January 1, 1916.The Evening Express
The Everton secretary has never had a more exacting time in whipping up a representative team owing to injuries to the players and the deflection of others who were anxious to spend the holidays at home. It will be noticed from the appended list of players that Smith and McNeal late of West Bromwich Albion, who are engaged in munition work at Queen’s Ferry, were included in the Everton side, while Taylor, the one time Balmoral keeper, deputized for Matthews. The sides were as follows: - Everton: - Fern, goal; Smith (West Bromwich Albion) and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood and NcNeal (West Bromwich Albion), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferies, Howarth, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Taylor, goal; Grundy, and Godwin, backs; Dixon, Wilson and Lashbrooke, half-backs; Knight, McDermott, Cashmore, Broad, and Donnachie, forwards. The weather was of the usual Oldham type, rain and wind prevailing. With such conditions prevailing it was small wonder that the fixture only brought a small handiful of spectators. Everton had the assistance of the breeze and they were the first to exact pressure. This was accomplished mainly on the right, and from one of Chedgzoy’s advances Howarth drove hard and straight at Taylor, who had some difficulty in bringing off the save. Breaking away from this centre Smith had his first opportunity of clearing, and his effort were very well directed assented in Everton again attacking. This time on the left but the high wind completely spoiled their efforts. The high wind completely spoils any efforts to make footwork, and for the most part the players had to trust to luck in the rush and follow up method that they were compelled to adopt. However, there were interludes. In one of these movements there was a fine touch by the Everton left, and a timely pass across from Clennell to Jefferis found Godwin at fault. The inside right plodded on, screwed round, and got a capital shot, the speed of which deceived Taylor. And the ball found a safe resting place in the net. The Everton players for some little time were a source of much anxiety to the Oldham defenders, but eventually Donnachie got the better of MaConnachie and finished up with a rasping centre which, however, was rendered futile on Cashmore managing to get off-side. By the time the players had settle down better to the existing conditions, and the quality of the footwork reached a high standard. The home forwards for a time kept the Blues’ defenders well employed, but a pass from MaConnachie to Fern relieved the pressure.
Half-Time; Oldham Athletic 0, Everton 1.
January 1, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
“Tim” Coleman is alive –and kicking! Reported killed at the beginning of the week, “Tim” has dired his family to say “Quite well. Letter follows,” What fun he will have out of us for” denouncing him as a dead man” Ah, well we are all real glad the football comedian is still in the land of the living. Dalrymple, too, suffered from the “grossly exaggerated report, as Mark Twain termed his own particular case. It is astonishing that the serious news from the Footballer Battalion should have gained wide publication and yet in an undertaking there bound to be a good deal of mixing up names. As “Tim” gets his “Football Echo” regularly we can all join together in wishing him “ A Happy New Year.”
Sunday Mirror - Sunday 02 January 1916
Famous Footballer and Fun-Maker Among List of Killed. Tim Coleman of the Footballer's Battalion, has soon got the k.o. poor fellow. He was as bright and lovable a professional as ever played on Merseyside. He materially helped his old Arsenal chum, Bert Freeman, to register his record score at Everton: thirty-eight goals in season, a record that never looks like being lowered. Coleman used to delight to put the ball forward for Bert Freeman, for he knew that Freeman could not accept any other pass. Flow he got the laughs when he used to tell the cracker regarding a certain well-known and well-remembered Arsenal player who was afflicted' with a mean spirit. Tim was playing cards and very carefully dropped a coin on the floor. He made known his loss—and he made it good what time the mean man was not looking. After the train he reached its destination Tim advised all the Arsenal players to come and have look at old Stingy on his hands and knees.” He was going the round of the car and scraping his hands through the dust to find the coin that Coleman had long before picked up. Another day ‘‘Tim' was a witness of a director who in pigeon English was showing a Frenchman round the palatial dressing-rooms. He explained everything so minutely that Tim became vexed. Finally, when the director announced that this was ze bath for ze players after ze game,” Coleman chimed in: Well, what do you think he imagines believes it is a drinking fountain?” When Tim was resting after march the captain of his regiment used to out of his way to find out Tim,” and sit beside him to hear his quaint jokes with the men. Coleman played for the Army team just before Christmas Day against a Liverpool regiment, and he ran the field attired in trousers which would have fitted Guardsman. How the crowd laughed, and the same crowd of Tummies ” gave Tim " the glad hand when he scored the first goal of seven.
EVERTON'S GROUND HOARDINGS
Liverpool Echo - Monday 03 January 1916
Part of the hoardings at the Everton Football Ground, in Bullins-road, were blown down in the gale, and fell to and knocked down a street lamp.
EVERTON’S BARRON VICTORY
January 3, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
F.E.H writing of the Oldham visit says:- the devastating gale which over swept the country on Saturday seemed to have saved some of its disposal violence for the Oldham district. Certainly such weather had never before been experience since Boundary Park became an accredited football enclosure. Bleak and exposed at all seasons of the year, this remote and ugly playing patch was on Saturday a “howling wilderness. The storm showed its fury in hurricane and deluge, and it speaks volumes for the stamina of the players that they were able to stand up against the elements as long as they did. They struggled through the first half manfully and had worked for four minutes in the second where a blinding blizzard forced the referee to abandon the contest. In the circumstances it would be merely superficious to offer any detailed cristcism of what play there was. It may however be stated that the paced was always lively and much of the footwork, considering the conditions exceedingly clever. Everton with the gale behind them, did the bluk of the attacking. Anything like accurate shooting was out of the question, although on one occasion Harrison managed to swing leather across for Jefferis to score with a beautiful shot. Subsequently Howarth headed the ball into Taylor’s arms, had the latter cleared. Oldham put up an excellent fight, and they kept the ball more under control than their oppondents. Everton however, on the genral run of the unfinished game were the stronger side. Under happier conditions the appearance of two West Bromwich player Smith and McNeal, in the Everton ranks would have proved exceptionally interesting. As it was both did well, the half-back bring especially prominent. All the rest have a capital account of themselves. The home side were without Matthews, Roberts and Waiters, but as we have said they proved worthy foemen, Taylor being a clever figure in goal. Whether this unfinished match will count in the competition depends upon the clubs having an available date for a replay. Bee.
