MORE OF THE SANDY YOUNG CASE
February 1, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Sandy Young’s case has created wide spread interest and the number of inquires addressed to officials of clubs and to the office show in which esteem. Sandy was held. Underlying all the statements one finds the same tone of regret and sorrow and the same statement; “Sandy” was not a man whose mind could be relied upon. Some attempt has been made to throw cold water over the statement of Saturday last wherein the word reprieve was called into use. Take it how they will those “watermen” cannot deny that I have had application from Liverpool folk on behalf of a proposed “reprieve” Reprieve is a word suggesting something I used it, fully knowing what it meant, and there is no need or call for nibbling over the word. As I type I have a letter before me which says;-
In all football circles or whenever sportsmen meet the topic is “Poor Sandy-Young.” I just thought no matter what sentence the poor lad gets, a petition sent to Sir George Reid would greatly misigate it, I mentioned this to one party, and he said. “Capital” But the man who can work it is “Bee” He will get thousands to sign” I being Scotch, asked “Who is Bee” However I leave it to you just as so idea from me –Yours faithfully R. Mac.
Then Mr. Tom Sayle, who knew “Sandy” intimately writes;-
I am glad you are taking the case up on behalf of “Sandy” I have been in his company on many occasions, and I have found him straight and upright, he was a chap who could not stand any cant. He was not like the general run of professional players, who like a little bavtery; he could not stand it. On one occasion I went to a threate with him, and I was surprised to see how he preferred to sit on the back row of the pit in preference to the stalls. He liked to be where he was not seen. I trust you and the Everton directors will stand by him in his hour of adversity.
Though I am willing support any idea that is feasible regarding Young and his case I must confess that the petition notion is a trifle premature –as stated on Saturday. Better by far to wait a while and see what happens. Immediately any decision is made known then the cables can be set in motion; and we all shall do our utmost in the cause of a man whose strength mentally we know to have been a doubtful quantity.
Emphasis on the broad “Lates”
Another point arising out of the case is a purely person one. It concerns the placards put around Liverpool yesterday and needless to say were not issued from the “Echo” office. Our contemporary announced its wares as follows;-
Sandy Young Case
With emphasis on the “late” we should say. Our contemporary quotes from the “Melbourne Age” of December 22, and draws this deduction -Statements that have appeared to the effect that prisoner has been committed for trail are at present wide of the mark, as judging by the latest available issue of the “Age” Young has been remanded for a month.” One does wish that our friends would wake up. A month is a long spell of idleness. The “Age” quoted is dated December 22. Last Monday week, namely January 24 the “Echo” published its exclusive news which told that Young had been committed for trial. To announce that Young has been remanded for a month on the statement of a paper published six weeks ago rather than take the up-to-the-minute chronicles of the “Echo” is folly. The “Echo” was alone in obtaining the result of the case, and can, in truth, be relied upon for the “Latest” news.
Another point of explanation is necessary I was alone in announcing the news of Vivian Woodward’s injury at the front, but did not as some papers did go to the length of saying that it was likely that Woodward would be unable to play football again. Straight from the trench, by one who saw Woodward, came our information and the idea that the famed amateur would not be able to play again was all against the facts. Many papers fell into the error and yesterday made their more encouraging statement.
What Everton Did
The scene of the Young case is miles from anywhere and when Everton F.C. moved to the matter they must have been a trifle fogged to know which centre of authority to cable. A cable to the chief of police at Melbourne led to no reply and finally Mr. W.C. Cuff, secretary, cabled the Mayor of Tongala stating that the club was prepared to submit medical and other testimony showing that Young is and has been mentally unsound. The secretary has also been in communication with a medical man in Scotland who knows Young’s case well. All over Liverpool it is possible to gather evidence to prove that when “Sandy” was in Liverpool he acted as ordinary men do not act.
News from Ireland states that Linfield have protested against their result with Belfast United standing as W. Lacey ex-Everton and Liverpool and Anderson, Manchester United a former centre, are in their opinion not qualified to play for the Belfast club. Walter Scott one time goalkeeper for Everton broke his leg on Saturday while keeping goal for Belfast United and his club has already arranged a benefit match for the injured player.
Mr. Herbert Allman, ex-Everton director was today married at Aintree Wesleyan Church to Mr. and Mrs. Allman I extended all good wishes.
February 1, 1916 Stirling Observer
“Sandy” Young, the well-known Slamannan football player, who has been apprehended in Melbourne on a serious charge, brought the Falkirk F.C., their first real fat cheque in the way of transfer fee, and put the club on its feet financially. They received £100 from Everton for the deal. This was a wee fortune to the “Bairns.” That was about sixteen or eighteen years ago. Nowadays a £2,000 transfer is almost common.
SANDY YOUNG S TRIAL FOR MURDER.
Falkirk Herald - Wednesday 02 February 1916
—In connection with the charge of murdering his brother at Tongola, Australia, preferred against the famous international footballer, “Sandy” Young, who is a native Avonbridge, near Falkirk, steps are being taken by the Everton F.C. to assist him in his defence. - It stated that evidence can be adduced to prove that Young was “non compos mentis,’’ and the secretary of the Everton has intimated that “Sandy’s” friends may rest assured we shall do all we can.
EVERTON'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
February 3, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
When Everton were beaten by Manchester City the match was described as a championship match but after that defeat Burnley and Manchester City fell away from grace, and consequently Everton have a chance of making their second successive League honour and they can be depended upon to go “all out” for this season's honour now they have taken the turn again even though there is nothing tangible at the back of the honour this season. On Saturday the great test will be made. Everton travelling to Burnley where very few teams escape without defeat. If Everton can win, they will have a capital chance of holding the top rung. The team they have selected is doubtful in one position only –centre forward. Parker may play but from advance offered it would seem that Wright will be found operating at centre of the attack. Grenyer comes back to the side and at full back we shall have the “old pair” Thompson and Macconnachie. Team; Fern; Thompson, Macconnachie; Brown, Fleetwood, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker or Wright, Clennell and Harrison. Yesterday's result of the Red Cross Fund match at Goodison Park, Liverpool Regiment and Manchester Regiment both stationed at Knowsley 3 goals each.
Maurice Parry the welsh international and former Liverpool player has been in hospital. Parry is a lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusilers and took part in the Dardanelles operations. He has been in hospital in Luxor for twelve weeks during which period be lost 38lbs weight. He has now resumed to the regiment.
Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 04 February 1916
"Sandy’' Young, the ex-Everton footballer, who was charged with murdering his brother, has remanded for month and sent to Melbourne (Victoria) goal.
EVERTON'S IMPORTANT MATCH AT BURNLEY
February 4, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Here's another tough proposition for the Merseyside club. Burnley have their eyes upon the champion ship and Everton will be doing big things if they escape defeat tomorrow at Turf Moor which is a difficult ground to play upon, because there is a pronounced slope and there is an absence of elbow-room such as Everton players are used to. Burnley have a remarkably good goal getting record (54 goals) and Everton are second in command in this respect. Yet, when at full strength both teams are reckoned as having reliable defences. Tomorrow's game will be a big fight, and if Everton reproduce their late on game against Stoke they will be hard to prevent scoring “F.E.H” will specially deal with the match in the Football Echo tomorrow, and the same issue will have specialties that must interest you. Everton; Fern; Thompson, Macconnachie; Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell, Harrison. Burnley; Dawson; Bamford, Taylor; Walmsley, Boyle, Watson; Kelly, Lindley, Mitten, Hodgson, Mosscrop.
EVERTON’S NEW DIRECTOR
February 4, 1916. The Evening Express
The Everton club have elected to their directorate Mr. H. Banks and the election is one which will be popular received in every quarter. Mr. Banks is a shareholder of the Everton club of twenty-years loyal standing and he is to be congratulated upon an elevation which has been well-earned, and which could not have gone in a more satisfactory direction.
Everton have the task of the day before them in meeting Burnley at Burnley, and everything depends on the result as far as the visitors chances of leadership go. I have previously stated that Parker was expected to take the place as pivot of the side, but there was always an element about him, and news to hand this morning is to the effect that he will not be available. However, with Wright in operation the attack will not necessarily be weakened and there is every reason to hope that Everton will not come home pointless with the following side: - Fern, goal; Thompson, MaConnachie; Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell, Harrison.
Liverpool, clubs And The War.
First and foremost let me direct attention to the interview I had with the Everton chairman Mr. W. R. Clayton. On the subject of Everton’s position and the position of both the Liverpool clubs for in this particularly instance he held the position of being able to speak in the joint directional in regular to football and war charities. The interview speaks for itself, but it will be read with the deepest satisfaction by everyone who has attended a single match on either ground during this eventful season. All one can add by way of comments is to say, “Brave, Liverpool!” –which embraces everybody concerned.
EVIDENCE IN THE “SANDY” YOUNG CASE.
February 5, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Today I have news from the Everton secretary Mr. W.C. Cuff, to the effect that word has been received from Melbourne regarding the “Sandy” Young case. For some time nothing was heard to reply to Mr. Cuff's cable, but word how tells of a solicitor acting in Young's defence, and Mr. Cuff has collected certain evidence and this has been despatched to the Colonies. According to the “People's Journal” John Young, deceased, left his nature place in 1912. On reaching Australia Mr John Young made a temporary home in Melbourne, where he remained for a period, being subsequently joined by his brother Alexander or “Sandy” as he is popularly known. They started to dairying enterprise at Tongou and business at the time the alleged murder is said to have been committed was in a propitious condition. Before he was removed to hospital John made a long and sensational depossion to the police, from which was inferred that the brother had been on unfriendly terms for some time. There must have been an angry altercation on the morning o the tragedy, for Alexander in his statement to the police remarked, “I was driven to this, I am sorry. I shot him on the spur of the moment. Can the doctors not do anything for him.” He was told John was gravely injured and probably would only have a couple of hours, whereupon Alexander burying his face in his hands, cried out “Poor Agnes” and the bairns.” What will become of them.”
Another Player prematurely killed. A rumour has just been told that Private “Dav” Davies the old Swindon footballer, who kept goal for Bolton Wanderers in the Cup final of 1904, and who is in France with the 15 th Lancashire Fusiliers had been killed in action. This however prove to be untrue.
