PROFESSIONALS AS NON-TRIERS
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 01 August 1908
At the meeting of the Lancashire F.A, I have already alluded to there was some straight talk by Dr. Whitford, the Everton representative. It arose on the rule requiring the clubs to turn out the best available teams in Cup-ties. The doctor was bold enough to give voice that everybody knows, viz., that in the ties some of the players do not try to win. Professionals object to playing two matches in a week, and from what Dr. Whitford said this was the reason why Everton were wiped out for three successive seasons. A grave charge this, but I feel certain it would not be made without good cause. Mr. D. Ashworth of Oldham, struck another note in complaining on behalf of the players that the gold medals given by the Lancashire F.A are not good enough.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 01 August 1908
- Harry Makepeace is a trifle unfortunate that he cannot secure a permanency in the Lancashire eleven. He will get it some day.
- Harry Makepeace has twice this season been Sharp’s partner when the latter has reached three figures. Evertonians would be pleased to see Harry follow Sharp’s lead ere the season closes.
- Sharp’s century against Essex was rattled up in quite his best style. He drove on both sides of the wicket well, and his square cutting was a treat to watch. It was one of the best displays given at Old Trafford this season.
- Jack Sharp’s third century of the season against Essex was particularly welcome, for the Evertonian had not done himself justice in his last few innings, two of which were terminated by that unsatisfactory decision “run out.”
- Although Sharp has been Lancashire’s most prolific batsman, he has yet to receive official recognition.
PARS ABOUT PLAYERS
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 01 August 1908
- John Sharp has hit up three hundreds for Lancashire this season, but against Essex he was more than a trifle fortunate to reach three figures, for he was badly missed off a rather hard drive to cover point when 18. For all that, however, he played fine cricket, hitting fours with refreshing frequency, and cutting fiercely. It is curious that he has several times been caught in recent innings in the long field. His big innings occupied two hours and three-quarters and his fielding at cover-point was exceedingly smart on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- The Everton half-back, Harry Makepeace, batted very well against Essex, and in the first innings he kept his end going steadily, at a time when runs were wanted and when his colleagues were getting out quickly. He was particularly unfortunate to be run out when 34, for when Blomley called him to attempt a short and risky run he loyally responded, only to find that the young wicket-keeper had changed his mind. The result was that Makepeace found himself stranded in the middle of the crease when the wicket was put down. It was a stupid mistake on the part of Blomley, and dreadfully unfortunate for Makapeace.
- Australian Rugby League players who arrival on September 27th, until the end of their programme has been allocated to the Everton ground, on November 18th.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 08 August 1908
- All The Liverpool and Everton players are back at practice. From all accounts the men are as fit as the proverbial fiddle.
- So ben Warren has decided to play for Chelsea next Season. He is a great player, and no one can blame him for leaving Derby for First league football again. Liverpool folk thought he was coming to Everton, but Ben has made a good choice by joining the greatest team of the South.
- Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Young, Harris and Donnachie are the only forwards Everton have who are capable of playing against first-class opponents, with the exception of Mountford. The others are untried. They have no understudy capable of filling Scott’s position, should the Celt get disabled, and at back and half-back they are not over powerful.
Everton’s youthful team
Cricket and Football Field –Saturday August 8 1908
It must be conceded that Everton’s performances, taking 1907-8 season as a whole, failed to genuinely satisfy even those most easily pleased partisans of the richest club in the land. True, the Goodison Park representatives succeeded in scrambling their way – as much by good luck as good management – into fourth stage of the FA Cup Competition, but at what a cost? It needed three points out of the Blues’ closing two League matches to render them safe from expulsion. Think what an undignified position for the League’s only representative that had never previously required to beg or steal their way back into the premier fold. Last April, too, witnessed a somewhat sad leave-taking on the part of several of Everton’s “old brigade.” The parting of the ways is unquestionably regretted in the case of such stalwarts as Booth, Abbott, and Settle, but may good luck attend them, say I, in their pending spheres. Other lesser lights to depart from the Everton arena include Chadwick, Winterhalder, and Donald Sloan, the two former having joined Preston North End, whilst Sloan has crossed the park to Liverpool’s camp, thereto understudy the valiant Sam Hardy. It is with sincere regret, however, one can pretty definitely state it is extremely improbable that Harold Hardman will be found on Everton’s left wing at all during 1908-09. Between the added calls of business and a natural desire to indulge in less strenuous fare than League football. Hardman’s decision must be deemed a sensible one. But the cost to Everton may be heavy. Should he never kick another ball for the Blues, Hardman’s name will ever claim a warm corner in the hearts of loyal Evertonians, than whom there never was a greater loyalist than Hardman himself. Why the FA in its great wisdom has though fit to blunder stupidly in denying Hardman a well-won testimonial will for long remain a puzzle. Thus it is that the prospective Everton will need a big lump of building up, or packing, as the tailors say. Let us glance briefly then at the material to hand. Here is the list, as personally sought this week and officially supplied: -
William Scott, 5ft. 10½in., 11st. 7lb.;
* Clarence Berry, 6ft. 0in., 12st. 4lb.
William Balmer, 5ft. 9½ in., 12st.;
Bob Balmer, 5ft. 8½ in., 10st. 8lb.;
Jock Maconnachie, 5ft. 9½ in., 11st. 5½lb.;
William Stevenson, 5ft. 7½in., 10st. 10½lb.;
Samuel Strettle, 5ft. 11½in., 11st.;
James B. Meunier, 5ft. 7½in., 12st. 8½lb.
Harry Makepeace, 5ft. 7½in., 10st. 7lb.;
Jack Taylor, 5ft. 9½in., 11st. 1lb.;
Hugh Adamson, 5ft. 6½in., 9st. 9lb.;
* John Borthwick, 5ft. 10½in., 11st. 3½lb.;
Daniel Rafferty, 5ft. 6¾in., 10st. 10lb.;
* Charles Pratt, 5ft. 8in., 11st. 1lb.
Jack Sharp, 5ft. 6½in., 11st. 4lb.;
Tim Coleman, 5ft. 6½in., 11st. 6lb.;
Alex Young, 5ft. 8½in., 11st. 2lb.;
Hugh Bolton, 5ft. 5½in., 10st. 3lb.;
Joe Donnachie, 5ft. 7in., 10st.;
Val Harris, 5ft. 8in., 11st. 4lb.;
* William Lacey, 5ft. 7½in., 10st. 5lb.;
George Couper, 5ft. 8in., 12st. 13in.;
Tom Jones, 5ft. 5½in., 9st. 3lb.;
Harry Mountford, 5ft. 6in., 10st. 4½lb.;
Leo Woods, 5ft. 7in., 10st. 12lb.;
B. Chetwood, 5ft. 4½in., 11st.;
* R.M. Evans, 5ft. 10½in., 11st. 7lb.;
T. Crews, 5ft. 8in., 10st. 9lb.;
Bert Freeman, 5ft. 8½in., 12st.;
* Harry Buck, 5ft. 7in., 11st. 1lb.;
* H. Dawson, 5ft. 7in., 10st. 7lb.
* New players.
It will be seen therefore that Everton have a total of 31 players, made up of two goalkeepers, six full backs, six half-backs, and 17 forwards. Of these 31, seven may be written down as new faces, although two or three figured in an odd game or two last April. Fit and well no club need wish a finer keeper than William Scott, whose understudy will be C.H. Berry, a tall, well-built recruit – age 22 – from Warrington. It is clear, however, that Everton will require a third keeper in reserve.
There are half-a-dozen full-backs, but, strange to say, not a new face in the lot. Maconnachie has bit to reproduce last April’s form to secure a ready permanency, and for a start one expects to find him partnered by W. or R. Balmer, more probably the younger of the twain. Nor are Stevenson (Combination team captain) or Strettle defenders to be despised, Meunier, ex-Southport Central back, going to make up the half dozen. Everton have only a like number of middlemen available, although Val Harris can always be commandeered. Still a couple more half-backs would be received with open arms – men of the Ben Warren type for choice. Makepeace, Taylor, and Adamson will probably receive first call. The new half-backs are Borthwick, a lanky centre half from Edinburgh Hibs – age 21 – who was tried v. Sheffield Wednesday in the closing match last April; also C. Pratt, a right or centre half from Barrow – age 22. Personally I should like to have seen Walter Abbott retained. Forward the list is numerous in all conscience, and one trusts that a satisfactory blend will be made early on. Captain Sharp should find a congenial partner in Tim Coleman, whilst Young will have for centre forward rivals such as Freeman, Couper, and Jones. Bolton will probably be the club’s opening choice for inside left, and surely the present is an opportune moment to request that this player may be spared the barracking process which so upset his work last season. Give the man who recorced four goals against Oldham Athletic a fair and reasonable hearing. Mountford (sub-captain of the reserve) may prove the second best inside left available. Of the new forwards, W. Lacey (age 19 and the youngest man on the club’s books), hails from the Shelbourne F.C., Dublin, and is said to be at home either at inside or outside left. R.M. Evans is a 20-years-old outside right from Denbigh, whilst Dawson’s and Buck’s former clubs were Rossendale United and Tranmere Rovers, respectively. Buck is an outside right, and Dawson an outside left. Val Harris is sure to play hard for a position in the Everton’s League team, as are Freeman and Woods, provided the latter is sound again. In some instances the weights of the players as here recorded will witness a considerable reduction ere the season opens, for they went to scale on Wednesday last – the opening training day. Trainers Elliott and Lofthouse intended putting the men into serious preparation work yesterday, when the directors were due to meet and arrange for practice game dates. Goodison’s playing area looks all the better for its close season, and all connected with the club await the opening of another campaign with equanimity. In the main it will be “young Everton” in 1908-9 in preference to the “old brigade.” Eight months hence – or less – we shall be able to tell to what extent youth has been served.
