EVERTON 4 SUNDERLAND 1
April 1, 1907. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S SHARP SHOOTING
The bill of fare at Goodison Park on Saturday was scarcely appetising after the intense excitement of the Good-Friday match between Reds and Blues. Not many years ago Sunderland's was a name to conjure with, and their visit to Merseyside was an even of supreme attractiveness to the football enthusiast. Everton and Liverpool attracted a mammoth crowd of 49,000, but on Saturday the Wearsiders inglorious efforts were watched by little more than 12,000 spectators, and truth to tell, the game did not deserve any greater support, although, in contradistinction to the previous day's struggle, goals were plentiful, and this is a factor which delighted the spectators. Everton is hardly recognisable as th8e might Blue combination with Taylor, Abbott, Hardman, and Young, yet it is a powerful tribute to the reserve power of the Toffee that substitutes could be found, who were apable of soundly trouncing the visitors. Booth, Chadwick, Jones and Donnachie, replaced the missing members, and one and all gave a capital account of themselves. With such an experimental forward line matters might easily enough have gone none too well with the Blues. In that forward line the crowd was particularly interested in Prescot Jones, who with the reserves have been responsible for a remarkable strings of goals, which stamps this young man as a player of satisfactory ability. Jones is a centre forward and his only fault is Nature's for he is not blessed with a full share of avoirdupois. Against Sunderland, the local lad prove wonderfully sharp, for hesitation has no part in his composition. He knows what to do instant, and, as a rule his intuition is right. Unlike most of our forwards he does not trap the leather, but checks its flight and sends it forward at the same time, and, in most cases he succeeds in following the leather instantly without losing possession. He also shoots swiftly and accurately, and the direction of his shots is most disconcerting to custodians. Experience will improve his judgement when he pass out to his wings, and in this respect, he may learn much, but when he does pass it is with accuracy and judgement.
EVERTON'S ATTACK PROVES IRRESISTIBLE.
Donnachie was in brilliant form, and neither Foster or Willis could hold the Everton winger in check once he got fairly away with the ball; consequently Donnachie was the dominant force in the attack and his well timed centres were during the first half, a continuos source of anxiety to Ward and his backs. Everton's left wing, represented by Settle and G. Wilson, was not too successful, chiefly owing to Wilson's change of position. It is not suggested that the men were wanting in earnestness or energy, but only that they were not the most forceful section of the line. Taking it as a whole, Everton's forward line was a most workmanlike combination, smart, subtle, and energetic, and altogether too potent for Sunderland's defence. Jones scored two of the four goals, but Bolton opened the account, and Settle scored the fourth in somewhat unusual fashion. Everton were three goals up at the interval, and were deserved to be, for there was no comparison in the effectiveness of the two attacks. Sunderland's was impotent, and both Booth and Chadwick harassed the visitors attack so ceaselessly that the brothers Balmers found little difficulty in taking the measure of those forwards who got through the half-back line, and tried conclusions with them. Shortly after the interval Settle put on Everton's fourth goal, and Sunderland looked quite a spent force, and consequently there was a palpable easing off on the home side. Gradually Sunderland found their true form, and then the aspect of affairs changed entirely, for the home defence became almost demoralised and Scott was constantly in jeopardy. Everton's defence so irresistible in the first half, fell away to nothing, and the visitors were quite the dominant party, sweeping through the Blues defence in grand formation time after time. But Bridgett, Gemmill, and Brown must have lost the art of shooting, for the efforts of the Wearsiders were unaccountably weak. Hail the visitors marksmen taken reasonable advantage of the openings brought about by really excellent tactics and footwork they would have scored two, if not three goals, but after another they failed lamentably with an open goal inviting them. Scott, who guarded his citadel without so much as a blemish, for a long period, accumbed in the last minute of the game to one of the tamest goals imaginable. After successfully resisting the attack in chief of the Sunderland left wing, Scott lose his bearings entirely, and slipped on one knee, as Bridgett nipped round him and netted comfortably, Sunderland were fully entitled to score on their play in the second half but it is rather hard lines on Scott. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal W. Balmer (Captain), and R. Balmer, backs Makepeace, Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs Donnachie, Bolton Jones, Settle and G. Wilson, forwards. Sunderland: - Ward. goal, Rhodes, and Foster, backs, Tait, Barrie, and Hill, half-backs Brown, Ross, Shaw, Gemmill, and Bridgett forwards. Referee J.H.Pearson.
ST HELENS RECRETION 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 1 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 31)
A couple of defeats on successful days has had the effect of practually putting an end to Everton's chance of championship honours. A 3-1 reverse at St. Helen's followed a 2-1 defeat at Southport on Friday, but excuses could be made for this second beating. It was hardly to be expected that the Blues would be able to show their best form when the sides would have to under go four or five changes from the usual eleven. Booth, Chadwick, Donnachie, and Jones were all doing duty for the first team, and thus both the half-back and forward lines were weakened. Nevertheless the Goodison men had some capable players to take the places of these absentees, and seeing that the Recreation triumphed by 3 goals to 1, and that after being in arrears at the interval, the winners are deserving of congratulations upon their success. Everton scored their goal when playing with the wind in their favour. But on ends being changed the Recreation went to the front, and with H. Roberts, G. Roberts and Waring scoring. Everton had to acknowledge a 3-1 defeat. The Recs deserved their success, for they showed smart form all round. Dougherty was safe in goal, and was well covered by his backs, while everyone of the halves and forwards was good. Sloan kept a good goal for the visitors, Strettle was the better back, and Black the most prominent of the middle line. Rouse and Graham did the best forward work, but Jones was missed.
NEW FORWARD FOR EVERTON
April 1, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton club has just signed on a new player Couper, of the Hearts of Midlothian. He plays either centre forward or outside right.
EVERTON SIGN COOPER, OF HEARTS.
Dundee Courier-Tuesday 2 April 1907
Everton have been successful in securing transfer of Cooper, the right-winger of Heart of Midlothian. Cooper is a smart player, but has not been a success on the right this season, and the change may do him good. Hearts have received a tidy sum for his transfer.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 ACCRINGTON STANLEY RESERVES 0
April 2 1907. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 32)
At Goodison Park yesterday. Teams. Everton: - Slogan goal Strettell, and Stevenson backs Black, Wright, and Donaldson half-backs Donnachie, Graham, Rouse, Cooke, and Butler, forwards. Accrington: - Gaskell, Hampton and Shaw, backs, Barlow, Chadwick, and Brindle, half-backs, Bradshaw, Wilson Carter, Scott, and Garside, forwards . Everton led off and Donnachie's centre was headed away by Hampton. Then followed a forward move by Stanley, which resulted in Garside putting in a beautiful centre, which Sloan luckily cleared. The succeeding play was of an even character, neither side being able to claim any advantage until Carter managed to forward a pass off Stevenson which caused some trouble. The Accrington forwards, forced several excellent openings, but offside invariably neutralised the advantage. The first real attempt at goal was a shot from Barlow, which Sloan cleverly saved. Then Donnachie finished a good run with a centre, which found a resting-place on top of the rigging. The next item of interest was a sustained attack on the home goal, during which Sloan was twice in difficulties, and he was forced to put forth his best efforts to avert defeat. Shortly afterwards Accrington were awarded a free kick for “hands” against Wright. Sloan saving from Stott. At this stage it was obvious that the visitors were enjoying the best of the argument, and on one occasion Garside had only to tip the ball into the net to score, when he made a wretched hash of the opportunity. Donnachie was responsible for several fine centres, but Rouse was not an opportunists. Half-time Everton nil, Accrington nil. The visitors continued to have the best of matters for some time after the interval, until at length Everton got into their stride, and Graham scored. Afterwards Everton held the advantage, and five minutes from the finish Donnachie added a second goal for the Blue. Result Everton 2, goals Accrington nil.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 BURY RESERVES 2
April 3, 1907. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercy
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 33)
At Goodison park last evening before 2,000 spectators. Teams : - Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Crelly, backs Black Booth, and Wright, half-backs, Rafferty, Donnachie, Jones, D. Wilson, and St. John, forwards. Bury: - Mears, goals, Walcock, and Holmes backs Chorlton, Humphries, and Bollins, half-backs, Hodgekinson, Talbot, Kay, Warburton, and Bradley, forwards. Everton pressed from the start, but they failed to make any real impression on the Bury defence. The Shakers eventually relieved the pressure too their goal, and Kay sent in a ground shot which cannoned off Crelly's foot into the net quite out of Sloan's reach. During the succeeding stages of the initial half the Bury players were much smarter on the ball than their opponents. The Evertonians appeared to take too much for granted. Times without number the Everton forwards had the Bury defence beaten, but even then they failed to find the net. On the other hand, the Bury players were always triers and they certainly deserved their goal lead at the interval. Half-time Everton nil, Bury 1.
After the interval Bury continued to show superior tactics and as the result of sustained pressure on the Everton goal, Kay notched another point for the visitors. hands against Crelly in the penalty area gave Bury a further advantage, but Sloan brought off a remarkably fine save from Hodgkinson, to whom the penalty kick was entrusted. Kay was always a danger when on the move and on one occasion he finished a brilliant individual effort with a rasping shot, which just topped the crossbar. At the other end Booth for a moment became a forward, and got in a fine centre which Mears cleverly handled. Everton improved towards the finish, but the effort came too later. Bury fully deserved their success. They were the cleverer team in so much as they made the best possible use of their opportunities. Everton had chances but they failed to take them. The Everton forwards have rarely given such a miserable exhibition of course it was something of experimental lines. Result Everton nil, Bury 2.
JAMES CALDWELL, GOALKEEPER, EAST STIRLINGSHIRE F.C.
Falkirk Herald - Wednesday 17 April 1907
Few goalkeepers have had more enviable junior record than James Caldwell, East Stirlingshire Football Club. He is now 22 years age, and a native of Carronshore, having been born and brought up in that village. In the year 1901 he made his debut, a footballer a humble way by joining Carron Thistle, but his connection with that juvenile combination was short lived, and after having played for the team promising style for two months entered the ranks of Gairdoch Juniors, and remained with them during the rest that season. At the commencement of the following year his services were given to Dunipace Juniors but during the greater part of that season he acted as reserve to Adams, now of Celtic. Towards the end of the season, however, Adams severed his connection with Dunipace, and it fell to Caldwell to act as custodian in the final ties for the Stirlingshire Junior Cup, Falkirk and District Cup, all of which were won by Dunipace. In the following year Dunipace gained the Stirlingshire League championship, the Falkirk and Distrct Cup and Denny Shield, while in the next they again were champions of the Sterlingshire League, and they secured possession of the Stirling and District Denny Sheild. Last year was their most successful season, and at bthe end of it they were holders of the Scottish Junior Cup, Stirlingshire Junior Cup, Stirling and District Cup and Denny Sheild. During his connection with Dunipace, Caldwell played most consistently throughout and as goalkeeper had much to do with the success of his team. In the early part of the present season Caldwell joined East Stirlingshire, and since then he has continued the good work which he did as a junior.
BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 EVERTON 0
April 8 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON LOSE AT BIRMINGHAM
A TAME GAME.
Since Everton's right to appear for the second year in succession in the Cup final became assured, interest in their League engagements naturally suffered. True, they had on paper a fair chance of competing successfully with Newcastle United for championship honours, but in these days of hugh programmes and strenuous football it is pretty obvious that no team can hope to accomplish the dual feat of heading the League and securing the English Cup. It is evident that Everton have set themselves to retain possession of the English trophy. Their League fixtures were such that there was little probability of their gaining the highest honour in the competition. Consequently it can readily be concerned that their match on Saturday at Birmingham partook more of the nature of holiday football than of real striving after League points.
THE ONLY GOAL.
It has also to be taken into account that international calls deprived them of the services of their left wing, Hardman representing England, and his partner, George Wilson, Scotland. W. Balmer also, was absent owing to an injured leg, but with Bolton back again and such capable reserves to call upon as Crelly and Donnachie, Everton turned out a very fair side. Birmingham's magnificent new enclosure was not seen at its best on Saturday. The weather broke down just before the match and the rain and cold snap materially affected the attendance. Indeed, although some 12,000 people were present they seemed a mere handful on the ground which it is estimated can accommodate some 70,000 spectators. For the first half hour of the game Everton, without unduly exerting themselves had the better of the play, but there was lacking the sting on the part of the forward line, which is essential to success. The footwork was pretty enough; still, shooting was by no means up to Everton's standard. Having survived a somewhat trying period, the Birmingham men pulled themselves together, and largely owing to the cleverness of Tickle. Green scored what proved to be the only goal of the match. The second half was for the most part dull and uninteresting, and both spectators and players were not at all sorry when the end came with Birmingham victorious by a goal to nil.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
While the Everton players did not bestir themselves too much, they gave an exhibition, which was not without pleasing features. Especially in the earlier part of the proceedings they showed a command of the ball, which if anything series had depended upon the issue, might easily have brought forth goals. Both Sharp and Donnachie indulged in some fine sprints along the wing, but generally their efforts were neutralised by the ineffectiveness of Young, who certainly was far behind his usual standard. Bolton, too, was scarcely as resourceful as he can be, and Settle was not too, ready to force the play. The half-backs, without being too conspicuous got through a lot of good work. R. Balmer played a fine right back game, and Crelly reappeared with success, although at times he was disposed to take too many risks. Scott, as ever, kept a good goal, and was in no way responsible for his side's defeat. Birmingham's defence, once it settled down, was steady and effective, and probably the most noticeable of the forwards was Tickle at outside right. Teams: - Birmingham City: - Robinson, goal, Glover, and Stokes, backs Beer, Wigmore, and Dougherty, half-backs, Tickle Green, Jones, Coran and Anderton, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goals, R Balmer and Crelly backs Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle and Donnachie, forwards. Referee J. Mason.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 2
April 8 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 34)
Blackpool found Everton Reserves in an aggressive mood on Saturday, when they visited Goodison-park and although the Seasiders put up a good fight, they were no match for the strong team when Everton turned out. There were three new players in the Blues' ranks: -Couper, outside-right, Duggan, on the extreme left, and Adamson at right half –and all showed promise of ability, Couper pleasing most. After a period of quite play, Booth gave Couper a long forward pass, and the late Hearts player ran close in, and though rather vigorously attacked he found the net with a splendid shot. Rimmer scored from a penalty for some infringement, but Booth put Everton ahead just before the interval. On the change of ends play favoured Everton, Jones scoring with a clever efforts, followed by Booth, who shook the rigging with a shot worthy of Abbott. Rimmer was again the means of increasing Blackpool's score, but “Prescot” Jones once more found the net, and Everton ran out easy winners by 5 goals to 2. Turning to the winners, Sloan kept up his reputation as a fine keeper, whole Stevenson was the better of two good backs. Booth was easily the best man on the field, and it is indeed pleasing to see him in such form. Adamson, who is slightly built, was not very prominent, but he got through a lot of work in quiet style, and had plenty of resource. Couper made a successful debut, his weight proving of services, while Duggan –Old Xaverian players –was always worrying the defence, and in worthy of a lengthened trial. The inside men also were good. Jones being in form, and scoring his usual goals. On the Blackpool side. Crosenthwaite despite the score against him, played a safe game. Lowe and Anderton were capital at the start, but fell off somewhat while Clarke was the best of the halves. The left wing, Gow and Rimmer, were the best of a fair set of forwards, though they did good work.
Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Stevenson backs, Adamson Booth, and Chadwick halfbacks, Couper, Graham, Jones, D. Wilson, and Duggan forwards.
CAPS FOR EVERTONIANS
April 8 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
The international between England and Scotland at St Jame's Park, Newcastle finished one goal each. Hardman Playing for England and George Wilson for Scotland. “George” Wilson as his Edinburgh friends called him, did a power of work. He was extremely clever in his footwork, and passed well. He failed to finish, however contenting himself, for the most part with lobbing the ball into the centre. Not even the repeated cries from leather-lunged enthusiasts for a “Tynecastle shot” caused the Everton man to change his tactics. Hardman was anything but successful. Some 35,000 spectators witnessed the struggle, which leaves the record at 36 matches played of which Scotland have won 16, England 11, while 9 have been drawn.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 2 EVERTON 1
April 9, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
CUPHOLDERS AGAIN BEATEN.
The rearranged fixture between Everton and Blackburn was brought off yesterday afternoon at Ewood-park in typical April weather. Originally the game was down for decision on the 23 rd of March, but that day Everton were engaged in that little affair at Burnden park which gave them the right to appear again in the Cup final. With any chance of the championship at a discount yesterday's game was more important to the Rovers than to Everton for the former's position in the League table was far from satisfactory. Everton played a mixed side, the chief feature of interest being the first appearance with the Blues' League team of Couper, the recruit from hearts of Midlothians. The men resting were Scott, Taylor, Abbott, Sharp, Young, Wilson, and Hardman. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Sloan goal, R. Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs, Couper, Bolton, Jones, Settle (Captain), and Donnachie, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Evans, goal, Crompton, and Cameron backs, Heywood, Wilson, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Latheron, Robertson, Martin, Bowman, and Chadwick, forwards. Referee Tom Robinson. It will be noticed that the Rovers played their latest recruit Heywood, of Stockport County. A quarter of an hour before the start rain fell heavily, but it had cleared off when Settle tossed for choice of ends. There would be not more than 5,000 spectators when Mr. Tom Robinson brought the players together. Settle lost the toss, and Everton started against a slight breeze and on a soft ground. Everton were the first to make headway, but on the slippery turf mistakes were frequent. Crelly got in a good kick, but after an ineffective run down by the visiting left wing the Rovers returned on the right, and from Latheron's pass Bowman, who was unmarked, had a great chance, but he shot high over the bar. The Rovers still pressed, and following a free kick the left wing made matters warm for the Everton defence. Bowman shot in hard from short range, but fortunately Sloan was on the spot and cleared cleverly. Then Everton put in a fine attack, Cameron clearing when hard pressed. Even give-and-take play was the order for sometime, and then the spectators heartily applauded a smart run by Latheron, who just managed to keep on side. He centred accurately, but Sloan was alert, and he easily escaped the attentions of Martin. There was in the usual order of events, little strenuousness about the play. The Rovers however, left nothing to chance, and their headwork was a feature, which deserved commendation. Settle in his new position as captain manipulated the ball with remarkable, cleverness, and was one of the most conspicuous men on the field. Coupar had not had much chance so far, of showing what he could do. Neither was the scoring Jones allowed any latitude. Heywood fouled settle outside the penalty line, but this was of no advantage to his side, for Booth, who took the kick sent hopelessly wide of the upright. By means of long passing and judicious heading the Rovers enjoyed a spell of attacking, and once Latheron was pulled up for offside, when he seemed to have a chance of opening the score, Bowman was at fault with an attempt from long range, and after smart work by Settle the situation was saved, from a Rovers point of view by the alertness of England's international right back. Everton's front line gave a great exhibition of beautiful passing and with more energy in front of goal they might easily have scored. Still the game was interesting to watch, and not the least successful of the Everton reverse was Sloan, who was cool and resourceful in goal. On the other side Heywood also appeared with success in his first League match. For a time the Rovers had all the play, but their efforts in the scoring line could not be commended. At the other end Couper was responsible for some neat manceuving of the ball. His work was good though nothing came of it. Further pressure by Everton ended in Settle having a pop at goal –it went the wrong side of the upright. This mattered little, for with Everton still forcing matters Couper sent straight across and Settle with a fast low shot, opened the score for Everton. The play for a time produced nothing of real interest, neither side exhibiting much combination, while there was a lot of wild kicking. The Rovers had the pull somewhat, and following a free kick and a centre by Bowman practically Robertson missed an open goal. Further chances were thrown away by the Rovers vanguard in an extraordinary manner. Jones was badly fouled as he was getting though on his own, and the free kick was of no use to Everton. Latheron threw away a glorious chance of equalising, and Sloan was charged just as he was fisting away a hot shot from Martin. The reserves custodian was equal to all calls upon him and Donnachie covered himself with glory in a passage of arms with Crompton. Crelly intercepted a terrific shot from Latheron and was temporarily, laid out, and only the judgement of Crompton in running across the field prevented Couper getting in his centre. The Rovers secured a couple of corners, and from the second of these Sloan cleverly dealt with a dangerous lob from Crompton. half-time Blackburn Rovers nil, Everton 1.
The sun was shinning brilliantly when the game was resumed. Everton started in aggressive style, but there was no sting in the effort. Crompton not only defended splendidly, but gave his forwards an example of how to force the play. This the Rovers did for some time, but Balmer and Sloan were not to be beaten. At last Chadwick seized an opening and when no one expected a shot, he equalised with a ready fine effort. This spurred on the Rovers, and from a foul against Settle, Crompton placed his side ahead with the free kick, which completely beat Sloan. The Rovers were more energetic than ever, and under the influence of their captain they more than held their own. The later stages were devoid of exciting incidents and the Rovers in the end secured a couple of valuable points. The game throughout was typical of end of the season football, especially on the part of the Evertonians. Final result Blackburn Rovers 2, Everton 1.
EVERTON 2 ARSENAL 1
April 10, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
This League fixture was due in the ordinary course to be played on the 20 th April. On that day Everton have an important engagement at the Crystal Palace, consequently the engagement was brought forward, and yesterday afternoon, in dull weather, with the kick-off, at half past five o'clock, the teams fought for points in the presence of some 8,000 spectators. The result was of more real interest to Arsenal than to Everton, for while the latter have one-cup final in view, the Woolwich team's object is to finish the season if possible, next to Newcastle United. There were absentees on both sides, which, however, were fairly representatives. The teams were: - Everton: - Sloan, goal, W. Balmer, and R.Balmer, backs, Black, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick, half-backs, Couper, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Woolwich Arsenal: - Ashcroft, goal, Cross, and Sharp, backs Dicks Hynds, and McEachrane, half-backs, Bellamy, Coleman, Freeman, Scatterwaite, and Neave, forwards. Referee. Mr. A. J. Barker. Everton kicked off, and the play on the part of the homesters was of a somewhat disjointed fashion at the start, while the Arsenal men combined in clever fashion. At length, however, Wilson and Hardman made their presence felt and the latter centreing, Sharp was forced to clear his lines. Then Woolwich took up the attack, but were quickly sent to the right-about by W.Balmer. An attack on the visitors goal was eventually relieved by Cross when Wilson looked a certain scorer. Hardman running down the wing, outwitted Cross, and centreing perfectly to Young, the latter found no trouble in heading past Ashcroft. Right from the kick-off the visiting right wing went for goal, and the ball being put to Scatterwaite, that player had not the slightest difficulty in placing the teams on level terms. Slaon having not the faintest chance with his shot. After this the reserves custodian was afforded several opportunities of showing his abilities, and on each occasion he proved his title as a worthy deputy to the international Scott, Taylor, after some time, initiated a move which looked ominous for the visitors, but after much passing and repassing the ball was sent wide of the mark. The two international outside lefts were showing some pretty combination, and from one of their moves Taylor was given a chance. His shot was wide of the mark, and a moment later Young, with only Ashcroft to beat, was similarly at fault. Hardman and Taylor appeared to be in their element, and from a delightful move by them, Young had hard lines in striking the bar with one of the best shots seen at Goodison-park this season. Couper, for the first time in the game showed his abilities, rounding Sharp and putting across to Hardman, who missed by inches only. The Balmers were playing a cool, calculating game, and the elder was always the master of Neave and Scatterwaite. Neave showed temper at being repeatedly beaten by the back, and on more than one occasion came under the ban of the referee for unquestionable tactics. The game was so far of a somewhat even character, with the home team doing slightly the more pressing. Taylor was the favourite of the crowd, and had it been the final for the cup he could not have played a harder game. Couper was put in possession by Bolton, and putting forward to Young, the home centre-forward scored the second goal with a shot which struck the under part of the crossbar, and bounced just inside the net. Shortly before the interval the visitors gained a couple of corners, but these were easily got rid of. Half-time Everton two, goals, Woolwich Arsenal One. Restarting the Evertonians at once attacked and Couper was responsible for a clever centre, which was mulled by Wilson. After a long punt into goal by R. Balmer, Dick was damaged, and required the attentions of the trainer, but was quickly able to resume. At this period the rain, which had long threatened, began to fall heavily. The shower spurred on the Blues, and no one improved more than the new outside right, who began to round Sharp with delightful ease. His centres in most cases, however, went begging. On one occasion Young was a very bad sinner as presented with an open goal, he shot yards wide, much to the chargin of the crowd. As time progressed the Arsenal men began to have a share in the play, and a couple of times called on Sloan to handle. The home goalkeeper was always well covered by his backs, and the visitors seldom looked like equalising. The game in the latter stages degenerated, the Everton forwards apparently not troubling themselves to further their score. On one occasion, however, Young tried hard, but found his master in Cross, who prevented him from getting in his shot. In the closing stages the visitors were much the better team, but failed to get through. Result Everton 2 Woolwich Arsenal one.
DERBY COUNTY 5 EVERTON 2
April 15, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
AN UNENVIABLE RECORD.
Everton set up a record for the season, as far as they are concerned, at Derby, last Saturday. Unfortunately, it is not one to which any credit attaches, in as much as they lost more goals than in any League match since the present campaign opened. Only once before –and that was at a Monday match at Sheffield –had they had four goals registered against them. All the more galling therefore is the reflection that a team hovering on the brink of relegation to the Second Division should have had the audacity to pile on five goals. Yet this is what Derby County accomplished and the remarkable feature is that two of the goals arrived in the last few minutes after one of the Derby forwards –J. W. Davies –had been carried of the field, suffering from what turned out to be a broken collar bone. Still, there is a lot of execuse for Everton. Apart from the fact that they are awaiting the greatest event of the football year. Saturday's game was the four League contest in which the club had been engaged in the space of eight days. No wonder some of the players were tired, and that there was not too much life in their exhibition.
The game neither requires nor merits any detailed description. The issue was of the utmost importance to the home side; to Evertonit mattered little. And the latter point was fully bourne out by the run of the play, although singularly enough Everton scarcely deserved to be so heavily beaten. Until less than ten minutes before the finish, it looked as if Everton would go down only by the odd goal in five. In the first half, Long opened the scoring, after Scott had been kept busy, but not many minutes elapsed and Settle, and Couper between them –the latter applied the finishing touch –had equalised. Then Bentley gave his side the lead with a pretty effort. On crossing over J. W. Davies quickly added a third, and this reverse seemed to have a kind of inspiriting effect on the Evertonians, for after some really decent passing, Booth credited himself with a clever goal. Urged on by their supporters Derby again took up the running, but were not rewarded except in respect of profitless corners. When J. W. Davies came into collision with Scott, and had to be carried off, it looked as if Derby would have no chance of increasing their score. However, the ten stalwarts stuck to their work, gallantly, and with the visiting defence taking matters too easily, first Long and then a Bentley got the ball past Scott. Thus Derby County, though a man shorts, ran out winners by goals to two.
The exhibitions given by the Derby County representatives was stated to be far ahead of their general play throughout the season. Supposing this to be the case, one can understand their lowly position in the League. Even on Saturday's form Everton fully represented and on their mentle ought to have beaten them comfortably. But Everton had not the strongest side, and for the most part the men played as if they had enough of football for some time to come. Couper their recruit from the Hearts of Midlothians, was by no means a success in the centre forward position, but as a matter of fact, the only man in the forward line to approach his real form was Settle, Sharp and the brothers Wilson were –well, not up to their usual standard. The halves were the best part of the team. Black and Booth in particular working hard. W. Balmer too, put his heart into the fray, but Crelly was scarcely as successful as of old, while Scott has given better exhibitions. Derby despite their falling away this season, have got some likely players, not least of whom is Bentley, who was energetic and speedy in the centre forward positions. The accident to J.W.Davies was all the more regrettable inasmuch as he had been one of the most conspicuous forwards. Teams: - Derby County: - Maskery, goal, Nicholas, and Moore backs, Warren, Bull, and Bagshaw, half-backs, J.W.Davies, Long Bentley, Wheatcroft, and O. Davies forwards. Everton: - Scott, goals, W. Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Black Booth, Abbott half-backs, Sharp (Captain) Settle, Couper, G. Wilson and D. Wilson, forwards. Referee Tom Robinson.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 ROSSENDALE 1
April 15, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 35)
Rossendale were lucky in taking a point from Everton on Saturday, at Goodison-park. The opening half was fairly even, though the Blues should have scored in the first five minutes. McGregor having to clear thrice in succession. Then play went very tame for a long period, until Adamson, by really tricky work, put Rafferty in possession, and from his centre Jones nearly headed through, and a moment later the home centre, from a most awkward position, screwed in, and McGregor brought off a clever save. Slaon only had a feeble shot or so to stop, and the interval was reached with a clean sheet. On resuming the Blues took up the running, and for the greater portion of this half were all over their opponents. Equally good defence, however, nullified good forward work, and it wanted but two minutes and the game ended when Newman rushed the ball through from a corner. Everton looked all over winners, but in the last few seconds Rossendale rushed down, and the Blues' defence being caught napping, McAllister scored a simple goal, and so the game ended with honours even. Slaon was very safe as usual, and it was not his fault that Rossendale equalised. Stevenson and Strettle at back both gave a fine exhibition, while among the halves Adamson was easily the best. He had dropped into the Everton style very quickly, and his tricky and effective play stamp him as a class player. Among the forwards Rafferty and Butler both did well, Newman (the Ex-Tranmere Rover) made an effective inside man, while Graham and Jones were also prominent, though the Prescot youth did not get his usual goals. McGregor kept a fine goal for Rossendale, in fact he saved them from defeat. Cook was the better of two good backs, while Kirkman was the most prominent half. Lyons, Berry, and McAllister were the pick of the forwards. Rossendale have now taken three points out of both our Combination teams. Everton: - Sloan, Strettell, and Stevenson, backs, Adamson, not-Known, and not-Known half-backs, Raffeerty, Graham, Newmans, Jones and Butler, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 2
April 18, 1907. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 36)
At Goodison-park last evening. Teams: - Everton: - Depledge, goal, Strettell, and Stevenson, backs, Adamason, Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rafferty, Thomas, Couper, Cooke, and Butler, forwards. Manchester City: - Davies, goal, Jarvis, and Norgroves, backs Evans, Hamlet, and McQustra, half-backs, Taylor, Fisher, Eyre, Farrell, and W. Jones forwards . Everton pressed from the start, Davies being called upon with a couple of stagging shots from Thomas and Cooke. The visitors eventually relieved the pressure. Rafferty next spirited down the wing, only to be grassed by Norgrove. The Manchester forwards attacked, and Eyre rounding Stevenson, placed the ball out of Depledge's reach. After this success the visitors kept pegging away in grand style, Farrell sending in a stringing shot, which was well cleared. A couple of minutes before the interval, Couper brought Davies to his knees with a beautiful ground shot. Half-time Manchester City 1 Everton nil. After the interval Everton forwards were upon better advantage, and Rafferty compelled Davies to save at full length. After some nice footwork by the home forwards Booth raced through, and beat Davies with a lighting shot, which gave the visitors custodian no chance. The visitors made desperate efforts to gain the lead, and Fisher scored from a nice pass by Jones. Everton tried hard to equalise hard to equalise towards the finish the inside men having several changes, but they failed to take them. Result:- Everton 1, Manchester City 2.
