EVERTON 2 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3
April 3 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON AGAIN BEATEN.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC WIN MODERATE GAME.
After a moderate display at Goodison Park yesterday Everton were beaten for the ninth time this season in League football on their own ground. Oldham Athletic prevailing by 3 goals to 2.
There was but a small attendance, and though the play in the first half was not at all bad, the standard of football shown in the second half left a lot to be desired. The Oldham forwards put plenty of dash into their play, whilst the backs were very safe, and on the whole they deserved their success, but as on the occasion of the Cup-tie, they had much to thank Matthews for, the keeper saving on at least two occasions when the downfall of his goal seemed certain.
The Latics were first to score, Simpson taking a goal kick rather weakly and the ball was swing out to Donnachie, who centred for Gee to score a good goal. Bradshaw brought about the equalising point from a corner, Matthews on this occasion making a mistake in fisting the ball in the air and Bradshaw promptly headed into the net. Oldham always boded danger in their sprints towards goal, and when Gee appeared likely to go through he was tripped by Simpson just outside the penalty area, and Moffatt taking the kick banged the ball past Bromilow. At the interval the Latics held a lead of 2-1. In the second half after Matthews had saved splendidly from Bradshaw the inside left soon afterwards took a pass from the right and made the score level with a find shot. Oldham continued their long swinging passes, and from a free kick taken by Donnachie, Gee scored the third and winning goal. Everton were well served by Stevenson, but Simpson made a couple of fatal mistakes. Bromilow lacks experience, but he made one or two good saves. The Everton half-back line did not come up to the usual standard and the forwards lacked cohesion. Bradshaw was the best of the line, and Stevens, when he did get the ball, placed it to advantage. Houston did not impress in the centre. Jefferis and Beare did well at times, but their efforts were not sustained. Oldham were well represented in the rear division, while Wilson at half-back displayed tremendous energy. Donnachie figured at outside right, the position he is to occupy against Scotland, but it was not one of his best days. Teams: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Stevenson, and Simpson, backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare Jefferis (Captain), Houston, Bradshaw, and Stevens, forwards. Bradford City: - Matthews, goal, Cook, and Cope, backs, Moffatt, Toward, and D. Wilson, half-backs, J. Donnachie, Walters Gee, Woodger, and Tummon, forwards. Referee T.P. Campbell.
EVERTON 0 MANCHESTER CITY 0
April 7 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON AVOID DEFEAT.
NO GOALS AT GOODISON.
The game at Goodison Park never rose to a really high level, and the fact that no goals were scored was not so much due to the soundness of the respective defences, but rather to the lack of penetrative skill by the forwards. But there was some excuse for bad marksmanship, for the vagaries of the high wind rendered accurate play, and more particularly effective shooting, very difficult. But for all that, there have been many worse games at Everton this season. The Manchester City players were a determined lot. They are anxious to finish the season amongst the top clubs, and so assure themselves of reward in the way of talent money. It was certainly not for want of trying that they did not succeed at Goodison Park. With the wind in their favour in the first half they did most of the attacking, and in the later stages, when battling against the breeze, they were equality determined. They certainly did not catch Everton on top form, for which Macconnachie, Harris and Browell away the eleven as a whole was but poorly balanced. The home attack was weak at centre forward, for Houston, who was again in the position, quite failed to realise expectations. His lack of inches and weight was all the more apparent when opposed to a player of Eadie's height, and although he distributed the play with good judgement, he was always overwhelmed when in close contact with the Manchester backs. He was nothing near so thrustful as Howard, the leader of the Manchester attack, who is a well set-up player, always alert for openings and never lacking in speed and dash. He gave Hodge one or two storming shots to stop, but there were occasions when he sent aimlessly wide when in a good position.
Both goals had lucky escapes. Quite early in the game Stevens struck the foot of the post, with Goodchild at the opposite side of the goal. Bradshaw next screwed one strong shot over the bar, and Goodchild saved brilliantly at full strength from a header by Houston. At the other end Hodge had some equally anxious moments. After saving one straight drive from Dorsett, Hodge diverted a centre from the same player, Wallace heading back, and luckily for the homesters the ball struck Stevenson and went just wide. Another close shave for Everton was when Jones drove the ball against the post with great force. But there were other occasions when good openings were missed through either dalliance or inaccurate shooting. Both goalkeepers preformed splendidly, and Henry for Manchester and Stevenson for Everton were capable backs. Simpson who took Macconnachie place at left full back for Everton, was far from reliable, and McGuire was never a match for Beare, whose fast and tricky play frequently called for applause, Stevens, at outside left was never more than moderate, and Jefferis and Bradshaw were not seen at their best. No fault could be found with the home halves. Dorsett and Jones were the best of the City forwards, while all the halves were sound. Teams: - Everton: - Hodge, goal, Stevenson, and Simpson, backs, Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis (Captain), Houston, Bradshaw, and Stevens, forwards. Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Henry, and McGuire, backs, Bottomley, Eadie, and Holford half-backs, Dorsett, Taylor, Howard, Jones, and Wallace, forwards. Referee J.H. Palmer.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
April 7, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton Reserves were opposed to Manchester City Reserves at Hyde-road, where both sets of forwards were lacking in shooting ability. There was no score at the interval, but Cunningham, the City outside left subsequently succeeded in obtaining the only goal, which gave the home team the victory.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Athletic News - Monday 07 April 1913
Everton 0, Manchester City 0
The season is simply fizzling out at Goodison Park. Since February 5, when they defeated Brighton and Hove Albion in the extra time of a replayed Cup-tie on their own ground, Everton have only gained one victory at home, and this was at the expense of the lowest club in the League. If there be any satisfaction derivable from such a record I should like to see it formulated, and there need be no surprise evinced at the sparse attendances which have foregathered to witness these latter-day frailties. The engagement with Manchester City provided a most genial exposition of football. True, there was a troublesome wind blowing which bothered the players, but it is absurd to expect highly paid professionals to show their proper form when the elements are so ridiculously unreasonable. No goals were scored, but there were one or two decent attempts to find the net, and under the circumstances what more could anyone expect. The City were assisted –or at least had the breeze at their backs-in the first half, and they enjoyed a greater proportion of the attack than their rivals. Dorsett mixed good and bad alternately, the former process including some delightful centres, which were put as frequently disregarded by the inside forwards, and the general attained was thereby merely moderate.
The Everton forwards likewise were a very erratic line, and Houston surely must be able to play better football on the wing than by exhibited in the centre berth. There were exceptional cases when he showed knowledge of the requirements of his post, but his display was by no means convincing. Jefferis did not do himself justice; most of his passes were square or to the rear, and with a speedy winger like Beare as a partner these methods just played into the hands of the opposition. With the opportunities he did secure Beare shaped exceptionally well, and he was the most dangerous forward on the field. At times he fairly bewildered McGuire, especially in the second half, and yet with all his excellence and all his earnest striving not a solitary centre from his foot was turned to account. Bradshaw played better football than he has shown for many a day, and Stevens could not complain of lack of chances in this match. The extreme winger did not impress me by his work, for he rarely endeavored to beat the defence himself and was content to flash the ball inwards almost as soon as it reached his foot. There was no sign of individual skill forthcoming from him, and this was not because the opportunity of exhibiting it was denied him. In the half-back division Grenyer was easily the most reliable performer; he tackled well and plied his forwards in commendable style, but there was not the combination between him and the other parts of the line noticeable that has marked many recent matches at Everton. Wareing was off colour and Fleetwood before the interval, was very erratic. Afterwards the latter improved wonderfully, but the centre never approached his customary standard of efficiency. I was not greatly impressed by the defence of the full-backs, though both Stevenson and Simpson managed to steer clear of disaster. Many of their movements were wild and other hesitant, but the redeeming feature of their play was their determination in recovery; they quickly realized the nature of every mistake they made, and proved most successful in neutralizing the effects thereof. Hodge kept a good goal, and he plainly proved that his inclusion in the premier eleven was justified. He fielded the ball cleanly and displayed no half-heartedness in clearing his lines.
The Lot of Jones
In the City front rank was a Welsh wizard who towered head and shoulders above his comrades; this was the inside left, boasting the uncommon patronymic of Jones. His manceuvring with the ball was delightful; he conjured openings for his partner and others, but nothing more; only once did he make a shot that would have troubled a novice in goal, and then he struck the post. Wallace was completely subdued, and altogether failed to confirm the excellent impressions formed of his cleverness when he was at Goodison last October, engaged in the Lancashire Cup-tie. As leader of the front rank, Howard showed signs of skill, but finished feebly, and a similar remark might be applied to the efforts of Taylor. Dorestt sent across some splendid centres, and intermingled with these most puerile efforts, which brought his general play down to a very ordinary level. By far the most proficient half-back was Bottomley, who controlled the ball grandly, and was not averse to testing his ability in a goal scoring direction. One attempt of his stood out conspicuously amongst a host of attenuated attempts by the forwards. Eadie was not so prominent as usual, but Holford was effective inspire of the fact that in the later stages he became somewhat imitable. Henry was the better of the full backs, his returns being neatly executed; McGuire underwent installation into a few mysteries by Beare, and when he did secure possession kicked with redoubled vigour, as if to make amends for the occasions when he had been left lamenting. Goodchild proved a capable custodian; he anticipated danger intelligently and cleared determinedly; the City have a worthy keeper in this Southern born youth. And here must end my recital; there were no goals scored, and more’s the pity. Everton; Hodge; Stevenson, Simpson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Beare, Jefferis, Houston, Bradshaw, and Stevens. Manchester City; Goodchild; Henry, McGuire; Bottomley, Eadie, Holford; Dorsett, Taylor, Howard, Jones, and Wallace. Referee; Mr. J.H.Palmer, Hucknall Torkard.
SUNDERLAND 3 EVERTON 1
April 10 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON EASILY BEATEN.
The League match, originally fixed for the Cu—Final day, between Sunderland and Everton was played at Roker Park yesterday before about 10,000 people. The game was fast and interesting all through, though Sunderland showed superiority. There were several accidents during the game, but this was not due to undue roughness, though the play was vigorous.
