EARLESTOWN V. EVERTON RESERVE
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 03 December 1904
At Earlestown. Everton kicked off uphill, and at once got dangerous, but Grime saved. Earlestown then pressed, but Hoynes shot over. Harper scored for Earlestown after 30 minutes' play. Half-time; Earlestown 1, Everton 0. In the second half Finnegan scored for Everton after 18 minutes' play. Smith then got hurt, Earlestown played ten men. Result; Earlestown 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON 0 DERBY COUNTY 0
December 5, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
GOAL'S AT DISCOUNT
In dividing the points with Derby County on Saturday Everton did not realise the expectations of their supporters. There is however, this solatium that the result was an improvement upon the corresponding game last season, when the County were one of the four clubs who achieved the distinction of gaining a victory at Goodison Park. Laterly the Derby side have possessed the happy knack of reserving their best form for Everton's ground, but, curiously enough, when the records of the inter-club matches are considered, the balance is all in favour of the Evertonians. After the Woolwich Arsenal match, in which, prior to the enforced abandonment, Young and his comrades registered three goals. It was fondly hoped that shooting prowess would be in evidence. This however, proved to be illusory, and the second home game in succession Everton has failed to find the net. Two periods of 90 minutes with never a goal is not at all to the liking of the club's supporters. It was in this respect that Saturday's contest was so disappointing. Usually a game in which no goals are forthcoming does not find favour with the crowd. The magic cry “Goal” seems to have a stimulating and satisfying effect, and when the score sheet remained clear there is an element of interest lacking. Thus it was on Saturday. Still there was any amount of vigorous play, and at times really clever and attractive passing. In fact, it was what can most realistically he describe as a hard game. Both sides entered into the fray which pleasing determination. But there was something wanting, and that was finishing touch. After all, nothing more aggravating than to see a side performing brilliantly in the midfield, and then, just when success should crown their efforts, to find that all the good work is thrown away by indecision at the critical moment.
The game opened in a manner, which suggested that the spectators were in for a rare treat. The pace was a cracker, and the forwards on both sides gave one the impression that they meant business. Well this was the case up to a point. With their chances Everton ought to have obtained a commanding lead before the interval. True, Maskery kept goal in grand style, some of his saves being worthy of a Baddeley, but, all the same, a little more judgement and dash on the part of the home attack might easily have brought about the discomfiture of even an expert custodian as Maskery. In the second part of the proceedings the County were the more dangerous team. Except for one shot from Young, which, fortunately for Derby, was directed straight at the keeper. Maskery was never in difficulty. On the other hand, Roose had two or three splendid shots to negotiate. One of his clearances from Warren was especially brilliant. Had he been beaten the amateur could not have been blamed. Undoubtedly this was the nearest approach of Derby County towards the repetition of their one goal to all success of last December.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS
As the goalless draw indicates, defence prevailed over attack. The goalkeeper of S.R.Roose and Maskery could not have been improved upon. Balmer and Crelly were a capital pair of backs, but they had an easier time than Methven and Morris who not only kicked well, but tackled in vigorous and fearless fashion, as no doubt Sharp and H.P.Hardman could testify. The veteran Taylor was probably the most prominent half-back on the field, the pick of the Derby halves being Richards. Young was not, in his happiest vein. He is a tantalising centre forward, at one time, brilliant and artistic to a degree, at another hesitating and uncertain. Both he and McDermott failed to convert a perfectly ideal centre from Hardman, who, in spite of hard knocks struck to his work like the plucky player he is. Sharp was not himself by any means, while Settle was much more prominent than McDermott. There was no outstanding feature in the visiting attack, Bloomer was not the Bloomer of old, and though Houndsfield with his rare turn of speed, caught the eye, probably the more effective wing, certainly during the first half, was that formed by Davies and Gilchrist. Teams : - Everton: - Roose, goal, W.Balmer (captain) and Crelly, backs, Ashworth, Taylor, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Derby County: - Maskery, goal, Methven, and Morris, backs Warren, McAllister, and Rimmer, half-backs, Houndsfield, Bloomer, Paton, Gilcrist, and Davies forwards. Referee A.J.Baker
EARLESTOWN 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 5, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A”Division (Game 14)
No Details. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick and Hutchinson, half-backs Roberts, Rankin, Fannigan, Thomas, and Evans, forwards.
Athletic News - Monday 05 December 1904
Earlestown played in dashing style against a strong Everton side, and Kitchen, the keeper, had plenty of work, once being well beaten from a corner which curled out off the post from the foot of Smith. The locals led 1-0 at the interval. Finnegan equalized with a simple sort of shot. Smith, the Earlestown centre was injured and had to retire about mid-way in the second half, and though handicapped Earlestown came near gaining the decider. The game was a draw –a goal each.
Athletic News - Monday 05 December 1904
As was the case last season, Everton failed to score at home against Derby County, but as they also prevented their opponents from finding the net, they improved upon their performance of year ago, and turned a defeat into a draw. Still, the fact that they have played for three hours without once defeating the Derby custodian is disappointing, and whilst not desiring to withhold one particle of praise from the clever County defenders, it must be admitted that the Everton forwards have only themselves to blame. In their last two home matches the ball has never been netted, either legally or otherwise, and when their performances away from their own enclosure are considered the result is astounding. Everton obtained opportunities enough have won half a dozen games, and dallied with all, whereas Derby only secured a few openings, but the most' dangerous shot of the match came from their half-back, Warren. In the first half Everton were a long way the better side, and the County were only occasionally dangerous. Maskrey stopped everything that came in his direction, and though he effected some capital clearances, he was aided considerably by the dilatory methods of the Everton front rank. Some of the shots which he did save ought never to have been placed that he could ever reach them, and whilst awarding the smart keeper credit for his sterling work-during a trying period. I am perfectly convinced that had the Everton forwards been in the same mood when they routed Nottingham Forest, the defence would have been pierced more than once. The best attempts came from Settle after about five minutes’ play, and Abbott, the latter sending in a terrific drive from foul just outside the penalty area. Fully three fourths of the game was contested in the vicinity of the Derby goal, and even when the County front line did get clear they made as feeble efforts to score as the home set. A centre from Gilchrist was badly missed by Bloomer, and Hounsfleld receiving, shot hard, but Roose was ready. Their best chance came after a free kick had led Roose to tipping a fine ball from Paton over the bar. The ensuing corner gave Davis possession, but the left winger, who could not have been five yards from the posts, sent high into the stand. After the change of ends, the quality of the play deteriorated considerably. Everton went from bad to worse. Before half-time they had occasionally levelled a difficult ball at Maskrey, but with one exception, a straight shot from Young, they did not make an effort that caused the custodian the slightest anxiety afterwards. On the other hand Warren first of all gave Roose a high shot to fist away, and then sent in tremendous ground drive that brought the Everton goalkeeper down full length, and all the latter could do was to just hook the ball outside the post. Up to the finish Derby had quite as much of the play as the home side, and this kept the interest alive in the closing stages. The only wonder was whether the visitors would cause a sensation by piercing the goal. They made several good attempts, chiefly by the aid of dashing sprints on the part of Hounsfleld, but the end came without any thing tangible being achieved. Everton were disappointing, inasmuch as they confined their ability to midfield. Apparently their idea was to dribble, pass, and repass until they were absolutely under the cross-bar. At times they did get past the backs, but even then they could not beat Maskrey, who by his cleverness saved his side from defeat. Young was completely off colour in shooting. When in this humour the Everton centre forward is feeble, whereas in his finest vein there is no more deadly forward playing. No fault could be found with any of the front line in neutral quarters, but when inside the penalty area they hesitated to the verge of distraction. In the rear divisions some splendid work was achieved. Taylor and Abbott were the best of the half-back line, for they were unceasingly lobbing the ball to the men in front of them and keeping them, in the first half especially, continually on the aggressive. Further behind Balmer and Crelley kicked and tackled grandly. The latter was resplendent at times, and on his form this season we have not seen his superior at Goodison Park for consistent defence. Rooee had little to do, and there were only about three shots which caused him trouble. His second clearance from Warren was one of the smartest performances in the match. The Derby forwards were a fairly level lot, without being unduly prominent. Hounsfield is a speedy right winger, and has excellent control whilst dribbling at full pace. Bloomer was rarely in evidence, and for real effective work the left wing was the more successful. Their best display, however, came prior to interval, though neither Davis nor Gilchrist were seen to such advantage afterwards. Richards was a hard worker, and the most useful of the half-backs. He was closely followed by Warren, who had some rare tussles with Hardman. It was further in the rear that the best exhibition was given by the visitors, Morris and Methven performing creditably all through. They did not stand on ceremony in clearing their lines, and their methods were the chief factors in breaking up the effectiveness of the Everton forwards. Maskrey was in splendid form, and has developed the habit of other Derby keepers in previous years of giving his finest display at Goodison Park. He certainly kept Everton at bay when they were going their strongest, and when the least hesitancy or default would have been fatal. Everton; L.R. Roose; Balmer, Crelley; S.B. Ashworth, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman. Derby County; Maskery; Methven, Morris, Warren, McAllister, Richards; R.E. Hounsfield, Bloomer, Paton, Gilchrist and Davis. Referee; A.J. Barker, Hanley.
ANOTHER DRAW FOR ASHTON
Athletic News - Monday 05 December 1904
The meeting of Ashton Town and Everton furnished a finely fought struggle for the delectation of the large crowd that assembled. The teams were evenly matched, and the result –a goalless draw-best represented the game. The goalkeeper was the most conspicuous man on the home side, and Rankin was the best of the Everton forwards. He was, however, well watched by Sanderson. Ashton tried a new inside-right in Huxley, of Farmworth, who last year figured with Colne and he gave a capital display.
