs on the field. He shaped remarkably well, and nothing finer than his tackling was to be noted. Crelly kicked well but, the best man on the whole side was Taylor, the centre half. He did the work of three men in the closing portion. Black made a good substitute for Makepeace, and Chadwick was in thoroughly good form at left back. Indeed the intermediate line was one which, no team need be ashamed of forward Sharp the best form. Young being slow in his movements. Cook was useful at inside left. In fact he was seen only in merit to Sharp. In the front line there was a tried look about several members of the Everton team, and they played as though they wished they done with the game for the winter. Football as on a day in a strain to men who have been hard at for nearly a full season, for the heat that of a summer. Birmingham owed something to the fact that they were the fresher team. Jones, their centre, off the game, but a new outside left named Southail. Teams: - Birmingham City: - Robinson, goals, Glover, and Stokes, backs, Green, Hartwell, and Dougherty, half-backs, Harper, Tickle, Jones, Mounteney, and Southail, forwards. Everton: - Collins, goal, Hill, and Crelly, backs, Black, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick, half-backs, Sharp, McLaughlin, Young Cook, and Donnachie, forwards. Referee Mr.Whittaker.

April 11, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
There was a good attendance at Goodison-park last evening to witness the game between Everton combination and Prescot Wire Works winners' of the Junior Cup Competition and champions of the Liverpool and District League. The Wire Works have a capable side, and it is said that a League club has had one or two of the players under observation. The team certainly gave a very good display against their formidable opponents and had the satisfaction of beating them. Everton had a good side out, the eleven including Strettle, of the Lively Pool Club at right back, and Nugent, of Kirkdale, at centre forward. Everton pressed at the start. Nugent opening out the play well. The defence of the visitors was, however, sound, and midfield play of an interesting nature followed. Then the Wire Works went to the front, and had the best of matters for some time. Deplege making some good clearance . Everton retaliated; Oliver having hard lines, while Nugent sent very close with a good shot. At half-time neither side had scored. On resuming the visitors put on pressure, and Jones opened the scoring in clever fashion. He Neatly got the better of Strettle, and sent the ball past Depledge from an awarded angle. Fairly even play followed, both sides pressing in turn, and near the end Jones, taking advantage of a fine pass by Sephton, the outside left, easily put his side further ahead. The Prescot defence was equal to all attacks, and the visitors won an interesting game by two goals to nil. The winners deserved their victory. They have a well-balanced tide, and in Jones they posses a clever centre. He is rather on the small side, but is quick on the ball and a good shot. Nugent also did well at centre for Everton. He is a well-built young fellow, and would have done better with more support.

April 14, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
Fine weather, a holiday season, and keen partisanship combined to produce a record crowd at Anfield yesterday when the return League match between Liverpool and Everton was played. Indeed, the crush was so great that not only was the proper accommodation packed, but spectators encroached on the playing area. Fully an hour before the kick off the utmost capacity of the ground was tested. At half past two the dense and swaying crowd at the Oakfield-road end broke down the railings and surged on to the field. A staff of constables, kept the spectators behind the touch line, but shortly afterwards a similar incident occurred, and further avalanches of spectators poured on to the green. All round the playing pitch enthusiastic supporters of either club swarmed around the touch line. Others climbed on the roofs of the stands while several partisans swarmed up the pillars supporting the roofs and perched themselves in forks of the ironwork. The ground is supposed to hold 28,000 people, but there were probably 35,000 present, while thousands remained outside unable to gain entrance. Owing to the encouragement of the spectators on the playing area, which the police found utterly impossible to prevent, it was very doubtful whether the game could be concluded. The players duly turned out shortly before three o'clock, and it was obvious that a start at all events would be made. Neither side was at full strength. Liverpool were without Dunlop and Robinson, their side being the same as that which, defeated Newcastle United. Parkinson partnering Goddard, while Chorlton took the place of Dunlop. Everton were short of Settle and Makepeace, Cooke playing inside left, while Black was drafted into the half-way line. Both teams were enthusiastically cheered when they appeared on the green, the League leaders receiving the warmer welcome. They lined up in the following order . Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, West, and Chorlton, backs, Parry, Raisebeck (Captain), and Bradley, half-backs, Goddard, Parkinson, Hewitt, Raybould, and Carlin, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and R.Balmer, backs, Black, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Cooke, and Hardman, forwards. Hewitt started rather before time, and a nice pass out to the left by Parry ended in Carlin sending across, but Parry again got possession, and from his shot a corner accrued. This was immediately followed by a second but Bolton got it away, and a pretty pass by Jack Sharp initiated a promising movement, by the Blues front line. West chipped in and cleared, but Parry was penalised for fouling Hardman, and from the free kick Hardy threw away a soft shot from Cooke. Liverpool then pressed, but Parkinson preferred to pass to Hewitt instead of shooting himself when excellently placed, and Will Balmer nipping in cleared his lines. Further pressure by the Reds was repulsed, and Bolton trickling Raisebeck got off. He made little progress, and Chorlton cleared a foul against Liverpool. Carlin was penalised for jumping at Will Balmer but the free kick went behind. Weak kicking by Chorlton gave, the Everton left an opening, but Hardman's centre went among the spectators. Nice work by Raisebeck led to Liverpool putting in a cool and dangerous attack. Raybould and Hewitt were too hampered to shoot, but the former passed back to Raisebeck who missed the mark with a well-meant effort. The Reds attack continued, Hewitt feeding his wings prettily, but the Blues defence at this stage was impregnable. Young, Hardman, and Cooke, made play on the left, but Parry and West foiled the attack, and hands against Sharp again carried play into Everton territory, but another foul against Raybould netralised this advantage. Well fed by Bradley. Carlin forced a corner, which was worked away offside relieving the Everton defenders. Young looked like working through, but Raisebeck cleared in the nick of time, after Sharp had got in a promising centre West miskicked, and gave a corner. This was Everton's first corner. Hardman placed it beautifully, but the leather was worked away, and Carlin dashed off to the other en. Receiving a pass Parkinson got clean through and looked all over a scorer, but his shot missed by a yard. At this stage the crowd broke through and ran down the playing pitch, the game having to stopped for several moments. The Reds took up the attack, and a corner was forced on the right, Parry heading over. Following a spell of midfield play, Everton forwards put in a nice passing run, and Hardman centred well, but Raisebeck was again a stumbling block. A foul against Liverpool carried the ball to the goalmouth, but a breach of the rules brought relief to Hardy. The Reds then made a dashing attack, Carlin showing brilliant form, and from his centre the Everton citadel was hotly assailed. The ball hobbed about between Parkinson. Hewitt, and Carlin, but so close was the defence that no chance of a shot offered. R.Balmer distinctly pushed Hewitt in the back in the goalmouth, but the referee failed to notice the incident. Pretty long passing by Everton looked very promising, but Young spoiled their well-concerned attack by getting offside. Tricky tactics by Hewitt gave Parkinson a chance of a shot. He took it promptly enough, but the ball cannoned off a defender over the line, the ensuing corner being cleared. A free kick for Liverpool brought no advantage, and Sharp sprinted off down the wing, Chorlton helped by Bradley tripping the ball into touch, Cook put in a long shot, which Hardly easily dealt with, and another from Taylor was similarly cleared. The Blues were now attacking chiefly on the right wing, but they made little progress, and when the ball was swing across, Parry's long legs cleared the lines. Carlin was then again conspicuous, but R.Balmer shifted his centre, and a brief incursion by the Blues was easily repulsed. At the other end Carlin dribbled for position, but at the finish had to shoot in desperation although the effort only missing by inches. A further invasion of the playing pitch by the spectators again stopped play. The grand stand touchline and the Liverpool goal corner flag were hidden by the mass of spectators. After a stoppage of a few minutes the ball was thrown up and play was resumed. Scott ran out to clear a centre from Carlin, but there was little method in the Liverpool attack. A mistake by Bradley let in Young, who, sent in a low hard drive from long range, which Hardly dealt with safely. A hot and close attack by Liverpool followed, in which Black was conspicuous for good defensive work, but not a shot could the home forwards get in. Hardman was allowed to sprint off from an offside position, but the whistle afterwards put matters right. Young ran through between the backs, but West checked him, and Chorlton completed the clearance, Taylor got possession and sent in a high, dropping a shot, which Hardly caught but dropped, and Taylor, dashing up, scored Everton first goal. This success came forty minutes after the game, had been commenced, and the Blues' supporters rapturously cheered it. Undeterred by this reverse, the Reds dash down, and Scott, who stuck to the ball despite the attentions of Raybould and Hewitt, and safely cleared, collected Carlin's centre. At the other and a corner was forced on the right, but Chorlton and West got it away, and the Reds again took up the attack. From a free kick Raisebeck called on Scott, who was not found wanting. Further pressure by the Reds was the time well directed, and as a result Hewitt had a chance. He shot at once, but missed the mark, and then the whistle sounded the interval, Half-time Liverpool nil, Everton 1. On resuming, the first movement came from the Reds a corner being forced on the right. This was badly mulled by the home attack and the Blues then got to the other end. Hardman and Bolton put in good work, but Chorlton cleared, and when they came again Hardman got offside. Sharp was then prominent on the right, but ran the ball over the line. Liverpool attacked for a spell, but Raybould was very slow, and although Parkinson did his best Scott who punched away easily collected his final shot. A foul against Carlin was cleared by Raisebeck, and once more the Reds pressed, but to no purpose. A foul against Bradley was cleared and Carlin beautifully tricking W.Balmer dashed down the wing. He centred weakly, and the ball was easily cleared, Parry failing to get possession when a chance for a shot offered. The Reds came again, and during a hot attack within the penalty area, R.Balmer fouled Parkinson by charging him in the back. The referee saw this incident, and promptly gave a penalty kick , which West netted. Ten minutes after the resumption the sides were thus level. The game was resumed amid great excitement, the players being every whit as keen as the spectators. A weak clearance by West, let in Young, and the visiting right, and Sharp forced Chorlton to concede a corner, from which the ball was headed wide. Liverpool now attacked strongly, and Parkinson, sent in a grand shot, which Scott saved, in masterly style at the expense of a corner, which ultimately went behind. From the goal kick, the Blues got down to the other end, and some exciting play took place in the Liverpool goalmouth, and the ball was netted, but the whistle had sounded for a breach of the rules. The Reds again took up the attacks, and from Carlin's centre Goddard headed into Scott's hands, while Hewitt afterwards sent over the bar. Keeping up the pressure, chiefly through the instrumentality of Carlin, the Livers kept the Everton defence busy, but the Blues were equal to all demands made upon them. The game was once more delayed by encroachment of spectators. On resuming Carlin again got in a brilliant centre, but it was not utilised. The game afterwards opened out a bit, and the Everton forwards called on the Anfield defence, but they could not get within shooting distance. A nice sequence of passing by the Everton front line ended in Sharp flashing down the wing. He was fouled in the act of centring, and from the free kick the ball was sent behind, Sharp again put in a brilliant run, finishing with a lovely centre, which Hardy thumped away. The Blues stuck to their work, but after a warm interlude in front of Hardy a corner was their only reward. This was got away, but the Blues came again and Young was looking dangerous when Parry fouled him. Abbott senting the kick over the crossbar. At the other end Scott was twice called upon, but the custodian was equal to each emergency. The Reds kept up a warm attack and Parkinson had a shot charged down, while Bradley shot over. The game afterwards rapidly changed ends. The Blues forced a fruitless corner, and the Reds netted the ball, but it was an obvious case for offside. From a free kick, Hardy cleared, and at the other end a corner for Liverpool was fruitless. The game, was fast and exciting to the close, and honours were even at the finish. Result Liverpool 1, Everton 1. Directly the whistle sounded the spectators swarmed in their thousands over the playing area, the scene being an extraordinary one, and quite unusual at Anfield.
The management of the Liverpool Football Club could not have had a greater object lesson as regrets the necessity for extending the accommodation of the Anfield-road enclosure than was afforded yesterday. Never in the history of the club have more people been on the ground at any match. Many of them could not see the game, but when doors are rushed police and officials are powerless. So great was the crush that barriers were smashed, and it was exceedingly fortunate, that no accident occurred. Still, the play was sadly interfered with by reason of the great attendance, and it was no wonder that the game, had to be stopped several times in order to keep the people from getting over the touch line. Under the conditions Mr. Green the referee, carried out his onerous duties with praiseworthy fact and judgement. At one time it was feared that the game might have to abandoned, but unfortunate, full time was played, and the match must of necessity stands as a League fixture. Perhaps under the circumstances it was just as well that the game resulted in a draw. At the same time such a verdict was not at all was Liverpool would have liked in view off their race for championship honours. Whether it was the overcrowding or the customary intense excitement when local rivals meet, certainly the match was a disappointment as an exhibition of Association football. It was a hard struggle throughout, but the finer points were for the most part conspicuous by their absence. The first half in particular was uninteresting - excepting of course, when Everton scored – and the second portion came as a welcome relief. Once Liverpool equalised there was a rare struggle for supremacy, and possibly had the Liverpool forward line even approached their true form the home side might have achieved a decided victory. As it was their attack was lacking in methods, and with the Everton defence in fine form, continuous pressure brought no tangible reward. Everton's goal, which the veteran Taylor obtained, was altogether a soft affair, for which that usually safe custodian Hardy was responsible. Taylor dropped the ball into the goalmouth, and apparently Hardy had a very easy opportunity of clearing. Unfortunately for his side the custodian failed to gather the ball and Taylor promptly had it in the net. This was a slice of luck for Everton, but matters were pretty well equalised, seeing that Liverpool drew level by means of a penalty kick given against R.Balmer. While Liverpool had more of the play than their opponents. Everton's rushes were more suggestive of danger. Indeed, in the last minutes after Young had nipped in between the backs, Sharp had a grand chance of beating Hardy, but from an easy position he shot yards wide. The defence on both sides was better then attack. Except for his one mistake, Hardy kept a good goal, but he was not so conspicuous as Scott, whose marvellous save from Parkinson will long be remembered. The brothers Balmer were a fine pair of backs, and while West played well, Chorlton gave a capital exhibition in the capacity of Dunlop's understudy. The respective captains- Raisebeck and Taylor – were the pick of the halves, their experience and judgement being of great value. Carlin was the most prominent of the Liverpool first line, which as a whole was below par, especially in front of goal. Young gave his best, and Cooke was a thorough trier, but neither Sharp, Bolton, nor Hardman excelled himself, although the right winger was responsible for some brilliant runs.

April 14 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
This match at Goodison-park yesterday afternoon was favoured by fine weather, and about 5,000 spectators were present. Everton had a good side out, and the visitors were also well represented. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Depledge, goal, Strettell, and Hannan, backs, Evans, Wright, and Grundy half-backs, Birnie, McLaughlin, Oliver, Bannister, and Butler, forwards. Oswestry: - Parry, goals, Evans, and Lewis, backs, Rawlinson, Hampson, and Walker half-backs, Jones, Oliver, Finchett, Wynn, and Gillian, forwards. Everton started well, and Birnie shot wide, while soon afterwards Butler than headed over from Birnie's centre. The visitors retaliated and Hannan cleared from Jones. Everton pressed again, and Parry had to save from Oliver, and Birnie. After fifteen minutes play. Wright beat Parry with a long shot. The visitors played up after this reverse, and Finchett headed over the bar Jones got away, but was fouled by Grundy when in a good position, the free kick being fruitless. From a series of thrown in Everton got down and several shots were charged down, by the visitors defence. At the other end Strettell let in Gillian, but Depledge brought off a splendid save. From a good pass by Evans (Oswestry), Jones raced away and forced a corner, Winn putting outside. Good work by McLoughlin gave Birnie a chance, but Parry saved easily, Grundy then tried a long shot, but without avail. Bannister, ably fed by Grundy, gave Parry a handful, the Oswestry goalkeeper again clearing well. The visitors got away, and Depledge had to save from Winn and Oliver. Birnie and McLaughlin got through, and the latter struck the post. Then followed a scrimmage close in, and Evans put through his own goal. The visitors tried hard to score, but Hannan and Strettell were very safe. Birnie was brought down when in a good position, and from the free kick Oliver shot over. Clever play by Butler gave McLaughlin an open goal, but he shot wide. Just on the interval Finchett opened the score for Oswestry. Half-time Everton 2 Oswestry 1.
From the restart Jones raced away, his centre going behind. A bad clearance by Lewis left Bannister with an open goal, but he gently placed the ball into Parry's hands. Offside by Birnie it clever play by the home forwards. After some capital passing by the Everton left Oliver caused Parry to gave a fruitless corner. A good run by Butler ended in a poor shot by McLoughlin. At the other end Jones gave Depledge a hot shot which he cleared under difficulties. From a poor pass from Wright, Birnie put in a capital centre, and after Bannister had missed the ball Butler shot yards wide. Play quietened down somewhat, but Everton had the best of matters. After a spell of midfield play Oswestry played up, and had hard lines in not equalising a shot from Hampson being charged down, when Depledge was out of his goal. Oliver and Bannister combined well, and McLoughlin was left a grand position, but he made a very poor attempt. Good kicking by Strettall kept Oswestry in their own half, and Bannister worked his way through, but Lewis saved in fine style. Everton then bombarded the visitors goal and towards the close Lewis miskicked, and Oliver put on the third goal. Everton had the best of the game to the finish, but shot badly. Final –Everton 3, Oswestry 1.

