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TOM DILLY
December 1, 1910 Evening Telegraph
Mr. Tom Dilly, the subject of our sketch is one of the few promising players at present figuring in the Arbroath team. Last season this young lad played very consistently for the North End, a prominent Arbroath junior club, but I was not until about the end of the season that his play attracted the attention of the senior club's committee. His first promotion was on the occasion of the unfit to John Carrie, the Arbroath captain, when he was chosen to play for the Hearts of Midlothian against the Gayfield team. His display on that occasion was excellent, and Arbroath being in need of a good left-winger, Dilly was requested to put his signature to a professional form. It is five years since Dilly started the game, his first connection with being with the Everton, a local juvenile club. The following season, however, on the formation of North End, he went over to that club. The North End then played as juveniles, but in the succeeding year they entered for the Second –Class Junior League, and were successful in carrying off the championship. In season 1899-19000 the North End coopered as first-class juniors, and although in that year they were unsuccessful in gaining any trophy, they nevertheless had a capital record at the end of the season. Both in the Everton and North End clubs Dilly had as his partner on the left wing David Law, who now also partners him at forward in the Arbroath senior team, Dilly has a liking for his present partner, and it is certainly a wise proceeding of the Arbroath Committee to keep such a pair together on the wing. Dilly is a comparatively young man, being only twenty-one years of age, and he is about 5 feet 8 inches in height. He has a capital command of the ball, and his passing over to the centre from the touch-line often affords the other forwards good opportunities of scoring. Although playing fairly well in this, his first season, with seniors, he has not yet come up to his “best pitch,” but after having gained a little more experience with the “upper class” he should prove one of the many brilliant forwards the “gay” maroons” have reared. Dilly is of a quiet but likeable disposition, and is a great favourite with his clubmates.

MANCHESTER CITY AT GOODISON
December 2, 1910 The Liverpool Evening Express
After a season's absence Manchester City resume their acquaintance with Goodison Park, and the match ought to prove a decidedly interesting one. I have referred to he game previously meetings, etc., at this sitting. On form I think Everton will win, as the City are not too strongly represented in the rear, whilst their forwards leave something to be desired. However, one never knows, and it is possible that a surprise may be forthcoming. Everton are still handicapped by injuries to players, and Stevenson and Meunier are again called on to defend Scott tomorrow. The only change from last week is that Berry comes in at outside right, whilst Beare crosses over to outside left. the amateur does not care for the inside position, and there is no doubt that h is more at home on the wing, and as Beare can perform equally as well on the left, the line should not be weakened by the change. I have seen Beare perform on both wings, and I am convinced that he is equally clever at outside left as he is on the opposing wing.

The Goodison club are still on the look out for new forwards, but it is proving a most difficult matter to secure the required article. On paper the forward line for tomorrow's game looks good enough, and as Borthwick is said to be at his best the middle line should not suffer. Here is the full team;- William Scott; Stevenson and Meunier; Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare. The kick-off is timed for 2.30. The Everton Reserves team against Manchester City Reserves at Manchester is;- Berry; Thomson, and J.C. Bardsley, Allan, Taylor and W. Davies; Chedgzoy, Gault, Magner, Grenyer and Mountford.

EVERTON SIGN LOCAL PLAYER
December 3, 1910. The Lancashire Evening Post
Everton have signed on Costello, the centre-half back of Tuebrook, who played for the team against the Post Office in the final of the mid-week Hospital Cup on Thursday last. Costello played a fine game, and greatly pleased the Everton representatives. He is 22 years of age, and will make his first appearance for Everton on Monday.

GOLDER AND GOALKEEPER
December 3, 1910. The Lancashire Evening Express
George Kitchen (who is to share the “gate” with Blackburn) has had a longer football experience than Blackburn. Before joining Everton he was with Stockport County and previous to that with a minor Derbyshire club. In 1903 he kept goal for the South against the North, and this season he has represented London against Birmingham, and the Southern League. Kitchen is nearly as well known on the golf links as on the football fields. He is engaged on the Bournemouth links, and travels up from the “Town of the Ones” for each match. He has competed in several English championships, but has his first one yet to win. When with Everton Kitchen was most popular.

MANCHESTER CITY
(Did Not meet last season)
December 3, 1910. The Liverpool Football Evening Express
A Moderate First Half
Blues Lead at Interval
In their match at Goodison Park this afternoon Manchester City were without their new full back, Chaplin, through injuries and his place was taken was Jackson. The Blues were in much worse straits, for both Balmer, Macconnachie and Robert Young were again from the lines of defence. Stevenson and Meunier again figuring at full back, with Borthwick at centre half. Then again the Everton scoring line had to be reshuffled Beare crossing over from the right to the outside left position. Berry being reintroduced at outide right. The teams were;- Everton; Scott, goal; Stevenson and Meunier, backs; Harris, Borthwick and Makepeace, half-backs; A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare, forwards. Manchester City; Smith, goal; Kelso and Jackson, full backs; Buchan, Radie, and Jones, half-backs; Stewart, Dorsett, Thornley, Wall, and Conlin, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.T. Howcroft. There was not more than 8,000 spectators present when Everton put the ball in motion. Borthwick got, in a forward pass which put Berry in motion and he raced along the line only to place behind. Play resumed in the visitors' half, and after Kelso had starved off a dangerous rush placed, Kelso getting the ball away with a magnificent header. A flying rush to the other end came to nothing, and then Beare galloped away. He centred nicely, but before Young got to it Jackson brought relief. Gourlay was looking dangerous when Buchan intercepted and headed away. Then Sandy Young was given possession, and he essayed a flying shot, which went wide. The Everton forced two corners, which were well placed, the home backs putting in effective footwork. The ball was taken to the other end, and Gourlay had his shot charged down. Some exciting play followed in the Manchester penalty area, Lacey striking the crossbar with a hot shot. Sandy Young got possession from the rebound, and as the whistle went for offside he also drove hard against the crossbar. Meunier slipped when about to tackle Stewart who darted forward and placed in front of goal, Harris coining to the rescue with a header. After neat work by the City inside forwards the ball was sent to Thornley on the penalty line. He had a splendid chance for shooting but he waited too long, one of the backs nipping in and kicking away. Conlin and Wall hen put in some neat passing, which completely, beat Harris, and the ball was sent to Thornley, who this time made no mistake in driving hard for goal, Scott making a fine clearance. At the other end Sandy raids desperately to break through. He was cleverly robbed, and while one of the backs was still in possession Borthwick rushed up and was prevented from shooting just in the nick of time. Although both sets of backs were being kept fully employed, neither set of forwards showed anything approaching brilliant play. A beautiful centre by Beare ended in Smith rushing ou and fisting away in fine style. The City left wing was then prominent, and Wall was distinctly unlucky, his hard shot striking the far side of the post. Even then the visitors should have scored, the ball going to Stewart who was in a good position, his shot going high over the bar. The Manchester forwards again forced matters, and after clever foot-work, Conlin placed across the goalmouth, Dorsett clear missed his kick, and though the ball went to Stewart, who sent in a hard drive, which only missed by inches. Following an abortive rush by Berry the ball went to Harris who with a kick caused Smith to fall on his knees in order to save. The high wind was having an adverse effect upon the play, and there was a good doss of wild kicking. The home crowd became quite excited by a passing movement to which all the home forwards took part. Unhappily it was not concerned with a goal. Berry having forced over the line when about to shoot. The visitors came near to scoring when from a centre by Stewart, Thornley sent high over the bar. The halves on either side were playing with great keenness, and there were several stoppages for minor injuries. The homesters then had a spell of attacking, but their movements were lacking in finish, Conlin raced away to the other end, and eluding Harris he took the ball right to the line and then sent behind. Both sides lacked concerted action. Just before the interval the “Blues” gain the lead. It was the result of clever work by Berry, who, after a neat sprint, sent in a swinging shot which dropped right into the goal, Lacey racing up and make sure of the arrival into the net, although there could be no question that it was over the goal line before Lacey touched it. A minute later Bare, after rounding Kelso shot into the hands of the keeper, who was penalized for carrying the leather. Makepeace took the kick and rather unwisely sent out to the right wing, and the ball was worked away to midfield. Both Beare and Berry were showing up better than in the earlier stages of the game, and from a centre from Beare, Borthwick sent in a low shot, which Smith did well to save.

Half-time; Everton 1, Manchester City 0.
The first forty-five minutes were keenly contested, but the play was only of a moderate character, the forward play of both sides lacking finish.
Points Go To Everton
A Goalless Second Half
Sharp Custodianship and Keen Back Play
The crowd had increased to between 10,000 and 11,000 when the second half opened. From the centre kick the homesters dashed away in fine style. Young was forced off the ball when in a dangerous position. A forward pass by Edie put Conlin in motion but he failed to get past Harris. Berry and Lacey showed neat passing and the former conspired, Sandy Young sending in a shot which the keeper managed to keep out with the tips of his fingers. In the subsequent play Beare sent over the bar and later the same player hesitated instead of centering and was dispossessed. The Blues came again, only to disappoint in the end, Young sending over the bar. Borthwick showed better marksmanship with a pot shot just wide of the target. Receiving from Gourlay, Beare darted away and then centred. Young again failing to find the net. The play continued to be of a half hearted character and the non success of the forwards was in same measure due to the worrying tactics of the respective intermediate lines. Harris was having a lively time with Conlin and the latter on one occasion got clean away and put in an oblique shot, which Scott easily negotiated. Then Berry sped away and centered cleverly, Beare just failed in his attempts to reach the ball with his head. Some exciting incidents followed in front of the Manchester goal and dashing play by Lacey led to an abortive corner. Conlin and Wall were looking dangerous when Meunier came across an made a timely clearance. Everton essayed another attack, and Beare put in a shot from close range, when Smith was lucky to save. After Borthwick had starved off a dangerous rush after clever work by Conlin, Berry went pass Jones and centred, Young again sending over the bar. Play was transferred to the other end and Scott had a difficult shot to save from Dorsett. Everton returned to the attack and a shot by Lacey, which struck the crossbar, deserved a better fate. The City inside forwards were next prominent, Scott again kicking out a hot shot. In the closing stages the game was being fought out at a furious pace, Gourley grazed he crossbar with a strong shot, and a minute later Smith was called upon, to save a low shot from Young. The homesters were still attacking when a hot shot from Harris was stopped superbly by Smith who a short time later fisted away an oblique shot from Berry. Try as they would nether set of forwards could pierce the net and the end came with the score; - Final; Everton 1, Manchester City 0.

Goal Scorer; Berry for Everton.
TEAM SELECTION.
December 3, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton, for the visit of Manchester City, are still compelled to play a reverse defence, Balmer and Macconnachie being still unfit, and Meunier inspired sufficient confidence at Nottingham, however, as also did Borthwick, who still deputises for Robert Young. The only change is A. Berry for Barlow, who is dropped. Beare crossing to outside left, and the Oxonian resuming his accustomed position. Manchester City have struck a run of success ever since they secured Chaplin, recent victories having given the team a lot of encouragement. Therefore we should see the visitors in a very persistent mood, ally Everton should make no mistake in taking both points. The visitors will be as last week.