EVERTON V STOKE
Dundee Evening Post - Saturday 10 December 1904
At Goodison Park in fine weather before 9,000 spectators. The ground had been cleared of snow, Everton played McLoughlin and Mekepeace instead of McDermott and Ashworth, and Stoke had Roose back again. The play was mostly in Everton's favour, Abbott scored a fine goal, but this was equalised. Sharp missed a penalty, and although Everton pressed they could not score again. Interval Everton 1, Stoke 1. Final, Everton 4, Stoke 1.
EASY VICTORY FOR EVERTON.
Athletic News - Monday 12 December 1904
The conditions under which the League match between Everton and Stoke was decided were not of the most promising character. In the early morning the ground at Goodison Park was covered with snow, on which a downpour of rain descended and completely saturated the turf, and though, owing to the labours of a score of men, the white mantle was cleared before the game started, the foothold was exceedingly treacherous, and the going very heavy. In addition the ball became unduly weighty before half time was reached, and under the circumstances the display of football which was witnessed was most creditable. The finer points of the game were wanting, but the players—and Everton especially—desperately endeavoured to surmount these difficulties, and at the finish the home side had gained a ready victory. Both teams were well represented, as will be gathered from a glance at the subjoined list of names, and Stoke having won the toss gained no advantage thereby, for neither wind nor sun was in evidence. For fifteen minutes play progressed without especial incident, during which Everton had decidedly the better of the argument, and it was very seldom that Stoke got beyond the half-way line. Some neat passing on the part of Taylor and Young gave McLoughlin possession, and the latter instead of shooting transferred to Sharp, whose centre was fisted away Whitley. Some rapid exchanges followed, and Abbott dashing in met the ball as it rebounded off Benson, and completely beat Whitley, who, judging from his gestures, was evidently unsighted by Burgess. Three minutes later Rouse received a long pass, and deftly eluding the attentions of Abbott and Crelley, ran close in and equalised in capital style. Everton then put on great pressure, and Whitley fairly saved his side from a more serious reverse shots from Hardman and Young beautifully taken, and he capped his efforts by stopping a penalty, which Sharp took, after Young had been tripped by Burgess. Thus, when ends were changed the teams were on a level footing, and for some time Stoke were seen to advantage after the resumption. However, Sharp tested Whitley with a teasing drive, and the ball hovered in close proximity to the goal posts, only McLoughlin again passed out to the Everton outside right, who registered his first goal of the season with a low drive which gave the keeper no chance. Rouse made another daring effort to equalize without success, and the visitors like seemed drawing level again when Rouse could only partially clear a centre from Hesham. Then came a series of disasters, for McLoughlin and Burgess collided, and both left the field, though each returned after about ten minutes’ absence. While they were away Bradley received a knock on the knee and retired permanently. Both sides then played one back, and Crelley went forward to fill the vacancy at inside right When the first mentioned pair of unfortunates reappeared Crelley resumed his usual positon, and Everton became more aggressive than in any other previous portion of the game. Some beautiful passing between Settle and Young gave the centre an opportunity, and cleverly brushing past the backs, he scored a third. Another came from Sharp after Hardman had smartly centred from a difficult position, and Everton were all over their opponents at the finish, winning comfortably by four goals one. Throughout the game Everton were the superior side, and only the fine keeping of Whitley enabled the visitors to claim an equality at the interval. Fully three-fourths of the play prior to half time was contested in the Stoke territory and had the latter, been two goals behind in this period such a result would have been a more accurate reflex of the general character of the play than one goal each. The home forwards were too clever for the defence which opposed them, and they frequently evaded the attentions of the Stoke half-backs, who could not hold them in check. Young played a clever game in the centre, and showed more dash near goal than was the case the previous week The Combination between him and the left wing was at times of exceptional merit, and the third goal was due to a really excellent bit of footwork on the part of Settle. Young was in readiness, and concluded in fine style a movement which had utterly baffled the defence, by scoring. Settle was in rare trim, and his placing of the ball was very skillful, though near goal he failed to trouble the custodian, despite one or two easy chances. The extreme wing men, Sharp and Hardman, likewise did well, the former being particularly prominent in the second half. McLoughlin seemed rather strange in his new position, for, although he is an inside forward, he prefers the left wing. He improved on acquaintance with Sharp, and showed an intelligent appreciation of the demands of the extreme winger as the game progressed. Everton were seen to great advantage at half back, and each of the trio rendered an excellent account of himself. Taylor, as usual, was an untiring, yet ever effective, worker. Abbott was in fine shooting trim, and was always dangerous when in possession; whilst Makepeace gave a most creditable display, and his fine turn of speed enabled him to frequently dispossess the Stoke left wing pair. Further behind, Balmer and Crelley were repeatedly in evidence with their timely returns and judicious defensive work. There was little to choose between the pair, who seldom made a mistake even on the slippery turf, the result being that Roose was only rarely troubled, and few shots came his way that required serious attention. The outstanding figure in the Stoke forward line was Rouse, whose display was vastly in advance of anything accomplished by the other members of his side. His work was full of dash, and his dribbling most effective, for it was with difficulty that he was checked when he got the ball at his toes. His goal was a splendid climax to a fine bit of individualism. Hesham occasionally put in decent effort, but there was little sting in the Stoke attack as a whole. Neither were the half backs very prominent, and Holford was about the best of a line that failed to keep the opposition in anything like control. Further behind, Benson and Burgess kicked sturdily, but they were often rash in their efforts, and when hard pressed were content to land the ball rather aimlessly than with full Intent and purpose. Whitley could scarcely be blamed for the heavy defeat, for his exhibition in the first half was very fine. He had no chance with three of the shots which took effect, and the only one which seemed less difficult was the first goal scored by Sharp. This evidently deceived him by its course, for it just entered the net inside the upright. Teams; L.R. Roose; Balmer, Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McLoughlin, Young, Settle, H.P. Hardman. Stoke-Whitley; Benson, Burgess; Baddeley, Holford, Bradley; Hesham. Rouse, Hall, Sheridan, Brindley. Referee; F. Kirkham, Preston.
EVERTON’S NARROW VICTORY
Athletic News - Monday 12 December 1904
Accrington Stanley gave a good display against the Everton second string at Goodison Park, and were only beaten by two goals to one. The feature of the Accrington team’s display was the very fine custodianship of McGregor, who was the recipient of unstinted applause from the crowd. But for his sterling endeavours Everton would have prevailed by a much wider margin for they were the superior side as far as offensive work was concerned. Wragg at full back, and Coates right half, were likewise responsible for some creditable defence. Rankin and Dilly were seen to advantage in the Everton forward line, and Evans executed several smart runs on the extreme left. Chadwick was prominent at centre-half, and Wildman again gave a good display at right half.
Robert Graham who later signs for Everton season 1906-07
EVERTON 4 STOKE CITY 1
DECEMBER 12, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Jack Sharp penalty kick, saved by Whitley, the Ex-Evertonian
AN EASY VICTORY
At last the Everton forwards have found their shooting boots. Until Saturday last five weeks had elapsed without a solitary goal having been obtained by the side at Goodison-park. Now, with the aid of Abbott, be it remembered, they have registered four in one match and they are in favour once again. There were many features of interest regarding stokes's visit. Until a couple of seasons ago the Potters had never beaten Everton in this city, but then twice in succession they were victorious. Consequently some misgivings prevailed as to whether in view of Everton's recent disappointing display's at home the run of victory would be stayed. However, as matters eventuated, Everton obtained a couple of points with comparative ease by the satisfactory margin of four goals to one.
RUN OF THE PLAY.
Considering the heavy downfall of snow- in fact 20 men were busily engaged during the morning cleaning away three inches of snow- the ground was in surprisingly good condition. It was naturally heavy and somewhat treacherous, and these considerations no doubt affected the standard of play. A great game it could not be styled, but the players on both sides imparted commendable earnestness to their work. Although it was not until well on in the second half that Everton forged ahead in the matter of goals, they were always the superior side. The forwards, admirably led by Young went of with rare dash, and had it not been for several remarkably clever clearances by Whitley, an old Everton custodian, they might easily have secured a commanding lead in the early portion of the proceedings. As things turned out it was left to Abbott to open the scoring. This he did in his own characteristic style. Sharp crossed the ball beautifully, and Abbott rushing up banged it into the net low down without giving Whitley the ghost of a chance. Rather unexpectedly Rouse got through at the other end, and thus the teams crossed over level, thanks to Sharp missing a penalty kick (after Burgess brought down Young). Later on the brilliant outside right made amends. He not only gave his side the lead, and thereby obtained his first League goal of the season, but also after Young as the outcome of some really delicious passing, had added the third. He beat Whitley all the way for the fourth goal.
While the victory was very welcome, it was a source of gratification to find Young in one of his happy moods. He was a thorough worker from start to finish. Always in the thick of the fray, he distributed the play with marked discretion, and apart from the goal he scored he was undoubtedly one of the main fractors in the success of his side. McLoughlin, though doing nothing remarkable, made a creditable debut in First League football at Goodison-park. Evidently he possesses an intelligent appreciation of the niceties of the game, and with more experience of the methods of his colleagues should prove an exceedingly dangerous forward. Sharp was an effective partner, and there was little fault to be found with the left wing. Makepeace was a capital substitute for Ashworth; indeed it was remarkable if he was not the best half-back on the field. Balmer and Crelly were an efficient pair of backs, and what little Roose had to do against his old club he accomplished in finished style. As for Stoke, the outstanding performers were Whitley in goal and Rouse, the inside right. The former, as has been indicated, kept a fine goal while Rouse was the prominent figure in all Stoke's attacks. The halves were unable to hold the Everton forwards, while Benson and Burgess at back were inclined to be wild and erratic. In justice to the Potters it should be mentioned that Bradley was an absentee while Everton's third and fourth goals were scored.
