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January 2, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Liverpool Senior Cup Final
The only New Year's day match of importance in the district was the meeting between Everton and Liverpool for what is described as the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup Competition. Of course the teams participate in no preliminary rounds, the arrangement being that the two premier Liverpool clubs should meet to decide the destination of the cup for the season. In spite of the bitterly cold weather there was a capital attendance at Goodison-park, and among the visitors was a party from Knowsley hall, headed by Lord Stanley, M.P, and the Hon. Arthur Stanley, M.P. Both clubs placed strong teams in the field, although Raybould did not make an appearance on the Liverpool side. Everton played Young in the centre, and the Liverpool team underwent several changes, Parkinson and Raisebeck being the most notable absentees. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, McDermott, and Corrin, forwards. Liverpool: - Cotton, goal, West, and Dunlop, backs, Parry, Wilson, and Fleming, half-backs, Goddard, Morris, Carlin, Chadwick, and Cox, forwards.
Everton opened the play in the presence of fully 18,000 people against a stiff breeze and at once made the running. By steady stages the play was taken to the Liverpool end and following smart passing by Corrin, and McDerrmott the ball went to Young, who had no difficulty in opening the scoring after play had been a minute in progress. Liverpool got away from the restart, but could not maintain their position, and shortly afterwards Cotton was called upon to save from Taylor. Carlin then set the Liverpool forwards going and following some fine work by Cox the Everton defenders had plenty of work on hand. Liverpool kept up the pressure, and after Carlin had received from Cox he put to Morris, who getting between the backs raced on and defeated Kitchen with a capital shot. Keen play followed about midfield, and on one occasion Sharp ran down in spirited fashion, but after getting the better of Dunlop he was unfortunate in passing too far forward to again get possession. Then followed a stubborn attack on the Liverpool goal, during which Cotton brought off a fine save from Sharp. The Liverpool forwards and halves were next conspicuous in some fine passing, and for some minutes Balmer and Crelly were kept busy. Morris looked like getting through again, when the Everton left back nipped in, and much headway was subsequently lost owing to a free kick against Dunlop for jumping. West saved the situation with a fine long drive down the field, but Abbott returned, and Corrin forced a corner. It was well placed, and Cotton brought off a good clearance. Sharp was wide of the mark when well placed, and shortly afterwards Taylor put in a grand low shot, which Cotton disposed of after a second attempt. Play continued interesting, and when Corrin looked like getting in a dangerous centre Wilson came under the notice of the referee for tipping. From the free kick the Liverpool goal had a narrow escape, and a corner ensued. This was badly placed, but Everton returned to the attack, and Taylor put in a sharp shot as Cotton who, however, was quite ready for the effort. Then the visiting forwards broke away, and after some clever passing on the left wing, the ball was put to Morris, who tricked the defence, and shot into the corner of the net, quite out of Kitchen reach. Having now the lead, the Liverpool forwards played up in spirited fashion, and several fine centres were put in, though to little advantage. Cox lost ground by dallying tactics, and immediately afterwards Corrin raced away in fine style, but was deliberately tripped up by West when just about to clear all opposition. This pair again came into contact, this time Corrin being the offender, but for some reason unknown the referee simply threw the ball up. Sharp and Taylor were next prominent, and the first named twice got the better of Dunlop. Taylor finished up one movement with a capital shot that Cotton dropped, but recovered himself in time to kick away. At the other end Carlin took aim from long range and made a very good attempt to score, the ball just tripping the bar. At the stage Dunlop left the field, and Liverpool played the one-back game. Wilson again came under the notice of the referee, and from the free kick the goal had a narrow escape. After a few minutes Dunlop returned but was evidently in difficulties, as he was limping, Liverpool again took up the attack, but Goddard could do little right, and several openings for him by Morris went abegging, Corrin raced away and forced a corner off West. Sharp took the ball, and centring, McDermott equalised with a fast rising shot. Then followed a terrific onslaught, in which Abbott was concerned, and a stinging shot was grandly saved by Cotton. Half-time Everton 2, Liverpool 2. In the second half Liverpool appeared without Dunlop, who was injured and consequently the visitors played the one-back game. Everton did the bulk of the pressing, and Cotton effected some clever saves, particularly one from McDermott. The game was contested in the Liverpool's half, but Cotton kept in goal in fine style. Only occasionally did Liverpool make any headway, and even then never got near enough to give Kitchen work. Abbott gave Everton the lead, and the game continued all in favour of the home side, but Cotton was in great form in goal, and nothing more was scored, Everton winning a good game. After the match Lord Stanley presented the handsome cup to Booth, the Everton captain, and medals were also handed to the members of the winning team. Final result Everton 3 Liverpool 2.
Everton after their victory over their friends from across the park, left Liverpool last evening for Nottingham in order to be ready for the fray this afternoon on the Trent Bridge ground. Latterly Notts County have been doing well at home, but with Everton in their present form they will be fortunate if they escape defeat.

London Daily News - Saturday 02 January 1904
Liverpool v. Everton
After a hard game, Everton won the City Cup, the score in their favour being three goals to two. The match attracted 20,000 people. Raybould did not play for Liverpool, but both clubs were strongly represented. Directlty after the start Young scored for Everton but in some very fast play Liverpool had rather the best of matters, Morris putting on two goals for them. However, McDermott scored for Everton and the teams crossed over with the record two all. Liverpool were unlucky to lose the service of Dunlop, who was injured, and, handicapped in this way, were harded pressed. Everton attacked almost constantly, but only managed to score a goal necessary to give them the victory, Abbott making the successful shot.

London Daily News - Monday 04 January 1904
At Trent Bridge, Everton beat the home side by three goals to none. Fine weather prevailed, and there were 8,000 spectators present. Notts were short of Mainman, who was on the injured list, Griffiths being included in the team at half-back, while Young displaced Settle in the Everton eleven, owing to the illness of the last named. The players found some difficulty in retaining their foothold on the frozen surface. Sharp scored for Everton with a penalty kick in the first half, while Kitchen effected three clever saves. The visitors were hard pressed for a time after resuming but at length they asserted themselves, and further goals were scored by Booth and McDermott.

Athletic News - Monday 04 January 1904
By Junius
In marked distinction to the fortunes of their rivals at the other end of Stanley Park, the Everton eleven are showing their form. Of their last five League games four have been on foreign territory, with the result that they have thrice been victories, whilst one fixture was drawn.  Sandwiched between these highly meritorious triumphs came the defeat at home by Derby County, and we can only wonder at the vagaries of some football teams.  To turn a two clear goals defeat at Nottingham into a victory by three goals is a remarkable reverse of form.  In order to be ready for the match, Everton left for Nottingham on Friday evening immediately after the conclusion of the Cup-tie at Goodison Park, and naturally we were expecting that the trip to the Midlands would bring in nine points.  Even after the defeat by Derby, I ventured to produce in this column that when the Everton forwards recovered their equanimity there would be trouble for some clubs, and the striking success at Manchester and Nottingham respectively have borne out this anticipation completely.  The foundation of the team lies in the half-back line, and three better players in this position exist not in any League club in the Kingdom.  Next week we have the present leaders at Goodison Park, and this should prove one of the greatest games of the season.
Extremely interesting was the football at Goodison Park by the Northern Nomads and Old Carthusians, a draw being the result of a keenly-contested struggle.  The visiting side included the veteran custodian Plaistow, whilst Wreford Brown, brother of the International operated at centred forward and put in some dashing work.  At centre-half Birch, who plays for the Liverpool Ramblers was in rare trim, being perfectly ubiquitous, and both in tackling and placing to his forwards was equally clever.  Some smart runs and centres were credited to Evans on the extreme left wing, the first goal which came from his foot being the result of one of the best bits of combined play seen during the whole ninety minutes.  On the Nomads side I was particularly impressed by the exhibition of Gaukrouger and Dawson on the left wing.  The former in the inside position has capital command of the ball, and proved a most suitable partner for Dawson, the Blackburn Crosshill forward, who made the most of the chances fermented for him.  Griffiths at right half did splendidly before the interval but afterwards felt the effects of the hard ground more than his comrades.  Montgomery proved a useful centre, and Walsmsley, the Blackburn Eururian full back, gave a splendid display, and is fit for any League team on his form in this match.  Considering the difficult nature of the frozen ground the players on both sides shaped very well, and proved conclusively that there are some capable amateur players in our midst even yet.
The decision of the Everton directors in scratching to St. Helens Recreation in the first round of the above competition will no doubt be a surprise to many people, but under the circumstances I fail to see how they could have adopted any other course.  Everton had choice of ground in the tie, which should have been played next Saturday at Goodison Park, but seeing that they have a League match with Sheffield United –one of the best drawing teams in the premier division at the present time –on that date, they naturally tried to come to some mutual arrangement with the “Recs” with regard to their game.  It was out of the question to suppose that they would postpone their League fixture, and consequently they offered to play the “Rec” on the following Monday, or any other suitable mid-week date at Everton, or in lieu of this not being satisfactory, to send a team to St.   Helens on Saturday next, and waive their right as regards choice of grounds.  The “Recs” would have nothing to do with any of these suggestions; it must be Saturday at Goodison Park or nothing; and as a result , it is nothing, for Everton, seeing that their opponents were in such a mood, gave them the tie. I really cannot imagine upon what ground the “Recs” based their contentions, for they would not be a draw at Everton, whereas a Combination team sent to St. Helens would have attracted a far larger gate, and at the same time would have afforded the home club a better chance of winning the tie.  As matters now stand the “Recs” will derive no pecuniary benefit from the first round and I don’t suppose Everton will be unduly troubled by the issue of their negotiations.  They were willing to meet their opponents on any feasible grounds, apart from the question of playing at Everton next Saturday, and had the “Recs” looked at the matter from a business standpoint, I fancy they could have managed to make terms for themselves which would have been extremely advantageous. 

