MANCHESTER CITY 1 EVERTON 0
December 2, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S NARROW DEFEAT.
GREAT GAME AT HYDE-ROAD.
The Hyde-road enclosure has never been a happy hurting ground for Everton, though on Saturday they came near to breaking their sequence of failure; indeed, on the general run of the play they were at least entitled to a division of the spoils. Considering the state of the ground, which was frostbound in places, the footwork of the contending sides left little to do desired, and was an earnest of the intentions of the players to give freely of their best. The Evertonians had a good opportunity of establishing themselves during the early stages, but they frittered away their chances, while there was just a suspicion of offside in the movement that led up to Wallace obtaining the only goal of the match. Narrowed down it was a great in which the respective defence's easily prevailed over the attack, and it can safely be urged that in no previous encounter this season has a more skilful exposition of defensive methods been served up for the delectation of club supporters. The four backs reached a high standard of efficiently; there was little to choose between the other departments, and had the Everton players left the enclosure with one point to their credit none who closely followed the run of the game could have begrudged them their partial success.
INCIDENTS OF PLAY.
Up to the time that the City obtained their goal the Evertonians were admittedly the more promising side. They had their chances, for T. Browell mulled a couple of openings created by Beare, and a brilliant effort from Uren was only equalled by the skill with which Goodchild executed its clearance. The City's young recruit, Wallace, recorded the point that settled the issue. Just prior to this it was a question as to whether Wynn was not offside when he got the ball from Eadie. However, he put it to Taylor, who missed it altogether, and the outside left demonstrated the importance of following up closely by obtaining a snap goal. From the point onwards there was little between the teams, still, the Evertonians were not without their chances, and it was remarkable how readily Browell was kept in check by Eadie, who almost throughout the piece had him in his grip. There could be no mistaking the earnestness of both sets of players. They kept themselves fully extended, and despite the drawbacks of hard surface and chances foothold, there was scarcely a dull moment, and, moreover, the game was cleanly contested. Such an exhibition was a credit to the game, and the twenty thousand spectators must have felt that they had spent a most enjoyable and profitable afternoon.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
As indicated, the respective defences carried off the palm, and there was none more successful than Macconnachie, whose anticipation was great and the clearances intelligently executed. He was peerless among four great backs, but Stevenson also played a successful part, while Henry and Fletcher gave another sample of their real ability. They were especially quick in recovery, and it was in this respect more than any other that final shots under favourable conditions were denied the Everton forwards. A. Browell was not a great success, as he frequently laid himself open for adverse rulings, and on one occasion almost scored against his side. Wareing and Grenyer gave a satisfactory display, and in the front line Beare, Jefferis, and Uren provided the tidbits of attack. T. Browell was singularly ineffective, and Gault was somewhat unsteady. Jones was a strong worker for the City forwards, who had behind them a most resourceful half-back line. Bottemley was a tower of strength in playing his forwards, and while Eadie kept a watchful eye on the Everton pivot. Holford looked well to his wing. Henry and Fletcher were a superb pair of backs, and Goodchild in the little he had to do displayed capital judgement. Teams: - Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Henry, and Fletcher, backs, Bottomley, Eadie, and Holland, forwards. Hoad, Wynn, Taylor, Jones, and Wallace, forwards. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Wareing, A. Browell, and Grenyer, half-backs, Jefferis, T. Browell, Gault, and Uren, forwards. Referee J.H. Palmer.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 0
December 2, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 16)
Manchester City, who occupy a very lowly position in the League chart, played Everton to a goal less draw at Goodison Park. The ground was very hard and the surface slippery. The visitors adapted themselves to the conditions much better than the home team, most of whom seemed rather afraid to let themselves go. The men from the Cottonopolis were consequently the more aggressive, and it was only a fine defence that saved Everton from defeat. Holbem and the new man, Page, quite excelled themselves, and their timing and kicking under the existing conditions were the feature of the match. Brannick the new forward, also made a good impression, but he was poorly supported. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Holbem, backs, Parker, McCulloch, and Simpson, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Brannick, Robinson, Wright, and Moore, forwards.
(Last season Everton won 3-0)
December 7, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Throstles At The Park.
Blues' Fourth Home Defeat.
Albion in Cup-Tie Form.
West Bromwich, like Everton, were more strongly represented this afternoon than for some weeks past, and the anticipation of an interesting display were fully realised at Goodison Park, this afternoon before a crowd close upon 20,000 Teams: - - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (captain), backs, Wareing, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Moorward, goal, Smith, and Pennington, backs, Bradley, Buck, and Waterhouse half-backs, Jephcott, Morris, Pailor, Wright, and Shearman, forwards. Referee E. Eccles.
The game opened with great spirit, and West Bromwich ought to have gained the lead in the first few minutes. The Midlanders got down in fine style, and a centre by Shearman fairly caught the home defence napping. Morris given possession in a good position, but with only the keeper to beat at close range he placed wide of the target. The visitors made a similar attack a minute or two later, and Caldwell saved smartly from Morris, who was clearly in an offside position with his shot. Then the Everton forwards got going, and Uren capped a fine sprint with
An Equally Fine Centre.
Jefferis failing to score when in front of goal, Pennington finally bringing relief. In the opening stages the visitors did most of the attacking. The swinging passes of their forwards and the fine centres of the wingmen frequently placed the home backs in difficulties. Stevenson was applauded for a fine clearance from a centre by Jephcott and a minute later a likely shot by Buck was charged down by Fleetwood. So far the home forwards had been sadly disappointing their attempts at combined play being sadly disjoined.
Another Spirited Onslaught.
By the visitors ended in Morris placing just wide of the goal. The visitors came again, Japhcott getting in another dangerous centre, which caused Caldwell to have to rush out to fist away over the heads of several opponents. The persistent efforts of the Albion were rewarded after 15 minutes play with a goal. Once again the home backs were outpaced, a fine centre by Morris giving Pailor the opportunity of dashing straight for goal, and placing into the net out of reach of the keeper.
Served to stimulate the home players to greater dash, and it was not before time, for up to now the visitors had been top dog. Jefferis got in one spirited rush and was unlucky not to score, while in the next home attack Browell topped the bar with a hot shot. At the other end, Morris was looking dangerous when smartly overtaken by Grenyer. The Midlanders were not only being well served by their forwards, but their backs were offering a stout resistance. Neat work on the home right led to Browell being given an opening. He waited too long, however finally shooting wide. The visitors never relaxed their efforts, and a pass out to Shearman saw the ball smartly returned. Pailor making a valiant attempt to score, the ball going just wide. Then
Jephcott was Applauded.
For a clever dribble, in which he beat both Grenyer and MaConnachie. The best efforts were certainly coming from the West Bromwich men, the home forwards being not near so forceful. Beare who had not done much up to now, centred accurately after a neat run, Jefferis failing in his attempt to rush the ball through. Soon, afterwards Beare was conspicuous in a well-placed centre, Moorwood having his goal to clear. Then followed a corner kick, the Albion keeper saving smartly from Uren. The play was fast, full of incidents, and at this period the homesters were attacking strongly. From another corner kick, Beare placed out to Fleetwood who brought here the Albion keeper to his knees with a long shot.
Halt-time; West Bromwich 1 Everton 0
West Bromwich deserved their lead at the interval, for they had the best of the play, their forwards being much more purposeful than the home quartette. Towards the interval, however, Everton improved, and they were unlucky in many instances.
The second half opened in good style, and both sets of backs were kept busy. The Blues' forwards were applauded for clever combined efforts ending in Uren placing over the bar. The visitors were by no means inclined to rest with their lead, and when the second half, was ten minutes old they were rewarded with
A Second Goal.
A rush by the home forwards had been repelled, and Pailor dashed clean away. He drove over to the right. Jephcott running with the ball and dashing in finally beat Caldwell with lighting drive, MaConnachie was not as effective as usual in tackling Jephcott frequently tricking him. Half an hour from the end the Everton colours were again lowered. The result of another clever movement, on the right wing saw the ball being centred
For Wright to Dash in and Score.
Caldwell could not be blamed for not saving, but there was no gainsaying the fact that the home backs, particularly MaConnachie were not being seen at their best. The West Bromwich were certainly giving a more exhilarating display. Their attacks were quick and determined, and their methods in general reminded one of their gallant performances in the cup competition last year. On this afternoon's play they were a much smarter team than Everton, whose forwards rarely looked like scoring.
Everton Were at Length Rewarded.
With a goal. There were some exciting moments in front of goal. Following a corner kick the ball was crashed against the crossbar, Browell meeting the rebound and placing into the net. The homesters now played with renewed energy. The Albion keeper had a hot shot to stop from Beare, and a minute later Bradshaw was presented with a golden opportunity only to fail to shoot straight with an open goal in front of him. There was soon equally exciting play at the other end, and a likely shot sent in by Wright was charged down by Stevenson when placed in a tight corner he came near to placing in his own goal. Caldwell had to save a hot shot from Morris. Beare finished one clever run by
Bringing Moorwood to His Knee .
With a low stinging shot. Everton never looked like catching up their opponents. Final result Everton 1, West Bromwich 3 Goal scorers –West Brom-Pailor, Jephcott, Wright, Everton-Browell
• Today's Football scores.
Sunderland 7, Liverpool 0 (Buchan 5 goals); Derby County 4, Woolwich Arsenal 0, Middlesbrough 2 Oldham 2, Blackburn 5 Bradford City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1 Manchester City 0; Aston Villa 1 Bolton 1, Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0; Manchester united 4 Sheffield United 0; Notts County o Newcastle 1.
EVERTON RES V. PRESTON NORTH END RES
December 7, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
At Deepdale, before 2,000 spectators. Harris and Makepeace reappeared. The former did excellent work, and after quarter of an hour scored Everton's first point from a centre by Chedgzoy. North End quickly equalised, Luke scoring from an accurate cross by Whittle. After mistaking a long attempt by Johnston, Bromilow saved at the second attempt, Page under hot pressure headed behind his own goal. After a clever run by Chedgzoy shot a yard wide. Interval Preston North End 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3
December 9, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
THROSTLES TUNEFUL SONG.
FOURTH HOME DEFEAT FOR EVERTON.