THE BATTLE FOR THE CUP.
April 18, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
A WAR OF THE ROSES.
EVERTON'S PREPARATIONS FOR THE PALACE.
Lancashire and Yorkshire will do battle at the Crystal Palace tomorrow for the highest guerdon in football, the English Cup. Our own county has its worthiest representative in the field in the Everton team, whose performance this season gives them an inalienable right to honour. Everton have not only fought their way to the final by sheer merit, but by defeating every other Lancashire club in the League competition they have established a claim to be regarded as the rightful representatives of the county. The hopes of the Yorkshire centre in Sheffield Wednesday, while the record of the old team is not so brilliant as that of Everton, the dour pluck displayed by the Wednesday in this season's cup competition is just the sort of quality which will commend them to the hearts of the Tykes. In short, no better representatives could be chosen to fight this modern war of the roses.
Everton are not only struggling to win the Cup, but to retain it. After two unsuccessful appearances in the final, the Blues last year brought home the famous trophy amid scenes of such tumultuous enthusiasm as Liverpool never saw before. They hope to achieve what would be a record in recent times, and win the cup in two successive years. The prospects of such a triumph are of the brightest. Every player is well and heartly and eager for the fray, and their skill and ability as footballers is beyond question. How have they been prepared for the great even? The answer is. By quietly resting by gentle open-air exercise, and by not worrying about it. It must be remembered that the Blues have recently had a surfeit of football. They played a match on Good Friday, another on the Saturday, another the following Saturday, then on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday again. After such a strenuous programme, even allowing for the use of reserves, there is little need for hard training. So training in the ordinary sense of the word has been practically dispensed with. The men have had brine baths at Stafford, and quiet country walks in the neighbourhood, of West Kirby, the salubrious district which has already been found to suit them well. The old war-horse, Taylor has quite got over the stomach trouble, which forced him to live on slope for two days before the semi-final with West Bromwich Albion at Bolton. Taylor played outside right to Bell in that fine display in the final of 97, when the Villa unhappily got the better of us. That was ten years ago, and “Jack” is now one of the most virile and dashing of centre halves.
THE TEAM IN THAT FAMOUS FINAL.
Was Menham, Meechan, and Storrier, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, Taylor, Bell, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward. Everton were beaten that day, but last year brought compensation, and the Everton captain had the chance –and didn't he use it? –Of flourishing the trophy before a triumphant host of supporters. Perhaps Monday night will bring another such scene. The chances are that the team will be what is practically the usual and the best combination. There is no doubt about Scott in goal, the brothers Balmer at back or Makepeace, Taylor and Abbott at half. There is little doubt that the forwards will be Sharp, Settle, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, but no decision has been come to with regard to the exact constitution of the attack. Such uncertainly as may be said to exist concerns the left wing and the inside right position. Besides the players named, Bolton has gone to London, and the final decision will not be made until the morning of the match.
With regard to Sheffield Wednesday, the only uncertainty appears to be as to the constitution of the right wing. The Wednesday were extremely unlucky in losing the services of Davis, who broke his leg at Sunderland, but they have capable men in reverse. The Wednesday also are Training at home just now, although they spent some time at Buxton previous to the semi-final. Tom Crawshaw is their skipper, and like Jack Taylor, he is an old hand at the game. His 34 years give him an advantage –in experience –over the Everton captain. He was in the Wednesday team in 1896, when they beat the Wolves by 2-1, and thus took the cup for the first time. Fred Spikesley, the flier scored both goals that day. The Wednesday figured in the final six years before, but Blackburn Rovers then trounced them to the tune of 6-1. Everton and Sheffield Wednesday have met in cup-ties before. Last season the Blues triumphed over them at Goodison-park by 4-3 and delving into ancient history, it will be quite sufficient to recall with a pang that sorry day, in February of 96' when the boot was on the other leg, and Wednesday won by 4-0 at Olive-grove. Everton's team on that inauspicious occasion was Hillman, Adams, and Arridge, Boyle, Holt, and Stewart, Cameron, McInnes Bell Chadwick, and Milward. Coming up to date, it is necessary to know what is the record of the rivals in the present competition, what teams have they met, and how did they fare? Here are the performances of the pair set out in a fashion, which makes comparison easy.
First Round , Everton beat Sheffield United at Goodison, Park, 1-0. Wednesday beat Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Owlerton 3-2.
Second Round . Everton beat West Ham United, at West Ham 2-1, Wednesday drew with Southampton, at Southampton 1-1. Re-Play Wednesday 3 Southampton 1.
Third Round . Everton drew with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison, 0-0. Replay Everton 3 Bolton Wanderers 0. Wednesday drew with Sunderland, at Owlerton 0-0. Replay Wednesday 1, Sunderland 0.
Fourth Round . Everton draw with Crystal Palace, at Palace 1-1. Replay Everton 4, Palace 0. Wednesday beat Liverpool, at Owlerton , 1-0.
Semi-Final. Everton beat West Bromwich Albion, at Bolton 2-1, Wednesday beat Woolwich Arsenal at Small Heath 3-1.
Totalling up the scores, we find that Everton have put on 13 goals to 3, and Wednesday 12 goals to 5, which is substantially in favour of the Blues. The record shows that the Wednesday are very hard fighters, and a deeper dig into the facts confirms the impression. Against Woolwich Arsenal, for instance, they were behind in the scoring, but they drew level and ultimately won. It was in the closing stages too that they upset Liverpool's aspirations. The Wednesday are a dogged, team which never knows itself beaten. Mr. Cuff, the Everton secretary gave an opinion yesterday which will appeal with force to most people, and which will meet in Liverpool with fervent hopes of fulfillment. Mr. Cuff's deliverance was: - “I am of opinion that this will be one of the toughest fights ever seen in the final, and that we shall come out on top.” So may it be.
The Everton team left Lime-Street Station by the two o'clock train yesterday afternoon for the South. The time of departure had been keep quite, and only a few well-wishes assembled at the station to see them off. All the players looked fit and well and were hopeful of victory, Jack Taylor was the centre of an admiring group, who expressed the wish that he and his colleagues would again carry off the covered trophy. The players who made the journey were Scott, Sloan, W. Balmer, Robert Balmer, Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott, Sharp, Settle, Young, George Wilson, Donnachie, Bolton, Crelly, and Chadwick, Hardman was not noticed at the station, and he will probably join the party later. Mr. W.C. Cuff and Trainer Elliott, of course, accompanied the team, whilst amongst the directors travelling were Messrs A.J.Wade, B.Kelly, E.A.Bainbridge, and Dr. Whitford.
A GARGANTURN FEAST.
In catering for the wants of the hugh crowd expected at the Palace, 1,200 people will be employed. There will be 240,000 glasses and 120,000 cups and saucers available. The food includes 70,000 slices of bread and butter, 20,000 pats of butter, 30,000 slices of cake, 10000 buns, 13,000 scones, 3,000 pork pies, 650 gallons of milk, 100 rumps of beef for streaks, 75 loins of mutton for chops, and 12000 pounds of potatoes, while there will be in readiness 100 barrels of beer.
THE ENGLISH CUP FINAL
April 19, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
THE EVE OF THE CONTEST.
EVERTON ALL FIT AND READY.
Chingford, Friday. (From our Correspondent) I am writing from Chingford, because it is quite unnecessary now to preserve the secret of the Everton quarters. The team, with a number of the directors, including Mr. George Mahon, the chairman, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Bainbridge, and others, has been rusticating since Thursday evening at the Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford. Chingford is on the very edge of Epping Forest. The hotel is on the crest of an eminence, which fringes the woods, and the foliage of 14 miles of virgin forest purifies the air about it. As compared with our northern atmosphere it is balmy and soothing rather than invigorating, and the whole aspect of the place is peaceful and calm. The players were here last year, and they are quite at home, and delightful with their surroundings. The time has been passed in quiet walks in the park-like county and amid the imposing trees of the forest –a restful experience, which seems an ideal preparation for the morrow's struggle. One of the players entered the hotel while I was there. With youthful instinct stirred by the surroundings, he had been bird-nesting, and was in high glee. Another couple of players had a lark with a London journalist, who came up to the hotel armed with a camera and eager for information. The directors were too busy to see him, and the visitor came across these two players as they were strolling about the grounds. Taking in the situation with ready wit, one of the players introduced the other as the manager of the team, and between them they supplied the inquiring gentleman with any amount of “information” which was solemnly transferred to the pages of a notebook.
All the men are fit and well, and ready to fight for their lives. A rumour was spread about yesterday, and this morning by some ill-informed prints that two of the players –a forward and a back, I think were mentioned –were lame. I am assured that there is no foundation whatever for the story. I put the matter directly to two of the directors, who stated explicitly that the rumours was unfounded. I saw several of the men during my visit to the hotel, and they certainly never looked better. I was much struck with the contrast between the Everton system and the adopted by Newcastle United last year. When I went to Rhyl to see the Tynesiders a day or two before the last final I found some of them strenuously kicking a football about a field and others working at a punchball. Well do I remember seeing Andy Aitkens diligently thumping at a punchball with the irea of improving his wind. These methods are all right for getting a man fit at the beginning of September, but such work at the fag end of the season seems entirely superfluous. There is none of that sort of thing about the Everton methods. Rightly or wrongly, the players are resting rather than exercising.
The men themselves have an ideal that they will pull off the event. They know the fight will be a hard one, but they see no reason why they should not win it. One thing is certain, they will got the whole 90 minutes. They will, if necessary play the last minutes as strongly as the first. There will be no fuss this year about the possession of the ball used in the game. Rutherford, Newcastle United's outside right, still has the ball, which rightly belongs to Jack Taylor. In consequence of his refusal to conform to custom last year the Association has passed a rule that the ball, which belongs to the Association, shall be given to the captain of the winning team. Taylor will be proud man if he brings home the ball on Monday. Mr. Cuff, the popular Everton secretary, was not at Chingford, as he had to attend a meeting of the League at the Tavistock Hotel. The Everton Club have been called upon for an explanation as to playing reserve men in some recent League matches, and it was expected that the matter would be dealt with at the meeting this afternoon. It was found necessary, however, in the press of other business it to a future meeting.
The team make the journey to the Crystal Palace by train tomorrow. Last year they went by motor car, and had an unpleasant experience on the way home, the car breaking down. Some of the party on board tried to push the recalcitrant motor up a hill, and as it was raining hard at the time the trip was not a merry one. No such risk will be run this year. The ordinary locomotive stream engine will be impressed into service, and the big glass house will be reached by railway. The weather prospects as the time of telegraphing are good. Many Liverpool people are already in London in readiness for the great event, and a happy outcome is confidently expected.
The following 22 players will probably turn out: -
Height and weights
Jack D Taylor
Harold P. Hardman
April 20, 1907 Cricket and Football
The Blues custodian was the only Irishman on view today, but absence of quantity is compensated by quality – at least on the season’s work which Evertonians hoped to see maintained today. He was born at Belfast in 1883 and was first schooled in the art of defence with Suffolk (Belfast), then with the Wesley club. Coming quickly to the front with Linfield, he appeared for the country against England, Wales, and Scotland in 1903 and 1904. Everton cast east their spell upon him, and he has proved himself the finest and most consistent custodian Everton have ever possessed. With splendid reach, and without a superior in his fielding and disposal of the ball, particularly alert and dexferous, he is a favouritie at Goodison. Height 5ft, 10 and half ins, and Weight, 11st.
W. Balmer (full-back)
A genuine Merseyside, born at West Derby some 28 years ago. W.B joined the Aintree Church club in the nineties, and later assisted Blackpool South Shore, for one season. When signed by Everton in 1896, there was not a flourish of trumets, but he created an impression when an accident shot in a practice match in Aug. 1897, as successor to Peter Meeham, and he has since practically lived in the Everton League team – either at right or left back. Fashing and daring in defence, he is effective in tackling, and a powerful “booter” True, he possessors only one International cap, but he hoped to earn his second F.A medal this afternoon. He figures on the other wing in the last year’s Final, when he played a fine safe game, and did his share in taking the Cup to Merseyside. Height 5ft 8 and half ins, weight 11st 7lbs.
R Balmer (Left Back) – Like his brother William, this player is a ‘native production, born at West Derby in 1882. He took early to full back play and figured in the Shaw-st College team for three years; and then participated in local junior football for other three seasons, and played as an amateur for Everton during 1900-01. When professionalized in 1901-02, he came on rapidly, and although a mere stripling made a satisfactory League debut for the Blues on January 3rd, 1903 v. Middlesbrough. Since then he has improved fast, and is now a first-rater. Indeed, he was preferred to either brother William or Crelley in many games last season, eventually displacing the last-named in the current campaign, and was in the running for International honours until a shaky display v. West Bromwich Albion spoiled his chance. In style of defence he greatly resembles his elder brother, his timing of the ball being a marked feature. Height 5ft 7ins, weight 10st.
H. Makepeace (right half)
A local in everything but birth –for, though born at Middlesbrough in 1882, he was reared in Liverpool –this player represented this city in school football against various towns as an inside left. First he assisted the Queen’s road; and Stoneycroft clubs, and joined Everton about the same time as the younger Balmer. Like the latter, he showed a natural aptitude for the game, despite –also like Balmer –a lack of weight. His debut was made six weeks after R. Balmer, as inside left v. Manchester United, and he was tried at half-back later in the same season. His real chance came when Wolstenholmes joined the Rovers in 1904-5, and before the end of the season Makepeace displayed convincing powers at right half, when Everton reached the Cup semi-final. Brilliant in 1905-6 he gained his Scottish cap, but sustained serious injury in that match. That considerably inferfered with his play and health. Happily, he is now recovered again. A deft interceptor and splendid feeder, he ignores charging, and once was Everton’s penalty artiste. Reliable at football he is equally good as a cricketer. Height, 5ft 7in; weight, 10st 4lbs.