April 16 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton are in that happy state that they need not trouble about the League and can reserves their energies for what, after all, has long been the height of their ambition –the acquisition of the English Cup. Except in the League match with their neighbours across the park they have not been fully represented in their recent games, and again on Saturday with Derby County they had, though illness, injuries, and other causes, several of their recognised first team players off the list. This however, did not prevent them gaining a couple of points, which were indeed, welcome after a sequence of lesses and drawn games. At the same time the standard of play rarely approximated to what is expected from a team in the position of Everton. Douthless the brilliant weather may have affected the energies of the players on both slides, but so far as the first half was concerned the exhibition was tame in the extreme. it was more like holiday than serious League football. There was a lot of pretty midfield work, which however, is not what one looks for in a match where points are at stake. Fortunately for the spectators Derby County, as the result of a free kick and a scrimmage in the goalmouth, opened the scoring. This gave a very necessary impetus to the Everton representatives, and from this point onwards their play was much more entertaining. Cooke managed to equalise, and it was the outcome of one of his few passes to Jones, who was making his first appearance in the centre forward position, that the latter obtained the winning goal.
Derby County's team was vastly different to that which we have been accustomed to see in Liverpool. Of course their great star artist –Bloomer –has transferred his affection to Middlesbrough, but apart from him several well-known players were missing. While the new brigade tried hard for victory, the team will have to be considerably strengthened if the Peakites next season are to make any name for themselves in First League football. Maskery is a reliable custodian, and after his long years of service Methven still creditably disports himself in the right back position. Cleaver, one of the new man had a good fortune to score, but it shows the straits to which the Derby County management have been put when an international half-back like Warren has to be called upon to act as the pivot of the forward line. As for Everton main interest in the performance of the new centre forward, who has been signed on from that successful local organisation –Prescot Wireworks. Jones has proved himself a stalwart with his old club, but League warfare is another matter. It would be unfair to judge of his capabilities from Saturday's game because to a large extent he was not afforded many opportunities of showing his prowess. Apparently he is rather weak in heading the ball, but for all that he is able to claim that he scored a goal in his first League match. Of the other players Donnachie strengthened the impressions which have been forced of him, and there is no doubt that Everton have been fortunate in securing such a capable understudy to Sharp. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Hill, and Crelly, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Abbott, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Jones, Cook, and Hardman, forwards. Derby County: - Maskery, goal, Nicholas, and Methven, backs, Richards, Hall, and Ramsell, half-backs, Lamb, Cleaver, Warren, Woods, and Davies, forwards.

Athletic News -Monday 16 April 1906
By Junius.
There was little spice about the football at Goodison Park between Everton and Derby County, and at no time during the game was there any Incident to induce enthusiasm. The Cup finalists were represented a mixed eleven, which included new recruit centre forward, boasting the uncommon name of Jones, but he was not afforded much opportunity of displaying his abilities, for the inside forwards were strangely averse to giving him any chances. He managed to score goal, and the crowd, always desirous of showing their appreciation of local talent acknowledged the performance in hearty fashion.
No point was scored in the first half, and, truth to tell, there were only two or three occasions when the goal appeared likely to be captured. In these cases Everton were the more prominent, and the most effective work emanated from their right wing. One notable chance came to Derby after Scott, who played much below his usual form, had failed to clear a corner kick, and Davies shooting from close range seemed certain to score, but Crelley trapped the ball almost on the line, and saved the situation. Another time, Warren, who was playing centre forward, charged down a return, and had only the custodian to face, but sent outside. Thus the play progressed, mistakes being frequent, while the attempts at combination between the half backs and forwards were seldom productive of a concerted attack. In the second half a slight improvement was noticeable, and some degree of interest was infused into the proceedings when Derby scored. A foul was given against Hill, fifteen minutes after the restart, and the ball was well placed, the result being that a short scrimmage ensued near Scott, and Cleaver gaining possession had no difficulty in registering the first point. Even this did not rouse Everton to great endeavour, but about twelve minutes later, Jones broke away from the centre towards the right wing, and dropped the ball at the foot of Abbott in front of the posts. The latter’s shot was charged down, but Cooke pounced on the leather, and, with a really clever screw shot, put matters on an even footing again. Almost the next minute Derby should have again taken the lead, for Scott, coming out to fist away another corner kick, completely missed the ball, and an open goal was presented to a couple of the visiting forwards, who failed to seize the opportunity. This cost Derby the match, for seven minutes from the finish a loose attack Maskrey’s charge enabled Cooke to secure the ball close in, and, tipping it towards the centre, Jones made the most of the chance, by sending against the lower side of the bar from whence the leather was deflected past the custodian.
Thus Everton won by two goals to one.  It was a tremendous call upon the local lad Jones to be placed straightaway in the League team from junior football, but there are good points about him, and he may develop. On his play in this match it is utterly impossible to arrive at any correct idea of what he is capable. He shaped neither better nor worse than had been expected, though he was not given many chances. On the extreme right Donnachie gave a good display, and at times cleverly sent the ball across the goal mouth. Cooke, at inside left, showed tricky footwork, and his goal was very neatly gained, but there was a lack of finish about the forward play which included a considerable amount of effort with a minimum of efficiency. In the half back line, Black was only moderately successful; at times he tackled coolly and put the ball forward judiciously, but he was erratic, and in the second half repeatedly gave the opposition possession. Chadwick failed to reproduce the form displayed against Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and after doing so well in these matches, it was disappointing to find him of such comparatively Little use against the moderate Derby forwards. Abbott was the most effective of this trio, while further behind Crelley defended in sterling fashion. He was partnered by Hill, who has all the makings of a really capable full-back. Scott off colour.
The Derby forwards were very similar to those of Everton, and there were few instances of keen and determined attacks on the home goal. Lamb sent across some good centres, and Warren was scarcely a failure as the pivot, though he did nothing especially noticeable. Hall was the best of the half backs, and Methven, at full-back, kicked sturdily, though his partner, Nicholas, shaped well on the left, despite a tendency to sky the ball when hardly pressed. Maskrey was not given much chance of displaying his prowess, but one of his clearances in the early part of the game at full length from Bolton was beautifully achieved.  He was twice beaten but both goals left him absolutely helpless.  Everton; Scott; Hill, Crelley; Black, Chadwick, Abbott; Donnachie, Bolton, Jones, Cooke, and H.P. Hardman.  Derby County; Maskery; Methven, Nicholas; Ramsell, Hall, Richards; J.W. Davies, Wood, J. Warren, Cleaver, and Lamb.  Referee; Mr. N. Whittaker, London. 

April 16, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 35)
The first meeting of Everton and Bury was productive of five goals; on Saturday the team's managed to put on six points. But whereas in the former game Everton won by the odd goal. Bury on this occasion triumphed by 5 goals to 1. They may therefore claim to have got the better of the deal. Both sides tried new men. Everton having a goalkeeper named McCorquodale. He had plenty of opportunities of distinguishing himself, for Bury did nearly all the pressing during the first half, and led at the interval by three clear goals. Dow got the first and second (the latter from a penalty kick against Strettall) and Berry added the third, the Everton right back turning the ball to him when he was offside, and giving him an open goal. On resuming Bannister, who had hard lines with some good shots, managed to reduced the margin against his side, but Williams and Dow responded, and the Shakers won as stated. Everton defence was none too safe, for although the custodian made many good clearances, Strettall was uncertain at back. All round Bury were the smarter side, and deserved to win, though not by such a pronounced margin.

April 17, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Goodison-park furnished the great Bank holiday attraction locally, Manchester City being the visiting side. The weather was delightful and there was fairly large crowd, but not quite of the dimensions associated with a Bank-holiday. Still, when the game started shortly after half-past two o'clock, there would be at least 15,000 people present. It had been expected that a contingent of togo's tars would have attended but they did not put in an appearance. There were numerous changes on the Everton side, and Manchester City were not at full strength. The teams were as follows : - Everton: - Collins, goal Hill, and W.Balmer, backs, Chadwick, Taylor (Captain), and Donaldson, half-backs, Birnie, McLoughlin, Jones, Cook, and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester City: - Hillman, goal, Christie, and Burgees, backs, Steel, Hynds, and Banks, half-backs, Lot Jones, Bannister, Thornley, Turnbull, and Whittaker, forwards. Referee Mr.A.Green, West Bromwich. Everton lost the toss, and Jones kicked off against the breeze and the sun. The Everton right wing made play, and Birnie centering beautifully, Burgess cleared. Jones came down, and passing to Cooke' the latter put in a hot shot which Hillman just managed to keep out. So far the Everton reserves were showing to great advantage, but the Mancunians advancing threatened danger, the ball finally going outside. A rare tussle ensued between Birnie and Burgess, the former player having the best of the argument. From a free kick Balmer granted a corner, which was badly placed by Lot Jones. Thornley missed an open goal, and Whittaker shot outside. Taylor was working like a Trojan, and after outwitting several opponents passed to Donaldson, whose final effort missed by inches only. Hynds shot wildly, and his example was followed a moment later by Bannister. Taylor miskicked, but recovered himself splendidly and cleared. Birnie getting offside spoiled some pretty passing ensued between the Everton forwards which. Jones had hard lines in having a shot charged down, and the Everton left racing away forced Burgess to concede a corner, which Birnie put outside. Lot Jones raced away, and from his centre Donaldson nearly put through his own goal, Birnie cleverly outwitted Banks and passed splendidly to Jones, who allowed himself to be somewhat easily robbed. Thornley beating Hill shot high over the bar. Whittaker centred nicely, and Collins was compelled to throw clear. A foul against Jones let Everton in, but Birnie centred weakly, and the danger was averted. Taylor granted a corner, which was got rid of with some difficulty, Collins was proving himself a worthy substitute for Scott, and several times saved cleverly. Still the quality of the play was not of a high standard, although the eagerness which the reserves displayed made the exchanges interesting. At this point Collins fumbled an easy shot, and Turnbull rushing up, had no difficulty in netting the ball, thus drawing first blood for the City. A clever bit of headwork, and footwork by Taylor came to nought, and Whiitaker getting away forced an abortive corner. Lot Jones had a good chance, but tamely shot outside, and a moment later, Thorneley when well placed did likewise. Cooke was fouled, but from the ensuing free kick, Taylor allowed himself to be robbed. The ball going over the line spoiled a very tricky bit of play by Cooke. Jones was going nicely through when Hynds fouled him, the free kick was put over the bar. Donnachie centred splendidly, and Cooke put outside. Hill and Balmer, were showing fine form, and repeatedly upset the calculations of the City forwards. The Everton forwards bombarded the City goal, and after several good attempts Donaldson put over. The City then raced away, and after pretty passing Jones centred from the line, and Thorneley added a second for the City. Immediately afterwards the whistle blew for the interval. Half-time Everton nil, Manchesater City 2.
On resuming City pressed and gained a corner, which Lot Jones put behind. The game was mainly in favour of the visitors. Balmer brought down Bannister within the penalty area, but the referee disregarded appeals for a penalty. It mattered little for a moment later Thorneley put in a fine shot, which Collins could only just throw out, and Thorneley following it up registered a third for the City. Donnachie splendidly ran along the wing and centred to Birnie, who to the disgust of the crowd, put over when he had an open goal. A moment later Burgess was forced to give a corner, but this was easily cleared. Jones got away, and passing to Donnachie the latter missed by inches only. Though Everton were having more of the play they did not look like scoring until Jones put in a grand rising shot which fairly tested Hillman, who, however, was not to be beaten. The Prescot lad's effort was generously applauded, as it well deserved to be. For a considerable time Everton monopolised the play, and Donnachie's centres were quite a feature, Manchester City were apparently content with their lead, and did not over exert themselves. Banks went off injured. Collins saved cleverly from Turnbull, and then Jones got through in great style, but shot too soon, and sent just past the post. Final Result Everton nil, Manchester City 3.

April 17, 1906. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 36)
Played at Hyde-road Everton were only indifferently represented, but nevertheless had the best of matters. At the outset Crockart shot well, but Youds saved and at the other end Donaldson netted but was offside. Crockart scored for Everton after twenty minutes play, The City responded vigorously, but Everton defnce was sound. Half-time Manchester City nil, Everton 1. Play was fast after the resumption, and Crockart was almost through. At the other end Mack saved three shots in quick succession. The City were having the best of the game, and a penalty fell to them, but Mack saved smartly. The Everton backs kicked well under pressure, but eventually Adams equalised just before the finish. Result Manchester City 1 Everton 1.

April 18 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 37)
This match was played at Goodison-park last evening in fine weather, before about 2,000 people. Everton gave further trials to McCorkingdale and Crockart, goalkeeper and centre forward respectively, while Barrow had a good side. The teams were: - Everton: - McCorkingdale, Strettell, and Russell, backs, Quinn, Wright, and Donaldson, half-backs, Birnie, McLaughlin, Crockart, Oliver, and Grundy, forwards. Barrow: - Mearns, goal, Johnson, and Finlay, backs, Lee, Egbert, and Bell, half-backs, Worthington, Spear, Boyle, Eccle, and Ramsley, forwards. Barrow started and the visitors at once made headway, and after Strettell had once cleared Ramsley sent wide. Everton made tracks for Mearns charge, and Birnie had hard lines with a fine long shot. From a centre by the same player McLoughlin was afforded a chance only, however, to send wide of the goal. Everton kept up the pressure, and Grundy, running close in beat Mearns with a beauty. Barrow retaliated with vigour, but Boyle lost a fine opening after Worthington had put the ball in well. The home side, put on pressure, Donaldson grazing the bar. This state of affairs was not to be liking of the Barrowians, who attacked strongly, and Teele forced McCorkingdale to effect a clearance, while later Spear hit the post. After McLaughlin had a good shot charged down by one of the visitors halves, Barrow again made headway. Teele allowing a fine opening to pass. However, following a free kick, Ramsley centred for Boyle to head the ball pass the Everton custodian. Both goal keepers were tested afterwards but the interval arrived with the score one goal each. On resuming Everton were the first to press, Birnie and Oliver each missing. Weak shooting spoiled good play in midfield by the visitors forwards, but from a corner McCorkingdale had to fist out. Everton had a turn, and Birnie centred well, Mearns saving when surrounded by opponents. Following a good run by Birnie, Grundy hit the side of the net, while from a corner, Mearns saved from Oliver and McLoughlin. Barrow retaliated well, and after a good run by Worthinghton, Teele banged the ball against the crossbar. Boyle netted, but was offside. Crockart who had been rather weak in front of goal, changed places with Oliver, and Mearns had to run out to save from the latter. Crockart had one good opening, but shot over the bar. Barrow attacked in turn, but were repulsed, and good defence by Mearns and his backs prevented Everton from taking the lead. Final result Everton 1, Barrow 1.

April 18, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton players from whom the selection will be made to represented the club in the English Cup Final at Crystal Palace on Saturday left Liverpool yesterday for Stafford. There they will take the brine baths, which during previous trainings have done them so much, good. Their stay at Stafford will be only brief, for they will at once depart for their training quarters at the Crystal Palace. It is an open secret that Chingford, Essex, is the spot selected for their final preparations for the cup. It is a lovely place but, apart from walks through the delightful country, it is hardly likely that the team will indulge in any special training. Those who are unable to travel to the Palace will be kept in constant touch with the scene of operations by means of frequent editions of the “Express” which is always to the front with early and excellent reports of big matches. Similar arrangements have been made to those which, prevailed on the occasion of the semi-final match between Everton and Liverpool. when the “Express” was not only the first paper published, but contained the best and most complete reports of the match, as well as special notes.

April 18, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton directors have secured a new goalkeeper in the person of Donald Sloan, of Belfast Distillery. He is regarded as a first class keeper, and he will no doubt prove a big capture for Everton. He is a finely built young fellow of 23, standing 6ftt 1in in height and weights 12 and half-stone. He will probably turn out for his new club against Earlestown on Saturday.

