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January 2, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Considering that in their first match of the season, Everton vanquished Notts County on the Lace capital by two goals to one, it was not in the ordinary run of events likely that the verdict would be reversed in the return game. As a matter of fact, the result in favour of Everton was even more emphatic, the Lacemen failing by the decisive score of five goals to one. But as this reverse was Notts County worsted this season it easily have been more severely trounced, if the Everton men had kept at high standard right throughout the contest. Once they secured a lead of four clear goals, their eased off a little, and it was during this period that Notts obtained their solitary goal. Naturally it took the Evertonians some time to get into their stride again, and they were content with five goals. Undoubtedly Notts County are the weakest League team which has appeared at Goodison park this season, and one cannot be surprised at the lack of success which has so far attained their efforts. RUN OF THE PLAY.

There was too great a contrast between the sides to render the game really interesting or exciting to the spectators. The County started off fairly well, and indulged in some smart movements which, however, were completely spoiled when it came to a matter of shooting at goal. Everton soon found their feet, and the veriest novice could have foretold an easy victory for the home side. Sharp opened the scoring with a shot which went off Earle's hand into the net and McLoughlin, by a really clever individual efforts, put on a second, while just before the interval Hardman registered a third. Meanwhile the County had been working hard and successfully to a point, but they occasioned Roose practically no anxiety. After the change of ends Notts imparted a little more life into their movements, but they had little opportunity until that hardworking veteran. Taylor to the great gratification of his colleagues and of the crowd added a fourth goal. Then it was that the Everton men, evidently conscious of their superiority and not desirous of “rubbing it in” too much, slowed down. This gave Notts their only chance of distinguishing themselves, and it fell to the lot of a half back. Humphreys, to partially redeem the failure of his side by defeating Roose with a splendid shot. They could do no more, and with Abbott putting on a fifth goal, Notts retired hopelessly outclassed.


Although Everton could hardly be said to have been fully extended, they accomplished quite enough to justify the high position, which they at present occupy in the League. The opposition was not such as to bring out their best fighting qualities. In all departments they were far cleverly than their antagonists, and the only weakness was in the back division. The younger Balmer was not in his best humour, and with extra work thrown on his elder brother it was rather lucky that Everton had not to face a fast and tricky set of forwards; otherwise Roose's position would not have been the sinecure it was. Only two men on the Notts Countyside distinguished themselves. These were Ellis Gee and Humphreys. The former played a capital game against his old comrades, but was badly supported, while Humphreys besides scoring the only goal which fell to his side, presented not a few openings to his forwards which were absolutely thrown away. On last Saturday's form Notts County will have a very hard task to escape from a season with the Second Division. Teams: - Everton: - Roose, goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs, Ashworth, Taylor, and Abbott half-backs Sharp, McDermott, Young, McLoughlin and Hardman forwards. Notts County: - Earle, goal Griffiths, and Montgomery backs Emberton, Humphreys, and Grayhorne, half-backs, Green, Dean, Tamplin, Reid and Gee, forwards. Referee Mr.Dennis



January 2, 1905. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 19)

The Everton team sustained an unexpected reverse at Roosendale, where the United won by two goals to one. Everton opened the scoring through Dilly soon after the start and retained their lead to the interval, but they afterwards fell away and lost several chances. Everton: - Kitchen goal, Wildman and McCartney, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, and Hutchinson half-backs, Rankin, McLoughlin, Roberts, Dilly and Evans, forwards.

London Daily News - Monday 02 January 1905
Everton gained easy victory at the expense Notts County at Goodison Park. Crelly and Settle were absent from the home side, while Notts were short Pennington and Mainman. From the start play favoured Everton, whose attack was too strong for the visitors' defence, the first half goals were scored Sharp, McLaughlin, and Hardman for Everton, who led three to nil the interval. Taylor added fourth soon after the resumption. Then Notts played up with great spirit, and for a time had much the game as their opponents, Humphreys scoring fine goal for them. Abbott obtained the fifth for Everton.

London Daily News - Tuesday 03 January 1905
The Liverpool Cup final tie between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield-road attracted some 25,000 spectators. Both teams made several changes. After attacks by Everton had been repulsed Robinson scored for Liverpool, but before half-time Taylor equalized. After the change of ends Liverpool had the belter of the exchanges, and further goals were added by Goddard (two) and Cox. Everton were unable respond, and Liverpool won four goals one.


