EVERTON 0 CHELSEA 3
April 2, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON BEATEN BY CHELSEA.
Everton gave a very weak display at Goodison-park last evening and thoroughly deserved the 3-nil defeat administered by Chelsea. This was the Pensioners' League debut at Goodison-park, and they have every reason to be pleased with their two visits to Liverpool this season, seeing that they defeated Liverpool at Anfield on Christmas Day –their first match at Anfield –by 4 goals to 1. As the Londoners beat Everton at Chelsea and have still to meet Liverpool there, they have an opportunity of taking all the points from out local clubs, a performance upon which any team may well feel proud. There was a lot of pretty football shown at Goodison last evening –generally by the visitors-but there was a lack of dash and excitement which showed all too plainly that the end of the season is at hand. The visitors gave a bright display, and had they cared might readily have increased the margin which separated the teams at the close.
THE SCORING OF THE GOALS.
In view of the international match on Saturday it was something of a surprise to find both Hilsdon or Windridge turning out. Chelsea were thus at full strength, but Everton had Taylor and Balmer away, and called on McConnachie at the last moment owing to W. Balmer being unable to play. Everton began as though they meant business, and Sharp was conspicuous with a fine run, Whitley saved from Hardman, but when Chelsea got going Scott had to repel shots from Brawn, Humphreys, and Stark, the latter's attempt nearly taking effect in the corner. Chelsea showed decidedly the better combination, the left wingers being very clever despite the fact that first Windridge and then Fairway got hurt through being struck by the ball. Scott disposed of a fine attempt from Fairway, but Hildson scored a clever goal as the outcome of a fine run and shot after 27 minutes. Everton's attacks were chiefly due to the right wing, and from a corner forced by Sharp, Whitley just saved Bolton's header. At Half-time Chelsea led by a goal, and within 12 minutes of the resumption were three up. Hildson scored in two minutes after Scott had saved well from Fairway, and added his third goal after the left wing had got the better of Makepeace. Humphreys might have added another goal, but shot over with only Scott to beat. Afterwards Everton did a lot of pressing, but shot badly, Sharp's centre being time after time thrown away as the result of bad shooting, chiefly on the part of Young. Adamson had bad luck in not scoring with two fine shots which Whitley did exceedingly well to stop, but the custodian had no other anxious moments, and Everton seldom looked like scoring.
It was one of Everton's off days and few of the players did anything worthy of commendation. Scott had no chance with the goals, and made some good clearances, but the backs were weak and uncertain. The halves, Adamson excepted, were below form, Makepeace finding Fairway and Windridge too clever for him, and Tom Booth's attempts at passing to his forwards being very poor. The attack was practically carried on by the right wing, Sharp being far the best of the line. Young had an off day. Bolton was too poor, and Hardman suffered in consequence. Chelsea proved themselves a smart side all round. Whitley did his work well, and is not so prone to run out of goal as formely. Miller gave a fine display at back and at half too, the Pensioners were better served than Everton. Stark being particularly successful. Forward Fairway was fine, his runs and centres being a feature, while the other wingers were little inferior. Hilsdon and Windridge did not over exert themselves, but the centre gave the Everton forwards an object in the art of keeping the ball on the turf.
Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goals, R. Balmer, and MaConnachie, backs, Makepeace, Booth, and Adamson half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman, Young, Settle and Donnachie, forwards. Chelsea: - Whitley, goal, Cameron, and Miller, backs, McRoberts, Stark, and Birnie, half-backs Brawn, Humphreys, Hildson, Windridge and Fairway, forwards.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 04 April 1908
By Richard Samuel
The past has been a lean week indeed with our two local members, for Everton have dropped four points and Liverpool a couple. The Blues put up a decent fight at Birmingham on Saturday in which match Donnachie partnered Settle, and their defeat was the narrow one of two goals to one. Still this is a marked contrast to Everton’s recent 4-1 home victory over the Brums. The feature of the game was Coleman’s sprightly behavour at inside right, and the ex-Gunner’s solo goal –which was a real beauty. He and Sharp got along splendidly together whilst Donnachie gave a capital display in his best position –outside left. R. Balmer was tried as partner to Macconnachie for the first time, and the pair did fairly well.
The League’s Lusty Infants
But what shall we say of Everton on Wednesday? To suffer the indignity of a 3-0 home defeat at the instance of Chelsea is surely nothing short of disgraceful. Two things were made perfectly clear –one, that Everton were frightfully weak and out of gear, taken as a whole; two, that the League infants are a rattling good team; indeed,, I think bold to say they are now one of the best-balanced teams in the League and serve up some of its most attractive football. With a couple of class additions (and Chelsea are bound to command star performance), Everton’s latest conquerors are not unlikely to have a big say in the destination of League honours in the near future. I made bold to say, when they defeated Liverpool by a three goals margin at Anfield last Christmas Day that Chelsea were a fine team playing splendid football; but I noticed some writers stating at the time that “it wasn’t as though Chelsea played good football,” etc., etc. My friends, Chelsea did play some of the very best of football at Anfield; whilst on Wednesday they actually thoroughly outclassed –there is no other word for it – Everton at Goodison!
How Everton Came Undone.
Chelsea trotted out their best team, whilst the only men Everton lacked were the veterans Settle and Taylor, for whom Bolton and Booth acted as substitutes. Right from the outset Chelsea framed like the more skillful side, their left wing and centre, backed up with admirable feeding, being a constant menace to Scott. However, nearly half-an-hour had gone ere England’s centre forward, Hilsdon (who throughout gave a fine account of himself), went right through from the half-way line. He shook off opposing attentions, and nursing the ball admirably, experienced little difficulty in finding the net. Chelsea led on their merits by this goal at the interval, and a minute after the resumption were two goals up. Fairgrey getting in an amazing centre under difficulties, from off the line, to see Hilsdon notch his second goal after Scott had once partially saved. Ere long a third goal accrued as Hilsdon deftly converted following some smart right wing work. The spectators were as delighted with Chelsea’s ability as they were wrath with Everton’s dullness. Sharp and Coleman tried hard to lesson the gap, as did Hardman; but what were three among so many? Fairgrey’s every movements bears the impress of the great player, and this Dumfries youth is surely deserving the cap thus far denied him. Everton clearly need a tonic. Scott had little chance with the goals, but I wasn’t enamored with the defence of either back. The halves were even more hopelessly at sea, and I cannot recall Makepeace having such an unprofitable 90 minutes. Booth was weak both in tackling and placing, leaving Adamson as the best of a bad lot of halves. Young never showed to less advantage whilst Bolton could seldom do the right think, and it is obviously off his proper form. As for the other three forwards, they try their best, but weight of numbers invariably won in the end. Chelsea and Liverpool are only home conquerors to date.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 04 April 1908
- They are already making arrangements for the reception of the Cup winners in Newcastle, but once Everton did the same and were grievously disappointed.
- George Wilson does not look as fit as when with Everton. He is certainly much thinner, and as an outside left was not as noticeable as when occupying the inside berth.
- Hilsdon’s second goal at Everton was a perfect gift, Makepeace and Balmer trusting to one another to clear. We imagine that words would fail to express what Scott’s thoughts were on this occasion.
- Blackpool Reserve created a surprise at Goodison Park by defeating the prospective champions. As their first team also defeat Derby County, the Seasiders supporters should have been a happy band last Saturday evening.
- Everton’s love (sic) for the Wanderers; They knock them out of the cup, gave them a kick down the League ladder, and then add insult to injury by going to Birmingham to take the wooden spoon from St. Andrew’s in order to send it to Burnden.
- Makepeace is the most artist-English half-back. As England today, and is to be commiserated with in losing yet another Scotch cap, after his brilliant work this season. In the writer’s opinion Makepeace, Roberts and McWilliams would make the most delightful half-back line in the United Kingdom, with Colin Veitch on the heels of Roberts.
- Everton have had a lot of luck this season, but even Dame Luck has now deserted them.
- Sharp, Coleman, and Hardman were fine against Chelsea, as we Adamson, but the rest were not worth salt.
- Everton are having a capital home run of four successive matches at Goodison Park, including such attractive names as Chelsea, Newcastle, and Manchester United, too.
- As Chelsea have beaten both Liverpool and Everton on their own pitches, Whitley will have pleasant recollections of renewing his acquaintance with Anfield-rd, and Goodison Park.
- As Everton are experimenting now how would the following team do;- Scott; Stevenson, Macconnachie; Makepeace, Taylor and Adamson; Sharp, Coleman, Settle, Mountford, and Hardman.
- The defeat of Everton at Birmingham caused little surprise but the runaway victory of Chelsea was a bitter pill to swallow. We may look for some radical changes in the team as a consequence.
- Whitley smiled at the finish of the Everton-Chelsea game. No wonder.
- But for indifferent shooting Everton would have won at Birmingham, Settle missing more than one easy chance.
- George Wilson is now pretty certain to obtained an English Cup medal, so unfortunately denied him when with Everton last season, and an honour which he greatly coveted.
- Everton’s cast-offs have a happy knack of turning up at Goodison Park and finishing on the winning side. Whitley is the latest instance of this happening. Wonder has Wilson of Newcastle, had a similar experience this afternoon.
- Councillor Edwin Berry, the Liverpool chairman of directors, has a son, A. berry, who has been honoured with a place in England’s amateur team v. Belgium and Germany. He will have as partner the famous Vivian Woodward and all Merseyside will be interested to learn how he comports himself.
EVERTON V. NEWCASTLE UNITED
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 04 April 1908
(League.- First Division.)
For the second week in succession the 1906-7 League champions were on view at Merseyside this afternoon but their visit did not stir the pulse as it did in last week’s semi-final at Anfield; nor, indeed, like it usually does when Newcastle United are due to oppose Everton at Goodison Park. For one thing there was no championship at stake, and again, Everton’s recent form had in no sense enthused their followers. Finally, the North-Country team was shorn of much of its usual brilliance in attack by the absence of some half-dozen of the recognized Cup team. One great feature of the anticipated interest was the re-appearance on Goodison soil of a former. Everton favourite, George Wilson, but he did not materalise. At outside-right United gave a maiden trial to a Dumbarton 19 years’ youth, Adam Scott Duncan by name. Everton left out Bolton, Booth and R. Balmer in favour of Taylor and W. Balmer; whilst Donnachie appeared against his old club vice Sharp. The full teams therefore were;- Everton;- Scott, goal; Balmer (W.) Right-back and Macconnachie, Left back; Makepeace, Right half-back, Taylor (captain), centre half-back, and Adamson, Left half-back; Donnachie, Outside right, Coleman, Inside-right, Young, centre, Settle, Inside-left and Bolton, Outside-left. Newcastle United;- Lawrence, goal; Pudan, Right back and Carr, Left-back; Hughes, Right half-back, Gardner (captain), Centre, and Willis, Left half-back; Duncan, Outside-right, Higgins, Inside-right, Appleyard, centre, Speedie, Inside-left, and Soye, Outside-left. Referee; Mr. W.C. Clover, Leicester.
Vain Battle For Goals.
The day was beautifully fine, the only disadvantage being a too powerful wind and sun. There would only be about 15,000 spectators. United had to face the sun at the outset. Appleyard was twice seen making tracks for Scott, and thus early the crowd behind the Stanley Park goal resumed their ridiculous “booing” of a week ago, Gardiner and Higgins were seen working beautifully for a position on Appleyard’s behalf, when Balmer stepped in and brilliantly nipped the movement in the bud. After this Everton attacked in sprightly fashion on the right, Coleman ending a pretty dribble by putting out a lovely long pass to Hardman. The latter centred, with Pudan hanging on to him, and Young made a fair scoring attempt whilst on the half-turn, as did Bolton a minute later. The feature of the game at this point were Coleman’s breezy runs. However, the nearest approach to a goal ensued at the other end as Soye worked in cleverly and centred splendidly for Appleyard to head the ball slick against the crossbar. It was a narrow squeak indeed. Almost immediately Appleyard who seemed to enjoy the crowd’s banter, shot wide when splendidly placed. Donnachie, who was playing a commendable game now came in the picture with a smart run, during which he outwitted several opponents and finished with a sterling shot which Lawrence only with difficulty prevented taking effect. As yet neither Bolton nor Young showed much advance on their form of Wednesday –each were lacking in the necessary dash. At inside-right Higgins came in for favourable notice for deft manipulation of the ball. The game proceeded on a quite summer-like lines, and the crowd had little to admire or enthuse over. Captain Gardner in his new berth at centre half was a power of good, as Young discovered. Sandy, however, managed to level a couple of long distance efforts at Lawrence, but they presented no difficulty. Everton’s forward understanding was not of the necessary standard. Soye at outside left was being well plied with the ball and displayed distinct ability, but Duncan did not catch the eye, despite the cleverness of his partner. Appleyard who was damaged soon after his second early shot for goal, seemed pretty well extinguished, he being somewhat lame. Coleman was a redeeming figure in Everton’s weak-kneed attack, and it speaks ill for the home team that despite United’s poor team the Blues could make little impression. United hadn’t even 11 men on view hereabouts, for the lame Appleyard had gone off the field. In fact, Everton were every whit as disappointing as in the Chelsea match, with the exception of two or three members, but especially Coleman, who was repeatedly cheered for clever raids towards the enemy’s citadel. The game was tame in the extreme and unworthy the reputation of these two great clubs. During the closing stages of the first half, the game went along in the same humdrum fashion, and the goalless 45 was a true reflex. One wondered whether the Blues were saving themselves for the second half or for the Manchester United match on Wednesday next. Half-time; No score.
Appleyard was still absent when the game restarted, so that everything was in Everton’s favour. The early play was quiet, but after five minutes Everton put something of the old dash in their work, Coleman and Donnachie being especially prominent, with the result that Lawrence had to save, first a header from Bolton, and then a splendid cross-shot from Young. Just afterwards, however, Sandy received from Donnachie when well out, and although the home centre forward had his back to Lawrence he shot brilliantly on the turn and defeated Lawrence all the way, Everton thus leading seven minutes from the restart. This put a bit of real life into the game, and genuine cheers greeted a capital header from Bolton, after Donnachie had accurately centred. Unfortunately Bolton’s header proved a trifle too lofty. The Tynesiders with their depleted forces found it a difficult matter to make much appreciable headway, Scott being quite on holiday and playing the part of spectator. Macconachie served up repeated illustrations of cool defence, which, of course was quite acceptable under the circumstances. The Everton attack was now moving in something like its proper fashion, with the result that Lawrence had to keep a most vigilant eye. This active custodian more than once demonstrated his worth in saving storming attacks in which Coleman and Donnachie were the chief factors. Both Bolton and Young on the first half. There were still 20 minutes to play when Everton further increased their lead with a capital goal from the foot of Coleman, following a corner kick. Coleman’s success was a most appropriate one, and he is proving not only a genuine acquisition, but a most consistent scorist. United could make no impression on Scott, and the Everton defence on the whole had a most comfortable time. Donnachie was twice at fault in not making reasonable use of good openings worked out against the veteran Carr, who had lost a good deal of his former pace. Even Balmer and Taylor joined in target practice, but they shot nearer the moon than anywhere else. Balmer, whose defence had been capital here received a knock on the eye, and had to receive the trainer’s attention. Gardner was quite the best half-back in the visiting team. Donnachie hereabouts put across one or two promising centres, but the United defence prevailed. Everton took quite a batch of corners, from one of which Willis almost placed through his own goal. The Everton halves had little difficulty in keeping the disorganized Tyne-ide attack in hand. Last week we saw a brilliant Newcastle vanguard at Anfield, the reverse side of the picture was on view today. Of course Everton’s task was simplified through the accident to Appleyard. In the end Everton secured an easy 2-0 victory, after a game which fell far below expectation.