April 19, 1906 The Liverpool Echo
What The Railway Companies Will Be Doing
It is questionable if even before the Railway companies have found it necessary to make such an elaborate engagement for the convoy's of excursion as the first city of the world even on the occasion of previous final Football Cup tie. The London and North Western Railway Company's arrangements should suit the majority admirably. Their excursions start on Friday night and extend over eight days. They are running a train between Liverpool Lime-street, Edge Hill, Widnes, Allerton, and Runcorn on Friday night to Kennington, returning, however from Euston. A train to run on Saturday morning between the above stations to Kensington at 12,55 but it should be noted that day passengers for Runcorn and Allerton return at 3.25 a.m, while those for Liverpool do not leave until 12.46, 2.23 and 3.35 Sunday morning. Two-day passengers return on the same day at nightnigh and those on three to eight day trips return Monday at midnight and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 4.15. Another excursion is to be run from Southport and inter stations to Bootle and thence to Exchange for Friday night. Passengers will then cross the town to Lime-street when they will embark for London (Euston) returning at the above mentioned times and by the same routs. Another excursion run by the same company should be benefit to the people in the out-lying districts, including Huyton, St Helens, Warrington, Crewe, Stafford, etc, on Saturday morning early to Euston for eight days. A special though excursion runs from Allerton, West Leigh, Pennington, Newton-Le-Willows, Hartford, and Winsford, on Friday night and Northwich, Middlewich and Sandback are offered for by trains on Saturday morning. Since we have had so many Cup-tie excursions, Messrs, Bullocks and com private dining parties have come much in favour. An excursionist likes to have the whole thing done for a lump sum and this is what Messrs Bullock provides, catering for both the outward and inward man. You, have breakfast, dinner, and drive to Palace and meal, tea, with a reserved to view the match. The corridor leaves Woodside at nightnight on Saturday and arrives back at 6.30 a.m. Of course they provide one and two day trips together with a special daylight one, leaving Friday 11.30 a.m, returning Sunday 8.p.m.
I am informed by Messrs Cook and Son that they still retain a small number of 5s stand tickets which can be pick up at the office. They have conducted drive, varying the principal places of interest inclusive charge, with breakfast and dinner. For those not venturing the Palace the drive is continued after dinner until 5.30 p.m. In extra being charged. Cook's have an excursion per Midland Railway on Friday from Liverpool, Garston, and stations between Southport and Warrington by which passengers can book to the Continent. One of the features of the Great Western Line is that they have put on a special express on Sunday afternoon, and their trains will run on time.
Taylor, who will one imagines captain the Everton side, left Liverpool today along with several officials for Changford.

April 20, 190. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton's prospects.
The football world seems to have made up its mind that Newcastle United are bound to win the English Cup tomorrow. Undoubtedly the Northern team are the favourities for the great event at the Crystal Palace, but it is by no means a certainty, that the triumph will be theirs. Often enough the team which is supposed to be far ahead of its rivals has come to grief, especially on such an important occasion as the struggle for the insignificant trophy, possession of which, however, is so dearly prized by all football clubs. This will be the third time that Everton have appeared in the final and if the old saying counts for anything, then they ought to be the winners of the cup. Probably no judge of Association football would venture to deny the assertion that at the present time Newcastle United are the cleverest and the classiest team in the country. Their ability is recognised far and wide, but after all, time is not the only consideration. Luck particularly is an English Cup final, enters largely into the question, and if Everton are favoured in this respect than the Novocastrians many easily be beaten for the second season in succession. Such a result, however, will not be achieved if the Blues try to meet Newcastle United at their own game. Everton's hope lies in the capacity of their representatives to adopt tactics, which will tend towards putting Newcastle off their game. It is well known that the Northerners are delighted that Liverpool are not the team to which they will be opposed at the Palace grounds. The present League champions have had experience of second division football, and so United think could more easily adapt themselves to a style of game calculated to upset the calculations of the most scientific eleven in the kingdom. However, that may be, we shall see whether Everton are able or not to similarly nonplus their Tyneside opponents. Certainly if they do not succeed it will not be for want of a desperate effort. The Everton players, or rather the contingent from which the eleven will be chosen left Liverpool on Tuesday for their training quarters at Chingford, which borders on Epping Forest. They broke their journey at Stafford to enjoy the brine baths there, and according to the latest reports, this experience was most beneficial. The contingent which, was in charge of Mr.B.Kelly, and Mr.E.A.Bainbridge (directors), consisted of: - Scott, W.Balmer, R.Balmer, Crelly, Hill, Booth, Abbott, Makepeace, Chadwick, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, Hardman, and Donnachie. At the Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, the men have found comfortable quarters. They are staying in a beautiful district, and nothing in the way of arduous training, will be undertaken.
Mr. W.C.Cuff, the energetic secretary of the club, left Lime-street Station yesterday to join the party at Chingford. He was accompanied by Dr.Whitford, one of the directors of the club, and by Black, and the veteran half Jack Taylor. The team to meet Newcastle United will not be definitely chosen until to-night (Friday) in London. At the same time it is quite within the bounds of probability that the following will be the side: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Some of the players mentioned are not yet absolutely fit, but there is little doubt that they will be available for the evenful day, Makepeace, for instance has informed the management that he has derived great benefit from the brine bath which he took at Stafford. Settle has not been himself for some time past, but he hopes to be all right by tomorrow. In the midst of speculation as to the outcome of the encounter the well considered opinion of Mr. Cuff will be of interest. A “Courier” representatives saw him in his office yesterday, and in the intervals, which continuous ringing of the telephone bell permitted, obtained from him his idea as to-morrow's match. This is a nutshell, is what Mr. Cuff says: - “ I was fairly confident that we would beat Liverpool in the semi-final, and I feel just as confident that we shall defeat Newcastle United. Mind you, I do not wish in any way to underrate the ability of our opponents, but I rather fancy out half-backs, will not allow the United to settle down to their proper game. That is my feeling. Their ten men may be better than out ten men in the field, but as for the eleventh man –the goalkeeper –I am quite confident we have the advantage,” This was as far as Mr.Cuff would go, and his opinion is just about the one which will be generally accepted in Liverpool. May it materialise, and may the cup be brought to the Mersey seaport for the first time –these are the hopes of all football enthusiasts in Liverpool. A party of the Everton directors and friends will travel to London this afternoon. The players will not leave Chingford until to-morrow forenoon. They will go by train to Liverpool-street Station, and from there direct to the Crystal Palace on a motor “bus”. In the absence of a drawn game in the final the Evertonians will remain in the Metropolis until Monday morning, and will travel by the Great Central Railway to Sheffield where they are due to meet the Wednesday Club in a League match at Owlerton Park.

April 21, 1906. The Liverpool Football Echo
Crowded Excursions From All Parts]
Makepeace Plays for Everton
80,000 at the Start
No Score at the Interval
(From Our Own Reporters by Special Wire from the Crystal Place)
The invasion of London began at 2.50 this morning when the London and North Western's first excursion arrived. From the time trains reached Euston at regular intervals and by 8 o'clock the station was crowded with provincials. Altogether over forty specials arrived. At St Pancreas over twenty specials trains arrived during the early hours of the morning. Nearly all these travelers cane from Lancashire. The Tyneenders travelled by the Great Northern, and the twenty seven specials carried over 8,000 passengers. Many of the visitors made a start for the Palace, and it is estimated that quite 20,000 excursionists came from Liverpool and the Tyneside alone. The glorious weather of the exceeding day was maintained this morning, when Old Sol was early in the ascendant, smiling a brilliant welcome to the thousands who arrived at the Metropolis from North, South, East and West to witness the great final struggle between Everton and Newcastle. London is a mighty city, but year by year the supporters of the Cup final make their presence more definitely marked. It is not that the influx from all parts is so great in point of numbers but that it has such a powerful individuality; and cosmonoplian though the Metropolis may be, the football crowd through broken up into many sections is readily distinguishable. Plenty of people arrived quietly yesterday, but the trippers proper (not forgetting his missus) commenced his invasion in full force this morning as four o'clock and vast streams of ardent and enthusiastic but tired humanity poured into the main thorough fares of the city until eight o'clock. Last night the bustle of Leicester square and the reposefulness of Trafalgar square were occasionally disturbed by sudden bursts of hearty cheering of stentorian cries of “Play up the Blues” or “Play up Newcastle” just as the creed of the partisans happened to be. As the trains emptied their human cargoes the visitors lost no time in starting on the various business of pleasure and every possible kind of conveyance was requisitioned to transport the enthusiastic sight-sees to point of interest such as Buckingham Palace, the Abbey, St. Paul's and the House of Parliament. The usual stir of Feet-street and the Strand was intensified by the influx of those new characteristic. By ten o'clock the invading army numbered fully 20,000 but though it was a peaceful invasion. Euston was the chief source of supply and here forty hugh specials were dealt with. At St. Pancres there was another score. The Tynesiders arrived in hoards by the Great Northern, who put on twenty seven specials to transport the 8,000 enthusiasers who had determined to be in at the death by hook or by crook. The sight at King's Cross was one long to be remembered.
Everton Motor to the Palace
It transpired that the Newcastle team arrived quietly in London yesterday. In the evening the team and officials visited one of the theaters. The Evertonians came over from Chingford this morning to Liverpool-street Station, and were driven this morning to the Palace in a motor-bus. The result of our special correspondent inquiring this morning the fact that Everton team had not yet been decided upon. At twelve o'clock it was quite evident that the influx into the City was tremendous and one morning paper went so far as to put it down to 100,000, but this was a magnificent exaggeration. At any rate the top of the buses were a sight to see and almost every horse or motor which went anywhere at all were crowded. Everton favours of blue and white were to be seen everywhere, and the Everton battery was sounded unexpectedly with a swing and resonance which practice has now made perfect. About this time as if to prove his extreme particularity, old Sol retired and the sky gradually became overcast with dark ominous clouds. Rain would certainly prove a blessing as the ground was distinctly on the hard side, and the game would sure to be stiffer in consequence of the ball proving too lively. At 12.30 a few drops were felt in the Strand and at two o'clock out Sydenham way the homeopathic taste was repeated. But the place was distinctly against Jupiter Pluvios. Instead, however, of a brilliant day, as the morning promised, it was oppressive and gloomy. A breeze has sprung up and it looks as if one of the meteorological duties was resolved to exercise his influence. Which was would it be. Every devoted Evertonian prayed it would favour the Blues. The crowd commenced to wend its way towards the mighty glass structure and the favoured patch in goal time, and the scenes en route both by train and vehicle were of the liveliest. At 2.30 a fine crowd had already taken their seats and there was room enough for as many and it was evident that the public had full confidence in the arrangements which ensured their seats. Among the early birds were the great Roose, keen and energetic as ever, and who was attached enough to his old club to express his heartiest wish for their success and confident in their ability. The spectators presented a most interesting study to the student of character. It was palpable many were old hands, veterans who had seen many a hard fought battle, and who could now look on with emotions well under control. Thousands of others there were who viewed the City and its wonders for the first time and came full of enthusiasm for everything and the expressions of confidence of the players of their side partook of the excitement fever. Such as these only wanted the slightest substance for giving vent to their pent-up feelings. At three o'clock there was a remarkable in extreme in the crowd and 60,000 persons were certainly present, hundreds of whom were strolling about leisurely upon the greenwards. To calm their feelings the band was discouraging sweet music, and it was difficult to imagine that in thirty minutes time all would be in perfect order, and the Titanic struggle proceeding. The mourarings of the mighty crowd were like a subdued roar that was broken occasionally by the inevitable grizzing-whizzling vigorously. It was now problematic whether there would be a record gate and also how the Everton team would finally be arranged. Ultimately R Balmer stood down in favour of his brother but the Newcastle team did not make any changes in their advertised team. The Everton supporters were delighted to find that Makepeace was fit to face the fray. At 3.15 it was evident that the gate would not equal that of last year. The teams; Newcastle United; Lawrence, goal; McCrombie and Carr, backs; Gardner, Aitkens (captain) and McWilliams, half-backs; Rutherford, Howie, Veitch, Orr and Gosnell, forwards. Everton; Scott, goal; Balmer (W) and Crelly, backs; Abbott, Taylor (captain) and Makepeace, half-backs; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle and Hardman, forwards. Referee; Mr. F. Kirkham, Preston.

The Game
Newcastle were the first to appear at 3.25 and at once the crowd became demonstrative. Thirty seconds later Jack Taylor led on his men, who were also received with an encouraging cheer. Another minute later Mr. Kirkham appeared and whistled the rivals captain. Taylor won the toss, and Veitch was the first to break the neutral line. Taylor at once nipped in and checked the advance of the Tynesiders but the breeze carried the ball out. From a throw in Gardner attempted to put his side in motion but the watchful Crelly defeated his object. The attack was taken up by the Everton right, but rule Boress interfere again. Balmer now took part in the play, and almost immediately after the Blues were awarded the first foul. This was followed by a scramble adjacent to Lawrence but ultimately the ball went behind. Soon after the free kick shother foul in favour of the Blues led up to Settle testing Lawrence with a pretty header, and finding Young joining in the issue forced Lawrence to concede a corner, as he only just succeeded in getting the ball over the bar under great pressure. The Blues got at it with grim determination, and a hot attack from the right forced Carr to kick out, after exchanges in Newcastle territory another free kick was Mr. Kirkham's decision and it improved the position of the Evertonians and Young and Settle made vain efforts to find an opening, finally coming to grass. The Newcastle left now made ground but they could not get very far owing to the vigilance of the Blues. Some rough items were thus early introduced, and Mr. Kirkham found it necessary to give the players a little bit of advice. After this the Evertonians resumed the attack, and Bolton made wild efforts to locate Lawrence. A very abortive visit by the Tynesiders followed to the Everton territory, but the Blues did not afford them any welcome. Settle imitated a pretty movement in his wing which Young was nimble to support. A strong shot from Taylor produced another corner off Carr, but little came of this. Gospell and Orr now got into their stride and danger appeared imminent when Mr. Kirkham's whistle intervened to the relief of the Blues. This led to a pretty bit of work by Sharp and his partner with a resultant corner and from the kick Lawrence had a very narrow squeak as he appeared to be unsighted when the leather struck the bar. However, the Blues would not be denied, and again obtained possession on the right wing earned out unaided his own attack, but at the critical moment he only managed to over-run the ball, much to the disappointment of the Everton spectators who was watching his efforts with breathless excitement. This was followed by another visit to the Tynesiders, but a long kick from Howie sent the ball well over the Everton goal-line. The Novecrastians had certainly not done anything up to this time to justily their favoritism. Everton having contributed the bulk of the attack. Young was again prominent with a promising dash, but he came to grief in the penalty area and the Tynesiders now managed to force the first corner. The first corner but Abbott having managed to charge a hot shot from Rutherford. Makepeace was now very prominent and his work looked like making a promising opening for his front line, but Settle and Hardman finessed the leather to laboriously Gosnell then became very busty on their wing, and the Everton defence had a rather tough time until relief came from the efforts of Balmer. Sharp now made a brilliant run and further improved matters with a glorious centre. Settle was in waiting and had a magnificent opportunity of opening the account of his side, but he was unfortunate enough to head wide of the mark. Now came a really dangerous move on the Newcastle left, and a great shot by Orr caused Scott considerable anxiety, but luckily for the Blues the wind deflected the ball's fight. The Tynesiders now seemed endowed with fresh life and confidence, and they attacked with great resolution on both their wings, Rutherford's shots being particularly strong and dangerous. At last a goal kick by Scott promised something for the Blues and Andy Abbott succeeded in heading the invasion in Newcastle territory but neither Settle not Hardman succeeded in getting hold of the leather. Newcastle now took a turn at attacking and they put the ball several times on their right wing, and from a sequence of throws-in Veitch succeeded in making ground, and he was soon assisted by Makepeace, but just at this moment Settle and Young incurred Mr. Kirkham's displeasure and this led up to a shot from Orr, who, however, did not take time enough to aim. The Noves were now playing a much more dangerous game, and taxed severely the defence of the Blues, but every man proved true as steel. Had it been otherwise it would have gone hard with the Toffees. The Everton forwards were responsible for very pretty tactics, but they were not at this point forcing the game not making enough of the wind advantage. Balmer and Taylor made efforts to set their left wing going, but a free kick interfered with the project. A beautiful dual which caused excitement took place between Gosnell and Makepeace and the Everton half outwitted the Newcastle winger in artistic fashion. Sharp was now responsible for a transfer of the attack to Newcastle quarters, but he was manceurved out of position and this was followed by some pressure from Newcastle and Howie got the best of Crelly and Taylor only to finish up with a most erratic shot. Now came the most exciting incident of the proceedings as Rutherford managed to slip away by himself and carry the ball along with great dexterity almost into the Everton goal, when the Everton custodian effected a truly glorious safe, to the delight of Everton's supporters who must have thought that was all over. Mutual play followed for some time in midfield, until the stripes were awarded a free kick, but the wind demons once again exacted his due. Jack Sharp next took charge of the Everton advance but he was carefully attended by McWilliams who skillfully succeeded un preventing the crickter's centre when the remainder of the line was very advantageously placed. Rutherford now resumed operations and Abbott failing to hold him in check the winger middle cleverly and Taylor failed to stop his career and Rutherford dribbled prettily and speedily along the award. Luckily for Everton, however, none of the Noves were in a position to take advantage of the slip on Jack's part. The Noves soon became busy in Everton's territory, and Gosnell was successful in forcing a corner just as half time was announced with a clean sheet.
Half-time; Everton nil, Newcastle United nil.
Crystal Palace Besigned
An Immense Crowd of Spectators
Sandy Young Scores The Winning Goal
Cup Comes To Liverpool at Last
Operations were resumed at 4.26, Everton's chances did not look too rosy, as they had failed to score with the wind in their favour. Young started the leather on its eventful journey and Old Sol smiled on the efforts of the Blues who were awarded a fine send-away and from the resultant attack Sharp came very near to lowering Lawrence's colours. The Blues obtained the fixture adjacement to Lawrence and peppered away for all they were worth, but it did not result in a successful effort. Relief was afforded the Newcastlrian from the free kick, but Settle very soon found an opportunity of initiating an attack, and Sharp put in the leather neatly to Young. It looked as though the Everton centre would run right through, but the final shot was obviously deflected by the breeze which had worked such havoc with many good shots before the Novos put on pressure. But there was no attempt to force matters both sides being content to play the purely scientific game and take chance of gaining a legitimate advantage. Gosnell by smart play managed to evade Balmer, but so close was the Everton attack that Makepeace covered him. Up to this point he defence on both sides were quite superior to the attack, and neither of the custodian had been in danger seriously. From a combined forward move there was a pretty piece of passing between Sharp, Bolton, and Settle. But Aitken was too keenly alive to the danger of possibilities to allow the Blues to take any liberties. The Novos were attacking in fine formation within shooting distance of Scott when Taylor sliding out to resist their attentions was brought to grass, and from the free kick Bolton dashed away and gave Lawrence a hot handful. At this point the tactics of the Blues were magnificent and they were playing in dashing form. Just a little piece of luck and the same might have been decided, which was not there, for after Sharp had made a glorious sprint down his wing and centred the ball Hardman ought to have promptly netted the ball but unfortunately, the amateur completely failed to be there when wanted. More mortification as to follow, for the ball rebounded off Hardman to Young and he made no mistake about netting it. When the cumulous roars of the Blues had subsided it was only to realize that the ardently desired netting operation had been ruled off side. The Blues took their disappointment gamely and attacked with diminished determination but with no result. Then came an extremely ominous advance by the Newcastle right which the Everton defenders seemed unable to save and it was left to Howie to carry the ball over the goal line., there did not seen any call for despondency in the Everton front up to this point but certainty the Newcastle line developed assize magnificently movement as perfect in its exception and so admirably executed that the Everton defence was out-manicerved at every point. Finally Rutherford put in a centre and though hampered by several expectant Novos Scott is alive. A repetition of this dose would go a long way towards transporting the cup to Newcastle. The Blues opened out prettily in line, but the forward pass to Young put him offside but Makepeace grandly averted Newcastle endeavored to improve their advantage. Next followed an unexpected pass from Young, which Bolton strived at only too late, or Lawrence would have assuredly been defeated. Sharp next showed up very prettily on the left wing and forced a centre which Hardman executed very prettily. Once more luck was against Everton, Settle heading into the hands of Lawrence. The Novos now turned on full steam and attacked with such grim determination that it seemed almost impossible for Everton defence to resist the onslaught. There was a pretty exchange in midfield, there was still twenty minutes to play and the palm of victory was not in slight for a more perfectly balanced and evenly contested game, it would be difficult to imagine. But just when success seemed furthest away it suddenly appeared un sight, and this time materialized, with no offside to mar its lustre. There was a pretty exchange in midfield between Taylor and Settle, and the little man passed along smartly to Sharp, who resisted the attentions of McWilliams, and dashing along centred like a flash clean into the goal mouth, Young smartly following after the leather and finished up by doing the trick in fine style. Needless to say the pant-up feeling of the vast multitude broke forth in such a volume of sound that it was a wonder the threatening rain-clouds overhead did not discharge their deluge. The Novos did not take the reverse lying down and they pulled themselves together very gamely and indulged in a sequence of attack. Final Result Everton 1 goal, Newcastle United nil.