Everton started well, and Butler had to save from Harris, and the latter fell heavily a minute afterwards in trying to dispossess Richardson, and play was stopped for a couple of minutes, while not long afterwards Milton was bowled over, and had to leave the field. Holley went into Milton's place at back and when the latter came out again, after being absent ten minutes, he played outside left. Holley proved a good back, and really did two men's work, his partner Hobson being very weak. The Everton right wing, Houston and Beare, made occasional rushes, breaking the monotony of sustained pressure by the Wearsiders, but they could seldom pass Holley. Meanwhile something must be said for the Everton defence against the long bombardments, the backs, Simpson and Stevenson, and Hodge in goal, playing a fine game. When the latter was eventually beaten it was the result of a free kick, about thirty yards from goal. Cuggy took it and passed to Richardson, who breasted to Buchan, and the latter scored with a rising oblique shot out of Hodge's reach. Houston was next injured in a collision with Thomson, and then Buchan came in for the trainer's attention. Cuggy hurt his ankle, and a little later the game had to be stopped while Richardson was brought round from the effects of a collision with Simpson. Bradshaw was next laid out, and after that Fleetwood had to be carried off with a nasty cut on his eyebrow, the result of a collision with one of his colleagues. Half-time Sunderland 1, Everton 0. Fleetwood turned out again shortly after the second half commenced, and Everton had now the better of the game for some time. Stevens took a corner kick, Butler did not get the ball well away, and Thomson sending it against Bradhsaw, the latter scored a surprise goal. After this Sunderland bucked up, and the visitors had little further chance. Richardson scored a second goal, while Holley got the ball into the net from a free kick, but the referee ordered the kick to be taken again, and Hodge cleared. Just on time Holley got a third goal for the Wearsiders, who were easy winners. Teams: - Sunderland: - Butler, goal, Hodson, and Milton, backs, Guggy, Thomson, and Low, half-backs, Mordue, Buchan, Richardson, Holley, and Martin, forwards. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Stevenson, and Simpson, backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Houston, Fleetwood, Bradshaw (Captain), and Stevens, forwards.
Athletic News - Monday 14 April 1913
Goalless draws are by no means popular games with the crowd. Theoretically, of course, they tell of grim fighting, but a goal is dear to the heart of your football enthusiast. He likes to see keen forward play meet with its due reward. The match at the hawthorns, where Everton were on view, ended without a goal being notched, but it was a most interesting struggle. Both sets of forwards were smart in their evolutions and brought the ball up and down the field with at least normal cleverness. Neither side could claim to have much advantage in attack, and yet the passing all through was clean and well-timed, but the work in front of goal was feeble in the extreme. The Albion were without Gregory, who was injured in the match with Newcastle on Wednesday and his place was given to W.H. Jackson, who has been doing well in the inside left position for the reserves. He was placed in the position he has recently occupied, and Bowser went across to the right wing to partner Jephcott. Everton had an unusual front line, Fleetwood was away from the centre forward position, being substituted by Simms, and Davidson figured at outside left. About 15,000 people watched the game, and they had plenty of excitement. Prior to the interval each goal had some fairly narrow escapes, but there was nothing of special moment, except that Hodge possibly had more work to do than Moorwood.
Bradshaw and Jephcott did some taking work for their respective sides, but it was mainly due to their own ineffective work at close quarters and partly to the strikingly good half-back play and the keen kicking of both sets of backs that the ninety minutes expired without either custodian being beaten. The match does not call for much detailed criticism. In the main the defensive work of the teams was admirable. On the Albion side Pennington did a man and a half’s work, while Smith kicked strongly and tackled with that peculiar fire and alertness for which his football is noted. Buck was tireless, and McNeal very skillful. The latter is a gifted player. Jephcott was the best forward, and played a sparkling game in the opening half, although Bowser did not feel him too well. The inside man stuck to the ball too long. Pailor was not at his best in front of the posts. Jackson opened rather tamely, but he improved as the game went on, and in the second half gave quite a convincing display. He looks to have good football in him. Shearman go along smartly at times, but not a single man in the front line finished strongly.
Bradshaw The Outstanding Forward
As for Everton, they had a reliable goalkeeper in Hodge and a smart back in Simpson. He was unquestionably the better of the pair; some of his kicking was masterly, Wareing was the best of the half-backs; he did abundant work in his position, and occasionally out of it, and threw himself into the game with unlimited zest. Harris and Grenyer were more than useful, and the sextettle constituted a defensive section well able to look after the somewhat too ornate Albion forwards. Davidson and Bradshaw made the better wing forward; the old Sheffield Wednesday man was the cleverest forward on the field. Simms, of the Reserves was moderate; he is new to First League football, and he did not shine. Beare put some spirit into his runs, but Houston did nothing out of the common, and as a quintette, the Everton vanguard was possibly inferior to the Albion’s attacking line. West Bromwich Albion; Moorwood; Smith, Pennington; Waterhouse, Buck, McNeil; Jephcott, Bowser, Pailor, W.H. Jackson, and Shearman. Everton; Hodge; Stevenson, Simpson; Harris, Wareing, Grenyer; Beare, Houston, Simms, Bradshaw, and Davidson. Referee; R. Eccles, Darwen.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 EVERTON 0
April 14, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
HONOURS DIVIDED AT THE HAWTHORNS.
HODGE'S FINE KEEPING.
Everton were a trifle fortunate in sharing the spoils at the Hawthorns, for the Albion enjoyed the greater share of the game. The finishing of the home forwards, however, was not in keeping with the general display, and they had only themselves to blame for not catablishing a sound position early in the game. Though the quality of the play never rose to the brilliant order, it was always interesting, and one of the outstanding features was the exceptionally good exhibition of goalkeeping by Hodge, who, when his backs had been hopelessly beaten, showed good judgement in placing himself for the final effort, and moreover accomplished his work in a fashion that even appealed to the Albion supporters. The enforced change in the Everton forward line did not turn out to advantage, for the line was not kept well together, and individual, rather than combined, effort was the dominant factor in endeavouring to reduce the home goal. This method, of course, can rarely be depended upon to bring about successful results; all the same, they were dangerous when they got going, and in the second half it would not have occasional surprise had the Blues registered a goal, and thereby reversed the result of the corresponding game of last season. There was little to choose between the sides in half-back play, but the Albion pair put up a stouter resistance than did the Everton defenders, whose display at times was very feeble.
PLAY AND PLAYERS.
No goals were recorded in the game, though on occasion there were possibilities of heavy scoring, Jephcott was the centre of the Albion hopes, and being well plied with passes from his halves and forwards, he was often enough to outwit Grenyer, and having accomplished this much he led Simpson a merry dance. His flashes across the middle were generally well timed, and his confreres could do all that was asked of them, but score. Once Buck looked all over a scorer, and early in the second half shots were rained in thick and fast, but the majority were lacking in direction, while of the others. Hodge stood between them and success. On the Everton side Beare contributed much good work, and Davidson on the opposite wing occasionally put in promising centres, but Simms lacked pace and experience. Bradshaw was as earnest as ever, and Houston at times did well, but he failed with one easy opening. As indicated Jephcott was the busy bee of the home forwards, but excepting the want of finish, the whole quintet played open and attractive football. The Everton halves acquitted themselves well, as also did the Albion three, but Stevenson did not approximate his usual standard, while Simpson was frequently beaten in hopeless fashion. Though Pennington showed signs of distress, in the closing stages, he formed with Smith a reliable defence, and relieved the keeper's suspense on many occasions.
Teams : - West Bromwich Albion: - Moorwood, goal, Smith, and Pennington, backs, Waterhouse, Buck, McNeal, half-backs, Jephcott, Dowser, Taylor, Jackson, and Shearman, forwards. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Stevenson, and Simpson, backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Houston, Simms, Bradshaw (Captain), and Davidson, forwards. Referee R. Eccles.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 17, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The return engagement between the Reserves of Liverpool and Everton was decided at Anfield last evening, and resulted in a verdict for the Reds by two goals to one. The result was a fair reflex on the run of the play, which, however, never approached a high standard. Liverpool were certainly the more dangerous side, and Bromilow had much work to do than Scott. Bovill early on missed an opportunity of giving his side the lead from a lovely centre by Hall, while later Gault was afforded a similar chance at the other end, but he allowed Grenyer to nip and clear. The only goal scored in the first half was the result of a brilliant centre by Lester, which Bromilow fisted away, and Hall gaining possession, gave to Stewart, who netted with a terrific shot. Everton later had occasional spells of attack, but the homesters maintained the lead to the interval. On resuming some improvement was shown in the Everton front rank, Scott having to save his charge on more than one occasion. It was following clever intervention on the part of Kikby that the Blues might have levelled the score, both Fleetwood and Brannick being left with a good chance close in, as a result of a capital centre from Chedgzoy, but Speakman flung himself in the way of Brannick's shot, and the ball travelled outside. The equaliser, however, came immediately afterwards, Brannick making amends by kicking the ball out of Scott's hands into the net, after the keeper had cleverly saved from Fleetwood. Nearing the finish Welfare went through on his own, and though Simpson checked him, the ball went to Lester, who put Liverpool ahead with the best shot of the match. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Simpson, backs, Chalmer, Kirby, and Gourlay (Captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Brannick, Fleetwood, Gault, and Uren, forwards .
WEDNESDAY CUP FINAL
Everton “A” 4, Liverpool Police 1.
CELTIC 2 EVERTON 2
April 21 191. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The visit of Everton to Glasgow on Saturday to oppose Celtic attracted 12,000 spectators, and the Celtic devoted their part of the gate-money as a benefit to Alec McNair their International back. The weather was showery, but notwithstanding, the ground was in good conditions.
Celtic opened strongly, but their forwards were easily disposed of nearer goal. With the exception of the first few minutes, the visitors were generally attacking, and the placing of their halves, coupled with the speed and combination of their forwards, kept the Celtic goalkeeper busy. The effectiveness of the Everton forwards brought about a fine display of goalkeeping on the part of Mulrooney. Everton's pressure lasted for about twenty minutes, during which they always looked like scoring. From a surprise breakaway, however, by McAtee in which he beat Grenyer and Simpson, he shot with such force that Hodge failed to stop the ball before it was over the line. From this point, however, Everton were vastly superior, especially in attack, and repeatedly the forwards brushed past the opposing defence, and did everything but score. At length Beare, who had all along been fast and evasive for Johnstone and Dodds, got the better of these players in a grand run, and sent across a high bar which, Gourlay headed into the net. The succeeding play continued to favour Everton, and near the interval, Bradshaw at the close of a spirited attack, dashed past the opposing backs and scored a second goal.
The second half was of a more equal description play throughout being not only robust but interesting. Soon after resuming a surprise run by Connolly, a reserve forward in which he cleverly eluded Wareing and Stevenson, ended in his slipping the ball to Gallagher, who gave Hodge no chance with the equaliser. This proved all the scoring, though both sides strove strenuously for the leading point, but neither set of forwards could overcome the respective divisions. It was a good game but Everton should have led by a more pronounced margin at the interval. At half back Everton had a big advantage, their trio being speedier, while their placing was superior, and in this respect Harris and Grenyer were excellent. Beare and Bradshaw were the most effective forwards while Hodge had no chance with either of the shots that beat him. Stevenson was the better back, and all over the visitors were a better-balanced side. Celtic miss Quinn badly. Teams: - Celtic: - Mulrooney, goal, McGregor, and Dodds, Jarvis, Young, and Johnstone half-backs, McAtee, Gallacher, Connolly, Cassidy, and Browning, forwards. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Stevenson, and Simpson, backs, Harris, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis (Captain), Gourlay, Bradshaw, and Davidson forwards. Referee Sergeant Major Vick (Maryhill)
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 1
April 21 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 36)
Considering that they had only ten men for three parts of the game, Blackpool accomplished a fine performance by playing Everton to a draw of one goal each. Everton were by far the more scientific exponents but they lacked the close passing game to excess, and it was tantalising to see the ball crossed and recrossed it wing of goal until a defender nipped in and saved the situation. Stevens was the best Everton forward, while the new half-back Challnor and Kirby appeared to have a thorough knowledge of the game, Quinn scored for Blackpool on the initial half, while Everton equaliser came from the foot of Brannick, five minutes from the restart. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Page, and Laurie, backs, Challnor, Kirby, and Graham, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Brannick, Simms, Gault, and Stevens, forwards.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB DIRECTORATE.
