Everton Independent Research Data


December 1, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton at length have broken the spell of misfortune which has attended their efforts since their great victory over Derby County six weeks ago. Since then the career of the team has been singularly disappointing, for, apart from their two drawn games with Manchester City and Bradford City, they had fallen easy prey, with a pronounced adverse goal account to clubs against which they had heretofore offered the sternest of resistance for supremacy. Their partial success at the Hawthorns on Saturday was therefore a very welcome occasion, and one which will, to some extent, relieve the feelings of depression which have been plainly in evidence amongst the loyal supporters of the club. In recent games the defence had been found wanting, as may be gathered from the big scores put up against the club's record, but such was not the case on Saturday, for the usual Everton standard in this department was fairly well maintained, and, this being so, a division of honours at least was only what one might have expected. There was certainly more attractive footwork among the forwards than had obtained in previous games, but there was also the fatal hesitancy coupled with a disposition of one or other to find a safe position before applying a final touch, which was rarely allowed them.


To come straight to the point, it was the improved half-back play that was mainly responsible for the satisfactory result on Saturday. If the linking up with the forwards was not altogether what one might have expected, there were the spoiling methods that by their frequency quite unhinged the best intentions of the Albion forwards. The return of Makepeace was a valuable asset to the side, and well as the left half berth was filled there could be no denying the fact that the pivot of the team was the position that was most capably filled. The half-back line as a whole, so far as breaking up tactics were concerned reached a standard reminiscent of Everton's best days, and here the key of the solution lay. Regarding the last lines of defence there was but one blur on the escutcion that led to the Albion scoring their goal. Facing the sun and wind may be offered in extenuation of one or other of the defenders failing to clear a ball that should never have been allowed to find its billet, and with Hodge unsighted. Everton's discomfiture was completed. There were occasions when the Blues' forwards went off at a swinging pace, but they were clearly out of luck, especially when Jefferis, with a hard drive, had the misfortune to see the ball rebound from the upright, and again when Harrison had the keeper beaten, only to find Pennington by some marvellous feat up in and clear. Play was more interesting in the second half, with Everton showing great persistency, which was at length rewarded when Bradshaw, heading to Nuttall, enabled the latter to score the equalising point.

The quality of play improved as the game, progressed, and at the close both sides were going strongly. As indicated, the Everton players were handicapped during the first period by facing wind and sun. Their opponents had but the former force to contend with on turning round. The forwards displayed effective footwork at times, and those of the old brigade were more trustful than in their earlier games. Still there was room for much improvement. There was too much individual rather than concerted effort, and the otherwise good work of the inside man suffered thereby. Nuttall could not be expected to fill the onerous task of centre with great success in this his first venture, still he did well generally, and Bradshaw and Jefferis were quite out of luck. Harrison was the most forceful of the line, and was well on the target, while Beare played a serviceable game. Fleetwood was a great success at centre half as the Albion forwards would testify, and Makepeace and Harris completed a line that was eminently satisfactory. Thompson showed to advantage at right full back, and though Macconnachie was in difficulties at times during the first period owing to facing the glaring sun, he nevertheless got through a cod afternoon's work with distinction, as also did Hodge, who, under pressure, brought off many fine saves. On the Albion side, Pearson was a resourceful keeper, and Smith was the best back on the field. The halves were a sound trio, and of the forwards Jephcott and Lewis did many clever things on the right, but the line as a whole, like that of Everton, did not knit together in a manner to inspire confidence . West Bromwich Abion: - Person, goal, Smith, and Pennington (Captain), backs, Waterhouse, Buck, and McNeal, half-backs, Jephcott, Wright, Bentley, Lewis, and Shearman, forwards. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Thompson and Macconnachie (Captain) back, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace half-backs, Jefferis, Beare, Nuttall, Bradshaw, and Harrison, forwards.

December 1, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton defeated Stockport County at Goodison Park by 5 goals to 2. The Blues forwards rave a brilliant display, and their smart footwork at times quite bewildered the County defence. chedgzoy was the finest attacker on view, and at least four goals accrued from his fine runs, and centres. Johnston also gave a fine display, while Brannick was a rare opportunist. The defence was not altogether satisfactory, for they were at times prone to take things too easy, and there also appeared to be a lack of understanding between the middle and rear lines. The visitors were only a moderate lot, but they posses a good pivot in McRait. Johnston scored for the Blues in the first minute, and Brannick followed this up with three consecutive goals, thus accomplishing the “hat-trick.” In the second moiety Bertenshaw and Ashmore scored for Stockport, and Curtis made Everton's total into five . Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Page, and Stalker, backs, Challinor, Weller, and Kirby, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Brannick, Curtis, Johnston, and Brannan, forwards. Stockport County: - Johnson, goal, Frochlich, and Crewe, backs, Chivers, McRait, and Graham, half-backs, Betrenshaw, Berwick, Hyde, Haynes and Ashmoor, forwards.