SHARP’S SUCCESSOR
Athletic News - Monday 05 December 1910
Everton 1 Manchester City 0
By The Pilgrim
If it cannot be said they gave a brilliant display of football it must be admitted that Everton were deserving of their victory over Manchester City at Goodison Park.  They were the better team on the afternoon’s play –just about so much the better team as the score would suggest, and no more, for although they had a great deal more of the game than their opponents in the second half and were much smarter on the ball they could not finish their attacks.  This, to my mind, was their most serious defect, and the great blot on their exhibition as a whole.  Some of the footwork and the passing of their forwards was remarkably clever.  As a matter of fact I have seen nothing better this season than the display of Arthur Berry on their extreme right wing, but the inside men could not carry their work to effect.  I grant that Gourlay was very unfortunate with one grand shot in the second half which struck the framework of the goal, but speaking generally their finishing was anything but consistent with their midfield play.  It was just the same with the City in the first half.  Had they taken their chances they might have won pretty comfortably.  I will not say they played quite so well as the Evertonians, or did so much of the attacking even in this portion of the game, but they were forceful, dashing, and determined, and made for themselves some capital openings, only to fling them away.  Their shooting was very poor.
City’s Missed Chances
Perhaps the best chance came to Thornley.  He got clean through, but with Stevenson dashing after him he had to shoot on the run, with the result that he drove the ball straight at Scott.  Wall had another good opportunity, for as Conlin struck the corner of the post with a shot which completely beat the guardian of the Everton citadel, the ball rebounded to the feet of the ex-Glossopian, and the best that he could do was to lift it over the bar.  Another centre from Conlin left a clean avenue for Dorsett, but he missed the ball altogether, and as he had done before Stewart drove it wide of the far post in his effort to find the corner of the net.  Everton’s experiences at the other end were just the same, the best shot that was made coming from the foot of Harris, and struck the cros-bar with terrific force.  Berry had put across some lovely centres, as also had Beare, but six minutes from the interval the old Oxonian swung one right beneath the crossbar, almost from the line.  It was a glorious effort, but it seemed to me Smith might have turned the ball over the cross-bar.  He, however, preferred to catch it, with the result that whilst he still had the ball in his possession Gourlay dashed into him and the goal was captured.   As events turned out this was the only goal of the match, though not the last exciting incident, for two minutes afterwards Smith was penalized for carrying the ball in clearing a centre from Beare, and a free kick was given about three yards out.  And again in the second half, when, as I have said, Everton were always the better team and when the City forwards seemed utterly unable to do anything right, the Manchester goal had one or two very narrow escapes, principally as the outcome of the clever work by Berry. 
The Brilliance of Berry
I do not think I should be very far wrong if I described this as Berry’s match.  He was quite the outstanding figure, and the best forward on the field.  In this brilliant young amateur I consider Everton have found a worthy successor to Jack Sharp; indeed I make bold to say Sharp himself could not have improved upon his display.  There is no wing forward playing who can sweep up a forward pass with his left foot and in one movement tap the ball to his right and dash away like a greyhound released from the elash, better than Berry did in this match.  It was something to behold, and convinced me that Berry is a right-winger of the first order.  Perhaps he was not always accurate in his centring, but this was the only flaw in his display.  He is fast, fearless, and is quicker into his stride than most.  And he can beat an opponent either by the inside or the outside course, as Jones and Jackson can testify.  There was times when the most they could do was to look at him.  And Berry is a sportsman.  There was a little incident in the second half I must relate.  When challenged by Jones, berry had kicked the ball behind the goal-line.  One of the linesmen thought the ball had gone out off Jones, and appealed for a corner kick, but when Mr. Howcroft approached Berry on the matter he promptly admitted that he was the last man to play the ball.  I would that I had more space to deal with the merits of this plucky, spirited, and talented amateur.  Lacey made some beautiful passes, and both Gourlay and Beare showed good football, particularly in the first half, but Young’s shooting was very erratic.  There was very little to choose between the half backs, who were defenders and attackers in the real sense of the terms, for not only did they ply their forwards, but they never hesitated to shoot when the chance came along.  Especially was this the case with Harris and Borthwick, and the Irishman was generally on the mark.  Meunier did not always kick with good judgement, but like Stevenson, he was generally sure, and judged from the small amount of work Scott had to do, their play left little to be desired.
The Merits Of the Mancunians
If Smith might have adopted a different method in dealing with Berry’s fatal centre it would be very unfair to charge him with the responsibility for the defeat.  He saved his goal on other occasions when he could not have been blamed had he been beaten, and he generally did his work very well.  The backs were good up to a point, Kelso being the better of the two. For, although he made some very fine clearances, Jackson was occasionally guilty of lapse which might have ended seriously.  The half-backs were very good in the first half, when they all played well, but after the change of ends they fell away greatly.  Taken all through Eadie was perhaps the most serviceable of the trio, though Buchan played very hard.  Jones, however, could not hold Berry.  The most disappointing part of the team was the forward line.  Their falling off in the second half was inexplicable.  With the exception of Conlin they were seldom seen, and, though his attempts at shooting were poor, Stewart’s great want was a suitable partner.  Everton; Scott (Wm); Stevenson, Meunier; Harris, Borthwick, Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Young (A.), Gourlay, and Beare.  Manchester City; Smith; Kelso, Jackson; Buchan, Eadie, Jones; Stewart, Dorsett (J.A), Thornley, Wall, and Conlin.  RefereeJ.T. Howcroft, Bolton. 

ANOTHER RECRUIT FOR EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 05 December 1910
Everton are making every effort to strengthen their ranks.  They have signed on a new centre half-back – a local youth, named Costello.  He played in the Midweek Hospital Cup Final at Anfield, last Thursday, and showed form far above the football displayed by the remainder of his side.  There was a suggestion that West Bromwich were anxious to obtain his signature, but Everton stepped in.  Costello will play against Blackpool Reserve today at Goodison Park. 

EVERTON 1 MANCHESTER CITY 0
December 5 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S NARROW VICTORY.
Although victors Everton did not cover themselves with glory in their home match with Manchester City. If ever the Mancunians had a good chance of lowering the “Blues” colours it was on Saturday, for not only were the homesters still without the service of such stalwarts as Macconnachie, Balmer, and Robert Young, but a doubtful experiment was made in the attack in transferring Beare to the outside left position, and reintroducing Berry at outside right. The change was no mean's a failure, but taken as a whole the front line were less effective than in the two previous matches. It was a fast game all through, and although lacking in the finer points of the game both goals came in for fierce onslaught. The one and only goal came towards the end of the first half, Berry with a cross shot almost from the corner flag dropping the ball right into goal, Smith, the keeper, did check the progress beneath the crossbar, but even then it was over the line, and before the keeper could get it away one of the inside forwards had crashed it against the net. (Berry). Prior to this both keepers had shots to dispose of, and the City forwards had only themselves to blame for being in arrears, for Thornley, Wall, and Dorsett each missed golden opportunities. Except for a brief period in the closing stages the second half did not produce any really first-class play. As was the case in the first half each end was visited in turn, and there was the same lack of finish. There was some slight improvement in marksmanship towards the end, but had only there been more concerned action amongst the forwards and half-backs there would have been a much better chance of overcoming the respective defence.

EVERTON THE BETTER TEAM.
Everton were certainly the better team, they; they were quicker on the ball and showed rare dash, their chief failing being their inaccurate shooting. Most credit was due to the respective lines of defence. Once again Stevenson, and Meunier proved themselves a sturdy pair of backs. Conlin finding both Harris and Stevenson were hard nuts to crack. Harris and Makepeace were sure tacklers, and Borthwick, at centre half, exerted himself to the full, and although not as resourceful as Robert Young he put in some useful work. Beare was not seen to his best of advantage on the left wing, the chief honours going to Berry, who, besides showing up well in the goal he scored, and prevailed rare speed combined with clever footwork. “Sandy” Young was always a hard worker, but it was certainly one of his off days, as regards shooting. For the visitors, Conlin was the best of a moderate line of forwards. Their half-backs played a resourceful game, and the backs, Kelso and Jackson took a lot of beating. Scott was more reliable than Smith, and both keepers several times earned applause for smart clearances. Teams : - Everton: - William Scott goal Stevenson, and Meunier, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare, forwards. Manchester City: - Smith, goal, Wilson, and Bucan, backs, Kadis, Jones, and Stewart half-backs, J.A. Dorsett, Conlin, Thornley, Wall, Conlin, forwards. Referee J.T.Howcroft.

MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 4
December 5, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 14)
Everton were one of the two visiting clubs to win. They were far too good for Manchester City, and ran out victors by 4 clear goals. Grenyer scored the first 2 goals, Magner the third, and the veteran Jack Taylor popped up the fourth, to the delight of his clubmates. Everton ought to top the table after today's match with Blackpool at Goodison Park. Everton: - Berry, goal, Thomson, and Bardsley, backs, Allen, Taylor, and W. Davies, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Gault, Magner, Grenyer, and Mountford, forwards.

EVERTON
December 5, 1910. Liverpool Evening Express
Considering that the Everton team has not proved satisfactory so far, the club hold a highly respectable position in the table. True, the “Blues” are not setting the Mersey on fire, but they are steadily plodding along. But this is not too convincing, and their supporters would welcome better forward displays. On Saturday the gate was not a large one, and no doubt the elections had something to do with the falling off in the attendance; but those who were at Goodison Park were not favorably impressed by what they saw, and unless there is a rapid improvement I don't see how the Toffees are going to get through their arduous December programme with success. The Evertonians won, but the game as a whole was not a great affair, the play for the most part being of a very moderate description. The City are not one of our best teams, and one thought the “Blues” would have done better against such opposition. The forwards as a line, however, again failed, and it was not until late in the second half that any real fire was put into their efforts. In the first half the City were the better side, and if they had finished better a different result would have to be recorded. As it was, Conlin hit the post, and Stewart was barely wide with another terrific drive. It was left to Berry to score the winning goal, the point being the result of a swinging ball, which Smith, the City keeper, quite failed to hold. The lather slipped through his hands and went over the line before Lacey dashed up. This was the only point obtained, but there were other occasions with well means efforts, whilst on the other hand Wall, for the City, was presented with a great chance right under the bar, but shot over. In was undoubtedly Berry's goal, for although Lacey rushed up the ball was over the line in the first instance. It was quite fitting that the amateur should decide the game, as he was undoubtedly the best forward. He ran and centred in fine style, and always kept control of the ball. Beare was not as successful on the left as he was on the right, and with Berry in such excellent trim there is a problem for the directors to solve, especially when Turner is ready for duty. Beare did not shine, although he put in one or two centres, and on one occasion he had hard luck in not heading a centre from berry into the net. Sandy Young tried one or two first time shots, but they did not come off. Still, Young did not do badly. Gourley was no as prominent as usual, and Lacey, although rather slow, was always a trier. As a line, however, the forwards did not please. The halves were good and the full backs were equal to most of the calls made upon them. Conlin was a source of trouble to Stevenson, and the little man was by far the best City forward. Eadie shadowed Sandy Young, and there were many tussles between the pair. Altogether the game was not an exhilarating one.