John D. Taylor (centre half)
The captain of the team is unquestionably the finest servant Everton ever had. Yet he is one of the veterans of the football field. Still, it is only so in years and experience, for he still exhibits all the dash and stamina of a “young blood.” With a tremendous appetite for work and as a breaker up of combination, he is rarely excelled, and plies his forwards well, besides being a frequent goal-getter. Everton secured him in 1895, and curiously enough he made his League debut against Sheffield Wednesday, Everton’s opponents of this afternoon. He has figured in almost every position in the team, but until recent years chiefly on the right wing of the attack of the attack. A native of Dumbarton, he played for the Fitular club there, but came to Everton from Paisley St. Mirren. It was his third Cup Final this afternoon. Height 5ft 9 and half ins, weight 10st 7lbs,
W. Abbott (left-back) Like his co-half-back, this player was originally a forward. Birmingham born is 1878, he first played for St. Matthia’s and then Rosewood Victoria; was discovered by Small Heath (now Birmingham) in 1895, and signed by his town’s league club; succeeded Whildon at inside left when the latter transferred his services to Aston Villa and proved an instant success and a great goal-getter for the Heathens. He was transferred to Everton for season 1899-1900, but failed as a forward, seeming slow and uncertain, so he was dropped after a few trials. Then, tried with the Reserves at left-half-back, he was re-introduced to the League team in this position, and has been Everton’s left half for the last eight seasons! A splendid tackler, and remarkably nimble for a heavy weight. A fine feeder adroit, and a tremendous shot. He was capped v. Wales in 1902 and is better and more consistent today tha ever. Height 5ft 10ins weight12st.
J. Sharp (outside-right)
Here who have a man usually grifted with that rare faculty –the ability to rise to a great occasion, both at football and cricket. This member of the sunny-faced brigade, with his well-developed figure, thrills the crowds as he flashes down the touch line. He left Hereford Thistle for Aston Villa in 1897 as a centre forward, but tried at outside right, there found his true position, and challenged comparison immediately with the great Athersmith then in his zenith. But he didn’t relish playing second fiddle! Hence he joined Everton in 1889, and at once won the hearts of the crowd. A winger of the electric order, he is always dangerous, either with his centre or in individual bursts. He did more to win last season’s Final for Everton than any other Blue. He boasts caps v. Ireland, and Scotland, is virile and gentlemainly, and actually great at cricket, and football. Heights 5ft 6 and half, weight 11st 4lbs.
Jimmy Settle (Inside-right)
Though often regarded as a Lancashire lad, he is a native of Millom, in Camberland, but his early clubs were Halliwell Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, and Bury. He gained his cap (a three-cornered one) when with the Shakers, and since being secured by Everton in 1899 has done great things. Public opinion is that he is one of the cleverest and trickest forwards of the day. He prefers inside left, but has this season blended beautifully with Sharp in the Cup-ties, being an artiste on the ball, able to hoodwink the best of defenders, and is usually delightfully cool in snapping up his opportunities in front of goal. Most skillful in drawing on the defence, he is altogether a pleasing player to watch, and is Everton’s leading scorist in the present cup competition. Lack of inches is no detriment to the Goodison bantam. Height 5ft 6in, weight 10st 13lbs.
A Young (centre forward)
“Our Sandy” is a Scotsman, and a very fair specimen too. He was born at Slamannan (East Stirlingshire) in 1881, and served an apprenticeship with Slamannan Juniors; then passed on to Falkirk F.C., and subsequently to Paisley St. Mirren; returned to Falkirk in 1900, and came under Everton’s eye in the following spring. He succeeded Proudfoot and Toman as leader in the Everton team, and never missed a match after making his debut during 1901-2. Though handicapped through ill-health in the two season succeeding seasons, he has come out like a giant again in the present campaign and is the League’s leading scorist. He is a most mystifying and artistic leader, and when in the mood, the despair of opponents. As a representative of his country, he was altogether a credit to his profession, and he scored the goal which won Everton the Cup at the Palace last year. Height, 5ft 8 and half in, weight 11st, 2lbs.
C. Wilson (Inside Left)
The Pocket Hercules of the Everton team is, like Young, a Scotmans; and a sunny tempered one –until crossed; This native of Lochgelly developed into a first class artiste when in the service of Hearts of Midlothian, but was always an outside left. As such a Scotch cap v. England was awarded him two years ago. He joined Everton last year and quickly enhanced his reputation; was tried at inside left, following an accident to Settle; and soon demonstrated this to be his true position, for he has since been indispensable therein. He is a dour forward, irresistible in his dashes, and refuses to be shalen off. Nor is he averse to helping his defence when in a tight corner. A hurricane shot, he has nevertheless been an unlucky one. He was capped v. England again recently, but he was in the wrong position. He gained a Scottish Cup medal last year. Height, 5ft 6ins, weight, 12st 7lbs.
Harold Hardman (outside-left)
The one amateur on view is none the less a worker. In fact, jis pluck is amazing for such a featherweight, Manchester (1883) claims him as a son, and the legal profession as a member. He delights in football as a tonic, is a teetotaler and a non-smoker, but never a bigot. He played for Blackpool High School and Blackpool F.C., but, anxious to participate in the best class football, became identified with Everton four seasons ago. The knowing ones delayed him physically unfitted for League football; “he wouldn’t last,” they said. His critics stand countfounded. Pertinacity and quickness are features of Hardman’s play. No opponent is too big for him. He believes on acting on the impulse of the moment and emphasizes individuality as against individualism. Everton’s finest outside left since Milward’s day boosts five caps for the 1906-07 season! Height 5ft 6ins, weight 9st 13lbs.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2 EVERTON 1
April 22, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
THE FIGHT FOR THE CUP
EVERTON RELINQUISH THE TROPHY.
WEDNESDAY PREVAIL AT THE PALACE.
IMMENSE CROWD AND A MODERATE GAME.
HOW EVERTON LOST
The English Cup final for 1907, is over, and is now reckoned amongst these annual historic contests of the past. The only regrettable part about it is that the trophy has gone to Sheffield instead of remaining in Liverpool for another year. Everton, try as they would were prevented by Sheffield Wednesday from retaining possession of it, and so Merseyside bid good-bye to it for the time being hoping that ere, long either Everton or Liverpool will run into the final and secure the coveted honour. The turn which events have taken is truly disappointing, but than we must all be sportsmen and accept the inevitable with good grace. It certainly stimulates interest in the competition for the trophy to be passing into fresh hands. Another year and we may see it back again in the enthusiastic football centre. Here in a slight crumb of consolation. All regular supporters of the game are familiar with the steps, which led up to Everton and Sheffield Wednesday being pitted against each other for the final at Crystal Palace. It was a case of Lancashire and Yorkshire fighting out the issue for the honours of the day. It was all along recognised that it would be a very stiff battle for supremacy, and whilst the Evertonians had been regarded as slight favourite, it was nevertheless remembered that the Blades had a good cup-fighting reputation. They had an experience of Blackburn Rovers in year 1890, which, however, did not go in their favour, the famous Lancashire club having won the cup thrice in succession. Moreover, there had been some misgivings on the part of Wednesday in the Brittleton and Bartlett, through illness or injury, might not be available. But those stalwarts were nursed round in time, and helped to leadtheir side to victory. The many thousands who journeyed to the Palace from Liverpool on Friday night were sanguine that their pets, led by Jack Taylor, would repeat their success of last year, whick led to a demonstrating at Goodison-park on the night of their triumphal return, the like of which had not been previously witnessed in Liverpool. These enthusiasts were looking forward to another such celebration. They were in a very hopeful mood. Well, after very exciting send-offs, alike at Lime-street and central Stations, they made the journey South, and were soon mingling with the Sheffield partisans, who, if anything were more numerous than the Everton supporters. At the various railway termini in London these football excursion trains commenced to discharge their passengers shortly after five o'clock, and continued well into the forenoon. There were altogether about fifty or sixty “specials” from Lancashire and Yorkshire, and as these were all full some idea may be gauged of the quota sent to London from the Midlands and the North. One of the Liverpool contingents, as mentioned in another article, formed the “Evening Express” free trippers, who had a good day's pleasure gratis. It was a kind of “morning which put everybody in the best frame of mind –the sun was shining brilliantly, the atmosphere was pleasant with just a touch of keenest which added zest to one's pedestrian movements, and there was every prospect of the weather remaining fine. Busthing and animated as always are the thorougfares of the city, they were rendered additionally so by the influx of a vast rosette army, who were to be met with at every few yards and at every turn. If they were not walking they were riding. The uninitiated if he had judged from these rosettes and the other club favours, which were worn by the excursionists, and indeed, many natives, might have imagined that there was only one club in it. The difficulty arose through the close resemblance of the colours displayed, Evertonians figuring with the blue, and the owls with blue and white. There were some Goodisonites holder than the rest, whose football heraldic design took a more pronounced turn. These adopted the imitation top hat in a striking blue colour, which contrasted somewhat oddly with the silk hat of the city man in the Strand or Fleet-street. Another party who were espied on the top of a motor ‘bus were conspicuous in all-blue capes.' Blue, or blue and white was ubiquitous, you could not get away from it. The motor bus' the primitive but apparently (to Londoners) indispensable horse ‘bus, as well as a variety of brake, were largely patronised during the morning conveying the football fraternity to some of the sights. The tide of humanity towards Sydenham set in very early in the forenoon, many being desirous of viewing the attractions of the Palace before proceeding to the football ground. Not a few dispensed with the train service, preferring to take a tramcar as far as Camberwell Green, and then start a four-mile walk by way of Denmark Hill and Dulwick. Thus all roads lead to Crystal Palace on Cup-tie day. The turnstiles were clicking almost continuously, and by and bye, as the trains from the city empted themselves at the Palace station, the rush became greater until the entrances were crowded.
The vast arena was filling rapidly, although there was still a long time to wait, the more enthusiastic were there early, and secured the best positions on the popular sides. The grand-stands were receiving their occupants, and on the spacious greenward between these and the playing pitch a large number sauntered idly along to while away the tedium of waiting. In the pavilion, the rendezvous of the select, were many notabilities who are usually seen here at this great football event. No one knew exactly what the constitution of the respective teams would be. Everton came from Chingford, their training hardquarters, during the morning, travelling to the Palace by train, and not as last year by motor car. What changes would there be? The information at length reached the press-box that George Wilson was susperesed by Bolton, who partnered Sharp, Settle, therefore joining Hardman on the other wing. Even more uncertainty prevailed as regards the Sheffield team. Was Maxwell, the new Scottish recruit, to play instead of Stewart? The directors were a long time before they could make up their minds, and it was only a short time before the start that they agreed upon Stewart, and so the team, which faced the Blues was the same as that which beat Woolwich Arsenal in the semi-final. When the teams appeared the Sheffielders struck one as of finer physique than their opponents, no mean advantage in such an important contest. When it was seen that Everton had the benefit of the stiffish breeze, and that the sun was behind them, their supporters were at once pleased with themselves. According to official figures, the spectators numbered 84,584. The first ten minutes or so were fairly even. One exciting attack by the Blades threatened danger, the ball being rushed through, but the Toffee-men and their friends breathed freely when the referee gave it as offside. It was thought that Everton should have had a penalty through Crawshaw flooring Young just in the penalty line, but Referee Whittaker gave a free kick just outside the penalty limit. Sharp, Bolton showed good work here. And Young, who tested the Sheffield defence, which was represented hereabouts best by Crawshaw and Barlett. At the same time neither side was showing their best form, nor it seemed difficult to get into the proper stride. Occasionally there was a brilliant effort, one being by Hardman, which was disposed of by Layton. Young shot at long range, but gave Lyall no trouble. “Oh!” was the exclamation of the crowd as Layton failed to clear, and fortunately for his side the ball went out of play. The first goal came after twenty minutes' play, and it was a good effort on the part of Stewart. It came from a pass by Wilson. The Sheffielders were almost frantic with delight at this success, and for a period their players warmed to their work, the forwards showing some nice short passing. The Everton shooting was often ill-directed, and opportunities were lost. At length Sharp brought joy into the Everton camp with a splendid goal, and at the interval the sides were level. This was something to be thankful for, the way matters had been going. How would the Blues fare with the wind against them? Shortly after the restart Wilson gave Scott a handful, which he successfully dealt with. The Sheffield centre required a lot of watching, and was always a source of danger. Scott was kept well employed, and he negotiated splendidly some difficult shots. Towards the latter end of this half, the equality of the play, which had never really been first class, deteriorated, although Sharp repeatedly tried hard for goal, but failed. It seemed as through nothing further would be scored, but there were still four minutes left. It was than that the Everton crowd had the mortification of seeing Simpson head through from Wilson there being no one near him. This settled the matter, and shortly after the whistle blew, and the cup was Sheffield's. Evertonians looked sullen and gloomy. What a change from the scene of last year. Disappointing in place of jubilation. It was generally agreed that Everton with their chances ought to have won. The fates ruled otherwise. Sheffielders crowded round the pavilion to witness the handing over of the cup to the captain of the victorious team, and there were speeches, which were almost drowned, in the defeating roll of cheering which rose from the Wednesday supporters. Lord Alverstone handed the cup to Crawshaw, remarking that the game had been played in a thoroughly sportsmanlike manner. He congratulated Everton on the gallant efforts they had made. A vote of thanks was tendered to the Lord Chief'Justice, on the motion of Mr. J.C. Clegg, Chairman of the Football Association, seconded by Mr. George Mahon, chairman of the Everton Club, who said that Everton were beaten but not disgraced. The Sheffield supporters returned home full of jubilation in marked contrast to the homeward journey of the downcast Evertonians. Better luck next time, ye men of Everton. Teams: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Lyall, goal, Layton, and Burton, backs, Brittleton, Crawshaw (Capatin), and Barlett, half-backs Chapman, Bradshaw, Wilson, Stewart, and Simpson forwards. Everton: - Scott goal W. Balmer and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Referee Nat Whittaker.
HOW EVERTON LOST
A COMMENT ON THE GAME.