CRELLY OF EVERTON
August 14, 1908. Western Tines
Exeter City professional football team is now completed, and the last man to be signed on will come down with a bigger reputation than those so far possessed by any of the others. This is J. Crelley, the Everton full-back. Crelly's signature was secured by Arthur Chadwick on Wednesday, and the old Evertonian will arrive in the City today. Last season, it was generally understood that Crelley was none too satisfied with the arrangements his club had made in respect to his benefit match, and it comes as no surprise to those who follow the movements of first-class men that he has left Everton. None the less credit, however, must be given to Chadwick for getting him to journey so far West as Exeter, and his capture must certainly be put down as one of the most important made by the South from the North this season. It deserves to rank, in fact, with the captures of Raybould by Arsenal, and Menzies by Luton. Crelley has had far more experience than any other of the City's players, gave Chadwick and Banks. For some seasons he has shared Everton defence with the Brothers Balmer, and in 1906-7 made 15 appearances for Everton, firsts, and was also in the Cup Final team which beat Newcastle 1-0 in 1906. His height then was given as 5ft 9 ½ ins, and his weight as 12st. With Crelly, Bulcock, Craig and Fenwick to choose from Exeter have now nothing to fear by comparison with any back division in the Southern League.
CRELLY, OF EVERTON
Western Times - Friday 14 August 1908
Famous Back signed on for Exeter City professional football team is now completed, and the last man to signed will come down with, bigger reputation than those so far .possessed by any of the others. This J. Crelley, the Everton fullback. Crelley's signature was secured by Arthur Chadwick on Wednesday, and old Evertonian will arrive in the City to-day. Last season, it was generally understood that Crelley was none too satisfied with the arrangements his Club had made in respect to his benefit match, and it comes as surprise to those who follow the movements of first-class men that he has left Everton. None the less credit, however, must be given Chadwick for getting him to journey so far West as Exeter, and his capture must certainly be put down as one of the most important made by the South from the North this season. It deserves to rank, in fact, with the captures of RaybouLd'by Arsenal, and Menzies Luton. Crelley has had far more experience than any other of the City's players, save Chadwick and Banks. For some seasons has shared Everton's defence with the Brothers Balmer, and in 19C6-7 made 15 appearances for Everton Firsts, and was also in the Everton Cup Final team which beat Newcastle I—o1 —0 in 1906. His height then was given 9±in., and his weight a s 12st. With Crelley, Bulcock, Craig, and Fenwiok choose from, Exeter have now nothing to fear by comparison with any back division than Southern League. In an informal practice kick-about on to* Rugby County Ground Wednesday, the Professionals beat the Amateurs by 4—l. The Amateurs scored first, but there was never any doubt as to the ultimate result. Everybody, of course, gave serious tackling distinct " go-by," and there was a general understanding to take things easily.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 15 August 1908
By Richard Samuel
I am now in a position to state that the first preliminary spin has been arranged for Monday week August 24th., the second and final rehearsal booked for the 29th. Of course in the main, we already know the abilities of the 31 professionals signed by Everton, for the list only includes about four men who have not, ere this, donned the club’s colours in active service on at least one occasion. What the teams for the first public spin will has not yet been definitely decided upon, but I suppose the usual probable League team attack against the probable ditto” defence will be the order. Ticketholder" writes this week suggesting that Everton’s most likely team would be; Scott; R. Balmer and Macconnachie; Makepeace, Harris and Adamson; Sharp, Coleman, Young, Bolton and Woods. He says that on Good Friday’s form the backs are bound to be as above, whilst Harris on his play shown last spring can hardly omitted from the half back line, also that Young has no one to push him from centre forward, Freeman being too awkward and not Everton’s style, whilst Couper is much too slow. Ticketholder,” referring to the barracking of players, admits this to be foolish way of showing disapproval, but believes that any man who is a genuine trier is assured fair play at Goodison. There is much of commonsense and truth in correspondent’s letter, which concludes with the hope that the Everton’s young are in for a successful season. His choice an Everton League team may not be very wide of the mark, provided Len Woods is sound and well again. Youth, as aforesaid, will be served; and fine players though W. Balmer and Taylor have been and still are, it is too much to expect them going on forever, although each should come in useful in many prospective League matches, whilst provided they shine effulgently at practice neither can well be left out- even for the opening match. A player like Val Harris, practically compels place being made for him somewhere, and I shall expect him to prove to Everton in the future what men like Taylor, Dorsett, Leeming and Veitch have been to their clubs in the past. Of course, Borthwick is expected to have a say in the centre half position. It is on the left wing that Everton are likely to experience the greatest difficulty however. There are various” possibilities here. For instance, if Young can be relieved from centre, I believe he would make admirable inside man, whilst Bolton and Donnachie, the ex-Newcastle pair, would hard to beat, provided each made Determination his motto. 'Then there are Val Harris and Len Woods, not to mention Mountford and the best of the recruits, Dawson or Lacey. Further in reply to Ticketholder,” Everton have signed local outside left named Michaels, an amateur, but the Sunderland district right winger who was tried in one two reserve matches last spring has not been retained. The Goodison Club have a string of aspiring locals to put through their facings next week, but the discovery of League talent in these spins is almost as difficult the air-ship problem.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 15 August 1908
- Everton need another goalkeeper in reserve.
- Booth, McConnell, Donaldson, and McLoughlin are still unsigned.
- Everton season tickets will not be ready until next week.
- The following team should succeed in making a useful start for Everton;- Scott; R. Balmer, and Macconnachie; Makepeace, Taylor, and Adamson; Sharp, Coleman, Young, Bolton, and Harris
- Jack Sharp and H. Makepeace have been appointed captain and vice-captain of the Everton team.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 15 August 1908
- It must not be forgotten that Everton have got a capable little player in Hugh Bolton, but Everton’s most powerful front line will be Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Young and Val Harris.
- Much is expected from Val Harris in the Everton forward and half way line as occasion requires. Since Lacey’s advert Val is said to be feeling more at home in Liverpool.
- Everton supporters are anxious about an understudy to Scott. Berry, the only other custodian signed on, is an unknown and in case of an accident to Scott the team would be in an awkward position.
- What has become of Everton’s old-time custom to indulge in a panic and sports for their players on the eve of the season? It helped the new men and the old to know each other, and also to become acquainted with the management in the case of the new men.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 15 August 1908
An extraordinary general meeting of the members the Everton Football Club, Limited, was held last evening at the registered offices of the company, Goodison Park, to consider and, if deemed expedient, pass the following resolution, such modification thereof (if any) as may be determined, viz“ That member holding free share (which in this resolution means a share originally allotted as fully paid up free of cost’) and one or more ordinary shares to be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders’ B stand, .or to admission for self-shareholders’ A stand, at 2s. 6d. per annual or to admission for self and lady to shareholders A stand at 6s. per annum. That member holding one free share and nine ordinary shares or upwards to be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders’ A stand 2s. 6d. per annum. That member holding three ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self to shareholders’ B stand at 2s. 6d. per annum; three ordinary shares entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders’B stand, or to admission for self to share' holders’ A stand, at ss. per annum; three ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self and lady shareholders’ A stand at 7s. 6d. per annum; six ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders’ B stand, to admission for self to shareholders’ stand, 2s. 6d. per annum; six ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders’ A stand at Ss. per annum; fifteen ordinary shares or upwards entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders’ A stand at 2s. 6d. per annum. In the event of any shareholder transfer* ring his shares in block, the right to season ticket to follow to the transferee. Shareholders and other season ticket holders not admitted to cup ties, benefit matches for players, charity matches.”— On the motion of Mr. C. Wright, seconded by Mr. N. W. Maver, the foregoing resolution was carried unanimously, just as it stood.—The brief proceedings closed with vote of thanks to the Chairman (Mr. E, A. Bainbrldge), who remarked that the directors were always willing to fall in with the views of the shareholders.