Comments on the Game
By F.E.H.
“The third time counts for all.” If there is any truth in the proverb, Everton should carry off the Cup today. Well, we shall know all about it in another couple of hours. Here in front of the Great Glasshouse, with its glorious surroundings of verdure and foliage all is brightened and animation. The beautiful grounds never looked better, but most of the visitors have eyed for nothing but the coming fight. How they rush and jostle each other in their endeavour to secure convenient places. Yet it is a good homoured company withal, and partisans laughingly chaff each other. Here are a couple of Northumberland minors carrying on a warfare with two Liverpool dockers, and oh, the language. Still, as I say, the arguments for the most parts are good natured and there is no suggestion of coming to blows. In front of the grand stand whereon are grouped all the leading lights of the football world, a capital head is discoursing sweet music, and all is merry as a marriage bell. It is a great occasion and Kipling might have sung of its as thus;-
Oh, East is East and West is West
Yet Mersey and the Tyne now meet
To out the issue to the test
With supple limbs and nimble feet
On West is West and East is East
And each has got their spirits up
To cheer us with a football feast
And linter alia cop the Cup
We are settling down in our place, when the sky becomes overcast and rain threatens.
Still we keep our spirits up and it is wonderful to watch the way the vast arena gradually fills up. In the trees that fringe the Peage side are scorers of venturous sprints who do not mind risking their limbs so long as they can see an historian encounter. It seems to me that there are scarcely so many ladies present, as usual, but plenty of colour is lent to the scene by the military who as usual are present in great force. Half an hour, before the start the minutes began to drag rather painfully, and it was interesting to notice the anxious faces of the rival directors. Judged by the solemnity of some of them, the fate of compares might be at stake. All the same, it is a great function and ought not to be treated lightly. Only a quarter of an hour now intervened between the patient spectators and the sport and everyone's spirits rise as the sun breaks through the envious cloud and once more lights up the scene. The police now begin to invite the promenade's to take their scats, and the only people left in possession are the “camera Sends” who are holding quite a field day. The remaining minutes are passed quickly and than a roar up as Andy Aiken leads his men into the arena. They look fit and well and trot jauntily, but in much greater volume of sound rises to the heavens when Taylor and his men resplendent in Blue jerseys appear. The prelimmaried are quickly settled and a capital augury comes in Taylor winning the toss. A few seconds later they are off. In a few moments 80,000 people are in the throes of excitement. Then half back play on both sides had cheers and counter cheers. Then Everton makes ground and has the benefit of a couple of free kick. From the latter of these disaster nearly overwhelms Newcastle for Sandy Young gets his head to the ball and Lawrence was distinctly luckily in getting the ball over the bar. Bravo, Everton! This looks like good business, for there is nothing like a capital start. This is apparently the common of Rutherford, who sprints away on his own account, but the splendid old war-house –the only man who figured in the last final –clears the danger. We now have another spell of midfield work, and Mr. Kirkham shows firmness in checking a little unnecessary vigiour on the part of Young. The ball is thrown up, and Everton again show a disposition to trouble Lawrence, but Bolton shoots ridiculously wide. So far the Evertonians are having all the best of the game. They are distinctly quicker on the ball than their opponents. This fact became apparent when Taylor forces a corner kick but Carr cleared. The Blues however, have evidently developed the bump of pertinently, for another corner is forced. Sharp places it with his usual accuracy and once again Young tired to head the leather into the net. We all told our breaths and them there is a chorus of Ohs” as the ball passes just over the cross-bar. Everton are now all over their rivals and, though the breeze is helping them, they are palpably playing better football. The pressure comes to an end at last, and Rutherford bounds away like a stag Abbott however, rushes to the rescue, and saves the situation at the expense of a corner. The Newcastle effort had only been a flash in the pan, but it might have ended awkwardly for the Blues. A few minutes elapse and the Evertonians are once again on the warpath, Settle from long range sending outside. This gives the United a chance to make ground on the left, but both Gosnell and Orr are dilatory and Balmer clears. The Northerners now rouse themselves to some purposes and despite two temporary cheers by the Everton halves Orr regains possession and sends the ball curling right across Scott's charge and just out of play –a very narrow squeak for Everton. Newcastle still stuck to their guns and for a time Everton are kept strictly on the defensive but relief comes when Rutherford shoot wide. Matters are now rather more evenly balanced and the great crowd begins to urge both sides to “play up.” Seeing that the whole twenty-two men are doing their level best, this exportation seems a little superfluces. But it seems to have the effect of spurning on the United forwards to superhuman efforts and both Rutherford and Orr try their luck with long shots. Then by one of those curious changes which no one can explain the pace slows down in a most remarkable manner, and for a time play was distinctly dull and uninteresting. Both sets of forwards attempts to breakaway but the half-backs work on each side is enorinously cleverly and thus the ball is kept well in midfield. Sharp makes an effort to distinguish myself, but Carr is one too many for the cricketer and our next thrill comes when Rutherford gets the ball from Veitch and running in shoots with lightning like force but the Irish goalkeeper is fully equal to the occasion. Nerving himself as though to receive a charge of cavalry be literally throws himself on the oncoming ball, and managers to put it outside. It is a magnificent feat of custodianship and earns the plaudits of friend and foe alike. This has been the most exciting incident of the match so far and it gives the game quite a fillip. Everton tried to make their presence felt, but there is always that confounded trio at half-back blocking the way, and twice Young and Settle are pulled up just as they appear to be wriggling through. The interval is now almost upon us and desperate efforts are made by the combatants to claim the lead. In this, however, neither side is successful and though United force a corner nothing happens, and when half time was sounded we draw blank, “as the foxhunter say.” During the brief breathing space the sun, which had retired some time before, again graped the assembly and there was every prospect of a hot forty-five minutes when the players reappeared. It was thought by many among whom was your humble servant that Everton had not made the best of their chances in the first half, and it was generally conceded that Newcastle with the wind in their favour would put on full stream. However, speculation is futile. Eleven minutes has elapsed and we are off again. The Everton right wing sniffed the breeze and Sharp like a young warhorse bent in battle, rushes off at a tremendous speed, and puts in a glorious shot which just fails. In spite of holding the weather gauge the Newcastle men are being pressed back upset their own defence and it is only at the last moment that McCrombie saves from Young. Sharp meanwhile is evidently burning to set the seal upon his season's work by giving his side the lead, for he again rushes forward and only fails when close in front of Lawrence. On the grindstone those countenances to which I alluded some time ago are becoming graver I wonder if the rival directors are really enjoying the game. They scarcely look it. Play is now marked by some excellent long passing, and both ends are tested in turn without the spectators being given an opportunity of yelling themselves hoarse. Sharp once again takes up the argument and showing a clean pair of heels to Carr he sends the ball swinging right across to the United goalmouth. Hardman on the opposite wing ought to get to the ball but he misses it, and Young who a standing in an offside position, cannot resist the temptation to net the leather. Many thousands of course think it is a legitimate goal, and a roar of voices never berate over the Survey world. Alas Mr. Kirkham has not the slightest hesitation in declaring the point offside and the Everton supporters sink back into their seat with varying expressions. Most of these it is almost unnecessary to add, are more forcible than polite. Newcastle appreciating the fortune of war now return to the attack in resolute fashion and Roberts send in a glorious swinging shots which Scott deals with manfully. Time is on the wing, and we have still to see first goal scored. Shall we have the satisfaction? People are beginning to ask each other. Visions of a reply at Owlerton Park next Saturday arises before us. Rutherford flies along the wing like a fashion but he stumbled at the critical moment and Scott is left untroubled. Along the Everton left and from a free kick close in Settle made the ball right into the goalmouth. Lawrence, however, is thoroughly alert and thus another possible goal is lost to us. Sharp and Carr who appear to have developed a great affection for each other – that is to say, they rarely leave each other have a series of amusing struggles in which they alternately come off second best. The cricketer was the first to get the best of the deal, for taking a pass by Taylor he raced through and neatly passes the ball to Young who has no difficulty in scoring. First blood to Everton. Was ever such a roar heard before. The good folks from Liverpool are apparently going wild with delight. Women change colour and strong men sob with emotion. Success surely is now Everton's portion. It cannot be otherwise. But the Newcastle men have opinions of their own on the subject for they “buck up” surprisingly and as the great game drawn to a close the excitement is immense. Evertonians are all “nods and beaks and wretched smiles. “

April 21, 1906. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lancashire Combination-Div 1
Played at Goodison Park this afternoon in miserable wet weather before a small attending. Jones and Sloane the new recruits Everton were down to play but did not but in an appearance and Batten took his place. There were several other alterations in both teams. Batten set the ball in motion for Everton, who lost the toss but before the ball was properly in play the visitors rushed down and were within an ace of scoring. Everton's goalkeeper just managing to save. Returning at once to the attack however, Huchinson scored a splendid goal for Earlestown. Everton unsettled by this early reverse played up, and Birnie getting hold, senting in a beautiful centre, but Batten failed to reach it. Another attack by the home began resulted in a goal but the ball had gone over the line before Birnie created and the point was disallowed. Everton after this had several chances, but the slippery nature of the ground spoiled their efforts. The rain had now creased and the attendance had greatly increased. After some further pressure by the Evertonians without result the visitors got down to the other end, when Sloan was called upon to save a good shot and did so very coolly. The Evertonians again attacked but Varratt when in a good position, fell, and the opportunity was lost. After this the pace slowed down, and heavy state of the ground evident having an effect upon the players. A foul against Earlestown gave Everton am opening, but the shot was effectively blocked by Houghton. Earlestown next made an onslaught but their shots at goal were very feeble, and Sloan had no difficulty in clearing. A rush by Everton nearly resulted in a goal, Houghton sending the ball back to the goalkeeper almost putting the leather into the net. A few minutes later Topping saved from Birnie but gave a corner and from the subsequent centre Heakins scored for Everton. Half-time; Everton Reserves 1, Earstletown 1.

April 21, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
Statement by the secretary.
The year's encounter for the final of the all-absorbing English Cup competition at the Crystal Palace is as great as ever. Particularly keen is it in Liverpool and Newcastle seeing that the contestable are Everton and Newcastle United. In both these great football centres animated indeed have been the discussions as to the respective teams. Of course the Northereners are sanguine that their team will win, and although undoubtedly they are the favourites, there is a quiet feeling of confidence that Everton at their third attempts to capture the trophy will be successful.
A special representative of the “Courier” wired from London last night as follows: - I have just seen Mr Cuff, the Everton secretary, and learned that the members of the team were all fit and well. They have benefited greatly by their stay at Chingford, which has been more like a rest than a period of special training. Golf on a four-mile course, walking amid beautiful country scenery, and occasionally sprinting has been the programme. Not a football has been kicked. The men will take the field fresh as paint, eager for the fray, and confident of victory. The exact constitution of the team will not be decided until the morning, there being just a doubt, so Mr.Cuff informs me, as to which of the Brothers Balmer will partner Crelly at back. The younger brother, Robert, has so greatly improved that he may possibly fill the position. Makepeace is now quite recovered, and he reported himself on Thursday as thoroughly sound. The men will travel to London to-morrow from Chingford, and drive to the Palace by motor “bus”. The Newcastle United team arrived at Euston Station from Rhyl in the early evening. They were taken to a quiet hotel, which is being kept secret, in order to stall off too enthusiastic supporters. I saw the men at their secluded quarters, and found the same confidence and preparedness in the Newcastle team as prevailed in the Everton camp. Up to the present there is no reason to doubt that the Northern team turn out as forecasted. The weather in London seems settled. It has been a glorious day in the south, although it was raining in Birmingham at midday, and the prospect is for fine weather. There is an expectation that a new record will be made in the matter of attendance as he Crystal Palace. The officials expect a hundred thousands people, and their arrangement are based on this anticipation. Record-breaking in this connection hardly seems likely, seeing that both teams come from a far quarter of the county, the south having no direct interest in the event. The reason assigned for the expectation is that having regard to the reputation of the teams spectators will hope to see an exposition of football of the highest class.
The Newcastle men have trained for the great match at Rhyl, where Aston Villa put up last year. Seen by a “Courier” representative at their training quarters. Aitken, the captain said “ We're got a good chance”. Asked whether he meant that he was fairly confident of winning, he said. “ I wont go as far as that.” It will be a hard game, and we have a good chance.” It is almost certain that Newcastle will have their full team to fight against Everton. The team stayed at Rhyl a month, and previously they were at Redcar, on the Northest coast. So that they have been in special training for quite a long period. Last year they stayed at Redcar all the time, and the change from the cold winds of that place to the much milder air of the south possibly had an adverse effect upon the men. This time a different plan is being pursued in the hope that a different result may be achieved. The men went through the usual training with ball punching, skipping, sprinting, walking, dumb-bells salt water swimming, baths, and so on, with an occasional punt at a football. Golf on the adjoining links provided pleasant light exercise. McWilliam, McCombie, and Howie are rather dab hands with the clubs, and most of the men can drive creditably. There was no difficulty was the training, the players thoroughly appreciating the nature of their task. With three exceptions they are all teetotalers, and the exceptions have no more than a glass of beer a day and not always that. Players and officials share the confidence of most footballers (outside Liverpool) that at the second attempt they-well carry the home the cup. They failed last year against the Villa, but that experience will stand them in good stead on the occasion, for they have this great advantage, that with a single exception the same team will do duty again. Perhaps it was nervousness –not an uncommon failing at Crystal Palace –but last year the team was reckoned to have played one of the very worse games of the season. This time the men will have been seasoned, stage fright is very unlikely indeed. The exception alluded to is that Orr, who broke his collarbone last year at Bolton, will be in the team, and Appleyard will be out. The advantage of playing the same combination in success years is very great. Perhaps League results hardly count, but it is nevertheless the fact that Newcastle have the pull over Everton in this respect in the present season they have defeated the Blues at home and away. Against this lot it he remembered that last years Newcastle beat the Villa in the League at home and away, but it was the Villa who took the cup. As for cup-ties Newcastle have forced, their way to the final by beating Grimsby 6-0. Derby County 2-1, after a draw at Derby, Blackpool 5-0, Birmingham 3-0, after a draw at Small Heath, and in the semi-final, Woolwich Arsenal; at Stoke 2-0. Except, of course, for the semi-final, which must be played on neutral ground, all the wins have been gained at St.Jame's-park. Throughout these cup-ties United have scored 20 goals to 3. Everton have 13 goals to 4. The teams travelled to London yesterday, by the 12-50 from Rhyl, and arrival in the metropolis before six o'clock. They will put up at a certain hotel in the city, and drive out to Crystal Palace in landaus this morning. What the Newcastle people want is a representation of the showing against the Arsenal at Stoke. Form like that, they say, will beat Everton. One official declared his confidence in the favourable issue of the event, and said that with even luck the Northerners would take home the cup.
The Newcastle team are favoured by the presence amongst them of a prophet. McWilliam, curiously enough, has accurately foretold the result, to a goal, of all their cup ties this year, and of not a few League matches. I have not the slightest desire to make fun of the noted Scotch international, and I mention the point because it has certainly a curious interest. Prophets go wrong sometimes, even football prophets but some of McWilliams's predications have been verified in striking fashion. He has foretold defeats as well as victories, and been correct to a goal. McWilliams says that Newcastle will win by 3-1.
Everton: - Scott, goal, R. or W.Balmer, Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards.
Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, McCombie, and Carr, backs, Gardiner, Aitkens, and McWilliams, half-backs, Rutherford, Howie, Veitch, Orr, and Gosnell, forwards.
Referee: - Mr. F. Kirkham, Preston.
Mr.F.E.Smith, M.P. for the Walton Division of Liverpool, in which the Everton ground is situated, is taking a deep interest in to-day's Cup tie, so much so that he is intending to be present at to-day's match at the Crystal Palace. Mr. Smith yesterday afternoon wired to Taylor, the Everton captain, wishing his team every success.
A meeting of the Management Committee of the Football League was held in London yesterday, Mr.J.J.Bentley presiding. The chief business was the consideration of the conduct of Everton, and Newcastle United, in playing largely composed of Reserves during the last fortnight. In consequence of the number of matches the sides had to play, the committee took a lenient view, and the clubs were each fined £50.