January 3, 1905. The Liverpool Courier

Liverpool Senior Cup Final

Liverpool and Everton met yesterday afternoon in the final of the Liverpool Cup. There was a fine holiday crowd at Anfield, there being some 25,000 people present at the start. Some curious changes were made in the Liverpool team, Cox going centre forward, while Fleming and Morris formed the left wing. Wilson displaced Fleming at back. Everton also made some changes, Crelly appearing at back, Rankin displacing Sharp, and Hanlin playing right half vice Ashworth. The teams therefore lined up the following order: - Liverpool: - Doig, goal, West, and Dunlop, backs Parry Raisebeck, and Wilson, half-backs, Goddard, Robinson, Cox Morris, and Fleming forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs, Hanlin, Taylor, and Abbott half-backs, Rankin McDermott, Young, McLoughlin, and Hardman, forwards. Everton started the ball, and the Blues soon became dangerous. Hardman, who finished with an accurate centre, made a grand run. Young got it, and beat Doig at close quarters. but for some reason the referee gave Young offside. Liverpool then attacked on the left, but the defence prevailed, and the Blues, aided by a free kick, were soon at work at the other end, where the ball was put behind after Doig had fisted out. A further attack by Liverpool was repulsed, and the visiting right was getting off when Dunlop fouled Rankin, Doig fisted away the free kick. The crowd, whose partially found free vent, followed the game with great interest. Young got possession, despite the efforts if Raisebeck, and passing out to Hardman, the latter shot wide. Midfield play followed, until Taylor tripped Cox. From the free kick the Everton goal had a narrow escape. Fleming ought to have got through, and Robinson in trying to remedy the error, got offside, his shot, however, being charge down. The game continued fast and exciting, and both ends were visited in turn. After a run by the home right Parry called on Scott, who saved easily a long shot, and then Raisebeck put in a fine effort from long range, the Everton custodian again saying well. McDermott gave Rankin a chance, but Raisebeck chipped in and cleared. Cox, and Robinson kept the visiting defence busy for a spell, a free kick for Everton relieving the pressure. From this Hardman got possession although he looked offside. The whistle did not sound, but the wingers shot went wide of the mark. The Everton forwards got going, a claim for hands against McLoughlin being disregarded, and McDermott got in a low shot after some nice passing. Doig kicking clear, Brown initiated an attack by the Reds but Robinson was given off-side. Taylor served his forwards nicely, but first Parry and then West cleared the lines. Another nice passing movement by the Blues carried play in front of Doig, whose charge had a narrow escape. Raisebeck averting a disaster at the expense of a fruitless corner. A centre from Goddard brought no advantage, Cox failing to make progress. A moment later Goddard gave Cox an opening, and passing out Fleming raced up, but the off-side rule intervened. For some time play was in the Everton half, but the visiting defenders were not too hardly pressed. A nice run by the Everton right produced no tangible result, and at the other end Dicky Morris gave Cox a chance of a shot, which the new centre promptly seized Scott bringing of an effective clearance. West had to kick into touch to avoid Hardman and afterwards Doig in clearing a slow ball clean missed his kick and Raisebeck cleared at expense of a corner, which was put behind. Taylor checked a rush by the Liverpool right. Young was getting dangerous when Parry brought him down just outside the penalty line, the free kick proving unavailing. At the other end Fleming got possession from Balmer, and Cox sent in a grand shot, which luckily for Everton, struck the crossbar, and glanced behind. It was the best shot of the day, and its failure was a stroke of ill fortune for Liverpool. In a further attack, Scott kept out a header from Cox, the Reds now having the best of the play. Some nice passing was seen on both sides, but it was a tricky pass by Morris, which put Fleming on the move. The winger centred, and Robinson got possession with a clear opening. He ran through, and despite the efforts of Hanlin and Balmer he steered the leather past Scott into the net. The second leagues thus got the first goal of the day against their “classy” opponents. Goddard afterwards sent behind and a few minutes later Hartman was hurt in colliding with Doig, who run out to clear. He limped to the side of the field, but soon resumed. Everton then pressed, and a bully ensued in the home goal. Taylor putting the ball through. A minute later the whistle sounded for the interval. Half-time Liverpool 1 Everton 1. The first incident of notice in the second half was a grand shot by Hardman, which was well saved by Doig. Aided by several free kicks Everton attacked strongly, but the Anfield defence prevailed. The Lord major (Mr.John Lea) arrived at this stage to present the cup to the winners, and he took a seat in the director's box. Liverpool afterwards attacked on the right, and Goddard put in a shot from long range. Scott appeared to touch the ball, which, however, glanced into the net. Liverpool were therefore as goal ahead. Everton had the best of play after this, although the forwards play was rather spoiled by a tangency to get offside. They forced a couple of corners, but without avail, and a dash to the other end by Liverpool was equally fruitless although Scott had to save from Cox. The game continued full of interest, both sides striving hard. After fast and even play Cox dashed off on his own beating Crelly for speed scored again for Liverpool amidst tremendous enthusiasm when only about five minutes remained for play. Liverpool were still the better team and Goddard with a grand shot scored a second again putting Liverpool ahead by four goals to one. Liverpool thus once more gained the cup. Final Liverpool 4 goals Everton 1.