The Throstles paid a visit to Goodison Park on Saturday, and sang a pretty tune. On the other hand, Everton struck a doleful note right from the start. But, after all, it was on exhilarating game to watch, and even though there was nothing to enthuse about in the efforts of the home eleven, the business-like methods of the other side, could not fail to please those who could appreciate really crisp football. Certainly a better-balanced side than the Albion we have not seen at Goodison for many a long day. Their forwards are speedy and clever and one distinguishing feature of their play is their forceful methods in front of goal. How different it was with Everton. They seemed woefully heavy-footed in comparison they were certainly lacking in dash, and it was but rare that the forwards showed effective passing. Even the few chances they did have were not made the most of, and both fore and aft the players were most disappointing.
The “Albion” opened the game with a delightful swing, and should have scored in the first minutes. Morris missing an open goal from a centre by Shearman. As the game advanced Everton were completely overplayed, and they were lucky not to have more than one goal scored against them in the first half. Following one spirited raid, Morris placed to Pailor, who gave Caldwell no chance. All through the first half the home forwards had been most disjointed, and although some slight improvement was forthcoming in the later stages. Everton never looked like drawing level. The Albion's second goal was the result of a clever individual effort by Jephcott, who after cleverly rounding Macconnachie rushed straight in and scored. A little later the Albion forwards swooped down in a line, and Morris swung over to Wright, who drove into the net. Everton now livened up somewhat, and after Browell had scored from a corner kick by Uren, Bradshaw missed the easiest of chances .
EVERTON LACK OF EARNESTNESS.
Although Everton's prime weakness was in attack the defence also revealed many shortcomings. Uren was the only forward to do himself credit. Beare not giving of his best. All three of the inside men were in poor fettle, and Browell at centre, was sadly lacking in resource, and quite disappointing. The line as a whole is certainly not working together as it should, and unless the players as a whole put more life into their work the team's position in the League will get very serious. The halves were also found wanting, and the sooner the better Harris and Makepeace return to put the necessary suffering into the intermediate line. Then again the backs were far from reliable, and it was something unusual to see Macconnachie so easily beaten as he was by the wily Jephcott. All the Albion players did well, not a weak spot being revealed in any department. Pennington was an outstanding figure in defence, and he had good cause to be proud of the men in front of him. Teams: - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (captain), backs, Wareing, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Moorward, goal, Smith, and Pennington, backs, Bradley, Buck, and Waterhouse half-backs, Jephcott, Morris, Pailor, Wright, and Shearman, forwards. Referee E. Eccles.
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 4
December 9, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 17)
The strong reserve team, which Everton put in the field at Preston, won easily by four goals to two. The presence of Harris, and Makepeace undoubtedly had its effect upon the side, and the former had the satisfaction of scoring a couple of goals. Gault and Wright obtaining the others. Luke and Johnston were the scorers for the North End, the last point coming from a penalty . Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Holbem backs Harris, Mitchell, and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Brannick, Gault, Wright, and Johnson, forwards.
EVERTON WANT STEVENS, OF CLYDE,
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 11 December 1912
BUT HAVE MADE OFFER FOR , BLAIR.
Officials of Everton have thrice recently witnessed Clyde play, and they have made an offer to the Shawfield club for Stevens. Statements have recently been made that the Liverpool club had made the Shawfielders a big price for the transfer of Blair, but it' was officially announced last night that this is incorrect.
December 11, 1912. Evening Express Liverpool
Everton Suspend Tom Bowell.
Breach of Training Regulations.
A sensation has been caused in Liverpool football circles today by the suspension since die of Tom Browell, the Everton centre forward. It is officially stated that the suspension is the result of a breach of the training regulations and insubordination. Browell was brought up before a meeting of the directors of the club this afternoon, when it was decided to dispense with the player's services meantime. Browell came to Everton from Hull City last season at a very high transfer fee, and since joining the First League club has been one of the most prolific scorers. For some time, however, his displays have not been satisfactory.
As was pointed out in the open letter to Mr. Cuff, published in the “Express” yesterday it was high time for the Everton directors to take definite and strong measures towards improving the unfavorable position into which the team has fellen recently, and in suspending the centre forward in consequence of in tension to training the directors will be unheld by the supporters of the club in their drastic action. It has been apparent to all regular attenders of Everton's home matches this season that there has been something seriously amiss with the combination of the forwards, and last week's performance against west Bromwich was the most miserable the Everton forwards have served up for many a long day.
Mr. Cuff's Statement.
Seen by an “Express” representative this afternoon. Mr. Cuff said: that the directors did not take this drastic step without a full appreciation of its probable effects, and they considered the player's want of observance of the regulations merited the punishment meted out to him. When coming to Everton, Browell was faded as a centre forward with a great future. He was young, speedy, and had a remarkably dangerous shot. In his first game for Everton he scored two goals against Manchester United, and right to the end of the last season was reckoned on eof the most dangerous marksmen in the League. In league games for Everton last year he scored 12 goals, and while with Hull City he had no fewer than 16 to his credit, making a total of 28 goals in league matches during the season.
Marked Falling Off.
At the beginning of the present season he gave promise of repeating his remarkable success as a goalscorer, but his play has gradually lost much of his vim and while continuing to play fairly satisfactory game and retaining his place in the first team, the question –What has come over Browell? Has frequently been raised. The disjointed play of the Everton forwards has been freely commented on, and the suspicious that all was not harmony in the ranks has been expressed. Last week, when Browell notched a goal against West Bromwich Albion the coolness of his mates was particularly noticeable. It is to be hoped that the strong stand taken by the directors will result in a much-desired improvement.
£1,500 Transfer Fee.
T. Browell who is 20, was transferred to Everton at a transfer fee of £1,500. His brother Andy Browell, was also transferred to Everton from Hull City and plays at centre-half in the Reserves. Mr. Cuff states that T. Browell is not on the transfer list. The directors have no intention to dispense with the player's services, and take this action merely to enforce discipline.
December 12, 1912. The Liverpool courier.
SUSPENSION OF T. BROWELL.
BREACH OF TRAINING REGULATIONS.
A sensation has been caused in Liverpool football circles by the suspension of Tom Browell, the Everton centre forward. It is officially stated that the suspension is the result of a breach of the training regulations and insubordination. The player was brought up before a meeting of the directors of the club yesterday afternoon. It has been apparent to all regular attenders of Everton's home matches this season that there has been something seriously amiss with the combination of the forwards, and last week performance against west Bromwich was the most miserable the Everton forwards have served up for many a long days.
Falling Off in Form.
Seen by a “Courier” representative, Mr. Cuff said that the directors did not take this drastic step without a full appreciation of its probable effects, and they considered the player's want of observance of the regulations merited the punishment meted out to him. He is not on the transfer list, and the club have no intention of dispensing with his services, but the action has been taken with a view to enforcing discipline. On coming to Everton from Hull City last season, Browell was hailed as a centre forward with a great future. He was young, speed, and a remarkably dangerous shot. In the first game for Everton he scored two goals against Manchester United and right to the end of last season was reckoned one of the most dangerous marksmen in the League. In League games for Everton last year he scored 12 goals, and while with Hull City he had no fewer than 16, to his credit, making a total of 28 goals in league matches during the season.
At the beginning of the present season he gave promise of repeating his remarkable success as a goal scorer, but his play has gradually lost much of its vim, and while continuing to play a fairly satisfactory game, he has not been the same player of a few months ago. The disjointed play of the Everton forwards has been freely commented on, and the suspicion that all was not harmony in the ranks has been expressed. Last week when Browell notched a goal against West Bromwich Albion, the coolness of his mates was particularly noticeable. T. Browell who is only 20, was transferred to Everton at a transfer fee of £1,500. His brother Andy Browell was also transferred to Everton from Hull City, and plays at centre half in the Reserves.
December 12 1912. Evening Express Liverpool.
Everton's Centre's side of the Case.
A Challenge to anonymous Letter Writers.
Interview With the Player.
By the Critic.
The suspension of Tom Browell by the Everton club was announced in the “Express” last evening is the chief topic of conversation in football circles, and there is no doubt that the drastic action came like a bombshell to the football world. Naturally the public would like to know the player's side of his unfortunate business, and, with this object in view, together with the desire of the “Express” that the noted centre-forward should have an opportunity of expressing his views. I called on Browell, and was very cordially received by the player, who is undoubtedly a very genial young fellow. He was naturally very much upset, as also was his brother; indeed such a totally unlooked for “sentence” came as a great shock to then, as it must have done to the family generally. In the first place it mat be stated that Browell is of an affable, jolly disposition, always light-hearted; but the suspension has come as a great set-back to him, especially as he says that it is totally undeserved.
Always Did his Best.
At the outset Browell told me that he did not consider he had been treated at all fairly by the Everton club. He never dreamed when he left Hull that he would be treated in this way. “It is very funny” observed Browell” that I should have to suffer for the loss of matches. I am the target for the loss of the games. It is the first time since I started to play football that I have lost my form and a player cannot always be at his best. “I am very sorry that this has come about, as no one has done more for the club; but at the present time centre halves are watching me at every turn.” He could not take the blame for every less, and they could not expect him alone to win the matches. But there were other matters bearing more, directly on his case, which he wished the public to know. He had been dogged from pillar to post ever since he came to Liverpool for what reason he knew not. People had tried for sometime to break his heart, and they had pretty well succeeded. Browell pointed out that most of this trouble was due to anonymous letter-writes, who wrote to the club accusing him of things which were absolutely untrue.
He was accused among other things of betting on football, and he desired most emphatically to contradict this false statement. He had never made a bet on a football match in his life. “I am willing to forfeit £100 to anyone who can prove that I have been betting on coupons. I had the team too much at heart for that.” He did not know what he had done to deserve all the allegations which had been made against him by anonymous letters writers who were not men enough to sign their names. The writes who did not sign their names and give him an opportunity to defend himself were not worthy to be called men, was the effect of Browell's comment. He felt very strongly on this matter of sending these letters to the club. Further, he had never been drunk in his life, and he did not see any harm in going to a hotel to play billiards with his friends. Browell quoted the case of Freeman, a man who never drank in his life, who suffered from a similar run of bad luck as himself in the matter of loss of form. He (Browell) had always attended strictly to his training duties, and he was always one of the first at the ground. He pointed out that on the occasion of the recent Manchester United match at Old Trafford he was full of cold and was unable to do himself justice whilst he was watched very closely by Charllie Roberts. A friend of his observed that Browell was a jolly young fellow, and if he laughed out in a tramcar or talked above a whisper people were inclined to run away with the idea that Browell was under the influence of drink which was a totally wrong impression; but nevertheless anonymous letter writes sent the “information” to headquarters. Browell agreed with this statement and emphasized the fact once again that he had never been under the influence of drink, but he was always lively even from the time he was a pit lad at home.
