THE NEW BOYS
April 2, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were not nearly at full strength although MaConnachie appeared and played good football alongside the enthusiastic smith. Murray took the eye with his sharp-like movements. He has not much bright, but like Williamson and others, he made up by his crafty footwork. His centres were especially good and what I liked best about him was his methods of planting the ball across the goalmouth rather than hammering it. His centres helped Gault to perform the hat-trick, one point coming from the offside position –a difficult problem that often faced Mr. Hilchen. Twiss was not often in the limelight, but A. Williams was strong against a good wing.
The Best of the Six
Half a dozen goals were scored, and no goal exceeded Kirkman. He was at the time of scoring appearing at outside right –his position with the Wednesday club and this germ of a goal but new life into a game that threatened to dwindle out of interest through the non-appearance on the second half of Wright, Southport goalkeeper. Abrams did not once again produce his best till late on, any more than Fay who was somewhat nonchalant. Young Scholfield was quite out of the running and in view of his form at Anfield his Saturday’s display was not explainable. Hooper scintillated at times and the fact that he was called upon to take a penalty when such a spot-artists as Abrams was in the field spoke volumes for his success in practice trials.
WARRINGTON V. ROCHDALE HORNETS
Nantwich Guardian - Tuesday 03 April 1917
On the Rochdale side Lloyd, who has been associated with the Soccer code now for two years, having played for Everton and recently with the Warrington Town, appeared at threequarters. Llody at the time of the outbreak of war played with the Rochdale organiastion and he gave every promise of developing into a serviceable threequater.
ANOTHER SERIOUS INJURY FOR SAM CHEDGZOY
April 3, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
It is with great regret I announce thereby sustainably Sam Chedgzoy the able right winger of Everton who has been playing for a considerable time with West Ham. The popular craftsman was out of the West Ham team on Saturday but no explanation was forthcoming and now I hear that Chedgzoy is on his way to the Queen’s Alexandra Hotel and was again injured for at least six weeks. While playing for his Regiment side at the week-end he received a severe injury to his knee and the fact that he is certain to be bedridden for six weeks show how serious it must be. Chedgzoy has not had the best of times in his football career. For many years he had to hide his light under a brush.
EVERTON’S TEAMS FOR HOLIDAY MATCHES
April 5, 1917. The Evening Express
Everton have completed their arrangements for the three holiday games, two of which will be against Liverpool at Anfield on consecutive days. On Good Friday the fixture between these rivals is the return friendly games, and Everton will play the following side;- T. Fern; J. Smith, R. Thompson; T. Fleetwood, W. Wareing, A. Williams; S. Murray, F. Jefferis, W.E. Gault, J. Twiss, and L Manley. Williams, Murray, and Twiss played against Southport Central last Saturday and showed promising form. Manley is another recruit, who has partnered Twiss in the Everton “A” eleven. On Saturday next Everton visit Liverpool for their first meeting in the Lancashire Subsidiary Competition. They will have a stronger team for this engagement and will reintroduce Grenyer, Clennell, and Donnachie. On the other hand, Smith will be unable to turn out at right full back, and it is probable that another local player will be given a trial. The team as at present arranged will be;- Fern; A.N. Other, R. Thompson; T. Fleetwood, W. Wareing, A. Grenyer; S. Murray, F. Jefferis, W.E. Gault, J. Clennell, and J. Donnachie.
Match in May
On Easter Monday Everton will be at home to Stockport County. They will play Mitchell, in goal, and probably Morris, who has assisted them at centre forward, at outside right. The right full back position will depend upon the result of Saturday’s match at Anfield. The team chosen is;- F. Mitchell; A.N. Other, R. Thompson, T. Fleetwood, W. Wareing, A. Grenyer; J. Morris, F. Jefferis, W.E. Gault, J. Clennell, and J. Donnachie. The kick-off is timed for 3.30 p.m.
The same morning the Everton “A” team will play the King’s Liverpool Regiment eleven, known now as the 49th Training Reserve Battalion, which is stationed at Press Heath. The soldiers expect to be strongly represented and Everton will place a powerful eleven of local players in the field. The proceeds will be devoted to some charity, and the kick-off is fixed for eleven o’clock. Everton intend arranging an attractive match at Goodison Park for the first Saturday in May. The receipts will, of course, be handed over to some deserving institution, in accordance with the Football Association’s regulations. They have not yet arranged with any club, but are desirous of fixing up with a very strong team, one that has not been seen in Liverpool this season.
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 05 April 1917
Everton tomorrow play Fern; A.N. Other, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
On Easter Monday, Everton (at home to Stockport) play Mitchell; A.N. Other, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer: Morris, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie. Kick-off, three o'clock.
On Easter Monday morning the Everton "A" team will play the King's Liverpool Regiment eleven, at Prees Heath, kick-off eleven o'clock.
Everton will have an attractive match at Goodison for the first Saturday in May. A club that has not been seen in Liverpool this season will possibly provide the opposition.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
April 7, 1917 The Liverpool Echo
Saturday being a “borrowing” day, as the last three days in March are called. Everton took it upon themselves to borrow some players and incidentally “put it across” Southport. As far as goals are concerned Gault is personating Clennell in good style.
It is regrettable to hear that Chedgzoy has met with a rather serious accident. Playing in a keen regimental match last week, he was badly tripped and cut his knee.
Williams and Murray each created a distinctly favourable impression at Goodison. The former is something of a huddling Welsh half-back of parts. Clever Welshmen as all the world known, are “clever when they are given that way. Murray hails from that tuft of turf known as Presley Cross. He is the fourth player of the name to represent Everton. Murray, is on “first appearance” the most prominent new outside right tried by the Blues this season. Twiss was not too well in the picture; still he has come along rapidly for this is his first year as a player we understand. Instances are not unknown of men taking no part in the game until approaching the twenties when they have gone along to make quite a big name for themselves. Both Murray and Twiss are still “runners”. They ought to be able to pick up a bit of “dust” in another day come peace days.
ANOTHER BIG MERSEY MEETING
April 7, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Yesterday’s Liverpool and Everton drew 1-1. It was a very nice game to watch, and was clean throughout. For the first time in the history of the clubs they met two day’s in succession and providing today’s game was equal to that of yesterday, the crowd would be coming. Yesterday Gault nodded a goal from one of the many fine centres, Murray placed across and in the second half Smith put through his own goal after a debatable free kick had been awarded against Murray. Another winger who showed much promise was on view –young Wadsworth, who has like Bennett started his senior career with Everton, helping Liverpool and playing a sound, steady game, alongside another smart youngster Lewis. Williams continues his good work –in a bonny type of half-back-and Twiss showed much improvement. The crowd was about 16,000 strong.
Match of Monday
Will readers kindly note that Everton “A” play at home on Monday morning for a charity fund. The teams are Everton “A” and the King’s Own and the kick-off 11 o’clock. At Goodison Park, mark you, and Everton’s team is –Kelly; Collins, Gutridge; Northey, Bamber, Dale, Bain, Brown, Dean, Twiss, and Manley.
Plan of Field
Surprise Appearance of Lowe and Pagnam
Liverpool sprang a surprise on us by playing Harry Lowe, the former captain of the side, and also Pagnam, the latter being home on leave for a short time. Liverpool; Houghton, goal; Longworth and Lucas, backs; Lowe (captain), Wadsworth, and McKinlay, half-backs; Goddard, Pagnam, Bennett, Metcalfe, and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton; Mitchell, goal; Smith (West Brom) and Thompson (captain), backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault (Stockport County), Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Chadwick (Blackburn).