April 23 1913. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Two candidates are announced in connection with the forthcoming election of directors of the Everton Football Club. The retiring directors are Dr. Baxter and Messrs A. R. Wades and B. Kelly. The candidates afore –mentioned are Mr. E. Green, a schoolmaster, and Mr. J. Sharp, the former Everton player. In a notice to the shareholders of the club Mr. Sharp says: - “Having been approached by a number of Shareholders of the Everton to stand for election as a director of the club, I have decided to offer myself for election. I had twelve years' experience of first class football as a playing member of the Everton League team, and should you elected me to the directorate, it will always be my best endeavour to get a team that will worthily up hold the traditions of the club.
April 24 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
LIVERPOOL THEATICAL GALA.
Time was when the Liverpool-Theatical Gala football match was attended by many and varied shows and even a parade through the city, but although of late years the event has been robbed of its garish elements, it still continue to provide a handsome sum to be divided amongst local charities. The proposal of allocating the proceeds of a really first-class game of football to be gala fund was attended with very successful results last year, the sum of £159 13s 8d. being realised, after paying all expenses. The game last night –which by the way, was started by the Mayor of Birkenhead (Alderman Thompson) –was witnessed by close on 10,000 people, and the receipts are sure to be larger than last year. Mr. W. W. Kelly (chairman) and the other gala officials have worked hard to make the venture a big success and Mr. T. Woods the hon, treasurer, has good cause to expect a big “turn over.” Since its inception 13 years ago the Theatrical Gala has been the means of raising no less a sum than £15,211 for local charities, and last year's amount constituted a record the figures being £1, 055. This year Mr. Tom Watson, the Liverpool Club's secretary, was able to bring together two most attractive teams, representing Everton and Liverpool versus an International eleven, and the spectators had the opportunity of witnessing some of the cleverest men playing football at the present time.
Happily the event was favoured with fine weather, and as already mentioned there was a most gratifying attendance. What was more, the game itself was worth going a long way too see. All the 22 players showed a real desire to please, and the result was that several of the players especially the Internationals, were seen to even greater advantage than in more serious contests. All the finer points of the game were demonstrated to the full, and the real artistry shown repeatedly called for enthusiastic applause. Without unduly exerting themselves the players were able to bring out all that is best in football, and some real thrills were provided. The right wing play of Simpson and McTavish was really brilliant. These two bright particular stars played together with the Falkirk club, and, since coming into English football, they have alas, been separated. The renewal of the old partnership yesterday once again demonstrated the greatness, their passing and footwork generally being bewilderingly clever. One of the chief features of the game was Simpson's centres. In this respect he was seen at his best, and it was from his placing in front that Elliott scored all three goals. By these two were not only players to shine, the International team as a whole giving a delightful exhibition, the forwards being well balanced, and all departments working together with real harmony. The fact that the team representing the Everton and Liverpool clubs was not beaten by a wilder margin than 3-0 was largely due to the excellent goalkeeping of Campbell. The Liverpool keeper dealt successfully with all manner of shots from difficult angles, and he demonstrated to the full his prowess as a cool and sure custodian. The game was by no means one-sided. The Liverpool and Everton players put in a lot of good work, but they were not nearly so polished as their opponents, their chief failing being lack of finishing power. The teams were: - Everton and Liverpool: - Campbell, goal, Stevenson and Pursell, backs, Harris, Wareing, and Ferguson, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Parkinson, Gracie, and Lacey forwards. Internationals: - Scattergood, goal, Crompton, and Pennington, backs, Brittleton, Roberts, and D. Wilson, half-backs, Simpson, McTavish, Elliott, A. Wilson, and Wall, forwards.
The promoters of the gala awarded beautiful medals to both teams, those given to the winners of course being the superior set. The gates receipts amounted to £221 10s.
Official programme OF TOUR.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 28 April 1913
STRENUOUS DAYS. ARRANGEMENTS FOR GREAT WELCOME. TO VIEW MAUItETANIA."
The arrangements lor the visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen to Lancashire in July have now taken definite shape, and during the eight days that the rulers spend among their subjects they will brought into contact with all classes of people and witness work progressing in many industries. Hundreds of prominent citizens will be presented to Their Majesties, who will receive some scores of addresses welcome from the boroughs and districts through which they pass. The details the tour, which have now been decided upon, furnish many interesting features. Two day© out of the eight will devoted to visits to Manchester and Liverpool. Monday, July 14, is the date fixed for the journey from Knowsley (where the King and Queen will stay as the guests of the Earl and Countess of Derby) to the cotton city. So far there is nothing in the programme beyond a drive through the streets, visit or two of the parks, inspection of the National Reserve, and luncheon at the Town Hall. At Liverpool Their Majesties will inspect the shipping and board the giant Cunarder Mauretania." The following is the full programme: MONDAY, JULY 7. Leaving London just before noon Their Majesties are due at Warrington about three o'clock. To compensate for the disappointment caused on the occasion the last royal visit to Warrington, when the late King Edward and Queen Alexandra drove through the town in closed motor-car, Their Majesties have decided on this occasion to drive from the railway station to Crosfield's Soap Works (which they will inspect) in. an open carriage. The inspection of the soap works will last over half an hour, and Their Majesties will afterwards proceed motorcar Widnes, where civic presentations will be made, and then on to Knowsley via Huyton. At Knowsley Their Majesties will be greeted by one of Lord Derby's tenants, and the chairman of the County Council (Alderman Scott Barrett) will presented, and will in turn present the address of the County Council. In the evening a dinner party will be given Lord and Lady Derby and a special variety programme will be arranged. TUESDAY. JULY 8. The royal party will motor first to St. Helens, where there will be presentations and a glassworks will be inspected. Then on through Rainford, Ormskirk, Southport (with presentations) to Preston (more presentations). At Preston lunch will taken at the Bull Hotel. After lunch Their Majesties will spend three-quarters hour in inspecting Horrockses, mill, and the journey will then be resumed through Kirkham, Lytham, and St. Annes to Blackpool. Details of the Blackpool visit remain to be settled, but it almost certain that they will include presentations of local dignitaries. WEDNESDAY, JULY 9. *Wednesday will a very busy day, for though the official route embrayes only thirty-three miles it is over setts and through a consecutive series towns whole way. The King and Queen will take train from temporary station at Rainford for Colne, and will thence motor to Rochdale, there being presentations at Colne. Nelson, Burnley, Accrington, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, and After leaving Burnley a halt will be made Gawthorpe Hall, where the party will lunch with Lord Shuttleworth, the 'Lord Lieutenant the county. At Accrington a weaving shed will be inspected. The party will return from Rochdale to Rainford by train. THURSDAY, JULY 10. On Thursday the party will go by train from Huyton to Earlestown, thence by through Ashton-in-Makerfield, Abram, Hindley, end Higher to Wigan, where presentations will made. Leaving Wigan the route lies through Chorley (presentations) via Withnell to Towers for lunch. Afterwards the party will proceed to Bl&ckburn, where Roe Lee mill will inspected; then on to Darwen and over the hill via Turton Bolton. There being no time to visit mill Bolton, which is the centre the fine spinning industry, it has been arranged that in a large covered stand on the Market-place there shall be an exhibition typical Bolton good6—after the style the exhibition pottery the King's Hall. Stoke' on-Trent, last week—and that after the pTesentai tions of public persons the King and Queen will inspect the exhibition, the school children ! assembled the square meanwhile singing the National Anthem and other songs. give little more time in Bolton and to enable Their Majesties to motor through one two streets of the town, has been decided that the return to Rainford for Knowsley will be made by train direct from Bolton instead of from Hindley, as originally planned. FRIDAY. JULY 11. The royal party will motor by Mill-lane and West Derby-road the Seaniehs Orphanage. Here Toyal carriages will in waiting, and leaving the motor-cars the party will proceed with escort of lst Life Guards (under command of Lord Derby's brother, Captain the Hon. Algernon Stanley) to St. George's Hall. Addresses from the Corporation and the University will rtad, and a third, from the Chamber of Commerce, will handed the King. Thence via Lime-street, Ranelagh-plaee, Renshaw-street, Bold-street, Church-street, Lord street, and Castle-street, the King and Queen will drive to the Town Hall for luncheon, afterwards leaving Water-street and St. Nicholas-place for the Pier Head. Going off H.M.S. "Galatea," the King and Queen will inspect immense flotilla of mercantile shipping, and will aboard the "Mauretania," where the various naval 'raining corps will inspected, and the King will piesent the medal he gives annually as a prize for Conway Cadets. Thence, on the " Galatea," new Gladstone Dock, and afterwards Carriage Bootle, and to the Everton football ground, where the massed children will give a display. The King and Queen will take tea in the football pavilion, and the directors of the Everton Club will presented to Their Majesties. There will also be an inspection the National Reserves. From Everton the King and Queen will return to Knowsley by motor-car, the escort being dispensed with. SATURDAY, JULY 12. The royal party will proceed by train to Ashtonunder-Lyne, where presentations will made, thence to Oldham (presentations and forty-five minutes' inspection of Messrs. Piatt Brothers' ' engineering works); Middleton (presentations); Heywood (presentations); to Bury (presentations and lunch at Lord Derby's estate offices). Leaving Bury the route is through Whitefield, Radcliffe, Little Lever, Farnworth, Kearsley, Swinton, to Eccles (presentations), then via Worsley] Tyldesley, and Atherton, to Leigh (presentations),' and back by train from West Leigh to Huyton. SUNDAY, JULY 13. Their Majesties will motor Liverpool to attend the church parade of Territorials St. George's Hall. There will be Territorial parades in many churches, each corps being represented at St. George's Hall by detachments. After service the troops will march past in fours on the plateau. The King and Queen will return to Knowsley for lunch, and will rest for the remainder of the day. MONDAY, JULY 14. Official visit to Manchester. Their Majesties will arrive at London-road Station, and drive in open carriages, attended by an escort of lst Life Guards, via London-road, Ardwick Green. Stoekport-road, Dickenson-road, Birch Park, and Brighton-grove Piatt Fields, where the National Reserve will be drawn up. Thence via Oxford-road to the Town Hall for luncheon and presentation of addresses in Albert-square. After the tour will be extended Salford. via Mount-street, Peter-street, Dcansgate, Liverpoolroad, Regent-road, Cross-lane, and the Crescent Peel Park, whcTe an address will be presented and read, this distinction from the procedure in other boroughs (where no addresses will be read) being on account of Salford being a royal boTough. From Peel Park tho King and Queen will drive Exchange Station, the Royal train leaving for London
THE POSITION OF PROFESSIONALS
Athletic News - Monday 28 April 1913
There is unrest at Everton, and once again there is to be a contest for seats on the board of directors. Jack, so long a famous player and a renowned international at both football and cricket, is a candidate. In his “election address” he says;-
“I have had twelve years’ experience of first class football as a playing member of the Everton League team, and should you elect me to the directorate, it will always be my best endavour to get a team that will worthily uphold the traditions of the club.”