Everton failed because they were never allowed to play the only game they know. The Wednesday, a big powerful team, averaging 11lbs, weight per man, heavier than the Blues bustled their opponents from start to finish. It was evident that this was the idea with which Tom Crawshaw had imbued his men, and it succeeded to admiration. The Wednesday captain himself set the example. A big bustling player, he used his weight unsparingly, fighting himself into the hearts of the fray and moving every time either man or ball, or both. His wing halves backed him up in these tactics. Brittleton and Barlett, and between them the trio knocked all the science out of the Everton attack. It had been supposed that the Everton half-back line was many superiors to that of Wednesday. This was not the case on Saturday. The Sheffield halves were superior to the Blues line, and they were much the best part of the Wednesday team. It was Crawshaw, Brittleton, and Bartlett that beat Everton, and the greatest of these were Crawshaw. Inspire of the Everton forwards, added by faulty back play by Layton and Burton, worked occasional chances for themselves, but they were not turned to account save by Sharp, whose goal was the direct result of a miskick by Burton. Young was notably at fault in the matter, but Bolton and Settle were also sinners, and on one occasion Hardman. The fact is that the forwards had such a grueling from the opposing halves, that when a chance came they had lost the ability to profit by it. Taking the Everton players individually, Sharp stands out easily as the best man on his side, and this apart from the goal he scored, which as already indicated, was more or less a grit. He was too speedy for Barlett and Burton, and his centres were always accurate. He was not sufficiently served. Bolton played a good game, and often his passes were delightfully accurate, but he preferred too often to take the ball up the centre instead of giving his wing partner a chance. In the second half this fault was somewhat remedied with good results, Sharp never failing to profit by the attention. Hardman was brilliant at times, and comes second to Sharp in merit, but Young, and Settle were woeful lacking. Settle chiefly distinguishing himself by getting offside, and Young was quite unable to do the right thing. Following a foul by the centre, Crawshaw himself floored him in a position which, seemed inside the penalty line, but Mr. Whittaker adjudged the offence to have been committed outside the area. Many though Everton were entitled to a penalty kick. In discussing the work of the forwards, it is impossible to avoid asking why George Wilson was dropped. It was a surprise, and a disappointment to find Bolton partnering Sharp and Settle crossing over. The director's best know what reason there was for this themselves, but it seemed at the time, and it is very clear now that a great mistake was made. The halves suffered in comparison with the opposing trio. Taylor had a severe task in attending to Wilson, and his serving of the forwards was not so accurate as usual. Makepeace was very useful, but Abbott was not himself. He was slow and his tactics were often faulty. The backs on both sides were curiously weak the mistake being quite extraordinarily frequent and the two Balmers made fully their share. The defence they presented was not steady, and with the Wednesday forwards playing right up to them they were often in extreme difficulty. Scott justified his reputation in goal. The Irish international did his part splendidly, and he at least emerges from the match with credit undimmed. The play as a whole was moderate in quality, but it was nothing like so featureless as last year's final. The scoring of the goals was dramatic. Everton's qualiser followed a series of missed chances, which amazed the spectators, and it came within three minutes of half-time. The winning goal was scored four minutes from the finish, when a draw seemed certain. It came in this way, the Wednesday right took the ball down and Abbott back heeled it, as he brought, out of Chapman's reach. Chapman, however, got it, and centred almost from the goal line. The leather travelled across the face of the goal, past Scott, and Simpson, who was waiting by the upright, with no opponent near him, headed it into the net, while several Sheffield players hustled the Everton backs out of the way. It was a dramatic wind up to the match, and disappointing as it was to Lancashire, it gave Yorkshire a victory to which they were fully entitled.
STAYLEBRIDGE ROVERS 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
April 22 1907. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One
Although several of the Everton reserves players were at the Palace, the team sent to Stalybridge did not have a big task on hand in getting the better of the titular club. Their win was only by a margin of two goals to one, however, but with nothing at stake the visiting players did not over-exert themselves. During the first half the Rovers scored through Alcock and crossed over leading by a goal, but afterwards Cooke placed Everton on level terms, and the winning goal followed. It was only a moderate game all through and criticism is unnecessary.
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 EVERTON 0
April 23, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton team left London at noon yesterday for Manchester, and in the evening fulfilled their return engagement with the United club, at Clayton. The weather was fine and breezy, and about 8,000 people witnessed the game. W. Balmer and Abbott were absentees, Crelly and Chadwick being drafted. Manchester United were at full strength. The home side lost the toss, and they were set the task of facing a fairly stiff breeze. From the outset they pressed strongly, and Scott had to clear shots from Turnbull and Bannister, while Balmer was twice conspicuous with timely clearances from Sagar. Everton than broke ground on the left, but Burgesss came to Holden's assistance, and punted clear. Manchester again look up the running and Meredith getting the better of Chadwick, was in a grand position when he shot high over the bar. The home team continued to enjoy all the best of the struggle, and their excellent forward work met with due reward after the game had been in progess twelve minutes. The three inside men worked the leather down, and after a fine centre by Wall had been intercepted by Crelly, Bannister caught the rebound and scored at short range with an shot that gave Scott no possible chance. Following upon this early success, the United players once more kept Everton acting strictly on the defensive, and Scott effected an exceedingly clever clearance of an oblique shot by Sagar. Everton at length wakened up to some purpose, and the forward line carried the ball into the proximity to Moger, but the movement ended in Young being robbed just as he was about to shoot. At the other end the Manchester forwards were again busy, and Scott smartly tipped a potshot by Roberts over the bar. By Scott. The ensuing corner was adequately dealt with, and the visitors made ground on the left, but all to no purpose. United were soon on the aggressive again, and Taylor failing to stem the rush, Turnbull tested Scott with a warm handful. The game was being contested with considerable determination on both sides, but some of the Everton players were palpably tired after half an hour's going and the home forwards taking full advantage of this pressed constantly. Their shooting however, was very wild, and Meredith twice put the ball high over the bar, when he might have done much better. Sharp at length relieved the pressure, with one of his characteristic sprints along the wing. He completely outdistanced both Bell and Burgess, and finished with a rattling shot that caused Moger to run out. For some time after this the visitors quite held their own, and a swinging pass from Hardman put the right wing in possession, but Bolton instead of shooting at once, mulled away his chance and the game once again ran in favour of the Mancunians. They were, very busy on the right, and Meredith putting in a beautiful screw shot right from the corner flag, Sagar headed an inch over the bar. Try as they would, the Evertonians could not get going, and though Young once broke through on his own account, Burgess eventually checked him. The visitors were subsequently in evidence on the left and from a throw in, by Hardman, Young put in a shot swift shot, but the Manchester custodian was on the alert, and throw clear. Another forward movement by the home left ended in Crelly grassing Wall just outside the penalty line, and this led to a desperate struggle in front of Scott, Balmer eventually giving relief. The Manchester forwards however, were speedily on the job again, and a swinging shot from Meredith caused Scott to leave his goal. He tried to gather the ball low down, but missed it, and Turnbull dashing up netted the leather with comparison ease, thus registering a second goal. Towards the interval Manchester exerted renewed pressure, and an advance on the right ended in Meredith striking the inside of the crossbar with a hard drive. The ball rebounded into play, but unfortunately for Everton, it cannoned off Balmer's foot and rolled into the net. Half-time Manchester United 3 Everton nil.
In the second period Everton shone up strongly for some time, Young and Bolton both trying hard to work their way through. The home backs, however, were sound, and repulsed attack after attack. Hardman at length got going in fine fashion, and centring perfectly he gave Sharp a splendid chance of scoring, but the latter missed his kick. The succeeding stages of the contest were all in favour of the home side, but having already gained a lead of three clear goals they did not exert themselves over much, and the character of the play degenerated accordingly. A promising forward movement by the Evertonians afforded glimpses of hope, but Young failed at the last moment, and the desultory character of the contest was continued. Both ends were visited in turn, but the shooting on each side was most erratic, and for a time neither custodian was seriously troubled. A quarter of an hour from the finish it became obvious that both teams had enough of it and so had many of the spectators, for they began to leave the ground in a steady stream. Settle and Hardman once tried to impart some life into the contest, but Roberts checked them, and another item of interest was a break away by Wall, which resulted in Balmer being forced to concede a corner. This was disposed of safely, and though United continued to keep their opponents strictly on the defensive right up to the close, they did not score again. Everton exhibition throughout was poor and disappointing, their play lacking many of the attributes of first class football. Result Manchester United 3 Everton nil. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick, half-backs Sharp, Bolton Young, Settle and Hardman, forwards. Manchester United: - Moger, goal, Holden, and Burgess backs, Duckworth, Roberts, and Bell, half-backs, Meredith, Bannister, Sagar, Turnbull, and Wall, forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Barker.
RETURN OF THE EVERTON TEAM.
April 23 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton team arrived at Lime-Street Railway Station from Manchester about ten o'clock last night, this being their home coming from their unsuccessful visit to Crytsal Palace. A crowd of about 1,500 people were somewhat assembled awaiting their arrival. There was some cheering when the train drew up alongside the incoming platform. Four of the players at once came down the platform with other passengers and left by the main entrance. As they waited along the station platform from the train they were recognised by many people in the crowd, and several cheers were raised. At the entrance to the station there was also a crowd of people, who gave them a cordial greeting. The other players who had come on to Liverpool by the train shortly afterwards left the station. The crowd quickly dispersed. There was a force of police present, and everything passed off in a most orderly manner. The homecoming was in strong contrast to that of last season, when of course, the Evertonians were proud possession of the Cup.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 EVERTON 1
April 29, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
CUP FINALISTS MEET AGAIN
It was through no question of arrangement, but simply in the ordinary course of events that the two clubs, which participated in the final of the English Cup competition, concluded their League engagements on another enclosure. One would have though that the fight over again of the great struggle at the Crystal Palace would have attracted a not inconsiderable crowd at the victor's ground last Saturday. Such. However, was not the case, the attendance at no period of the game numbering more than 7,000. Still waning interest was not altogether accountable for this, inasmuch as the weather was of the most unpleasant description. With nothing at stake both players and spectators were in a very different frame of mind to that which prevailed on the proceeding Saturday. Sheffield Wednesday had already participated in a couple of League games during the week. Consequently they were not in the best of condition for a serious encounter. The Evertonians, too, were somewhat flurried through having to rush from the railway station to the ground and dress with all possible haste. As it was the start was delayed ten minutes, and even then two of the Everton players were temporarily detained in the dressing room. Probably the League will have something to say about Everton's tardy appearance on the field.
A MODERATE GAME.
The play calls for little in the way of comment. The opening half was tame to a degree. Matters improved considerably later on, and the spectators had some excitement for the money. The Cupholders were the first to score through Bradshaw, whose effort was deserving of commendation. No sooner however, had the ball been kicked off from the centre than Everton were on equal terms. The ball was sent well down the field, Layton misjudged the bounce and Young, who was standing well up, had no difficulty in finding the net. Perhaps a draw of one goal each was a fitting result, though the Cupholders were more forcible in their methods when nearing goal. Indeed, it was largely owing to Scott's cleverness between the upright that the side shared the honours. Balmer and Crelly were a fairly successful pair of backs, but for a wonder Everton's weakness was in the half-back line, which was composed of Black, Taylor, and Chadwick. The forwards were not consistent enough, probably the most prominent of the quintette being Sharp, and Settle. In finishing third in the League with 45 points. Everton have done by no means badly, but one cannot forget that at one period of the season –and that not so long ago –they were well in the running both for the Cup, and the League championship. Still it is too much to expect the greatest honours of the Association game to come to this city every year. Teams: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Lyall, goal, Layton, and Slavin backs Brittleton, Crawshaw (Captain), and Harlett, half-backs Maxwell, Bradshaw, Wilson, Stewart and Foxall, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, R. Balmer and Crelly, backs Black, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick half-backs Sharp, Bolton Young, Settle and Donnachie forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 NELSON 0
April 29, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 38)
There was a decided “end of the season” air about the Everton and Nelson match at Goodison-park. Everton won by two goals to nothing, a victory that would have been more pronounced but for the grand goalkeeping of Featherstone. The Nelson custodian gave a splendid display, particularly in the second half and it was not until the concluding stages that Everton could beat him. Apart from Featherstone's goalkeeping there was little of interest, but Adamson, the Everton right half, displayed excellent tactics, and should turn out a very useful men. Everton: - Delepdge, goal Strettell, and Stevenson, backs, Adamson, Wright, and Donaldson, half-backs, Rafferty, Graham, Dorward, Cook, and Butler, forwards.
LIVERPOOL 3 EVERTON 0
April 30, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Liverpool Senior Cup Final.
REDS RETAIN POSSESSION.
EVERTON HANDSOMELY BEATEN.
Liverpool and Everton met at Anfield last evening to play off for the Liverpool Cup, which was won by the Reds at Goodison-park last April. This was the last match of the season for the local teams, and a fair crowd of some 12,000 people turned up under excellent weather conditions. Several rather surprising changes were made in both sides. For Liverpool Dunlop turned out at back and Raisebeck resumed his own place, with Parry on his right and Hughes on the left, while forward Parkinson took the centre and Robinson partnered Goddard. For Everton Tom Booth reappeared at centre half and Stevenson took the left back position, while Donnachie figured at outside right. It was therefore, in the following order the men lined up at six o'clock: - Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Saul, and Dunlop, backs, Parry, Raisebeck (Captain), and Hughes half-backs, Goddard, Robinson, Parkinson, Raybould, and Cox forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, R. Balmer, and Stevenson backs Makepeace, Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle (Captain), and Hardman forwards.
Raisebeck won the toss, and thus gave his comrades the advantage of the setting sun and rather the best of a cross breeze. The first dangerous movement came from the Blues, but Donnachie centre was got away by Raisebeck, and then spirited work by Parkinson gave Cox a grand opening for a run. The winger sprinted off like a stag, but instead of having a shot he centred, and Parkinson was too well watched by Balmer to shoot. From a cluster of legs the ball came out to Cox, who had a pop at goal, but missed by a yard. Then the Blues made play and Parry fouled Hardman, but nothing happened until Saul let in Young, and Settle and the latter sent in a feeble shot which Hardy easily saved. The game was now very fast and interesting, both teams putting in plenty of vigour into their work. An attack by the Reds brought a fruitless corner, and helped by a free kick for a foul by Hughes, the Blues pressed. A pass out to Donnachie by Bolton looked dangerous, but the winger sent over the line. Parkinson did his best to get going, but he struck to the ball too long, and was charged off. After some desultory midfield play Raisebeck initiated an attack by the home right and opportunity for a shot was made but Robinson and Parkinson miskicked, and Scott was not troubled. Parry was applauded for tricky dispossessing Young, and Saul checked Hardman, but a nice pass from Hughes was not turned to account by Cox. Sandy Young was caught handling, and from the free kick Raisebeck sent in a daisy cutter which Scott saved, but for a few moments the home forwards swarmed in the Everton goalmouth, Scott saved a shot from a cluster of attackers, and other efforts from Robinson and Goddard were charged down Young got nicely off, and although he was checked. Hardman got in a centre, which hit the side of the rigging. Very pretty work by Parkinson gave Raybould a perfect chance. He shot in at once a low one, which Scott only kept out at the expense of a corner, which brought no advantage, Hughes heading over. Sandy Young was dribbling for position when Hughes tripped him, and from the free kick Young shot over when well placed. Young and Hughes got to loggerheads again a moment later and a free kick was given against the Blue. This was worked away, and a foul against Parry took play in the Liverpool half. Donnachie and Bolton worked nicely together, and the ball travelled to Settle. He was offside, but he shot in, Hardy saving. Play readily veered to the other end, and Hughes skied the ball when well placed Tom Booth failing to clear his lines, the Reds came again, but the efforts near goal did not improve a shot high over the bar from Robinson being the only incident. Parkinson was a trifle selfish, but finding a long-range opening he sent in a terrific drive, which Scott saved grandly, this being the bright incident of the play so far. Soon after Parkinson had an absolutely open goal following good work by the right wing, but he kicked the ball in ridiculous fashion. Then Hardman set Young in motion and first Parry and then Raisebeck tripped him. Alec did the business and a free kick was given just outside the line, but no benefit accrued. Scott cleared from Goddard and Parkinson, and then the Blues, aided by two free kicks, got to the other end, and Hardman off Parry forced a corner. This was worked away, and at the other end a warm shot from Parkinson was luckily changed down. Weak defended by Parry caused Hardy to handle from Young, and then Donnachie tested the keeper with a good one, which was well saved. There was no scoring up to the interval. Half-time Liverpool nil, Everton nil. In the second half Cox was early prominent, but he was not well supported by his partner and although the Reds came again a corner forced by Parkinson, was the only result. At the other end Bolton got offside, and the Reds dashing off Robinson coolly maneuvered for position in the goalmouth, and shooting in, the leather struck the cross bar and fell into the net. This was the first goal for Liverpool and it came after 4 minutes play. In another five minutes came for Parkinson worked through by sheer grit, and beating Booth and Stevenson tipped the leather sideways into the net –a fine individual effort. Hardman made a galliant effort to retrieve the fortunes of his side, but the Blues failed to pierce the Anfield defence. A comical incident hereabout caused roar of laughter. Some excited partisan got upon the field of play and dribbled the ball about in the manner of a music hall comedian while the players stood around enjoying the fun. The amateur was escorted off the field by a poilceman. Resuming, each end was visited. The home goal was hotly assailed, but a fruitless corner only resulted, and at the other end Scott saved a clicking shot from Raisebeck. Robert Balmer kicked well at this stage. Another fine individual effort by Parkinson nearly brought a third goal, but Scott tipped over the final effort, the corner proving fruitless. The game was stopped for a moment when Parkinson got him and play afterwards slackened down considerably. Fouls were frequent, Young, Parry, and Bolton offending in turn. Parkinson was once more working clean through when Balmer tripped him. Raybould netted, but the referee gave a penalty kick , from which Raisebeck scored Liverpool's third goal. This was the final incident, Liverpool running off easy winners by three goals to nil.