ASHTON TOWN 0 EVERTON RESERVES 0
December 12, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 15)
In making a draw at Ashton, Everton maintained the good form they have shown of late. Throughout the defence of both sides was a feature, both custodians doing good work. Everton were rather the smarter side, but a goalless draw was a fitting termination to a capital game. Everton: - Scott, goal, Wildman, and McCartney, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, and Hutchinson, half-backs Roberts, Rankin, Dilly, Caldwell, and Evans, forwards.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 14 December 1904
P. Finnigan, Broxburn to Everton.
Edinburgh Evening News - Thursday 15 December 1904
William McLoughlin, of the Hamilton Academicals, is giving promise of being one of the most useful players Everton have secured from Scotland. He can play in any position forward. McLoughlin is a warehouse clerk, and is an expert French and Italian correspondent.
EVERTON RESERVE V. ACCRINGTON STANLEY
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 17 December 1904
At Goodison Park this afternoon. Both teams were well represented, Meadam playing goal for Everton. From the outset Everton pressed strongly, but a most stubborn defence was kept up by the visitors' backs. Getting possession, Acrrington ran down, Bennett putting in a splendid shot, which was nicely cleared by Meadam. From the kick out Everton played more strongly, and several times looked like scoring, but again the visitors' backs were equal to the occasion, and soon got out of difficulties. Both teams played strongly. A foul against Accrington gave Everton a chance, which was not taken advantage of, the leather eventually going outside. Anderson, having got possession passed to Becton, who made a good attempt to score, but failed. More midfield play followed. Half-time; Everton Reserve 0, Accrington Stanley 0. Resuming Everton showed signs of gaining the advantage, Evans and McAdam each scoring goals. Accrington played up and after repeated futile efforts scored through Heaton. Accrington kept up the pressure and several times looked like equalizing, but the home backs were ever on the alert the ball eventually going over the crossbar. Towards the finish both teams played a hard game. Result; Everton reserve 2, Stanley 1.
MORE DASH AT OOODISON.
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 17 December 1904
In last batch notes strong point was made of the need for the skilful Everton forwards to back up their cleverness with greater dash. Probably they had received a similar hint from other quarters, for ere the aforementioned notes appeared in print they had served a spirited display against Stoke, with the remit that they won four goals to one. Young, centre forward, went along in bold style. There were other factors equally agreeable. McLaughlin, the Cambuslang player, made Sharp a very useful partner, and his success should have the effect spurring on McDermott, who at his best, has few superiors. Moreover. Jack Sharp got among the goals for the first time this season, scoring twice. I like to see Lancashire cricketer shooting hard and true.
A TALE OF TWO “PENALTIES”
Athletic News - Monday 19 December 1904
Those who went to Coventry-road on Saturday expecting to see one of the best games of the Small Heath season came away amply satisfied, for, from the Everton point of view, at any rate, the standard of play was very high. Those who visited the ground anxious to gaze at the match through Small Heath spectacles probably left somewhat disappointed, for, from a Small heath point of view, the standard reached was not so high. Still, to the impartial spectator the proceedings were full of interesting, and, generally speaking, the score of two goals to one in favour of Everton aptly represented the general run of the game. I daresay a great many Small Heath spectators will feel inclined to contest this assertion, and point to the excessively bad luck which attended the efforts of the “Heathens” late in the game. I am afraid the average football enthusiasts is far more influenced by what he sees in the concluding twenty minutes than by either a general run of the play or the happenings of the initial half. That frenzy created by the spirited form of Small heath in the closing twenty minutes when they rained in shots on L.R. Roose, scored a goal, lost two easy chances of getting others, and missed a penalty, probably drove quite out of the casual man’s recollection the polished play shown by Everton prior to the interval. At the point named the Liverpudliams were leading 2-0, and both points were well obtained, the first being from a penalty taken by Makepeace and the second being the direct result of one of Abbott’s specialties –namely, a long shot which struck the cross-bar and rebounded into play only to be met by the ever-watchful Taylor, and placed past Robinson. The penalty was granted against Wigmore. The crowd did not seem to coincide with the views of the referee, but when it comes to the view of Mr. John Lewis versus the crowd, one is inclined to pin his faith to the less party. Small Heath are not accustomed to losing this season, and they resented the imposition of this penalty. I think, however, that Mr. Lewis is quite able to judge such a point, and he was well placed for seeing what occurred. Still, the charge did not look vicious or even illegal to the looker-on. I say this to excuse, in a modified degree, the demeanor of the crowd, and not to impugn the good sense of Mr. Lewis. One could wish that crowds would be tolerant when an expert is in charge of the game. Small heath seemed to be rather knocked off their play by this penalty kick, and they were palpably the inferior team from this point onwards until ten minutes prior to the end. Then they “set about,” Everton in thrilling style, and it was by the veriest accident that they did not drew level; in fact, anything might have happened during the period of their ascendency. The crowd was savage, indeed, when from a penalty kick granted against Balmer, Beer, usually reliable enough, missed the kick. If that had been taken advantage of I think Small Heath might have won. They would unquestionably have drawn. But Beer put the ball wide, and although the indefatigable Jones, who was pegging way in the centre, scored before the end came, Small Heath could not draw level, and so the points and, broadly speaking, the honours, of the game rested with Everton. It was a fiercely contested and spirited, but not a rough or ungentlemanly game. Everton have in L.R. Roose a goalkeeper of admittedly high reputation. He has not diminished his efficiency or marred his popularity by dropping the unnecessary mannerisms, which at one period characterized his play. He is as good a goalkeeper as any team could desire. Balmer and Crelley look alike, and they play a similarly effective game. They were two of the stalwarts of their team. The best man of the side I thought was Taylor. For a veteran of veterans he is indeed a model of what a footballer should be. He has an ideal conception of the duties of a centre half. I scarcely noticed a faulty pass from him in this game. Abbott was effective and forward, H.P. Hardman took the honours. John Sharp was moderate, failing to get in his centres; and McLoughlin, his partner has the making of a good man; but there is room for improvement at present. The young player showed good sound bustling football, and was always in evidence. For Small Heath, the backs were good, and the team were weakest where they are usually strongest –in the half-back line. Wigmore was nothing lie so safe as usual, and Dougherty, for the first time this season, was off his game. The forwards were more ragged than they have been for some time in a home match. Jones worked hard, but Athersmith was a failure until the closing ten minutes. Green and Wilcox were the bets forwards, but Field found Makepeace’s pace a serious drawback. There were 15,000 spectators present. Small Heath for some inexplicable reason, do not seem to command that patronage which they assuredly deserve. Small heath; Robinson; Hartwell, Stokes; Beer, Wigmore, Dougherty; Athersmith, Green, Jones, Wilcox, Field. Everton; L.R. Roose; Balmer, Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McLoughlin, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman. Referee; John Lewis, Blackburn.
SMALL HEATH 1 EVERTON 2
December 19, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Beers sent penalty kick wide
EVERTON'S FINE FORM
It is rather unique that Small Heath have never yet defeated Everton in a First League engagement. There were hopes in Birmingham that the record would go by the board as the outcome of Saturday's game. However, these did not materialise and the Heathens will have to fight another day before they can lay claim to their win over Everton. Though victory has never been their portion, the Heathern's have participated in not a few exciting games with the Evertonians. One several years now, provided the spectators with a plethora of excitement, if memory serves, Everton started off in such irresistible fashion that the first twenty minutes' play yielded them four goals. Small Heath particularly looked hopelessly beaten, but through slackness on one side and grim determination on the other, the arrears were gradually rubbed off until in the end the Heathens were within measurable distance of effecting a surprise.
But on Saturday's encounter. Even the most pronounced of the home club's supporters recognised that victory went to the side, which on the play was decidedly the superior combination. Yet the curious feature is that while Everton were value for a much more decisive score than two goals to one suggests, it was quite within the bounds of possibility's that in the closing stages, when the Heathens were playing with the energy despair, a lucky shot might have provided an equalising goal. Fortune, however, was on the side of Everton, who have rarely better deserved a couple of points. There was no comparison between the methods of the two teams. Everton gave a “classy” exhibition, which on the heavy ground- the most treacherous they have figured on this season- was exceedingly creditable. On the other hand Small Heath had no real plan of campaign, science being discarded in favour of vigorous and bustling tactics. The game from the first was conducted at a great pace, but once the Evertonians settled down they were obviously the cleverer lot. Still, Robertson was not beaten until Makepeace converted a penalty kick , (after Young was fouled) and the second goal only arrived just before the interval, when after Abbott had banged the ball against the crossbar, Taylor rushed up and headed into the net. For the greater part of the second half Everton were masters of the situation. Indeed the wonder was how the capture of the Small Heath goal was averted. On one occasion, Young experienced vile luck with a rasping shot, which grazed the crossbar, while on another Sharp propelled the ball against the upright. In the course of their spasmodic attacks Small Heath had a chance of scoring from a penalty kick against Balmer, but Beer missed the mark entirely. However, Jones got through shortly before the finish, and, as been indicated, the home team after this made desperate but unsuccessful efforts to equalise.
ABOUT THE PLAYERS.
