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January 2, 1906. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The New Year was ushered in at Goodison Park yesterday with a visit from Bury. The recent performances of both teams –Bury's clever victory over the Wednesday at Sheffield, and Everton remarkable five goals against Middlesbrough –undoubtedly lent additions interest to the content. With one exception, the Blues relied on the same team as did duty on Saturday. R. Balmer was suffering from an injured ankle, his place being taken by Crelly. A fine morning gave way to a wet afternoon, and miserable drizzle was falling when play began before a holiday crowd of 12,000 spectators. The teams were as follows: - Everton: - Scott goal, W. Balmer, and Crelly, backs Booth Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Bury: - Raeside goal, McMahon and Lindsay, backs Thornton, Davidson, and Johnson half-backs, Glidea, Hibbert, Bevan, Kay, and Hodgkinson, forwards It will be hoped that Bury rank included an ex-Manchester City player –McMahon. They commenced operations from a throw in on the right. The ball was passed out to Donnachie, who got in a capital run, and centre, but Hardman missed converting. It was a glorious opportunity as the Evertonians had an open goal. Bury worked their way back to the centre, where a free kick against Wilson aided them, but Crelly stopped the right wing pair by kicking out. Following this, Everton put on tremendous pressure, and after Lindsay had nearly kicked through his own goal, Hardman got hold a drove a sledge hammer shot right into Raeside's hands. Again Raeside saved, and the Shakers travelled away on the left. The Everton defence was too good, however, and Donnachie flashed away on the wing and put in a fine centre, which Hardman failed to reach, and the ball passed out. The Blues attack here about was of the keenest order, and time after time did the Bury goal escape; one hard drive from Hardman just missing its billet. Booth cleared a free kick against Young for, handling, and then Wilson and Hardman bustled up the left, but, unfortunate, ran the ball over the goal line. Donnachie and Bolton were the next to become prominent, and from the latter's centre, Young was well placed, but obviously offside. Following that the Bury forwards got under way and Hibbert created a diversion by putting in a most difficult shot, which Scott only partially saved, and for a moment the home goal was in extreme danger, when Balmer effected a clearance. This was the first time the "Shakers" had threatened danger, but the effort spurred them on, and a minute later Hodgkinson centred admirably to Glides, who, however finished with a feeble shot, which Scott saw safely outside. Bury still kept up the pressure, and so warm was their attack that Balmer conceded a corner. Booth had the better of the Bury left wing, and Hardman made a faulty pass which led up to another Bury attack, Balmer eventually clearing and putting his right wing in possession. Donnachie, however, ran the ball out. Young was next given an opening, but he dallied and the opportunity was lost. A moment later, however, Wilson tried to get in, but his shot went wide. Balmer splendidly took a free kick to Everton, but the Bury defenders cleared. The Blues came again, and Hardman and Wilson worked to some purpose, so that the latter very promptly put in a shot, which Young just missed taking on the run. Everton maintained their advanced position, and Booth got the ball over to Hardman with a clever header. The amateur just missed the mark by inches. This was supplemented by good work on the Everton right, and Donnachie gave to Bolton, who grazed the side of the upright with a good effort. Bury next attack, but Balmer and Crelly readily repulsed the invaders and Everton once more worked into the visitors quarters where Young was guilty of a faulty pass, and then failed to take up Donnachie's centre. Both teams were putting in splendid work, and the game was remarkably fast considering the heavy nature of the ground. The Bury forwards were again in evidence, and Hodgkinson got in a beautifully accurate centre, which Crelly headed away. Johnston caught the return, and again put his forwards on the move, so that Kay tested Scott, with a low shot, which the Irishman safely handled. At the other end the Everton forwards admirably served by the home halves, gave Raeside and his backs an anxious time, but try as they would they could not find a weak spot in the defence. Tom Booth several times tried to score on his own, but his effort to drive the leather through a perfect sea of legs invariably failed. Bury were attacking when the interval arrived, Half-time Everton nil Bury nil.