No one can question Sharp’s experience, and that he would be of the greatest use in helping to build up a team, but there is an obstacle in the way. Sharp’s reinstatement as an amateur was refused two years ago, and only by reinstatement or special permission under Rule 36 can he act in any such office as that he now seeks. It will be a question for the Football Association to decide. This rule gives the Council of the F.A. the power, on application, to go so far as to allow a professional to become a candidate for any office, whether on the F.A itself, or as director of a club, or on a management committee of nay competition. In the exercise of this power the F.A Council has, for some years past, refused practically every applicant. An odd professional or so may have got permission to sit on a club committee, but in practice the prerogative is almost a dead letter.
At the same time that the F.A. is getting much stricter in regard to keeping old professionals out of the legislative field of activity, there comes into force on May Day a new regulation that restricts the privilege of reinstatement as amateurs to any professional who has then been registered for five years, or who, after then, receives more than 2 pounds a week. Now, as a rule, it is the better man who takes the higher rank as a professional, so that the operation of this rule will still further bar a good class man like Jack Sharp from taking part in the game after his playing days are over, as he might do if it were open to him to become an amateur. If, then, the F.A. will not put in force the option given them in Rule 36, and permit a professional otherwise suitable and of a good repute, to sit on a committee his case is indeed hard.
EVERTON 3 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
April 28, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON SUPERSEDE LIVERPOOL
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY FAIL AT GOODISON
The concluding match at Goodison Park was a stern affair. Each side was anxious to win, for while Sheffield Wednesday were intent on at least finishing next to the top Everton were no less keen inasmuch as victory gave them the one solace of finishing the season in a better position in the League than their near rivals at Anfield. This they have succeeded in doing by virtue of a slightly superior goal average. They have each gained 37 points, and Everton's advantage in regard to goal average is very slight. Liverpool have scored 61 goals and had 7-1 registered against them, while Everton have obtained 48 goals and lost 54. Taking the season on the whole have certainly belied expectations, and the position they occupy in the League table –eleventh from the top –does not do the players credit. The club has been unfortunate in more ways then one, and it has certainly been sorely handicapped in regard to injury to players. In the home matches especially the premier team has been most disappointing, but happily the closing match was a bright exception to their many previous impotent displays. It was a hard, keen game; in fact, too keen in the second half, several of the Sheffield players allowing the vigour of the contest to upset their tempers. The Sheffield players were greatly delighted when, after eight minutes play, Wilson put them ahead with a shot, which clean beat Hodge from a pass by Kirkman. But their joy was short-lived, for they held the lead not more than a minute. From the centre kick the Everton forwards swept down on the Sheffield defence, and Jefferis dashed between the backs and scored. Beare added a magnificent goal, following a free-kick, and midway through the second half Jefferis added a third. The Sheffield men never impressed one as a championship side. As was the case at Anfield, the play of the Wednesday eleven never rose to a high standard. Everton represented a better and more evenly balanced side. The Everton forwards were speedy, tricky, and they worked together with a thorough understanding. On the other hand the Sheffield front line was lacking in cohesion, and they were all poor marksmen, especially McLean, who was completely off colour. The Everton defence was shaky at times, but the intermediate line was sound. Fleetwood was far from being an idea; centre-forward, but both he and Bradshaw got in a lot of useful work, and Beare and Jefferis were a most capable right wing. Teams: - Everton: - Hodge, goal, Stevenson, and Simpson, backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis (Captain), Fleetwood, Bradshaw, and Davidson, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Davidson, goal, Worrall, and Spoors, backs, Brittleton, Skimming, and, Campbell, half-backs, Kirkman, Glennon, McLean, Wilson, and G. Robertson, forwards.
MATTHEWS AND EVERTON.
April 29, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Oldham denies the statement that there is a possibility of Matthews the Oldham goalkeeper being transferred to Everton this week. Mr. D. G. Ashworth stated that he has had no communication from Everton with regard to the transfer of Matthews. It is true that the noted goalkeeper has not yet re-signed, but the only point at issue is the question of the guaranteed amount of his benefit, which is due next season.
HARRISON AND THOMPSON SIGN FOR EVERTON.
April 29, 1913. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton yesterday signed on George Harrison and Robert Thompson, of Leicester Fosse. Harrison is an outside left, stands 5ft 8ins, and his weight is 12st 7lbs. Thompson is a back (Right or Left), is 5ft 9 and half ins in height, and weights 12st 7lb. Both players have a good turn of speed.
LECIESTER WERE RELUCTANT.
April 30, 1913. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Leicester Fosse, it appears were very reluctant to left Harrison and Thompson go to Everton, but financial considerations prevailed. Harrison, who had 3 season with the Fosse is 21 years of age, and came from Gresley Rovers. He is exceedingly fast, Centres well, and is also a good shot. In the past season he scored six goals (Three from penalty kicks). Thompson came to Fosse from Scotwood.
MAY AND CLOSE SEASON 1913
LIVERPOOOL 3 EVERTON 1
May 1 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Liverpool Senior Cup Final.
Last night Liverpool defeated Everton by three goals to one at Anfield in the Final for the Liverpool Cup. As the score indicates, the Anfield team had the best of the argument, generally playing with greater dash and precision than their opponents. The 6,000 or more spectators present were provided with plenty of keen and interesting football in the first half, but minor injuries to players led to a falling off in the play in the later stages. The one prime weakness of either side was lack of finishing power. Smart play was shown in the open, but good openings were created only to be lost through dallyness and inability to shoot straight and at the right moment. Everton made an auspicious start, Brannick scoring after two minutes' play. This early reverse, however, served to put Liverpool on their metal, and their forwards proceeded to give the Everton defence many anxious moments. The Everton attack was by no means idle, and both Brannick and Bradshaw missed a glorious chance of scoring from a centre by Davidson. It was from a clever sprint by Metcalf that Welfare equalised with a shot, which struck the inside of the post and bounded into the net. Shortly before the interval Liverpool were awarded a penalty kick through Page handling in front of goal, and although Hodge saved Goddard shot the outside right rushed up and scored before the keeper could get rid of the ball. A minute or two later Liverpool again looked like scoring, only for Metcalf and Welfare to spoil a good opening between them. Liverpool maintained their lead in the second half, which was of a scrambling order. Pursell and Harris were injured, and this led to players having to change places. Welfare got in a sprinted rush and placed accurately to Metcalf, who clean beat Hodge with an oblique shot. Little need be said of the players individually. Page, who took the place of Stevenson at right full-back for Everton, created a good impression in the early stages, but he was less reliable in the second half. Grenyer was one of the best halves on view, and of the forwards Beare and Fleetwood for Everton, and Goddard and Metcalf for Liverpool were the pick, while Longsworth was the best of the full-backs. This is the eight time that Liverpool have won this trophy, as compared with Everton's 16 success in this competition. Teams: - Liverpool: - Campbell, goal, Longsworth, and Pursell, backs, Lowe, Ferguson, and McKinlay, half-backs, Goddard (Captain), Metcalf, Welfare, Gracie, and Miller forwards. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Page, and Simpson, backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Brannick, Fleetwood, Bradshaw (Captain), and Davidson, forwards. Referee T.P. Campbell.
NEW PLAYERS FOR EVERTON.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 01 May 1913
George Harrison (outside-left) and Robert Thompson (full back) have been, transferred from Leicester Fosse to Everton. Harrison has been with the Leicester Fosse Club for two seasons, and Thompson became' promnent din ing the past season. Both men are about 20 years of age.
FREEMAN'S FINE RECORD.
Burnley News - Saturday 03 May 1913
Bert Freeman has been constantly before the public during the last few seasons as one of the most deadly scorers the English League, and his position the head of the Second Division, and also with the most goals of all in the three big Leagues, might have been anticipated in the New Year, so consistently had he been shaping when the, men turned round far the final journey. Born Hands worth, fie. played in an ordinary match for Aston Villa Reserves the age 16, but the present ( upholders did not persevere with him, and Woolwich Arsenal was the first club to introduce the young centre English League football. After leaving the Arsenal he went to Everton. and finished up the season of 1908-9 as the record scorer the League, his goals being returned at 38. Freeman was secured from the Goodison Park club company with Mountford, the pair costing but £800, and scored 32 goals last season, one more than in 1912-13, for the club who now return to the First League. He has played for England against Scotland, Ireland, Wales-one cap each-and one of his best performancea this season in the Second League was the scoring of four goals against Leicester Fosse. During the Cup-tie when Burnley reached the semi-final he scored seven goals (two the unfinished match at Leeds). Freeman proud position is rather remarkable in view of the fact that he scored only four goals in Burnley's first 13 League matches the present season Whilst in Burnley he has scored altogether 77 goals in the two seasons. The records of the leading scorers are follows
EVERTON 27 PLAYERS USED 1912-13
Athletic News - Monday 05 May 1913
Beare (G) 37; Bradshaw (F) 34; Brannick (J) 3; Bromilow (W) 1; Browell (A) 1; Browell (T) 26; Caldwell (JH) 31; Chedgzoy (S) 1; Davidson (W) 13; Fleetwood (T) 28; Gault € 8; Gourlay (J) 7; Grenyer (A) 26; Harris (V) 28; Hodge (W) 6; Hollbem (W) 7; Houston (J) 7; Jefferis (F) 26; Macconnachie (J) 23; Makepeace (H) 10; Simms (S) 2; Simpson (RH) 10; Smith (Joe) 2; Stevens (T) 5; Stevenson (W) 36; Uren (HJ) 16; Wareing (W) 24
League Goals; Browell (T) 12, Bradshaw 10, Beare 6, Jefferis 5, Macconnachie 4, Uren, Fleetwood, Wareing and Brannick each 2, Harris, Gault, and Simms each 1- total 48.