League to Consider Abandon Matches
Everton by gaining the lead over Oldham at a place called Boundary Park –a more fitting this for it would be “This last place” Abandoned games have not so far been considered by the Lancashire League. It has been suggested that the game started should be ordered to stand, the score at the moment of abandonment also to stand. But the rules at the moment define that a game shall last a certain time, and any shortage through weather conditions cause the game to be replayed in a entirely. As midweek matches are vetoed the difficulty of dealing with abandoned matches becomes acute. Further the idea of allowing the game to stand is feasible only if all games are started. Some games have not been started. What can be done in such times¬! Well the League Management Committee have got though some extraordinary trouble, when they most shortly to discuss the abandoned matches we may be sure they find a convenient and suitable-to-all parties way out of the difficulty. Everton as announced in the easily editions of Saturday’s papers, had the sensation of Smith and McNeal of West Bromwich and maybe we shall see them at Goodison Park next Saturday, against Rochdale. If Grenyer, Wareing, Kirsopp, and company are not well by than.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0 EVERTON 1
January 3 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
HURRICAN AND HAIL AT OLDHAM
Wind and rain played havoc with the fixture between Everton and Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, and after, battling against these potent factors until four minutes after the interval, it was finally decided to abandon the contest. It had been evident with play was progressing that the chances of finishing the game were remote, for the wind was gradually increasing in strength and the rain, which was of a torrential character, gave place to a hailstorm, so that players and the few spectators that had braved the elements welcomed the cessation of hostilities. The Everton secretary had experienced a bust time in whipping up a representative side, owing to injuries to several players and the absence of others who were spending the New Year-tide at their homes. However, a reliable team was got together which included Smith and McNeal, the West Bromwich players, and Howarth came into the eleven as leaders of the attack. The game had not been far advanced when Jefferis after cleverly controlling a ball which came from the left, scored a lovely goal, and this was the only point recorded. It was however, impossible for the players to carry out any methodical plan of campaign under the existing conditions, and the intensity of the wind can be readily imagined when it is stated that if an Everton forward was not up to trap a pass at the psychological moment the swirl of the wind, with the ball in its train, invariably beat him in his pursuit, while the leather was oftimes swept half the field, then up the Kop behind the goal to the barrier beyond. Under such circumstances criticism of either play or players would serve no useful purpose. The result –one goal to nil in favour of Everton at the time of abandonment –will probably stand, as mid-week matches are barred, and Saturday dates are all completed. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal; Smith (West Bromwich Albion) and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood and NcNeal (West Bromwich Albion), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferies, Howarth, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Taylor, goal; Grundy, and Godwin, backs; Dixon, Wilson and Lashbrooke, half-backs; Knight, McDermott, Cashmore, Broad, and Donnachie, forwards.
HURRICANE AND HAIL
January 3, 1936. The Evening Express
Our representative with the Everton team at Oldham writes.
Wind and rain played havoc with the fixture between Everton and Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park and after battling against these potent factors until four minutes after the interval it was finally decided to abandon the contest. It had been evident while play was progressing that the chances of finishing the game were very remote for the wind was gradually increasing in strength and the rain, which was a torrential character, gave place to a hailstorm, so the players and the few spectators that had braved the elements welcomed the cessation of hostilities. The Everton secretary had experienced a bust time in whipping up a representative side, owing to injuries to several players and absence of others who were spending the New Year-tide at their homes. However, a reliable team was got together which included Smith and McNeal, the West Bromwich players, and Howarth, me into the eleven as leader of the attack.
The All-Conquering Elements.
The game had not been far advanced when Jerfferis, after clever controlling a ball which came from the left, scored a lovely goal, and this was the only point recorded. It was, however, impossible for the players to carry out any methodical plan of campaign under the existing conditions, and the intensity of the wind can readily imagined when it is stated that if an Everton forward was not up to trap a pass at the psychological moment the swirl of the wind, with the ball in its train, invariably beat him in his pursuit, while the leather was oftimes swept half the field then up the kop behind the goal to the barrier beyond. Under such circumstances criticism of either play or players would serve no useful purpose. The result –one goal to nil in favour of Everton at the time of abandonment –will probably stand, as mid-week matches are barred, and Saturday dates are all completed.
RESIGNATION OF EVERTON DIRECTOR.
January 4, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Two vital matters concerning our local affairs are made know today by this column. This is the first news that the public have had of the important affairs. Firsts, Mr. Horace Wright has resigned from the Everton board of directors. This is a surprising and startling bit of news, for in this the war session we understood that football procedure was to carry on without change, although last season Mr. Danny Kirkwood was outvoted by the Everton shareholders as a concluding and in a season when Everton had experienced one of their best seasons the Cup and League. The secret of Mr. Horace Wright’s resignation has been kept for some days, and one wonders why the change became necessary.
FURTHER HELP OF WEST BROM PLAYERS.
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 06 January 1916
Everton's team yesterday announced the names of Smith and M'Neal, of West Brom.- This fulfilled the promise that was held out by my notes of Monday. Both are personalities, though neither is of any size. I have watched many times in inter-league and international matches, not the Albion's cup-fighting days, and vote him one of the soundest half backs that were ever oiled by trainer! Smith, sturdy back, is filling the breach created by Thompson's absence, and no one need be alarmed that the club is bringing these men from their work munitions at Mold. They ara granted recreation-time, and they desire spend it in keeping up their football " life," and consequently they please Everton and themselves, and also the spectators. I'm sure their appearance Everton's ground on Saturday will cause a big crowd to assemble. Rochdale are the visitors, and Brannick is of their stock. Brannick, you may recall, was one of Everton's many youngsters on trial, and he fared pretty well," but was not fancied, and was allowed to depart Scotland with Tom Page, both players finding the Scottish air agree with them, and getting well in the goal list. Rochdale have a tough side, and they showed at Anfield that though they are not of the first-class them's pretty little difference between any of the clubs this season. They should provide a rousing tussle, and if the Everton team turns out we shall be assured of a exhibition the home side, who are keen on carrying the good work which was cut off so suddenly at Oldham last week. Team:—Fern; Smith and Macco0nnachie; Fleetwood, Wareing, and McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison.
January 6, 1916. The Evening Express.
Two particularly interesting inclusions will be made in the Everton team against Rochdale on Saturday at Goodison Park. The selected side was given in our edition yesterday afternoon and it was found to include Smith and McNeal, both of West Bromwich. Smith and McNeal are engaged on Munition work at Shotton and were particularly anxious for a game, so that places were made for them. A former at right back and the other at half-back, Thompson and Grenyer standing down. Rochdale have also made their selection and the side will, accordingly be as follows: - Everton; Fern; Smith, MaConnachie; Fleetwood, Wareing, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jeffris, Parker, Clennell, Harrison. Rochdale; Causer; Crossin, Barton; Caldwell, Kay, Yarwood, Smith, Hawksworth, Heap, Brannick, Rawlings.
EVERTON'S CURIOUS LEAGUE RECORD
January 7, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Both our sides have hard tasks tomorrow. I grant you at once that Everton meet a side that is not highly placed in the League chart but that matter not one bit. We have seen Second Division side play Cup-tie football and outclass –out rush is perhaps the better word. In the circumstances –their high and righty rivals, I have seen Rochdale and their fore go on what I have seen rather than paltry figures. Rochdale should be beaten of course. Everyone knows that. But Everton will have to play a hard practical game if they are to conquer their rivals. The Goodison Park bridage as a year ago, have not shown their brightest form at home, though they have come to the fore with some “spash” victories now and then, and one of the curious features about their record is the fact that they along with Watford stand alone in all the League as being without a drawn game this season. I do not look to tomorrow's game at Walton to provide the change from the cipher because I feel that with Clennell keen on keeping his place among the highest in the land of goal scorers and with the West Bromwich players, help Everton will be too strong for Tom Fleetwood's former club. What would give relish to the Everton crowd would be a goal to Fleetwood tomorrow. He has scorer in recent years, but this season he has known more daring and dashing dribbling forward than ever before, and I for one should like to see his work crowned with a goal. Why not against your old side, Tom?
May I be allowed to make mention of the scratch side that Everton kindly allowed to take part in the arranged charity match at Cammell Laird's ground last week? Mr. Frank Sugg was in change of the Everton members, and he tells me that though the game was abandoned early on every one of the Everton “boys” turned up for the engagement and thus showed loyalty for the cause and a genuine desire for the game. He desired publicly to thank them, and takes this means. The game has been re-arranged for the 22 nd when it is hoped a big sum will be raised for charitable causes. Camel Laird's have a big following and the visit of an Everton X1 to their ground will be appreciated.