Final; Everton 2, Newcastle United 0.
ATHERTON V. EVERTON RESERVE
(Lancashire Combination.- Division 1.)
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 04 April 1908
The visit to Flapper Fold this afternoon of the leaders of the Combination, proved a big attraction. The visitors brought a strong side, and save that Kirby was an absentee, Atherton were fully represented. Atherton; Hewitt; Fort and Farrington; Wilson, Mockett, and Madden; Sharples, Tonge, Brogden, Horrocks, and Gradwell. Everton; Sloan; Strettle, and Meunier; Chadwick, Booth, and Stevenson; Rafferty, Chetwood, Couper, Mountford, and Winterhalder.
Brogden started the game for Atherton. The visitors who had the advantage of a high wind, at once started but Rafferty kicked too strongly in evading Farrington, and the ball passed harmlessly behind. A moment later the Everton outside right got in a neat centre, but Farrington made a smart clearance. Everton still harassed the home defence, but the home backs were very safe. After many vain efforts, Atherton succeeded in invading the visitors’ half. Wilson fed Sharples in midfield, and after sprinting down the wing the last named swung the ball across. Tonge was favorably placed for a shot, but his drive lacked steam, and Sloan saved without difficulty. Everton were very aggressive after this, but the home backs were very watchful, and it was only occasionally that Hewitt was troubled. Once, however, Chetwood got through and the home keeper was cheered for a brilliant save. Immediately after this Hewitt made a clever stop on his knees from Mountford. Couper also had a shy at short range, but the Atherton custodian made another brilliant save. By dint of close passing, Atherton at length got within their opponents’ half again, but Sharples lay offside when Madden fed him close in, and a fine opportunity was lost. Shortly afterwards Madden placed the ball in front of Sloan from a free kick but the Everton keeper dashed out and cleared. Everton went down and forced a corner after this, but Mockett lifted the ball out of the danger zone, and a minute later Winterhalder shot badly, after dribbling past the backs. Again Atherton forced their way up the field, and in centering. Tonge just pushed the ball out of Brogden’s reach, Sloan dashing out and clearing. Couper failed at a good opening at the Atherton end. Half-time; No score.
After the resumption Atherton attacked dangerously, and Sloan conceded a corner. In the first minute Strettle cleared the flag kick, but good passing by the home forwards endangered the Everton goal again. Gradwell swung in a neat centre, and Brodgen rounded the backs but shot tamely into Sloan’s hands. The visitors then broke away and a miskick by the home backs enabled Mountford to get in a centre which Couper turned into the net. Everton applied pressure again, but the Atherton defence was sound, Sloan being particularly smart in goal. Though play was mostly confined to the Everton half, the visitors made frequent incursions to the home end, and once Chetwood struck the upright with a terrific low drive. The Everton goal had many narrow escapes towards the finish, but the Blues defence prevailed.
EVERTON 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
April 6, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON DEFEAT NEWCASTLE UNITED.
It is a pity that a record in respect of the meetings of Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison-park was established on Saturday. If it had been something brilliant one would have been delighted, but truth compels the assertion that a more lifeless exhibition has never been seen between the two clubs since they have met in League warfare. Admittedly they are two of the wealthiest football organisations in the county, and if, as some people suggest, money can buy anything, even ready made players they should, under whatever stress or circumstances, be able to provide their supporters with a game of football, when League points are at stake, in which serious endeavour should be conspicuous. Doubtless the management do their best, and it is not their fault if players are lackadaisical, but it is a point to be borne in mind –and this effects both parties alike –that even towards the end of the season the public who pay their money are entitled to a genuine trial of strength; no matter to which side the fortune of war may incline. The Everton representatives did what was asked of them on Saturday, namely to win the game. They scored twice and prevented their antagonists from getting through, but the play never reached a standard worthy of the reputation of the clubs.
Newcastle United had some execuse for being so poorly represented. Their right wing –Rutherford and Howie –had been requisitioned, one for England, and the other for Scotland, but still the fact remains that only six of the cup team, which performed so brilliantly at Anfield-road the previous Saturday, were in evidence. They introduced two men to First League football, these being Duncan, formerly of Dumbarton, at outside right, and Hughies, a recruit from Rhyl, at right ball hack. Nothing was seriously at stake so far as the Novocastrians are concerned. Their League positions is secure; their sole object now is to end the season as possessors of the English Cup. Still the weakened forces started the game with some degree of spirit, and finding that they were not hard pressed actually forced the play, so much so that Appleyard had hard lines in heading against the crossbar, and a moment later in directing a terrific shot inches wide of the upright. Then Appleyard was injured so badly in coming in contact with W. Balmer that he had to leave the field soon afterwards. It was then only a question if Everton could score. They failed up to the interval, but afterwards Young credited himself with a regular beauty, and Coleman followed with a second. Thus Everton gained the victory by two goals to nil.
It was not a success for which Everton were entitled to claim much credit. They were the better of two feeble sides. Their display, however, was not that of the Everton we have known. Listlessness can be carried to too fine a point, even though the end of the season is in sight. Coleman showed his colleagues a fine example of spirited work, and the veteran Taylor and the younger Adamson stood out amongst the rest, that is excluding Scott, who was rarely troubled. Newcastle's opposition was of the feeblest though the captain Gardiner, tried hard to stimulate his side. Appleyard's injury put them out of gear no doubt, but it is to be hoped that when next Everton and Newcastle United are seen at Goodison-park a different exhibition will be provided. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Makepeace Taylor (captain), and Adamson half-backs Donnachie, Coleman, Young, Bolton, and Hardman, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, Carr, and Pudan backs, Hughes (Debut), Gardiner (Captain), and Willis, half-backs, Duncan (Debut), Higgins, Appleyard, Speedie, and Soye, forwards. Referee J.H.Pearson.
ATHERTON 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 6, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 33)
Everton had little to spare in the match at Atherton, but a goal scored in the second half by Coupar sufficed to give them the victory. Everton had the wind in the first portion, but could not beat Hewitt. After the change of ends the Atherton men showed up well, but Sloan was very safe in goal, and after Everton scored the visitors more than held their own to the end, though there was no more scoring. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettle, and Meunier, backs, Chadwick, Booth, and Abbott half-backs Rafferty, Chetwood, Coupar, Mountford, and Winterhalmer, forwards.
EVERTON 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3
April 9, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON AGAIN BEATEN.
LUCKY GOALS FOR MANCHESTER.
Everton last evening sustained yet another defeat. Manchester United accounting for the Goodison-park men by three goals to one. In their last four matches, three of them at home, Everton have only credited themselves with two points, and those were obtained from Newcastle United, who played ten men for more than half the game. Everton's position in the League is quite unworthy of the club, and it is to be hoped that an improvement will be forthcoming, otherwise the possibility of Second Division football at Goodison next season is not unlikely. It must be said that Everton were not favoured by fortune at Goodison, yesterday, but at the same time the League leaders were the smarter team, and their display was value for the points, even though there was an element of luck about two of their goals. The first point was scored towards the interval, and was the direct outcome of a mistake by Settle. The forwards tried to pass the ball back to McConnachie, but sent rather wide, and Hulse nipped in, and taking both backs and goalkeeper by surprise scored with a cross shot. It was a smart shot, but Scott has saved many more difficult ones, and appeared to think the ball was going wide. The second goal, scored midway through the second half, was a result of a decidedly doubtful penalty kick . A shot from Turnbull struck Balmer, and the referee, Tom Robinson gave a penalty, from which Turnbull netted. The penalty appeared quite undeserved. Later on, Duckworth somewhat similarly got in the way of a shot, but this time the referee consulted the linesmen, and the player was not penalised. There could be no mistake about the last goal, which Wall scored right on time from a centre by Meredith.
But it must be said that the visitors were a better-balanced side than Everton, and infinitely superior in attack they deserved their success. The visitors had an advantage in the first half, but good shooting on either side was not a strong point. Everton were indeed wretched in this department, and Bloomfield did not have to repel a shot. Both Rafferty and Donnachie were weak, the former being very slow in getting away, and the latter finishing badly, while the inside men seldom did anything right, Young and Coleman throwing away fine openings. Scott saved shots from Meredith, Turnbull, and Wall, and was lucky when a shot from the inside left rebounded from the bar. Makepeace saved all almost certain goal when Meredith got possession and centred, Scott kept out a good low shot from Turnbull, but was beaten by Hulse in the manner described, and the United crossed over with the lead. Manchester went off with a rush on resuming, and Scott repaired a bad mistake by McConnachie. Broomfield was at last called upon by Rafferty, and Coleman was almost through after a fine solo effort when Stacey cleared. Everton showed improvement upon the first half, and a splendid bit of work by Donnachie enabled Young to score, though the centre only managed it at the second attempt, after missing the ball in the goal mouth. Just previously Settle had shot over with only the goalkeeper to beat, and later Young somehow or other lifted the ball high over after Coleman had given him a perfect chance. Then came the penalty incident, which turned the game in Manchester's favour, and Scott twice saved well following a centre from Meredith before Wall notched the concluding goal.
Everton great weakness was again in the forward line. Sharp and Hardman were badly missed, for although Donnachie and Rafferty improved after the change of ends their display on the whole was poor, Young and Settle spoilt their play by wretched shooting, and the best man of the line was Coleman, though he got very little support. Everton's strength lay at half, where Makepeace showed all his old cleverness, and was a match for Wall and Turnbull. Adamson did well against Meredith, particularly in the first half, while Taylor work hard and with success. Balmer was the better of the backs, and Scott did well apart from the first goal. Manchester proved themselves a well-balanced side. Their defence was more then equal to checking Everton's uncertain attack, Stacey being particularly safe. The halves were sound Roberts working with rare energy, while of a clever forward line, Meredith, Turnbull, and Wall were the pick. There were about 12,000 spectators present. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, W. Balmer, and MaConnachie, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Adamson half-backs, Rafferty, Coleman, Young, and Donnachie, forwards. Manchester United: - Broomfield, goal, Stacey and Burgess, backs, Duckworth, Roberts, and Downie, half-backs, Meredith, Bannister, Husle, A Turnbull, and Wall, forwards. Referee Tom Robinson.
TAME FARE AT GOODISON
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 April 1908
By Richard Samuel
The visits of the 1907 and the 1908 champions within the past week to Goodison have served to create feelings of grievous disappointment in the breasts of Everton partisans. When the season’s fixture-list was made up we confidently expected these events to constitute two of the 1907-8 t-t-bits for Goodison Park devotees; we expected them to each produce a thrilling game and a crowded house, whereas neither thing has happened through circumstances varied in character. Take, for instance, the visit of Newcastle United a week ago, wherein several things conspired to sap out the interest. The Tynesiders fell an easy prey to a moderate Everton combination after a game which proved disappointing and tame to a degree. Had not Appleyard succeeded in damaging himself in simple fashion early on, I dare-say we should have had a better semblance of a fight; but as it was, the spectators hadn’t even “Cockles” left as a target for interesting banter. It was a further big disappointment to find George Wilson out; and the only little bit of consolation was the acquisition of two distinctly serviceable points to Everton, for we in Merseyside note how consistently the League’s lowest lights are keeping things burning. The absence of Sharp crippled the Everton attack, in which Bolton once again failed wretchedly, although he wasn’t alone in this respect. By comparison with some of his comrades, “Tim” Coleman was as a refreshing stream.
Everton Again Beaten at Home
Wednesday matches are surely not quite to Everton’s liking, for in successive mid-week fixtures we have seen the blue-coloured jerseys lowered at home by Chelsea and Manchester United in turn. The conditions were ideal three evenings ago, and a 20,000 crowd would come out of their shell as surprisingly as did Liverpool recently against the same team. Alas! Defeat and not victory was the lot of the Everton brigade, after a game which although lacking in the enthusiasm of the best type of League encounter, yet included much excellent play. Everton were distinctly at a disadvantage, however, in being shorn of their two wingmen, Hardman and Sharp, especially the last-named, who is usually so capable of rising to the occasion. Rafferty proved but a moderate substitute for the absent cricketer, whilst, if Donnachie splendidly paved the way to the scoring of Everton’s only goal, he was by no means consistent, and more frequently than not marred good openings by failing to turn them to reasonable account when he had goodly opportunities for centring.
A Doubtful Penalty
It was half-way through the second stage that Everton came along with a crumb of comfort in the shape of an equalizing goal, Donnachie beating Duckworth and Stacey in an excellent run. He eventually converged goalwards, and when close upon Broomfield he tapped the ball across the goalmouth for Young to force the former into the net. This roused the League champions and several shots were rained in upon Scott. One thunderbolt from Turnbull appeared to striker Balmer on the arm, and Referee Robertson immediately signaled a penalty, from which Turnbull again scored. The case looked a doubtful one, and the referee’s decision was unfavourably received both by the Everton players and the spectators.
I don’t think the Mancunians deserved to win by such a margin and yet they ever seemed to be moving with a greater confidence. They were sounder in defence and more able and resourceful in attack. The only department in which Everton could claim an equality was at half-back, where Taylor came out with an old-time resolute display, and where Adamson, after the first 20 minutes shaped excellently against the wonderfully preserved Meredith. Makepeace, of course, had a stiff task on hand and succeeded fairly well; but in recent games I consider Harry has appealed to one as a man in need of a rest. This will be conceded when I state that he has figured in the whole of Everton’s seven trying Cup-ties and in the Blues’ last seven League matches without a break. It isn’t so much the number of matches here referred to -14 in all – as the fact of their coming in such a cluster. In goal Scott was not at his best, whilst Balmer was decidedly the better back. McConnachie has now had a fair trial at full back, and I am being forced to the conclusion that he is almost as shaky a read to thrust in, in this position, as he was at half-back. His tackling and kicking were alike uncertain, and the comparison between him and Burgess, for instances was most marked. I am very much afraid Macconnachie will not retain a League team position, unless a transformation scene sets in.
