EVERTON FOOTBALLER'S CHOICE.
Liverpool Echo-Saturday 15 July 1916
Samuel Chedgzoy, the famous Everton and international outside right, has joined the Scots Guards, and left Liverpool this morning for Caterham.
Liverpool Echo - Monday 17 July 1916
In addition to the " Football Echo" notice regarding Sam Chedgzoy joining the Army, I can give the following additional local names: Liverpool. Middlehurst, Watson, and Banks. Everton. —Makepeace and Maconnachie. Even so Liverton sides will be strong again.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 21 July 1916
Rifleman W.H. Percy, of the 6th Rifles and the accountants' department of the Liverpool Corporation, who was one of the first Everton amateur players to join up, has just celebrated hus 22nd birthday, and the second in the trenches.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 26 July 1916
Talk of half-back reminds that Brown, of Everton, has this week joined the forces. He desired to join the Flying Corps, but he had to fly lower, that corps is overstocked. Brown was one of Everton's most promising youngsters, man who bore out all the good things prophesied of him by Jack Elliott. He had a classic style, and for his rotundity was especially nimble on his feet. He adopted the cool game and shaped well from the start.
CONCERNING EX-EVERTON FAVOURITE.
Liverpool Echo- Thursday 27 July 1916
The appearance the name of one, R. Balmer, in the casualty list this week, has caused many anxious inquiries about the well-known West Derby and Everton player writes " Vin ". As a matter of fact, Bobbie has not been "out'' yet much less "down and out," he not likely to go " frontwards for some time. He has been stationed at Prees Heath rather more than three months, and has been in hospital nearly the whole of the time. He has undergone two operations, but now able ambulate, and is looking well. Mersevsiders will be pleased to hear these tidings of a popular local.
ADVERTISEMENT IN LIVERPOOL ECHO
July 29, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Football Club invite Applications from Players of ability for the coming season. Opportunities will be given for training in the evening prior to the practice games –Write giving full particulars, club last played for, height, weight, and position. W.C. Cuff, Goodison Park.
CHEDGZOY’S MOVE; THE FIRST PRACTICE
August 4, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
There is news of Everton and a popular Evertonian today. Item number one is that the first practical match at Goodison Park will take place on August 19. Strong sides will take the field. Some well-known faces will be missing, chief among them, MaConnachie and Chedgzoy. Item number two concerns the latter player who it can be stated definitely has decided to give his services to West Ham.
PROPOSED PAYMENT OF PLAYERS
August 7, 1916. The Evening Express
By the Judge
It is announced today on excellent authority that the directors of certain clubs have been approached by the players with a view to an effort being made to induce the Football Association to withdraw the ban on professionalism and allow the players to receive payment. The players are very modest, and quite a moderate sum per week would satisfy them. The president of the League has been approached and he has promised to bring the matter before his colleagues. Every conceivable argument against professionalism, remarks the “Athletic News,” has now gone. The players last season showed interested loyalty to the clubs, and served the public with unstinted generosity. All the clubs gained by the action of the players. It is true the balance sheets of some clubs reveal a loss, but it is small indeed by comparison with what it would have been had there been no football. The claim of the players is excellently strong. Not only have they played one season without reward, but in many instances they were actually losers. Such as are not in the Army are under no stigma whatever as shirkers. Every man is doing his work in the way he can best serve his country, and it should not be forgotten that whilst a few are earning good wages many are in receipts of a sum far less than their former football salary.
WELL-KNOWN FOOTBALL PLAYERS WOUNDED
August 7, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Many sportsman in various parts of the country but particularly in Liverpool will learn with regrets that Jack Borthwick, the former Everton centre-half has been seriously wounded in the head. He lies in a French hospital and the latest report is that he is progressing favourably. Jack was very popular both in the city and in Millwall, to which team he went from Everton. Everybody will wish him a speedy recovery.
Another former Evertonian, but not so well known as Jack is reported missing. Many will recall Frank Docherty, the outside right, who was transferred from Wellington Athletic to the Goodison Park a few seasons ago. He also played for Fulham. His brother Sergeant Docherty, well known in Northern boxing circles was killed some months ago.
