BOLTON WANDERERS 0 EVERTON 2 (Game 906)
December 1, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON SMART VICTORY.
BOLTON BEATEN AT HOME.
The Evertonians secured a couple of valuable points at Burden Park on Saturday in a game that was very nearly spoiled by fog, the closing stages, indeed were finished in an atmosphere of semi-opacuences that rendered half the play invisible. These conditions apart, it was not a particularly exhilarating exhibition though there was no lack of incident. The Wanderers go off the mark in a way that suggested goal getting, but their forward combination when it came to the test was woefully lacking. Everton, on the other hand, beginning in more leisurely fashion gradually enforced their superiority, and at the close of the contest they were full value for both points. The playing pitch was very treacherous, and there were one or two nasty pills. This, so doubt, accounted for some of the scrappiness, though much of the visitors work was very clever. The forwards showed a much greater mastery over the ball than their opponents, while in other departments there was soundness and not infrequently success. The opening stages as intimated showed Bolton in vigorous mood, but when at length the Evertonians got going they did so effectively. Still, it was just on the verge of half-time before they gained the lead, Jones, who was not at his best form, got quickly away, and centring accurately, Clennell turned the ball into the net. In the second period of the contest, the Wanderers rallied gamely, but still without finish, and the issue was put beyond doubt with Gault scored with a tremendously fast shot. The Everton forward line showed general sprightliness and the half-backs were all good. Fleetwood being particularly prominent by the way in which he bottled up Roberts. The backs, too, were sound and reliable, and Fern kept a good goal. The Wanderers on Saturday's display, was rather a disappointing side. Teams: - Fern, goal, Macconnachie, and Weller backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs Jones, Kirsopp, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Drabble, goal, Baverstock, and Feebury, backs, Gimblett, Fay, and Jenning, half-back, Stokes, Herbert, Roberts, Buchan, and Vizard, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 1
December 1 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 13)
Everton who were not so strong represented as at Bolton on the previous Saturday, when they won by 5 goals to 2, again took full points, winning by 2 goals to 1, but only succeeded in doing so in the last two minutes of the game. Play in the first half was well contested. Rigsby opened the score for Everton in the first five minutes, Rutter equalising twenty minutes later, and the score at half-time stood one each. The second half opened even but after fifteen minutes Everton assumed the upper hand, and kept the play in the visitors half. Edge the Bolton keeper, greatly distinguished himself, and looked like depriving Everton victory, but Chedgzoy, who played a good game placed to Robinson, who beat Edge just on time . Everton: -Mitchell, goal, Berwick, and Russell, backs, Peacock, Stewart, and Williams, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Robinson, Cameron, Rigsby, and Evans, forwards .
December 4 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton, are making one change in the team to play Notts County at Goodison Park, the side being: - Fern, Macconnachie, and Weller, Brown, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, Jones, Kirsopp, Clennell, and Donnachie. The reserve team to play at Stockport includes Wareing, Chedgzoy, and Harrison, the eleven being Mitchell, Page and Evans, Peacock, Wareing, and Williams, Chedgzoy, Robinson, Rigsby, Mayson, and Harrison
WREXHAM 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
December 4, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
About 4,000 spectators witnessed the benefit match for Llew Davies, the Welsh international, on the Wrexham Racecourse, yesterday. W. Meredith, who played for the home team, formed a special attractions, and he gave a wonderful exhibition of centring. Most of these crosses however, either went astray or were intercepted by the defenders, who were quicker and more alert than Wrexham. Risgby was first to score for Everton and Meredith equalised with a penalty kick. Evans put the Blues in front again, but ten minutes from time Jardine with a beautiful shot, drew level again. Everton: - Mitchell, Page, and Evans, backs, Brown, Lievesley, and M. Jones half-backs, G.W. Jones, Jefferis, Cameron, Rigsby, and J. Evans, forwards.
EVERTON AND A HOLYHEAD PLAYER.
December 6, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
An official of the Everton Club was at Holy Head, yesterday, seeking to secure the signature of T. Joseph, Holyhead, a clever centre forward. Joseph declined to sign.
EVERTON 1 NOTTS COUNTY 2 (Game 907)
December 8 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
ANOTHER SURPRISE FOR EVERTON.
NOTTS COUNTY GET BOTH POINT.
NOTTS PENALTY MISS.