The Everton centre mentioned that he had scored 9 goals this season, not to mention 5 in a friendly match at Hull. Last season he scored 16 goals for Hull City club before he joined Everton, and for the Goodison Club he had obtained 12 League goals and 7 in cup-ties. The youthful footballer said he came away from Hull with a light heart, but he was going home on Monday to Walbottle (Newcastle-on-Tyne) and he had a notion of leaving the country soon. Asked as to the incident following the scoring of Everton's goal on Saturday, Browell said that from the corner he headed the ball against the top of the net and it bounced to the ground. He was knocked over, but he succeeded in placing the ball into the net, whilst he was on the floor. As to the “hand-shaking” he though nothing of that. He said the “Express” put it very fairly on Monday.
The Sunderland Match.
It is hoped for the benefit of all concerned that the difficulty will be overcome. With regard to the match on Saturday the team chosen is a very strong one. Gault, who takes the centre forward position vacated by Browell is a good player, and the form displayed by him in several League games encourages the hope that he will fit the place with credit. It is satisfactory to know that Harris and Makepeace will be fit and well to turn out. There is no doubt that these two players have been greatly missed, although it must not be forgotten that both Wareing and Grenyer have played some good games. The team to meet Sunderland will be: - Caldwell; Stevenson, MaConnachie; Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, Gault, Bradshaw and Uren. In the light of recent events the match with Sunderland is decidedly attractive, and the attendance is sure to reach large proportions.
EVERTON SIGN SAMUEL SIMMS.
December 13 1912. The Liverpool Echo.
Havlked in their endeavour to purchase the ready-made footballer, Everton's directors are setting out for hardy young players who are likely to improve. Following the signing of Page, a really able back, and Brannick (later of Atherton F.C.), the club have come to terms with Atherton for the transfer of their centre forward, Samuel Simms. Mr. W.C. Cuff visited the club last night, and booked up the goal getting centre, who has been watched closely by a number of senior clubs. I congratulate the club in succeeding where others offered stern opposition. Simms, is twenty-three years old, stands 5ft 9ins, and weights 12st 7lb. His first testimonial lies in this fact, he has scored 40 goals this season.
ANOTHER DISASTROUS DAY FOR BLUES
December 14, 1912. Evening Express Liverpool.
Defeated by Four Goals to None.
Spirited Rally Comes Too Late.
Followed upon their slashing defeat of Liverpool last week. Sunderland came to Goodison Park this afternoon in search of points. The Everton team was strengthened by the return of Harris and Makepeace to the intermediate line, while in place of Browell the centre forward position was entrusted to Gault. There were two changes in the visiting team from last week, Richardson taking the place of Hall, who is suffering from an injured ankle, and Galdwin returning to full back. The teams were: - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson and Macconnachie (captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs Beare, Jefferis, Gault, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Sunderland: - Butler, goal, Gladwin, and Milton, backs Cuggy, Thomson, and Low, half-backs, Mordue, Buchan, Richardson, Holley, and Martin, forwards. Referee Mr. P. Sant.
Both in physique and general appearance the Sunderland men were as smart a looking lot as has ever appeared at Goodison. They opened the game in sensational fashion, scoring in the first minute's play. An advance by Everton was promptly checked, and from a forward pass by Lowe, Richardson broke clean away. With the greatest ease he worked his way round MaConnachie and then with a strong shot netted the ball out of the reach of the keeper. The surprise goal called for lusty cheering from the 27,000 spectators who witnessed the start. A minute or two later Mordue cleverly circumvented MaConnachie, and from his well-placed centre Holley came near to heading a scored goal. The Everton goal had
Another Narrow Escape.
Everton sending in a storming shot which Caldwell did well to keep out with his fist. Buchan next got possession, and he shot hard, Caldwell again saving smartly. Up to now the efforts of the home forwards had been very feeble all their attempts at combination being smartly broken up by the Sunderland full backs, who were equally sure in their tackling as in their kicking. Uren was next prominent, but his final centre was not made the most of. Another attack on the home left led to Gault getting possession from Bradshaw, but his shot went over the bar. Gault and Bradshaw were next making tracks for goal when the latter was smartly pulled up by Godwin. Then MaConnachie was again tricked by Mordue, and from the winger's centre Holley miskicked when right in front of goal. Sunderland continued to make repeated attacks on the right, and
Mordue's Tricky Footwork.
Repeatedly called for applause. Neither Makepeace nor MaConnachie were any match for him, for they were often left standing. Everton were awarded a corner, and a spirited rush was broke up by Milton, who drove well up the field. At the other end Holley tried a long shot which went wide. The ball was quickly taken to the other end where Bradshaw had a likely shot charged down. Then followed some exciting play in front of the Everton goal. Mordue after beating all before him, was neatly robbed by Harris. A second or two later, Richardson got in a straight drive which Caldwell saved.
Sunderland's Second Goal.
Sunderland came again in lively fashion, and Holley passed neatly to Buchan, who scored with a lovely shot. Everton were being completely overplayed, and whilst the home backs were constantly finding themselves in difficulties, the Everton forwards were making little or no impression on the visitors' defence. In the next Sunderland attack Martin finished a clever sprint by placing in front. MaConnachie causing some anxious moments by miskicking and almost placing into his own goal. A stoppage followed through Buchan being disabled for a few moments. Danger threatened the Sunderland goal when Beare broke away from a pass by Jefferis. The winger however, was not allowed to get in his centre. Sunderland continued to have nearly all the play, and their forwards were always dangerous in front of goal. In one instance Caldwell directed a dangerous shot over the bar with the tips of his fingers and from the corner kick an
Took place in front of the home goal, Stevenson finally bringing relief. Everton now attacked on the right but Beare could make little or no headway against the stubborn back play of Milton and Low. Gault was given one good opening, only to send wide of the target.
Half-time Everton 0 Sunderland 2
First Half Comments.
During the first forty-five minutes, Everton never had a look in, so to speak, Sunderland being a far superior team fore and aft. The second half opened with a fruitless raid by the home right wing pair. The ball was passed by Thompson, ending in Martin galloping away. He put across accurately, but Richardson'' shot was lacking in force, Caldwell having no difficulty in saving. At the other end Sunderland keeper had to spring into the air to keep out a good shot from Uren. For a brief period the Sunderland goal was hard pressed, but try as they would the home forwards not. Following a neat run by Beare, Bradshaw was given a glorious opening. He had only the keeper to beat from close range, but to the great disappointment of the crowd he shot wide of the target.
Home Goal In Danger.
Some anxious moments followed in the home goal, and after Mordue, had worked his way round MaConnachie. Holley accepted the winger's centre and looked a certain scorer but his straight shot was charged down by Stevenson. The home forwards were sadly lacking in finish, and Uren was the only player to show any real dash.
Two More Goals.
Twenty minutes of the second half had gone when Sunderland added two more goals in quick succession. Mordue scored first after a clever run by Holley, and in the next minute another spirited invasion resulted in Richardson adding a fourth. The brightness and precision of the Sunderland attackers was a striking contrast to the disjointed efforts by the home vanguard. The Sunderland keeper had only three shots to get rid of up to now, and none of them had given him any difficulty. Uren got in one strong shot, which grazed the crossbar, but on the whole Everton rarely looked like scoring. Everton's nearest attempts to score was from a well-placed centre kick by Beare, Gault getting in a dangerous header, while Butler saved. In the closing stages Everton made a spirited rally, and Butler had two hot shots to save from Jefferis and Bradshaw. Following this Beare got in a capital centre, from which Gault headed into the goal, the keeper fisting out. Full Time Everton 0 Sunderland 4
• Football Results; Bolton 1 Everton 1; Newcastle 1 Manchester United 3; Manchester City 3 Blackburn 1; Sheffield United 3 Aston Villa 2; Bradford City 2, Derby 3; Oldham 4 Notts County 0; West Brom 1 Sheffield Wed 1; Chelsea 2 Middlesbrough 3; Woolwich Arsenal 0 Tottenham 3.
BROWELL SAYS HIS SUSPENSION
Dundee Courier - Saturday 14 December 1912
IS RESULT OF CHARGES AGAINST HIM
Tom Browell, the young centre-forward whom Everton have passed a drastic sentence of suspension, is very sore on the matter. The explanation given out by the Directors was that Browell was not paying proper attention to training. Browell, however, repudiates this, and asserts that his suspension is the result of anonymous letters to the management alleging that he was the habit of betting on the game. The boy —for he is little else —is most emphatic in his denial of this charge, and has stated that he will pay £100 to anyone who can prove the truth of the allegation. Browoll admits that he has lost a lot of his fine form of last season, but attributes this to the special attention he has received from opposing half-backs.
Hull Daily Mail - Saturday 14 December 1912
Negotiations have been concluded for the transfer to Everton of Samuel Simm, the clever Atherton centre forward, who has scored more goals than any other Lancashire Combination player this season, including all seven goals for his side the last two matches.
EVERTON 0 SUNDERLAND 4
December 16, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
SUNDERLAND'S CLEVER FOOTWORK.
Everton's home record this season is undoubtedly the worst the club has experienced, and another disaster befel them at Goodison Park on Saturday, when a large crowd assembled to witness the game with Sunderland, the heroics of the remarkable scoring feat at Liverpool's expense the week previous. It had been fervently hoped that with Harris and Makepeace back the team would be strengthened both attack and defence, but, it anything, the display of the side was more disappointing than it was against West Bromwich Albion. Whether it be that Everton are woefully week, or that their opponents are exceptionally clever or both, the fact remains that Sunderland in every department of the team were seen in most scintillating mood, and the manner in which they weedled through the home defence with an ease and confidence, which only threw up the importance of the opposition of the opponent in a more striking light, bordered on marvellous.