December 6, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton's angling at Lincoln has resulted in a big catch, for last evening Mr. Cuff, the Everton secretary, wired us that Fern, the Lincoln City goalkeeper, had signed for the Blues, whom he will assist against Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park this afternoon. The transfer fee is not as yet given out, but there is every reason to believe that the price put on the new player will prove to be a record one for both clubs. There were anticipations of a big crowd being attracted by reason of the initial appearance of Parker, the ex-Glasgow player, in the Everton front line, but with such talked of player as Fern also making his debut, it would not be surprising if the turnstiles at Goodison Park today clicked for a much greater period than has been their wont for some time past. Though he has figured for such a long time in Second Division football, Fern is reckoned a keeper of the highest class, and certainly he has performed wonderful work for Lincoln City during the four and a half seasons he has been with them. On his only appearance in the City –against Everton Reserves in a Central League game –Fern, in addition to making several grand clearance, had the distinction of stopping a couple of penalty kicks. He has made over 160 consecutive appearances for the Citizens, whose supporters make no secret of the fact that Lincoln's loss in Everton's gain. Fern stands 5ft 10 and half in, and weights over 13st, but despite his bulk is extremely active. Everton's team against the Wednesday will thus be as follows: - Fern, Thompson, and Macconnachie, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, Beare, Jefferis, Parker, Bradshaw, and Harrison.

December 7, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
There was nothing to enthuse about in the game at Goodison Park. It was a wet and cheerless afternoon, and the play was in keeping with the weather. Those enthusiasts who left their warm firesides in the hope of seeing half-a-dozen goals fell to the credit of Parker, the new Everton centre forward or of witnessing Fern, the new custodian, keeping out shot after shot from the Sheffield sharp shooters, were doomed to disappointing. As a matter of fact, sharp shooting was sadly at a discount. There was plenty of strong kicking, but it came from the backs, and not from the forwards; there was plenty of hard and keen football, but for all that they were singularly few thrills. It was one of those dour struggles where the whip had always lay with the backs. The play became so monontunious in the second half that one longed to see the backs make a mistake in order to give the forwards a chance of scoring. The Sheffield backs did find themselves in difficulties towards the end, but the Everton attack allowed one or two golden opportunities to slip by, and this was all the more disappointing because way openings had been so few. But after all one could hardly expect correct play in such a slippery ground, and with a ball that gets so wet and heavy as to completely hurt the players when it caught them on the head with any degree of force. In the closing stages there were two such instances, Fleetwood, who usuals does a lot of useful work with his heads, was completely laid out on one occasion through the ball striking him on the head with greater force then he expected, and later a Sheffield forward had the same unhappy experience. The Sheffield forwards were not seen to anything like the same advantage as in their match with Sunderland a week ago. There was none of that crisp passing which has been so much in evidence in their recent games and not the usual alertness in front of goal. The absence of Robertson and Burkinshaw who were injured a week ago completely upset the harmony of the line with the result that the Everton halves were generally to good for them.

Davison the Sheffield custodian had more shots to stop than the Everton keeper; but for the conditions, the display of the Everton forwards, left nothing to be desired. Tane was when Beare, Jefferis, and Bradshaw delighted the crowd with clever footwork and passing on a heavy ground but such was not the case on Saturday. Beare was early prominent, and his partner. Jefferis was never more than moderate, Harrison, at outside left, was the best of the line, and Bradshaw was, as usual a hard worker. Parker, Everton's new centre forward, had the honour of securing the only goal for his side, but like other Scottish players who have come to Everton, he was not quick enough at times. It would be unfair to judge him by his first turnout, and he certainly had a tremendous obstacle in Mcskimming, the Sheffield centre half. He did secure a goal, and that was more than any of the others could do. It is significant of the many charges made by Everton this season that the 20 goals scored up to date have been shared amongst 12 players. Both of the goals scored on Saturday came within a few minutes of each other. Twenty minutes after the start a well-placed centre gave Parker his opportunity for turning the ball into the net. The Sheffield back appealed for offside, but the referee had no hesitation in awarding a goal. A minute or two later the Sheffield men attacked on the right, and from Kirkman's centre Wilson took the ball on the run and placed into the net just underneath the bar. It was what is commonly called a lighting shot, and Fern had little or no chance of saving. It was in the last ten minutes of the game that Everton looked most like winning the game. Davison made one really brilliant save from Beare, but the Everton winger would have scored a minute later. He had the ball right at his toes within a yard of goal, but instead of shooting he dallied, and lost one of the few easy openings of the game. Every credit must be given to the halves and backs on either side. The fact that Fern was so rarely called upon was largely due to the sound work of Macconnachie and Thompson. Fleetwood at centre half, was one of the most prominent players on the field. He was most effective in unsetting the calculations of the Sheffield inside men and besides, he was generally accurate, his placing. Makepeace was also in rare trim, the feature of his play being his collect feeding of his forwards. The Sheffield halves were also most effective, McSkimming being a tower of strength at centre half. Spoors and Worrall upheld their worthy reparation at full back and Dawson made several clever saves. Teams: - Everton: - Fern goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Parker, Bradshaw, and Harrison, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Davison goal, Worrell, and Spoors, backs, Brittleton, M. Skimming, and Campbell, half-backs, Kirkman, Burkinshaw, Miller, Wilson, and Wright, forwards. Referee A. Denton.