EVERTON RES V. BLACKPOOL RES
December 5, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
Everton Res opposed Blackpool Res today at Goodison Park in a Combination fixture. The Blues tried their local recruit Costello, of Tuebrook (whose engagement by the Everton Club was announced in the “Express” on Saturday), at centre-half. The opening stages were of a very even nature, but after some smart footwork on the Everton right Grenyer notched a fine point. Blackpool improved greatly, and kept Everton fully taxed. Two fine shots from their right wing were grandly saved by Berry. Half-time; Everton 1, Blackpool nil. Bradshaw equalized for Blackpool and Ness scored a second for Everton. Result; Everton 2, Blackpool 1

EVERTON TEAM TO MEET OLDHAM
December 6, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
By The Critic
For the second week in succession Everton are due to play at home again on Saturday, Oldham Athletic, who disposed of Liverpool, being the visitors. That the Athletic are a good side there is no doubt, and there will be a keen desire to see the League babies. The directors decided to reply on the same team as that which defeated the City, with the exception that Robert Young and Balmer return to their positions. MaConnachie is still unable to stand the strain of a match. The full side is William Scott; Stevenson and Balmer; Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace; Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourley, and Beare. The forward line of last Saturday is to have another trial, and it is to be hoped that better finishing work will be forthcoming. I may mention that Messrs Rushworth and Dreaper are already booking seats for the important holiday games between Everton and Liverpool and Everton v. Newcastle United.

Everton Reserves defeated Blackpool yesterday by 2 goals to 1, the Blues having the better of the game. Grenyer I playing exceedingly well, and up to date has scored 5 during his short sojourn with the Goodison club. He looks like turning out a real good forward. Chedgzoy is also playing well. Everton tried Costello, the local youth at centre half, and I am told he gave a very good display. Although on the small side he possesses an excellent knowledge of the game and feeds his forwards with accurate passes. By the way, I notice a contemporary claims to have announced Costello's engagement exclusively. This is really amusing seeing that we were supplied with the information by Mr. Cuff, on Friday evening, and the news was published in the “Express” on Saturday. I may mention that Frank Costello has been engaged as an amateur, and he will be free to assist Tuebrook in the replayed tie on Thursday.

Crystal Palace have earned quite a reputation as Cup fighters in recent years their most startling performance being their victory over Newcastle in 1907 on the banks of the Tyne. That was their best season, for they not only beat Newcastle, but they came within an ace of knocking Everton out. They opposed the “Blues” at the Palace in the fourth round, and after a desperate struggle a draw of a goal each resulted. The Toffees were lucky to draw that day as the Palace were the better side, but John Taylor came to the rescue with a timely goal. The teams which took part in that match were;- Everton; Scott, W and R Balmer; Makepeace, Taylor, and Abbott; Donnachie, Settle, Young, Wilson and Hardman. Palace; Hewitson; Needham, and Edwards; Innerd, Ryan and Forester; Wallace, Harker, Astley, Woodger, and Roberts. Not one of the Palace players who took part in that match are assisting the team now, but Everton have Robert Balmer, Makepace, Scott and Sandy Young, who are likely to assist the “Blues” again. In the replay of 1907 Everton fairly smothered the Palace at Goodison, as they won by 4 goals to nil, Hardman, Settle (2), and Young being the scorers. Sharp, who was unable to play at the Palace, turned out in the replay. Everton made two appearances at the Palace that season, as they reached the final, only to be disposed of by Sheffield Wednesday on that memorable day, when a lot of people attributed the defeat to the fact that George Wilson was left out of the team.

EVERTON RESERVES 2 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 1
December 6, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 15)
Everton Rerserves opposed Blackpool Reserves yesterday at Goodison Park in a Combination fixture. The Blues tried their new recruit Costello, of Tuebrook, at centre half. The opening stages were of a very even nature, but after some smart footwork on the Everton right Grenyer notched a fine point. Blackpool improved greatly, and kept Everton fully taxed. Two fine shots from their right wing were grandly saved by Berry. Half-time Everton 1, Blackpool nil. Bradshaw equalised for Blackpool, and Ness scored the second for Everton, who won by 2 goals to 1. Everton: - Berry, goal, Thomson, and Bardsley backs, Allan, Costello, and Taylor, half-backs, W. Davies, Chedgzoy, Ness Magner, and Grenyer, forwards.

EVERTON GET MURRAY , A TOWER-ING FORWARD.
December 8, 1910. The Liverpool Echo
WILLIAM MICHAELS SIGNS FOR EGREMONT
Time and time do we read after a defeat of a team whose aged members are conspicuously by their years only, that “ youth will be served.” Youth is to be served in the future of football. The question of apprenticing young fellows, who desire to enter the football profession, will soon be more than mocked. The quality of football, and the decision of the clubs, to part with few men, has had it effect clubs are looking to the youth of their own city, whereas formely they have taken a special train to Scotland, and brought up Mac –this or Mac that. Everton following on Costello and Chedgzoy's signings have taker to a boy of seventeen years of age a forward of the New Brighton Towers amateur. His name is Murray, his positions inside left or centre forward. For his years he is built on good lines; 12 st and 5ft 7in. Also I have news that William Michaels has been transferred from Everton to the Egremont club, and which “J. Quinn” and after keep a cute eye. Michaels bursts in upon the Goodison Park Club in a strange manner. He had been working with the contractory who had charged of Everton's new Stand, and one day a match was to start, when it was found that one man had not turned up. Michaels who, like his brother had been playing good football with a junior team called Seafield, was offered the vacant place, and did so well that he was signed up and within a short time he was fighting for first team honours. Young as he was, possibly this hasty inclusion in the first team did him no great good, he had gained notoriety by showing up well against Macconnachie in a trial match –matches which he was always dangerous in rely upon where an old Un, and young Un' are in. Michaels showed much promise, but inclined to insist upon dribbling too much. Now he goes to Egremont and there will have a good footballer.

ANOTHER LOCAL PLAYER FOR EVERTON
December 8, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
By The Critic
Everton would seem to have taken a liking to local players, and following the engagement of Chedgzoy and Costelle comes news that the Goodison club have announced the signature of another local in the person of William Murray, of New Brighton Tower. Amateurs Supporters of the club will welcome the effort to develop local talent, and in these days of high-priced footballers it is as well that clubs are the advisability of encouraging promising youths in their own districts. I understand that Murray is a very clever lad, who has earned a high reputation in the district, and there is every likelihood of him turning out a useful acquisition to the Blues' forces. Murray is 18 years of age, and is exceedingly well built for a footballer, seeing that he stands 5ft 10 inches in height and weighs 12st 2lbs.

The latest recruit is an inside forward who can play either centre forward or inside left, and whilst with the Tower Amateurs he was regarded as one of the best forwards in the district, and I believe the Tower club were not in the least surprised when Everton came along and secured his services. He signed a professional form yesterday and commenced training with his new club today. Murray takes with him the good wishes of his former colleagues for his future success.

Up to the present there are no changes reported in the Everton team to oppose Oldham Athletic at the Park on Saturday. The visitors are making one change, Downie dropping out from the right-half position to allow Walders to come in at centre-half and Fay at right-half. The full team will be; McDonald; Cook and Cope; Fay, Walders, and Wilson; Broad, Woodger, Toward, Montgomery, and Donnachie. The latter will thus appear against his old friends, and much interest will be centred in his play. Donnachie I a clever winger, and has developed considerably since he joined Oldham. Toward I a centre forward who knows where the goal is, and Robert Young would do well to keep a close eye on this player. Broad is a fine winger, and Woodger is as dainty as ever. The latter renews acquaintance with Everton, the last time he played against the “Blues” being in the fourth round of the Cup competition of 1907, when he assisted Crystal Palace.

EVERTON'S TEAM
December 9, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
Everton are at home for the second Saturday in succession, and now that the excitement of the election has abated we may expect a much big crowd than last week. Oldham Athletic are the visitors, and although the Cotton men are said to be a dashing lot, there are hopes that Everton will be returned by a substantial majority. The “Blues” are still handicapped by illness and injuries to their players, however, and today it is announced by the club officials that Balmer after all, is unfit to resume his place, ns Meunier is ill in bed. Fortune has indeed frowned on the Everton defenders, and I should think it is a long time since they experienced such a bad time with their players. Following the injury to Macconnachie came the breakdown of Balmer and Robert Young, while Clifford has also been suffering from a cold. Balmer has been tried, but is unable to stand the strain. It is extremely unfortunate that the club should be handicapped in this way, but it is all the fortune of war.

Stevenson and Meunier have been doing well in the absence of Balmer and Macconachie, but now Meunier is laid hors de combat, and Clifford is called up for duty once more. He is to partner Stevenson, and if he reproduces his best form there is not likely to be any weakness in the rear division. With Robert Young back in his place the necessary vigour is added to the middle line, and if the forwards can only find their shooting boots their supporters will be satisfied. Certainly the quality of play served up at the Park recently has been of a most elementary character, and the sooner Everton treat us to a standard of play more in keeping with the traditions of the club the better it will be for the financial success of the club.

Oldham Athletic, the babies of the League, are to be respected, and Everton must be on their best behavior. The Athletic are new to this city as a League club, but enthusiasts will recall a replayed cup-tie in which the Oldham men were trounced at Goodison Park. It is likely to be a stern struggle. The kick-off is timed for 2.15, and the teams will be as follows;- Everton; Scott; Stevenson, and Clifford; Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace; Berry, Lacey, A. Young,Gourlay, and Beare. Oldham; McDonald; Cook and Cope; Fay, Walders, and Wilson; Broad, Woodger, Toward, Montgomery, and Donnachie.

EVERTON RES V OLDHAM ATHLETIC
December 10, 1910 Liverpool Football Evening Express
(Lancashire Combination)
Played at Oldham, before a fair crowd. In the first twelve minutes Everton opened the scoring through Mountford, who had received from Allen. Everton pressed twice, but failed in front of goal on each occasion. Oldham retaliated through Crossley, but the attack was cleared. Everton again swarmed round the Oldham goal, but the shot was cleared. After a prolonged run down the field Grenyer added Everton's second goal. Everton were the better team throughout. Interval; Oldham nil, Everton Reserves 2.

EVERTON SELECTION
December 10, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton are at home for the second Saturday in succession. Oldham Athletic, the League babes are the visitors, and, apart from the interest now arrivals generally inspire, we have a business like game in prospect. Oldham are essentially a hard-working pushful combination, and will strive hard to repeat the victor over Liverpool last week. However, this time they should have not the same advantage, and Everton should have in mind as complete victory in a replayed Cup-tie at Goodison. The turf will no doubt, be on the heavy side, which will not inconvenience a team of the Athletic's style. Oldham and Everton, are making one change from the weeks victorious terms. Walder's coming in for Downie on the visitor's side and Clifford retaining his place in the back division. Stevenson moves to the left, thus displaying Meunier, while spell of senior football should be encouraging. The Everton forward line was vastly disappointing last week, but it is receiving a further trial, while are hopes will be justified.

EVERTON 1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0
December 12, 1910. The Liverpool Courier
EVERTON'S SIGNIFICANT GOAL AVERAGE.
Whereas Everton have only scored 21 goals in 15 matches, they have had less goals scored against them than any of the other clubs. All this goes to show that despite the long absence of Macconnachie and Balmer, it has not been the defence that has caused anxiety, the paucity of goals clearly indicating that the attack has prove deficient in shooting powers. Last week, and again on Saturday, when Oldham were the visitors, this weakness was most apparent. In both matches after having much the best of the argument, the “Blues” only just managed to win by an odd goal in each case. Had Oldham been at full strength it might have easily happened that Everton would have had to pay for their lapses by having to share the points. Not only were the visitors without Montgomery and Cook, but they were further handicapped in losing the services of their centre forward. Toward, who, just before the interval received a kick on the left calf, which kept him of the field for the remainder of the game. But even then Oldham came near to equalising towards the end. The game was fought at a smart pace, and during the first half the Everton forwards played the long swinging passing game in a manner which quite baffled the Oldham halves. Time after time beautiful centres were put in from the wings and grand opportunities created, only to be lost through lack of straight and forceful shooting.