A CONCLUDING NOTE.
The only trophy gained by either of our local teams this season is the local one, which remains in the hands of the Anfield organization. The handsome cup was presented to the winners at the close of the game by Mr. T. E. Sampson, the city Coroner a large crowd assembling to witness the event. The crowd swarmed the playing pitch over by spectators, nothing marking the end of the season more strikingly than the capture of the playing area. The game had been an interesting one. The game had been an interesting one, and Liverpool thoroughly earned their victory. Their forwards shaped better than in some more important matches, and Parkinson's fire and dash made a welcome change. The Everton vanguard were listless in comparison. The match was marred by very frequent fouls. Both side offended continually in this respect, and this was an unpleasant feature to attend the last match of the season.
MAY AND JUNE 1907
NORWICH CITY 1 EVERTON 1
May 1, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
NORWICH HOSPITAL CUP
At Norwich. About 11,000 watched a keen game, which was played in heavy rain. The Everton side included seven reserves and one local amateur, while Norwich were without McEwan. After fifteen minutes Young gave Everton the lead and three minutes before the interval Lamberton equalised. Norwich pressed frequently during the second half, but the Everton defence was sound. Sloan being in goal. Neither side was able to get the winning goal. Result Norwich 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON STILL SEEKING
May 1, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
An Everton emissary has gone to Scotland again, and I don't think it is with a view to improving his health –more likely to improve the strength of the team. The team the club turned out yesterday at Norwich was as follows; Sloan; R. Balmer, and Stevenson; Makepeace, Booth, and Chadwick; Couper, (Could not read), Young, Graham, and Donnachie. Eleven thousand people assembled to witness the meeting of the Everton and the City eleven in a charity cup tie. The game was keenly contested and ended in a draw of one goal each. Fifteen minutes after the start Young opened the scoring for Everton but just before the interval Lamberton equalized. After the change of ends Norwich did most of the attacking but the Everton defence was sound. The clubs will hold the cup jointly.
Lancashire Evening Post-Thursday 2 May 1907
Bradford City yesterday signed on William Muir, the Scottish international goalkeeper, and, in accordance with a special agreement with the Dundee club, the transfer fee is £100. Muir, who formerly played for Everton, was in the Scottish League team against the English League in 1903, and this season he has played for Scotland against Ireland and Wales and also for Scotland against anglo-Scots.
NORWICH V EVERTON
Diss Express - Friday 03 May 1907
Despite unfavourable weather a big crowd—estimated at nearlv l0,000—assembled on the Newmarket Road ground. Norwich, Tuesday evening witness a match between Norwich City and Everton. Each side scored A goal. The financial result of the match will boE sum of more than £2OO for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
RUMOURS CREDITS WILSON WITH GOING TO THE HEARTS
May 3, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Rumour has associated George Wilson the Everton player with his old club, but Hearts of Midlothian are not offering for his transfer and it is said in Edinburgh that he may seek to go to a South of England club. Rankin, who joined Manchester and before that was at Everton and West Browmich has signed for Luton
SHARP REFUSES TO SIGN AGAIN FOR EVERTON
May 6, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Where Will He Go?
The final tier in the national football cup competition for the season 1906-7 has a lot to answer for. The Wilson episode was unpleasant enough but he case of John Sharp will be even more perplexing to the thousands who support the Everton Club. It has been known ever since Everton were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday that there was an unfortunate affair prior to the match and on the evening of the match. The crux of the matter was the refusal to play George Wilson. Sharp intimated last October that he might retire from the football arena at the end of the season, but fortunately football will not lose his sparkling runs and accurate centres. He will play next season and that is good news. It is exceedingly bad news that he will not play for Everton again.
The Athletic News” editor today says;-
“This is an open secret now and will set tongues wagging as glibly as the Wilson affair. The relations which have been so long maintained on a friendly as well as a business like basic have indeed been strained over the Cup final in this instance. Surely this English Cup battle will long be remembered by Evertonians –apart from their defeat. A match which is followed by the departures of a Scottish international for Edinburgh and which may be the last that Sharp will play in an Everton jersey is no likely to be readily forgotten. If he goes hence, as some likely Sharp will be a much-missed man at Goodison Park –and an attraction o Boundary Park the home of Oldham Athletic for this is the club to which we guess and calculate that he is going. As far as I can gather there is hardly any hope of the wide breach between Sharp and Everton being closed. Their friendly relations have creased and I believe that it is not altogether the Cup-tie scene that has led Sharp to forsake the club he joined in 1899. Is it not also a fact that he desires to be excused certain training regulations and is not his case on a par with that of Rutherford? Rutherford would not sign for Newcastle United until last week end and the reason of the tardy signature was that he wished to be released from certain regulations in order that he might give more time to his business. The two cases in a degree are similar. What Sharp says is;
I have a business to attend to and guaranteeing that I am always fit for the fray it is not necessary for me to be in regular training. To this the directors will probably reply. “We cannot make distinction between players and players. All players must carry out the rules of the club.
Whatever the merits and demerits of Sharp's case Everton people will indeed be sorry to part with a gentleman and a grand player. During his eight years here Sharp has made a legion of friends. He is an attraction at any sports gathering. Londoners swear by him, and without knowing that there had been a rumpus on the day of the cup final sent him most sympathetic letters. The Everton club will find it very hard to satisfy their supporters with a substitute because Sharp has a style of play which has entranced the crowd and there has always been lurking in the minds of people watching the substitute on any occasion. Ah, he's not a Sharp,” The quotation above points to Oldham Athletic as the most likely club Sharp will sign for, but I have good ground for saying this is the most unlikely club. Though Oldham are building up a good team with the hope of being included in the second division of the League, the class of defences which one associates with second divisions football might affect Sharp's limbs. Moreover, there are clubs nearer home, clubs of higher standing. Oldham is not the most charming spot, and Sharp would morally died out of football if he signed for the Athletic and then his new club failed to get promotion. Personally I hope they do succeed when the poll is taken shortly; yet I think Sharp, has not yet decided to which club he will transfer his affections, knowing the rapture there have been many club managers begging Sharp to accept their terms and it is most likely he will join a first division club in the Lancashire district. It will be remembered that after the Cup final, at the League meeting with Sheffield Wednesday Sharp injured his arm and shoulder and had to retire. He has been practicing in view of the opening of the county cricket season at Aigburth for an hour or two each day during last week with bat and ball, and fortunately he expects to be quite fit for the engagement with Leicester on Thursday at Leicester. This morning he went to Old Trafford for further practice.
SHARP AND THE EVERTON CLUB.
May 7, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
It is currently report that Jack Sharp, the popular Everton outside right, is about to sever his connection with the Everton club, and that he will be seen in the ranks of Oldham Athletic next season. if this proves to be correct, it will be a great blow to Evertonians. Of course, the report is only the result of rumours, which have been going about for some time, and it may or may not turn out to be correct. At any rate we are officially informed that the Oldham club know nothing whatever about Sharp wishing to join the Athletic. There have been many rumours afloat since the cup final, and one of these has been to the effect that Sharp and the directors were not on the best of terms. The supporters of Everton would miss Sharp very much if he retired from the game, but if he plays for another club regret will be more keen. However it is not definitely settled that Sharp is to leave Everton, and it is to be hoped that any obstacles in the way will be overcome, and that this popular player may continue to play for the Blues. Interviewed concerning the matter by a correspondent at Manchester yesterday, where he was participating in a cricket match, Sharp was very loth to talk about the matter at all, but he at any rate confirmed the report that he had not re-signed for Everton. He also asserted that he had no negotiations with the Oldham officials. The Everton officials make no statement on the matter except that they offered Sharp the maximum wage, and it was refused.
SHARP HAS SIGNED FOR NEXT SEASON.
May 8,1907. The Liverpool Echo.
“And all was calm and bright” as the old saying has it. The Everton Football club have re-signed Sharp, and have great hopes that the brothers Wilson will attach their signatures in two or three days. Thus all the rumours and distensions are ended, and the thousands of Everton supporters will be highly delighted that the bother has been to satisfactorily ended. That there was a possibility of Sharp, and George Wilson continuing in Everton's service was hinted at yesterday in the Echo column and now that the official list of the men re-signed for the season 1907-08 has been sent, everyone will be prepared to let bygones be bygones, and congratulate the directors on having obtained the services of all the men they wanted. The following have already signed: - Abbott, Adamson W. Balmer, R. Balmer, W. Black H. Bolton, T. Booth, T Chadwick Crelly, Couper, Donnachie, Graham Jones Makepeace, MaConnachie, Rafferty, Rouse, Settle, Sharp Scott Sloan, Stevenson, Strettell, Taylor, and Young.
It is hoped that the brothers Wilson, will sign for the club in the course of next few days. Harold Hardman will again assist the club.
Note : - In the Courier next day, as above, except, that Donaldson Dorward, Cook, and Butler have not been retained.
May 8, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Sharp Has Signed For Next season
Wilson Expected To.
And all was calm and bright” as the saying has it. The Everton Football Club have re-signed Sharp and have great hope that the brothers Wilson will attach their signatures in two or three days. Thus all the rumours are ended, and the thousands of Everton supporters will be highly delighted that the bother has been so satisfactorily ended. That there was a possibility of Sharp and George Wilson continuing in Everton's service was hinted as yesterday in our column and now that the official list of men re-signed for the season 1907-8 has been issued everyone will be prepared to let bygones be bygones and congratulate the directors on having obtained the services of all the men they wanted. The following have already signed- Abbott, Adamson, W. Balmer, R. Balmer, W. Black, H. Bolton, T. Booth, Chadwick, Crelly, Coupar, Donnachie, Graham, Jones, Makepeace, MaConnachie, Rafferty, Rouse, Settle, Sharp, Scott, Sloan, Stevenson, Strettell, Taylor, Young.
It is hoped that the brother Wilson will sign for the club in the course of the next few days. Harold Hardman will again assist the club.
May 9, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
George Wilson I believe has signed for Everton this morning. There is some talk of a certain forward on the transfer list.
May 11, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
Neither this year nor last year have our two senior local clubs done anything really startling in the way of signing up a plethora of fresh blood. Last summer Everton's recruits stopped short at a quartet –the Brothers Wilson from Hearts, R. Graham from Third Lanark and Stevenson, the young Accrington Stanley full back. This year the Toffees announce as new-comers J. McConnachie the Edinburg Hibernians full back, Couper a forward from Hearts of Midlothian an Adamson, a half back from Lochgelly.
The English Cup holders are to be banqueted next Friday. Everton have not been invited. The Blades, indeed cut Everton to the quick in more ways than one at the Palace. It is not at all accurate to sate that Sharp was first tried and then developed as an outside right by Everton. He played many fines games at outside right for the Villa ere joining Everton, but never at inside right. Sharp joined the Clarets some ten years ago as a centre forward and it was when injury temporarily set Athersmith aside that he was placed on the extreme wing. Here he was an immediate and brilliant success, so much in is fact that there at once arose heated debate among the Villa devotees as to which man was the better Sharp, or Athersmith. Eventually Sharp was discarded in favour of the older performer and this alone was his reason for joining Everton. Sharp's own words to the late Dick Molyneux being that he had found his true position at outside right and objected playing second fiddle to Athersmith. He was signed by Everton as an outside right pure and simple.
GEORGE AND DAVID WILSON SIGN FOR PORTSMOUTH
May 13, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
George and David Wilson, who played for Everton last season have signed on for Portsmouth. These players refusal to sign again for the old club was the cause of much controversary on the occasion of the English Cup Final and the Everton directors were freely criticized for refusing to play George Wilson in the Palace match. His absence is in many quarters regarded greatly as the main cause of Everton's defeat. This was the news sent round to the Press on Saturday night and football folk and more are set wondering. “Remember 1907.” Well we shall not be likely to forget it. There seems no end to the sidelights of it memorable Cup final. The Everton Secretary, when phoned this morning said “We have heard nothing officially about the transfer.” This is all Mr. W.C. Cuff would say. If the Wilsons do go south there will be no transfer fee for the Everton treasurer, and it is possible that Everton will ask the Football Association to question George Wilson as to why he refused the maximum wage.
DORWARD TO LOCHGELLY
May 14, 1907 Evening Telegraph
Lochgelly United have signed on Dorward, the player for whom Everton paid a transfer of £100 to Montrose last year. It will be remembered that Montrose secured him from Lochee, and Links Park he was carried away down south.
GEORGE WILSON REPORTED TO FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
May 17, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
As expected the Everton F.C. directors have reported George Wilson to the Football Association for refusing the offer of the maximum wage. Wilson has signed for Portsmouth. He was back in Liverpool a few hours a couple of days ago. Another Evertonian George Wildman, has been staying in the city recently. Wildman has done West Ham good service and is a very popular player. His clubmate George Kitchen was “golfing yesterday.