December 9, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The hearing of the case of the alleged attempts to bride Jesse Pennington, the West Bromwich Albion captain, in connection with the Everton match on November 29 was continued at Smethwick yesterday, when Fred Cater, or Sam Johnston, of Cleverland Mansions, Londons, was brought up on remand charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1896 with an attempt to bride Pennington. Superintendent Campbell stated that he proposed to withdraw the charge against defended, and asked for his discharge. Mr. S. Chapman, who appeared for the defendant said it was perfectly obvious what the object of the withdrawal was. It was merely to overcome a legal difficulty, which arose at the last hearing. He objected to the course, which was being pursued, but would do so more definitely, at a later stage. The magistrate agreed to the withdrawal of the charge. Mr. W. Bassett, chairman of the West Bromwich Albion Football Club, said it was by his instructions that prisoner was arrested. He knew that he was charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Mr. J. Shape for the prosecution, then applied for a warrant for the arrest of Johnston, which was granted. Johnson was arrested a little later, and again appeared before the magistrate. The warrant gave his name as Pascall Biolette and he was charged with on Nov. 28 th , willfully agreeing to give one Jesse Pennington an agent of the West Bromwich Albion Football Club a certain grit of money, to wit a sum of £56, as an inducement for doing or forbearing to do an act in relation to his principals' business.

Mr. Sharpe, for the prosecution, said it was a serious case and he would merely ask for formal evidence to be given and for a remand until Thursday. The police officer who arrested Biolette just outside the court after the earlier charge had been disposed of said he replied to the charge “I have nothing to say. I am in the hands of my Solicitor.” Mr. Chapman, for the defendant, said he wanted an assurance from the prosecution that they would proceed with the case on Thursday. Mr. Sharpe said he saw no reason why they should not be able to proceed on that day. The defendant was then remanded until that date. No application was made for bail.

At Birmingham yesterday a warrant was issued against Pescoe Bioletti charged with the alleged bribery of Pennington, for a similar offence in connection with Womack, captain of the Birmingham Club.

December 10 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The Final tie for the Liverpool Cup will be played at Goodison Park today, between Everton and South Liverpool, this being the first time the clubs have met. It should prove a very interesting game. The Kick off taking place at 2-15. The Everton directors last night selected the following team to do duty: - Hodge, Page, Stalker, Challinor, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Beare, Jefferis, Page, Nuttall, and Palmer.

Everton have signed a Scottish half-back who is said to be a very promising lad. His name is Robert Roy, of Boxburn United, he belongs to Edinburgh, and was captain of the Penicuik Juniors when that team won the cup. Barnsley were also anxious to secure his services.

December 11 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
For the first time in their history South Liverpool met Everton yesterday at Goodison Park, the occasion being the final tie of the Liverpool Senior Cup. The South team being beaten by a gig score of 7 goals to 2. Page, the Blues centre scoring on no fewer than six occasions, while the other point which fell to Everton was got by Nuttall, who was tried with great success at inside left. Page started for the “Blues” who immediately made tracks for the visitors' goal, Balmer having to kick out from Nuttall. Speakman changed the venue, and the home defence was called upon to repel a warm attack. Palmer then dashed away on the left, and was responsible for a couple of nice centres, one of which was headed over by Page. Eventually the Blues again got down, and Page easily beat Bradshaw. This happened after seven minutes' play. Another spirited attack by the Everton forwards ended in Page sending wide, while later Bradshaw was compelled to handle a fine shot from Beare. Horrocks was prominent on the left for South Liverpool, and Page was forced to concede a fruitless corner. After Bradshaw had saved from Palmer, and Balmer had relieved the South forwards got going and Young, and Bowyer and Horrocks were responsible for some good work, but found Page a stubborn defender. After Speakman had worked well the home goal was again assailed, and Sandy Young delivered a fine shot, which shaved the upright. The Blues returned to the attack, and Page added a second goal, this being followed a few minutes later by a third by Nuttall. Play was keenly contested, and both goals were subjected to warm attacks. Nearing the interval, Palmer was responsible for a beautiful shot at long range, which Bradshaw successfully negotiated, and Nuttall twice placed over the bar. Later Beare caused Bradshaw to save, and then Jefferis shot wide. Everton were easily the better side. Half-time Everton 3 South Liverpool nil.

In the second half the “Blues” early on attacked and South Liverpool had a very narrow escape, Balmer relieving at a critical moment. The South forced matters, and good work by Horrock led to a fruitless corner being forced. South Liverpool made headway, and Bowyer succeeded in beating Hodge, with a few minutes later a foul against Page in the penalty area led to Bowyer scoring a second goal from the resulting penalty kick . Everton, however, soon regained their advantages; Page scoring two further goals, which brought his individual record to four. Nearing the end Palmer put in a nice cross shot, and the ball rolled along the line, Page rushed up and banged it into the net. The discomfiture of South Liverpool was complete when Page registered a seventh goal. Teams: - Everton: - Hodge, goal, J. Page, and Stalker backs, Challinor, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, T. Page, Nuttall, and Palmer forwards. South Liverpool: - Bradshaw, goal, Balmer, and Smith, backs, Williams, Carlisel, and Gray, half-backs, Speakman, Maddison, S. Young, Bowyer, and Horrock, forwards. Referee W.E. Jones.