BURNLEY 2 EVERTON 1
February 5, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
STIRRING GAME AT TURF MOOR
FERN SAVES PENALTY
Lancashire section principal tournament (Game 21)
To-day Everton and Burnley fought their return match at Turf Moor. It was a mighty important game, because Everton by drawing or winning against their heavy scoring rivals would much improve their chance of championship honours, whilst although barred in this war season, are much sought for. Everton called Grenyer, Fern, and Macconnachie in their selection and, as indicated in yesterday’s paper, Wright continued to operate at centre forward, as Parker was unable to make the journey. Burnley had fallen from grace recently, also Manchester City. A long and tedious journey to Burnley was made in fairly good time, and the Everton players, who were supplemented by several others, who had been able to get a day off from ammunition work, drove at once to Turf Moor. The weather was typically spring-like, and in anticipation of an excellently keen game spectators trooped into town from the surrounding districts. Everton replied upon the clever originally chosen, but the Burnley directors did not make a definite selection until a few minutes before the match was timed to start. Freeman was on the ground, but he elected to stand down, and Nesbitt who has been playing regularly with the team, again appeared at centre forward. The opponents faced each other as follows: - Burnley: - Dawson, goal, Bamford, and Taylor, backs, Walmsley, Boyle, and Watson, half-backs, Kelly, Lindsay, Nesbitt, Hogkiss, and Moreup, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. There was 10,000 people present when Everton started against the breeze. Burnley were the first to make ground, and Kelly was well placed when he put behind. After some pressing in midfield, the home side drove down on the left, and Morecrop centred well. Lindsay took-up the pass, and there was an exciting bully in front of the Everton goal. Fern cleared one shot, and then, in the exciting struggle some infringement on the part of an Everton defender against Pinkney led the referee to grant a penalty kick. The place kick was taken by Boyle, who drove the leather at lengthening pace at Fern, who saved magnificently. The opening incident was exciting enough, in all conscience, but further thrills were to follow. Burnley, keeping up the pace, which they had started in such sensational fashion, came sweeping through in combined order and after Fleetwood and Macconnachie had temporarily checked them. Fern almost miraculously saved Lindley and Nesbitt both sent in magnificent shots at short range which. It was some time before Everton recovered from the shock of these onslaught, but, at length they made ground demurely on the left and from a centre by Harrison, Clennell was offered an opening which he just failed to turn to counted. A little later the Everton right wing pair progressed in promising manner and Kirsopp looked distinctly dangerous, when Taylor knocked him off the ball by Taylor. Further onslaught by the Burnley forwards kept the Evertonians strictly on the defensive and Brown and Thompson were both hard pressed when Watson sent in a long drive that went astray. Further relief when Chedgzoy and Kirsopp again got going nicely, but the movement terminated in the former putting the ball outside. The home vanguard at once took up hostilities and Lindley headed the ball with fine accuracy plump at the crossbar. Fern fortunately caught the rebound, and cleared, and Harrison getting possession, raced clear to put the ball clean across to Chedgzoy. The speedy Everton winger centred neatly to Wright, but the latter headed yards wide. Another incursion by the Burnley forward led to Fleetwood being momentarily put out of action. He was speedily all right again, and the visitors proceeded to give a rather better account of themselves. The whole forward line made effective ground, and Clennell in closing in for a final shot was only half a foot short of Bamford, who cleared very luckily. Grenyer on one occasion tried hard to give his forwards a lead, but all to no purpose. Burnley checked the effort, and the leather going across to the left, Brown kicked rather riskily, with the result that Kelly got in a hot shot that went only just wrong. With the approach of the interval Everton made a desperate effort to assert themselves, and Chedgzoy spoiled his chances by dallying too long with the ball, and so enabling Taylor to take it from his toes. Harrison attempted to improve matters with a clever and sparkling effort “all on his own,” but his unusual shot was easily gathered by Dawson. The visitors were now enjoying more of the game than their opponents, but their final attacks were the reverse to convincing. Wright was well placed when he shot straight at the keeper, and Kirsopp followed suit with an equally ineffective shot. It was not long before Burnley were again in an aggressive mood, and after fern had saved splendidly from Kelly, Morecrop dashed in and directed the ball over the bar. Then at the other end Clennell fired in a shot, which was only saved at the cost of a corner. This was dealt with, and the home forwards were soon knocking at fern charge when half-time came Burnley nil, Everton nil.
The first period had been fast and exciting enough to suit the taste of the most exacting spectator. But it had not been a particularly exhilarating exhibition from an Evertonian point of view. Burnley from the outset showed an aggressiveness that simply brooked no opposition and the visitors were quite a quarter of an hour in settling down to their strides. Even then the forwards work, as I have already tried to indicate was ragged and devoid of all combination, with the result that the Burnley backs were more often than not given ampia time to clear. Clennell and Kirsopp frequently got through only to miss the goal, and the outside men were scarcely up to concert pitch, and the home halves led by Boyle were of course mainly responsible for this. The backs, were not as confident as they might have been, and one wonders to think what might have happened if Fern had been off colour. Not only did he save a penalty, he performed prodigies of valour in keeping out shots from the whole five forwards and it wasd almost entirely due to his skill, activity and judgement that the side changed ends with a clean sheet. It seems that the penalty which was given at the commencement of the game was against Grenyer for pushing Lindley, while the attackers were struggling in the goalmouth.
THE SECOND HALF.
There were 12,000 present when operations were resumed. Everton at once took up the rule of aggressors and made dangerous play on the left, though only to find themselves banked by Bamford and Walmsley. The full back was very clean in his clearances and he enabled Kelly and Lindley to start a campaign, which nearly brought about the downfall of the visitors. The ball was sent across to Mosscrop, who centred with judgement, and Nesbitt just failed to sent it through. Fleetwood inaugurated a forward movement in which the three inside men were concerned, but there was little life in the effort, and Dawson easily cleared.
Nevertheless there was now much more method in the attack of the visitors, with the result that Boyle and his partner were kept exceedingly busy. At the other end Burnley came away at a great pace on the left, and Morecrop giving to Hodgson the latter had the chance of a lifetime, when he was dispossessed. For a time the Turf Moor brigade kept up a fierce fusillade, and it was probably due to over anxiety that many of their shots went wide. Boyle once nearly found the net with a long drive, and then Everton put on another spurt with the most sensational result. The left wing pair got away at top speed and Clennell closing in drove in a shot when Dawson threw clear. Before the Burnley custodian could recover himself however, Clennell followed up his advantage and crashed the ball into the net. The home team subsequently rallied strongly and Fern was again called upon to excite all his downiness in dealing with shots from Nesbitt and Lindsay. This sudden had an electrifying effect on the Evertonians. They now proceeded to carry the war into the Burnley camp, and Bamford fouling Wright just out side the penalty area, a free kick was granted. This led to a tremendously exciting incident, for Kirsopp hit the woodwork and Dawson effected a second clearance, before the danger was over. Mosscrop scored for Burnley in the eight-five minute, and Nesbitt, scored the winner on the eight-eight minute.
February 5, 1916. The Football Express.
A Momentous Meeting At Turf Moor
The Fight For Supremacy
Neither Side Scored In First Half.
In the light of current events today’s game between Everton and Burnley took on an interest of a particularly powerful character for Everton apposed at Turf Moor with every possibility of the position of head of affairs accruing to them. Not only had they played a match less than Burnley but they were equal on points whilst Manchester, with a match more played, were only one point above either team. The Blues have, of course, the interrupted Oldham match still to negotiate.
An Interesting Situation.
The position of affairs and the interesting possibilities it contained is best gleaned by reference to the position of the clubs as shown in League tables and incidentally I may observe that Blackpool are well in the picture, as the following table of this morning.
As mentioned earlier, Parker is unable to take his place in the Everton side, and Wright again came into service with Kirsopp at inside right and Grenyer as left half. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal; Bamford and Taylor, backs; Walmsley, Boyle and Watson, half-backs; Kelly, Lindley, Nesbitt, Hodgson and Mosscrop, forwards. Referee J.T. Turner. There could be no doubting the interest that the Burnley followers evincent in the fixture, for there was a fig waiting crowd, and when the sides run in an appearance there would be quite 10,000 present. Everton opened the play, but the Burnley right were the first to make any substantial progress which was accomplished by the aid of walmsley, who placed well to Kelly, and when
Matters Looked Ominous
For Everton the winger’s centre went side of the mark. As a general rule there was little to arouse interest in the earlier proceedings, but there could be no mistaking the fact that the respective players were sizing each other up. However, Burnley appeared to have the better of matters and Mosscrop put in a beauty, which Nesbitt put to fern. The keeper saved well, and MaConnachie applied the finishing clearance touch, but during these operations one of the Everton defenders was penalized for pushing Lindlay in the penalty area.
Fern Saves The Situation.
The claim was sustained and Boyle took the kick, but Fern, with outstretched leg, saved the situation and Everton treated freely. Attacking again the Burnley forwards found themselves well placed, but the miraculous goalkeeping of Fern stood between them and success. First Lindley from short range, drove hard in and Fern saved well on the ground. He was only able, however, to deflect the ball a few yards where Nesbitt lay in waiting and put in a shot only to find the keeper while still on the ground effect another brilliant save. Thus far play had been all in favour of the home side, whose backs and half-backs kept their forwards well employed with well directed passing, movement. The “Blues” however, got under way and to get
Within Shooting Range
For the first time. The centre forward’s effort was correctly anticipated by Bamford, and following a further return Harrison was beaten in a race for possession by Bamford. The aggression of Everton was short lived and Kelly and Lindley took play to the other end where MaConnachie had to relieve the pressure by passing back to the keeper. Up to now the Burnley forwards and half-backs had displayed a much better appreciation of requirements. Their concerted and effective actions were the dominant factor of the proceedings this half. On one occasion Watson the left half-back ran clean through the shot, only to find Fern backing his effort, while a further incisive return Lindley headed the ball against the bar. The Everton backs continued to be highly strung and fully extended, and under the circumstances did well in their efforts to cover the keeper. Eventually Harrison got clean away from a pass by Watson, and having beaten Bamford was expected to forge ahead. However, he preferred to sentre across to Wright, who did no better than place the ball wide of the goal.
A short stoppage occurred for an injury to Fleetwood and on resuming Clennell apparently had the goal at his mercy, but was short of a few inches in his race for possession. A further raid on the Everton right led to Chedgzoy dropping in a ball which gave Dawson no trouble and a short time play was at the other end again. Everton were now shaping more effectively, but they could not elude vigilance of Bamford and Taylor who repeatedly prevented them from applying the finishing touches. Following another of Burnley’s efforts in which Kelly and Lindley thoroughly under stood each other. Thompson ran across and cleared a dangerous centre from the inside man, while a moment later Fern saved again from Nesbits. Breaking away Harrison and Dawson, but the shot, negotiated from long range, was easily disposed of and Burnley resumed the attack. A dash to the other end led to Wright kicking wide, and a further raid led to Taylor somewhat forcibly accounting for Chedgzoy.
Clennell’s Great Shot.