A Fine and a Big Crowd at Anfield
The day was fine if dull and, like yesterday’s the gate was excellent. Lowe received a hearty welcome when he led out his old club mates, and Pagnam too was well received. Everton began in rousing fashion, and their form was not only clever but also a touch of ginger applied to it. Four corners in as many seconds led to the perplexity of the home defenders. McKinlay nearly turned the ball into his old goal, and Murray close in, had a shot blocked and later was near with a left-foot drive. Gault, in a flyaway, was a yard or so, wide. Addition to the fuel was made by Clennell who beat Longworth and swung the ball across Jefferis chesting it inches out of range. Goddard and Bennett tried to turn the tide, but Everton’s form thus far was too hot for even the champions to control. Liverpool were, nevertheless helping in their own failure by persistence in lofting the ball. Smith, at full back, showed cute anticipation and little Murray was wonderfully sure and judicious when he centred. True each goalkeeper had to handle the ball, but the full backs on either side were so strong that the forwards had a thankless task. At last Liverpool got a grip on things Pagnam forcing a corner, but Thompson, with mightily punts, turned the home side back. Lucas who has been playing with Notts Forest, and has gone back to his old trade, mining was a shade slow in defence, but his attack and heading were as good as ever. It took all Longworth’s recourse to stop Murray from scoring and Clennell went reasonably near considering h was unbalanced when he knocked the ball to goal. Liverpool’s best effort came at this moment, Cunliffe centring finely towards goal, following in the next move with a shot which pulled wide. Cunliffe indeed, was the agent of Liverpool’s best movement, and when he made a spirited sol along the touchline he let in Bennett, whose first-time shot with the left foot shook the rigging. Thus encouraged, Liverpool went heartily into their game, and just before the interval a first time slam shot by Pagnam swerved in it course and finished three yards wide. Still it was a reasonable effort and is the best means of beating the good class goalkeeper that are playing these days. The last point prior to half-time was an attempted conversion of a corner kick by Gault.
Half-time; Liverpool 0, Everton 0
The first half did not develop. It started at a merry pace, but tapered away, and once Longworth and Lucas had put up their resolution the opposition found them an impassable barrier –they are certainty a wonderful pair, but on today’s showing, the Everton backs were just as good. Shooting was at its lowest point, and neither goalkeeper had anything to worry about. I am glad to report that with the exception in one foul by a “natural” the play was always hard and clean, and if not as classic as some of the encounter’s we have seen between the two teams, it was certainty quite interesting to the 28,000 spectators, as was also the band performance of the youngsters from the local school. The ball soon found touch in the second half and equally quickly did two Liverpool members touch the ball with their hands. After that the players steadied up a bit and were no sooner nicely away them an injury to Grenyer stopped play. By the were the gates of yesterday and today will probably make a round figure of £1,200. Grenyer was hurt a second time, and the wonder was that Jefferis did not join him as he was roughly bowled over. From the free kick Liverpool suffered a goal. Donnachie swinging the ball forward, Houghton blundering in an attempted push-out and Gault scoring quite easily. As the game had gone back to the forty-five minutes each way rule, the time of the goal was fifty minutes, Jefferis would have added a second point if he had not been by a back prevented from getting in his shot. A penalty offence in the estimation of many folk, but not in the opinion of the referee. Again Everton were planted before goal, Murray through selfishness undoing all his good work by shooting instead of passing to an unmarked man. Bennett should have equalised when in front of goal. This was telling its tale on the whole side for Liverpool were sufficiently hard pressed to beat Everton’s fine half-back trio without having any further handicap on hand. Bennett had been well controlled, but on one occasion he got away with a nice solo on the left, and Mitchell had to catch a dangerous looking centre.
Gault scored in fifty minutes
If the Swan of Avon could revisit the glimpses of the moon in the present year of grace, one might imagine him parodying his beautiful opening lines in “Twelfth Night,” and saying’ “If football be the food of sport, play on.” And, indeed it is merely following historical procedure to make Eastertide a feast of frolic for the chasing of the elusive leather. This year we have two “Derby days; in succession and it is a complete aril emphatic answer to those spoil spirits who would abolish even amateur enthusiastic that both gatherings have proved so phenomenally popular. The rigours and restrictions of war-time are sufficiently depressing. There is no earthly reason why the overwhelming mass of working people should be deprived of a few hours’ harmless –and open air recreation at the precise period of the year when their forefathers made merry without let or hindrance. From the Middle Ages onwards Eastertide and football have seen it reparable. The game is increasing in the great heart of the proletariat. “You may break, you may shatter, the cause if will. But the scent of sportsman will cling to it still!” And may the shades of Tom Moore forgive me.
If additional evidence were wanting as to the hold which the pastime has on the hearts of the populace one had only to surety the Anfield enclosure half an hour before the game began. The turnstiles clicked as merrily as so many crickets on the hearth, and Spion Kop became first an animated anthill and then a closely packed congeries of human beings been on witnessing a stern battle-at-arms. Khaki and navy blue, as usual, relieved the drab grey monotony of civilians garb, and this was just as well for the sun had clouded over, and the light was not too good when play began. The appearance of Pagnam and Lowe in the home ranks when the Anfielders trotted into the arena was received with cordial cheering and the sotto voice comments were both curious and interesting. The wearers of the Blue jerseys were early on the job with a series of raids that boded Liverpool ill. Almost in the time it was to write they forced four corners and for two of these the ball was almost headed into the net. The Reds replied bravely on the left, and Cunliffe centred in approved fashion, but without success.
Everton retaliated by making rapid ground and forcing a fifth corner. This was frantically fought and Jefferis had a chance of drawing first blood when he failed to turn a short pass from Clennell to advantage. An improvement in the light saw a corresponding enhancement in the quality of the play. Liverpool having found their feet, proceeded to offer a much more combined resistance to the Everton attack and enthral fugitive shots were fired at Mitchell. Twice Pagman, with his swinging stride and square shoulders tried to break through the defence of Grenyer and Thompson, but these artful players watched him with solicitude of foster parents and he was not permitted to escape their vigilance. He and Goddard however, kept up their courage and at length they had the satisfaction of forcing a corner. It was cleared easily enough but it afforded some crumb of comfort and one frequently heard from the throat of some burly onlooker the exclamation.
Well Played Paggy
Everton meanwhile were generally the superior side and it was entirely their own fault that they failed to make good. Murray was most assiduous in getting off on the right and passed neatly, only to see centre after centre muleteer wrongly directed. The first deliberate foul of the game came when Smith bowled Bennett over as the Liverpool centre was making straight for his objective, and the great crowd roared its displeasure. The free kick unfortunately did not fructify and the Evertonians once more operated within the immediate purview of Spion Kop. Their shooting however, was still strangely erratic and it was wondrous to watch the swaying spectators on the mountain like side, bending and bellowing as they followed the flight of the ball. The strident shouts must have heartened the Anfielders, for they raced away at top speed to the other end and following upon good work by Cunliffe, Bennett banged the ball into the outer side of the port rigging.
Note The Nautical Touch
Pagman next tried to show his old club mate that his feet had lost little of their running, but his line of vision was all wrong and Mitchell stood untroubled. Clennell and Donnachie earned the plaudits of the plebs with a clever concerted movement and it looked as though Gault might deliever the coup when the ever-alert and agile Mr. Chadwick whistled for offside. A minute later a second blast showed that half-time had arrived. During the interval there was music and a general relazation of hostilities. Soldiers, sailor and civilian discussion the merits of the first period and its participants all friendly terms. There were vacant places in the strands when the struggle was resumed. A movement was stopped through an accident to Grenyer. Everton gained the lead, Gault netting at short range.