December 12, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Against the Wanderers at Bolton Everton are giving a trial to Chedgzoy at outside right vice Beare, while Nuttall who was unexpectedly deposed last week, will come in for Bradshaw at inside left, a position he fulfilled with success in the Liverpool Cup final on Wednesday. Fern; Thompson, and Macconnachie; Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Nuttrall, and Harrison will represent the Everton.

December 12 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The charge of attempting to bride Jesse Pennington, the captain of West Bromwich Albion F.C., was proceeded with at Smethwick yesterday, when the defendant Pascal Bioletti was committed for trial at the Staffordshire Assizes, bail being allowed, charged with corruption, agreeing to give Pennington £55 on condition that the match between West Bromwich Albion, and Everton, on the ground of the former, on November 20 th last, resulted in a draw or a defeat for the Albion. Mr. F. J. Wad (secretary of the Football Association) and Mr. Howard Cant (chairman of the Birmingham Football Club) were present. Mr. Sharpe, who appeared for the West Bromwich Albion, said if Defendant was found guilty he would be liable to two years' imprisonment or a fine of £500 or both.

Mr. Shape then briefly recapitulated the facts, which were that on November 28 th , the day before the Albion and Everton match, the defendant called on Pennington, and offered him an inducement to bring about a draw of the match. Strangly enough the Albion unfortunately made a draw, and Pennington met the defendant on the ground at the close of the game, and in the presence of Police officers handled to the Albion captain a bag of gold amounting to £55. The facts were reported to the Attorney General, who had given his fist for the prosecution. They now knew that Bioletti was the father of Alfred Bioletti, living at Howe, and carrying on an extensive football coupon business in Geneva in the name of White Fisher. He issued circulars by thousands inviting people to back certain teams at most advantageous odds. Men Women, and Children filled up these coupons. It was against such a system at this that the Football Association wished to strike, more so then against the defendant.

Pennington was called, and said that when defendant visited him, he asked him to commit his offer in writing, so that he might shot it to all the players. He replied “Willingly,” and he wrote the words produced upon one of Pennington's memo, Forms. He wrote it without any prompting or dictation from pennington. On the day of the match he again visited and asked, “Is it on?” He replied that he had not seen the players, and it was arranged that before the match started he (Pennington) was to give a signal if all was right. He was to wipe his hands across his nose. None of the other players knew anything of the offer. The chairman –A draw was the natural result? Yes. After the match proceeded Pennington, he went to defendant who handled him a bag. He counted the coins in this, and found the content £55.

Defendant, who pleaded not guilty, and reserved his defence, was committed for trial at the Staffordshire Assizes, bail being allowed himself in £1,500 and two sureties of £1000. Mr. Chapman (for the accused) –I am afraid that is prohibitive.

Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian - Saturday 13 December 1913
Lincoln City Transfer Fern to Everton.
Fern, the Lincoln goalkeeper, was on Friday night transferred Everton for $1,500. Fern played his first game for Everton on Saturday. Lincoln City refused fee of £1,200 for him during the week. Fern joined Lincoln City from Worksop, and has rendered the “Imps.” great service. This is his fifth season with Lincoln, and daring the last campaign he never misled match. Despite his bulk. Fern a quick and resourceful custodian.

December 15, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The game at Bolton where Everton furnished the attraction, was marred by a regrettable and serious injury to Chedgzoy, who 15 minutes from the close of the game came into violent collision with Feebery, and sustained a fractured pelvis. This was indeed unfortunate, for the popular Evertonian, who had won his right of entry to the League team by skill and ability with the reserves, had up to the period of his injury, fully justified his inclusion and was developing into one of the most useful of the forwards. On his form up to this point he would have been difficult to displace, for he gave of his best, and that required the closest attention of the home defenders. He was about to take a pass from Jefferis when Feebery dashed in and cleared the ball, and immediately afterwards the accident happened. It was given out in the dressing-room that his hip bone had been broken, but Mr. Cuff, who accomplished Chedgzoy to the Infirmary, informed us later that an examination revealed a pelvis fracture, which will keep him in hospital for many weeks. His injury will put him out of football at any rate for the remainder of the season, and the sympathy of his many admirers will go out to him in his unfortunate trouble.

It is somewhat remarkable that Everton have in recent years found the Bolton enclosure a profitable hunting ground for League points, for several seasons have passed by since the Wanderers have subdued the Blues at Burnden Park. The game generally resolved itself into a trial of strength between the respective defence, and they played their parts well. While in the first half the Wanderers' forwards were the more aggressive, they could not best down the oppositing forces, but the home rearguard had a rough time in the second portion up to the unfortunate incident referred to, following which Everton's chances were naturally discounted. But the “ten” played up pluckily, and that they managed to avert defeat was a particularly creditable performance. Chief interest was centred upon the display of the doconstituted line of forwards, and particularly as to the merits of the new players. They were some time in settling down to each other's requirements, but their methods gradually developed to an extent that gave the Bolton defenders considerable trouble. The forwards were fleeter-footed and more incisive in their passing movements than had been the case in recent games; still there was not the necessary bite in their final touches to ensure success. However, further association will engender confidence, and in the front of such sterling halves and capable defenders, the team should leave their troubles behind.