The cup was presented by Lord Mayor to Raisebeck. Cox secured the ball. There was tremendous enthusiasm, thousands of spectators crowding round. The Hon Mrs Victor Stanley presented the medals. A vote of thanks was passed to the Lord Mayor on the motion of Dr Whitford, a directors of the Everton Club seconded by Aid E.Walker.



January 3,1905. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 20)

Yesterday at Southport, before a big gate. Teams: - Southport: - Garvey, goal, Spink, and Rimmer backs, Sinclair, Edmonds, and Chorlton, half-backs Dawson, Rushton, Smith, Danson, and Lawson, forwards. Everton: - Dent, goal, R.Balmer, and Wildman, backs, Ritchie, Booth (captain), and Hutchinson half-backs, McAdams, Caldwell, Roberts, Dilly, and Evans forwards . Southport won the toss, and the Mayor (Mr.E.Trunson) kicked off for Everton. Play opened with a lame attempt by Everton. A run on the home right livened matters up, and for a minute or two there was hot work in front of Dent. Smith shot splendidly, but Dent rose to the occasion and saved. Danson and Lawton took the ball along, and the former, after tricking Ritchie, passed to Lawton, who sent in a shot which sailed into the corner of the net, scoring for Southport within a little over five minutes of the start. The goal was a beauty, and Dent had no earthly chance of saving it. Everton made a spurt, but although they kept play in the home half for some minutes they were rarely seriously dangerous. With a rush play went to the other end, where Dent saved twice in rapid succession from Chorlton, and Edmond. Everton now made their last attempts so far but McAdams was hustled when about to shoot, and the ball went wide. Evans forced a corner, and a big kick by Ritchie relieved the pressure. A sudden sprint by Smith ended in a corner for Southport, but nothing game of it. A scrimmage in front of the Everton goal gave Southport another corner, but from this Edmonds shot high over. Nice play by Balmer stopped another attack by the Central, and the Everton forwards showed very pretty work, but the home half backs were generally able to break up their combination. Half-time Southport 1, Everton nil. Everton pressed at the opening of the second half, but a smart run by Dawson altered the look of things, and there was a sharp scrimmage in front of the visitors goal, before the ball was cleared. After some end to end play Dawson made another grand run and from his centre Smith shot past Dent. Final Result Southport 2, Everton nil.



January 9, 1905. The Liverpool Courier


So remarkable was the success which at tended Everton during the month of December, when seven League games- three on foreign soil- were contested without defeat that there confident hopes that even a visit to Bramell Lane would not stern the tide of success. Unfortunately these anticipations were not realised, though let it be said at once that Everton, though beaten by a goal to nil, were the better team on the day's play. It is rather singular that in each of the five away games, which the Evertonians have lost this season an odd goal, has led to their downfall. Moreover, in more than one instance the least bit of luck might have changed the verdict from a lose to a division of honours. In Saturday's game it was not so much a question of luck as of neglected opportunities on the part of the forwards. True, the goal which gave the Blades the victory was pretty much a grit, but still the visiting forwards were to blame for falling to utilise openings which their own splendid work had created.