BERRY'S FINE GOAL.
The one bright exception was the goal scored by Arthur Berry, who without a moment to spare sent in a low, sting shot, which gave the keeper no chance. Thus, in the last two games both of the winning goals have fallen to Berry, who has certainly abundantly justified his re-inclusion in the team. All through the first half Oldham were completely over played, and Scott was only once seriously troubled, when he had a difficult shot to save from Toward. Although short in the second half Oldham played with increased vigour, and more than once they looked like scoring, especially when McTavish had only Scott to beat at close range. In the first half Beare had repeatedly called for applause for his fine centres, but he was much less effective in the second half. Berry was the shinning light of the home forwards, for besides the goal he scored, his footwork was frequently too clever for Cope. None of the inside forwards were deserving of praise. Sandy Young was given no ends of good chances, but he was again most disappointing in his shooting, both Gourlay and Lacey showing the same weakness. Once again the Everton intermediate line were seen to great advantage, for they were much too good for the Oldham front line. Robert Young signalling his reappearance with a vigorous display. Clifford and Stevenson also showed up well in both tackling and kicking. Oldham forwards revealed a big falling off in form especially Donnachie, who seemed quite lost without his regular partner Montgomery. Wilson was the best of the half backs, and no fault could be found with the full backs, Cope and Hodgson while McDonald in goal was most reliable. Teams : - Everton: - William Scott, goal, Clifford, and Stevenson, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - McDonald, goal, Hodgson and Cope, backs, Fay, Walders, and Wilson, half-backs, Broad, McTavish, Toward, Woodger, and J. Donnachie, forwards.

OLDHAM OVERTHROWN
Athletic News –Monday 12 December 1910
Everton 1, Oldham Athletic 0
By Junius
For the second week in succession Everton prevailed over their opponents in a League natch at Goodison Park by a solitary goal.  The coincidence is carried still further by reason of the fact that in each case the deciding point was gained by the clever amateur, Arthur Berry.  Apart from this there is little upon which the victorious team can congratulate themselves.  Oldham Athletic were severely handicapped by an injury to their centre forward –Toward- which occurred just before the interval.  He sustained a nasty kick, and was carried off the field to take no further part in the game.  Strangely enough, the Athletic were more aggressive during the second half than they had been when battling with a full complement, and it is probable that had it not been for this misfortune they might have averted defeat. 
Arthur Berry Again
The Everton forwards played poorly, and were unable to utilize the easiest of chances.  The best work came in the early stages of the contest when only the intelligent and effective resistence of McDonald prevented Everton from securing a strong winning position.  McDonald was beaten by the finest shot of the afternoon, the result of a beautiful bit of play by Berry, when the game had been in progress twenty minutes but there were several occasions apart from this when the keeper alone stood between Everton and success.  Grand clearances from Beare and “Sandy” Young were accomplished in a style that fairly merited the unstinted applause of the spectators and it was indeed fortune for Oldham that they had such as stalwart guarding their goal.  Weakness and palpable fraility were noticeable in more than one department of the winning side.  At centre forward Young was in a curiously quiescent mood, and was most dilatory leader of the attack.  His shooting was inaccurate and there was little attempt made to bring the wing forwards into action. 
Everton’s Weakness
Nor were the other inside players much more efficient for though Gourlay and Lacey worked hard, there was no cleverness in their methods, and they frequently forgot that they were only units in a front rank, and not the whole forward line mewrged into a single individuality.  Arthur Berry was easily the best of the five, and his goal was the outcome of really fine football.  He took a wide pass from the left wing with one foot, hooked it past the full back, and pouncing again on the ball without hesitation scored one of the cleverest goals I have seen for many a day.  Beare accomplished much that was distinctly creditable, and yet he did not convince me that he was as effective on the left wing as when operating on the other extremity of the line.  Harris was in rare form at half-back, but Robert Young failed to reproduce his earlier excellence, his passing being often misplaced and ultra-vigorous, whist Makepeace was hurt early on, though he struggled hard under a decided disadvantage.  Stevenson gave a sound display at full back, especially after the interval, but Clifford was not so good, for his returns were often faulty, and he was inclined to hesitate when tackling.  Scott had only two difficult shots to negotiate, and just before the close of the game he brought off a smart clearance from McTavish. 
McDonald’s Mastery
The display of Oldham was most disappointing, even after making due allowance for the accident to their centre forward.  Not one of the front rank did well, for Donnachie finished badly, and Broad was seldom in the picture.  McTavish was the best of a moderate line, but the left wing was feeble, and Woodger failed to show any idea of combining with his partner.  There were three men on the side who performed splendidly and McDonald in goal bore of the honours.  He was closely followed by Wilson at left half-back, and I have no doubt that the absence of Montgomery at inside left destroyed the effectiveness of the best part of the Oldham attacking line.  Fay also came along capitally in the second half, but Walders was just a hard worker.  The full backs were often in difficulties.  They did not inspire confidence by their methods of resistance, and Oldham must thank McDonald that they were not more decisively beaten by a moderate set of opponents.  Everton; Scott (Wm); Clifford, Stevenson; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Young (A), Gourlay, and Beare.  Oldham Athletic; McDonald; Hodson, Cope; Fay, Walders, Wilson; Broad, McTavish, Toward, Woodger, and Donnachie.  Referee; Mr. J.W. Bailey, Leicester. 

OLDHAM’S FRAILTY
Athletic News –Monday 12 December 2010
Everton were always too good for Oldham on the latter’s ground, and the Athletic defence had a worrying time, the half-backs being quite unable to hold the Everton front rank.  Beyond a few bursts by Miller, little was seen of Oldham.  Everton had more finish in their work and Chedgzoy gave a great display for the winners.  Mountford, Grenyer and Magner scored for Everton. 

OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 3
December 12, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 16)
There can be no question but that Everton are bent upon carrying off the championship for the fourth su7ccessive season. The Blues Reserves played a splendid game against Oldham, who were well beaten at home by three goals to nil. As usual, Grenyer, and Magner were among the scorers, and Mountford the other, while Berry in goal again very safe. It look as though the championship lies between Everton and Rochdale.

EVERTON V SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
(Last Season “Blues won 3-1)
December 17, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
Keen Contest But No Score
Missed Chances
For their game with the Wednesday club the Everton directors had to make further changes in the rear division, Balmer returning to the side. His inclusion tended to strengthen the defence of the Blues. Allan was given a further opportunity to show his skill in the position vacated by Makepeace, owing to an injury to the latter. The teams were;- Everton; Scott (W); Stevenson and Balmer (R.); Harris, Young (R.), and Allan, half-backs; Berry, Lacey, Young (A), Gourlay, and Beare. Sheffield Wednesday;- Davison; Spoors, and Warren; Lloyd, O'Connoll, and Weir; Kirkman, Chapman, Wilson, Rollinson, and Robertson.

Everton lost the toss, but were not handicapped, as there was practically no wind, and though the ground was a bit holding, it was quite satisfactory and suggested a fast game. The Wednesday forwards monopolized the opening stages of play, and in the first minute Scott was called upon to clear a capital effort from Wilson. Then followed a couple of corners in quick succession, and from the second Scott looked like being beaten by a rasping shot from Kinkman. The keeper rose gallantly and saved the situation by gathering a fast rising shot in clever style. A further attack on the Everton position was ably dealt with by Balmer, and following this Berry made off, only to find Warren a stumbling block. The Blues were now well in the picture, and Davison had to attend to a high dropping shot from Allan and also an effort from Young. On a further return Beare with a terrific drive, grazed the upright, and then Young missed a capital opening by putting wide with only the keeper to beat. There were now about 8,000 people present. The Wednesday left were next concerned in a strong rush, and slackness on the part of Stevenson almost let in Rollison, who leveled a low shot at Scott who luckily held it and got away. Play was fairly interesting, inasmuch as the ball travelled from end to end, and with better finishing touches both sides might have opened their account. On one occasion the Evertonians were distinctly unlucky. Lacey had put out to Berry, who took the ball down cleverly and lost no time getting away. He got the better of Warren and put across to Beare, who drove hard in, only to see the ball rebound from the crossbar. Good defensive work by Stevenson, who held up Wilson, when disaster seemed certain was the next item. Then came another visit to the Wednesday lines, and an appeal for a penalty for a foul on Young was not upheld, Richman then failed to get through. Berry and Young put in some capital touches, which culminated in Beare shooting against the side of the net. The home forwards were also to blame for not driving home the advantage that some their way through one movement by Chpman, only failed to materialize by the nearest shave. Feeble finishing by Gourlay and Lacey marked a further movement by the visitors. Then Beare was twice successfully challenged by Spoors. Next came a most spirited attack upon Scott's charge. Robertson romped along the left and put in a fast, low centre to Wilson. The centre was alive to the fact that he was well marked by Balmer, and allowed the ball to go to Chapman, who drove hard in from close range. Scott again saved the situation, and even the Wednesday supporters were warm in their appreciation of the keeper's efforts. For some little time the Everton defenders were in difficulties but they eventually came out successfully, and had Gourlay taken advantage of some really smart work in which Young and Beare took part Everton must have opened their account. As the interval drew near the home side pressed strongly for a point and following a couple of corners Chapman then skimmed the crossbar, while a moment later Scott had to get away a warm shot from Wilson.

Half-time; Everton 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0
Second Half Surprise
Blues Score Twice
Scott's Marvelous Saves
It had been a fairly fast game in the first half. Many chances had come the way of both sides, but the finishing touches companied badly with open field work. The game was resumed in a drizzling rain, and the first item of note was a movement headed by Wilson towards Scott. The home centre put the ball out to Kirkman and from an immediate low shot, which Scott got down to and brought off a really marvelous save a performance which the keeper repeated within the next minute from a brilliant from the left wing. The value of the Everton keeper's work as this period could not be over-estimated, for none other than a Great Custodian could have prevented Wednesday from scoring. After a trying period of defence the Everton forwards got away, and Beare almost from the corner put in a shot that caused Davison to handle. Then followed a bombardment on Scott's charge, in which R. Young was prominent in and on a further recur Balmer ad Stevenson exceeded to the efforts of the Sheffield forwards, who were ably led by Wilson. The scoring, however, was left to the Evertonians to accomplish. Beare became prominent by several brilliant runs on the left, and within almost as many minutes two goals were scored. The first came from Gourlay after sandy Young had struck the upright, and the second was registered by lacey, who accomplished a brilliant run and centre by Beare by completely defeating Davison. These reverses quite unhinged the Wednesday players and naturally sough the Evertonian played with the confidence that these successes inspired. However, the home forwards retaliated in quick style, and it was odds on Simpson reducing the lead when he had apparently a clear field. He was practically racing through when the sprinting powers of Stevenson showed to a useful purpose, for he pulled his man up and to took the ball from his toes when but a few yards from the keeper. Final result; Everton 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Goals scorers; Everton-Gourlay and Lacey.