By their success over Everton at Goodison Park, Notts County secured their first away victory of the season. It was not a thrilling game, and there was times when the play was absolutely barren of incident. The smartness and general nippiness of the County players gave them a decided advantage over Everton, and to this extent the visitors were superior. Everton were very weak in front of goal. They created some capital openings and then ruined their chances by over-elaboration and bad shooting. The County led off at an excellent pace, and they deserved their early goal scored at ten minutes by Hill after McLeod had missed the opening through kicking over the ball. The Everton forwards made up a lot of leeway so far as pressure on the County goal was concerned, and twice Street, the Notts goalkeeper, kept out the home forwards by really clever work. Gault got clean through the County defence, but Street parried the Evertonian's shot by a judicious movements, and a moment later, when Gault tried to scoop the ball into the net, Street alertness prevented a score. At thirty-five minutes the County were awarded a penalty kick for a foul on hill (Weller grassed player –Echo), but Charlesworth failed to convert. His shot struck the upright, and Fern succeeded in getting the ball away, at sixty-five minutes McLeod headed the ball into the net from a centre by Waterall, and ten minutes later Gault scored for Everton. There was a lack of tone and finish about the Everton side. Macconnachie and Weller were not convincing, and the former once nearly scored against his own side with a faulty clearance. The chances in the half-back line made the line stronger, but Fleetwood was the only half back with progressive ideas. The forwards were good and bad by turns. Jones played well in the first half and his centres were nicely timed, but there was little attempt at combined action. Jones has not yet developed sufficient craftiness to outwit an energetic opponent of the tyre of Pembleton. Gault was very weak with his final shots, and neither Clennell nor Donnachie gave of their best. The best of the visitors side were Street, Pembleton, Waterall, Hill, and Henshall, forwards. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Macconnachie, and Weller, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones Kirsopp, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards. Notts County: - Street, goal, Charlesworth, and Marriott, backs, Flint, Foster, and Pemberton, half-backs, Waterall, Hill, McLeod, Richards, and Henshall, forwards.
STOCKPORT COUNTY RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 2
December 8, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 14)
Stockport County Reserves had rather the better of Everton Reserves at Edgeley Park. In the first half the home team were decidedly the more aggressive, and took the lead early on through Briggs. In the second portion of the game Everton put a great deal more vigour into their play, and the game was more evenly contested. Robinson placed the teams on a level footing, and later on the Everton goal underwent heavy pressure, and Hartley gave the County the lead from a free kick, and a little later the same player put them still further ahead. Seven minutes from time Lievesley reduced the lead, and with only a minute to go Donbavand received in front of goal and rushed the ball into the net, thus scoring Stockport's fourth goal. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Page, and Evans, backs, Peacock, Wareing, and Williams, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Robinson, Kirby, Mayson, and Harrison, forwards.
NEW PLAYER FOR NELSON
December 10, 1919 Burnley News
Nelson Football Club have secured the services of Baird, who played with Everton last season, when he made seven appearances with the Goodison side. He is reported t be a capable right winger equally good at the inside or outside position. He will not be available for Saturday's game at Southport.
December 11 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Page, Brown, Chedgzoy, and Harrison return to the Everton team on Saturday for the return match with Notts County at Nottingham, taking the places of Macconnachie, Wareing, Kirsopp, and Donnachie Chedgzoy will appear at inside right as partner to Jones. Miller, Jefferis, and Donnachie have been selected for the Reserves team against Stockport County Reserves at Goodison Park, Mutch, goal, Berwick, Evans, Peacock, Lievesley, Williams, Miller, Jefferis, Robinson, Mayson, and Donnachie.
December 12 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have an opportunity of creating a record to-morrow, when they visit Nottingham to filful their return fixture with the County. Notts have not been beaten at home this season; being the only club in the First Division of the League to claim such a record. Prior to Saturday Notts had not won a match away from home, but they proved victorious over Everton at Goodison Park. Everton have a notable record away from home this season, whatever their failing when performing at Goodison Park, and perhaps this may return the “compliment” tomorrow and succeed in returning from Nottinghan with both points. But the “Lambs” are a very hot proposition at home, and such clubs as Burnley, Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion, and Sunderland have all failed to gain the maximum points on their visits to Trent Bridge.
MILLER TO COVENTRY CITY
December 13 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Coventry City Football Club have further strengthened their team by obtaining the transfer of J. Miller, the Everton outside right, Miller who is very fast was born at Tynemouth, and Stands 5ft 6 in, and Weights 11 stone. Everton secured him from Grimsby Town, and are said to have received a transfer fee of just £2,000 for him.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 15 December 1919
J. H. Gait, the ex-Ranger and Everton half-back, who is now business in Glasgow, has been reinstated an amateur.
NOTTS COUNTY 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 908)
December 15, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury,
EVERTON DIVIDE WITH NOTTS.