Athletic News - Monday 23 April 1906
A Mediocre Game; A Moderate Crowd
By Tityrus
The Scene in London
Wrapt in sleep there were recumbent figures on every form and on every chair at Euston Railway Station at midnight on Saturday.  Some of the tired travelers had gone to the beautiful land of nod leaning up against the wall.  Said the porter who was piloting me; “That Final comes but once a year, but it’s once too often.  Between now and 4.15 in the morning there are 39 special excursions to depart for various parts of the country.  Lor’ sir, we have been moidered to death.  Instead of going home at midnight, in fact, now, it will be six in the morning before I reach bed.  What all these fellows can see in this football I can’t make out.  I’ve been to one or two matches, but it’s no game for me, I’ll tell you.” 
“But,” I said, “there have been only 75,609 people at Crystal Palace today.”   “Just you believe me, guv-ner, it aint the people what goes to the palace as fills the trains.  It’s the people who come to London for a holiday and don’t go to the Palace.  Look at ‘em.  Look at their enjoyment.  Lots of ‘em have been sleeping there for hours.”   And I did look at them.  I remembered that these enthusiasts had journeyed far, had lost their previous night’s rest most happily, that they had been out to the Palace, cheered their heroes, fought with them, metaphorically wept with them, and madly cheered the victors.  Had they not seen Hugh Bolton, the last of the Evertonians, so to speak, clasp Sharp by the hand, place his other  arm round Sharp’s neck, and kiss Sharp’s check.  For Sharp had played one of the games of his life, and Everton had won that Cup at last.  Before going to sleep these enthusiasts, these club loyalists who, after all, keep football alive, had made London ring with their tumultuous shouts of victory.  When they saw a butcher’s boy all clad in blue coming down Ludgate Hill they mobbed him.  The poor child was distracted for the moment, but he joined in the fun when it came to saluting the Everton blue of his coat.  Girls with blue frocks, with blue necklaces, students with blue books (I mean bound in blue), and the crowd from Liverpool just let London see what Lancashire lungs are made of.  Blue was the royal colour.  They painted the metropolis blue!
Congratulations and Consolations
What more worlds have Everton to conquer?  They have been League champions.  They are now the proud holders of the English Cup, the most cherished and the most coveted trophy in the whole realm of sport.  Now they can sit and sigh like Alexander of old until some genius devises a new form of torture commonly called- a competition.  Of course, Everton may nurse ambitions to emulate the example of other famous clubs and strive to see many more honours inscribed on their banner.  Only once have they enjoyed the position of premiership, and this is the first time that they have been the guardians of the national trophy.  They will now look over the roll of the triumphant and see what Aston Villa have accomplished.  Perhaps, “Jock” Taylor will move; “That we use our best endeavours to equal the record and the dual victories of Aston Villa in one season. “  Then William Balmer will obtrude a black pool and a small voice, and humbly beg to second the proposition, which the team will carry with one voice. 
For about a quarter of a century Everton have been striving for The Cup.  At last the tiny bauble which is the cause of such heartburning and pother will be seen in the city of Liverpool.  If I mistake not, the vase has been taken to Goodison Park- notably when Manchester City won by 1-0, as Everton did on Saturday.  But then Everton could merely look with the eyes of envy, and affect a cynical disregard for the tinsel tankard with the double handle.  Now, however, with a sense of proprietorship, the Evertonians will rejoice that they have enrolled themselves among the small band of successful Lancashire clubs.   One feels that Everton have been rewarded at last.  They have often been so near, and yet so far.  They have been in a minority of one goal in two previous Final Ties, and in five different years have they been numbered among the last four.  For these reasons, then, we must feel gratified that the perseverance of a club which has ever maintained a high ideal of sport, and conduct, has been crowned with success.  Not one, not even Newcastle, can begrudge Everton their turn of Fortune’s wheel, and it is satisfactory that the Cup has found a new home in a great centre of the Association game.  Newcastle United are still a young organization.  They have suddenly sprung into power.  Their players are mostly in their prime.  Their day will come.  Let the Novocastrians cast their eye back on the history of Preston North End, and recall how that great combination were expected to win the Cup year after year.  Yet on one spring day they were mastered in an extra-ordinary semi-final tie at Trent Bridge by West Bromwich Albion.  The next year they were defeated by the “Throstles” in the Final Tie at Kennington Oval, but Preston’s turn came when they encountered the Wolverhampton Wanderers.  So, in the same way, we who love to see these honours go round, like the wheels of the watch which interested Helen’s babies will hope that the future has consolation in store for the United.  As I say, they are young, and they have still something to live for at Newcastle. 
The recurrence of the Final Tie Day seems to be making an impression even upon that gigantic wheel of life-they city of London.  Time was when the event just caused a ripple in the Metropolis.  But now methinks the denizens of Cockaigne have really begun to look upon this April anniversary at the Crystal Palace as an event worthy of their notice.  It is difficult –extremely difficult –to touch the heart of such a hugh community, such a congtheration of boroughs, as constitutes Great London.  The advent of Tottenham Hotspur, Woolwich Arsenal, or Fulham would mean an awakening.  But if London were not directly interested in the destination of The Cup this year they tolerated the invasion of their city by a Northern horde with complacency.  London was in the hands of men decorated with blue and white and black and white and aroused the sleepy and the slumberers.  Their spent the round of the sights, and they trooped out to the Crystal Palace to view at the Olympian battle.  In the morning the weather had been sunny and bright, but as the day advanced the sky began to mottled over with clouds the temperature declined, and the weather rather like the early autumn., with the absence of rain. 
Taylor won the toss.  The advantage was not overwhelming, but the Lancastrians made the most of everything likely to fall in their favour.  To the surprise of those people who expected to see Newcastle atone for last year’s disappointment, Everton took command of the game as soon as the ball was given motion.  The Everton right wing were the arch-raiders, and when the ball came swinging into the centre Young’s head intervened.  The effort was so dangerous and in such close proximity to the crossbar that Lawrence was glad to tip the leather over on to the net.  Sharp placed beautifully from the corner flag, and Abbott, dour and the determined as ever, tried desperately to open the scoring as he did at Birmingham, but Gardiner intervened, and changed the scene of operations.  But the far Northerners could rarely advance beyond the half-way line.  Sharp was fastening on to the ball, and indeed the triple and triangular combination between the wing-fasted Sharp, the industrious, bustling Bolton, and the masterly Makepeace were giving Carr and M'William more trouble than they anticipated. There seemed far more men in blue than half mourning. In vain the hesitating Gosnell tried to breakaway down his wing, for Sharp returned, and Taylor shooting, on the ground, corner-kick ensued. This Howie headed out, but Gosnell again failed, and the battle lay between Sharp and Carr. Still another corner-kick was taken by Everton, but Abbott, jumping up, was responsible for the ball going over instead of under the bar. Eighteen minutes had sped away before Newcastle ever took the war into the enemy’s country. Veitch passed out to Rutherford, who beat Crelley and was in the act of shooting into goal when Abbott rushed across the flight of the ball and yielded a corner-kick.  This was the first rally of the Novocastrians, and the change in the course of events quite roused the crowd from an attitude of pacific indifference.  Rutherford dropped the ball in so neatly that Gardner tried what he could do with his head, but he was wide of the netted haven.  Yet this was merely a flash.  The fire which the United threw into the movement seemed to die away, for Sharp and Makepeace were again the stormy
petrels of the Lancastrian.  Following a throw-in, Sharp centred beautifully and Settle helped the ball across the gaping goal-mouth with his useful head, but Hardman could not find the speed to arrive in time and turn at a tangent goalwards. Howie dribbled across the field until he could place Gosnell in possession. When the latter middled Veitch put the ball back to Howie, who was still at inside left. The famous Scotsman was well placed for a grand oblique drive, but his effort merely shook the outside of the net. Then Rutherford made an onslaught and brought out Scott to fist away. Even so Rutherford was hereabouts most persistent, and he tried hard to score. The United were determined to try and change the venue of the fighting, and we saw a pretty movement between Orr, Veitch, and Rutherford, with the result that Rutherford was responsible for a glorious screw into goal. But Scott saved with much adroitness. Nevertheless Newcastle nearly took the lead, but this merely served as an incentive to Everton, for whom Sharp and Bolton became very dangerous.  Still at half-time no goal had been registered. Although Everton had enjoyed much the better of the argument.
Even with the breeze at their backs Newcastle could not make any real impression upon Everton, who were soon again to the fore.  A foul on Sharp saw Makepeace pass back to Crelley who returned so well that Sharp’s shot flew just over the angle of the cross-bar. But really the leading work was all done by Sharp who received one very nice pass from settle.  The Lancashire cricketer swerved inside and nipped past Carr. At the critical moment the ever-watchful Aitken stepped in front of Sharp and actually shot at goal. Lawrence foresaw these tactics and fielded well. It was evident that Everton were much the better team and it appeared as if their sustained attack must meet with reward, particularly when Sharp made a superb centre which Lawrence pushed away. Even so, Hardman and Settle each appeared to have a chance of scoring, but instead of that they pushed the ball forward to Young, who netted.  The cheers soon died away when it was seen that the Goodison Park centre was very properly ruled off side. Occasionally there were spasmodic attempts by Newcastle, but it was very rare indeed that we saw their vanguard in anything like their proper form. Rutherford was prominent for one glorious dribble.   But Hardman had his chance next, and he made such use of it that Settle shot beautifully. The ball was right on the line when Lawrence dived, scooped It up, and hurled it away to his right. Still it was clear that even the Newcastle defence was being subjected to severe pressure. Could they bold out? The question was answered in the negative some thirteen from the conclusion.  Taylor, who had all along been in the thick of the tussle, swung the ball out to Sharp, who dashed past Carr and made a lovely simple low centre.  As the ball was coming in along a diagonal line Young rushed up, and crossing its path glided the ball into goal at a tangent.  It was merely a diversion.  Lawrence could not have gathered that ball with four hands, and so with only 13 minutes to run Everton took the lead amid much enthusiasm.   Some teams have the reputation of being unable to play until they are a goal in arrear.  They remind one of the man who is roused from the peaceable intentions by a blow.  We expected Newcastle to make a Herculean effort to at least established an equality.  Rutherford, Orr, and Gosnell did their best, but they were never deadly in their attack.  There was a time when they wrested two corners from their foemen, but they never really caused deep anxiety, and so the fate of Newcastle and the destination of The Cup were sealed by this one goal,  in all its solitary grandeur. 
Such is an outline of a match which fell below expectations.  I regret to say so much but candour compels the bare truth.  Rarely have I seen such a colourless uninteresting Final Tie.  Certainly the match was well contested, and there was no lack of earnestness or of endeavour.  To my thinking Newcastle United did not show even such good football as they did in the second half last year against Aston Villa.  On most occasions Newcastle give the classic football, but I am being forced to the conclusion that they are not a team for these pulse-quickening, thrilling, vital games.  Their style is purely academic, and is exactly suited for League life- where consistent endeavour week after week tells its tale on the table.  It is doubtful if Newcastle at present, whatever they may become hereafter, are a large-hearted, vivacious side.  From this it must not be inferred that I believe they are a craven and weak-kneed crew.   Some folk said that Newcastle were more nervous than last year.  But I should be more inclined to say that their failure was due to over anxiety.  The cause may be different, but the effect is the same.  The players were so keen that they could do nothing right.  There were times in the match when Lawrence could not even kick from goal, when the backs had little control either over direction or length, when the half-backs were poor in initiation, and when the forwards were a vacillating, flabby five without coherence or correlation, and apparently with object.  The whole Newcastle team were listless and lacking in life.  But this is not the Newcastle team that I and you know.  The greatest the occasion the finer some elevens play.  But this would not appear to be the distinguishing character of the Tynesiders.  Admittedly they suffered from Palace fright last year.  We were told that they could not make the same mistake a second time.  But they did, and it was difficult to believe that this was the Novocastrian team that I had seen smash up Birmingham.
Although the game was relatively slow, Everton were much the more vivacious and sprightly. Life in Epping Forest had evidently benefited the players, who seemed animated by a passion for victory.  They were faster to the ball and quicker in maneuvering it than their opponents.  Everton were, as readers will have gathered, generally attacking, and their work was more incisive and more finished than that of their adversaries, who have not often done themselves such scant justice.  Even if the game fell so far below anticipations, looking at the quality and the reputation of the rivals, there is no gainsaying that The Cup went to the more deserving eleven.  The “Blues” were a goal behind when Wolverhampton Wanderers won in 1893, and were “down” by 2 to 3 when Aston Villa were the conquerors in the Diamond Jubilee year, so that their turn came in due course.  Their vivacity turned the scale in their favour.
The feature of the encounter was the duel between Sharp and Carr.  Twelve months ago Brawn was the man who challenged Carr, and he began by legitimately charging down the Northumbrian.  The famous Evertonian, who played outside right for England against Scotland on the same ground last year, is not a man who believes in force as a remedy.  Sharp’s ideal of football is not bang, bang, crash, but to trick his opponent by his deft dodging of the ball, by tickling and coaxing it past his adversary.  He may bustle and hustle to some degree, but he believes that there is another way of getting on the other side of a man than by going through him, by felling him to earth and walking over his prostrate form.  There is, as politicians say –a way round.  Sharp is a diplomatists.  He relishes the way round.  And I admire him for it.  Sharp's play stood out boldly as the one thing in the match worth going to for. Truly, he was industriously plied by Makepeace, by Bolton, by Young, and by others, mostly with ground passes that he could take in his stride and utilize his thrilling pace. Sharp went along the touch, he came inwards, he doubled back, and he dribbled round, but never did aught was unnecessary, and he remembered that there were four other forwards waiting for the ball near goal. His centres were delightful. They were not too fast—but just fast enough and without screw. And when the hard worked for goal came at last from Sharp centre, everyone rejoiced that it was so. He had deserved success.  Young was morely the instrument. It was Sharp’s goal. From this torrent of words it must not be assumed that Carr allowed Sharp any latitude. It was always a duel between them; cut and thrust: on guard and come again. Just as I admired Sharp for his honest tactics so I was delighted with the manly exhibition of Carr. He is a fearless but a fair back, a straight face-to-face, unflinching man who, like Alan Breck, loves to have his enemy in front of him. When Sharp did get behind him, when he hooked the ball from the Northumbrian's toes, and was  away like a March hare, John Carr, of Seaton Burn, knew that chase was hopeless.  I can pay Carr no greater compliment than to say that he shared a portion of the honours with Sharp.  First one and then the other had a momentary triumph, but the Evertonian had a big balance, and he left Carr completely when the goal did materialise.  All honour to Sharp, and all honour to Carr.  Such a battle as they fought was in the true interests of sport.  It was one English international battling against another English international, and the man who has tested Caledonia was the winner on points. 
But next to Sharp I should be inclined to place Makepeace for his finished retrieving and placing.  He showed what he might have done at Hampden Park Fate been kinder.  Makepeace is a half-back with all his dexterity of a forward –and that was, after all, the key note of the Everton half-back line, for all three of them have played in the vanguard, and know what is required.  Makepeace can wriggle with the ball.  Abbott is a defender and a marksman.  “Jock” Taylor is a chip of the old Dumbarton rock, and still about as hard as that hold headland on the Clyde.  Taylor was just a stumbling-block to the Nococasterians.  He was not there to be beaten, and in the strength, the stamina, and the tenacity of the half-back line lay the reserve power of Everton.  These men would not let the Newcastle forwards play.  They forced them to part with the ball, and the result generally was that the backs cleared their lines.  Of the men behind, William Balmer struck me as the next best back to Carr.  His style may be a trifle risky, but he never misses the ball.  Balmer played well, and had a useful helper in John Crelley.  Scott could probably have done with more work.  In the first half he showed his skill when he saved that curious oblique shot from Rutherford.  Had that breakaway produced the first goal, as it might easily have done.  The Cup might have gone to Newcastle.  The first goal means so much in these Final Ties.  Towards the finish Scott was alert, and the way he tipped one effort over the bar showed that the Irishman was safe as the bank of England.  Returning for a moment to the Everton forwards, I should like to say that Hugh Bolton, who left Newcastle for Everton in January, is a lucky man to secure an English Cup medal so soon.  He was transferred from the rival camp to the victors.  But he has all the Scotsman’s cleverness in controlling the ball, and he is a serviceable watch dog for Sharp.  Although Young was off-side on several occasions he played a very useful game.  There was not too much individualism about him; not too much of one man trying to beat both backs.  His passes were delightful and none better than those he swished along the ground to Sharp.  Settle and Harold Hardman have often done better service, but it occurred to me that, while Hardman showed the capacity to take difficult passes, he was rarely favoured with nice opportunities.  More use might have been made of this light hussar-this Uhlan of the football field.  Still, we must take the Everton eleven as a whole, and give them hearty congratulation as a team, with one cheer more for Sharp.
Newcastle Notions
As I have said, already, I was again disappointed in Newcastle.  They never approached their standard against Birmingham at Newcastle, and they were, I am told, far below the form that they showed against Woolwich, when, for twenty minutes after scoring, their display was perfect.  The fact of the matter is, they had different opponents, and, above all, men of another caliber to face in the half-back line.  To see Newcastle with their famous middlemen beaten by rival half-backs was a revelation.   Lawrence, in goal, never cause for anxiety.  He did all that man could do, and he was helpless against a ball that was coming one way and was turned into the net at another angle by Young, whose quickness was a great factor in utilizing the pass.  And yet Lawrence had no room to rush out.  Carr was good, but I have seen McCombie more effective.  His judgement was sound, but he is much slower than of yore, and some of his clearance were wild and high.  The ball went anywhere on odd occasions.  Gardner was the most skillful and the most plodding of the half-back line, for Aitken, to my thinking, was kept entirely on the defence.  He seemed to be playing a safely game; hovering about helping the backs.  If he could take the ball he did with either head or feet, but if not, well, he never missed the man, and so gave the back the chance.  McWilliam met his master in Sharp.  It is not often that Peter McWilliam has this experience, but he found Sharp too speedy, too adaptable for him.  Rutherford was the one forward who did any justice to himself, and some of his runs were electrifying dashes.  At times Gosnell broke away, but he was slow in taking the ball and making away with it.  His hesitation was extraordinary, and between Makepeace and William Balmer he often found that he was treading a difficult path.  Orr and Howie, of course, did some clever work, but they were not the dominant forces that we have seen them, and Colin Veitch take the game all through, was by no means a success at centre-forward.  Even Veitch seemed harassed, distressed, and over-anxious.  For a man of his abilities he made some extraordinary mistakes.  The whole team was out of gear.
There was the usual rush for the pavilion when Mr. Fred Kirkham sounded his whistle for the last time.  Lord Kinnaird, the President of the Football Association, in presenting The Cup to Taylor, the Everton captain, said he was sure that the feeling which was uppermost in all their minds during the past two or three days had been one of the in tensest sympathy with their friends and brothers across the Atlantic.  They had read the sad story of the earthquake and the fire at San Francisco, and he felt confident that he was expressing their feelings when in the name of that great assembly he desired to voice to the American people, and especially to those at San Francisco, their keenest sympathy with them in their terrible disaster.  He hoped that expression would reach to the other side of the Atlantic.  Referring to the match, he must first of all, on behalf of the spectators, congratulate Newcastle on the wonderful performance that they had given, not only that day, but during that season.  They had shown how the game should be played.  If something was wanting to complete their triumph it was nevertheless a feat to come up for the Final Tie two years running.  He was sure that all sportsmen would feel that they could welcome Everton to the Crystal Palace after an absence of nine years, and he was glad see that their captain, who played nine years ago, had neither lost his courage nor his skill. (Cheers.) And in saying that he did not think that he was detracting from what any of them felt for Newcastle. Everton were entitled to take charge of the National Cup. They had watched the season now coming to a close, and they were convinced that interest in the game had not decreased, and if football was played in the future as they had seen it that day there was no fear that it would lose its popularity. Most cordially he congratulated the winners on the game they had shown. They deserved to take The Cup to Liverpool. It would be a proud day for Liverpool to have the English Cup as well The League Cup in their midst. (Cheers.) His Lordship then present! The Cup and medals to the winners and the runners-up. He shook Taylor by the hand. The Everton captain jumped up on the table, held the trophy aloft, and said that Everton had won at the third attempt. He hoped that Newcastle would take The Cup the next time they played. He then warmly shook Aitken by the hand, and handed The Cup over to Mr. Cuff, the Everton secretary. Mr. F. E. Smith, M.P. (Walton Division), said that it was his pleasing duty on behalf of the football team who were his constituents—and was proud of them(cheers)—to propose a vote of thanks to Lord Kinnaird. They were there that day for sport, and for sport alone. Newcastle had been to the Palace two years in succession, and stood out in the front rank of real sportsmen. He regarded Lord Kinnaird an example of the most distinguished among old English sportsmen—a man who had played the game in the good old-fashioned rough way, when they were not so particular shout about fouls and charges as they were now. Since his Eton days Lord Kinnaird had been known in the world sport, and especially for his most disinterested attachment to the finest game which the whole history of sport could show. He asked them to show their appreciation of English sportsman of the grand old school. Mr. Cairns. M P. (Newcastle’s, regretted that it had not been his duty to propose that vote of thanks. He had not rehearsed his pain, but most heartily second the motion. Newcastle had played a grand game, not only that day but last year. It seemed to him the fate of Newcastle to play the part of King Bruce and the spider. Dot they would try, try, try, until they reached the top, and won The Cup. Lord Kinnaird, reply, said that as he had given up playing, the next, best thing that he could do was try and help those who were able to play. They must assist not only the great clubs, but the young men throughout the length and breadth of the land.  He hoped that the game would be played in the same sportsmanlike way that they had seen that day. They must try, by increasing the number of grounds, to bring the game within the reach of all at school, so they would have a grand sport that they could follow when they entered a larger world.  (Cheers).  Then the people said “Heigho” for London town, home, and sleep.
Everton; Scott; Crelley, W. Balmer; Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, Hardman.  Newcastle United; Lawrence; McCrombie; Carr; Gardiner, Aitken (captain), McWilliam; Rutherford, Howie, Veitch, Orr, Gosnell,