Dawson just now kept busy, and the best against him was levelled by Kirsopp, Clennell was now prominently in the picture, and following a couple of futile efforts to get through he put in a great shot, which cannoned off Taylor for an unproductive corner. At the other end Fern was lucky to save after failure to hold from Hodgson, and from his clearance Chedgzoy raced off. The outside man gave the keeper a great handiful but the interval arrived goalless.
Half-Time; Burnley 0, Everton 0.
NOTES & NOTIONs
February 5, 1916, The Liverpool Football Echo
Many I suggest that the Everton shareholders this year forget their “5 per cent interest” and authorize the club to send the equivant amount -£100, if not more –to Australia for the benefit of the widow of John Young and her five children?
Everton proved Stoke with the best exhibition at Victories Ground this season and there is no doubt about the return game at Goodison being a “trimmer.” All the players and of course the new referee deserved especial commendation.. Billie Wright is worth a paragraph. It appears he is home from for a fortnight and may play today at Turf-moor. His admirable performance last week convinced all but a negligible minority that with due deference to Parker, there is no need for the Scot to undertake the tedious sleep-on-the-way journey from Glasgow. Moreover the ex-Ranger is not as “prepared” as formerly from a training standpoint. After all, there are few players fashioned like Longworth who, on the completion of an arduous track of manual labour can take the field and invariably, the honours. “Billie” Kirsopp would find himself among the headlines before and after the match. One well-known critic be launch him highly, and adds that Everton made a mistake in not selecting him when he was fit to play. The local lad by the way showed wonderful sangfroid in the registering of the opening goal (Salvo of cheers) some more poise when Joe Clennell drew further ahead of Pagnam in the League goal race.
February 7, 1916, The Liverpool Echo
“F.E.H” describes the Everton defeat thus;-
The Everton eleven lost a glorious opportunity at Burnley on Saturday? They had a chance of establishing themselves firm favourities for the championship and they practically threw it to the winds. For eighty minutes out of the ninety they were the spoiled darings of fortune. Everything came their way; they held the lead to within five minutes of the finish and then the desperate Turf Moor brigade brushed aside all opposition and put on two goals in less time that it takes to tell of the disaster. This culmination was a bitter disappointment to the sprinkling of Everton supporters present, but it was a source of frantic joy for the enthusiastic Burnlyites. The game may be summed up in a nutshell. It was an exhibition of fast and clever footwork, in which the home team – attack was well held by the visiting defence –especially by Fern, the always reliable keeper – up to the interval. Early in the second period Everton took the lead, and held it almost miraculously until most people present thought the game was theirs. Then happened a hurricane finish which furnished one of the most exciting and thrilling episodes of the present campaign. In its circumstances its sportsmanlike attributes and its ding-dong whole heartiness the contest was one that will long be remembered in this “strange eventual history” of the game. The match opened sensationally enough to satisfy the most exponent –Burnley led off at a great pace, and in the early stages Fern saved a penalty kick taken by Boyle. After that he performed wonders in guarding his goal against the sharp-shooters of Lindley, Nesbitt and company, and Burnley were distinctly unfortunate in not leading at the turn. A quarter of an hour after the resumption then Everton sprang a surprise, Clennell who had been always one of the most dogged grafters scored a goal at the second attempt –a happy phrase of cricketing memory –and as time went on this seemed like being the detraining factor. Misscrop however broke the spell of the home forwards ill-luck with a fortuitous shot that eluded the vigilance of Fern and then in the twinkling of an eye Nesbitt set the seal on Burnley's triumph. It was a fitting close to an altogether extraordinary exchange of hostilities. Burnley pulled the match out of the fire with sheer stamina and determination and the full points gained must not be begrudged them.
Again on Saturday a local paper noted that latest advices showed that Sandy Young had practically recovered from his injuries. As the “Echo” cable off January 23 told readers that Young had been committed for trail it was axiomatic that Young had recovered long since. By the way Mr. Ernest Mangnall of the Manchester City club, has estimated to Mr. W.C. Cuff that is ready to furnish an affidavit on the subject of Young's mental condition.
February 7, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
I see that Manchester City through one of their directors have expressed their willingness to contribute towards the defence of Sandy Young who rendered them great service at a critical perilous and also in furnish evidence as to the state of his mind.
The Everton Hospital Bed.
Just a passing word concerning Everton’s handsome war contribution –the Stanley Hospital bed. Although the Liverpool Club approached their neighbors on the subject of their very commendable motor ambulance scheme, the Everton directors had already decided to act in the direction of a permaned was charity and it was their decision to carry through their prospect as an independent effort that rendered it impossible for them to co-operate in a joint scheme. I merely mention this to completely clear the air in the parlous direction indicated. With both schemes developing so successfully the Liverpool clubs, have indeed set up a pattern of partisanism for every club in the country.
Everton’s Display the Everton forwards and halves rarely showed their undoubted ability, and this was probably due to the fact that the intermediate line were too busily employed in stemming the Burnley quintet to link up effectively with their own van. Wright, as the pivot of attack was up against a stiff proposition in Boyle, who the addition kept a controlling even upon the inside men. The best work came from Clennell and Chedgzoy. Probably the leg injury to the former in the early stages was against the smooth working of the line as a whole at any rate they were nothing like as forceful and incisive in their movements as were their opponents. The half-backs were severely tested throughout the proceedings and Thompson and MaConnachie also experienced a busy time, while the best that can be stated of Fern’s display was that he stood between his opponents and quite a crop of goals.
EVERTON’S NEW DIRECTOR.
February 8, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
The photograph given herewith is of Mr. H. Banks, the new director of the Everton Football Club, who has just been elected to serve in place of Mr. Wright. Mr. Banks will prove a valuable acquisition to the Everton forces. He has always been an enthusiastic adherent of the Blues club, and has followed them for devotedly. Having retired from active business Mr. Banks is fortunately placed with the necessary time at his disposal to give ample attention to his own duties to which he will feel in no way strange. As stated in my previous paragraph announcing the appointment Mr. Banks is an Everton shareholder of twenty years standing.
Mr Cuff and Police
Daily Record -Tuesday 8 February 1916
Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton secretarv. has cabled the Melbourne Chief of Police and the Mayor of Tongala stating that the club are willing to adduce evidence as the mental unsoundness of " Sandy Young, now awaiting trial on the capital charge. Manchester City, it would appear, are also willing to contribute towards the defence of the Scottish International forward, who rendered them great service at a critical period
"SANDY" YOUNG CASE.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 11 February 1916
REASON OF DELAYED TRIAL.
EXCLUSIVE CABLE TO THE " ECHO."
" Sandy" Young is so ill that he cannot go to trial for some time. This is the news received by special and exclusive cable to the "Liverpool Echo" today. Young, is widely known, is the former Everton and Tottenham and South Liverpool footballer, and he is charged with the murder of his brother John, who is alleged to have been shot by " Sandy," the prisoner, in turn, turning the gun upon himself and injuring his face. " Sandy" Young improved sufficiently to attend the court inquiry, and he was committed for trial, but since that day he has fallen ill, and now we are advised that Young is ill that he will be precluded from standing his trial for some time.
February 11, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everton will not be at full strength tomorrow against Preston North End. Parker’s name appeared among the selected side, but he is unable to take part. His place will be occupied by a local youth in Baines, who played formerly with one of the Everton’s reserve teams. The Blues should have no difficulty in defeating the lowly Prestonians, who have indeed experienced a sorry season. They were faced with the difficulty of not being able to put a consistent side in the field, and the changing involved has cost them many points. The home side will be as follows: - Everton: - Fern; Thompson, MaConnachie; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Baines, Clennell, Harrison.
Everton Chairman and Professionalism.
One of Liverpool’s most interesting social organizations is the Rotary Club, which meets once every week at the Bear’s Paw for lunch, and to whose actual objects I hope to return later. Yesterday the members were addressed by Mr. W. R. Clayton, chairman of the Everton club, who spoke on the subject of “Sport” and the Busy Man” –a topic upon which Mr. Clayton is as much entitled to speak as any man in the city. After pointing to the benefits, mental and physical accuring from sport, Mr. Clayton said he made no excuse for supporting professional football. If they only thought of it, they had professionalism in religion in science, art, and literature. It was quite as necessary in the world of sport that they should have a man who had made it a fine art, a man who had learned all that could be learned about it, a man who could show them how to play. Before professional football came to be legalized, about 27 years ago, there were not more than a dozen clubs in existence in Liverpool, but from that time the budding youth of the City went to see professionals playing the game in its highest and best form, and they gradually became enamored of the game as a means of recreation, and today, instead of a dozen clubs, they had about 1,000 clubs in the Liverpool district playing Association football (Applause). They had these amateur clubs playing because of the existence of professionalism; and because professionalism had drawn them out, and he would make bold to say that had it not been for professionalism they would not have had the large number of young men now playing a fine, healthy game today. (Hear, hear). He also supported professional football because it provided a healthy recreation for those, who, too old to play themselves, could enjoy watching a game. The workers needed some counter-attraction to the public house, and he claimed that their professional football clubs had been of the biggest agencies in the interest of temperance of any that could be mentioned today (Hear, Hear).
VISIT OF PRESTON NORTH END
February 11, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow at Goodison Park the lowly and the “highly” compare notes. Preston North End, who are to face Everton, have been soundly rated by a critic for not showing a spirit of enterprise when they had the earliest intimation that Blackburn Rovers would close down for the duration of the war. Certainly the old Deepdale club let the grass grow under their feets, but it must not be forgotten that the club has had a lot of ill luck, which generally comes upon the back of the man or club that has nearly reached the “down-and-out “stage.” Preston nor anyone also could do no more than “anticipate” when the season opened, and it would seem that if their forwards would but settle into a smoother groove the team would be a useful one, and one worthy the honoured named of Preston North End. All clubs seem to store up their best for the Liverpool visits, and it will be in the memory of the causal football followers that the good days” Preston at Anfield opened the New Year by turning up late and beat Liverpool 2-0, their performance in scoring 4 goals when facing the gale of wind and water being a performance of note. Preston surprised and Everton strong team must be on its guard or else George Barlow, the former Everton winger will surprise them.
Talk of old Everton players brings me to the fact that on each of my last three visits to London, I have accidentally bumped into Dr. L. R. Roose. Only on Wednesday last, having winged my way to London, I saw through the Scottish mist the face and form of “Dick” Roose, who has been doing Army medial work, and looks upon affairs with an unusually sombre men. It’s a small world. Everton have Wareing as a “recall” for the morrow’s match and Baines, a local, will be tried at centre, so the teams will be:- Everton; Fern; Thompson, MaConnachie; Fleetwood, Wareing, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Baines, Clennell, Harrison. Preston; Wilson; M’Dwraith, Speak; Clay, P. Smith, Broome; Clifton, Barbour, Ellis, Williams, Ives.
