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London Daily News - Monday 01 February 1904
Middlesbrough on their own ground before 15,000 spectators beat Everton by three goals to none. During an even first half neither side scored. Midway through the second half Brown opened the scoring for the home side with a fine shot. Further points were added by Gettins and Cassidy.

Athletic News - Monday 01 February 1904
By Boro
The National Cup-ties are drawing near, and thus for the meeting between Everton and Middlesbrough, on the Ayresome Park enclosure, both teams had the advantage of a special seaside training, the visitors coming across country on Friday night from their Blackpool quarters to Redcar, where they spent the evening and Saturday morning, whilst the home eleven had been sprinting to the tune of the bracing winds of Saltburn. With Hogg resuming at full back for Middleborough, after a rest from the previous week's engagement, both teams were at full strength, though it was still noticed that Settle was operating at centre forward in the Everton ranks. There were 15.000 around the ropes to witness the Tees-siders’ ninth attempt to secure the full number of points, they not having booked a win since their victory over Bury on December 12. However, there were able to stay the course better than the Mersey men and to book a very clever and welcome win, constituting, indeed, the heaviest defeat Everton have submitted to this season.
The home team started to a cross breeze, which rather favoured the visitors, but quickly forced a couple of corners, which, however, were not skillfully placed by Goodison, and then Booth worked in a charming low shot which was just as charmingly saved. The amateur, Hardman, however, should have opened the scoring, being presented with an almost perfect chance by Sharp, who got one of his most skillful crosses right into the goal mouth. Hardman, however, mussed glaringly. Both sides were playing keen and top-class football, the passing of the forwards and the tackling of the defenders being alike of the best. Thus both goalkeepers were found employment. Atherton getting in a tremendous effort from long range. Then Cassidy was going through when Crelley appeared to foul him in the penalty area, but the breech was unnoticed, and the spectators grumbled. The play was exhilarating to a degree, each side claiming the advantage in quick turns; but to halt-time the real advantage lay with the respective defenders, and it was difficult to say which had been the better, for no matter what the shot either Balmer, Crelley, or Kitchen on the one side, or Hogg. Blackett, or Williamson on the other, was equal to it. Thus at the interval the scoring had not opened.
The second portion started with a fine save by Williamson from Taylor, and soon after Kitchen did  equally well when Gettins headed a centre from Goodson very dangerously near. The latter, with Cassidy, was continually prominent with daring and skillful play, he having hard lines with a glorious long shot which skimmed the bar after he had beaten Balmer. Alter twenty minutes Brown, receiving from Goodson through; Davidson, found his opportunity, and with a low left-foot shot got the ball safely past Kitchen. Gettins only allowed a further five minutes to elapse before he took a long pass from Goodson in  midfield, and beating the entire opposition scored the second goal for his side after a brilliant run. The next minute or two ought to have brought No. 3, but the Last scorer unaccountably lilted the ball clean over the bar when only a yard out. Nevertheless, the home men were almost all over the Liverpool men in the closing stages, the latter conceding corners to escape the greater evil. From one of them, though, Cassidy chalked up the thud, which went through off Balmer, but it was Cassidy's goal all the same. There were a dozen corners in last 20 minutes, and all at the Everton end, but the home team's trio of goals was sufficient to constitute a handsome victory.
Quite the outstanding feature of the game was the utter collapse of the Lancashire eleven during the last half-hour, though in the first 60 minutes they had shown skill in attack and defence equal to the home team, and that was no mean standard, but neither the first goal their confidence went, taking their ability with it, and to the finish they were able only to “chase’’ the Middlesbrough players about. Their staying powers were most evidently lost in the long journey, or perhaps the manner in which Williamson and his helpers so easily dealt with and overcame their best attempts may provide the cause of so unexpected a caving in. The forwards can hardly be held wholly responsible, as in the latter portion they seldom got the ball to any advantage. Earlier, they had done some brilliant manoceuving at times, though Settle was the one man who never seemed at home, but much of his ineffectiveness must be credited to Jones, who was leech-like in his attentions. Taylor worked very well, but Sharp found very hard work in beating his opposing men. The defence had done so brilliantly to begin with that their failing came as a great surprise.  Booth was the one man on the side to do his great reputation justice throughout, and he cut a fine figure with his tenacious tackling, and speed, and his always true returns to his forwards. Kitchen saved most superbly, and was of great strength whilst Balmer and Crelley were two very great backs, kicking and defending admirably for 60 minutes only.
The play of the home team was throughout very good and very pleasing, and it seemed the October form had returned. From beginning to ending they exhibited the energy, skill, and dash which eventually secured them the points. Much praise is due to the forwards for continuing to peg away even when the Everton defence seemed impregnable.  Their exhibition during the whole course of the game was just one which only wanted a weak spot in the opposition for goals to come. That they found a weak spot the result shows. One cannot bestow too liberal praise upon the defenders, who were found equal to neutralize the most polished efforts of Everton; indeed, the Tees-side defenders have seldom shown to such advantage. The play of the men from goal line to the centre was such that to individualize would be unfair. There was no weak spot, but Hogg and Blackett must be commended for a return to best form, and the team be congratulated upon a remarkably clever performance.  Middlesbrough;- Williamson; Hogg, and Blackett; Aitken, Jones, and Davidson; Gettins, Atherton, Brown, Cassidy, and Goodson.  Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Hardman.  Referee; Mr. H. Ward, Nottingham.

Athletic News - Monday 01 February 1904
A Full Back of Promise
By Junius
During recent years Everton appear to have developed a desire for producing local full backs for their League team, and at present two Liverpool men fill this important division of their premier eleven.  In the subjects of our sketch they possess a reserve player for an vacancy in this department, who, though young, has more than average ability, and in his last appearance with the League eleven, Robert Balmer gave the Sheffield United right wing a rare taste of his quality.  The comparatively inexperienced youth- for he is only 20 years of age- created a most favourable impression by the manner in which he repeatedly broke up the combined efforts of such notabilities as Common and Bennett.  He commenced his football career at West Derby, and with this junior suburban eleven gave promise of developing into a capable full back.  In his school days he figured in the Liverpool Colleague team and secured a medal for assisting to capture the School Challenge Shield.  In connection with the West Derby League he was twice selected to represent the North against the South and had the honour of being chosen captain of the former side, which in both years proved victorious, and thereby qualified for the medals offered.  He joined Everton in 1901, as a left full back, which position he has invariably occupied-though on one occasion.  I believe, he played centre forward in a six-aside contest at West Derby, when his side proved the winners.  During his connection with Everton he has generally assisted the Reserve eleven, but on the occasions when he has been called upon to play for the League team he has invariably given a capital exhibition.  Though only standing 5ft 8ins, and scaling 10st 10lbs, he is one of the pluckiest and most whole-hearted players imaginable.  Fear is foreign to him, and his style of play is in every particular precisely similar to that of his more experienced brother.  The Everton directors are very judicious in selecting him at intervals only, for their recognize he is a coming League player, and do not desire to overtax his strength while young.  But that he may eventually become a permanent player in the team is only a matter of time and opportunity and the latter contingency is bound to arrive.  When it does come Balmer will be found ready to maintain the excellent traditions of his family, so worthily upheld at present by his brother. 

Athletic News - Monday 01 February 1904
By Junius
For the second Saturday in succession Heywood were visitors to the city, but their latest performance was not very cheering to their supporters. Everton scored twice through Dilly and Clayton in the first half, but in the second portion O’Hagan (twice), Sheridan, Rankin, Russell, and Dilly added points, and Everton won by eight clear goals.  The game was too one-sided to merit criticism, and Everton were vastly superior to their opponents.  O’Hagan, Rankin, and Dilly were the pick of the forwards, whilst Clayton at half-back, and Murray at full back, rendered capital service.  For the losers, who were practically penned in their half throughout the game, Thorpe at half-back gave a very plucky exhibition, but despite the fact that he had eight points registered against him Whittaker kept a splendid goal, and could not in any way be blamed for the defeat.  Blomley at centre forward was in good trim, but he was badly supported by his wing men, and the score about represented the superior of the leaders of the Lancashire Combination. 