Forward Coleman was once again the leading light. He is a capture indeed. He timed his passes beautifully, but unfortunately seldom received a return pass. He dribbled tellingly and speedily, but –“unfortunately” again – his shooting was too ambitious –he aimed too high. But apart from “Tim” Everton’s attack forced one to sigh for the good old days of well-known experts in the favourite Jersey. Rafferty, like Donnachie, is much too prone to “coming back” with the ball, and his slowness (the Scotch style by the way) in getting across their centres, played right into the Mancunians’ hands. In the United ranks Burgress had an enjoyable time, and a successful one – would that Macconnachie had his intuition! Downie made a really excellent substitute for Bell. Meredith’s power of wheeling, dribbling and centring are apparently as majestic as ever, while the work of the master was upon all the Turnbull did. Wall is the finest player ever turned out from Barnsley’s workshop, and if preserved with, I should say hales is not unlikely to repay his club for a patient hearing.
EVERTON'S NEW FORWARD.
April 11, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton directors have secure the transfer of Bert Freeman, the Woolwich Arsenal centre of inside forwards. He is 23 years of age, stands 8 feet 9 inches in height, and weights 12 stone, Freeman will now have a chance of playing once more with his old colleague “Tim Coleman.” Before joining Woolwich Arsenal he played for Aston Villa. He has been with Woolwich Arsenal about two seasons.
Woolwich forward for Everton
Dundee Courier - Saturday 11 April 1908
Everton Football Club yesterday affected an important capture in Freeman, of Woolwich Arsenal. He is a young player, 22 years of age, and weighs 12 stone. Freeman plays as a forward, and is speedy. Several weeks ago Everton signed another Woolwich player in Coleman.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 April 1908
- The Newcastle v. Everton match last Saturday was very tame. The least said about it the better.
- Coleman is likely to become a prime favourite at Goodison Park where a consistent goal-scorer soon becomes a popular idol. The ex-Gunner has scored four goals in half-a-dozen matches.
- Macconnachie against Manchester United gave as feeble a display at full-back as has been seen at Goodison Park this season. Weak clearances and mis-kicks were quite a feature of his play.
- With the exception of Balmer, Taylor, Adamson, and Coleman, the Everton team against Newcastle were in a happy-go-lucky mood. Scott in the second half found his post a sinecure, while Hardman got few opportunities.
- Considering the listless display given by the seniors in recent matches, Everton supporters are asking why some of the younger reserves are not called upon. The success of Adamson in the League team should encourage further experiments.
- After paying a big transfer fee for Winterhalder, Everton have kept this player in the reserve team throughout the season. Their policy does not meet with the public approval, who would prefer when Hardman is absent, to see the ex-West Hammer in his place.
- Everton are courting disaster by their easy going methods of late. What if with all the wealth of talent available they enjoy a season in the Second Division!
- Few will be sorry if some of this season’s Everton team are allowed to seek new pastures. The directors might do worse than expierment with the following team; Scott; Stevenson, and Strettle; Makepeace, Taylor and Adamson; Sharp, Coleman, Couper, Mountford, and Winterhalder.
- Lancashire clubs had a bad time of it last Saturday, and only Everton gained two points.
- McCormick was expected to make his debut for Everton against Manchester United, but we fancy that while Taylor keeps in harness he will be seldom called upon.
- Appleyard had to put up with further barracking at Goodison Park. This called forth a lecture from the referee to a portion of the crowd, and a friendly demonstration from the grand stand.
- The Everton v. Newcastle match was one of the poorest seen at Goodison Park this season. The visitors had only five of their Cup team out, while of these Appleyard was injured and retired after half-an-hour’s play.
- Had Sharp been present it would probably have made a wonderful difference to Everton’s prospects in their match with the League leaders, for Rafferty left a good deal to be desired, and seldom gave the ball back to Coleman after having once received it.
- Everton would like to secure Wall and A. Turnbull, of Manchester United, whilst even Roberts would not be despised, well though Taylor is playing. Then by a little extra pressure, room might also be found for Herbert Burgess in the Everton colours, were the Clayton people “quite” agreeable –which, of course, they are not!
- Coleman is getting quite a consistent scorer for Everton. Just the man, Woolwich at present require.
- Everton have secured a further addition to their Newcastle recruits, McCormick, a half-back, following Donnachie, and Bolton to Goodison Park.
- Another tame, go-as-you-please contest was the game between Everton and Manchester United. The visitors were throughout the better team and well deserved their 3-1 victory.
- Everton secured two points against Newcastle, but their play did not entitle them to these. In fact if Appleyard had been able to remain on the field, the visitors might have shared the points.
- Tomorrow is Football Sunday in Liverpool, and a great gathering of the clans is expected at Crescent Chapel, Everton Brow, to hear some of the game’s leading football officials. The principal speaker will be Mr. C.E. Sutcliffe, whilst Mr. Harold Hardman, the popular Everton amateur, will read the lesson. As a year ago, the soloist will be another Everton favourite, Mr. Will C. Cuff.
EVERTON V. SUNDERLAND
(League.- First Division.)
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 April 1908
Everton’s recent home form, having been the reverse of re-assuring, they were expected to have all their work cut out to repeat their mid-season Roker-Park win over Sunderland this afternoon. Compared with the side which fared so poorly against Manchester United on Wednesday, Everton had several changes; Scott was a notable absentee, he helping Ireland v. Wales. Sloan thus making his first League team appearance of the season at Goodison. The team, however, was expected to be all the stronger, with the return to duty of Sharp and Hardman. Sunderland paraded the same side which had succeeded in bringing in eight points during the previous month – including the most popular personality to the Merseysiders –Leigh Richmond Roose Liverpudlians were also pleased to take another peep at Raybould. The full teams were as follows;- Everton; Scott, goal; Balmer (W.) Right back, Macconnachie, Left back; Makepeace, Right half-back, Taylor (captain), Centre half-back, and Adamson, Left half-back; Sharp, Outside-right, Coleman, Inside-right, Young, Centre, Settle, Inside-left and H.P. Hardman, Outside-left. Newcastle United;- L.R. Roose, goal; Marples, Right-back, and Forster, Left back; Tait, Right half-back, Low, Centre half-back, and Jarvie, Left half-back; Thompson, Outside-right, Hogg,, Inside-right, Raybound, Centre, Holley, Inside-left, and Bridgett, Outside-left. Referee; Mr. H. Hayes, Nottingham.
Poor Show By The Home Team.
Seasonable, though dull, weather prevailed, but the attendance was distinctly on the thin side, only some 10,000 spectators being present when the rival forces appeared. Everton lost the toss, and Sunderland had a slight wind in their favour. In the first minute the visitors attacked, and Holley allowed the ball to roll over the line, under the impression that a corner was due to the side. The referee, however, awarded the Blues a goal-kick. Again Sunderland menaced on the right wing, Macconnachie being very lax in his tackling of Thompson. However, good defence on the part of Balmer and Adamson served their side in good stead. After this the Blues exhibited refreshingly crisp tactics all along their forward line, Coleman’s passing being a feature. Sharp ended one brilliant move with a capital centre, from which Young tested the eager Roose. Macconnachie saved one centre from Bridgett with a good header, he being bowled over in the act by Thompson. This seemed to rouse the Scot, for he a little later showed splendid tactics in beating Thompson close to the touch line. It was just prior to this that pretty combination by the home vanguard ended in Sharp having an exceptional scoring chance close in, with only Roose in front Sharp shot with terrific force, but Roose executed an almost sensational save. After this some capital work was sown by both teams, the Wearsiders being full of determination.
Macconnachie was again prominent with improved defence, but the better scoring chances fell to Everton. Young on one occasion slipped when well placed, whilst Sharp twice appeared slow in centring, Makepeace was cheered for smart tactics against Sunderland’s most dangerous wing. It was just after this that Roose executed one of the most remarkable saves of his career. Hardman had worked along and centred with precision to Young, who got in a low swerving shot, which seemed quite beyond Roose’s reach, but the medico threw himself full length, and when lying prone seemed to make a second spring. He finally succeeded in putting the ball round the post. From the corner a unanimous appeal went up for a penalty against Jarvie, but the referee turned a deaf ear. After these escapes, the visitors played up better, and Sloan was twice called upon to save. McConnachie on one occasion headed out from under the bar, whilst from a free kick Jarvie struck the upright. Still this attack was in no sense of a lengthy character, and in the main Everton were in Sunderland’s quarters. Play was rather vigorous, and several stoppages took place for minor injuries. Roose ever seemed on the alert to clear his lines, whilst Sharp was experiencing much difficulty in shaking off the attentions of Jarvie and Foster. After capital manceuvring Settle tested Roose with a fine shot, and then came an unexpected goal to Sunderland after 32 minutes’ play. Balmer most unlucky kicked the ball on to Hogg, who was thus let in. He ran on and centred to Thompson, who had taken the inside berth for the moment, and this young man scored an unmistakable goal. Everton tried hard to pull up for the ground thus so suddenly lost, but the visiting defenders were in no mood for making concessions, Low being especially prominent, whilst Roose appeared to revel in disconcerting his opponents, he keeping goal with more than usual relish apparently. Everton lacked speed when it came to close quarters with such an expert.
The best attempt by far coming from Young. Roose’s work was distinctly that of an enthusiast and not only an enthusiast but an expert. It wanted but five minutes to the interval when Everton were placed further in arrears, and this goal could again be placed to a mistake by Balmer when well up the field. The robust Wearsiders’ forwards pressed the opening home, Holley being the man to score a grand goal from an almost impossible angle, this being his 21st goal of the season. Visions of Second Division troubles for Everton must have arisen in the crowd’s breasts at this sad position. Ere the interval Roose again dominated matters in dealing with shots of a mixed character, and he was cheered heartily upon retiring at the interval.
Resuming, Sunderland were quickest in their strides, the understanding between Holley and Bridgett being a rare asset to their side. On the other side Adamson missed his kick when well placed for a shot, but Young soon worked in to make a capital attempt, but of what avail are even good shots against a man like Roose at his best? A minute later Hardman centred right across, but Sharp headed outside. Then Sharp won a corner, from which Coleman headed in, but Roose punched the ball away with rare gusto. It was again Sunderland’s turn to put on pressure, and they took two fruitless corners. Following these a long bout of exciting play ensued in Roose’s vicinity but do as they would they could find no loophole, the Northerners’ backs also being a pronounced success. After another corner to the Blues, Everton claimed strenuously for a penalty against one of the Wearside defenders, but after appealing to a linesman the referee threw the ball up. The worrying tactics of the North Country half-backs were proving too much for the home forwards, whose combination hereabouts was pretty well nonexistent. Jarvie was an especial thorn in the flesh of Sharp. On one or two occasions Sloan didn’t appear topo safe in his manner of dealing with stray shots from the enemy, and there did not seem any likelihood of Everton at this point making up the two goals lost. Indeed Holley here almost added a third goal for Sunderland from a pass by Bridgett. The Wearsiders all round were the more businesslike side, working unsparingly to the common good. Slight hopes were raised when Coleman good. Slight hopes were raised when Coleman centred and Marples conceded a corner, but Forster cleared. Everton returned per Macconnachie, who worked close up, and put in a most creditable shot, which was taken up by Settle, Roose saving, however. The famous keeper was somewhat damaged in the process, he receiving a kick from Settle. The crowd after this sought solace in booing Roose for his leisurely manner of taking goalkicks. But on the whole Everton were very disappointing, their forwards being altogether lacking in the combination so essential to success. At last Sandy Young work through with something approaching his old-time fire, but his hot shot went straight to Roose. Then Sharp forced a corner, from which Roose saved with difficulty, but the Wearside defence all round is, on present form, a wonderful advance on that which did duty in the season’s earlier months. Bridgett here put in a great run and was only foiled at the last moment by Macconnachie. Just before the finish Raybould scored a third goal for the visitors, Everton’s downfall thus being complete. Final; Everton 0, Sunderland 3.
BARROW V. EVERTON RESERVE
(Lancashire Combination.- Division 1.)
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 11 April 1908
At Barrow before 1,500 spectators. Barrow started in capital fashion, a hard drive by Bell being cleverly saved by Berry. At the other end Mountford put in a good centre, and Porter threw away. Couper scored for the visitors from a centre by Rafferty. Pratt equalized, and with a header Bell put Barrow in front, from Cowell’s pass. Interval; Barrow 2, Everton 1.
In the second half play was keen, and Barrow forced a corner off Stretell. This was cleared, and a combined run by Mountford and Mason placed the Barrow goal in jeopardy. Chetwood was hampered and sent outside. Rafferty equalized, however, with a shot which struck the underside of the crossbar and beat Porter. Ten minutes later Rafferty again scored. Three quarter time; Everton 3, Barrow 2. Final; Barrow-In-Furness 2, Everton Reserve 3.
Belfast Telegraph - Monday 13 April 1908
I understand Val Harris was signed on by the Everton club on Saturday night last, and leaves for Liverpool on Wednesday next. He should prove an acquisition to the Everton club, which has not been going too strongly of late.
EVERTON 0 SUNDERLAND 3 (Game 620)
April 13, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON STILL DESCENDING.
SITUATION NOT IMPROVED.
What is the matter with Everton at the present stage? Their supporters cannot possibly take heart of grace from their performances, which do not show any sign of improvement as the defensive defeat received at the hands of Sunderland on Saturday, at Goodison, by three goals to nothing, amply bears out. And this, too, with their ordinary team except that Scott was away doing duty in the international match and that Abbott was not available. Who in the early part of the season would have imagined that such a clever team, possessed of all the attributes which won for it the name of one of the smartest combinations in the League, would have descended so low in the table? Yes, a great change has come over them. They cannot afford to be on the losing side much more if they want to escape being relegated to the Second Division –a contingency which everybody who has the interests of the club at heart sincerely dreads. It requires the players to pull themselves together in their remaining matches, and endeavour to put as respectable a finish as possible to the season's work. This is acconsummation devoutly to be wished.
WEAK SPOTS IN THE HOME SIDE.