• Mayor Frank C. Buckley (Footballers Battalion) the international half-back has also been severely wounded. He was shot through the shoulder and is now in Bournbrook Hospital.
LIVERTON PLAYERS SEEK THE PRESIDENT
August 12, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
The wage topic is troubling footballers. They were willing to help the clubs to carry on last season. That was an exceptional season, in which it was difficult to say which way the cat would leap. Now that clubs have made –their number is fairly numerous –a profit out of a charity session, the players rightly think that they should be paid a wage of so much per week or so much per match. Can the clubs stand the expanses? Our city clubs and Manchester City certainly could. Whether others could is aside the point at the moment. What the players want to know is, “How do the pros, stand.” The Everton and Liverpool players formed a deputation to seek Mr. John McKenna’s advice, and this meeting took place last week. What happened I don’t pretend to know, but I do know that Mr. McKenna could, having no mandate from the English League clubs, not make a move in this matter, though he could, and probably did, promise to help the players in their cause. The fact to be borne in mind is this: The F.A. control these matters, and they have so far said they will not allow payments to footballers during the war. It is deviously to be hoped they have better grounds for refusal than those advanced by Mr. Wagstaff Simmons, who fears that payment to players raise an outcry against the game. Who, when, and why could anyone cry “shame” to football? They didn’t scoff at Scotland last season, and now that the eligibles must have been put into khaki there could not possibly be an outcry against the players. The Management Committee of the League met this week, but not for the purpose of considering the wages topic, albeit Mr. McKenna mentioned the matter to the members. It is greatly to be feared that players will be difficult to find if some payment is not made? Is the footballer to be the only person to suffer financially? In addition do let us guard against the possibility of under-the-table payments.
FAMOUS FOOTBALLER'S LETETR FROM RUHLEBEN
Sunday Post - Sunday 13 August 1916
Mr. John Cameron, the ex-Ayr Parkhouse-Queen's Park-Everton-Tottenham Hotspur footballer, has been writing to friends in Ary from Ruhleben Camp, Germany, where he has been interned since the outbreak of war. In the course of his letter he says;- "Our constant cry is' How Long,' and we get utterly sick of each other at times. Must we be here for another football season? Surely not...our boys here sometimes get dreadful shocks of brothers dead or wounded. One young chap called Eden in our loft is now a baronet through a series of deaths. We have a nephew of the great Balfour also in our 'bug run,' and the Earl of Perth is also in the camp.
EVERTON CAPTAIN RECEIVES COMMISSION.
Liverpool Echo - Monday 14 August 1916
Our congratulations to Jamie Galt, the Everton captain, who has now been granted a lieutenancy in the Royal Flying Corps. Galt quickly rose from the ranks. When played in the military international at Liverpool last May he was a sergeant, and was stationed at Bisley.
EVERTON’S PRACTICE MATCH
August 16, 1916, The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Everton had a private practice match on Monday evening, when a trial was given to a number of local players. Subsequently the directors met and selected the sides to take part in the first public trial next Saturday, the 19th, the kick-off being 3.30 p.m. Everton will have no difficulty in placing a powerful team on the field, though at outside right and centre-forward they will doubtless make experiments. The chosen sides for Saturday’s test are as follows: - Blues: - Fern; Smith (West Bromwich), Dunn; Challinor, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Cheldon, Rigsby, and Harrison. Stripes; Mitchell; Thompson, Simpson; Stewart, Fleetwood, McNeal (West Bromwich); Williamson, Hadwin, Clennell, Jefferis, and Manley.
Fresh Local Faces.
Dunn, Lloyd, Cheldon, Hadwin, and Manley are new local players, Williamson, the Scottish youth, was tried last year at centre forward, and Stewart has usually assisted the reserves at full back. There will be a second public practice match on Saturday, August 26, at 6.30 p.m. The proceeds of the trials will be allocated to the Stanley Hospital, Bootle Borough, Hospital, and Saturday Hospital Fund. All the men have been training for a fortnight and appear very fit.
Daily Record-Thursday 17 August 1916
Macconnachie, the old Hibernian back, who has been such a success with Everton is a member of the Royal Flying Corps, in which branch of the service he had clubmates. Makepeace as a comrade. Macconnachie who belongs to the Fossil-park district, was brought out by the Glasgow Perthshire club.