February 1, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
In order to fulfil their return engagement with Middlesbrough. Everton left their training quarters at Blackpool on Friday, and made the journey to Redcar, a pretty watering place with close reach of the Iron capital. Redcar was left on Saturday morning the players dressing in the saloon en route. The conditions were most favourable for a good exposition of the game. There would be about 13,000 spectators present when the teams lined up as follows: - Middlesbrough: - Williamdson goal, Hogg and Blackett, backs, Aitkens, Jones and Davidson, half-backs, Gettins Atherton, Brown Cassidy, and Goodson, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs Wolstenholme, Booth (captain) and Abbott half-backs Sharp Taylor, Settle McDermott, and Hardman forwards. Referee H.Ward. By winning the toss Everton had a district advantage with the breeze, but immediately the home right got into a good position, and were not checked until they got with close range where Crelly brought off a fine tackle. The home side again made off, Cassidy and Goodson being prominent, and but for smart tackling, first by Booth and then by Wolstenholme, the visitors goal must have been captured. They followed a couple of corner kicks against Everton, but these carried so anxiety, and the visiting left then got away. They met with stubborn defence, but Booth supplemented their efforts and steadying himself, put a fine shot into Williamson hands. Their efforts was not long sustained, for Balmer and Crelly were kept bust for some minutes. Keen tackling prevented shooting and eventually Taylor put in a very tricky bit of play, in which he drew round him the home backs and deftly put the ball out to Sharp. The latter raced along in splendid fashion, and put in an accurate cross shot to the foot of Hardman, who was unmarked only three yards from the goaulmouth, but he shot wide. Balmer was loudly applauded for some splendid tackling and during the next few minutes the Everton forwards was soon busy near the home goal. First Sharp and then Hardman put in lovely centres, but there was no getting the better of Blackett and Hogg, and eventually Settle in attempting to head the ball from Abbott. placed it behind. Another movement on the home left ended in Cassidy badly missing an easy opening. A strong pressure followed, in which the Everton defenders were seen in capital trim as before Balmer clinched matters with a fine strong drive but at this stage his forwards could not keep possession and the home lot were again busy in attack. A magnificent shot from Atherton just missed the net, and a good shot from Goodson was kept out by Kitchen. Some fine passing between Sharp, Taylor, and Settle, and Hardman was the next item, but unfortunately the outside man lay offside and headway was lost by a series of thrown-ins. The Middlesbrough forwards worked their way to the Everton quarters again, but were beaten by Balmer and Crelly. Then Settle was unlucky in having a shot charged down by Hogg when only a few yards from goal, and a further return brought only an abortive corner. Another fine shot by Goodson was splendid headed out by Crelly. The Everton forwards, who led, now made a really brilliant effort by Settle made their way to within a few yards of the home goal. The ball was eventually put to Taylor, who, with a splendid shot, looked like opening the scoring, when Williamson in miraculous fashion managed to tip the ball over the bar. The corner kick brought an exciting tussle in the goalmouth, and Hardman should have scored. The pace, which all along had been fast, now increased and there were many exciting passages in front of both goals. The home left was particularly busy, and Kitchen was twice called upon, and cleared admirably. Half-time Middlesbrough nil, Everton nil. When play was resumed Everton made tracks for the home goal. McDermott made a capital effort to open the scoring, but his shot was cleared, and the home side retaliated strongly. The right wing got away in fine style, and Brown-taking advantage of a grand centre from Davidson opened the scoring with a splendid shot. Middlesbrough playing with the wind in their favour, had the best of matters for some time. Everton, however, defended stubbornly, while the forwards often troubled the Middlesbrough defenders Aitkens shot into the hands of Kitchen, and directly after Gettins finished a smart bit of work by scoring Middlesbrough's second goal. Towards the close there was a fierce scrimmage in the mouth of the Everton goal. From a corner Gettins struck the post, and from the rebound Cassidy shot in, the ball going off Crelly into the net. Result Middlesbrough 3, Everton nil.

February 1, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 18)
At Goodison Park. A goal came from Dilly in the first minute. Clayton scored a second point. Half time Everton 2 Heywood nil. O'Hagan scored two, and Sheridan, Rankin, Russell, and Dilly all scored one. Everton winning a one sided game by eight goals to nil. Everton: - Dent, goal, Gordon, and Murray, backs Clayton, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan Young, O'Hagan, and Corrin forwards.

February 1, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Following upon recent success accomplished by the Everton team, the result of Saturday's engagement with Middlesbrough must have come as a big surprise to the majority of their supporters. The disappointing was accentuated in as much as the North east Yorkshire team had been performing mostly in difficulty of late, for since the second half of the season had been enforced upon their record was one continuous loss of games. The first meeting this season ended, after a fairly good exposition of the game, in favour of the Goodison Park side by two goals to nil, so that the home eleven had every incentive to get upon level terms with their opponents. In this they not only succeeded, but they eclipsed the efforts of the “Blues” in as much as when time was called they had administered the most crushing defeat that Everton has sustained this season. The weather was fine, but the ground at Ayrsome Park was considerably on the soft side, and probably this had much to do with the inability of the Evertonians to keep the balance of play in their favour. At the outset the visitors had a district advantage in winning the toss, for they were backed up by a fresh breeze that blow from end to end, and it was generally conceded that the home side would have an anxious 45 minutes. Contrary to expectation, the Middlesbrough eleven were the more dangerous during the initial stages of the game, for they sped along the heavy turf with an accuracy that stood out markedly to the movements of their opponents, who experienced the utmost difficulty in keeping a foothold. Both sides had been in training quarters during the week, and so far as the Yorkshiremen were concerned, considerable benefit had been derived therefrom. They stayed the pace from start to finish, and it is a somewhat usual item to Chronicle a failure in this direction on the part of the Everton team. During the last stages of the game the home forwards played with a fruitless more closely identified with the opening of a match, and it was left to this period to establish their distinct superiority, for they secured their three goals within the last 25 minutes of the game. Everton's weakness lay in that failure of the forwards to keep possession of the ball. There was not that concerned action with the half back line that has been so prominent a feature in recent games, and more often than not the passing of the quintet was faulty and badly timed. The defect opened out splendid opportunities for the home half backs, who placed with accuracy to their forwards, and backed them up with such support that the van always gave one the impression that they would eventually assert themselves in unmistakable fashion. Now, and then there were flashes of exceptional merit on the part of the visitors, notably some clever manceurving on the part of Sharp, who on one occasion gave Hardman the easiest of chances to score. Had this been accepted there might have been quite a different complexion put upon the game, for everyone who follows the short in ready to admit is ready to admit that the first goal in hand is a great incentive to success. Other opportunities though not of so simple a nature were allowed to go a begging, and thus at the end of the first half, after having enjoyed the assistance of the prevailing conditions, Everton could claim no advantage; indeed on the general run of the pay the home side had a little in hand. When the game was resumed, there was a glimpse of the old time cleverness shown by the Everton forwards, who peppered away at the Middlesbrough defenders, and for a lengthy period kept them extended to their best efforts. Eventually the home forwards asserted themselves and after 20 minutes play Brown scored a clever goal, which was followed by one from Gettins, who, challenged by Kitchen tipped the balls into the net, while towards the close Cassidy met a return from the upright and added a third. There could be no question that the Middlesbrough team was the better side, and evidently North Sea breezes have done much in bringing the players back into form. As suggested, the Everton forwards were not at their best; indeed, it was only at odd intervals that they indulged that they indulged in those delightful touches which have formed so prominent a feature in recent games. The right wing was the most effective, but their centres were invariably met by Jones and Aitkens, the opposing half-backs who, were ever on the alert to prevent their rearguard from being unduly harassed. The Everton half backs had a vast amount of works to get through and under the circumstances they did well, while at full back Balmer gave a masterly display of timing, tackling, and clever kicking. Crelly was not so reliable, for Atherton and Gettins often had the better of him, while in goal Kitchen gave nothing away. On the home side Brown was a capable pivot in the attack, for he kept his wings going and gave Goodson, Atherton, and Gettins every opportunity to display their skill. The defence was capital, and in goal, Williamson showed much judgement in dealing with the few dangerous shots that came his way.

London Daily News - Monday 08 February 1904
Tottenham Hotspur gained a brilliant victory over Everton at Goodison Park by two goals to one. This was regarded as one of the most important of the Cup ties. and in spite of a heavy downpour of rain, about 18,000 people watched the play. Both teams were strongly represented. Corrin appearing for Everton instead of Hardman. The game opened at a great pace although the ground was in deplorable condition, quite against fast play. For half an hour the exchanges ruled even, and then Woodward headed through for Tottenham from corner. J. Jones soon followed with a second goal for the London club, who were playing in determined fashion. Everton then pressed hard, but failed to score, half-time being reached with the Hotspur leading by two goals to none. In the second half Everton were seen to greater advantage. At times Tottenham pressed, and Woodward once badly mulled a fine centre from Kirwan, but for the most part Everton attacked strongly. They were, however, met with sound defence. Williams and the Hotspur backs playing admirably. Watson failed at time from a centre from Corrin, and put the ball through his own goal, thus scoring for Everton, but Tottenham always led, and in the end they won with a goal spare.