There is plainly an absence of that well-balanced homogeneous kind of play, which formally characterised their efforts. This was painfully apparent in their display against the Wearsiders. Often enough did they carry themselves to positions of advantage, and frequently did they seen like scoring, but somehow they never finished up with the right thing, whilst a weak spot which, presented itself was the want of effective combination. In fairness to Sharp and Young, however, it must be said that it was no fault of theirs that they failed to score. With a custodian of a less superlative degree than L.R. Roose possibly those goals would have counted, but all manner of shots were dealt with by him in the same confident and cool manner. What is the use of value of a deadly shot when such a master goalkeeper as the Welshman is in charge? It was not merely the goalkeeper, however, who was such a model of invincibility; there remained a sound Sunderland defence, which invariably put to rout the advances of the home attack. The Wearsiders have wonderfully improved in this department of their team compared with the beginning of the season. It was much superior to that of Everton, and there were no mistakes on the part of the backs which led to goals as did the fault of Balmer in putting the ball to Adamson, as a result of which Thompson scored the first goal from a splendid centre from Hogg. Shortly after this a splendid effort by Young fairly tested Roose, and it was only lacking in direct in. A lot of dangerous work came from Bridgett and Holley, the visitors ‘left wing, who were a constant source of trouble, and Holley at length sent in a swift shot which completely beat Sloan, who was operating in place of Scott. Throughout the second half as in the first half the Sunderland forwards took full advantage of the powerful defence behind them, and their movements struck one as being better designed and calculated for scoring than those of their opponents who in the later stages dropped into a rather disorganised and listless state, their efforts being repeatedly nipped in the bud. The Sunderland men hit upon the right method of play in this half, which was disconcerting to the Goodison brigade –that was, by indulging in long, swinging passes, which threatened great danger. Further examples of Everton's weak finishing touches was afforded first by a feeble shot from Young, and then by an attempt of Sharp to head into the net. Everton's cup of disappointing was rendered more complete when Raybould increased Sunderland's lead by another clever goal.
If the Everton play, as indicated, revealed deficiencies, yet they are entitled to some sympathy at the non-success of those well-directed shots, from Young and Sharp particularly against Roose. These certainly gave the international an opportunity of showing his marvellous resource as a custodian, and truly two of his saves were as remarkable as anything in the history of the game. It is certainly mortifying to have promising efforts time after time rendered of no avail. Sharp was given no quarter by Forester and Jarvie, who checked many of his moves, whilst he was opposed by a very clever wing in Bridgett and Holley, who gave about as clever display, notable for complete understanding, as has been seen at Goodison-park for a long time. They passed and repassed time after time, dodging Sharp and Coleman in a manner, which was not at all agreeable to them. Coleman put in some very useful passes, and Young, if at times uneven, was untiring, showing some of his old-time dash. Hardman was scarcely as effective as usual, though he put in some good runs and centres. The home halves took second place to the Sunderland trio, who were very pertinacious, making the lot of the Everton attack a very difficult one indeed. They are a fine line –Tait, Low and Jarvie. MaConnachie was the better of the home backs, but Sloan in goal did not always seem comfortable. Exceedingly capable was the Sunderland front line, their attacks being well formed and always possessing sting, whilst Bridgett and Holley stood out especially for their nice passing, and speedy work as well as dash. Enough has been said of Roose, to indicate the irreproachable form he exhibited. Teams: - Everton: - Sloan, goal, W. Balmer, and MaConnachie, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Adamson half-backs Sharp, Coleman, Young Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Sunderland: - Roose, goal, Marples, and Forester, backs, Tait, Low, and Jarvie, half-backs Thompson, Hogg, Raybould, Holley, and Bridgett, forwards.
BARROW 2 EVERTON RESERVES 3
April 13, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 34)
Everton picked up a couple more points at Barrow although it was only after a hard fight, Barrow showing fine determination, and playing a really well for a club at the bottom of the table. Couper opened the scoring for the visitors, but Pratt and Bell gave the Barrovians a 2-1 lead at the interval. Afterwards, however, Rafferty, who showed smart form, put on a couple of goals for the Blues, who won by the odd goal in five. Everton: - Berry, goals, Strettell, and Meunier, backs, Stevenson, McCormick, and Abbott half-backs, Raffery, Chetwood, Couper, Mason, and Mountford, forwards.
AN OTHER CAP FOR SCOTT
April 13 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Ireland beast Wales, one goal to nil at Aberdare, on Saturday, but Ireland thanks in no small measure to the brilliance of Scott the Everton custodian.
IRISH INTERNATIONAL FOR EVERTON.
April 14, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton club have secured the transfer of Valentine Harris of Shelbourne. Harris was in the Irish team, which defeated Wales on Saturday. He is 23 years of age, and weights 12st. He has played in all positions in the forward line as well as half-back.
LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 0
April 18, 1908, The Liverpool Courier.
HARD FOUGHT GAME AT ANFIELD.
Liverpool holiday makers found a strong attraction on Good Friday in the League meeting at Anfield between Liverpool and Everton, and they availed themselves of it to an extent which once testified to the abiding interest which, is always taken in this the local football “Derby.” It was an almost ideal day for the game, the sun shining with great effulgence, and making up a scene on the spacious Anfield enclosure, with its 42,000 spectators, one of unwanted animation. Everybody recognised that a keen and hard-fought contest was in prospect, for seeing that both clubs are figuring very low down in the League table, a win to either one of the other was of importance. Neither side however, finished up in that fortunate position, not a goal being scored during the whole ninety minutes, and taken altogether Jack was as good as his master. Liverpool made no changes from the side which had been announced to do duty, but Everton entered upon an experiment, which was watched with interest, especially as during the last few matches there have been some misgivings with reward to certain departments of the team. In the absence of Sharp and Harold Hardman the front line under went a drastic change. Freeman, the Woolwich recruit, was tried at centre, Young going to inside left to Donnachie, whilst Couper and Coleman made up the other wing. An early kick off was made to enable Everton to catch a train for the South, where to-day they meet Woolwich Arsenal. The teams lined up as follows: - Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, West, and Rogers, backs Parry Raisbeck , and Bradley backs, Goddard, Macpherson, J. Hewitt (Captain), Orr, and Cox, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, R. Balmer, and MaConnachie, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Adamson, half-backs, Couper, Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Donnachie, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham.
A KEEN CONTEST.
Liverpool won the toss, and Freeman started against the blazing sun. Parry handled, but the free kick was cleared. Shortly afterwards Young handled, and this had the effect of keeping play in midfield for some time. Bob Balmer and West cleared rushes in fine style, and Freeman looked like going though, on his own when he was tripped a couple of yards outside the penalty area. The free kick was cleared, after which Makepeace cleverly checkmated movements on the part of Liverpool's left wing. Hewitt got possession, and it appeared as if he had a fine opportunity in front of him. He dashed off a top speed, but in crossing the ball to Goddard he sent it over the line. Donnachie beating West, ran well into the goalmouth, and centred finely to Freeman, who could not control the lively ball in time to get in his shot before being tackled, and the chance was lost. Liverpool were quickly attacking, and Hewitt running through sent in an awkward shot, which Scott had some difficulty in disposing of. Fine play by Young and Freeman greatly nonplussed the Liverpool defence, at this point, whereupon Hardy ran out and cleared. Right from the start the game so far had been contested with immense vigour, and it was apparent that both sides were bent on allowing nothing to slip. Clever tackling by Adamson had the effect of repelling several movements by the Liverpool right wing, but once Macpherson, when close in goal, lifted the ball high over the bar. For a time Liverpool maintained a favourable position in the Everton half, but the visiting half-backs were in a very steady and sure mood, and brought their side out of positions of danger on several occasions, Taylor doing very effective work. Goddard next spoiled a fine run by a very indifferent centre, and a dash by Coleman compelled Rogers to kick into touch. Couper was somewhat unfortunate in sending the ball over the line when he had a favourable opening. Orr very cleverly tricked Makepeace, but Cox, allowed the ball to pass outside. The winger made amends later on by putting in an accurate centre, from which Macpherison shot a foot or two wide, after which Everton attacked vigorously, and Raisebeck came to the rescue by heading out a dangerous centre from Donnachie, and the next minute Young shot across the goal, and the ball went outside. The Blues were now attacking strongly, and it culminated in Couper sending in a splendid shot, which Hardy negotiated in very masterly style. Some exciting play now occurred in front of the Liverpool goal. Makepeace put across a grand centre, and Hardy left his goal to clear. Before the custodian could get back again, Taylor shot in, but amidst the cheers of the Liverpool supporters the international rushed back and pulled down the ball from under the bar, and cleared with a hugh kick. A bad kick by McConnachie nearly let in Liverpool, but Makepeace centred the ball back to Scott, who cleared. Then Everton made another determined attack, Freeman shot in, and Hardy was luck in the ball rebounding from him as he rushed out of goal. Then Rovers headed into his own goal, but Hardy saved the situation once more. Liverpool pressed in turn, but could not force their attack home. A corner to the Anfielders was cleared, but the Reds were soon back again putting in some warm work, which was relieved, however, by a strong kick by McConnachie. Once more Hardy gallantly came to the rescue of his side, and saved from Freeman, when a goal seemed a certainty. Young was proving quite a marvel in his new position, and during an onslaught on the Liverpool goal, the referee spoke to the same player for a foul on Raisebeck. The shout of appreciation which went up from the Liverpool portion was tremendous, it could not have been greater if a goal had been scored, Scott made a great save from Cox, following a free kick against Taylor, and the Irish International also disposed of the succeeding corner in fine style. The first half ended with nothing scored.
THE SECOND HALF.
Immediately on restarting, Liverpool went down, with a rush, and Joe Hewitt nearly scored, the ball just passing outside. Directly after this Hewitt sent in with great force, but the shot was charged down by Balmer, Liverpool were naturally adjudged very unlucky in the first three or four minutes of this half. The Blues now came down in promising style, the ball came from Donnachie to Young, who shot in, but unfortunately he was offside. Young cleverly outmaneuvered. Parry, and Donnachie centred well, but Rodgers kicked away, However, Hardy was called upon, and being charged by Freeman conceded a corner. This led to another, and after the goalkeeper had once cleared, there was exciting work in the home goalmouth before danger was averted, Macpherson by clever footwork, enabled the Livers to make considerable headway, but McConnachie cleared coolly and cleverly. For a time Liverpool held the advantage, and Balmer had to concede a corner. This led to a second flag kick, Scott saving, and Young clearing, but Couper sent behind in an endeavour to centre from the line. The winger again sent behind this time from a favourable position, and Balmer twice cleared raids by the Liverpool left. Rogers cleared a free kick against Parry for tipping Young, but there was a further free kick against Hewitt. Everton however, made little progress. Hewitt had an opening, but missing his kick. Liverpool, however, followed with a corner, but this was cleared. Everton returned to the attack, chiefly through the cleverness of the left wing, but Adamson sent very wide. The Everton half, however, very cleverly averted danger when Cox sent across a fine centre. Still, Everton could not make much headway until Coleman and Freeman by a fine movement outmanceuved both Raisebeck and Parry. Couper tried to improve upon the situation, but Rogers robbed him. Liverpool were quickly attacking again Goddard sent in at a terrific rate, and Scott did exceedingly well in diving down, and reaching the ball, which turned off his hand against the top of the post, whence it rebounded into play. Liverpool secured a corner, but could not improve upon it. At this point, both Makepeace and Goddard retired and Taylor had to take a throw in. the Evertonians, however, quickly returned, and Rogers had to concede a corner in order to prevent the Everton right wing getting in. A second corner was forced, but try as they would, Everton could not trouble Hardy. Just prior to this Goddard had returned, and Rogers signalised the latter's reappearance by kicking the ball onto the top of the new grandstand. Young dropped the ball on the top of the Liverpool nets and during a sustained Liverpool attack, Makepeace distinguished himself with some very clever tackling. Couper made a good effort, decidedly his best so far, and was unlucky in having his shot charged down. The ball went to Young, who, however, sent wide, and from the goal kick, Liverpool were quickly troubling the Everton defenders. McConnachie cleared well from Orr, who had beaten Balmer, but Cox got hold and shot across the goal, and just outside. McPherson made a brilliant effort to open the score. He beat first McConnachie and then Taylor, and putting across a splendid centre presented Cox with a fine opening, but the winger shot as the ball dropped and sent wide. Following a lot of even play, Coleman cleverly worked his way past Raisebeck and West, but when in a favourable position, lifted the ball over the bar. Cox made a fine centre, and with Hewitt and the right wing at fault, McConnachie nipped in and cleared. Freeman made a praiseworthy effort, but, failed when near goal. Young followed with a good attempt on his own, but his shot, was charged down Everton were pressing strongly when hostilities ceased, and the game ended with no goals scored.
In the first half Everton, with the advantage of the wind, did most of the pressing and on several occasions were very near scoring. It was only Hardy's clever goalkeeping that prevented Everton securing the lead in this half. The International displayed some of his best custodianship, particularly the way in which, he saved the shot from Couper and then shortly after, when he was troubled in quick succession by Makepeace and Taylor. The Livers had most of the play in the second half, and they experienced very hard lines on the occasion when Scott scooped up the fast shot from Goddard, and the ball turned against the top of the post. It was an exciting moment, and the Evertonians did not breathe freely until the corner to Liverpool had been cleared. The game was full of interest, every inch of the ground was well contested, and there was always evidence of earnest purpose. There were numerous corners forced on either side, but so ably did the defenders at each end do their work that there seemed little prospect of any point being recorded. The sun and wind and the lively ball tended at times to upset calculations. So far as the Everton experience is concerned, and which was closely acrutinsed, it may at once he said that it was a success. Young soon settled down to his new position, and filled it with as much confidence as if he was operating in his usual place, and with Donnachie made a most effective pair, the outside man playing a very clever game. Freeman began very well, but he found Raisebeck difficult to beat. Couper, although he did some useful things was rather weak, and the combination with Coleman was affected in consequence. Of the halves Makepeace in particular shone against Orr and Cox, whilst Adamson was noticed for some good tackling. MaConnachie uncertain at first, improved immensely and he and R. Balmer got on well together, and put in some splendid work; it was pleasing to record that the Everton team have not been so well served in this department for some time. Scott was as safe as usual in goal. On the Liverpool side too much praise cannot be paid to Hardy, who made some splendid saves. West was the cleverer of the two backs, although it should not be forgotten that Rodgers was of great service with his big kicking against the wind. Of the half-back line, Raisebeck was an easy first, Bradley played a second, whilst Maurice Parry had as much as he could do to attend to the troublesome opposing wing. Macpherson, Goddard, and Cox were the most successful of the front line, and Hewitt paid special attention to opening out the game. If Orr was never brilliant, yet he did some smart things. He found Makepeace a hard nut to crack.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 0
April 18, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 35)
This match at Goodison-park followed the League game at Anfield, and upwards of 5,000 spectators was present to witness the game. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson and Meunier, backs, Booth, McCormack, and Rafferty, half-backs, Evans, Chetwood, C. Stevenson, Mason, and Winterhalmer, forwards. Manchester City: - Davies, goal, Hill, and Norgrove, backs Duff, Hamlet, and Banks, half-backs, Callagahan, Wood, Buckley Bannister, and Wilkinson, forwards. Everton started against the sun. The City were first to get going, but Stevenson and Meunier presented a sturdy defence, and berry was called upon. Everton retaliated in proming fashion, and on two occasions Winterhalmer put across good centres, and although Evans and C. Stevenson made good attempts to convert, the City defence kept the goal intact. Then Callaghan took play to the home half, but Stevenson headed away his centre. When Everton got going once more, Chetwood sent in a terrific shot, which Davies cleared splendidly. A fine movement on the part of the City followed this, forwards, but at the finish Bannister spoil the chance, while later Callagan was almost through when Stevenson averted danger. Booth apparently tired of the ineffective work of the Everton inside forwards, made a run on his own, but he tried to do to much, and lost the ball when near the City goal. McCormack did some smart work, here abouts, and Everton held an advantage, but could not put the finishing touch to their work. The City forwards once more made progress in fine style, and Buckley had a great chance from a centre, by the right wing when Stevenson stopped him. After C. Stevenson had rearely brought about the downfall of the City goal. Bannister failed at a centre from Callagan, and the interval arrived with nothing scored. On resuming the City went off at a fine pace. Wilkinson was to the fore with a fine but of play on his own, but once more Stevenson came to the rescue of Everton. A lot of end to end play of an interesting character followed but the defenders always held the upper hand. Play was then confined to the home half for a time, the City passing well. Buckley had a fine change, but missed, and a breakaway by Evans led to a good opening being made for the inside men, but the attempts at scoring were wretched. Uninteresting play followed, the respective defenders being easily able to cope with the erractic attempts on the part of the forwards to score. A centre from Callagan was bungled by the City inside men, and at the other end Mason failed at a fairly easy opening. Callaghan them tested Berry, who proved very safe. Just before the final, the City had a lucky escape for a shot from Chetwood, hit Davies on the head, and turned out of the goal. The game ended Everton nil, Manchester City nil.
