PARKER CHOSEN AND LIKELY TO PLAY.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 01 December 1915
There is every promise of Parker not only playing Saturday at Bury, but playing more frequently in the future for Everton. This is good news, for the absence of Parker has been felt, even though the last three weeks' games suggest that it is in defence alone that have been remiss. Everton yesterday decided on the same team, gave at centre forward, that lost at Anfield, that Grenyer and Fern are much better health, and have got over their injuries. Good biz! The team reads: Fern-; Thompson and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison.
I have line this morning from friend, of Fairfield, that Harry Makepeace, the Everton half-back, has enlisted at Cooper' in the A.S.C. under the group system. People must marvel at some of the curiosities "signing on." Take the case of an Everron officer, who wanted to join the Pals, was refused for that regiment, but not told of the refusal, and was placed in Manchester Garrison Regiment. Arrived at Manchester, he was " turned down'' through his eyesight! "An Old Soccer Player s' writes comparing once again the number Rugger men compared to Soccer men who have joined the Forces. The number of professional footballers who have joined the army quite good, and someday the figures may be collected and given. The correspondent asks me to get some of the " Stay-at-homes" of our clubs join the Forces. l am sorry I cannot enter in the matter. A voluntary system is vogue, and I have no right, or desire to ask people to join up and fight for me.
FOOTBALLERS' BATTALION IN FRANCE.
iverpool Echo - Thursday 02 December 1915
Those who suggest that the Soccer footballer not doing' his " bit" know not the number of men who have joined the colours. At the present moment there the Footballers' Battalion at the front. What more evidence do the critics want? Must they hand birth certificates and mole-marks before they can be Satisfied? I am glad to have' news from the battalion. First, "Tim" Coleman. Arsenal, Everton, Fuiham, and Nottingham player, wrote say that the boys were all well. " Tim" ought to go on the halls. He's a first-class comedian, and he's the life and soul of the battalion. Officers actually set out to get near him when the rest period is on, so they may catch his quips.
December 4, 1915. The Liverpool Football Echo
Visit To The Best Turf In The Land
No place has superior-turf to Bury's. It is an old ground and all footballers vote it the finest stretch of turf they have over played upon. Everton were there today meeting the side that they countered 5-0 at the opening of the eventful and faithful season. Parker was selected to lead Everton forwards, otherwise there was no change from the team that “went to and down at” Anfield. With the soft state of the turf Everton were expected to improve on their recent games, but it was recognized that Bury had a strong team and that during October and November the old “Shakers” had been going great guns without unduly advertising the fact. The weather at Bury (which was reached at two o'clock) was just as bad as it could be and a cheerless rain was driving over the ground, and the outlook generally was most depressing. Under the circumstances the attendance was merely a handful when the teams turned out. The Evertonians had to reshuffle their ranks almost at the last moment. Fern, who is still suffering from the injury to his back was unable to come with the team, and Harrison was detained with munitions work. In consequence of the Bromilow was given a chance between the sticks, and Grenyer was drafted into the forward line. There were also several alterations in the home side. the opposing side therefore lined up as follows;- Everton; Bromilow; Thompson and Macconnachie; Brown, Fleetwood, Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Grenyer, forwards. Bury; Pickup, goal; Greaves and Thomson, backs; Mabb, Chorlton, and Humphreys, half-backs; Mason, Lythgoe, Hibbert, Mercer, and Duffy, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. H. Alderson. It was seven minutes after the proper time when the game started. Everton won the toss, and selected to play against a stiffish wind. They at once made ground on the left, and Grenyer put in a long dropping centre, which was rather lucky headed away by Greaves. They at once returned the compliment by a breakaway on the left, but Thompson checked finely. The visitors than came away in magnificent style. Clennell rushed through and put the ball to Grenyer, who swung it across the goalmouth and Kirsopp dashing up, struck the upright, Parker tried hard to put his side ahead by a short swift shot, but this was followed by the home custodian find after an exciting bully the pressure was relievered. Bury attempted to make way on the left but the Everton halves were save and a nice bit of work by Fleetwood put the forwards again in possession. The three insiders managed to outmaneuver the defence and from a short pass by Parker, Kirsopp scored with a shot which struck the cross-bar and glanced into the net. This opening goal was no more than the Evertonians deserved but it had the effect of giving a distinct stimulative to the affords of the home attack. They made clever play on both wings, and at last Hibbert put in a header which Bromilow cleared at the cost of a corner. A second fell to the Bury forwards, this time on the right but it was safely negotiated and it was not long before Everton were again the aggressors. Contually fed by the halves they made repeated incursions into home territory and Parker was decidedly quickly in having a terrific shot charged down. Considering the heavy state of the ground, the pass was agreeably fast and the rain having blown over the conditions though still cheerless were somewhat pleasanter. Chedgzoy and Kirsopp were conspicuous with a brilliant bit of combined play though they were eventually checked by Grenyer. A promising movement in the part of the come forwards caused the Everton defenders some anxiety and the pressure was only cleared when Macconnachie grassed Lythgoe rather unceremoniously. A temporary lull in the game was characteristic by some smart footwork in midfield though there was a falling off in the sting of the attack on the part of both contestants. An agreeable change came when Chedgzoy got off at top speed but he spoilt the effort by overrunning the ball, and once again play was of a rather scrambling character. The next incident of note was an electrifying run down the wing by Grenyer. The Everton half-back showed a wonderful turn of speed and a clean pair of heels to Thomson and he finished with a fast oblique shot which Pickup just succeeded in diverting with outstretched arms. Following upon the Parker led the Everton van but he stumbled at the critical moment and so lost possession. Bury after a time took up the running smartly and Fleetwood in checking a dangerous run, hurt his back but he was speedily up and going again. Still Bury kept up the pressure and Mercer and Hibbert there only stalled off at the last moment. Then Everton took up the attack with a vengeance and they had the satisfaction of seeing their efforts crowned with a second success. Clennell wriggled his way through, and giving the leather to Parker, that player steadied himself, and scored with a swift ground shot that gave Pickup no earthly chance. It was a perfect goal, seemed in the most approved Parker manner. After this Bury nulled themselves together and rearranged their line of attack, but they could not reduce the Everton defence. Just before the interval Parker had two more individual attempts on the Bury goal, but he was held up on each occasion.