Athletic News - Monday 04 January 1904
By Trentsiders.
There was no mistaking the fact that Everton on Saturday were a decidedly better team than Notts, but still they did not quite deserve to win by three goals to none. They owed their success in a great measure to the fact that they adapted themselves to the state of the ground in a more business-like manner than the home side. The latter moved about on the hard surface in the most gingerly style, in fact the forwards would scarcely ever take risks, and they gave a wretched exhibition. Their work generally was of a very scrambling description, and when they did manage to get in front they were about as weak they could be. They were at some disadvantage in having to take the field without two of their usual half-backs, Mainman and Dainty having been injured, but still the substitutes cannot be solely blamed for the disasters, and the eleven as a whole were exceedingly disappointing. The visiting forwards played attractive football, getting along in dashing fashion, but they too were not so effective in front of goal as they might have been. The Notts defence afforded them plenty of opportunities, but when perfectly easy ones were resented Everton failed. At half-back they had a splendid line, and their defence was of a stolid character. The Notts attack was powerless against it, and never appeared likely to break it down.
No sooner had the game started than Everton went to the front, and they forced matters in no uncertain way. Their forwards worked together with a thorough understanding, and were constantly finding the Notts backs and goalkeeper work. The Notts men were not reliable though, and they made a rare muddle of an attempt by Young to get through. Pennington ran out but was foiled, and McDermott was left with absolutely no one to beat, but misdirected. Pennington, who was hurt in the melee, had to retire for a few minutes, and whilst he was away Bull kept goal. During that period Wolstenholme sent the ball whizzing over the bar, and Notts were hard pressed. The downfall of their goal brought about in a somewhat unexpected way. Corrin was racing along just beside the line marking the prescribed area when Griffiths brought him down and the referee promptly allowed a penalty. Notts rather resented the decision, but it had to be obeyed, and Sharp converted. Before the interval Notts made several attempts, and were in a promising position when they were spoiled by Wolstenholme. Kitchen was greatly puzzled by a long oblique shot from Green, but he succeeded in clearing, and none of the others which were made gave him any trouble. Probably he was called upon as frequently as Pennington, but his work was perfectly easy, and there was no danger of his being beaten. In the second portion of the game the home forwards pulled themselves together a little, and made a slightly better display, though in front of goal they were as helpless as before, and Kitchen had a comfortable time. Towards the close there was an appeal for a penalty, but as far as I could see it came only from spectators and Notts were at that time hopelessly beaten.
Everton added two goals in the second half, both being somewhat lucky, seeing that they went through off the posts. The first was obtained by Booth, who headed through directly from a comer kick, and the other was scored by McDermott, who took advantage of a clear opening. Taylor also came very near to increasing the total, for Pennington was again completely beaten upon running out from his goal. Montgomery, however, was under the bar ready to kick away Taylor's shot. Pennington had no chance with any of the shots which beat him, but his exhibition in goal was far from satisfying. He ran out without any judgment, and was altogether unreliable. It was certainly lucky that his mistakes didn't lead to a heavier defeat.  Prescott and Montgomery played a fair game. Their kicking was not so strong and accurate as in the case of the Everton pair, but they tackled well and worked hard. Bull, who is suffering from a bad leg, played only under extreme pressure, and couldn't do himself justice, but McDonald and Griffiths acquitted themselves with some credit. McDonald tackled and passed well, and did not go in for dribbling so much as formerly. Of the forward, Glen was clever, and Ross smart; Gee played moderately, but Green did little, and Humphreys was nearly useless.  Balmer and Crelley were fine backs, and the halves were grand, Abbott having the Notts right-wing thoroughly weighed up. The forward line played in capital form, Sharp being very conspicuous. Notts-Pennington; Prescott, and Montgomery; Griffiths, Bull, and McDonald; Humphreys, Green, Ross, Glen, and Gee.  Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Young, McDermott, and Corrin.  Referee.  W. Nunnerley, Wrexham. 

January 4, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
After their acceptable victory of Liverpool, the Everton players travelled to Nottingham to meet Notts County: - The teams met at Goodison Park in the first week of September, and on that occasion Everton gained a victory by 3 goals to 1. Everton relied upon the same team that defeated Liverpool, but Mainman and Dainty were absent from the Notts ranks. The teams were: - Notts County: - Pennington, goal, Prescot, and Montogomery backs, Griffiths, Bull, and McDonald, half-backs, Humphreys, Green, Ross, Glen, and Gee, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, McDermott, and Corrin, forwards. Referee W.Nunnerley. The home side won the toss, and played with a slight breeze behind them. A movement was immediately made for the County goal, McDermott being conspicuous and on passing to Young the last named player was presented with a favourable opening, but shot against the side of the net. Play was quickly at the other end, Gee being prominent in a smart run, but Crelly dealt with his centre. Balmer and Abbott came into notice for some smart tackling and passing out to Sharp, and later on McDermott looked like being a dangerous customer to deal with, when he unfortunately ran the ball out of play. Prescott and Montgomery, the home full backs, were playing a stubborn game, and then the whole of the County forwards raced away in strong line, and put in centres that must have defeated a slack defence, Taylor and Sharp then got away. A minute later Balmer missed his kick, but fortunately for his side, a Notts player came under the notice of the referee for infringement. The passages of the game continued to be stubbornly contested, and it was brimful of interest. Abbott shot magnificently, and Pennington brought off a clever save, though a moment later the home goal had an exceedingly narrow escape from a second attempt by Abbott. The keeper managed to scoop the ball over the line, but the corner kick was unproductive. The home side next took up the attack, but Glen was slow to take a pass from Green though a moment later Balmer was lucky in charging down a stinging shot from Gee. In the next minute Kitchen saved from Griffiths and Glen. Then followed a smart run down by the Everton van. Pennington ran out from his goal, and coming into contact with Young he lay on the field, leaving McDermott with an absolutely open goal, which he missed. The keeper retired, and Bull, the centre half went in goal. Play was immediately forced on the home right and Sharp finished up with a capital pass to Taylor, who skimmed the bar with a fast rising shot. Pennington returned after an absence of three minutes, but at this stage there was no mistaking the earnestness of the Everton forwards, who, in addition to sending in fairly good shots, called out the best efforts of the County backs. A smart run down by Corrin was the next item and just as he crossed the penalty line Griffiths tripped him up. The referee give a penalty kick , and Sharp placed the ball into the net, play having been in progress close upon half an hour. Getting to work again Humphreys and Green made play on the home right, and the former apparently forced a corner off Crelly, but the referee did not uphold the claim. A fine long kick by Balmer placed his forwards well ahead, but Corrin and McDermott got in each other's way, and a good opening was lost. A big effort was put forward by the County, but the three Everton halves were playing a great game. Sharp charged down a return from Montgomery, and racing on put in a lighting shot, which passed just outside the right. After another strong attack the Everton left wing pair got away, and Corrin headed in to Pennington, who brought off a fine save low down. McDermott next tested the keeper without success, and for some few minutes the Notts defence was subjected to much pressure. Green them sent in a long shot, and Kitchen gave a corner. Half-time Notts County nil, Everton 1.
Resuming, the County were the first to make a movement towards goal, when Abbott came to the rescue by intercepting a pass to Humphreys, but a moment later the same players came into contact. Abbott was penalised, Prescott took the free kick, and Kitchen had to came out to fist away, but in a trice the ball was back again, and a corner kick ensued. It was a near squeak for Everton, but the signulised the escape by putting in a great effort, and by the aid principally of Sharp the ball was taken to the other end of the field. The cross shot, however, went beside the mark, but, returing again, the Everton forwards put on pressure, though they could not get in a parting shot at Pennington, who was ably covered by his backs. Corrin next sent over the line, but Booth put his men in possession again. Taylor got away, with, however, no success. Everton did most of the pressing, and Booth easily scored, the visitors second goal from a corner. Twenty minutes later McDermott added another, and the Evertonians eventually retired easy winners, by three goals to nil.

January 4, 1904. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 15)
Dilly takes three Penalty kicks, and scores from one.
At Goodison Park. The home side had the best of matters throughout. Dilly opened the score from a penalty kick in the first few minutes, and O'Hagan added a second. Sheridan put on a third goal, and Everton led by three goals to nil at the interval. On resuming Dilly hit the post and Crossbar from a couple of penalty kicks, but Rankin and O'Hagan (2) put further goals for the home side. Final result Everton 6, Black-Lane nil. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Henderson, and R.Balmer, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Wildman half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan, McAdams, Dilly, and O'Hagan, forwards.

January 4, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton has had a most agreeable experience during the festive season, which has now passed away. Their programme has not been unusually arduous but they have fulfilled three engagements and what is more important than anything else, success has attended them on each occasion. Notts only have they regained possession of the Liverpool cup, which their neighbours from Anfield road held, but in two away League matches they obtained the full quotes of points. It was a great achievement to defeat Manchester City at Hyde-road, and almost as meritorious was their victory at Nottingham on Saturday. Against the County they even improved upon their record of the previous week, for whereas Manchester City were beaten by three goals to one, Notts had three goal scored against them without having the satisfaction of once finding their opponents net. The game was by no means brilliant, and probably the hard ground, and slippery surface had something to do with this. Moreover, throughout Everton were so distinctly the clever side that only at rare intervals was the exchanges such as to produce keen excitement. In all departments the Evertonians outshone their opponents, and this was particularly the case in respect of the half-backs lines of the clubs. Whereas Wolstenholmes, Booth, and Abbott, always hold the upper hand, the County halves were enable to anything like effectively break up the combination of the visiting forwards. No doubt the Notts club suffered by the loss of the services of Mainman, who is an ex-Everton player, and who in Nottingham has gained the reputation of being one of the most worrying half-backs that have appeared in the lace capital. Although from the outset Everton always gave one the impression that they were masters of the situation, the only goal which accured in the first half were the result of a penalty kick, which Sharp converted. A section of the spectators rather strenuously expressed their disapproval of the decision of Mr.Nunnerley, the referee, but there was no question that an offence had been committed which left the referee no option but to grant a penalty kick. In the second half Everton soon made matters secure. First Booth turned a corner kick, nicely placed by Sharp to good account, and later on a surprise shot from McDermott struck the post and glided into the net. This, of course absolutely settled the issue, and probably, if Everton had been really pressed, they might have occasioned still further disaster to Notts County. However, they were quite content with their substantial, and the result was that they gave an exhibition of clever football, which even delighted the somewhat, disappointed supporters of the home club. In this respect McDermott was a shinning light. The extraordinary deftness with which he tricked opponent after opponent and always managed to pass the ball to one of his own colleagues was worthy of warm commendation. Indeed, from his display on Saturday, there are few forwards whose footwork is on a higher plane of excellence than is that of the Everton inside left. As the score suggests, the Everton defence was exceedingly effective. Kitchen was rarely troubled with anything like a dangerous shot, and he was admirably supported by his backs and half-backs. It is worthy of note, as showing the high standard of Everton's defence this season, that only one club in the League- Sheffield Wednesday- have had fewer goals scored against them. This is a feature on which Everton supporters may pride themselves, and with a continuance of the form which the team are showing at present it is by no means impossible that they will have a good deal to say as to the destination not only of League championship honours, but as to the possession of the English Cup. The home side were an unevenly balanced team. The work of the forwards could only be described as fitful. On many occasions spirited running along the wing was followed by ineptitude on the part of the inside men, and the visiting defenders were afforded much latitude in repelling attacks upon their charge. The ex-Evertonian, Gee, was often a source of danger on the left wing, and one of his shots-a remarkably clever drive- only just missed the mark by the merest shave. The half-backs did not compare favourably with the Everton trio. This to some extent was due to the fact that they were so repeatedly employed in shaving off the dashing movements of the visiting forwards. At times Prescott and Montgomery put in much good work, but neither appeared to be thoroughly reliable, and Pennington though suffering from a sprained wrist, could scarcely be blamed for any of the shots that defeated him.