PARS ABOUT PLAYERS
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 April 1908
Everton is not the only Merseysider club fortunate in the possession of amateur sufficiently talented to figure in League football. Liverpool, this season, have shown us that promising Cestrian, Harold Uren, whilst on Saturday the Anfielders had in their ranks the worthy son of a worthy chairman and ex-player in the person of Arthur Berry, of Wrexham and Oxford University-a forward who has come on apace this season to secure amateur International honours. He shaped very creditably at Newcastle under conditions of a most depressing character for a first appearance the Liverpool team being more or less at sixes and sevens.
Willie Scott will have a fellow countryman at Everton next season, as he had in his first year of Goodison Park service. The latest (Blue recruit) is also an International, Val Harris, who, like Scott, assisted Ireland to defeat wales on Saturday at Aberdare. It was after the match that two of the Everton officials signed on Harris. Harris is said to be an all-round player, at home almost anywhere at forward or half-back. His position against wales was centre half, but against Ireland at Goodison Park last season, Harris figured at inside-right, on that it is clear he is a useful all-rounder. His loss will be severely felt by the Shelborne F.C. Harris is 22 years of age, and stands 5ft 8in, and weighs 12st. It will be interesting to note how he fares against the more severe tests met with an English League football.
EVERTON’S LATEST HOME DEFEAT
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 April 1908
By Richard Samuel.
Everton gave another weak display indeed on Saturday against the robust men of Sunderland, and although there was more than a spice of luck in the creating of Sunderland’s scoring efforts, the latter fully deserved the laurels of victory. The Goodison club has never experienced a “thinner” time –both results and gates –than during the current season. The men’s disappointing form will certainly be reflected on the club’s annual balance-sheet, for I note their last five League match attendances run out at the following estimates -7,000, 15,000, 8,000, 15,000, 20,000 and 15,000. And these, mark you, are liberal estimates, whilst they include what should have been two of the season’s tit-bits-in Newcastle and Manchester United. But the public have been justified to an extent, when we recall that Everton have done, or rather left undone, during the past six months. In glancing back that length of time on their record, one finds that to yesterday Everton’s last 21 League matches had only produce seven wins and in five instances the Blues but prevailed by the odd goal; whilst against the League spoonists alone have more than two goals been scored. Now this is quite unworthy the traditions of the Everton club –the wealthiest club in the land, and it is quite evident that the men who have worn the colours so nobly for so long should be up and doing, or in the natural order of things give younger blood the opportunity to do better –or worse.
In Deepest Sympathy.
One sympathizes with the directors who are doing, and have done their best to fill in the shaky places as each flaw has shown itself. But my readers will agree that this is a matter easier to talk about than to accomplish. We have seen this season how that the promising youngsters of Everton’s 1907-7. Combination team have in most instances failed, and failed almost completely, when called upon for promotion. At full-back we appeared to be doing splendidly in the case of young Stevenson for a time, but whether it was the excitement attaching to the Cup-ties, or otherwise, he certainly acted disappointingly, after eight or nine consecutive senior games. Then, in attack, young Jones, for whom so many plumped as a leader of men, failed wretchedly when his league team opportunity materialized. Rafferty, Woods, Winterhalder, Mountford, and others when tried have not approached the required Everton standard, whilst Macconnachie –who has figured in 17 of Everton’s last 21 League games –has been the plague of our lives; one minute brilliant, the next almost annoyingly lackadaisical. The one genuine find to date would seen to be Adamson the hard-working Scottish half-back. Indeed half-back and goal have been the Blues’ strong points. Against Sunderland the back play was not so sound as was the Wearsiders’. Macconnachie, however, was a marked advance of the Mac of the Manchester United match. As for the forwards the least said the better. They fairly and squarely met their masters and all Everton was hoping for better things yesterday at Anfield.
MERSEYSIDER’S DERBY DAY
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 April 1908
By Richard Samuel.
Just as was the case on Good Friday, 1907, these two great Mersey city rivals played a goalless draw yesterday in their return League match. Upwards of 30,000 people visited Anfield to witness an even struggle, although the more scoring chances decidedly fell to Everton, who played with considerably more dash than had been witnessed in recent games. That the Blues did not succeed outright must be set down to the first half brilliant custodianship of England’s premier goalkeeper, hardy, who brought off a series of wonderful saves. On paper the Everton forward line seemed unrepresentative and ultra-experimental for a match of this character, only Young of their Cup quintet being on view and even he was in a position which he had never previously occupied –that of outside left. Sharp and Hardman were absentees, the former suffering injuries through having trod on the ball awkwardly in the Sunderland match, whilst Hardman was touring the Continent with the English amateur team. Donnachie and Couper turned out, and at centre forward Everton gave a trial to Bert Freeman, the ex-Gunner. Their only change in defence was the substitution of the younger for the elder Balmer. Liverpool were at full strength, save that Rogers occupied the injured Saul’s place, whilst Orr partnered Cox for the first time at Anfield. The day was perfect except that the sun shone altogether too powerfully for the players comfort. There was scarcely a dull moment until the closing stages were reached, when each side appeared to have had enough. Both teams in the main were exceptionally keen, and this had natural result of seeing the aggressive work on each side repeatedly nipped in the bud by good backs. During the first 15 minutes the lively ball so bothered the rival forwards that (combined with the alert defensive work opposing them) combination was at a discount. Donnachie dodged Parry and centred, for Coleman to call upon Hardy for a superlative save. Taylor then tried the keeper with an equally fine shot. A little later it was only Hardy’s wonderful resource which enabled him to reach shots from Makepeace and others indeed, the Everton halves were hereabouts great factors in the argument. After Young had been cautioned for fouling Raisebeck badly, Taylor was mulcted in a free kick. This was taken by Raisebeck, who place3d to Cox, for the latter to test Scott with a terrific shot which the keeper secured and cleared in a manner positively thrilling. In the second half Everton forced the pace again for the major portion, but Hardy simply wouldn’t own defeat. Everton exceeded expectations on the whole. Their half-back work was splendid and the backs were almost equally prominent, Macconnnachie excelling himself. The Everton attack was rather lob sided. Donnachie was brilliant in the first half, and on such form is worthy a regular place. Young made him a splendid partner. Freeman appeared somewhat strange in his new company, and shone most in individual bursts, but Couper was disappointing. For Liverpool Hardy was the outstanding. For Liverpool Hardy was the outstanding figure, and him in chief must Liverpool thank for escaping defeat. Rogers was the better back, with Raisbeck distinctly the finest middleman. Forward, Geddard and McPherson made the better wing.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 April 1908
- A Season in the Second League would do the Toffees a lot of good.
- Everton’s recent sliding process has been a sad one for a club of such renown and resources.
- Owing to the promotion of the Magpies, their match with Everton on Easter Monday should prove very exciting.
- Goodison Park has proved a happy hunting ground for Sunderland, as they have now defeated Everton on this pitch eleven times. On no other ground have they been so often successful.
- Much is expected of Freeman and Val Harris, the latest captures up Walton way.
- Macconnachie improves week by week. He was the best back against Sunderland.
- Everton and Liverpool enthusiasts won’t regret the falling down of the curtain at the end of the month.
- Meunier and Strettle shaped finely for Everton Reserves last week. Is not one or bother entitled to a League team trial?
- It was anticipated that “Tim” Coleman and Bert Freeman would assist Everton today against their old club mates at Woolwich.
- Everton are going from bad to worse, and it only needs a few more exhibitions like the one served against Sunderland to find their gates diminishing.
- Everton’s team next season would be entitled to the title of cosmopolitan if they could secure a couple of Welsh Internationals to keep their English, Scottish and Irish ones company.
- W.Balmer has of late been in such good form that Sunderland were lucky in finding him so weak. Fortunately for Everton, Macconnachie was more useful than in recent games, otherwise the visitors must have scored more goals.
- While the Everton forwards and half-backs and far from being satisfactory, the real weakness of the team is at full-back. A couple of speedy and class defenders would have caused a big reduction in their goals against column this season.
- A good team of Everton and Liverpool cast-offs;- Whitley, Hill and Glover; Stringfellow, Hunter, and Hanlin; Carlin, Rouse, Raybound, Satterthwaite, and McEwan. Other cast off doing good work in class football also are Kitchen, Kyle, McLoughlin , Bell, Ashcroft, etc.
- Everton have never been in a more dangerous or undignified position in the League than at present.
- George Wilson has noticed six goals for Newcastle this season; and three of these have been put up against Liverpool.
- Sunderland have overcome Everton at Goodison Park on 11 occasions. No other clubs has such a list of “away” wins at Everton’s expense, whilst at no other “away”: ground have Sunderland fared so well as against the Toffees.
- Everton are finishing the season in disastrous fashion and are now one of the many clubs in danger of relegation to the Second Division. Does this suggest that the majority of their players are getting too old to stay the course, for Balmer was unlucky rather than weak against Sunderland?
- Everton eclipsed
- Roose was the hero of the Sunderland team at Goodison Park. Scott’s absence from the Everton team was regrettable, preventing, as it did, a comparison between past and present favourities.
- Everyone is wondering what he has come over Everton lately, for Goodison Park has become a happy hunting ground for the visitors Sunderland winning there 3-0, and the Blues are anything but safe themselves.
- Everton have been invited to take their team over to Holland by the Football Association, there to meet another first-class English club in an exhibition or “instruction” game. The Everton management have accepted the invitation, and the match will be played on May 3rd.
- The signing on by Everton of Coleman, Freeman, McCormick, and Harris will, we expect, result in several of the present season’s reserves seeking new masters. Men like Winterhalder, Mountford, Donnachie, Chadwick, Stevenson, etc., are hardly likely to remain satisfied with Lancashire Combination football for another season.
- Everton and Liverpool are due to meet on Thursday evening at Goodison in the fight for the possession of the handsome Liverpool Senior Cup, which of late years has fairly persistently eluded the grasp of the men in blue. We think it high time the Cup made a change of quarters, but, of course, Liverpool are not inclined to agree.
WOOLWICH ARSENAL V. EVERTON
(League.- First Division.)
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 18 April 1908
At the Manor ground, Plumstead, before 15,000 spectators. The weather was fine, but there was a very strong wind. The Everton team had seven changes. Mountford played instead of Hardman, Young in place of Bolton, Freeman in place of Young, Donnachie in place of Sharp, Adamson in place of Booth, Harris in place of Makepeace, and R. Balmer in place of W. Balmer. Teams;- Woolwich Arsenal;- Ashcroft, goal; Gray, Right back, and Sharp, left back; Bigden, Right half-back, Sands, Centre half-backs, and McEachrane, Left half-back; Mordue, Outside right, Lewis, Inside-right, Lee, Centre, Scatterwiate (J), Inside-left, Neale, Outside-left. Everton. Scott, goal; Balmer (R.), Right back, and Macconnachie, left back; Harris, Right half-back, Taylor (captain), Centre half-back, and Adamson, Left half-back; Donnachie, Outside right, Coleman, Inside right, Freeman, Centre, Young, Inside-left, and Mountford, Outside-left. Referee; Mr. J.G.A. Sharpe, Lichfield.
Visitors Show Up Well.
The Arsenal lost the toss, and with the wind this was an advantage to Everton, who made full use of it, as within half a minute they were pressing, and Ashcroft had to save from Freeman. Play was transferred and Lewis had a fine chance, but Scott proved too clever for him. Everton were very lively and again made for the Woolwich goal, only to be rebuffed. Woolwich had another good chance early in the game, but failed to take it. Coleman and Freeman, ex-Arsenal man were working very hard for a while. The Arsenal had the better of the exchanges, but the visitors were always dangerous. The good chances that Woolwich missed were numerous. Their shooting was very poor. Mountford and Young brought off a fine run but the former was smartly robbed by Gray when within shooting distance. Freeman was responsible for some good passing Everton picked up, and Freeman nearly beat Ashcroft with a stinging long shot. Ashcroft obtained the ball and drove it back but this Ashcroft was able to save fairly easily. The visitors were having matters at this stage just their own way, and kept up a hot bombardment. Ashcroft had several difficult shots to negotiate. The fact that Freeman and Coleman knew each other’s play, and that they were repeatedly bringing off some fine joint efforts, caused Sharp and Gray considerable trouble. Lewis sent in a beauty, but Scott sprang at it like a cat, and just succeeded in pushing it out. Mordue made a tremendous drive at the goal, but Scott guided it over the bar. From the free kick the ball fell nicely in front of goal, but Scott rushed out and punched it out. This piece of goalkeeping was very clever. After the Arsenal’s vigorous efforts Everton again had another turn, and for some three minutes or so were found pressing, but they lacked dash. Woolwich got away and Nordue scored after 32 minutes’ play. It was a stinging shot and Scott had no possible chance to save it. Gray was pulled up for handling within the twelve-yard line, and a penalty was awarded. Coleman took the kick, and netted the ball. After the equalizing point play slowed down somewhat. The strong wind made it very difficult to judge a shot. Neave netted the ball for Woolwich, but the was ruled offside. Everton towards the interval attacked vigorously, but were unable to get through the fine defence of Woolwich. The score at half-time stood; Arsenal 1, Everton 1.