MURDER TRIAL DEFERRED.
Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal - Saturday 12 February 1916
SCOTTISH INTERNATIONALIST TOO ILL TO APPEAR.
Sandy Young, the former Scottish internationalist, and scorer the English Cup. winning goal for Everton against Newcastle in 1906, charged with the murder of his brother Australia, should have been up for final trial this week, having been committed for trial month ago. A special cable announces that Young ill that will be precluded from standing his trial for a long time. ' The Secretary of the Everton Club, it will remembered, cabled the Australian authorities offering to supply information establishing Young's insanity, and the Captain of the team has stated in an interview that considered Young, while a member the Club, was not responsible for his actions.
Notes & Notions
February 12, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
The depressing case of “Sandy” Young continues to evoke widespread interest throughout Britain, the Antipodes, and even “over wonder” –wisdom words signify Europe’s belligerent continent.” The fact that Young’s solicitor has cabled from Melbourne for “mental evidence” leaves the doubt about the nature of the defence to be set up. Everton will able to furnish ample declarations on oath regarding the mentality of the player who, be it noted was under the surveillance of Doctors Whitford and Baxter for almost a decade. Furthermore b-and this is more recent proof –people connected with South Liverpool Football Club will bear testimony to the fact that “Sandy” mind gave way when he was stationed at Dingle Park. Now let us take a “legal proceeding” and have accouable certain definitions from criminal law which in the words of Buckingham, “is founded on reason and obvious to commonsense. “ Regarding the possible plea of self-defence in the Australian tragedy, it may be pointed out that in the course of the angry alteration on the fateful morning John Young is alleged to have struck “Sandy” with a stick. But contrary to the legal doctrine of Sir William Buckingham, modern English law does not seen to admit necessity of self-preservation as an excuse for killing an innocent and unoffending neighbour. Felonious homicide when imputed by the law to the infirmity of human nature and deemed without malice, is termed “Man-slaughter,” being either a voluntary killing in a sudden heat of passion or an involuntary killing in the commission of an unlawful act. Readers may have read this week the striking statement of |Mr. Justice Daring in the course of his summing up in the officer murder trial. Referring to the defence of Insanity, he remarked that it had been said that every man who committed a crime was under some degree of partial insanity, if the argument held good that every man who committed a crime was insane there would be no need to hold a trial, or to have statutes dealing with capital crimes because all they would have to do would be to shut up would be offenders is lunatic asylums. The question for the jury was what state of mind was prisoner in when he committed the murder? So, too, in sandy Young’s case, was his mind disturbed at the time of the tragic incident on December 1? That’s the vital question.
Mr. Henry Banks (of St. Domingo-Vale) has been elected by the syndicate to fill the vacant chair on the Everton Board caused by the “all-of-a-sudden” resignation of the chairman Mr. Horace –Wright.
Mr. Banks who I am told, is quite a decent sort,” thus attains board rank without the necessity of a contest. For such an “easy presage” he may thank the “Football Echo” whose publication of Mr. Wright’s severance practically formed the stop-gap election. Fact. It may be remembered that Mr. Banks was proposed for office in the summer of 1914, but at the eleventh hour generously stood down in favour of Mr. Halsall, who because of his intimate connection with Tranmere Rovers was considered more experience in football management. As showing the “quick change” the annual meeting had too be postoponent seven days in order to legalise Mr. Halsall’s candidature. Who will dent it this time?
February 12 1916. The Liverpool Football Club
In case any reader missed our cable yesterday in regard to the “Sandy” Young case. I repeat that “Sandy” is so ill that he is, and will be, precluded from taking trial for some time. He is charge with the murder of his brother, and the evidence regarding “Sandy” state of mind is steadily increasing and confirms the general opinion on the case as expressed in Liverpool football circles.
EVERTON 2 PRESTON NORTH END 0
February 12 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
NEW BOY TRIED AT CENTRE FORWARD.
LANCASHIRE SECTION PRINCIPAL TOURNAMENT (Game 22)
Against Preston today, Everton played Baines a local in place of Parker. He has played for Everton third team in seasons gone by. Wareing returned to the half-back line. The day was fine and the attendance was some 14,000 strong. Everton at the last moment brought in Simpson and Brown, through Fleetwood being down with cold and Thompson out of town –the full back’s mother is rather seriously ill. The referee is Mr. H. Maiden. Teams: - Fern (Captain), goal, Simpson, and Macconnachie, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Baines, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Preston: - Hayes, goal, Broadhurst, and Speak, backs, P.J. Smith, McCall, and Gillon, half-backs, Ford, Brodie, Ellis, Hosker, G.H. Barlow, forwards. After Fern had won the toss Preston set to work in business manner, and if Ford had shown heartness Everton’s position would have been seriously challenged. As it was Grenyer and MaConnachie covered the winger easily. Clennell was early endeavouring to score his customary goal, and a long shot had points of value in direction if it was backing the necessary power. Fast were the exchanges and narrow the escapes. Twice Chedgzoy made a Possible goal for Kirsopp whose header were faithfully gathered by the goalkeeper. Broadhurst miskicked badly, but fortunately for him Clennell could not snap the presentation opening that the full back’s a error caused. Preston surprised the crowd by their dashing tactics and dash was not their only worthy point, McCall gaining the glad hand as a consequence of intricate dribbling that was pretty and effective. In addition, there was a thoroughly good single-handled effort by Gillow who showed enterprised. Brown fiddled until he made the position dangerous. Preston would have been a goal up if Brodie had a knowledge of ball-trapping.
February 12, 1916. Football Express.
Liverpool’s Conqueror’s At Goodison Park.
Clennell And Kirsopp Score For The Blues.
By the Judge.
The lowly North Enders were today’s visitors to Liverpool, and they appeared in opposition to the Blues at Goodison Park. Lowly as in the position they hold, Merseyside followers will not forget that they made their presence felt to a considerable tine, for in a perfect gale of wind they defeated Liverpool by a couple of goals. They have had to effect repeated changes in their team, and much of their lack of success is to be accounted for on this score.
Parker found it impossible to take his place in the home side, who included Baines, one of their reserves forces, at centre forward. Otherwise the forward rank was as full strength and the teams lined up as follows:- Everton: - Fern (Captain), goal, Simpson, and MaConnachie, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Baines, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Preston: - Hayes, goal, Broadhurst, and Speak, backs, P.J. Smith, McCall, and Gillon, half-backs, Ford, Brodie, Ellis, Hosker, G.H. Barlow, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Maiden. Both teams were out prompt to time. Everton made two changes from the eleven announced. Simpson coming in for Thompson and Brown for Fleetwood. The conditions were quite of a perfect character when the proceedings commenced, Fern having won the toss. The first advance was made by the Prestonians, but was rapidly repelled, and Chedgzoy, at the end of a gradual movement by the “Blues” attack, found himself well in front of goal but was unable to get in a shot at which he was evidently aiming. The exchanges were quite of an interesting character and Hayes once.
Effected A Smart Save.
At dangerous close quarters. Preston tried to get away but they seen well held and a series of unexpecting movement ensued mostly in midfield. Both left wings were conspicuous and Harrison made a good headway, but was pulled up by force of numbers to loose the ball when he was attempting to run through on his own. On the other wing Barlow made considerable headway, but at the last moment was well tackled by Simpson who faced him.
To Kick Behind.
Simpson who, by the way, had been called into service through the illness of Thompson’s mother, which completed him to leave Liverpool allowed much latitude, and was playing a watchful game, was not allowed much latitude. Matters were considerably enlived when Grenyer retrieved a misdirected kick after the visitors had once carried the ball over the line. The home half set Harrison going, and the latter made excellent headway, trickling two opponents and finally skillfully transferring to Baines, who essayed a shot, but who owing to the awkwardness of his angle and the pressure of his opponents was unable to complete the effort. The game was becoming much more interesting, with Everton doing the major portion of the attack. But still the Preston defence was not to be pierced. In one attack by the home team Clennell got in a shot which hit the side of the net, but the “blues” were only momentarily drive back, and Baines cleverly drove the ball out to Harrison, who in turn transferred it again to Clennell. This time the inside man made no mistake, and he completely beat Hayes with a finely deserving effort. There was a number of exciting incidents as half-time approached. Once MaConnachie made a most judicious clearance when hard pressed, and sent the ball along beautifully to Harrison. The latter tricked Percy Smith with consummate cleverness, but when near goal he was unceremoniously bowled over by Broadhurst. This occurred outside the penalty line, and from the free kick the ball was driven narrowly outside the post. Baines tried another individual effort, but nothing came of it , and with Everton still in their opponents half though unable to add to their score, the interval was called.
Half-time; Everton One, Preston Nil.
The opening period of the second half was more interesting than at any previous point of the game. Everton were soon on the attack, and the home left was responsible for a raid which looked considerably dangerous. They were driven back, however, and MaConnachie came along with a clever relief which set his forwards going admirably. Baines tried desperately hard to get through on his own, but was brought down on the penalty line. Referee awarded a Free kick about a foot from the fatal line of demarcation and the Everton defence formed up, but attack was repelled. Relief was only short and Chedgzoy then got in what was practically his first characteristic effort. He dashed along his wing, tricked his opponents, and got in a wonderful square centre with the ball almost beyond recovery. Kirsopp followed up with avidity and drove in a high curling shot which veered round and sitting the far post bounced into the net with Heyes still away from any chance of reaching it.
The conditions were of a perfect character for football, not a breath of wind disturbing the atmosphere, and though the surface was somewhat on the soft side, it was not sufficiently spongy to in any way hamper the movements of the players. The game in its opening stages without being particularly exhilarating, was full of exciting movements each side attacking in turn. There was an excellent crowd, and fully 14,000 were present. Individual efforts on either side were duly appreciated. The home side showed slightly the better methods, but they were not by a good defence which generally kept them still at bay. The home side were certainly the superior combination although for a considerable period there was a certain lack of activity about their attacking. It was not until Clennel had nearly brought about the downfall of the visitors’ goal that they put any enlivenment into their work, and it was within a minute or so following this incident that the forward named had opened the scoring. He was again immediately conspicuous and it was only a clever save by Heyes that prevented a second score. The game was not exactly of the pretty character of some which have been witnessed on the Liverpool grounds, but it was of interest through the attacks on either side were mostly of a spasmodic character. The Evertonians were certainly the better side, but they did not seem to be able to get going with their usual incisiveness, and as the game proceeded it appeared as though the deutly accounted for one or two well intended efforts going in an erratic direction.