During the interval the attendance had increased to close on 20,000. Rain was still falling when Young restarted and the conditions were the reverse of pleasant. The opening stages were in favour of the Blues, and from a centre by Bolton, Young missed an opening after McMahon had miskicked. Bury retaliated and Bevan slashed the ball out to Hodgkinson, but it was left to Kay to put in a centre, after beating Crelly, and Hodgkinson, who had taken up a position in the centre, sent a few inches wide of the post. Then Everton worked down on the left, and a centre from Hardman was headed out when Booth taking up the return, sent yards wide. A clever run by Gildea gave Bevan an opening, but the ball rolled harmlessly over the line. Following upon this the ball was put into the centre for Young, who cleverly evaded the visitors defence, and finished with a low shot, which Raeside partially saved at full length. Donnachie kept the ball from going outside and sent over to Hardman, who again tested Raeside with a really difficult shot, which the Bury custodian saved admirably. After Gildea had failed to beat Scott, the Everton forwards literally swarmed round Raeside's charge. Shots from all quarters were rained in upon the Bury custodian who anticipated his opponent's intentions with rare judgement. He appeared to be everywhere at once, and no matter at what angle the ball was propelled goalwards Raeside was in evidence with a clever save. One shot from Bolton was extremely awkward to deal with. After momentarily releasing the ball from his hold he again caught the leather and cleared. Wilson was prominent in leading up attacks on the Bury goal, and on one occasion he cleverly threated his way past all opposition and then only yielded to the constant attentions of the Bury defenders. Lindsay kicking clear. Still Everton persisted and Donnachie gave Young an almost unprecedented opportunity of opening from a pass, when "Sandy" much to the disgust of the Everton supporters, lifted the ball high over the bar, with only the custodian in front of him. There was no denying the fact that Everton at this stage were enjoying by far the best of the game. The attack was being pressed home with such persistency that it would have been a miracle had the Bury defence failed to yield. The visitor's defence was pressed on all sides. Young eventually forced an opening, beating Raeside with a shot, which gave the keeper no possible chance of saving. Bury forwards made several flashes towards the Everton goal, and long passes were always a source of danger. In the closing stages Bury strove hard to equalise, and gained two corners in quick succession, both of which proved unproductive. Result Everton 1, Bury nil.

January 2 1907. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 17)
At Bury, on ground partially covered with snow, and before about 4,000 spectators. For the first ten minutes Bury monopolized the play, and then the visitors breaking away Wilson tested Mearns with a long shot. A few minutes later Bury scored from a penalty kick award against Wright, and thirty minutes from the start Bowden scored a scored. The state of the ground greatly interfered with the play. Half-time Bury 2 Everton nil. Play in spite of the adverse circumstances continued vigorous. Everton adopted the one back game with anything but success. Bradley scored twice and Warburton once for Bury within fifteen minutes of the resumption, each goal being the result of clever individual work. Sloan affected a brilliant save from Kilbourne. The game continued largely in Bury favour, though Jones scored for Everton fifteen minutes from the finish. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Stevenson backs Chadwick Wright, and Donaldson, half-backs Donnachie, Graham, Jones, D Wilson and Butler, forwards.

January 3, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 18)
Player at Rossendale, on a very heavy ground. Straight from the kick off, Everton scored through Jones, but Rossendale, then attacked strongly, and Ingham equalising after seven minutes play. The game was strenuously contested, but accurate football was out of the question. Rossendale scored a second goal from a corner. Half-time Rossendale 2 Everton 1, Final Result Rossendale United 3, Everton 2. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Stevenson, backs, Black, Wright, and Donaldson half-backs Thomas, Rouse Jones D. Wilson, and Butler, forwards.

January 5, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Played at Goodison-park. Teams : - Everton: - Depledge, goal, Strettell, and Barlow, backs, Blacks, Wright, and Donaldson half-backs, Thomas Graham, Dorward, Cooke, and Butler, forwards. Tranmere Rovers: - Robertson goal, Lee, and Ingham, backs, Hilton, Pinford, and Milner half-backs, Kerr, Gilertson, Newman, White, and Dobson forwards. The Everton forwards were too clever for their opponents, but their clever footwork served no practical purpose, an while trying to improve what under ordinary conditions was an idea position, the Rovers defence had time to recover and clear. Had the Everton attack contained an ounce of dash they must have scored early in the game. On the other hand, the Rovers were not inclined to mince matters and Newman cleverly evaded Strettell a vigilance and got in a shot which finished wide. The game was contested in a typical friendly fashion, and quite failed to provide the excitement so dearly loved by the average enthusiast. As an exhibition the game was probably interesting. Depledge handled once in the first twenty minutes from Milner a little diversion, which helped to keep the spectators from yawning, was caused by Gilbertson and White getting in shots, which caused some anxiety to Depledge. The custodian twice brought of full-length saves. The forwards play of the Rovers was in marked contrast to that of Everton. The Evertonians wanted to walk the ball into the net, while the Rovers were content to get within striking distance, and then pour in a heavy broadside. It was probably fortunate for Everton that the Rovers got few chances to shoot. A spirit forty-five end with no score. Both sides put more energy into their play after the interval. Dorward scored for Evertonan Gilbertson for the Rovers. Everton monopolised the attack, save for an occasional run by the visitors from a long return Depledge made several lucky clearances, and Barlow was not too safe under pressure. In every department Everton were superior to their opponents. Their could do everything but scored once. Final Everton 1, Tranmere 1.