LEICESTER RECRUITS FOR EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 05 May 1913
With the annual meeting ahead, the Leicester Fosse officials are reticent as to the financial aspects of the season just closed, but there is no disguising the fact that the club needs money. The transfer of Harrison and Thompson to Everton is evidence of the fact. Reluctant as the directors were to let them go, they had to make a virtue of necessity. Summer wages always presents a problem to clubs whose finances are tight. Judging by the crowds, the gate receipts at league matches were larger than in 1911-12and the expenses of the second team in the Central Alliance have not been so great as in the Midland League. In view of all the circumstances, it will probably be found that the club stands very much where it did a year ago, that is to say, it is still heavily in debt. The position of the directors of the Fosse club has never been a thankful one, but they still gallantly plod along and hope for better times. The transfer of George Harrison, outside left and Robert Thompson to Everton has caused much heartburning in Leicester. They are not only good players today, but players with a future, seeing that both are in the early twenties. Harrison, who is of sturdy build and medium height, has both speed and cleverness. He is great at corner and penalty kicks, and his centres are marked by accuracy and sound judgement. Harrison first attracted notice as a member of Gresley Rovers, then in the Leicestershire League, and first played in a League match for Leicester Fosse in November, 1911. In the season just ended he was the one player for Fosse who figured in every League match.
Thompson hails from Scotswood, near Newcastle, and he joined the Fosse two seasons back, turning out for the first time for them against a League club at Nottingham on September 16, 1911. Altogether he figured eight times in the league team that season. Clay’s accident in the autumn of 1912 gave him further opportunities of showing his powers, and so successful did he prove that with one absence through injury, he played in every League game from the middle of February to the end of the season. He stands 5ft 9 and half ins, and weighs 12 and half stone. The transfer fees have not been allowed to transpire, though they were fairly substantial, and both men should repay Everton for their outlay.
Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Monday 05 May 1913
The Everton club today signed on John Fulton, left-back, of Greennock Morton. Fulton, who has been one of the best backs in Scotland for two seasons, is 23 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches in height, and weighs 12 stone 10lb. Fulton had been rarely out of the Greennock team, and is a back of sound judgement and good speed. He was formerly with Abercorn.
JOHN FULTON SIGNS FOR EVERTON
May 6, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton club yesterday signed John Fulton, left back of Greennock Morton. Fulton has been one of the best backs in Scotland for two seasons, is twenty-three years of age, 5ft 10ins, on height, and weights 12st 10lbs. He has been rarely out of the Greennock team, and has a back of sound judgement and good speed. It is understood that several other League clubs, including Liverpool were desirous of coming to terms with Fulton, who should prove of value to his new club.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 07 May 1913
Chesterfield Town on Tuesday signed T. Stevens, outside left, who February came from Clyde to Everton big fee. and his played five times with Everton first team. He is of age, well built, and extremely fast, and is equally good at centring and shooting. He no stranger Chesterfield, for he player! with the Town two years ago on his migration from Aylesbury.
TOM STEVENS SIGNED FOR CHESTERFIELD.
May 8, 1913. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The Everton player Tom Stevens, who came to Goodison Park late last season, has been transferred to Chesterfield, her played for the latter club two years ago.
Everton Record: - 1912-13 5 League apps.
NEW PLAYER FOR MORTON.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 12 May 1913
Greenock Morton Football Club signed James Gourlay, a clever centre forward, from Everton. Gourlay is 24 years of age, and during last year he was much sought by a number of Scottish clubs, including Morton, but Everton declined to part with him. When, however, Fulton was transferred to Everton a few days ago Morton made it part of the bargain that they should be allowed to do business with Gourlay, and the terms agreed to were the outcome of that arrangement.
Athletic News - Monday 12 May 1913
THE Everton Football Club is probably the richest member The League. That ls the general belief, and there is reason for accepting this estimate. Moreover, it is staled, with some show of authority, that Everton expended £9,000 upon the acquisition of players in the early part of last year. The return for this outlay is not considered satisfactory, for in The League the club finished eleventh, with rather less than a point per match, while they fell in the fourth round of the Association Cup before Oldham Athletic, who have been described to me as a much cheaper team. There are grumblers in the city on the banks of the Mersey. There are always discontented folks connected with football clubs. I have no doubt that I could find partisans in Birmingham and Sunderland sorry that their respective teams did not secure both the chief honours of the season. And so every spring the voice of the grumbler is heard in the parish of Walton. Everton may be the richest club in The League, but became of its opulence it is unreasonable to expect that the Association Cup and The League championship should be carried off each year as an annual benefit by Everton.
Considering their wealth the club ought to have been more successful. Possibly that sentence conveys the general feeling. The richest member of The League has once won The League championship, and once taken the Association Cup to Liverpool. This is not a roll of honours satisfying to those who urge that wealth brings its responsibilities in every circle, and that Everton have not accomplished deeds in consonance with the power of their purse. Hence there are divisions in the Everton camp. A football club divided against itself cannot stand, cannot succeed. The division is acute and sustained, and so long as there are divisions, plots and counter-plots, charges and recriminations, it is difficult to see how Everton ever will become the power expected. The Board is not united body. Mr. W. Cuff, the secretary, may hunt for players as man never hunted before, and he may place unlimited capital in the furtherance of his plans, but football club riven in twain cannot be successful. Whether this unhappy stale of affairs was born of disappointment or of personal pique matters little. But these differences between the club and a considerable section of the shareholders should be brought to an end, and could be terminated with a little diplomacy.
The Origin of the Trouble.
I am treading on treacherous ground. Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread. But I have not rushed in, for I have been watching affairs at Everton for a very long time —just as I would watch a game of chess. I have tried to find the facts. I am told that about four years ago some of the Everton directors gave the impression to some of the shareholders that they (the directors) were a totally different stamp of human beings to the ordinary person who had taken up shares. This attitude of superiority bred resentment, and the shareholders determined to, teach, as they said, some of the magnates of the board that they did not own the Everton club, and that they were not the Everton club. The assertion of principle upon the part of those who took umbrage was that Everton belonged to the shareholders as a body, and that the directors were placed on the board—not to be the lords, of Goodison Park and all thereunto belonging, but in positions of trust for the general body of shareholders.
If an attack was to be made on the Everton directorate there was one way to lead a successful assault. The power of the vote at the annual meeting was the only lever to lift any man out of office.
Formation of the Syndicate
The Leader of the discontented inspected the register of shareholders and bought up every share that he could. He found one man who was hoarding a bundle of scrip and certificates of shares. Could he be persuaded to sell? Yes, he was open to a deal, and he was relieved of many shares. The Leader--we will adhere to that description—bought every share on the market, and in every nook and corner that he could find one on sale. And it is even whispered that The leader had on The Board itself. Shares were transferred so often to The Leader that his cornering of the stock was noticed by the directors. Then The Leader began to unload. He sold shares to men who thought the same way as himself, who were democrats in spirit, and objected to the dominance and the arrogance of some of the directors—as they viewed the situation.
When the shares had been distributed, and there was a plentiful supply of votes in many hands, The Leader and his brother conspirators, shall we say? Decided to nominate a candidate for the board election at the next annual meeting. The party of malcontents were then named The Syndicate by those in the seats of the mighty. Therefore we will call them The syndicate —the force in opposition to The Board. The Syndicate nominated Mr. H. Allman, and he was promised solid support – “plumpers” which have so great an effect on an election. The Syndicate canvassed proxies and got them, and they achieved their object, for Mr. Allman was elected in the place of Mr. E. A. Bainbridge, who thus became the first victim, the first director unseated.
The Second Victory.
But a few months after Mr. Allman’s success it was stated truly that Mr. Bainbridge would stand again. Therefore another candidate was sought, and more shares were bought and distributed by the leader The Syndicate. Then, 'it is said, Mr. Allman kicked away the ladder by which he had climbed into office, and even supported Mr. Bainbridge, the gentleman that he had previously opposed. This was like pouring petroleum on a bonfire. Fierce feelings were aroused. , There were small deceits and sinful games into which I refuse to enter. But there was a determined effort, I am told, to crush The Syndicate. The Board was divided—some endeavouring to extinguish The Syndicate, and others supporting The Leader and the party he had built up. But The Syndicate carried the day again, and Mr. A. Coffey was elected by a decisive majority. Then the Everton Board realized that The Syndicate, could gradually constitute the directorate as they desired. Thus the power passed into the hands of this body revolters. The Final Fight
The Syndicate then placed their full hand on the table. They openly avowed that their intention was to throw off The Board such members as they considered out of place and replace them by men whom they adjudged more likely to show football acumen and business ability the conduct of Everton. That is the position, and the coming election at the annual meeting of the Everton shareholders is now regarded the crowning combat for supremacy. Shall The Directors rule, or shall The Syndicate prevail? Even the chairman of the club has declared that if The Syndicate put another man on The Board he will resign. I hear that some of the retiring directors have been pursuing the tactics of The Syndicate, that is splitting up their shares and securing votes too. But, bless you. The Syndicate have not been idle. Their chosen champion is Mr. E. Green, and if he be successful, then other gentlemen on The Board will realise that they are merely waiting their turn for execution.
During this week Mr. Clayton will address a meeting of the shareholders, and it is whispered that he and other directors, who have '‘gone over to The Syndicate,” will openly ally themselves with the new body, and announce what their policy is to be. The Syndicate are not ceasing effort. The Leader and his henchmen declare that they are bent upon making Everton what the wealthiest club in the country should be—a power in the world of football, instead of mediocrities with an occasional triumph. The Syndicate may not be successful this year, but the policy is not to be changed. At least, so I am told. Meanwhile—The Club Suffers.
There is a clear issue and a definite division on The Board. The shareholders mean to assert their power until they get a board to their liking, and team of proved capacity. While all this schism and quarrelling prevail, it seems to me that the members of The Board are more anxious to retain their positions, and to fight and beat The Syndicate, if they can, than build up a band of great players. If only harmony could be restored, the club would benefit. The directors and the shareholders both assert that they have the interests of the club at heart. Nor can it be doubted. Why then not meet in private conference, and thrash out these personal and private grievances and dislikes –and think of the position of the club first?
Athletic News- Monday 12 May 1913
Magner, the old Everton forward, has resigned for Paisley St. Mirren. Before the season closed Magner at his own request, was placed on the transfer list, but what differences there have been are now settled.
Everton and Blair (Clyde) have had their names again connected by rumours. There is, however, nothing in the rumours, and the Everton officials last week signed on Fulton, left back of Greennock Morton. He is a back of fine judgement and pace, is 23 years of age, 5ft 10ins in height, and weighs 12st 10lbs. Blair has since resigned for Clyde.
HAROLD UREN TO WREXHAM.
May 16 1913. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Harold Uren, of Everton, Signed on yesterday for the Wrexham club, for whom he previously played. It will be remembered he was transferred to Everton from Liverpool. If is understood that he will play centre forward.
Everton Recorded: - 1911-12 8 League apps, 1 goal.
1912-13 16 League apps, 2 goals
Total League apps, 24, goals 3.
EVERTON SIGN NEW GOALKEEPER, GILBERT TURNER.