HUGH CROWD SEE LIVERPOOL BEATEN
April 9, 1917, The Evening Express
There were 23,000 people present and £580 was taken at Anfield on Saturday and the crowd had a good run for their money, as they saw a score which was and was not a surprise. It was to anybody present, in the sense that though Everton had been the better side throughout the Liverpool defence was “sticking it” so well till a quarter of an hour from time that 1-0 might easily have been the final result. However, the constant pressure had its effect and in the concluding stage three goals were put on in rapid succession. The first half was blank, though the Blues had been much the better team as far as general combination was concerned. Five minutes after the restart Galt flashed the ball past Houghton, who had misjudged a close centre by Donnachie and turned the ball to the foot of the centre forward. The other three goals came from Donnachie, Gault and Clennell, so that Everton retired with a thoroughly deserved victory by four clear goals. Turning first to the “visitors” Mitchell did his bit all right, but he had a grand pair of backs in front of him. Smith’s judgement of position was excellent, and he “recovered” at great speed, while Thompson did his side a good service by keeping a keen eye on Bennett, who was rarely given a chance for one of his dashes. The halves were also a clever trio, and all emerged with great credit. Murray the new winger, gave a sparkling display, his speed being a great asset. Donnachie and Clennell made the best wing on the field, whilst Gault again proved a fine opportunists, and Jefferis served him with some tempting short passes. For Liverpool the backs stood up well against a stiff gruelling till near the end. Houghton made some good saves, but also made mistakes. McKinley was the pick of the halves, Lowe, the old captain who was given a game while here on holiday, being off his usual form. Pagnam, who was up on leave, and Metcalfe were the best of a line which was splendidly held by the opposing defence.
EVERTON WON WELL V. NEIGHBOURS
April 9, 1917, The Liverpool Echo
Yes, it was won, and, though four goals was hardly a correct idea of how the game went in their favour, the fact remains that Everton were never in danger of defeat, and although Liverpool had a period of pressing when they promised much and fulfilled little, and Everton, by their well balanced display, earned the right to both points. The margin was not big till late in the game, and then Gault who had already scored after a half-saved centre from Donnachie, helped himself to another notch and was followed by nice solo points by Donnachie and Clennell.
Take the Everton team of Saturday, and you will find a hard to find any side to conquer it. In goal Mitchell, backs of strength and daring half-backs each having height weight heading ability and experience. When Clennell and Donnachie made the left wing with the live Gault skipping down the middle and a master like Frank Jefferis giving Murray those axqusto glide passes –well, there’s a team of balance and brains. With Liverpool introducing one or two slow members the Everton side had a merry time, and found their way paved with a semblance of easy moves. Harry Lowe, while always good in forward and heading was not swift to take the visitors left wing in hand, and the home right wing, through Pagnam’s inclusion, was dead slow, and was not alone in this respect. Liverpool always robust and enthusiastic played like a tired tam, and I am sure the Pagnam of Saturday’s is not in the same street as the Pagnam of old. A trier all times and a good first time shooter. Pagnam was the yard short that makes all the difference between possession and a waste of energy. The Army life has taken a lot of fresh from him, and Portsmouth is not a side to draw out his best or keep him going at his old and high standard.
Defence Forced a Yield
Liverpool’s defence has been their solid rock for a long time, but on Saturday they had to yield to a better attack. For a long time they held up their heads, and though Wadsworth was variable McKinlay was good. All told, however, there was not an easy feeling about the rearguard. Lucas looked a trifle worn, and with the forwards engaged in the “Higgledy Piggledy” it was left to Cunliffe to make the beat show. His centres towards goals were capital, and his solo runs were incisive and true. But what was one almost so many. Bennett was well shadowed by the unorthodox Wareing and was not able to bore his way through, as is his went. Further, he wasn’t true from short range –which has generally been his most favourable point; this regularly good marksman from the easy range is the reliable scorer.
The game on the whole was not bad, not good, but a mixed grill of all kinds of football. Everton set a pace that neither they nor Liverpool could keep up but Everton stayed the better for once in a way, and each wing man centred with much good sense. Murray’s old fashioned play gives one to pounder whether the club will ever again have season-tickets booked for visits to Scotland. Here is a young boy who has not known senior football but a fortnight, yet makes a strong impression on each occasion. He hung on to McKinlay, who twisted backwards more than once in his ideas of beating the little man, yet Mac would be the first to admit the proves of the little winger. His centres are rarely wasted and although he showed a touch of No 1 when his shot instead of giving the ball to unmarked forward. It was only nature, I suppose that he should have a pop at goal for enthusiasts like to have the honour of scoring in the top-hole football game, and especially a Derby game. Murray’s nice length and nice pace centres make him a most promising young player, who must needs keep a steady head and an eye on his partner’s methods. Murray must remember the fickleness of the game, the spectators will cheer him today and openly abuse him tomorrow. The hero of today is “the dud” of the morrow. Keep an even keel bow and continue to learn and you’ll do yourself and club well.
EVERTON AT HOME TO STOCKPORT
April 9, 1917, The Liverpool Echo
Turf & Weather Trying to Players
This morning blizzard and snow had effect on the gate at Goodison Park, even through there was an improvement in the conditions at midday. Hunter a youth hailing from St. Helens who was due to be tried at Anfield last Friday but could not get away from his employment, made his debut and the teams lined out on awkward turf in this order;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Hunter and Thompson (captain), backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell and Morris, forwards. Stockport County;- Butler, goal; Goodwin and Newton, backs; A. Waterall, Fayers and Francis, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Kenyon, Rodgers, Nuttall and T. Waterall, forwards. Everton should have scored in the first minutes Murray by admirable football giving Jefferis and Gault a chance. Butler was kept on the alert, Clennell putting a free kick to goal with much power. The ground was so heavy that the ball skiddled awkwardly and another effort of the bad conditions was found in the attendances which was the smallest of the season for Merseys sides. Stockport got busy on the right, Hunter clearing the danger with a timely interception. Still Everton were showing superior football, and when Gault and Morris broke away in turn each was faulty in direction, a fault copied by Rodgers. Much better direction was shown by Jefferis, who let fly at long range and forced Butler to punch away. Kenyon had a chance, but he failed to shoot first time, and Thompson quickly nipped in and stopped any further trouble. How bad the condition of the ground was may be judged by the fact that when Waterall attempted to take a corner kick, he pushed the ball forward ten yards and fell on his latter end.
Matters was not improved by a strong wing and a plentiful supply of snowflakes. Everton were much the superior side, but sturdy defence and good goalkeeping, kept then out. Butler used his fists in an old fashioned way, and his saves from Clennell and Gault were brilliant. Gault mulled a good chance of defeating his old comrade, but a little later had gross luck with a long fast high ball. Butler could not reach it, but the left upright stopped the progress the ball coming back to play. Apart from a close try by Jefferis, there was only one other point of note, prior to half-time –a brilliant save by Mitchell after a free kick taken by Fayers. By the way, the game was of 45 minutes duration in each half, and it would seem that the 40 minutes’ play time is finish for the season.
Half-time; Everton 0, Stockport County 0
The weather improved in the second half, and Stockport found themselves faced by a strong sunshine. Stockport started in sprightlier form than in the first half and Mitchell had to be swift to gather a difficult shot from Kenyon. A very fine shot by Crossthwaite deceived everybody on the ground, and it was luck for Everton that the ball sailed inches over the ball. The referee by his poses and his curious decisions and lack of decisions caused a fund of fun for the 7,000 spectators. He perplexed the players at every turn. The game became very scraggy and there was any amount of bad football the ball being too much in the air. After 70 minutes Rodgers scored from a well placed corner, which Nuttall assisted towards goal. This put new life into the game, Mitchell making a brilliant save and Gault firing high over. At eighty-six minutes Clennell scored from a penalty goal, and a fact to be noted in connection with he taking of the kick was the appearance of Butler a good yard outside the goalline. Final; Everton 1, Stockport 1
Rodgers scored for Stockport
Clennell scored for Everton
EVERTON “A” V KING’S OWN B.I REGIMENT
April 9, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
At Goodison Park this morning. Everton displayed little combination in the opening engagements and the “line” were kept busy defending. Graham however, took up the running for the soldiers and Kelly handled a tame shot from Beardnall. Sergeant Bell cleared a beauty from Northay and at the other end Gorat missed an open goal. In the second half Cardwell, for the King’s Own, struck the crossbar and Kelly saved smartly from a corner. Fine passing by the Blues gave Bamber a chance, and he defeated bell with a long drive. The soldiers put on extra pressure without success, and then Manley increased the Everton lead. Sergeant Atherton in the last minute reduced the lead.