The display of the Evertonians was of such a character that adverse comment is uncalled for. Truly there was not a weak spot, though naturally one of two of the players stood out above their colleagues. Hardman was in a sparkling humour, and was a rare thorn in the side of Hartwell. Tricky and judicious, he was always a conspicuous figure, and that delighted centre of his which Sharp sent against the upright ought to have resulted in a goal. Young was an admirable pivot, and both inside men did well, McLoughlin being responsible for some really effective work. In a capital half-back line Abbott was the most successful, and it was not his fault that he did not score against his old club. Roose in goal was not severely tested, and he had in front of him a sterling pair of backs. Small Heath were weak, both forwards and at half-back, Jones, the smart little centre, tried all he knew, but he was badly supported. Athersmith is by no means the Athersmith of old, though his was the centre, which led to Small Heath's only goal. Hartwell and Stokes got through a lot of work with credit, while Robinson kept a splendid goal. Compared with last season's match, which ended in a draw of one goal each. Everton gained a point. Up to now on the corresponding games of last season they have no fewer than six points in hand. If this continues-well, the championship of the League will be theirs once again.
Teams : - Small Heath: - Heath, goal, Robinson and Hartwell, backs, Stokes, Beer, and Wigmore, half-backs, Dougherty, Athersmith, Green, Jones, Wilcox, and Field, forwards. Everton: - Rosse, goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly backs Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, McLoughlin, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Referee John Lewis.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 ACCRINGTON STANLEY RESERVES 1
December 19 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 16)
At Goodison Park on Saturday Everton took revenge for their defeat at Accrington earlier in the season, although the margin in their favour was only a goal, the score being 2 to 1. Had the visitors profited by a penalty kick in the second half they might have divided the points, but Anderson's shot hit the upright. On the play however, Everton were the better side, and it was due to the splendid goalkeeping of McGregor that the score was kept down. The Accrington custodian played a very fine game indeed, some of his clearances bring brilliant. Wragg Heaton and Hinks also did well. for Everton Ritchie a new local left half made a promising debut, and is worthy of a further trial. Kitchen kept a good goal while Wildman, Rankin, and Evans were also conspicuous. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Wildman and McCartney, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, and Ritchie, half-backs Roberts, Rankin, McAdams, Dilly, and Evans, forwards.
HEATHENS FAIL AT HOME.
London Daily News - Monday 19 December 1904
At Small Heath Everton defeated the home side by two goals one. Although Small Heath played with plenty of dash in the first half they could not score, while Makepeace and Taylor both got through for Everton before the interval. The visitors pressed on resuming, and Young hit the crossbar. From penalty kick Beer failed to score for Small Heath, but ten minutes before the close Jones got through for the home side. The Heathens had previously only once been beaten home this season.
TRAINS TO MATCH
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 20 December 1904
The Cheshire Lines Railway announce that they will issue Cheap excursion tickets from Manchester (Central) to Liverpool (Central) convenient intervals from 8 50 a.m. to 2 50 p.m. on Saturday next. Those supporters of Manchester City who are desirous witnessing the match between the latter team and Everton at Goodison Park that day are thus afforded excellent facilities for making the Journey
Lichfield Mercury - Friday 23 December 1904
One of the Everton players writes:—"Watch Everton for the League Championship." The injunction shall faithfully obeyed. Everton are certainly travelling in that direction, and had their match with Woolwich Arsenal been completed they would at the present time rank second instead of third. The Goodison Park eleven had the honour of beating Small Heath at home —l. The "Heathens" have not had suck an experience since September 10, when Notts, of all teams, performed precisely the same feat at Coventry-road. Everton were strongest where Small Heath were weakest, half-back —and both the visitors' goals came from the middle men. The home team made spirited and sustained effort to draw level, especially in the closing stages, but Roose and Fate proved too strong combine.
THE EVERTON HALVES.
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 24 December 1904
The story of Everton’s fine victory over Small Heath at Coventry-road, where no visiting club had won since the second Saturday in the season, does not need re-telling, but there were points in the which suggests reference to the strength of the Everton half-backs in the matter of shooting. The two goals which the Toffees scored were obtained by halves. When a penalty was given a half-back. Makepeace, was chosen take it—a tribute to his marksmanship and coolness, considering that such forwards as Settle and Sharp were in the team—and he justified the selection by whipping the ball in the net. In the other point Makepeace’s two colleagues in the intermediate line had a hand. Abbott struck the bar with a rasping shot, and the ball rebounded to Taylor, who put through. Is there another team in the country with three such shots in the middle line? Abbott's lightning drives are known throughout the circles of the League : Taylor was a rare shot when forward, and retains his skill; while Makepeace is also very dangerous. In shooting the line is probably even stronger than in the days of Wolstenholmes, Booth, and Abbott combination.
POINTS SHARED AT ARDWICK
Athletic News - Monday 26 December 1904
The reserve teams of Manchester City and Everton made a draw at Hyde-road just as their seniors did at Goodison Park, but the score was 1-1 at Ardwick. There was an attendance of 4,000. After a minute’s play Rankin beat Edmondson with a good shot. The “Citizens” had however, the best of the game until the interval, and Whittaker equalized. The City men had the greater part of the play for the remainder of the game, both forwards and backs showing their best form, though they could not secure the winning goal. Whittaker was carried off the field ten minutes from the finish.
CHRISTMAS DRAW AT EVERTON.
Athletic News - Monday 26 December 1904
There was Christmas rime on the grass and there was Christmas chill in the foggy atmosphere, but there was no Christmas cheer at Goodison Park for a goal. Some 20,000 hardy folks, laughing and jeering at the descending mercury in the thermometer, went to the enclosure of Everton prepared to exercise their lungs and risk a doctor’s bill for every goal worthy of a vocal salvo. But there were no goals, and so Mr. “Tea” Maley returned to Manchester with a welcome bonbon in his kit-bag, and Mr. Cuff locked up the other point in the safe along with the filthy lucre which Sir William Arrol, M.P., says the British public ought to put into the Savings Bank instead of into the coffers of the football clubs. And if they did they might be a few sixpences the richer when they gang awa’ but what an awful’ lot o’ fun they would lose. If Sir William Arrol will tell us what life would be like without fun and football we shall then know the delectation of being misers. I shall refuse to describe this match. It may be a breach of duty, but I am incited thereto by the fact that the players could not penetrate the breach. There was a mild flutter of excitement in the Everton camp when the amateur goalkeeper, L. R. Roose did not materialize. I suspect that the fog-fiend held him spell-bound in the cosy corner of a railway carriage somewhere ’twixt London and Liverpool, Great Scott! Where was he? I mean Scott, the Irish international custodian. Happily, he had recovered from his damaged shoulder at Owlerton, and he had shaken off the effects of a chill. He was discovered, clad in a blue jersey and sent on the field eight minutes after the commencement. During this interval Everton had the audacity play Manchester City with ten men. Having seen Walter Abbott in the monkey-house at Owlerton, they gave Crelley a pair of gloves and put him in the cage with Balmer playing the one back game. When Scott was rescued from hibernating as a mere passive register Crelley handed over the bel, and the gloves—an undefeated champion, because nobody had seriously challenged him. I should not like to say that Crelley is not the finest goalkeeper who never stopped a shot. But I must see him tested by shots like Scott had. Not that Scott had all the game of fisticuffs to himself. Hillman proved that he could hit out of guard with his right. It was just well that Hillman spanked the ball. Had he missed his object and struck another player—well, I guess, it would have been bad for that wight. He would have curled up on the rime and bidden farewell to “footer” for a time. But as I have said I will not be tempted into a description of this game. In the first place it was hard to see it. One bad to penetrate a grey veil every moment, and in the second half the players came like shadows, and so departed. It was just as well that no goals were scored, because we reporters might have been so befogged that we should have given eleven different men as scoring. One never knows the effects of fog at Christmas time. Don’t run away with the idea that the players could not see the goals owing to the creamy condition of the circumambient ether. The posts stood out pale, as gibbets, but either the efforts of the forwards were futile or the valorous deeds of the defenders discounted the strictly honourable intentions of the attackers. And so the poor dogs had none. And we had no Christmas cheer. The prophets and the astrologers had told us to watch for a great display of shooting stars in the constellations of Everton. But Sandy Young can shoot four goals against some teams, and Sandy Turnbull other four against Derby County-what boots these “Sandies” must have – but the prophets and the astrologers were magnolia scented lairs on this occasion. There were no shooting stars. And there was, I repeat, no Christmas cheer at Everton. But the battle was boisterous, and the policy of masterly inaccuracy enabled each to say that Jock Taylor was as good as his master, and that Sandy Turnbull was as fine an artist as Sandy Young. Bless them! They shared the spoils, and writing as I am on Christmas Eve I decline to say that either side had bad fortune. There were plenty of “if’s and Buts” in the game. But the teams honorably divided the prize, and I shall always say that one was as good as the other and a fine slight better. But I will not say which was the better side. In truth Manchester City had the satisfaction of carefully stowing away that point in Mr. “Tea” Maley’s bag, and they never had this luck last season, when Everton, the drizzling and the dashing, were their adversaries. But I should like to say a few words as to the players. I took some hazy snap-shots. The Everton forwards were the better balanced five, even without the wizard McDermott. To leave him out and still garner points shows the strength of Everton. Young is a versatile quick-footed centre. An artist at hooking the ball from his opponents, and from one foot to the other, he did everything well except get goals. He had his opportunities but dalliance is neither sweet nor paying at “footer.” The most industrious man was Settle, who is keeping up a rare game this season, but it seemed to me as if McLoughlin is like Christmas pudding, rather overrated, but he is not without blue fire, and he should be a great player by the time that Santa Claus next comes along with his toys. The outside men were frisky, but Hardman was more aggressive than Sharp. Both men have pace and command of the ball, but Sharp was lacking in those finishing touches which have delighted me. His parting shots, were feeble and at times he passed to Young when he should have persevered on his own. With nothing like so much of the play, I have seen Sharp responsible for three goals in a match. Nevertheless Sharp is always interesting and gentlemanly. Hardman is a hare, but not so timid as that squealing furry creature. Indeed, he is all whip-cord and wire and fortitude. The Blackpool boy fears no back –and he is the best forward on his side. Of the middlemen Taylor was an irresistible intervener and a royal purveyor. Tom Booth has been training three weeks, and is coming along nicely now, but Taylor is a toiler and an artist. He was flanked by good men, even though Makepeace had more than he could master. Of the Everton defence I have nothing but words of praise, for the backs were strong and Scott was invincible. It was lucky for Everton that Scott was toward and eager for the fray. Now let me wish frank Booth the compliments of the season-and- many such matches as he played at Goodison Park. This Hyde youth is weekly developing and if there be a better outside left in these isles I am anxious to see him. Booth was altogether too fast for Makepeace and Balmer. Rarely did he end a run with an indifferent centre. At times in the second half he waged war by himself, and was very dangerous, but it is not well to be too individual in attack. Nevertheless, Booth was the most brilliant forward on the field, and Turnbull knows how to swish the ball out for his long raking stride. The right wing was not nearly so strong as usual, for George Livingstone, with a bad cold, was not able to play. Pearson was his understudy, and acquitted himself well, but he is not a Livingstone. There are few to be found, Meredith occasionally scintillated in the fog, but Booth was the hero of the hour- and a half. Although Frost –the day should have suited him –was a power, especially in defence near goal when danger was very nigh, the greatest force at half-back was Hynds. As breaker-up and initiator Hynds was simply splendid. The achievements of McMahon and Burgess at back did not suffer by comparison with any work accomplished by any players. Possibly John McMahon was always inclined to move any obstruction as well as the ball, but he invariably plays a determined and dashing game against Everton. Burgess was serviceable and the crowd chaffed him when he kicked out as time was advancing. And pray, why not? He wanted to pack that point in “Tea” Maley’s bag. He helped, and Balmer would have been equally justified in doing the same thing at Manchester under the same circumstances. “God rest ye, merry gentlemen” until after the meridian of Boxing Day. Everton; Scott; Balmer, Crelley; Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McLoughlin, Young, Settle, and Hardman. Manchester City; Hillman; McMahon, Burgess; Frost, Hynds, Moffatt; Merediths, Pearson, Gillespie, Turnbull, and Booth. Referee; Mr. J.T. Howcroft, Bolton.