EVERTON RES V ST HELENS RECS
December 17, 1910 Liverpool Evening Express
Much interest was evinced in this match this afternoon by reason of the appearance in the visitors' ranks of Jack Crelly and Tommy McDermott, both ex-Everton players, who have seen much service in the Goodison Park teams' ranks. Teams; Everton; Berry; Thompson, and J.C. Bardsley; Weller, Taylor, and Davies (W.); Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Murray, Grenyer, and Turner. St. Helens.- Webb; Crelly and Williams; Ryder, Hamlet, and Patten; Barton, McDermott, Ousbey, Chorley, and Cunliffe. The visitors were the first to attack, McDermott and Barton working nicely down the wing, the movement ending in Bardsley making a good clearance. After Crelly had repelled an attack by the homesters, the Blues got going again and Pinkney tried a shot which Webb did well to clear. Everton maintained the pressure, and the Glassmen's defence had a grueling time., Crelly eventually clearing. The ground time, Crelly eventually clearing. The ground was very slippery and the players experienced the utmost difficulty in keeping their feet. This was especially notion able when Cunliffe had a good opening, for he slipped when in the act of shooting. The Everton goal had two narrow escapes Berry being lucky to keep the ball out on both occasions. In another attack on the home citadel Hamlet worked a good position and shot hard in, but the ball just topped the crossbar. Everton now had a turn, and in defending his goal, Crelly conceded a corner, and from the flag kick Grenyer cleverly headed into the net. After this reverse St. Helens strove manfully to get on equal terms but their only reward was two abortive corners. Another corner to the visitors resulted in Cunliffe heading into the net, but the referee disallowed the point for offside. This was distinctly hard lines on the Glassmen, who at this period were playing clever and energetic football, and fully deserved to equalize. Turner at length got away, and when tackled passed to Grenyer, who narrowly missed the goal with a very fine shot. Play was now of an even description, and for the most part was confined to midfield. Nearing the interval Barton hit the upright with a fine shot. Half-time; Everton 1, St. Helens 0.

TEAM SELECTION.
December 17, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton have not pleased us within the past fortnight, although they have gained four points. As Sheffield Wenesday have come on considerably during the past two or three weeks, the visitors are going to have a very hard game and one doubts much whether they will be successful on a ground on which they have generally experienced difficulty. The Everton forwards are still the bones of contention, but they are again retained on blec. A distinct improvement in, front of goal is absolutely necessary for any hope of success, and there will be no room to cavil at a draw under the circumstances, Balmer, it is true, strengthens the back division. The injury to Makepeace, which keeps him out of the team, however to some extent neutralises the full back recovery. Allan is a worthy substitute.

JAMES GOURLAY
Athletic News - Monday 19 December 1910
James Gourlay has been successful in three out of the last four matches and he certainly ranks as a promising recruit at either inside right or left.  Born in the Ayrshire village of Annbank 22 years ago, he proved an exception to the usual Scottish youth, for until he reached the age of seventeen he did not play football.  His first club was Annbank Juveniles and for a year and a half in their Ayrshire Juvenile League games.  Gourlay shaped so creditably that he was given a couple of trials by the Celtic Organiastion, though he was not engaged.  Being promoted to the Annbank first team he was placed at inside right alongside a boon companion, the pair constituting a harmonious combination.  On one occasion he was tried at centre-forward, but the experiment was not repeated.  Gourlay’s next move was to Port Glasgow, who signed him as a centre-forward, and after a few months in the reserve team was advanced into the premier eleven.  It was on the Everton club’s excursion to Llandudno two seasons ago that the Port Glasgow officials enjoyed the club’s hospitality, and evidently combined business with pleasure, for shortly afterwards it was announced that Gourlay had been transferred to Goodison Park.  Standing 5ft 7 and half inches, and weighing 11st 7 and half lbs, Gourlay is well equipped fdor the duties of an inside forward.  He played against Liverpool Reserves in the opening match last year as centre-forward, but subsequently his accustomed position was at inside left.  His first appearance with the League team was on March 19 against Chelsea at Goodison Park, when he figured at centre forward.  Gourlay has greatly improved in his general play since coming to Everton.  He shows command of the ball, can use both feet with equal skill, and near goal is a dangerous performer. 

THE SORROWS OF SHEFFIELD
Athletic News - Monday 19 December 1910
Sheffield Wednesday 0, Everton 2
By Nemo
The 6,000 spectators, who braved the gloom and drizzler at Owlerton saw a stern struggle.  Therein two equally earnest teams displayed two sorts of football.  Everton were well balanced, skillful, and combined, playing an open, consistent game, which brought well-earned victory; but the Wednesday were erratic, weak in palces, and powerful in others.  They had periods of strong, dashing pressure, during which Dame Fortune did not favour them, and without in the least detracting from the ability which gave the visitors a triumph full of merit, I make bold to say that the “Blades” were very unlucky not to divide the points.  The Wednesday started in a style which suggested a very different result.  Their attack was strong, yet unfortunate, especially when a great shot by Weir glanced over the bar from an Everton defener’s head, and again when following two corner kicks, a fierce drive by Lloyd crashed the ball against the post.  Having coolly repelled these and other rushes, the Evertonians settled down to play a good all-round game, wherein their well-fed forwards often had the home defence in trouble, and once from a glorious run and centre by Berry, Beare, hit the Wednesday cross-bar.
Scotts Brilliance
Spoors came into prominence on several occasions when A. Young either set going his sparkling wing men or came through himself with a dangerous rush.  At the other end Scott was the hero, and showed great skill in stopping shots from Chapman and Kirkman when all seemed lost.  And so the play raged evenly to the interval.  Scott did many smart things in the Everton goal, but the best of all was shortly after change of ends, when O’Connell gave Wilson an opening, and the Wednesday centre hooked in one of his best efforts, only to see the great goalkeeper throw himself full length at the ball just to turn it round the post.  This shot of Wilson’s save of Scott’s were two of the best bits of individual play in the whole game.  Then came the thing that mattered.  A Young, always the life and soul of the Everton attack, crashed the ball with a great shot against the bar.  Spoors went after it to clear, but slipped and fell, with the result that Gourlay scored.  This was thirteen minutes after the change of ends.  Two minutes later the visitors added to their account, Beare, who was playing a great game on the left, despite all that the busy Lloyd could do, swept along his wing and centred for Lacey, swooping down, to meet the ball just at the right instant and find Davison helpless.  After that Everton were mainly content to defend against the fierce rushes by which the Wednesday warriors strove to improve their position.  I cannot remember a game wherein I have seen so many corner kicks –corner kicks, too, which Kirkman or Robertson placed nicely in front, only for Scott or his backs –usually Scott- to sweep the ball away.  I think the Wednesday were full value for one goal, but Fate was against them.
The Gaints of The Game
Everton were strong at all points.  The difference between the two centre half backs was great.  R. Young was not only clever in breaking up the Wednesday rushes, but was very accurate in the way he fed his forwards, and especially in making openings for his namesake.  O’Connell quite failed to reproduce the form he had shown the previous week.  So also did his fellow reserve man, Warren, at left full-back.  Both were disappointing.  The Everton attack was splendidly led by “Sandy” Young.   A. Berry was excellent on the visitors right in the first half, and Beare at times brilliant in the second and good all through.  The runs and centres of these flank men were always a source of anxiety to the home defenders.  Yet against them Weir and Lloyd did much that was very smart.  Spoors was the towering figure of strength in the Wednesday defence, but both Stevenson and Balmer were skillful, daring, and strong at the other end.  Davison in the Wednesday goal, made two or three good saves, but he had nothing like so much work to do as Scott.  Wilson and Chapman were the life and soul of the home attack.  Wilson is the best centre Wednesday have got, but his separation from Robinson has lessened the efficiency of the ex-Motherwell man on the left-wing.  Sheffield Wednesday; Davison; Spoors, Warren; Lloyd, O’Connell, Weir; Kirkman, Chapman, Wilson, Rollinson, and Robertson.  Everton; Scott (Wm); Stevenson, Balmer (R.); Harris, Young (R.), Allan; A. Berry, Lacey, Young (A.), Gourlay, and Beare.  Referee; C. Bradley, Derby. 

EVERTON STILL WINNING
Athletic News - Monday 19 December 1910
At Goodison Park the eladers had a tough tussle with the Recreation team from St. helens.  In the first half Grenyer scored from a corner, and afterwards Chedgzoy added a second, Everton thus winning by two clear goals.  Grenyer and Pinkney were the pick of the Everton forwards, the latter at inside right shaping finely.  The usual goal was scored by grenyer who is fully justifying his adoption.  Two old Evertonians in Crelly and McDermott were warmly welcomed by the crowd. 

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 EVERTON 2
December 19, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
KEEN GAME AT OWLERTON.
SCOTT'S CLEVER KEEPING.
Everton accomplished a smart performance in defeating Sheffield Wednesday by two clear goals. The results, however, was somewhat flattering for the play of the Sheffielders certainly warranted scoring. The game throughout was contested with a keenness that prevented any display of the nicer points, and so highly strung were the men at times that finishing efforts of any degree of accuracy were almost negligible quantities. The first half was barren of scoring, but after play had been in progress a quarter of an hour from the resumption the Evertonians clinched the issue by recording two goals in as many minutes. These came as a big shock in the Wednesday players, but they were not discouraged, and with ordinary luck might easily have shared the points. In the closing stages they subjected Everton defenders to a rare gruelling. Scott in this trying period was twice beaten, but Balmer nipped in and saved the situation. Indeed it was a great tribute to both keepers and backs that the excellent understanding that existed between them should have worked out so successfully.

RUN OF THE PLAY.
The early stages suggested that the Evertonians were confronted with difficult task, for the Wednesday players went off at a rare pace, and a capital effort from Weir looked like materialising when the ball glanced off an opponent in its fight to the net. Then Lloyd drove hard against the upright, but gradually the Everton front line settled down to concerted action, and several promising movements from the wingmen ought to have produced better results. As indicated, scoring was deferred to the second period of the game, and it was mainly due to the initiative of Beare that the issue was sealed Everton's favour. Following one of his movements Sandy Young drove hard in only to see the ball rebound from the upright, but fortunately Gourlay was well up, and though Spoors made a great effort, the ball went from him into the net. Within a couple of minutes Beare flashed along the wing again, and after defeating the opposition passed across for Lacey to add the finishing touch. Wednesday pressed vigorously after this, and claimed quite a succession of corner kicks, but they were up against a resolute defence, and failed to reduce their opponents' lead.

PERSONAL.
Scott was the outstanding figure on the Everton side. From all ranges he dealt with shots in most skilful fashion, one in the first half, and another in the second providing striking instances of his great anticipation at close quarters. Balmer's reappearance served to greatly strengthen the rear division, and with Stevenson there was maintained a solid defence throughout. R. Young was not in his best form at centre half, and which Harris played with his customary way was more effective than Allan. Under the keen conditious Sandy Young kept his line well together. The wingers were the most successful, and the telling work of Beare in the second half especially had much to do with Everton's success. The Wednesday forwards infused plenty of dash into their work, but they were deficient in marksmanship. Wilson led his men fairly well, but he was out of luck with several of his final efforts. The half-backs were very uneven, while further behind Spoors was handicapped owing to the weakness of Warren, and under the circumstances Davidson acquitted himself creditably in goal.