January 8, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Have Help Of West Brom Men
McNeal and Smith of West Brom
These two players helped Everton last Saturday in the hurricane gale at Boundary Park. They were invited and accepted the invites to play at Goodison Park today against Rochdale and much interest was lent to the game not only on the score of the new Everton men assisting but on the account of Parker ad Harrison returning to their customary players. The home team received a nice welcome in this new Year. Everton; Fern, goal; Smith and Macconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Brown, and McNeal, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Causers, goal; Barton, Crossan, backs; Yarwood, Kay, and Caldwell, half-backs; Rawling, Brannick, Heap, and Smith, forwards.
The West Bromwich players had not arrived when the game started, and there was a higgleby-piggledy arrangement for some time, there being only nine Evertonians on the ground. Finally the team was made up, and it will be seen that the home half-backs line was at sixes and sevens and Thompson reappeared at full back. The game started ten minutes later and four some time offside was the ruling decision of the referee. This was natural because Macconachie was on his own. Even so, he played brilliant football and was applauded by the 16,000 spectators.
Enter West Brom Contingent
The game had been going ten minutes when the West Bromwich late comers arrived and took their places. Fleetwood tried hard to score against his former club, and Parker with a clever hook and shot, went close as did Clennell with a header. Harrison too, made a fine drive and a goal was in the making when Parker and Jefferis got in each other's way. A moment later the same pair thrilled by a quick auctioned move in which Jefferis was brilliant in his dribble and hearty in his charge. His pass to Parker was a delight and the centre's shot was all powerful but a shade high. Rochale were not like all this time, and their main effort followed a forced corner by Brannick, the danger from the right wing being intent the left wing too when Smith handed the ball. However Fleetwood got the free kick away. After twenty minutes the players settled down to their work and many of the Everton players charmed the onlookers by their neat footwork. Clennell's ankle “passes” the heavy play on Chedgzoy, Causer's frail attempt with Parker's shot and wasted centres by Rawling were features that were crowned into a few minutes; but at the twenty-ninth minute.
Rochdale Surprised Everton
Smith, of Rochdale beat Smith of Everton, and the visitors was allowed to coolly shoot. Fern being surprised and making no effort to stop the ball, which, entered the extreme right hand corner of the goal. Everton were astounded, Rochdale overjoyed Jefferis had the vilest of luck in the attempt to equalized a fine swinging shot having the goalkeeper well beaten but cannoning off the crossbar. Rochdale fought hard but Everton found their opponents a tough lot to content with Smith the winger scored another goal, but this case was mumbled through a foul on the West Bromwich Smith. On the stroke of half-time Harrison equalized from a telling centre by Chedgzoy. Harrison's first shot was not gathered by Causer who had been very remiss in this direction and the rebound made Harrison's task easy. Half-time; Everton 1, Rochdale 1
A Rochdale defender was off the field when the game was resumed and while he was off Parker presented Chedgzoy with a chance of scoring which he accepted, his shot creeping low and having the amount of force in it. That was at the forty-eight minute. Two minutes later Clennell willingly worked to make an open goal for Chedgzoy, but when he was a couple of yards from goal Chedgzoy could not get the bouncing ball to the ground. Rochdale release was short-lived as a minute later Chedgzoy returned part of the compliment and opened the goal way for the centre forward. The odd thing about the goal-scoring was the absentee of Clennell from that list. Rawling was quite the best attacker Rochdale had, and he made some excellent runs, and showed a better command of the ball than in the first half. Key too was strong and his long shot was a teaser. Fern did well to catch and clear. One of Harrison's best drives emerged outside and Barton was compelled to kick the ball for a corner from a splendid centre by Chedgzoy, Fleetwood was extremely anxious to score, and once he was suspiciously near being granted a penalty kick. Everton had now taken the full measure of their opponents and the Everton forwards were continually on the offensive. Clennell was very near from the inside right position to which he inclined a lot in afternoon. Fleetwood got through a multitude of work and it was only his enterprise that prevented Haulldsworth converting a centre by Rawling. Final Everton 3, Rochdale 2.
EVERTON MEET ROCHDALE AT GOODISON
January 8, 1916. Evening Express.
New Faces In Home Ranks.
Both Teams Create A Surprise In First Half.
By the Judge.
Todays match at Goodison Park when Everton were at home to Rochdale was vested with particularly interest in reason of the inclusion of Smith and McNeal, both of West Bromwich and both of whom are munitions working in the vincity. To enable them to appear, Thompson stood down from right back and Grenyer found room for the half-back. Parker was able to put in a appearance, and the home team accordingly bore a thoroughly promising aspect. The Oldham-Everton game, which it was impracticable to finish last Saturday is not of course, included, and as stated on another page it will be noted that the game is ordered to be replayed in its entirely on a date to be mutually agreed by the parties concerned.
Today’s teams turned out as follows: - Everton: - Fern, goal; Smith (West Bromwich) and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeal (West Bromwich), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Rochdale: - Causer, goal; Crossan and Barton, backs; Caldwell, Kay and Yarwood, half-backs; Smith, Hawksworth, Heap, Brannick, and Rawlings, forwards. Referee Mr. H. H. Taylor. In striking contract to the horrible conditions with which Liverpool were faced at Anfield last Saturday, the weather today was refreshingly bright. Although there was a wind of sufficient strength to form a material factor in the proceedings, the air was bracing and clear, and generally speaking everything was conducive to an enjoyable contest. The turf was on the soft side but in good order.
Blues Start With Nine Men.
The two West Bromwich selections kept the Everton team in waiting and suspense. Well after the advertised time neither had put in an appearance, and ten minutes after the time due for the start Everton found themselves compelled to kick off with only nine men. MaConnachie was playing back alone, and Brown and Fleetwood constituted the half-back line. Despite their handicap Everton, which had won the toss, were first to attack, and a free kick near the penalty line looked dangerous but Causer, the Rochdale goalkeeper, who by the way was ordered by the referee to change from a blue jersey to one of a more distinguishable colour before the commencement of the game, saved without much difficulty.
Missing Players Arrive.
A dangerous couple of raids by the visiting forwards saw Fern, as a climax to the latter, just scramble the ball away. This was at the end of eight minutes play, and simultaneously it was learned that the missing Smith and McNeal had turned up and were present. In the meantime Crossan saved at the psychological moment by just hitting outside a fine shot at close quarter by Parker. The arrival of the two West Bromwich men on the scene brought new life into the game, but from the aspect of players and spectators and Everton proceeded to attack vigorously. Chedgzoy was prominent with an attempt on his own, but he was at too awkward an angle to shoot with accuracy and the ball passed behind. Everton continued the attack but there was nothing of a forcing character in their efforts near goal, and the game was from the football point of view most uninteresting and positively dull.
An Unpleasant Shock.
At the end of exactly 29 minutes play the home enthusiasts had a most unpleasant shock. Smith, the Rochdale left, had secured the ball some distance from the centre, but in nothing like a dangerous situation. He made easy process for a few yards and with the coolest deliberation sent in a long ground shot. Fern seemed inexplicably to pass over to the wrong side of the goal with the result that he missed the direction of the ball completely and it passed in the simplest manner into the net. Rochdale thus led in the most unanticipated manner. The home forwards he stirred themselves and a terrific shot by Jefferis hit the bar and rebounded in play. The home forwards although obviously trying hard were playing a ragged game. Parker and Chedgzoy were certainly tryers, but there was absolutely little or no combination in the forward rank as a whole.