Jack Robinson of Glasgow Rangers and Ex Everton Player (1897-98)

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 08 January 1904
The Combination match between City and Everton Reserves to-morrow, which has been set apart tot the benefit of Holmes, has had to postponed, owing fact that Everton have a Cup tie that day with St. Helens Recreation. The tickets, however, which have been sold will available when the match played.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 09 January 1904
Let me mention briefly as possibe the case of St. Helens Recreation and Everton. Everton had choice of ground, and here allow me to point out that the Lancashire Cup rule differs from that of the Football Association Cup compeition. In the latter the club drawn first cannot select a ground other than that on which its is accustomed to play "without the consent of the oppsoing club" but the Lancashire rule is that the club which comes out first shall have choice of ground, which must be "the private ground of one of the contesting clubs." The difference is important, in view of what is to follow. Everton having the choice initimated to St. Helens that they had a League match at Goodison Park on Saturday, january 9th the date for the match to be played, but offered to send the Combination team to St. helens on that date - which would have complying with all the requirements of the Lancashire Football Association. As an alternative they were willing to play the match at Goodison Park on Monday the 11th. Neither suggestion commended itself to the St. helen's Recreation and Everton were anxious to scratch. Other counsels however, resulted in one or more Everton representatives approaching St. helens prepared I am assured, to accompany one or other of the above proposals with some finanical inducement, though this was not at all incumbent on the Everton club. So off-handed, however, was the treatment received from St. Helens that no offer was actually made, and the Toffees were decidedly anxious to scratch. The Lancashire Football Association would not agree to this, and ordered the match to be played at St. Helens today or at Everton on or before next Wednesday -virtually forcing St. Helens to accept one or other of Everton's original proposals, the only difference being that the time is extended to Wednesday, which does not, of course, affect the principle of the thing.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 11 January 1904
Last season's results:—At Everton: Everton 1, Sheffield United 0. At Lane: Everton 2, Sheffield United 3,
The visit of the League leaders to Goodison Park attracted 30,000 spectators, who witnessed keen and interesting game, which the home side gained a creditable victory by two goals to none. The Sheffielders were without Boyle, who is on the injured list, and Annan, the young back from Sunderland, was given an opportunity of showing what he could do in first-class company. Bennett again re-appeared in the team in place of Lang. Everton, too, were short of one their unusal backs, Creilly, who was injured on the previous Saturday, and R. Balmer consequently partnered W.Balmer. Needham won the toss, and in the first half had a slight breeze behind him. The opening saw two attempts by Everton's left cleverly thwarted on the centre line, and Bennett was repulsed by R. Balmer. Everton from this went right down, and forced a corner in tho opening minute, from which Wilkinson headed out a fast shot Booth. A good deal of close work in front of Kitchen brought the older Balmer out twice, and Annan sent Sharp back as he tried to break through. He went over to Thickett's help a moment later, and again cleared well, though this time into touch. A very fine bit of work by Needham set Common going, and dribbling on, he got in a superb long shot, which brought Kitchen down full length, the ball barely missing the post. The pace was great, both those splendid sets of halves being seen to distinction, but United still had the balance play. Priest was badly pushed in back by Abbott, but the foul passed, whilst Taylor accepted a pass front Foulker when clean off-side. He also was allowed to go on. Twice Foulkes cleared by mighty punches, Annan overhauled Sharp very finely in race his form far having been quite sound and good, whilst Thickett was a tower strength. Then came a fine breakaway Everton, Sharp planting the ball well over, but Corrin, though by himself, made a poor attempt to score. United getting clear again, Lipsham headed a fine cross by Bennett well into goal, for backs to clear. Then at the end of 20 minutes, Abbott tried a shot well over 30 yards away, and fairly beat Foulkes, the ball going at express speed into the top corner o net. United strove very hard after this, and once looked like scoring, but were sent back. A wonderfully well placed free kick by Thickett nearly saw the goal come. Kitchen just saving on the line after W. Balmer had erred. Very good work between Lipsham and Needham came to nothing, through Lipsham failing to centre accurately, though a fine, hard shot by Johnson gave Kitchen a world of trouble under the bar. Another fine shot from half-back, this time by Booth, was saved by Foulkes, without difficulty. Wilkinson was penalised for holding in midfield, but United came back again Bennett sending in a lovely shot from the flag, which curled over crossbar. Then the game waged faster than ever, most of the work being done by Everton, who gained a free kick on the penalty line. This had to be twice taken, in the end it was charged down. A great long shot by Booth was charged down, when well on the mark, and a melee a in front of Kitchen ended in his favour. Priest when close beneath, pulled centre from the over his head, and just over the bar, a piece of very bad luck. Kitchen had another nasty one to clear from Annan, nearly falling in the effort, and Sharp, though hard pressed, went on, passed across to the centre, and Settle had nothing to do but add a fine second goal. This was close on half-time which arrived with United two goals behind. United set about their task in the second ball stoutly enough, but the opening movements inclined to scrappiness. A free kick fell to then: close in, but Lipsham made poor use of the ball, when it came. Then Corrin swung in a fine centre, which Annan punted over his own goal, and a red-hot shot from Abbott barely missed the mark from the well-placed corner kick. Another free kick came to the visitors, Needham shooting at great speed dead at Kitchen, who was forced give a corner, and again had hard work to clear his lines. Again United took free kick, barely beyond the penalty line—three in five minutes but from this Sharp went right away, and beat Annan near the flag, and planted the ball right to Corrin, who could hardly have helped scoring had he steadied himself. As it was he elected head in, and the ball went astray. United had the hardest of luck just afterwards, Bennett ;. heading a fine screw from Lipsham into goalmouth and it being eventually worked just the wrong side of the post. A delightful dribble by McDermott was completed by brilliant screw at Foulkes—just pushed outside as he fell full length; and the corner saw another of Abbott's shots, this time a little wide. However, at this time Everton had a lot the better of the game, but at last Bennett and Common carried the ball down, Lipsham, when badly placed, hooking it high over the bar. Still, United kept at it, and after Priest had worked well for an opening, and had one charged down, Bennett, with a left-foot, shot, placed the ball wide. Again there was a hot time in front of Kitchen, but a warm shot by Bennett was too square. United still pressed, their work being full of dash, but an appeal for a penalty was disregarded, and they were ultimately sent back. This time Corrin got in a gem from the line, Foulkes punching the ball from under the bar, and Johnson at the other end being grassed as he shot. Thickett too saved cleverly, whilst Foulkes had a near shot to pick up. Yet another onslaught was foiled, through Thickett beating Corrin very cleverly indeed quite close to Foulkes. With mist gathering over the ground it was now no easy matter to say who was responsible for the different movements. A bad mistake by Thickett let Corrin in, but Foulkes cleared, and directly after Abbott shot wide at terrific speed. A smart bit of play between Bennett and Common saw the latter race clear, and put in a fast shot which was beautifully cleared by Kitchen. This led to more work in front of the United goal, and to a fine passing run by Settle, McDermott, and Corrin but latter's shot went too high. United pressed hard at the finish, but could not score. Result: EVERTON 2 goals 1 Sheffield United 0 goals :— Everton.—Kitchen. goal; Balmer and R. Balmer backs ; Wolstenholmes, Booth, and Abbott, half-backs; Sharp, Taylor, McDermott, Settle, and Corrin, forwards, Sheffield United.—Foulkes, goal; Thickett and Annan, backs; Johnson, Wilkinson, and Needham. half-backs; Bennett, Common. Brown, Priest, and Lipsham, forwards. Referee- Mr. R.S. Carr, London.