April 23, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
A Great Crowd and Enthusiastic Scenes.
At the third time of asking Everton have won the English Cup. This has been their ambition since the club was formed. On two occasions they fought for it, but lost a goal. On Saturday, however, they defeated Newcastle United by one goal to nothing, and thus for the first time in the history of Liverpool football the Cup finds a resting-place in the Mersey seaport. Great interest centred in the encounter, and the Metropolis was invaded by what years ago was described as “ the Northern horde”. Excursions trains, not only from Newcastle and Liverpool, but from all parts of the country, poured into London during the early hours on Saturday, and the presence of football enthusiastic was evidenced by the conspicuous display of club colours and favours of an ingenious description. All roads seemed to lead to the Crystal Palace. Certainly it was no easy task to make one's way to the great glass house. At the ground, however, admirable arrangement's existed, and although a crowd of upwards of 75,000 people assembled there was no trouble of any kind, even with the venturesome spectators who found a vantagepoint in the trees surrounding the enclosure. It was known early on that Newcastle United would play their full team, but not until half an hour from the start of the game, did it transpire whether William or Robert Balmer would appear in the right back position. The Everton players who had been staying at Chingford, travelled direct from the beautiful spot to Liverpool-street Station, from which place they journeyed to the Palace in a motor “bus.” A short consultation on the part of the Everton directors resulted in the elder Balmer being selected to partner Crelly. The teams which Mr. F. Kirkham, of Preston had to control were as follows: - Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer and Crelly, backs Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, McCombie, and Carr backs, Garner Aitken (Captain), and McWilliams, half-backs, Rutherford, Howie, Veitch, Orr, and Gosnell, forwards. The referee had the assistance in the capacity of linesmen of Captain E.G.Curtis (Hon. Secretary Army F.A.) and Mr. N. Whittaker (secretary Southern League). The conditions were favourable, seeing that the wind was not of material advantage to either side. An hour before the time for the game to start it seemed as if the fine weather of the early morning would break. Fortunately however, for the comfort of the vast concourse of spectators, only a few drops of rain fell, and the match was contested under pleasant conditions. Taylor, who captained the Everton team, was fortunate enough to win the toss, but this gave his side only a slight advantage. Everton started off with rare dash, their idea evidently being to snatch a goal if possible in the early stages of the game. Carr, the Newcastle left back, was pulled up for fouling Sharp, and from the free kick Balmer placed the ball well in the goalmouth, and some intensely exciting incidents followed. Settle tried desperately hard to head the ball into the net, but Lawrence managed to tip it over the bar. Everton failed to utilise the corner kick, and in a swooped down by Newcastle, Taylor effected a wonderful clearance from Howie. Unquestionably Everton had more of the play than their rivals, though it was only too evident that the contestants, more particularly Newcastle, were suffering from the excitement naturally with such an import encounter. Scott, the brilliant Everton custodian had nothing to do for at least a quarter of an hour, but although the Everton attack was the more conspicuous, their efforts in front of goal lacked method and finish. Gradually United forced matters, and following a mistake by Crelly, Abbott was compelled to concede a corner. This, however, was easily cleared, and the Blues again found plenty of work for McCombie and Carr, whose defence was by no means of the standard expected of such noted backs. The equality of the play did not come up to expectation, and there was little opportunity afforded to the big crowd to become enthusiastic. A sequence of thrown in detracted from the interest, and it was quite a relief to the spectators when the ball was placed to Veitch, who, however, shot yards wide of the mark. Sharp tried to get away on his own account several times, but he was too well watched by McWilliams to ever become dangerous. Just before the interval Rutherford made a great effort to give his side the lead, but Scott was not to be beaten, and when the teams left the field at half-time nothing had been scored. Although Everton had enjoyed more of the play than United, the latter's attack spasmodic as they were spelled danger every time. In the second portion of the game, when Everton had to face the sun and the wind, the chances seemed to favour the Northerners. The Evertonians, however, rose to the occasion in galliant fashion, and quickly showed that if determined effort counted for anything they meant to do all that was possible to gain the day. They fairly bombarded the Newcastle goal, and Hardman forcing a corner off McCombie, the Newcastle defence appeared likely to be penetrated at any moment. Aitken, however, was “tower of strength” and when Carr nearly shot though his own goal Lawrence skillfully averted the danger. After this, the Novocastrians were more in evidence, but Balmer and Crelly, the former in particular played a great game. It was the outcome of a huge kick by Balmer, which led to a strenuous onslaught on the part of the Everton front line. From a centre by Sharp, Young placed the ball into the net, and the crowd cheered until it was noticed that the referee had disallowed the point for offside. After this neither side for some time could claim any advantage, and the probabilities were in at the match would have to be re-played. Less than a quarter of an hour from the finish neither side had scored a goal. Then to the intense delight of the Everton supporters Young defeated Lawrence. Although the point must be credited to Young, it was really Sharp's goal. The speedy winger evaded both McWilliams and Carr, and centring accurately Young had only to tip the ball into the net. This success had an inspiriting effect on Everton, but Newcastle played up in plucky style, so much so that the last ten minutes of the game provided more excitement for the spectators than all the preceding stages. Balmer fell away somewhat under the excitement, but this was a small fault in view of the excellent work he had previously accomplished. Strive as they would Newcastle were unable to equalise, and amid a scene of great enthusiasm Everton became the holders of the English Cup by one goal to nothing.
As soon as the game was over the people gathered in front of the grand stand, where Lord Kinnaird, the president of the Football Association, presented the Cup to Taylor, the captain of the winning team, and also medals to the players. His Lordship made a brief reference to the disaster at San Francisco, and said he was sure everyone would sympathise with the American people in their sorrow. He afterwards congratulated Everton upon their victory, and expressed the hope that on the next occasion Newcastle got into the final they would emulate the feat of their victors that day in carrying off the cup at the third attempt. Taylor briefly responded and thanked the lordship, to whom a vote of thank was accorded on the motion of Mr.F.E. Smith, M.P. for the Walton Division of Liverpool, seconded by Mr.T.Cairns, the member for Newcastle.
At last Everton have gained the most highly prized trophy to the competition of football teams. The club has a long, and distinguished history. Everton is one of the very few clubs holding an unbroken record for consistency meritorious work. The Championship of the League has fellen to their prowess, and the closing stages, of the English Cup Competition has more than once seen the famous Blues in the field, Three times have they now completed in the final round, and at the third time they have secured the trophy. It is a far cry to the time of the Fallowfield affair, when Wolverhampton Wanderers snatched an unexpected victory more recently Aston Villa carried off the prize. Now it is Everton's turn. An enormous crowd witnessed the match, but the attendance by no means constituted a record. It must be confessed that as an exhibition of football the game was very disappointing. Only on rare occasions were we treated to those brilliant flashes of play which delight the eye of the critical spectators. Taken as a whole, it was a very mediocre match. On the day's play Everton were undoubtedly the better team. They started out at a great pace, and in the opening stages, the promised to overwhelm their opponents. Nearing goal, however, their tactics were feeble. Helped by the wind, and, opposed by a pair of backs in McCombie, and Carr, who were neither tackling well nor kicking strongly, the Everton vanguard should certainly have put on at least one goal before the interval. That they did not do so was due more to ineffective forwards play than to the equality of the United defence. When the game opened out, the Newcastle forwards were the more dangerous. Colin Veitch set the example of quick shooting, which his colleagues were not slow to initiate, but here again the forwards were lacking, for their shooting was very poor. Throughout the game, in fact, there were very few decent shots put in by neither side. The winning goal was directly due to an individual effort Sharp got the ball almost on the edge of the pitch from one of the Everton halves, and whipping round McWilliams, the cricketer had a race with Carr down the touch line, Sharp was the speedier, and although running at top speed he got in a perfect centre right across the face of the goal, Young was on the spot, and he had the simple and delightful task of tipping the leather past Lawrence into the net. Young did his duty well, but Sharp must have the lion's share of the credit for his historic goal. Contrasting the players Everton shone in the rear division. W.Balmer probably never played a better game than on Saturday. He tackled coolly, and kept a good length with his punts. He was a trifle shanky at the close, but on the whole his performance was of a sterling character. At half-back there was little to choose, between the teams, but the advantage was slightly on the side of the “Blues” Taylor always had Veitch well under control while Makepeace and Abbott allowed little latitude to the wings. The United had the better set of forwards. There was more accuracy and methods about their work. Their wingmen were the best. Gosnell being especially noticeable. They were rarely got into that machine-like precision of movement for which they are famed. The Everton halves looked after that, but when they did get going they were dangerous, bad shooting at the finish saving the situation for Everton of the winning front line, it may be said that Young played well up to expectations. He worked hard and worked well, even apart from the winning goal which, he secured. Settle and Bolton were always busy, and the latter was the more prominent. Hardman and Sharp did very little, the inside play, being the feature of the Everton forward line. The Blues were the better of a moderate set of contestants. They have succeeded in bringing the cup to Liverpool, and with the titular team annexing the League Championship, and Mersey City is to-day the most distinguishing football centre in the kingdom.
Captain & Secretary on the victory.
After their exciting experience the Everton team spent the Sunday in a sensible fashion. They drove out to Hampton Court and enjoyed the mild but inspiriting beauties, which Dame Nature spreads before us every springtime. Of course they were a jolly part. The ebullitions of triumph, which made Saturday night memorable, had by no means exhausted the capacity of the Everton camp for the celebration of the occasion. The events of that evening were nevertheless of a fairly exhilarating character. After the match the players mounted their motor bus, and in the midst of team was the glittering silver cup. Mr. Cuff, the secretary, was with them, and the trophy was the apple of the eye. The Cup was once stolen; it will not be stolen this year. The Blues had a triumphal progress of the town, cheers ringing in their ears. They went straight to the Charterhouse Hotel, and dinner was discussed by as joyous a company as ever stretched legs beneath Mahoney. Mr.F.E.Smith, who represented both Liverpool and Everton at the Westminister talking shop, was there. Afterwards the party drove off to the Albambra. Here and at other music halls of the town pictures of the final were shown. The Cup was again on view. Mr. F.E. Smith filled it with a sparkling liquid, which soon found a warmer environment than cold metal. Up betimes in the morning the men found a bright spring day awaiting them. I took an opportunity of asking the Everton captain his opinion of the match. It was a hard game “hard game” he said. “It took us all our time to get one goal in, but one was as good as twenty at the finish.” Mr.Cuff the secretary, considered that the win was well deserved. “On the day's play” he said “Everton were the better team.” It was a defensive game throughout, each team checking the other rather than attacking themselves. It was a strenuous contest. Of course I am delighted that the Cup comes to Liverpool. This is the fifth year of my secretaryship, and I was never more proud of the team that I am to-day. The Blues went out to Hampton Court with the Black and Whites. Despite the keenness of their disappointing the Newcastle contingent took their defeat like sportsmen. They fastened with their victors in hearty fashion, and the sentiment was freely expressed, that Everton having won at the third trial, Newcastle might repeat the performance for which they have qualified by two attempts. McWilliam's prophecy was considerably forgotten. After an enjoyable visit to the historic Palace at Hampton and the glories of the Thamas by Kingdom, the return was made in good time, and a long night's rest taken in anticipation of the League match to-day. At ten o'clock this morning the players ontrain at Maryleborne for Sheffield, where they engage in League warfare once more. There is talk of decorated engines and saloons and perhaps the Blues at Liverpool have arranged a welcome for their hopes. Player and officials will be delighted to get home with the Cup.
The Everton will arrive at the Liverpool Central Station at 8-15 to-night. Coaches have been engaged to carry a numerous party from the Central Railyway Station up to the club premise in Goodison-road, and the route will be along Church-street, Whitechapel, Byrom-Street- Scotland-road, Kirkdale-road and Walton-road, to the ground. The English Cup will be conspicuous on view. The players are all well, and hearty, except that Makepeace is not quite himself, his exertions of Saturday having told somewhat against his recent injury.
A Treat For Coupon Winners.
“What won Everton the Cup” “Why, Oxo, of Course” The person with a weakness for football cup conundrums has the answer here straightaway. Yes, and Oxo was at the Palace to see them win it. This was as it should be. Accordingly the proprietors of the world-famous Oxo, who are nothing if not enterprising, drew up a scheme giving their successful couponists free excursion from Liverpool to London to see the “grate fife” beneath the shadow of the stupendous glass house at Sydenham. For this they decided to have a competition, the conditions of which were that the thirty fortunate individuals who sent in to the company's offices the greatest face-value of Oxo portrait coupons-you know them on the top of the bottle –were entitled to the bountiful dispensations of the company in the shape of a seat in a special corridor carriage from Lime-Street, and a reserved and numbered seat in the five-shilling stand on the football ground. Very attractive, indeed, so thought a large number of Oxo consumers, especially those who followed closely the fortunes of the winter game. There was an additional incentive in the fact that the Evertonians themselves know something of the virtues of the toothsome and sustaining beverage; and might there not be, it was asked, a connection between this and the triumph of the team? A free trip to witness the final was not to be ignored for the want of a little effort to secure the right of entry to it, hence the flood of coupons at the company's office in London.
Well the lucky thirty were in high jinks at the treat awaiting them. They were at Lime-Street in good time on Friday night for 11-25 train, which was to carry them to the Metropolis. Some came from Liverpool others from Birkenhead, Southport, and Lancaster. A “Courier” representative was in vited to participate in this novel trip, and thus his feverish anxiety to witness the great event was allayed. Amongst a crowd on the platform of ordinary football excursionists distinguished by the Blue and White rosette, the couponists were looking out for their especial carriage when there came in slight on the windows the words, in striking red,” Oxo party” Privacy on a football execrsion is something to be thankful for, no doubt that was why we were so envied by the other trippers, who had to be satisfied with the regulation compartment, which lacks the corridor useful for a “leg-stretcher.” Our carriage, therefore, was the cynosure of all eyes. Those enthusiasts who had to remain at home but had come to see their friends off crowded round one of the windows to glance at an excellent photographic group of the Everton players mounted on a bright red cardboard, the players evidently furnishing testimony for the head-line on the card “Oxo gives stamina.” We were all Enthusiastic Evertonians, by the way, a fact which pleased the crowd. We came in for a special cheer as Stationmaster Humphreys blew the whistle of command, and the heavily weighted train was quickly lost sight of at the platform. Under the guardianship of Mr. Fairbairn, the North of England manager of the Oxo Company, everything on the journey down went happily, and Mr. F.Shape, the Liverpool representative of the company, saw well to the commissariat department, and passed round something in the shape of reviver known by the name of Oxo, and also another perhaps even more familiar. Such things are necessary noncombatants to night railway travelling especially as one never seemed inclined to fall into the arms of Morpheus. The football fever was too pronounced for this. There was one amongst us, yelped George the Troubadour, who kept the party in good humour by his vocal touches and entertaining stories. Our train ran into Kesinington in good time, and at the order of the station officials we alighted, the merry shouts of the trippers awakening the peaceful slumbers of aristocratic Kenisington for it was then a few minutes before five o'clock. Here the Oxo party were free to do as they liked for the day. They spilt up into small parties, and proceeded on a tour of sight seeing. One of the chief attractions of London because it is the newest was the motor bus. It would appear that this latest invention is taking possession of London Streets, though the speed at which it rattles along and the constant throbbing of the engines, now and again throwing off vapour's highly suggestive of the domestic washing days, is calculated to have a nerve destroying tendency. A ride on the top of the bus, however, is by no means unpleasant, rendered occasionally exciting by the daring steering of the motorman, as he appears to drive through impossible spaces. Visits to Westminster, Abbey, St Paul's or the House of Commons filled in the forenoon, and them tracks were made to the Palace, where the Oxonians' to invent another appellation, were once again found together in a cluster on the five shilling stand, and relating to each other their experiences up to that part of the day's proceedings. Some had come across the other Oxo party from Newcastle, the company having organised a party from the Northern town as well.