August 15, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
An extraordinary general meeting of the members of the Everton Football Club Co, Ltd, was held at the offices, Goodison-park, last evening. Mr. E.A.Bainbridge, chairman of directors presided, and Mr. Wright proposed and Mr. W. Maber seconded, the following resolution effecting reductions in the price of season tickets for shareholders, according to the number of shares held: - “That a member holing a free share (which in this resolution means a share originally allotted as fully paid up “free of cost”) and one or more ordinary shares to the entitled to, admission for self and lady of shareholders' B Stand, or to admission for self to shareholders' A stand at 2s 6d per annum or to admission for self and Lady to shareholders' A stand at 5s per annum. That a member holding one free and nine ordinary shares or upwards to be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders A stand at 2s 6d per annum. That a member holding three ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self to shareholders' B stand, and at 2s 6d. per annum, three ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self, and lady to shareholders' B stand, or to admission for self to shareholders' A stand at 5s per annum; three ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders' A stand at 7s 6d per annum. Six ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders' B stand or to admission for self to shareholders' A stand at 2s 6d per annum, six ordinary shares be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders' A stand at 5s per annum; fifteen ordinary shares or upwards be entitled to admission for self and lady to shareholders' A stand at 2s 6d per annum. In the event of any shareholder transferring his shares in block, the right to season tickets to follow to the transferee. Shareholders and other season ticket holders not admitted to cup-tie, benefit matches.
EVERTON TEAM FOR PRACTICE MATCH
August 21, 1908. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton club have arranged to kick-off as late as six o'clock on Monday. The teams also representing the first team against the second team have been chosen thus;- Blues; Scott; Balmer and Macconnachie; Harris, Taylor and Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton and Donnachie. Stripes; Berry; Strettell, and Stevenson; Pratt, Borthwick, and Adamson; Buck, Chetwood, Couper, Lacey, and Dawson.
EVERTON F.C. ANTICIPANTS FOR COMING SEASON
August 22, 1908. The Liverpool Football Echo
News Of Players
When a team goes on from success and then drops with a bang, so to speak, the disappointment to the man of the crowd is keen indeed. This is what happened to Everton last season. It was one of the most disappointing periods in the history of the club, and for the first time Everton were in grave danger of descending to a lower circle. Well, we may be thankful they didn't. I have more than once felt it was a lucky thing for the “Blues” when they were beaten at Southampton. The hope was cherished that they would recover the trophy left in the keeping of Sheffield Wednesday. Just imagine what would have happened had Everton qualified for the semi-final and final rounds. With all eyes on the cup, the League position would have been neglected –small blame to anyone –and too late, Everton would have been on the verge of the Second Division which is minutely more a catastrophe than the loss of nay “pot.” Just in time the helm was put round, and so here we are beginning another season. It is not my mission here to criticize past failures. It is to look forward to the promise of season 1908-09. Still, I mention this had time because there are supporters of both clubs who seem to forget that there are other clubs just as anxious to win matches. Their pets lose not always because they play badly, but because the other side play better. Now because Everton were losing –true the football was not the best –supporters of the club that is what they call themselves for a time at any rate thought the club ought not to be patronized until a higher standard was raised. Gates suffer under the same circumstances, though it is to be regretted. The true sportsman never dissociates himself from a beaten team.
Regarding the coming season. We might say Everton will win the Association Cup or win the League. They may not achieve either of these distinctions, and yet have a successful season. One thing you may be sure of the officials at Goodison are anticipating a brighter condition of thing than during March and April this year. Like their friends from across the park, the Blues have not made any wonderful captures. In the past age was more prevalent than youth. It is vice-verse now. Youngsters who took the eye of the directors have been secured from local clubs. The breach caused by the secession of Sloan to Liverpool is filled by a young fellow named Berry from Warrington. He is reputed to be a very smart Rugby-footballer –a knowledge which should be very useful to him in handling the ball. Up Goodison way they think he has quality. Perhaps the most prominent of the youngsters school newly signed is Lacey. He comes from the same club as Val Harris, who of course will be remembered, with Borthwick the 5ft Edinburgh Hibernian as having been signed towards the conclusion of last season. The secretary secured Lacey at the end of May in Dublin. He is very smart forward and can play either inside or outside left. The club had an eye on Dawson, of Rossendale, and eventually he was booked. This youngster, it is generally conceded, is the fastest forward in the Lancashire Combination. Meunier is the Southport Central full back. When Barrow were playing at Goodison the directors were very favourably impressed with Pratt the visitors half-back. He was induced to don the blue jersey. He can play either right or centre half, and he will strengthen an already strong line in which Walter Abbott, Booth, Black, and Chadwick will not be seen. Of these four only Booth has failed to fix up with another club up to now. Burly Abbott has gone to Burnley and he should do the Second Leaguers a great deal of good. Burnley probably will make a full back of him and a good one he would be. Black has crossed the border, Kilnarnock now claiming his services. The Evertonians went to Preston North End, Chadwick being accompanied by Winterhalmer. The latter who was obtained from West Ham United at a big fee did not fulfil anticipations. During the week Crelley made arrangements to play for Exeter City. As this club is not associated with the League the Liverpool man did not require a transfer from Everton. Mason has migrated to Wrexham. The two faces that will be most missed by the Walton crowd will undoubtedly be James Settle and Harold Hardman. Settle concluded arrangements with Stockport County, to whom he is sure to prove a valuable acquisition. A man of his long and varied experience is worth something to a club like Stockport apart from a playing point of view. On account of his profession Hardman is reluctantly forced to leave football alone. Either his business or his football had to go to the wall, and rightly –though we are the sufferers –he chose the latter. Whenever possible the brilliant little amateur will assist the old club but it will only be on very very rare occasions. The exhausts the list of players who had been signed and those who have left. Perhaps readers would have expressed more prominent players to have been signed, say at Derby County half-back or a Sheffield centre-forward. Yes, the club strained every nerve to sign really good men at the close of last season. Because the men were not signed, it is not the fault of the officials. Before long the need for a first class outside left may be felt. To all intents and purposes Donnachie will occupy the perth, but in the absence of Sharp, Donnachie would cross over. Their fore much depends on the play of Lacey, Dawson and Woods. The latter may have an opportunity to prove himself. All the other faces will be seen again and when they come before the public eye the team will be as fit as any. They all look well, and are indulging in the usual course of training-walking, sprinting and gymnastic exercise. One item of news, however is rather depressing. Young has broken down and with a view to his being well for the opening match, he has been sent home to Scotland to recuperate. Here is a full list of the players;-
Goal; Scott and Berry
Backs; B and R Balmer, Macconnachie, Strettell, Stevenson, and Meunier
Half-backs; Harris, Taylor, Makepeace, Adamson, Pratt, and Borthwick
Forwards; Sharp, Coleman, Young, Freeman, Bolton, Donnachie, Jones, Coupier, Crew, Buck, Chetwood, Dawson, Evans, Lacey, Mountford, Rafferty, and Woods. A fair indication of the composition of the team to meet Woolwich Arsenal at Plumstead on September 2 can be obtained from the Blues side to oppose the Stripes in the practice match on Monday evening. I would remind you that the kick-off is fixed for six o'clock and the proceeds as usual go to the hospitals. The teams are;- Blues; Scott; R Balmer and Macconachie; Harris, Taylor and Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton, and Donnachie. Stripes; Berry; Strettall, and Stevenson; Pratt, Borthwick, and Adamson; Buck, Chetwood, Coupier, Lacey and Dawson.
The office at Goodison Park are closed today. The officials and players have taken their annual trip to Llandudno, thence to the Bettway Coed district. Then to business for eight months. Two matches away will be decided in quick time-namely the Arsenal and Bristol City. Then comes the return engagement with the Gunners, 7 th September, Monday evening so that they will soon disposed while Preston North End waits the Blues on the Saturday following. These are only two matches between this and the great local battle when Everton wait Anfield. Three away fixtures are wiped off the list in the first four weeks, compared with an equal number of home. From each of these latter a win should result, the only doubt being Manchester City. Of the away games Middleborough generally give Everton an anxious time at Arysome Park. The ground is in perfect condition. In the way of improvements, nothing has been done, indeed it would be a problem to better things. The stands are being painted, the playing pitch is in splendid order, and in fact everything points to an excellent season.
EVERTON F.C. ANTICIPATIONS FOR COMING SEASON.
August 22 1908. The Liverpool Football Echo.
NEWS OF THE PLAYERS.