Athletic News - Monday 11 January 1904
By Harricus
The match at Bramall Lane between Sheffield United and Everton earlier in the season was one of the best contested games I have seen since September came in, and though Everton lost by the odd goal they were quite as good their conquerors, and. therefore, I looked forward to another keen struggle for supremacy in the return at Goodison Park on Saturday. But I am afraid that the directors of the top club in the League table would hardly be satisfied with the display of their men, and certainly they did not strike one as the probable League champions during their ninety minutes' performance on Mersey side, particularly so after the interval. Their defeat of 2—0 was quite deserved, and the only consolation which could be derived from the visit is that they are still No. 1. The match, too, was played on its merits, for with one exception each side turned out what might be termed their best eleven.
Walter Abbott was a crack shot when with Small Heath, for whom he figured as inside left, and he has not forgotten the art of shooting since falling back into the middle line. He led the way in the scoring department on Saturday after about 20 minutes' play, for following a corner he secured the ball and, from about a twenty-five yards' range he drove it straight at goal at a hot pace. Foulke’s figure seemed to spread itself out to cover the whole of the goal space, but the ball just managed to evade his outstretched arms and find its way into the top corner of net. It was a fine point. This reverse did not appear to worry the United men, for they seemed bent on equalizing, and one of the most dangerous shots came from the new back, who, after dispossessing Sharp, put in a long dropping shot which would just have gone into the net under the crossbar, but for the fact that Kitchen’s long arm found its way to the leather at the correct moment. Then right away John Sharp rushed along, and looked like finishing a brilliant run with a goal, but rather than shoot he crossed squarely. It was the right thing as it happened, for Settle was in the way of the ball, and from him it rolled over the chalk mark which runs between the two uprights. It is not often a goal walks home, but Settle was close in, and Foulke seemed too astounded to attempt to clear. A nimble custodian might have performed an acrobatic feat and thrown himself in the direction of the ball, but Foulke could not trust his formidable proportions for such a display, so he stood by, looking sorrowfully on as the ball passed him, ever so near and yet too far.
With a couple of goals in hand the home side felt on good terms with themselves at the interval; indeed, very little of the second half had passed by when it made only too apparent that the League leaders would have to return home pointless, and one result was that the game went quieter, the crowd urging the blue coat boys to play up. They had the match in hand, however, and though Corrin did shoot the ball into the net he was off-side —the multitude thought the referee off-side also, a little weakness with crowds by the way—the end arriving with Everton still with two goals in hand, so that they have had just the best of the deal with Sheffield United in the campaign of 1903-4. A goal might win the championship you know. I must admit that I was rather disappointed with the display of the United. They have generally struck me as a “play all the way" team, but there is no doubt that the fact of two goals being scored against them in the first half took much of that spirit out of them which has undoubtedly gained them renown. One deduction may be correctly made from the fact—they met their superiors, which was quite so. Somehow Everton seem to play better away from home than at Goodison when I drop across them, but they performed to satisfaction on Saturday. Every department was satisfactory, and though some individual posts were stronger than others, I don't suppose there will be any critical letters in the Liverpool papers this week.
Jack Sharp, by name and nature, might truthfully be applied to the Lancashire County cricketer. He was the don of the team, his sparkling runs on the wing quite disconcerting the opposing defenders, and often enough Bernard Wilkinson had to come to the aid of Needham, while in a run for the ball it was Sharp, 1: Annan. 2; easy. By the way, Sharp was the only one of the five forwards who appeared at Sheffield who retained the same position. He seems to be regarded as an outside right or nothing. Yet did he not play centre forward for Aston Villa, and was he not an inside right in an international match? He had a rare and good helpmate in Jocky Taylor, a veteran who will not be pushed out of the team. Settle, too, lent the wing every assistance; indeed, it would appear that James is again blossoming as a centre forward with first-class credentials. McDermott was hardily so happy as when he was Sharp’s partner, and he and Corrin paled in comparison with the other wing. The ex-Celt did not do badly though, but I should not like to say that Corrin is any improvement on Hardman. The half-backs were as usual. Wolstenholme kicking in all positions. Booth heading and kicking the ball alternately and Abbott endeavoring to hit Foulke with the ball to see the effect produced. All good alike. The brothers Balmer were very sound behind, Robert playing with more confidence than when I saw him last. His tackling was well judged, and his boots have evidently been hardened at the toes, judging from his punting. Kitchen in goal completed a successful side.
With the exception of Boyle United had out the eleven which will win the League championship—or fail in the attempt.  They are certainly a good side, and showed it in the first half, despite the fact that they dropped a couple of goals, but they failed to stay the course, a failing which will not keep them at the head of the table.  Foulke, like Kitchen, had not a great amount of work to perform, and certainly with the first goal he had no chance. The new back, Annan, is a well-built Scot, who should make a good man. He was by no means disgraced, and will not have to meet Sharp every week. Thickett commenced splendidly, kicking and tackling like a youth in his teens, but he fell away.  The half-backs had their work cut out, and notwithstanding that Needham was sorely bothered, he proved that he is still an expert.  Wilkinson was always bobbing up and down, and Johnson likewise kept at it.  It was in the forward line where the United failed in comparison with the opposition.  Bennett’s return was not attended with happy results so far as he was personally concerned, and of the five, Lipsham was perhaps the most effective.  Everton; Kitchen; W. Balmer, R. Balmer; Wolstenholme, Booth and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Corrin.  Sheffield United; Foulke; Thackett, and Annan; Johnson, Wilkinson, and Needham; Bennett, Common, Brown, Priest and Lipsham.  Referee; R.S. Carr, London. 

Athletic News - Monday 11 January 1904
In their Lancashire Combination match with Manchester United, the Everton second team only share the honours of a draw, one goal each being obtained.  Schofield scored for the United, and Young equalized.  Near the finish Hayes failed with a penalty kick, and thus Everton were rather lucky in averting defeat.  Young, Rankin, and Sheridan were the most prominent forwards in the home eleven, though near goal there was ample room for improvement.  Russell at half and Gordon at full back were responsible for some clever work, but the latter made one fatal mistake.  For the United, Schofield was the most aggressive of the forwards, through Gaundie was frequently in evidence.  In the rear division Street and Wright were most effective, and taking the game all round, the result was a fair reflex of the play. 

January 11, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
One of the most interesting League fixtures of the season was decided at Goodison Park on Saturday. Sheffield United were the attraction, and with fine weather prevailing, a big “gate” was attracted. Amongst the distinguished visitors were Sir Dudley Forwood and party from Gatacre. For Everton, Settle reappeared in the centre; but Crelly owing to injuries was unable to turn out, with the result that the brother's Balmer partnered each other at full-back. The United were without Boyle, whose place was taken by Annan, the new recruit from Sunderland. The teams were: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and R.Balmer, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott, and Corrin, forwards. Sheffield United: - Foulkes goal, Thickett, and Annan, backs, Johnson, Wilkinson, and Needham, half-backs, Bennett, Common, Brown, Priest, and Lipsham, forwards. Referee R.S.Carr. Settle kicked off against the sun, there being about 20,000 spectators present at the start, Early on, R.Balmer neatly robbed Bennett, and the home left wing got away, Corrin forcing a corner off Thickett. From the flag kick, Wolstenholme tried a shot, Annan heading out, and the United dashed to the Everton end, where Kitchen had to leave his goal to clear. Offside against Priest, put Everton again on the attack, but unfortunately Sharp sent wide, when well situated. The United forwards played better than the home quintette, and were dangerous whenever they got near goal. Common called upon Kitchen, with a slow shot, and from the custodian's clearance, Sharp was left with a clean run, but the whistle sounded for offside. Again the Blades forwards put in a spirited attack, but Booth broke up what appeared to be dangerous movements. Gradually Everton worked their way into their opponents half where Annan was prominent with timely tackling and judicious kicking. For a time the ball was pretty well confined to midfield until Foulkes had to run out to kick away a shot from Abbott. Next he cleared from Booth with a hugh kick, and this led to good work by the visiting right, which came to nothing. A moment later, another onslaught was made on Foulke's charge and this time Corrin had a good chance, but shot wildly the wrong side of the post. Still continuing on the aggressive Corrin forced a corner, and this produced a really magnificent goal. From the corner kick Annan headed the ball away. It came to Abbott, who after trickling two opponents sent in a shot from long range which gave Foulkes no chance, as it sailed into the top corner of the net. Abbott's achievement was deservedly applauded. The game continued to be conducted at a great pace, and for a few minutes after their unexpected reverse the Blades were to the front, during which Kitchen caught the ball on the rebound from Priest. A tricky pass by McDermott enabled Sharp to get away and beating Annan for speed, the latter had to concede a corner, following which Foulke used his trusty fist with good effect. Booth was a tower of strength in the Everton defence, and once, after fine work by the home attack. Corrin had an opening, but Foulkes was in the way, and the ball rolled harmlessly over the line. At the other end, Bennett shot over the bar, while Lipsham was even more at fault with an attempt to equalise. During a period of previous young Balmer rendered his side good service. During pressure by Everton Needham fouled Settle just outside the penalty line. A free kick was awarded, and the ball was sent over the bar, but evidently the referee had not blown the whistle, and it had to be retaken over again. This time Booth sent the ball against an opponent, and the Blades were enabled to make progress, the Everton defence having all their work cut out to prevent an equalising goal. Kitchen cleared from Priest, and a little later Annan from full back called upon the custodian, who saved high up. Then Sharp got away in splendid fashion, and although closely attended by a couple of opponents, he managed to centre to Settle, who neatly tipped the ball just inside the post and into the net, Foulke being helpless. Half-time Everton 2 Sheffield United nil.
On resuming before 23,000 spectators the Blades obtained a free kick against Abbott, but failed to turn it to account. Everton quickly reversed the position and from Corrin's centre Annan granted a corner, following which Abbott shot at lightning speed, the wrong side of the upright. The Everton goal had a narrow escape soon afterwards. Bennett centring cleverly and Common just falling to get to the ball in time. Then the Everton front line again attacked in great style. A curling shot from McDermott brought down Foulkes on his hands and knees in his successful effort to divert the ball at the expense of a corner, and a moment later the giant used his left hand with great effect in dealing with a fast shot from Taylor. The Blades played a very determined game, and the pressure they exerted deserved reward, but their shooting was defective, both Priest and Lipsham being at fault in this respect. A miskick by young Balmer let in Bennett, who shot across and a period of pressure was relived by another fine sprint by Sharp, which however, did not materialise. The game was splendidly contested to the finish. Corrin took the ball past Foulkes, but the whistle had previously gone for offside. Everton thoroughly deserved their victory. Result Everton 2 Sheffield United nil.

January 11, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Senior Cup, Round One.
This tie was played on the Recreation Ground, St.Helen's on Saturday afternoon. This fixture had attracted some attention owing to Everton who had the choice of ground declining to play at Goodison on Saturday owing to the First League fixture with Sheffield United, and the Lancashire Association committee ordered the tie to be played at St.Helens. The Everton club sent their strong Combination team to meet the saints. There was a good attendance of spectators. The Recs won the toss and played with the ground in their favour during the first half. The opening play was fairly even, and Young tricked Hunter and shot for the home goal, the leather striking the upright. The visitors generally exhibition a better style of play, and were frequently dangerous, but the home backs were in good form and repeatedly cleared their quarters. O'Hagan ultimately scored for Everton, and ends were changed with the visitors leading by a goal to nil. In the second half the Evertonians had much the best of the play, but failed to increase their lead. And the result was Everton 1, St Helens nil. Everton: - Whitley goal, Gordon, and Wildman, backs, Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs, Rankin, Sheridan Young, O'Hagan and Hardman, forwards.