Athletic News - Monday 08 February 1904
A Tale of a Tottenham Triumph
By Nondescript
Everton beaten at home! The one greet surprise of the round, I should say.  Yet merit would not be denied, and I imagine it will be conceded by almost all who saw the match that the “Spurs” deserved their success.  You know the old couplet;  Thrice armed is he who hath his quarrel just.  But four times he who gets his blow in “fust.”   Tottenham got first blow in, and ere the enemy could fairly recover himself another weak spot was found and down he went again.  Late in the bout he recovered his wind- but all too late.  And so another muffled note on the funeral bell.  “Toll for the brave, the brave that are no more.”  For Everton were brave enough.  Though misfortune marked them for its own, and held them forever so long under its sinister spell, they fought a good if a losing battle.  Goodness knows they might have fought better, but the team in general, though it better, but the team in general though revealing individual and collective shortcomings, gave the lie on this occasion to popular opinion- which has I must say, been shared by myself-that their valour evaporates when they are called upon to face a deficit.  In the second half of Saturday’s proceedings they were niggers in more than one sense.  They were several times baulked by mere trifles of bad luck- and had management-which means such a lot when a team is in desperate straits.  Do not let be inferred, however, that ill-luck befell only one side.  The Tottenham forwards had a bad habit of declining open goals and miracle dictum!  Woodward himself was in dire disgrace at least once.  One was thankful in a sense that it happened so, for his egregious blunder early on in the second half, when the “Spurs” stood two goals up, paved the way to some spirited proceedings at the other end in all of which keep interest was maintained until the end.  For it was a rousing good game, and considering how heavy was the going, with rain churning it the more every minute, then men stood the ordeal right well.  The misfortunes of Everton were manifold.  Kitchen gave away one goal; Balmer turned another ball through his own posts; Sharp missed an open space; McDermott could only have been inches off-side if that, when he found the net; Booth clean beat Williams, but shivered the post; Taylor did ditto in scraping the bar.  Yet they were a sorely tried team. Let us give the visitors their desert, however. They exchanged one fluky goal. Watson fairly setting the netting on a quiver with a ball which was intended for up the field.  Woodward’s defections have just been alluded to.  A small slice of luck at the one end would have returned the verdict 2-2.  The merest
Trifles, however, stood in the way of a 4-1 victory for Tottenham, who accommodated themselves better to the conditions, and are not to be begrudged what they extracted, but rather to be congratulated upon a clever achievement.  And we have a fine and a healthy admiration for the “Spurs” in Lancashire.  We have been previously witness to their doughty deeds, and we remember the time when beaten at Preston on their first visit to the County, the little knot of followers on the stand rose in their places at the conclusion of the game, and gave three heart cheers for North End.  It was something so weird and strange that we rude Barbarians of Northern climes were almost inclined to disbelieve eyes and ears.  But we like Tottenham none the less, though they keep beating us, and should be glad to see them again shortly –say at Manchester.
A Watery Grave
In continuation of our nautical lay concerning the downfall of Everton one might well add. "All lost beneath the wave.” One reason which I heard advanced for their defeat was the deplorable state of the turf. It is rather curious, then, that the worse the ground became the lustier was their attack. No, I don't think that argument will hold water, although there is not the least doubt that on a dry surface the feats which they attempted would have been more happily consummated. Their long passing, commenced very early by the forwards, did nothing more than present Tait and partner with free kicks galore, and they soon tired themselves with sticking to the ball too long, so that at the start they were not successful with either plan of attack. Sharp close in just missed a cross from Corrin, and then Settle, who was poaching behind the backs, could not gather a ball as it spun towards the goal-line off one of the defenders. Later on, when Settle wove towards the left, drawing Watson with him, no one on the home side was intelligent enough to slip into his place as the ball came back to the centre again. That was a reasonable chance neglected. On another occasion, Williams, by weight of numbers, friend and foe, was forced through the goal, the ball escaping by the post. Then Settle and Taylor both came by the ball close in and both seemed undecided which should take it, Taylor eventually firing over. And now for a chapter about Tottenham and all that they did. They did many clever things. Generally Wolstenholme and Abbott were altogether unable to hold the wings, and although Booth kept a watchful eye on Woodward, Copeland required his attention likewise, and Tom at times ’‘between the devil and the deep sea." The visiting forwards, disposing their attack in fairly equal parts, kept themselves fresh enough to deliver a succession of attacks which considerably harassed Kitchen’s department.  Kirwan and Copeland were especially demonstrative.  The first-named went sprawling in the slime when careering straight for the keeper. Next he got a beauty to the front, while later on he spun round Wolstenholme, crossed to Woodward, who tapped back to Copeland, who all but took the keeper by surprise. This shot was well fielded, but from a subsequent corner Kitchen quite lost the ball and Woodward had no difficulty in heading past him. This occurred almost on the verge of half an hour. Three minutes later, and after a spirited attack on the other goal. Jones at inside right, finding Balmer coming for him, tried a long shot, and it was Balmer’s misfortune to get only the sole of his boot on the ball and to see it squirm into the net. Kitchen’s view being quite obstructed. The early part of the second half found the half-backs a less formidable force, and the team was lucky to be charged nothing serious for their delinquencies. Everton now got more of the ball, but still kept poking it in the air too much, though after Woodward had quite spoiled the effect a tricky incursion on the part of Kirwan by the egregious effort which has been alluded to, the home attack settled down to rather better business. They were never quite so circumspect in their movements as the opposing line, but they got to the front pretty often. Booth, in addition to the raspier which hit the post, with Williams ’’beaten to the world,” gave his forwards one or two other excellent examples to copy, but obstacles would persist in cropping up. Sometimes a defender’s legs were in the way, at others the goal was not quite large enough. Sharp blundered away a possible chance of saving the game when he trod over the ball not couple of yards out. Taylor headed a beauty on the bar. McDermott was ruled off-side when did cap one of the prettiest movements of the day, and it was left for Watson to make a present of a goal in the manner stated. There was just a chance left as Abbott took a free kick tor tripping, but his shot was fit companion to much of his work, and that was distinctly below his average.
It was a fine point on the general run of the play which had most of the ball. Everton of the two are probably the better team, but their inconsistency, which has been so frequently advertised since they reached the seats of the mighty, was once more apparent. An unbalanced team in the first half hour—that was when they lost the game. Booth, Crelly, Corrin, and Settle were the few who did several reputations justice. The first-named behaved like a Trojan. He could not prevent Woodward breaking clear at times, but as a rule it was trick and tie between them, and the Everton half-back had a heap of work throat upon him by reason of the fact that Wolstenholme and Abbott were less happy than is their wont.  Crelley was the steadier back, Balmer for once in a way being shaky, kicking weakly for him, and generally being below himself. Corrin, whose election to the extreme left was decided upon in consequence of the heavy ground, stood worthily by his sponsors, and more good work would have been got out of him, but that McDermott was so awfully behind the times. In the second half certainly McDermott was more alive to his opportunities, and a few deft touches on his part helped Everton’s case on materially, but somehow he seemed not to be thoroughly awake until reaching an advanced stage of the proceedings. As between Woodward and Settle we were shown distinct types of centre-forward play, and the palm undoubtedly went to the amateur who would brush through and make openings for himself, while his passing when at full gallop was wonderfully certain considering the lay of the land. Altogether he appeared in bolder relief as a leader of men, and only as a deadlier shot did Settle claim any advantage. The last-named handled his wings with poor judgment, and only occasionally rose to a height of individual excellence. Taylor was “everything turns, and nothing great,’’ working hard in all three divisions of the team, but being a less powerful factor than I have seen him, while continual wordy warfare between him and Hughes did not improve his play. Laying well up Tait repeatedly intercepted passes intended for Sharp, nor was the latter allowed much free play by the other members of the Tottenham defence whenever he eluded “Sandy’s " vigilance. Tait himself played one of his best games, after starting shakily, and Watson, his one tremendous blunder excepted, buckled to heartily, several times asserting his resource in goalmouth. So much said of both, each managed to keep straight shots out more by accident than design. With all their shortcomings the Everton forwards gave Williams opportunities of asserting himself as a sound custodian, and save that his kicking from goal was weak, he has lost nothing from the character which was his when at Manchester. The old Tottenham half-back partnership is still a potent force, being seen to infinite advantage during the first half, when showing off stolidity and judgment in equal parts. Woodward, as the forward whose appearance excited the moat curiosity, caught the eye very favourably in field tactics, but he contributed no more to the success of the side than Kirwan, who was a constant thorn in the path of Wolstenholme and Balmer, and was exceedingly well partnered by Copeland. This pair engaged in some the prettiest movements of the day. Jones, on the other wing, too, pleased me immensely, and though Warner was the least conspicuous of the five, he had a sound idea of the geography of the posts. The value of sweeping crosses and long drives from the wings to the centre on such a day was demonstrated with force when Jones shot Tottenham’s second goal.  The ‘‘’Spurs’’ played this game for all it was worth. Yet they carried style in most that they did, and certainly out-pointed the others in keeping the ball nearer the ground- Everton.—Kitchen; Balmer and  Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp. Taylor. Settle, McDermott, and Corrin.  Tottenham Hotspur;- Williams; Watson and Tait; Morris, McNaught, and Jones (J.T.); Warner, Jones (J.), V.J. Woodward, Copeland, and Kirwan.  Referee; H. Ward, Nottingham. 

February 8, 1904. The Liverpool Courier.
F.A.Cup Round One.