A FAST AND CLEVER GAME.
Quite one of the fastest and most keenly contested games of the season was that seen at Meadow-lane on Saturday, when Notts County and Everton shared the spoils with a goal apiece. The balance of the sides was exceedingly nice and the re-arranged Everton forward rank made for both combination and efficiency. There were in fact a more polished quintet than the line which led by Mcleod, but they were not always so dangerous. More than one likely opening was thrown away, and there was times when the well-judged centres of both Jones and Harrison might have been turned to better account. But the main feature of the encounter was the splendid way in, which the pace was sustained, and the determination which characterised the contest right to the close. Notts, in their endeavour to keep their home record unspoiled did not hesitate to combine vigour with speed, and the course of the game both Clennell and Fern were rather badly damaged. The former was injured in the back in the first half, and this no doubt interfered with his activities in the second. Fern received alight concussion, but he struck gamely to his post. Notts opened play in a way that suggested “no quarter” but Everton's response was most masterly, and Harrison, which went just wide, fired the first dangerous shot. Subsequently McLeod headed away from the target, and a drive from Richards was rather luckily intercepted. The County forwards were particularly pressing towards the interval, but they were unable to get through and all was clear at half-time. In the second period there was no slackening in the pace, and in the first five minutes Page appeared to handle the ball –the player assures the writer that this was not so –and a penalty kick was granted, from which Charlesworth scored. Everton's reply to this was a little tardy, but at length a pass by Jones, Chedgzoy scored with a magnificent shot, and Notts were not again permitted to take the lead. The Everton line as intimated, showed great cleverness in combination, some of the wing work especially good. The halves showed all their customary skill, and the last line of defence left little to be desired. Teams: - Notts County: - Streets, goal, Charlesworth, and Johnson, backs, Flint, Foster, and Pembleton, half-backs, Waterall, Hill, McLeod, Richards, and Henshall, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Page, and Weller backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones, Chedgzoy, Gault, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Taylor.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 STOCKPORT COUNTY RESERVES 0
December 15, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 15)
Everton have played their best game this season on Saturday when they beat Stockport County Reserves by 4 goals to nil. The team was nicely balanced with the exception of goal and outside right. In the first half Stockport gave them a hard game, and the defence was severely tried, Berwick and Evans being in great form. At the interval there was no score, Everton in the second half; had matters nearly all their own way, and scored through Mayson, Rigsby, and Robinson (2). A little bad felling was introduced towards the end, and the referee Mr. Ducksworth, had occasion to twice caution Stockport players, for their unfair tactics upon Donnachie. Everton: - Mutch goal, Berwick, and Evans, backs, Peacock, Lievesley, and Williams, half-backs, Miller, Rigsby, Robinson, Mayson, and Donnachie, forwards.
£2000 OFFER FOR BREWSTER REJECTED BV ABERDEEN.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 17 December 1919
Everton were represented at the Third Lanark-Aberdeen match at Cathkin, and have, it is understood, made a substantial offer for George Brewster, the Pittodrie centre half, and were also prepared to enter into negotiations for the transfer of Alec Wright. The matter was considered a meeting of the Aberdeen Directors, when it was decided in the meantime not to part with any of the half-backs in view of the approach of the Scottish Cup ties. The sum offered for the transfer of Brewster has not transpired, but it is understood to be in the region of £2000
December 18 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton are making one change in the team to meet Liverpool on Saturday compared with the side that drew at Nottingham last week, Kirsopp appearing at centre instead of Gault. The Reserves against Tranmere team is Mitchell, Berwick, Evans, Peacock, Leivesley, Williams, Howarth, Rigsby, Robinson, Mayson, and Donnachie.
MR. T.H. McINTOSH
Yorkshire Evening Post - Friday 19 December 1919
The new Everton secretary, Mr. T.H. McIntosh, is back in Liverpool again after an unsuccessful journey in quest of players to Scotland. Everton wanted a well-known centre half-back and full back playing in Scottish League Football, but their offers were declined by the clubs concerned.
EVERTON'S £2,000 OFFER.