Half-time; Bury 0, Everton 2
Full Value For Their Lead at the interval. Not only had they faced the wind but they had outplayed their opponents in all the finer points of the game. The opening was exhilarating to a degree for as the game progressed the half-backs developed their plan of campaign very cleverly. Fleetwood proved an admirable pivot fending the forwards assiduously and falling back on defence whenever called upon. Thompson and Macconnachie acted as affective shields for Bromilow, who was not often troubled. The Bury attack had been very dogged but it lacked cohesion and this was the main cause of their being in arrears at the time. There would be about 2,000 present when play was commenced in a falling light. Bury made ground by a series of long kicks, and Thompson only partially checking them, they were dangerous on the right. Bury were most present on the right but the finishing touches were lacking;
Kirsopp scored for Everton
Parker scored a second for Everton
Lythgoe scored for Bury
December 6, 1915. The Liverpool Echo
Bee's Sports Notes
F.E.H comments upon the Everton game thus;
After their temporary eclipse at Anfield a week ago the Evertonians returned to something like their usual form at Gigg Lane on Saturday. They defeated Bury very comfortably by three clear goals and that ample margin; we imagine might have been still further enlarged by the forwards chosen to extend themselves. In saying this there is no disposition to avail at the class of football served up for the delectation of some 2,000 damp and belinaggled spectators. Indeed it appeals something for the popularity of the game that it should be played at all under such conditions as prevailed on Saturday afternoon. The rain came down with ceaseless, penetrating density that saturated everything and even the perfect turf of the famous Bury encounter was in places a quagmire. In state of three adverse circumstances a merry pace was set and continued throughout the now-curtained period of the game. The home side showed aggressiveness at the outset that promised better things to come, but once the Evertonians discovered the measure of their opponents they practically took command of the contest. To give the home forwards their due, they never for a moment relaxed their endeavour to get past the Everton defence, and Lythgoe and Hibbert on two occasions almost succeeded in doing so. Their shooting generally, however, was faulty and erratic. Everton were by no means without blame in the same respect, but as a rule they were much more and came nearer hitting the target than their plucky adversaries. Playing against the wind and the rain in the first half, Everton warning to the game, were first dangerous through the instrumentality of Grenyer and Chedgzoy. It was from a pass by the latter that Kirsopp seizing an opening drove the ball hard against the inside of the crossbar, whence it glanced swiftly into the net. The second goal was primarily led up by Clennell, who paved the way for Parker to trap the leather and score with a wonderful judged long ground shot, which completely deceived the watchful home keeper. In the second half Everton were always masters of the situation, and Pickup was kept busy in dealing with shots that might well have beaten a less skilful custodian. Just before the finish he was nonplussed by a telling shot from Parker –again from long range – and the visitors retired with two very well earned points. The return of Parker, an interesting event in itself, strengthened and stimulated the Everton front line. The famous centre forward (who is enthusiasm about shell-making in Scotland) gave the spectators several glimpses of his individual style of play and his first goal was perfectly scored. He was unlucky more than once afterwards but had the satisfaction of seeing a second effort crowned with success just before the final whistle. The right wing pair played very pretty football. Clennell as ever, was a worrying terrier-like worker, and Grenyer showed a turn of speed that certainly astonished the Bury-defenders. Fleetwood at centre half, proved an admirable pivot, giving balance and weight to the whole organiastion. Bromilow kept an excellent goal, and did all that he was asked with coherity and dispatch. Lythgoe was perhaps the most penetrative and dangerous of the vanguard through Hibbert was always a quality to be carefully considered. Bury's half-back play was scarcely convincing and the full backs often emerged successfully from an assault by good luck than good management.
EVERTON'S BIG TRIUMPH
December 6, 1915. The Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Judge
Our representative with the Everton team at Bury writes;-
The Everton team have every reason to congratulate themselves upon their performances this season against the Bury club. At Goodison Park, on the occasion of the opening match they recorded a victory if five clear goals and on Saturday's at Gigg Lane they again prevailed by three goals to nil. This latter success was all the more meritorious, inasmuch as reserve players had perforce to be called into requisition ad the result of the contest served to demonstrate that the club is well served in this respect. Fern had not sufficiently recovered from the injury he sustained to his back in the match against Liverpool, and as his understudy –Mitchell –was also on the sick list. Bromilow was given his first trial of the season. Then again Harrison was unfit and this led to changes both in the forward and half-back lines, Brown taking the position of Fleetwood, who acted as pivot while Grenyer went forward, and Wareing moved to the left. With the re-inclusion of Parker, everything planned out satisfactory, and despite the cheerless conditions under which the game was played the quality of the fare provided by the players left little to be desired.
The reappearance of Parker had a revivifying effect upon Everton's forward play. He kept his men well together, was as expert as ever in fetching while his final touches had a sting about them that quite embarrassed the Bury custodian. The inside men, too, gave a display in keeping with their best, but Clennell was out of luck, while Kirsopp played one of his best games of the season. Chedgzoy, too was always a powerful force to be reckoned with, and although much was not to be expected from Grenyer, he nevertheless put in one of the finest shots of the match and on the whoel played his part well in the unaccustomed position. Half-back play showed a decided improvement upon that of recent games. As the pivot of the team Fleetwood reveled in the heavy going, and evidently the more work that this whole-hearted player has to do the more successfully he come through with it. He was up against the clever Hibberts on Saturday and this player would no doubt testily to the skill and ability by which both he and his inside player were so frequently held up. Brown also gave a good account of himself at right half-back, and the usefulness of Wareing did not depreciate through his change of position. Thompson and Macconnachie were as reliable as usual and as indicated Bromilow held the breach with good judgment.
DECEMBER 6 1915
BURY 0 EVERTON 3
December 6, 1916. The Liverpool Courier
EVERTON’S BIG TRIUMPH
IMPROVED FORWARD DISPLAY
Lancashire section principal tournament (Game 14)
The Everton team have every reason to congratulate themselves upon their performances this season against the Bury club. At Goodison Park, on the occasion of the opening match, they recorded a victory of five clear goals, and on Saturday at Gigg-lane they again prevailed by three goals to nil. This latter success was all the more meritorious, inasmuch as reserve players had, perforce, to be called into requisition, and the result of the contest served to demonstrate that the club is well served in this respect. Fern had not sufficiently recovered from the injury he sustained to his back in the match against Liverpool, and as his understudy –Mitchell –was also on the sick list, Bromilow was given his first trial of the season. Then again Harrison was unfit, and this led to changes both in the forward and half-back lines, Brown taking the position of Fleetwood who acted as pivot, while Grenyer went forward, and Wareing moved to the left. With the re-inclusion of Parker, everything panned out satisfactorily, and despite the cheerless conditions under which the game was played, the quality of the fare provided by the players left little to be desired. The greasy state of the ball was responsible for many faulty finishing touches; still on the whole there was a swing about the proceedings that could scarcely have been expected, with wind and rain beating down throughout the whole time that play was in progress.
Curiously enough the acting skipper of the Everton team after winning the toss, set his men to face both wind and rain, but these potent factors served little purpose against the methodical manceurving of the Everton players. After five minutes Kirsopp taking a pass from Chedgzoy, flashed the ball against the under portion of the crossbar into the net. Ten minutes from the interval Parker consolidated Everton’s position, Bromilow in the meantime having shown much cleverness in dealing with several capital efforts by the Bury forwards. The last point of the game came a minute from the cessation of hostilities, Parker who had just previously failed at an open goal, making a fine drive from 20 yards range, leaving the Bury keeper helpless.
The reappearance of Parker had a revivifying effect upon Everton’s forward play. He kept his men well together, was as expert as ever in feinting, while his final touches had a sting about them that quite embarrassed the Bury custodian. The inside men, too, gave a display in keeping with their best, but Clennell was out of luck, while Kirsopp played one of his best games of the season. chedgzoy too was always a powerful force to be reckoned with, and though much was not to be expected from Grenyer, he nevertheless, put in one of the finest shots of the match, and on the whole played his part well in the unaccustomed position. Half-backs play showed a decided improvement upon that of recent games. As the pivot of the team, Fleetwood revelled in the heavy going, and evidently the more work that this whole-hearted player has to do the more successfully he come through with it. He was up against the clever Hibbert on Saturday, and the player would no doubt testify to the skill and ability by which both he and his inside players were so frequently held up. Brown also gave a good account of himself at right back, and the usefulness of Wareing did not depreciate through his change of position. Thompson and MaConnachie were as reliable as usual, and as indicated Bromilow held the breach with good judgement. Teams: - Bury: - Pickup, goal, Thompson, and Greaves, backs, Humphreys, Chorlton, and Nabb, half-backs, Duffy, Mercer, Hibbert, Lythgoe, and Mason, forwards. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Wareing, and Brown, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Grenyer, forwards.