January 7, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Games between Everton and Preston North End have invariably produced strenuous contests, full of excitement and good football. It is certain however, that no such regrettable incident has been associated with their meeting as that which characterised the concluding stages of Saturday's match at Deepdale. Taylor of Everton and Rodway of Preston should have been ordered off the field. Unfortunately such was the case the crowd lost their tempers. They howled at and jeered the referee (Mr. H. Pollitt of Manchester).

What was it all about? Well it all arose out of a penalty kick, which the referee awarded Everton in the last couple of minutes of the game. Everton showing the more classy football, were on level terms with they opponents, and were making desperate efforts to obtain both points. The North End defence were hard pressed, and Young was forcing his way past all opposition when he was badly brought to earth by Lavery. Certainly he sledded along the ground over the dreaded line, but the spectators were of opinion that the offence had been committed outside the penalty area. Great therefore was their indignation when the referee awarded a penalty kick . However, the kick was taken by Settle, who shot low at McBride, who held the ball. Then as far as could be seen in the groom, some of the Everton men rushed at the goalkeeper, and players on both sides were mixed up together, a free fight ensuring. Some of the spectators tried to push onto the ground, put ultimately the referee gave both Taylor and Rodway, marching orders . The Everton captain was hootest, and Rodway was cheered –such was the temper of the crowd. Only a few more kicks at the ball, and the whistle blew for the final. Then the people poured on to the field, but Mr. Tom Houghton the well known North End director, safely escorted the referee to his dressing room. There was no mistaking the hostilities of the crowd, and as already indicated, it required not a little tact to induce them to proceed homewards. Such a scene fortunately is of rare occurrence at League football grounds. Probably McBride's usual tendency towards holding the ball too long, and equally probably the neglect of the referee to blow his whistle, when the custodian was best assailed may or may not have given rise to all the bother. In any case the proceedings were very regrettable, and the pity is, apart from Rodway, that one of the veterans of the football world in Jack Taylor should have been ordered off the field, with some sentence of suspensions to follow.

Leaving out the startling incidents of the closing stages. North End were lucky to emerge from the struggle with a point. One would have imagined that the crowd, whatever they might have through about the referee's decision would have been delighted at the fact that the penalty kick was not turned to account. Certainly Everton would have got no more than their deserts had they won by two goals to one. In the first half hour of the game particularly, they were immeasurably superior. They were all over their opponents, trickier and by far clever in the manipulation of the ball, but this was their only faulty, Young was the only one to scored a goal. Afterwards the dashing tactics of the Prestonians led to an equalising goal. The second half was even, Scott several times was tested, but his experience was not so severe as that of McBride, whose charge underwent marvellous's escapes. Still, not another goal was registered. The pity of it all is that unseemly demonstration at the finish. Unfortunately it will now to come before the powers that be, and two brilliant exponent of the game will have to be punished. Teams : - Preston North End: - McBride, goal, Lavery, and Rodway, backs, McLean, Hunter, and Lyon, half-backs, Becton, Wilson, Pearson, J. Bell (Captain), Danson, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick, half-backs Donnachie, Bolton, Young Settle, and G. Wilson forwards. Referee H. Pollitt.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 11 January 1907
Jessie Lillian Eccles 28, wife of George Eccles, assitanant trainer to the Bolton Wanderers Football Club, has died as the result of a fall down stairs.  Examination afterwards showed that the handrail was loose, and a piece of it lying on the stairs.  