POINTLESS DRAW AT EVEBTON.
London Daily News - Monday 26 December 1904
Everton and Manchester City met on a frost-bound ground at Goodison Park. Livingston wan absent from the City ranks, and for the first ten minutes Everton were without their regular goalkeeper, Scott the end of that time putting in a tardy appearance. Play in the first half was very fast, despite the fog and the slippery nature of the turf. Everton were seen to more advantage than their opponents, but neither side scored before the interval. The fog became worse after change of ends. Evert were dangerous on several occasions, but their shooting was weak, and the game ended In draw with nothing scored.
EVERTON 0 MANCHESTER CITY 0
December 26 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Everton failed to repeat last season's performance against Manchester City. Then the verdict was one goal to nil, against the City; last Saturday neither side could score, so that naturally the points were divided. It was a hard fought game in which plenty of good football was exhibited up to a certain point. From forwards of the standard of those engaged the finishing touches for the most part did not reach expectation. This was particularly the case with the Everton vanguard who, can hardly be said to have occasioned much anxiety to the burly Hillman and old Everton custodian. In the second half the fog was so thick that from the press box it was difficult to follow with accuracy the movements of the players especially on the far side of the field. This much is certain that Everton enjoyed more of the play than their opponents. It was entirely to a failure to utilise reasonable opportunities which led to the City men having the satisfaction of taking as valuable point.
WITHOUT A GOALKEEPER
It was certainly somewhat unique to find the home team starting the game with only ten players. L.R.Roose, no doubt owing to the fog, failed to reach the ground in time, and the match had to be started before Scott could don his football attire. The consequence was that Crelly went into goal for about ten minutes. Curiously enough during this period Everton were in an aggressive mood, so much so that Crelly's unaccustomed position was pretty much a sinecure. Still events might have turned otherwise and then there might have been something said of a rather severe character. Considering the hard and slippery ground, the character of the play was such as to afford satisfaction to the spectators except in the all-important matter of goals. However, a game in which not a single goal is scored is generally disappointing. This unquestionably applied to Saturday's contest. There were many fine bits of play and skilful manipulation of the ball, but they were confined to the open. In a word, the shooting was decidently off colour. With the chances which came their way the Everton attack ought to have made victory assured. They deserved it and it was exasperating to the onlookers to note the frequency with which the ball would be worked down to the City goal and then sent anywhere but in the direction of Hillman. At the same time there was no lack of effort on either side, and considering that fog rather detracted from the interest taken in the second half it was perhaps just as well that the points were divided.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS
The only fault that can be found with the home forwards was as will be gathered their weakness in front of goal. Young distributed the play nicely and put in many neat touches of his own, but he had evidently discarded his shooting boots. Hardman and Settle constituted the better wing, the former in particularly playing plucky and sterling game. McLoughlin was a hard worker without being showy and Sharp, though brilliant occasionally was not so successfully as usual. In the half-back line Abbott was the conspicuous figure, and some of the attempts at scoring might have inspired his colleagues in front of him. Both Taylor and Makepeace were good, though the latter had a tough customer to deal with in Booth, who was about the best forward on the field. Balmer and Crelly were a resourceful pair of backs, the former being in a happier mood than for some time past at Goodison-park. Scott in goal was equal to all that came his way, but Hillman had not many opportunities of displaying his skill. Against Abbott the great Meredith was not much in evidence this probably being due to the temporary less of his partner Livingstone, for whom Pearson was subtended. Booth stood head and shoulders about his colleagues in the front line, while Hyunds at centre half was always prominent. McMahon and Burgess being a bustling though not too artistic pair of backs. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McLoughlin, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Manchester City: - Hillman, goal, McMahon, and Burgess, backs, Frost, Hyunds, and Moffatt, half-backs Meredith, Pearson Gillespie, Turnbull, and Booth, forwards.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 26, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 17)
Everton and Manchester City Reserves, like their seniors played a drawn game, the score being one goal each. Everton started in promising fashion, and early on Rankin scored a fine goal, but afterwards play generally favoured the City, and Everton owed their point to capital defence set up by Kitchen, Balmer and Wildman, particularly the custodian. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Hanlin Chadwick, and Ritchie, half-backs, McAdams, Rankin Roberts, Dilly, and Evans, forwards.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0 EVERTON 3
December 27, 1904. The Liverpool Courier.
McDermott penalty kick, saved by Baddeley
This fixture was decided on Molineux ground, in foggy weather, before a good gathering. The game opened brusque, the Wolves right wing breaking away, but Crelly checked. Everton made a spirited attack, and there was a sharp scrimmage in front of the home goal, nothing resulting. Balmer neatly stopped dangerous work by Bevan and Haywood. A free kick to the homesters gave Smith a good chance, but Balmer popped up and blocked the way. The Wolves forwards were very much alive, and kept the Everton defenders on the alert. Sharp and McDermott made a spirited sprint, the latter ending up with a reckless shot. Ashworth was forced to concede a fruitless corner. The Wanderers continued the attack. Whitehouse dropped a centre in front of goal, but again the Everton backs cleared. A hot struggle took place between Hopkins, Smith and Balmer, close to the visitors goal, but the backs eventually prevented Hopkins running through. Bevin shot over the Everton bar. Two corners were given against the visitors, who packed their goal for safety. Crelly and Balmer were sorely tested, being kept constantly on the more, but helped each other admirably, McDermott was let in, but his shot at goal was poor. Baddeley cleared a long ranger. Bevin made considerable headway towards Roose, but Crelly intercepted him. After the game, had quieted down, Sharp became prominent, but the home custodian was not troubled. The quality of the football fell off, and the ground was somewhat rough. A free kick against the Wanderers enabled Sharp to centre splendidly, but Whitehouse chipped in and averted danger. After Baddeley had easily stopped a long distance shot the Wanderers pressed without result. The Everton vanguard were vigorous, and made sturdy assaults, but their combination should have been better, and their kicking needed cooler judgement. The Wolves played capitally towards the interval, and deserved to score, but could not. Interval, Wanderers nil, Everton nil.