May 17 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton have not yet completed their staff of players for next season, and further signatures are expected shifty. The club has completed negotiations for the transfer of Gilbert Turner, of Pontypridd, a goalkeeper who earned fame during last season by reason of his splendid keeping with the Welsh Club. Turner, who at one time played for Aston Villa, comes with a good reputation. He is 6ft 1 and half ins, in height, and scales about 13st. Turner is a native of Accrington, and is 25 years of age.
THE EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
Athletic News - Monday 19 May 1913
To the Editor of the Athletic News.'
Sir.—The article of on the forthcoming election of Everton directors is to be highly commended for three reasons
(1) The name of "Tityrus” is sufficient guarantee to the football world that what you write on a subject has been thoroughly sifted.
(2) It opens up a subject that requires ventilating through the press.
(3) It gives both sides an opportunity of stating their case. This latter admission must be amusing to your reader? but I assure you that it is one of the most difficult things in the world to get any particular information at an Everton meeting. The chairman generally greets you with. "It would not be advisable to answer, owing to the presence of the Press." Now, I hold no brief for any director (some of them are personally known to me, and men I have every regard for) or members of syndicates. So claim I have no axe to grind. However, along with many others I have come to the conclusion that the Board have been together too long, in fact, to such an extent that they have become too much of a family party and require new blood to liven things up. It is evident from the article in the "Athletic News” that a number of shareholder some time ago decided that the only way to attain this end was to buy up shares: a number, I understand, were bought from £2 10s, to £3, not a bad price for £1 shares, only 15s- paid. Otherwise the voting power was in the hands of the directors and their friends. As soon as the opposition get some voting power the retiring directors come whining after votes and tell you all they have done, what, a united board they are—too much so.
Well what have they done? They have built fine stand to cost £10,000. How much more did it actually cost? Moreover, is it not a white elephant, for it is almost empty each Saturday? Let the directors give the meeting facts and figures as to the cost and what has been taken on that stand in League matches since it was built. Then they boast of the players they find. Well who couldn't with blank cheques to fill up at the dictation of the selling club? Have they found anything in the rough, locally or otherwise? If so, please supply names. No, they must go long distances, Scotland for preference, at big expense, with blank cheques to pay for high-priced players. Now I maintain that this would not be tolerated for one moment in any up-to-date business house, and as football is a business, for heaven’s sake let us have it on business lines. Last but not least, what have their supporters got for all their loyalty? As the public can only be heard through the shareholders, let the latter speak out. The directors should ask themselves the following questions;-
- Are the players contented with their lot?
- Are the public satisfied with the team’s work?
- Are the shareholders satisfied with the directors’ stewardship? If in the affirmative, all well and good; if not, then kindly get out, and make room for others-Yours, &c, DISGUSTED SHAREHOLDER, Liverpool, May 17, 1913.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 21 May 1913
Frank Mitchell, Motherwell's reserve goalkeeper, has been transferred to Everton. Mitchell went to Motherwell from Mary hill, and is regarded as one of the smartest of the younger school of goalkeepers.
FRANK MITCHELL SIGNS FOR EVERTON.
May 21, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S NEW CUSTODIAN.
Following upon the acquisition of Turner, the Pontypridd custodian, comes the news that Everton have secured the signature of Frank Mitchell, the reserves goalkeeper of Motherwell. The latest recruits have a reputation for much ability.
NUTTALL SIGNS FOR EVERTON.
May 24 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
ANOTHER EVERTON PLAYER.
Still another recruit to the Everton ranks has to be recorded. Mr. W.C. Cuff having been successful in gaining his signature of T. Nuttall, the Manchester United forward. The new man, who is a native of Bolton, is only 22 years of age, but he has done service for the Old Trafford side, whom he assisted last season in 24 Central League and 15 First League matches, and English Cup-ties. Nuttall can play in either the centre forward or inside right position.
EVERTON’S NEW GOALKEEPER.
Athletic News - Monday 26 May 1913
Everton have secured a goalkeeper of merit in Frank Mitchell from Motherwell. Mitchell is only 22 years of age, and on the few occasions he has played in first-class football he has shown all the essentials of a real goalkeeper. For a time he was with Milngavie Allander, a junior combination which won the Scottish Junior Cup and Scottish Junior League while Mitchell was with them. Before going to Motherwell he played with a Glasgow junior club—Maryhill—which has given such good players as Colman. Lennie, and Greig, of Aberdeen. Mitchell has during the past season, played mainly for the reserves, and his Position there is attributable to the fact that Hampton, who has re-signed, was in excellent form all reason. Mitchell occasionally deputized, and once he assisted Glasgow Celtic in a cup-tie. Tall, and possessed of strong arms and big hands, he clutches the ball with a snap, effects his clearances cleverly, and always to the best advantage. A few more games in first-class football will engender more confidence, although even in that there is little to grumble about. Not a "gallery” player, he is yet daring, and is not lacking in anticipation. Several Scottish clubs are understood to have also been negotiating for his transfer, but the fee paid by Everton has not been divulged. Everton have also signed T. Nuttall, the inside forward of Manchester United. The chief subject of discussion in football circles in Liverpool is the election of directors at the forthcoming annual meeting of the Everton Club. There is now a plain issue at stake, and this was emphasized by one member of the board -Mr. W. R. Clayton—at a meeting held last Thursday when over a hundred and fifty shareholders listened to his statement of the present position of affairs. The meeting, which will held on June 9, promises to be very interesting.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 27 May 1913
South Liverpool have signed on R. Balmer, the full back. Balmer, who is a Liverpool man, formerly did Everton great service for a lenthy period.
EVERTON MAKE COSTLY EXCHANGE.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 31 May 1913
£800 AND PLAYER FOR NEW OUTSIDE LEFT.
Bristol Rovers yesterday transferred Palmer, their outside left, formerly of Notts Forest, to Everton for a sum of £800, plus the transfer of Murray, the reserve centre-forward of the Everton Club.
WILLIAM PALMER NEW EVERTON FORWARD.
May 31, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON NEW FORWARD.
The Everton club have signed on another forward in William Palmer, the outside left of Bristol Rovers. He is speedy winger and clever with his feet, and his exhibition against the Blues in the cup-tie at Bristol caused the Goodison director to set their eyes upon him. He is 25 years of age, weights 11 st , and stands 5ft 9ins in height. He is a native of Rotherham also Murray the ex-Reserves forward of the Blues, who assisted Partick Thistle last season, has been transferred to the Rovers, as part of the arrangement between Everton and Bristol. Also paying the Rovers a sum of £800.
Athletic News - Monday 02 June 1913
Despite the fact that they were handicapped by having wet weather for some of their most important League engagements at Goodison Park, the Everton club can point to highly-successful season's working. A profit of £3,073 has been made, which must be considered entirely satisfactory. On the expenditure side of their statement rank the following items:—To players' wages and transfer fees, £7,002; Benefit matches, £1,000; gate division to visitors, £1.906 4s. 10d. travelling expenses. £1,109 9s, 10d. ; Training expenses. £501 16s, rates taxes, etc.. £1,022 17s. 6d. League, etc., subscription and donations. £405 10s. The total income amounts to £19,434 15s, Id., towards which the gate receipts are £17,697 7s. 10d. and no more accurate reflex of the popularity of football in Liverpool could be adduced than these figures show. A dividend of 5 per cent, on the paid-up capital is recommended by the directors, and the annual meeting will hold Monday next, June 9.
A RECORD BRISTOL TRANSFER
Athletic News - Monday 02 June 1913
Everton hare secured the transfer of Palmer, the outside left of Bristol Rovers, for whom they have paid the biggest transfer fee either of the Bristol clubs has ever received, the terms being £800, and Murray, the reserve centre-forward. This means that, directly and indirectly the Rovers made £2,000 out of the Cup last season, which has enabled them to wipe out a heavy debt at the bank. If it had not been for the Cup-tie Palmer would probably not have come under the eye of Aston Villa (who saw and liked him at Chelsea in the third game with Norwich City, and Everton (against whom he played well in match at Bristol. Palmer was for one season with Notts Forest, playing eleven First Division games for them at outside left. He went to Rotherham. For whom he played in 94 consecutive matches, helping the club to win the Midland League championship in 1911-12, when he scored 20 goals. He also played for the pick of the Midland League when he was with Mexborough In 1908-9. He is 24 years of age. weighs 12st.. And stand? 5ft. 9 and half in., and he possess pace and artistry.
June 2 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The balanced sheet of the Everton Football Club, which was issued on Saturday, shows that the Goodison Park organisation has had a most successful season, from a financial point of view. The balanced sheet shows a profit balance of £3,073. The Gate receipts totalled £17,697, as compared with last season receipts of £16,305. Players wages and transfer fees totalled £7,002, compared with £7,950 in the previous season. Five per cent is dividend is recommended.
GAULT SIGNED FOR STOCKPORT COUNTY.
June 9 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Stockport County have signed on Gault, the Everton inside forward, who has on more than one occasion assisted the “Blues” League team. It is stated that a Scottish Club and a Southern League team were desirous in signing Gault, who should prove of great service.
Everton recorded:- 1912-13, 8 League apps, 1 goal.
Athletic News - Monday 09 June 1913
The Everton Election
The contest is still proceeding at Everton and there is no peace in the valley. From the intensity of the interest manifested in this battle it might be nothing less than a Parliamentary vacancy which had to be filled. But the Everton election concerns the constitution of the Board of Directors of the famous football club which has its headquarters at Goodison Park. In a review of the situation on May 12 I took the liberty of offering a modicum of advance. But no one has taken the advance and there is no peace in the district of San Domingo. Liverpool will remain excited until the poll is announced this (Monday) night and the result is known of all this scheming and plotting; this strenuous struggle for seats on the managing body, the executive of a football club.
Everton’s Wealth and Work
During the past week the balance sheet of Everton has been issued. The club has so much money that the directors do not know what to do with it. That, however, is not the cause of all this pother. This is not a scramble for pelf but for power. Incidentally I may say that Everton made a profit on last year’s work of over £3,000, which has to be added to a surplus of £18,254 on April 30, 1912. Their freehold, which cost £8,579, has appreciated In value. Their revenue for the last twelve months was £19,434 and they paid £7,112 in players’ wages, merit money, and transfer fees. As a commercial undertaking it is a curiosity to see that their called-up capital is £1,947 10s., and yet their revenue is ten times as great as their capital. The shareholders number only 730 and a considerable portion of them declare that the club is not in the position that it ought to considering its wealth.
The Situation To-day.
And yet it is undeniable that with their means Everton ought to have accomplished much more in the course of their history. The present crisis, as I tried to explain on May 12, has been gradually fomented during the last three years. A considerable body of these 730 shareholders have banded themselves together for the “reformation” of the directorate. Their opponents called them the The Syndicate and The Syndicaters have called some of the other side names which cannot be printed. The Syndicate have at the past two annual meetings placed Mr. H. Allman and Mr. A. Coffey on the Board. I am told that Mr. H. Allman has denied that he was hoisted into a chair in the oak-panelled board-room by the power of The Syndicate. But Allman has been challenged to disprove the statement in the face of written evidence. Now the Syndicate are trying to place on the Board Mr. Ernest Green, who if successful, must displace one of the three retiring directors –Dr. J.C. Baxter, J.P, Mr. B. Kelly, and Mr. A.R. Wade.