January 12, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Fa Cup Round One.
Everton escaped the fate generally received for cup holders. They were not thrown out at the first time of asking but they have to thank an opposing back for the solitary goal which enables then to figure in the second round of the competition. This is not what one expects from a side, which has accomplished so many brilliant performances in the League this season. But it must be conceded that on Saturday in their encounter with Sheffield United the Evertonians were by no means at their best. There was great luck, of course, in Johnson scoring for them at the same time it would not be altogether fair to say that they were lucky in winning inasmuch as they had more of the play than their opponents. Paradoxical though it may appear Sheffield United were unfortunate in being thrown out of the competition. Had it not been for that fatal mistake on the part of Johnson they might have done well, wonders at Bramell-lane. However, it is all in the fortune of the game. Sheffield United was past glorious achievement to spur them on, live to fight another day, or rather, in next year's competition meanwhile they have the consolation of sharing a gate of £830, which is not at all bad whether the attendance was 25,000 or 35,000.

Although the day was gloomy –rain fell before the game was over –the ground was in splendid condition for an always-interesting Cup tie. Naturally everybody expected a repetition of the wonderful fine exhibition given by the two sides in their League match on the 20 th October. They were doomed to disappointment. Really exciting episodes were few and far between. The Blades started off in a matter, which was suggestive of danger to the Blues, but happily during this trying period Scott and the brothers Balmers kept cool heads the custodian on two occasions leaving his goal in judicious fashion. Then Everton seemed to find their feet, and there were visions of goals galore. Somehow or another all their efforts faded away to nothingness when it came to a matter of shooting at goal. The home forwards too, were not the only offenders in this respect. Both Leivesley and Scott had practually a sinecure. One can imagine the former's feeling when, just before the interval his left back (Johnson) instead, of clearing, diverted the ball into goal, in such a manner that the keeper had no chance of saving the situation. It was hard lines on the visiting side, and as events turned out meant a world of difference to Sheffield United. In the second half the latter had the benefit of the wind, but though they struggled manfully under the discomfiture of the goal they were not allowed to get on level terms with the Everton sharp shooters quite off colour there was no certainty that one of the breakaways of the Blades would not result in an equalising goal, and it was quite a relief when the whistle blew with the Cupholders gaining the verdict by a goal to nil.

An idea of the run of the play will be gathered from the fact that both goalkeepers between them had not more than half-a-dozen ticklish shots to save. There was plenty of clever work in midfield, and some smart breaking up tactics by the respective half-back lines. It was in the front ranks that deficiency was apparent. Brown, of United scoring fame was woefully off form. Perhaps this was due to the attentions paid him by Taylor, who was easily the best half on the field even another veteran in Needham being outshone by the Everton captain. Young was not as happy as usual, and all round the Everton attack was far below their usual standard. Settle could not get into his stride at all, and Wilson by no means produced the form of which he is capable. Bolton was fair, and Donnachie spoiled many otherwise tricky movements by inaccurate centres. What little Scott had to do was performed in resolute style, but the conspicuous figure in the Everton defence was W. Balmer, whose kicking and tackling were of the highest order, and worthy even of the great back's reputation. If the cup is to remain at Goodison-road the team will have to improve considerably upon their Saturday's display.

Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal W. Balmer and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle and G. Wilson, forwards. Sheffield United: - Livesley goal, Benson and Johnson backs, McGuire, B. Wilkinson, and Needham, half-backs Donnelly, Bluff Brown, WH> Wilkinson, and Croot, forward. Referee Mr. Mason.

January 12 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 19)
Everton on Saturday gained their first point since the advent of the New Year. After losing at Bury and Rossendale they may be said to have done well to draw with Blackpool, a team notably hard to beat on they own ground. But Everton well deserved to share the points. Jones was absent from the centre forward position, but Rouse played a very good game and was chiefly responsible for Everton taking the lead. It was due to the good work of the ex-Stoke man that Cooke opened the score, but before the interval, Morris obtained the equalise. On the run of the play in the first portion the visitors had rather the best of matters, but subsequently the Seasiders levelled up matters, and Sloan was found plenty of work to do. The Blackpool keeper was not idle, but the defence of both sides prevented a score, and the game ended in one goal each. It was an interesting game all through, clever forward work being met by sound defence. Sloan was very safe in the Everton goal and was well covered by his backs. The halves were a sound trio, while the forward the best work was done by Rouse and the left wing. Blackpool had a capable side their defence being excellent, while Wake was perhaps the best of a capital attacking line. Everton: - Slaon, goal Strettell, and Crelly, backs Black Booth, and Donaldson half-backs Thomas, Graham, Rouse, Cooke, and Butler forwards .