In the second half the combination of the visitors improved. The Everton men set to work in business like fashion, and Hardman and Settle beat Jones, and McDermott getting possession and the other back could come to the rescue, scored the first goal. Everton Everton maintained the pressure, Settle was given a fine chance, but shot inaccurately. At the other end, Roose conceded a corner, in clearing from Heywood. The Wanderers strove hard, but found the opposing halves and backs exceedingly keen. Once it took Whitehouse all he knew to check Hardman until Baddeley came to the rescue. The Everton vanguard were now showing much neatness, and the home backs, had great difficulty in dealing with their tactics. From a throw-in Hopkins headed into Roose's hands. McDermott got away in capital style, but was checked. The game at times lost some of its interest, and on the whole, the play was not so good in this half as in the first. Hardman and Settle made strong attempts to break through the Wolves defence, but the home defenders repelled them. The Wolves left wing made a hot attack, which was broken up by Balmer. Williams spoiled a beautiful bit of passing by Everton. Young scored a second goal for Everton in easy manner. A little later Settle was fouled in the penalty area, McDermott took the Penalty kick , but did not score, (Saved by Baddeley) towards the end, Settle scored an easy third goal. Final Result, Wanderers nil; Everton 3. Everton: - Roose, goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly backs, Ashworth, Taylor and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 0
December 27 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 18)
This Lancashire Combination match at Goodison-park in the afternoon attracted a capital gate, there being about 10,000 spectators present. The teams were: - Everton Reserves: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, and Ritchie half-backs, McAdams Rankin Roberts, Dilly, and Evans, forwards. Manchester United Reserves: - Saunders, goal, Blackstock, and Holden, backs, Griffiths, Fitchett, and Duckworth, half-backs, Cranns, Small, Robertson, Hall, and B.Lyons, forwards. Robertson started for the United, and Everton were first to press, Rankin just missing with a grand shot. The visiting backs did good work during further pressure, the Everton inside men playing cleverly. A free kick enabled the Mancuncians to clear their lines, and the visitors left got away, Wildman having to kick out to avert danger. A corner fell to the United, and Kitchen had to leave his goal to clear, while Hall later shot yards over the bar. The United pressed for some minutes, but the home defence was sound, Chadwick clearing several centres. On one occasion Hall was only a trifle wide with a good shot, Cranns following suit soon afterwards. The home right got going and Blackstock had to pass back to the custodian, for the latter to clear the danger. Roberts had a capital attempt charged down in lucky fashion, while Rankin was fouled when trying to get through. The free kick was cleared and the United attacked. Chadwick getting in the way of a shot from Fitchett. Soon afterwards Kitchen saved a fine long shot from the centre half. After Rankin had been pulled up for off-side, McAdams had a chance, but shot very wide. Lyon at the other end, and was also at fault in his shooting, although soon afterwards he made amends with a fine cross shot, which went over the bar. Rankin called upon Saunders as the result of fine play, while Evans shot wide under difficulties. Roberts missed a good opening from Dilly's corner, but the ball went to McAdams, who shot in well, Saunders clearing. Capital tackling by the Everton halves neutralised several incursions by the United forwards, and following a free kick to Everton, the visitors goal had a very narrow escape. Everton continued to press, and Saunders saved somewhat luckily from Evans. Rankin did splendid work, and Roberts had two shots charged down. Everton pressed to the interval, but could not score. Half-time Everton nil, Manchester United nil.
Soon after resuming Blackstock kicked away, a fine shot from Dilly who was afterwards pulled up by the same player, and in turn, Hanlin and Roberts shot wide. Soon afterwards McAdams made a good dash down, but Duckworth dashed across and conceded a corner from which Chadwick missed scoring by inches. Everton should have had a penalty kicks for hands, but the referee instead gave a free kick to the United. The home side were playing splendid football, and once Evans had hard lines in sending the ball on the wrong side of the post. Everton had all the play, and all the bad luck, and when at last United did get away, they almost scored. Kitchen saving brilliantly from Robertson. Evans put in a grand run, but his centre was cleared, and Rankin was making capital headway, when he was fouled just outside the penalty area. The free kick was placed outside, but a little later Saunders just managed to direct a capital attempt by Rankin round the post. The custodian saved finely from the corner, and conceded an other, but although Everton swarmed round the goal, they could not get the ball into the net. That this stage the Everton could do anything but score. At last after prolonged pressure, Evans scored from a corner, but was hurt, and was lame when he returned, after a few minutes absence. He soon afterwards got past the backs, only to shoot across the goal and outside. The United got away, but were seldom dangerous, and Dilly twice had very hard lines in not scoring, while Saunders saved finely from Rankin. The United defenders were none too gentle in their methods, and after Everton had several free kicks, just outside the penalty area, Holden fouled Dilly close to goal, with the result that Rankin put on a second goal from the penalty kick. The United afterwards played one back, but were easily beaten on the run of the play by two goals, too nil.
WOLVERHAMPTON V EVERTON
Derby Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 27 December 1904
Play at Molineux Ground, in foggy weather, before 10,000 spectators. Play was fast in the early part of the game, the Everton defence giving a fine exhibition. A pretty exposition by the Everton forward quintette almost led to the Wanderers' downfall, but McLoughlin shot wide with an open goal. The Wanderers were a poor lot, and Badderley was given plenty of hard work to get through. Interval; Wanderers nil, Everton nil.
In the second half Everton opened strongly, and McLoughlin getting in a heavy drive from short range, found the corner of the net. Everton outclassed the Wanderers by their superior play in the forward line. The Wanderers improved slightly, but Everton always had their measure. Settle, owing to muddling by the home backs, scored a second goal. Then Baddleley saved a penalty. Settle added a third goal. Result; Everton 3, Wolverhampton 0.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS V EVERTON
Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 27 December 1904
At Wolverhampton, in misty weather, before 12,000 people. Both teams were fully represented. The game was very fast from the start. Baddeley had several shots to deal with, but the Wanderers had most of the play, but their shooting was weak, and Roose had little to do. At the interval there was no score. The Everton forwards played brilliantly after the interval, and McLoughlin scored. Then came the first serious outburst by Wolverhampton, but Roose prevented any score. Later on Settle added another goal for Everton, and after Baddeley had saved a penalty kick, the same player again scored. Result Everton 3 goals Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
DERBY COUNTY EVERTON
Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 27 December 1904
Fifteen thousand people witnessed this match at Derby this afternoon. The ground was a trifle greasy and the Derby team was a weak one owing to so many of their players being injured. Everton had rather the better of the first half, and after 27 minutes McLoughlin scored a capital goal. Neither side shot very accurately. Half-time; Derby County 0, Everton 1.
DERBY’S FIRST DEFEAT AT HOME.
London Daily News - Wednesday 28 December 1904
At Derby the home side put but a poor team into the field oppose Everton, several of their players being on the injured list. They held their own for some time, however, when McLoughlin scored a fine goal for Everton. Derby attacked strongly towards the interval but the Everton defence proved very sound. The score at half-time Everton, one Derby County, none. The second half was splendidly contested, and some fine football was shown both sides. Not long after the restart a free kick was given against Scott running with the ball, and from this Wheatcroft headed a equalizing goal. From this point it was a superb struggle, and Hardman getting through in almost the last second gave Everton the victory two goals to one. This is the first defeat Derby County have met with this season their own ground.
DERBY COUNTY v. EVERTON.
Leeds Mercury - Wednesday 28 December 1904
At Derby, in dull but fine weather, before 15,000 spectators. Derby had a poor team out owing to their heavy causality list. They held their own for the best part of half an hour, and then McLoughlin scored a fine goal, for Everton. Derby pressed towards the interval but the Everton defence was sound. Half-time; Everton one goal, Derby County none. The second half was splendidly contested, and some fine football was shown by both teams. The game had not been re-start very long when a free kick was give against Scott for running with the ball, and from this Wheatcroft headed in an equalizing goal. A great game was witnessed from this point, and in the last second Hardman scored giving Everton a lucky victory by two goals to one.
DERBY COUNTY 1 EVERTON 2
December 28, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
A bust Christmas time has fallen to the lot of the Everton players. On Saturday they drew at Goodison Park with Manchester City, but on Monday they brought off a fine victory at Wolverhampton, defeating his Wanderers by three clear goals. Yesterday they hand another difficult task being called upon to face Derby County in the peak capital. At the same time it must be remembered that the County were also engaged on Saturday and Monday, so that the conditions were equal for both teams. Changes were made in both teams, and neither side was at full strength. On the Everton side four changes were made in the team which gained a victory over the Wolves. Scott reappeared in goal, vice Roose, Makepeace resumed his position to the exclusion of Ashworth. Rankin superseded Sharp while McLoughlin appeared at centre owing to Young being on the injured list. The Derby elevens was below full strength, Methven who had but his back at Bury, could not play, and Ratcliffe took his place, while Wheatcroft figured at centre. The teams were as follows :- Derby County:- Maskery goals, Ratcliffe, and Morris backs, Warren, McAllister, and Richards, halfbacks, Parnell, Bloomer, Wheatcroft, Fletcher, and Davies forwards. Everton: - Scott goals, W.Balmer (captain) and Crelly backs, Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott half-backs, Rankin, McDermott, McLoughlin, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Despite the fact that the weather was extremely dull and fog prevailed, there would be about 15,000 people present. At the outset the game went in favour of the home team, who several times worked the ball down without being able to get in a decent shot. Then Rankin raced along his wing, and centred, and immediately afterwards from a miskick by McAllister. Settle sent in a hard low shot, which Maskery cleared. The danger however, was not averted, and several other shots were levelled at Maskery, which tried the County defence severely, Morris then drove the ball well up the field. But the Evertonians returned to the attack. McLoughlin missing a glorious chance, sending the ball wildly over the bar after Ratcliffe had made a bad miskick. The Everton defence after this was given some work to do, and the backs cleverly dealt with a beautiful centre by Davies. Parnell also ran the ball out after he had been well fed by Bloomer. Then Rankin again got in a centre under difficulties which none of his colleagues was in a position to reach. Despite the fact that the ground was slippery, play was fast and vigorous Everton had more of the play than their opponents. A free kick for hands just outside the penalty area was given against McAllister, but was successfully cleared. Another centre by Davies at the other end was not turned to account though Bloomer managed to get to it. The game had been in progress twenty-seven minutes when the ball came to McLoughlin, who was about twenty yards from goal, and with a capital shot he scored Everton's first goal. Maskery having no chance of saving. Play was quieter after this, and Rankin soon distinguished himself by another brilliant centre, which Maskery seized and threw away before McLoughlin could reach him. The game was stopped for a few minutes owing to Crelly being winded when play was resumed Rankin wound up a fine effort by shooting over the bar. Then the ball was taken to the other end, where Fletcher forced a corner. Parnell made a bungling attempt to centre, and a second corner forced by Davies led to a series melee in front of the Everton goal. Once again the masterful tactics of the visiting backs triumphed. Still Derby were now having more of the play, but they were content for the most part with long kicks, which were easily dealt with by the Everton backs. Scott then tackled by Davies, made a circle with the ball in his hands, but through there was an appeal for carrying the ball, it was not entertained. Bloomer sent in a shot just outside the goal post, but this was the last attempt before the interval. Half-time Derby County Nil Everton 1. In the second half the game was splendidly contested, and if anything Derby had the better of it. The Everton defence was subjected in severe pressure, and after twelve minutes Scott was penalised for running with the ball, Richards took the kick, and Wheatcroft heading into the net eqaulised. After this both sides strove hard to supremacy, and amid great excitement Hardman gave Everton the victory in the last minute of the game. Result Derby County 1, Everton 2.