EVERTON’S TRAIL TEAMS.
August 18, 1916. Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Just a remainder about Everton’s trial match at 3.30 tomorrow. The teams were chosen after Monday’s “test” and the selected sides are as follows:-- Blues: - Fern; Smith (West Bromwich), Dunn; Challinor, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Cheldon, Rigsby, and Harrison. Stripes; Mitchell; Thompson, Simpson; Stewart, Fleetwood, McNeal (West Bromwich); Williamson, Hadwin, Clennell, Jefferis, and Manley.
EVERTON SET THE BALL ROLLING TOMORROW
August 18, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sport Notes
Latest advices from Everton show that there is no change in the selected side for the interesting trial arranged for tomorrow, when the Goodison Park season will be started. Mr. Peers will referee the following sides. :-- Blues: - Fern; Smith (West Bromwich), Dunn; Challinor, Wareing, Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Cheldon, Rigsby, and Harrison. Stripes; Mitchell; Thompson, Simpson; Stewart, Fleetwood, McNeal (West Bromwich); Williamson, Hadwin, Clennell, Jefferis, and Manley. In view of the desire to watch the form of the newcomers and the known members, there should be a large crowd. Interest in football locally is at a high point still, and the hospital funds should benefit to a large amount through the public trial of the Blues tomorrow. Makepeace, MaConnachie and Chedgzoy are the main absentees, and the two first-named have been chosen to play for the Flying Corp against West Ham on the 26th a game in which an R.F.C members, Mr. Harvey Bamlett will referee.
Sandy Young’s Finances.
The secretary of the Everton Football Club has received a message from “Sandy” Young’s solicitors stating that his defence cost £200. It is possible that something will be done locally towards helping Young finalically. The club will be happy to receive any contributions from admirers of “Sandy.” These should be sent to Mr. W.C. Cuff, Everton Football Club, Walton.
August 19, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
• “Sandy” Young’s case is deserving of practical sympathy as well as condemnations. The Football hero has far greater temptation put in his way than any ordinary man, just as the star turn has in other walks of life. Footballers are not all John Sharpe or Fred Geary. The iron will is a fine asset, but unhappily all mankind is not thus “caused.” Young may be written down as a “case” in point.
• Challinor assisted Rochdale last season, but there may be fuller use for his services out Everton way this year.
• Lloyd, the Warrington youth is something of a sprinter. He created a favourable impression at Everton’s private spin the other night.
• By the way Mr. Fred Geary, of Everton, Liverpool and international fame, is to the force as a judge of bowling greens, &c, and is frequently called in for consultive purposes by those about to “build” or improve their greens.
• Private Caldwell, of the Black Watch, is not unknown out Everton way, where his watch-fullness led to a diversity of opinion regarding it effectiveness.
• There was a private spin at Goodison on Monday night when Lloyd, a Warrington youth, gave a promising show.
WHEN THE TONE WAS DIFFERENT
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 19 August 1916
Apropos the superior attitudeof the richer clubs an old North-End supporter, who still takes a keen interest in all that concerns the club though he is no longer resident in the town, writes me with reference to the defence of Everton's action by one of their directors, Mr. W.R. Clayton, and asks; "I wonder if he forgets the help that Everton got from North End long years ago, when such players as Jack Ross, Bob Howarth, and Billy Stewart were transferred to them for practically nothing? I remember being present at one interview between one of the Everton directors and Jack Gordon at the North-Western Hotel in Fishergate-now pulled down - when Gordon was badly wanted by Everton, and Jack got two pounds to think the matter over, although he didn't go. Then, didn't Bob Kelso go to Goodison? The statements of the Everton chairman are an indication of how the wind blows, and we may expect some startling propositions when the country is again normal. It is a good job Everton can't pay what dividend they like. If they had been able to they wouldn't have spent so much money in ground developments, as he is pleased to call it, and the comfort of th patrons would not have been heard so much about." Kelso, the old Rentonian, who played right half for two years at Deepdale, went to Everton, like Stewart, whose discharge from the Black Watch North End purchased; and although all the movements of players between the two clubs were not dictated by purest goodwill, there is no doubt whatever that the Preston organiastion helped Everton very considerable at a time when the present position of the twain were reversed.