THE EVERTON TEAM
December 7, 1915. The Evening Express
By the Judge
It is gratifying to learn that Fern is progressing well on the way to complete recovery from his injury and that there is every probability of his being able to resume on Saturday at Goodison Park. He had a ankle shaking and it would have been folly for him to have risked anything at Bury. Besides Bromilow kept a good goal. The Everton team will be chosen later in the day and will probably be found to be the same as last Saturday. This is, of course demanding on a possibility of Parker again being able to take part.
FLEETWOOD AT CENTRE FORWARD
Liverpool Echo -Thursday 09 December 1915
The reason Fleetwood is in Everton's atatck is that Parker finds himself unable to make the journey from Glasgow next week. Fern is fast improving and therefore we are assured that the home team will be practically at full strnegth. Manchester United's forward line certainly stirkes me as being very useful. They'll went a lot of watching if they are to be held, and that they play on to the last moment will readily be recognised when the game they showed us at Anfield this season is recalled. Woodcock's form that day was something to be admired, and the backs helped to confirmed, the good things that have been said of the pair. United have got out of their rut, and have had no need opf Jesse Pennington's services, and it is certain that Saturday's game should be a keen and a capital one.;
EVERTON 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 0
December 13, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
SUPERIOR WORK IN KEEN CONTEST.
Lancashire Section principal tournament (Game 15)
Six thousand spectators braved the elements on Saturday to Witness the meeting of Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park, and were rewarded with a fast keen, and at times brilliant display. On the run of the game Everton were entitled to their two clear goals victory, for they showed much superior work to their opponents, and although the scoring was left until the second half, Everton had a firm grip of the game from the outset. In the initial period the Everton forwards did most of the aggressive work, but curiously enough the Everton custodian was the more severely tested because the United forwards when they did get within shooting distance generally found the target, whereas the Everton forwards frittered away many capital openings. After the change of ends the reverse was the case, and Mew was plied with all sorts of shots, two of which from Clennell and Harrison –took effort. The best scoring efforts of the first half came from Woodcock, West and Halligan, the last named being very near with a header when the Everton defenders were all at sea, while West with a first time drive from a difficult angle almost got through. On another occasion Anderson put the ball right across the Everton goal, and the merest touch must have meant a certain goal. On the Everton side, Harrison and Clennell put in some dashing work, and Chedgzoy was prominent with clever centres, all of which however failed to bring any tangible result so that the interval arrived with a clean sheet.
After the change of wends there was some spirited play from both sides, and Mew saved splendidly from Wright Clennell and Kirsopp. Wright tumbled into the net in an attempt to convert a centre from Chedgzoy, and as he picked himself up he headed the ball through as it came from Harrison, but he was correctly judged offside. Then with Bromilow out of his goal, West missed the ball altogether as it sped across the goal from a fine drive from Halligan. At the end of forty-nine minutes however Clennell scored after Fleetwood had created the opening, and five minutes later Harrison with a shot that hit the netting scored a second point. Bromilow, although he showed a disposition to take chances by running out, was rarely at fault with his clearances, and both Macconnachie and Thompson splendidly supported him. Fleetwood was a rare grafter, and his forceful style considerably helped the Everton forwards. The front line displayed a capital understanding. Chedgzoy’s speed and accurate placing harmonising well with Kirsopp’s dexterous footwork while Harrison and Clennell delighted with their vigorous and direct attack. Mew gave a splendid display of goalkeeping, and if he had an easy time in the first half he was kept fully employed in the second period and he did his work well. O;Connell and Davis were responsible for many excellent attacks on the Everton goal, and the United forwards, although rather weak as a combination, did many smart things individually, Halligan and Woodcock being the most prominent. Teams: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Wareing, and Brown, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United: - Mew, goal, Barlow, and Hudson, backs, O’Connell, Davis, and Gipps, half-backs, Anderson, Woodcock, West, Halliagn, and Bradegirdle, forwards.
FLEETWOOD AS CENTRE, ANDERSON ON THE WING
December 8, 1915. The Liverpool Echo
Bee's Sports Notes
Last night's Echo announced the Everton team to appear at home on Saturday against Manchester United, but today I repeat the interesting event that centres Walton team because it is novel, if not new. Fleetwood at centre forward is but one of some re-trials that have been arranged for next Saturday's and the publication of the opposition to our Liverpool claim is a feather on which we can pride ourselves. Anderson a centre, is put on his extreme berth of the Manchester United team, who has Fleetwood, usually a half-back, in placed forward. In addition the name of Briscogirdle in first class football is worth special mention. This flier –one of the fastest sprinters football has known was formerly with Blackburn Rovers and his reappearance at Everton will help to draw I big crowd to the Everton ground. So will Fleetwood's trail at centre. He came to Everton as an inside forward and his dribbling close and well constructed and commended; proved him a good class player but Everton worked the Abbotts move on him soon after he came here from Rochdale and ever since then, with but “due short break” Fleetwood but been at centre half or at right half. If he scores –and he is always on the mark the goal will be one of the most popular scored on the ground for “Tommy” as one of the best liked of many likeable pros, in our city. These are the team selection; Everton (v. Manchester United at Goodison Park 2.30); Fern; Thompson, Macconnachie; Brown, Wareing, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Fleetwood, Clennell, Harrison. Manchester United; Mew; Barlow, Hudson; O'Connell, A Davies, Gipps; Anderson, Woodcock, West, Halligan, Bracegirdle.
December 10, 1915. The Liverpool Echo
Bee's Sports Notes
Manchester and Liverpool have ever been kept rivals in business and sport. Each city fancies itself –and it is a poor city whose citizens do not pride themselves upon their own particularly city. Between the Mersey land and the Canaldom there is intense football rivalry, and already this season Everton have put a spoke into the wheel of the Mancunians by knocking Manchester City off their perch when they headed the League. Everton tomorrow hope to complete the double event by beating Manchester United and with the ground holding we can depend upon the Everton team in most departments showing a liking for mud larking, whereas on their last appearance in the city they showed a great aversion to the hard ground and the risky business of the day. Last week at Bury the weather was strenuous yet the Everton boys ploughed their way through and beat a good side cleverly and with a nice margin into the bargain. Can they keep up that form against Manchester United? It is most probable they can even though Parker is absent from the side. Fleetwood is just the right build and style of player for centre forward and he's long had a penchant for shooting at goal. In the pass he has no great fortune with strong shots but I shall be surprised if he does not hit the bull's eye tomorrow. Grenyer is a doubtful starter but otherwise there is no likelihood of a change and Everton at the teams selection strength should be good enough to give us a capital exhibition, an enjoyable game and most likely a victory. The United forward line is strong and Woodwork and Anderson me thinks, will be men worthy your special attention. O'Connell as a half-back is one of the most fascinating player in attack. Bracegirdle's form I know not since it is rather a long time since he appeared before our view; but of his speed we all know and he had football in his boots as well, and he's not likely to have lost his capabilities in the meantime, because he's kept up his game even through he has been out of senior football. Viewed from any point of view the match promise big things and on the score of “horse for courses” Manchester United are certain to put up a big fight, and therefore I forecast a hard fast game which should be of the character of those proceeding it, games which can be likened to Cup-tie fervor, but with better football shown by the players. The kick-off is at 2.30 and the game will consist of two “40's.” Possibly there will be no interval. It was hard to say how the public took the new rulings last week because the weather.
December 11, 1915. The Evening Express
Visit of Manchester United
A Goalless First Half
Brown and Harrison Score for Everton in the Second
By The Judge
Everton were at home to Manchester United today, and the visit of the Old Trafford team was calculated to provide an intervening and attractive encounter. The home team had to effect two changes in the ordinary intended personnel of their side, Fleetwood who owing to Parker's inability to appear, was at first announced as centre forward taking up his position as right half. Wareing playing centre half, and Wright taking the centre forward position. Fern's injury though showing favorable progress was still too severe to allow him to play, and Bromilow accordingly again came in goal, here his work at Bury last week was perfectly satisfactory in every way.