Visitors Drop Maximum Points
On resuming Everton were the first to attack, and generally had most of the play. Their backs kept the home forwards well in check. Their men were playing the more finished football. Woolwich at times pressed and were again weak in their shooting. They forced several corners but nothing resulted, and as the game went on they improved. The wind greatly assisted them, and although they had most of the play they were on very few occasions really dangerous. Everton got away mainly owing to the good opening made by Mountford, but each time they were robbed before they could get within shooting range. Woolwich continued to press and the visitors’ defence was sorely taxed. On the whole the game was not particularly interesting, as the efforts of both teams appeared to come spasmodically. Freeman and Coleman were often conspicuous. Mountford sent in a fine shot, which the Woolwich custodian was somewhat lucky in saving. Everton got together, and were having more than their share of the play, but Woolwich maintained the upper hand. Donnachie made a fine run, but was pulled up by Gray. Later, Freeman with a good opening missed by inches, and Coleman had hard luck in not finding the net. The visitors were in no way favoured by fortune. Lewis scored winning goal for Woolwich a minute from time. Final; Woolwich Arsenal 2, Everton 1.
WOOLWICH ARSENAL 2 EVERTON 1
April 20, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
A LAST MINUTE VICTORY.
By obtaining two points on Saturday, Woolwich Arsenal improved their position in the League considerably, and also relieved to a great extent the anxiety that was caused by the prospect of relegation. The Crowd that assembled came with the expectancy of seeing a hard struggle, knowing full well that bulk teams were badly in need of points, and needless to say, their anticipations were realised to the fullest extent, for a harder and cleaner game has rarely been witnessed. Unfortunately, Everton were unable to place a representative team in the field. It was thought that the absence of such men as Sharp and Harold Hardman would have been a serious handicapped to the Everton team, but once the deputies had been seen in action all doubts were removed.
Generally speaking, the teams were very evenly matched. In the first half Everton had a gale behind them, and they should have taken advantage of it. As it was, it fell to Woolwich to notch the first goal, which came from the foot Mordue. It was McEachrane who initiated the movements with a pass to Lewis. This player immediately swung the ball out to Mordue, who was standing unmarked, and after working his way in forwards goal, he beat Scott with a well times effort. A fine chance fell to Freeman, the old Woolwich forward, in the first half. He got clean away, and with only Ashcroft to beat, he put weakly into the goalmouth, only to see Gray rush up and clear. The equaliser was not long in coming. The Everton forwards were engaged in a desperate attempts to storm the Woolwich Citadel, when Ducat, in endeavouring to intercept a pass from Coleman to Freeman, handled the ball in the dreaded penalty area. The penalty kick was entrusted to Coleman, who made no mistake about it. To cross over with the score standing at one goal each was quite a fair reflex of the play. The second half started off with a rush, and both sides missed many chances, one in particularly when Freeman had only Ashcroft to beat. The keeper rushed out to meet him and they both fell to the ground, the ball rolling over the line. The issue was always in doubt, and it was not until the very last minute that Lewis, receiving the ball from Ducat, shot hard, and fast through a crowd of legs and much to his astonishment the ball found the inside of the net.
McConnachie was one of the successes of the Everton team, for wherever the attack was thickest there was his red head, and it generally managed to get there. In goal Scott was all that could be desired, and he was in no way to blame for the shots that beat him. Balmer played a very safe game at back, but was hardly as conspicuous as his colleagues, although he steady, plodding play saved many critical situations. The Everton played fairly well, with Taylor the pick. The forwards as a line were not a great success, although individually the played well, both Freeman and Coleman being inclined to be rather selfish. Teams : - Woolwich Arsenal: - Ashcroft, goal Gray, and Sharp, backs Ducat Sands, and MaEachrane, half-backs Mordue, Lewis, Lee, Scatterthwaite and Neare forwards. Everton: - Scott goal R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), Adamson, half-backs Donnachie Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Mountford forwards.
EVERTON 1 NOTTS COUNTY 0
April 21, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
THE “BLUES” SAFE.
Everton did what was expected of them in their Bank-holiday League engagement with Notts County. They gained a couple of points, though it was only by the narrow margin of a goal to nil. While the play did not reach a high standard, the attendance for a holiday fixture suggested that recent poor displays had somewhat disgusted supporters to the club. When the game started there was only a very meagre crowd, but before the match was over the number of spectators was officially given as 16,000 –in itself far below the average for as Bank holiday. Both contestants were greatly in need of points, and the fact that Notts County were defeated, renders their chances of escape from relegation to the Second Division rather hopeless. Everton relied upon the team which draw with Liverpool on Good Friday, with one exception, playing at outside right the Irish International Harris , playing at outside right as partner to Coleman. The principal absentee from the visiting side was Dodd, who is on the injured list. The teams were - Everton: - Scott, goals, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Adamson half-backs, Harris, Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Donnachie, forwards. Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Morley and Montgomery, backs, Emberton, Clamp, and Craythorne, half-backs, Harper, Matthews Cantrell, Jones, and Winterall, forwards. Referee Mr. Gilgrst. Manchester. Notts won the toss, and with the wind against them Everton kicked off before about 8,000 spectators. From the centre kick Notts endeavored to get away, but the Blues drove them back, and Coleman shot just wide. Notts seemed inclined to get off on the left, but Adamson spoiled the combination. The home side had another look in, and then Notts got away on the right, but the danger was pulsed before it became serious. Some tricky work was shown by the Everton forwards. Harris passing cleverly, but Donnachie sent over the line. A dangerous attack by Notts followed, but thanks to the steadiness of the Everton defenders, nothing came of it. The home forwards were again in evidence and Young tried hard to break through. Finally he passed to Coleman, who was robbed by Montgomery. After a wretched attempts to centre by Donnachie the visiting left took up the running. Balmer, however, was not to be beaten. Harris took the ball down, but placed too far forward Montgomery and Iremonger clearing with Freeman close at hand. The game was stopped for a few minutes owing to a collision between Cantrell and Taylor, in which the Notts men came off second best. The equality of the play so far scarcely suggested that the teams were fighting for the retainment of their places in the League. At last Harris was applauded for smart work on the right, and although hampered, he managed to centre nicely, and Freeman banged the ball just past the far post. Up to this stage it had been undoubtedly the best attempt to open the score. MaConnachie, in cool but most effective fashion, repelled an advance by the visiting right wing, and a moment later his kicking was of great value to his side. A corner to Notts was placed behind by Waterall, but the Lacemen came again, and from close range. Matthews had a go on his own account, a fast topping the crossbar. Next Everton took up the running, and a long dropping shot was smartly caught and cleared by Iremonger. Incidents of goals interest were few and far between, and neither goalkeeper had many calls upon him. Waterall came out triumphant from a tussle with R. Balmer, but Jones failed to take his pass, and Everton got down in the centre. Montgomery cleared, but the Blues made a second attempt, and a long spell of play in the Notts half, followed. At last the Lacemen seemed likely to get off on the right, but Everton drove them back, only to meet a further attempts on the left. This also was repulsed, and the Blues made tracks for the opposite end. Harris centred nicely, but Donnachie was offside. A fierce kick was not much use to Notts, who were at once on the defensive. Balmer shot in, and then came an exciting incident. Freeman drove in hard at Iremonger, who effected a smart clearance, and the ball coming out to Young, that player with a terrific shot just put outside the upright, Iremonger throwing himself full length at the ball. After this the Everton goal was seriously assailed, but the inactively of the Notts forwards was such that Scott was not called upon. Tricky work in midfield by Young led to nothing, and during another attack by Notts Emberton placed over the crossbar. Harris was applauded for a fine individual effort, and as the result of his work Freeman was afforded a beautifully opportunity. Instead of utilising it, he sent the ball over the stand. As the other end Balmer miskicked, but fortunately McConnachie was able to retrieve the mistake. Although Notts for the most part kept the ball in their opponents half their forwards play was so inefficient that they never looked like scoring. A centre from Harris was badly mulled by Donnachie. But still Everton continued to trouble the visiting defenders. The only outcome however, was a fruitless corner, which Harris forced from Montgomery. In an attack by Notts, Scott was called upon, for the first time in the game to save what might be described as a dangerous shot. This was in the form of a header by Cantrell, which the custodian disposed of without difficult. The forwards play on both sides left much to be desired, but while Everton rarely got near Iremonger Scott had again to clear from Cantrell. Play was in midfield when the whistle blows for half-time. Half-time Everton nil, Notts County nil.
In the Second half Everton had the wind, but the opening stages were not too inspiriting. True, the Blues exerted pressure, but when Donnachie centred, and Coleman missed a glorious chance of scoring, the outlook was not too encouraging. Notts County changed the venue with more effect than on previous occasions, and then after Harris had centred Coleman were adjudged off-side. Everton soon returned to the attack, and this time the long-looked for success arrived, Donnachie centred, for Coleman to shoot in, from close range. Iremonger only managed to fist away a few yards, and with the backs hesitating Freeman had no difficulty in placing the ball in the net. The goals imparted a little more life to the game. Harris, who had been a worker throughout, was a conspicuous figure in the Everton front rank, and though on one occasion he failed badly, in an effort to centre, his work was appreciated. The Notts men were trying hard for an equaliser, but were sadly lacking in sting. Iremonger intercepted a fine attempt by Harris, and he was again in evidence when Donnachie put in a beautiful centre Everton were now continually, in their opponents' half, though Iremonger had a rather quiet time. Matthews was temporarily injured, and on the resumption the Blues continued on the aggressive. Pretty passing was exhibited by Coleman and Harris, but several times no one was up to utilise the latter's centres. Coleman shot over, and after a run by Freeman, the centre had the ball taken from him before he could shoot. A corner fell to Everton, and though Harris kick from the corner flag was intercepted he responded with a shot which went over the bar. Everton were awarded a free kick a few yards from the penalty line. Makepeace took the kick, and passed to Freeman, who transferred to Young, that player sending in a terrific shot, which Iremonger grandly saved at the second attempt at the expense of an abortive corner. Notts were penned in their own half, the forwards being quite unable to get past the Everton halves. At last they worked their way down, and in attempting to clear from Cantrell, McConnachie miskicked and conceded a corner. Everton again took up the running, and after Harris had nearly worked through on his own account. Iromonger tripped over the bar from Coleman the resulting corner leading to some exciting play in the Notts goalmouth. The game was more even than before, but whatever Notts did get down, Scott had no trouble. Iremonger too, was left pretty much alone. Then following a free kick against McConnachie, Scott was called upon for the first time during the half to save a header from Matthews. Harris presented a nice opening to Coleman, whose shot was very wide of the mark, and immediately afterwards the Irish international was rather unaccountably pulled up for off-side. Everton pressed strongly to the finish, and before a corner, could be taken the game ended. Everton narrow victory making their position secure in the League table.
COMMENTS OF THE GAME.
The play throughout was by no means exhilarating. There was no question that Everton were value for their victory. Indeed, they would have received no more than their deserts if they had triumphed by a more pronounced margin. Still, this was due not so much to any merit of their own as to the ineptitude of their opponents. When they had the wind in their favour during the opening half Notts County enjoyed more of the play, but their forwards seemed incapable of making any decent attempts to score. Twice shots went over the bar, but it was received for five minutes from the interval before Scott was called upon to handle. Meanwhile Everton, though more suggestive of danger, had failed to find the net. In the second half the visiting side was outplayed, but still Freeman's goal was the only tangible result of Everton's efforts. At the same time Iremonger in goal accomplished some wonderfully fine saves, and it was due to his cleverness that Everton gained the victory by only a single goal. One of the striking features of the game was the success of Harris, the Irish international, at outside right. He was a thoroughly trier throughout, and was a pity that some of his centres were not turned to better account. The Notts attack when it came to close quarters was feeble in the extreme, and it was not surprising that the Everton defenders held them in check pretty easily.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
April 21, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 36)
The visit of the champions to Oldham yesterday morning attracted a good gate. Play was full of interest all through. With the wind in their favour in the first half Oldham put on pressure, but the Everton defence was good. The Visitors afterwards did well, but so safe were both defences that there was no score at the interval. Soon after the interval Brunton scored from a corner. Everton tried hard to get level but failed, and the game ended Oldham 1 Everton nil.
ROSSENDALE FORWARD FOR EVERTON.
April 22, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton have secured the signature of Harold Dawson, of Rossendale United. Dawson is said, to be coming player. He is an outside-left, and has performed good work for the Rossendale club this season. He stands 5ft feet and 8 half inches, and weights 11 and half stone. He is 20 years of age.
HIBERNIAN'S HALF-BACK GOES SOUTH
April 23, 1908. Evening Telegraph
Borthwick a left half back who join Edinburgh Hibernians from Lochgelly a little over a year ago, has been transferred to Everton, who have lately been playing their half-back line Adamson, another former Lochgelly player. Hibernian wanted a big transfer, but restricted £350 transfer fee operating, the transfer money will presumably, be the maximum a mouth.
FIFE PLAYER FOR EVERTON
Dundee Evening Telegraph-Thursday 23 April 1908
Hibs Half-Back Goes South
Borthwick, a centre half-back who joined Edinburgh Hibernian from Lochgelly a little over a year ago, has been transferred to Everton, who have lately been playing in their half-back line Adamson, another former Lochgelly player. Hibs wanted a big transfer, but the restricted £350 transfer fee operating, the transfer money will presumably be the maximum amount.
EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 0
April 24, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Liverpool Senior Cup Final.
The meetings of these local rivals, as a rule attractive a large number of spectators, no matter under what auspices the game is contested. But the match at Goodison-park last evening failed to bring together anything like the usual throng, only a meagre crowd of some 5,000 witnessing the game. The reason for the falling-off is not far to sack. For some time past neither club has shown its proper form, and this, together with the fact that the end of the season is last approaching, no doubt accounts for the diminution in public patronage. Those who attended, however, saw a nicely contested game, but the exchanges savoured of end of season football, and on the whole the players took matters quietly. Everton were the better team, and they won by two clear goals, thus wresting the cup from their rivals, who have held the trophy for the past couple of seasons. Therefore Everton have gained what is looked upon as a sort of consolation prize. Colonel McFie, on behalf of the Liverpool and District Association presented the cup to them after the match.
A DESERVED VICTORY.