‘Ere the game was a minute old the visitors were a goal to the good, Richardson, their new centre forward, doing the trick. The second goal, some twenty minute's from the start, was the result of tricky footwork by Holley, and Buchan was presented with a chance which he did not delay in accepting. Even when Everton had the wind behind them in the second half Sunderland's superiority was equally marked. Holley after performing a series of diagrams round the defence crossed over to the right and parted with the ball to Mordue, who in turn dribbled towards the centre of the goal and drove the leather safely into the haven with a brilliant shot. Immediately afterwards Holley once more got the best of a tussle on the goal line, and centred with marked accuracy to Richardson, who put on the fourth and last goal.
Brilliant Forward Line.
There can be no distinguishing the fact that Sunderland at the present time are a great combination. The movement between the wings and supported by their half-backs were a model of accuracy and precision. When they got going with their triangular work they led the home defenders a merry dance, and it was obvious that the Everton halves and backs could not decide upon a concerted method of frustrating the bewildering tactics of the visiting forwards. One could not wish for a better display than that given by Mordue and Buchan. They had a perfecting understanding, and neither Makepeace nor Macconnachie, were ever in the picture. Richardson was a capital centre, ever ready for openings, and Holley was a masterpiece in himself, his footwork being brilliant. Although he did not actually score, he was the prime mover in each of the goals. Martin completed a splendid line. The three halves were successful breakers-up of the opposing advances, and were always assisting their forwards in the attack. Gladwin and Milton had but few anxious moments, and Butler was rarely called upon.
Perhaps the least said of the Everton players the better. The only player who really performed with credit was Caldwell, who could not be blamed for any of the goals. The defnce was made to appear weak, both Stevenson and Macconnachie never rising to their true standard. The halves were equally, ineffective, and it may be that Harris and Makepeace were not sufficiently fit to take part in a strenuous League match. The forwards were individually poor, and their attempts at combination shocking. Gault deputised for Browell, but the burly Thomson overshadowed him. Uren made occasional spurts, but he was badly supported, and the Sunderland defence was too good to be beaten single-handed. Teams: - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson and Macconnachie (captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs Beare, Jefferis, Gault, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Sunderland: - Butler, goal, Gladwin, and Milton, backs Cuggy, Thomson, and Low, half-backs, Mordue, Buchan, Richardson, Holley, and Martin, forwards. Referee Mr. P. Sant.
A GREAT TEAM
December 16 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Sunderland Far Too Good For Everton. By the tic.
In the past the Sunderland club have boasted great eleven's but I doubt whether they ever had a better combination than they posses at present. Fore and aft the side is one of the best seen in Liverpool for many a long day, and it would seen that they are just about the height of their form. Certainly it would take deal to convince the enthusiasts who watched the Wearsiders make hacks of Everton that there is a better team in the country, and judging by the way they have completely outpointed the Meresyside clubs they ought to have a deal To say in the destination of the season's honours. Quick as lighting they execute their movements with great deliberation, and from the outset on Saturday they went about with a confidence which seemed to say “We must win” and there was no half measures about them either. They simply did as they looked with Everton, and one trembles to think of what might have happened had Caldwell not been able to stop a few of the shots, and that Holley and Co, occasionally directed the ball wildly over the bar. Still 4-0 is good enough –or bad enough, from an Everton point of view –to be going on with, and Sunderland no doubt are thoroughly with their afternoon's work. Eleven goals against the Liverpool clubs is indeed a record of which they may well be proud.
Everton could not raise a gallop, as it were so completely outpointed were the Blues, if I except Caldwell, Stevenson, and Uren, there was not a semblance of resistance to the Wearsiders, and the only wonder is that the victory was not more pronounced. It was indeed remarkable to see how easily the visitors out mancenered our men. To those who have witnessed so many class Everton displays it was painful to notice the comparatively momentary display given by the players in Blue. The blunder which resulted in the downfall of the Everton goal in the first minute seemed to demoralize the side, for they never recovered, where the visitors gained still more confidence and simply did as they pleased. I have not witnessed such dazzling individualism or such accurate combination as that to which the Sunderland players treated us for many moons. Even the fine display of the Albion compared unfavorably with the Sunderland cracks.
A Brillant Wing.
All eyes were directed towards the noted right wing pair, and Buchan and Mordue justified all the good things said of them. They worked together with complete understanding, whilst their doggings, feinting and dribbling absolutely nonplussed both Makepeace and MaConnachie. Buchan's deft footwork was greatly admired, but Mordue's swift and skillful manipulation created wonderment. His electric flashes along the wing, together with his wonderful dogging simply bewildered the opposition. On that form Mordue is every bit as good as Simpson, and as he plays with Buchan so delightful enthusiasts are inclined to believe that the pair, as an international wing would go great guns. Whilst Mordue and Buchan shone, there was still another star “in the line, and if he did not actually score Holley was mainly responsible for three of the goals. The inside left was simply sparkling in his footwork. He dribbled for position and parted at the right moment, and it was only right that he should come in for a share of the congratulations as each goal was chalked up against Everton. Holley was the prime mover in the series of exchanges which led to Buchan scoring the second goal whilst the inside left put in a glorious dibble before giving to Mordue, who put on the third point, and then again it was Holley who centred almost off the goalline for Richardson to put on the fourth goal. Backed up a readily good defence and a smart trio of halves, Sunderland were top dog throughout.
Blues Unable to Stem the Tide.
What of Everton? It was painful to notice then feeble efforts to compete with the men from the Wear. There was one simple opening, which came to Bradshaw, but he failed altogether and as it happened the forwards never got another chance. As indicated Caldwell could not be blamed for the defeat, but MaConnachie failed badly. He could never cope with the right wing, and it was seemed that Makepeace had turned out too soon. At any rate he was far from the half-back of old. Harris, too did not strike one as being in the pink, and altogether the rare division for the most part was at seas. The forwards never got going. Bradsaw made several efforts to pass the ball out to Uren, but on each occasion the ball was driven too hard. Uren made gallant efforts but he was not supported. Gault was overshadowed by the burely Thomson and Jefferis and Beare were rarely seen.
The Fifth Defeat
Everton were never in the hunt, and it is quite evident that unless the players show rapid improvement the club will find difficult to retain its position. It was their fifth defeat on their own ground, the margin against them being 17. This is not Everton's form at home by any means. I should think the “Blues”have never previously experienced such a bad time. It is worthy of note that since Everton won at Derby by 4-1; they have gained but three victories –one at Liverpool expense and the other two games against Chelsea and Bradford City. Here is the record in five home defeats.
Aston Villa 1 Everton 0; Bolton Wanderers 3 Everton 2; Newcastle United 6 Everton 0; West Bromwich Albion 3 Everton 1; Sunderland 4 Everton 0.
December 17 1913. Evening Express Liverpool
By the Critic.
Everton have experienced considerable difficulty in shaking off so called weak teams at times, and although Stockport County are at the foot of the Second Division they are bound to make a big effort to test the “Blues.” Still, there ought to be but one result to this match. It is to be hoped that the “Blues” will have regained their former strength by the time the Cup-ties come round. The outlook at the present time is decidedly dull, and a rapid return to the old form of the men is anticipated.
Of course on their present play Sunderland would beat most sides, but the resistance offered by the “Blues” was very weak. As indicated in the “Football Express” on Saturday drill is much in vogue among our clubs, and in understand several clubs are doing well under the system. For the past two weeks it has been tried at Everton with apparently adverse results. When the players took part in the drill prior to the West Bromwich match the new code might have imparted a little stiffness of the muscles. But whether training methods have had anything to do with recent moderate form I am not prepared to say. As usual, my posting is pretty full, and correspondents are apparently satisfied that the Everton team as at present constituted is too small to combat successfully with such strapping sides as Sunderland. Quite a few correspondents suggest that to increase the weight and effectiveness of the front line Grenyer should be introduced. “Walton” writes: - It was patent to all on Saturday that Everton lacked size and weight. Compared with Sunderland the “Blues” looked like so many schoolboys, and it was no wonder they were overwhelmed. A good big ‘un is always better than a good little un' and I suggest that Grenyer should be played in the forward line in the absence of Browell. Then Gault, who is clever, but small, would fare better on the extreme left when necessary. In fact I think it would be well worth while playing Gault at outside left in a few games. Another correspondent thinks that Wareing would be the right man in the right place at centre half, with Fleetwood at full back. Others cry out for the return of Grenyer and Wareing to the wing positions.
I have received letters with reference to the case of Browell, but no good purpose would be served by pursing the matter further. I understand that the Everton centre returned home during the week-end, but he is expected back shortly, and for the benefit of all concerned it is to he hoped the difference will be overcome.
Anorther Stiff Hurdle.
The directors of the club fully realise that the position of the club is precarious, and they are doing all in their power to remedy the defeats. With the cup ties coming on clubs will be even more anxious than they were to retain their best players, and it looks as though Everton will have to make the best of the material at their disposal. The “Blues” have another stiff obstacle to negotiate at Owlerton on Saturday. Sheffield Wednesday are playing strongly just now, and since their 10-0 defeat by Aston Villa they have advanced rapidly. It seemed that neither Harris or Makepeace were fit on Saturday last, and it remains to be seen whether or not they will be chosen to do duty at Sheffield.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 LIVERPOOL AND DISTRICT LEAGUE 1
December 21 1912. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Teams: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Holbem, backs, Parker, A. Browell, and Kirkby, half-backs Chedgzoy, Brannick, Simms, Johnston, and Davidson forwards. Liverpool and District League: - Mahon, goal, London, and Hayes backs, Murdock, Kelly, and Hinds, half-backs, Jackson, Rimmer, Anderson, Carney, and Spiers, forwards . The Blues raided the District quarters in the first minutes, and after a passing bout, Johnson just missed the mark. Brannick followed suit from the other wing, and then Anderson broke away and gave to Spiers. Carney took up the running, but got nowhere near goal. Davidson got in some pretty centres on the Everton left, but Hayes defended stubbornly and prevented. Mahon from being troubled, Everton claimed the first corner, ands then Simms put in a tesser to which Mahon responded finely. Anderson led his line in sprighly fashion, and after Spiers had been beaten the ball went to the other wing. Jackson shooting only to see the leather travel by the side of the net. The Blues were now not having so much of the game as previously, and Spier got well down and shot over. However, the Evertonians soon came again, and Simms had little difficulty in scoring the first goal for the home side. Another corner fell to Everton following which Johnson shot wide. Mahon brought off neat saves in reply to Brannick and Johnson, and now the Blues were having matters pretty much to their own liking. Brannick scored a second and third just before the interval. Half-time Everton Reserves 3, Liverpool District League 0. After the interval, the Blues at once invaded the District territory, Simms driving in a hot shot which skimmed the bar. Mahon, who had played a fine game in goal in the first half, continued to be on his best behaviour, and brought off several very good saves. Everton, however, were all over their visitors who seldom got over the halfway line. At the end of ten minutes Brannick scored again. Holdem adding a fifth. Johnson scored a sixth for Everton, and Rimmer scored for Liverpool and District League.