EVERTON SIGN A LOCAL
May 23, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
The summer is passing remarkably quickly and an Everton player told me the other day when he was going to the Bank –The Bank not the Penny Bank –“it scent no time since we stopped and it seems no time till we resume. No sooner July is out than we are in training. The Everton club hold their annual meeting on Monday. There will be something new and useful about the Everton meeting for the new rule by which the old practice of nominating Tom, Dick and Harry during the course of the meeting, is negative come into force. The rule makes the nominations of positions of directors known at the same time as the fiancées are to be known. The names, Mr. Horace Wright a director last year and Mr. Curwen will be put before the meeting on Monday with the retiring directors, who are Dr. Baxter, Dr. Whitford, and Messrs Kelly and Wade I do not think the club will have any new governors next season. Mr. W.C. Cuff informs me that the club have secured L.G. Woods, a young Liverpool youth who is of medium build, and who has been playing at outside left for St. Helens. He is one of the smartest of outside lefts in the Lancashire combination.
NEW PLAYER FOR EVERTON
May 24 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton have secured a new player from St Helens Town in the person of L.G. Woods, who has done some good work work with the Lancashire Combination team. Wood is a local youth, and has played with several clubs in the district including, Garston Church, Fairfield, Old boys and Gartson Gas Works, while playing for the latter club, he was given a trial with Liverpool in Combination match with Blackburn Rovers reserves. He preformed very creditably, scoring the only goal for his side. However, being handicapped by so many players, the Liverpool Club could not give him the extended trial he was worthy off. Before signing a professional form from St Helens, he was well known in amateur sports, and has won numerous prizes on the track. An outside left for St. Helens.
DONALDSON LEAVES EVERTON
May 25 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Donaldson, the half-back who played for Everton Combination was transferred to Preston North End yesterday.
THE BROTHER WILSON
May 27, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Another Remarkable Development In Football Case
“The Wilson Case” as it has become titled drags on, and in view of the meeting of the Everton shareholders this evening, I publish practically in full the latest phases of the matter the source of information being the “Athletic News.” This is what the editor writes;-
We learn from an authoritative source that a somewhat remarkable situation has arisen in connection with the signing-on of the brothers David and George Wilson by Portsmouth, and it will be interesting to watch what action the Football Association will take in reference to the matter. In view of the erroneous statement which have been circulated regarding the important principle involved; is perhaps as well to give the details in a chronological sequence. It will be remembered that the trouble areas through the Wilson refusing to re-sign for Everton. George alleging that upon his decision depended his inclusion in the team chosen to play in the English Cup final. Regarding the action of the directors of Everton as coercive. Wilson persisted in his refusal and was left out of the team. Whether his absence made any difference to the result of the match is not a question we need discuss. He was not asked to re-sign again, and forthwith he and his brother David returned to Scotland. Hearing that the brothers were disengaged –one of the leading Scottish clubs approached them early in May with a view to signing them on; and we believe that both Wilsons agreed to accept the terms offered them provided that arrangements could be mutually made with Everton for the transfer. Everton were approached, but refused to transfer the Wilsons either to this or any other club. Meanwhile Portsmouth were also anxious to secure the Wilsons and eventually their signatures were obtained. We understand that they were signed on the 10 th of May and up to that time neither of the players had received any notification as the rules of the Association provide they should have done, that they had been reported by Everton for having refused to sign at the maximum wage. Portsmouth forwarded the papers to the Association in due course and received by return a notification that David had been registered as a Portsmouth player but that George had not. Subsequently another communication was sent to the effect that neither player had been registered and that the previous letter was sent through a clerical error. Inquires made afterwards elicited that when the Wilsons were signed by Portsmouth neither of them had been reported by Everton to the Association, and as a matter of fact, to such report was forwarded until four or five days subsequent to Portsmouth saving applied for the registration of the players. This is curious on the face of it, and under the circumstances it is highly questionable whether the Association had any right to refuse to register the players for Portsmouth, particularly as since that refusal David has again been officially notified that he is a Portsmouth player on the grounds he was not reported to the Association until after he had been signed by the club. This being so and as bother players were reported by Everton on the same day, it is difficult to determined by what logical argument the Football Association recognize the registration of David, but without the registration of George, whose case is to be mentioned into by a special committee. The point it seems o us, to be first cleared up is whether a player who has not been reported by his club previous to his signing for another can legally be refused his registration. There has been a great deal of talk since the issue of the balance sheet and the silence of the points on Wilson matter has increased the amount of feeling on the subject. The shareholders they are entitled to an explanation; the directors will probably answer that here are reasons why they cannot give the details of the affair, and the shareholders, therefore must take their word for in that they acted in the best interest of the club when taking the course they did. The shareholders may in reply make their protest by means of voting one or two of the retiring directors; but I do not think this is possible for there are four retiring gentlemen and good as the claims of Messrs Horace Wright and Curwen; it would need unitincity on the part of the shareholders if any of the retiring directors were to be beaten and then arises the great problem when of the four retiring directors would be described upon to undergo the process removing. That is a very awkward point. Messrs Kelly, Baxter, Wade and Whitford have all done good work for the club not only in their term of office; and while aggressing with some protest at the silence of the directors on such a vital and Cup final topic, I shall expect to see them returned and continue to govern the club.
Bert Sharp has not lost his power with bat and ball. For Prescot against Stanley he took seven wickets for 21 runs, caught F. Harry and scored 65 out of 129 totaled by his side. What a pity he did not take up county cricket.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 28 May 1907
Splendid Financial Position, THE CASE OF THE BROTHERS WILSON.
The annual meeting of the Directors and shareholders of the Everton Football Club Company was held at the Exchange Station Hotel last night. Mr George J. Mahon presided, and there was an exceptionally large attendance. The Chairman's report pointed out that the club had prospered in a sporting well in a financial sense. Formed 1892 with a nominal capital of £2500 and actual paid-up capital of £1947 10s, they found themselves in the year just closed, aft-or fifteen years' working, proud possessors of available assets amounting to over £30,000. For the year just closed their income had reached the sum £21,670. (Hear, hear.) That was an increase of over £5OOO above that of last year, which was in itself a record year in the history of the club, and constituted a record not reached any other club in England or Scotland. The wages item of £7440, of course, included the fees paid last year for the transfer of (amongst others) the brothers Wilson, Graham, Rouse, Couper, and Mapconachie. Upon the 6eason : working there was the magnificent sum of £5980 remaining as income in excess of expenditure —(applause)—and the Directors felt that all had reason to feel justly proud at this achievement. (Hear, hear.) Most unfortunately, some of the supporters the club had associated the non-inclusion in the team of one of their best players with the defeat at the Palace. The Directors joined in the expression regret that this unfortunate incident happened, but without at present offering any detailed explanation of the circumstances, which they were quite prepared do, they wish the meeting to realise the position they were in. The management, whilst giving all possible consideration to their servants, whether players or officiate, must be in authority. So soon the relationship of master and servant became reversed, so soon was the club doomed to failure. (Applause.) If, therefore, it at any time became necessary to assert their authority and maintain discipline, those in authority deserved all possible support having the courage to do what might be most distasteful to them, even if be on the eve the English Cup final. (" Hear, hear," and applause.) The Directors were shortly before the final tie faced with combination of difficulties which admitted of no half measures. Exactly twelve months earlier they were in somewhat similar position, but emerged successfully. This year they were compelled select the team which played in the final owing to combination of circumstances which required to be met and dealt unthinkingly. The refusal by George Wilson to re-engage with them was not the sole reason, nor any means the principal reason, for his non-inclusion in the team—(Hear, hear, and applause) —and he asked them to take his assurance, without any further explanation, that taking the action they did they still felt that, although they regretted exceedingly having to do so, they had option but play the team selected. (Hear, hear.) Further, it must be remembered that what had be avoided wherever possible was the possibility strained relationship between Directors and players. (Applause.) Whitford seconded the adoption of the report. Mr Cuff (the secretary) said there was still the question of George Wilson. Did the meeting wish the Directors to make an explanation? ("No, no, ' " Yes. Yes," and some uproar.) The Directors had explanation, but there was just question whether the fact that Wilson, being still an unregistered player, and one who might be with them next season that the explanation might have other result than unsettle his mind and those of other players. (Hear, hear.) A Shareholder—l beg to move vote confidence in the Directors, entirely and freely. (Hear, hear.) Another Shareholder—l move that explanation be given. (Hear, hear, and applause). This was seconded, and on being put to the meeting was carried. The Secretary announced that the following players had been secured for next season: — Goalkeepers, Sloan, and Ivor Morgan (an amateur now playing for Formby); backs, and R. Balmer, Crelly, Stevenson, and Strettell; half-backs. Makepeace. Taylor, Abbott, Maconnaohie, Chadwick, T. Booth, Adamson, and Black; forwards, Sharp, Bolton, young, Settle, H. P. Hardman, Cooper Rouse, T. Jones, Graham, Rafferty, Cooke' Donnache, and Woods (St Helens Town).
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
May 28, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Splendid Financial Position
The annual meeting of the directors and shareholders of the Everton Football Club Company was held at the Exchange Station Hotel last evening. Mr. George J. Mahon presided and there was an exceptionally large attendance. The Chairman's report pointed out that the club had properred in a sporting as well as in a financial sense. Formed in 1892 with a nominal capital of £2,500 an actual paid up capital of £1,947 10s they found themselves in the year just closed after fifteen years working proud possesses of available assets amounting to over £30,000. For the year just close their income had reached the sum of £21,670 (hear, hear). That was an increase of over £5,000 above that of last year, which was in itself is record year in the history of the club and constructed a record not reached by any other club in England or Scotland. The reduction in the price of the season tickets had result in the receipts there from being interested by about £130, but the sale of season tickets to boys had been quite a failure and they therefore, proposed to discontinue the sum of these. The wages item of £7,440 of course, inclined the fees paid last year for the transfer of (amongst others) the brother Wilson, Graham, Robert Couper, and Macconnachie. During the season 1905-6 the fees paid in this respect were practically nil, so that he increase last season was entirely due to transfers fees. Upon the season's working there was the magnificent sum of £5,980 remaining as income in excess of expenditure (applause), and the directors felt that all had reason o feel justly proud at this achievement (hear,hear). It was quite true that neither team had obtained championship honours but it must be admitted that they held most honorable places in the League and Combination tables (hear,hear). The League team, for the fifth time, occupied the third position in the table, and had a League record far in advance of last season, what they occupied a much lower position. What, however, was mostly to be regretted was that after making a most creditable attempt to win the English Cup for two years in succession they were defeated by Sheffield Wednesday in the final tie at the Crystal Palace by 2 goals to 1. Most unfortunately however, some of the supporters of the club had associated the non inclusion in the team of one of their best players with the defeat at the Palace. The directors joined in the expression of regret that this unfortunate incident happened but without at present offering any detailed explanation of the circumstances which they were quite prepared to do they wish the meeting to realize the position they were in. The directors were quite as keenly as the shareholders that the Everton Football Club should continue to be as it had for some years past, at the top of the tree. To ensure that success it was of the utmost importance that the concern must be carried on upon strict business lines (hear hear and applause). The management whilst giving all possible considerable to their servants whether players or officials must be in authority. So soon as the relationship of master and servant became reversed, no soon was the club doomed to failure (applause). If, therefore it at any time became necessary to assert their authority and plantain disciplines those in authority deserved all possible support in having the courage to do what might be most distasteful to them even if it be on the eve of the English Cup final (hear, hear and applause). The directors were shortly before the final tie faced with a combination or difficulties which admitted of no half measures. Exactly twelve months earlier they were in a somewhat similar position, but emerged successfully. This year they were compelled to select the team which played in the final owing to a combination of circumstances which required to be met and dealt with unshrinking. The refusal by George Wilson to re-engaged with them was not the able reason, now by any mean the principal reason, for his non-inclusion in the team (hear-hear, and applause), and he asked them to take his assurance without any further explanation, that in taking the action they did they still felt that although they regretted exceedingly having to do so they had no option but to play the team selected (hear-hear). Further it must be remembered that what had to be avoided wherever possible was the possibility of strained relationship between directors and players (applause). With regard to the future the directors had entered into a contract for the erecting of a double decked stand at the south or Spellow lane goal end of the ground for the terracing of the space in front of such stand the terracing and enlargement of the paddock in front of the grand stand, the erraction of better means of excess and across at Goodison-road and the enclosure of the players pitch with a wall of brick and wood. Further substantial alterations were in contemplation. Dr. Whiteford seconded the adoption of the report.
Answering a number of questions, the Chairman said the distribution of free order was in hands of the directors. They were going to try and prevent shareholders being crowded out of that particular part of the grand stand which was facitly reserved for them. With regard to transfer fees it was not desirable to make them public. The contract for alterations announced to about £9,000.
Mr. Cuff (the secretary) said there was still the question of George Wilson. Did the meeting with the directors to make an explanation “No” no” “Yes, Yes” and some uproar. The directors had an explanation but there was just a question whether the fact the Wilson being still an unresign player and one who might be with them next season –that the explanation might have no other result than to unsettle his mind and those of other players (hear-,hear)
A Shareholder – beg to move a vote of confidence in the directors (hear, hear).
Another shareholder I move that the explanation be given (hear-hear and applause).
This was seconded and on being put to the meeting was carried.
Mr. Gardner suggested that the time had come when the company should be reconstructed and the capital increased to £20,000 so that those who now held £1 shares might have a chance of obtaining more and so increase their dividend (hear, hear) some of them might then b able –to take out the insurances (Laughter).
The four retiring directors and two others shareholders were voted upon for election to the four vacancies the result being that the retiring directors were at reappointed. The voting was as follows: Mr. Kelly 306, Dr. Baxter 288, Mr. Wade 261, and Dr. Whiteford 258. The unsuccessful candidates were Mr. H. Wright 129, and Mr. Curwen 49 votes. The secretary announced that the following players had been secured for next season. Goalkeepers, Scott, Sloan, and Ivor Morgan (amateur now playing for Formby); backs; Williams and R. Balmer, Crelly, Stepheson, and Strettall; half-backs; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott, McConnachie, Chadwick, T. Booth, Adamson and Black; forwards; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, H.P. Hardman, Couper, Rouse, T. Jones, Graham, Rafferty, Cooke, Donaldson, and Woods (St Helens Town).
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
May 28, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
A PROSPEROUS SEASON.
