NELSON V EVERTON RESERVES
April 1 1911
A SCOTTISH CENTRE FOR EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 03 April 1911
The team builders of spring have been busy. Among the most important migrations we must place that of Thomas Gracie, the centre-forward of Greennock Morton, for he has been secured by Everton. When Gracie headed the ball past Lock at Cappielow Park on the last Saturday in March he registered his last goal for Morton, and enabled his club to draw with Glasgow Rangers, leaders of the Scottish League. As he has scored 22 goals in 29 matches, and is only surpassed as a goal-getter during this season ayont the Tweed by William Reid, he appears to be the kind of man that Everton require. There could be no stronger commentary on Everton’s ineffectiveness during this campaign than the fact that lacey, with eight goals, A. Young with seven, Beare, with six, and Berry with five goals, represent the deadliness of the fourteen forwards that have worn their blue livery during the past seven months. Having assisted as a juvenile Wellwood Star and Strathclyde, he has garnered goals and experience with Airdrieonians, Hamilton Academicals, Arthurlie and lastly Greenock Morton. The man engaged by Everton was not considered suitable for Manchester City when they sent one of their directors to see him play last autumn.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 EVERTON 1 (Game 732)
April 7, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton have beaten Blackburn Rovers twice this season in League warfare, yesterday they added to a 6-1 victory at home by beating Rovers 1-0. The Rovers have won once against their old rivals in the Lancashire Cup –score 6-1. Yesterday Everton introduced Gourlay, as Fleetwood was unwell, and two new players Gracie and Jefferis were on view for the first time. All Evertonians desire to know what the new players did. Other than the score and this fact they have to concern. Nothing could be more dangerous than too propose upon Grace's first exhibition. The ground was hard, the people new to him, and the style something the like of which he hasn't been used to. The first half displayed was limp. That was natureal. The second half work had as its centre a distinctly pretty dribble, which beat Crompton the man who holds Blackburn Rovers together. He twisted and swept by the great back and never took control of the ball. Everton could readily have won by two goals had Jefferis accepted a chance in the last moments of the game, but Ashcroft came out of his goal and baulked the ex-Southampton man by falling on the ball. Gracie. I fear hadn't much pace, and he takes time to make his plan of campaign. This is the early impression o formed. Jefferis has had much experience, and can make some very neat transfer to Beare. He is dainty in his movements and is an old Everton platform. Much like Wilford Toman in appearance on the field. Jefferis played a quiet game, and effectively yesterday against that able half-backs, Bradshaw. We saw two grand left half backs yesterday. Bradshaw, Bradshaw, and Makepeace doing some remarkably good work. Beare with Gourlay made the strong men of the visitors attack. Weller improved on his good show at Aston, and made an admirable substitute for R. Young. Stevenson throughout and Macconnachie in the later stages, were equal to all the Blackburn raids. The Rovers best man was undoubtedly there veteran ‘ Crompton and Walmsley and Bradshaw were valued half-backs. Simpson was the only forward of note on the home side, but Latheron rarely gave him opportunities. Everton were good value for their win, their second half exhibition being especially sound. Everton: - William Scott goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Weller, and Makepeace (Captain), Beare, Gourlay, Gracie, Jefferis, and Lacey, forwards.
April 7 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton are at Manchester City's ground, and after their show last night they should extract a point from the citizens. Everton are out for money like all the clubs who are top of the League, and as the Manchester Club's fighting to retain its membership in the League, the game will be sternly contested. The Everton team is the same as yesterday, except that R. Young reappears. I learn that the League Managerment Committee's policy regards the transfer after March is to intended a cover the top as well as the lower clubs. Jefferis was not allowed to play at Aston owing to the rule, which is interpreted, as preventing clubs buying freedom from the relegation and preventing the purchase of League honours.
BLACKBURN BEATEN AT HOME.
London Daily News - Friday 07 April 1911
The meeting of Blackburn Rovers and Everton, at Blackburn, drew crowd of 8,000 yesterday. Grace, late of Greenock, made his first appearance for Everton, and, after capital dribble, missed a good opportunity of scoring. Then Scott, at other end, had to save from Davies, while later on Aitkenhead failed to take advantage of fine opening. At half-time nothing had been scored, but in less than five minutes after change of ends Everton took the lead, Beare netting, after the Everton right wing had beaten Bradshaw and Cowell, and Ashcroft had left his charge. The Rovers tried hard to draw level, but Scott saved well, and they were beaten by one goal to none.
MANCHESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 1
April 8, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
EVERTON AGAIN AWAY.
MANCHESTER CITY FIGHT FOR POINTS.
SCOTT SAVES PENALTY, WYNN SCORES FROM REBOUND
The meeting between Everton and Manchester City are usually productive of keen games. The City are still fighting hard for needed points although their position in the League is practually safe, and they will gave the Evertonians a good fight as earlier in the season the local men only won by a single goal. A further trial is given to the new players in the visitors forward line, and as Young is not yet fit, Weller will again act as pivot. The Evertonians made a safe and rapid journey to Cottonopolis, and drove at once to the headquarters of the City club at Hyde-road. The afternoon was typical of April. The sun shone fitfully, and there was a suggestion of rain in the air when the men turned out. In view of the great importance and the game to Manchester Club, there was a fine attendance, the crowd numbering at least 20,000 when the rival captains tossed for the choice of ends. The players faced each other in the following order: - Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris Weller, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, Jefferis, and Lacey, forwards. Manchester City: - Smith, goal, Kelso, and Norgroves, backs, G. Dorsett, Eadie and Holdord, half-backs, J. Dorsett, Wynn, Thornley, Jones, and Conlin forwards. Referee. J. T. Howcrofts, of Bolton. A slight and fifful breeze blew across the ground when Everton opened the play with their backs to the sun. The game started in most sensational and unfortunate manner for Everton. Harris was in the first minute accidententally kicked on the nose by Holford, and the injury was so serious that he had to be led off the field. This was a serious blow to the visitors, and the City did not hesitate to take advantage of it. Wynn putting in a long dropping shot, which brought Scott out of his goal on order to throw, clear. Everton made pretty play on the left, but Kelso stopped them, and Thornley had no chance of getting through when he overran the ball. Harris returned to the field after five minutes' absence, and the spectators loudly cheered the plucky Irishman. Everton settled down into their stride, and breaking away on the right, Beare put in a raking shot, which was headed away by Eadie. The visitors then came away on the left, and Lacey almost from the corner flag put the ball behind. The game was of a tremendous fast and ding-done character, and Kelso drove the ball half the length of the field just past the post. Everton retaliated with a magnificent combined movement, and Jefferis headed in a high shot, which gave Smith the greatest difficulty in clearing. A slight injury to Gracie declayed the game for a minute, and then the City forwards pressed strongly on the right. There was a terrific struggle in front of the goalmouth, Jones and Thornley both shooting at short range, and Scott was apparently beaten when Stevenson rushed across and saved the situation. A corner followed, but this was safely negotiated, and the next movements of interest were in favour of Everton, who penned the City backs in their own territory for several minutes, in succession. Kelso, however, cleared from Garcie, and the home forwards took up the running. Their methods, however, lacked combination, and it was not long before the Evertonians were again on the aggressive, Lacey and Jefferies were prominent, with a swift breakaway down the wing but Dorsett and Kelso were too smart for them. The same wing pair, however, speedily came away again, and it was only after a strenuous struggle in front of Smith that the visitors were beaten back. Clever half-back work put the home forwards in possession, and Lot Jones, from long range sent in a likely shot which Scott just succeeded in saving by throwing himself full length at the leather, it was a fine shot and a magnificent save. After this Everton exertent considerable pressure, and Beare racing round Holford and Norgroves, put in a delightful dropping shot, which passed just outside. An amusing incident was a struggle between Lacey and Eadie, in which the Evertonians came off best, and the next item was another breakaway on the part of Beare, who struck the outside of the net. Further pressure by the visitors right wing found Norgrove in difficulties but Kelso came to the rescue just in time. Grace and Jefferis were them prominent, the former on the second attempt gave Smith something to save. At the other end the inside forwards made dangerous play, but Macconnachie tackled Jones smartly, and he was also much too clever when the latter attempted to get away. The home left wing gave Stevenson an anxious time, and the Evertonians was beaten when Scott fisted clear. The visitors were once more on the move on the right and Beare put in another beautiful oblique shot, which was smartly saved by the home custodian. The City forwards then got going strongly on the left, where a corner was forced. This led to a desperate struggle in the goalmouth, and Thornley banged the into the net amid great excitement. This success which it must be confessed was rather lucky, gave the City great encouragement, and they came away again with great determination. Macconachie only partial cleared, and Stevenson, in coming to the rescue, handled within the penalty area. The referee at once awarded the penalty kick , it was entrusted to George Dorsett, who shot straight at Scott, who fielded the ball finely, but before he could clear Wynn, was upon him, and rushed the ball into the net. There were protests by Everton, but Mr. Howcroft ruled that it was a good goal. Although now two goals down the Everton players “backed up” manfully and working down on the right the ball was passed across to Jefferis, who netted the ball with a quick shot that Smith failed to save. The City came again just before the interval, and Eadie scraped the outside of the upright with glorious shot. Half-time Manchester City 2 Everton 1.
The first half had provided some extremely interesting football, in which Everton had proved themselves the superior side in point of style. The City forwards, however, had fought with the desperation of despair, and it was by this means that that they held the lead at the change of ends. There were 25,000 people present when the game was resumed. The City men at once made ground on the right, where a corner was forced. This was dealt with and the visitors right in turn took up the running. Beare centre finally, and Lacey running in headed wide of the mark. It was soon evident that the Evertonians were determined to make up the leeway if possible, for they proceeded to bombard the home goal, Beare, Gracie, and Jefferis all having tries at Smith's charge, but without success. Play continued to be as vigorous as ever, and J. Dorsett who was hurt in a collision, had to leave the field for a time. Although without the services of their outside right, the City players kept Everton on the defensive for quite a lengthily period, and G. Dorsett with a long shot was unlucky in not finding the net. Everton then enjoyed a spell of attack, and Fleetwood missed the mark by a mere matter of inches. Subsequently Everton threw away several chances of equalising, Gracie once missing an open goal. The character of the game in the closing stages was rather loose, the City players kicking wildly. Once Stevenson grassed Conlin with more force than politeness, but the City took no advantage of the free kick. Everton worked harder in the last few minutes for an equalising point, but failed to obtain it. Final Score Manchester City 2, Everton 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1
April 8, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game ?)