February 14, 1916. The Liverpool Echo.
In cases readers have slipped the figure: 35 was the total Freeman record in his first season at Everton. Clennell on Saturday reached the 23 mark –he has only failed to score in about five matches –and he is still worrying goalkeeper and likely to continue in that direction, despite the marking he is getting. Some people profess to dislike Kirsopp’s style but they can never deny the man principle; he gets scoring of goals with frequency. On Saturday he took one of Chedgzoy’s many centres back to the goal, parade –and he placed a goal. The more once sees of Kirsopp the more one is reminded of “Sandy” Young’s style of football in the days of long ago. I was sorry Harrison did not join in the goal; list; he had many tries and the pace of shot and the lowliness of the drives he put in deserved a better fate. In the half-back line none did so well as William Wareing, who was fared with an foraging player in Ellis –a trier and a bustler. Wareing was the best half-back; his old team found him at his best. Contraise, George Barlow, who is the life and soul of the North End attack, and who played so great a game at Anfield was off his game against his former club. At full back Simpson played a strong game, in Thompson’s absence, and their was much to give pleasure in MaConnachie’s display despite on occasional slicing that was evidence. While not a great game by any means, and it was an enjoyable game.
AN EVEN GAME.
February 14, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
The game at Goodison Park may be adequately described as pretty even, and Preston gave the Evertonians no small amount of trouble before they were finally disposed of. A goal was scored in each portion, Clennell being responsible for his usually expected success and Kirsopp securing a beautiful point as the direct outcome of a sparkling movement by Chedgzoy. The inclusion of Baines for Parker who was unable to take his customary part in the proceedings was quite successful. He showed capability in advancing and providing work for his comrades and if the rank as a whole did not generally show the speedy cohesion of some matches they were nevertheless skilful and active quintets of attackers. Clennell had made several attempts to get through before he was ultimately successful and on that occasion he made no mistake.
Without attempting to re-describe the game as a whole there were a number of incidents of his lefty form always presenting an impregnable froat to his rivals. Fern’s save in the second half, when he rushed out of goal for fully 15 yards to countered a hard drive from Ellis was the acme of intelligent judgment and on another occasion, he instantly kicked away when a hard ground drive might easily have eluded him. All round the home team were a distinct margin in front of the Prestonians who never looked like a winning side, and who were all through well held and comfortably beaten.
FEBRUARY 16, 1916. Marlborough Express (New Zealand)
John Cameron and Sam Wolstenholmes, of Everton, in Rubleben camp, at camp from British civilians, about few thousand Britishers are behind its high barbed wire boundaries.
February 18, 1916. Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everton will pay a visitor to Stockport County, from whom they are hoping to wrest what may be a couple of points of priceless value. The home side will play Rogers at centre-forward for the first time since his injury, received when playing games against Liverpool on January 8th, and Nuttall the Evertonian, will again operate at inside-left. The backs change over, thus reverting to their original positions. The Everton team has been definitely settled and Thompson, about whom there was some little doubtfulness will be able to take part all right. Parker, however, will not be available, and the position at centre-forward is to be allotted to Fleetwood. So that the respective sides will be: - Everton; Fern; Thompson, MaConnachie; Brown, Wareing, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Fleetwood, Clennell, Harrison. Stockport County; Molyneux; Goodwin, Robson; Mitton, Fayers, A. Waterall; Crossthwaite, Gault, Rogers, Nuttall, T. Waterall.
FLEETWOOD AT CENTRE FORWARD
February 18, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
The selection of the Everton team is notable because Fleetwood is to try his hand at centre forward-he will face Fayers, and I would that I could be in two places tomorrow to see the battle of the centre forwards against the centre half backs. Teams; Everton; Fern; Thompson, MaConnachie; Brown, Wareing, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Fleetwod, Clennell, Harrison
Stockport County; Molyneux; Robson, Goodwin; Mitton, Fayers, Suart; Crossthwaite, Gault, Waterall, Barnett, T. Waterall.
McCALL BACK TO HIS FORMER FORM.
February 14, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
North End have a great line of half backs, and no one is playing better than the swarthy Joe McCall, Swift to intercept accurate in feeding a capable dribble, but not a man who dribblers unto destruction, McCall is one of the really great pivots in the game. Time was when he was playing street ahead of “Fatty” Wedlock’s game, but Wedlock was embedded in the team-sheets of England’s international fixtures, and only when Wedlock was forced to drop out through injury did McCall get his place and show infinite resource and judgement. Even the F.A. were delighted with his form and would fain have chosen him regularly, but McCall suffered a severe injury in an international match or else a trial match –I forget the exact case –and he ceased to be among the mighty. On Saturday’s form his knee injury has been lost. He had little to beat in Baines, the local who made his debut-he has played for South Liverpool and Everton Third in his time –but do not forget that McCall had not only to keep a watch upon the inner forwards –he had to make openings for Preston’s weak forward line. Speak, who played centre at Anfield in the “gale” would have been a much better forward than say, Brodie or Hosker, but Speak was at full back, and while one groven them all credit for their strong rushes of the first twenty minutes one cannon exonerate them from blame during that period inasmuch as Fern had it blank time. To-hand shots were absent, and not until Everton were two up and easy winners did Ellis and Ford make Fern look sharp. Fern would relish the rank after the game he had the week before at Burnley. That by the way returning to the half-back of North End let it be said that Percy Smith and Gillow ably assisted McCall. Gillow with his forward matches, many valuable and Smith who used to do a lot the much shooting from centre half, played in good style in both his departments –attack and defence.
In case readers have slipped the figure 35 was the total Freeman record in his first season at Everton. Clennell on Saturday reached the 23 mark –he has only failed to score in about five matches –and he still worrying goalkeepers, and likely to continue in that direction, despite the marking he is getting. Some people profess to dislike Kirsopp’s style but they can never deny the main principle he gets among the goals with frequency. On Saturday he took one of Chedgzoy’s many centres –and he placed a goal. The more one sees of Kirsopp the more one is reminded of “Sandy” Young’s style of football in the days of long ago. I was sorry Harrison did not join in the goals, he had many tries and his pace of shot and the lowliness of the drives he put in deserve a batter fate. In the half-back line none did so well as William Wareing, who was faced with on corners, foraging player in Ellis –a trier and a bustler. Wareing was our best half-back his old team found him at his best. Contraries George Barlow, who is the life and soul of the North End attack, and who played so great a game at Anfield, was off his game against his former club. At full back Simpson played a strong game in Thompson’s absence, and there were much to give pleasure in MaConnachie’s display despite an occasional slicing that was in evidence. While not a great game by any means it was an enjoyable game, and with Burnley losing the League race is not yet over.
February 19, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Important Game at Stockport
Everton’s game with Stockport was most important in view of the position of the League leaders. Unfortunately Everton had but their strongest team available and Fleetwood had to be called into being at centre forward. The Stockport side, with its sprinkling of former Everton players was especially anxious to complete the double event against Everton side. The Everton players made an express journey to Stockport and reached the Edgerley Park enclosure in excellent time. They travelled without MaConnachie, and there was consequently a rearrangement in the full back line, Simpson coming in. The weather was mild and dull and the playing pitch looked on the greasy side when the teams faced each other in the following order. Everton; Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Fleetwood, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. Stockport County; Molyneux, goal; Goodwin and Robson, backs; Mitton, Fayers, and A. Waterall, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Gault, Rodgers, Nuttall, and T. Waterall, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Howscroft. It will be noticed that the home forward line, inclined Nuttall, the ex-Evertonian. There were 7,000 people present when the game began. Everton won the toss, but there was little advantage, there being no wind. Stockport opened with a movement on the right, which was checked and there was some smart footwork in midfield before the opponents came to gripe. Mitton gave his forwards possession with a judicious pant, and Grant sent in a stinging shot, which was intercepted by Thompson. The Everton left then made off, and Harrison put in a beautiful swinging pass, which crossed right to Chedgzoy. The latter attempted a short screw shot and this was only saved at the cost of a corner. The danger was well cleared, and Stockport were busy on the left, only to be finally beaten back by Thompson. Wareing then changed the venue by passing out to the right and Kirsopp was well placed when he put the ball rather tamely over the line. This was followed by a sustained series of attacks on the part of the Stockport van-guard who were very smart and nippy on the ball. The three inside men all tried shots, but these were intercepted by Simpson and his partner. Crosthwaite then got off on his own account and looked extremely dangerous when Grenyer came to the rescue in fine fashion.
Gault for Stockport
Rodgers for Stockport
• H.G Bache the West Bromwich Albion player and Lieutenant has been killed in action in France
February 19, 1916. The Football Express.
Important Fixture At Stockport
A Keen Game.
Home Side Two Goals Up At Half-Time.
Considerable importance attached to the visit of Everton to Edgeley Park today, as it was essential, if they were to remain in direct running for the championship, that they should be successful. It was peculiar interest to find Nuttall operating against his Everton colleagues, and the home team were additionally reinforced by the inclusion of their centre forward. Rogers, who was injured in the Liverpool match early in January. Everton made an interesting change in their side in bringing Fleetwood to the position of centre-forward, Parker finding himself unable to make the journey.
Otherwise the visitors were quite at full strength, and the teams accordingly took the held in the following order: - Everton: - Fern (captain), goal; Thomson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Wareing and Grenyer half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Fleetwood, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Stockport Country: - Molyneux, goal; Goodwin and Robson, backs; Mitton, Sayers, and A. Waterall, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Gault (W.), Rogers, Nuttall (Everton), and T. Waterall, forwards. Referee Mr. J. T.Howcroft.
An Engaging Situation.
The position of the various clubs was an interesting one, and given a draw today, and a like result at Turf Moor, the match between Everton and Liverpool next week would become of tremendous importance.
There would be about 7,000 present when Rogers opened play under fairly good conditions, for there was no wind and the turf was just sufficiently holding to favour a fast game. The County were the first to make an advance, but were stoutly opposed by Thompson and Simpson. Eventually, however, Fern had to field a long shot from T. Waterall. Play was rather on the quiet side. Gault was provided with a pass by Rogers, when well placed, but the ex-Evertonian missed the ball altogether, and Simpson cleared. Then the Everton left romped away, and Harrison sent across to Chedgzoy, who forced an unproductive corner. Capital work by Grenyer improved Everton’s position but the County backs came through strongly. Following a forward pass from Sayers to Rogers the other end was reached, where Wareing saved the situation at the expense of a free kick, and the clearance was followed up by spirited exchanges about the centre.
A Keen Pace.