The annual meeting of the Everton Football Club was held last evening at the Exchange Station Hotel. Mr. George Mahon chairman preceding. The chairman report stated that the meeting was the 15 th since the formation of the club into a limited liability company. The club had prospered both in a sporting and financial sense in a manner quite remarkable. Formed in 1892, with a nominal capital of £25,000, and an actual capital of £1,947 10s, they were now the proud possessors of assets amounting to over £30,000. Their income had reached the colossal sum of £21,670 –(applause) –which was an increase of over £5,000 on that of last years, which was a record year. Not only did those figures constitute a record, but they were not reached by any club in England or Scotland (Applause). There had been heavy expenditure on transfer fees. The reduction in the price of season tickets had resulted in increased receipts, but the season tickets for boys had been a failure, and would be discontinued. The magnificent sun of £5,980 remained as excess of income over expenditure. Both teams had exhibited good consistent play. Neither had attained championship honours, but they held most honourable positions in the League and Combination tables. The League team for the fifth time occupied third place, which was far in advance of last season. It was to be regretted that after making a creditable attempt to win the English Cup for two years in succession they were defeated by Sheffield Wednesday in the final. That defeat had been associated with the non-inclusion of a certain player. (Hear, hear) The directors were as anxious as anyone that the club should continue at the top of the tree, and to ensure success the club must be conducted on business like lines. The management would give every possible consideration to their servants, but discipline must be maintained. (Hear hear). The refusal by George Wilson to be re-engaged was not the sole reason nor by any means the principle reason for his non-inclusion in the cup-final team. The directors did not desire to wash linen in public, but they assured the shareholders that in taking the action they did they felt and still feel, that although they regretted having to do so, they had no option but to play the team selected. (Hear, hear). Dr. Whitford seconded. Questions were then asked, and the Secretary (Mr. Wm. C. Cuff) in answering them said that the distribution of free orders was in the hands of the directors. The directors did their best to reserve the seats for the shareholders according to custom. It was not desirable to state the amounts of transfer fees, but shareholders could be informed at his office. The contracts for alterations amounted to about £9,000, this including the erection of the new double-decker stands, the cementing and terracing the front of the stand, the cementing, terracing, and enlarging the paddock fronting the big stand, and the erecting of new exists, and entrances on the Goodison-road side and the wall round the field of play. As to George Wilson, should he answer the question? (Loud cries of “Yes” and “No”) The directors had an explanation, which would, no doubt, satisfy everybody, but Wilson was still an unregistered player, and it was just possible he would be with the club next season. (“No, no”) Any explanation given to the world could not but unsettle Wilson's mind and the minds of three or four more of the players whom they were going to depend on next season. It was essential that there should be good relations between the directors and the players. If an explanation was demanded the directors were in the hands of the meeting. It was moved and seconded by shareholders that no further explanation be given, and an over whelming majority adopted the motion.
Answering a further question, the Secretary said that the item for entertaining shareholders included the entertainment of players and directors and their wives at the Derby last year. (Laughter, an da voice “I got a cigar.”) Mr. Gardner, a shareholder, suggested that in view of the enormous growth of the assets, the company should be reconstructed, so that shareholders could receive a greater sum in dividend than at present. He objected to spending money on magnificent Olympian structures for the benefit of posterity. The Secretary said the Football Association would refuse their sanction to any such scheme. Very guarded inequities had been made, and they were quickly told that it would be a pity to help the directors and members of the club that did such a thing. A “divide” and a reconstruction would practically taboo all concerned from a future participation in football. The report and accounts were adopted. On the motion of Dr. Baxter, second by Mr. Clayton on a dividend at the rate of five per cent was declared. Messrs., Theodore Rogers and Boaler were re-elected auditors at an increased remain ration of 50 guineas the former figure being 40 guineas. The secretary read the list of players secured for next season as follows: - Scott, Sloan, and Ivor Morgan, an amateur, of Formby the two Balmers Crelly, Stevenson, Strettell, Makepace, Taylor, Abbott, McConnachie, Chadwick, Booth Adamson, and Black, Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, Hardman, Couper, Rouse, T. Jones, Graham, Rafferty, and Woods, an outside left from St Helens Town. The voting was then announced for the elections of directors, the figures being as follows: - Mr.Kelly, 306, Dr.Baxter 288, Mr. Wade 265, Dr. Whitford 258, Mr. Horace Wright 129, Curwen 49. The Chairman declared Mr. Kelly, Dr. Baxter, Mr. Wade and Dr. Whitford, who are retiring directors to be duly elected to the board. A vote of thanks was passed to the directors for their services during the year.
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND WILSON'S TRANSFER.
May 28, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
The Council of the Football Association will meet in London on Saturday, regarding D. Wilson transfer. The following announcement has been made. The committee are unable to accept the notice given by the club of their desire to retain the service of the player, as he had previously been regarded for the Portsmouth club.
EVERTON TROUBLED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF MONEY
May 29, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
A Plea For The Boys
The police were not called in and the Seaforth artillery called out to the meeting of the shareholders t he Exchange Hotel on Money night. Before the meeting there was a busy scene outside the hotel and confidential whispers between shareholders were as common as the handbills which a certain shareholder had printed and which made public a letter from George Wilson, which in truth contained really nothing more than had already been stated on behalf of the player in this column. “Why was George Wilson dropped?” everyone seemed to be asking –that was when there was a general conversation before the meeting. After Mr. W.C. Cuff had claimed indulgence for a second week succession – everyone hoped Mr. George Wilson, the chairman, will quickly gain in strength –there seemed to be signs of an on burst of indignation. The vouchers gave course for alarm. Numbers were on those vouchers and Mr. W. Clayton pointed objected to voting unless he would be assured that no one could tell for whom he voted. This difficulty was overcome when the auditor advised this shareholder to tear off the number. The point of the evening was the Wilson case, and the shareholders were bubbling over with this in the kettle. But lo! There was a starting change of front. The value of diplomacy was never better demonstrated. “Certainly, there is an explanation of the “case,” said the astute secretary, “and the directors will be only too glad to give shareholders the explanation if they desired it – ever if they did make the explanation public property the shareholders must bear all the responsibility and they must remember that the club still claimed Wilson as their player.” This forced discretion, and straightaway the voting against making known the explanation was carried by a large majority. There was a long string of question and Mr. Cuff was good-humonured chaffed though he was never beaten; For instance the pet theme of one gentleman as known to be that the shareholders should have a fight good picnic.” After much elaborate explanation as to the why and wherefore of the picnic, the secretary solemnly and innocently asked “I take it you mean the club to bear this expense?” it is not from personal knowledge –only from such meetings of football clubs –that I am convinced that an abundance of wealth has its disadvantages. I someone will test me, I will willingly tell them whether wealth is a bore on a pleasure. Certainly it is becoming a problem to Everton to know what to do with all the wealth they are accumulating. The meeting tried to help them; they suggested free season tickets to shareholders that the club he wound up –oh, fie –and a new company formed, the value of the old share being increased twenty-fold, “free gratis and for nothing” that for international or club matches the shareholders should be admitted by tickets, the club bearing the post of these tickets &c. To all such the same answer was necessary. “The Football Association will not allow it.” In the case of the winding-up of a club, the moneys of the club are allocated to needy clubs on charities and without wishing Everton, Newcastle, or Villa anything nasty, one can say what a windfall it would be to some of the poor clubs were the trio mentioned to shut up the shutters at once. There was a scare for the meeting when the shareholders recollection the Newcastle crush asked that their seats should be kept open till a quarter of an hour before the time of kick-off. Then there was a suggestion that there should be a reserved portion for boys. It is a suggestion worth carrying out, I think, and I know it is worked effectively say Clayton among the other grounds. The boys should be kept together and then we should not see then being hoisted over the heads of others and dropped with no care or thought over the barriers. This has been an all too frequent occurrence at big matches. The objection of officers resulted in the four retiring gentlemen being re-elected as anticipated and the meeting ended in laughter. It was a complete success after promising to be extremely sultry Diplomacy did it.
EVERTON SIGN CLEVER WEST HAM FORWARD
June 3, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
The Wilson Case-Verdict First and foremost is the announcement that the Football Association having considered the report of the Everton Football Club that George Wilson refused the maximum verdicts. The verdict decides in favour of the club. This means that Wilson will play for Everton again next season unless of course he decides to takes on a position with an unaffiliated club –a most unlikely thing for him to do. All Everton supporters will welcome Wilson back and it is to be hoped that the unfortunate incident will now be buried forever.
The Everton secretary killed two birds with one stone last week. Mr. W.C. Cuff was in London for the arranging off fixtures. He took the liberty of calling on West Ham and on Winterhalder, with the result that Winterhalder becomes an Everton player. Everton and West Ham have had more than one business transaction, so the Mersey club transferred George Kitchen and McCartney to the Southern League club some three seasons ago and later parted with Wildman to the Hammers. Winterhalder in a veritable double of Harold Hardman and plays in the same position as the popular little amateur. Winterhalder has been a costly purchase but I prophecy he will be value for money. He is only twenty-two years old and stands 5 feet 7 inches in height, his weight being 10st 12lbs. He had a rare good season with the Hammers scoring 31 goals which is a fine record for a forward who operates on the extreme wing. He took Blackburn's place when the latter was injured and never once allowed the injured man the opportunity of claiming his place. He is am opportunists; speedy and tricky as gained most success by the former, his tricks being few and quite of the ordinary character. Early in February Everton beat West Ham 2-1 in the second round of the F.A Cup and of all the home forwards Whitehalder was the best, he stood out in a class by himself. He has an excellent conception of what to do when he has a clear run in view, preferring to race goalwards not, as must wingman do, towards the corner flag. Although Shepley was the actual scorer of the goal in this match mentioned it was certainly Winterhalder work which made the final touch in master of ease. Makepeace will bear harmony to the value of the new player. My cup comments of February 4 appeared the following;
“Winterhalmer is an outside left worth a big transfer fee to any club.
BENEFIT MATCH FOR EVERTON PLAYERS.
July 9, 1907. The Liverpool Courier
The directors of the Everton Football Club have decided to grant in the coming season, a benefit match to Jack Elliott, who as played and in his present capacity as trainer, has been associated with the club for 18 or 19 years, and to Alex Young and John Crelly, who have also rendered the club most valuable services. The football association have agreed to the arrangement, and allowed the club to guaranteed the raising of £600. The benefit will it is understood, take place when the Villa meet Everton early next year.
June 15, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
Shareholder's Suggested Means of Spending Money
At the recent annual meeting of the Everton Football Club (writes “Shareholders”) many and varied suggestions were made as to the purposes to which its immense funds could be beneficially employed. Some were of the humorous order, whilst others were of a more prosaic and business like character. Mr. Gardner propounded a scheme built upon reasonable lines, which he supported by sound arguments, but unfortunately its certain non-acceptance by the Football Association due to an infringement of the articles governing the existence of the club, placed it beyond consideration. other more or less fantastic suggestions were made, but one of the most practical emanated from a shareholder, who undertook to exercise his admitted right to call a shareholders meeting for the purpose of discussing the question and at the same time proposing that the shareholders should be able to obtain their season tickets at a nominal figure. This, of course, is a matter of degree, but it certainly appears to me to be a more reasonable way of reducing the income than the lavish expenditure such as a trip to Epsom, involved. If the gentlemen refereed to will take immediate action, he will have the support of many shareholders who are spoiling for the fight.
June 22, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
George Wilson and his brother David's services have been sought for by both Glasgow Celtic and Edinburgh Hibernians we are told.
HARRY WASHINGTON MOUNTFORD
June 24, 1907. Nottingham Evening Post
Everton have signed Harry Washington Mountford, the inside-left of Burslem Port Vale. Twenty-three years of age, standing 5ft 7 1/2 in, high, and weighting 10st. 8lb., this player scored 45 goals in two seasons for the Vale.
They have also secured Chetwood (Whitechurch and Port Vale), a forward who can take any inside position. He is 20, 5ft 7in high, and weighs 11st.
EVERTON AND WILSON
June 29, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Wilson Says He Will Return To The Mines
The disagreement between the Everton Football Club directorates and George Wilson, who was, to the general surprise, dropped from the team which represented Everton in the English Cup final tie came to a climax yesterday, when a special committee of the English Association, persisting of Messrs C. in the chair, J.C. Clegg and W. Pickford with Mr. E.J. Wall (secretary), met at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield to preside the case. Technically the position was that Wilson having signed on for Portsmouth appealed against the decision of the F.A in refusing to register his transfer. The committee had to deal with two other cases besides this – The proceedings were as usual conducted, in the Wilson case being first dealt with. The committee occupied nearly an hour and a quarter considering the matter, hearing not only Wilson and Mr. W.C. Cuff, the secretary of the Everton Club, but also Dr. Whitford and Dr. Baxter, directors. When the hearing was at length over, and the parties to the dispute emerged from the committee room, it was evident that Wilson was seriously upset by what had transpired. The attitude of Mr. Cuff and his directors was satisfactatory, but Wilson rebuffed their advances, and refused the offer made by Dr. Whitford to go and have a cup of coffee with them. He was ultimately over-persuaded but he had nearly to be dragged to the coffee-room, and later when the party adjourned to the billiard room, Wilson was still a reluctant recipient of the directors' friendly advances and was in fact, carried to the billiard-room, as it were under escort. The condescension of Dr. Whitford in offering him a game seemed, however to somewhat soothe his ruffed feeling and a peep into the billiard room disclosed a state of things which suggested the harmony reigned again. Wilson was however, about half-an-hour later caught in a corridor of the hotel by a “Sheffield Telegraph” representative, who straightway put the question;
“How did you get on, Wilson.”“I'd rather not say,” replied the player, in the broadest Doric “But, come you know whether you made a favourable impression or not” “I know there was a lot of falsehood, and still more exaggeration, but I'd rather not speak about it.” “Why wouldn't you sign for Everton?” “Well, they treated me badly over the English cup. I know before the match at the Palace that if I didn't sign I perhaps mightn't play, and when they stood me down at the Palace, of course I refused to sign.” “What did they have to say about that,” “Well, you mean to have it and I may as well tell you. Their explanation was that I was guilty of insubordination and obscene language.” “What sort?” I mean of both,” “Well the charge of insubordination came to this. They sent the trainer to me to tell me I must go upon to the office to re-sign. I didn't go.” “That was the insubordination.” “I surprise to; but when they sent him a second time I did go, but I didn't sign, and then they let me know that I was risking my chance of playing for them in the English cup.” “Did they tell you so?” “No, but a nod's as good as a wink, is it not?” “What about the obscene language?” “Oh they say I used that to the trainer when he came for me.” “Did you?” “Not likely.” Why, he was a pal of mine- at least I thought he was.” “And that was their explanation was it?” “No; there was something more. They declared I told them I wasn't fit, which was downright lie.” “Were you fit?” Could you have played?” “Yes, of course, I played the Saturday before.” “Well how do you think the matter will end?” “Oh, expect the committee will say, I shall never go back to Everton. They always take the directors word before a player's.” “If Everton get the right to retain you?” “I shan't play for Everton again; that's settled.” “With the directors.”“Oh, no, they ve' got an idea I'll not get permission to leave the club, and they've already asked me to sign on for them. But I've made up my mind I'll never play for them again.” “What then?” “Oh, I'll go back to work.” “You have a trade I presume?” “Well I'm a miner, but I'll go back to that rather than let Everton do as they please with me. If a man's got to be a shave to play League football, them I'm done with football.”
“So it appears the cup of coffee you were invited to just now was thrown away?” “Yes and so was their game of billiards I tell you I'm quit of Everton whatever happens.
Subsequently at the conclusion of the meeting the Press were informed by Mr. F.J. Wall that the committee had decided that in the case of Garrett permission be him to leave the Portsmouth Club. In the case of the others two players Wilson and Cartledge of Everton and Bristol Rovers respectively, permission could not be granted. A Press representative subsequently saw Wilson, who was standing on the step of the Victoria Hotel and communicated to him the committee's decision. He replied, “Well, I'll go inside and get my coat and clear off.”
“And you'll not go back to Everton?”
“No; I'll never play for Everton again.”