April 9, 1917. The Evening Express
Visit From Stockport County
Goalless First Half
Visiting Defenders Proof Against Blues’ Marksmen
Bearing in mind their fine feat against Liverpool on Saturday Everton had got hopes todays, when they entertained Stockport County, of being able to wipe out the bad licking they received when they were the visitors. Murray did not appear at outside right because the directors thought that two exacting games in succession were quite enough for him to be going on with, and so wisely gave him a rest. His place was taken by Morris, and the eleven also included Hunter, from St. Helens at right full back. He was to have been tried at Anfield last Friday, but could not get away from his employment. Teams;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Hunter and Thompson (captain), backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell and Morris, forwards. Stockport County;- Butler, goal; Goodwin and Newton, backs; A. Waterall, Fayers and Francis, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Kenyon, Rodgers, Nuttall and T. Waterall, forwards. Owing to the inclemency of the weather the attendance did not come up to anticipation, there being only about 10,000 present when the referee, Mr. Tattersall, whistled the men into position. The ground was on the heavy side, but not particularly so considering the amount of rain and snow that had fallen during the day.
A Lost Opportunity
The opening play was very even in character, but eventually the Blues got away, and Clennell placed Morris in possession, but the latter player overran the ball, and a good opportunity was lost. The County then made progress and a nice passing movement carried play into the Everton half, where Rodgers tried a shot, but the ball flew over the bar. Everton again took up the running and a fine combined movement culminated in Gault also shooting over the bar. A rush to the other end saw Waterall round Fleetwood to drop in a nice centre, from which Rodgers tried to shoot, but his shot was blocked by Thompson.
At The Other End
Play veered round to the visitors half, and Jefferis after much manoeuvring sent in a fine ground drive which Butler cleverly saved. Play hereabouts was of a very even description, and for the most part was confined to midfield, but eventually the Blues again got moving and set up a sterling attack on the Stockport goal. The ball was lobbed about the penalty line but a neat pass by Clennell placed Grenyer in possession. The latter’s shot was however, charged down. Crossthwaite sprinted across to the other end but was coolly dispossessed by Wareing, who set his forwards going again, and a corner to the Blues ended in Gault just heading pass the post. Everton maintained the pressure, and a series of attacks kept the Stockport defenders continually on the quivive. Gault made a point blank shot, but Butler again proved his worth by saving in magnificent style.
County’s Sound Defence
As the interval came into sight the homesters redoubled their efforts to score, but the Stockport defence was very sound, and the Everton forwards found goal scoring a very difficult problem. Clennell, Gault and Jefferis did some very clever mancuvering, but all to no purpose. From a free kick against Everton, Nuttall sent in a tremendous drive, but Mitchell saved brilliantly.
Half-time; Everton 0, Stockport County 0.
The Second Half
From the restart Everton attacked and Clennell forced a corner. The flag kick was well placed, but was mulled by Fleetwood and Murray. Gault then got away on his own, and dashed through the Stockport defence, only to shoot past the wrong side of the post. The visitors next had a turn, and Rodgers tried his luck with an oblique shot which Mitchell turned round the post for an abortive corner.
April 10, 1917. The Evening Express
There was another good crowd to witness Everton’s holiday game with Stockport County at Goodison Park yesterday. The snow which fell during the morning made the turf very treacherous but there was plenty of interesting football. The first half was blank, with Everton having more of the play, but the forwards did not finish too well. In the second half the County were the first to score. Following on a corner kick, well taken by Crossthwaite, Mitchell punched the ball up against the crossbar, and it came out to Rodgers, the Stockport centre-forward, who promptly netted. Everton tried hard for the equaliser, but this did not come fill five minutes from time, and when Murray, who was racing through was brought down in the penalty area. Clennell was entrusted with the kick and he made no mistake, giving Butler no chance with a well directed shot into the corner of the net. Thus the County had the satisfaction of going away with a point, and as they defeated Everton in the previous game at Stockport, they have every reason to feel satisfied. Everton were the more polished side, their half backs standing out as the most finished exponents of the game. Fleetwood, as usual, was a terror for work, being tenacious both in attack and defence. Thompson at full back, was very sound, and punted with power, while Mitchell was safe between the sticks. The three inside forwards were clever at manoeuvring, but both the wing men were only moderate on the day’s play. Stockport were more determined than brilliant with a strong defence, and a trustful set of forwards among whom Rodgers stood out as the most dangerous marksman. There was a regrettable scene at the end of the game, the referee, whose decisions had not been agreed with in many instances being hooted as he left the field.
CURIOUS HAPPENINGS AT LOCAL GAMES
April 10, 1917, The Liverpool Echo
Everton and Stockport drew 1-1 yesterday after a goalless first half. The play was not worthy of special consideration, even allowing for the fact that the players were troubled by the elements and by the difficult ball, Rodgers scored after seventy minutes, and four minutes from the close Referee Tattersall from Rambottom, ordered a penalty kick for hands, Clennell in spite of the advance of the goalkeeper –against the rules –a full yard out of the goal. At the close of the game tempers that had been ruffied led to arguments among players, and the referee and linesman came off the field with players clustered round them. The exit sub-way was the point at which an argument arose between a Stockport player and a spectator, who ought to have known better than enter the field of play. Fortunately the matter became a mere squib and the end of a scrambling match was chronicled in the way. Everton played a young back named Hunter, who stood up well to his task and showed much promising form. Murray was not busy in the second half, and while each goalkeeper made three very fine saves, it a undeniable that the shooting all round was poor. The better the position the worse the shot seemed to be the maxim, though Jefferis more than once and Clennell once made good, strong, straight driven that were punched out. Gault, too, had hard lines in hitting the woodwork, and Crossthwaite with a swerving shot nearly surprised the home goalkeeper. The crowd was the poorest of the Mersey season.
EVERTPON AND CELTIC
April 11, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were desirous that Celtic should visit Goodison Park on May 5 (Charity Saturday) and Mr. Cuff has written Mr. Will Maley in the effect, so a Glasgow friend tells me (writes “vim”). A visit of the Scottish champions would undoubtedly have been a draw but the Celts are otherwise engaged on that date, having exchanged to play a game at Motherwell on behalf of a war barines.
IMPROVEMENT IN CHEDGZOY’S CASE
April 12 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Good in the news concerning Sam Chedgzoy, the Evertonian, who was recently seriously injured in a regimental match, cap tic poisoning having supervened. Although it would seem impossible for Sam to play again this season, one is glad to note improvement because the fear is always uppermost in the mind that a player bad-ridden may never play again. We don’t want to lose a gentlemanly and clever player like the Ellesmere Port man. He writes me; - I have had my hands bandaged up through the poison speeding into them, and it made it rather difficult for me to write. I am glad to say that my leg is going along very nicely. As a matter of fact, I have been up on crutches the last two days, but I am hoping to be able to throw them off and use a stick within the next day or two. I have been transferred to another hospital. This one is more of a concealment home. I have no idea when I shall be able to leave it. Hope you are in the best of health.
April 14 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Southport Central’s Ground
Everton were able to field their full strength, and the Central eleven was practically the same as that which was so badly beaten by Liverpool on Monday, Bradley taking the place of Lieutenant Toms. Bradley a promising youngster belonging to Glasgow Rangers. Teams; Everton; Fern, goal; Smith (West Brom) and Thompson (captain), backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault (Stockport County), Clennell and Donnachie, forwards. Southport; W. Wright, goal; Dorward and J.H. Wright, backs; H. Scholfield, Fay and Abrams, half-backs; Cooper, Caulfield, Kirkman, Bradley (Rangers), G Scholfield, forwards. It was half past three when play commenced before a couple of thousand spectators. Central started against the gale, and after the usual complimentary exchanges the visitors moved along on the right, but only to be well checked by Abrams. Some pressing on both sides was rendered negible by the wind, but Everton managed to keep up the pressure, and from a square pass by Donnachie, Clennell missed a perfect opening. Southport thanks good half back work, progressed on the left, where Smith proved a stumbling block, and the Evertonians were again aggressive when Gault in an offside position put over the line. So far the pace was easy but it quickened when Jefferis got possession and wiggled through. He could do no better however, than send the leather gently into Wright’s willing arms. Further pressure forced a corner, but this was not very seriously contested and the next item of interest was a move on the part of the home right wing pair. Cooper had got the better of Grenyer and looked distinctly dangerous, when Thompson came to the rescue and the visitors renewed their attention to Wright’s charge. Their combination however, was sadly lacking at times, and after Jefferis had shot wildly into the wilderness behind the home goal, Gault with scarcely more accuracy, put the ball outside, although there was no one near to hamper him. The Sandgrounders could not make any progress. They tried once or twice through the instrumentally of Cooper and Caulfield but were not permitted to get within the firing range. Everton now began to put the screw on, and the home goal escaped only by a miracle, for Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie all had shots intercepted more by good luck than by good management, and the bombardment only ceased when Wright fisted away a fast rising shot from Jefferis.