NEWCOMERS AND PLAN OF FIELD
August 19, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Today’s game at Goodison Park was refereed by Mr. Stan Peers, the English League referee and the teams together with the “brief” concerning new names will be found in the following:- Blues; Fern’ Smith (West Brom), Dunn, Challnor, Wareing, Dale, Lloyd, Kirsopp, Sheldon, Rigsby, Harrison. Stripes; Mitchell, Stewart, Simpson; Heskett, Fleetwood, McNeal, Williamson, McLoughlin, Clennell, Jefferis, and Mansley, Makepeace, Macconnachie, Chedgzoy, and Brown, are the main absentees, and the newcomers today were:-
Dunn – A Northampton man who has played with Luton in the Southern League. He is a khaki, and is stationed in this city.
Lloyd –A Warrington man, who is known so far by his sprinting powers.
Sheldon –Bellme, he once had a trial with Liverpool F.C. He comes from Swansea with credentials.
Hadwin – A local player and an Army man
Manley –another local.
The Game Described
The weather was just nice for football. Fleetwood and Fern were the captains and the former named the coin. The linesman were Messrs Lowe and Barris. There was nothing stroking in the opening play, but a tussle between Jefferis and Challinor interested the crowd, as did also Fern’s stentorian tonic when calling for a clear field. The turf was in great condition, and the players by steady promised to improve their position. Early on Kirsopp went near but Risgby was weak in finishing. Dunn, a big fellow showed judgement and kicking power, and Mitchell was as lively as a cat. The West Bromwich play were in the picture many times and Clennell, of course tickled the visibilities of the spectators. Off side decisions were all too numerous, and Manley was often to blame in this respect Thompson and Grenyer were absentees through injuries sustained in a private practice match. Local men too their places. After twenty minutes play the Blues scored, Rigby apparently scoring, and Sheldon making sure by putting the ball well over the line with his head. Jefferis tried a screw shot of strength and Morley hit the top angle of the post with a bonny shot. Challinor also showed football trickery worthy persevering with. Much life was put in the game at this period and a crowd of 5,000 spectators relished the game.
6,008 SPECTATORS AT THE “BLUES” PRACTICE.
August 21, 1916, The Evening Express.
The practice match at Goodison Park attracted nearly 6,000 persons, and as there is another trial due on Monday, august 28th the local institutions should benefit materially from the proceeds of these games. Some fairly interesting play was witnessed, and all the odd favourites appeared fit. Unfortunately, Thompson and Grenyer had sustained slight injuries during the week whilst practising, hence the sides had to be rearranged at the last moment, two other locals, Hesketh, right half-back, and McLoughlin, inside right, being therefore included in the “stripes” eleven, Dale who has assisted South Liverpool took the place of Grenyer alongside Wareing for the Blues. The latter won by four goals to two, their first three points being registered by Sheldon. He applied the final touches, tis true, but in two instances the real work was accomplished by Rigsby and Kirsopp repeatedly. Still every credit must be given to the youth for his performance; a player who can score goals is a useful asset to any team. Lloyd shaped well at outside right, and Kirsopp gave him every assistance. The recruits showed a nice turn of speed, and more than once eluded the attentions of McNeal, the West Bromwich half-back, in clever style. Fern made one glorious save from Clennell, but he was not as severely tested as Mitchell, who brought off many excellent clearances.
Some of his short-range stoppages were wonderfully accomplished and he repeatedly averted disaster by his adroit interventions. The defence of Smith and Dunn was reliable. On the Stripes side Clennell and Jefferis were capital forwards, the dainty touches of the latter and the determined onslaught of Clennell being frequently in evidence. Williamson was somewhat handicapped by the enforced alterations in the front line. Fleetwood as usual, was a valiant worker, and when he does score that much coveted goal there should be a rousing welcome forthcoming. His perseverance certainly merits a reward of this sort. There is plenty of good football in Stewart and the less widely know players, taken on the whole gave promising displays. Everton should have no difficulty in placing a strong side on the field, one capable of acquiring any honours that may be available.