Last season, was one of the most disappointing periods in the history of the club, and for the first time, Everton were in grave danger of descending to a lower circle. Well, we may be thankful they didn't. I have more than once felt it was a lucky thing for the “Blues” when they were beaten at Southampton. The hope was cherished that they would recover the trophy left in the keeping of Sheffield Wednesday. Just imagine what would have happened had Everton qualified for the semi-final and final rounds. With all eyes on the cup, the League position would have been neglected-small blame to anyone –and too late, Everton would have been on the verge of the Second Division, which is infinitely more a catastrophe than the loss of any “pot.” Just in time the helm was put round, and so here we are beginning another season. It is not my mission here to criticism past failures. It is to look forward to the promise of season 1908-09. Still, I mention this bad time because there are supporters of both clubs who seem to forget that there are other club, just as anxious to win matches. Their pets lose, not always because they play badly, but because the other side play better. Now because Everton were losing –true, the football was not the best, -supporters of the club, that is what they call themselves, for a time at any rate, though the club oughts not to be patronised until a higher standard was raised. Gates suffer under the same circumstances, though it is to be regretted. The true sportsman never dissociates himself from a beaten team. Regarding the coming season! We might say Everton will win the Association Cup, or top the League. They may not achieve either of these distinction, and yet have a successful season. One thing you may be sure of, the officials at Goodison are anticipating a brighter condition of things than during March and April this year. Like their friends from across the park, the Blues have not made any wonderful captures. In the past age was more prevalent than youth. It is vice versa how youngsters who took the eye of the directors have been secured from local clubs. A young fellow named Berry, from Warrington fills the breach caused by the secession of Sloan to Liverpool. He is reputed to be a very smart Rugby footballer –a knowledge which should be very useful to him in handling the ball. Up Goodison way they think he has quality. Perhaps the most prominent of the younger school newly signed is Lacey. He comes from the same club as Val Harris, who of course, will be remembered, with Borthwick, the 6ft Edinburgh Hibernians, as having been signed towards the conclusion of last season. The secretary secured Lacey at the end of May in Dublin. He is very smart forward, and can play either inside or outside left. The club had an eye on Dawson, of Rossendale, and eventually he was booked. The youngster, it is generally conceded, is the fastest outside forwards in Lancashire Combination. Meunier is the Southport Central full back. When Barrow were playing at Goodison the directors were very favourably impressed with Pratt, the visitors' half-back. He was induced to don the blue jersey. He can play either right or centre half, and he will strengthen an already strong line, in which Walter Abbott, Booth, Black, and Chadwick will not be seen. Of these four, only Booth has failed to fix up with another club up to now. Burily Abbott has gone to Burnley, and he should do the Second Leaguers a great deal of good. Burnley probably, will make a full back of him, and a good one he should be. Black has crossed the border, Kilnarnock now claiming his services. Two Evertonians went to Preston North End, Chadwick, being accompanied by Winterhalmer. The latter, who was obtained from West Ham United at a big fee, did not fulfil anticipations. During this week Crelly made arrangements to play for Exeter City. As this club is not associated with the League the Liverpool man did not require a transfer from Everton. Mason, has migrated to Wrexham. The two faces that will be most missed by the Walton crowd will undoubtedly be James Settle, and Harold Hardman, Settle concluded arrangements with Stockport County, to whom he is sure to prove a valuable acquisition. A man of his long and varied experience is worth something to a club like Stockport apart from a playing point of view. On account of his profession Hardman is reluctantly forced to leave football alone. Either his business of his football had to go to the wall, or rightly –though we are the sufferers –he chose the latter. Whenever possible the brilliant little amateur will assist the old club, but it will only be on very rare occasions. That exhausts the list of players who had been signed and those who have left. Perhaps readers would have expected more prominent players to have been signed say a Derby County half-back of a Sheffield centre forward. Yet, the club stained every nerve to sign really good men at the close of last season. Because the men were not signed, it is not the fault of the officials. Before long the need for a first class outside left may be felt. To all intents and purposes Donnachie will occupy this berth but in the absence of Sharp, Donnachie would cross over. Therefore much depends on the play of Lacey, Dawson, and Woods. The latter may have an opportunity to prove himself. All the other faces will be seen again, and when they come before the public eye the team will be as fit as an. They all look well, and are indulging in the usual course of training –walking, sprinting, and gymnastic exercise. One item of news, however, is rather depressing. Young has broken down, and with a view to his being well for the opening match, he has been sent home to Scotland to recuperate. Here is a full list of the players: - Goal, Scott and Berry, Backs, W and R Balmer, MaConnachie, Strettell, Stevenson, and Meunier. Half-backs, Harris, Young, Makepeace, Adamson, Pratt, and Borthwick, Forwards Sharp, Coleman, Young, Freeman, Bolton, Donnachie, Jones, Couper, Crew, Buck, Chetwood, Dawson, Evans, Lacey, Mountford, Rafferty, and Woods. A fair indication of the composition of the team to meet Woolwich Arsenal at Plumstead on September 2, can be obtained from the Blues side to oppose the Stripes in the practice match on Monday evening. I would remind you that the kick-off is fixed for sixo'clock, and the proceeds as usual, go to the hospitals. The offices at Goodison-park are closed to day. The officials and players have taken their annual trip to Llandudno, thence to the Bettway-Cood district. Their to business for eight months. Two matches away will be decided in quick time- namely the Arsenal and Bristol City. Then comes the return engagement with the Gunners (7 September), Monday evening, so that they will soon be disposed of, while Preston North End visit the Blues on the Saturday following. There are only two matches between this and the great local battle, when Everton visit Anfield. Three away fixtures are wiped off the slate in the first four weeks, compared with an equal number at home. From each of these latter a win should result, the only doubt being Manchester City. Of the away games, Middlesbrough generally give Everton an anxious time at Ayresome Park. The ground is in perfect conditions. In the way of improvement nothing has been done, indeed, it would be a puzzle to better things. The stands etc, are being painted, the playing pitch is in splendid order, and in fact everything points to an excellent season. (Ranius).
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 22 August 1908
By Richard Samuel
Everton’s armed forces will come along for inspection on Monday evening at six o’clock, and here, too, a large crowd of eager local enthusiasts is sure to visit for personal satisfaction and—as Anfield—the benefit of local charities. The Everton footballers tackled Stanley’s cricketers on Wednesday evening, but rain cut an interesting event in two. We shall anxious to take a peep at Everton’s new men in particular, and report upon a closer inspection Borthwick, Pratt, Dawson, Lacey, Evans, etc. After all is said and done, the tried hands in both camps are not likely being easily brushed aside from League service. Everton’s final full-dress rehearsal is fixed for nest Saturday afternoon. I shall have much interest chat upon and discuss in Saturday’s '‘Field.”
The Opening Practice
For their opening practice match Monday, the Everton directors have chosen the following teams:— Blues Scott; R. Balmer and McConnachie; Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton, and Donnachie. Stripes:—Berry; Strettell and Stevenson; Pratt, Borthwick, and Adamson; Buck, Chetwood, Couper, Lacey, and Dawson, The Blues may be looked upon Everton’s Probables for League service. There is one notable absentee from the forward line, however, this being Sandy Young, whilst it to be noted that Val Harris is be tried at right half. Makepeace crossing over, where he is almost equally good. The experiment trying Harris the right should work out well, although there are some probably who will think that young Adamson deserves a League position last season's form. However, only 11 men can accommodated at time.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 22 August 1908
- Everton and Liverpool have been asked to provide music at their matches. If their teams will only play to a winning tune each time out, we fancy their supporters won’t ask anything farther off the Reds and Blues.
- Bowman formerly of Everton and Blackburn, has decided to assist Leeds City, as have quite a number of Southern clubs.
- Everton’s most genuine disappointment last season was Winterhalder, who did such great things as an outside left when with West Ham United. Prestonians are hoping that Winterhalder will approximate more to his true Southern League runners this year.
- Preston people are expecting a great deal from Chadwick, whose “carriage” from Everton proved such a costly business. Merseysiders are hoping that not only may North End have no reason to feel disappointed with Chadwick, but they are hoping that a real genuine game of football will ensue when North End faces both Everton and Liverpool during the night eight months. There has been precious little football in it of recent years, so that it is really time we had a change for the better.
- Everton have indeed adopted a bold policy in parting with such men as Abbott, Crelley, Settle, and Booth, not to mention the loss of Hardman’s services.
- Alec Young looks the picture of health, and appears to have put on a stone or two since last April.
JACK SHARP AS OUTFITTER
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 22 August 1908
The Everton F.C., captain, and Lancashire County cricket laurels, is obvious a good judge of what is required for cricket and football. His sports and athletic outfitting business in carried on with the same cheeriness that the sunny-faced one plays on the field; and in his progressive business policy he has an able coadjutor and manager in Mr. J.J.Rice. For some weeks past there has poured out of the Expert Sports Department, 38, Whitechapel, Liverpool, a veritable flood of catalogues, bound for all parts of the world. It is amazing what a hugh trade is done at a well-known athletic emporium. True, a good player selling good goods ought to be able to command success, such as Jack Sharp has achieved. The illustrated and coloured price-list for 1908-9 can be had for the asking. The Expert football was used in the last Cup Final; and an imposing list of International games, regimental and naval clubs, shows that Sharp has a big list of satisfied customers. He caters for young players as well as rich clubs.
JACK CRELLY TO EXETER
August 22, 190. The Liverpool Football Echo
Jack Crelly is about to indulge in his second trial of Southern League Football, having last weekend signed for his new organisation at Exeter. His first appearance of Southern League football only lasted a week or two, for after turning out with Millwall, Crelly turned homeward, and soon reappeared in the Blues colours. 1902-03 was Crelly first regular season with the Everton League team. Meanwhile A.J. Schofield, the former Everton and Manchester United forward, and also local “fire-brigade” man is at present disengaged. Charlie Clark formerly Everton half-back, will again captain for Plymouth Argyle this season.