At Goodison Park. Teams: - Everton : - H. Berry, goal, R. Balmer, and Meunier, backs, Davies, Borthwick, and Grenyer, half-backs, Pinkney, Chedgzoy, Freeman, Gault, and Thomson, forwards. Manchester City: - Lyall, goal, Humphreys, and Jackson, backs, Botteley, Wall, and Brown, half-backs, Stewart, Buchan, Butley, Bentley, and Gould forwards. The game had not been in progress more than two minutes' when the Everton attack got through owing to Humphreys missing kicking and Gault put in a centre, and Freeman running in, headed into the net. The Everton attackers kept going in good style and Freeman was nicely placed when he tried to steady himself for his final effort, caused the ball to go outside. Then there was a surprise by the Citizens and Bemtley ought to have made better use of a good opening when he shot much too high. Freeman and Pinkney co-operated in a nice movement, which terminated by Gault shooting behind. The Everton forwards were more dangerous than the front line of the Citizens. There was more cleverness in the Everton attack, Thomson drove the ball across the Manchester goal, but there was unfortunately nobody in position to improve the occasion. Chedgzoy's clever manipulation afforded Freeman another opportunity, and the come centre headed into Lyall hands. At the other end Wall sent yards too high, and than Lyall handled from Davies near the corner of the goal. Lyall was very busy during the next four minutes and finaly cleared a header from Bentley. After displaying anything but promising tactics, the City Reserves eleven scored through Bentley. It was a really capital shot from a difficult angle. Gault and Pinkney worked through cleverly, and the latter attempted to lift the ball over Lyall's head, but he was a trifle too high. A fast drive from Borthwick was well held by Lyall. It was a capital game with the Everton side displaying finer tactics than their opponents, although the Citizens were not behind with earnest intentions. Freeman conceived some excellent ideas, but his execution was faulty. Half-time Everton 1, Manchester City 1. Full time Everton 1 Manchester City 1.
A BESIEGED CITY
Athletic News - Monday 10 April 1911
Manchester City 2, Everton 1
(By the Pilgram.)
It was with very much lightened hearts that the supporters of Manchester City left the Hyde-road ground after the match with Everton on Saturday. Two very valuable points had been added to the record of the club, and with the help of others, the City had practically assured themselves of a continued membership of the First Division. This was the significance of the result, and the loyal followers of the club were only too ready to overlook the many deficiencies and the manner in which the victory was secured in their exuberance at the fact that the game had been won. Even the players could not contain themselves. They simply danced with delight, and Holford gave quite an entertainment on his own account in the way of hand-spring and other gymnastic feats, which I am sorry to say I cannot name. All this was quite excusable, for in the first place the City had gained their first League victory since they were at Nottingham on January 7, and as I have said they had done a very great deal towards consolidating their position. And if I cannot altogether compliment them on their display, I must, at any rate, commend the manner in which they carried out the policy they adopted from the beginning of the second half. They had obviously laid themselves out to defend the advantage they had gained in the opening portion of the contest, and they did it well. They took as their motto defence, and that was their task for practically two-thirds of the time. They were very much a besieged City, but they never wavered, and they succeeded in their object of keeping a much cleverer team ay bay.
The City’s Misfortune
If it was not good football it was not uninteresting, and in the circumstances I would not like to say the tactics of the City were unjustifiable. The result to them was everything –the manner of its accomplishment a very secondary matter indeed. And there is this also to be said for them and their methods. They had the misfortune to lose the services of J. Dorsett within ten minutes of the restart as the result of an injury to his thigh in a collision with Macconnachie, and they were left with only four forwards for the rest of the game. This looked like being a very serious loss indeed, for only a goal separated the combatants, and Everton were unmistakably showing the better football. It therefore redounds greatly to the credit of the Mancunians that they not only saved the match, but gained a most valuable victory. It was not a brilliant game by any means, but it was characterized by grim determination on both sides, and there was plenty of vigour infused into the play. In the first half, when playing with the wind at their backs, the City shaped fairly well, and I did not considered they were unworthy of the 2-1 lead they held at the interval. They had the better of the play, and just before they opened the scoring, ten minutes from the interval, only a brilliant piece of work by Scott prevented a magnificent low shot by Jones from taking effect. This was by far the best effort of the match, and almost deserved to succeed because it was taken with such promptitude and such accuracy. But the honour of scoring the first goal fell to Thornley, who forced the ball into the net following a corner kick, and five minutes later Wynn put on a second point as the ball rebound to him off Scott from a penalty kick taken by G. Dorsett for a case of handling by Stevenson.
How The Game Was Won
Perhaps this was a little hard on the Everton full-back, but his side had previously survived an appeal for the full penalty, as Macconnachie brought Jones heavily to the ground, and, as it happened, the point was soon counter-balanced by a very clever goal from the foot of Jefferis, who, within three minutes of Wynn’s success, whipped up a pass from the right, and screwed the ball beyond the reach of Smith after maneuvering very smartly for position. All three goals were scored within the short space of eight minutes, and they proved to be the last of the match, for although Everton had very much the better of the play in the second half they failed to break down the City defence, and the nearest they came to scoring was when Fleetwood headed in a ball to which Smith only just got the tips of his fingers, and when Gracie shot hard across the face of the goal. It was very much a case of kick, kick, kick with the City throughout this portion of the game. Their object was always to get the ball away, and I must say they did it very well. Kelso and Norgrove seldom made a mistake, and if the former was the stronger of the two Norgrove came through his tussles with the fleet-footed and crafty Beare with distinct credit, and would seem to increase in pace. Though he had not a very great deal to do Smith kept a good goal, and at centre half Eadie was a most prodigious worker, and not the least effective man on his side; in fact, I should say he did more than anyone to save the team in the second half. Holford made some very good clearances when the attack was hottest, but next to Eadie, I should say that G. Dorsett was the best half-back in the line, and as regards the forwards, Thornley was unchallenged. He was the only man who did anything at all after the interval, and even in the first half was the moving spirit of the line.
Crafty Men of Everton
Despite their defeat Everton showed the better football, and were much the smarter team forward. But they were simply hustled off their game, and not even such heavy-weights as Lacey and Fleetwood could successfully withstand the buffetings they were subjected to. There ios football in the fair-haired Fleetwood, and he is courageous to a degree, whilst Gracie, though he did very little, struck me as a centre forward of more than average ability. But the cleverest man in the line, to my mind was the ex-Southampton winger Jefferis, whose maneuvering for openings was really fine. Beare was clever and speedy, and Lacey did some very good work, but they could never shake off the home defenders. Harris sustained an innury to his nose immediately the game commenced, but notwithstanding this he was the best of the half-backs, for Makepeace did not show anything like his real form until the second half, and Weller, though fairly strong in defence, had a weakness for lofting the ball. Neither Stevenson nor Macconnachie played brilliant game, and there were times when the play of the Rufus-haired bacl almost savoured of indifference, but this may have been attributable to the fact that he was suffering from an injured toe, and accountable for the freedom with which he kicked into touch. There was no fault to be found with Scott’s goalkeeping. He did his work well, and that save of his from Jones in the first half was quite one of the features of the match. Manchester City; Smith (w.); Kelso, Norgrove; Dorsett (G.), Eadie, Holford; Dorsett (J.), Wynn, Thornley, Jones, and Conlin. Everton; Scott (W.); Stevenson, Macconnachie; Harris, Weller, Makepeace; Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, Jefferis, and Lacey. Referee; J.T. Howcroft.
April 12, 1911. Dundee Courier
Directors of Morton expect to shortly secure the signature for another season of Hugh Bolton, the Ex-Newcastle United and Everton forward.
H. MOUNTFORD LEAVES
April 12, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
We are reminded of the season of transfer by the announcement this morning by the Everton Football Club, that they have transferred H. Mountford, their outside left and second team captain to Burnley. When Mountford came to Mereyside he impressed us favorably though somehow, he never realised good opinions. Possibly with the new environment Mountford will develop the talents at intervals displayed at Goodison Park. At all events, we are sorry to lose him, he has been a player of peculiar mistforture, for when he appeared in the first team, which he did a dozen times last season, and once this season, if seemed to got wrong for his side. Born at Hanley, about twenty-five years ago, Mountford commenced his football with Bastwood Vale School for three seasons, playing on the left wing with the boys team. His next team was Eastwork Mills, with which he played for two years, playing in various positions before joining Newcastle Swifts, and Hanley Swifts from whom were he inaugurated to Burslem Port Vale. He was them about seventeen years of age, and with this club he turned professional. He remained with them until the club disbanded. Everton them obtained his signature. Mountford stands 5ft 7ins, and weights 13 stone.
Everton history: - 1907-08 League apps, 10, goals 3
1908-09 League apps, 2.
1909-10 League apps 12, goals 2
1910-11 League apps 1
Total League apps, 25, goals 5
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 13 April 1911
The Burnley Directors have secured the transfer of H.W. Mountford from Everton. Mountford, who is twenty-five years of age, went to Everton from Burslem, when the last named club dropped out of League football some four seasons ago. He stands 5 feet 8 inches, and weighs over 11 stone. Last season he was a regular member of the first team, and has several times assited the premier eleven this season. The Burnley officials are in negotiation respecting a well-known League centre forward.
FREEMAN AND MOUNTFORD SIGNED FOR BURNLEY
Dundee Courier - Friday 14 April 1911
Bert Freeman, of Everton has been transferred to the Burnley Club. Freeman previously played for Aston Villa, and Woolwich Arsenal. The Burnley Club have also secured Mountford from Everton.
STOCKPORT COUNTY V EVERTON RESERVES
April 14 1911.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game ?)
EVERTON 2 NOTTS FOREST 1
April 15, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
We are sorry to lose Nottingham Forest from the First Division. They are as clean a side as one could wish to play against, and have given as good football at all times. They are not unknown in the Second Division, and one hopes that their promotion will come as quick as it did on the previous visit to the lower circle. How they came to lose match after match at home after showing the form they have shown is our city, is incomprehensible. At Anfield early in the season they played striking football, movements in attack being well worked and well thought out. Yesterday, when Everton beat them 2-1, the Forest had the better of the run of play, and yet not force home their advantage. Their work in the first half puzzled the Everton team for the defence. Maltby excepted was sound and the forwards. Flooper especially, was very clever time after time, and only bad fortune kept the ball from passing beyond William Scott, who by the way, played a splendid game and was kept much busier than Drappie. Scott has one especially cute method of clearing. He bends low and thumps away when the ball is a foot from the turf. Once the Nottingham centre took up a poor kick from goal by Scott, and the opening should have led to a goal. Instead, the keeper only half covered the ball, and Scott, although badly placed, and half falling, saved the danger he had created. Macconnachie and Balmer were brilliant at times, but both towards the end made rash kicks, and failed to time the opposition. At half back Grenyer showed up well, although lacking in placing power, a point so-vital to a half's success. Val Harris came near scoring his first goal. Gracie, the new centre forward, got a goal from a thrown-in, and a subsequent blunder by Maltby, (Robert Young got the other goal from a Penalty kick ) but generally speaking the pivot of the line showed no sign of speed, and Jefferis again was the better of the new men, Albert Fleetwood goes in for a lot of foraging. Beare in the second half looked on most of the time, and whereas Lacey had been the best forward of the first half, he fell away badly, and in addition to missing a goal, was generally weak. On the Nottingham side, Marrison and Hooper made a charming wing, and W.G. Bailey is a recruit who is well worth a place. He lacks knowledge of class football, but plays a good inside game. Mercer, who came from Chedgzoy's team, Burnell's Ironwork is a long forceful centre half back, and it is a pity that he was not signed on by a team in the Mersey area. Everton: - William Scott, goal, Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Bob Young, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, Jefferis, and Lacey, forwards. Notts Forest: - Drabble, goal, Maltby, and Gibson, backs, Fisher, Mercer, and Armstrong, half-backs, Hooper, Marrison, Derrick, W.G. Bailey, and Ford forwards.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 EVERTON 0
April 15, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
EVERTON A GOAL DOWN AT INTERVAL.