The Blues won by four goals to two, Sheldon, obtaining two before the interval. Afterwards he added a third, but Clennell reduced the lead. Harrison put on a fourth, and Clennell again netted for the Stripes.
INCIDENTS & FUNNIOSITIES OF TRIAL
August 21, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
We had goodly crops of goals and a good laugh on Saturday at Everton’s trail. “We” consisted of about 5,000 spectators and a large number of wounded soldiers. The attendance is a certain guild to the large attendances Liverpool clubs will enjoy again this season. The game started rather tamely, but later it warned up, and some of the players looked as if they had been in a Turkish bath for an hour. The game for a long time threatened to be rutty and stereotyped –new faces did not seem to have brought new ideas with them. Then we had some electric runs from Lloyd, a Warrington sprinter, who in turn had tussles with McNeal and Fleetwood and Simpson, and beat them for speed and refused to give up possession. There were other points concerting newcomers that pleased, notably the full-back judgement and strong kicking of Dunn, who has been seen service with Luton at the Southern League. Also of note was the steady display of the half-back named Kesketh, a local who dropped in through Grenyer being damaged. Thompson was also an absentee, the club’s deputy captain being injured in a curious manner on the “waste” ground at Goodison Park. He wrenched his ankle on the adamant turf, and it is to be hoped this is the last injury he is “due” this season.
One was the scoring of three goals –a hat-trick proper, consequently –but Sheldon, the centre-forward, whose shooting was certainly on the mark. It is not often a newcomer finds the net three times in an hour in his opening game. Next in order I should put the incident which led to Harrison taking a penalty kick, which Mitchell saved Mitchell had left his goal unguarded, and did not get back quickly. A forward shot and though Stewart could have headed the ball clear, he preferred to bring off a thumping save –and he applaused himself by clapping his hands upon his hands upon his fine save! This was not the only laugh. Jefferis provided one. The players at half-time rested on the field, and when they were about to be called to action again Jefferis took the centre position and started the game –though Stan Peer had not given the signal. How the players jumped from the ground, and Thomas Fern ran to his goalpost. The spectators had plenty for their money, for six goals were scored and there was much to interest.
Mitchell’s display, for sample, was good enough for the money spectators laid out. He played a masterly game, one of his best and the way, he directed the probably angle of the shot and his clean catching of strong bullets gained him many high marks. Mitchell gave a display which recalled his greatest display –at Sheffield some seasons ago. Moreover when he was bewildered by one shot on Saturday he actually tricked an onrushing forward by back heeling the ball. Temperament must have a lot to do with Mitchell’s work. Certainly he was temperamentally in Class A1 on Saturday. That the Blues did not score more heavily was solely due to his exhibition. As stated Sheldon scored three, Harrison added a fourth, Clennell replying with two for the Stripes, his last goal being the greatest shot of the day. Around him were some mixtures which did not hold out much promise, offside principles being all too free in one instance. Jefferis was of course his main help, but Williamson has played better. Fern, who stopped three very warm efforts in the second half and is plainly in good form again, had two stout backs before him, and with Wareing doing heavy work, as did his vis-a-vis Fleetwood, the Blues rear portions were of much strength. KIirsopp and Harrison were strong, and Rigsby will be among the goals later in, for he is undoubtedly a sharpshooter. Everton spectators will be on the quivered to see Lloyd, Sheldon, and Dunn again. Lloyd greatly resemble Chedgzoy, and with a little care he should strengthen into a reliable cemner, which on Saturday he wasn’t. Often these trail games have resulted in known players being croaked but Saturday’s not only provided a useful sum for the Hospital Saturday fund, but also had no evil effect, albeit McNeal, the West Brom international was once in the wars. The turf looked admirable but was a truffy sticky on its top surface. In the stand I noticed Gault the Stockport County and ex-Everton forward. He says he is not playing this season owing to the heavy work he is engaged in during the week. Stockport will miss this snappy twisting player, who was their most reliable forward.