The players took the field in the following order;-
Everton; Bromilow, goal; Thompson and Macconnachie, backs; Brown, Wareing and Fleetwood, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United; Mew, goal; Barlow and Hodson, backs; O'Connell, A. Davies, and Gipps, half-backs; Anderson, Woodcock, West, Halligan, and Bracegirdle, forwards. The conditions at the time fixed for the start were of a wretched character, heavy rain being drive by a powerful wind. The Manchester team did not arrive at the ground until the time advertised for the kick of train delay being the cause, and the spectators who did not number more than 4,000 were in a state of anxiety in addition to the physical discomfort, in anticipation of events.
Everton's Early Attack
No time was lost in getting to business and play started exactly thirteen minutes late. It was noticed that Fleetwood was playing right half, Wareing being in the centre position. Everton were the first to attack and they quickly forced an opening on the right wing, within two minutes of the start. There were cries of “goal” as the result of a raid by Chedgzoy and Kirsopp but Mew emerged successfully with the ball, and nothing had happened the danger being cleared. Everton continued to force matters on the right, but the Manchester half-backs were watching them closely and several good clearance were affected. Bromilow was called into operation with a lofty shot from Anderson, which be successfully negotiated and a throw-in by the Manchester half brought no tangible advantage to the home side.
A Clever kick by Wright gave the home left an opening but the strength of the vital impeded any attempt at accuracy, and the advantage was not developed. Clennell procured a dangerous position but the good clearance by Barlow saved the situation for his side. In an improving light a period of open play followed, the exchanges being of a very quiet order, and with no direct advantage to either side. The best shot of the game up to this point had come from Clennell who sent in from 20 yards' distance a clean drive to the Manchester goal. Mew, however, had a clear vision and he brought of a perfectly safe clearance.
Home Goal in Jeopardy
The Everton forwards continued to monopolise the attacking, but the visiting halves and backs were always active. The home goal underwent brief period of real jeopardy at the end of 25 minutes play when the United forced a corner on the left and by the way, as showing the strength of the wind the ball was soundly blown back after Anderson had placed for the free kick. As the outcome the pressure was transferred to the visiting right wing, and Bromilow was both active and somewhat fortunate in picking up a short happened shot from Woodcock. Play was carried to the other end, where a stoppage ensued owing to an injury to Hudson. As the result, Anderson broke clear away and tried a long shot before the home defence had time to tackle them. This, however, passed harmlessly outside.
United Make Slight Headway
The next incident of note was a corner forced by the home left wing, but nothing came of it, and the Manchurians made alight headway with the aid of a free kick. Following up the movement Bracegirdle got away in particularly clever style and Macconnachie conceded a corner. On one occasion Pagnam after racing half the field was baulked at the last stride by Fletcher who brought off a strong clearance in trying to relivie. This was admirably placed, and Bromilow effected a clever save. The home team forced matters with considerable energy afterwards and both Wright and Clennell were responsible for good shots on New's charge, neither of which took effect, whilst on an immediately subsequent occasion Wright was pulled up for offside when apparently going full sail for goal. Five minutes before the interval Manchester took a corner but nothing resulted and the teams crossed over on an equality.
Half-time; Everton nil, Manchester United nil
Things Live Up
The first incident of the second half which was entered upon which any delay, was a remarkable save by Mew from Kirsopp. The excitement which the activity of the game had developed was well kept up for soon after the Everton forwards rushing the ball into the net at the other end, appeared to the spectators to have scored, but the referee without the slightest hesitation and being in an excellent position for judging the situation decided offside. Play had proceeded with Everton indulging in most of the pressure for about twelve minuets in the second half when the goal for which the homesters had been so strenuously striving materialized. Fleetwood initiated a movement with a cleverly initiated effort and got the ball to Brown who completely beat the opponent. Later Harrison scored a second for Everton. It was a particularly clean shot.
FINE EVERTON WIN
December 13, 1915. The Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Judge
Once again matters were quite the reverse of pleasant for players and spectators unlike in the home match. Everton in this case entertaining Manchester United. For the second Saturday in succession the difficulties of “journeying” were exemplified, as the Manchester found to their cost, and they were unable to reach the ground until it was time to kick-off in the ordinary way. Thus it was thirteen minutes behind time when the proceedings started, the visitors getting to business with commendable promptitude once they set about “changing” process. It was not pleasant for the spectators to be kept waiting, but enthusiasts who brave elements such as prevailed on Saturday are not easily perturbed, and they took matters with the characteristic good humour of a football crowd.
The football was of a determined and clear character. In fact there was hardly one, if any, foul during the game for any offence of a physical character and the players entered with a spirit and zest into the work which was agreeably surprising in view of the conditions. The wind seemed to blow from all directions and the rain swirled round in most disconcerting fashion. Accurate was a matter of difficulty to attain, but, at the same, some excellent form was produced, the home players being decidedly the superior combination. Their movements were rapid and always forceful –result, Manchester halves had a lively time of it from beginning to end. The visitors were fortunate in crossing over with a clean sheet, for their goal had many narrow escapes and if the ball was not once well over the line early on I'm a Dutchman. However the official ruling brought nothing, and the first half was accordingly pointless.
Two Fine Goals
But the reward of the home side's vigour was not long deferred once the second half was entered upon. Too many it appeared that Brown got the ball into the net; indeed, this was the openly expressed opinion in the directors quarters, but it transpires, that Clennell was the successful “shooter” although to Fleetwood –who played a sterling game throughout –belongs the credit of initiating the movement which brought the score opener. In two minutes Harrison engineered another successful movement and this was the extent of Everton's victory, viz 2-0, a victory which was well played for, well earned, and richly merited. It was in every sense an interesting game, fought under most difficult conditions and didn't the players make post haste for those inviting hot baths at the finish.
The winners gave a full all round display and they were fully deserving of their clear success. There was plenty of cohesion among the forwards who were led with a skill for which Wright may be commended. Chedgzoy was perhaps hardly so prominent as usual, but he was operating on a difficult surface. Clennell and Kirsopp were always busy, and they proved a rare handful for the Manchester defence, and lasted well. Fleetwood was a splendid half back, his work being of the highest class throughout, while Clennell's goal was the direct outcome of his thoughtful efforts. Thompson was the most resolute back, and Bromilow for the second week in succession kept an intact goal, thus displaying himself in the light of a thoroughly reliable substitute for Fern. Manchester are a good side, but they were lacking in incisiveness when it came to the culminating stage of their attack. The half backs proved a stalwart trio, all of whom maintained an energetic front to the aggressions of the lively home forwards. The backs did their work cleanly and effectively, and Mew's goalkeeping was always clever and vigilants, neither of the shots that beat him giving him the least chance. The form all round was good and the result was a thoroughly interesting well-fought and clean contest.