EVERTON MAKE TWO CHANGES.
December 18, 1913 Evening Express Liverpool
By the Critic
Fleetwood as Centre-Forward.
The respective board of the Everton club held their usual weekly meeting last night, and Everton made two very important changes. Some effort must be made to stem the tide of disaster, and for the their match against Sheffield Wednesday, Fleetwood will vacate his position at centre-half and move forward, whilst Wareing comes in at centre half. These are probably the most two important positions in the team, and the alterations might easily make a big improvement in the side. The full eleven to meet Sheffield Wednesday is as follows: - Caldwell; Stevenson and MaConnachie; Harris, Wareing, and Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, Fleetwood, Bradshaw, and Uren.
Fleetwood as a Forward
Some such alteration was looked for after the Sunderland match, as it was made plain on that occasion that Gault was too small for the centre forward berth. Fleetwood will add much needed dash and weight to the forward line. He is a versatile player who may be expected to adapt himself to the requirements of the position despite the fact that he has played in the middle line for so long a period. When he first came to Everton, Fleetwood figured at inside right, and whilst with Rochdale he invariably did duty in the forward line, but Everton fancied him at centre-half and he has mainly figured in that position. Fleetwood can play a good forward game, however, and I recall the Rochdale youth playing splendidly against Aston Villa at Birmingham. His hustling methods ought to infuse new life to the line.
Wareing as Centre Half
Wareing is too good a half-back to be overlooked, and it was felt that he would sooner or later he drafted into the centre-half berth. He has played some really capital games in that position, and as placing is one of his strong points, an improvement in this direction may be looked for. The ex-Preston man is also a good defender, and altogether the alterations ought to benefit the side. It is anticipated that Makepeace and Harris will have regained much of their old form on Saturday, and certainly they will have benefited by the breather “they had against Sunderland. A vast improvement is essential if the “Blues” are to make any show against Sheffield Wednesday, who are playing very strongly.
The Christmas Day Match.
With regard to the holiday games Mr. W. C. Cuff informs me that the kick off on Christmas day has been fixed at 2-15. Blackburn Rovers are visitors, and seats now be booked at Messrs Rushworth and Dreaper. The gate will be opened at one o'clock and the band of the King's will be in attendance.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 EVERTON 2
December 23, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S BRILLIANT VICTORY.
WEDNESDAY'S FIRST HOME DEFEAT.
By their victory over Sheffield Wednesday the Everton team have done much towards restoring the confidence of their supporters. The great uncertainly which gives charm to the game was never forcibly demonstrated than at Owlerton, where the home side had previously this season carried all before them. The Everton executive had perforce to embark upon experimental lines, and subsequent events amply justified the new departure. For some time past there has been lacking grit and persistency in the attacking line, and in moving Fleetwood to the centre-forward position with Wareing as the centre-half there was a return of the dash that was formerly identified with Everton's methods. The game was of the most strenuous order, and a draw would probably have been a more fitting reflex of the general run of the play. It was during the last two minutes that the Everton centre with a magnificent effort splendid controlled the ball, and scored a brilliant goal off his own but so to speak.
SUCCESSFUL HALF-BACK PLAY.
Much of Everton's success was undoubtedly due to the fitness of the players. The Wednesday forwards when play got going were simply irresistible, and kept at full tension. The Blues responded well and were the fresher side at the finish, and thus it was that the hitherto sturdy Blades were in difficulties during the closing half of the game, and despite their desperate efforts they found a defence prepared for every emergency. It was at half-back where Everton's keynote was sounded, and not before this season has there been a more successful linking up with the forwards and a blending of defensive methods with the rearguard. The sharpshooters in the Wednesday ranks were kept well under control, and what shots went to the keeper were generally sent in under difficult conditions.
Quite early on Jefferis missed a glorious opening after clever work on the left, and half an hour had gone-by and the scoring was opened from a corner placed by Uren. Wareing saw a possible opening, and with a first time drive left the keeper helpless. Just before the interval McLean crowned some smart work by the left wing with a clever goal, so that the game was resumed on level terms. During the second portion the blues held more than a slight lead in the operations of play, but the Wednesday forwards were often dangerous, and just as the spectators were prepared for a division of honours, Fleetwood got possession some thirty yards from goal, and after outwitting McSkimming swerved past the backs in turn, drew Davison out, and then clinched the issue in favour of his side.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
The inclusion of Fleetwood as the pivot provided stiffening to the attack, and though he was not so prominently in the picture as the home leader, he harassed the backs to some tune, when his wings were making headway. The left wing was the strongest portion of Everton's attack. Bradshaw was a great worker, but attempted too much to the exclusion of Uren who, when the ball did come, his way, utilised his opportunities to advantage. Jefferis was none too successful, while Beare had quite an offday. Wareing placing to his forwards was one of the features of the game and on either side of him were Makepeace and Harris in their most effective mood. Macconnachie and Stevenson were sound throughout and Caldwell gave an excellent account of himself. On the Wednesday side Davison brought off several fine saves, notably one from Bradshaw in the closing period, and was well protected by Worrall and Brelsford. McSkimming was always a prominent figure in the half way line, and the forwards at times displayed fine footwork. Too much attention, however, was directed towards Mclean whose quondam clubmate, Wareing kept a watchful eye on his movements as also did Makepeace, when matters were going serious. Sheffield Wednesday: - Davison, goal, Worrall, and Bretsford, backs, Brittleton, McSkimming, and Campbell, half-backs, Kirkman, Glennon, D. McLead, Wilson, and Robertson, forwards. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain) backs, Harris, Wareing, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Fleetwood, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Referee J.T.Hornby.
A KEEN RACE.
December 23 1913. Evening Express, Liverpool
Everton's Revival at Owlerton.
By the Critic.
I am sure Everton supporters were agreeably surprised by the victory gained at Owlerton especially as there were experiments changes and that the Wednesday had not been beaten for three months. I trust the improved form will be maintained. It is good to know that everything is working smoothly at the park, and that the training differences have been overcome. Judging by the form of the men on Saturday the excises indulged in during the week worked wonders.
In the course of his comment on the Everton match, “Rover” says: - For some time past there has been lacking grit and persistency in the attacking line, and in moving Fleetwood to the centre-forward position with Wareing as the centre-half there was a return of the dash that was formerly identified with Everton's methods. The game was of the most strenuous order, and a draw would probably have been a more fitting reflex of the general run of the play. It was during the last two minutes that Everton centre with a magnificent effort splendidly controlled the ball, and scored a brilliant goal off his own bat so to speak.
Successful Half-Back Play.
Much of Everton's success was undoubtedly due to the fitness of the players. The Wednesday forwards when they got going were simply irresistible, and kept at full tension. The Blues responded well and were the fresher side at the finish, and thus it was that the hitherto sturdy Blades were in difficulties during the closing half of the game, and despite their desperate efforts they found a defence prepared for every emergency. It was at half-back where Everton's keynote was sounded, and not before this season has there been a more successful linking up with the forwards and a blending of defensive methods with the rearguard. The sharpshooters in the Wednesday ranks were kept well under control, and what shots went to the keeper were generally sent in under difficult conditions.
Quite early on Jefferis missed a glorious opening after clever work on the left, and half an hour had gone by ere –the scoring was opened from a corner placed by Uren. Wareing saw a possible opening and with a first time drive left the keeper helpless. Just before the interval McLean crowned some smart work by the left wing with a clever goal, so that the was resumed on level terms. During the second portion the Blues held more than a slight lead in the operations of play, but the Wednesday forwards were often dangerous, and just as the spectators were prepared for a division of honours Fleetwood got possession some thirty yards from goal, and after outwitting McSkimming swerved past the backs in turn, drew Davidson out, and then clinched the issue in favour of his side.
Concerning the Players.
The inclusion of Fleetwood as the pivot provided stiffening to the attack, and though he was so prominently in the picture as the home leader, he harassed the backs to some tune, when his wings were making headway. The left wing was the strongest portion of Everton's attack. Bradshaw was a great worker, but attempted too much to the exclusion of Uren, who when the ball did come his way, utilized his opportunities to advantage. Jefferis was none too successful, while Beare had quite an offday. Wareing's playing to his forwards was one of the features of the game and on either side of him were Makepeace and Harris in their most effective mood. MaConnachie and Stevenson were sound throughout and Caldwell gave an excellent account of himself. On the Wednesday side Davidson brought off several fine saves, notably one from Bradshaw in the closing period, and was well protected by Worrall and Brelsford. McSkimming was always a prominent figure in the half way line, and the forwards at times displayed fine footwork. Too much attention however was directed towards McLean, whose quondam clubmates, Wareing, kept a watchful eye on his movements, as also did Makepeace, when matters were getting serious.
EVERTON 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
December 25, 191. The Liverpool Courier.
BLACKBURN DESERVEDLY BEATEN.