In the first round proper of the always popular English Cup Competition. Everton were fortunate in being drawn at home. Moreover, they were lucky enough to be pitted against an attractive team in Tottenham Hotspur, who are rarely seen in the north. Both teams had been in training during the week, Everton at Blackpool, and the Spurs at Southport. Unfortunately, the day turned out miserably wet, rain falling without cessation from shortly after midday. This affected the attendance in some degree, though possibly the doubling of the prices for the goal end, stands had something to do with it. Shortly before the game started the attendance was estimated at 18,000. The Lord Mayor occupied a seat in the directors box. The ground was very heavy and slippery, and the conditions were all against a good exposition of the game. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs Sharp Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Corrin, forwards. Tottenhan Hotspur: - Williams, goal, Watson, and Tait, backs, Morris, Hughes, and J.L.Jones, half-backs, Warmer, J.Jones, V.J.Woodward, Copeland, and Kirwan, forwards. Referee H.Ward. Tottenham kicked off, and in quick succession two fouls were given against them, the ball being eventually sent past. A free kick against the home team transferred play to Everton ground. The visiting backs kicked with great effect and the “Spurs” forwards were very energetic, with the result that Warmer got in a beautiful centre, which presented Kirwan with a lovely opening of which he failed to take advantage, greatly to the delight of the home supporters. The excursionists from London heartily cheered the “Spurs” vigorous efforts. Next Sharp made his presence felt on the right wing, but he was not allowed to get in a centre, and play for some time was in midfield. Everton experienced considerable difficulty in making headway and on two occasions Settle and Corrin both came under the ban of the referee for offside. At this period Everton was having slightly, the better of exchanges, though the visiting backs were hard to beat. Still keeping up the pressure, Everton gained the first corner of the match, conceded by Tait. This however, was of no avail, and immediately the Spurs via Kirwan, made tracks, for the other end. The outside man centred, and brought Kitchen out of his goal, but the custodian was not troubled, though there could be no denying the effective style of football given by the Spurs. Off-side against Warmer relieved the situation. A fine bit of passing between Copeland and Woodward was applauded, and happily for Everton, Kirwan was unable to reach the amateur. The home defence were experiencing an anxious time, for the visiting forwards manipulated the ball with marked success. Suddenly the game took a turn, and following an abortive corner forced by Taylor, another followed as the result of a free kick close in. nothing however, came of it, and a free kick to the Spurs relieved the pressure. After Booth had kick away from Kirwan's centre, Kitchen saved a capital shot from Copeland, and a little later the custodian kicked away a low shot from close quarters. A corner resulted, and from the Woodward opened the scoring, for the Spurs after half an hour's play. From the restart Sharp tricked a couple of opponents, and centred finely, Corrin's shot curling just round the post. The Spurs were soon pressing again, and Warmer dropped the ball well, into the Everton goalmouth, Kitchen having to save under difficulties. He was fouled, but the free kick brought no relief, for within a few minutes of the first goal Morris beat Kitchen for a second time with a long, Balmer being at fault. After this second reverse Everton made determined attempts to reduce the margin against them, but the Tottenham defence was very sound. Two corners were forced on each wing, but nothing resulted, the visitors packing their goal to good purpose. Suddenly Kirwan led an attack by the Southerns, but his shot went wide, and Everton were again exerting pressure only to find the visiting defence too strong for them. At last from Sharp's centre, Settle put in a really good shot, which deserved to score, and at the time much of the ineffectiveness of the home front line were due to the weakness of McDermott. Taylor tried to make amends, and had hard lines with a shot, which just skimmed the crossbar. Everton were attacking strongly when the whistle blew for the interval. Half-time Everton nil, Tottenham Hotsour 2. The weather was very gloomy when operations were resumed. Right from the kickoff Corrin who had been putting any amount of heart into his play, was conspicuous with a good run, and the ball remained in the Tottenham half, without, however, Williams being troubled. Everton opened the second period in a manner, which encouraged their supporters, but soon the Londoners took up the running, and afterwards, when Woodward was becoming dangerous. Kitchen had to come out of his goal when his backs were beaten. He kicked clear, but the ball was quickly returned, and after remarkably clever footwork by Kirwan, who easily discomfited Balmer and Wolstenholme. Woodward failed at an open goal. Tottenham were playing a winning game, and with an increase in the downpour there was a corresponding diminution in the hopes of the Evertonians. Still for a time, although the understanding between the halves, and forwards was greatly at fault, the home side kept at it so persistently that a goal seemed forthcoming. It looked odd on Sharp scoring but Williams saved at the expense of an abortive corner from Sharp, while a moment later the custodian and cleared a grand shot from Booth, the “Spurs” goal having marvellous escapes. Everton were now fairly penning their opponents, but Williams in goal performed prodigies of valour. Sharp missed when a few yards from goal, and Taylor banged in a lighting shot without avail, but strive as they would, the Tottenham defence appeared to bear a charmed existence. The “Spurs” rarely got over the half-way line, Everton having greatly improved in their tactics. Still the long looked for goals were not forthcoming. Both Sharp and Corrin sustained slight injuries, but despite these drawbacks, Everton continued to exert pressure. Afterwards the game opened out, and the Spurs long shooting was always dangerous. Everton had all the better of the game just before the finish. Watson, intercepting a centre from Corrin, put into his own goal. Everton tried hard, but failed to draw level. Result Everton 1, Tottenham Hotspur.

Jack Kirwan Ex Everton now Tottenham

February 8, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
To say that Everton's defeat at home by Tottenham Hotspur in the first round of the Association Cup-tie came as a tremendous surprise is putting the case very mildly. That they deserved to lose can scarcely be gainsaid, for they never seemed to realise what were the tactics necessary on such a suddened ground to gain the victory, and not until the second half was reached did they display any adaptability to the inclement conditions. Corrin was selected at the last moment to fill the extreme left position, this being presumably due to the heavy nature of the going, and although he was badly served by his partner, he proved one of the most useful of the forwards. The Spurs came down from Southport-having spent the week there-and judging from their display, they had derived considerable benefit from the change. For a fortnight Everton had been training in Blackpool, but whatever advantage they had gained by their sojourn on the Lancashire coast were by no means apparent in their movements against the Londoners. The game may be fairly divided into two portions, in which the Spurs and the home side respectively proved the most efficient, though it is worth bearing in mind that the visitors entered on the second part of the contest with a lead of two goals, and could thus be satisfied with devoting their attentions more on defence than in exerting their energies towards further onslaughts on the Everton goal. Tottenham won the match in the first half, and Everton, though they made a gallant effort afterwards, could never redeem their failings of the earlier portions of the game. Not one of the goals scored was a good point; the first was due to a blunder by Kitchen, who completely missed the ball in dealing with a corner kick, whilst the second was the result of a mistake by Balmer, who in the goalmouth diverted a long shot from J.Jones into the net. Even Everton's goal was presented for Watson turned a swift centre from Corrin past his own keeper, and accomplished what the Everton forwards had failed to do, namely defeat Williams. Still Tottenham were fully two goals better than their rivals at half-time, and even recognising the fact, that the better round themselves to valiant deeds in the concluding stages, it is difficult to understand why they could not have done this earlier, and not have waited for their opponents to incite than to such efforts by gaining the comfortable lead of two goals. It is also a matter of surprise that Everton should have attempted to play the close-passing game on such a day; when they did open out the play after the interval the beneficial effects were immediately apparent, and they practically courted defeat by their mistaken tactics prior to half-time. Seldom have the Everton half backs been so completely outmanurved as they were by the Tottenham forwards, and the latter found it an easy master to outwitted Wolstenholme and Abbott. They played splendid football through out the first 45 minutes, and gave the home defence a very anxious time. In marked contrast to the doings of the Southerners, the Everton forwards were utterly disjointed, and they persisted in finessing and dribbling in the mud until they were unable, through sheer lack of energy, to send in a decent shot. McDermott was the weakest player in the home ranks, and the conditions were always too much for him, for his passes invariably went astray, and he was easily dispossessed. Settle was of little use, his centre forwards and, with the exception of occasioned flashes by Sharp and Corrin, none of the members of the front line showed to advantage. The surprising feature of Everton's performance was the poor exhibition given by the half-backs, who failed to hold the Tottenham forwards, and were at times hopelessly bewildered by the sparkling combined onslaught of the Southern Leaguers. That understanding between them and their forwards, which has been such a conspicuous feature in their League matches, was altogether wanting, but as already stated, the criticism could not apply to their work in the closing stages of the struggle. Then both forwards and halves demonstrated what they really could do when moving in something like the customary fashion, and whilst giving them every credit for their splendid work during this period, their earlier failings were too pronounced to be excusable. The defence was likewise erratic, for though Blamer cleared well at times he was frequently beaten in his efforts to stop the Spurs left wing, and the old Everton player, Kirwan, had a rare time. Crelly was more reliable, but taken all round, there was not the same efficiency display in this portion of the team that is usually witnessed. Kitchen made one fatal blunder, which led to the visitors first goal, but he would most probably have stopped the second shot that scored had not Balmer interfered. It was, of course, difficult to maintain a foothold on the treacherous turf, but this handicapped both teams, and Tottenham made fewer blunders than Everton. Their excellent mancouvring in the first half gained for the visitors a deserving victory, and considering the state of the ground, they played, very fine football. Kirwan was the pick of the front line, but Woodward, put in some capital work, and on a pitch which appeared detrimental to one of his physique, gave a surprisingly judicious and dashing exhibition. The inside players combined grandly together, and, after establishing their lead, were content to vely upon occasional breakaways, in the second half. The halves were sound and reliable, placing nicely to the men in front of them, and Morris on the right wing was the most effective of the trio. Further behind, Watson and Tait kicked very cleanly, and seldom blundered, the notable exception being the miskick of the former about three minutes from the finish, which led to Everton's solitary point. Williams kept a clever goal, and some of his clearances were exceedingly smart. Once he was completely beaten by a terrific drive from Booth, which unfortunately struck the upright, but he certainly had much to do with his side success by his capable display when the home team were crowding on pressure. With Cup and League prospects now effectively dimmed, there is little of interest to anticipate with regard to the disappointing Everton team, and the remaining League matches of the season. Despite the adverse conditions, 20,000 people witnessed the contest, the receipts amounting to £850. The Lord Major, who occupied a seat in the director's box, and whose arrival was greeted with cheers, was an interested spectator.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 13 February 1904
Once again Everton have proved themselves conspicuously uncertain side. After a really fine run they went down completely at Middlesbrough a fortnight since. There was a disposition to regard this as a fluke, but when it was followed by defeat Goodison Park in the Cup there was feeling akin to disgust in the camp. It had seemed as if the club had a rare chance of earning distinction in the ties. With no possibility of falling low in the League table, and with no outstanding chance of the championship, the time was in every sense opportune for a great effort to secure the national trophy. However, the occasion found the players unequal to the demands upon them. Tom Booth tried in splendid fashion to rally his men to their best form, but even Wolstenholme and Abbott, his immediate colleagues, were found wanting; and the defeat was deserved. And now, I suppose, the Evertonians will affect to console themselves with the fact that they will be able to give undividual attention to their efforts after the League championship. Likely enough they will startle us now and again with brilliant victorties, for, in form, they a fine side; but they are so erratic that i have not the elast faith in them developing a sufficiently consistent vein to get to the top and keep there.