BROMILOW'S RISE –FORWARD TO GOAL
December 14, 1915. The Liverpool Echo
Bee' Sports Notes
The 6,500 spectators at Everton were agreeably surprised at the work of William Bromilow on Saturday against Manchester United. The name was familiar but the figure was not. As I said yesterday Bromilow has like Sheldon and others, had the misfortune to be waiting for dead men's shoes all too long. He is capable enough, and his height experience reach, and safe methods make one claim him quite fit for any first class team. At Bury, a fortnight ago, he was equal to all demands made upon him, and on Saturday it cannot be denied that he was a forward young men, and clutched and cleared effectively. Modesty is his only fault. Therefore I have sought the publish “wide” concerning the capacity and have pleasure in giving particulars of his “local” career. Bromilow when leaving school joined the Oulton secondary school A.F.C (member of South Lancashire Combination), his position being in goal. He played with them two season and the following season joined County “A” of the same league as centre forward and scored 47 goals to twenty four matches. He was then brought under the notice of Everton on his scoring crop but was considered on the light side. The following year he joined Lingdale A.F.C (members of West Cheshire League) as centre's forward but could not get a regular place till about half way through the season, when he played centre half, and kept his place until the last match of the season at which point the club was down to play Mold A.F.C at Mold. Then the Langdale captain failed to appear, so Bromilow kept goal and was accounted very successful. He finished the season as goalkeeper and also kept goal the following season in the same team. Five years ago Everton gave him two or three trials and he was signed.
December 18, 1915. The Football Evening Express
Today's Visit To Blackpool
An Unbeaten Home Club
Shot From Blues' Outside Left Breaks The Net
Up to today, at any rate, Blackpool enjoyed the distinction of having an unbeaten home record, and though the Evertonians took with them a side which appeared fully capable of succeeding where their forerunners has failed, it was always clear that the task confronting them was one of no light order. Fern came back to the Everton goal, and Jefferis came into the side in place of Kirsopp. Blackpool had a powerful side out, including the evergreen and ever valuable Bob Crompton and the players were as follows;- Blackpool; Kidd, goal; Crompton and Jones, backs; Bainbridge, Wilson and Booth, half-backs; Charles, Lloyd, Chapman, Latheron, and Hodkinson, forwards. Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and Macconachie, backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Wright, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.H. Taylor. The weather was all that could be desired and the ground was on the soft side, and not considered unfavourable for Everton's chance of success. Everton had to face the sun and a slight breeze and were the first to get down on the left. Harrison and Clennell however, were well held by Crompton and Bainbridge, who gave the veteran good support.
The Scene Changes
By playing Charles with good judgement the scene of operations was quickly changed. However, Macconnachie intercepted well, and following further efforts to get within reach of Fern, the Everton right wing got going. At a critical moment Jones nipped in just as Jefferis was steadying for a shot, and then Harrison came along with a smart sprint and was just beaten on the line by Crompton when about to centre. Then followed a very fast and interesting game, with Everton, however, just a shade superior. Success eventually came their way after slashing play by Fleetwood and Wareing and was finally clined by a brilliant rising shot from Clennell from 20 yards' range. The keeper made a good effort to get to the ball but it curled out of his way into the breach. This success was greeted with big shouts from the crowd.
Harrison Breaks the Net
Everton came again and following a strong attack Harrison shot hard against the side of the ne, the ball bursting the rigging –an unusual incident –causing quite a sensation. The trainer attended to repairs while play was resumed and by steady stages the home left took play to the Everton end, where Hodgkinson forced an abortive corner kick. For some time the Everton defenders had some anxious moments but they acquitted themselves well, and again the Blues went off into another of their spirited advance. Clennell had been unfairly pulled up as he was nearing the penalty line, and from the free kick Kidd only partially kicked clear, with the result that Wright following up placed the ball into the goal.
Liverpool Soldiers Delighted
The second success hugely delighted the Liverpool Tommies who were present in force. In footwork the Blues forwards had up to now shown the better play, and they were all supplied by their half-backs. Fleetwood was resourceful in subduing the clever play of the Blackpool left, and it was only on odd occasions that much quarter was exacted from Thompson, Macconnachie and Fern. Latheron then opened out the play for the home right wing and following one of their movements. Chapman was close with a capital header that flashed across the goal and went behind. A short stoppage was made while Macconnachie recovered from a heavy charge, from Chapman and then Everton's full defensive resources were again taxed by the Blackpool right.
The Siege Raised
Grenyer showed nice anticipation in dealing with a concerted movement between Charles and Lloyd and eventually the siege was raised. Fleetwood cleared the ruck and looked like leading the van when Wilson tripped him up and from the free kick the Everton forwards resumed their attack in the homne goal. Wright came into prominence on several occasions in eluding the attention of the home halves by swinging the ball out judiciously to his wings and in addition he was always thereabout to meet the return. Then followed pressure on the Everton defence which was relieved as the result of Clennell dropping back.
An Everton Advance
Another fine advance in which the whole of the Everton forwards took part, ended in Harrison putting just outside the goal, while Clennell a few moments later missed with a terrific drive on the mouth of the goal. Following another advance Clennell trapped a pace from Harrison and without hesitancy shot hard in, and so speedy was the ball in its flight that the keeper though he got to the line of flight could not stop the ball from entering the net.
Half-time; Everton three Blackpool Nil
On the run of the play there could be no deputing the fact that Everton were the more successful side and the forwards were the one of their most incisive humours and the general quality of their footwork reached a high standard of finish. The finishing touches all were good and the whole five gave of their best. They were backed up well by the halves who were also capital good spoilers and further behind Thompson and Macconnachie by their timely interception and stering clearance greatly disconcerted Blackpool's efforts when the shooting came was reached.
The Second Half
No interval was taken. There would be about 6,000 present when the second half opened. The home forwards were the first to become aggressive and would probably have scored from a free kick just outside the penalty line had not Clennell met a terrific drive from Chapman and with no ill effect. Chapman later scored the first goal for Blackpool.
December 18, 1915. The Liverpool Football Echo
There has been a lot of football chat accumulating this week-end. Most of it is exclusive to the Football Echo as was the announcement this morning of Murray's death. Murray's death is a blow to the Argyll Sutherland Highlanders. David Murray was immensely popular with them, and his quaint humour and unfailing readiness to give assurance to anyone were points in his trench life that make his leave-taking sorrowful. He was killed by a shell this week, and news of his death will be received by the Mersey city and Leeds with deep regret. He played left full-back for Everton and Liverpool about six years ago at the time “Teddy” Doig kept goal for Anfield and though his stay at Goodison Park was short he was for some time with Liverpool after which he went to Leeds City, where his big punt was enjoyed by spectators. A lusty back he lacked speed, and that was why he never became a toppen. Murray had gone through the battle of Loos and Hill 70 without a scratch says my informant.
FORMER LEAGUE PLAYER KILLED
December 20, 1915. Birmingham Daily Post
News has been received in Liverpool of the death in action in France of David Murray, who was prominent figure in English league football a few years ago. Murray came from Scotland and his first club Newcastle United. He spent a short period with Everton and a long period with Liverpool, after which he did Leeds City good services. Murray has been through the battle of Coos and Hill 70 without getting a scratch. His death was taken through a shell bursting near him.
BLACKPOOL 1 EVERTON 4
December 20, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON IN FINE FORM.