Considering the prominent positions in the League of the contending forces the equality of the play was rather disappointing. Truly the muddy conditions of the ground was all against accurate manipulation of the ball, indeed it was marvelous how the players kept their feet as well as they did. At times there was some very pretty footwork on both sides, were Everton for the greater part the clever, but there was an absence of that intense excitement which has usually characterised the meeting of the sides at Bramall lane. Everton started in promising style, and quite early on Young failed to convert a lovely centre from Hardman who later on was himself at fault. Another fine cross by Rankin only required a touch to divert into the net, but the ball passed over the line, before either of his colleagues could reach it. At the other end Donnelly sent wildly over the bar, with only Roose to beat, and the only dangerous shot which the Everton keeper had to negotiate came from Lipsham. In the earlier portion of the second half Everton exerted so much pressure that defeat seemed out of the question. They overplayed their opponents, but apart from Rankin, the forwards had apparently left their shooting boots at home. By their encouraging shouts the crowd stimulated the Blades, who eventually secured what luckily for them proved to be the winning goal. Everton were awarded a free kick near the corner flag. Crelly took the kick, but instead dispatching the ball down the field, by some mischance's or otherwise he lifted it in front of goal, where Drake had Roose helplessly beaten. In the closing stages. Everton might have equalised if a centre from Rankin had been properly dealt with, but a minute later United had an equally good opening. However, nothing materialised, and the Blades gained a narrow victory.


Although not individually the equal of their antagonists, Sheffield United have got together a rare lot of young and determined players. In fact, only four of the old United, team participated in the match, but if the well known names did not appear on the card the youngsters clearly showed their ability to maintain the traditions of the club. Leivesley kept goal in confident fashion, and was capitally supported by a couple of dashing backs in Groves and Annan. The halves with Needham at their head, were effective and forwards they were best served by Lang and Donnelly on the left wing, though Brown distributed the work well. The chief feature in Everton's display was the ineffectiveness of Young. It was one of his off-days, and the consequence was that neither of the inside men. McDermott and Settle played their usual game especially when it came to having a pop at goal. Hardman was speedy and tricky, but after all Rankin was the most conspicuous forwards several of his runs and centres extorting warm admiration from the Sheffield crowd. Roose's goalkeeping calls for no adverse criticism, and except for the one mistake, which led to the United's goal. Balmer and Crelly acquitted themselves admirably. Taylor again was in great form at centre half, and tried desperately hard to add another goal to his record. Abbott was a smart wing to contend against, while Booth after starting in shank style, pulled himself together, and rendered his side valuable service, though it is questionable if he retains his old aptitude for the right half back position. Teams: - Sheffield United: - Leivesley goal, Groves, and Annan backs Johnson, Wilkinson, and Needham (captain), half-backs Lang, Donnelly, Brown, Drake, and Lipham, forwards. Everton: - Roose, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly backs, Booth (captain), Taylor, and Abbott half-backs, Rankin McDermott, Young Settle and Hardman forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham

Dundee Evening Post - Saturday 07 January 1905

League Affairs Over the Border. The monthly meeting of the English League Committee was held in Manchester yesterday J. J. Bentley presiding. It was reported that Middleborough had consented to transfer their old player Muir free, and that Everton reduced the fee on Green to £25. While Everton were mulcted in a guinea for playing ten men at the start of their match with Manchester City, L. R. Roose, the goalkeeper, having been delayed by fog and his substitute being ten minutes late.

January 9, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 21)

After sustaining two successful defeats. Everton's at Goodison-park on Saturday beat Stalybridge Rovers by three goals to nil. This game was a poor one throughout. There was a capital attendance, the attraction presumably being the appearance of three new men on the home side. These were Williams, a centre half from the army, Struthers, the Kirkdale centre-forward and Lipsham outside left, of Chester. The best of the trio was undoubtedly Williams, who gave promise of turning out a useful man. The Rovers backs overweighed Struthers, although he displayed any amount of bluck. He was handicapped by the slippery state of the ground, and often failed close to goal, but he is quite a lad, and in time may develop into a useful centre. Lipsham did practically nothing. Throughout McLoughlin in played a splendid game, and he was the finest forward on the field. Dilly, Hanlin, Hutchinson, Wildman. and Kitchen also did well, while the defence, Eaton and the Pattersons were most prominent for the Rovers. Williams, Hutchinson and Dilly scored for Everton. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and McCartney, backs, Hanlin, Williams, and Hutchinson, half-backs, Roberts, McLoughlin, Struther, Dilly, and Lipsham, forwards.