The exchanges were even without having particularly to the advantage of either side, but Rochdale had the advantage of that extraordinary goal, and they never seemed in danger of losing their command of the situation. Yet Everton’s equaliser came in just as unexpected a manner as had Rochdale’s opening score, although there was emphatically at the finish considerably more merit in the point. The home team made a burst with forty three minutes of the game gone, and Harrison, dashing in with desperate alacrity, drove the ball hopelessly out of the grasp of Causer –a thoroughly well merited and well scored.
Half-time arrived before the teams had time to settle down, the position being;
Everton one. Rochdale One.
No interval was taken, and the teams were quickly in action again. Everton forcing the attack from the resumption. Rochdale began the second half minus Crossan, and play had only proceeded a few minutes when Chedgzoy darted in at the end of the attack, initiated by Parker and put the home side ahead with a perfect goal. Three minutes later to be exact, six minutes after the resumption Parker found the opportunity for which he had been repeatedly manceurvring, and with a perfect shot placed side two goals in front. A complete change had come over the situation, and Everton had now thoroughly assumed the mastery of they rivals. All the same, Fern did well to judiciously clear a beautiful judged high shot from Heap while MaConnachie brought off a clearance of the first water in kicking into touch when practically surrounded by the Rochdale forwards.
Comments On The Game.
The Everton officials had their moments of anxiety this afternoon. The much –advertised appearance of the two West Bromwich players, Smith and McNeal did not at one time look like materializing and the home forces were rather in a quandary in the absence of definite news, to know what to do. Thompson was ready to take his place in the defence, and Brown was a definite inclusion in the half-back line with Grenyer prepared to take his place if necessary. The game after a ten minute late stage had been in action for some time when the missing “Throstles” turned up, and eventually all was well. Nothing had happened to war the enjoyment of the spectators from the scoring point of view during the period that Everton were operating with depleted forces, although, in fact, the home team themselves through two short, had actually shown the most danger. There was an excellent attendance, and with the conditions altogether favourable there was nothing, once the full force had got into action, talmiditate against a good contest. Smith soon showed himself a reliable defender and he exerted any amount of energy in dealing with the Rochdale left wing. The first half had certainly furnished a peculiar display of football. For a considerable period the home forwards seemed to be suffering from an attack –to use a tragically topical term –of inertia, and they could bring no vulnerable pressure on Causer’s charge. He certainly effected one or two clever clearances and was in no way blameless for the point which he was beaten. On the whole the score of one all was a fair reflex of a not particularly interesting first half.
EVERTON 3 ROCHDALE 2
January 10, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON’S EVENTFUL VICTORY
A VARIED CONTEST
Lancashire section principaL tournament (Game 18)
There was plenty of incident and variety about the game at Goodison Park, and though for a considerable period in the first half it looked as though the home team were destined to cross over in arrears, they succeeded in rousing themselves from a period of lethargy which had cost them a goal, and getting on an equality for the changes of ends. Their opponents were Rochdale, who made their first appearance at Goodison in the higher fights of football, and who keep the Blues actively occupied throughout the game.
AN INDIFFERENT OPENING.
The kick off was late, the delay being caused by the unavoidable wait for the West Bromwich player Smith and McNeal, who displaced Thompson and Grenyer, and the play had proceeded for ten minutes before the missing pair turned up. But the handicap of nine men did not affect the ability of the home team to enforce the attack, and the forwards soon had Causar in action. Play, however, was distinctly on the dull side until Everton’s full forces got into operations and then matters all round showed general briskness. Bui the enlivenment was only temporary, and the home players assured an air of comparative inactivity, which cost them dearly. When play had proceeded on fluctuating lines, and with anything but a plethora of exciting incidents and Smith the Rochdale outside left got the ball past his namesake, and running on a short distance, shot with considerable force in the direction of the far post. Fern appeared to have a clear view, and it seemed that he might have saved without discomfiture, but to everyone’s surprise he misjudged the route of the ball, and was well out of the way of it when it passed into the net. Rochdale thus opening the scoring. The reverse was anything but palatable, and a served to demonstrate what, the Everton players were apparently not realising, namely that they were opposed to a team that meant strict business. Clennell tried several times to get through on is own account, and Chedgzoy had one or two attempts, but they were none of them a vulnerable nature, and it was practically on half-time when Harrison dashed in with a well judged exactitude and completely beat Causer, who had been keeping a good goal, but who had no chance of saving. The teams thus crossed over on quality, which for a protracted period had been promised.
A LIVELY SECOND HALF.
The second period furnished much more excitement, and within six minutes of resumption taken without an interval, Everton were ahead. Chedgzoy and Parker were the scorers, the former registered a neat goal after three minutes’ exchanges, and the latter adding the second of the half and the third for his side, after a similar period’s play. It should be mentioned that Rochdale had restarted without Crosan, who returned to the scene just after the second point arrived. Play proceeded on interesting lines, and Causer was responsible for some particularly active work in the Rochdale goal, effecting several saves at short range when the further downfall of his charge seemed iniminent. The visitors showed no relaxation of energy, and at the end of thirty-two minutes they had the satisfaction of reducing the majority against them, Heap beating Fern as close equarters, and accruing a well-earned goal. Both sides kept gamely at it, the home forwards showing better cohesion than at any point of the contest, but although both custodians were rested with attempts which gave them any amount of anxiety, and which brought out a number of excellent clearances, they were not to be beaten again, and Everton gained a hard earned victory by the odd goal in five.
With the exception of the period in the first half when matters were of the quite order, some excellent football was produced on either side. The duel was a hard and determined one, and the Rochdale players were always energetic and ready to accept any opening forthcoming. Both the home backs were well employed, and whilst Macconnachie gave a resolute exhibition, his West Bromwich partner infused any amount of polish in his work, which was always stamped with reliability, and to which a useful turn of speed was of considerable value. Fern kept goal skillfully, though it was undoubtedly surprising that the first goal scored escaped his vigilance. Causer had the more employment, and the sportsmanlike expression of the spectators’ approval at the end of the contest was richly earned. Smith and Heap were the pick of the visiting forwards, whilst their half back line was constituted of a worrying, alert trio. Fleetwood was the most conspicuous figure in the home intermediate division, though McNeal thoroughly justified his inclusion. The home forwards, after an incoherent opening, got well into their stride, and in the second half they were especially vigorous and speedy. Everton'’ victory was well deserved, as they were certainly the superior all round side, but Rochdale made them debate every inch of the ground, and they were kept at full stretch to the finish of an eventful game. Teams: - Everton: - Fern goal, Smith (West Brom), and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Brown, and McNeal (West Brom), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Rochdale: - Causer, goal, Barton, and Crossan, backs, Yarwood, Kay, and Caldwell, half-backs, Rawling Brannick, Heap, Hawksworth, and Smith, forwards.