Everton visited Oldham to-day, and with the match finished their games with fellow county clubs for the season. The “Babes” are a tough lot to beat, and have been doing well lately, and Everton will have to try hard to keep on level terms with them. After the holiday victory at home yesterday, Everton were due at Oldham today, and they made a rapid journey to that delectable spot in the county of several directors. Although the season is almost over there was another great crowd at Bounard Park when the teams assembled. There were changes on both sides, the most notable being the complete alteration of the half-back line, this being due to injuries received. In the home ranks Moffatt appeared at left full back in place of Cope, and the former's position of right half was taken by Fay. There were 12,000 spectators present when, under cloudy conditions and with a strong breeze, the men lined out as follows: - Oldham Athletic: - McDonald,, goal, Hudson, and Moffatt, backs, Fey, Walders and Wilson, half-back, Pilkington, Toward, Jones Woodger, and J. Donnachie, forwards. Everton: - Williams Scott goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Allan, Borthwick, and Weller, half-backs, Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, Jefferis, and Lacey, forwards. Referee J.W. Bailey.
Everton lost the toss, and were set to face the wind. In the teeth of this they at once made play on the right, Beare centering the ball across, but Hodson nipped in and cleared smartly. Oldham advanced by easy stages and in the first two minutes Jones put in a fast low shot, which caused Scott to handle. For a time Oldham were distinctly dangerous but a foul against Howard gave relief, and the Evertonians took up the running to some purpose. Lacey, getting hold, passed finely to Beare, who in turn gave the leather to Fleetwood, who shot over. The Athletic forwards returned speedily to the attack on the left, and Walders headed in with such accuracy that Scott only managed to tip the ball over the bar. The home side were now showing most aggressive football, and it was only Scott's cleverness that averted disaster, for from a fine pass by Toward, Walders put over. The Oldham front brigade persisted in their efforts to score, and success came after ten minutes' play. Macconnachie placed the leather to the foot of Jones, who managed to score with a short push shot, which gave Scott no possible chance. The reverse caused the Evertonians to assert themselves strongly and good work on the part of the halves and the forwards terminated in Allan just missing the mark with a good try. Oldham were busy on the left, and Jones twice showed his activity with shots that caused Scott some anxiety. The pace was exceedingly fast, but the high precluded perfect accuracy of showing, and though the Athletic forwards literally swarmed round the Everton goal, they rarely came within reach. Weller put his forwards in possession, and Lacey centred well, but Gracie was rather remiss in not profiting by the opening. As the game advanced, the wind increased in velocity, and a strictly correct exposition of the code was out of the question. Time after time Oldham got within shooting range only, to see the leather carried away by the force of the gale. At the other end the breeze baffled shots by Lacey, Fleetwood, and Beare. In spite of this the contest was strenuously fought, and Toward once kicked over the bar. At the other end Beare had completely beaten Wilson and Moffatt, when he put the leather rather tamely over the line. A determined attack by the home left was well checked by Stevenson, and a few minutes later Macconnachie literally took the ball from Jone's toe. Still the Oldham team kept up the pressure, and Jones making another galliant attempt missed the mark by inches. A little later Lacey, Jefferis, and Gracie were concerned in a promising movements, which forced a corner, but the home defence safely negotiated it. The Oldham right wing made ground cleverly, but after Toward had essayed a shot, Pilkington put the leather over the bar. A spell of midfield passing proved of advantage to neither side but Jones, who was always on the alert, nearly scored a second with a flying drive from short range. Some pretty passing on the part of the Everton forwards was well accounted for by Hodson, who was proving himself a magnificent full back. Macconnachie with a hugh punt, put his forwards in possession, but Lacey struck the side of the net. Stevenson splendidly checked a brilliant run through the win by Donnachie and Woodger at the critical movement, and a few moments before the interval the Evertonians tried hard to get on level terms with their opponents. In this, however, they failed, and at half-time Oldham led by the only goal scored. Half time Everton nil Oldham Athletic nil. The first half, as we have already indicated was a vigorous display on the part of both teams. Considering the heavy handicapping of the wind. Everton had done exceedingly well to keep their opponents out. At the same time they had been distinctly unfortunate in not finding the net on at least one occasion. The crowd had increased to 15,000 when play was resumed. Everton at once proceeded to take advantage of the weather, and in the first few minutes Jefferis troubled MaDonald with a shot. Garcie was then given an opening, but he lost it, and the home forwards moving on the left Woodger gave to Jones, who lost a glorious opportunity of repeating his initial success. The home backs were then acting strongly on the defensive for a time, and Fleetwood was very unlucky in being baulked in good position at the last moment by Moffat. Oldham showed that they could play up against the wind, for they came away in a most determined fashion, and Scott had some difficulty in coping with a dropping shot from Toward. This seemed to give the Atheltic further confidence for they came away again in combined order, and Woodger giving the ball to Jones, the latter, slipping neatly past Stevenson, scored with a lighting drive, which Scott did not even see. The Everton backs had clearly been caught napping, and the blame rested entirely upon them. The closing stages of the game were more vigorous than ever, and Walders coming into collision with an Evertonian had to leave the field. The visitors desperately hard to reduce the adverse lead, and Beare once shot just over the bar. Fleetwood little later had a chance, but he finished very lamely, and then Lacey forced a corner kick, which came to nothing. Shortly before the finish Walders returned to the field of play, and the concluding stages were most exciting, Jefferis twice getting in good but unsuccessful shots. Walders, after kicking the ball, had again to have swing to lameness. Everton had half a dozen chances in the last few minutes, but shot wretchedly. Final Oldham Athletic 2, Everton nil.
EVERTON RESERVES V OLDHAM ATLETIC RESERVES
April 15, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game ?)
At Goodison Park. Teams: - Everton: - H. Berry, goal, Thomson and Meunier, backs, W. Davies, Taylor, and Llew Davies, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Gault, Magner Murray, and Turner, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Matthews, goal, Stafford, and Hamilton backs, Bunting, Lally, Watson, Burnett, Pilkington, Rowley, Stokes, and S. Miller, forwards . There was little to choose between the teams in the opening stages until Stokes got through owing to a misunderstanding between Thomson and Meunier. The Oldham man went on with a clear course, but finished with a drive, which struck the bottom of the upright. After this let-off the Everton forwards made progress, and Magner parted to Gault who sent into his hands of Matthews. This was a lucky escape for Oldham, and was followed by another exciting period which resulted in Murray striking the upright with a good shot, the ball travelling across the goal with nobody near to give it the slight touch it required to find the net. The Everton forwards continued to level matters, and Chedgzoy was prominent with a fine centre after cleverly beating Hamilton, but the position was not turned to advantage. Everton had now settle down to good work, and the home forwards kept the Oldham defence very busy. Magner, Murray, and Gault were exceptionally keen on beating the visitors defence which, however, was well maintained. By way of a change the Oldham forwards won their way into the Everton quarters where hesitancy and a feeble attempt on the part of Stokes spoiled a fine opening. From one of the Oldham raids Barrett got in a centre which Rowley easily converted. Everton then went away, and Chedgzoy, who had worked into the centre, finished by sending just over the bar. The Everton forward line was not a concerted one. Rowley tested Berry with a stinging shot, who saved well. Gault finished a good individual effort by notching the equalising goal. Half-time Everton 1, Oldham Athletic 1.
OLDHAM’S HOLIDAY HARVEST
Athletic News - Monday 17 April 1911
Oldham Athletic 2, Everton 0
(By the Watchman.)
Accidents and other things necessitated an eleventh hour arrangement in the team selected by Everton’s directorate to meet Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. No fewer than six alterations were made up the positions originally chosen, and the result could not have carried much confort to the people responsible for the selection. The first twenty minutes provided very lively football. The Everton captures showed a praiseworthy desire to make the proceedings interesting, and in the first few minutes Fleetwood was handing on to the backs in a threatening way. Nothing loth the Athletic replied in the same spirited fashion, and for a little time had all the players on their toes. Scott was the first goalkeeper to be seriously tested, a low shot from Toward making a swift and unerring passage for the corner of the net. It seemed a certain score when Scott, with wonderful intuition, got his hands somehow in the way and made a great save. Fleetwood again caught the eye with a persistent dribble. He finally worked his way clear of the backs, but a few yards wide of the goal. As he turned to shoot McDonald rushed out, and the ball cannoned back into play off his body. Hardly had the cheers died away before Oldham were in front of the Everton goal. Toward aimed once more truly, but the ball struck a defender, and came back to Jones, who was waiting in an excellent position. Without any hesitation he let fly, and try as Scott would he could never get near enough.
A Great Goal
The only other incident of note in the first half was a fine attempt to score by Allan, and an equally fine save by the Oldham custodian. Everton went away with a burst in the second half, but the forwards finished feebly. For a few minutes one withnessed some aimless kicking, followed by a really great goal for the Athletic. The forwards had spread themselves out in front of Scott when the ball suddenly dropped in front of Jones, who had his back to the goal. Stevenson endeavoured to hustle him, but before he and the goalkeeper could realized what was likely to happened Oldham’s centre-forward had whipped round, and in the same movement shot at such a terrific speed that Scott never made the slightest effort to deal with it. Indeed, I doubt whether he ever saw the ball before it was in the net. With a lead of two goals the Athletic were well placed, notwithstanding the fact that directly afterwards Walders was forced to leave the field, as the result of a bad kick, Woodger dropped to the half-back position and for the rest of the match assisted Wilson and his co-denders to play for safety.