December 19 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton directors are making strenuous efforts to strengthen the team before the Cup-tie commences. Their latest move is said to have been an offer of £2,000 for George Brewster Aberdeen's stalwart centre half. The attempt to secure Brewster's signature, however, proved no more successful than did Chelsea's earlier in the season, and the reason is not far to seek. Brewster is now completing his fifth season at Pittodrie, at the end of which his benefit falls due. Moreover, it is understood that he gave an undertaking to the Aberdeen directorate to remain with the club until the close of the present season, at any rate. Sturdily built, he stands 5ft 11, and weights 13 stone, he is one of the best exponents of the game in his position in Scotland at the present day.
EVERTON 0 LIVERPOOL 0 (Game 909)
December 22 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
GOALLESS “DERBY” GAME.
KEEN CONTEST AT GOODISON PARK.
The first of the local “Derbies” ended in a drawn game. On the play Liverpool could certainly lay claim to the distinction of being the better side. The forwards could do everything except beat Fern, and their inaccuracy in front of goal prevented the Anfielders taking full honours. In the first half Liverpool looked to have the game well in hand. They were quicker on the ball and more reliable in defence than Everton, while their attacks had plenty of snap till the final stage was reached when they seemed to vanish into thin air. After the change of ends play was more even, and in the closing stages Everton made their most vigorous attacks, but the Anfielders defence came through the ordeal successfully. The game was never really brilliant although both sides played hard earnest football. Early in the second half Chambers was badly injured, and the line was reshuffed, Chambers going outside right and lacey centred. The rearrangement did not work well and Chambers left the field twelve minutes from the end. Liverpool gave evidence of their keenness right from the start, and in the first few minutes the Everton goal had a wonderful escape. Lacey headed in a beautifully placed ball from Sheldon and, with Fern beaten, Page who was standing in the goal, got the ball away with his knee. Liverpool claimed that the ball was over the goal line when Page cleared, and their claim appeared to be justified, but the referee ignored the appeal. Everton's best effort was a long swift volley from Clennell, and Campbell made a glorious save by scooping the ball away with his right hand. There was a perfect understanding between Lacey and Sheldon, and their work in the first half was excellent. Lacey often tried to force the issue on his own initiative and Fern cleverly saved several fine shots from the Liverpool inside men. Page was again instructmental in saving the Everton goal when he kicked the ball out of goal after Pearson had hooked it in from the goal line with Fern yards away. Chedgzoy made a galliant bid for the winning point in the closing stages, and Campbell saved a perfect shot with rare skill. Liverpool were a well-balanced side, and their display was a great improvement upon any of their previous games. The defence was rarely in difficulties and Longsworth was vigorous and confident. Of the half-backs one did better than Bromilow. Pearson and Lewis did not blend well, Lacey and Sheldon being easily the better wing. The Everton defence was not really so certain as the Liverpool rear division, and the half-backs were often overwhelmed by the swift movements of the Liverpool forwards. The Everton attack had very little sting in it. Kirsopp was a poor leader, Jones and Chedgzoy were badly paired, and Clennell and Harrison were easily subdued.
Teams: - Everton: - Fern goal, Page, and Weller, backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Liverpool: - Campbell, goal, Longsworth, and McKinlay, backs, Bamber, Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Sheldon, Lacey, Chambers, Lewis, and Pearson, forwards.
TRANMERE ROVERS 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
December 22, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 16)
The Rovers Central League eleven, on Saturday afternoon entertained Everton Reserves at Prenton Park, and a keenly contested game ended in favour of the visitors by two goals to one. The final score was far from a true reflex of the frend of the game, and the home lot fully merited a division of the points. There was little to choose between the respective teams during the initial half, and the interval arrived with a clean sheet. In the second portion the Rovers asserted themselves, and after a brilliant run Pinkney opened their account the ball striking the upright and passing into the net. Following this success the home lot for a lengthy spell monopolished the game, but failed to augment their lead. From a corner by Donnachie, Mayson headed the equalising goal, and shortly afterwards the same player notched the winning point. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Berwick, and Evans, backs, Peacock, Lievesley, and Williams, half-backs, Howarth, Rigsby, Robinson, Mayson, and Donnachie, forwards .
December 24, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
It will be noticed that Parker, the Club's centre forward of pre-war days is to play with the Reserves team in the game at Goodison Park tomorrow. This is his first game since his return from the Army.
JIMMY GALT TO TURN OUT FOR ALLOA
December 26, 1919. Dundee Courier
James Galt, of Everton and Rangers fame, will turn out at centre-half for Alloa in their Central league fixture with Falkirk “A” at Alloa tomorrow. Galt has not played in senior football since he was gassed in France while a Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps and is having a “trial-run.”