February 13, 1904. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 19)
Bury were the visitors at Goodison Park this afternoon when there was a good attendance despite the atmospheric conditions. The following were the teams: - Everton: - Dent goal, Gordon, and R Balmer, backs, Clayton, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Meredith, O'Hagan, and Simpson forwards. Bury: - Monteith goal Hedson, and Gregory, backs, Mills, Brown, and Butterworthy, half-backs, White, Lamberton, Green, Houghton, and Bull, forwards. Green opened the game on behalf of the visitors, and even play characterised the initial stages. Everton assumed the aggressive and Monteith was called upon to save a good shot from Sheridan. In the next few minutes the visitors goal had a narrow escape. One of the Bury defenders almost putting the leather though his own goal. A couple of unproductive corners fell to Everton. The slippery state of the ground hampered the players more so Bury, and Everton being able to keep more on the best progress. Gordon tested Montieth with a good shot, after which Meredith opened the home score. A smart run up the field by the Bury men was without result, and Everton again swarmed round the visitor's defence, Meredith putting on a second goal. Again they got down but were never dangerous, and the Blues were soon attacking again. Simpson and O'Hagan were conspicuous on the left wing. After Sheridan had caused the visitors custodian to clear a swift shot. Everton were awarded a penalty kick. This was entrusted to Makepeace, who made no mistake, and put the leather into the net, thus notching Everton third point. Everton at the interval leading by three goals to nil. Final Result Everton 3 Bury 2

Athletic News - Monday 15 February 1904
By The Shaker
Although on the general average since Bury became participants in First Division football, they have had rather the better of Everton in the matter of points, the teams stand exactly level on the question of goal scoring, viz., thirty each, the Evertonians have annexed three League points this season at the expense of the East Lancashire representatives. In lieu of the expected 10,000 to 12,000 onlookers, the treasury drew from only about 3,000, and officialdom may account themselves lucky to get that. The fact is that the management of the club require to take in hand at the earliest opportunity the question of covering the open stands. The sooner this matter is boldly faced the better for the finances of the club.
Everton were fortunate to have the wind at their backs at the start, and for the first ten minutes they were all over the Bury defence. It was at this stage that Montgomery came out of his shell with some classic work between the posts; it could not have been excelled, albeit at least two of his saves struck one as a trifle lucky. After this, although Everton had decidedly the balance of the exchanges to the interval. Bury were by no means idle, and some rousing attacks were engineered and almost pushed home. On resuming, Bury had just as much of the play as had fallen to Everton in the first half, but the “Shakers” had perhaps harder luck. Time and again the Everton goal appeared on the point of falling, and once when three Bury attackers and Kitchen met in close strife a few yards from the goal centre, it looked as if nothing could avert a downfall. The ball came out of the ruck, apparently from the foot of Swann, with terrific force, and the spectators cheered wildly, believing that penetration had been accomplished. But the disappointment was keen as the ball came back again, having evidently struck the crossbar and rebounded into play. An incident quite as exciting took place in the second half at the Bury end. Montgomery had cleared from Hardman and fisted away, when back the ball came plumb into the centre of the goal. Montgomery secured, and running out with the ball his hands was about to kick away when Settle kicked the ball from his grasp, and Booth pouncing thereon, lifted into the goal. The spectators scarcely breathed as the ball dropped into an apparently defenseless goal. At the critical moment, however, McEwan sprang into the breach, looked about to fist out, but evidently finding the ball reachable with his head, applied his cranium to the leather, which bounded out of harm’s way, materially assisted thereto a timely application of the Bury captain’s toe. It was thrilling moment, and the crowd cheered as if a goal had been scored.
There could be no two opinions about the fact that the principal feature of the game was the magnificent goalkeeping. Montgomery has never done himself more credit, and thoroughly deserved the ovation accorded him when he left for the breathing space. Nor was Kitchen any behind his vis-a-vis. He had one advantage that stood him in good stead, and but for which there would probably have been a couple of goals scored—his long reach.  He was lucky, too, in many of the most crashing shots from the Bury forwards going straight at him; so that taken altogether he had to display less resource than his contemporary. But he stopped some great shots, and he, too, is entitled to the honours his side.
James Settle still holds a warm corner in the affections of the Bury football followers. This fact was evidenced by the cheers which greeted his brilliant opening play, when in the first ten minutes he dodged and twisted and dribbled and shot and passed like genius, and well done, Settle! rang round the ground. But Settle afterwards marred the impression thus made and the conjuring up of old associations by his doubtful tactics, which were frequently penalized. Swann, although not greatly in evidence in the second half, when Booth had his measure fairly well estimated, nevertheless got in two pretty runs in the first stage. The initial one was finished with a terrific shot which Kitchen did well stick to; in the second case Swann was tripped by Balmer as he was finally passing him, but recovering he again had a clear, course for goal, and was showing a clean pair of heels, and had covered perhaps 20 yards when Referee Adams pulled him up by giving a free kick for the foul. This was a most unlucky penalizing of an unoffending side. Sagar did many excellent things, one of the best of which was when he turned on his heel and slashed at the goal in a twinkling, and but for Kitchen’s smartness must have scored.
As I have already stated, the goalkeepers were the heroes of the game. Lindsay was in his element fighting against the unusually bad conditions and a dashing wing, while McEwan is to be congratulated on the coolness he displayed, particularly when he cleared during Montgomery’s absence. Many defenders would have lost their heads under the circumstances and have fisted out, chancing the results of a penalty kick. Thorps and Johnston ran a neck-and-neck race for premier honours in the half-back line, but George Ross was the best marksman of the trio, and thrice had hard luck in not getting through. Forward, Sagar and Richards were the best of a hard-working and strongly-aggressive trio, not one of whom displayed any signs of weakness. Settle opened best among the Evertonians, but afterwards fell away. Hardman was very smart on the wing, his speedy dashes and admirable centres being always dangerous. Sharp was a marked man, and was not nearly so much in evidence expected. Booth is a grand centre-half, playing the game like a gentleman, and playing it effectively, too. At back Balmer and Crelley were safe as rocks, though the latter developed an extraordinary fondness for kicking into touch when he had the wind at his back. Taken altogether, Bury may be said to have had the worst of the luck; on the play they just deserved to get home. Bury: - Montgomery; Lindsay, and McEwan; Johnston, Thorpe, and G. Ross; Richards, Wood, Swann, Sagar, and Plant.  Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Hardman.  Referee; Mr. J. Adams, Birmingham. 

London Daily News - Monday 15 February 1904
At Bury, resulting in a goalless draw. Wretched weather prevailed, and the attendance suffered. In the first half Kitchen saved brilliantly from Swann, Sagar, and Richards, while for Bury Montogmery effected several smart clearances. Everton did most of the pressing, and towards the interval secured a corner, which was got away with difficulty. After the change of ends Bury, with the wind in their favour, atatcked, Sagar and Richards hitting the crossbar, and Plant the upright, but they were unable to get through.