Mr. W.C.Cuff, the Secretary of the Everton
Football Club writes:-
“Our players speak in very high terms of Oxo, they appreciate its sustaining qualities and the benefits they derive from it, especially when training for the many important matches which take place during the season.”
W.C. Cuff, the secretary Everton F.C .
Athletic News - Monday 23 April 1906
It is difficult to imagine the football enthusiasts of any centre so happy as those of Liverpool this morning.  On the same day that Liverpool played their last match in the League, of which they are now the champions, Everton realized an ambition years old by winning the greatest guerdon of the realm of sport-The English Cup.  It is eminently fitting that the national trophy should be taken to Liverpool for the first time in its history by the senior club of that great city, the club which virtually gave birth to their rivals over the way at Anfield.  Everton has ever been among the leading organizations.  They were one of the original League twelve.  They gained the championship in the third year of this federation, and they remain the one and only club which has never been even in danger on degradation to the second-class.  Long and honorably have they striven to uphold the best traditions of the game, and long and honorably have they struggled for The Cup, which was twice appeared within their grasp and yet has eluded the grip of their captain.  As the French say, "All things come to those who wait," and so Everton can now grace the palatial table of their palatial offices with the silver urn which is a symbol of an invincible campaign amongst the best 64 clubs in the country.

Athletic News - Monday 23 April 1906
No. LXIIL-A. Young
Crown ye the brave!  Crown men of worth
With wreaths of laurel fair!
Let cries of triumph now ring forth,
And split the ambient air!
Ley songs of victory be sung.
And carol one in praise of Young.

O Evertonians, such a day
So fought, so sweetly won.
Bath ne’er inspired a roundelay
Since ever time begun;
As sweet as toffee to the tongue
Was that one splendid goal by Young

Well was the eager vanguard led,
With strong impetuous rush
As shall be well remembered;
And oh, that death-like hush
Which o’ver the Novocastrians hung.
When Fate doled out the goal by Young.

Had we but lived in Homer’s times
Or he had lived in ours
This name were worthy of his powers-
Alas! My halting rhymes;-
How nobly, in his Grecian tongue.
Had the old bard have sung of Young!

What shall he have who won the match –
Who on safe Lawrence Stole,
And quick as flame flash fierce did snatch
That glorious winning goal?
A statue on a plinth so tall
Erected near St. George’s Hall!

Venue, London,, E.C.

April 23, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 38)
The appearance of Sloan late of Belfast Distillery, in Everton's team on Saturday coupled with the interest in the Cup Final doubtless accounted for the capital attendance at Goodison-park. Everton had a very mixed team. Grundy playing half-back and Butler centre forward. Sloan saved a grand attempt from woods, in the first minutes, but was beaten just after by Hitchinson, with a fine drive. Play to the interval was very poor, but just before the whistle sounded Hopkins headed past Topping and equalised the score. The second half was better contested and Everton gained the lead through the aid of Butler, who beat Topping after a smart dribble, a previous fine attempt by the same player just missing and Everton won by two goals to one. Sloan had not much to do but his save in the first minute was splendid. He is a tall and well built, and should prove an acquisition to the club. The backs were uncertain Evans played well at right half with Butler, Barrett and Birnie were the pick of the forwards. The Earlestown defence was the best part of the team the forwards only shaping moderately.

April 24 1906. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton team appeared at Owlerton yesterday to meet the Sheffield Wednesday team in the rearranged fixture. They should have met there on Saturday but the Blues had better fish to fry. The pair had met twice before the season at Goodison Park and on Decemeber 10, the Blues won the League match by 2-0, and on March 10, the cup by 4-3. The Everton party at London (Marylebone) yesterday morning at ten and travelling by the Great Central reached Sheffield Victoria at half-past one tasking lunch on route. They drove down to the ground from the station taking the cup with them to Owlerton. On arrival in Sheffield Wednesday there was a great crowd at the Station to meet the Evertonians and the drive from there to distant Owlerton was punctuated by cheering from those assembled to see the victorious team. The directors and players drove through the Cutlery City in two brakes and “Jock” Taylor carried the cup so that (Sheffielders might at least view of the nation football trophy). The weather though rather cold and gusty, was fine, and there was a fair attendance when the men turned out. There were three changes in the Everton team from Saturday. Makepeace of course was not expected to play but it was something of a surprise to find both the full back absentees. Both Crelly and W.Balmer were, however, not quite up to concert pitch, and at the last minutes the directors arranged the team as follows:- Everton: - Scott goal, Hill, and R.Balmer, backs, Black, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Lyall goal, Layton and Crapper, backs, Brittleton, Crawshaw (Captain), and Bartlett, and Davis, half-backs, Bradshaw, Wilson, Stewart, and Tummon, forwards, Referee Mr.A. Green. It says much for Sheffield sportsmanship that they gave the Evertonian's a rousing welcome when they appeared, and the cheering was renewed on the grand stand when the directors appeared with the cup and placed it in a prominent position. Everton won the toss, and Wednesday started towards the Lepping-lane goal against the wind. Stewart tricky play, went right through, but Hill cleared. The check was however, only temporary for Stewart came again and shot just inches wide of the mark. After this there was a further attack on the Evertonians goal, and Wilson receiving a forward pass by Bradshaw had no difficulty in finding the net, but the referee gave the point off-side. The home team kept up the pressure, and Stewart put in lighting shot, which Scott just saved with his left hand. The game so far was altogether in favour of the home side, who were literally making rings round their opponents. Sharp broke away on the right, and was only pulled up at the expense of a corner. Returning to the attack, Davis came suddenly down the wing, and tricking Balmer, he made straight for goal, but the latter brought him down. The referee at once gave a penalty kick , and Davis took this, but to the great delight of the Evertonians present Scott brought off a wonderful save. Having thus escaped the Everton men now got somewhat into their stride, and a free kick near the half-way line enabled Hardman to receive from young Balmer, and after a fine run, he finished up with a rather tame shot, which, however, only missed by inches. A scramble in front of goal found the Wednesday defence weak, and Bolton notched the first point of the game with an easy shot at short range. This success was beautify cheered, and the visitors now proceeded to show much improved form, and within the next few minutes Wednesday goal had a couple of marvelous escapes, Settle shooting just over the bar, while Lyall managed to reach a lighting shot from Young. Keeping their advantage the Evertonians kept the Sheffield Wednesday defence exceedingly busy. Hardman being conspicuous for several fine dashes down the left, but Bolton failed with an excellent shot, which went across the goalmouth. The Wednesday now pulled themselves together, and returning to the attack, Tummon, the reserve player broke through, and ran grandly to goal, but Scott had no difficulty in saving. Following upon this Balmer was forced to concede a corner from Bradshaw, while Davis placed finely, but Scott once more bore out his reputation and effected a magnificent save. At this point rain began to fall heavily, and the players continued the game under rather trying conditions. Still the pace was as fast as ever, and both goals were visited in turn without anything of real moment happening. Matters were now rather more evenly balanced, and both sets of backs were kept upon their best behavior. A very clever combined movement on the part of the Everton forwards nearly brought them a second goal, for Young taking a short pass, struck the upright with a tremendous shot, the ball rebounding into play. At the other end Hill and Balmer were kept busy for a time, but it was not long before Sharp was on the warpath, and he looked certain to score when Crapper cleared just in the nick of time with a determined punt. The Wednesday then ran down in business like fashion, and Bradshaw passing forward to Wilson, the latter banged the leather into the net, but he was palpably offside. A moment later Stewart broke through on the left and from near the corner flag he sent in a lovely shot which gave Scott some trouble, and Davis receiving from the clearance again put the ball in the danger zone, but Tummon shot without sting, and Scott managed to save at the expense of a corner. This was easily disposed of, but the home team were now forcing matters and for some minutes they gave the defence of the Cupholders an anxious time. Bradshaw on one occasion ran through, and skimmed the crosssbar when he had Scott completely beaten. At the interval approunced the Sheffielder became over vigorous, and fouls against them were unpleasantly frequent. Nevertheless, Everton kept pegging away, and from a neat pass by Sharp, Young shot into Lyall's arms. The Sheffielders pressed in turn, and Tummon shot strongly, but the Irish international was all there. A few seconds later however, the Blades dashed down in the most determined fashion, and after Scott had saved from Davis and Wilson, Bradshaw scored just before the whistle went. Half-time one goal each.

The second half was not only exciting, but disastrous to Everton. Directly on resuming, Stewart shot in very finely and afterwards Brittleton was conspicuous with very fine half-back work. As a result Everton were unable to get away Davis put a beautiful centre across which Stewart met putting the ball back to Bradshaw, who cleverly headed a second goal ten minutes after the resumption. Following upon this the Sheffielders had all the best of the argument, and they fairly clinched matters when shortly before the close Tummons added a third goal. The falling away of the Evertonians was scarcely to be wonderful at after their hard fight on Saturday, and it is scarcely surprising that they were beaten. Sharp tired visibly towards the close, and Hardman was of little use, Young tried hard to score up to the last moment, but he was very carefully watched by the home backs, and the home contingent well deserved their victory of 3 goals to 1.

“I have derived great benefit from using Oxo when in training for football.”
J. SHARP, Everton F. C

April 24, 1906. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Seldom has there been a scene of more fervid enthusiasm in Liverpool than was last evening witnessed when the victors of the English Cup fight arrived at the Central Railway Station. Raleigh street. The announcement in last evening's “Liverpool Echo” was the means of acquainting the public with the hour at which the team would arrive at the station from Sheffield namely, twenty minutes past eight o'clock. Informed in this manner, the citizens turned out in their thousands to greet them from all parts of the City. All the thoroughfares, which converged towards the Central Station, had their streams of people bent upon extending welcome and congratulation to the Evertonian. Rightly, gauging the temperament of the community in connection with the triumph of the Everton team, the police had made elaborate arrangement to prevent anything in the way of panicky crushes in the thoroughfares environing the station. The temporary barriers requisitioned chiefly on the occasion of Royal visits, had been brought into use, and served a capital purpose in enabling the police to regulate the crowds, and the vehicular traffic which was necessarily maintained up to a short time before the Sheffield train arrived. Thousands of people pressed around the station, eager and buoyant in their desire to do honour to the conquering team. The blue rosette the “favours” of the Everton supporters were seen on countless breasts, female as well as male, and from not a few business establishments there were suspended streamers of flags. Everywhere there were visible tokens of rejoicing, and on all hands were heart murnurings of intense satisfaction at the issue of the memorable Crystal football struggle. Within then station very adequate efforts had been made to permit of the arrival of the team being fittingly greeted by the directors, officials, and friends of the club. Superintendent Ramage (head of the Cheshire Lines Railway Police) and Inspector J.Hogg had charge of the station. Mr. F.O. Lloyd represented Mr. Pinion the manager, who was absent in London. A number of privileged persons were allowed on the platform, which otherwise had been especially reserved to facilitate the reception of the Cupholders. The Lord Mayor who as soon as he heard of the victory of the Everton team expressed a desire to meet them at the earliest possible opportunity, for the purpose of offering them the congratulation of the city, was on the platform when the train only due in at 8-20, steamed up at 8-12 amid the unrestrained applause of all in the station. A soon as the train came to a standstill, the players slighted, headed by Taylor, the captain, who bore the cup in the right hand. Amongst others on the platform to receive the players besides the Lord Mayor, were the following directors of the Everton Club: - Dr.Baxter, Dr. Whitford, and Messrs W. R. Clayton, J. Davies, G. Mahon (Chairman), E. A. Bainbridge, D.Kirkwood, A. Wade, B. Kelly, and H.Wright, with the secretary (Mr. Cuff). The following directors represented the Liverpool Club: - Messrs, Edwin Berry (Chairman). J.McKenna, (Vice Charman), J. Asbury, W. C. Briggs, and. J. Fair, with the secretary (Mr. Tom Watson).