August 25, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
The keen interest of local football enthusiasts in the prospects for the coming season was again demonstrated last evening, when a crowd of about 8,000 assembled at Goodison-park to witness the first practice match of the Everton Club. The game was played between the first and second teams, known for the occasion as the “Blues” and the “Stripes” respectively. Young, who is ill, and W. Balmer were absent, the players being: - Blues: - Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman, Freeman, Bolton, and Donnachie, forwards. Stripes: - Berry, goal, Strettell, and Stevenson, backs, Pratt, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Buck, Chetwood, Couper, Lacey, and Dawson forwards. The Stripes started, and the Blues, thanks to Sharp, who was evidently in all his old time form, at once pressed. The cricketer got in a fine centre, and in endeavouring to clear this Pratt, the new recruit from Barrow, put through his own goal. Play was fairly quickly, the Blues having the best of it. Their forwards line worked well, but Sharp and Coleman were easily the best of the string. The halves were good, Harris showing form which confirmed the view that Everton made a capture in signing on this player last season. Scott was not much troubled by any of the few shots he had to deal with, and the defensive work of R. Balmer and McConnachie was consistently sound. In the Reserves team, Dawson, the left winger from Rossendale, seemed to be the best of the new men, and some of his work was very fine. His speed aided him considerably, and altogether he gave a most promising exhibition. He had a capable partner in Lacey, late of Dublin Shelbourne. Couper, who was last year prevented from playing by illness, also did well, reminding the spectators in both build and method of the old Newcastle centre, Appleyard, who has been signed on by the Oldham Club. Buck, the “Stripes” outside right, did not have many opportunities for a long time, but it was from a fine piece of work on his part that Couper was enabled to put on an equalising goal. The Reserves half-backs were a capable line. At back Strettle did well, while Stevenson on performed ably against a strong wing. Freeman scored a second goal for the Blues with a shot, which Berry had no, chance to save. The Stripes custodian afterwards distinguished himself by making smart saves from freeman, Sharp, and Coleman, and on one occasion Stevenson very cleverly dropped back into goal and diverted a hot shot from the outside right. Directly after the interval a splendid centre from Dawson led to Chetwood equalising the scores, but an old-time run and centre by Sharp gave Freeman the easiest of chances to once more put his side in front. Coleman followed this with a characteristic goal –a fine dash well into the penalty area and a close range shot, which gave the goalkeeper no chance. A feature of this half was the admirable runs by Dawson and Buck, and the splendid centering of the former, who, if he maintains his form, should quickly secure a position in the League eleven. A capital game ended in a win for the first team (Blues) by 4 goals to 2.
EVERTON PRACTICE MATCH
August 25, 1908. The Liverpool Echo
We have had both our local teams on view and what are the impressions? Favorable very. A fair crowd turned up, but had the outlook been brilliant a much better one would have been looked for. A very pleasant ninety minutes was spent, the game from the start to finish being full of interest. All doubts as to one of the first team members coming out were quickly brustled aside when Sharp led his men out to a rousing cheer. Makepeace was also present;- Teams;- Blues; Scott; Balmer, Macconachie; Harris, Taylor, Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton and Donnachie. Stripes; Berry; Strettle, Stevenson; Pratt, Borthwick, Adamson; Buck, Cheetwood, Couper, Lacey and Dawson. The Blues won the toss, but there was no advantage to be gained by winning it, so Couper kicked off for the Stripes. The Blues robbed them almost immediately but it was quickly to be seen that we were out for a pleasant game. The first goal was scored from a bully in front of Berry, Pratt in his excitement to put the ball round the corner of the net, just landed it inside thus giving the Blues their first goal. The Stripes tried hard to stone for the reverse and made a pretty combined move down the field, but the ball was safely negotiated. The leather travelled from end to end in quick time. Harris had an opportunity of feeding Sharp, but he was rather slow, and the ball passed out. From the throw-in Sharp and Coleman treated the spectators to a pretty passing bout, as the result of which Sharp sent the leather right across the goalmouth and it went safety over the line. Buck was very much in evidence, ably assisted by Chetwood, and caused Scott to have his charge to clear. From Scott's kick the stripes got the ball the whole forward line worked down an splendid style, and a pretty piece of work ended in Couper giving Scott one which beat him all the way, thus equalizing the score. Even play was the order all through the first half. Freeman showed his paces, and gave Berry one which he almost dropped, but managed to throw away. A moment later the Blues were at him again, this time from Bolton, but Berry was not to be beaten, Borthwick intercepted a pass from Jack Sharp which enabled the Stripes to work the ball down, making straight for goal and have a shot at Scott and it was simply astonishing how he got to it and saved. Borthwick and Donnachie gave some very pretty passing in fact, both forward line showed pretty combination. Freeman scored the second for the Blues. It was a sterling bit of play, wending his way through several players he let go and the ball crashed into the net. Another goal looked certain for the Blues. Just before half-time Freeman again got through several players. He sent the ball right along the turf out of the reach of the backs. Sharp was well up met it, took a steadier, and hit a drive, only to see the ball bang right against Strettle –and it was a stinger, too, and bounce into play again, when it was safely got away. The half time was 2-1 for the Blues.
The second half had not been in progress many minutes when Chetwood equalized the scores. This put the Blues on their mettle, and they had more of the play, Jack Sharp gave is some of his best work. He simply raced round the backs, and gave Freeman plenty to do. Coleman was but no means idle, Freeman had a bag hand in the scoring. Scott had no easy task, for the Stripes gave him a great deal to do, and the way in which he saved pleased all. Several of the shots he had to negotiate were anything but easy, and would have beaten many goalkeepers. Buck and Chetwood were frequently causing trouble. Towards the end the light was anything but good, but still the interest in the game was maintained till the end. The Blues ran out winners by 4 goals to 2.
Players –The first team gave one the impression of doing much better than last season. Scott in goal was simply grand. He was safe and clean in picking the ball up. R. Balmer and Macconnachie showed a perfect understanding and were safe. The former took more risk than his colleague but “Mac” was the same cool back as we have always seen him. Harry Makepeace outside left did exceedingly well, and although his position is on the right wing he was just as good on the left. Taylor the old warhorse was always in evidence, and so was “Jock” of old. Harris did extremely good work on the right, feeding Sharp and Coleman judiciously. The forwards showed good combination. Their passing was very pretty to watch. Not dallying with the ball, they made straight for goal and let go in every opportunity. This is a good idea, for goals are sure to accrue from this style of play.
Stripes; -Berry was kept busy. He showed himself to be a capable custodian, and after a little much practice he will be a capable understudy to Scott. The backs Stevenson and Strettle at times perhaps flurried with the worrying tactics of the first team, but did some sterling work. The halves showed themselves capable of doing some good work in the future, if not quite up to concert pitch they showed great improvement as the game procreated. The forwards gave one the view of being a capable lot of players and should be able to assist the first team when called upon. Buck showed splendid dash, had a good turn of speed, and knows where the goal lies. He can drop the ball in front of goal in a very threatening manner, they assisted by Chetwood they make a good wing. Couper was fair in the centre, Dawson and Lacey will do better when they understand each other's game better, but on redeeming feature of their play is they look for goal on every possible occasion. Tonight Everton footballers are continuing their match with Stanley which was left incomplete last week through rain, at Arkes-lane. Everton are the batters and wickets are pitched at five o'clock.
HARDMAN & MANCHESTER UNITED
August 26, 1908. The Liverpool Echo
A Manchester telegram states – It is rumoured that Harold P. Hardman, Everton's outside left, has signed an amateur form for Manchester United for the coming season. Walter Brearley is making his debut evening in the Manchester City practice matches as a goalkeeper.
The Lancashire Cricket Committee was anxious that Jack Sharp and Harry Makepeace should play in their last match, but owing to the practice game on Saturday the Everton directors cannot see their way clear to let them off. A very wise decision too. The followers of the Blues like to see their favourities out. The second half of Stanley v Everton footballers was brought to a conclusion last evening at Lower Arkes-line which resulted in a win for Stanley by 39 runs. A nice enjoyable game both from a players and a spectators point of view was witnessed. Trainer Elliott and Harry Makepeace officiated with the white Irock. The first pair of batsmen Wood and Dawson made a favourable start before being bowled by Moore. The best stand of the match was made by Pratt and Meunier, who showed themselves to receive a good defence and able to punish the right one. They can hit. So Elliott would have thought when one went perilously near the head. He ducked just in time to allow the ball to go for 4 thus saving himself the trouble of bringing out his sponge. Chetwood added but the tail experienced difficulty in watching the ball owing to the fainting light. Val Harris and Bolton were the last pair. Hugh was shy in coming out, but after a little persistence he had a go and a merry one too. He preferred the dance about a bit when one came near his legs but he managed to hit a 2, was hit a blind hit. Hugh and a single much to the amusement of the crowd before Harris was unfortunate in skying one which Jones held, and thus brought the match to a close. Despite a heavy shower that fell during the match the bowlers did well with a wet ball, Moore came out with a good analyzed, for 19 and Wilson three for 18. It is a pity that a cricket match could not be arranged every season between Everton and Liverpool footballers during the month of August. It would be a splendid draw and the result of the match gives to some deserving cause.