MANCHESTER CITY 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 910)
December 27, 1919. The Liverpool Courier.
FERN SAVES A PENALTY.
Following a raw and nisty morning, the weather brightened in Manchester on Christmas Day, and there were 20,000 spectators to see the match between Manchester City and Everton. The visitors reverted to their old forward line, whilst the home team had the help of Barnes and Crawshaw on a ground which was treacherous. Everton had quite as much of the game as their opponents in the first half, though the City should have scored in the first few minutes, Barnes missing an open goal. In midfield Everton did well, but their work in front of goal was deplorable. The City were no better and as a consequence no goals had been scored at half-time. Three minutes after the resumption Barnes scored from a fine pass by Goodwin, while soon afterwards Goodchild made a brilliant save from Clennell. Weller on Browell awarded the City for a doubtful foul a penalty kick . The last named took the shot, but Fern saved. Everton persevered and the game became very fast. The visitors defence withstood a series of fierce onslaughts and gradually they forced the game against the City. Ten minutes from the close Donnachie gave a short pass to Clennell, who missed the kick, but recovered and shot pass Goodchild . Everton: - Fern, goal, Page, and Weller, backs Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Donnachie, forwards.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 27, 1919. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 17)
An exciting Central League fixture took place at Christmas Day between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park. The game ended in a division of the spoils, each side scoring once. Bobby Parker, who reappeared in the Everton ranks; scored Everton's goal. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Thompson, and Evans backs, Peacock, Stewart, and W Robinson, half-backs, Howarth, Kirsopp, Parker, Mayson, and Smith forwards.
EVERTON 2 MANCHESTER CITY 0 (Game 911)
December 27, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S SOLID WIN.
Everton yesterday followed up their good work against Manchester City at Hyde-road –where they could have been winners by a large margin if they had any semblance of luck –by giving Manchester City a defending hour and a half at Goodison Park. Only two goals were scored by Everton, but the difference in the standard of play between the sides was much more marked, if we except the defending people, for Fern, save for one dive, had little to do, and the home backs were not as reliable as Fletcher and Sugden, particularly the former. Goodchild had a great deal of work to accomplish, and well as he played he must be accounted fortunate, for Jefferis once hit the crossbar and Gault actually netted what was an accidental offside appearance on part of Clennell made the goal invalid, owing to Clennell interfering with the view-of-the goalkeeper. It was an unusual contretemps, because it is not an offence to stand in an offside position, but in Clennell case Goodchild could complain that through Clennell's proximity he was affecting play, and was, therefore, offside. The first goal was a gem in its making and its calumniating shot, Jefferis, Brown, and Jones who showed the best combination of the game, carried the ball onward, and a pass to Gault let in the centre forward with very little room for shooting or working the ball. Gault shot at a rare pace, and the ball just squeezed in between the woodwork; and Goodchild –as neat a goal as has been seen on the ground for some time, and considering the position Gault's shot was one of the strongest seen. The second goal, scored by Fleetwood in the second half, was another pattern. Fleetwood tried a shot from a left wing position, and the ball skidded to such an extent that Sugden kicked over it and Goodchild unsighted made no effort to save the ball. It was a poorish goal, but it went to the man who had towered over all other's, his dominating of the City's crack inside forwards being most marked. Wareing and Brown also played havoc with City's attack though it must be stated that the visitors had to play Lamph as a forward in the second half, owing to injury to that player, and he eventually retired from the fray. City's failing was at forward, and there was also a weakness in the half-back line, only Tyler living up to the City standard, which has generally been very high. On the winning side there was not a weak spot, Albert Thompson out for the League team for the first time since September 27, had to fell his way for some time. The forward line worked harmoniously and strenuously, and Jefferis was in a class by himself for artistry, effect and getting his comrades attacking. Harrison's centres Clennell's indefatigable foraging and harassing (in spite of a cut eye) Gault's on-the-mark drives, and the right wing “pairing” made the line worthy a bigger win –this being impossible only be reason of City's trinity of sound defenders . Everton: - fern goal, Thompson, and Weller, backs Brown Fleetwood (Captain), and Wareing, half-backs Jones, Jefferis, Gault, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
December 27, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 18)
Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Berwick, and Evans backs, Peacock, Leivesley, and Williams, half-backs, Robinson, Mayson, Rigsby, and Evans
No details in local papers.