On the play in this match only one of the new men Everton have signed suggests good value. Fleetwood gives every appearance of developing into a strong forward, but there the story ends. The half-back line was a very ordinary one-indeed. The young men were always vigorous, but seldom skillful and the Oldham defenders invariably seemed to be holding their own very easily. Stevenson was the better of a sturdy pair of backs, and it was well for Everton that Scott was in best form. The team, however, cannot be accepted as the final word for 1911-12. Oldham played up to their reputation and look like securing a fine crop of points out of their holiday arrangements. McDonald kept a capital goal, and Hodson never made a mistake of any importance. Moffatt, as the deputy back, came out of the ordeal creditably, and with Fay back in the half-back line the middle trio took a great hand in the trend of events, Wilson especially playing well. Forward, Jone’s two goals stand out with the hallmark of merit, especially the second, this being undoubtedly the tit-bit-of the game. Donnachie and Woodger were always resourceful and full of tricks that sorely puzzled Allan and Stevenson. Toward showed his early-season form in shooting, but as a partner to the new player Pilkington was hardly a success. The outside right is a speedy and promising youth, but requires more experience of League football to be able to do himself justice. Oldham Athletic; McDonald; Hodson, Moffatt; Fay, Walders, Wilson; Pilkington, Toward, Jones, Woodger, and Donnachie. Everton; Scott; Stevenson, Macconnachie; Allan, Borthwick, Weller; Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, Jefferis, and Lacey. Referee; J.W. Bailey, Leicester.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 EVERTON 1
April 17, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
EVERTON'S MUCH-CHANGED TEAM.
BLUES FINE FORM.
Everton played at Tottenham today, and their team bore many changes from Saturday. Walter Scott and Meunier appearing in defence. The best half-back line was on view. Chedgzoy made another appearance with the first team. Beare being rested. Teams : - Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy Fleetwood, Gracie, Gourlay, and Lacey, forwards. Tottenham Hotspur: - Lunn, goal, Collins, and Elson, backs, Birnie, Rance, and Darnell, half-backs, Curtis, Minter, Humphreys, R. Steel, and Middleness, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Heath. There was a hugh crowd at White Hart Lane when Everton made their bow, and the ground was very hard and had been freely watered. Everton won the toss, but there was little advantage to be gained. Still, the visitors had the better of the early exchanges. Gracie receiving from Young and providing an opening for Lacey, who failed to improve. Everton hovered in the Spurs' territory until Meunier kicked out. There the Spurs forwards were within an ace of scoring, Humphrey's, Steel, and Middlemiss all being slow to control a lively ball. But the Blues had two glorious openings in the first five minutes, which should have been better utilised. Gourlay in fact was almost on the goal line when he miskicked and allowed Collins to punt away. The pace was a real hot one, the fortunes of the game swinging from end to end in exciting fashion. The combination of both forward lines was well nigh perfect considering the hard going. Humphreys twice tested Scott, but as they were long range drives the Everton keeper had no difficulty in getting the ball away. So far Lunn had not been troubled, but his goal was in rare danger from centres by Lacey and Chedgzoy. Curtis took the war into Everton's defensive area and centred. Humphreys dashing up just a fraction of a second too late. Incident followed on incident in rapid succession and Scott had barely fielded a fine shot from Darnall when Lacey drove in a fine oblique ball which Lunn saved in masterly fashion. Brilliant dribbling by Minter was rewarded with a corner. R. Steel and Humphreys, both trying headers when fortunately went wide. The Spurs were finely served at half-back. Rance and Darnall putting in some fine work both in defence and attack. For a time the home forwards showed perfect footwork, a front of Scott, but were prevented from getting in a shot and eventually an attack which boded no good for Everton culminated in an advance by Gourlay, who sent out to Lacey. Collins miskicked and the Irishman got in his centre, which rebounded from the crossbar for Fleetwood to head through from the rebound. This goal came seventeen minutes' from the start. The excellent football delighted the crowd, who cheered a great run and centre by Curtis, which Minter headed over. Still with the defence steady and the forwards playing in a style, which betokened another goal, Everton inspired confidence indeed, and with a great shot. Gourlay struck the crossbar Lacey and Gourlay were a dangerous wing the Irish man beating Birnie cleverly and getting the ball across perfectly. Fleetwood and Gracie, however, spoilt these openings, though getting offside. Young, Gourlay and Elken were injured in quick succession. Humphreys had a great chance, but overran the ball, and subsequently Meunier and Stevenson were equal to the efforts of Minter and Humphreys. After a smart run Chedgzoy centred magnificently and though Lunn missed the ball there was no Evertonians up to head through. The Spurs' backs did not hesitate to trip Gourlay and Gracie when they were racing for goal. Meunier, Stevenson, and Young closed in on Curtis, the last named coming out of it badly shaken. Half-time Tottenham Hotspur nil, Everton 1.
On resuming there was a sensational incident. Scott in attempting to prevent a corner, was dispossessed by Middlemiss who shot at a difficult angle for the unattended goal. The ball looked like going in, when Meunier raced across, and kicked away. After this the Spurs attacked in real earnest, Minter with a long lob being just wide. The pace had slackened a good deal, but the football was nevertheless attractive. The Spurs' defence was great, and this was fortunate because Everton had the cleverer forward line. Lacey, Gourlay, and Fleetwood doing well. Makepeace, once shot over, but a moment later brought Lunn down with a grand shot. Middlemiss racing in with plenty of time to steady himself shot atrociously. Fleetwood worked hard, and gained a fruitless corner, which resulted, on Stevenson having to kick behind his own goal to stave off a rush by Humphreys and Middlemiss. This flag kick and a subsequent free kick were got away; but the ‘Spurs persisted to trouble Stevenson and Meunier. Lunn was fortunate to effect a partial save from a shot of Lacey's kicked out by Collins. Gourlay, who was limping went outside left for a time, with lacey inside. In the latter stages play ruled' mostly in midfield, albert Chedgzoy had a fine effort superbly saved by Lunn. Everton always looked far more likely to score. The Spurs were without Curtis for some time in the second half, but they raided Scott's charge vigorously. Humphreys was within an ace of doing the trick. Full time Tottenham Hotspurs nil, Everton 1.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 ROCHDALE 0
April 17, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game ?)
A good holiday crowd attended the game at Goodison Park between the champions and the prospective runners in. The teams faced in the following order: - Everton: - H. Berry, goal, Clifford, and Balmer backs, L. Davies, Borthwick, and Grenyer, half-backs, Taylor, Gault, Murray, Thompson and Turner, forwards. Rochdale: - Biggar, goal, Blackett, and Crossan, backs Cooper, Thomson, and Henderson, half-backs, Manning, Grierson, Kenyon, Giterson, and Smith, forwards .
From the start the ball was quickly taken to the visitors end, where Turner sent across an accurate centre but Biggar made a fine save. Rochdale quickly transferred play to the other end, but were repelled by Balmer. There was some good play following, during which the respective forwards made excellent attempts to score. Taylor had hard lines with a shot, which struck the upright, when Biggar was beaten. This let-off stimulated the attack of the visitors, and Henderson beating the Everton defence, sent forward to Grierson, who lost a good chance of scoring by shooting wide. There were frequent stoppages for injuries, mostly to Everton players. The Blues livened up, and a hot bombardment finished when Thomson miskicked and Blackett kicked clear. Taylor who was doing well in the strange position dashed through on his own, and rounding Crossan hit the upright for a second time. Following this slice of luck, the Rochdalians had more play, and Kenyon after beating several opponents was just thwarted in the nick of time by Balmer. There was no doubt as to the superiority of the visitors attack, and they would certainly have scored for the splendid defence of the home team. Half-time no score. After change of ends Hereabout Everton were a rather improved team, and Murray running between the backs but in a fine effort, Biggar luckily stopping the ball and Thomson meeting the rebound had no better lick. The tactics of the visitors did not please the crowd. Everton continued to have the best of the exchanges and Murray, outwitting the defence, shot against Biggar and Coooper running up to clear, put the ball through his own goal. Just before the finish Manning got away in good style, and sent in a fine centre, Kenyon just failed to reach the ball, and dash headlong into the net. It was a splendid contested game, and there was really little to choose between the sides. Final Result Everton 1, Rochdale nil.
EVERTON AND WEDLOCK.
April 17 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo
GOODISON CLUB ATTEMPT TO GAIN TRANSFER.
As Bristol City are probable starters for Second Division football next season, many club managers felt that Wedlock the centre place of the Bristol team, and in fact, the whole “Soul” of the side, would not stay with the City after this season. Wedlock was playing with Aberdare when picked up by Bristol, and since joining the senior club he has gained many honours and broken records for consecutive appearances for his Country. Everton have been angling for his services, and we learn from London today that so far inquiries have not led to the signing on of the “little terrier.”
Wedlock says he will not desert Bristol unless the club has need to transfer him for financial reasons. Everton, also desires Bristol's trustful centre forward Owens. The course taken by Everton in searching the country for a number of good players bears out. Bee's statement of a week ago that Everton were going to revolutiionise matters regard to team building. We believe that the club is aiming at providing three really good men for every position in the field.
April 18, 1911 Hull Daily Mail
Mr. John Fare formerly director of the Liverpool Club, has been appointed to a position by the Everton directors. He will report likely players to the Goodison Park people, with a view to their being signed on. At Goodison Park on Monday, Everton play West Bromwich Albion, this arrangement being subject to the Cup final being decided on Saturday. They will be represented by the same side as at Sheffield. The kick-off is at 5.45.
WANTED BY EVERTON.
April 18, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Ralph Dodds, centre half for Bedington United, who has been on trial with Bolton Wanderers during the holiday is reported to had offers from Everton and Hearts of Midlothians.
EVERTON WIN AT TOTTENHAM
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 18 April 1911
Beautiful weather prevailed at Tottenham, and 15.000 people were present. Hotspur played Elkin at left back for Wilkes, who is indisposed and Everton again had their regular halves Makepeace, Youngs and Harris, whilew Walter Scott kept goal. Tottenham had the best of the early play, but afterwards Everton rather had more than held their own, and Fleetwood scored in 17 minutes. There was no further scoring afterwards for though Everton pressed, the Spurs defence was excellent.
EVERTON 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 (Game 737)
April 22, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo.
CURTAIN AT GOODISON.
BEARE SCORES FOR THE BLUES.
WEDNESDAY GAIN SURPRISE EQUALISER.