April 14, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Fred Geary reminance are making interesting reading. Geary was just about the speediest centre forward the game of Association football has ever known and Anfield was his happy hunting ground, both for Everton and Liverpool. No man has ever been more successful than he in flashing past on oncoming back with a seemingly straight touch ahead of the ball, and little change of course. Then in a twinkling Geary would renew acquaintance with the ball to drive in a hurricane 15 to 20 yards shot of excellent altitude. Bloomer in character –which left the keeper helpless.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
April 14, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton tried to coax Celtic the Scottish champions to Goodison for Charity Saturday (May 5) but the Parkhead club was already booked for that date. In fact, my friend secretary Will Maley tells me that there is no chance of Celtic’s meeting Everton this year, as their dates are all filled until May 26. He thinks the last meeting between the pair at Goodison dates back somewhere about 1894, and that it seems like a lifetime since he mixed with the lights of English football.
April 16, 1917. The Evening Express
The Everton team had much the better of the game at Ash-Lane on Saturday, but unfortunately for them, the forwards while accomplished in every other respect were faulty in marksmanship. They were plied repeatedly by their half-backs, who were in the top of their form both in attack and defence, but singular to relate, practically the only shots that harassed the keeper, came from the intermediate line (writes my colleague “Rovers). With the wind in their favour, the first half resolved itself not a procession to and from the Central scoring zone, but so ably aid the home backs and the keeper acquit themselves that the Everton trip frequently took matters in hand, and three drives from Fleetwood and one from Grenyer might easily have materialised. Having survived against the wind the home team naturally looked forward to better progress in the second portion, but the best they could do was to secure an even distribution of the play. Still neither set of forwards looked like forcing the breech and the game was well nigh spent when Grenyer took up the role of an extra forward, and running through, scored with an accurately directed oblique shot, that defeated Wright all pieces. This was the only point recorded and on the general run of the play Everton deserved the honours of victory. An indicated the finishing touches of the Everton forwards did not approximate the usual standard of efficiency, neither were their movements sufficiently concerned to become convincing. The latter was particularly the case on the right wing, where Jefferis and Murray found Abrams quite equal to dealing with whatever efforts came his way. Gault did fairly well, but the best work came from Clennell and Donnachie, who for the greater part were responsible for most of Everton’s aggressive movements. The footwork of Wareing at centre half, was very effective and on either side of him Fleetwood and Grenyer frustrated the advances of the home wingers at every turn, and, in addition, kept their own forwards with well timed ground passes that merited better results. Smith and Thompson were able defenders and Fern’s position generally was a amecure,. The Southport forwards were quite unchanged and rarely moved in concerned fashion, although well attended to by Fay and Abrams, each of whom, as was the case of the visiting side, being responsible for the only likely shots that went Fern’s way. At left full back Wright played a strong game, and his name sake in goal kept his charge with much skill.
EVERTON’S NARROW WIN
April 16, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s win at Southport is described by “F.E.H”
There was something of an end of the season air about the match between Everton and Southport central, at Ash-Lane, on Saturday. The contest nevertheless, was not without interest, and it at least served once more to demonstrate the strength and ability of the Everton half-back line. The trio did not, it is true, always feed their forwards as they might have done, but they made ample compensation for the lack of assiduity by completely bottling up the Clennell front line. Kirkman and his wings, indeed rarely got a look in throughout the whole ninety minutes and when they did get through their shooting was much wilder than that of their opponents. Everton had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half, but they made very poor use of it, and the interval came with a blank sheet. the second [period was not much more promising but five minutes from the finish Grenyer with his raking stride came through the rock and scored with a hot oblique drive. The Evertonians were always the superior side, and they should have won by a much handsome margin. Gault did not make the best of his opportunities, while Clennell and Jefferis were both unlucky. Smith and Thompson had a comparatively easy journey and Fern’s post was almost a sinecure.
LIVERTON MEN GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER
April 18, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
It is a bit laughable to find on the fixture card next Saturday another meeting of Everton and Liverpool. Someone asked me the other day “What is the match next Saturday?” I answered that it was folly to ask a question like that nowadays. Didn’t he know that Everton and Liverpool were always meeting and saying “How d’ye do.” Well it certainly is quaint that another Derby day should be recorded, in view of the double-edged meetings of the clubs at Easter time, but I declare that the public of Liverpool are quite content to continue football watching, so long as the standard of football is high and the Liverton players continue their gentlemanly methods. It is one of the joys of Mersey life that its sport is clean and withal keen. It is meet therefore that the teams should gather together in rivalry and one could wish only one more thing that the players and officers should meet after the match and “chin” over “coffee”. Tinme was when the best part of a great day’s sport was the evening “gallop” but with the League’s rise to fame the convivial point fell away. I was a pity, for there is nothing like meeting your opponent off the field. The “spirit of sportsmanship” is carried to a logical point when victor and vanquished meet after a match. May I hope that this mild suggestion shall be taken up by those concerned. Everton have chosen their side, which will be identical with that which won at Southport –Fern; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer, Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie. Liverpool; Houghton; Longworth, Lucas; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; Goddard, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, and Cunliffe.
THE FINAL “DERBY” AT GOODISON
April 18, 1917. The Evening Express
Going home at two o’clock in the morning full of –good resolutions, the lads were at one time very fond of warbining, “Dear old pals, jolly old pals, clinging together in all sorts of weather. The song comes to mind with the thoughts that Everton and Liverpool meet for the sixth time this season next Saturday the venue being Goodison Park. They will be so eagerly for the fray as ever though, and if the former games are any criterion we should see a top-hole game. Of course, Liverpool are smarting under that four-nil linking, and after the way they put it across Southport and Stockport they are very hopeful of giving the Parkites something to ponder over. Everton will rely on the same eleven which defeated Southport, that is, they will line up as follows;- Fern; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer, Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie.
RECORDS OF EVERTON-LIVERPOOL MEETING
April 20, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
It is not my intentions to give the record of the previous meetings of Everton and Liverpool in chart form for they will only produce arguments almost team formations 7c., and lead questions to send questions for me to settle. No1 I’ll content myself, in these busy times with giving the present season’s returns, and will draw your attention in the fact that tomorrow’s game will probably be the best played by the clubs, mainly because the heavy weather has passed off the ball will be a nice weight, and the turf will be in fine conditions. First this season’s meetings
December 2, 1916 at Anfield Liverpool 2-1
December 25, 1916 at Walton –Everton 1-0
March 17 1917, at Walton drew 2-2
April 6, 1917, at Anfield 1-1
April 7, at Afield –Everton 4-0
The last play was the most severe that Liverpool have suffered, and like good champions they immediately buckled to and showed the football world that the form was all wrong. They totted up twelve goals in six days and now they are ready to face Everton at Goodison Park with a belief in their power of victory. It is the sixth meeting of the session, and those who saw Good Friday’s contest are certain to attend again, for the football that day was excellent. Naturally the following day’s form was below par. However, that being the final meeting of the great Mersey rivals, I can see tomorrow’s attendance being one of, if not the best of the season. The team sheet never offered less comment. Both sides at full strength. So all ready and well for Mr. Walter Chadwick when he lines up the following sides;- Everton; Fern; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer, Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie. Liverpool; Houghton; Longworth, Lucas; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; Goddard, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, and Cunliffe.