JANUARY 10, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Smith’s goal hollowed some strange happenings. The West Brom pair tended their way to the ground and were late in arriving. The game was started ten minutes late, and Robert Thompson was dressing to the fill the full back vacancy when the Albion pair landed, and took their places. Rochdale scored first, it being a case of Smith versus Smith. The outside left beat his man twice and scored twice, but the first shot should have been saved by Fern, who apparently was caught in two minds, and was finally glued to the stance he had taken up. The second time Smith scored he was unluckily penalized, for the H.H. Taylor had signalized a foul on account of the full back pulling his opponent. Everton played well when they settled to the game, and they were always attractive. Jefferis playing robust and pretty football throughout. But Causer bore a charmed existence. Parker hit him with a shot and many other shots were not picked up smartly by the goalkeeper. Not until the finishing stages did Causer show confidence and cleanliness, and then Fern obliged with an equally clever save of a difficult shot. While Everton were the superior side the danger was that they would be fooled in the belief that they beat their rivals any time. Harrison got the equalizer just on half-time and soon afterwards Parker and Chedgzoy paired beautifully, and each scored from the other’s judicious pass. But Clennell could not wade through the defence wall, and I fear me that some of the players lost some of their chances through an endeavour to keep Clennell posted with communiqué for Causer. While Causer was weak the visitors backs were busty and indulged in the kick advertisement, otherwise the “double shuffle.” At half-back Kay stood out boldly by reason of his heartiness and his occasional shots, and forward hope could compare with Rawling a long-limbed fellow, who opened badly, by wasting centres, and wound up brilliantly. Smith did not play the sterling game he showed up at Anfield, still his work was very useful and was a trifle too much for the man who was accustomed to his surrounding on his game. Smith of Albion that is, McNeal soon fell into his game, and behind him Macconachie played his very best, and relished the heavy work that was put upon him in the early stages. His methods of slashing back the ball when racing towards his own goalkeeper –Heap was alongside –was a treasure for the memory call. Fleetwood was just Fleetwood and his earnest centre to score was not quite successful. Forward, the palm must to go the right wing through the left especially Harrison gave us effective football up to a point. It was not a game of the calibre that we have been accustomed to, but it had many points of interest and was the natural outcome of science meeting dash.
January 10, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
It is a rude awakening for Everton when Rochdale scored the opening goal approximately half-an-hour from the start of the match at Goodison Park. Happily the conditions for play were a pleasantly striking conditions to those memorable preceding Saturday and the game was conducted in perfectly favorable circumstances. We had a bit of a fright to begin with, when Smith and McNeal were minus for ten minutes –even then the start had been delayed for a similar number but nothing had happened, though it is no joke to play with nice men against a lively lot like Rochdale. But MaConnachie gave no rope during this period he was operating alone, and his athletic presence was always in vigorous evidence.
Form Of The Players.
With the exception of the period in the first half when matters were of the quiet order, some excellent football was produced on either side. The duel was a hard and determined one, and Rochdale players were always energetic and ready to accept any opening forthcoming. Both the home backs were well employed, and while MaConnachie gave a resolute exhibition, his West Bromwich partner infused any amount of polish in his work, which was always stamped with reliability, and to which a useful turn of speed was of considerable value. Fern kept goal skillfully, though it was undoubtedly surprising that the first goal scored escaped his vigilance. Causer had the more employment and the sportsmanlike expression of the spectators’ approval at the end of the contest was richly earned. Smith and Heap were the pick of the visiting forwards whilst their half back line was constituted of a worrying, alert trio. Fleetwood was the most conspicuous figure in the home intermediate division, though McNeal forwards, after an incoherent opening got well into their stride, and in the second half they were especially vigorous and speedy. Everton’s victory was well deserved, as they were certainty the superior all round side, but Rochdale made them debate every inch of the ground, and they were kept at full stretch to the finish of an eventful game.
BY THE ODD GOAL.
Rochdale Observer - Wednesday 12 January 1916
ROCHDALE BEATEN AT EVERTON
Everton 3 Rochdale 2
Rochdale had hard lines at Goodison Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, when they were beaten by the odd goal in five by Everton, who with Burnley are at the head of the league table. The visitors created a surprise by scoring the first goal, and it was not until just on the interval that Everton equalised. After the change-over Crossan was absent for time, and during this period Everton scored twice. After returned play was even again, and Heap reduced the lead. Play afterwards, became very exciting, but Rochdale could not draw level again. The day was ideal for football, and there were about 6,060 spectators present when the teams, in charge Mr. H. H. Taylor of Altrincham, turned out as follows: Everton; Fern (captain) ; Smith and Macconachie; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison. Rochdale; Causer; Barton and Crossan; Yarwood, Kay, and Caldwell; Rawlings, Brannick, Heap, Hawksworth, and Smith.
Surprised For Everton
Everton started with only nine men, McNeal and Smith, the two former West Bromwich players, turning out ten minutes late. The home team won the toss and were the first attack. A free kick to them near the penalty line looked dangerous, but Causer gathered without much difficulty. There were two dangerous raids the Rochdale forwards, and in one of these, engineered by Rawlings and Hawksworth, Brannick shot for goal and Pern placed the bail round the posts for a corner. Following this, Rochdale would have scored if the forwards had been quicker. When McNeal and Smith turned ont Everton attacked strongly, and shots were sent in Chedgzoy, Parker, and Clennell, but all were off the target. Play was carried into the Everton half by Heap and Brannick, and the ball went ,to Smith, who forced a corner off Fern. Causer made a smart save from Jefferis, and then Rochdale created a surprise. Albert Smith got the ball past his namesake, and tried a long ground shot, which struck the upright and bounced into the net away from Fern, who seemed to completely miss the direction the ball. Everton immediately rushed away, and Jefferis struck the bar with a terrific shot, the ball rebounding into play. The exchanges were very even, both sides attacking in turn, but shortly after their first point Rochdale went through again and the ball was banged into the net just the whistle went for a foul on F£rn. Everton’s equaliser came in as unexpected a manner as had Rochdale’s goal. Two minutes before halftime Harrison snapped a centre from Chedgzoy and shot strongly; Causer stopped the ball, but could not gather it and Harrison, taking it the rebound, easily equalised.
EVERTON SCORE TWICE
When the teams turned round without any interval Crossan left the field and, though was away less than ten minutes, Everton scored twice during his absence. Barton soon stopped desperate attack the heme team, but within three minutes dashed into goal to take pass from Parker and put Everton ahead, though Causer made a big effort to save. A minute later Causer made a splendid save from Jefferis, and at the other end Fern had run out to save after a smart dribble by Rawlings. Then, three minutes after their second goal, Everton got a third, Parker, with a fine shot, converting a centre from Chedgzoy. This was exceedingly hard luck for Rochdale, who, however, were by no means disheartened, and - when Crossan returned they set a desperate attack. Fern cleared a beautifully-judged high shot from Heap, who later drove just over the bar. Later Macconachie made a fine clearance from in front of goal when surrounded by the Rochdale players and then, following a dangerous *ush by* the home forwards. Barton headed the wrong way from Clennell and gave fruitless corner. For a time the Rochdale attack appeared to have lost its sting, though Kay and Brannick narrowly missed scoring. But at the end 33 minutes' play the lead was reduced. Smith worked through and sent right across to Rawlings, who middled the ball again. Heap finding the net at the end of a very pretty movement. tried hard get his usual goal and fired hard at Causer, but the latter, who played a great game throughout, turned the ball away for-a corner. The ensuing kick was cleared, and shortly afterwards the end came with Everton the winners by the odd goal in five.