The Everton directors have undoubtedly been fortunate in securing the services of Fern, whose custodianship bore the hall-mark of class. His anticipation of shots turned out accurate in every instance, and the grit and persistency with which he on one occasion saved his charge, what time a host of opponents were endeavouring to force the ball into the net, merited the unstinted applause of the big gathering. He gave early evidence of his ability in dealing with high and low shots, and his safe-keeping no doubt inspired confidence among his backs, each of whom was seen to great advantage. Macconnachie rarely allowed quarter and cleared with good judgement, and his young partner. Thompson, was equally effective. Everton's half back never flagged throughout the whole game as no doubt the Wanderers' forwards would be ready to admit. Fleetwood played with his usual whole-heartedness, stoutly challenging Lillycrop, and his inside men, while the manner in which Makepeace and Harris subdued the crack Bolton wingers was a revelation. The trio were also good providers, and when Parker settles down to English League methods the forwards should get among the goals. The ex-Ranger was inclined to keep the play close, especially in the first half, but he took in the situation later on and gave a sample of his shooting ability, which on one occasion almost took Edmondson by surprise. Harrison put in several clever cross drives that troubled Feebery and had in Nuttall a capable seconded. Jefferis, with asttractive footwork, opened out the play nicely for his partner, and the wing looked like effecting good results until the unfortunate incident referred to upset their plan of campaign. For the Wanderers, Edmondson kept a safe good and had excellent covers in Baverstock and Feebery. Fay was responsible for much clever work as the pivot of the team, and Heslop looks, like developing into a very serviceable left half. The forwards were rarely allowed to get under weigh, and the best work came from Donladson and Smith. Teams: - Bolton Wanderers: - Edmondson, goal, Baverstock, and Feebery, backs, Glendinning, Fay, and Helsop, half-backs, Donaldson, Jones, Lillycrop, Smith, and Vizard, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Nuttall, and Harrison, forwards.

December 15, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
In an interesting game, which teemed with exciting incidents, Everton defeated Bolton by the odd goal in five. The Blues set a very fast pace from the commencement, and the wing men, Beare and Palmer were seen to advantage in some stirring attacks, Brannick met a fast centre from Parker and shot the ball into the net at terrific speed. Nearing the interval, Stalker misjudged a high ball, with the result that Hodgkinson placed his side on even terms. On starting the second moiety, Beare, and Palmer both early defeated the Bolton keeper. With a two goal lead, Everton were inclined to take matters easy, and as a result Bolton came more into the picture. A few minutes from the close, Hodgkinson again got through. Bennett, Everton's latest acquisition played a fair game in the centre, and deserved an extended trial. Seed, another debutant proved to be a stirring and resolute back, who is sure to be afforded further opportunities of displaying his merit. Teams: - Everton: - Hodge, and Seed, and Stalker, backs, Cahllinor, Weller, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Brannick, Bennett, Johnston, and Palmer, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Tyldesley, goal, Feebury and Stott, backs, Gimblett, Seddon, and Whiteside, half-backs, Stokes, Davies, Hodgkinson, H. Smith, and Cope, forwards .

December 22, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
It was disconsolate crowd that trooped off Goodison Park in semi-darkness. It was a bad light at the start, and things got worse as the game advanced. The state of the atmosphere did actually cause a stoppage in the second half, and the cause was not without its humorous side. To add to the discomfort of the mist, a house chimney close by caught fire, and at the Walton end of the ground thick smoke came floating over the stand on to the ground. Fern, the Everton goal keeper was completely enveloped, and for some moments was lost to view. It was such an unpleasant experience that he left his post of duty for a few moments to get a mouthful of fresh air. In the meantime Parker had been temporarily put out of action, and the referee restarting the game until the smoke had cleared. The crowd quite welcomes this little interlude. Not that there had been a surfeit of excitement. On the contrary, this had been about the most exciting thing that had happened. The game itself was dull to the point of weariness. It seemed as though both goals had been put under a magic spell, for the forwards on either side seemed to be able to do nothing right when they got anywhere near goal. But it was not a matter of hard luck, but either sheer lack of tact and penetrative skill. The forwards never shaped like scoring in fact, it would have been difficult to imagine a more ineffective display in front of goal. If anything, Everton did most of the attacking, but as soon as openings were created so sure would they be bungled at the crucial moment. Molyneux had not more than two difficult shots to stop all though the game, and these came from Parker and Harris quite early on. Chelsea's nearest approach to securing a goal was in the closing stages, when Macconnachie came near to putting through his own goal. All the sparkle that the Chelsea forwards had shown against Sunderland was entirely absent for, except for the occasional breakaway of Ford and Bridageman, they were rarely dangerous. The absence of Halse seemed to completely demoralise the line, and while Walker was a poor substitute Woodward and Whittingham were almost equally ineffective.