February 15, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
After their disappointing display against Tottenham Hotspur, Everton resumed their League programme on Saturday with a match against Bury on the latter's ground. The weather was stormy, and heavy rain fell. Everton made only one change, Hardman taking the place of Corrin. The teams were Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Hardman, forwards. Bury: - Montgomery, goal, Lindsay, and McEwan, backs Johnston Thorp, and G.Ross (captain) half-backs, Richards Wood, Swann, Sagar, and Plant forwards. Referee J.Adams. Everton won the toss, and had the assistance of a strong breeze with the rain behind it. They were the first to attack, and for some few minutes monopolised the bulk of the play. The home defenders were, however, in stubborn mood, and met the attack of the visitors with confidence. The Bury left got away, and a fine centre by Plant was ably dealt with by Kitchen. The attack of the home side was but of a temporary character and the play was quickly at the other end, where Hardman put in a very clever cross shot, which Sharp only just failed to convert. Despite the depressing conditions the play was thoroughly interesting, and just now was fairly well divided. One movement, in which the home forwards were prominent, ended in Swann shooting straight at Kitchen, and within a minute Montgomery just managed to get away a smart shot from Hardman. Booth with a couple of fine touches, again played his men in fine position, and after a smart run down Taylor was fortunately ruled offside after fine work by McDermott. The bulk of the play ruled in favour of the visitors, but they could not get in an effective shot owing to the close attentions of the home rearguard. At length the Bury forwards got away in one of their characteristic movements, and after some capital play in which the whole line took part. Kitchen put in a magnificent effort, only to find Montgomery in readiness. Scarcely had the shot been repelled than Plant tried the Everton keeper with a shot of the first water. Kitchen was at his best, and cleared in confident fashion, and within a couple of minutes Montgomery was in difficulties, Sharp was particularly prominent in the Everton attacks, but, as on the previous occasions McEwan allowed but little latitude. Most of the play was monopolised by the visitors, but they were opposed to a steady defence, and scoring was indeed a difficult matter. One centre, however, from Hardman sent a begging and a little later on Settle had hard lines in not getting through. The home centre then got going, and looked like getting through, and then Booth pulled him up unfairly, but the infringement resulted in Everton's favour. So far it had not been too much to expect that the visitors would have secured a tangible lead, with the powerful wind behind them and that the Bury defenders held out so ably gave distinct encouragement to their supporters. Long and wild passing was now the order, and the swinging passes to the wings gave repeated trouble to the respective defenders. At length Richards got the ball and sent in a low swift shot to Kitchen, who cleared well. Within a minute Hardman missed a clever chance of opening the scoring, but on the interval Hardman ran down in splendid fashion, and put in a clever shot from a difficult angle. Indeed this effort was by far the best that had been forthcoming during the first half of the game. Half-time Bury nil; Everton nil. Shortly after the resumption Ross was winded, play being stopped for a couple of minutes. The next moment Richards was charged in the back by Abbott, and from the Free kick Bury went down with a rush, and Ross gave Kitchen a hot ground shot to deal with. Sharp and Taylor went away, the former centreing well, and Lindsay in clearing conceded a corner. Sagar ran round Balmer, and dropped a shot just on to the net. Bury were now showing very little judgement. This gave Everton an advantage, which they were not slow to turn in good account, Settle broke away nicely, and swinging out to Hardman, that player lifted over the crossbar. Although Everton had the wing against them, they had almost as much of the game as the home side. Play was well contested, considering the conditions. Towards the end Bury pressed, and Richards struck the crossbar. Try as they would neither side could score, Result; Bury nil, Everton nil.

February 15, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
The Everton team accomplished a creditable performance in visiting Bury and dividing the honours of the game. Though they were a trifle lucky, no one could really begrudge them the point, which they gained. The game was contested under the most unfavourable climatic conditions, for a gale blowing and rain descending in pitiless severily, and the spectators spent in uncomfortable hour, and a half, while the players had to contend with difficulties which rendered accurate football quite out of the question. In fact, such were the conditions that a little luck either way might have made all the difference between victory, and defeat. Everton had the good fortune to win the toss, and this meant not a little advantage to them, for they had the fierce wind behind them, and the driving rain was full in the face of the Bury side. As was not unnatural, the visiting team practically monopolised the attack during the first half. Time after time it looked as if the Bury goal would be captured, but the Everton forwards had to contend with not only a strong half back line, but a couple of determined backs, in Lindsay, and McEwan, and above all, a keeper in Montgomery, who displayed all his old judgement and ability. Bury must certainly be complimented upon their success in shaving off disaster, and although so severely handicapped by the weather, on more than one occasion their forwards troubled the Everton defence. In one instance a sudden breakaway might easily have led to the capture of the Everton goal, but Swann, after getting the better of Balmer, shot straight at Kitchen who had no difficulty in clearing the ball. Having to contend against such a strong wind naturally took a great deal, out of the Bury players, and it was rather unfortunate for them that during the second moiety the breeze abated somewhat, and the rain ceased. Still they gave a plucky exhibition, and only very fine defence on the part of Balmer, and Crelly, supplemented in splendid style, by Kitchen prevented them opening the score. Twice the Everton goal had particularly narrow escapes, both Sagar and Richards banging the ball at terrific speed against the crossbar under circumstances which, had the the aim been slightly more accurate, Kitchen would have had little chance of saving. Considering the state, of the ground the game throughout produced many highly creditable bits of play. The ball was rendered very heavy, and, with the going most slippery, it was not surprising the mistake on the part, particularly of the forwards were frequent. Both sides are to be commended for admirable defensive tactics, and it would not be easy to single out any particular member seeing that a perfect understanding prevailed amongst the respective defenders. In the forward line Bury were probably slightly better as regards effective combination. Hardman was conspicuous at times for trickiness in getting possession of the ball, but somehow or another more than one of his clever centres went astray. At the other end of the line Sharp was by no means as successful as usual, and it was rather astonishing to find him so frequently beaten even in the matter of speed by McEwan. Settle threw his heart and soul into the game against his old club, and did many smart things, but his marksmanship was not by any means of a high standard. Undoutledly Kitchen was chiefly responsible for Everton's partial success. He was always alert, and on one occasion, when a couple of shots were driven in from short range, he used with the utmost effect first his right hand and then his left. Throughout he kept a splendid goal, quite up to his best reputation.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Saturday 20 February 1904
This afternoon these teams played a friendly fixture at Newcastle. The United had not their best team out, several of the regular players being given a rest. They also gave trial to new centre forward named Mackey. In the League tournament the " Toffees " have invariably occupied a respectable position. They won the Cup in 1890-1, were runners-up Preston North End in 1889-90. and Sunderland the seasons 1891-5 and 1901-2, besides twice finishing the third rung of the ladder. Of the twelve League games played between Newcastle and Everton, the Tynesiders have won 6, drawn 3, and lost 3. This season the clubs occupy fifth and seventh positions the League table respectively. The kick-off was fixed for three o'clock, and the teams were as follow. Newcastle United: Goal, Watts; backs. and half-backs. Gardner, McWilliam, and Carr; forwards, Rutherford, Howie, Mackey, Orr. and Roberts. Everton: Goal. Kitchen; backs, and Crelly; half-backs, Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbot; forwards. Sharp, McDermott, Young. Settle, and Hardman. Referee, Mr R. Paxton, Sunderland.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 20 February 1904
Six Thousand Spectators See Everton Reserve go Down
The ground was in a fearful state when Everton Reserve, the only unbeaten eleven in the Combination met last season's champions for the first time. An effort had been made to scrape away the puddle in midfield but without much success. There was a splendid attedance, quite 6,000 being round the ropes at the kick-off. Both teams came the same as chosen and they turned out in the following order;- Accrington Stanley;- McGregor, goal; Finney and Hampson, backs; Chorlton, Bradshaw, and Harrison, half-backs; Hesham, Hargreaves, Brunton, Becton, ad Garside, forwards. Everton Reserve; Whitley, goal; Gordon and Balmer, backs; Clayton, Russell and Makepeace, half-backs; Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly, O'Hagan and Simpson, forwards. Referee; Mr. Kenny, Preston. Everton won the toss, and had the advanatge of the slop. The visitors at once became aggressive, and after Finney had only partially saved, Chorlton forced Simpson to kick outside. A sprint up the left followed by Garside, but the Toffee men were soon down again. Their stay, however was somewhat brief, but they soon showed their sp[eed. After Balmer had taken the ball right from Brunton's toes, Bradshaw caught the spehere on the return, and scored a lovely goal 10 minutes from the start amid a chorus of cheers. Simpson then had extreme hard lines, with a beauty which sailed over the bar. Everton bore down into the Stanley half, and Sheridan forced McGregor to concede a corner. The game was very fast considering the state of the ground. A magnificent effort was next made by the Stanley forward. Hesham and Brunton worked the ball up and exchanged places. Whitley being only just in time to save a header from Hesham. The outside right again shot across the goalmouth, while Brunton made a plucky attempt to screw in. A very prounounced appeal for a corner was disregarded by Mr. Kenny, and the game continued more to the liking of the homesters. A neat centre by Hesham was headed over by Brunton. Dilly then broke away but Finney securing passed to the custodan, who cleared. Rain was now coming down in a heavy mist, which reduced the pace of the game, Everton came top close quarters and the Stanley goal had a narrow escape from a dtermined atatck by Simpson and O'Hagan. A couple of free kicks against Everton helped Stanley again get well up the field, a goal kick by Harrison being splendidly fisted out by Whitley. The ball was then screwed across to Hesha, who centredd from almost on the line. Both Brunton and Becton were quite ready but the former failed to hit it, so Becton banged in into the net. Stanley were now simply waltzing round their opponents. From a breakaway the ball struck in the mud just in front of the goal. Hesham missed the kick, but Brunton promptly shot past whitley and added the third goal to the intense pleasure of the homesters. A couple of minutes later a fourth goal was earned by Stanley though Everton appealed against it on the ground that Becton who placed into the corner of the net, was offside. The game continued in favour of Stanley.
Half-time Accrington Stanley 4, Everton Reserve 0.
The ground was now a terrible quagmire, and for some time both sides were busy mud-pugging in midfield. Everton tried the one-back game, and play for a time was fairly even. A corner was kicked out by Hampton, but the leather remained some minutes in the Stanley half. A heavy downpour spoiled the game. Garside was making tracks for the goal when he was charged and the ball went out of play. Stanley now kept their opponents well down the field, but two free kicks were given against Bradshaw for fouls. At one end Bradshaw shot right into Whitley's arms, and at the other McGregor caught a fine shot from Simpson and kciked away. Everton pressed for several minutes, Balmer testing McGregor with a long volley. The homesters had to fist away, and after another save by McGregor Garside gained possession and sprinted down the left. Clayton spoiled his efforts, but during the pressure Bradshaw again shot right at Whitley. Splendid passing was next shown by Hesham and Hargreaves and the latter gave Whitley another straight shot which was easily disposed of. Hesham followed up a pretty run with a neat centrte, but Whitley again saved. Ten minutes before time Simpson scored for Everton, and a few minutes later ba penalty for hands against one of the Everton backs was converted by Becton. Hesham scored just on time from a pass by Garside. Result; Stanley 6, Everton Res 1