BRILLIANT WIN AT BLACKPOOL
Lancashire section principal tournament (Game 16)
Everton’s display at Blackpool on Saturday was as crisp and exhilarating as the weather at this bright and breezes seaside resort. The conditions indeed were perfect, and the wearers of the blue jersey gave the khaki-dad warriors who witnessed the contest (there must have been quite 4,000 of then) exhibition of how the game should be played. In every department the visitors showed a balance of judgement, and cleverness in passing that might well have served as an object lesson in the art of class football. If there was a fault it was that the forwards at times attempted a little too much in the way if intricate footwork. That was exceedingly pretty to watch, but it was scarcely likely to be wholly effective against two such stalwarts as Crompton and Jones. Nevertheless the two players mentioned were kept hard at it during the whole of the first forty minutes, and it was undoubtedly due to their fine defensive tactics coupled with those of Kidd, the goalkeeper that Everton were not more than three up at the turn. In the second period Blackpool shaped very much better and enjoyed quite a large measure of pressure. They never, however, looked like getting on terms by an obviously superior side. It is scarcely too much to say that in the first half the visitors carried all before them. Once they had found the measure of the Blackpool team they proceeded to enter upon a campaign of steady and sustained aggression. Clennell was the first to score with a brilliant individually effort, and the second was the outcome of a free kick, Wright rushing the ball through after Kidd had partially intercepted it. Just before the interval the irrepressible Clennell put on a third goal taking a pass from Harrison with a perfect sang froid and rattling it into the net just out of the keeper’s reach. In the subsequent forty-minutes as we have already indicated, the Blackpool forwards put their best feet foremost, and both Thompson and Macconnachie had plenty of work to do. This they achieved very successful until Chapman came through and scored at close quarters. Taking heart of grace, the seasiders tried desperately hard to further reduce the adverse margin, but to no purpose and in the last few minutes Harrison set the seal on Everton’s superiority by putting on a fourth goal. Where all were good, there is little need to individualise, but a cordial word of grace must be accorded Clennell for his untiring energy and vim. Wright in the centre forward position created a highly favourable impression, showing a nice turn of speed and an admirable aptness in seizing upon opportunities as they arose. Jefferis play with his customary finish, and the two outside men were always in the picture. The halves gave an excellent account of themselves, while the defence left nothing to chance. In spite of the fact that they were at full strengths the home side did not give a very convincing display except in defence. Kidd kept goal splendidly and was not to blame for the shots that passed him. The halt-backs were quite unable to hold the opposing forwards while their own front line never got working in real cohesion. Latheron as usual was a source of victory, and Chapman had to be watched, but on the whole the quintet were scarcely up to concert pitch. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Wright, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Blackpool: - Kidd, goal, Crompton, and Jones, backs, Bainbridge, Wilson, and Booth, half-backs, Charles, Lloyd, Chapman, Latheron, and Hodkinson, forwards.
LIVERPPOOL SERGEANT IN BLACKPOOL
December 21, 1915. The Liverpool Echo
Bee's Sports Notes
The name of Sergeant Llew Lloyd appeared in the Blackpool team again on Saturday and naturally the Liverpool man delighted to have a game against his former club Everton. Lloyd played a week before in a gale, and gave satisfaction. In fact, he wrote me that Blackpool complimented him on his game and asked him to get in form for the Everton match. Blackpool's defeat on Saturday was a big blow to Blackpool folk, who had looked forward to getting their revenge for the 4-2 defeat sustained at Everton's ground. However, as Sergeant Lloyd says in a letter received yesterday; “Everton were right on the top of their form, and you know what that implies.” Lloyd, who is with the 3/8 Irish K.L.R, B. Company stationed at Blackpool says that the men are enjoying the bracing air of Blackpool and are fit as a fiddle. They have a goodly number of sport games and make the most of their spare time by footballing. It's the only sport the Tommies go for wholly.
EVERTON CHOOSE GALT AXD PARKER.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 22 December 1915
Everton have special selection for Christmas Day, GaLt being selected—this will be hiS first game this season with Everton. Everton's team to play Southport Central:— Fern; Thompson, Macconachie; Fleetwood, Galt, Wareing; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Grenyer.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 22 December 1915
The Sketches of the Everton-Blackpool match published in Monday's "Echo" were freely commented upon- and everyone praised the artist. The sketchiest, you will be glad to learn, is the former "Echo" contributor, Fred May, who after a period at Blackpool with the 6th Liverpool Regiment, has now been granted a commission in a Yorkshire regiment. We wish him the very best.
December 23, 1915. The Evening Express, Liverpool
The inclusion of Galt in the Everton team to meet Southport Central on Christmas Day is sure to prove a strong drawing factor, and it is satisfactory to know that Parker is expected to appear, so that the team will be particularly powerful. The side was given in our later editors yesterday and the Southport team also appeared in my notes. For the sake of reference, therefore, I give the teams as they will face each other. Everton; Fern; Thompson, McConnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, Wareing; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, Grenyer. Southport Central; Capper; Dorward, Holbem; Holdsworth, Fay, Abrams; Merritt, Caulfield, Lightfoot, Stringfellow, Semple.
December 27, 1915. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Everton were always just too good for Southport Central and the twenty thousand or so spectators who partonisied the match at Goodison Park saw an excellent game, in which not a dull moment intruded. Some of the work of the home forwards was a model of artistry, their accurate grand passing, notably in the first half being of the bewildering order and keeping the Southport defence on full stretch all the time. They did excellent to keep the home side from scoring in the first half, and the two goals obtained in the second point-one propitiously enough coming from Galt, who captained the side –were thoroughly deserved. All round the football was of a lively and brisk description and all the player may he complimented upon a notably clean, clever and energetic game.
Whole Hearted Form
The players on either side were thoroughly keen, and an excellent display was as indicated forthcoming. On the home side it was eminently satisfactory that Galt succeeded in scoring and he played a hard-working game throughout. Chedgzoy was probably the best forward on the field, many of his touches being delightfully artistic, whilst Clennell was always active and alert for opportunity. Parker was as usual, forceful and to Fleetwood belongs the distinction of being the most polished half-back. Thompson and Simpson played resolutely and Fern was always absolutely safe in his clearance, one stoppage early in the game from Lightfoot being a perfect piece of judgment.
The Central Player
Drabble defended his goal stoutly, and whilst the Southport backs were never allowed any rest, and worked hard all through the visiting halves were a busy and effective trio. Lightfoot and Caulfield gave a capital forward exhibition and Semple was never at a loss for work, but the Everton players were all round the superior side, and taken all through every moment of the game was well worth watching.
Everton 2, Southport Central 0, Galt and Clennell scored for Everton.
EVERTON 2 SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 0
December 27, 1915. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON’S CHRISTMAS VICTORY.
CLEAR WIN OVER SOUTHPORT
Lancashire section principal tournament (Game 17)
In a strenuous game, wherein they always showed themselves in the light of a superior side, Everton on Christmas Day inflicated a decisive, if not quite a runaway, defeat upon Southport Central. There was a splendid crowd of fully 20,000 spectators, and they were treated by both eleven’s to a splendid and invigorating exhibition of football.
A BLANK FIRST HALF.
If the first half produced no goals, it at any rate yielded some most picturesque football from the home vanguard. Simpson was playing in place of Macconnachie, and for the first few minutes the home side were without his services. The goals was not, however, subjected to any danger, and simultaneous with the left back’s arrival on the scene of hostilities Parker made off in the direction of Drabble, shooting at long range outside. A long shot by Lightfoot went unpleasantly near the mark, and at the other end Chedgzoy, who was always a conspicuous figure, was penalised for offside, only, however, to return promptly to the attack and carry the ball behind under severe pressure. The first really dangerous direct shot of the game was from the home outside right, who from an awkward angle drove in with characteristic accuracy for Drabble to effect a sound clearance. The visitors forced a corner and a similar advantage accrued to the Blues through Chedgzoy after the home forwards and halves had indulged in a spell of must attractive combined work. An opening forced by Jefferis enabled Parker to shoot for goal, but the attempts was out of direction, although he was much more correct in his aim on seizing a fine centre from Chedgzoy a moment later. The home centre drove in hard and true, and Drabble brought off a splendid save at the cost of a corner, from which nothing material resulted. Everton continued to show beautiful passing many of their movements quite nonplussing their visitors, who were fortunate in keeping their goal intact. A burst by Semple, who shot well at the finish of the effort. Fern clearing nearly, relieved the pressure on the Central goal, and although the visitors improved towards half-time, nothing came in the scoring line, and the teams crossed over on a goalless quality.