Everton also were weak at centre-forward, for Parker not only showed little or no resource himself, but he was anything but a good general, showing poor judgement in distributing his attack. Jefferis was the most prominent of the home, forwards. He provided a number of openings for Beare, but the outside right was in one of his most impotent moods. He did manage to rush the ball into the net in the second half, after stopping it with has hand, and fortunately for Chelsea the infringement did not escape the notice of the referee. The most satisfactory feature of the game was the soundness of the respective defences, but the full backs were made to look more reliable than they really were through the impotence of the forwards. Fleetwood was a rare spoiler and Makepeace, also, got through a vast amount of good work. Macconnachie was always too good for the Chelsea right wing, and Thompson was equally effective his kicking being particularly clean. Fern had no really difficult shots to stop, having less work to do even then Molyneux. Not one of the Chelsea forwards called for praise, but the Southerners were well represented by their halves and backs. Taylor, who again had the misfortune to be injured, was a hard worker, and Logan was also prominent. Harrow, who went to Chelsea as a half-back, fully justified his inclusion at right full-back. He gave a sound display, both in tackling and kicking, and Sharp was also sound. Everton's difficulties seem to be no nearer a satisfactory solution than they was a month ago. Four successive drawn games is not a pleasing record, and the fact that seventeen games have only produced a score of goals is convincing proof of the great need of real marksmen in the team. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Parker, Nuttall, and Harrison, forwards. Chelsea: - Molyneux, goal, Harrow, and Sharp, backs, Taylor, Logan, and Hunter, half-backs, Fox, Whittingham, Walker, Woodward, and Bridgeman, forwards. Referee L. Baker.

December 22, 191. The Liverpool Courier. CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 16)
Everton Reserves gained another clever victory at Stockport, and they now occupy a very strong position in the League table. All the scoring took place in the first half, Brannick, Page, and Palmer getting the goal each for the Blues, and Berwick nothing the County's only point.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 24 December 1913
Ex-Wednesday Player Joins Preston.
Negotiation? were completed last night for the transfer of Walter Holbem from Paisley St Mirren to Preston North End. Holbem who can play either right or left-back, was with Everton and Sheffield Wednesday prior to joining St. Mirren. He has not been included the Saints’ team for month, owing to a difference with the directors. He is a strong tackier, good kick, and has a fine turn speed.

December 24, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton start the Christmas programme by visiting Old Trafford tomorrow, where the Blues will, no doubt find Manchester United “all out” to maintain the advantage they secured last week by humbly the leaders at Ewood-Park for the first time this season. Everton are always an attractive side at Cottopolis, and the United management have been making preparation for the housing of a big crowd tomorrow. At the same time of writing both Whalley and Duckworth are doubtful starters for the United, but every effort will be made to get them fit for the encounter. Everton on the other hand are in the position of being able to place the same time in the field as did duty against Chelsea. On their last visited at Old Trafford the Blues were beaten by two goals to nil, and if a similar result is not to be chronicled again the visitors will have to perform much better than against the pensioners. The Goodison Park men, have certainly not finished well in recent matches, but it is hoped that they will “come out of their Skills” during the festive season.

December 26, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton experienced another piece of misfortune at Old Trafford yesterday, when they lost Johnston, their inside left, with a compound fracture of the right leg below the knee. They won the game certainly, and the two points will be valuable, but it is almost disheartening after all the efforts made by the directors to improve their side, to lose Chedgzoy and Johnston in the space of eight days. The mishap, which cast a gloom over the rest of the game, occurred after 35 minutes had elapsed. Johnston had just made a brilliant shot at the United goal, when Stacey, who was tackling him, caught his foot. He fracture resulted from the twist so occasioned as Johnston was recovering his balance. Seven minutes were lost while a stretcher was being improved from a display board. Consequent on this and other stoppages play finished in semi-darkness. The visitors played pluckily under their disadvantage, but were not able up to the interval to hold their opponents as they had done previously. In the second half, with their ten men, however, they were fully equal to their rivals, and three minutes from the restart they broke away, and Parker headed a delightful goal from a corner from the left wing. It was the only score of the match. A draw would have been a better reflection of the merits of the teams. That it was not, or even victory for the United, was largely due to Fern, who kept goal brilliantly, some of his saves being strokes of genius. Twice he was laid out in taking the ball from opponents. Beare, too, on the other side, kept a good goal, though not so much tested. He should have been beaten again in the second half, for Parker gave the ball to Beare almost under the bar, and the outside right by some means managed to lift it over. Everton were blessed with two fine backs in Macconachie and Thompson. Makepeace and Harris were sound at half. After the interval the visitors four forwards were much better than United's five. Parker was particularly nippy, and Harrison fired in some grand shots from outside left. The United suffered most from the weakness of the left wing, West doing practically nothing all through the game, and Wall falling away altogether after the early stages Meredith and Anderson were the best of them, and in a very fine performance by the Welsh man there was nothing better than a typical touch on the goal line which enabled him to beat Macconnachie. In the centre Anderson was always dashing, but the other three did not play up to the form of their confreres. It was not any weakness of the home defence that cause their downfall, Knowles, Whalley, who was brought in after recovering from injuries, and Hamill were all good, and Hodge and Stacey defended splendidly. Teams: - Manchester United: - Beale, goal, Hodges, and Stacey, Knowles, Whalley, and Hamill, half-backs, Meredith, Turnbull, Anderson, West, and Wall, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Parker, Johnston, and Harrison, forwards. Referee A. Hargreaves.