CHEERY LETTER FROM “TIM” COLEMAN
August 22, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
“Tim” Coleman, in his letter to hand this morning, makes known some old and new casualties. We had not heard, for sample that Gerrish, the former Preston and Aston Villa forward, had been killed in action. He learnt his game with Brynn Central. The old Everton and Sunderland man writes:-
I received footballs and gave one to Sergeant Cook and the other no Sergeant Cockayne and they wish me to thank you very much for kind gift. The way they hung around when I took them up to them was a treat to witness and you would have thought the “pay call” had been sounded. They wen’t want any physical drill for some time. I will bet. The way they chased the “flutt” around was keen. Yo have made two sections happy somewhere in France. We are having a little rest now, and we need it, I came across a paragraph in a sporting paper which I thought was a little bit off. It said after paying a tribute to Lieu Booth whose death was regretted by everyone of our battalion that he had set a fine example –not like the footballers, who had waited until they were nearly forced to join. The man who wrote that must be “up the pole” as we have been on active services for nearly ten months, as I have been in some very hot places, and have also taken our part in the great push. We have all joined to do our bit, and it is rather a big jump from £4 per week to 5 Danca, I hint all wilt agree. Also when men like James Clapton Orient, Wood (Chelsea), A. Forster (Reading) Gerrash (Villa), McCormick (Plymouth), G. Butler, (Queen’s Park Rangers), and Williams (Millwall) have given their lives for their King and County –not to mention the Major Buckley, Sheldon (Liverpool), Peter Somers and Gregan (Grimsby), A. Stewart and McLaughlin (Watford), A. Steel (Reading), J. Lamb (Sheffield Wednesday), Ripley (Stoke), Kenyon (Cardiff City), P. Rooney (Blackburn Rovers), T. Barber (Aston Villa), and A. West and Mercer (Notts), who have all been wounded. The professional footballers have done their bit. The rest of the players who are left are trying to arrange a match for the benefit of those depending on them, also those who are permanently disabled. We shall have to get the consent of the authorities of course, but I think we shall get that, as they always encourage chartable action. I was hoping that this little “tiff” would have been over for next season, but it still “wags” on. Kind regards to all my Liverpool friends. Hope you will sent me along any news of interest.
August 24, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge
The Blues will again put their men to the test on Monday at 6.30, when the sides will face each others thus: - Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Challinor, Wareing, Dale; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Curtis, Rigsby, and Gilmore. Mitchell; Taylor, Dunn; Hesketh, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Hall, Jefferis, Sheldon, Clennell, and Harrison.
August 25, 1916. Daily Record
Hugh Bolton, the old Port Glasgow Athletic, Everton, and Morton forward, played for Johnstone against Arthurlie tomorrow.
August 26, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lloyd, the right-winger of Everton F.C, who made a big surprise by reason of his speed and suggestion of canning football, in the trial game last Saturday, has done a fair amount of Rugger football, having played with Rochdale Hornets last season. Rochdale badly wanted him to resume with them this season, but Everton took his fancy. He is a most unassuming fellow and did not really realise that he will always have a lot to learn, and the size of his hat should always be the same. In the latter direction there is little fear of danger for he is in good hands. He formed the Excelsior team at Warrington, and another club he helped was Stockton Hath rugger. He is a starred and attested man.
• Everton’s soldier-director, Mr. Green, has been sending home messages to his old school friends at Walton Lane. He has experienced some “warm” days in the trenches, where he is finding shells more plentiful.
• Jack Hillman who will be the oldest man participating in football this year.
• Stevens, ex-Everton will be playing for Reading this year
ANGLO-SCOT FOR PAISLEY.
Daily Record -Saturday 26 August 1916
St. Mirren have received permission from Everton to play Brown, a clever half back, who went South from Cambuslang Rangers few years ago. Brown, may be included in the Paisley team at Dumbarton.
August 26, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Local folk will be glad to hear that Jack Borthwick, the old centre-half of Everton, who is in a Rouen Hospital, is now improving although still dangerous ill.
EVERTON’S FINAL PRACTICE GAME.