Everton were full value for their 2-1 victory over the League Champions; in fact, on the run of the play they deserved to have won by a much larger margin. The crowd of fully 30,000 were provided with a keen struggle, and there was no slackening of energy from start to finish. The display of the home team was quite refreshing after their many disappointing displays at Goodison this season. The Everton brigade seems to have completely regained confidence and the big advance shown at Sheffield on Saturday was fully maintained against Blackburn Rovers yesterday. Their previous lackadaisical methods gave place in real earnestness, and in every department of the team there was manifest a keen desire to win. One of the most pleasing features was the vastly improved understanding shown between the intermediate and front line of attack. But the improvement shown was not confined to the attack. The eleven as a whole gave of their best and never slackened in their efforts. On the afternoon's display Everton were undoubtedly a much better balanced side than the Rovers, and the latter were certainly not seen at their best. The absence of Crompton, Cowell, and Bradshaw considerably reduced their resisting power, while their forwards were in very poor fettle. With the exception of Simpson, who was sadly neglected in the second half, the Rovers forwards showed little or so resource and most of their attacks were void of the usual sting, the light was certainly bad right from the start, and the heavy rain made matters worse, but still there was never any question of the conditions being such as to cause a stoppage.
THE PLAY DESCRIBED.
in the game Fleetwood earns lusty cheers for his forceful methods. One of his spirited dashes caused Robinson to have to run out to clear, and the home centre twice topped the bar with strong shots. Suttie made one timely clearance when Robinson was all but beaten. A fast pace was set up right from the start, and the play was full of vim. The home backs were placed in several tight corners, and Aitkenhead was given a glorious opening only to place over the bar. Then Anthony looked dangerous, but Stevenson charged down his shot. Simpson was next making tracks for goal, when smartly pulled up by Macconnachie, who then ran up with the forwards. The home right back was given possession well in the Rovers territory and he let drive with a hot shot which went just wide. Uren opened the score for Everton after fifteen minutes' play was a long oblique shot, Robinson being fairly caught napping. Just prior to this the Blackburn keeper had to spring into the air to deal with a dangerous centre from Uren. In the next home attack the Rovers' goal had a lucky escape. Fleetwood got in a straight shot which Robinson almost deflected through his own goal, the ball striking the upright and rebounding into play. Suttie came to the rescue in the nick of time, and the best he could do was a concede a corner. It now began to rain in torrents, and the light was very bad. Everton were having the lion's share of the attacks at this period, and Beare was applauded for a clever sprint in which he tricked both Porteous, and Suttie, finally giving Robinson a lighting shot to dispose of. The ground, which was soft to start with, now became very heavy going, as the rain continued to pelt down. The wily Simpson although not allowed much latitude several times delighted the crowd with his clever touches, and from one of his beautiful accurate centres, Aitkenhead looked an almost certain scorer. Both Caldwell and Stevenson did the best thing under the circumstances rushing straight up to the advancing Aitkenhead and smothering his shot. Everton deserved their lead at the interval, for they had the best of the argument on the first forty-five minute's play.
ROVERS' LUCKY GOAL.
The second half opened with a flourish of trumpets so to speak, for Beare increased Everton's lead two minutes after the start. The game had no sooner restarted than Everton swept down on the Rover's goal. Uren finally skimming the bar with a hot shot. Immediately afterwards the home forwards came again in lively fashion. Fleetwood was making a beo-line for goal when forced off the ball by Suttie. Jefferis and Beare took up the running, and although Johnson prevented Jefferis from shooting he only gained temporary relief, the ball going to Beare, who forthwith banged it into the net. Then the Rovers had a brief spell of attacking, and Caldwell had one difficult shot to stop from close range. Everton continued to force matters and a low, swift shot by Wareing was only inches wide. The Rovers were not showing their usual aptness in front of goal, and several good openings were missed. Fleetwood was showing rare hustling tactics, and he finished one fine individual effort with a rousing shot, which Robinson had more difficulty in saving. Twenty-five minutes of the second half had gone when the Rovers obtained a very lucky goal. A pot shot by Anthony looked like being safely dealt with by Caldwell, but in stepping forward the keeper lost his footing, and fell, and in the meantime the ball had bounced over his head into the net. Everton redoubled their efforts after the reverse, and Robinson next had to save a capital shot from Uren, while a minute later he was called upon to fist away a dangerous header from Bradshaw. The struggle continued in Everton's favour, and following smart work by Beare a golden opportunity was given to Bradshaw, but he clean missed his kick when only a yard or two from goal. In the closing stages two miskicks by Macconnachie spelt danger, but the Everton right back made amends for these lapse by a remarkable clearance right in the goalmouth.
THE EVERTON PLAYERS.
All the Everton players acquitted themselves well. It was in the intermediate line that the greatest improvement was forthcoming. As in the match at Sheffield. Wareing was a conspicuous success. He was skillful in his footwork. Grenyer who took the place of Makepeace, also gave a grand display, and he was always a thorn in the side of the wily Simpson. Beare and Uren were seen at their best, the latter shooting and centring with deadly accuracy. Fleetwood displayed rare hustling tactics, and Jefferis showed his old skill in passing. No fault could be found with the backs both Macconnachie and Stevenson being seen in good brim. The Rovers forwards were distinctly feeble in front of goal Anthony and Aitkenhead in particular being much below their usual form. Their intermediate line, which inclined Porteous in place of Bradshaw at left half was only moderate. Smith who took the place of Cowell, was sound, but Johnson never near the standard of Crompton, whose place he took. The teams : - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Fleetwood, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson, goal, Johnson, and Suttie, backs, Walmsley, Smith, and Porteous, half-backs, Simpson, Latheron, Chapman, Aitkenhead, and Anthony, forwards.
BLACKPOOL RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 3
December 26, 1912
Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Holbem, backs, McCulloch, Browell, and Simpson, half-backs, Smith, Gourlay, Simms, Wright, and Gault, forwards.
December 26, 1913. Evening Express Liverpool
By the Critic.
There was a big crowd at Goodison Park, and as rain fell heavily at one period good use was made of the spacious covered stands, whilst it was noticed that sections of the spectators made use of the tarpaulin sheets which are used to protect the goal area. The ground was in a treacherous state, but never the less the game was interesting, and there were some good exchanges. It may be best described as a hard mud plugging game in which the open style was the most paying; but I fear the team did not appreciate this, and there were times when Everton tried to do too much in the way of close dribbling. Everton gained a very useful brace of points, however, so I suppose their supporters will be satisfied. It must be considered a good performance to beat the Rovers even though the Blackburn team were without the services of their regular backs. Crompton and Cowell; and certainly the Evertonians displayed much better form than in their contests with West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. There was room for improvement in the forward line, however, the inside man being very moderate. Uren and Beare put in some splendid work, and as they scored the all-important goals, they have every reason to look back with pleasure on the match. Everton certainly deserved to win, but the issue was in doubt right up to the end, the Everton defence giving the spectators more than one shock by miskicks. As it was, the Rovers gained a “Christmas box,” in the way of a goal which under ordinary circumstances would not have been scored, but the muddy state of the ground caused Caldwell to slip when in the act of saving, and the ball from a simple sort of shot –bounced over the fallen keeper into the net. The crowd laughed later when Caldwell fell down in the mud and patiently waited for another slow shot. The Everton keeper was taking no further risks.
There was more dash and more method in the Everton movements, but at the same time they were not at their best. Apart from his one mistake Caldwell played well, whilst Stevenson and MaConnachie is a rule were safe. The halves were very sound and for the most part well held the opposing forwards. Wareing was about the best, though both Harris and Grenyer were very effective. Beare and Jefferis showed improved form although the latter is by no means at his best. Fleetwood imparted plenty of dash, but he was not fast enough, whilst he did not feed the wings sufficiently. Still he bustled about with effect. He made a few dashes down the centre when his lack of pace was against him. Bradshaw too, was lacking and the outstanding feature in the forward play was the good form shown by the two extreme wingmen. Perey Smith was the best of the Rovers' halves, but Porteous played a useful game. Simpson got in a few good centres, but generally he did not shine, Grenyer watching him closely. Johnson and Sutune were capable in the places usually tilled by Crompton and Cowell.
(Rovers won 2-1 last season)
December 26 1913. Evening Express Liverpool.
Blues Visits Balckburn.
Hard-Fought game at Ewood Park.
Robinson's Clever Keeping.
Sensational Opening of Second Half.
Following upon their strenuous game yesterday both Everton and the Rovers directors were in difficulties in fixing up the team. There were changes in the Rovers side whilst the Blues had two. With Jefferis not feeling too sound and Fleetwood injured, the occasion served to introduce the recent recruit. These with Simms, who is included as pivot, and Brannick as inside right to Beare. The Rovers had been badly hit during the pass week no fewer, than ten men having been rendered unfit, and it was significant that Chapman was selected to fill the right back position. The teams were:- Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Brannick, Simms, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson goal, Chapman, and Suttie, backs, Walmsley, Porteous, and Jacques, half-backs, Simpson, Latheron, McShie, Aitkenhead, and Anthony, forwards. Referee A. Adams.
There would be about 25,000 present when the teams took the field. Everton's left wing bounced into promising stride at the opening, and clever work by both Uren and Bradshaw almost resulted in Simms breaking through. Suttie was just in time to prevent the Atherton youth getting in a shot. A moment later Bradshaw put past wide. Then Simpson went off on his own, only to find MaConnachie in readiness. On a further return Wareing came under the ban of the referee for fouling McShire. The kick was placed to Latheron, who flashed the ball
Against the Upright.
Glancing across the goal, but the Rovers was obviously offside, and the free kick brought relief to the Everton defenders. Play for some few minutes was on the scrappy side, consequent upon the heaviness of the playing pitch. Breakaway, Latheron troubled the defenders to sometune, and forcing a corner. Caldwell was called upon twice in quick succession. The two Everton recruits were next concerned in a movement, which brought about a corner, and then came an opening for Bradshaw. The inside left put in
A Magnificent Shot.