January 10, 1905. Evening Telegraph
Remarkable Evidence in Police-Court

Some remarkable statements were made at Preston Borough Police Court yesterday, when James Trainer, the famous Old West International goalkeeper, was summoned by his wife, Alice for desertion. The parties married at Bolton in March, 1888, and had ten children. Mrs. Trainer-stated when they left the Horseshoe Hotel they were worth £2,000. They had led a cat and dog life, her husband being jealous of her on account of a man named Lazenby. On Wednesday last her husband brought a policeman to the house, and compelled her to leave. Under cross-examination Mrs. Trainer, admitted that in 1898 she had some trouble with her husband, who instituted divorce proceedings. She promised, however, to turn over a new leaf, and her husband took her back again and withdrew the petition for divorce. She admitted that her husband had frequently complained of her intimate friendship with Lazenby, and had disguised himself with false whiskers and followed her about. She admitted having had numerous drinks with Lazenby, but indignantly denied that anything improper had taken place between them. She also admitted saying to her husband on one occasion, “I will kill you, you ---,” but this was after she had recognized him in false whiskers as he followed her into a tramcar, and she had purposely taken too much drink. Lazenby went into the box, and denied there had been any improper relations between himself and Mrs. Trainer. Trainer gave evidence, and said his wife was of drunken habits and kept very late hours. He had frequently seen her in Lazenby's company, and on one occasion saw Lazenby crawling downstairs. He had watched them through a niche of the parlour door and the window, but had seen nothing improper transpire. He had seen notes pass between them. The bench refused to grant a separation order and dismissed the summons.


Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 13 January 1905
Southport Central have secured the signature of Bert Sharp, brother of jack Sharp, of Everton. He will figure at left full back for the reserves in their Lancashire Alliance match at Haigh tomorrow.

London Daily News - Monday 16 January 1905
The leaders were checked in their winning career on Saturday, the Everton team beating them at Goodison Park by two goals to one. Everton were without Crelly and Sharp, while the United were short of Veitch and Orr. Favoured with a strong breeze, the United pressed in the first half, and Howie scored. Roose, however, kept goal finely, and presently the Everton forwards took up the attack. At the interval, Newcastle were still leading by one goal to none. Play was fairly even for some time after the resumption. Then Everton attacked, and Rankin equalized. Settle scored the winning goal for Everton, who maintained the upper hand to the finish.

January 16, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Everton accomplished what was generally expected of them last Saturday. They have a happy knack, when playing at home, of lowing the colours of the club, which happens to be making a bold for the championship. Last season for instance, they vanquished both Sheffield Wednesday, the ultimate champions, and Manchester City, the runners up, while earlier on they had themselves been beaten by unquestionably weakers sides. Thus it was that a feeling of confidence prevailed that they would be able to put a spoke in the wheel of the all-conquering. Newcastle United team, who by real merit had worked their way to the head of the League table. Anticipations were realised, for after one of the hardest fought and most exciting games which has been witnessed at Goodison-park for a long time, Everton proved victorious by two goals to one. The couple of points were by no means easily earned. It was not until well on in the second half that what turned out to be the great crowd greeted the winning goal with tumuluous cheering- quite in the style of the old days-. Still, clever undoubtedly as the League leaders are Everton on the day's play were value for the full measure of points.


Undoubtedly it was a game of giants. The strong southeasterly winds prevented if form becoming brilliant, but for real downright hard work on the part of two scientific teams it was from start to finish extremely interesting. Of course, the advantage of playing with the wind was obvious. No wonder that Newcastle asserted themselves during the opening half. Apart from their own innerent spirits they made full use of the favouring elements. The consequence was that Roose was served up with some particularly hot shots. Quite early on the Everton goal came near being captured, for both W. Balmer and the custodian sent the ball against the opponent. The amateur however, redeemed the mistake by a wonderful clearance. Considering the pressure to which it was subjected the home defence held out splendidly until, following a faulty pass by Booth, Appleyard tipped the ball to Howie, who ran between the backs and easily planted the ball into the net, during which time Everton were fruitless appealing for offside. Tem minutes before the interval, the home attack weakened up, but what with shots charged down somewhat luckily and the sturdy United defence, they were prevented from placing themselves on level terms. Having kept their formidable opponents from scoring more than a solitary goal, it was felt that the Evertonians would be able to turn the tables when they had the wind behind them. They did not start in too promising fashion. They were inclined to overdo the short passing, while the visiting attack were so dashing that Roose's position was no sinecure. At last Rankin electrified the crowd with a beautiful goal. Running past McWilliams and Carr, he let fly with his left foot, and gave Lawrence no possible chance. How the people did cheer, and how gallantly did Everton respond. For the nonce they discarded the irritating short passing, and flashed the ball about more, the result being that they swamped the Newcastle defence, and Settle sent the crowd wild with delight when he put on a second goal. United were then practically beaten, but they struggled on and shortly before the whistle blew, Roose emerged from a vigorous attack with flying colours.