ROCHDALE UNLUCKY, THOUGH PLUCKY
Rochdale Observer - Wednesday 12 January 1916
Rochdale played very pluckily against Everton Goodison Park Saturday, and were exceedingly unfortunate, on the play, to be beaten. They sprung a surprise upon their more renowned opponents in the first half by scoring first and holding their own until just before half-time, when Everton equalised. Then Crossan had to leave the field for seven or eight minutes for repairs, and during this period Everton, scored twice. This completely transformed the aspect of the game, but Rochdale never gave hope, and at the end pretty movement Heap reduced the lead. There was further scoring after this, and Everton luckily ran out the winners. On a whole the Rochdale team gave a very creditable account themselves. Causer was clever in goal, and as he crossed over at halftime he was given quite an ovation. Both Barton and Croesan kicked well and never hesitated to tackle. Ray and Yarwood. were the best half-backs, Caldwell at times not being quick enough for the speedy Everton right wing. 'Heap led the front line well, Hawksworth showed good control the ball and gave Smith plenty of chances. Rawlings was always dangerous, but Brannick was not good as usual.
BOLTON BRING GOOD SIDE
Liverpool Echo -Wednesday 12 January 1916
Government workers on the Bolton side have been unable to play frequently this season, but for the Everton game the Wanderers are whipping up a good side. Bolton will have the services of eight of last season's league players, Baverstock and Hilton being due to make their debut. Drastic are the rearrangements made compared with the side that went down so badly against Oldham. Hurst, Rowley, Smith and Vizard being the only men to retain their original places. Teams; Lansdake; Baverstock, and Hurst; Glendenning, Rowley, and Hulme; Hilson, Roberts, Buchan, Smith and Vizard.
Everton's team reads; Fern; Thompson, and Private Snoddy; Fleetwood, Wareing, and McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison.
We have to go outside for the news. Recently an outside paper expressed astonishment that Harrison of Everton should go to Glasgow Rangers. The next week the same papper adviced a correction; it was, they said. "Parker who had been transferred to Glasgow Rangers." I had worths with Parker last week-end and gather from the statement that things in the "work-line" have tapered off a little and that he will be a certain starter on Saturday. Another piece of "news" regarding my exclusive of many days ago respecting Mr. Horace Wright's retirement from the Everton directorate is as follows;- "Mr. Wright is about to become a Benedict, and this is advanced as his reason for retiring from the directorate of the Goodison Park club." We wonder.
PRIVATE J. SNODDY
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 12 January 1916
Everton are giving a trial to another notable full abck in their fixture with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park next Saturday. This is Private J. Snoddy, who formerly played for the Scottish League clubs Raith Rovers, and St. Mirren and who is a junior international.
January 12, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
In Manchester papers this morning the Everton team is announced, but it is not correctly given. Everton are not playing Grenyer at half-back. McNeil has been chosen again. Both Macconnachie and Grenyer are on the “day” shift this week in their munitions work, and therefore cannot assist. The attracting point of the Everton team, however, is the appearance of a new full back. Last week it was Smith, of West Bromwich Albion. This week it is a private of the name of Snoddy. He has had experience with the Scottish League club St. Miren, and he is a junior international. Otherwise the team is at last week against Rochdale, and Everton should gain the second successive home win. Spectators will be glad to notice their “increase” in the time of the kick-off. Saturday’s game will start at 2.45, for which many workers will be grateful inasmuch as the extra quarter of an hour means the difference between watching a game and otherwise. Some people may argue that a man can attend a match a little late, and having missed nothing in particular, find the game interesting. But I dare suggest that is not the case. There are reasons for the assumption. First, I have had the experience. Grand National meeting always causes me to miss the first half of a game, and I find the greatest difficulty in getting up scratch,” for the second half. Further spectators who are say ten minutes late, take time to find out what has gone before, and experience a difficulty in recognizing players of the visiting side. So, my sins I take it that Everton will have more than 18,000 next Saturday.
EVERTON’S NEW BACK
January 12, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everton’s New Introduction.
Everton will introduce another full back into their team against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. This will be Private J. Snoddy a Scottish junior international who formerly played for St. Mirren. MaConnachie is engaged on day munitions work, and it transpires this morning that Grenyer will be unable to play for the same reason. This will given the West Bromwich half-back McNeal further opportunity and the team will accordingly be:- Fern; Thompson, Snoddy; Fleetwood, Wareing, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, Harrison.
January 15, 1916. The Football Express.
Bolton’s Bid For Advancement
Blues Lead In First Half.
Interesting Display By Both Sides.
By The Judge.
Although in meeting Everton at Goodison Park, they were taking on a tall proposition. Bolton Wanderers were bent on making a bold bid for victory outright, as they were particularly anxious to quit the lonely estate into which they had fallen. No fewer than eight of last season’s players were called upon, including Herbert, Baverstock and Hilton, who played at right back and outside-right respectively, and neither of whom has previously turned out this season.
The Everton team was interesting inasmuch as it introduced a new back in Private Snoddy, an ex-St. Mirren player and a Scottish junior international while McNeal of West Bromwich was also annomitted to make a further appearance. The teams were: - Everton: - Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and Snoddy (St. Mirren), backs; Waring, Fleetwood and Brown, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Hodgkiss, goal; Baverstock, and Hurst, backs; Glendenning, Lillycrop and Hulme, half-backs; Hilton, Roberts, Buchan, J. Smith, and H. Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. W. J. The weather was of a bright exhilarating character, though the breeze was of sufficient strength to render it advisable for the players to keep the ball down and not to indulge in kicking of the lofty order. The later kick-off was of obvious advantage that extra quarter of an hour -2.45 in lieu of the inconvenient 2-30 –proving most valuable to all concerned.
Teams Start Short-handed.
Bolton found it necessary to make two changes, Lansadale being unable to appear owing to the demands of work, and H. Smith took the place of Vizard on the extreme left. McNeal was not in evidence at the appointed time, and Brown was in readiness to make his place. Everton started with ten players and Bolton were alike shorthanded, Rowley the announced centre half, not having turned up. Lillycrop turned out in his stead. Brown came on in place of McNeal. Everton losing the toss, kicked off towards the Walton goal, and immediately set the pace. There was nothing of an interesting character in the opening exchanges and neither team settled down until the full foreswore in action. Midfield play was the order during the earlier period, with Everton showing the better combination, but they did not become dangerous, the Bolton backs looking well after their charge.
Blues Get Busy.
The first item of real interest was when Thompson cleverly crossing over and reliving from the Bolton right wing, set the forwards in action, Jefferis finishing with a long drive, to which Hodgkiss ran out to save a corner. He was slightly too late, but nothing accrued from the advantage. Play, however, continued in the Bolton half, but the home forward
S were well shepherded by the visiting half-backs, and they were not allowed to become dangerous. The attendance which had increased from the start of the game, to fully 15,000. Following a clever piece of maneuvering by Clennell, Hodgkiss collected the ball ten yards, from goal and with Parker and Jefferis right upon him. He stuck to it and he safely was able to sent it out to his left wing, who made material progress.
Fleetwood’s Clever Clearance.
Fleetwood came along with a clever and well-judged clearance, which set his forwards again on the move, a series of individual efforts to approach ending unsuccessfully. A series of attacks by the home forwards all of which saw an improvement in the matter of combination kept Hodgkiss well alert, but he was not to be caught napping and he affected several energetic saves. Racing away to the other end Buchan was pulled up for offside when setting all vigorously in the direction of Fern. At the end of 26 minutes play the Everton goal underwent an extraordinary escape as the result of a hurricane raid by Bolton forwards.