December 26, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Manchester United provided the opposition at Goodison Park yesterday, when they were defeated by three goals to one. In the opening stages of the game the United had much the better of the exchange, and after about 15 minutes Woodcock slipped between the backs, and defeated Mitchell. The reverse had a stimulating effect on the blues, and they put forth their best efforts to summount the Manchester defence. Everton had no luck in there attempts to score, however, for Wareing struck the upright with a terrific shot, and Bennett also shot against the woodwork when he appeared certain to score. The interval arrived with the visitors leading by one goal to nil. Everton commenced the second half in a more business-like manner, and in a very short space of time, Bennett put his side on level terms. After this success Everton never relaxed their efforts, and fine forceful football resulted in Page and Wright adding further goals. On the home side Mitchell was very safe in goal, and Seed at full back improve on every appearance. In the intermediate line Wareing was a prominent figure, and a fine attacking line was led by Page. Manchester have a clever goalkeeper in Royals, while the old Liverpool favourites in Livingstone and Chorlton stood out prominently as strong and judicious defenders. With the exception of Woodcock the forwards were only a moderate lot, and after the first 15 minutes could make little impression on the home defence.

December 27, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The Merseyside crowd, have been highly favoured in the two holiday games. On Christmas Day Liverpool's victory over Manchester City was most creditable, but Everton went one better yesterday in recording a double win against Manchester United by the big margin of five goals to nil, before a holiday crowd of fully 50,000. Everton won by five goals at Derby, but apart from that match goals have been very scare, and they had not had more than two goals in any of their previous League games this season. The absence of Anderson, led to a rebuffing of the United attack, with anything but satisfactory result, for while Potts was not a suitable partner, for Meredith, West at centre forward was nothing near so good a general as Anderson. The United had the further misfortune to lose, Whalley in the early stages of the game. He sprained his knee and had to retire. This handicap proved too much for the visitors, and in the later stages they were completely over-played. Everton were certainly in great form, and right from the start they had the best of the argument. At times their forwards were really brilliant, and while the line worked with complete harmony, Parker and Nuttall –who took the place of Johnston –were conspicuous for their resourcefulness and spirited dash.

There was no better player on the field than Parker. He played magnificent football. His long passes to the wings were always well judged and accurately placed, and he was always alert for openings. Beare, and Jefferis were also seen to better advantage than in the Chelsea match, and although Beare often found Stacey too quick for him, he did some good work. On the other wing Harrison seemed to have no difficulty in beating Hodge, but he was disappointing in his centres, more particularly in the second half. The United forwards commenced well, and Meredith got in several fine centres, but when Wall fell back to take the place of Whalley in the intermediate line their forward play become very disjoined. Fern had only one really difficult shot to stop and that was quite early on. He had fielded a dangerous centre from Meredith, when Hamill shot with great force from close range, and once again fern showed his great worth as a custodian. Everton secured their first goal after thirty-two minutes' play. Nuttall breaking away and placing in front for Parker to steer into the net. The United opened the second half with several spirited attacks, but after Parker had capped a clever dribble by registering Everton's second goal, they appeared to completely lose heart. For the remainder of the game Everton kept up almost constant pressure, and had the inside forwards accepted all the chances provided the United would have lost by even a greater margin. Jefferis was twice unlucky with well-meant efforts, while one of his centres provided the easiest of chances for Nuttall, who with only the keeper to beat from close range, placed just wide of the near side post. Nuttall, however, was responsible for the next two goals. He scored the third from a pass by Parker, who had again worked his way round Hodge, and the fourth was the result of clever individual efforts. In the last five minutes of the game the United defence was completely overwhelmed, and Parker added a fifth; while just after the final whistle Harrison found the net with a header-a second too late.

The half-back play of Everton was one of the features of the game. Fleetwood once again worked with tremendous energy, and his placing was good while Makepeace and Harris were also hard workers. Hamill put in a lot of useful work for the United, but Knowles was much less reliable. Macconnachie was rather shaky at the start, but improved later on and Thompson was particularly sound, both in his fearless tackling and kicking. Stacey played well for the visitors, but Hodge, at right full back was not seen at his best, and Beale did not inspire confidence. The gate receipts amounted to £1,550

Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Parker, Nuttall, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United: - Beale, goal, Hodge, and Stacey, backs, Knowles, Whalley, and Hamill, half-backs, Meredith, Potts, Turnbull, West, and Wall, forwards. Referee A. Hargreaves.

December 27 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton, who beat Manchester United at Goodison Park on Christmas Day, secured a point at Old Trafford as the result of a goalless draw. The United had the better of the play, taking the match all through, but Mitchell kept goal well, while Wareing did fine work at centre half.