Everton played their last home match of the season today, when Sheffield Wednesday were the visitors. The teams are old opponents, and many exciting games have been fought between them. In the home ranks two changes were made from last week. Macconnachie displacing Meunier and Beare taking the place of Chedgzoy. Teams : - Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, A. Young, and Lacey, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Davison, goal Spoors, and McSkimming, backs, Lloyd, Brittleton, and Campbell, half-backs, Kirkman, Paterson, McLean, Wilson and Wright, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Robinson. There was one of the smallest gates of the season at Goodison Park when the teams took the field this afternoon. McLean commenced business for the Wednesday, and a minute afterwards Macconnachie was challenged. Beare headed an Everton venture and sent in a smart pass, top, which “Sandy” Young failed to catch on. The ball went on to Fleetwood, for whom Spoors proved rather too energetic. Wednesday responded with an ugly kind of rush, and Stevenson was the last line of defence, but he failed badly, and Scott had perforce to venture out and stall off Paterson, and Kirkham. It was a give and take kind of game and Beare's turn next so he sprinted along gallantly like a smart two years old, and centred temptingly. But, alas, for Everton's chances, Fleetwood and Gracie quite failed to gauge the position, and the ball went to Spoors, who promptly returned it to midfield. For five minutes after this nothing of moment occurred beyond some smart end to end play, which fuzzed out before it could become dangerous. It certainly did not look at the junction as if neither side were much concerned about points. At last Lacey dropped in a lovely centre, but McSkimming gauged the flying ball accurately, and headed away smartly. The ball went to Makepeace, who the powerfully on to McSkimming. Suddenly the Blues wakened up. Sandy Young manipulating the ball with his old cleverness against Spoors and Lloyd, And then passing back to Makepeace, who promptly sent ahead to Lacey it was a really dexterous manourve. Lacey shot the ball into the Wednesday goalmouth, and Davison picked up under difficulties –in fact, the custodian might easily have been beaten at this juncture if Beare and Fleetwood had been a bit more enterprising. Next came a solo effort from Sandy Young, who brought Davison to his knees Paterson and Kirkham made a series of ventures. Five thrown-in followed in succession and only the extreme vigilance of Harris and Bob Young kept the Sheffielders out of danger zone Spoors and McSkimming played with grand judgement and so the home forwards seldom had a chance of coming to gripe with Dawson, when Wednesday next passed the border their left wing bored in and made an opening for McLean who shot over the bar “Sandy” Young was going ahead resolutely, when fouled. From the free kick Makepeace gained a corner which brought trouble to Wednesday whose defence was obviously well worked in the goalmouth when the whistle saved them from disaster. Fleetwood having meanwhile struck the crossbar. During a hot Sheffield raid Stevenson returned to Paterson and the inside man retaliated with a hot drive at Scott's bread-basket. A pretty venture was headed by Fleetwood to put the leather across to his partner. Beare returned rather too forcibly otherwise Grace and Young were well placed to receive with a good chance of putting Davison. Wright shot across towards Walter Scott, who came forth and unceremoniously, grassed Kirkman at which the crowd laughed good-humouredly. The defence on both sides seemed impregnable and the custodians were only troubled with sniping shots. The players were not by any means lackadaisical, but most of the raids seemed of a loose and aimless character, and seldom indeed, did strategy or maneuver outwit the half backs. At last Sandy Young just tipped the bar, after receiving from Makepeace. It was a cunning sort of a shot, which Davison was very lucky to escape. Llyod was applauded for a dexterous piece of tackling. Gracie, Lacey, and Young combining neatly together made good progress only to be thwarted at the finish by Spoors, who never seemed to miss aby thing. At last Fleetwood breasted the ball ahead, and Gracie darted through on mischief sent, but Davison proved too alert. Just on half-time beautifully intricate movements brought success to the Blues. It commenced with Harris, who with a long punt, challenged McSkimming. The back returned weakly, and Sandy Young trapped the leather, passing back to Makepeace. By this time the Wednesday defenders were in Queer street being quite out-maneuvered when Lacey received from Makepeace he was quite unhampered, and shot at the Sheffield citadel. Davison was all out to resist the broadside and Beare coming up with a wet sail met the leather and, with a heart first timer sent it well into the corner of the net. Half-time Everton 1, Sheffield Wednesday nil.
In the first two minutes after resuming Fleetwood had Spoors and Skimming both well beaten. The right back came to grabs and got as free kick in the process. Mr. Robinson mercifully whistling before Fleetwood could improve the occasion. The Blues gained a corner before they were sent to the rightabout. “Sandy” Young and Fleetwood both essayed to head the Everton van. Fleetwood becoming too aggressive the whistle checked further progress. Sandy Young was all about in his efforts to open up the game, and was well seconded by Fleetwood who was thoroughly in earnest. Lacey beat Lloyd, but was pulled up by Brittleton, and “Sandy” and a shot charged down Beare was deservedly applauded for Graceful manceuvring, and a pretty shot, which and a pretty shot, which Davison dealt with skillfully. McSkimming hung on to Fleetwood too long and was penalised Fleetwood was very much in the picture, for after beating McSkimming smartly, he shot like a Militiaman with an old “Brown Bess.” He made amends afterwards when Young and Lacey by clever manipulation brought the ball to the centre, for the fair-haired youth roused Davison considerably. After fifteen minutes had gone by the Sheffield equalised. They were operating tamely enough midway in Everton territory, when Wright received from the opposite wing, and completely beat Scott with a good shot from twelve yards range. Harris and Brittleton twice came to grips and both bouts ended in favour of the Irish man. The game continued to be of an even and carefully though-but character. Still Wednesday were frequently dangerous but luckily Val Harris was in grand form. Stevenson who was limping and very uneasy exchanged places with the tenacious half back. Wednesday gained a corner which Macconnachie and “Sandy” Young succeeded in heading off. Hereabouts the Blues exerted themselves to regain the lead, and none was more enterprising than Fleetwood who was now operating at half back with Stevenson in front of him. Stevenson, who was too lame to play full back, proved most enterprising as a forward. A smart cross from Beare ought to have been taken up by Young or Lacey. Immediately after Wright outwitted Fleetwood and “Andy” Wilson receiving came within a foot of beating Scott and repeated the dose a minute later and was generously applauded. Final result Everton 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
ACRRINGTON STANLEY V EVERTON RESERVES.
April 22, 1911.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game ?)
EVERTON v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 24 April 1911
At Everton. Sandy Young reappeared in the Everton forward line. The play in the opening half was fairly even, but just before the interval Beare beat davidson with a good shot. Half-time; Everton 1 goal, Sheffield Wednesday none. Play was much faster in the second half, both ends being visited in turn. The forward play improved, and Davies saved finely from lacey. At the other end Sheffield went right through for Wright to score with a fine long shot. Both sides tried hard to the finish. Result; Everton 1 goal, Sheffield Wednesday 1 goal.
WIDNES COUNTY 2 EVERTON RESERVES 4
April 24 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
At Widnes, last evening before a moderate gate with a view to following the soccer code, the County entertained Everton Reserves in a friendly. The Everton, representatives soon asserted themselves and within a few minutes from an opening Magner scored a grand shot. Murray placed two though the post, and just before the interval Gray scored for the home side. Halt time Widnes County 1, Everton 3. In the second half with the wind Everton, did not seen to exert themselves, content with exhibition tactics. It was close on time when Magner added a fourth for the visitors, who won by 4 goals to 2.
CURTAIN DRAWN AT GOODISON
Athletic News - Monday 24 April 1911
Everton 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
The final league game of the season on the Everton club’s ground aroused precious little enthusiasm, and any one ignorant of the fact that this was the closing match of another campaign, would assuredly have guessed it, for the quality of the football served up was distinctly moderate and suggestive of April amblings. In the early stages Walter Scott was often requisitioned, but there did not appear to be a unanimous understanding between him and his full backs, and the defence during this period failed to inspire confidence thereby. A series of raids by the Everton right wing brought relief, but nothing tangible resulted until a minute before the interval, when Lacey centred, and though both Gracie and Fleetwood failed to reach the ball, McSkimming could not properly clear, and Beare netted. In the second half a wide pass from the Wednesday right wing to the opposite side of the field placed Wright in possession, and the latter, with a delightful long range, shot, equalized. Stevenson who had been limping for some time, gave way to Harris, and the full back advanced to outside right. Beare going top the inside berth, and Fleetwood to right half-back. These changes proved interesting, but just before the finish Mclean missed an easy chance, and a great save by Scott from Wright prevented the visitors from winning.
The Everton forwards have not yet discovered the ability to blend, and much of their work was ragged. Beare was responsible for some neat play, but he finished feebly, and Fleetwood was perhaps the best of the line. Gracie failed to keep his wings together, and on the left Young and Lacey were not an incisive force. Harris was the most effective half-back, but Young did not keep a close touch with his forwards, and Makepeace was subdued. The defence of Stevenson and Macconnachie did not reach their usual standard, but Walter Scott kept a serviceable goal. On the Wednesday side, Kirkman and Wright were skillful extreme wingers, their centres being capitally directed and when in possession of the ball they required some checking. The whole line at times moved along in concerted style, but, like their opponents, they were faulty in finishing power. Lloyd and Brittleton were sound half-backs and further nehind Sppors played a good game, his returns being well timed. Davison was not overburdened with work, for his full backs were generally equal to the task of dealing with the opposition. Everton; Scott (Walter); Stevenson, Macconnachie; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, Young (A.), Lacey. Sheffield Wednesday; Davison; Spoors, McSkimming; Lloyd, Brittlejohn, Campbell; Kirkman, Paterson, Mclean, Wilson and Wright. Referee; T. Robertson, Glasgow.
LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 2
April 25 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool Senior Cup Final.
Newcastle United players were watching the Final for the Liverpool Cup, between Everton and Liverpool at Anfield last evening. Everton won the trophy and medals by two goals to none. They always looked like winning, because they seemed more anxious to do so than Liverpool, who for the first quarter of an hour played without the slightest dash or purpose. Indeed, the defenders took most audacious liberties. That was how Everton got their goals. The football all round was poor. At the same time, credit must be given to one or two players on either side, who strove tremendous. But individuals cannot produce combination, and throughout the game I saw precisious little concerted attack, and a great deal of lazy kicking and inaccurate passing. Dangerous wingers on either side wanted the ball, but were amply starved. In the vicinity of goal too, there was no ineptitude, and doesn't suppose either keeper would have been beaten had it not been for mistakes. It cannot be said that Everton deserved to win, because they enjoyed a greater share of the game. On that contrary Liverpool when they became two goals in arrears –the second point came within nine minutes of the interval-played with more spirit, and during the second half were almost constantly hovering in front of Scott. Once Gilligan had hard luck in not scoring, and in another instanced McDonald got the ball, he drive in a terrific shot, which was fortunately charged down. Again Speakman, with little room to shoot in, saw Scott save successive shots from his boot. The Reds hit the shots much to late and with a splendid defence, which refused to give anything away. Seven minutes from the start Robinson on the goal line with Lacey on him, and, and allowed the Irishman dispossess him and with Hardy on the ground, Gracie scored. The second goal also came from the left wing, as Longsworth dallying with against lacey, allowed his opponent to get in a centre, and such a poor attempt by Hardy to get the ball away Jefferis scored easily at close range, though Hardy partially stopped the ball which tolled from the right hand over the line. As I have indicated the Everton back played well throughout of the game and better served by their half-backs than by their opponents. Everton forwards should have appeared to little advantage. Young and Makepeace played a grand game. Lacey was a prominent forward. He continues to make progress at outside left. It is significant that he was primarily responsible for both Everton's goal. Gracie is still too slow for his colleagues. Teams: - Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Longsworth, and Crawford, backs, Robinson, Harrop, and McConnell, half-backs, Speakman, Gilligan, Parkinson, Orr, and McDonald, forwards. Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Fleetwood, Gracie, A. Young, and Lacey, forwards.