January 11 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
The visit of Sheffield United to Goodison-park produced one of the best contested games seen on the enclosure this season, and though Everton scored twice in the first half, it was not until the second half had almost run its course that the United actually beaten in general play. They kept Everton fully extended for three-fourth of the game, but in the closing stages, realising that their bests efforts to pierce the home defence were unavailing, their attack slackened, and Everton had matters all their own way at the finish. Owing to injuries received at Manchester and Derby, Crelly was unable to take his accustomed position in the team, and a younger brother of Balmer, who, under the circumstances gave a capital display, filled the vacancy thus caused. In fact the defence was not perceptibly weakened, and as the United could not once score, this being the first occasion they have failed to find the net this season. No more satisfactory result could have been achieved, whatever the constitution of the full back division had been. United started in rare style, and even the superb goal scored by Abbott did not check their onward rushes. From a corner, the ball was headed out to the left half-back, and after cleverly trickling two opponents he sent in a terrific shot, which reached the net, between the outstretched arm of Foulkes and the upright, in the top right hand corner. But for a smart clearance by Kitchen, who took a rebound from one of Balmer's returns, which cannoned against Priest who was close in, the United must have immediately equalised. Then however, Sharp beautifully eluded Needham and Annan left his opponents in the rear, and sent across the goalmouth to Settle, who coolly placed the ball completely out of the reach of Foulkes, who could only gaze at the process in helpless fashion. Thus Everton had a two goal lead at the interval and as nothing further was scored afterwards, this were likewise the final verdicts. It was a game in which, the respective half-backs showed to great advantage, and in the department the Everton trio were the superior set. They broke up the combination of the United front line-which at times, was of exceptional calibre-in effective fashion, and passed through one of the keenest tests they have experienced at home this season with infinite credit. Abbott put in some characteristic shots in addition to his other telling work, and was a sixth forward in this respect. Booth shadowed the United centre-Brown- most effectively, and it was only at rare intervals that the latter could free himself from the attentions of the Everton skipper. Whilst Wolstenholme gave a sound display throughout. There was not the same evenness exhibited by the forwards, though with one exception the work accomplished was satisfactory. Corrin was not a success on the extreme left, for his centres were frequently misdirected, and he committed an error of judgement in heading a centre from Sharp on one occasion, when he only Foulke to beat, and was himself practically unmarked. Sharp treated the crowd to some dashing sprints along the wing, and the movement, which led to the second goal, was a fine bit of individual work. Taylor made a rare partner for the extreme winger, and Settle though not very prominent in the centre, was judicious in distributing the play. At full back the brothers Balmer gave a capital display, kicking with accuracy and judgement, and though the younger of the two paled in comparison with his more experienced brother, he demonstrated abilities of no mean order. Kitchen was not often beaten and this is sufficient testimony of his skill. He had many awkward centres to deal with- from Bennett particularly- but proved equal to every emergency. United made a desperate effort to secure the victory, and in the early stages seemed likely to accomplish this. Even after the interval they were extremely aggressive, and aided by quite a series of free kicks, it appeared as if they would reduce the adverse margin. When this attack was beaten off they gradually fell away, and were fairly under control before the close. Bennett and Common constituted a harassing right wing, the former's centres being a continual source of danger to the home defence and in Common he had a partner who fed him assiduously. The ex-Sunderland player worked untiringly, and at times the movements of the three inside men were really sparkling in character, the combined passing being splendidly executed. Lipsham finished most erratically, and was the weakest member of the front line. Needham led the way in the half-back division, and always placed the ball to the best advantage for his forwards. Wilkinson was likewise in grand form, and Johnson accomplished much creditable work, though he was not so prominent as his confrere. Annan made a very successful appearance at left back and his play was such as to ensure him another trial at least. Foulkes gave a characteristic display in goal, and his exhibition was thoroughly enjoyed by the spectators, who appreciated his mighty lunges.

January 16, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Apart from the meetings of Everton and Liverpool probably Aston Villa are the most attractive League team, which visits Goodison-park. Their appearance on Saturday came at an unusually interesting time seeing that both clubs have done very well in the League tournaments. Naturally a great crowd was attracted, the number of spectators present at the start reaching fully 25,000 . The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W Balmer and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor Settle, McDermott, and Hardman, forwards. Aston Villa: - George, goal, Miles, and Evans, backs Pearson, Wilkes and Leake, half-backs, Brawn, Watkins, Niblo, Bache, and Lockett, forwards. Referee Mr. Shilton. The Villa kicked off, and right away Hardman was prominent with two dashing sprints down the wing in rapid succession. In each case his fine centre was driven back, by Miles. Booth was prominent with clever checking of the Villa left wing, and passing the ball to Taylor, the latter placed the leather well up the field. Sharp dashed up in great style and sending across, Settle net the ball and beautifully headed it into the net. This success, which came after three minutes play, was received with tremendous cheering. The point was well worked for, and thoroughly deserved. The Villa forwards worked their way down to the other end, but a rather scrambling attack was ended by offside. After this play was for the most part in midfield, both sets of backs being equal to all attacks. The Villa became more aggressive, their forwards and halves playing well together. However, sturdy tacklers in Wolstenholme and Abbott opposed them though the right back on one occasions missed his kick with consequences, fortunately for Everton, that were not serious. The home vanguard could make little headway, and another onslaught by the Villa resulted in Wilkes getting a grand shot, which Kitchen diverted at the expense of a corner. Lockett raced away on his own, only to be pulled off-side, and at the other end of the field, McDermott tested George with a shot. The pace continued fast, and some pretty touches were shown. Once Hardman, after clever maneuvering, was at fault in not passing back when a great chance of another goal was presented. A beautiful bit of work between Booth, Taylor, and Sharp found McDermott nicely placed, but to the disappointment of the crowd he placed over the bar. A moment later Sharp shot into George's hands, the game at this stage being undoubtedly in Everton's favour. A corner forced by Taylor led to some exciting exchanges in the vicinity of George's charge. In the course of another onslaught by the home team. Sharp made an accurate centre, which Miles kicked over the goal-line. From the corner the ball came out o McDermott, whose attempt at goal was again doomed to failure. A sudden break away by the Villa ended in Lockett centering across the goalmouth, but unfortunately for him none of his colleagues could intercept the pass. Everton were at it once more, but this time shot wildly. Further pressure brought another corner, and following the flag kick Balmer from long range, banged in a terrific shot, which just went the wrong side of the upright. Smart passing by the Villa forwards followed, and Niblo was left with only Balmer, and the goalkeeper to face, but the former clipped in and cleared in grand style, Everton retaliated up the left, and Hardman sent in a fine centre which Miles in clearing put over his own line. A corner followed, but proved fruitless, and the Villa right again got down, but Booth neatly intercepted Brawn's centre. Brawn with subsequently dangerous, and then a couple of corners forced by Hardman were fisted away by George. Half-time Everton 1 goal, Aston Villa nil. In view of the failing light the interval was unduly prolonged. The opening stage after the resumption were by no meals exciting, throw-ins being nunerous. The first real attack came from the Everton left wing, but McDermott failed in his effort to beat George. At the other end Wolstenholme neatly checked an advance and once again. Hardman was in evidence. He raced past all opposition, and finished with a great centre, which Settle just missed converting. The Villa retaliated, and Crelly being penalised for fouling Brawn, the Everton goal was endangered. The ball however, was safely got away, and the next item of interest was a fine shot from Sharp, which George diverted at the expense of a fruitless corner. Play continued to be exceedingly lively, both side putting in their best efforts. The Villa forwards were difficult to shake off, and it was fortunate for Everton that both, Balmer and Crelly were on the best behaviour. Subsequently Everton maintained a terrific onslaught on George's charge, which escaped capture in marvellous style. The closing stages were rather tame. Everton were easy winners by one goal to nil.

Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 18 January 1904
The teams for this match were picked at Birmingham on, Saturday, as follows: North.—T. Biddelcy (Wolverhampton Wanderers) (goal), B. Crompton (Blackburn Hovers) (captain), H. Burgess (Manchester City) (backs), W. Ruddlesdin and T. Crawshaw (Sheffield Wednesday), A. Leake (Aston Villa) (half-backs), W F Brawn (Aston Villa), A. Common (Sheffield United), J. Settle (Everton), J. W. Bache (Aston Villa), and G. Davis (Derby County) (forwards). South.—A. Cartledge (Bristol Rovers) (goal), H. Smith (Reading), G. Molyneux (Southampton) (backs), A. Lee (Southampton), P. R. Sands (Woolwich Arsenal), F. (Luton) (half-backs), J. Durrani teuton). J. Coleman (Woolwich), V. J. Woodward (Tottenham), F. Harrison (Southampton), and R. 0. Corbett (Old Malvernians) (forwards). Referee : Mr. P. H. Harrower.

John Watson Ex Everton player (1899-02) now playing for Tottenham

January 18, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
In order to fulfill their return engagement with the United, the Everton team made the journey to the North on Friday, and spent the night at Tynemouth. Shortly afternoon they put in an appearance at St.Jame's pat, were the ground, despite the heavy frost during the night, was in fairly good condition. The visitors had Simpson at outside left, the United playing Watts instead of Kingsley. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Watts, goal, Tydlesley, and Wills, backs, Gardner, Aitkens, and Vietch, half-backs, Rutherford Howie, Appleyard, McColl, and Templeton forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott and Simpson forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham. The ground had been liberally sprinkled with sand, and there would at the commencement of the game by some 15,000 spectators. Everton were fortunate in winning the toss, for they played with the assistance of the slope and a slight breeze. Immediately upon starting the ball was put out to Templeton, who looked like getting through when Wolstenholme came under the notice of the referee for unfair tactics, and the Everton defence came in for much pressure. Clever play by the United right wing looked like bringing about a tangible result, when Crelly came to the rescue with a timely punt, and for some little time play was mainly contested in midfield. Play continued interesting, and the next prominent item was a run down by the Everton right wing pair. Taylor put the ball to Settle, who hampered by Aitken, was unable to put in an accurate shot, the ball passing wide of the goalmouth. Much attention was paid to Templeton, who invariably made headway, but Appleyard attempting to foul Balmer, with the result that the free kick placed later on spoiled a capital movement. Evertonians in a good position. As before there was no getting the better of the defenders, though in one attack Settle was extremely unfortunate. After getting a fine pass from Booth his shot was charged down by Wills. This was a near squeak for the United, and immediately following McColl and Templeton raced to the other end, but could do nothing more than run the ball over the line. A miskick by Crelly let in the United right wing, but fortunately Balmer saved the situation with a judicious kick into touch. A run down by McDermott and Simpson changed the venue, and a shot was sent in across the home goalmouth. Another effort from McDermott went slightly wide, and just about this period it seemed as if the Evertonians must opened the score. Settle gave the inside left a capital opening, but his marksmanship was faulty, and after this escape the home left wing went strongly, and made further progress owing to Taylor coming under the notice of the referee. The free kick enabled Gardner to get in a dropping shot which however, bounded harmlessly over the line, and then followed some clever individual play on the part of McColl, whose final effort, however, was faulty. Taylor at this juncture put in much good work and passing out to Sharp the other end was reached. After play had been hovering round the home goal for some seconds the ball went out to Booth, who tried a long drive without success. A bustling returned resulted in a corner being forced off Tyledesley, and from the Newcastle goal was subjected to much pressure. Another corner kick was badly placed, and at this stage the visitors were certainly more than holding their own. Settle was putting in a great amount of work, but a free kick against Taylor, who was cautioned by the referee, changed the venue. Half-time Newcastle United nil, Everton nil.
A short interval was taken, and on Settle opening the play a movement was at once made to the home end. Settle, Simpson, and McDermortt were prominent, and later on Abbott and Booth put in good work, with the result that Settle was placed in a good position. He threaten his way through, and put in a fine shot under difficulties which Watts caught and saved, but in the next minute Kitchen had to come out to Appleton, and again save a fine shot from Templeton. Play was particularly brisk just now, and marked by fine work on the part of the Everton half backs, who frequently prevented the Newcastle forwards from getting in a parting shot. A free kick against Abbott made matters serious as Tyldesley drove hard in from the penalty line, and it was a clever effort on the part of Kitchen that he managed to keep the ball out, though at the expense of a corner. With the wind now in the attack, but the Everton defenders were playing a strong game. One raid, however, ended in Appleyard finding Balmer and Crelly at fault, and the centre scored a clever goal, Kitchen having no chance of saving. Everton afterwards pressed, but failed to score, the United defended finely. Result Newcastle United 1, Everton nil.