January 21, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
It is a long time since such a splendid exhibition of football has been seen at Goodison-park as was the cast last Saturday. Of course everything pointed to a fine match, and certainly expectations were more than reasoned. The visit of Newcastle United to Goodison-park are always structure and on this occasion more so than ever for were not the club competing for the honours of League leadership? With only a point in hand defeat for Everton would have meant their being deposed from the place of honour. More over, the Blues wanted revenge for that single goal reverse sustained at St. Jaime's park in September last. The Cupholders too, desired to show their supporters that there was no flute about the Cup final. Well, the result was a record attendance at Goodison park, a memorable game, and a brilliant victory for Everton by three goals to nil.

It would be impossible to praise too highly the standard of the play. As the saying is, it was a game worth of going to see –full of interesting incidents and rightdown sparkling football. From the way in which the contest started, one scarcely imagined that the classy Newcastle team were destined to be so soundly beaten. For the first five minutes or so they were all over Everton, but fortunately, Scott and the brothers Balmer in particular were cool, calculating and at times daring, and the Blues emerged successfully from a trying ordeal. Encouaged by the steadiness of the defence the forwards pulled themselves together and gave the visiting halves more than they cope with. In was indeed, a delightful game to watch. First one side and then the other took up the running, but it was not until just on the interval that the first goal arrived. The irrepressible Young was the scorer, but both Sharp and Bolton had a share in the success. The speedy Jack Sharp trapped the ball cleverly, and passed it on to Bolton, who shot straight and hard at Lawerance. The ball bounced off the custodian, and Young had it in the net in a trinkling. Quite early in the second stages the Cupholders made their position practically secure. Again the same two were mainly responsible for the point. This time Bolton afforded Sharp a lovely pass, and the latter crossing accurately, Young crowned the good work by a brilliant goal. Naturally the crowd were elated, but the scoring did not end here. After twenty minutes, Lawrence only managed to divert over the line a terrific shot from Wilson. Following the corner, the ball came out to Sharp who unmarked, and beat Lawrence all the way. The Novocastrians did not lose heart, and in the latter stages, which were contested in poor light, they were responsible for some clever aggressive work. First they had not even the solace of a single goal, and the Everton gained a great and well-deserved victory by three goals to nil.

There was no question that the points went to the better team on the day's play. Even visitors from the banks of the Tyne admitted this. The Newcastle forwards of whom Rutherford was the most conspicuous, indulged in some masterly passing, but they failed when they got the ball near the goal-line. On the other hand, the home quintette were more dashing and always ready for a pop at goal. All played well, though the left wing were overshadowed by the brilliance of Sharp and Bolton. What a difference Sharp makes to the Everton attack! Bolton has a perfect understanding with him. This was plainly in evidence in Saturday's encounter. It is questionable if Bolton has played as fine a game since he joined the Everton club. Young, too, gave of halves. True, he once missed a rare chance, but that was about the only mistake he did make. The halves were all good, especially Taylor, who played the game of a lifetime. The brothers Balmer were a grand couple of backs. William in radical degree distinguishing himself, indeed the whole side were in great form. If such form could always be relied upon, there would not be much doubt about retaining possession of the English's cup and securing the League Championship. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goals, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain) and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goals, McCracken and Carr, backs, Gardner, Veitch (Captain), and McWilliams, half-backs, Rutherford, Speedie Brown, Orr, and Duffy, forwards.

January 21, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 20)
Everton were decidedly unfortunate not to return from Colne on Saturday with two points instead of one. Colne are regarded as a difficult side to beat upon their own ground, but had fortune favoured Everton. The Blues would have won fairly readily, instead of which they had to put up with a goalless draw. To begin with, Jones, the Everton sharpshooters, was twice only inches wide with fine attempts, and then he took a penalty kick, but Tillotson saved grandly. Subsequently Jones retired and when he returned it was only to see Cooke get hurt. Cooke retired, and Everton, thus handicapped, failed to get through. The visitors played ten men during the second half, but could still claim an advantage in everything but scoring. Tillotson kept goal cleverly for the home side, who, for their part, were not idea, but Everton were decidedly the cleverer team, and with their full strength would have won. As it was the defence was always superior to the attack and honours were even at the finish of a hard struggle. Colne played with any amount of determination, but the Blues were generally the smarter side and the home team owed a good idle to the cleverness of their goalkeeper and the bustling methods of the backs. The injuries to Jones and Cooke upset the Everton forwards, whose work in the second half was characterized more by individually than combination. Sloan did everything required of him in clever fashion, and was covered by a capable pair of backs, while the halves worked well throughout. Colne played with any amount of dash, but their defence was much superior to their forwards work. Under the circumstances Everton did well to return with a division of the honours. Everton: - Sloan goals, Strettell, and Stevenson backs Black Booth and D. Wilson half-backs, Donnachie, Rouse, Jones, Cooke and Butler forwards.