Undoubtedly Everton deserved their victory, as they were smarter on the ball and were the more dangerous team in front of goal. In the first half play was fairly interesting, but there was a lack of combination. Liverpool held the upper hand in the initial portion. They opened very strongly, and Scott had a lot more work to do than Hardly. The Irishman, however, was equal to all calls made upon him. Still, had the Liverpool men shot with accuracy they might have led at the interval. But Balmer and McConnachie were two good defenders, and they kept the Reds from getting through. One shot from McPherson however, just skimmed the bar, and the Everton goal had another narrow escape, when Goddard sent in a fine centre, Hewitt just missing the leather as he rushed up to breast it through. The only shot of any note on the behalf of Everton came from Mountford, who struck the side of the net with a well-meant effort. Although Liverpool, enjoyed the bulk of the attack this half, they were unable to score, and the interval arrived with a clean sheet. The game was resumed without the players leaving the field, and at once Liverpool attacked, but Joe Hewitt missed the easiest chance of the match in the first minute. The ball was sent in from the left and the Liverpool centre rushed in. A score seemed certain, but to the dismay of his colleagues, and the crowd be lifted the leather clean over the bar. This proved to be the only real chance the Reds were allowed to have, as during the remainder of the game Everton were easily the better lot, and were more often than not in their opponents half. A goal seemed a long way off, however, the Liverpool backs sticking to their work manfully. At last Taylor gave Coleman a chance, and the inside man ran through and tested Hardy with a low shot. Liverpool keeper stopped the ball, but it rolled towards the post, and before Hardy could recover, Coleman rushed up and put the leather into the net. After this Liverpool tried hard to get on terms once more, but the Everton defence held out, and Couper, who had previously mulled two good chances, scored the second goal for the Blues with a good shot. Liverpool were dangerous near the finish, and Parkinson ran through and shot, but the whistle sounded for offside, as Goddard drove past Scott.
As indicated, Everton were the better team on the day's play, the half-backs, and backs working nicely together. MaConnachie and Balmere made but few mistakes, whilst Adamson, Taylor and Makepeace, were ever to the front. Of the forwards Mountford, Coleman, and Donnachie were the pick, the former giving a promising display on the left wing. Couper is a centre forward, of the Appleyard style, and he certainly played better here than on the winger. Of the Liverpool side, hardy kept his usual safe goal, but he had little chance with the shots that scored. The backs were not too safe, West being the better of the pairs. Chorlton had more than he could hold in Donnachie, and Coleman. The halves did fairly well, Raisebeck being the rock. Goddard, Cox, and Macpherson were the most prominent of the Liverpool forwards. Teams : - Everton: - Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Adamson, half-backs, Donnachie, Coleman, Couper, Settle, and Mountford, forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, West, and Chorlton, backs, Parry, Raisebeck, and Bradley, half-backs, Goddard, Macpherson, Hewitt (Captain), Parkinson, and Cox forwards.
NEW HALF-BACK FOR EVERTON.
April 24, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton yesterday secured Borthwick, a centre half back from Edinburgh Hibernians. He is 23 years of age, stands 5ft in heights, and weights s 12 stone. He is able to play in any position in the half-back line.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 25 April 1908
By Richard Samuel.
Everton can still claim the distinction of being the only First division club in the land which has never finished a campaign in any uncertainty as to their immediate first-class or senior division status. They have not had to beg, vote, or play themselves in, simply because they have never played themselves out. All sorts of “possibilities” were flouting about little more than a week ago, and some people went so far as to hope that Everton would at least be given a fright ere the season’s close “just to liven them up.” The crisis –if crisis there was –is past and done with, thanks to the Blues’ well-earned. Good Friday point at Anfield and their narrow win over the lowly Lambs of Nottingham five days ago. Sandwiched between those two events, Everton put up a most creditable fight against Woolwich Arsenal at Plumstead on Saturday. The Gunners are making quite a name for rushing their finishes, and it was in the 90th minute that Coleman’s successor got the Arsenal’s winning goal. Hence Everton are surely entitled to some little measure of commiseration is going so close to a divide and missing it. Their form was much akin to that shown against Liverpool a day earlier. The forwards attacked frequently enough, and often got within their opponents’ danger zone, but the same old uncertainty in front of goal persistently revealed itself, and it is surely significant that Everton’s one goal was the result of a penalty kick taken by “Tim” Coleman against his former comrades.
Harris As a Half-Back.
Bert Freeman did well against his former love to a certain point, but each man named caught a Tartar in that won’t-be-disturbed-at-any-price back. James Sharp, who surely has his counter-part in Everton’s Macconnachie. As it happened the latter was unfortunately concerned in the accruing of both goals to the Arsenal. Otherwise there was little fault to find either in his defence or that of the Everton team in general. The most interesting feature from a local stand-point was the fact the match served to introduce to English League football that capital all-round Irish recruit Val Harris, the ex-Shelborne man giving Makepeace a well-earned rest. Harris gave both an intelligent and a workmanlike exhibition, and it is quite clear that in the Shelborne man Everton have secured a most useful recruit. The forwards ineffective at close quarters, and Mountford did not realize anticipations in his new position of outside left.
Self-Preservation at Goodison.
Everton’s lowly position, and the still more lowly position of Notts County, invested the latter’s visit to Goodison on Monday with some measure of interest which would otherwise have been absent. As it was, the attendance would scarcely exceed 14,000 –a poor holiday crowd. Everton tried Harris at outside right, whilst Notts reverted to their local left-wing –Jones and Waterall. The first half was strenuously contested although the football was never of a very high class. Notts had the breeze at their backs, and working very hard throughout the 45 minutes, succeeded in preserving an equality, no goals being scored. Everton had a fair share of the attack, and a little luck to shots sent in by Coleman and Freeman would have led to more than the odd goal. Notts worked capitally for position at times, but either lack in final direction or over-anxiety led to their downfall. Five minutes after crossing over Donnachie centred admirably to Coleman, who from short range, plied Iremonger with a red-hot shot which the latter only knocked down in front, and Freeman being handy, he easily drove the ball into the net. After this Notts practically went to pieces, and only Iremonger stood between Everton and quite a number of goals.
Harris As a Forward.
The feature of Everton’s play was the success attending Harris at outside right. Throughout the match his football was most effective. His hard work was refreshing, and he continually altered his methods of beating the defence. Such an all-rounder is sure to prove a valued servants to the Everton club in the coming days. He reminded one of Jack Taylor in his early Everton days. As a centre forward I am not altogether enamored of Freeman on his form of the past three matches. He did some smart things on occasion, but at others seemed to exercise scant control of the ball, whilst he seldom aimed at recovery work. He improved greatly in the second half, however. With the general defensive work of Everton one could not find the least fault and the backs dove-tailed admirably on the hole. I must pay tribute to Iremonger for keeping a valiant goal, and to Montgonery for a fair sportsmanlike display. Craythorne savoured of a man badly needing a rest, whilst Matthews and Harper were the only Notts forwards worthy of notice.
Everton Annex The Liverpool Cup
Everton and Liverpool placed fairly representative teams in the field on Thursday evening’s meeting for the local cup and gold medals. Liverpool had Chorlton at left-back –both Rogers and Saul being on the injured list –and McPherson for Orr, otherwise the team was as against Chelsea. Everton were unchanged in defence, but Sharp, Young, Freeman, and Hardman were forward absentees, Donnachie, Couper, and Mountford finding places. The attendance was very disappointing –under 4,000 being present probably, whilst the game did not give many thrills to the faithful few. There was scarcely a ripple of excitement during the first half which was goalless. Fifteen minutes later, however, Coleman dashed in to accept a neat forward ground-pass from Coupar, and the ex-Gunner fired hard for goal. Hardy just succeeded in stopping the ball, but he failed to retain it, Coleman following the ball up and smartly finding the net. Just before the end Couper made the most of some defensive failures on the part of the Reds to add a second capital goal, Everton eventually winning by two clear goals.
The Winning Team was more together than Liverpool, the latter also being less resolute in defence, but more faulty near goal. The standard attained by both attacks, however, was very moderate, and seldom inspiring, many of the movements being clumsy and stupid for men in receipt of maximum salaries. The final passes on either side went almost as frequently as not to an opponent, and surely this should not be so, for it entirely negatives previous good work. Not since the cup’s institution have we had a flatter local final.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 25 April 1908
- Everton haven’t averaged a goal per match in their last eight League games.
- There was a very sparse attendance at Goodison Park on Bank Holiday. No doubt recent results has been the chief cause of this.
- Brave! Everton have won a match and just in time, too, for they had got very near the danger zone. The pleasing part about their victory was that they were also benefiting their Lancashire colleagues Bolton.
- Everton’s second string are an easy first in the Lancashire Combination race. It seems strange, therefore, that scarcely one of the junior members has made a hit when tried for the League team, so badly in need of assistance.
- Young at inside left against Liverpool was superb. He was a wizard on the ball, and with Donnachie formed the best wing on the field. They combined well, and their display was the chief feature of a game bristling with excitement.
- Two seasons ago the defeat administered by Everton to Notts. Forest at Goodison sent the latter into Division 2. This is practically what the Toffees repeated upon Notts County five days ago; but what if the Midlanders have succeeded at Bolton today!
- Bradford by beating Derby County made themselves safe for promotion. Evertonians would be pleased to see their old favourite, Tommy McDermott had a big hand in the victory. He scored the first two goals, besides which his passing and footwork was really splendid.
- Fancy Everton, last season’s Cup finalists having to play hard for safely in the First Division.
- Both Everton and Liverpool would have been in the Second Division ere this had it not been for the brilliancy of their keepers Scoot and Hardy.
- Everton v. Sheffield Wednesday were on view today at Goodison Park – a very poor substitute to their engagement at the Palace exactly a year ago.
- One of the features of Everton’s three last matches has been the play of Young at inside left, and the brilliant tackling and kicking at left back of Macconnachie.
- From their last three matches Everton gained three points. Though nothing to boast about, these were the means of making the Toffees’ position in the First Division safe.
- Val Harris on his first appearance for Everton at right half against the Gunners, gave a great display. He tackled well and fed his forwards with skill. He left a great impression behind him amongst the London spectators.
- Last April Everton retained the whole of the players who had assisted their League team for the current season, save the Bros. Wilson, but it is not unlikely that the Blues will have a considerable change in the retained list for 1908-9.
- Macconnachie is at last giving a sample of his true form for Everton at full back. He was the best back on the field at Anfield. Goddard and McPherson could do nothing with him, and his kicking was both powerful and directed with judgement.
- Donnachie has now had sufficient League trials to warrant an opinion. Besides being a long way too slow for the outside berth, he will not face the backs, and the writer just fancies that for next season Donnachie would not be averse to a change of colours.
- “The pride of Ireland” Val Harris, played well at right half against Woolwich, and at Goodison against Notts County he was brilliant. Well built, speedy and plenty of pluck, he is able to play in any position forward or half-back. He is one of the best captures Everton have made for some time.
- Harry Makepeace played a very good game against Notts County at Goodison, feeding Harris and Coleman very judiciously. It is a peculiar thing that although Makepeace has had a regular position in Everton’s League team for nearly four seasons, this was his initial appearance against the County on Goodison soil.
- Everton can now boast of three Irish Internationals.
- Dawson, of Rossendale, has been secured by Everton.
- The Liverpool-Everton game at Anfield on Good Friday was a rare good tussle, and the result was a very fair reflex.
- Everton’s new acquisition, Harris, of Shelbourne, looks like making a really class man. He is both speedy and clever, and on Monday’s rendering will take a deal of keeping out of the League team.
- On recent form, Jack Taylor, of Everton captain, appears as far off being finished as ever. He is now of the longest service men identified with the First league football, yet is almost as good as the best.
- Forty-four players were on view on Good Friday at Anfield and Goodison, and played for three hours but nary a goal was scored. Spectators were disappointed, as no matter how good a game may be they like to see a goals scored.
- That useful inside right, late of Third Lanark, Graham, has been once called upon for a League team trial by Everton during the past eight months. Yet he was considered one of the Toffees’ most useful and consistent reservists.
- What short memories football crowds have! Those who recently “barracked” Everton’s “Sandy” Young have evidently forgotten that Everton’s centre worked himself to a standstill almost in the cup-ties v. Bolton and Southampton. Small wonder the not-too-rebust Scot has appeared jaded since. The men who have “barracked,” too, were probably those who made the biggest fuss of “Sandy” Young when he secured Everton’s Cup winning goal at the Palace two years ago.
- Coleman is the only man who has succeeded in converting a penalty for Everton this season.
- Aston Villa pose as the only club which has failed to record a goal against Everton this season.
- Walter Abbott should train on into good full back. He knows all the tricks, and is quite a young player.
- Meunier, Chetwood and Mason are prominent players, but they are scarcely fit for First League warfare yet.
- An Everton forward line consisting of Val Harris, Coleman, Freeman, Young and Donnachie would cause a lot of work to opposing defences next season.
- Up to date Everton have made the following captures;- Coleman, Freeman, Harris, MacCormick and Dawson; whilst Liverpool have only made one addition to their ranks, viz., Orr.
- Val Harris, was given an ovation at the close of Everton’s match with Notts, the spectators warmly appreciating his refreshing display of football. In a sense Harris reminded us of the good work carried on by Jack Taylor when the better first came to Everton as a right-winger from Dumbarton. If Harris plays as well in subsequent matches as v. Notts, Everton will be fully satisfied. We mustn’t forget, however, that Craythorne’s half-backs play in opposition to Harris was of a very half-hearted character.
EVERTON V. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
(League.- First Division.)
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 25 April 1908
A disappointing Everton season was rung down at Goodison today with a visit from Sheffield Wednesday, who, just 12 months ago, were the “Blues” opponents in a much more important “affair” at the Crystal Palace. As Everton had already secured two points from the “Blades” at Owlerton they were hopeful now of making it into the maximum, whilst Wednesday, for their part, knew that victory would give them a capital chance of finishing runners-up to Manchester United. With their League position safe, Everton could afford to rest Taylor and give a trial to Borthwick, a centre-half from Edinburgh Hills. Val Harris was at right half, Makepeace displacing Adamson. The “Blades” were minus several well-known names, the team being reshuffle considerably. Teams;- Everton; Scott, goal; Balmer (W.), Right back, Macconanchie, Left back; Harris, Right half-back, Borthwick, Centre half-back, and Makepeace, left Half-back; Donnachie, Outside-right, Coleman, Inside-right, Freeman, Centre, Bolton, Inside-left, and Mountford, Outside-left. Sheffield Wednesday;- Lyall, goal; Holbem, Right-back; Slavin, Left-back; Lloyd, Right half-back, Brittleton, Centre, half-back; Bartlett, Left half-back; Chapman, Outside-right, Bradshaw, Inside-right, Wilson, Centre, Stewart, Inside-left, and Bolland, Outside-left. Referee; Mr. A.E. Farrant, Bristol.