EVERTONIAN JOINS MANCHESTER UNITED
August 27, 1908. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The announcement was made yesterday that Harold Hardman, who figured in the Everton ranks last season, has signed for Manchester United. Hardman it will be remembered withdraw from Everton in order to devote himself to his profession as a solicitor in Manchester. He cannot bind himself to play regularly, and therefore he intends to join Northern Nomads, but being desirous of retaining his connect with First Division football, and being a Manchester man by birth, he has offered to assist the United.
EVERTON'S TEAM FOR SATURDAY
August 28, 1908. The Liverpool Echo
It is gratifying to learn that Chadwick late of Everton has been chosed to represent Preston North End as centre half, Winterhalmer so far has not been selected, the directors replying on the line players. Everton directors must have been greatly impressed with the game last Monday evening for a reshuffle of the teams has not been found necessity. Probably when the selection of the team is made public we shall find the Blues representing Everton in the Woolwich match similar to that which has been appealing in the practical match. Probably that is the reason the Blues are unchanged for Saturday's game. The Stripes team has been slightly altered. Meunier, vice Strettel is not a surprise. Rafferty is appearing in the half-backs and Jones is accompanying Buck in the forwards. The kick-off is fixed for 3-30 p.m and the team are as follow; Blues; Scott; R. Balmer, and Macconnachie; Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton, and Donnachie. Stripes; Berry; Stevenson, and Meunier; Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson; Buck, Jones, Couper, Lacey, and Dawson.
August 29, 1908. The Liverpool Football Echo
Sandy Young, breakdown may prove a serious thing to Everton. Three of four seasons ago Young proved unequal to the task of League football, but it was thought he had out lived any tendency towards further breakdowns. Arthur Berry, the brilliant “Varsity right winger and son of the Liverpool F.C. chairman who has also selected to figure in the International v. Sweden is not likely to frequently assist the Liverpool club during 1908-09.
EVERTON'S FIRST PRACTICE
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 29 August 1908
By Richard Samuel
Everton’s First Public Canter came off on Monday evening before a 12,000 attendance, the receipts here approaching 90 for charitable disbursement. The teams faced in the following order; - Blues: Scott; R. Balmer, and Macconnachie; Harris. Taylor, and Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton, and Donnachie. Stripes: Berry; Strettle and Stevenson; Pratt (Barrow), Borthwick and Adamson; Buck (Tranmere), Chetwood, Couper, Lacey (Shelbourne), and Dawson (Rossendale United). The encounter served to produce some very delightful and exhilarating football on the whole, many of the passages between the contestants being highly diverting and pulse stirring to witness. The game was only two minutes old when Pratt in trying to place a centre from the opposing right wing into safety hooked it through his own goal. But the Stripes fought pluckily, and Buck getting the better of McConnachie, centred for Couper to capitally equalise. After this Dawson and Lacey were very noticeable. One rousing run and fast-rising centre from the first-rammed, which Scott captured in remarkable fashion, was cheered again and again by the delighted onlookers. However, Freeman gave the Blues the lead again from Sharp's centre before the interval. Crossing over it was not long ere both Dawson and Buck shone, the latter then closed in to find McConnaclne again somewhat lacking, and the ball was eventually once more netted by Couper. Directly after Sharp put in The Finest Run of the Game, with Adamson and Stevenson in pursuit. The captain’s finishing centre was readily converted by Freeman, and as Coleman added another ere the end with a glorious 16 yards shot, the Blues won a splendid trial by four goals to two. The only really disappointing department for the winners was the left wing, where Bolton did very little, and Donnachie oft displayed fatal hesitancy. On the other hand. Dawson and Lacey shaped very promisingly indeed on the Stripes’ left wing. Dawson fast and centred admirably, playing a genuine Harold Hardman type of game, receiving able assistance from Lacey, and Adamson in his rear- Harris had a troublesome time with Lacey and Dawson, and Monday’s form I should set Adamson down rather the more effective halfback. Sharp and Coleman were really; sparkling and promise brilliant partnership, whilst Freeman gave his best display since joining Everton. He savoured last season, but Monday’s rendering should give Everton useful service. Taylor played admirably, and Makepeace gave full satisfaction. The League backs kicked stoutly as a rule, although both seemed bothered with the surprisingly nippy attack opposing them. Scott was Scott in goal. Everton, I think, are to congratulate the form shown by their recruits, unless Monday’s work was Mere Flash the pan. Of course, Berry and his hacks were both occasionally overweighed, yet all three behaved creditably. Adamson was slightly better in attack than defence. Pratt, after unlucky start, played very well, and is a likely built half-back. Borthwick showed some good points in general footwork and placing, but as yet lacks something of the alertness necessary to successfully fill centre half-back role English First League football. At centre forward for the Stripes, Couper played acceptably; he is finer drawn than last season. Buck, who is diminutive little chap of the Harry Davis type, soon became popular with the crowd, and Chetwood performed a lot of necessary donkey work. On Monday’s form. Everton’s League team left wing position will, as cause for anxiety. Otherwise the work the two teams was most praiseworthy, and the club promises have capital reserve team again. Possibly some of Monday’s form was all wrong, and thus the views already expressed may need modifying after seeing Everton practice again this afternoon. However, with all the talent at command, there is not the slightest reason why Everton should not go far in the League and Cup campaign of 1908-9 season.
EVERTON’S FINAL PRACTICE
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 29 August 1908
By Richard Samuel
Everton’s final practice today will, I trust, have materially assisted the directorate in arriving at something definite as to what the Blues’ team is to be for Wednesday’s visit to Woolwich. I should say that Scott, R. Balmer, Macconnachie, Makepeace, Taylor, Sharp, and Coleman are certainties, and Harris with Freeman almost so. Adamson on Monday’s form deserves consideration, and so, too, do Lacey and Dawson. Perhaps the directors have had a trump card to spring on us today, however. Opinions officially differ respecting the quality of Donnachie’s practice work. His worst fault is his tendency to “lapse”; hence his inconsistency. Again, some opine that Everton’s best outside left at the present time is Harry Washington Mountford. But an Everton attack without Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman will surely be difficult to realise for a week or two! If Freeman reproduces Monday’s form –if selected –at Plumstead, Everton should just about pull through, especially as the Arsenal defence cannot avoid being greatly weakened by the departure of men like Ashcroft and Sharp.
Everton are due at far-away Bristol, where they have yet to record their maiden victory. The personnel of the visiting side will, of course, depend upon Wednesday’s demeanour at Woolwich, but with as solid defence and at least one brilliant wing, the Blues should come through satisfactorily in both next week’s strenuous trials. Some writers are already pessimistic enough to state that 1908-9 will show up both Everton and Liverpool in the light as two weak teams. We may have had more roseate prospects, but I cannot admit that both clubs are “weak” at the present moment. May each have an encouraging send-off, say I!
PARS ABOUT PLAYERS
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 29 August 1908
- Tom Jones, Everton’s local forward, is said to have fully recovered from his ankle injury of last season. He was expected to turn out at inside right at today’s trial.
- After nothing robust methods adopted by “Sandy” Young, the Everton centre forward, last season, it must have come as a disappointment to the Everton management and supporters alike to find August ushered in with crack international centre forward not in the pink of health. He has been dispatched across the border to recuperate, and Everton supporters may rest assured that the Goodison club will not include him in their team until he reports himself as being thoroughly up to concert pitch again.
- Couper- This Everton forward is a much better man at centre than he is a wing player. Last season he carried rather too much “timber” and this militated against his effectiveness. This has been remedied to a considerable extent, and good effect was early apparent in Monday’s trial match. Couper’s harmony with his brother forwards was also pronounced. On the other side Freeman, too, was a long way ahead of last season’s Freeman, so that Everton are hoping to have the pivotship satisfactorily filled between the two players named.
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 29 August 1908
- Lacey and Dawson have the makings of a great wing for Everton.
- It is very disheartening to young Adamson to be forced to play second fiddle to anyone. On his form he deserves better treatment from Everton.
- Bert Sharp has had a very successful season, and it is a pity he was not included in the Lancashire Second X1. For Prescott he has a battling average of over 40, while his 60 odd wickets have cost but nine runs apiece.
- Tom Crawshaw and Tom Booth have now dropped out of first-class football altogether. The first named has fixed up with Chesterfield, the latter is still unsigned, and would prove a valuable acquisition for some Second League team.
- Dawson, late of Rossendale, is a player much above the ordinary. His eel-like runs will trouble a few defenders.