A VICTORIOUS SECOND HALF.
Although from the playing standpoint the second half did not produce the series of methodical movements such as the first half had witnessed the home team remained altogether the cleverer and the better combination. The earlier onslaught, however were brought about by the visitors, who went away with a terrific burst, and Merritt forced a corner off Simpson, from which Semple compelled Fern to clear. Abrams temporarily left the field, but he soon resumed, and then, when play in the second portion had proceeded for ten minutes, the long-deferred goal came to the home team. Clennell snapped up a neat pass, and showing no hesitation he shot at Dorward tackled him, and making no error in his aim, he sent the ball hard and fast out of Drabble grasp. The Southport custodian instituted a vigorous appeal for offside, but the referee (Mr. L. Hitchen) who was well placed to adjudge the situation, displayed no hesitation in awarding a goal. Some lively exchanges followed, the visitors palpably not relishing the reverse, but all their efforts to pierce the home defence were of no avail, and Everton maintained a marked superiority. When eighteen minutes had elapsed Galt, who was officiating as captain of the home forces had the supreme satisfaction of registering the second point for his side. It was thoroughly good goal and was enthusiastically cheered. The Central showed no relaxing of their efforts and they played up with considerable spirit, but the home defence was not really caught napping, and maintained a sturdy resolute from to all the attack of their opponents. Galt success proved to be the concluding goal of an always-energetic contested game, with the visitors being unable to defeat Fern and his co defenders. Everton deservedly won by two goals to nothing.
The players on either side were thoroughly keen, and an excellent display was as indicated forthcoming. On the home side it was eminently satisfactory that Galt succeeded in scoring, and he played a hard working game throughout. Chedgzoy was probably the best forward on the field, many of his touches being delightfully artistic, whilst Clennell was always active and alert for opportunity Parker was as usual forceful, and Fleetwood belongs the distinction of being the must polished half-back. Thompson and Simpson played resolutely, and Fern was always absolutely safe in his clearances, one stoppage early in the game from Lightfoot being a perfect piece of judgement. Drabble defended his goal stoutly, and whilst the Southport backs were never allowed any rest, and worked hard all through, the visiting halves were a busy and effective trio. Lightfoot and Camfield gave a capital forward exhibition, and Semple was never at a loss for work, but the Everton players were all round the superior side, and taken all through every moment of the game was well worth watching. The teams were: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Simpson, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Wareing, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Grenyer, forwards. Southport Central: - Drabble, goal, Dorward, and Holbem, backs, Holdsworth, Fay, and Abrams, half-backs, Merritt, Camfield, Lightfoot, Stringfellow, and Semple, forwards.
EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 5
December 28 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
GOODISON PARK “DERBY”
BRILLIANT DISPLAY BY LIVERPOOL
Liverpool F.C. received a warm welcome from a crowd of 20,000 spectators at the Everton ground yesterday, and one felt that their welcome was in part due to their creditable draw at Burnley on Christmas Day. The game was an extra between the two clubs, a pooling arrangement having been made. Finacially it was a success, and from a playing point of view it was a hugh success. The day was not favourable to good football, a gusty wind and a drizzing rainfall bothering the players. Yet all through the game was of the highest class, and the football shown by Liverpool in particular was forceful, clever, and skilful. Goals were numerous, and on that score alone the spectators enjoyed the game, but apart from that important factor the ability shown by the players were sufficient to keep the holiday crowd in good humour. In the first half honours were even 2-2 being the score. Everton were the better side during this period, because they were more combined in their efforts. Even so, Liverpool struck one as likely to come forward and regain the lead, because Pagnam especially, and the other forwards in manner degree were always dashing and spared themselves not one little bit. Let us brief review the goals. In five minutes Pagnam scored the first of his total of three. It was a capital goal, and the shot he delivered when he shouldered off the opposition backs was one which had a certain amount of swerve upon it, and the ball was crowded between Fern’s body and the right upright. Five minutes later Galt scored from a free kick against Wadsworth. Another free kick was awarded against Wadsworth –this time there was no doubt about the legitimacy of Mr. Forshaw’s decision – and Chedgzoy scored after Scott had partially saved. Shortly before half-time Dawson scored after Pagnam had hit the upright with a header from a right-wing centre. It was Dawson’s goal, but Pagnam undoubtedly made it a grit for the scorer. Watson scored the header after the game had gone an hour –a fast shot which gave Fern no hope. Pagnam scored three minutes later, Goddard with a long shot troubling Fern and Pagnam gathering the rebound a couple of yards from the goalline. Near the finish Pagnam scored again. It is an age sine Liverpool last beat Everton twice in one season – in 1898-99 to be accurate. That they deserved yesterday’s victory cannot be denied, although allowance must be made for the fact that Everton played ten men throughout the second half, Wareing being the absentee, and further Galt was off the field having his damaged head attended to what time Pagnam was scoring the fourth goal of the day. Still, Liverpool’s victory was complete and was emphatic and credit must be given them for their success -–hey invariably succeed at Everton’s ground, it will be worth recalling. Clennell failed to score his customary goal, but made a number of fine shots –one a fiery shot, being saved cleverly by Scott. however, the ex-Rover was quite unable to do himself justice in the second half, and the left flank of the Everton side was not fast. Clennell being on the wing and Howarth making a moderate half-back. There is nothing but praise for the players when considering the cleanliness of the game, and it need only be mentioned that the sporting spirit ruled the day –which is what Liverpool enthusiasts have come to expect of Mersey “Derby” games.
The irrepressible Pagnam stood out boldly it a bold side. His rushes were hard to encounter his shots were swinging, and his dribbling bewildering. Yet withal it must be noted that the whole Liverpool attack has rarely displayed such vim, and rarely used better methods towards progress. All did their part well, and Banks was particularly happy. The half backs stood up to their work well, Goddard being the special bright spot in spite of an injury to his thigh. Wadsworth had a tough task and came out of it with credit and Bradley played his usual solid game. The backs performed prodigiously. Longworth having no superior. Scott did not “get down” to some of the shots fired at him, but his save of Clennell’s big shot was sufficient indication of his powers.
On the Everton side there was a lack of balance, the left wing being out of touch with the game. Jefferis did better than on former occasions when appearing at centre forward and Chedgzoy and Kirsopp were the really dangerous wing. At half back Fleetwood came as prominence by defence and attack, and in the latter category he made some striking solo dribbles, but was left at shooting time with little energy. Galt was a bust and tireless centre half and Thompson got through a lot of work with good result. Macconnachie was not quite so happy. Fern’s “keeping” was excellent, and the nature of the shots he had to deal with were ticklish. The teams were: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Wareing half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Jefferis, Clennell, and Howarth, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott, goal, Longworth, and Middlehurst, backs, Bradley, Goddard, and Wadsworth, half-backs, Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Bank, and Dawson, forwards. Referee Mr. Forshaw.
NOTED FOOTBALLERS KILLED
December 29, 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Judge
Tim Coleman Killed in Action
Followers of football and all interested in the game will regret to hear that news has been received of the deaths at the front of J. G. (Tim) Coleman, of Nottingham Forest; G. McDonald, of Norwich; and R. Dalrymple, of Clapton Orient, so that presumably the Footballs Battalion has already been in action. Perhaps the best known of these players was Tim Coleman who represented England against Ireland in 1907. Coleman was always a popular player, and one of great skill and versatile. He was inside forward and could play right or left but his favour position was inside right. His first important club was Kettering, put from there he joined Northampton Town in its first season and then went South to Woolwich Arsenal, Everton was his next club, and later he did excellent work at Roker Park prior to joining Fulham. From there he went to Nottingham Forest where he was playing when he joined the colours. Dalrymple was a Scot who cam South from the Hearts of Midlothian and was also an inside forward. He played for Portsmouth and did good service for several seasons for Fulham before going. Clayton McDonald was a young forward who played with Norwich City.