MID CHESHIRE 1 EVERTON 7
April 28, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Last night the Everton League team visited Northwich and played representatives of Mid Cheshire, the proceeds, the proceeds of the game to be divided to the Northwich Victoria infirmary. Preliminary to the match the Everton players were lowered in a cage into the workings, 300 feet down and fifty acres in the Marston Salt mines. The mine was illumined by proffoes worked in candles, and the visitors were also shown mysterious of salt making. Everton won the match by seven goals to one. Griffens (2), Gracie (2), Harris, Chedgzoy, and Beare, one each, and Kenyon scored for Mid Cheshire.
MAY AND CLOSE SEASON 1911
BRISTOL CITY'S EXIT.
London Daily News - Monday 01 May 1911
Wedlock Makes Heroic Efforts Against Everton.
By losing to Everton at Ashton Gate. Bristol City sealed their fate so far as the First Division of the League is concerned, and even supporters of the club admit that they have brought relegation on themselves Want of dash and tactics in the front line lost many chances for them, and Everton found the home defence far from sound. Wedlock, usual, was conspicuous all through for his hard work in every part of the field, and if only a few others had shown equal spirit and energy Bristol City might have won in First Division to-day. The question of the future is one for the serious consideration of tho club's directors, who have been much criticised locally for want of enterprise in regard to securing new players. Everton were the faster and the more resolute team, and after twelve minutes Jeffries was allowed to get in easily, through lack of alertness in defence. Bristol then bombarded the Everton goal, but after a hot struggle the ball was kicked harmlessly behind. After the interval the home team delighted their supporters showing much better formsomething of the vigour and persistence which generally mean goals. Attacks in rapid succession at the Everton end put tho visiting team on their mettle, and the Same became much livelier than in the ull first half. The Bristol players, as on many a recent occasion, seemed able to do anything but find the net. They kept Scott fairly but tho goal was seldom in actual danger. Once there was a great shout of disappointment when Copes take, at fairly close range, missed the open goal. Wedlock, besides serving forward line admirably, put in some good shots on his own account, oryx going over tho bar inches only. Later Everton had a larger share of the plav, but it again degenerated in character. Everton were not in great frrra. and that the homo aide, after making many opportunities for themselves, failed boat thenf proved very disappointing the crowd, especially as victory would have saved them from relegation. MERCURY.
BRISTOL CITY’S EXIT
Athletic News - Monday 01 May 1911
Bristol City 0, Everton 1
As things turned out at Bury, Bristol City only needed to have defeated Everton at Ashton Gate to have retained their place in the First Division of the League, but it cannot be said they ever looked like doing so, although they had everything in their favour. As the score, one goal to nil in favour of Everton, suggests, there was not much the matter with the City defence. It is true there were times when mistakes were made, but these never led to any serious penalty having to be paid, because somebody was generally able to at once atone for them. The score, however, does suggest and suggests correctly, that there was something wrong with the forwards. That something was the inability of Logan and Owers to do the right thing at the right moment. The former was unusually slow. He rarely dribbled effectively, and it was only at long intervals that he passed accurately. The latter was equally ineffective, and save for a brief period in the second half he exhibited little of the dash which has often rendered him conspicuous. It was the inability of this pair to do themselves justice which brought disaster upon the home side.
Jefferis Deciding Goal
Under the circumstances it was not surprising that the 10,000 spectators were disappointed, and their disappointment was increased by the knowledge that Bury had done no better than draw with Sheffield United. Jefferis scored the goal which determined the result of the match rtwelve minutes from the kick-off. Gracie was mainly responsible for the making of the opening which he turned to such profitable account, though he got his final pass from Beare. He rounded Fagan and beat Clay at close quarters with about the best directed shot which Everton were able to produce. Clay certainly was called upon a number of times, though for the most parts he experienced little difficulty in saving his charge, because the shots either lacked power or were put in at long range. Save for one brief period the visitors practically monopolized the attack during the first half, so well were their forwards plied with the ball by the man behind them. When they were placed upon the defensive the danger was severe. Scott was so hard pressed in dealing with a low cross shot from Staniforth that he had to give a corner. He fisted the ball out when Burton headed in, and Balmer got in the way of a hard drive from Hanlin in the exciting tussle which followed. Play was scarcely so one-sided after the interval. Copestake might easily have equalized from a centre by Logan instead of lifting the ball high over the bar, while three man failed to get the ball into the net with Scott out of goal. Fleetwood had much to do with rendering abortive the efforts made to score during the latter incident.
There were other occasions when with a little cohesion the Bristolians might have got a goal. Finding the forwards unable to score. Wedlock once tried hard to beat Scott. He got in a lusty drive, but the ball rose too much. As I have indicated, the home forwards were at sixes and sevens owing to Owers and Logan being completely out of form. Their work compared ill with that of their rivals, amongst whom Beare and Jefferis made the stronger wing. Gracie were often prominent in the centre, in spite of the attentions of Wedlock, though for the most part he did not finish strongly. Gourlay did the major portion of his shooting at too long a range for it to be effective. At centre-half Fleetwood was always conspicuous by reason of his heading and safe kicking. There was little to complain of in the work of Makepeace and Weller, while the backs suggested that they always had a little in reserve. Scott had a fairly easy time, at any rate he was not called upon so often as Clay. Young played up to the reputation he has established as being the most improved man in the ranks of Bristol City. Several times when Gracie or Gourlay had swept past the half-backs he robbed them, and more, he tackled Jefferis when that player was nicely placed near goal. Fagan was not so brilliant or quite so safe. No one worked harder than Wedlock, though, like Marr and Hanlon, he did not always part with the ball so judiciously as could have been desired. Enough has been written concerning the forwards to indicate how tame was their display as a whole. They missed a golden chance of saving the club, though I am not surprised they failed. Bristol City; Clay; Young, Marr; Wedlock, Hanlin; Staniforth, Logan, Owers, Burton, and Copestake. Everton; Scott; Balmer, McConnachie; Weller, Fleetwood, Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, Gracie, Gourlay, and Lacey. Referee; T. Kirkham, Burslem.
BRISTOL CITY 0 EVERTON 1
May 1, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON EXECUTE BRISTOL
The visit of the Evertonians to Bristol was associated with particular import to the home side. They had just a chance of escaping from the dreaded descent into second class company, and if they had asserted themselves they might have defeated a team which, to say the least of it, was in more than one degree experimental. The Bristolians however, gave quite an ignominious display, for they never at any time looked like holding their opponents. The game was not in any sense a high-class one, but it served to show that Everton have resources which stand them in good stead when needed. They were always the superior side, and had there been a little more accuracy in shooting the score might easily have been much heavier. It is true that Clay kept out a number of hot shots, but apart from this, there were many occasions when the Everton front rank should have made themselves felt. Bristol's defeat meant their relegation to the Second Division, and on their general form this season they can scarcely be pitted for having perforce to part company with the premier division.
Play started in a rather tame and leisurely fashion. The visitors were the first to settle down to serious work, and they were not slow to take the true measures of their opponents. The forwards line rapidly fell into a workmanlike groove, and less than a quarter of an hour had passed when Beare raced down and passed to Jefferis, who scored with a shot that beat Clay all the way. The City men roused themselves for a time, and both Macconnachie and Balmer were kept busy; but slackness on the part of Owen and Logan enabled the Everton backs to clear their lines before the goal was seriously imperiled. The close' of the first forty-five minutes' play may best be described as scrappy, and this term will apply with equal force to the second period. At the same time Everton did show glimpses of first-rate football, and on the play generally they fully deserved a much heavier winning score. In the second half Bristol infused a certain amount of pertinacity into their play, and occasionally they pressed the Everton defence hard. There was however, an incertitude about their attack which allowed the Evertonians ample opportunity to check it, and though Burton and Copetake tried hard to equalise, they could not get past the vigilance of Walter Scott. In the closing moments of the game Wedlock worked like a Trojan, but all his efforts to feed his forwards came to nought, and so Everton ran not very easy winners by the only goal scored.
It is gratifying, as we have already indicated, to note that the Evertonians can build up teams to suit occasions. The outstanding features of the match were Fleetwood's performance at centre-half. It is always a delicate matter to prophecy, but it we are not mistaken this recent acquisition of Everton's has found his proper place in the position he occupied on Saturday. He actually put Wedlock in the shade, and surely no better compliment could be paid him. Weller also played a sound game, and Makepeace though suffering from indisposition, lent brain and balance to the side. The forwards all showed nippiness. Beare, Gourlay, and Gracie, being frequently dangerous. The latter continues to show marked improvement, and should be a distinct asset when next season comes round. Macconnachie was as alert as ever, and Bob Balmer showed all his old powers of punting. Teams: - Bristol City: - Clay, goal, Young, and Fagan, backs, Marr, Wedlock (Captain), and Hanlin half-backs Stainforth, Logan, Owen A. Burton, and Copetake, forwards. Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and Macconnachie, backs, Weller, Fleetwood, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Gracie, Gourlay, and Lacey, forwards. Referee T. Kirkham.
EVERTON'S REARD FOR YOUNG
May 4 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
SANDY YOUNG'S CASE.
It was exclusively stated in this column yesterday that the directors had considered “Sandy” Young's case, and that he would not be re-engaged. This is quite true, but I will go further and say there is now no probability of the case being re-opened under any circumstances. The Everton directors' view as far as one can gather is that Young has served them well for ten years, and they fully realise the fact. They were also aware that a benefit is due to him next season. As proof of that the club fully realise Young's service, the players will be well treated, when he leaves the club. He will have no reason to regret the inodus apparently adopted by the officials. While regretting his absence, the great number of correspondents who have urged Young's retention, and others deeply interested, will be pleased to hear of a very amicable parting between club and player. But still the postbag bears testimony to “Sandy” Young's popularity.