- Alec Young has broken down, and has been sent home to recuperate for the opening match. Alec’s services are indispensable to Everton.
- Berry, the Everton reserve custodian, showed that he is a capable goalkeeper. Practice and experience in class football may result in him becoming a capable understudy to Scott.
- Forward, Everton should be very strong, though the right wing is likely to overshadow the left. With a centre-forward who will evenly distribute the play an improvement on last season seems assured.
- Makepeace will probably appear regularly at left half instead of right as hitherto, an arrangement which will be beneficial to the team, seeing that the wing in front of him may be a couple of recruits who will improve by his coaching.
- Len Woods, if he comes forward, will have a great say in the composition of the Everton left wing.
- With the exception of Tom Booth and McCormick, all the Everton cast-offs have been fixed up. Jack Crelley has signed for Exeter.
- Bert Freeman has improved out of all recognition, judging by the practice match. A little more combination with his dash would make him one of England’s best.
- Kirwan, the Irish international, who played many brilliant games with Tottenham Hotspur, but did not get much of a show whilst with Chelsea last season, is playing a good game for Clyde.
- The news that Hardman has signed for Manchester United has caused much disappointment at Goodison Park. Everton supporters expected that when able to take part in league football he would at least have assisted the “Blues.”
- Jack Taylor by his play in the practice game suggests that there is little chance for a recruit to step into his shoes. He was as lively as the youngest of them.
- The Everton players were beaten by Stanley in a cricket match. Neither Sharp nor Makepeace was included in the Everton eleven, or we fancy victory would have rested with the footballers.
- Lewis, the Somerset cricketer, has not so far been signed on for football. He gave several useful displays in the Bristol City goal last season, for whom he appeared in 21 games. His return to Goodison Park might prove popular.
- Jack Sharp looks as if he is going to enjoy as successful a season on the football field as his past one on the cricket field. Though neither he nor Makepeace has had any football training for the approaching season, both were equally clever in controlling the big ball.
EVERTON’S PRACTICE MATCH
Cricket and Football Field - Saturday 29 August 1908
Everton’s final practice match took place this afternoon, when there were 10,000 spectators. The capital form of the Blues on Monday evening had again given satisfaction to the club’s supporters with the exception of the left wing, which, however, was left undisturbed for this afternoon’s trial. Donnachie and Bolton again being partners. In the Stripes’ team Rafferty, Meunier, and Jones came in for Pratt, Strettell and Chetwood respectively. Blues; Scott; R. Balmer, Macconnachie; Harris, Taylor, Makepeace; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton and Donnachie. Stripes; Berry; Stevenson, Meunier; Rafferty, Borthwick, Adamson; Buck, Jones, Couper, Lacey, and Dawson. Referee; Mr. J.R. Lloyd.
After being subjected to the photographer, the men turned out to an accompaniment of cheers and raindrops. The torrential downfall had delayed the start some minutes. It was still raining hard when Freeman kicked off for the Blues. In the first minute Makepeace drew from Berry a capital save as the result of neat combination by his own forwards. Scott saved at the other end from Couper. Buck had an interesting duel with Macconnachie, the latter eventually forcing the ball into touch. Despite persevering defence by Stevenson, the Blues pressed, their left wing being very clever hereabouts, and winning two unfruitful corners. Taylor was also playing a prominent part. The Blues had a number of shots charged down. After further pressure by the probables, Couper broke away and worked close to Scott, but here Buck came on the scene and shot too high. Taylor was lucky to get in the way of a centre from Dawson, this being the first real chance the Stripes’ left wing had had. After a quick spell of unexpected shooting, Coleman struck the far upright, the ball rebounding into play –a lucky escape for the Stripes. The back division had thus, far presented a stout defence. By means of a thrilling dash on the back by Buck, who raced past the cool Macconnachie on the inside, Scott’s charge was seriously endangered, indeed, fatally so, for Buck ran in and shot, but although this was partially saved, Jones lying handy, drove the ball into the net –a splendid goal. This gave the Stripes the lead after 25 minutes’ play. Shortly afterwards Buck was again cheered for beating Macconnachie. The best that fell to the Blues was an offside goal by Bolton, Freeman a little later emulating his brother forward. Some excitement was caused when Dawson centred, and the Stripes was caused when Dawson centred, and the Stripes’ right wing almost scored a second goal; indeed, had Jones and his partner been less excited themselves, they would have done so. The Stripes continued to press the opposing defence, and Macconnachie twice in quick succession almost placed the ball into his own net, the Blues being rather lucky in avoiding further downfall. Berry shaped well in goal subsequently. Half-time; Stripes 1, Blues 0.
Sharp’s Penalty Goal.
Soon after the restart Buck got through splendidly, and gave to Jones, who tested Scott with a hot close-quarter shot, Stevenson and Meunier, the Stripes’ defenders, had played an excellent game to this point, whilst the reserve forward were quite as effective as the better-known men comprising the Blues’ attack. Stevenson was mulcted in a penalty for bringing three men down, and from this Sharp equalized the score. Even play followed until Bolton drew from Berry a brilliant save. An equally fine shot and save by Dawson and Scott respectively followed at the other end. Then from as run and pass by Coleman, Freeman scored a second goal for the Blues with a well-judged shot. Berry saved brilliantly from Makepeace and Harris. Nothing further was scored. Final; Blues 2, Stripes 1.
Athletic News, 31 August, 1908.
Matters have reached a stage at Everton when it has been deemed necessary to break from old associations, and whenever this occurs, there inevitably arises the wonder whether, the change will work towards good or ill fortune. Included amongst the well-known players who have sought other spheres of influences are Crelley, Abbott, Booth, Black, Settle, Sloan, Hardman, Graham, and Winterhalder. These are stalwarts whose places will require to be adequately filled, while in addition comes the disquieting news that all is not well with Young –one of the cleverest centre-forwards of the day when in form. Hence Everton are compelled to tackle the difficult problem of building up another successful eleven. During the close season they have been in negotiations with three players of the highest reputation, but although prepared to buy at the top price in a legar-market, they failed to secure their follows; Goal; Scott,; Full-backs; W and R. Balmer, MaConnachie, Stevenson, Strettle; half-backs; Makepeace, Taylor, Adamson, Val Harris, Rafferty; forwards, Sharp, Coleman, Young, Bolton, Donnachie, Cooper, Jones, Mountford, Freeman, Chetwood, and Woods. Coming to the new or less-known players the club have secured for goal Berry (C.H), a local youth, who stands 6ft and weighs 12st 11lbs, in addition to whom the directors will have a claim upon Kelly, an amateur, who has assisted them and the Northern Nomads on many previous occasions. At full back, there is J. Meunnier, who was secured from Southport Central last season. He is a sturdy player, standing 5ft 7 1/2 ins, and weighing 12st 8 ¼ lbs. For the intermediate line are John Borthwick, who hails from Edinburgh Hibernians, a tall centre-half, 5ft 10 ins, and scaling 11st 3 ¼ lbs, and C. Pratt, a right wing player of repute from Barrow, whose 5ft 8ins, and 11st 1lbs, should serve him in good stead for an arduous campaign. Judging from the displays in the practice games, it would appear that Everton possess the making of a first rate left wing in W. Lacey, of Dublin, Shelbourne and C Dawson, of Rossendale. Both men showed fine form in ther trials, and completely overshadowed Bolton and Donnachie in the League eleven. Lacey is only 19 years of age, stands 5ft 7 ¼ ins, and weighs 10st 5lb, but he is a clever inside winger. One of the smartest-looking footballers that has come to Goodison is Dawson, an outside left, who against a sterling full-back like the young Balmer, displayed such meritorious football that he will have to be seriously considered for a place in the League eleven. With Hardman absent, he will, along with Mountford, claim the notice of the directors for the important position. He is 21 years of age, stands 5ft 7ins, and weighs 11st 1lb; he is speedy, centres well, and knows not the meaning of defeat. Harry Buck is a fast outside right, who, last winter, was a regular player in the Tranmere Rovers eleven, which won the championship of the Combination. He is a sturdy sprinter, and should improve his football at Everton. Much depends upon the manner in which the new comes acquit themselves when the serious work of the season commences. Scott in goal, and the full backs appear sound enough, while there is plenty of choice for the half-back division. It is in the front rank that Everton will probably discover their earliest weakness, and changes in this part of the team may be anticipated. The left wing will have to be considered and experiments made to discover the best combination. There are splendid chances for the youngsters.
EVERTON FINAL PRACTICE.
August 31, 1908. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton Club played their last public practice at Goodison-park on Saturday, and the game attracted quite 10,000 people. The contest was interesting throughout, and provided an excellent curtain raiser for the more serious business, which will be commenced on Wednesday. The sides were composed as follows: - Blues: - Scott goal, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman Freeman Bolton, and Donnachie, forwards. Stripes: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Buck, T. Jones, Couper, Lacey, and Dawson, forwards.