Criticism of the players in such an interesting trial of strength, where there were so many fine touches, must be of the mild description. Indeed one feels disinclined to suggest anything but praise. Both sides distinguished themselves, and though Newcastle United were beaten they had the satisfaction of knowing that it was through no lack of efforts. They are a remarkably strong team, smart and dashing in attack, with a rare trio of half-backs and a sterling rearguard. Lawrence in goal was not no frequently called upon as Roose, but he acquitted himself admirably. Aitkens was the most prominent of the halves who had behind them a couple of hardworking and very capable backs in McCombie and Carr. Forward, Appleyard did well in the centre, but the shinning light of the quintette was Howie, who not only scored the only goal for his side, but was ever on the look out for openings. Reference has already been made to the capital exhibition of Roose between the posts. The Balmers deserved all the commendation passed upon their efforts, the youngster brother's kicking and tackling being really high class. Taylor played another splendid game, but Booth was uneven, and was nothing like so effective as Abbott. Young has not yet settled down to his best game and the inside men played well without being especially noticeable. Hardman in the first half got in some pretty work, but all the same Rankin apart from his brilliant goal, was the most conspicuous forward on the side, his runs and centres extorting warm admiration. Teams: - Everton: - Roose goal, W.Balmer and R.Balmer, backs, Booth (captain), Taylor and Abbott half-backs Rankin, McDermott, Young, Settle and Hardman, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence goal, McCombie and Carr backs Gardiner, Aikens (captain), and Mcwilliams, half-backs Rutherford Howie, Appleyard, Graham, and Gasnell forwards. Referee J.Adams.



January 16, 1905. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 22)

St Helens Town must be accounted unfortunate in not beating Everton as they experience very hard lines. They had only ten men for some time in the first half, and it was during that portion of the game, that Everton scored through Hutchinson. The Town also got a goal, but was negatived owing to one of the home players having been fouled, just previously and all fell to the home side was a free kick, which was cleared. Baxendale missed a glorious chance, but in the second portion the Town played with refreshing vigour, and Rigby scored. But for the good defence of Kitchen and Wildman, the Town would have won easily this half, as they had much the better of the play. The changes made in the team had beneficial results, the Town giving one of their best displays. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and McCartney backs, Hanlins, Williams, and Hutchinson, half-backs, Roberts McLoughlin, Dilly, McClure, and Evans, forwards.

Norman McClure
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 18 January 1905
Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton secretary, has wired to Norman McClure, late of Linfield, and now of Derry, to come to Liverpool and play with the Everton Reserve on Saturday. It is most likely he will be signed on.

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 20 January 1905
Everton’s appearance Preston will draw additional attraction, from the fact that recently as last week they defeated the League leaders. Again, Prestonians will not forget that it was Everton, who on September 24th, brought about North End’s first reverse this season. The margin by which the Toffees succeeded on that occasion was the smallest possible, only one goal being obtained in the game. Since that time the Everton team has improved and the players from a most able side. The forwards however, were not exactly at their best last week, however, were not exactly at their best last week, and in the team I have received from Mr. W.C. Cuff, the Everton secretary, there are several changes of special interest. Sharp returns to the forward line, and Rankin, who has been playing outside right so finely, makes way by moving inside. Rankin is a rare extreme winger in form, but I have never seen him inside, though Sharp has played there, even in an international match. Of course, if the arrangement fails, the pair can change positions. McDermott, the cleverly Scott, who usually plays inside right, goes centre, Young, who has been off colour, dropping out. Thus we have two men- Rankin and McDermott -out of their places. Settle and the old Blackpool forward, Harold Hardman, complete the attack. In defence the only alteration is the substitution of S.B. Ashworth for Booth, who was not sound last week. L.R. Roose keeps goal.

London Daily News - Monday 23 January 1905
An interesting game between Preston North End and Everton at Preston ended a draw one goal each. Both sides made changes. The first half was evenly contested. McDermott scored for Everton after half an hour’s play, but subsequently the visitors were subjected to severe pressure. However, half-time arrived with Everton still leading. Both goalkeepers had plenty of work to do after change of ends. Smith equalized for Preston about ten minutes before the finish.


January 23, 1905. The Liverpool Courier


Everton missed a rare chance at Deepdale of figuring for the second time this season at the head of the League table. For eight minutes looked as if the honours were to fall to the lot of the Evertonians. Then an equalising goal turned up in aggravating style, and the proud Prestonians had the satisfaction of sharing with their old opponent. Thus it was that although Newcastle United Sunderland, and Sheffield United were all on the losing side, Everton only go up to second place with the same number of points as the Nocasterians, but with one game more played. However, there is no use moralising over what might have been. After an exceedingly hard game the result was a draw of one goal each, and be it conceded the score just about represented the merits of the contestants. It would have been hard lines on North End if they had lost and vice versa. Therefore, fortune was fair in awarding a point to each team. At any rate, Everton this season have taken three out of four points from the Prestonians, who at the end of September were beaten at Goodison-park by a goal to nothing.