The Creation of Votes
Why do The Syndicate so earnestly desire the election of Mr. Ernest green? The malcontents know that the directorate of Everton is composed of nine members, and there is reason for believing that five of them are so harmonious in thought and so concerned in action that they rule the club, and that these five gentlemen have by the force of their majority virtually become dictators. If the Syndicate can remove either Dr. Baxter or Mr. Wade and return Mr. Green and Mr. Kelly the reins will be placed in the hands of the present minority –the four directors who are outside this governing group who have been able to enter into financial arrangements and agreements over which there has been acute diversity of opinion. The Syndicaters have been laying their plans. As I explained before, The Syndicate brought up shares and sold them. They distributed them. This was, I understand, done by a series of genuine commercial transactions. To checkmate these tactics, three of the directors have been transferring their shares to various people. Each shareholder has only one vote even if he holds up to 20 shares. If he has more than 20 shares then he has a total of two votes. In order to increase their voting power three of the directors have divided up their shares by transferring one to each of nearly 80 people, and in that way giving themselves more votes. I hear of 79 votes being apportioned out in this manner, and doubtless the gentlemen who have distributed their favours have arranged “the ticket” or hold the proxies whenever possible. Some folks have refused to vote at the bidding of party even under threat of the withdrawal of business relations. And it is said that shares have been transferred and votes distributed among the “sisters, cousin, and aunts” of influential people, and even among some of the paid servants of the club down to a “checker” at the gates. Thus this election is wrapt in mystery and no one can pretend to foresee whether Mr. E. Green will be returned, and if he is, who among the old directors will be displaced. It is not patent the man who takes a detached, impartial, and external view- like myself-why there should be such a consuming passion to either gain or retain a seat on any football directorate. Of course, Mr. B. Kelly, is an old Rugby footballer and cricketer, and Mr. E. Green has been a fine sprinter. Moreover, as a school-master, Mr. Green has taken a great part in organizing football for boys at elementary schools. They are both sportsmen and naturally desire to assist Everton –but if the shareholders as a body do not want their aid they have no wish to gratify personal ambition as against public opinion. Of course, everyone knows Dr. Baxter, and his very long connection with Everton. The shareholders are much better able to judge of the relative value of these four candidates than I am. On this matter one’s personal opinions or estimates are of no account. The only point which concerns the larger world of football is the best interests of a great club.
What Mr. Clayton Said
Now this is a very important point. I stated on May 12 that Mr. W.R. Clayton would address a meeting of the shareholders, and that it was whispered that he and other directors had “gone over to The Syndicate.” It is perfectly true that Mr. Clayton has spoken to a meeting –but not of The Syndicate, I have looked in vain for a report of Mr. Clayton’s speech. The gathering was of Old members, men who were of the club at the time of the great divide, which brought Liverpool into existence, and the Syndicate was allowed to have two members present to hear what was said.
Mr. W. R. Clayton held the attention of the assembly for an hour and 40 minutes. It has been difficult to find out what he said, but I believe that he advocated the closest contact between the directorate and the shareholders as in the best interests of the club. He related that in 1906, the year Everton won the Association Cup, the best season they ever had both in a playing and a financial point of view, he suggested that all the shareholders should be invited to a dinner to celebrate the success, but he was outvoted and that one of the directors actually asked; “Who are These shareholders?” He and some others on the Board wished for the confidence of the shareholders, and after 25 years of service, and two periods as chairman, he had no desire to have a seat on the Board if they did not want him when his turn to retire arrived in a year or two. Never had he canvassed for votes, and he never should. Moreover, he had been assured that his acts on the directorate, and the cats of other gentlemen, had been misrepresented to The Syndicate, who had since found out the truth. The sequel was that he had been asked to be leader of The Syndicate. The office was not to his liking, as he refused to identify himself with any section, party, or clique-either on the Board or outside it. His desire was to safeguard the club, and that was the object of all the business men on the Board. He had not gone over to The Syndicate, but The Syndicate had been enlightened and they knew that himself. Mr. John Davies, Mr. B. Kelly and Mr. A. Coffey were business men who wanted value for money, and who knew how to get the best of men who were wearing the blue jersey of Everton. The Syndicate had approached him when their eyes had been opened and they had seen for themselves. Mr. Clayton is a man who has the courage of his convictions and is not afraid to give details and express his opinions in words which are both strong and clear. What he dare say and what I can write are quite different matters, but I have given the substance, as I am informed, of his address –the main planks of his platform being the abolition of cliques, business men on the directorate, the safeguarding of the club’s interests, and harmonious and tactful working between the Board and the players. These, surely, are the points that the shareholders should bear in mind when they give their votes tonight. The Everton club can do little unless they have a united and a capable executive.
EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
June 11 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Dr. Whitford, who has been Chairman of the Everton Football Club for three years', definitely resigned from the board yesterday afternoon.
WATTIE WHITE OF FULHAM Tells the Story of His Football Career.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 11 June 1913
Exciting and Nerve-Racking Experiences.
IN my early days as a pit boy I was very liappy. I know the life of a professional footballer is envied, but I will tell yon straight I was just as happy in the pit have been in ray football life. I won't deny that was always my ambition to play foot ball regularly, yet 1 was quite attached tc working in the pit. I think I could play with a ball as soon I got out of the cradle. Anyway. I was quite a little kiddie when I played for Hurlford, ic Ayrshire, I was left half, and we did very well for several seasons. One year we won Cup and the League. Didn't we treasure those medals? What made ine ambitious was the fact that two of pais had gone tc Bolton. I was seventeen years of age when I was "spotted." I was playing in a Cup tie foi Hurlford against Galston Victoria. Our team won 6-2, and was glad I did well, becauae representatives of Bolton Wanderers were there. The next morning I was approached and Agreed to Sign on for the Wanderers. The following season I started my with the Wanderers, and my first big match was in contest against Notts County. I was played inside right, but only being quite £ boy I was naturally very nervous-. Thai season proved very disastrous for the Wan derers. I believe they lost about twenty three consecutive matches. Nothing woulc come off. No team of footballers were evei more disheartened than were that season At last a turn came, and we beat Notts County at Nottingham. Then, strange to late, went for eight weeks without losing match, but it was too late to mend, anc we dropped into the Second Division. Here comes one of the Most Remarkable Stories Football. did badly even in the Second Division vet that season, bad as it proved, and fol lowing a previous wretched season in the First League, we got into the final of the English Cup competition. It was a wonder ' ful experience. have often thought how re markable was that we should have through. The only reason was that we playec in those Cup ties with grim determination to make amends for other failures, and ' came off. First of all went to Reading, and aftei a great struggle there drew one each. Al Bolton we won after a hard struggle three goals two. In the second round beat Southampton at Bolton by four goals tc . one: we beat Sheffield by 2-0 away, anc Derby County by 1-0 in the semi-final al Wolverhampton. Then to our intense disapi pointment—no one could appreciate Sunder land's feelings in April last more than I did —we were Beaten in the Final by Manchester City by the odd goal. Meredith scored that goal, and the encountei roved one of the most exciting in which ave ever participated, i In this season we had in goal that famous exponent of both codes of football, Dai Davies. I have seen him make some of the most brilliant saves ever accomplished on the 1 football field. , I was " capped " twice against England— in 1906-7 at Newcastle and 1907-8 Glasgow. I don't mind admitting that on those occa\ sions, especially the first, I was very nervous. I played at inside left. In each match I was up against Ben Warren and Bob Crompton. You can imagine, therefore, that I had a stiff task. The final score was 1-1 each 1 match, and I tell you I was not sorry when the final whistle sounded. I stayed with Bolton Wanderers for six years, and in the fifth season I had a benefit which brought in about £200. The benefit was arranged in a novel and, I think, unprecedented manner, because there were ' Five of Us who Took Our Benefits Together, and the quintette were allotted two matches, which were against Middlesbrough and Bir-1 mingham. The beneficiaries were Dai Davies, goal; Jack Boyd, half-back; David Stokes, outside right; Sammy Marsh, inside right; Walter White, inside left. Having been at Bolton for six years, ] felt that I wanted a change. In fact, I had a strong desire to return to Scotland, but il so happened that along with Clifford (centre . half) I was transferred to Everton for, I blieve, something like £1500. Whilst I was there I had another big experience in Cup tie fighting. Everton got into the semi-final, having beaten such clubs as Middlesbrough. Woolwich Arsenal, and Sunderland. Where we met Barnsley in the semi-final at Leeds we made a draw of it, and the replay at Old Trafford we were Well Beaten by Three Goals. However, we had the misfortune to lose Jack Taylor through a nasty injury. Barnsley were very warm lot, I can assure you. During two years with I had the greatest partner of my experience. I refer to Jack Sharp. was a splendid wing man, and it was a treat to play along with him. I have never seen a man centre the ball better than Jack Sharp was able to do. He was thorough " sport"—a good 'un and a gentleman. My next move was to Fulham, and will say that I have been very content Craven Cottage. I joined the London club as a forward, but I have not played ill the forward line very much. Now I am Back to the Position which I occupied on the football field in my bovhood days. Soon after I came to Fulham some of our half-backs were hurt. I filled the breach, and the result has been that I have been kept in the half-back line. I like it, too. Fulham have not done very great things lately, but I think we shall be in the limelight next season. The Craven Cottage boys are very keen on making amends for any little lapses it that have previously occurred. Most footballers, to be successful, want to have bit of luck. I know a biff share came way, and the way of the Fulham team generally, some little time ago. I thought the time was a Mercy That We We re Not All Killed. It was nerve-trying experience. We were travelling to Stockport. Our saloon was the last vehicle on the train, and as we were approaching station another train bumped into the rear our train. Such a bang! Didn't the cards and the money fly in all directions! We were all very frightened, but it turned out all right. None of us was injured. The end of the saloon, which was slightly turned on side, was damaged, and had to exchange accommodation. I forget what was the result of that day's match. I know I had a bad dream the next night. WATTIE WHITE.
EVERTON ‘S NEW CHAIRMAN.
June 14, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
CALDWELL TO WOOLWICH ARSENAL
MACCONACHIE CAPTAIN, HARRIS SUB CAPTAIN.
At the meeting of the Everton Football Club directors on Thursday night, Mr. W.R. Clayton was unanimously elected Chairman in place of Dr. Whitford, who had resigned, but the vacancy on the board was not filled, the election of the new directors, as is usual in such cases, deferred until the next meeting. The directors have appointed Macconnachie and Harris captain and sub captain, respectively of the first team, and Chedgzoy and Page to similar positions in the second team. Arrangement have been completed for the transfer of Caldwell, Everton goalkeeper to Woolwich Arsenal.