The Last Game
There were about 10,000 people present, despite the bitterly cold weather. The first attack was led by Everton’s left wing and the ball going to Coleman close in, to Lyall the situation looked dangerous, but the ex-Gunner failed to control the ball. Just afterwards Freeman missed a similar opening. The best scoring effort came from Borthwick, who tested Lyall with a really capital shot. Following this the “Blades” carried the war into the enemy’s camp, and gained a somewhat questionable though fruitless corner. In response the ex-Woolwich pair of forwards manipulated skill by the aid of short passing, and it was a close thing when Lyall rushed out to charge down Coleman’s close-quarter shot. Lyall, however, was in difficulties, and lost his bearing somewhat and in the general mix-up Freeman almost succeeded in forcing the ball into the net. A very pretty bout of carpet passing between the Everton inside forwards was initiated by Bolton, but Donnachie rather spoiled the movement at the finish with a somewhat clumsy centre which went behind. Bolton and Mountford hereabouts put in some useful work, but Coleman was the most business-like forward in view. As yet Scott had been nothing other than an ill-clad spectator. Harris was a useful auxiliary to his forwards, in the matter of promising ground passes, but was more than once inclined to slowness of methods –the Scotch style we presume. Everton still continued to monopolise the attack, but Bolton got his boot too much under one ball when well placed. Little Coleman’s breezy movements were enjoyable as was one overhead pass to Donnachie. Work looked like going the way of Scott as Bolland evaded Balmer, but Macconnachie very cleverly saved his keeper in smart style. However, Bradshaw here put across again to Bolland, and the latter’s hot shot almost eluded Scott’s grasp – probably his hands were numbered. After this the Everton forwards had numerous scoring chances, but in the main they made poor use of them. Donnachie ever seemed to require an extension of his “time-limit” when favourable opening accrued. However, at length, Lyall was given ample opportunity to shine, one save from a great shot by Freeman being a splendid one. Borthwick and Harris also joined in the target practice, whilst a beauty from Coleman went only inches over the bar. The Sheffield backs were naturally kept at full pressure. The Everton marksmen had by this time fairly got their eye in, but Lyall showed splendid form, his best save of the day coming from a remarkably fine shot by Donnachie. Bolton’s footwork in feeding the men on either side of him was more in keeping with Bolton, who used to delight Goodison audiences. The Blues had practically monopolished the attack throughout the piece, but goals seemed beyond them. Frequently the forwards were sadly out of touch with the ball upon arrival at the Wednesday box. Just before the interval Lyall was nearly beaten by Mountford, and then Wednesday made a mild attack, but half-time arrived without any goals. Half-time; Everton nil, Sheffield Wednesday nil.
The interval gave the spectators an opportunity to digest some of the sensational half-time results posted up on the board. The restart was distinctly on the tame side. There was little danger in either side’s attack. The Blades made an occasional advance, but the Everton backs were never in difficulties. Harris was a hard worker in the home ranks, and here came through his men cleverly to ply Coleman with the ball. Coleman touched to Donnachie, but the latter’s centre was worked away without difficulty. A capital centre from Mountford was taken on the run by Freeman, and headed over the bar. The visiting forwards were on the whole distinctly lackadaisical. Their best bit of aggressive work was put in by Chapman, who centred smartly with Macconnachie on the heels Balmer, however, with equal smartness, heading clear. Holbein gave a corner, dealing with a run by Mountford, but this was cleared, and then useful manipulation by the Wednesday forwards was spoiled through too much finesse. Makepeace eventually working the ball clear of danger. Just afterwards Harris splendidly despoiled Wilson when the latter was in the act of shooting. Borthwick up to now had not been a “Taylor” by any means, although due allowance must naturally be made for his being in strange company. Wednesday were now having quite a share of the game and Balmer was again prominent with a good robbery at Stewart’s expense. A kick by Macconnachie cannoned off Wilson for goal, but Scott was on the look-out and saved. Three quarters time now arrived, and still there was not a black mark against either custodian. The general form was very tame on both sides. At length Slavin was defeated, but Mountford badly missed the centre, and then Bradshaw put the ball in the net at the other end from an offside position. The crowd at this stage had grown impatient at the failure of the men in Blue and certainly they had reasonable cause for complaint. Donnachie was fouled just inside the penalty area, and from the free kick he regained possession, to loft the ball into the goal, Lyall charge having a narrow escape. At the other end Stewart went very close with a surprise shot which gained a corner. This was cleared but the Blades returned to the attack, and Bolland centred square for Bradshaw to propel an excellent header goalwards, which only missed by inches. The Everton attack continued absolutely devoid of life, and that of the opposition was little better. Indeed, the movements reminded one of the sister game of cricket, where the sides play out time for a draw. Everton’s inability to win causes them to finish below Liverpool in the table, whatever happens at Anfield on Monday evening. Final; Everton 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY V. EVERTON RESERVE
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 25 April 1908
Played at Accrington. Accrington, who were without Dempsey, started the game against the wind, and were at once aggressive, Ashton sending in a nice shot. Garside raced away, but Strettle intervened near the goal. During a hot attack, Williams sent in a lightning shot which cannoned off an opponent. Ashton centred accurately, but Wells missed a capital opening by shooting over, and Stevenson robbed Ashton at a critical moment. A wonderful save by Sloan prevented a score by Garside, and Sloan again saved brilliantly. Stanley had completely overplayed their opponents so far, the home halves showing fine form. Everton improved and their forwards showed pretty combination, but Nairn showed resolute football. Going away, Ashton made two fine efforts for Stanley which were only inches wide. A corner to Everton proved fruitless. Half-time; Accrington Stanley 0, Everton 0. Final; Accrington Stanley 2, Everton Reserve 2.
EVERTON 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0
April 27, 1908. The Daily Post and Mercury.
The Blues completed their League programme on Saturday, by sharing points with Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison-park. The last four games, which Everton have played, resulted in a gain of four points, and brought their total up to 36. The Blues have scored at practically the same rate throughout the season, with exception of two points, which fractions reduction in the average has proved sufficient to prevent them getting out of the ruck of low scoring cluns. Much as the Everton directorate have been experimenting of late, the team which took the field on Saturday was perhaps the most experimental of any, in fact, the metamorphosis from the old original was complete, with the exception of Scott, W. Balmer, Bolton, and Makepeace. Cohesion and understanding could not be expected in such a non-homogenous lot, yet, individually, the men gave promise of successful co-operation in the future. What the regular Everton team will be in the future must be a puzzling problem for the directors to solve, it hopes very like as if there will be a considerable changes from the old regime and, it so it will take some time for a new team to work harmoniously it was this want of harmony which was the most striking feature of Saturday's game.
EVERTON PROVE AGGRESSIVE.
The game opened very tamely, even though the home forwards were constantly on the move and kept the Wednesday halves busy. Everton's front line were striving after some sort of combination, but even the wings did not get on well together. Mountford was early in evidence, and infused an amount of dash and aggressiveness into his work, which the others would have done well to emulate. Bolton was hardly a suitable partner for the dashing reserves man, and it must be confessed the attack was seldom, strengthened by the inside man, who is quite capable of proving the inaster mind to such a line. Gradually the Blues warmed to their work, and the pressure on the Wednesday lines increased without, however, threatening real danger, for the attack seemed to always fall short of expected development. The real explanation was that past masters in defence like Layton and Slavin weighted up the weakness in concatenation of the home attack.
EVERTON'S FEEBLE SHOOTING.
Neither Donnachie, Freeman, or Mountford can be regarded as capable of dexterous' footwork which might circumvent a wary backs. Coleman is a regular bag of tricks, and Bolton might pose as a professor in pedal dexterity, but he was not that way inclined on Saturday. Coleman was well watched by Brileton, who treated the little man with seant courtesy at times in checking his adroitness. The Blues front rank put in a great amount of finessing and manourving, which went for nothing when the finishing touches became due. Layton and Slavin did not give the home forwards much time to control the ball, and shoot, and worried them incessantly and consequently, although the Blues were very often within shooting distance, they were usually too slow in opening fire, Coleman and Freeman each had a really good chance of scoring, before the interval, but they were unaccountably slow in seeing the advantage of the situation, and made but poor use of it.
EVERTON'S INDEFATIGABLE HALF-BACKS.
The middle men on the home side did their work remarkably well, and the same testimonial was deserved by Wednesday, who had a stiff task, particularly in the first half Harris was operating on the right, and had a lively pair to contend with in Bollard and Stewart, but the Irishman is a rare grater and is assuredly a half-back of class. Some interest was taken in Borthwick's appearance in the centre, and the new man gave a incritorious display without greatly impressing the critics. He is a latty sort, and not at all nippy of vigorous; but he knows plenty of useful moves and can travel without much apparent effort. Another good qualification is an aptness for shooting when the chance occurs, and he gave Lyall two or three awkward remainders. Makepeace was, as he always is, almost outside the pale of criticism. It was the untiring work of the Everton halves, which kept the Blades practically, bottled up in the first half, and stimulated the home attack.
AFTER THE INTERVAL.
Although the Blues had failed to score up to the interval, there was really only one team in it, and the chance of their gaining full points looked rather rosy. Very soon after resuming it was obvious that the Sheffielders had something up their sleeve for they were content so longer to be confined to their own quarters, it might be, also that the home halves were a bit spun out. The attack veered round in favour of the Blades and Scott was far more in jeopardy than Lyall had been. Luckily for the Blues, Andy Wilson was not in an aggressive frame of mind, of they would probably have finished up the season with another home defeat. W. Balmer, McConnachie, and Scott were at times really, hard put to stave off defeat, and if the Sheffield centre had pressed home no quarter of his chances, he could hardly have failed to score. On one occasion, when he seemed in deadly eagness, Harris thwarted him cleverly, thereby preventing a certain goal. No doubt the spectators were painfully aware of the superiority of the visitors, for it seemed quite on the cards for the home citadel to fall any minute, so dangerous was the work of the Wednesday forwards with the exception referred to. Still though the home forwards were responsible for some pretty work, it was not of a dangerous character, and on the whole Freeman, Bolton, and Donnachie were far from robustious. In the closing stages it appeared as if the Blades had measured up the home attack, exactly, but Everton's defence was constantly on the strain, although Scott had not nearly so much to do as the conditions would suggest. Players and spectators were no doubt glad to hear the final blast of the whistle, for the game had been singularly void of any sensational incident of special attractiveness, and a goalless game seldom satisfies the crowd.
Everton: - Scott goals, R. Balmer, and MaConnachie, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Donnachie, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton, and Mountford forwards.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
April 27, 1908. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 37)
Notwithstanding the fact that the Everton eleven only managed to share the points at Accrington, and that their most recent performances have not been so successful as their barley exhibitions, their position at the head of the table is secure. Altogether it has been a very successful and satisfactory season for the Everton second string, as besides scoring over one hundred goals they have secured twenty five points away from home, while they have only had to acknowledge defeat on five occasions. On Monday evening they being the season to a close in a very appropriate manner by playing Workington, the team which at present occupies the third position on the chart, at Goodison-park. In the game at Accrington the homesters had the best of the argument before the interval, but their forwards failed to pierce the Everton defence. Afterwards Whiteside got through for Accrington, and Cater converted a penalty kick. This second reverse roused the Evertonians to the seriousness of their position, and the attack improved considerably, so much so that the Blues were able to draw level through Chetwood, and Booth. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Stevenson, and Strettell, backs, Rafferty, Booth, and Abbott, half-backs, Evans, Chetwood, Couper, Mason and Dawson, forwards.
EVERTON V. WORKINGTON
April 28, 1908. The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
An interesting game was witnessed at Goodison Park last evening, when the champions were opposed by Workington. Everton in the first half had the best of matters, and Chetwood and Couper (2) scoring, they led by 3 goals t nil at the interval. In the second half Cumberland tried hard, but could not overcome the home defence. Everton afterwards put on pressure, but the defence of Stewart, Troughbend, and Hood was fine. McCormick once hit the bar, but so well did the Cambrians defend that Everton could not score again, and the game ended in a victory for Everton by 3 goals to none.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 WORTHINGTON 0
April 28, 1908. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 38)
At Goodison-park last evening before a fair crowd. Four seasons ago the Everton second string championed the Lancashire Combination, and the Blues have again asserted their superiority. Last evening they had as their final opponents the clever Cumberland team, which for little time challenged the Goodison club for premier position. Teams : - Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettle, and Meunier, backs, Rafferty, McCormick, and Chadwick, half-backs, Turner, Chetwood, Couper, Mason, and Crews, forwards. Workington: - Stewart, goals, Trougheur, and Hood, backs, Duffy, Robertson, and Swan, half-backs, Lawrie, Ellis, Jones, Stokes, and Smith, forwards. From the start the home team commenced to press, and several times got within scoring distance. Couper, however, being the only forward to menace. Stewart, owing to the wrong defence. Worthington then made play on the right, and Jones had hard lines. Play again veered to the other end, and Chetwood, receiving from Couper, had no difficulty in scoring. The visiting forwards showed pretty passing, the home defence having some anxious moments. McCormick then carried the play to the other end, and after a short bully in front of goal, Couper placed the Blues further ahead. Some midfield play followed, Mason eventually getting away. He, Couper and Chetwood carried the ball down to the visitors goalmouth, and Couper again registered goal three. Half-time Everton 3, Workington nil.
From the restart Everton got away, and Crews put in a good centre, from which Hood conceded a corner, which proved abortive. A hugh punt by Strettle landed the ball in the goalmouth. Chetwood headed in, but Stewart saved with difficulty. A foul against Rafferty was easily cleared by Strettell. Workington were now playing with more vigour, but the Everton defence was equal to all demands. McCormick tried a long shot, which struck the crossbar. Chetwwod tried an individual effort, but Stewart robbed him, and Mason sent wide with a long shot. A little later Couper headed into Stewart's hands. Everton were now monopplising the play, and it was rarely the Cumberland men crossed the half-way line. Once Ellis and Lawrie did manage to work down on the right, but the latter's centre went a begging. The Blues again attacked, fierce shots from Turner and Chetwood shaving the upright on the wrong side. Matters then eased up, Sloan's berth had been pretty much of a sinecure, Everton maintained the upper hand, and gained a somewhat easy victory.
BOOTLE LEAGUE 0 EVERTON RESERVES 3
April 30, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
The meeting of these teams, on the Diamond Matchworks' enclosure last evening proved a great attraction close upon 3,000 spectators being present. Everton opened with a good move on the right, Rafferty sending wide. The Bootle boys responded with some capital work by Daley and McDonald, but Strettell changed the venue, and the homesters for several minutes were subjected to severe pressure, and after ten minutes play Rafferty beat Whelan. Bootle improved, and a shot from McDonald deserved better kick, the ball tripping the crossbar. Sloan next cleared from Chambers, while at the other end Whelan saved a tame effort from Couper. The ball travelled quickly from end to end, the Bootle players doing good work in the open, but finished badly. missing several easy chances, while Everton were always dangerous in front of goal. Hoye, however, defended finely, and nothing further was scored, before the interval. The second half opened rather sensationally, as right from the kick off, the Everton forwards passed all opposition and Michaels scored a second point. Whelan making a very poor attempt. To clear. Daley and Phring worked hard for the Bootleties, but received poor support from his colleagues in the front rank although the half backs played a steady game. Crews put in some capital centres for Everton, who gained a corner. This, however, was cleared, but Mason returned and beat Whelan a third time. Daley next tested Sloan with a difficult shot, afterwards striking the upright, the Bootle boys striving, hard for a point, but all to no purpose.