Teams : - Sheffield Wednesday: - Davidson, goal, Spoors, and Warren, backs, Hope, O,Connell, and Weir, half-backs Kirkman, Chapman, Wilson, Robinson, and Robertson forwards. Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson and R. Balmer (Captain), backs, Harris, R. Young, and Allan, half-backs, A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare, forwards. Referee C. Bradley.

EVERTON RESERVES 2 ST HELENS RECREATION 0
December 19, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Liverpool Combination Division One
In a game which was strenuously contested from start to finish. Everton gained two points at the expense of St. Helens whom they defeated by two goals to none. In the initial half both sides fought hard for a goal, but the rival defenses were hard to beat. Everton were rather fortunate to be a goal up (secured by Grenyer), at the interval for Cunliffe headed what appeared to be a good goal for St. Helens, but the referee refused to allow the point on the score of offside. The Blues outstayed their opponents in the second half, and put on another goal through Chedgzoy. The visitors included in their ranks two ex-Evertonians in McDermott and Crelly, but neither was seen to advantage. Everton: - C. Berry, goal, Thomson, and Bardsley, backs, Weller, Taylor, and L. Davies, half-backs, Wm Davies, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Murray, Grenyer, and Turner, forwards.

EVERTON SELECTION.
December 24, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
What looks like Everton's easiest thing is the match with Bristol City to-day. The Citizens are in an exceedingly bad plight which one cannot imagine them disacipating to an appreciable extent at Goodison. The home team's sound win at Sheffield fore shadows a couple of points to start with, especially as the director are in the happy position of playing the same team as did duty last week. The visitors will probably have their best side out. They have never won at Goodison, however, and need not be encouraged on the current occasion. Directly after the match is over the Evertonians with the exception of Arthur Berry, whose deputy is Chedgzoy, the Ellesmere Port youth, who thus gets an early baptism of League Football-under the care of Mr. E. A. Bainbridge, will entrain for Newcastle. The departure is from Lime Street, and at six o'clock, and the week-end will be spent at that charming spot, Whitley bay, it is not unlikely that Berry's absence will be compensated to by the reappearance of Makepeace.

EVERTON’S EXPERIEMENT
Athletic News- Monday 26 December 1910
The story of Saturday’s football can be left to tell its own vivid tale.  All the great matches are fully described in our columns.  But we must spare a line to announce that Everton propose to play Samuel Chedgzoy, Everton’s new outside right, who takes the place of Arthur Berry, who is enjoying Christmas, is only yet young in the game.  Born 21 years ago, he has only had two seasons’ experience in junior football, playing for Burnells Ironworks in the West Cheshire League.  He is nevertheless a fine wingman, and what he is today he has accomplished by his own perseverance.  He can manipulate a ball and shoot accurately at great speed on the run.  His achievements have been many, but Chedgzoy admits that his bringing out is due to his redoubtable partner, Walter Cookson, late of Blackpool.  Chedgzoy, who is expected to be a useful player to Everton, is well built, standing 5ft 10ins, and weighing 11st 6lbs. 

BRISTOL’S FIGHT AT GOODISON
The Athletic News- Monday 26 December 1910
Everton 4, Bristol City 3
By Junius
Some excellent football was witnessed at Goodison Park, where Bristol City gave a display which was totally at variance with their position in the League chart.  Throughout the first half they proved quite as capable a side as Everton, and fully deserved to be on level terms at the interval.  Their forwards were dashing and determined, while their defences was most resolute, and at breathing time the issue of the game hung in the balance.  Then came a thrilling period of ten minutes during which Everton scored three goals and their opponents one.  The talented amateur Arthur Berry led the way in these advances of the Goodison brigade, and he was directly responsible for two of the points, while a third was really his, though Lacey applied the final touch.  From this whirlwind rush the Western wights never recovered, though they made a galliant attempt to regain the lost ground without avail. 
A Regrettable Incident
The second half had been in progress about thirty minutes when an unfortunate display of feelings by Gourlay, the Everton inside-left led to his being ordered-off the field by the referee.  The reason for this drastic action was not apparent to the majority of the onlookers, but after the game, Mr. Kirkham informed me that Gourlay attempted to kick Young, the Bristol right full-back, and his action in sending the player into retirement was fully endorsed by his two linesmen.  Evidently Gourlay considered he had a grievance against one of the City defenders owing to a previous foul, and there is no doubt that this usually unassuming player lost his temper for a moment.
Seven Successful Shots
Everton started in a style that seemed to betoken a ready victory, and they early gained the lead.  Beare centred so accurately that Clay could not fist the ball a few yards away, and Gourlay passing it backwards to R. Young, enabled the latter to score with a lofty shot.  This reverse roused the visitors, and up to the interval they were quite as dangerous as their rivals.  On one occasion Owers dashed clean through, but with only Scott in front of him shot against the crossbar.  Their pressure eventually bore fruit, for Logan initiated a movement which Balmer tried to check but failed, and the City forward flashed the ball into the net just as the full-back tackled him.  The second half provided the sensations of the match.  From a corner, in the first few minutes, Berry drove goalwards with great force, and though City promptly kicked the ball out the referee, who was well placed, instantly awarded a goal.  Another movement found Berry again in evidence, for, pouncing on a wide pass from the opposing wing, he dribbled through the defence and with a left foot drive registered a delightful point.  Still unsatisfied, the amateur came down a third time, and beating the backs shot with such force that Clay could not hold the ball, and Lacey racing up put on goal number four.  It seemed at this juncture as of Berry had got the Bristol defence entirely at his mercy.  However, the City front line rallied, and Owers went through and scored a splendid goal, one of the best in the game.  The Gourlay incident happened shortly afterwards, and Bristol benefitted by the occurance for another attack on their right ended in Clark centring for Wedlock to find the net.  Before the finish Gadsby nearly equlaised, a grand header from him marrowly missing. 
Berry’s Brilliance
Everton’s display was by no means a convincing one, for there was noticeable weaknesses both in the rear division and front rank.  Balmer was completely off-colour, and neither he nor Allan could hold the City right-wing pair.  It is many a long day since  I saw the left full-back so frequently beaten.  Scott defended strongly; while Stevenson kicked and tackled in meritorious fashion, completely carrying off the honours in this department of the team.  The half-back line was not seen to advantage, though Young worked vigorously, and in breaking up the advances of the opposition was more effective than in plying his own forwards.  Allan failed to reproduce his former excellence, and Clark’s speed was often to much for him.  Nor did Harris reach his usual standard, though this is so hight that one is apt to notice the slightest lapse.  Berry was easily the pick of the forwards, his pace and accuracy in centring, combined with a capital command of the ball, marking him out for distinction.  Young was lackadaisical, and gave one of his feeblest displays.  The other inside forwards were inconsistent and blended badly with their extreme partners.  Beare was only occasionally noticeable, and Everton’s best work was shown during the first quarter of an hour of the second half. 
Bristol Brilliants
The newly-organised Bristol front line showed most creditable football, for Owers led them in able style, and the wing men responded splendidly.  Clark was responsible for several dashing runs and delightful centres, and he was studiously attended to by his partner, Gadsby.  Logan was a zealous worker, and Shearman shaped well with whatever came in his direction.  The five played as a combination and not as individualists, some of their movements being excellently enginnered and intelligently initated.  Wedlock was a tireless performer, his interventions being most accurately timed and, as usual, he played the ball oftener than, anyone else on the side.  Marr was prominent in defence, and gave the Everton left wing little scope.  Hanlin played a steady game, and further behind, Cottle offered a most reliable resistance, his tackling being particularly clean and effective.  Young kicked powerfully and Clay kept a good goal despite that bad quarter of an hour in the second stage of the game.  Everton; Scott (Wm); Stevenson, Balmer (R.); Harris, Young (A.), Allan; A. Berry, Lacey, Young (A), Gourlay, and Beare.  Bristol City; Clay; Young, Cottie; Marr, Wedlock, Hanlin; Clark, Gadsby, Owers, Logan, and Shearman.  Referee; T. Kirkham, Burslem. 

EVERTON 4 BRISTOL CITY 3
December 26 191. The Liverpool Courier.
GOURLAY SENT OFF
EVERTON'S NARROW WIN.
ARTHUR BERRY'S BRILLIANCE.
Everton are following close on the heels of Aston Villa and Manchester United for pride of place in the race for the League championship. The victory they gained at the expanse of Bristol City on Saturday was the result of a keenly and evenly contested game. There was certainly not that disparity between the teams as their respective positions in the League table would indicate. Of their seventeen matches played, Bristol City have only gained twelve points, no fewer than ten reverses falling to their lot. The heights they rose to at Goodison Park, however, give every promise of the Westerners having a more profitable experience in their remaining matches. Few teams who have visited either of the Liverpool enclosures this season have provided such good all-round football as did the Bristol men in the first of the Liverpool holiday matches, and had they secured one of the points, it would have been no more than their just deserts. After R. Young, with a lofty shot, had opened the score for Everton early in the second the Bristol men, both fore and aft played with a preciseness of method, combined with rare dash that would have sorely harassed the most resolute defence. Time after time the wily Clark forged ahead of first Allen and then Balmer, and placed accurately for the inside forwards to direct the ball either with head or foot towards goal. More than once the ball was crashed against the uprights, and Scott himselfs was repeatedly fisting and fielding the ball at dangerous angles. When the interval arrived with the score equal, it was felt that the second half might be full of surprises.

A PLETHORA OF GOALS.
Such promise proved to be correct, for in the brief period of ten minutes four goals followed in quick succession. It was one of those pulsating periods of play when the speed and accurate of determined forwards literally swamps most stubborn defences. For that short period the Everton forwards attacked with a precision that was bound to meet with success. Arthur Berry was the shinning light. He had been somewhat neglected in the first half, and when opportunities now came his way he made the most of them. His first goal was the results of a fine cross shot, the ball going over the lines before it was hooked out. Another pass out to the right this time Berry race inwards and the keeper was calmly watching what he was going to do with his right foot when Arthur deceived him by sheering the ball into the net with a deft touch with his left foot. It was following another long shot by Berry that Lacey got possession and dashed in and added a fourth. The excitement had scarcely subsided when the Bristol men swept down on the home goal, Owens, with a long shot, completely beating Scott. After this play slackened down somewhat, and it was after Gourlay had been ordered off the field that Wedlock scored the third goal for the visitors.

A REGRETTABLE INCIDENT.
Most of the spectators had quite a hazy notion as to what had led to Mr. Kirkham giving the drastic decision. Gourlay was limping when he received his marching orders, and it would appear that smarting with the pain of his injury, he had been unwise enough to retaliate on Young, the Bristol right full back. It was very regrettable, and as the home player had not previously been cautioned, the spectators indulged in considerable “booing.” On the play as a whole Everton were not seen at their best particularly the forwards. These were many periods when their passing was ragged in the extreme, and the fact that they came out of the ordeal so well in the matter of goal scoring, was largely due to the brilliance of Arthur Berry. Robert Young was the mainstay of the intermediate line, while the backs, Stevenson was the most reliable. Balmer finding Clark more than a match for him. Both keepers were deserving of praise. As already mentioned, the visitors gave a well-balanced display, and the front line has certainly been greatly improved by the inclusion of Logan and Gadsby. Owen and Clark were the pick of the forwards. Wedlock and Cottle standing out prominently in defence.