Athletic News - Monday 18 January 1904
The return match between. Newcastle United and Everton at St. Park witnessed a reversal of the form shown by teams these teams last September, when the Goodison Park combination triumphed over the Tynesiders by decisive margin of four goals one. On the present occasion victory only rested with the Novocastrians by an odd goal, but, of course, it sufficed to secure the maximum points for the Tynesiders, who can boast of never having suffered defeat from Everton on their own pastures, and as they have won at Goodison Park they have appropriated 15 out of the possible 24 points that have been at stake in the 12 games they have opposed each other. This is a distinctive record against team of the calibre of Everton.
A noteworthy change in the constitution of Newcastle United was the re-appearance of Howie, as the outside partner to Rutherford on the right wing, whilst, in the ranks of Everton, Crelly was substituted for R. Balmer, and Simpson figured on the extreme left wing with McDermott. In consequence of the severity of the frost, which rendered the turf as hard as adamant, the County Rugby Championship match between Northumberland and Lancashire was postponed, but there was no interference with the important battle between the dribbling representatives of the Tyne and Mersey. It was patent all, however, that the players incurred immense risks-—as a matter of fact, those who embraced mother earth got a severe grueling, and it was early remarked that the players on both sides observed extreme caution in any movement that was likely to end their being thrown over. Sixteen thousand people were present, and they had the intense satisfaction of seeing their favourites make ample atonement for the reverse they met with at Small Heath last week.
Everton commenced operations with the breeze blowing in their favour, but they found the ball so peculiarly lively on the frozen, ground that they were readily dispossessed, and the first leading features were the fine placings of McColl to Templeton, who forced past all opposition until approaching the penalty area, when was fouled, and from free kick Appleyard was near the mark with a capital, bustling effort. Subsequently the visiting forwards maneuvered the ball very cleverly, and twice Settle was erratic in his marksmanship when steadiness and accuracy would in all probability have resulted in success, so close was he to the target. Veitch, McColl, and Templeton were a conspicuous trio in a combination design, which terminated in Templeton twice testing Kitchen with torpedo-like balls. Play afterwards was of a cool, ingenious type, and three occasions McDermott was placed in ideal scoring situations, but each time he drove the ball high or wide of the net.
The teams changed ends with clean a clean score sheet, and the most thrilling incidents of a comparatively tame encounter were crowded into the first seven minutes after resuming. From the kick-off the visiting forwards dashed straight into the United’s goal-mouth, whore Settle stopped clear at twelve yards range, but Wills, quick as a flash, swept across the front of Everton’s centre-forvard to successfully carry the ball away.  Settle shortly afterwards made another effort, but this time he met his master in Tildesley. Seven minutes had gone when Appleyard brought off a truly surprising performance. By sheer weight and not a little skill he threaded his way past Booth, Balmer, and Crelley, and finished with a low shot that utterly baffled Kitchen.
There was a peculiar equality in the two sets of  forwards in regard to their pace, yet neither line would extend itself on the dangerous going, and perhaps the Tynesiders could claim a little superiority in attack on the extreme wings, where Templeton and Rutherford were smarter, to either Sharp or Simpson. Howie was unquestionably the best forward on the field, his dribbling being faultless and effective. The Novocastrians however, asserted their supremacy chiefly by the brilliancy of their middle and backs. Aitken, Gardner, and Veitch were a stronger and more polished trio than the opposing middle line, thought it must be candidly confessed that Booth and Abbott rendered yeoman service in a vain attempt to throw some backbone into their feeble forward line. Wills quite excelled himself alike in kicking and tackling and had a capable lieutenant on his right in Tildesley. Crelley was reliable in kicking a good length, but Balmer was hardly equal to holding the fleet-footed Templeton. Newcastle United;- Watts; Tildsley, and Wills; Gardiner, Aitkens, and Veitch; Rutherford, Howie, Appleyard, McColl, and Templeton.  Everton; Kitchen; W. Balmer, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Simpson, McDermott, Settle, Taylor, and Sharp.  Referee.- T. Kirkham, Burslem. 

January 18, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 16)

At Goodison Park. Before 4,000 spectators. Young kicked against the sun for Everton. United being the first to show to advantage. O'Hagan and Young for the home team were conspicuous. Schofield opened the score for United after 30 minutes. Interval Everton nil, United 1. Resuming Young equalised in the first minute and Manchester after this were awarded a penalty kick, Whitley cleverly saving, and a draw of one goal each resulted. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Gordon, and Murray backs, Wildman, Russell, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rankin Sheridan, Young, O'Hagan, and Dilly, forwards.

Ex Evertonian Alf Schofield Played for Everton (1895-96 to 1899-00) Scored to day for Manchester United Reserves

January 18, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton failed on Saturday to maintain their brilliant performances of the past few weeks. In order to be fully prepared for their difficult task at St.Jame's Park, the players travelled over night to Newcastle, and spent Saturday morning in that pleasant resort, Tynemouth, where they have previously made their headquarters. Up north there was a good deal of frost about, with the result that the ground was hard and lively. These conditious were not altogether suitable for certain of the players, Sharp in particular being rather averse to running any undue risks. Still the game was characterised by much remarkably clever footwork, and although the verdict went against Everton by a goal to nothing, there was practically little choose between the sides. In any event, the reserves was not nearly so decisive as that sustained last season, when the Evertonians were well beaten by three goals to none. Unquestionably Everton's defeat was mainly due to their failure to utilise obvious chances. During the first half, when they had the wind and the slope in their favour, two or three splendid openings were forthcoming, and it was owing to weak shooting that at this early stage of the proceedings the Evertonians were unable to make their position assured. Both Settle and McDermott were at fault in this respect, although in other ways both three players accomplished much creditable work. Having thrown away such great chance, it was hardly to be expected that, after the change of ends, the Novocastrians would be equally ineffective. For at least 20 minutes of the second half the United fairly outplayed their opponents, and it was during this period that the goal accrued which provided them with a couple of valuable points. It was clear goal, too, which Appleyard obtained, and it came about owing to probably the only slip which Balmer and Crelly made throughout the game. While these two expert backs were in doubt as to who should tackle the Newcastle centre. Appleyard worked his way past both of them, and baffled Kitchen with a shot which gave that reliable custodian not slightest chance. In the concluding portion, the visiting side pulled themselves together in great style, and it would have been no more than their praiseworthy effort deserved if fortune had smiled upon them in the shape of an equalising goal. The game brought out some very fine defence on the part of both teams. Tyldesley and Wills especially performed brilliantly at back for United, and to no small extent was the ineffectiveness of the Everton front line due to their smart tackling and resolute kicking. Between the halt-backs of both clubs there was little difference, both sets being quite on their best behaviour. As an evidence of the sterling defence displayed, it need only be mentioned that neither Kitchen nor Watts was often troubled; indeed a remarkable feature of the game was the fact that the position of each goalkeeper was more or less a sinecure. As has been indicated Sharp for once in a way was little in evidence. Occasionally he indulged in some of those brilliant runs, which have delighted Goodison Park spectators, but it was by no means one of his palmy days. Simpson, at the other end of the line, made a creditable debut in First League football, and on his Saturday's form suggested that, in the ex-Leicester, the club possess a very capable substitute for either Hardman or Corrin. Taylor, as usual, was energetic- a little too energetic at times, so much so, that he received a caution from the referee.

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 22 January 1904
Everton hope to have the services of Hardman in their important match with the Villa. It is some time since the speedy little left winger turned out for the Toffees, but if he can reproduce the form shown early in the season he will be a source of strength. Everton's side looks a fine one at every point, and Villa will have to be at their best to either draw or win. Last week the Birmingham club were in a difficulty owing to the fact that three of four backs were all unavailable, the consquence being that Alec Leake, had to fall back from the intermediate line, while Wilkes was called upon for service at left half. It is hoped that Evans or Miles will be able to play back with Spencer tomorrow, but there is no definite information to hand. In any case the two means will include brilliant players and the game should be a fine one.

London Daily News - Monday 25 January 1904
The meeting of these teams at Goodison Park proved a great attraction, 25,000 spectators being present. Everton were fully represeted, but several changes were made in the Villa eleven. The game opened at a great pace. Everton seen had the better of matters, and from a fine centre by Sharp, Settle headed through for them. The Villa tried hard to equalise, but at the interval their opponents were still leading by one goal to none. Good play was shown by both sides in the second half, Everton had more chances, and at one period George had to clear shot after shot, the Villa goal having several lucky escapes. Nothing further was scored, and Everton won by one goal to none.