Breaking away again, Simpson was penalized for unfairly pulling up Rogers just a few yards from the penalty line. Sayers placed to Gault with a neat trick, and the ball travelled goalwards. Thompson with outstretched legs arresting its course for Wareing to avert the danger. As play progressed the pace became keener, and play was mainly centred around the work of the half-backs on both sides. There was little to choose between the respective trios in point of cleverness, but eventually the County forwards got into a swinging stride, and Rogers looked like running through, when Thompson brought off a very smart save. At this point the referee stopped play to remonstrate with a refractory spectator and on getting to work again the sides gave a rare good sample of downright grit and persistency. In each instance the defenders were penalized, and neither keeper was extended.
Everton Backs Tested.
Following a more incisive attack, however, the Everton backs were sorely put to the test, and on Rogers finally whipping the ball out to T. Waterall a clinking shot was sent in, only, however, to be quickly attended to by Fern. The Blues took the game in hand, and there were several promising touches between the halves and forwards. From one of these Chedgzoy raced away, but lost possession at the finish, and the ball went behind. Then came another raid on Everton’s defence, and Rogers with a smart pass that Gault intercepted brought success in its train. Gault forged ahead and had Simpson beat, and with a swift low, oblique shot drove into the net. Fern made a good but unsuccessful attempt to save. Then Fleetwood led off a strong attack, and Clennell put the ball in from a miskick by Robson. The keeper might easily have been beaten. However, Fern saved, and in a trice the County were away gain, and following clever work on the right wing, Rogers after a brilliant run took the ball close in between the backs and scored a clever goal.
After this reverse Everton made a great effort but as before there was no getting through. The home side gain gradually came into the picture, and when their right wing got going Simpson was not at all comfortable in dealing with them, and was now and again beaten. However, Grenyer on these occasions gave assistance and swinging the ball to Fleetwood much headway was made. A pass to Clennell when well placed brought about a brilliant drive from the Everton inside left and in successful coping with it Molyneux accomplished a fine save.
A moment later the home goal was again threatened, but a free kick relieved the situation. Once again the Everton left forced the game, and Clennell passing to Fleetwood there were hopes or reducing the lead. However, Sayers continued to keep a watchful eye on the Everton centre. And try as he would Fleetwood could not wriggle past.
Half-Time; Stockport County 2, Everton 0.
The Second Half.
There would be fully 10,000 present when play was resumed. The Evertonians opened in promising fashion. A move on the left brought play to close quarters, but a smart pass across by Grenyer to Chedgzoy was not troubled. Kirsopp and Clennell were prominent later on. Still there was no quarter for the County defence, who continued to play a strong game, through one occasion Kirsopp forged ahead but was out of his reckoning with his final effort. Still, the Blues’ line was not working together with that measure of cohesion which usually characteristic their play. A great drive from Chedgzoy was well saved, and for some little time the Blues showed signs of reducing the lead.
After a somewhat tame opening the play became exceeding quick, most of the aggressive work coming from the County forwards. They were better served than were the Everton forwards. Sayers, in addition to holding up the Everton inside forwards, provided many chances for his van to shame. In defence too, the County had the pull for Simpson was often in difficulties with Gault and Crossthwaite, and easily beat the back for speed.
February 21, 1916. The Evening Express.
By their failure at Edgerley Park, writes our travelling representative with the Everton team. Everton practically placed themselves out of the running for the championship honours in the Lancashire Section. Their chances of victory was reduced to a minimum through unfortunate happenings, for changes, had perforce to be made in two vital positions, namely at centre forward and left full-back. However, well a player may have consolidated his position, it is too much to expect that he could successfully fill another berth which at one time was his own, and this was exemplified on Saturday when Fleetwood was selected to deputise for Parker. The whole hearted ex-Rochdale player, clever as he has been in the half-back line, scarcely did himself full justice as leader of the attack. Then again, Simpson could scarcely be expected to reach the standard of MaConnachie, though to the credit of both the former and Fleetwood, it is but fair to state that as play progressed so they improved, though unfortunately the home side had by that time proved the way to success. Everton were a couple of goals down at the interval, and were further behind in the second half, but after this third reverse they generally dominated the play, though they could not draw level.
WHAT HAPPENED AT STOCKPORT
February 21, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton practically scarified their chances of carrying off the championship of the Lancashire Section at Stockport on Saturday, when they were well beaten by 3 goals to 1. There is some excuse for the Evertonians in the fact that they were without the services of a regular centre-forward and this primarily led to their undoing. At the same time it would be quite unfair to blame Fleetwood solely for the defeat; there were others who failed to rise to the occasion. As it happened the visitors could do nothing right in the first period of the game. Both the forwards and the half backs were “either at sixes or at sevens,” and it was just as well for the side that the main lines of defence were safe and sound. Had Thompson, Simpson or Fern been in the loses. Degree shakily the adverse margin at the turn must inevitable have been greater. In the second half the Evertonians gradually got into their proper stride and dominated the last twenty minutes of the season. They reduced the lead by means of a penalty goal, but lack of time precluded any hope of their pulling the game out of the fire. Altogether it was a distinctly disappointing exhibition on the part of a side whose skill is undeniable but at the same time Stockport must not be begrudged the towards of dogged and strenuous tackles. Leading off in a refreshing pace, the County gained their opening goal through Gault who throughout played a worrying game and before the interval Rodgers whole presence added a second. The same player put on a third rather luckily, and is one after this that Everton rallied. There were only eight minutes to go, however, after Clennell converted a penalty kick and Molyneux successfully fielded the subsequent volleys directed against him.
HOWARTH GETS SIX SOLDIERLY GOALS
Liverpool Echo- Tuesday 22 February 1916
You remember Howarth the young fellow who jumped straight from Sefton Park football to Everton's team and showed a headiness and old-fashioned style of football? Well he last week joined the B Company of the 3/5 Battalion K.L.R., and invited to join in a team, helped himself to six goals! The match was played on Blackpool's ground at "Play up Everton" The defence of C Company by 8-1. Howarth played inside left and during the game one could hear shouts of "Play up Everton" The defence of C Company could make no show against his clever play.
REV. W.C. JORDAN
February 22, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Marriage of a Former Everton Player
Rev. W.C. Jordan, vicar of St. Mary’s Widnes, who formerly played for West Bromwich, Everton, and the Liverpool Police, was married at St. Nicholas’s Church, Blundellsands, today to Miss Madden, only daughter of the late archdeacon of Liverpool.
February 24, 1916. Evening Express.
By The Judge.
There will be several changes in the teams that will represent Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday. For one thing, MaConnachie is quite unable to turn out, and the position of centre forward still has to be settled. Liverpool will have the services in goal of the Oldham custodian Taylor, who was such a thorn in their side last week, and Middlesbrough will partner Longsworth at full back. Mr. A Pellowe will officiate as referee, and he will have charge of the following players; Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, A.N. Other, Clennell, Harrison. Liverpool; Taylor; Longsworth, Middlehurst; Bamber, Goddard, McKinlay; Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Metcalf, Cunliffe.
VIEWING THE GREAT DERBY GAME
February 25, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
What will be harvest be? Everton and Liverpool meet for the third of five times tomorrow, and locally the match has aroused the usual intense interest. In the trenches one imagines that many a sporting little be will be wagered over the fixture –for the Liverpoolians and Evertonians seen to find no cause for argument gave over football. Neither team did well last Saturday, but that makes no difference in the meeting of Mersey rivals. We have often seen the best game from then when they looked on paper to be fragile players. Further, it must not be forgotten that never did Liverpool look so hopelessly out of gear for point-making against their keenest rivals than when they first met this season –Liverpool for the first time since 1891 scored full points. So you see one cannot “prospect” the land when Everton and Liverpool meet. Certain it is that Everton are not at fullest strength tomorrow, and certain it is that they will strain hard for victory, both from the championship outlook and from beating a local rival. Everton without MaConnachie, Parker, and Wareing are seriously handicapped; but their wing forwards stand their ground, and consequently Mr. A.N. Other, whoever he may be will be well provided with chances. Whatever the centre post holds for us one thing is certain McKinlay and Bamber will be tried very heavily. I am just a bit afraid that Bamber’s slow-moving style will be takes toll by Clennell and Harrison, and I look to Everton’s left wing to prove very dangerous. Fortunately there the over-reliable and stalwarts Ephraim Longsworth behind Bamber and consequently the left wing cannot have a picnic.
With Ted Taylor, making, his debut, the championship hanging on the game to an extent, and inter club keenness rife the game tomorrow promises to be one of the best ever witnessed between the sides. It is to be hoped that no “scene” will be witnessed, and that all the players will recognise that Mr. Pellowe is referee and that the Liverpool Derby have ever been renowned in the last fifteen years for their cleanliness. Don’t let us have repetition of the Bradford and Shot field errors please, but let us play the game all the time. Taylor’s appearance at Everton was somewhat of a curiosity. He was once wanted at Everton, latterly at Leeds, and Oldham were anxious to keep him, knowing that he must sooner or later supersede Matthews. Further Taylor has played his best game at Everton when far from fit –he was one of the biggest factors in Everton’s defeat from Oldham’s wide when they net early in the season. Next he helped Oldham to surprise Liverpool, and now -? Well. The morrow will tell. Judging the side from the plan of the field given below, I should say that there is little between the pair in goal of full back, but at half-back McNeil’;s entry into the Everton line makes that line a tribe stronger than Liverpool’s and forward Everton have it on the wings, but Liverpool have it in the centre. Liverpool vary so much that it is difficult to weigh their form and much depends upon Pagnam, who has run riot in the Everton games this season. He has no covered from last week’s aggravating injury and the large crowd that is certain to attend Goodison Park tomorrow is sure to be thrilled by many incidents of a fast game. Teams; Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeill; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Jefferis, Howart, Harrison. Liverpool; Taylor; Longsworth, Middlehurst; Bamber, Goddard, McKinlay; Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Metcalf, Cunliffe.
NOTED DUNDEE FOOTBALLER WOUNDED.
Dundee, Perth, Forfar and Fife's People's Journal -Saturday 26 February 1916
Friends in Lochee of Private John Adamson, of the Seaforth Highlanders, have received word from him to the effect that he is presently an inmate of an hospital in India suffering from wounds which he received in action last month. Private Adamson states that is progressing favourably. He is well known in football circles as a clever forward of the Lochee Central. He played for Dundee A,” and took part in several trial matches for Everton F.C.
BEST SUPPORTED CLUB
February 26, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton are the best supported club in England just now. Their twelve games decided at Goodison Park up to date have been attended by 184,000 people.
A Few Words About Clennell.