Everton “A” at Clock Face ground Kelly; Brown, Gutteridge; Northey, Keddin, Dale; Dalm, Peat, Wright, Twiss, and Manley, Leave lime-street 1.30.
TEAMS FOR TOMORROW’S MATCHES
April 20, 1917. The Evening Express
Tomorrow is the last of the great days, locally, of this football season, yes so well are both Everton and Liverpool playing that we are certain to see a tip-top game at Goodison. Liverpool for one thing, have something to wipe out –that something being the 4-0 defeat they sustained a couple of weeks ago, and as they nearly always do well at the Park, it is quite on the cards that they will reverse the verdict without reaching the same number of goals. Anyhow I quite expect to see another fine gate and game when the teams line up as follows;- Everton; Fern; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer, Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie. Liverpool; Houghton; Longworth, Lucas; Bamber, Wadsworth, McKinlay; Goddard, Metcalfe, Bennett, Lewis, and Cunliffe.
TOMMY McDERMOT WOUNDED
Daily Record-Friday 20 April 1917
T. McDermott, the old Dundee, Celtic, Everton and Clyde forward, has been wound in action. Tommy, who was an exceptionally clever forward, hails from Cambuslang, being brought out by the local Hibernian team, after leaving which he migrated to Rutherglen Glencairn. He played for Scotland v. Ireland at Belfast in the Ibrox Disater game.
TOMMY M‘DERMOT WOUNDED
Daily Record -Friday 20 April 1917
T. M'Dermot, the old Celtic, Everton and Clyde forward. Has been wounded in action. Tommy, who was an exceptionally clever forward, hails from Cambuslang, being brought out the local Hibernian team, after leaving which he migrated to Rutherglen Glencairn. He played for Scotland v. Ireland at Belfast in the Ibrox Disaster Fund game.
April 21, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Palmer, ex-Everton, is still ploughing his lonely furrow on Barnsley’s little allotment. Palmer may truly he described as an almost great winger.
Notes and Notions
It is pleasing to state that Sam Chedgzoy has made some improvement. The poison has been removed from his knee, but Sam can only hobble about with the aid of a crutch. He has been removed to Mitcham –the laveader and peppermint parish outside London, where he will stay for a few weeks. Chedgzoy assisted West ham in twenty two of their games.
ON EVERTON-LIVERPOOL GAME
April 21, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lucas off the Field
It was the sixth meeting of the Merseyside clubs, and the day being fine and bright a large crowd assembled at Goodison Park to cheer on their own particular favourities. Mr. Walter Chadwick, brother of Edgar, the old fashioned member, was referee. Everton; Fern, goal; Smith (West Brom) and Thompson (captain), backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jeffers, Gault (Stockport County), Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Liverpool; Houghton, goal; Longworth and Lucas, backs; Bamber, Wadsworth and McKinley, half-backs; Goddard, T. Page (South Liverpool), Bennett, Lewis and Cunliffe, forwards.
A Goal in a Minute
There were sensations in the first minute, T.Page of South Liverpool, appeared for Metcalfe (suspended for one week), and Clennell scored in sixty seconds. The goal came through a corner kick conceded by Longworth, Murray lobbing the ball to Jefferis and finally seeing the ball taken from Murray by McKinlay. Murray does not does not take those things lying down. He followed up, and although McKinlay must have known this feature of Murray’s play at a consequence of the recent holiday games, he dallied awhile, and Murray regained possession. The ball was crossed, and Clennell, feinting to move up the right, turned slightly to the left and scored with a shot that Houghton handled, but only pushed to the roof of the net. One up and eighty-nine to go. The goal unbalanced Liverpool for a long time and served to gave confidence to the Everton team. There was no startling point for some minutes, albeit there was nervousness all round. Tom Page showed resource and Bennett was quite close with a hook shot of some height. Donnachie was at fault for once in a way with a centre, and when Lucas fell lame Longworth hit an opponent with an attempted clearance, the result being that Gault had a chance to score. Houghton advanced to meet the centre’s shot, and it was well that he did, for he fumbled badly, and, moreover, lost sight of the ball, which was inches off the line, and behind Houghton. Fortunately for Liverpool, Houghton found the ball and smothered it when Gault followed up. There were other raids on the Liverpool defence, and some extraordinary escapes. McKinley stopped Gault, Lucas returned, Houghton made a one-handled punch, Longworth on the goalline kicked out. Jefferis changed the goalkeeper to the back net, and finally Gault scored after twenty-one minutes from a lovely pass by Donnachie. Houghton left his goal when he saw danger coming, but he in an uncertain mood, and adopted the “he loves, he loves me not.” He did not make a decision and stick to it, and the result was that he was in two minds when faced by Gault. The champions were overplayed, thanks to the fine form of the Everton forwards and half backs and the moderate form of the Liverpool half-back. It must be mentioned that Lucas had gone very lame, but that did not account for the tremendous difference in the standard of play. Donnachie crossed the ball and offered a goal, but no one accepted it, and after Houghton had saved a fine volley by Gault, the home centre scored with a shot that left Houghton bewildered.
The time was thirty minutes, and Lucas thought it wise to retire. There were only one word for Everton today, they had toyed with their opponents, and the Liverpool forwards had never really got going. Everton went out for a bag of goals, and six minutes after the last point Clennell scored, and the pleasure took away some of the pain that a damaged foot caused him. T. Page was also damaged, but don’t imagine the game had been rough. It had been hard, and keen, and Mr. Chadwick had no difficulty in control.
Half-time; Everton 4, Liverpool 0.
MaConnachie an Onlooker
John MaConnachie was a spectator of the game today. The Flying Corps man looks in fine fettle.
Not A Shot to Stop
Anyone could have kept goal as well as Fern in the first half –he had not a shot to stop. The game had not been resumed one moment before Fern was engaged to clear a nice try by Bennett, which he did in his usual safe manner. Lucas was still absent when the game was restarted, but there was no health in the Anfield man, and Gault scored after 47 minutes with a snap chance and a low ball. Houghton made one brilliant save when Jefferis tried a long drive dead on the mark.
The game was too one-sided to be interesting, and only the continued earnestness of the champions kept the game from falling flat. Not for a long time has a local Derby resulted in a five clear goals victory, but I remember that margin at Anfield and Goodison. Still the question for those without the book at their side was whether by scoring again, Everton would break a record. Liverpool were of course, playing the one back game, and I saw at least one member of the Liverpool side loss heart to such as extent that he did not strive for a short time. There was some spirit put into the game when Wadsworth who had not had a happy day, want very close with a well-delivered header.
Clennell scored for Everton -1 minute
Gault scored a second for Everton at 21 minutes
Gault scored a third for Everton at thirty-minutes
Clennell scored a fourth for Everton -36 minutes
Gault scored a fifth for Everton –forty-seven minutes
Football’s fitful season is rapidly drawing to its close. It has been a valiant struggle to keep the game going with all its pre-war protégé –and the strenuous afford had been crowned with success. Our two leading organisations have offered a bold front against that were often insidious in their bearing, and this afternoon they met in the last of a wonderfully successful series of encounters. These recurring matches between the two great rivals have provoked in some quarters the sneers of the self-styled cynics, but the answer of the whole hearted spectators is sweeping in its condemnation of all carping critics. This afternoon’s attendance showed clearly that the populace –naval, military, and civilian –rejoiced in witnessing yet another encounter between the wearers of the Blue and Red jerseys-and if the populace is satisfied let the patrician go bang! Everton were the first to make the appearance and the elusive graphing that struggled through the back ground of clouds lent a lighter colour to the Oxford blue of their jerseys. Liverpool led by Longworth followed immediately after, and the preliminaries were soon arranged. The home captain lost the toss, but in the twinkling of an eye this very questionable disability was more than compensated for. The Everton vanguard, marshalling themselves, in the most approved battle array moved swiftly yet easily forward and in less time than it takes to tell Clennell.