Of course, there was not the excitement and keenest which one looks for in a League contest, but, this notwithstanding the interest never flagged. Both elevens put in capital work, and the Stripes forwards were particularly anxious to make the best of their opportunities, so much so that the Blues' defence was constantly in danger of being captured, and, when Jones gave his side the lead before the interval, as the result of good work by Buck, it was only the natural outcome of a pushful and enterprising policy. After the interval Sharp made matters equal from a penalty kick , granted for a foul upon Freeman by Stevenson and later Freeman gave his side the lead with a capital effort, the Blues thus winning by 2 goals to 1.
It would be unfair, and probably unwise, to indulge in a detailed criticism of the men's abilities on Saturday's display, for, after all with nothing at issue, there was little need for the players to extend themselves. Still, it was a splendid occasion for a preliminary canter, and served to demonstrate the capabilities of the Everton reserves strength. This was especially noticeable in the back divisions where Stevenson and Meunier rendered splendid services. The latter was always under notice and the manner in which he repeatedly held up Sharp and Coleman augurs well for his future success, while Berry made some capital saves and showed himself a good understudy to Scott. Scott was several times in difficulties, but this display throughout gave every satisfaction, Balmer was much better than McConnachie, who found Buck a very tough customer. The half-backs on both sides did well with Makepeace, Taylor, and Adamson probably the best of the six. In the forward line there were two different styles on view. The Stripes never troubled about finessing, but went straight for their destination by the shortest routed, while the Blues forwards were inclined to linger about for a better opening than the one they were able to create at the first time, of asking. The right wing of the Leaguers was better than the left, while Freeman was good without being unduly prominent. All the forwards of the Stripes played well, and on Saturday's form there will be keen competition for places in the League eleven. Dawson was keenly alive to every opportunity, and some of his centres were marvels of accuracy, while he was ably supported by Lacey. Couper was a pushful pivot, and Buck and Jones very often found McConnachie more to do than he could very well manage.
August 31, 1908. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are speedily rubbing Woolwich Arsenal off the fixture list. They appear at Plumstead on Wednesday and next Monday the Arsenal will be down at Goodison. In the interm they will revisit Bristol's ground. This has been cutely arranged. The Everton team on Wednesday morning will leave Lime-Street at eleven o'clock and will arrive at their destination at 3.10. The kick off at Plumstead is as late as 5.45 so that there will no be a great deal of time for the players to get rid of railway legs” The men will stay at Kingston in readiness for the match on Saturday against Bristol City. The team to represent the Blues in their opening encounter is pretty well as expected. Young being absent the visitors will have two ex-Gunners. On the other hand Charles Scatterwaite will be appealing against his old citizens. Mr. Cuff informs me that the following twelve players will make the journey South;- Scott, goal; Robert Balmer and Macconnachie, backs; Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs; Sharp, Coleman, Freeman, Bolton and Donnachie, forwards with Adamson as reserve. Mr. A.E. Farrent will be the referee on this occasion. He is a Bristol man and has served for many seasons now. The home match tomorrow at Goodison commences at 5.45 and the referee is Mr. A. Hargreaves, of Blackpool. The attraction of Everton Reserves v. Southport Central. This is to be the home representation;- Berry, goal; Stevenson, and Meunier, backs; Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs; Buck, Jones, Couper, Laney, and Dawson, forewards. The taking at the Everton practice match on Saturday were £212 by two matches. Charity again gets a lift by our local football. I wish our clubs would maist that their gifts to the charities should be placed towards the credit of a cot, so that for all time it should be on record that the Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs supported that for those for preference.
Lieutenant M. Writes
Bad weather has been very conspicuous in our practice games this year and will greatly affect the amount to be handled over to the hospital blind. Despite this fact, however, a goodly number turned up at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon to witness the final practice of the Everton team. The game from the outset was fast and exhilarating, scarcely a dull moment was witnessed and any little slips that were made we will gladly overlook, for the greasy state of the turf and wet ball accounted for a lot. Just previous to the commencement a heavy shower came on and delayed the start for nearly ten minutes. The teams received a rousing cheer, and no time was lost in getting to work. The Blues lost the toss but the Stripes selected to play against the wind in the first half, which turned out to be in their favour, for the second half the Blues had to face a glaring sun. The Blues at once got down, and Makepeace had the first pop at goal which failed. The game was fast for the Stripes got clear to the other and immediately, and were banging away at Scott, Sharp got possession with the assistance of Coleman, a try for goal was their intention but Sharp in trying to centre got too much screw on the ball and it went almost to the centre line. Here the Stripes tackled on and went away at top speed. Buck and Jones tried to work for an opening but to save himself Balmer kicked back to Scott. The Stripes were in the vicinity of Scott a moment later, and the defence was hotly pressed, but no goals could be obtained. Makepace was prominent on the left and passed the ball right across the field to the opposite wing, Donnachie received a nasty kick on the hand from Stevenson –of course, a pure accident. From a centre Taylor almost got a goal. He headed in finely only to find Berry quite ready, Coleman tried his hand, but the shot was met by one of the backs and it went outside. Borthwick showed no fear in the centre. He tackle splendidly and fed his men so well that most of the pressing was in front of Scott. Donnachie was found napping and the Stripes were pressing hotly when Taylor in heading the all almost put it through his own goal. Blues were now in evidence and had a go for a change. Harris got through a ruck of players. He tried to give it to sharp but his pace was a little too strong and Meunier was able to clear. Both sides pressed hard. Some pretty passing was seen between Bolton and Donnachie but they could not piece a hole in Berry's defence. First blood was drawn here. Some grand combination was seen between Buck-Jones and Couper. Buck received a pass and gave it back to Couper but he lost possession. Buck got it again, but edged between the backs he only managed to send the ball rolling along just in front of Scott but out of his reach. Jones came along put the foot to it and it rolled into the net. That Jones scored the first goal. The left wing were not idle by any means and some very pleasing finishes they showed and always a source of danger to the backs. The Blues were on their mettle now, but Meunier and Stevenson did some splendid work. Another goal almost came from Buck a few minutes later. He tried a run through on his own, Macconnachie partially checked. Buck hung on to him and sent the ball forward but could not reach it in time to turn it into the net. Just about half-time the Stripes were persistent in their attacks in front of goal and so hot was the pressure that Macconnachie almost put through his own goal. Interval Stripes 1, Blues nil.
The second half saw the Stripes again on the move for goal. The forwards worked down towards Scott, Jones winding up with a teaser which brought Scott to his knees. Both ends were visited in quick time. A sterling individual effort was witnessed by Couper. He went away a top speed. R Balmer tried to check him, but Couper put the ball over his head raced after it, but came down a cropper owing to the slippery state of the grass. Then we saw Jones and Scott sprinting to get possession, but the latter reached it first, and kicked down the held. It was a close tussle and had Scott been beaten Jones had the goal at his mercy. The Blues were serving up some nasty bits now and Stevenson was pressed very hard which ended in a penalty being given against him. Sharp took the kick and made no mistake about it, although Berry touched the ball in its flight but it handed home. This stirred the Blues up immensely and they gave of their best and goals were were writ do Jack's face. Makepeace was giving a grand exhibition on the left. Freeman was the goal-getter on the second occasion. A movement imitated by Sharp he passed the ball to Coleman who transferred to Freeman. He managed to get through and made no bones about it. Bang it went in. The Blues now warmed to their work in spirited fashion and were keen on more goals if occasions arose, but we heard the whistle blow before this was accomplished and a fast game ended in the Blues winning by 2-1.
It is true the Blues won but the Stripes were not disgraced for they gave their opponents a grand run all through. The forwards were always dangerous and but for Scott splendid keeping a heavier scoring would have been recorded. He received poor support from his backs who were worried by the forcing tactics of the whole opposing forwards. Macconnachie. In particular was weak, but during the second half he showed up much better. The halves worked hard and the feeding of the forwards was delightful. Jock the old war horse showed us he is still one to be reckoned with and will no doubt be found frequently in the centre half position. The forwards at the outset did not get into their stride for a long time. Sharp found that the wet ball needed careful manceuring but warning to his work he put in some splendid centres. The right wing, with Freeman in the centre served up some very tasty dishes and what a pom-pom shooter the centre was and puts plenty of power into his shots. The left wing gave occasional spasmodic bursts, but the best came from the other wing. The Stripes gave a spirited display all through. The forwards combined with a will and it would not be fair to pick one individual out for special mention. Jones's first outing was watched very closely and with Buck's as a partner he made a good right wing. Dawson, lacey and Couper gave a really fine exhibition, the former in particular and were always a source of danger to the defence. The halves did all that could be desired and Borthwick improved at every outing. Meunier stood out alone in the back division and had plenty of work to do, which was to be expected with such a strong opposition. His kicking was strong and his tackling clean and he possession a splendid turn of speed. Berry was safe, and made an excellent impression. There is no doubt Everton practice matches have revealed the fact that the reserves this year are a very capable lot –much above the average –and would give some of the first leaguers some tough work to do. It would not surprise me if the Combination team got some bumper gates this season for they have shown themselves a very attractive lot.