As I watched the game at Goodison Park last Saturday the old axiom that one man’s loss is another man’s opportunity occurred to me. My mind went back to the time when Clennell towards the close of season 1910-11 was transferred by Blackpool to the Rovers as one of the best forwards in the making that period knew and I want over the circumstances that prevented his making good with the Ewood Park club –the facts that Aitkenhead originally stood in his way, than later Latheron was discovered in an international match to be a better inside left than an inside right and that he himself had bad luck in the shape of damaged knees. All these things contributed to make him somewhat of a drug in the Blackburn market but the officials of the club still set some value upon him is shown by the fact that they got a figure which is commonly fixed at £1,500 for him when they turned him over to Everton shortly after North End had made an ineffectual bid for him in January 1914. And now he is easily in the front rank of forwards for with a regular position assured him, he has developed a quickness of move of feint and of spring into an open avenue that combined with his power of shooting is without parcelled at present. He is somewhat inclined to attempt too much –the temptation on all successful players unless they are uncommonly endowed-but if the keeps his head he should be among the honours when the real football comes again for he has stockiness of build and a deceptive body swerve to counteract his lack of inches.
GREAT MEETING OF EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL AT WALTON
February 26, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Clennell’s First Miss
Joe Clennell has scored 24 goals in twenty six matches –including the friendlys –and it was a pity his sequence of goals and appearances was clipped today, when through illness he was unable to play in the local “Derby” fixture. Pagnam and Chedgzoy are the only local members to carry on through the first tournament arranged by the Lancashire section of the League. Not only was Clennell absent –MaConnachie, Parker, Wareing and others were not playing and consequently Everton were seriously perplexed to find a reasonably strong team. They had to services of McNeil, of West Bromwich and selected Grenyer or Howarth at inside forward with Jefferis at centre. Simpson partnered Thompson in the rear-range and Fleetwood after a week at centre forward dropped to the pivot-place. Liverpool had Pinkney back for Waine and in the main their great change was a in goal where Ted Taylor, who for four year’s has been with Oldham Athletic and has helped Oldham to beat Everton and Liverpool, in games played in the city, made his debut for his new club, Liverpool. Teams; Mr. Arthur Pellow refereed the following side:- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood and McNeal, (West Brom), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Wareing, Grenyer and Harrison, forwards. Liverpool;- Taylor, goal; Longsworth and Middlehurst, backs; Bamber, Goddard, and McKinlay, half-backs; Pinkney, Watson, Pagham, Matcalf, and Cunliffe, forwards.
Everton found further trouble awaiting them to day, Kirsopp as well as Clennell was an absence and consequently Nuttall was played at centre, Jefferis moving to his best post, inside right. Grenyer was at inside left, Howarth at centre being unable to make the journey from Blackpool where he has been getting a crop of goals for his corp. Nuttall opened the season as Parker’s deputy, but later he helped South Liverpool and last week actually played against Everton. Truely this waar5 season is bringing a lot of quaint arrangements and re-rearranges, still football is carrying on and is doing good work.
Started With Three Forwards.
Everton started with three forwards, Wareing and Grenyer eventually turning out and taking unaccustomed positions. With Fern unable to play, Everton became woefully placed even through their resources are large. The state of the ground prevented accurate play, but of earnestness there was eagle evidence. Pagnam and Pinkney had shots blocked and Jefferis appealed for a penalty without avail. Goddard changed his feet with a long shot, which had sting in it; and the next point of note was a classical overhead kick by Watson, which came to naught. Then Mitchell got busy. He juggled with the ball when Cunliffe made a telling centre and when McKinlay put in a long low drive Mitchell brought off a very fine save by throwing himself full length at the ball. So far Liverpool had the better of matters and when Simpson unavailingly tried to thrown Pinkney offside Liverpool had a rear chance of outnumbering and outwitting the Everton defence. Pinkney screwed his centre so badly that his waiting comrades never had an opportunity of taking the centre. Everton men gradually began to know each other and Grenyer was dangerous from close range, but not as dangerous as was Harrison in the next minute.
EVERTON V LIVERPOOL
February 26, 1916. Football Express.
To-Day’s Great Contest.
Wintry Conditions At Goodison Park.
A Blank Score Sheet At The Interval.
By the Judge.
For the third –though one cannot add and for the last –time of asking, the Everton and Liverpool teams met in rivalry today at Goodison Park. So far the Liverpool representatives have had the pull over their rivals, and although there are always back history and records to refer to current form and pass achievements usually count for little or nothing where these neighbourly meetings are concerned. Both sides sustained defeat last Saturday. Everton being rudely upset at Stockport, where a victory might have meant so much to them, and Liverpool being defeated at home by Oldham.
Taylor In Goal.
For their inability to win over Oldham Liverpool have mainly the agile goalkeeping of Taylor to thank, and singularly enough, such are the peculiarities to which present-day football lends itself, they had to-day the same player’s assistance in their own citadel. Middlesbrough came into the side vice Speakman, and Balmer was again included the cunning and versatile St. Helens forward Cunliffe, once more doing duty at outside left.
Everton had considerable difficulty with the side, several of the players complaining of injuries, through it was hoped that those selected would be fit for the contest. Clennel, however, was a definite non-started –unable to turn out for the first time this season, whilst Jefferis was announced for the important position of centre forward. It was also decided to play the local soldier, Howarth, if available, while Simpson and McNeal, both come in. The changes did not stop here, for with everything arranged Jefferis, owing to Kirsopp being unable to play, had to go over to partner Chedgzoy, so that Nuttall took the centre position. Yet another eleventh hour change had to be made in the home team, Fern at the last moment wiring his inability to take part. Mitchell was accordingly called into service. The teams were under Mr. J. T. Pellowe, and they accordingly took the field in the following order – Everton:- Mitchell, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood and McNeal (West Brom), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Waring, Grenyer and Harrison, forwards. Liverpool: - Taylor, goal; Longsworth and Middlehurst, backs; Bamber, Goddard, McKinlay, half-backs; Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Metcalf, and Cunliffe, forwards.
A Biting Wind.
The conditions were of a very winterly character, and the ground was covered with a sprinkling of snow. There was not a particularly large crowd, judged in the light of comparison, when the teams turned out for the conditions were decidedly uncongenial from the spectators point of view. A biting wind prevailed.
A Narrow Escape
During the period of their depleted strength the Everton goal, underwent a very narrow escape. Simpson turning the ball in at close quarters and Mitchell just getting it away. Everton were soon attacking, and Wareing tried to get through, but he was hampered by McKinlay. At the other end it had been pretty hot work, he says. Tffinwryse shrdlu hr hr hr shr hr shhrvdl Pagnam made an endeavour put Thompson came on the scene and relieved. A lovely pass by Watson to Pinkney just went over the line as the latter reached it, but Liverpool continued the pressure though there was nothing of a dangerous character about their movements. A fine shot by Cunliffe was adroitly saved by Mitchell, but a flying shot which came at a terrific rate, was turned round the post in the cleverest possible fashion by Mitchell, resulting corner being unproductive.
An Everton Move.
Ofter a period of quite play, in the course of which Taylor called into action for the first time made a confident save from Jefferis. Everton went down by means of a splendid passing movement on the left, Wareing being responsible for setting them going. Longworth, however, saved off the danger, and the “Reds” exerting vigorous pressure on the right wing brought the home defence into active operation. They held their ground with confidence and the ball was transferred to the other sphere of operations, where after Wareing had once been pulled up for offside when nearing goal. Grenyer brought Taylor into play with a terrific ground drive which the Oldham goalkeeper negotiated cleverly and confidently. At the other end the ball was carried out by the Liverpool right, and just now the exchanges were of an interesting character and sufficiently lively to make the spectators for the time being forget all about the temperature. Watson burst away on his own and made a praiseworthy attempt but was beaten by the angle from which he shot. A sparkling centre by Pinkney, who received from Watson was beautifully gathered by Mitchell who a moment later fisted away in clever fashion from Cunliffe.
Everton’s deputy goalkeeper was playing in perfect fashion, and he once tipped the ball out from the toes of the Liverpool centre when Thompson owing to the slippery nature of the surface had miskicked. As the result of a well thought out pass by Grenyer, Wareing found himself right opposite Taylor with a clear shot offered him. He drove in accurately and with great force, but Taylor brought off a wonderful save –an achievement which he repeated a moment later when he dealt with a perfectly-directed drive from Harrison. Splendid passing was forthcoming from each side, and the game, which was always clean, was full of picuresquences and movement. There was not a dull moment with both sides putting in all they knew, and with the forwards in each case giving a rapid and accurate exhibition. Mitchell saved a shot at point blank range from McKinlay, Metcalfe meeting the rebound and sending outside.
Taylor’s Smart Save.
Liverpool were essaying an attack on the right when Pinkney was pulled up for an infringement which the vigilant eye of Mr. Pellowe was just in time to see. As the indirect outcome Taylor brought off a wonderful save. Chedgzoy hit the upright with a terrific shot and Jefferis meeting the rebound drove in with full force, Taylor fisting the ball away with both hands in superiative fashion. Everton had distinctly the better of matters up to the interval and Taylor was again prominent with a fine save of equally clever shot by Harrison. Each side in turn was awarded free kicks but neither brought any material advantage and half-time arrived after a great exhibition on the part of all concerned with a blank sheet.
Half-Time Everton Nil, Liverpool Nil.
Taylor was warmly applause as he retired. He had certainly acquitted himself splendidly.
Everton’s Record Opening With Nine Me.
Ugt Up here in the crow’s nest one feels like sitting on a marble slab. But the game will warm us up no doubt. The thin mantle of snow on the playing pitch will probably prove a blessing in disguise after the keen drying winds of the past few days. Under-the cheerless conditions the attendance, though far below the usual standard when our local stalwarts meet, was eminently satisfactory. Everton have often been among the records and yet another is now to their list. Fancy opening with nine men. And they nearly paid the penalty, too, for the Reds were almost through in the first minute. However, Grenyer and Wareing soon made an appearance, and on joining the comrades quite a change came over the zone, and for some few minutes we saw something of the real Everton. Still there was no mistaking the first time clearance of Middlehust, and following one of these Pinkney was unlucky in failing to keep the ball in play when a promising opening presented itself. Near thing, Metcalf, but what of the misunderstanding between Thompson and Mitchell! It was well the keeper flung himself on, for it was odds on being unsighted. He got there all right and cleverly turned the ball round the post. Play is keen enough but not up to the usual standard yet. Beg pardon! Brilliant flash just now in which Fleetwood, Wareing, and Harrison were concerned, but foothold at the finish. However, the Reds gradually settled down to a steady pressure, and for some time were the more re-source and cleverer side. Still they failed to make good their superiority for Watson and Pagnam both missed openings, he display over the ball, and his distribution of the play, too, left little to be desired.
A LIVERPOOL “HAT-TRICK.”