Clennell Opens The Score.
Fern threw himself at and collected a terrific shot from Buchan and the danger being cleared the Everton forwards rushed at terrific speed to the other end. Parker shot against the crossbar and Clennell catching the ball from the rebound and drove hard and true, well beyond the reach of Hodgkiss, the home team thus opening the score. Everton after maintained the pressure, got further ahead as a result of an individual effort by Chedgzoy, which saw both the home forward and the visiting custodian laid out. Chedgzoy having delibledly the worse of the argument but with the satisfaction of being the scorer. Having worked his way towards the centre he took a rapid drive forward with his head as Hodgkiss rushed out to meet it. Chedgzoy just happened to be there first, and as the opposing players collided the ball flew into the net. Necessary repairs to the men involved was soon effected and right from the resumption Fern, after a quiet period in the role of spectator, was very much called upon. He saved on the knee which the Bolton forwards surrounding him, and get rid of the ball in the cleverest manner.
Bolton’s Initial Success.
Another clearance of a particularly character followed but three minutes later he was beaten by a shot by J. Smith, who obtained a position from which it was hardly possible for him to make a mistake, all the home defences being occupied by the full onslaught of the visiting forces. There was nothing of an outstanding character in the exchanges up to the interval following Bolton’s success, and the home team crossed over with the advantage of a goal, which was well deserved, in the exchanges of an attractive encounter in which their forwards had always showed as the superior force.
Half-Time; Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.
Restarting Everton were the first to make headway, Chedgzoy working neatly on the right getting the ball over to the opposition wing, where Clennell found himself hampered when attempting to approach goal. Rushing to the other end the Wanderers showed considerable determination and only the vilgance of Snoddy, who had been particularly conspicuous previously, and Waring kept them at bay when they were assuming a very threatening attitude.
A clever individual effort by Parker brought the home centre within shooting range, but at the psychological moment he was impeded, and he was not able to get the force behind his shot for which he was evidently working. Hodgkiss bringing off a neat if comfortable clearance. The home forwards were evidently out for shooting at every opportunity, and sudden drives by Clennell and Parker respectively were only slight wide in their direction. At the other end J. Smith worked through after Thompson had relieved from an awkward position, and he was rather more in the match for Snoddy, his final shot, however, passing behind. Subsequently attacks by the home forwards rank as some vigorous but clean defensive work by Lillycrop, who at this juncture was proving a tower of strength to his team. Everton were maintaining an absolute command of the situation, the forwards working assiduously for opportunities of shooting with Hodgkiss but the Bolton half-backs were certainly trying with unrelaxing pertinacity and it is always difficult to find an opening for a direct shot at goal.
The visiting backs were a resolute pair and they never gave away an inch of ground. Parker got his wings going cleverly, and from the extremities ominous looking efforts were assayed but the Bolton defence was ever restless and invariably prevailed. The game proceeded on energetic lines right to the finish and from beginning to end there was not an uninteresting period for whilst Everton were the commanding side the Bolton defence always acquitted itself with distinction and a better game has not been witnessed at Goodison Park this season.
Comments On The Game.
The combinations were altogether favorable for a good game, and though owing to exigencies of the moment, the exact constitution of the teams was a matter of difficulty’s up to the last minute, the start of the game was not unduly delayed. McNeal was missing, and Brown took his place at the Bolton side. Romley was also wanted, the home half-back line being rearvangood accordingly. The game was full of interest from the commencement with the homesters undoubtedly the superior side. Once they settled down to actual business the Everton forwards were always a source of danger to their opponents’ defence their passing being cleverly initiated and developed. The goal with which they opened the scoring was thoroughly well earned and the Bolton front rank, as a combined force, was practically non-existent. Hodgkiss who was appearing in goal for the first time for his side, was always active and vigilant and he saved numerous good attempts. The whole of the first half was crowned with interesting incidents. The goals were well worked for and well deserved, Bolton working strenuously against a team which always appeared to be superior. Every man was trying for all he was worth, and if especial credit may be extended to any one of the 22 it must be to Hodgkiss who kept an excellent goal. There was not a dull-moment, and the contest was always interesting to watch. Everton thoroughly deserved their lead when the time for change of ends arrived.
BRILLIANTS AT EVERTON GROUND
January 14, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
For the third week in succession there is a fear that a windy day may affect the games and make the scores large. No matter, so long as the rain keeps off –that’s the barrier to most folk attending a football match. Tomorrow’s programme makes good reading and in our city teams we shall hope that for the second week in succession that will be a happy double event. Certainty Everton with their strong side, should win at home against Bolton Wanderers in spite of the whipping up process that Bolton have indulged in this week, knowing the strength of the opposition against them. An added interest is to be given to the Goodison Park team by the introduction of the player Private Snoody, who will partner Thompson. The young centre forward Alex Thompson who made a remarkable debut at Anfield and then fall from his high estate, has since been playing with Stirling on whose club books the name of Private Snoody has in recent seasons appeared.
Bolton, by bringing to our ground the famed left pair Smith and Vizard make us certain of interesting finesse play. The Bolton left flank “one to follow” Joe Smith, swarthy, with a darting player with a tremendous force in low drives is partnered by a wily Welshman who does not operate in the usual way preferring to get his rivals guessing whether he will turn towards, outward, pull the ball back, or race straight ahead. Vizard is one of our most amusing and instructive players and I for one shall be glad to see him on the left tomorrow. Wareing who has since the Liverpool match been hors de combat through a thigh injury is due to turn out again, and he will be faced by Tom Buchan, brother of the Guardsman the terrier Roberts, moving to inside right. Bolton at half-back will play Glendenning, who will be remembered by Evertonians as having put up some big, stiff games against Everton in the Cup-tie period of about six seasons Lansdale the goalkeeper is the ex-Norwich man, who is mightly recommended and it may be taken for granted that if the Everton forwards are in merry mood and do not over-dribble Lansdale will be kept busy. The match in promise, is highly diverting, and as the kick off is due at 2.45 there should be a large crowd present when the following teams appears; Everton; Fern; Thompson, Private Snoddy; Fleetwood, Wareing, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, Harrison.
NOTES AND NOTIONS
January 15, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
The “censored” news, of Mr. Horace Wright’s resignation from the Everton board at first disseminated through those columns has set people wondering. Incidentally, a Sunday newspaper housing a weekly circles upon of two million copies does the honour of reproducing the newsy information. The same journal recently referred to Liverpool’s main evening paper as being the only one in the land, bat itself with up-to-the-minute information re the Scandal Match, glowing tribute. Mr. Horace Wright, it will be remembered was re-elected in June 1914, two month before the outbreak of the war. In the following season (1914-15) –during which the full league programme was carried through –he attended no board meetings out of 64 convented and witnessed the matches. The writer was Joyes “on entering Goodison Park last week. He might have been one of the warned off the course players, it was the “recognizable resemblance in the “Football Echo” that was the cause of the censuring.
EVERTON HOME AGAIN – V. BOLTON
January 15, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Ex-Director’s Son in the List
It is a joy to publish the news obtained this morning that a son of the former Everton director, Mr. Robert Wilson has been mentioned in the honours list. Charles L. Wilson, an Everton shareholder joined the colours twelve months last September and selected the 1st Battalion 6th Liverpool Regiment. He is a rifleman and I believe is shortly taking up a commission that has been offered him. Charles Wilson has obtained the (D.C.M in connection with his scouting operations and all will heartily congratulate him upon the well-deserved honour.