SELECTION OF TEAMS,
Leeds Mercury - Friday 30 December 1904
A meeting of the International Selection Committee was held the Pavilion, Bramall-lane, Sheffield, yesterday afternoon, after the conclusion of the Sheffield United v. Corinthians match. Mr. J. C, Clegg presided, and amongst those present were Messrs. C. Cramp. G. S. Sherrington, C. J. Hughes, J. J. Bentley, H. Davis, W. Bickford, J. J. Gregeon, H. Walker, and F. J. Wall, the secretary. The teams, Amateurs of the South v. Professionale of the South, were selected follows; Amateurs—T. S. (Old Carthusiaiw), goal; F. Lyon (Queen’s Park Bangers] and H. Smith (Reading), hacks; S. B. Ashworth (Oxford City and Everton), P. R. Sands (Woolwich Arsenal), and H. Vickers (Corinthians), half hacks; R. Q. Wright (Corinthians), S. H. Day (Old Malvenians), G. S. Harris (Old Reptoniams). S.S Harris, Capt. (Old Westminsters), and E. S. Ward (Corinthians), forwards. Professionals—Cartledge (Bristol Rovers), goal; Stevenson (Millwall) and Molynux (Southampton), backs; Lee (Southampton;), Parsonage (Brentford), and Brieiriey (Tottenham Hotspurs), half backs; Walton (Tottenham Hotspur), Coleman (Woolwich Arsenal), Saittenthwaite (Arsenal), Simmonds (West Haim), and Harris (Reading), forwards, The match will be played at Tottenham, on January 16 Mr. P. R. Hamorrer was appointed referee, with Rev. Campbell Wheeler (Wilts) and Mr. C Frowde (Dorset) linesman
EVERTON V NOTTS COUNTY
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 31 December 1904
At Goodison Park, before 15,000. After brisk opening play, Everton put on pressure. Earle saved from Taylor, but Sharp obtained and drove the ball into the net. Ten minutes later Sharp sent across a fine centre, which McLoughlin cleverly converted. Notts got away smartly, but almost invariably finished feebly. Gee rendered capital service, and sent against the upright. Hardman headed the third goal from Sharp's centre.
Half-time; Everton 3, Notts County 0.
Everton opened the second half with a couple of abortive corners, and after interesting exchanges, Taylor obtained the fourth goal for his. Notts improved, and after sustained pressure, Humphreys scored with a capital shot. The game was spiritedly contested, both goals having narrow escapes. Abbott scored Everton's fifth. Result; Everton 5, Notts County 1.
EVERTON v. NOTTS.
Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 31 December 1904
In undertaking the journey to Goodison Park today Notts. Were faced by one of the most exacting of their away matches, and upon consideration form could they be made out to hold any chance of victory. The first Saturday in September saw Everton victorious over the “Magpies” in Nottingham, and the whole course of the campaign since then has only tended to accentuate the disparity between the teams. As wooden spoon holders Notts, were indeed called upon tackle combination who are making a bold challenge for the championship, and there was little cause for wonder that Liverpool the fixture was looked upon as affording a golden opportunity for strengthening the home club’s position. Times have sadly changed, indeed, since those four seasons in which Notts, were never beaten at Goodison Park. For the purposes of to-day’s engagement the visitors made only one change from the preceding week, the enforced substitution Earle for Pennington, but Everton hoped to be able to re-include Sharp, Ashworth, and Roose. Expectations in this respect were completely realized, and Young was back in his accustomed position, while McLoughlin substituted Settle with McDermott at inside right, the Blues’ front rank being at its strongest. R. Balmer was substituted for Crelly at back. Notts, unfortunately did not prove very great attraction, and though the weather was fine, there was not more than 8,000 spectators at the start. At the last moment Mainman stood down in the Notts, team and Craythorne joined the halves with Reid as Gee’s partner. The opening advances the Everton forwards were promptly frustrated by the backs, and Ashworth similarly checked the visitors’ left, but from a free kick against Reid the “Blues” again made and Abbott, with Young unguarded, shot behind. Some neat work Tarplin and Graythorne enabled Gee wrest a corner out of Balmer, and from flag kick the home goal experienced a couple of extremely narrow escapes. Taylor, however, eventually brought relief, and made a beautiful pass out to Sharp, whose swinging centre Young turned a trifle wide. Hardman whipped the ball back, and with Earle out his charge Griffiths kicked away from off the line. Taylor tried hard volley. A moment later Sharp emulated his example, and with too much curl on the ball went through off Earle’s hands. It was well worked-for point, but might have been saved. Green headed an incursion to the home quarters, but R. Balmer reached him as he essayed to centre, and the ball ultimately went across to Reid, whose shot passed wide. Everton came back with superb dash and Young passed out finely to Hardman, but Griffiths smartly robbed the amateur, and a very pretty movement took Notts, down for R. Balmer to despoil Tarplin luckily. Still, the visitors were persistent, and mistake Ashworth gave Gee an opening, but his partner’s shot grazed the upright with Roose awaiting eventualities. The visitors were not for long allowed to remain on the offensive, however. and following a couple of corners Sharp middled finely for McLoughlin fasten on the ball and put a second point with which Earle had chance. A miskick Crelly and a long shot from Green brought out, his goal, and Young, when palpably off-side, was allowed transfer Sharp, but luckily the latter s centre went astray, and some neat work by Dean resulted in a glorious centre from his partner, which was once again was fortunately cleared. Luck was with the Blues in the course another desperate assault, as Gee shot across goalmouth with one up to bother Roose. Notts, were playing capital football forward, and from another corner Reid struck the post, while out of a desperate scrimmage the goal escaped miraculously. A moment later Balmer all but deflected past Roose a shot by Dean, and just at this juncture Everton were Fortune's darlings with a vengeance. In Notts.’ quarters both Montgomery and Griffiths were heavily brought down, but only the latter incident was punished, and neat work on the home right went waste with Sharp overrunning the ball. Showing a rare turn of speed Hardman rounded Griffiths and Humphreys, but Earle disposed of his centre, and though the “Blues” remained on the attack, they failed to find another opening, till Young and McDermott were left in possession right in front. Even then, however, the defence held out, Earle dashing in to clear, but in midfield Green lost splendid chances, first by dwelling on the ball with Dean well placed and then by centring behind. Another rush the home forwards was checked by off-side, and play opened out till Griffiths let Hardman through force a corner. This was safely frustrated, and Gee headed a rush to the Everton quarters, but lacked support from his partner, and McDermott initiated pretty run, which finally left Sharp unguarded on the touch-line. Latter dropped across a sterling centre which fail in the goalmouth. Earle rushed out fist away, but he failed to reach the ball, and Hardman jumping headed third point easily. Immediately afterwards saved finely from Reid, and at half-time the score was : Everton 3 Notts none. That Everton were the better team so far was undeniable, but they had been supremely lucky escaping at least two reverses and emphatically did not desire commanding lead. Dean and Green changed places when play was resumed, before 12,000 people, but Everton were first the move, and Sharp got corner out of Montgomery, while big return by Balmer brought a second. Cmythomc’s judicious placing led to likely movement the visitors’ left, and Taylor only partially cleared Geo',' centre, but Green dallied, and when Tarplin burst through directly after he was bothered Crelly drove a rising shot trifle Tricky tactics by Hardman stimulated dashing assault at the other end, which Humphrey- negatived, and some even exchanges followed, with Everton still the faster and more cohesive side. In the course of another finely-engineered assault the “Blues” claimed strenuously for a penalty for hands but no heed was paid to the appeal, and some further clever work Hardman brought from Young a rising shot, which grazed the crossbar. Notts, were not moving now with anything like the dash and precision they showed in the first half, and at the end of fifteen minutes Everton forged further ahead Taylor driving in a shot which struck the upright and glanced into the net. Emberton twice came back to defend stoutly when Griffiths was beaten, but the visitors made very poor use of free kick in midfield against R. Balmer. The other Balmer, too, was penalised for tripping Gee, and Reid forced a corner, but Green’s half volley missed the uprignt by inches. Moment later Gee, well fed by Reid, centred brilliantly, but Tarplin could not quite reach the ball, and although Craythome was backing up, his oblique shot passed out. R. Balmer then missed his back, but his partner retrieved the blunder. Directly after, however, Dean ran round R. Balrner, and getting across a beautiful left foot centre saw Humphreys drive ball into the top corner with a shot which he never saw. Hardman immediately missed the chance of the match, and Geo and Reid were going through in fine style when the former was pushed just outside the penalty area, Reid heading only a trifle wide from the free kick. This temporary improvement in the visitors’ display however, soon disappeared, and Everton attacked desperately, but McLoughlin shot past, and at the other end following a thrilling centre by Gee, Dean missed almost an open goal. Again did Gee centre brilliantly, but saved marvelously from Reid, and the visitors took a couple of corners and a free kick close in find the defence solid and impenetrable. A dashing burst by the homo inside trio was cleverly checked and Notts, returned to the attack to fail in opposition to a well nit and somewhat lucky defence. Craythorne and Reid once sha in a promising advance, and then Gee gave Green and Tarplin another beautiful centre, but the latter got off-side, and R. disposed of a fine middle by the extreme left in the next second. This preceded a rapid burst on the home left, and Earle failing trap oblique shot from Abbott found ball travelling into the net. Green almost immediately reduced the lead, and then time came. Result: Everton 5 Notts 1 Players: Notts.—H. T. Earle (goal), A. Griffiths, J. Montgomery 'backs), F. I’. Emberton, P. Humphreys', B. Craythome half-backs), A. W. Green, J. Dean (right wing), W. Tarplin (centre), J. Reid, and E. Gee (left wing). Everton.—L. E. Roose (goal), Balmer, Crelly (backs), S. B. Ashworth, J. Taylor, A. Abbott (half-backs), ,J. Sharp, J. McDermott (right wing). A. Young (centre), J. McLoughlin. And H. P. Hardman (left wing). Referee: Mr. F. H. Dennis, Middleborough.