December 30, 1915. The Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Judge
The Everton club are likely –though it is hoped such will not be the case –to find themselves in something of a predicament on Saturday at Oldham. The team as provisionally selected was given yesterday's “Express” but this morning, Kirsopp, Wareing and Clennell are all reported as doubtful starters. Indeed so far as Kirsopp is concerned it is extremely unlikely that he will be able to turn off. All three are on the injured list. The inside right position in the circumstances indicated will be occupied by Jefferis. It is practically certain that the side will undergo complete revision.
EVERTON'S BRILLIANT TRIUMPH
December 30, 1915. The Liverpool Evening Express
By the Judge
The Everton team bounded into brilliant form on Saturday last when they completely defeated or rather routed Blackpool by four goals to one. Few indeed, were prepared for such a result, seeing that the Bloomfield road side with its quots of bright particular stars from Blackburn, had not experienced defeat on their own playing pitch up to date. But Everton always have been among record-breakers and it was just like them to provide a sensation for the biggest crowd that had assembled on the ground the season. For the greater position of the game the footwork of the Everton half-backs and forwards was the embodiment of artistry, and so incisive were their advantage and withal so deadly their marksmanship that the issue might easily have been of a more pronounced nature.
Cornering the Players
Dealing with the Everton, forwards, none could fail to note the powerful force Clennell was throughout the whole of the proceedings. When the occasion demanded he was to be found assisting the half-backs and his dash, speedily recovery after a challenge, and incisive marksmanship were features that stood out prominently. Wright acquitted himself quite creditably in the centre berth and Clennell and Harrison showed, by their general movements that they had carefully studied the possibilities of outwitting the great Crompton. The right wing pair, too were resourceful and as indicated the whole line received good support from Fleetwood, Wareing, and Grenyer, Thompson and MaConnachie were ever ready to deal with the best efforts arrayed against them and Fern in goal gave nothing away. One save in the later stages when he left his charge and flung himself at the ball was brilliant and this fear came in for recognition all round the ground.
ANOTHER MOVE FOR HARRISON
Nottingham Evening Post - Thursday 30 December 1915
TRANSFERRED FROM EVERTON TO GLASGOW RANGERS.
George Harrison formerly of Gresley Rovers and Leicester Fosse, and now of Everton, has been transferred to Glasgow Rangers. will play for his new club on New Year’s Day against Aberdeen. Harrison played in the Everton team which gained the championship of the First Division of the League last season.
Notes also mentioned in Evening Despatch - Thursday 30 December 1915
SOME TALES "TIM" COLEMAN.
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 30 December 1915
A Loss to Football.
It was a grim coincidence that while i was filling the Notebook with word of "Tim" Coleman's in the football games the Front the old Everton player should have been laid at rest. His death will be keenly felt, for he was a cheery soul and a born humorist. He is ever regarded as being Freeman's main assistant the Burnley man's record season and all the country his humour was known. I recall that his pet name for Bert Freeman was " Rheuben," and that used to declare that Freeman was of the type that needed prodding if the best was got out of him. Coleman's words spurring on would encourage any player to increased effort. Time was when Frenchman interested in football visited one of our clubs, and was shown round by a director. " Tim " became very wearied over the foolish naming of every little article furniture, &c. Finally, the director announced that " This is the bath." Coleman looked up and said, "Pray, do you think he imagines it is a drinking fountain?" He had many gags worked on footballers, and one fellow known for his meanness—he had a curious name and played for a Mersey and an Arsenal club in turn —was turned to sorrow being discovered diligently searching for coin "Tim" had dropped the saloon coach. Coleman had picked up the coin, but his vow that Charlie So-ani-So would found at the end of the journey searching for the coin was proved true. The football world has lost a comedian, and a lovable fellow has " Gone West.'
C.L V. EVERTONIANS
Liverpool Echo - Friday 31 December 1915
Cammell-Laird F.C, and Frank Sugg's Everton X1 meet at Cammell-Laird's ground, near Park Station, Birkenhead tomorrow; Kick-off (by Mr. G.J Carter) at 2.30. The proceeds are for home comforts for the sailors serving on battleships built at Mirkenhead. By the kind permission of the Everton directors the following players will play for E. Sugg's team (Jock Elliott is "Whipping up," the team);- F. Mitchell; Smith, R. Stewart; H. Johnson, S. Challinor, A. Lymer; J. Lymer, H. Baines, L. Johnson, Bromilow, Derbyshire. Reserve; J. Nevin.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 31 December 1915
It has been decided by a few local sportsmen to raise funds for the benefit of the late “Tim” Coleman’s wife and children, and a meeting will be held to form a committee to organize the same at the Royal County Hotel., Queen-Square, on January 6, 1916 at 4-40 p.m. It is hope that all who are interested will endeavor to be present, and that all that knew him will contribute and make it a success. Nottingham Forest make a collection tomorrow for the cause.
December 31, 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
I alluded yesterday, to the probable difficulties with which Everton would be faced at Oldham and at the time of writing it is hardly possible to say how matters will pan out. Wareing and Clennell were due at the ground for a trial this morning and maybe event of it being decided to rest them it is expected that the following sides would constitute the rival teams. Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, Harrison. Oldham; Matthews; Goodwin, Moffatt; Dixon, Roberts, Wilson; Donnachie, Walter, Cashmore, Lashbrooks, Khight.
“TIM” COLEMAN'S DEATH
December 31, 1915. The Evening Express, Liverpool
Poor “Tim” Coleman's dependents are not to be overlooked by local sportsman in sporting circles yesterday evening it was decided that something might be done for the ex-Everton footballer's window to show their local appreciation of “Tim's” noble death. Accordingly it was decided to call a meeting of sympathizers at the Royal Court Hotel next Thursday for the purpose of forming a local committee to establish a committee which will ensure the appreciation of “Tim” taking practical form.
Birmingham Daily Gazette - Friday 31 December 1915
LAST GOAL SCORED IN MATCH AT THE PRONT,
The following letter, sent to representative of the "Liverpool Echo" by J. Sheldon, the Liverpool forward, describe the last goal scored by Tim " Coleman, who recently fell in action: " Just few lines to let you know that l am still living, and in the best of health. Have done several turns in the trenches which are thigh-deep in mud. On Sunday afternoon we played team city lads, who belong to Liverpool. The match caused considerable excitement, the city boys turning up in large numbers to give their old favourites warm welcome. We turned out pretty strong side follows: —J. Webster Ham); A. Foster (Reading), J. Doran (Coventry) J. Limb (Sheffield Wednesday), F. Keener (Cardiff City), Scott (Clapton Orient); J. Sheldon. Tim Coleman (Notts Forest), J. Conk (Huddersfield). T. Barber (Aston V:lla), and Hunter (Gainsborough). “The match turned out very one-sided. Could expected, our side ran out easy winners (7—l). Coleman several times greatly amused (he crowd his clever play, and fairly fetched the house down' when he scored our first goal. The game was played under peculiar conditions, shells from our artillery constantly whizzing over our head, while higher still the Germans were amusing themselves by shelling our airmen. Fortunately the Germans were unsuccessful. After ‘the match myself and 'Tim' were entertained tea. And had a right good time."