February 28, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
Third Victory Over Everton.
Once again Liverpool have succeeded in lowering the colours of their Goodison Park neighbours, their latest victory, on the ground of the Blues on Saturday, constituting the “hat-trick” of the present season. Although the weather conditions were of an extremely winterly character there was nevertheless, a fine gathering of spectators, who found ample food for enthusiasm at every point of a capitally and dandy contested game.
Everton experienced a singular number of team difficulties. Kirsopp and Clennell were both physically unable to take part, and Jefferis and Grenyer were appointed to take their places. Jefferis had been selected to deputise for Parker at centre forward, but at the last moment he was moved over to partner Chedgzoy, with Nuttall appointed as the pivot of the side. The latter, however, failing at the last moment, Wareing undertook the position, whilst McNeal was as left half-back. Again Fern wired at the eleventh hour his inability to attend and Mitchell came into goal to give, as it transpired an excellent display. Liverpool were able to play as announced, Taylor who on the previous Saturday assisted Oldham to defeat them, keeping what proved to be in a fine goal. Mr. Pellowe, was in charge, and he referred the game with considerable skill and to the satisfaction of everyone concerned. Everton commenced with only nine players, and thought the missing pair, Wareing and Grenyer were in action at the end of two minutes, the home goal had by that time undergo a narrow escape, in Everton backs not having properly settled down to their work. Once the game got going the spectators were treated to some admirable forward play on both sides many smart and rapid passing movements being witnessed, and both goalkeeper being well tested. Mitchell had the prove difficult shots to contend with, and he brought on a series of sparkling saves, whilst at the other end Taylor, who was several times called into services, proved himself thoroughly reliable. Chedgzoy tried one or two shots at close range, but the angle from which he aimed was miserably difficult and his direction was inevitably out of harm’s way. Taylor was always, vigilant and active, and he anticipated numerous shots with confident accuracy. Pagnam was well shepherded by Fleetwood, and his work during the afternoon was chiefly devoted to feeling his inside men. For he was allowed an altogether negligible number of opportunities for an individual shot. The interval came with a black sheet, a position which fairly reflected the fluctuations of the play, which had all alone been clever, and altogether above suspicious.
The All Important Goal.
The second half produced a hard and attractive struggle and only ten minutes had elapsed when Liverpool scored the only goal of the game. Pagnam’s persistency had the foundation of the success for he forced his way through several opponents and was not shaken off the ball until right close in. Here he had to part with it when apparently in the art of shooting, but Metcalf was in close attendance and securing possession, he drove past Mitchell at close quarters, the Everton custodian having no chance of giving Jefferis had previously just missed when he appeared to have a clear opening, but he did not get control of the ball. Everton worked like Trojans to get on an equality, but the Liverpool defence, with Taylor giving a great exhibition was not to be captured. On the other hand, the Anfielders worked with unrelaxing vigour to and to their grip of the game, but they, too found a determined defence ready to receive them, and the struggle proceed on the line of a splendid duel between attack and defence on either side. Chedgzoy made one or two clever efforts to trouble Taylor but he found himself each time compelled to shoot from an awkward situation, and the Liverpool-Oldham custodian was not troubled. Whenever he was called into action he was absolutely safe and, indeed, he gave a splendid display to the end, which saw Liverpool victorious as indicated by the only goal scored.
Whilst every man of the 22 gave a most praiseworthy account of himself the two custodians may be at once singled out for unstinted praise. Taylor, in the victors citadel, was the personification of activity and skill, and nothing could catch him napping. Mitchell too, did everything that was possible in the home goal, where no guardian could have given a surprising display. The backs on either side were clean and strong, with Longsworth probably the outstanding figure in the defensive department. To Fleetwood and Goddard respectively may be awarded the palm so far as the two half-back lines were concerned, though both Brown and McNeal were always in the thick of the fray. Fleetwood merits an individual line for the manner in which he struck to Pagnam. He had evidently so; himself to the task of shadowing the dangerous enterprising centre, and he did his work most effectively and withal cleanly with the result that Pagnam as a marksman was to an unwanted extent out of the picture. He. However, did prodigies of work in plying his comrades on either side with opportunities for which they were always on the alert. Harrison was probably the best forward on the field, his work bearing the stamp of excellent at every stage. Wareing did excellently in his new position, and he was always on hand when shooting opportunities came along. To sum up, every man gave a capital display, and all are to be especially complimented on the fact that there was not an unwholesome fracture in the game, which at all periods gave pleasure and kept the spectators well interest. The players taking part were: - Everton: - Mitchell, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood and McNeal (West Brom), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Waring, Grenyer and Harrison, forwards. Did not score –half-backs; Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Metcalf, and Cunliffe, forwards.
February 28, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
There seems to be a sequence of fatality attending the local “Derby” this season, that is judged from the Everton standpoint, for no matter how they play the Blues are unable to lower the colours of the Anfield neighbours, who now stand victories for the third time. There are two more meetings yet, but whatever happens, Liverpool hold the “rubber” fast and securely. All the games have been excellently contested, and the best of spirit has always prevailed among the participants, and leaving out the question of defeat so far as affecting the Everton view of the situation, it may be said that the meeting have contained nothing but elements of a satisfactory nature.
A Hard Fast Battle.
Saturday’s duel, waged on a snow-littered surface, though after the manner of the Everton authorities, the ground had received every attention, was worthy to rank with anything we have previously seen between the rivals. It was a hard fast struggle from beginning to end. The story of Everton’s team difficulties, has already been related, but there was no very material weakening of the forces in the changes involved, and for example no custodian could have done more, nor got through his work with more sustained skill, then could, and did, Mitchell in goal. Liverpool had no personal troubles though there was a hint before the match that Pagnam might not turn out, but turn out he did, and if he did not score of that Fleetwood can supply the reason –he was the direct means of Liverpool securing the only goal of the game, which might have been all his own had he not been brought down. As it was Metcalf applied the finishing touch and Liverpool won by the solitary goal of the contest.
The form all round was excellence with the goalkeepers both executing prodigies of work, Taylor operating in the winner’s citadel proved that his form for Oldham against the Reds was no mere flash in the pan, but that he is a custodian of cleverness and judgment. Mitchell was always conspicuous, and the backs on either side were resourceful and resolute. Fleetwood was the outstanding figure of the intermediate lines, and the way he stuck to Pagnam was quite the undoing of the hefty dashing Liverpool centre. Harrison is perhaps the most forceful all-round forward, though the whole ten were always going for all they were worth and at top speed. A splendid pace maintained to the end, and the excitement of the spectators was well maintained which was quite as well, for it needed something of a very “gripping” character to enable one to forget the icy blasts which prevailed. The question remaining is –Can Liverpool maintain their successful continuity to the end!
LIVERPOOL WIN THE RUBBER
February 28, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Weakened Everton Side Strive Hard
Liverpool for the third time this season beat Everton “Twice” the League game have gone their way by handsome margins -4-1 and 5-2 and on Saturday when they were virtually at full strength and Everton were hard pressed to find a team, Liverpool scarped home by a goal to nil. Thus did Liverpool's incentive continue. On form Liverpool were just about on par with Everton, but as midday it was known that Liverpool chance had brighter considerably, telling of the absence of Clennell, Kirsopp. When the players met at the ground, however, it was found that Fern could not play, that Nuttall who had been selected as centre was not playing –it is said that our Mersey friend, Harry Hampton of Villa fame had been asked to link up with Everton for the special occasion, but I know not whether there is truth in the statement –and that it was necessary to put Wareing at centre, Grenyer becoming inside left. No club has the resource in playing strength to equal Everton yet they were it will be seen, placed in an awkward predicament. Years gone by Liverpool used to suffer a lot of bad luck in team selection for the “Derby” game, so that matter are simply being balance's trifle. Of the Everton deputies it can be said that all played tenaciously and fairly well. Mitchell kept goal in admirable fashion, and his first half exhibition was one on which he could plume himself, especially when one remembers how few games he has had this season. Next Wareing and Grenyer shot hard and true –as we knew they would –and in the “forward line there could be no complaint against them. Simpson was not as safe as usual and once he mistimed the fall of the ball in the goalmouth, and a goal should have been snapped up by reason of the error. Still, Everton did not lose by their team strength; they lost because they played the wrong game.
Sling the Ball around
This is Bob Compton plea to his learn when the ball is apt to be bang up through the sticky nature of the kicker. Had Compton been playing on Saturday for Everton the home side would have been compelled to sling the ball around. Everton hugged it tight, and with the readiness holding of the turf and the way the ball made its travel, there was only one style to adopt –namely the long game. Harrison was Everton's only forward in the first half, if we accept Chedgzot's one big spirit and shot –the ball hit the upright. The criticism refers only to the score of the policy of the forwards. I have already mentioned that Wareing and Grenyer shot hard and true. But I repeat so far as policy was concerned only Harrison played the right game. On the other hand, Cunliffe, Pinkney and Watson were swift in their forward advance, and live upto their little forwards. Watson played a especially brainy game, and Pinkney against his old club gave many signs of his ability. Strange isn't it, how the cast-off comes against his former side and shows em up? Last week Gault did it for Everton's benefit. This week Pinkney was a live factor in forcing Everton to yield two points. It was from his centre that Pagnam troubled the defender and Metcalf unmarked, had the delight of scoring the only goal of the game. That there was not a penalty kick against an Everton back for tripping Pagnam was surprising. Pagnam did not have a refocus time because Tom Fleetwood marked his man fairly and effectively and Pagnam was wise when he found the policing he was getting in turning his attention to passes to the wing –a grand oblique passes they were –the ball being kept low and put well forward so that the winger could take the ball in his stride. The marking of Pagnam led to a lot of crowding down the middle, and the result was that the Inner wing men had room in which to work. Watson's big improving being manifested by that means.
THE QUESTION OF CENTRE AT EVERTON.
Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 29 February 1916
Everton deny the rumour that it was Harry Hampton who was thought of connection with the centre-forward position for the local " Derby " game. I have information, however, that Rigsby, the ex-South Liverpool player, was the man wanted to fill Parker's vacancy, Rigsby has been playing with the Dingle club, who have raised protest against Southport Central, for which club he played last Saturday, getting their player. Rigsby shaped very well at Southport.
THE QUESTION OF CENTRE AT EVERTON
February 29, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton deny the rumour that it was Harry Hampton who was thought of in connection with the centre-forward position for the local “Derby” game. I have information, however, that Rigsby, the ex-South Liverpool player, was the man wanted to fill parker's vacancy. Rigsby has been playing with the Dingle club, who have raised it protest against Southport Centre, for which club he played last Saturday, getting their player. Rigsby shaped very well at Southport.