A defence of the Everton club comes from Mr. T. H. Jackson, on the following: - I notice that your column is being used to many who are blaming the Everton directors for not re-signing our old favourite, “Sandy” Young. Naturally all are sorry that the time has apparently arrived when Everton and Sandy are to part company, but surely the board of directors are to be allowed to use their discretion in the matter of re-engagements of players. It is, of course quite impossible for any club to retain players on senimenttal grounds alone, and if the Everton directors think that “Sandy” may do better elsewhere than at Goodison Park their decision is a reasonable one. For any of your correspondents to suggest that Sandy is being enabily treated by the Everton directors is a foul slander on one of the most sporting directorates in England. Your correspondents forget that under the new financial regulations affecting football Sandy Young will be entitled to share in the transfer fee. Sandy is still a force in football, and is bound to find a new home and I am sure that the Everton directors will not allow him to leave them unrewarded for long and faithful services. Patrons of football in Liverpool are fortunate in having two boards of directors such as control affairs at Goodison Park and Anfield, and all should be proud of the fact that the names of Everton and Liverpool stand for all that is sporting, honest, and best in the way of club management. That Everton and Liverpool have failed to bring the chief football honours to the city does not justify attacks either upon director's secretaries, or players. Rather let us all hope that the time of fortune's wheel will bring good luck to one or other of the Liverpool clubs at an early date, and then we shall have the opportunity to rejoice as we did on the occasion of the arrival of the English Cup to this city a few years ago.
A letter from Harry W. runs:-
Eh' oh' Sandy scored a goal!
And Everton won the English Cup.
Only on Monday last, I heard the doggered (of which the above are the last two lines) sound with great gusto by a crowd of the new generation of football enthusiasts at the conclusion of a schoolboys cup-tie at Goodison park, and my thoughts reverted to the invaluable goal of “Sandy”, which after many weary years of waiting brought the English Cup to the city. “Sandy” was idolised then, and has been ever since, not for this Cup final goal only (this will for ever be recorded in local football annuals), but rather for his whole-hearted clever, and artistic displays on the football field, and of which we see so little in (first class) matches nowadays. I agree with Cracker that a vast number of supports of the club will refrain from visiting Goodison Park next season, if their favourite is missing from the home ranks. Many friends, Everton followers have expressed the determination to withdraw out support of “Sandy” and I myself (twenty-two years a supporter of the club and sport in general) is not re0signed. Is the reason for placing Young on the transfer list to avoid granting him a benefit. Can one wonder that in the future first class players will be chary about coming to Everton for fear the same treatment will be meted out to him. If the directors do not reconsider their decision, the shareholders once a year have the opportunity of showing disapproval of their directors, and I sincerely trust they will at the annual meeting.
EVERTON AND SANDY YOUNG
Athletic News - Monday 08 May 1911
Quite a sensation has been created in Liverpool football circles by the decision of the Everton executive with respect to “Sandy” Young. Their earlier intimation that they had agreed to dispense with his services was confirmed by the directors at the board meeting held last Tuesday evening, (May 2 1911) and the supporters of the club are naturally anxious to know the reason thereof. They argue, and with cause, that Young has been the only class forward that Evberton have placed on the field during the past season, and not one of the newcomers tried during April has shown sufficient ability to displace him from the League team. In addition, there is the question of the past services rendered to the club, and I can vouch from personal experience that no Everton forward has proved so effective in the rival tussles with Liverpool as he has. Witness the Cup-tie last February, when Young practically won the game for his side. If there were better men to displace him, the position would be easy to understand, but, judging from what has been seen of what must be considered next season’s League forwards, this is exceedingly doubtful. In addition, the ordinary mortal cannot understand why, if Everton do not require him, they should place a transfer fee of 800 against him. Of course, the directors know their business best, and those persons who have been talking loud about a coming benefit to Young must have forgotten their dates. It was January 25, 1908, that Young received his last benefitr. On that day Aston Villa played at Goodison Park and the proceeds of the gate were apportioned invaried score to Young, Crelley, and Trainer Elliott. Young, therefore was not entitled to another benefit next season. Yet his departure from Liverpool will be universally regretted for “Sandy” was a great favourite, and in point of cleverness was immeasurably superior to the majority of forwards, despite his erratic tendencies.
Athletic News - Monday 08 May 1911
Everton league appearances
Allan (J) 7, Balmer (R.) 23, Barlow (GH) 5, Beare (G) 26, Berry (A) 21, Borthwick (JJB) 4, Chedgzoy (S) 3; Clifford (R) 5; Fleetwood (T) 8; Freeman (BC) 11; Gourlay (J) 28; Gracie (T) 7; Grenyer (A) 1; Harris (Val) 32; Jefferis (F) 5; Lacey (W) 24; Macconnachie (J) 22; Magner 6; Makepeace (H) 33; Meunier (j) 4; Mountford (HW) 1; Pinkney 4; Stevenson (W) 22; Scott (Walter) 7; Scott (William) 31; Turner (RF) 10; Weller (LC) 5; White (W) 2; Young (A) 30; Young (R) 31.
Beare and Lacey each 8; A. Young 7, R. Young 6, A. Berry 5, Gourlay 4, Freeman, Magner, and Jefferis each 2. Fleetwood, Makapeace, Gracie, Pinkney, G.H. Barlow, and White each 1 –total 50.
REOPENING OF THE EVERTON –YOUNG CASE.
May 11, 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Although some days ago the correspondences on this subject was checked, appeals have been so numerous that I have decided to reopen this case, behaving that the pros and cons of the case have not yet been fully explained. On all hands one bears comments upon the case, and letters have simply poured into the letter-box since the bar was put upon the matter. “Sandy” is still in Scotland, and possibly his transfer to some club will not be made completed until the various secretaries meet on the 29 th . At that meeting many a chat leads to many a signing of the player. The reopening of the case gives me the opportunity of pointing out that a portion of “Crackers” letters was wrongly credited to me through the paragraph being cut in two. From the first my opinion on the topic has been one all against semment and one pleading for the answer of the question. Have Everton a man who can carry on Young's footwork. No man is indispensable, yet Young will be hard to follow, and the general body of supporters believes that the directors have made an unfortunate step in getting rid of their old and clever player. Some say shareholders showed show the retiring directors what they think of the treatment of the player, but surely this might be unfair, for I am informed that the voting on this matter was not “overbalanced” and that much discussion aroused before the matter was settled. May not one or more of the three retiring directors have voted for' Young's retention. The annual meeting has been fixed for Monday, May 22 (8 p.m.) at the Exchange Station Hotel. Let me here quote' portions of a letter from “Boy Blue” who treats the Young subject in calm tones and fairly. Where so many “pros” have been attended perhaps it would be well to have a “con”, as there is usually more than one point of view on such questions. Now, the opinion of corespondents evidently is that Young has for a long time past, and the last season in particular been the one forward of merit –the one redeeming feature in the Everton front rank. From this view I beg with all deference, to differ. For many years Young was undoubtedly a brilliant forward, but for the last season or two his play seems to have deteriorated, due, in my opinion, to the development of selfishness and a failure to realise that he is a unit and not a complete forward line. This I have felt has been one of the chief factors in the very poor displays, which have been given by the Everton forwards during the past season. Young's games have been marked by an ever-growing display of disregard for his partners, and I fear his acknowledged cleverness has been used in playing to the “gallery” instead of the benefit of the team as a whole. To keen followers of the game it must have been at once amusing and irritating to witness some of Young's displays during the past season, where his selfishness has rendered his own partners ineffective, and militated against the whole forward line, and then to read in various local reports and criticisms such titles as “the wizard” “inimitable Sandy” &c, bestowed upon him. To the average individual this must appear little short of hysterical adulatory. Such irresponsible flattery is pernicious and is to be regretted for the take of the player concerned and the team in general, as any player reading such comments upon his play must be influenced thereby, and will probably continue to indulge in his egoistic methods, despite the appeals of fellow players, trappers, or directors, to the immediate disadvantage of the team, and his own certain - though perhaps postponed –deterioration. This is my opinion of the recent displays of Sandy Young of which, I expect; the present position is the outcome. Young undoubtedly has ability, but he must change his methods if he is to be of real use to any team. One of your correspondents remarks that if the directors would mingle with the crowd they would soon learn what the masses think of Young. How does he know that the directors do not mingle with the onlookers? At any rate the writer does and has frequently heard remarks, which were anything but flattering to the wizard. Other correspondents state that they will cease to attend the matches if Young is not re-signed. One can only think that these corespondents have no love for the game itself, but are merely “idol worshippers” and as such they may safely be left to follow their own devices. I have travelled the United Kingdom pretty widely, and discussed football, and the F.F.C. in particular with many followers of the game, and I have always found that the reputation and administration of the Everton Club has been a subject of laudatory comment. This corespondent touches the point of supporters giving up their love of Everton because they do not see eye to eye with the management of one player. I do not place much trust on these threats, for the entrust cannot keep away from the ground. and if he is aware of a new player of change of position he is certain to be there so that he may be well versed for an opinion should discussion arise at his works of home. More danger to gate is likely to happen through poverty of football such as was seen last season. (Everton League match attendance's last season totalled about 380,000, while the English cup were witnessed by nearly 80,000 people).
EVERTON TO PAY 200 GUINEAS TO ASTON VILLA
May 13 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Aston Villa claimed £279 compensation from Everton Football Club –owing to the non-fulfillment of a match which Everton could not play on account of being engaged in cup-ties The committee decided that Aston Villa were entitled to compensation and the two clubs agreed to the sum of 200 guineas.
200 GUINEAS COMPENSATION.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 13 May 1911
EVERTON PAY HEAVILY FOR NON-FULFILMENT OF A FIXTURE WITH ASTON VILLA.
A meeting of the Committee of the English Football League was held Manchester yesterday—Mi- J. M'Kenna presiding. The chie! business before the meeting was respect of players applications for reduction of transfer fees; most cases they were modified, and in some instances free transfer was granted. The action of the president in refusing to allow the transfer piayer to Chelsea in April was confirmed. Aston Vilia claimed £279 compensation from Everton owing to the non-fulfilment of a mutch which Everton could not play on account being engaged in Cup ties. The decided that Aston Villa were entitled to compensation, and the two clubs agreed the sum of guineas.
A Convert to Unionism.
Athletic News - Monday 15 May 1911
Mr. T. H. Cooper, Barnet, writes to in this strain;-
It was with very great surprise I read in The Athletic News that A. Young, of Everton. was not re-signed, but a transfer fee of £8OO placed upon him! Surely, if Young is not worth £4 per week to Everton, he cannot be worth £8OO pounds to any other club. Until I read of this case I had been a supporter of Mr C. E. Sutcliffe and his policy, but I call this the limit. I also understand that Young has been made absolutely no offer at all. He has now to go without wages until some team is foolish enough pay £8OO for him, or until the Management Committee discuss the fee. Unless some writer can Justify this I am henceforth a supporter of The Players’ Union; i.e.. a player not offered a reasonable wage to receive a free transfer.
Coleman Transferred to Fulham from Sunderland.
London Daily News - Monday 22 May 1911
Mr. P. Kelso, the manager of the Fulham F.C., has obtained the transfer of Coleman from Sunderland. That player decided to leave Woolwich Arsenal at the time Mr. Kelso’s resignation of the managership of that club. Coleman was transferred to Everton, who sold him to Sunderland. Mr. Kelso has been desirous of acquiring Coleman's services for Fulham for two years.