From 30 yards range, and brought Robinson full length in order to save. It was a clever effort on the part of both players, and the crowd fully showed their appreciation. Then Beare looked like racing through, but he overran the ball, following which Anthony and Simpson shot in telling drives that Caldwell did well to save. Enthusiasm was high just now, for play was as keen as could be imagined. Another break away found Uren well-placed, but Robinson's anticipations were great and coming out got down to a fine ground shot. Then Anthony
Lost a Glorious Openings,
Through faulty shooting, and at the other end Uren again drove hard in, only to find Robinson on the alert. Play ran on even lines for some time, and it notable feature of Everton's display was a starting exhibition by Stevenson and the all-round ability of the halves. Wareing was a rare stumbling block, and, in addition, was a rare provider for his forwards each of whom did well. From the advances off the home right Latheron put in a cross drive, and Anthony deflected the ball towards the corner, where Caldwell saved his goal brilliantly by turning the ball round the upright. A beauty from Uren was the next item, but Robinson was not to be beaten. Towards the interval the Everton forwards were very aggressive, but Chapman by playing well up repeatedly placing the visiting forwards offside. Just on the interval Robinson came out to Beare. The Everton winger placed the ball round the keeper only to see it miss the mark by inches. It was a great escape.
Half-time Blackburn 0 Everton 0
It had been a strenuous first half during which there was much of the best football. The first minute of the second half was sensational. Everton got down on the right, and Robinson came out, but fell over the ball Brannick had scrammed up and jumped over the keeper, tipping the leather into the net. Robinson was hurt in the rush of opponents and limped badly. Then Simms was damaged but soon resumed and once again the Blues swept down in irresistible style on the Rovers' defence. Then Simpson got the better of MaConnachie only to find Grenyer rush in to prevent a shot. The
Light was Failing.
Just now, and it was doubtful as to whether it would last out. The Rovers were now aggressive, with Simpson well in the forefront, but they found the Everton defenders in no humour for giving quarter. A brilliant sprint by Uren looked like bringing further success to the Blues as the winger put across a fine drive. Suttie however, had fallen back and cleverly cleared. Caldwell soon distinctised himself by fisting a rising shot from McShie. Uren led the way again, Bradshaw skimming the bar.
Final Result Everton 2 Blackburn 1.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 EVERTON 2
December 27, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S DUAL DUEL.
Three successive victories, two away from home, and within a period of five days have completely restored the confidence of the Everton supporters and the most gratifying feature is that the full quota of points were well deserved in each instance. The strenuous encounter on Christmas Day brought about enforced changes on both sides in the game at Ewood Park yesterday, and probably the Rovers were hardest hit in this respect. While it was not though advisable to include Jefferis and Fleetwood owing to the possibility of breakdown, the Rovers executive had to make four chances from the side that appeared at Goodison. Still, there were no “slackness” on either side, and probably a harder tussle has not been served up this season. What was lacking so far as an exhibition of the nicer points of the game were concerned was made up by the grit and persistency that characterised every movement, with the result that there was scarcely a dull moment. And a pleasing feature was the success of the recruits Brannick and Simms, who had a big task set them. That Everton just now are going strongly is distinctly pleasing to the club's followers.
WHERE EVERTON WON.
The strong point in Everton's display was undoubtedly furnished by the half-backs, who have come on by leaps and bounds since the inclusion of Wareing in the centre position. As at Sheffield , on Saturday, and at Goodison he was again the headpiece that provided a determined set of forwards with every opportunity of displaying their ability. There was no haphazard parting with the ball by any of the trio, with the result that the Rovers' defenders were kept fully extended throughout the game. It is fortunate for the club that there is now a genuine blending of methods, and the advance made recently by Grenyer, and the persistency of Harris, is likely to play a still more prominent part in furture engagements. As a result, the backs were not overrun, and were able to give of their best, and to this the Blackburn supporters would on yesterday's game at any time, bear ample testimony.
PLAY AND PLAYERS.
The details of play may be summarily dealt with. The first portion, which was unproductive of scoring, was contested in earnest fashion, and though the Rovers mainly through Anthony, failed to take the chances that came their way, only the clever anticipation of Robinson in the home goal stood between Everton and a crop of goals. It was just after the interval that Brannick nipped in after the keeper had fallen over the ball and put on Everton's first goal, and then the inimitable Simpson after a partial clearance by Caldwell met the ball and equalised. Everton's winning goal came from a corner and was scored by Simms, but towards the close it was just on the carpet that the Rovers might have equalised. Coming to the players, and dealing first with Everton, it may be safely assured that every man gave of his best on a playing pitch that was not altogether suited for good footwork. The two Atherton youths showed promise, and will come on with experience. Dash at present is their great asset, and when the polish comes along they should serve the club well. Uren and Bradshaw were the busy players in attack, but they were not altogether judicious in their final efforts for there were occasions in the second half when opportunities of closing in before testing the keeper were ignored. Still the Everton forwards were always the masters of the Rovers by reason of the sterling support they received from the half-backs. Reference has already been made to the work of this department, and criticism of players would not be complete without reference to the brilliant display of Stevenson who has probably never played better in his career. Macconnachie also played a clever game, and Caldwell saved the situation at times when all seemed hopeless. Robinson played a great game in goal for the Rovers, and Suttie was the better of the backs. The halves were thoroughly overrun in the second half, while Latheron and Simpson were the sources of danger to the Everton defenders. Teams: - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Brannick, Simms, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson goal, Chapman, and Suttie, backs, Walmsley, Porteous, and Jacques, half-backs, Simpson, Latheron, McShie, Aitkenhead, and Anthony, forwards. Referee A. Adams.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 3
December 27, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
The Rovers Reserves provided the attraction at Goodison Park. The surface of the ground was very treacherous, and in the first minute of the game Proctor the Rovers wingman, fell awkwardly, and had to receive attention from the trainer. Everton were first to make ground, and Browell passed well out to Smith, who quickly returned the ball into the centre, where Johnson scored with a beautiful drive, which the Blackburn keeper touched, but could not prevent it from centring the net. In another attack on the Rovers' goal Davidson got in a fine shot from which Vickers brought off a brilliant one handed saved. The homesters were not to be denied, however, for shortly afterwards Gault, receiving from the left wing, tricked a couple of opponents and scored a second goal from very short range. A third goal fell to the Blues as the result of a brilliant solo effort by Smith, who secured in his own half, and dribbling half the length of the field ran close in and easily defeated the Rovers custodian. Half-time Everton 3 Blackburn Rovers nil. In the second half Browell, and Gault scored further goals for Everton, Dennison, Cameron, and Byron scoring for Blackburn. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Laurie, backs, McCulloch, Browell, and Simpson, half-backs, Smith, Johnson, Gault, Wright, and Davidson, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Vickers, goal, Howarth, and Cameron, backs, McGory, Walmsley, and Vickers, half-backs Proctor, Byrom, Liddell, Finlay, and Donimson, forwards.
EVERTON (Blues won 1-0 last season)
December 28 1913. Evening Express Liverpool
Middlesbrough at Goodison.
Brings Only and Winning Goal For Blues.
Middlesbrough made wholesales changes, for their visit to Goodison Park this afternoon. Eyre took the place of Nicholl at outside left, Cail was introduced at outside right, and J. Carr was moved to the outside berth in place of Stirling. In the intermeddiate line Cook and Jackson displaced Malcolm and W. Carr, while Duguid took the place of McLeod at right full back. The Everton side was the same as Christmas Day Fleetwood and Jefferis being fir to resume. The teams were: - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Fleetwood, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Duguid, and Weir, backs, Crosier, Jackson, and Cook, half-backs, J. Carr, Cail, Elliott, Windridge, and Eyre, forwards. Referee P. Sant.
The first incident of note was a breakaway by Elliott, who darted straight ahead without opposition, but fortunately for Everton, he delayed his shot and was eventually forced off the ball by Stevenson, and then Beare and Jefferis made tracks for the other end. The ball was swung over to the left where a glaring incident of handling by one of the Middlesbrough backs escaped the notice of the referee. It was soon apparent that the Middlesbrough men were in grim earnest. After one of their long swinging passing movements, Elliott got possession, but happily his shot was diverted wide of the goal. The visitors again attacked strongly and J. Carr had a pop at goal, only to send high over the bar. Some amusement was caused by the robust methods in which Fleetwood bowled Weir over Play was of a
Give and Take
Character, and the visitors next attacked on the left, Caldwell having to rush out to clear a dangerous centre from Nicholls. The spectators were being provided with plenty of thrills. Following a spirited rush by Fleetwood, Beare got in a fine shot, Williamson, having to drive across the goal to clear. It was a capital save. Everton came again, and the ball looked like going behind, when Beare rushed up in time, and placed right across the goal Fleetwood making a valiant attempt to divert the ball goalwards, but failing. Uren next got in a fine centre, and the ball was swung out to Beare, who shot with great force, the ball going just wide. There would be not far short of
Present, and there was no lack of enthusiasm. The Borough were always dangerous near goal, and after one mistake by Stevenson Elliott darted forward and looked a certain scorer. He shot strongly from close range, but to the delight of the crowd, Caldwell was equal to the occasion making a clever save. Uren completely deceived Duguid with one of his twisting movements, and he swung in a capital centre, Fleetwood making a valiant attempt to get the ball into the net. The Blues were finding Williamson a tremendous obstacle. After one spirited attack Bradshaw shot with terrific force, the Middlesbrough keeper saving finely. Wareing thus injured but was able to resume. It was a first game, both sides were playing with rare dash and vigour. The back play on either side were particularly good. After half an hour's play
Everton Opened the Score
From a Penalty Kick. Following a well placed centre by Uren, Fleetwood looked a certain when he was brought down from behind by Weir. The referee had full view of the incident, and he immediately awarded a penalty Kick. He was quickly surrounded by the Middlesbrough players, who appealed against the decision, and after consulting one of the linesmen he stood by his former decision. MaConnachie took the kick, and he made no mistake in scoring, this being the fourth goal he has scored this season for Everton from penalty kicks. Soon afterwards Everton were again attacking in determined fashion and the business like efforts together with the fine goalkeeping by Williamson called forth lusty cheering. Bradshaw got in a storming shot, but Williamson cleared.
Immediately following Beare, after some neat footwork, placed in for Bradshaw heading into goal, Williamson fisted away, and he dealt in similar fashion with a likely header from Fleetwood's second later. Free kick against Everton led to some anxious moments in front of the home goal. Caldwell was on his knees, when he saved from Carr, and a second or two later he dealt with a long range shot from Cail.
Half-time Everton 1 Middlesbrough 0.
First Half Comments.