Teams: - Everton: - William Scott goal, Stevenson and R. Balmer (Captain), backs, Harris, R. Young, and Allen, half-backs, A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare, forwards. Bristol City: - Clay, goal, Yong, and Cottle, backs, Murr, Wedlock, and Rankin, half-backs, Clark, Gadsby, Owen, Logan, and Kirkham forwards. Referee T. Kirkham.

ST HELENS RECREATION 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 26, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 18)
St Helens Recreation were not long in turning the tables on Everton. On the previous Saturday Everton had won at Goodison Park by two goals to none, but the Glassmen returned the compliment on Saturday, and gained the points by reason of a 2-1 victory. The Recs, were the better side on the day's play, and deserved the victory, and ought now to make considerable headway in the competition. Gault scored Everton only goal. Everton: - Walter Berry, goal, Thomson, and Bardsley, backs, L. Davies, Taylor, and Weller, backs, Pinkney, Gault, Murray, Grenyer, and Mountford forwards.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 EVERTON 0
December 27, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON DEFEATED AT NEWCASTLE.
HARD FOUGHT GAME.
Everton had a discouraging experience of the abilities of Newcastle United in form in a robust and always enjoyable game, before 40,000 spectators at St. Jame's Park, Newcastle yesterday. Misfortune began to threaten the Tynesiders at the conclusion of half an hour's play. Anderson sustaining a muscular breakdown directly attributable to the exceptionally heavy surface, but almost immediately after the Cupholders obtained the lead, which they maintained afterwards in spite of the non-appearance of Anderson in the second half. The real secret of Newcastle's success over the Goodison Park team, who have usually found Tyneside a happy hunting ground, was that apart from the gaining of the only and all important goal in the first half, their forward four in the second half proved more incisive than Everton's five. Scott, although facing a numerically weaker attack, had much more to do than Lawrence in the second half. A brilliant defence, a superlatively clever half back division and a trustful attack were factors in the victory, but only in one department were they really decisively ahead, that being an attack, wherein there was absolutely no comparison between the teams. While Shepherd kept his wings well supplied, and was in return admirably plied by his colleagues, Sandy Young unfailingly getting the ball out to his wings and harassing the Newcastle defence by the liveliness and freedom with which he swung the ball about generally, had the mortification of seeing Beare and Chedgzoy, both of whom attempted far too much individual work, smothered by McCracken and Hudspeth on the extreme wings, or if the ball went centrewards, the inches and poundage of Low completely dominated the somewhat frail inside forwards of Everton, all of whom, with what few openings they got were decidedly weak in front of goal. In the first half when both teams were at their best. Newcastle demonstrated themselves the better exponents of heavy-ground football. Wilson, Higgins, and Shepherd opening the game out splendidly, but after Shepherd had twice come to close quarters with Scott, Robert Young bestowed the whole of his attention on Shepherd who, whether newly in possession or endeavouring to find a shooting openings, found Young looking out for the destruction of his aim, and occasionally breaking up Wilson's pretty little dribbles.

A BRILLIANT GOAL.
Only once in the first half did Shepherd really catch Young napping, and that was the occasion, which brought a brillaint goal eight minutes from the interval. Low had dispossessed Sandy Young, and drew Robert Young before playing forward to Shepherd, who outpaced Balmer from the centre line in a thrilling run, evaded Stevenson'' tackle in the penalty area, and easily defeated Scott from seven yards range. Sandy Young should have equalised immediately after, when he slipped past McCracken, but lifted the ball too high, and on sheer merit Newcastle merited the interval lead. Yet in the second half Everton found the Tynesiders determined in defence, and smashing at half, and when feeling crept into the game and the battle became one almost purely of poundage instead of tactics and method, Everton's chance gradually faded. Lacey had a chance late on, but failed ingloriously, and undoubtedly the later stages showed. Newcastle more incisive in attack, Shepherd, Wilson, and Low all shooting well. There was never a weak spot in the Everton defence, though Scott once fumbled a shot from Duncan, to recover quickly, and Balmer was the best of the back pair, who kicked splendidly. Young and Harris were the best of the halves, and as a wing Gourlay and Beare were more convincing than Chedgzoy, and Lacey, but to a man the Everton forwards were surprising inept in front of goal. Newcastle owed much to the resource and skill of McCracken. Both the Newcastle backs played right on the toes of the Everton wingers with astonishing results. The Tynesiders were slow at wing half, but Low was splendid in centre, and the forward dribbling of Wilson and the dash of Shepherd were the outstanding features in a powerful, if ill-balanced Newcastle attack. Teams : - Newcastle United: - Lawrence goal, McCracken, and Huspeth, backs, Veitch, Low, and Finlay, half-backs Duncan, Higgins, Shepherd, Wilson, and Anderson, forwards. Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson, and R. Balmer backs, Harris R. Young, and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Lacey A. Young, Gourlay and Beare, forwards. Referee Mr. C. W. Gilbett, London.

EVERTON 0 LIVERPOOL 1
December 28, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
BIG HOILDAY CROWD AT GOODISON.
VALUABLE POINT'S FOR LIVERPOOL
This was somewhat unfortunate from a local point of view that the two premier League clubs of the city should have arranged their return fixture on a date following two exacting encounters, within the space of three days. That the fixture however, was popular, was rendered by the hugh attendance, as the official figure were returned at over 51,000, which the gate receipts exceeding £1,000. There were few changes to record in the constitution of the rival teams. Everton with one exception relying upon the side beaten at Newcastle, while Liverpool introduced Crawford, McConnell, Parkinson and Uren.

GENERAL IMPRESSIONS.
Naturally enough, after their two previous arduous tussles, the teams were not in the best conditions for providing a sprinted exposition of the code such as we have seen in recent engagements between these rivals. Yet it must be admitted that Liverpool deserved their victory, for they did manage to find the net, whereas their opponents could not once send the ball past Hardy. Apart from this, however, there was little to choose between the teams, for while both were strong in defence, the respective forward lines were often at fault in utilising the many chances, which their clever play in midfield had created. The deciding point of the match came within five minutes of the restart after the interval. Following a corner to Everton. Uren got clear away and placed the ball to Harrop, who transferred to Bowyer. The latter tipped the ball forward to Parkinson, who raced ahead and coolly sent the ball wide of Scott into the net. Favourable opportunities were obtained for adding to the lead, but the great weakness of the respective forwards near goal continued to the inside, and whereas chances tell to both sides, nothing of a tangible nature was subsequently forthcoming. Liverpool thus prevailed by the narrowest possible margin and the result fairly represented the general run of the play.

FAULTY FORWARDS.
Both sets of forwards were equally faulty in their finishing touches, and hesitancy and inaccuracy spoiled much clever play in midfield when within shooting range. In this respect there was nothing to choose between the two attacking divisions, though Liverpool were presented with more opportunities of testing Scott than was the case in the Everton van. The most capable of the Liverpool forwards was Goddard, who was well attended to by Stewart, but the inside right seemed utterly unable to send a decent shot towards goal. Yet his efforts though misdirected were commendable in that the showed an earnestness of purpose which had it been emulated by the other inside forward might have been productive of good results. Parkinson's goal was splendidly accomplished and the movements which led to it acquisition were deserving of the greatest praise. The play of the left wing pair was disappointing and the outstanding feature along the whole line was the lack of accurate finish.

Everton were similarly fault in their endeavour, though Sandy Young played a capital game in the centre, but received little support from his wings. The other inside forward Gourlay and Lacey showed little sympathy with their partners, and combined effort on the Everton wings was rarely forty coming. Berry received a nasty knock before the interval, but he was sadly neglected in the second half, and Beare was afforded few chances. Taken all though the forward play left much to be desired, but Liverpool apart from their weakness near goal were certainly more aggressive than their rivals.

DETERMINED DEFENCE.
The respective defence bore all the honours in this match though neither custodian was unduly harassed. On one or two occasions Hardy was fortunate in preserving his charge intact. Little fault could be found with the display of the full backs of whom Stevenson and Longworth stood out prominently in their respective sides. Each kicked and tackled cleanly and decisively, and though Balmer and Crawford but their valuable assistance, they were not so reliable as the former pair. Half-back play reached a high standard, and none did better then Harrop whose headwork and general control of Young were repeatedly in evidence. Makepeace ran him a close race, while Robinson and Harrop were most zendous performers. McConnell also shaped better than in many of his recent display. At centre half Robert Young was untiring in his efforts, and his endeavours to open out the play deserved a better purpose. Thus while the respective rear guard were practically equal in merit, Liverpool held a slight advantage forward, which brought then a couple of points that may have a powerful influence upon the future welfare of the clubs.

Teams: - Everton: - William Scott goal, Stevenson and R. Balmer backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare, forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Longworth, and Crawford, backs, Robinson, Harrop, and McConnell, half-backs, Goddard, Stewart, Parkinson, Bowyer, and Uren, forwards. Referee Mr. McQue. London.

EGREMONT AND NEW BRIGHTON AMATEURS 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 28 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
The visit of Everton Reserves to Mill-lane, Egremont yesterday morning proved a great attraction for in the fine weather, which prevailed no, fewer than 4,000 spectators lined the enclosure. Everton were represented by the following eleven: - Walter Scott, goal, Thompson, and Ness, backs, W. Davies, Chadwick, and Weller, half-backs, Pinkney, Gault, Murray, Carlisle, and Mountford, forwards .

The combined Egremont and New Brighton team was composed as follows: - Edwards (N.B. Towers), goal, Wightman (N.B. Towers), and J. Seddon (Egremont), backs, Kissack (N.B. Towers), Watson (N.B. Towers), and Dodd (Egremont), half-backs, J. Michaels (Egremont), McGrath (Egremont), Salmon (Egremont), T. Price (N.B. Tower), and Daly (Egremont), forwards. Winning the toss, Everton played down the slope, and with the wind at their back. It was a decided advantage, and they pressed for the greater portion of the time. Pinkney Gault, and Carlisle, were the soul of the Everton attack, which was well fed by a fine line of halves. The visitors however, did not by any means have it all their own way, for Price, Salmon, and McGrath were ever alert, and often made dangerous incursions towards Scott. Watson, Kissack, and Dodd were a trio of brilliant halves, but Wightman was weak at full back and it was from his foot that Everton opened the scoring. The big full back was endeavouring to kick away a hot shot from Gault, but sent the ball spinning well out of the reach of the watchful Edwards. This was the only goal up to the interval with the wind in their favour the home team put up a brisk attack, in which L. Price among the forwards and Watson and Kissack of the half-backs were ever prominent. It was the former who drew first blood with a fine long-range grounder, which gave Scott no chance of saving. The homesters obtained the lead shortly after in a curious manner. Thompson in taking a goal-kick had put the ball into Scott's hands. The ex-Grimsby man ran out a few yards, bouncing the ball. He then punted well up the field. Watson met the leather, and with a first time effort sent in a long dropping shot which passed under the bar before Scott could get back to his charge. Stung by the reverse Everton strove hard, but could not capture the home citadel, in which Edwards played a strong game. In the closing stages of the match the homesters pressed severely, and Scott in a scrimmage was accidentally kicked on the head having to be led from the field.

PRESENTATION TO WM SCOTT.
December 29, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
William Scott, the Everton and Irish International goalkeeper, is to be recipient of a presentation from “a few friends in Ireland, “ as a momento of his many fine achievements. They have forwarded a gold watch, which will be represented to Scott in due course by Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton secretary.