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1904
By Junius
Although Everton were victorious over the Villa only by a goal-the solitary point of the match – yet on the actual play they were much the better side.  If Everton lay themselves out for the Association Cup- which was their ambition last season –I don’t see why- with a little luck in the draw –they should not succeed.  They are a dangerous side, possessing a grand half-back line, a sound defence, and forwards on their day are brilliant.  The men are going to Blackpool today for a fortnight, so as to be thoroughly fit for the “Spurs” in the first round of the ties.  They will stay at the north end of the town, and go from there to Middlesbrough for their League fixture next Friday.  In their Lancashire Senior Cup-tie today at Blackburn, they will be represented by their reserves, and they possess such a capable second string that it will be no surprise to learn that they have qualified for the next round. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1904
The leaders of the A Division of the Combination gave a fine display at Darwen, and the four goals to none defeat they inflicted upon the home team will stand as the best performance of the season.  Darwen were without their most dangerous forward, Gate.  Hull, a Manchester amateur, being included in the team, which in many departments was inferior to that of Everton.  In the first half there was little if anything to choose between the two teams, but in the second half Everton wore their opponents down by clean, systematic football, and fully merited their victory.  Hull played fairly well in the first half, but fell away subsequently.  The half-backs did well, although Haslam was outclassed and Duckworth, in the back division, was not so safe as usual.  Everton were a well-balanced, hard-working, clever team, and there was not a weak place in their side. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1904
By Nondescript
It was a little too venturesome policy on the part of the Everton Executive to fix up a three o’clock start on Saturday. The idea, of capturing additional sixpences is all well in its way, but there is a risk at this time of the year of discounting the enjoyment of the greater number of patrons, for I take it that everyone who goes to watch football not only desires to follow a game right through from every part of the ground, but likes to know who's who, so to speak, all the time, particularly when popular favourites are on parade, as was the case here. However, the merest trifle of filmy football attended the latter end of the ceremonies at Goodison; ail concerned being able to rejoice that nothing in the shape of a chunk of the fog through which river pilots wore groping their way in the morning floated over the north end of the city. Of the game be it said that both sides engaged at times in some thoroughly enjoyable football. A high standard was not maintained during the whole of the ninety minutes, and mistakes which should really not be debited to teams of such standing were common enough. Still people who do not regard a football eleven as a set of mechanical toys, which can never, or hardly ever, go wrong, would appreciate the entertainment, and I include myself in the number. Everton got a good start, the one goal which decided the issue accruing to them in the first couple minutes, and giving them a foundation which was never fairly shaken, spite of all which the Villa brought to bear against it. Indeed with a little more circumspection the locals should have cleared another goal or two out of the transaction in the second half when their forwards were over-running the enemy to its last line of defence. However, victory over the Villa by the barest margin, and on whatsoever ground, is a gratifying exploit, and on this occasion it was well deserved and was much appreciated by a large, but not packed, assembly which would number quite 30,000.
We jumped into a kind of cerulean story right from the kick-off. Hardman got two chances of showing a yard or two faster than Miles, and had Settle been built on the bogey built the bog system he would probably have converted, one rasping centre from the left.  A counter-part to the last-named, however, was forthcoming when Booth put Sharp on move, and this time the Everton bantam got a beautiful ball about his own height, and with a deft inclination of the head placed it well out of George’s reach.  Then the Villa engaged in a lengthy story of attack, the principal characters being Niblo, who was uncommonly hard to shaken off, and Wilkes who mostly travelled in great form and accomplished all manner of good things.  Undeniably clever though a deal of their footwork was, however, the Birmingham division did not get to the far end with it.  Something would happen just when a flowery movement was approaching full bloom.  Niblo might be a species of cuttle fish in possession, but Balmer and Crelley went for him, as one might say, with a hatchet, and twice the first-named of the pair came through and took the ball off his toe when the Villa centre in another half second would have secured practically clear ground for “drawing a head,” on Kitchen.  Then Bache was unfortunate enough to give Niblo a pass when Lockett was better placed, and when Lockett did get a chance he lost touch with the rest of his colleagues in front of goal.  A re-arranged attack- Bache, Watkins, and Niblo exchanging places-brought no better luck, and me thought was scarcely so satisfactory as the original arrangement.  Frequent enough Everton showed some crisp square-cut movement’s in front.  Sharp utilized his opportunities with fair success.  Hardman was equally responsive on the other side, while McDermott, if not always happy in his projects, was a bothering fellow to the defence.  On one occasion it certainly seemed that Hardman was tripped close to the goal-line.  He had his shot, however, which hit the net.  Again in the second half McDermott found an outstretched leg an impediment to progress, well on the penalty mark.  He also wriggled through and made an even better effort to score.  By way of variety Crelley when fairly beaten by Brawn reverted to the Rugby code and was successful in an unsportsmanlike attempt to arrest his man.  Booth was only just in the nick of time to hook an awkwardly dropping ball out of goal, while an intended coup from a free kick for tripping was badly carried out between Leake and, I think, Wilkes.  Everton, however, had more of the ball after crossing over.  Sharp, had he added another three of four yards to a clear run, could hardly have missed his mark.  Hardman had an undeniable chance of booking a second goal, and Booth occupied himself so closely with a masterly dribble that when the time came to shoot he must have imagined the posts to be in the next parish.  And so the eight-eight minutes following the joint-stock raid of Sharp and Settle were entirely drawn blank. 
Personal Pips
Neither side showed form which would win an English Cup or secure the top rung of the League ladder.  There were streaks of brilliance here and there, and both lines of forwards executed some pretty diagrams in maneuvering the ball.  The Villa perhaps endowed their plans of attack with more artistic treatment but Everton outstayed them in general aggressiveness, their forwards being under much obligation to an intermediate line which, maybe, is the best in the County.  And that sets one thinking of potential atoms in forthcoming representative sides.  Booth is a towering half-back, invariably plays delightful football when his team get an early grip on the game as they did here. I should say he does quite as much execution as Crawshaw with less exertion, but at bidding for goal neither gets such a sight on the posts as does Thorpe, of Bury. The half-back with whom I was most pleased on Saturday was Wolstenholme, an untiring worker, seen to greatest advantage in tight corners. Some of his recoveries here were sparkling efforts. Wilkes, on this showing, is barely a whit worse than when he was picked for his country. He got more into the running than his wing colleagues, of whom Pearson was not so prominent as Leake, while the last-named was no more successful than Abbott, who played a determined, worrying game, though pitted against a speedier opponent, and managed to get in his customary shot, which was “ripper." In proof of the longer sustained efforts of the Everton attack George had more work on hand than Kitchen, yet the Everton backs shielded their custodian wondrously well, and are as smart a pair, I should think, as have sported the club's colours. Balmer did all manner of good things, and could be credited with one of the best attempts to capture the goal from long range which I have seen, the ball travelling like an arrow from nearly 60 yards out, and skimming the cross-bar near the post. Crelley, too, allowed stoutness and resource in equal quantities. In comparison, the other pair presented scarcely so solid a front, and several times were fairly over-run. I am not sure whether the inclusion of Watkins will make for the good of the Villa attack. He was not very demonstrative on this occasion. I have also seen Bache more in accord with his colleagues. Niblo caught the eye favourably on occasions, though disposed to hang on the ball a wee bit too long. Of the rest. Lockett and Brawn, on the extreme wings, barely applied themselves to such useful service as Hardman and Sharp—this said with a full recognition of the fact that Lancashire’s Jack of both trades was very inconsistent. McDermott was unfortunate many times in seeking to place his partner on the run, but very frequently he showed himself a craftsman, and was as successful as any in either van. Settle, if he falls short of the ideal centre, is something more than the mere makeshift. Happy, as usual, when scuffling near goal, he very rarely gives his forwards a correct lead, some of his long passes being simply cheap gifts to the opposition. Altogether he creates the impression that the man in the middle of the ground is the man who is to be played to and waited upon. However, he demonstrated his agility at close quarters, and as one who is generally good to rely upon for a goal when reasonable chances present themselves, he is a handy sort to have in a team. On Saturday’s showing Everton are a business-like combination. Of the Villa—well, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever appears likely to be; Over-elaboration is their besetting sin. Everton—Kitchen; Balmer and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Settle, McDermott. and Hardman. Aston Villa; George; Miles, and Evans; Pearson, Wilkes, and Leake; Brawn, Watkins, Niblo, Bache, and Lockett.  Referee; H. Shelton, Nottingham. 

Athletic News - Monday 25 January 1904
I referred last week to the transfer of Archibald Goodall to Glossop, and stated on official authority that derby County had, so far as they were concerned, given him a free transfer in return for his long services to them.  Since then I have seen Goodall, who rather resented it going forth to the world that Derby had treated him generously in the matter, and asserted that the County had no option but to take the course they did.  He states that at the conclusion of last season he was told that his services would be no longer required, and that being so, the County ought to have placed him on the open to transfer list.  Instead of doing this, they put him upon the “retain” list, but did not offer him a reengagement at reasonable wages, and that was why he went to Plymouth.  When he returned to Derby, he was not re-engaged, and his contention is that their treatment of him left the County without any voice in the matter of a transfer fee.  There is evidently a little feeling over the subject, and it is clear that Goodall and Derby did not part on the best of terms. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 25 January 1904
By Ranger
The defeat of the Rovers on Saturday at Sheffield damped not a little the enthusiasm over the Cup fight at Ewood Park, this afternoon. Both clubs played their reserve teams, which were of fairly even strength. A small crowd welcome Haworth once again to the football field. teams; Rovers; Evans, goal; McDonald and Eastham, backs; Howarth, McClure, and Brindle, half-backs; Duckworth, Monks, Bowman, Smith and Dunkley, forwards. Everton; Whitley, goal; Henderson and R. Balmer, backs; Chadwick, Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs; Rankin, Sheridan, Young, O'Hagan, and Corrin, forwards. Referee; Mr. F. Kirkham, Preston.
The opening stages decidedly favoured the Rovers who faced a strong wind. Clever footwork by Dunkley enabled him to elude Russell. Sprinting furtehr down the ground, he drove aross an accurate centre, which Smith and Bowman attempted to convert into a goal. Henderson was in fine form, and terminated several dangerous raids. The spectators were rewarded by seeing some clever football, for the sport was really good, and the elevens were working hard for a goal. After Whitley had saved from Dunkley, Evans was called upon twice in rapid succession by Young, and a second later by Russell from a free kick. A mistake by McDonald and a slip by Eastham let Rankin in. Fortunately in sprinting down the line he ran the ball into touch. The opening was lost, but Everton seccured another, and the Rovers' citadel almost fell. Evans failed to clear cleanly, and dropping the sphere to the ground, he only managed to kick it behind out of reach of Young. The home team did not like this sudden turn of events, for they quickly changed the venue of play.
by Smith down the centre of the field took the ball close into the Everton goalmouth, and Bowman shot hard and straight into the visitors' charge. The keeper had no earthly chance witht he shot, which placed the Blues and Whites ahead of their opponents. The visitors in an endeavour to equalise gave the Ewood defence a warm time, a lunge by Sheridan being turned round the post by Evans. Though Hwaorth did not exhibi signs of nervousness, he was very careful with his leg. The Rovers scored yet another point preior to the interval. Duckworth distinguished himself by a smart run and then fired across a well-palced centre. Bowman dashed in to seize the ball but in this he failed. The leather, however, travelled to the foot of Dunkley, who with a fine shot drove it home, thus nothcing the second point of the match.
Half-Time; Rovers 2 Everton 0
The second half was opened by a rapid dribble by Rankin, who swung the ball before O'Hagan. The inside left did not trouble Evans, however, for he shot clean over the bar. This spurred the Rovrs to a great effort. They packed the Everton goal, and both forwards and halves sent in lightning shots. These were successfully negotiated by the defenders, conspicious amongs whom was the custodian, who galliantly defended the breach and kept quite cool in moments of excitement. The Everton brigade had claimed the distinction of enever having been beaten this season, whereras the Rovers' Reserves had suffered one or two reverses, and that they had notched two goals against their opponents was thus all the more creditable to the home team. To the delight of the crowd they once again forged ahead, this time Duckworth putting on the goal from a smart pass by Smith the ex-North Ender. It was refreshing to watch Bowman play. He controlledthe ball most skilfully and fed his wings more judiciously than earlier in the season. McDonald was never certain at back. On several occasions he screwed across his own goal to the chargin of Everton. The Rovers continued to apply heavy pressure And McClure was always ready and gear in these hot incursions. Rankin and Sheridan fought their way, by cunning tricks, pass, but luckily McClure had rushed to the rear so as to intercept their onward career. Monks who had played indifferently, received applause for a fine pass to Dunkerley. The outside left wasted no time, and with a hard kick, lifted the sphere to his comrade on the right. Duckworth in his anxiety to land the sphere into the net, collided with Whitley after the player had saved a stinging shot. The custodain dropped to the ground severely staken, and the game was stopped for several minutes; but after attention by the trainer, Whitley recovered and pluckily resumed amidst cheers. The Rovers were most aggressive, but their came a turn in the tide of affairs. slowness in clearing have Corrin a chance, and he very wisely availed himself of the opportunity with the result that thew visitors placed a point to their account. A bad kick on the part of Balmer saw the sphere transferred to Bowman., who was over 20 yards distance from Whitley. With a magnificent drive he planted the ball in the net. The custodian could not save his charge, for the sphere flew like an arrow. Whitley was playing at a great disadvantage. He had injured his right leg so bady that he could not even kick the ball. In the closing stages Bowman added a fifth goal, and could not be congratulated too highly upon his exhibtion. Result; Rovers 5, Everton 1.

Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 25 January 1904
Darwen suffered a heavy defeat on saturday by Everton Reserve. The football in the first portion was the best seen at Darwen this season. Everton were always clever, and Darwen's determination atoned for any comparion in the finer points of the game. The visitors led at the interval by a goal but it did not represent the balance of play. The Duckworth put the ball through his own goal the home team seemed to lose heart. The visitors on the contrary, played up with redoubled vigour, and at the finish led by 4-0. Darwen were awarded a penalty, but it was finely saved by Whitley. There was no denying which was the cleverer team on the day's play, and it was a great disappointment to their supporters that dawren should cut up in the way they did. It was the heaviest defeat experienced at home since the new ground was taken four years ago.

January 25, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury.
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 17)
At Darwin. Whitley saved from Crook, but was beaten by Hall the point being disallowed. Score at the interval, Everton 1 Darwin nil. In the second half, Duckworth placed the ball through his own goal. Everton saved a Penalty. Dilly scored. Result Everton 4 Darwin nil. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Henderson and R.Balmer, backs, Chadwick Russell, and Makepeace, half-backs Rankin, Sheridan, Dilly O'Hagan and Corrin forwards.

January 25, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
By their victory over Aston Villa, Everton again place themselves in the position of having more than an outside chance of the championship, and their future games will be invested with keener interest on this account. In their two most recent home matches, they have overthrown the leaders and the Villa-two clubs whose aspirations towards the premiership of the League would appear to be based on fairly substantial grounds-and as they have yet to be visited by Sheffield Wednesday, and Manchester City, each of whom is at present above them in the table of results, their outlook is decidedly, promising. Though the only vanquished the Villa by a goal to nil, there was a vastly wider difference in the actual play of the teams than the score would seem to denote. The first half was very keenly contested and there were periods in it when the visitors were forcing matters to such an extent that the ultimate triumph of Everton began to assume a very remote appearance. But the Villa forwards were exceedingly remiss when it came to a question of scoring and the best efforts thoughout the match came from the half-backs. Everton gained the winning goal three minutes after the start. Settle heading past George, after receiving a fine centre from Sharp. Then, however, the home forwards commenced initiating their opponents by dallying, and uselessly passing instead of shooting, and thus Settle's goal won the match. Even with all this hesitancy near goal, the home forwards gave George far more work to do the Villa front line accomplished at the opposite goal, for Kitchen was rarely requisitioned after the interval, and all through had not half-a-dozen difficult shots to deal with. The inclusion of Hardman on the extreme left strengthened this portion of the attack, but the best work was seen on the other wing, where Taylor and Sharp were always a thorn in the side of their opponents. The inside players, however, spoiled much otherwise clever work by indulging in needless passing when better results must have assuredly been gained by shooting. Particularly was this the case in the second half, for the gradual drifting into this, ineffective style of forward play was not so noticeable prior to half-time, but as the game progressed these tactics became more pronounced. Taylor was the pick of the line, for he worked with relentless energy to find openings for his partner, and instead of finessing with the ball when in possession, he drove it out to the wing, and kept Sharp unceasingly on the move. The extreme winger was in fine trim, and though he found it difficult to shake off the attentions of Leake in the opening half, he had matters his own way towards the finish. Hardman was likewise seen to advantage though his centres occasionally were badly directed, and once before the interval, after beating the half, and full backs, he shot against the net what time three of his comrades were waiting anxiously for the crossing of the ball. As a centre forward, Settle did not impress one very favourably, and he has yet to exhibit at Goodison Park that form which has obtained his selection for the North team, as leader of the front rank. McDermott put in some tricky work, but although operating on the left wing, he was more assiduous in his attentions to the right extremity of the line, especially after the change of ends. A little more understanding between the inside men might have avoided many of the blunders which occurred near George for at times they were in each other's way, with the usual unsatisfactory result. Nothing could have excelled the display given by the Everton half-back line, and each of the trio, in his own characteristic way exhibited fine form. Booth was slightly superior, if only by reason of his cool tackling and precise placing. Wolstenholme simply walked round the Villa left wing, and his kicking from all positions was remarkably accurate, whilst Abbott, though meeting a troublesome opponent in Brawn, was seldom baffled, and he was more aggressive in his tactics than the right half. Further in the rare some grand defensive work was shown by Crelly and Balmer. The former shone refulgently in tackling, never failing to check his opponents, and his returns were most judicious. Balmer was more vigorous in his defence, but he repeatedly stepped in at the precise moment for breaking up the advance of the Villa left wing, and in this respect fairly covered himself with credit. Kitchen had very little to do-one shot from Wilkes was the most awkward ball he had to deal with- but he never seemed in difficulties and the Villa forwards were generously lenient with him. The Midlanders failed, to sustain the reputation they have secured of giving a classy exposition, and judged from their form at Everton, they are as likely to win the League Championship as Liverpool are. Their best work was witnessed at half-back. Leake rendering splendid service in the first half, but he fell away considerably afterwards. Wilkes at centre was more consistent and he just about had the measure of Settle, while Pearson, on the right wing, placed a very sound game throughout. The full backs Miles and Evans defended stubbornly, and they were given ample opportunity of displaying their skill. Although the former occasionally faltered in his return, he shaped extremely well under heavy pressure, and he copied the example of his more experienced partner Evans who was at the top of his form, in very promising fashion. George keep a good goal, and it was entirely due to the Villa defence that Everton did not win by a much wider margin. In the front rank some most disappointing play was witnessed; there were occasions at rare intervals when the players moved in something like the concerned manner that had been anticipated, but every advance fizzled away before Kitchen was requisitioned. Niblo, who commenced in the centre, was a failure, and even when he changed places within Watkins, there was not much improvement noticeable. Brawn, on the extreme right, was the most dangerous player in this department, but this was counterbalanced by the exceeding feebleness of Lockett, who was practically useless. Bache worked hard, but everything came alike to his partner, who bungled with rare exceptions, the chances which came his way. Near goal the Midlanders were worse than Everton and though their halves repeatedly worked a favourable positions for them, they were utterly unable to utilise it to any appreciable extent. Three goals to nil would have been a fitter representation of the game, in Everton's favour.

January 26, 1904. The Liverpool Daily Post.
Lancashire Senior Cup Round Two
Played at Blackburn yesterday, before 2,000 spectators, the clubs being represented by their second eleven's. Early in the game Henderson checked a combined attack on the Everton goal, and transferred play. Sheridan just missed the mark. A pretty run by Smith and a pass to Bowman ended in the latter scoring the Rovers first goal. The visitors all but equalised. Dunckley added a second for the Rovers who lead at the interval by two goals to nil. On resuming Everton went down, and O'Hagan missed a capital opening from a pass by Rankin. The homesters afterwards attacked strongly, and receiving a pass from Smith. Dickworth scored a third goal for the Rovers. Corrin registered a goal for Everton after twenty-five minutes and a short time later, Bowman sent in a fine long kick, which beat Whitley, for the fourth time, despite the custodian's desperate effort to save. Bowman added A fifth in the last few minutes, and Rovers winning by five goals to one.

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 27 January 1904
Everton have transfered to Stockport County their well-known centre forward, Toman, who broke his leg about two years ago, and has not played since. Educated for a schoolmaster, he gave up the profession in order to follow football, of which he was a clever exponent, and at the time he met with his accident he was regarded as one of the best centre forwards in the country. Toman is an Englishman. He was discovered by Burnley, who received a high fee when they transfered him to Everton. Toman will probably make his first appearance with his new club against Atherton Church House on Saturday, when another forward from Liverpool will also be tried.

Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 27 January 1904
The Stockport County Club have succeeded in signing on Willfred Toman, late of the Everton Club. Toman, who learned his football by the side of the late James Ross in the Burnley team, wnt to Everton some four seasons ago. he left them for Southampton, but returned to the Everton Club in 1901. The first Saturday of the season, however, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, he had the misfortune to fracture one of his legs, and a considerable time passed before he was able to get about again. He has done very little since then, and the Stockport officials must be trusting somewhat to fortune in taking this step. If he recovers the form which gained him a reputation as one of the best centres in the country, the Stockport Club will soon have occasion to congratulate themselves on the deal.

Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 28 January 1904
—The Stockport County club have, succeeded in signing Wilfred Toman, late of the Everton club. Toman, who learned his football in the ranks of the Aberdeen Football club in its amateur days, went to Everton some four seasons ago. He left them for Southampton, but returned to the Everton club in 1901. On the first Saturdasy of the season, however, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, he had the misfortune to break one of his legs, and a considerable time passed before he was able to get about again. He has done very little since then, and the Stockport officials must be trusting somewhat to fortune in taking this step. If he recovers the form which gained him a reputation as one of the best centres in the country the Stockport club will seeon have occasion to congraulate themselves on the deal.






January 1904