The Lord Mayor, who was mourited on a railway truck covered with an elegant carpet square, provided by the Railway Company, addressed the players. After taking the cup in his hands from Taylor, the captain of the team who passed it up for inspection, he said he felt he could not do less in his official capacity as Chief Magistrate of the city than he present on their arrival to receive them as they brought back that very handsome cup. It was not so much the value of the cup; but the fact that it carried with it the laurels of victory. They had been to the Crystal Palace twice before, but whether from bad luck or indifferent play on these two occasions, they failed to win the cup. The third time however, they had brought the great and magnificent trophy back. The possession of the cup carried with it prestige throughout the length and breadth of the land which placed Everton now in the forefront of the football teams, not only of England, but throughout the world. He felt it was his duty to congratulate the team on behalf of the citizens of Liverpool upon their triumph. At least one half of the male citizens of Liverpool and a large proportion of the female population were smypathisers with the game of football. On behalf of the whole city he tendered to the team the heartiest congratulations upon their well-deserved victory. He trusted they would continue to retain the laurels they had now won for many years to come. He would like to say that in that the hour of victory of the Everton team, he would like to speak also in congratulatory terms of a neighbouring club –namely, Liverpool. The city of Liverpool was in a position that no other town, had ever, been placed in before –namely of having within its boundaries not only the winners of the English cup but the champions of the League. He would like to tender to Mr. Edwin Berry, who was chairman of the Liverpool Club, and the club's directors the congratulations of the Everton Club, the citizens of Liverpool, and himself on the victory they had secured in obtaining the championship of the League. He turned that for years to come there might be a good feeling between those two clubs, and that they might work together in harmony and good fellowship, and win similar laurels again (applause). Mr. Edwin Berry (chairman of the Liverpool Club) proposed a vote of thanks to the Lord Mayor. He congratulated the Everton Club on their great victory. The Everton and Liverpool Clubs indulged in friendly rivalry, but there was no ill feeling between them. He was sure that amongst the first to congratulated the Everton Club on their brilliant achievement were the directors of the Liverpool Club (applause).

Mr. George Mahon (chairman of the Everton Club) seconded, and Taylor the captain of the Everton team, who raised aloft the covered trophy which was prowess of his men and himself had won, supported the thanks, which were vociferously conveyed. The Lord Mayor then descended from the improvised platform which he had addressed the successful team, and along with the eleven visitors permitted himself to be photographed. There were several hundreds people on the platform. After the players had received the personal felicitations of many of their friends so asscombled, they mounted the four-in-hand awaiting them preparatory to driving to their own enclosure at Goodison Park. The rode outside the coach, which was garily decorated with bunting. Taylor occupied a prominent position, with the cup alternately in his lap and held highly in the air for the benefit of the admiring populace, who as they gazed upon it, cheered with all their might. With an escort of mounted police, and preceded by torchbearers, the coach slowly left the station. As it emerged from the precincts of the station, the great crowd of several thousand people who stood a solid mass in Ranelagh-street, the foot of Bold-street, and Church –street, raised a tremendous shout of jubilation. Thanks to the arrangement of the police, under Mr. Lane, Deputy Head Comstable, an avenue had been cleared up the centre of Church –Street, and along the victorious team's barouche commenced its triumphal tour of the football ground, where the directors of the club had prepared a worthy formal reception for the team. Church-street was thickly lined on both sides with enthusiastic supporters of the club, who in no uncertain fashion conveyed to the team their cordial appreciation of the valorous deed the eleven had performed. From Church –street, the coach turned into Whitechapel, which was equally thronged with more or less excited admires of the Everton team. The route to Goodison-park was via Byrom –street, Scotland- road, and Walton-road, and thence to the football ground. Throughout almost the entire journey the thoroughfares were so crowded that the progress of the coach was necessarily impeded and slow. The result was that the comparatively short distance travelled occupied about an hour in being covered.

The scene at Goodison Park was one of unbounded enthusiasm. Before eight o'clock, a large crowds gathered in the vicinity of the ground to which they were admitted as the time for the victorious team to arrive approached. There was in the gathering a large number of juvenile football devotes whose pop up enthusiasm found a vent in improving words appropriate to the occasion to snatches of old-time popular songs. As the brakes containing the men drove up, perceived by the escorts of mounted police , the songs became a mighty cheer. Jack Taylor the sub captain, who, in the absence of the captain, directed the game on Saturday, showing the cup to the delighted crowd.

Subsequently the men appeared on the director's stand, which was illuminated by five torches, and this was the signal for a renewed outburst of cheering. A number of the directors were present, which included Mr. Mahon, Mr. W. R. Clayton, and Dr. Whitford. When the enthusiasm of the crowd had subdued to a degree sufficient to enable the proceedings on the stand to be heard. Mr. Clayton addressed the gathering, expressing his pleasure at the reception, which had been accorded them. Such a demonstration, he said spoke volumes for the interest taken by the people of the city in sports. Referring to great match, he said although there was no cocksureness about their men, there had been grim determination, and plenty of it, and they had obtained to what they had set out to accomplish. Mr. Clayton's speech was punctuated by tremendous applause, and at its conclusion the crowd- clamoured for “ Jack Taylor” but the latter having completely lost his voice thus indulgence was denied. The crowd was then left to disperse of its own accord, while the directors and others who had travelled with the men partook of light refreshments inside the offices of the club. In Goodison road, the crowd lingered to catch a glimpse of the herons, of the moment, but stern in junction to “ Move on “ were soon given by the police, and a very few minutes sufficed for the mounted, men to clear the street. The people then scattered in all directions slowly, but good humoredly satisfied at having assisted in the most remarkable popular demonstration that had ever taken place within the city boundaries.

April 25, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Liverpool's thousands who gathered together, to meet the Everton team on Monday night were it has just transpired almost deprived of the slight of the English Cup through a singular incident. At the close of the League match between Everton and Sheffield Wednesday at Owlerton, the Everton officials and players made off in a great hurry for Wadsley Bridage Station, a mile and a half away to catch the express, which was being specially stopped for their convenience. In their excusable haste, they left the valued trophy on a table in their dressing-room, decked i8n the glory if its ribbons, as it was, and so reached the station without it. In the meantime it had been discovered by the Wednesday people, and sent after the Evertonians post haste in a trap. Thus the trophy was returned to its sorrowing friends and Liverpool rejoiced after all; but Liverpool's rejoicing with the City absent would have been a mockery –like “Hamlet “ without the prince.

Edinburgh Evening News - Saturday 28 April 1906
No player ever served the club better than James Adams, regarding whom the last one heard was bad news, the once popular back being reported to have lost some of his fingers as the result of a car accident in America, where he has been for some years.  Adams was not always over scrupulous in his methods, and in the course of an exciting game he fisted the ball out of the goalmouth and prevented East Stirlingshire getting the lead at a crucial time in the game. The local crowd mobbed the Hearts and a gentleman associated with the game went one better, with the result that after sundry exchanges of view the penalty kick found its way into the laws of the game and their attachments.

April 30 1906. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The Blues concluded their League programme on Saturday by entertaining Notts Forest, who were in sore jeopardy as to their future association with the First Division, and had it not been for this circumstance, Saturday's game would have had but little special interest. Happy had it been for the unfortunate Foresters if the Blues had been content to rest on their Cup laurels. But it was not to be so. There were two good reasons for castigating the visitors even through the result should proved entirely disastrous to the Lacemen. First and foremost, the Evertonians have suffered a number of home defence and disappointment this season, which must have tested severely the patience and loyalty of their supporters, and the possibility of submitting to defeat in their final engagement was not to be thought of a moment. The second reason was equally powerful. As holders of the English Cup the armour propre of the Evertonians was too tender to allow consideration for a moment of their being taken down by prospective wooden spoonists. Poor, then, was the chance of the Forresters when they appeared in the Goodison Park arena. Operations were carried on under almost Arctic conditions, at any rate for the time of year. The hailstorms were terrific, and resembled a mighty shower, bath of hail. The players faced the storm of stinging hail very gamely, but a quarter of an hour from the finish when victory was assured. Jack Sharp had enough of it, and retired. Under these depressing circumstance the spectators might congratulate themselves on witnessing a very fine game. The opening moves of the Evertonians did not hold out any prospect of dealing gently with the doomed Forresters. Settle was very lively, and manoceurvred and manipulated with wizard like dexterity in less than five minutes he got in a telling short forward pass to Young, and Sandy with a deadly shot, discomforted Linacre and delighted the spectators. The Forresters were not downhearted by the early reverse, and Craggs and Rothery put in some readily capital work, whilst Hadley, Dudley, and Craig frequently spoiled the Everton combination. The Blues were, however, always the superior lot, and they opened out some capital opportunities which fizzled out when the finishing touches were put in. young, Bolton, and Sharp gave a delightful exhibition of clever gameful work, but Dudley tackled with great cleverness, and had a fair share of success against the formidable trio. Notts were given one very easy chance, and Lessons improved it in masterly fashion. The operations which led up to the Forresters equalising did not reflect credit on the home backs, who allowed themselves to be drawn up the field, and after being beaten together neither could fall back, and thus the Notts centre was unmarked and unimpeded and in beating Scott, he soon succeeded. The Blues were little concerned at their visitors getting upsides with them, and for some time made no great efforts to force the pace, and naturally enough, the spectators became somewhat restive, and encouraged their favorites to buck up a bit. As this period the Forresters made a brave effort to gain the lead, but Balmer and Crelly were not to be drawn off twice, and however, able the Foresters might be in working up the attack the more invariably crumpled up when subjected to his approval of Everton's remorseless janitors. Settle, who had all along been busy, just before the interval presented the leather to Bolton in an admirable position, and that worthy put his side infront. Neither Armstrong nor Needham were equal to checking Bolton, who gave a highly interesting display of effective and Interco to footwork. The early portion of the second half was notable for a sequence of good chances thrown away by the Blues, who were quite outplaying their visitors in midfield. At last Young put the issue beyond doubt with a fine individual effort. After the this it was a procession and the Forrester ascended to struggling helplessly in a not. They had played neat, and pretty football, but one could not imagine that it was a lift and death struggle, and it is extremely likely that lack of courage and tenacity has relegated the Forresters to the second Division. young and Bolton shared the goals equality, and both of them showed that they have maintained their form and cleverness right up to the close of the chapter. May next season show even greater improvement. Teams : - Everton: - Scott goals, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain) and Abbott, half-backs Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Notts Forest: - Linacre, goal, Gray, and Dudley, backs, Hadley, Needham and Armstrong, half-backs, Cragg, West, Benson, Morris, and Rothery, forwards. Referee A.J.Barker.

Athletic News - Monday 30 April 1906
Everton received a royal welcome from the citizens of Liverpool on their arrival from Sheffield with the Cup.  This was the first occasion that the trophy had been brought to the city, and the event was signified in most remarkable fashion.  The streets were packed by a surging crowd, and, Mafeking might failed utterly by comparison.  Some canard has been going the rounds of the Press during the week about the Cup being left behind at Owlerton last Monday in the hurry which was exhibited to catch the Liverpool express at Wadsley Bridge.  This is absolutely devoid of truth, and we are assured by Everton that the trophy which they had striven for so long, and at last secured, never left their possession for a moment.  The paragraph was the outcome of an unscrupulous imagination. 
Various suggestions have been forthcoming to commemorate the fact that of the English and League Cups, coming to Liverpool, but nothing definite has been determined upon up to the present.  The idea of a joint gathering of the two clubs and their supporters has been mooted, but many objections would arise if an endeavor were made to bring such a proposal seriously forward.  We see that a circular has been issued in Liverpool soliciting subscriptions towards a fund for the benefit of the Everton players.  The motive is praiseworthy, but there are two objections to such a scheme-firstly, that the Football Association have shown their strong disapproval of testimonials of this nature; and, secondly, that the appeal has not been issued as the result of the public voice.  Each of these separtively is sufficient to dwarf the suggestion, and it seems to us that there are better ways of commemorating the clubs’ success which would more forcibly appeal to the public, and also meet with the Association’s approbation.
A Long-Lived Trio
Apropos of the English Cup being handed over to that hardly “son of the rock” Taylor, it is interesting to recall (writes a Scottish correspondent) that Taylor missed a Scotch badge by a narrow shave as long ago as the spring of 1891.  While the competition of that season was developing Dumbarton, undefeated for the better part of the season, and Third Lanark were strongly fancied for the final; but the Heart of Midlothian defeated the Glasgow team in the semi-final and following this up by a single goal win over Dumbarton team included “Dicky” Boyle, Jack Bell, and Taylor, the latter being one of the youngsters in the eleven.  All three migrated sooner or later to Everton, and all three are still playing, Boyle being an occasional member of Dundee’s half-back line.  The last named’s single “honour” was inclusion in the Scottish League eleven at Bolton in 1892, Taylor played for the Scottish league against the English body and for Scotland against Wales and Ireland, while Bell went the whole round of the International and the  inter-League matches, and gained a Scottish badge with the Celtic. 

Athletic News - Monday 30 April 1906
By Junius.
The visit of Nottingham Forest to Goodison Park was fraught with more interest to the Midlanders than to the Cup holders, and it was naturally expected that the Foresters would offer bold bid for victory, but such was not the case. I never saw a team make such a feeble effort to escape the trammels of the lower circle. A point would have sufficed to clear them, but the original Reds never seemed like sharing the  honours, and after a most puerile exhibition they were deservedly beaten by four goals to one.  Everton were content to adapt themselves in the necessities of the situation, and really they were never extended.
Details of the game are not necessary, beyond the bare mention of the goal scorers.  Young led the way with an individual effort, though he should never have been allowed to get in his shot.  Lessons equalized with an almost precisely similar move, but there was never any possibility of the Reds pushing the Cup holders close.  Bolton gained the lead just before the interval, and despite the fact that the Foresters enjoyed the benefits of the breeze afterwards, they made no use of it.  The second half was continually spoiled by showers of hail and sleet.  Straight away from the restart West ought to have equalized a second time, for he got within half-a-dozen yards of Scott with the ball at his toes, but he failed to take advantage of the opening.  Then Craig completely missed his kick, and Young had nothing to do but race ahead and plant the ball in the net, this being the second grit of the afternoon.  Near the finish Bolton put on a fourth from Sharp's centre, and the discomfiture of the Foresters was a matter of fact.
Criticism under such conditions is almost uncalled for, seeing that one side had little cause for uneasiness and yet experienced no difficulty in winning, while the other, which had tremendous issues at stake, could not even gave their rivals a good game.  The Midlanders played like a beaten team from the start.  Their forwards were moderate half-backs ditto, and the full-backs nicest unreliable.  Under pressure, and there was not much of the quality forthcoming, the latter failed lamentably, and as the game progressed, and the chances of the Foresters retaining their status became gradually weaker, so did their efforts pale in efficiency.  In the forward division Morris strove hard to give his partner.  Rothery, opportunities of making headway, but the new recruit to the Forest ranks shaped moderately.  He was slow in getting away, and when favourably placed shot straight at Scott when three of his comrades were waiting almost unmarked for a centre from him.  The Reds seemed to be contesting a forlorn hope throughout, and made the mistake of not playing the game to a fighting finish. 
They had the sympathies of the crowd, and I did expect they would have proved themselves keener opponents.  Hadley, at half-back, and Morris, inside-left, were the only men on the side who gave any trouble.  At times Craggs and West on the right wing, showed fair form, but there was nothing concerted about the forward work, and Scott was rarely called upon to clear a difficult shot.  Rothery was a poor substitute for Spouncer, who has often showed to advantage in Liverpool, and with a capable partner Morris might have been a source of danger.  Linacre had no chance of stopping the shots that beat him, and the exhibition of Dudley and Craig at full back was woeful.  Frequently they missed the ball altogether, and their tackling was almost a minus quantity.  Worse defence could scarcely be imagined.  The custodian was not to blame for the defeat, for the Foresters had left their fighting form behind them, and thus they descended into the Second Division.  We anticipated a stirring struggle, especially on the part of the Reds, but all we saw was an effeminate exhibition.
Everton were easy winners.  I should not like to single out any member of the team for special mention.  To say that they were a better side than the Foresters is not a compliment; they indulged in fancy movements, which often materialized, and they took risks which also came on. They were more than equal to the demands made upon them, and they finished their League campaign with the easiest victory during the season. Everton; Scott; W. Balmer, Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor (captain), Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman.  Nottingham Forest; Linacre; Craig, Dudley; Hadley, Needham, Armstrong; Craggs, West, Lessons, Morris, and Rothery.  Referee; Mr. A.J. Barker, Hanley. 
Everton; Scott, Sloan, Depledge (goal); Balmer (W.), Balmer (R.), Crelley, Hill, Strettell  (full-backs);  Booth, Taylor, Abbott, Makepeace, Chadwick, Black, Donaldson (half-backs); Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, H.P. Hardman, Donnachie, and Cooke, (forwards). 



April 1906