EVERTON V NOTTS
December 31, 1904. The Nottingham Evening News
In undertaking the journey to Goodison Park today Notts were faced by one of the most exacting of their away matches, and upon no consideration of form could they be made out to hold any chance of victory. The first Saturday in September saw Everton victorious over the “Magpies” in Nottingham, and the whole course of the campaign since then has only tended to accentuate the disparity between the teams. As wooden spoon holders Notts were indeed called upon to tackle a combination who are making a bold challenge for the championship, and there was little cause for wonder that in Liverpool the fixture was locked upon as affording a golden opportunity for strengthening the home club's position. Times have sadly changed, indeed, since those four seasons in which Notts, were never beaten at Goodison Park. For the purposes of today's engagement the visitors made only one change from the preceding week, the enforced substitution of Earle for Pennington, but Everton hoped to be able to re-include Sharp, Ashworth and Roose. Expectations in this respect were completely realized and Young was back in his accustomed position, while McLoughlin substituted Settle with McDermott at inside right, the “Blues” front rank being at its strongest. R. Balmer was substituted for Crelly at back. Notts unfortunately did not prove a very great attraction, and though the weather was fine, there was not more than 8,000 spectators at the start. At the last moment Mainman stood down in the Notts team and Craythorne joined the halves with Reid as Gee's partner. The opening advances by the Everton forwards were promptly frusated by the backs and Ashworth similarly checked the visitors' left, but from a free kick against Reid the “Blues” again made headway, and Abbott, with Young unguarded, shot behind. Some neat work by Tarplin and Craythorne enabled Gee to wrest a corner cut of Balmer, and from the flag kick the home goal experienced a couple of extremely narrow escapes. Taylor, however, eventually brought relief, and made a beautiful pass out to Sharp, whose swinging centre Young turned a trifle wide. Hardman whipped the ball back and with Earle out of his charge Griffiths kicked away, from off the line, his charge Griffiths kicked away from off the line. Taylor tried a hard volley. A moment later Sharp emulated his example and with too much curl on it the ball went through off Earle's hands. It was a well worked-for-point, but might have been saved. Green headed an incursion to the home quarters but R. Balmer reached him as he essayed to centre, and the ball ultimately went across to Reid, whose shot passed wide, Everton came back with superb dash and Young passed out finely to Hardman, but Griffiths smartly robbed the amateur, and a very pretty movement took Notts down for R. Balmer to despoil Tarplin luckily. Still, the visitors were persistent, and a mistake by Ashworth gave Gee an opening, but his partner's shot grasped the upright with Roose awaiting eventualities. The visitors were not for long allowed to remain on the offensive, however, and following a couple of corners Sharp middle finely for McLoughlin to fasten on the ball and put on a second point with which Earle had no chance. A miskick by Crelly and a long shot from Green brought Roose out of his goal and Young, when palpably off-side, was allowed to transfer to Sharp, but luckily the latter's centre went astray, and some sturdy work by Dean resulted in a glorious centre from his partner, which was once again fortunately cleared. Luck was with the “Blues” in the course of another desperate assault, as Gee shot across the goalmouth with no one up to brother Roose. Notts were playing capital football forward, and from another corner Reid struck the post, while out of a desperate scrimmage the goal escaped miraculously. A moment later Balmer all but deflected past Roose a shot by Dean, and just at this juncture Everton were Fortune's darlings with a vengeance. In Notts' quarters both Montgomery and Griffiths were heavily brought down, but only the latter incident was punished, and neat work on the home right went to waste with Sharp ever running the ball, showing a rare turn of speed Hardman rounded Griffiths and Humphreys, but Earle disposed of his centre, and though the “Blues” remained on the attack they failed to find another opening, till Young and McDermott were left in possession right in front. Even then, however, the defence held out. Earle dashing in top clear, but in midfield Green lost splendid chances, first by dwelling on the ball with Dean well placed and then by centring behind. Another rush by the home forwards was checked by off-side, and play opened out fill Griffiths let Hardman through to force a corner. This was safely frustrated, and Gee headed a rush to the Everton quarters, but he lacked support from his partner, and McDermott initiated a pretty run, which finally left Sharp unguarded on the touch-line. The latter dropped across a sterling centre which fell in the goalmouth. Earle rushed out to fist away, but he failed to reach the ball, and Hardman jumping up headed a third point easily. Immediately afterwards Roose saved finely from Reid, and at half-time the score was;-
Everton 3, Notts County 0
That Everton were the better team so far was undeniable but they had been supremely lucky in escaping at least two reverses and emphatically did not desire so commanding a lead, Dean and Green changed places when play was resumed, before 12,000 people, but Everton were first on the move, and Sharp got a corner out of Montgomery, while a big return by Balmer brought a second. Craythorne;s judicious placing led to a likely movement on the visitors' left, and Taylor only partially cleared Gee's centre, but Green dallied and when Turplin burst through directly after he was bothered by Crelly as he drive a rising shot a trifle wide. Tricky tactics by Hardman stimulated a dashing assault at the other end, which Embleton and Humphreys negatived, and some even exchanges followed, with Everton still the faster and more cohesive side. In the course of another finely-engineered assault the “Blues” claimed strenuously for a penalty for hands but no heed was paid to the appeal, and some further clever work by Hardman brought from Young a rising shot, which grazed the crossbar. Notts were not moving mow with anything like the dash and precision they showed in the first half, and at the end of fifteen minutes Everton forged further ahead. Taylor driving in a shot which struck the upright and glanced into the net. Emberton twice came back to defend stoutly when Griffiths was beaten, but the visitors made very poor use of a free kick in midfield against R. Balmer. The other Balmer, too, was penalized for tripping Gee, and Reid forced a corner, but Green's half volley missed the upright by inches. A moment later Gee, well fed by Reid, centred brilliantly, but Tarplin could not quite reach the ball, and although Craythorpe was backing up, his oblique shot passed out. R. Balmer then missed his back, but his partner retrieved the blunder. Directly after, however, Dean ran round R. Balmer, and getting across a beautiful left foot centre saw Humphreys drive the ball into the top corner with a shot which Roose never saw. Hardman immediately missed the chance of the match, and Gee and Reid were going through in fine style when the former was pushed just outside the penalty area, Reid heading only a trifle wide from the free kick. This temporary improvement in the visitors' display, however, soon disappeared, and Everton attacked desperately, but McLoughlin shot past, and at the other end following a thrilling centre by Gee, Dean missed almost an open goal. Again did Gee centre brilliantly, but Roose, saved marvelously from Reid, and the visitors took a couple of corners and a free kick close in to find the defence solid and impenetrable. A dashing burst by the home inside trio was cleverly checked and Notts returned to the attack to fail in opposition to a well, knit and somewhat lucky defence. Craythborne and Reid once shared in a promising advance, and then Gee gave Green and Tarplin another beautiful centre, but the latter got off-side, and R. Balmer disposed of a fine middle by the extreme left in the next second. This preceded a rapid burst on the home left, and Earle failing to trap an oblique shot from Abbott found the ball travelling into the net. Green almost immediately reduced the lead and then time came. Result;- Everton 5, Notts 1 Players;- Notts-H.T. Earle (goal); A. Griffths, J. Montgonery (backs); F.P. Emberton, P. Humphreys, R. Craythorne (Half-backs), A.W. Green, J. Dean (right wing), W. Tarplin (Centre), J. Reid, and E. Gee (Left wing). Everton; L.R. Roose (goal); Balmer, Crelly (backs), S.R Ashworth, J. Taylor, A. Abbott (half-backs), J. Sharp, J. McDermott, (right-wing), J. Young (centre), J. McLoughlin, and F.P. Hardman (left wing). Referee; Mr. F.H. Dennis of Middlesbrough.