Considering the frost bound ground, which necessitated a plentiful sprinkling of sand, the game reached a higher standard than was anticipated, and throughout provided the large crowd with any number of interesting incidents. It was in the main case of cleverness opposed to dash. Undoubtedly Everton were the smarter side and stood the strain better, but against all the science which they exhibited the North End players imparted into the work an amount of determination and whole heartedness which compelled admiration. In fact they had more chances of scoring than had Everton, but at the crucial moment they became flurried, and as often as not the ball instead of going near Roose went yards wide of the mark. Opening strongly they kept the brothers Balmers, and Roose on the quivive, and, fortunately for the visiting side, this trio were as safe as houses. The Evertonians settled down after a while, and following a corner, McDermott called upon McBride, who only reached the ball when it was well over the line. This success for the nonce seemed to have a disheartening effect upon the home players, but the defence prevented anything more being scored prior to the interval. Later on their was a ding-dong struggle in which, both custodians earned well-deserved applause. With only ten minutes to go the equalising goal arrived, it arose from a free kick against Settle. The ball was swung into the goalmouth, and after a bully, Smith planted it into the net. Both sides kept hard at it to the end without tangible result, and the whistle for the cessation of the game was heartily welcomed by more than one of the North End players, who were showing signs of fatigue.


Fine goalkeeping by Roose and McBride had a lot to do with the low scoring. Both kept out some capital shots, and one save of Mcbride from Hardman was particularly smart. Derbyshire's reappearance in the back division had the effect of strengthening Preston's defence, he and Rodway both playing admirably. The halves, with Hunter in the centre, adopted worrying tactics with successful results, but the outsiding result of the attack was the staving of Bond their clever outside right. Catterall shaped only moderately on his first appearance in a league match at Deepdale. As for John Bell, he seems to be endowed with something like perpetual youth. He went all the way and played a really sound game. The rearrangement of the Everton front line was scarcely a success, although McDermott was a hard worker in the centre, and fed his wings with judgement. Neither Sharp nor Hardman was in his happiest vein. They both did clever things, but they were erratic. Rankin is not at home in an inside position, though he tried his best and rendered his side useful services. With the exception of Ashworth who halves were on the top of their form, and the brothers Balmer at back performed creditably, though on one occasion the acting captain nearly let his side down through a miskick then near goal. Teams: - Preston North End: - McBride, goal, Derbyshire, and Rodway, backs, McLean, McLean, and Hunter, half-backs, Lyon, Bond, Smith, Bell (captain), and Carrerall, forwards. Everton: - Roose goal, W.Balmer (captain), and R.Balmer, backs, Ashworth, Taylor, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Rankin, McDermott, Settle and Hardman, forwards. Referee John Lewis.



January 23, 1905. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 23)

The frostbound state of the ground had its effect upon the players at Goodison-park, where Everton and Preston North End Reserves played a goaless draw. The game was a poor one, even allowing for the state of the ground. Everton had rather the best of matters, but the finishing efforts of the forwards were woefully weak. North End, on the other hand, although beaten in midfield, were always dangerous when near goal, and had they as many chances as the home forwards they would probably have captured both points. From start to finish play was tame, and the only noticeable features were some capital goalkeeping on the part of Taylor, good play by both sets of backs, and the fine half-back play of Williams (Everton), and Wilcox (Preston). Thorburn made his first appearance since his accident in the practice match, but little was seen of him, Dilly, and McLoughlin being the best forwards. Rodgers McKie, and Bourne did good work among the Preston quintette . Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman and McCartney backs, Hanlins Williams, and Hutchinson, half-backs, Roche, McLoughlin, Thornburn Dilly, and Evans forwards.