February 20, 1904. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 20)
Great interest was taken in this contest at Accrington, between the Combination Champions and the undefeated Everton Reserves. There was 5,000 spectators. Despite the drizzling rain. The ground was in a fearful state. Both teams were at full strength, Simpson was soon given a chance, but he dallied too long, and Chorlton shouldered him off. Stanley went away, but Garside shot wide. The Everton forwards were again quickly on the aggressive, but Rankin shot wide. Bradshaw beat Whitley with a long shot, half-time Accrington 4, Everton nil, Full tine Accrington 6, Everton 1. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Gordon, and R.Balmer, backs, Clayton, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly, O'Hagan, and Simpson, forwards.

February 22, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Kitchen saves Carr Penalty kick
At Newcastle. Play was not eagerly contested, but of the game Everton had the better of matters. Twice Sharp failed to score, whilst Taylor was always dangerous. Eventually the home side shaped better, and as a result of their persistent attacking. Mackey nearly scored. Still pressing Howie was fouled inside the penalty area, but Carr bungled his penalty kick , and no scored accrued. The shooting on both sides were very moderate, and it was palpable that neither set of players was very keen. Newcastle forwards were poorer in this respect and also in the matter of combination. Orr once missed an open goal badly. Everntually Everton forced their way down, and Young, Sharp and Taylor combined finely Sharp but the hardest of luck with his shot, for a very little would have turned it into the net. Half-time Newcastle nil, Everton nil. In the second half Newcastle shot better than the visitors and scored twice, goals from Rutherford, and Williams. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, Sharp, Taylor, Young, McDermott, and Hardman, forwards. , Newcastle United: - Watts, goal, Binnie Roberts, and McCombie, half-backs, Carr, Mackery, McWilliams, Howie, McLarence, Orr, and Rurtherford forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 22 February 1904
By Junius
With both the reserve and League teams away from Goodison Park, the Everton enclosure would have been otherwise desolate, but Leek obtained permission to play their Amateur League match with Burnley Relvedere on this ground, and despite the wretched weather there was a goodly crowd present to witness the match.  Leek started with ten men, but the vacancy was filled by a second team player, Jones.  They scored early, from, Griffiths centre, but Belvedere quickly equalized though before the interval; Leek added two more through Lloyd Edwards.  Afterwards, from another centre by Griffiths Mclean scored and the home players increased the lead by the same player, and won eventually by five goals to one.  All the Leek players gave a capital exposition and their victory was well deserved.  Lloyd, in goal defended excellently, whilst Griffiths and Lloyd Edwards were irresistible.  Lloyd on the extreme wing, was very effective and although rather neglected put in much good work.  For the visitors Drew kept goal nicely, whilst in defence Scott and Connor were very prominent.  The visitors had the misfortune to meet Leek at the top of their form. 

Athletic News - Monday 22 February 1904
The Accrington Stanley team scored a brilliant victory over Everton-the only unbeaten team in the Combination –at Moorhead Park.  A steady downfall of “drizzle “did not prevent 6,000 spectators from gathering round the ropes to encourage last year’s champions.  After nine minutes play Balmer lifted the ball from Brunton perilously near to the visitors, to be caught by Bradshaw, who lashed the leather through the net, to the accompaniment of a roar of enthusiasm, and the uninvited stains of a solitary cornet.  This quickened the game although the ground was a quagmire, and the middle a miniature lake.  Becton took the honours of the second goal, and from this time to the half-time whistle the home side simply monopolized the play.  Brunton wedged a third past Whitley in grand style.  The fourth was appealed against on the ground that Becton, who placed it in the corner of the net, was off-side, but the goal was allowed, and the game started on its second half with four goals against the Everton men.  By this time the ground was in a fearful state, and both sides showed signs of fag.  Shortly after the start the visitors more by good luck than good management sent the ball creeping through the Stanley posts in a scramble.  Simpson taking that honour.  A penalty against one of the Everton men was converted by Becton, and two minutes from time Hesham completed the half-dozen goals for his team.  Both teams showed speed, and considering the state of the ground the game was full of interest and keenly followed.  The final result was –Stanley 6; Everton 1.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 27 February 1904
Elias Roberts from Chirk
The Everton Football Club have signed on Elias Roberts, who has been playing with the Combination team Chirk. He is a centre forward, whose reputation is exceedingly good. Strongly built, he is a good shot, as proved by the fact that already this season he has scored 30 goals for Chirk. he makes his first appearance this afternoon at Goodison Park against the Nelson team. Everton, by the way, should have played Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday next, but the Wednesday are engaged in the third round of the Football Association Cup against Tottenham Hotspur. As Aston Villa have said good bye to the Cup, and have no League fixture on that day, they have decided to accept Everton's terms for an ordinary match at Goodison Park next Saturday.

February 29, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
The return engagement was decided at Nottingham, Everton having travelled to the lace capital on the previous afternoon. The visitors were without McDermott, whose place was taken by Rankin, and Young was in the centre instead of Settle, while Iremonger and Morris were absent from the home side. Show was falling when the teams turned out as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Rankin, and Hardman, forwards. Notts Forest: - Linacre, goal, Craig, and Jones, backs, Innes Warren, and Norris, half-backs, Wright, Shearmen, Sudgen, Timmons, and Spouncer, forwards. Referee T.Kirkham. The Forest won the toss, and on Everton opening the game, the play at once settled down in the home half. The Everton forwards attacked in splendid fashion, and after a clever movement in which all took part, Young sent in a magnificent shot, which Linacre as cleverly saved. The Forest forwards got away on the left and gave Balmer much trouble. A moment later an opening was made for Sudgen, but the shot failed badly. Rankin then raced down, and putting to Young, the latter parted to Sharp, who contributed a very fine run down the right, and was only successfully challenged by Jones when just a few yards from the goal. After Spouncer had made some running, the visiting left wing pair got away, and Craig all but headed into his own goal. Nothing came of the corner kick, but returning again, Taylor put in a magnificent shot, which Linacre reached, and gave an abortive corner. Just now the play was particularly keen and in favour of the visitors, but the final shots was faulty, and Linacre was not troubled. A brisk movement by the Forest forwards resulted in placing Balmer in difficulties, but recovering himself, the play settled in midfield, where several Sharp passing movements ensued between the respective half-backs. A smart touch by Young resulted in a change of venue, and Hardman was given a chance of getting away, but misjudged the pass, and Craig put forward to Sugden. By gradual stages play was directed in the Everton end, where Shearman had a district opening, but shot ridiculously high over the bar. Meanwhile Booth, Abbott, and Wolstenholme had been putting in much good work. Eventually Hardman put across to Sharp, who again tested Linacre, though to no purpose. Then followed a brilliant attack on the Forest goal. Linacre saving twice from Young, while Abbott with a terrific shot only missed by the merest shave. The downfall of snow was now more dense, but apparently it had little effect upon the players, who contested every inch of the ground with the utmost keenest. Generally the play was now favouring the visitors, and on more than one occasion the Forest backs were distinctly fortunate in charging down well-directed shots. The Forest halves were in capital form, and eventually their successful work led to a stern attack on the Everton goal. Some fine kicking by Balmer was not a notable feature of Everton's defence, and again followed a Sharp attack upon Linacre's charge. Abbott was conspicuous, and for a couple of minutes they quite held up their opponents. Their consistency was ultimately rewarded, as following upon some splendidly combined work, Taylor threated his way through, and from short range, beat Linacre with a capital shot. A slight stoppage was caused owing to Sharp coming to collision with Jones, but on getting to work again Balmer was called upon to clear a dangerous shot from Sheridan. The Foresters then took advantage of some loose play on the part of Wolstenholme, and made play on his wing, and at the period Jones, who had evidently been suffering from the effects of the charge, left the field. Another fine clearance by Balmer was the next item, and then the whole of the Everton forwards moved away in fine style, only once again to find the Forest defenders in rare trim. As the interval approached the home players made a determined effort to equalise, but failed. Half-time Notts Forest nil, Everton 1. The Forest took the held in the second half with only ten men. Warren went back, and they played four forwards. The home team were completely outplayed by the smart Everton forwards throughout the close of the half. It was not long before Sharp scored a beautiful goal, and although Kitchen was once or twice called upon, the great bulk of the play was always in the Forest half. From a corner well taken by Hardman, the ball was headed into the Forest net, Sharp sented in fourth goal for Everton, and the spectators began to leave the field before the game was finished. Result Notts Forest 0, Everton 4.