January 28, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
It was hard check for Everton to be beaten at Aston-park on Saturday. Of course it is not a new experience but the league leaders to lose on that fine enclosure, but the worse of it is that this was the second occasion this season when the Villa have triumphed over Everton. On the 22 nd of September the famous Birmingham contingent carried away a couple of points from Goodison-park. The score than was two to one in favour of the Villa, and singularly enough to return match ended likewise. The unfortunate part about it was that no impartial spectators could begrudge the Villa their victory. On the play it was well deserved. One could hardily imagine that the Blues were the sides, which gave such a grand exhibition the previous week against Newcastle United. Probably the hard ground affected them, but certain Villa got on more than their deserved, indeed the Villa should had three too four goals against Everton.

Owing doubtless to the cold snap, the attendance by no means realised expectations. At the same time, here was a fine crowd, and under the circumstances the people had good value for their money, more especially as the game favourably for the Villa. Conspicuous success attended the move of the home directors in chasing the left wing to Bache and Hall. To this part more than to any other two players was due the victory of the home side. But to the game itself. For the first twenty minutes or so it was a ding done struggle, with neither side able to claim much advantage. Everton were privileged to open the scoring. Bolton being the execute, following a corner taken by Hardman. For a few minutes the Blues looked like maintaining their position, but slackness on the part of the Everton defence afforded an opening to Cantwell, who had no difficulty in equalising. From this point onwards, the Villa never looked like being beaten. True they only registered another goal, but the pressure they executed was good value for at least another couple.

While the result was national disappointing to the visiting side's supporters, the game was admirably contests and on such a frosted ground produced many fine touches of play. Certainly the Villa were the better team. They seemed to let themselves go better than the Blues. For once Young was off form, and this had doubtless considerable influence upon the play of the whole front line. Sharp and Bolton were far ahead of the left wing, indeed the former was as conspicuous as any other on the field. Makepeace was not in happy mood, but for all that he stepped into the breach more than once in the nick of time. Taylor work as hard as ever, and Abbott was extremely useful without being brilliant. The brothers Balmer were severely a reliable as usual, but Scott although apparently at fault over the second goal, was in great form. Indeed, it is doubtful if a more reliable custodian is playing in League football. The fact that in 26 matches only as many goals have been scored against Everton speaks for itself. Teams: - Aston Villa: - George goal, Miles, and Logan, backs, Greenhalgh, Buckley, and Codling, half-backs, Millington, Cantwell, Hampton, Bache, and Hill, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal W. Balmer, and R. Balmer backs, Meakepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Referee Mr. A. J. Bailey.

January 28 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 21)
Atherton were the visitors to Goodison-park on Saturday, and after a game in which the Blues had matter all their own way, Everton, by four goals to nil, gained their first victory since December 15 –having in the meantimes lost two, and drawn three, and that partially destroyed a great chance of becoming Combination champions. The Blues had the game well in hand right from the kick-off. Early on Jones scored what appeared to be a perfect goal, but the referee decided otherwise. Everton came again, and good work by Butler and Donnachie ended in Rouse heading through a beauty, while a moment later Jones made no mistake. During this half the visitors never got away, Sloan's only work being a solitary goalkick. The second half was almost on a level terms. Certainly the visitors had a little more of the game, but very little, and Everton were certainly pegging away at Chorley, who had a warm afternoon. Booth and Jones put on further goals with brilliant efforts, and the end game with Everton easy winners. The winners to a man played excellently. Sloan had a holiday, while Strettell and Crelly –the latter playing a confident game –were very safe. The half-backs were a fine combination, and if anyone might be singled out it was Booth, who showed that he as far from being a spent force. The forwards all played well. They were a nippy lot, Donnachie and Butler getting in some capital runs and centres. The inside men were also smart, and Jones showed that he had lost none of her dash, and shooting by reason of his temporary absentee from his team. The visitors were a moderate lot. They seemed to let themselves go on the hard ground and put up a very poor game. Chorley was fair in goal, where Maite was the better back. The halves and forwards were very poor. The combination being conspicuous by the absentee, and the team as a whole got of lightly with only four goals again them. Everton: - Sloan goal, Strettell, and Crelly, backs Black Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Jones Cooke, and Butler forwards.





January 1907