It had been a stubborn contested first half and Middlesbrough fought desperately hard to hold their own. Everton deserved their lead and but for the =fine goalkeeping of Williamson, they would have been leading by at least three goals. Middlesbrough started the second half with rear determination. J. Carr after a neat sprint gave Caldwell a hot shot to dispose of, and a minute later the home keeper had an a long shot from Johnson. For some time play remained in the home quarters, but try as they would the visitors could not score. Elliott next having a straight drive fisted away by Caldwell. Another
Was starved off by Harris, but the ball went to Eyre who with only the keeper to beat sent wide of the target. The visitors were fighting hard to equalise and for the first ten minutes of the second half Everton had for the most part to set on the defensive. Everton then had a spell of attacking, and Beare galloped away, but his centre was intercepted by Duguid. Then a fine effort by Jefferis came to nothing, the ball serving out of goal just in time to approaching Fleetwood from scoring. The game than went to a stubbornly contest and Uren was next loudly cheered for smart work but his accurate passes was too no advantage. Beare was putting in some good footwork and from one of his centres Uren sent just wide. Full time Everton 1, Middlesbrough 0.
EVERTON RES V. BARNSLEY RES
December 28 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool
Two thousand spectators witnessed a fast game. Royston scored twice, the first goal after a rebound from the crossbar. Smith set up several attacks, and Lindon saved excellent shots from Gourlay and Gault. Murray was nearly successful after a determined effort. On the soft going Barnsley showed good form and Bromilow was often called upon. Everton attacked spiritedly, but were generally well held. Even exchanges followed. Halt time Barnsley 2 Everton 0
EVERTON 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0
December 30, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S NARROW VICTORY.
MIDDLESBROUGH PUT UP HARD FLIGHT.
The fact that only one goal was scored in the match at Goodison Park, and that from a penalty kick, was largely due to the alertness of the respective defences. The custodians in particular vied with each other in saving all manner of difficult shots. But although shorn of the thrills occasioned by the scoring of goals, the game was chock full of incident. Middlesbrough, after losing ground in the holiday matches brought to Everton a rearranged team in the hopes that at least one point would have be captured. They certainly put up a hard fight, and had they shared in the spoils it would have been no more than their just deserts. They were a well-balanced side, and on the game as a whole Everton could claim no marked superiority. It was a dour struggle from the start to finish, and the greater determination shown by Everton in recent games were fully maintained, but their work in front of goal was not as well polished as one would liked to have seen it. They certainly deserved the penalty kick, which gave them victory, for Fleetwood looked a certain scorer when tripped up from behind by Weir. The rare bustling tactics of Fleetwood could not fall to be a stimulus to his colleagues, but useful though he be, the fact remains that he falls far short of Browell in regard to shooting powers.
That Middlesbrough meant business was shown by their spirited attack right at the start. Elliott eluding all opposition, and entering the penalty area at a gallop, only to be finally pulled up by Stevenson when about to shot. It was a narrow escape, and it served to put the home backs on their best behaviour. The Everton forwards soon found their proper stride, and from a pass by Fleetwood, Beare sent in a grand shot, Williamson having to spring across the goal to save. The play alternated from end to end, and one mistake by Stevenson let in Elliott, who gave Caldwell a hot shot to stop from close range. Williamson next made an equally fine save from Bradshaw. Then came the penalty kick, already referred to which was converted into a goal by Macconnachie, this being the Everton captain's fourth goal from Penalty kicks this season. Soon afterwards the Middlesbrough goal was cleverly bombarded, but Williamson was not to be beaten twice. He had no sooner kept out a storming shot from Bradshaw than he had to be mightily quick to keep out successive headers from Bradshaw and Fleetwood. The second half was equally strenuously contested, and Caldwell had several difficult shots to dispose of one from Elliott. Just before the end, almost ending in disaster. The visitors missed one glorious opening. Eyre having but the custodian to beat from close range, only to shoot wide.
AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD.
It was Everton's fourth successive victors, and the vast crowd of over 25,000 was not slow to show its appreciation of what had been a keen and interesting game. As in the holiday games, the Everton defence was particularly sound Caldwell and the full backs being in tip-top form. Wareing was again prominent at centre-half, and Harris and Grenyer were hard workers. Jefferis was the cleverest of the forwards, and Fleetwood was very industrious even though he did not meet with a great measure of success. Middlesbrough like Everton were well served by their custodian, and the full backs, Duguid shaping well in his unaccustomed position at right full back. The visitors halves were a hard working trio, and Elliott, Windridge and Carr were the best of a well-balanced forward line. Teams: - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Fleetwood, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, Duguid, and Weir, backs, Crosier, Jackson, and Cook, half-backs, J. Carr, Cail, Elliott, Windridge, and Eyre, forwards. Referee P. Sant.
BARNSLEY RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 2
December 30 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 20)
Everton Reserves were set a severe obstacle at Barnsley, the latter being one of the strongest teams in the league. The Blues' eleven was considerably changed again, and things looked exceedingly back for them when Barnsley were three goals up, obtained by Royston (twice), and Corran, but Murray and Wright afterwards scored for Everton, and there was only a margin of one goal against the visitors at the finish.
December 30, 1913. Evening Express Liverpool
Eight Points Gained from Four Games.
By the Critic.
The Mersey clubs cannot grumble. They have fared extremely well, Everton particularly showing vast improvement, and on Saturday the Blues claimed their fourth successive victory. Since the West Bromwich and Sunderland debacles at the beginning of the month Everton have advanced rapidly, and though they appeared bit stale against Middlesbrough and were rather fortunate to get off with both points, it is felt that the sojourn at Blackpool will revive the players. Tom Browell accompanied the other members of the team to the seaside, and I fancy he will turn out soon, perhaps on Wednesday against Tottenham Hotspurs. The centre forward has kept himself in training, and he is ready, and willing to take his place in the team when called on. It was obvious on Saturday that the recent rush of fixtures had taken the steam out of some of the players and no doubt the rest at Blackpool will be appreciated. Many of the men have taken their golf sticks with them, and the links will be frequently visited. They meet the Sours at Goodison Park on Wednesday .
The game at thew Park on Saturday was an interesting one there being many fine flashes. Both sides strove might and main, and the struggle was grim right up to the end. No one would have grumbled had the visitors shared the spoils, and I consider the Blues were decidently fortunate to win outright, especially as it was a penalty goal which turned the scale in the Everton club's favour. Still it was not Everton's fault if the Middlesbrough forwards failed to profit by the chances, which came their way. Had they made full use of the opportunities afforded they could not have been beaten. Eyre's blinder was a glaring one. It seemed that a touch would place the ball into the net, but to the relief of the crowd and the dismay of his colleagues he put the ball wide. Then had Elliott made an effort to shoot earlier, when he dashed through in the first minute the game might have ended differently. Everton showed their best form in the first half, when Williamson brought off at least three brilliant saves the keeper taking the ball in truly masterly fashion. The second half saw Middlesbrough in a more aggressive mood, and I thought they had the best of the play, but as indicated they finished weakly.
The respective defences took the honours in this hard game. Williamson had two fine backs in front of him. Weir and Duguid kicking and tackling strongly whilst the halves were also good. Jackson being the most noticeable. Elliott was by far the best forward, and as a line they worked well together, but they require to pay more attention to the art of shooting. Windringe still possesses much of his old cleverness. On the Everton side Caldwell brought off several capital saves, but there were times when he was very shaky in his clearances. Stevenson and MaConnachie were very reliable and as the captain scored from a penalty and at the other end headed out a ball from under the crossbar, he had much to do with his side's success. Wareing played another capital game at centre half. His tackling is great whilst he holds a great advantage over his predecessor in the matter of placing the ball to his forwards. Grenyer continues to improve, and Harris appears to have gained his most sparkling form. The forward line did not combine effectively, and though Fleetwood hustled the backs to advantage, he did not control the wings satisfactorily. Jefferis showed a marked advance on recent displays, but it is quite evident he is not yet himself. Beare and Uren were rather erratic, the good moves being mixed with a very moderate efforts Bradshaw work hard.
TOM BROWELL JOINS HIS COLLEAGUES.
December 31, 1913. Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Critic.
I am sure all followers of the Everton club and footballers generally are glad to know that Tom Browell, the centre, has been reinstated by the directors. The gratifying intelligence was first published in the “Express” which is, of course, the recognised medium for the earliest and most reliable news of real importance in the football world. Naturally the “Express” information created the liveliest satisfaction, and the hope was expressed on all sides that the youthful centre would soon return to the League team and help to continue the recent wave of good form. As I pointed out yesterday, Browell has kept himself fit, and has been training regularly. When he joined the train yesterday to travel to Blackpool he looked particularly well, and it is good to know Browell will be available for the Cup-tie. The directors at their meeting yesterday afternoon, however, decided not to interfere with the team, which defeated Middlesbrough for tomorrow's game against the Spurs. Browell may be called on at any time now to take up his usual position in the team. It is fitting that the club and the player should open the New Year on the friendliest terms.
The Spurs' Visit.
We have reached the end of 1912, and 1913 sets out on its course tomorrow. I take this opportunity of wishing all a happy and prosperous New Year. The Programme for tomorrow comprises seven first and six-second division games. and there ought to be some interesting football. Locally we have Everton at home, and the coffers of the club are bound to benefit considerably. The attendance's at the Park have increased wonderfully of late, and another big holiday crowd is expected. The Spurs have shown better form during the last few matches, and they are expected to make the “Blues” gallop. Their showing against Manchester City was an eye opener and it is quite evident that the directors and players alike are making a desperate effort to lift the clu8b into a safer position. On the other hand Everton are all out for points, and the players are keen to advance the position as a result of the Spurs' match. The men are taking matters quietly at Blackpool, and they will step on the field tomorrow, it is hoped, in the fittest possible conditions. As announced in the “Express” last evening Fleetwood retains his position in the centre and the full team will be: Caldwell; Stevenson. MaConnachie; Harris, Wareing and Grenyer; Beare, Jefferis Fleetwood, Bradshaw, and Uren. The kick off is timed for 2-30. The ‘Spurs make no changes, and the eleven will be: - Joyce; Collins and Webster; Weir, Rance, and Grimsdell; Tattersall, Minter, Cantrell, Steel, and Middlemiss.