The Notorious Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, drove the ball into a corner of the net. The packed stand behind this goal seemed to shake with the reverberations of it, compacts, and for just one second we saw the same fiery spirit of partisanship fluming for as in the olden days of fiercer fights and less calculated judgement. A brave rally on the part of the Liverpoolians raised “hopes that but allude the fly for joy vanished on the lips” of the Anfielders when Thompson butted in and completely crabbed the pitch. This mixed metaphor from Moore and the land of Old Glory may be excused at a time when the Stars and Stripes are everywhere flying in the breeze. And the allusion is not so inopportune as it may at first blush seem. That time is not far distant –mark my words –when American teams will be doing friendly battles on most of the famous football enclosures in the country. While offering these observation, “Bee,” in another column is telling you the savarnished tale of the proceedings –how Everton were monopolising the play and how Liverpool were so seldom in the venture. The Anfield left wing pair were persistent in their endeavour to retrieve the fallen fortunes of their side, but they met with woefully weak support, and it was not long before the tide of battle surged forward again in favour of the home team. They proceeded to mass their attacks in the most approved formation and a great shout rent the now dull canopy of cloud when Gault, showing his paces like a prize hackney that appreciates its own true word, trotted through all opposition and scored a glorious goal. Has it ever struck you how curiously cruel crowds are! They are invariably on the side of the victors, woe to the conquered.” So it was this moving afternoon. The Everton players stirred on by the approving plaudits of the plebeians, literally bombarded the Liverpool goal, and when Gault again came through and found the target the onlookers seemed to cheer on. Yet there were many Anfield supports present and their dejected air and long faces were pitiful to see. It may therefore have been compassion that the Everton supporters –many of them, I am afraid had goodly investment on the issue –refrained to cheer quite so wildly when Clennell added to the discomfiture of the foe by notching a fourth goal. To sum up the first half I am relucted to constrained to say that the Liverpool players were hopelessly out of the hunt. Except on three specific occasions they never troubled the Everton defenders. The home side on the other hand, might well have doubled their score, damaging as it was. Whatever had been their deliberations in the dressing room the Liverpool returned on the field of play with an obvious plan of campaign? In the first forty seconds they attempted to rush the Everton goal, and a short swift shot from Bennett nearly beat the home keeper. This sudden and violent assault was obviously resented by the Goodison park brigade and they immediately retaliated by going through in sweeping style and adding a fifth goal through the personal of the gallivanting Gault. Nor was this all. A fifth goal seemed but to have wet the appetites of the hungry Evertonians they proceeded to bombard the Liverpool defenders with antagonism and only felt really sorry for Longworth as he tried to manual his forms with a view to checking the rapacity of the goal-getting invaders.
CHAMPIONS AGAIN WELL BEATEN
April 23, 1917. The Evening Express
The curtain was rung down at Goodison Park in great style on Saturday when Everton defeated their near neighbours by a margin of five clear goals before 22,000 spectators who paid £503 admission money. However, there is something to offer in extenuation of the failure of the Anfielders to run their opponents close race for supremacy. To begin with, two of the players –Longworth and McKinlay –had been working all night, so that a strenuous game was bound to tell its tale upon them. Then Metcalf was perforce absent owing to suspension received the previous day, while Lucas became lame carry on, and for the greater portion took no further part in the game. For all that no team could have exacted quarter from Everton on Saturday. Every player on the side was on the top of his form and there was a wholesome blending of method that was bound to produce good results. The forwards had conceived and ably executed a capital plan of campaign. Their advances were smart, crisp and always virile, while finishing touches were more prolific than has been Everton’s custom since the season began. Moreover, they were ably led by Gault, who was generally a first time shot, and while accomplishing the “hat-trick” the frequently came near to increasing his record.
The perfect, understanding that existed between Clennell and Donnachie was one of the outstanding features of the game, and those who have been sceptical as to the ability of the outside man to create openings must have been silenced after witnessing Saturday’s display. Clennell had two goals to his credit, still, he was not in his customary shooting form, otherwise he must at least have doubled his quote and Jefferis again gave an artistic and effective display, enabling Murray to keep well in touch with his comrades. The latter showed much cleverness when it came to a matter of getting out of difficulties but with a clear field he was at times disappointing. All round the forwards attained a high standard of efficiency and the pronounced victory rather under-estimated their ability. They were kept going by mastery half-back play. No finer footwork than that given by the trio has been witnessed on the ground this season. Wareing was clever in intercepting opponents movements and playing his own forwards with accurate ground passes; Fleetwood was ever alert and robust, while Grenyer had a ready conception of the requirements of his comrades in front of him. Thompson and Smith were good defenders and Fern who had not a shot to deal with in the first half had a comparatively quiet afternoon.
ONCE AGAIN EVERTON SCORE 5 AGAINST REDS
April 23, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
The end cometh and we know it. We can feel it. The touch of summer warms us up and colds our enthusiasm for the winter sport. Still the season has been a great success in the city, and we have nothing to grumble about in the “war-time football,” which has been good –aye consistently good, and has always been interesting –which is what we have not always said about the serious League games. The sixth and last meeting of the Everton and Liverpool clubs on Saturday went Everton’s way with no uncertain bump. Five-nil was the verdict and it might have been more if Everton had cared to rub it in. But they were wise in not attempting to “show off” for the method often brings with it a hasty temper, a foot shot out, and a damaged ankle or leg for one of the winning side. Everton’s superiority was most marked. Liverpool from the outset never looked like scoring and way they did not alter their tactics when they found the pushy style would not be tolerated by Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer rather amazes me. Liverpool were stodgy, tired, and frail in attack. Their half-backs form was not too good, and Longworth was overworked. Add to that little of the goalkeeping of Houghton, who has not learnt the art of gathering a ball, and you will not need telling why Liverpool failed. How can one balance the game with the level-headed exhibition given against Stockport a few days earlier? I leave the puzzle to you, sirs.
It is the habit to nominate the goal getters for special praise but while I chronicle Gault’s three and Clennell’s two; I would instantly say that neither have scored without the help of comrades. The fact was simply this! Everton’s half-backs strength (experience, heights, weights, and ability to head a ball, check an attack, and “carrying on” frame an attack for the Everton forwards), together with the well balanced attack of Everton, and their “on the target shooting” would have resulted in most opponents giving up the full points. The home side was irresistible and their footwork was with wisdom and direction.
The Early “Worm.”
Of course their path was made easier by the absence of Metcalfe (sympathies to him) and Lucas (also sympathy –he was off the field after thirty minutes’ play), but I think the surprise first-minute started Liverpool off, their game. Murray has always shown pertinacity, and McKinlay ought to have known better than tempt the outside right as he did, for “Mac” had tried close dribbling against Murray and found him hanging on like a leech. However, McKinlay loves a swift turnaround, and a dribble and a trice the ball was crossed to Clennell to score. An early goal is half the battle. It takes two to overcome it and it unbalances many a team. Longworth fought hard against great odds, so that his occasional lapse of form must be lost in the praise that is due him for the way he helped Houghton in goal. Bamber could not cope with his wing until late on. Wadsworth was not sure in his passes, and was inclined to undo good work by giving a free kick. He made some of the best efforts at scoring recorded by Liverpool, and I was glad when he got a chest-kick to find that he was able to carry on. Cunliffe and Lewis were other reliable members and Cunliffe’s second half sprightliness was worthy of special note.
April 26, 1917. The Evening Express
Everton will be at full strength for their last fixture at Edgerley Park next Saturday when they are due to oppose Stockport County. Clennell received a slight injury in the match with Liverpool and will probably be an absentee. His place will be taken by the St. Helens youth, Twiss, who has played with the team before this season. In other respects the side will be identical with that which routed Liverpool a week ago, and is as follows-Fern; Smith, Thompson; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Murray, Jefferis, E. Gault, Twiss, and Donnachie.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 27 April 1917
I ran into Harold Uren in Victoria-Street this week. he is looking very fit and well, and shortly makes off to the O.T.C, depot. Uren, the former Liverpool, Everton, and Wrexham winger, has, I am sorry to learn recently lost one of his children. We all wish him good fortune in his khaki reign.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
April 28, 1917. The Liverpool Football Echo
Friendly Billy Lacey has been playing a great game for Linfield (Belfast) –Billy Scott’s old club –since the 16 December last. For some time past he has been playing centre half, and Sam Close, Linfield’s secretary, tells me that he is considered the best player in Ireland in that position at present, and he adds, should he be unable to return to Liverpool next season we sincerely hope he will gave us the benefit of his service.