EVERTON SELECTION.
December 31, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton bring on interesting team, whilst additional attraction will be the experiment in the Everton forward line. There is no blinking the fact that the Blues vanguard has been vastly disappointing and in their desire to improve matters, the directors have introduced Beare at inside right, in place of Lacey. This is a surprise, though the officials have a private practice at the groundwork for their choice. Welcome indeed, is the return of R.F. Turner to outside left.

EVERTON V. MIDDLESBROUGH
December 31, 1910 Liverpool Evening Express
(The “Reds” won 2-1 Last Season)
A Keen Game
Beare Opens The Score
The Blues Lead at the Interval
The changes made in the Everton front line of attack for the visit of the Teesiders to Goodison Park this afternoon, was in the nature of an experiment. It was hoped that with Turner back again at outside left, and Beare as as partner for Arthur Berry in the right wing in place of Lacey, the forwards as a line would be much more speedy. The teams were;- Everton; Wm Scott, goal; Stevenson and Balmer, full backs; Harris, R. Young and Makepeace, half-backs; Berry, Beare, A. Young, Gourley, and Turner, forwards. Middlesbrough; Williamson, goal; McLeod and Weir, full backs; Barker, Jackson, and Dugand, half-backs; Peggie, Elliott, Petland, McClure, and Davidson, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.C. Fallowfield. Owing to injuries received in the holiday matches substitutes had to be found for three of Middlesbrough's players. Dogand going left half back is place of Verrill, Peggie displacing Gibson at outside-right, and McClure taking the place of Cail at inside-left. The Reesiders followers generally turn out in good numbers for the two Liverpool matches and they were greatly in evidence this afternoon with their red and white rosettes and ribbons. When Pentland put the ball in motion for the visitors, the spectators numbered about 10,000 and they were still streaming on to the ground. For some moments play was continued to midfield but the thorough manner in which the respective halves were sorting about their work, holding the forwards it check. Then Davidson and McClare spouted away, Stevenson making a fine clearance. The visitors renewed the attack the ball, however, being sent behind. Following an abortive free kick by Stevenson who placed over the line. Berry and Beare getting away, Weir getting the better to Berry. A sprint by Beare was stopped by Weir, Beare, however, recovered the ball and again and Berry made tracks to goal. Neat passing was shown between the right wing pair, and Sandy Young, wheeling round one of the backs, Beare screwed it a high shot which Williamson deftly high over the bar with the of his fingers, soon afterwards Beare had a good opening, shooting right across the goal. Turner then received a pass and he galloped away in fine style, playing accurately right in the goal mouth. We bearer get his feet to the ball, he drove into the net and and McLead had failed to complete a clearance with a header, Beare with great evidence watch the descent of the ball and headed through.

Visitors Fail To Score
Fine Back Play
Robt, Young Scorers From A Penalty
The Blues started the second half before fully 16,000 spectators, and a pass to the left had to Turner racing away. A corner kick followed, and from a clearance by one of the backs Davidson carried play into the home quarters. The ball was sent over to the right, and returned in front of goal, Balmer planting over the half-way line with a fine kick. The Blues again swept down on the visitors goal, Williamson was just in time to save a long shot from Robert Young and soon afterwards Gouley placed just wide. Play remained in the visitors quarters and receiving from Beare, Arthur Berry raced inwards and past in a hard shot which Williamson refused to allow to pass him. After cleverly disposing Duguid, Harris placed right to the toes of Sandy Young, who circumvented one of the backs and grazed the crossbar with a strong drive. The visitors' forwards were not long in putting into their stride, and a dangerous centre by Davidson came to sought through Harris nipping in and sending in to midfield. The visitors left wing were again prominent, and from a well-placed centre Prentland sent high over the bar. Robert Young and Duguid came into collision and there was a temporary stoppage through Duguid heading the trainer's attention. Berry was applauded for clever footwork, which led to them placing to Sandy Young, who with a good opening sent wide of the target. The ball was quickly taken to the other end and Davidson's shot was wide of the mark. Another attack by the Blues again proved abortive. Turner sending wide. The Middlesbrough left wing pair again failed to get pass Harris who secured and passed to Sandy Young. There was a howl of disappointment when Beare failed to take a pass when in a good position. Another disappointment followed when Young shot wildly. Great excitement prevailed during a brief parried when the Blues were attacking strongly. The Ball, however, did not reach the net. Then Arthur Berry put in a delightful sprint, marked by skilful footwork. He centred accurately, but to the great disappointment of the home crowd Gourley clear missed his back, and the opportunity was lost. Another fine corner kick by Davidson looked dangerous, for after Scott had fisted away Peatland followed with a hard shot, which went just wide of the goal. In the Blues' next attack Beare was again faulty in passing. Following a corner kick by Berry, Barker handled in the penalty area. Robert Young was entrusted with the kick. He made no mistake in sterling the leather into the net. Williamson being hopelessly beaten. It was nine minutes from the end, and in the closing stages play was still of an exciting character. At the Everton end McClure shot wide when in a fine position and another fine effort by Berry was spoilt by Beare placing over the bar. Final Result; Everton 2, Middlesbrough 0.

EVERTON RES V BURY RES
December 31, 1910 The Liverpool Evening Express
Played t Bury, before 3,000 spectators Bury started, Berry immediately saving from Barnett. Everton retaliated strongly, Raeside saved from Mountford, but Chedgzoy secured and flashed into the net four minutes from the start. Walker forced a corner, Wood equalizing the scores after ten minutes. Everton continued to attack, Magner giving them the lead after twenty six minutes, while Grenyer further increased it. Berry saved from Smith. Interval –Everton 3, Bury 1.

EVERTON 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 0
December 31 1910. The Liverpool Football Echo
EVERTON FINISH OLD YEAR WELL.
ROBERT YOUNG SCORES FROM A PENALTY.
A strange coinoldences in team selection across through the Mersey teams this week. Turner returned to Everton after an absence since October 8. But the most important move in the Everton match to-day was the appearance of Beare as Berry's partner. Otherwise the teams was as on Tuesday in Liverpool. The Middlesbrough team was strong. Last season's result was 1-1. Teams: - Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson, and R. Balmer, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. Berry, Beare, A. Young, Gourlay, and Turner, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson (Captain), goal, McLeod, and Weir, backs, Barker, Jackson, and Duguid half-backs, Pegtie, Elliott, Pentland, McClure, and W. Davidson forwards. Referee C.C. Fallowfield. When the teams appeared it was a case of Blues and Reds over again. The coin went up three times, and the Brough custodian lost. Pentland opened out, and a throw in followed, from which Turner smartly crossed to the right, but the Blues did not get away, and after another throw-in Weir and Duguid transferred the play into the home quarters, the ball travelling over the goalline. A hearty punt from Stevenson sent the ball out past Williamson. A struggle for supremacy took place in midfield. From a throw in the Everton left transferred to Young. Beare next received, but failing to find an opening passed to Berry, who dallied, and was dispossessed by Weir. The Broughs forged ahead on the right and were not held in check. Peggie midfield and matters looked awkward until Balmer dashed across and cleared solidly. From this the Blues crossed over, and after smart passing, Beare dropped the ball just under the bar, but Williamson fielded this tasking shot very nicely. Soon after Williamson ventured forth, but lost his equilibrium, and was momentarily in danger. Next Beare worked his way through cleverly, but miskicked at an open goal. Everyone expected to see Williamson severely tested. The Blackpool capture soon made amends for his lapse, it happened thus Turner racing ahead dropped in a similar shot with which Beare had previously troubled Williamson. This time the custodian failed to locate the sphere, and Beare dashing in soon had the ball in the net, the game having proceeded eight minutes. Very shortly after restarting, Elliott got in the way and left the field. As the other end and the Brough custodian saved finely from Beare at close quarter. Davidson and McClure headed an attack, which caught the home defence napping, and Pentland received a lovely pass from Davidson, from which he might easily have equalised. There was no opposition but Scott, yet with an open goal, the centre forward shot wide. Thus do forwards shoot nowadays. Elliott returned. For some minutes there was give-and-take play, both sides sharing the honours of attack, and it was obvious that the Iron founders were been on equaling, but their formation was usually weak when deploying adjacent to Scott. Bob Young was penalised for grassing McClure. The burly one seemed surprised. The passing on both sides were smart, but effective, for the tackling of the halves was very keen. Beare and Berry were not passing closely for the Blackpool man was much too fond of foraging for himself. The play continued to be of an interesting, but unconvincing character, and from their respective enclosure Williamson and Scott for some viewed it at a distance. At last Sandy Young drew a lead on Williamson, but the ball flew the wrong side of the post. Up to this point Berry had not been very prominent, but when he got a pass he found Weir a regular stickler. Once Everton looked like scoring again. Young passed out to Turner, who responded with a magnificent centre at a most acute angle from the goalline. Beare dashed in to receive, and would surely have scored, but the ball was travelling much too fast, and he missed it altogether. The Brough responded with a spirited raid, in which the left wing was particularly aggressive, and ultimately McClure struck the side of the netting. The visitors gained a couple of corners, and from the second, Scott fisted out, valiantly. The teams were very well matched, and the play was consistently brisk. The Blues were however, very much brighter in attack, though they were invariably held up in the dangerous by Weir and McLeod. Davidson beat Stevenson and forced a corner off Harris by extra smart play. It was now very evident that the Broughs were very weak in turning to advantage such positions that they gained adjacent to goal. One of the most spirited incidents of the game happened close to Williamson. Sandy Young had a tremendous shot charged down by McLeod. Williamson would never have seen the ball. A corner resulted following which Makepeace let drive and struck the angle of the post with a rasping shot. Another corner soon followed, and again the Everton skipper tried his luck with a very decent shot. During this period of stress the Everton attack was splendidly maintained. When Middlesbrough merged from the pressure Pentland most unselfishly passed out to Davidson, who called upon Scott to deal with a pretty dropping shot. Berry work continued to be of a very mild order, and he was evidently not in a combative humour. Receiving from Barker, Elliott screwed round cleverly and fired accurately at Scott. A corner followed to the Blues from Berry. Half-time Everton 1, Midddlesbrough nil.

When the second half started there was every prospect of the Blues bolding their lead, for Middlesbrough had time and again proved themselves weak finishers. Everton at once proved aggressive, when Jackson gave a gratuitous corner, which caused Williamson some little anxiety, until the watchful Weir cleared. Everton exerted themselves, and for a time the Brough was strictly on the defensive. The 15,000 spectators were somewhat disappointed that the experimental rightwing had so far failed to justify itself. Eventually goal number two, came from a penalty kick , entrusted by Robert Young, who took a habit of long-driving, and Barker handling, the penalty was granted for hands and young made no mistake. Final Result Everton 2 Middlesbrough nil.

BURY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 3
December 31, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 19)
At Bury in dull weather, before about 3,000 spectators. Raeside was in goal for Bury. Everton pressed from the start, and before five minutes had elapsed Chedgzoy scored with a close range shot. A few minutes later Barnett missed an easy chance of equalising, but just afterwards scored from a corner. Twenty minutes from the interval Magner placed Everton again ahead, and Grenyer added a third goal, and at the interval Everton were leading by 3 goals to 1. Full time Bury 2 Everton 3. Everton: - Berry, goal, Thomson, and Clifford, backs, Allan, Taylor, and L. Davies, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Magner, Grenyer, and Mountford forwards.

 

December 1910