December 29, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Sport would be nothing but for its uncertainly. After North End had been routed on the two previous days with an adverse goal record of ten to one, how many could have hoped for their success against the Everton team, who in two successive days had defeated Manchester United. Such, however, materalised, and as the Preston team had a player short for over an hour and monopolised the bulk of the game in addition, they must be credited to have accomplished a distinctly fine performance. On such a day as Saturday, with its biting wind and sloppy ground, it was anybody game, for it was an absolute impossibility to serve up the nicer points of play. Indeed, it would not have been suprising had the match been declared off, as from stem to stern the playing pitch in the centre was a veritable mud heap, and nothing short of a memerdous lunge would make the ball travel even a few yards. The North Enders took in the situation better than they opponents, who persisted in keeping the play close, and by swinging the ball out to the wings, where the only patches of firm turf lay, they managed to make progress and clinch the issue in their favour.

A more desultory scramble can scarcely be imagined, and added to this there were rulings during the course of the game that caused no little wonderment. Unfortunately for the Everton Club, the inclusion of Bradshaw and Grenyer for Harris and Makepeace was not a success, and it was here where lay the greatest disparity between the sides. McColl and Holdsworth in additions to breaking up the Everton inside forwards play, put the ball out to their wings, and thus adopted the only play of campaign that was likely to produce goal results. On the other hand, the Everton halves, with few exceptions, concentrated their energies in keeping Parker employed, and as it was perfectly cigar that the centre forwards was not in happy humour on the heavy pitch, it passes one's comprehension that their methods were not more frequently varied than they were. Close forward play was useless on such a turf, especially against half backs of the type mentioned, and by their insistence in this matter Everton actually defeated themselves. Just after the interval the Everton wingmen were better provided, and by their sprints and centres led the home defenders a merry dance for some twenty minutes during which chances were frittered away. But later on the old style was again resorted to, and but for masterly defence the North Enders must have moreased their lead.

The only point recorded in the game was credited to Morley a few minutes before the interval. The ex-Everton amateur Barlow, who had frequently shown a clean pair of heels to this success as after sprinting smartly along, he parted for Osborne to test Fern. The inside man put the ball across, and Fern ran out to save, but Morley, bounding in, bounding in, took the ball at top speed and drove it from close quarters against the upright from which it passed into the net. It was practically the only methods of scoring on such a soddened pitch and considering the fact that Henderson's knee gave way in the opening minutes of the game, and had finally retired before the scoring of the goal. North End quite deserved their lead. Still Jefferis and Beare had put in quite good shots that only narrowly missed the mark, and on resuming the forwards might easily have overhauled their opponents had they mixed their methods when advancing to Taylor. Thompson, by getting his head too much under a long, dropping ball from Holdsworth, was stunned and this affected his subsequent play he eventually retiring six minutes from the close. A heavy hailstorm completed a round of untoward conditions, and the game reached the close with Everton defeated by the narrowest of margins.

Under the circumstances it was not surprising that only a few reputations were maintained. There was no more skilful player on the field than Macconnachie, whose interceptions and dashing challengers were outstanding features among a limited number. He was occasionally pulled up, and for no apparent infringement, still his form did not deteriorate, and this was well, for in the closing stages he frequently stood between the North End forwards and success. Thompson, too, did well up to the time of his injury, and in the half-back line Fleetwood alone played up to Everton's recent standard. The forwards were not sufficiently trustful, and as already indicated they practically defeated themselves. Barlow was the most aggressive of the home forwards, and was mostly concerned in North End's dangerous movements. Much of his success was due to the attentions of McColl, who was a capable centre half, with Holdsworth little removed in point of cleverness. The backs were not seriously extended, and in goal Taylor accomplished what came his way with good judgement. Teams: - Preston North End: - Taylor, goal, Broadhurst, and Rodway, backs, Holdsworth, McColl, and Henderson, half-backs, Morley, Marshall, Broome, Osborn, and Barlow, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Bradshaw, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare Jefferis, Parker, Nuttall, and Harrison, forwards. Referee J.H. Hall.

January 29 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
No club, has made better progress recently than Everton's second string, and they are now only two points behind the leaders Blackburn Rovers. On Saturday the Blues had to make several changes, but they were altogether too good for their guests, Preston North End, and the home team triumphed by the substantial margin of 4 goals to 1. Wareing opened the scoring from a penalty following a foul upon Brannick, who was going strength for goal. The second was obtained by Page, Brannick, obtaining the next, and Kirby scored the fourth. (Wareing also had a penalty kick saved) Toward getting Preston's solitary point . Everton:- Mitchell, goal, Seed, and Weller backs, Kirby, Wareing, and Roy, half-backs, Challinor, Brannick, Page, Wright, and Palmer, forwards.

December 31 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton open the New Year with a visit to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park tomorrow, which fixture is interesting by reason of a fact that Donnachie, an ex-Evertonian who as a well deserved benefit. At their meeting last evening the Everton directors decided to several alterations from the side beaten at Preston. In the half-back line, Harris and Makepeace reappear to the exclusion of Bradshaw and Grenyer; while forward, Houston comes in at outside right vice Beare. T. Page the reserves centre takes Nutall's place as partner to Harrison. Everton team go into special training to Blackpool for the Cup Tie, after the New year's match on Saturday.


December 1913