A STROMY NIGHT AT EVERTON’S ANNUAL MEETING
Athletic News - Monday 16 June 1913
An epoch was marked in the history of the Everton club at the annual general meeting, when the Syndicate scored a surprising success. Another member of the Board was unseated, the Syndicate carried their two candidates, and the balance of power, such as it is stated has existed on the directorate for some time was transferred to the opposition. I have never been present at a more disorderly gathering of the shareholders . The circumstances under which it was held were exceptional, ‘tis true, but the actual happenings exceeded all expectations. Readers of the “Athletic News” will have gathered from the two articles written on the subject by “Tityrus” which appeared on May 12, and June 9 respectively, what the exact position of the parties at Everton was. It was recognized that this would be a bitter fight for supremacy; no stone had been left unturned to secure an advantage in voting strength by the supporters of both sides. The first of the two articles by Tityrus brought the combatants into the full glare of publicity, and furnished the solo topic of conversation in football circles in Liverpool and probably elsewhere. There was ample material ready for a blaze, which only needed a spark to kindle into a devouring flame at the meeting. This was quickly forthcoming; no time was wasted in preliminary skirmishing, but the sides got to clinches directly. There was no mistaking what any speaker meant; nothing was wrapped up in high-sounding phraseology, but straight hitting from the shoulder was the order. If there be anything calculated to arouse the feelings of an excited crowd, such tactics are in my opinion, more likely to do so than any others I can imagine. Statements were made and immediately denounced as deliberate lies, so that the truth must have strayed away somehow, somewhere, or sometime.
Dr. Whitford, who presided, started by reviewing the work of the season, which he considered disappointing from a playing point of view. This was one of the rare items, I may state, that seemed to meet with the approbation of all. There them exchanged to the policy of the directors to engage fewer players last season, in order to keep a greater proportion of them regularly playing, but misfortune in the shape of an exceptional number of injuries to their men had spoiled their plans. The season had taught them many lessons, the most important being that they must be more fully equipped in playing strength in order to meet a possible recurrence of the injuries the players sustained last season. Then, advancing into the fighting zone, the doctor stated that he wished to refer to some matters of a controversial nature. He took the step reluctantly, for he could assure them that his wish was not to say one word that would increase the sectional differences on the board. It was common knowledge that a member of the board called a certain section of the shareholders together and addressed them at great length and spoke in strong terms about some of his colleagues. In his opinion that action was an unheard-of departure from fair and honourable conduct. (Hear, hear and dissent).
Mr. Clayton and The Syndicate
Anything that Mr. Clayton had to say about his colleagues should be said at the annual meeting in the presence of the gentlemen attacked, and when all the shareholders have an opportunity to be present. (Uproar). It was also common knowledge that Mr. Clayton in order to secure his election at the last annual meeting joined forces with the syndicate. (“No, no”). Whether the syndicate approached Mr. Clayton or he the syndicate was a matter of secondary importance. The essential fact was that Mr. Clayton secured his return by the junction of the two interests. It was also known that Mr. Clayton had several conferences with a well-known publican. (Hear. Hear, “No, no,” and uproar.) He was told on reliable authority that a few of the leading members of the syndicate met regularly after the board meetings, and that some of their delegates, members of the board, reported to them what occurred at their meetings. That was confirmed by the fact that some of the most confidential matters were communicated to the evening papers the evening after the weekly meeting. There could be no doubt about it, the board was not a united body, and that there were sectional differences. Unless the board acted in harmony they could not expect success. He was on the eve of resigning his seat- (Hear, hear and applause) –and, therefore, he could have no personal interest to serve. He implored them to rise above mere personalities, and restore the club to its former high position. (Hear, hear, applause, and renewed disorder).
Mr. Clayton in his reply stated that certain assertions of the chairman were absolutely incorrect and misleading. The reason why he had addressed a meeting of shareholders was that Mr. Allman (a member of the board) had circulated statements which had created suspicious amongst his (Mr. Clayton’s) friends. He had given the lie direct to Mr. Allman. It was untrue that he had ever been to a meeting of the syndicate. (Hear, hear, and uproar). Mr. Allman himself had belonged to the syndicate, and was put on the board by them. Mr. Allman, arose amidst renewed uproar, and flatly denied this. Mr. Clayton thereupon asked a certain shareholder to produce a letter written by Mr. Allman, which he read. More disorder followed, during which Mr. Allman remarked. “That was two years ago.”
Mr. Clayton; I repeat that Mr. Allman was a member of the syndicate, that he attended the public-house referred to by the chairman, and I say he served the purpose of the syndicate. Proceedings, Mr. Clayton said he had found out that his actions on the directorate and the actions of other gentlemen had been misrepresented to the syndicate, but they had since he found out the truth. The sequel was that he had been asked to be the leader of the syndicate. He at once refused, because he had always been against identifying himself with any section, party, or clique either on the board or outside it. The syndicate was formed six years ago. That was the year Everton won the Cup. He suggested that the shareholders should be invited to a dinner to celebrate the success, but he was outvoted, and one of the directors actually asked. “Who are the shareholders?” (Loud cries of “Name.”)
Mr. Clayton; It was Mr. Bainbridge.
Mr. Bainbridge (rising amid great unroar)
I give the lie direct to Mr. Clayton. (Renewed uproar).
Mr. Clayton; I appeal to two directors to substantiate my statement.
Mr. John Davies; I am here to confirm what Mr. Clayton says.
Dr. Whitford; When I read of this in the “Athletic News” this morning I spent all the forenoon searching through the minute books, but could find no trace of such a happening. I have no recollection of any such statement or of such language being used.
Mr. Clayton; There has been a suggestion that I have visited public-houses. You know me better than that. I am a life-long tee-totaler.
Mr. Clayton went on to deal with the question of the secretary’s salary, and said the chairman had gone across to a certain licensed house and given information.
The Chairman; I say that statement is not true.
Mr. Clayton; Then I call upon a shareholder who is present to confirm what I say.
The shareholder; You are perfectly correct.
Mr. Clayton, continuing. Stated that there was overwhelming evidence of a elique on the Board, and of a juggling with the power of voting. In dealing with the question of the secretary’s salary the voting was five against four, as was usually the case. He found that according to the share register there were 28 persons residing at Dr. Whitford’s house, 48, Shaw-street-(Laughter), 17 persons, at Dr. Baxter’s 110 Robson-street, and 34 persons at Mr. Wade’s house. “Inglewood,” New Brighton. (Renewed laughter). The transference of these shares was deliberately done to override the voting of the shareholders. (Applause).
Dr. Whitford Resigns.
The voting for directors resulted as follows;- Dr. Baxter, 376, Mr. B. Kelly, 336; Mr. E. Green, 348; Mr. A.R wade337. The chairman announced that the first three gentlemen were elected, and the success of Mr. Green was greeted with loud cheering. Dr. Whitford immediately announced that he would resign his position as a director of the club, upon which Mr. Clayton arose and asked the meeting to say that they should reelect Mr. Horace Wright. A Shareholder seconded this, and upon a show of hands the resolution was carried by an overwhelming majority amidst further cheering. Then the gathering dispersed, after a vote of thanks to the secretary, Mr. Cuff, had been cordially carried.
Last Tuesday Dr. Whitford sent in his resignation, thereby carrying out his decision of the previous evening. The syndicate has shown its strength, and is now in power. The club have completed their arrangements for the forthcoming season, Mr. W.R. Clayton is the newly elected chairman of directors, while Mr. A. Coffey is the chairman of the Finance Committee. Macconnachie has been chosen captain of the League team for the second year in succession, with Val Harris as his deputy.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 17 June 1913
Everton F.C. have signed on W. Stalker, the left full-back of Dunipace Juniors, Stirlingshire club. He stands 5ft 9 in. high, and weighs 11 St.
W. STALKER SIGNED ON FOR EVERTON.
June 17 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton have secured W. Stalker the left full back of juniors (Stirlingshire), the finalist of the Scottish Junior Cup. He is 22 years of age, 5ft 9ins in height, and weights 11 st 5lbs. He had a most successful season with his former club, has played in 38 consecutive cup-ties having only been on the losing side once.
TOM PAGE SIGNED FOR EVERTON.
June 18, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S LATEST RERCRUIT.
Everton have secured another young player of promise in the person of Tom Page, centre forward of the Rochdale Club. Page is brother to the right full back already associated with the Blues, and comes with good credentials. He is 21 years of age, 10st 10lbs in weight and stands 5ft 8ins. The newcomer took part in twenty-five central League engagements for Rochdale last year, and had quite a crop of goals to his name.
WILLIE DAVIDSON, LATE OF FALKIRK,
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 25 June 1913
Signs on for St Mirren.
St Mirren F.C. have just secured the signature of in. Davidson, outside-left of Everton during the past two seasons. Davidson previously was associated with Middlesbrough, and Falkirk. He is 25 years of age, and of fine physique, and in conjunction with Kyle should niako capital wing. has played regularly for Everton's first eleven. the transfer fee is stated to a heavy one.
DAVIDSON OUT; WELLER IN.
JUNE 26, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S DUAL DEAL.
We are officially informed that Everton have transferred W. Davidson to Paisley St. Mirren. Davidson is an outside Left, who will do well in Scottish Football.
Everton recorded: - 1911-12, 25 League apps, 4 goals. Fa Cup apps 4 Cup apps 1 goal.
1912-13, 13 League apps, Fa Cup apps, 3
total League apps, 38 League, 4 goals, Fa Cup apps 7, goals 1
The Goodison Club have also re-engaged Louis Weller, the half-back who was transferred to Chesterfield –twelve months ago. Weller is a finely built half-back, and his play for Chesterfield last season merited a re-arrangement to Everton.
EX-QUEEN'S PARKER FOR ST.MIRREN
June 26, 1913. Dundee Courier
Information has just been received from Mr. Hugh Law, who is at present in Liverpool, that William Davidson, the outside left of Everton has signed for St. Mirren. Davidson has been two seasons with Everton, and was previously with Middleborough, Airdrieonians, Falkirk, and Queen's Park. He will be remembered as one of the five forwards who played for Falkirk over three seasons ago, the line also including Simpson and McTarvis on the right wing. Davidson is 25 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches in height, and weighs 11 stone 4lbs. He played for Everton in 34 League matches, and all the Cup ties in 1911-12 and in 18 League and Cup matches in the season just passed. The transfer fee, it is understood, is a heavy one, but it is considered that the player, is well worth it. This brings St Mirren's total list of players up to 17.
BLTTH SPARTANS’ NEW TRAINER
Morpeth Herald - Friday 27 June 1913
The Blyth Spartans’ Executive have engaged Jack Blythe, who played for Watford, last season, as groundsman and trainer. Blythe has also seen service with Everton, West Ham, and Millwall since he left the old Spartans’ club sixteen years ago.