August 29, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Everton’s final practice game last evening so far as an exposition of football was concerned was an unqualified success, and I should imagine that there will be many who, usually lead their support to these ventures, the proceeds of which are set apart for a charitable purpose, regretting they were not present. There was served up exactly what football followers dearly like to see –good clean football are plenty of goals in the bargain. There was not a laggard among the twenty two, and the difficulty that awaits the directors of the club is to select a side from their big list of really capable players. Few clubs are in such a happy position so far as effective are concerned and no doubts the changes will be rung judiciously.
The old hands were there and immediately bounded into popular favour. Tom Fern kept his charge in his usually effective style, and although it is something new for him to concede five goals, I should imagine that several of his clearances from short range will count among his best efforts. Then Thompson and Simpson demonstrated that they are likely to act as cover to the keeper for some time to come, and Wareing showed that he has lost none of his lustre as an effective centre half. In the Stripes defence Mitchell, Taylor of Wallasey Borough and Dunn, late of Luton, put up a bold defence against the Blues’ forwards, and I have no doubt their services will be utilised when occasion require.
As I have indicated, the forwards were particularly springly and it was a wise decision on the part of the directors to play Kirsopp and Lloyd on the right wing of the Blues and also to keep Harrison and Clennell together in view of subsequent events. The solution of the centre forward berth was practically the only difficulty than presented itself in the final selection of the side. Bradbury, who hails from Hull, and who played as left half back last evening, has been chosen to lead the van, and with Fleetwood and Grenyer among the halves, I can anticipated a good send off for the Blues at Bury on Saturday. The teams will be:- Fern; Thompson, and Simpson; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Bradbury, Clennell, and Harrison.
Goal Scorers. Clennell’s marksmanship was as forceful as ever, and four of the five goals recorded by the Stripes was his total, the remaining one being obtained by Harrison. The Blues points were secured by Lloyd, Wareing, Gilmore, Williamson and Rigsby.
August 29, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Sports Notes
Everton’s second practice game served as an excellent preliminary to the more serious business on Saturday next, and the fact that 9 goals were scored offers no reflection upon the ability of Fern and Mitchell, the rival custodians. Both did remarkably well, and in fielding long shots and anticipating cross drives, showed capital judgement. Clennell got 4 of the 5 goals scored by the stripes, and each point was the result of hard straight shooting. Fern making no attempt to save two of the shots, so accurate and deadly was the aim. Harrison got the other goal with a sledge-hammer drive. The subtle footwork of Jefferis coupled with the accurate shooting of Clennell and Harrison made the Stripes forward line a forceful combination. Fleetwood, who retired ten minutes before the finish dominated the half-back line, and opened out the game in creditable fashion. Dunn showed excellent promise and he timed his vigorous returns to a nicety. The Blues goals were scored by Fleetwood who put through his own goal in attempting to divert a shot from Lloyd. Williamson, Risgby and Wareing. Williamson did not make an ideal leader, and the best thing he did was his solo run that culminated in a fine goal. Kirsopp was the best of the Blues line in the first half, although Gilmore and Rigsby did some clever work afterwards. Wareing whose scoring effort was from a free kick, made a powerful pivot, and was well supported by Challinor, Lloyd pace served him well, and his centre were usually of nice length. It was an interesting contest and attracted about 2,000 spectators. Result Stripes 5, goals, Blues 4. Teams; Fern; Thompson, and Simpson; Challinor, Wareing, and Dale; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Williamson, Rigsby, and Gilmore. Stripes; Mitchell; Taylor, Dunn; Hesketh, Fleetwood, and Bradbury; J. Thompson, Jerffris, Sheldon, Clennell, and Harrison.
Team For Opening Game
Fern; Thompson, and Simpson; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer; Lloyd, Kirsopp, Bradbury, Clennell, and Harrison.
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 31 August 1916
I am afraid many Liverpool sportspeople will have failed to note a sporting-connecting link in the announcement made last week winners of the prize offered for the replanning Dublin. Three names were linked in the victory —Professor Abercrombie, Mr. Arthur J. Kelly, and Mr. Sidney. A. Kelly. Now, Arthur Kelly our old goalkeeping friend, who played frequently for Northern Nomads, and occasionally for Everton. He toured the Continent with the Nomads, and was always one of their most dependable men. is a nephew of Mr. Ben Kelly, the Everton director.