May 23, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The annual meeting of the directors and shareholders of the Everton Football Club was held at the Exchange Station Hotel last evening. Dr. Whitford, chairman of the club presided and the other directors present were Dr. Baxter, Messrs, W. R. Clayton, John Davies, E.A. Bainbridge, A. Wade, Robert Wilson, D. Kirkwood, and B. Kelly, and Mr. W.C. Cuff (Secretary).
The moving the adoption of the report the Chairman said there had been a great deal of discussion anonymous and otherwise, in the Local press for some weeks past. He did not object to it, although in his opinion; the floor of that meeting was the proper place to discuss the internal affairs of the club, and not in the public Press, (hear Hear). He had read a letter that night in which the writer sought to belittle the play, of the team, and lower the status of the club. Such a thing was most unbecoming (hear hear) for it was unfair to speak of the poorness of the displays when they remembered that the team had finish fourth in the League table. It was true that there had occasionally been exceptionally poor displays, but still they finished fourth from the top (a voice: “That was luck” and laughter). The directors had been charged with financial mismanagement, want of enterprised, and indifference in regard to the team's displays. With regard to financial mismanagement, no one, could go to their ground and observe its fine equipment with out being impressed with the fact that it had been paid for out of revenue (hear hear). From the moment they acquired the ground they had been successful, and their success had been sustained particularly during the last eight years. Eleven years ago, they had a loss on the year's working of £900. Since then they had been in much more happy circumstances, and the present time the Everton Club, so far as finances were concerned, was the envy of the football world (applause). The present board of directors justly claimed credit for the club's financial success, and it was noteworthy that of the nine directors, seven of them had been on the board for ten years and upward. The policy of the directors had been neither parsimonious nor extravagant. They freely gave to clubs in distress (hear, hear). With regard to the want of enterprises in regard to players, he would remind them that during the post season they had signed the following first class players –Beare, Fleetwood, Jefferis, Gracie, and Grenyer. (hear, hear). Few clubs had gone further than that (hear hear). Dr. Whitford alluded to their past successes in the English Cup competitions during the last ten years, and observed that they had achieved without a single penny of illegal bonus being paid to players (hear, hear). It was simply marvellous to him that after what had come to light in regard to illegal bonuses that that had been paid by certain clubs that they had been unsuccessful as they had been. In conclusion the chairman stated emphatically that not one of the directors had an axe to grind (hear.hear). Mr., W. R. Clayton formally seconded the resolution. The chairman then invited questions, and a shareholder said he would like to protest against the way some of their supposed supporters who like cows hiding behind a hedge, threw stones at the directors through the newspapers (laughter). If any of those gentlemen were present, he hoped they would come forward like men and make their complaints openly to the directors (hear hear). If they had not the courage to come forward let them refrain from resorting to pen, and ink (hear, hear, and applause).
Mr. W. C. Nicholas (a shareholder) remarked that year after year the directors banded themselves together not to part (laughter). At such annual meeting they told the same old tale (laughter), and when they did retire they always wanted to be re-elected (renowned laugher). What was wanted on the board was fresh blood, and if new members of the board knew very little about football, they could be admired in the same way that the old directors had been (hear hear). The chairman answering various questions and that with regard to the increase of expenditure there had been no increase in the wages of the office staff. With reference to the salaries of the players and the amount of transfer fees, the board had no objection to make the public, but they did not think it politic (hear hear). Any shareholder was at perfect liberty to inspect the books (hear hear). With regard to Sandy Young, the majority of the directors after mature consideration were all of opinion that he should be put on the transfer list, and at the proper time his services would not be forgotten (hear hear). Everton had never treated their players like sucked oranges, but had always striven to treat them generously (hear hear). There were many things that came to the knowledge of the directors about players that were quite unknown to the shareholders (applause). The directors had no object to serve but the best interests of the club, and there was not the slightest suggestion about fanatical standing of the club (applause). Mr. Kirkwood moved the declaration of a dividend at the rate of 5 per cent. This was second by Mr. E. A. Bainbridge. The three retiring directors were Dr. Whitford, Mr. E.A.Bainbridge, and Mr. John Davies. The results as follows, Allman 236, Davies 227, Whitford 217, Bainbridge 185, and Gunning 116. The first three were therefore elected. Mr. W. C Cuff announced that the following players had been signed on for next season. Goal, William Scott Walter Scott, and C.H. Berry, backs, J.S. Macconnachie, R. Balmer, W. Stevenson, and J. Meunier, half-backs, V. Harris, R. Young, H. Makepeace, J. Allan, William Davies, T. Fleetwood, A. Grenyer, J.D. Taylor, and L.C. Weller; forwards, G. Beare, S. Chedgzoy, William Gault, J. Gourlay, T. Gracie, J. Jefferis, W. Lacey, E. Magner, T. Murray, E. Pinkney, A. berry, G.H. Barlow, and J.C.Bardsley.
EVERTON’S NEW DIRECTOR
Athletic News - Monday 29 May 1911
In one sense the annual meeting of the Everton club passed off very quietly, but the fact that a change was made in the directorate shows very cleanly that there was a strong under-current of feeling prevalent. Beyond a few thrifting questions relating to the balance sheet, all matters relating to finance evoked no interest. There was a profit to show, and a dividened to declare therefore, as Artemus Ward would say in this respect, “Orl was peas.” It was when we came to the arrangements for next season that division of opinion was patent and I think the result of the voting clearly demonstrates what the views of the shareholders are (says Junius). The football witnessed at Goodison Park loast year was of a distinctly moderate character, and in spite of the fact that Everton finished fourth in the League table, there were precious few followers of the club satisfied with what they saw. The voting for directorship ended in one of the new-comers Mr. H. Allman, heading the poll with 236 votes. Mr. Allman has been a staunch supporter of the club for several years, and came forward with a clearly defined policy in support of his claims. Mr. J. Gunning also did well to obtain 116 votes. Two of the retiring directors, Mr. J. Davies, and Dr. Whitford were re-elected, but Mr. E.A. Bainbridge failed to retain his seat. The last named gentleman has been connected with Everton from its earliest days, and has been a director for fifteen years. No one on the board has rendered greater service to the club, for Mr. Bainbridge is a genine sportsman and he brought to bear all his experience and knowledge of the game in advancing the interests of the Goodison organiastion.
EYERTON PLAYER FOR TOTTENHAM.
Dundee Courier-Friday 9 June 1911
Negotiations were completed yesterday whereby A. Young, the famous centre-forward of the Everton team, was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur. The Hotspur Club have been anxious for some time to secure Young, and it is believed that the transfer fee is about 700. Young has been with Everton ten seasons.
SANDY YOUNG AND W.BALMER GO SOUTH.
June 9 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
The Everton crowd will meet and will miss him –him being Sandy Young, who has left the Mersey city, after a stay of eleven years. No more shall we see the Scot hitching up his “breeks” no more shall we see the hand guarding the solitary lock of hair that adores his brow. Young will be missed long ago I pointed out that he was an excellent advertisement for the club, though I realised that his style of play, bewildered his opponents, and his own side, and that at times he exceeded the reasonable limits of dribbling. Sandy has gone to Tottenham (£700), and has borne out the exclusive statement made by this paper many days ago. Another Evertonian William Balmer, has decided to give his services to Croydon Common again. The club though highly of William's services, and greatly regretted his refusal to sign until financial matters had been straightened. The old full back wanted to play for Tranmere, but a stiffish transfer price was placed on his head. Now Balmer and the Common club have become friends again, and the ex-Evertonian player will act as the leader of the Southern club.
SANDY'S YOUND EVERTON'S RECORD.
• Lge apps, 30, goals 6, Fac apps, 2
1902-03 Lge apps, 19, goals 5, Fac apps 1
1903-04 Lge apps, 22, goals 12,
1904-05 Lge apps 31, goals 14 Fac apps 6
1905-06 Lge apps 30, goals 12 Fac apps, 5 goals 2.
1906-07 Lge apps 33 goals 30 Fac apps, 8, goal 1
1907-08 Lge apps 33 goals 16 Fac apps 6 goals 5
1908-09 Lge apps 23, goals 9 Fac apps 1
1909-10 Lge apps 23, goals 2 Fac apps 7, goals 3
1910-11 Lge apps 30 goals 8 Fac apps 3, goals 3
Total Lge apps 275, Lge goals 114. Fac apps 39, Fac goals 14
TABLOIDS OF EVERTON'S NEW LEADERS
June 10, 1911. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton have chosen John Macconnachie captain for next season, and Bob Balmer his deputy. . Berry and Meunier will lead the reserves teams. Macconnachie has made himself wonderfully popular by reason of an able football at fullback. He came to Everton some four years and stated at centre half-back. Later he was drafted to full-back were he has shown ability in defence.
THE PENALTY "KING"
29 June 1911 Dundee Courier
GOES FROM EVERTON TO SUNDERLAND.
Walter Scott, the Everton goalkeeper, has been transferred to Sunderland. Scott was connected with Grimsby Town before signed on for Everton at the beginning of the 1909-10 season. It was rumoured that; the Liverpool club paid £1000 for his transfer. Scott is considered one of the most able of the younger custodians, but owing to the great form of his namesake, who has assisted Everton for many seasons past, ho has not commanded a regular place in 1" first League football. While at Grimsby Scott was noted for saving penalty kicks.
EVERTON GOALLIE FOR SUNDERLAND
Dundee Courier - Thursday 29 June 1911
It is announced that Walter Scott, the goalkeeper who has been a useful understudy recently to his more famous namesake, William Scott, the Irish internationalist, has been transferred from Everton to the Sunderland Club.
EVERTON TRANSFER WALTER SCOTT.
June 28 1911. The Liverpool Echo.
Mr.W.C.Cuff officially informs us, this afternoon that Everton have transferred Walter Scott, the clever goalkeeper to Sunderland. Scott was secured from Grimsby Town last season, he having earned the reputation of being the finest goalkeeper in the second Division, and the “Penalty King.” Scott has played some good games for the Blues, but there was good reasons for his transfer which my be imagined is pretty substantial.
Walter Scott Everton record: - 1909-10 League apps, 11.
1910-11 League apps, 7, Total record, 18 league apps; clean sheets 7, goals conceded 24. Penalties to defended 3, saved 1.
June 29, 1911. Evening Telegraph
Walter Scott, the Everton goalkeeper, has been transferred to Sunderland. Scott was connected with Grimsby Town before he signed on for Everton at the beginning of the 1909-10 season. It was rumored that the Liverpool club paid £1000 for his transfer. Scott is considered one of the most able of the younger custodians, but owing to the great form of his namesake, who has assisted Everton for many seasons past, he has not commanded a regular place in First League football. While at Grimsby Scott was noted for saving penalty kicks.