April 28, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
County “All Out”
Hard Struggle For The Victors
Everton looked for and got a hard game today at Stockport, when the County have rarely been beaten. Stockport were strongly represented but Everton could not play the level headed side that beat Liverpool easily last week. Teams:- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Stewart and Thompson (captain), backs; Williams, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Murray, Jefferis, Gault, Twiss, and Donnachie, forwards. Stockport County; Butler, goal; Goodwin and Charlton (Bury) , backs; E. Waterall, Fayer and Wilson, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Kenyon, Rodgers, Nuttall and T. Waterall, forwards. In view of the wretched railway factilities which at present prevail it is perhaps just as well that the football season has reached its close. The comparatively short journey to Stockport was only made at a maximum of inconvenient but fortunately the Evertonians reached Edgerley Park in good time. The weather was mild to fair, and there was a fairly good attendance when the contestants appeared. Everton were without Fleetwood whose place was taken by Williams, a young soldier who has already worn the club colours, and Clennell’s customary position was filled by Twiss. The County team was strengthened by David Wilson, of Oldham, at left half-back and Charlton of Bury, at left full back. It was ten minutes after time when Everton started against a slight breeze. They imminently began to make play on the left, and Donnachie sent in a long dropping shot which was headed away by Goodwin. A second advance on the part of the visitors on the left was spoiled by Twiss over running the ball, and the next item of interest was a determinate push on the part of the home forwards. T. Waterall and Nuttall got clear of Williams and Stewart and Rodgers was well placed when his final shot was fisted away by Mitchell. Stockport however, at once returned to the attack and Thompson missing his kick, let in Nuttall who put in a shot which was cleared. A period of somewhat scrappy work proved of little advantage to either side but matters improved when Wilson settled down to serve his forwards. The Oldham players skill put the County vanguard for a time in constant possession and Nuttall had an open goal before him, when he shot tamely outside. Rodgers tried to repair this omission by lifting his way through the Everton defence but Thompson proved a stumbling block, and A. Waterall was equally unsuccessful when he tried a long drive, which found a safe resting place in Mitchell’s arms. For a considerable period Everton were keep strictly on the defensive, and an aggressive raid on the right was only stalled off at the last moment by Thompson. Hodgson caught the return and he was very nicely placed when he put the ball wide of the far post. So far the argument had been very one-sided, but the visitors eventually roused themselves, and Gault had beaten all opposition except the goalkeeper when he put the ball too far forward, with the result that Butler reached it first, and was able to clear. A few minutes later Twiss managed to evade the watchful Fayers and he shot strongly, the ball passing just outside. Useful work on the part of the Everton halves gave a lead to Murray and Jefferis, but the inside man was baulked by Chorlton and the struggle once again ruled in front of the visitors. Goal. Thompson at once relieved the pressure, and Twiss and Gault raced the length of the field at full speed. The latter had no one to beat but Butler when he shot, wildly over the bar –a very palpable miss.
Everton Gain Upper Hand
After this the Evertonians proceeded to take a much stronger hand in the game, and some very clever footwork was displayed by Jefferis, Gault, and Twiss, who worked their way through only to lose possession at the critical moment. Subsequently the visitors returned on the left where a corner was forced. This was beautifully taken by Donnachie who sent the ball curling into the far corner of the net where it was punched away just in the nick of time by Butler. A breakaway on the part of the Stockport left wing threatened danger, but it was cleared and then there was a rare duel between Jefferis and Nuttall, in which the ex-Evertonian came off best. Smart work on the part of the visitors’ left was mollified by the ubiquitous Fayers, and when Jefferis was coming through prettily he was rather badly fouled just outside the penalty area. The free kick came to nothing and Stockport making play on the left, Wilson just pissed the target with a lovely cross shot from long range. Play was now much more evenly contested both goals being visited in rapid succession, but the finishing work of the forwards, left much to be desired until Gault showed them the way. The ex-Stockport man fastened on the ball in midfield and racing clean through scored a splendid goal, Butler who had run out to met the ball, being completely deceived. Stockport made desperate efforts to equalise before the interval, and Mitchell’s charge experienced two very narrow escapes. The invaders, however, were kept out until half-time came.
Half-time; Stockport County nil, Everton 1
The first half had yielded some very interesting if rather “end-of-the-season” football. Stockport enjoyed all the better of the opening exchanges. The forcefulness of their halves, and forwards kept the Everton defenders busily engaged. Later on, however, the visitors showed cleverer tactics than their opponents, some of the footwork being extremely clever. It failed, however, just before coming to fruition. Gault’s goal was a fine one, and Twiss was unfortunately once in not getting through. Wilson was a tower of strength to the County, and his play materially hampered the tactics of the Everton forwards.
The Second Half.
There were rather over 3,000 people present when play was resumed. The County again began to force the pace, and they made a couple of raids in rapid succession. Thompson, however, cleared cleverly, and Everton came away in well-catered battle array. Donnachie put in a swinging shot, and Twiss headed into goal, Butler just managing to fist it from underneath the bar. The home right wing pair were then in the picture and Grenyer being beaten danger loomed ahead when Stewart nipped in and cleared. Everton now took up the running with a marked persistence and it was well for Stockport that their defence was thoroughly sound. Chorlton once stopped a rush by Murray and Jefferis, that must otherwise have told a tale, and Fayers held Gault up just as the centre-forward looked like going through.
Gault scored for Everton
Crossthwaithe equalised for Stockport.
SO NEAR, AND –
April 30, 1917, The Evening Express
The Everton team came near to carrying off the honours in the subsidiary series of contests on Saturday (writes my colleagues “Rover”). They had led their opponents at Edgerley Park by a goal up to the closing stages of the game, when they became the victims of misfortune. Stewart in attempting to clear headed through his own goal, and ere his comrades could pull themselves together again Crossthwaite gave his side the end. Thus Everton had to rest content as “runners-ups” in the tourney and the excellence of their display in the various games of this series can be gathered from an inspection of the figures in the results chart, which showns their superiority over the rest in the matter of goal average. Taking everything into consideration, Everton were distinctly unlucky in having to concede both points to their opponents. Few teams can exact quarter at Edgerley Park, and had Everton managed to come out on top on Saturday none could have begrudged them the honours.
April 30, 1917. The Liverpool Echo
Everton wound up the season, with a rather thankless visit to Stockport, where they were defeated by the odd goal in three. The annoyance of this lag in the fact that it was Stewart who enable the victors to equalised for he inadvertently put the leather into his own goal in trying to deflect a shot from Crossthwaite. And when the speedy Stockport winger added a second goal on his own account the home side took very good care to keep their lead. It was an interesting, if not particularly exciting contest and there were times when the close passing of the Everton forwards was good to witness. Stockport pursued their customary tactics of trustiness and battle, and with their half back line strengthened by the inclusion of David Wilson, of Oldham they were always able to offer s stout resistance to the Everton attack. The County men set a merry pace and for the first half hour they were much more in the limelight that their opponents. Rodgers and Nuttall being especially aggressive. The visitors then wakened up to some purpose and after Twiss had failed when well placed, Gault got hold and raced clean through to finish with a flashing shot. Thus the Evertonians led at the turn, but the aspect changed when Stewart unwittingly made the mistake to which allusion has been made. The Everton forwards all things considered played pretty football, and Williams made a very capable substitute for Fleetwood. Thompson and Grenyer were a very effective foil Crossthwaite and Kenyon and Stewart did well. Rodgers as usual, was a hard working, and dangerous pivot able backed up by Wilson and the redoubtable pocket wonder Paynor.