LIVERPOOL 3 EVERTON 1 (Game 912)
DECEMBER 29, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
STIRRING GAME AT ANFIELD.
Liverpool got full compensation for their superior play in the second meeting with Everton at Anfield on Saturday, and were well entitled to their clever win. The attendance was a record one for the season, and although a number of spectators had to be accommodated around the playing pitch, play was rarely interfered with. The game was brimful of incident, hard, vigorous football being the order. Liverpool won because they were more business like and more dashing than their opponents, while they never allowed Everton a chance of developing their game. Liverpool had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half, the effect of which was seen in the first five minutes, when the force of the wind carried the ball back towards the Everton goal from a goal-kick taken by Fern, Lewis getting possession and scoring the first goal. Fern made an attempt to save the shot, and although he fell full length he was just too late. Liverpool adopted the right policy, and the wind added strength to their shooting, Long shot from Lewis and McKinlay were well-directed efforts, but Fern handled the ball cleverly. After fifteen minutes, Millar scored Liverpool's second goal. Both Weller and Thompson might have cleared, but they let in the Liverpool centre, who went through with a smart run and finished with a fast shot that completely beat Fern. So far Everton had been compelled to act mainly on the defensive, and the game had been in progress twenty minutes before Campbell handled the ball. Shortly afterwards Liverpool suffered misfortune through Pursell wrenching his thigh. This necessitated a rearrangement of the side. McKinlay went to full-back, Lacey to left half-back, and Pursell to outside-right. Although Pursell remained on the field till the end he was of little practical use, as he could scarcely move and was only able to kick the ball when it came to him. With a balance of two goals against them, Everton started the second half in vigorous fashion. The wind had now dropped considerably, so that Everton did not get the same help from this factor that Liverpool fad received. After Lewis had lifted a grit chance over the bar the Liverpool goal had to stand a lot of hard pressure, and Campbell was only just in time to turn the ball round the post for a corner from an excellent shot by Parker. There was no denying Liverpool's superiority, and Miller was often on the target with telling drives. Lewis missed another fine chance when he hesitated to shoot and allowed Thompson to get in a lucky clearance, but Miller made amends by scoring a third point following clever work by H. Wadsworth. Everton came with a spirited attack near the end, and Parker scored from a well-placed corner by Chedgzoy. Liverpool held a big advantage in defence, and in spite of the mishap to Pursell, the Anfielders' defence maintained its virility and effectiveness throughout. Longsworth has rarely been seen to better effect and Mckinlay was an excellent partner. Clever work came from the intermediate line, and forwards were trustful and confident. Miller was a live man in the centre; he shot often, and never wasted a chance of penetrating the Everton defence. In contrast to their rivals, Everton suffered from a weak defence. Fern appeared to be at fault when Miller scored the third goal, and both Weller and Thompson were often outwitted and outpaced. The half backs worked hard, but they could not make up for the deficiencies of the forward line. There was little cohesion in the attack, and Parker who made his initial appearance in the League team, was hardly a success. Teams: - Liverpool: - Campbell, goal, Longsworth, and Pursell, backs, Bamber, W. Wadworth, and McKinlay, half-backs, Sheldon, Lacey, T. Miller, Lewis, and H. Wadsworth, forwards. Everton: - Fern goal, Thompson, and Weller, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Rigsby, and Donnachie, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 ROCHDALE 1
December 29, 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 19)
This game at Goodison Park resulted in a draw of one goal each, but on the run of play Everton should have won comfortably as they pressed all the way through the first half, but could only score once through Evans, who, receiving from Leivesley ran through on his own and beat Hurst early, the score at the interval being one goal to nil, in their favour. In the second half Rochdale rarely troubled Mitchell, and Everton's score should have been increased from the fine centres sent in by Jones and Evans on the extreme wings. Ten minutes from time Mitchell saved a penalty taken by Nuttall then Tieney equalised from a breakaway. This spurred on the visitors who almost snatched a victory in the last minute. Taking the game all through Rochdale were lucky to divide the points. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, J. Robinson, and W Evans, backs M. Jones, Lievesley, and Williams, half-backs, G.W. Jones A. Robinson, McGay, McQuarrie, and J. Evans, forwards.
EVERTON AND A SCOTTISH PLAYER.
December 30 1919. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The search for new players by English clubs, and Everton who were credited recently with making an ineffectual bid for Brewster the Aberdeen centre half, have been watching Gilhooley, the centre half of Clydebank, and it is stated that negotiation for that player's transfer are in progress.