January 27, 1910 Evening Telegraph

Arbroath Footballer

Who Played For Scotland In Internationals

The death occurred at Panmure Street, Arbroath, of Mr. David Storrier, the well known footballer. Deceased had been in indifferent health for a considerable period, and latterly his condition gave rise t no hope of recovery. He commenced his football career in the Arbroath Dauntless, at that time a well-known local combination. He then played in Arbroath as centre-half, securing several inter-county honours. From Arbroath he went to Everton, first playing in the second Everton, and then as full back in the first eleven. Storrier crossed the Border again and signed on with the Celtic. While with the Glasgow team in 1899 he received several international honours, besides captaining Celtic, which that year secured the Scottish cup. He played in the Scottish team against England along with Doig, of Abroath, in goal. After a term with the Celtic he signed on for Dundee, and afterwards returned to England, joining Millwall. Six or seven years ago he retired from the game, and started business in Arbroath.

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 27 January 1905
Everton have secured the services of another amateur half-back, Mr. Fred Littleton, who has been seen this season in the ranks of both Waterloo Marine and Northern Nomads Clubs.

London Daily News - Monday 30 January 1905
Middleborough made a good fight with the Everton eleven at Liverpool, and in the end were only beaten by one goal to none. Neither side was fully represented. Play did not reach a high standard in the first half. Everton did most of the pressing, but the interval arrived with nothing scored. Everton opened strongly in the second half, but Williamson kept a fine goal for Middlesbrough. However, he was at length beaten by Makepeace. Chances were missed on both sides, the winners goal suffering a very narrow escape. Everton are now at the top of the League table.


January 30, 1905. The Liverpool Courier


No great satisfaction could be derived from the game at Goodison-park on Saturday, except, of course the all-important fact that a couple of points accured to Everton. It was by no means a great match; indeed in the opinion of not a few good judges, it was the poorest which has been seen for many a long day. There were occasions when smart touches were introduced, but the general scheme was lacking in many directions. The spectators were disappointed, especially as they had turned up, not to see the Everton forwards vainly endeavouring to find the net, but in the full expectation that it would be a case of rubbing in to poor Middlesbrough. As matters eventuated Everton only just scrambled home by a goal to nil, and that goal the outcome of a penalty kick. Thus Middlesbrough maintained their record of failure in the scoring line at Goodison-park. Indeed, in all the League matches they have played in this city against Everton or Liverpool, Middlesbrough have never had the satisfaction of obtaining a solitary goal.


From the manner in which the Evertonians started there were hopes that the spectators would be treated to an inspiriting game, but it was soon evident that such was not to be the case. The home attack did open out the game enough, and the Middlesbrough lot were obviously quite at sea when a chance of scoring came along. Quite early on Roberts made a sad mess of a glorious chance of beating Roose, but he was not alone to blame. Everton undoubtedly had the bulk of the play, and although the plan of attack could scarcely be commended several grand shots were levelled at Williamson who gave a fine exhibition of goalkeeping. When the second half was entered it was hoped that the anxiously awaited goals would be forthcoming, and certainly Taylor and Abbott might easily have beaten an ordinary custodian, but not Williamson. One felt sorry for the latter when his colours were at last lowered. However, he could not be blamed, for Makepeace repeated his Small Heath success, and converted a penalty kick , against Gallium for fouling Young, with the greatest easy. As it happened this proved to be the only occasion when the ball was placed in the net, though just before the finish only a magnificent effort on the part of Roose prevented Middlesbrough equalising.


The feature of the game was the strong defence of Middlesbrough. Williamson who has previously been seen to advantage at Goodison-park, gave a great exhibition, and he had in front of him a couple of resolute backs in McCullum and Agnew. Aitkens, Jones and Cassidy were a worrying trio of halves, with the centre man inclined too often to indulge in unfair tactics. As to the forwards one cannot wonder at Middlesbrough's poor record of “goals for” They were quite unable to utilise the easiest of chances, and, except on one or two occasions, gave Roose no cause of anxiety. The best part of the Everton side-apart from Roose- was the half-back line. Some of the best attempts at scoring of the afternoon came from Taylor and Abbott, and did not Makepeace obtain the winning goal. Wildman and Young Balmer were none too safe, and it was rather a pity on his first League appearance that the former had not the advantage of playing along with an experienced artist like W.Balmer or Crelly. None of the forwards earned distinction, the mistake at times of one or the other being tantalising in the extreme. Neither Hardman nor Rankin was as successful as usual. The display of the whole team was disappointing. Can it be that they were reserving themselves for a famous Cup-tie next Saturday?

Teams: - Everton: - Roose goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Rankin, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Middlesbrough: - Williamson, goal, McCullum, and Agnew, backs, Aitkens, Jones, and Cassidy half-backs Darrant, Brunton, Mounteney, Thackeray, and Roberts, forwards. Referee J.W.Badley









January 1905