Athletic News - Monday 29 February 1904
A capture game was witnessed at Goodison Park between the above teams, and Everton eventually won by four goals to two.  Sheridan opened the scoring from a beautiful centre by Simpson but Hopgkinson equalized from long range, and O’Hagan gained the lead before the interval.  Afterwards Watkins made matters equal a second time; but Sheridan put on a third from a free kick, and after Whitley had smartly saved a penalty.  O’Hagan made the issue safe by scoring a fourth.  On the Everton side O’Hagan and Sheridan, the inside players gave a fine exhibition but the new centre from Chirk was not very prominent.  Makepeace was the best of half-backs, and young Balmer defended capably further behind.  Whitley was in rare form in goal, and his clearance from the penalty kick was one of the best bits of play seen during the match.  Nelson gave a good account of themselves, Walker in goal and Derbyshire at left back being the most conspicuous defenders.  At centre half Ainsworth rendered good service, whilst Watkins, Hodgkinson and Crana were the prominent figures in the forward line. 

Athletic News - Monday 29 February 1904
By Trentsiders
Football continues at a low ebb in Nottingham, and on Saturday the Forest sustained their seventh home defeat. Everton accounting for them by four goals to none. Without Morris and Iremonger, who were on the sick list, the Reds were, of course, at a great disadvantage, but their overwhelming reverse was mainly due to the fact that for more than half the game they had to play with only ten men. Jones spraining the guider of the leg, which gave way in the Welsh International Trial Match so badly that he was totally incapacitated. But even when at full strength it cannot be said that the Forest created an impression that they would win. Everton were always the better side. Their forwards, whilst not quite so dashing as they might have been, were a well-balanced and clever lot, and their de fence was thoroughly sound. On the other hand the Forrest front rank was very uneven. There were occasions when the players were able work into a favourable position, but their efforts were of a very scrappy order, and the Everton goal was seldom placed in any serious danger.  Whilst the defence remained intact, it proved fairly safe, but the half-backs were not altogether strong, and generally there was a lack of understanding. This was only to be expected, seeing what rearrangements had to be made in the constitution of the eleven, but for all that the display was exceedingly disappointing. There were some very quiet periods of play, and the supporters of home club had never much cause for enthusiasm. In the very first minute Booth got in a fine long shot, which Linacre was very smart to clear, and the Forest keeper distinguished himself by many brilliant saves. For some time there was not much to choose between the teams, each being responsible for attacks into which little spirit was thrown, but matters improved and some excellent individual attempts were made. Shearman put one sharp burst, only to be spoiled by Crelley, and similarly when Sharp appeared to be running through he was pulled up by Craig. The last-named made a very poor effort to drive home a free kick, and the next minute headed over his own goal. The Reds had very hard work repel the attack following the corner kick, but after a little over half an hour Taylor got through. The breakdown of Jones and for the remainder of the half the Forest took the extraordinary course of playing Shearman at back.
A far more sensible arrangement was tried after the interval. Warren joining Craig and Timmins taking the centre half position. With their forces thus disposed, however, the Reds had still to act on the defensive. Linacre had several easy shots to deal with before Abbott, shooting through a crowd of players, once more proved his quality. It was Unfortunate that his clearance was of little avail, seeing that a goal resulted from the succeeding corner kick, which was taken by Hardman. The point was strongly objected to by the Reds, the ball apparently going through just under the bar without touching a second player, but the referee seemed to have no doubt upon the matter.   The third goal was the outcome of a fine run and a shot by Sharp, and the same player added the fourth after Linacre had kept out well from Hardman. The Forest made some of their best efforts in the closing stages. Spouncer sending hard against one of the posts, while Shearman had some hard luck.
Linacre kept a splendid goal, and Craig, if a trifle rash, played a grand game. Jones also being in good form. Warren was clever at centre half, and he played very creditably when partnering Craig. During the first half lnnes was smart, and the Liverpool left wing could do very little against him and Craig. Innes, however, tired somewhat, and was not so effective afterwards. Norris, who captained the side, played moderately, and Sugden and Wright were weak spots amongst the forwards. Timmins was not a great success, but worked hard, and the bulk of the leading work devolved upon Shearman and Spouncer Kitchen had not much difficult work, the backs leaving little for him to do. The Everton middle trio played a capital game. Booth in particular, and the forwards combined in pretty style. Nottingham Forest;- Linacre; Craig, and Jones; Innes, Warren, and Norris; Wright, Shearman, Sugden, Timmins, and Spouncer.  Everton; Kitchen; Balmer and Crelley; Wolstenholmes, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Rankin, and H.P. Hardman.  Referee; T. Kirkham, Burslem. 

February 29,1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 21)
At Goodison Park. Nelson kicked off before a capital gate. Everton opened the score through Sheridan, and Hodgkinson equalised. The home team augmented before the interval though O'Hagan. Resuming, Watkins equalising, and from a free kick Sheridan gave Everton the lead. Whitley brought off a magnificent save from a penalty, and O'Hagan scored for Everton. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Clayton, Chadwick. And Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, Roberts, O'Hagan and Simpson, forwards.

February 29, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
By their substantial victory at Nottingham on Saturday. Everton had amply revenge for the unexpected defeat which the Forest inflicted upon them at Goodison Park in October. Success such a margin as four goals to nil, would on the face of it, amply that Everton had come back to their most brilliant form, but this could hardly be applied to the game under notice. At a matter of fact it was not so much owing to Everton's superior tactics as to the weakness of their opponents that the success the issue went to decidedly in favour of the visiting team. The Foresters were handicapped by the absence of such important players to them as Iremonger, Morris and Calvey. With reserves by no means capable of filling the vacant places satisfactorily, not many, even of the home club's supporters imagined that they would be able to account for Everton. Apart, however, from this drawback serious as it was, they were still further handicapped by an injury to their left back. Jones who, as the result of a collision with Sharp, left the field shortly before the interval, and was unable to put in an appearance during the remainder of the game. Small although the match took place under adverse climatic conditions the ground was in excellent trim. Nottingham apparently having escaped the recent visitation of snow, which has played havoc with many football enclosures in this part of the county. During the whole of the proceedings there was a slight fall of snow, but it was not sufficient to hamper the player the players, or even to seriously interfere with the comfort of the spectators. Everton opened with conspicuous determination, and in the first few minutes it was only the alertness of Linacre, which prevented the downfall of the Forest goal. It was seen evident that the visiting side held the upperhand, for despite spasmodic rushes by the Forest vanguard, their attacks rarely suggested danger. The footwork of the Everton quintet, and especially the half-backline, was immeasurably better than that of the Forest, and it was really more by good luck than good management that 35 minutes elapsed before Taylor, with at beautiful efforts, had the satisfaction of defeating the trusty Forest custodian. It was just after this success that Jones was compelled to retire, and from this point the Forest apparently gave up hope of being able to avert disaster. In the second portion of the game Everton were even more prominent than they had hitherto been. The four Forest forest could make little impression upon, the resourceful Everton trio of halves, although it must be conceded that on two of three occasions, Kitchen was called upon to repel unexpected and dangerous shot. The Everton goalkeeper however, was not to be beaten, and for the most part the Foresters were obliged to act entirely upon the defensive. Three goals, two of which were obtained by Sharp, the other from a corner being diverted into the net by a Forest defender, were added to Everton's score which might have been still further increased had it not been for the skill, with which Linacre kept out all kinds of troublesome shots. Twice particularly he managed to get the ball away, when on the ground and surrounded by opponents, in most astonishing fashion. Young signalised his reappearance as centre forward by many neat touches, and although now, and again his passing was faulty, he still distributed the play, and kept his wings engaged in a manner which, had not a little to do with the success of the side. Rankin is filling McDermott's place at inside left, was hampered, though being out of his customary's position, but he was always a hard worker, and with Hardman constituted an effective wing, though it did not shine as conspicuously as did Sharp and Taylor, at the other end of the line. Booth and Abbott were the most successful of the halves, and while Balmer and Crelly were always safe, and reliable. Kitchen as has been indicated kept a splendid goal, whenever he was called upon, which was only at rare intervals.

London Daily News - Monday 29 February 1904
At Nottingham the Forest tewam suffered a severe reverse, Everton beating them by four goals to none. The winners were at full strength, while the home side without Morris and Calvey. It was not until after an hour's play that the visitors obtained their first goal. Taylor then getting through. Before the interval The Forest lost Jones, and for the rest of the game they had to play a man short. Everton scored their second goal after change of ends from a corner in somewhat lucky fashion. Sharp added the remaining points.




February 1904