Private Snoody, Newcomer
Today Everton for the second week in succession were at home and they came to our notice yet another newcomer, one Private Snoddy “who is a Scottish junior international and a played for Stirling and St. Mirren. Snoddy took Macconnachie place and Smith (West Brom) retired. Thompson being at full back, McNeil was due to keep his place but did not appear, and with Bolton bringing their best side of the season a capital game was expected. The day was fine, if dull. Teams; Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Private Snoddy, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Bolton Wanderers; Hodgkin, goal; Baverteck, and Hurst, backs; Glendening, Buchan, and Hulm, half-backs; Hilton, Lillycrop, Roberts, J. Smith, and H. Smith, forwards. McNeal did not turn up in time and Brown took his place. Vizard and Rowley were noteable absentees, from the Bolton side, Bolton started with ten men but Lillycrop completed the team after a few minutes play. The toss went to Bolton and the players were rather slothful to settle down. Everton soon tested the formed Southport goalkeeper, Hodgkiss who by the way was making his first appearance for Bolton. Back heeling tricks by Parker and Glendenning did not succeed. Similarly Wareing and Fleetwood with pot shots from corner-kicks were wide. Thompson’s punting was a feature of note and private Snoddy seemed to be a sound dour defender. Chedgzoy had hard luck with a touch-line run, and following this in spite of Harrison over-dribbling Clennell was able to cross the ball to the right wing, where Jefferis rammed in a fast ball which the goalkeeper saved by falling upon it Hodgkiss clutched the ball fiercely, and after he had thrown clear Bolton applied trouble on the Everton defence. Joe Smith netted the ball after the referee had sounded an offside decision. Everton, as last week, showed superior methods until the goal area was reached and then their a tempt at shooting were only moderate. Fantastic was the footwork of Jefferis, Chedgzoy, and Clennell and Harrison and Parker, by their robustness completed a line of solidarily. Yet in twenty minutes neither side had caused the goalkeeper to shiver. Now, however, Chedgzoy swiftly took the duty of thrower-in and from his pass Brown made a good centre which Parker could not quite gather otherwise a goal was certain. At the next moment Parker went near with a header, and at the 23rd minute the home centre entirely on his own, beat three men and hit the upright the rebound making a perfectly easy goal for Clennell. It was Parker’s goal although Clennell was left the touching up process. There was a lot of life in the game now, and the pace was greetably brisk. Chedgzoy from a position parallel to the goal made Hodgkiss handle smartly and next came a turn from Bolton. Roberts baulked H. Smith and when J. Smith best Thompson, the Bolton sharp-shooter fired too high. Bolton played enterprising football and came again by the agency of the right wing Fern made. A marvelous clean save at full length and also refused Roberts and Lillycrop any satisfaction. There was a spell of long shooting and Clennell with a hook shot, and Harrison with a long bow were without fortune. Just over half-an-hour had passed when Chedgzoy scored and damaged his right knee in so doing. Clennell swung the ball across to the right and the goalkeeper advanced from goal and collided with Chedgzoy immediately after the clever right-winger had nodded the ball into the empty-goal. It was a touch of genius on the part of Chedgzoy that made goal No. 2 possible but it was obtained at a price for Chegzoy was plainly badly damaged. The goalkeeper too required the assistances of the trainer. A let of good football was now crowded into a few minutes. Fern withstood the forcing tactics of Joe Smith, Roberts and Lillycrop. Clennell beat the goalkeeper and hit the crossbar. Harrison went close with a swift one and Hilton with a deceiving curling shot, brought out Fern’s best. Three minutes from half-time, however Fern had to yield, Joe Smith scoring when the Everton defenders were bunched together and not set for Hilton’s misjudged centre.
Half-time; Everton 2, Bolton 1. There were about 15,000 spectators present when the teams lined up and it was seen that Buchan and Hulme had changed places, Everton forced the pace, and before one could say “Jack Robinson” Parker and Clennell had made aero plane shots and Clennell had concluded a twisting solo run by driving apace only to find the ball swivel outside. When Bolton did break away Snoddy dallied before clearing, consequently he endangered his side. At the other end Chedgzoy was too oblique when he determined to shoot to the left side of the goal. Plucky little Roberts showed a wealth of enterprise and pace, but the Bolton side was penned up for some time through Everton’s all round brilliance. Thompson let in H. Smith, who wasted a golden opportunity from close range and Thompson partner Snoddy, was twice penalized for heavy work. On one occasion he fouled Roberts to the ground very heavily. Everton did a lot of toying and what was more to the point they did too much random shooting from foolish angles and well-nigh impossible positions. However, deserved to keep the game from a scoring point of view pretty even. Consequently there was always interest in the game. The sprightly Roberts after beating Thompson adroitly caused Fern to advance. The little man’s shot was all power, but in direction it was inches out. Parker replied instantly by making Hodgkiss go to ground to gather a low shot. Again Parker was the mainspring of an attack, his brilliant solo having no luck although the goalkeeper was well beaten.
GAINED HIS NEWS FROM THE TRECHES
January 15, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
This week I had the pleasure of resuming a friendship with Mr. “Architect “Leitch, who is known to every football authorities as the man who makes grounds compact and complete. Mr. Leitch has not been able to see a game this season through his heavy work on munitions business. “In fact” said he to me, “I wish I could get a copy of the Echo” so that I could keep up-to-date.” Mr. Leitch naturally turned to football chat, and conversed on the change in Liverpool’s tide to Everton matches. The London papers made no mention of the friendly meeting, and where do you think Mr. Leitch got the result? From the trenches.
EVERTON 2 BOLTON WANDERERS 1
January 17, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
A FIRST HALF SUCCESS.
Lancashire section principal tournament (Game 19)
Although they only defeated Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park by the odd goal in three, all scored in the first half of the game, Everton were throughout the superior side, and they were in every way thoroughly deserving their success. The conditions were quite favourable for a fast contest, and as excellent gathering of some 15,000 spectators saw a hard and interesting struggle.
A BRIGHT OPENING.
Play was brought from the outset. Both teams started with ten men, the West Bromwich player McNeal failing to turn up at the pointed time, and Brown completing the home half back line. On the Bolton side Vizard was the absentee from outside left the position being occupied by H. Smith, Glensenning was at the right half-back, and Hodgkiss, a local goalkeeper, who proved himself a reliable defender, was in goal in place of Lansdale, who could not leave his industrial duties. The earlier periods of the opening half were of the quiet order, with Everton making the bulk of the attacking, but there was nothing of a particularly dangerous character about the movements. As they gradually settled down, Clennell and Jefferis were conspicuous with some well though-out movements, and once the latter caused Hodgkiss considerable trouble before he was able, after seemingly falling on the ball, to dispose of it. With twenty minutes gone, and the game now being waged at a hot pace, neither side could claim any tangible advantage, although several of the home forwards had made desperate individual efforts to break through, at length, however, Clennell was able to open the play, although all the credit for the initiation of the success was emphatically Parker’s, he worked his way through in the most skilful style, and ended up by driving the ball against the bar, Clennell caught it on the rebound, and completed the effort. The game had taken into a new lease, and there was any amount of liveliness about the movements on either side. The second point also came to the home team, Chedgzoy being the scorer, having received attention as the result of his achievement. He and Hodgkiss collided just at the outside right had headed the ball at close range with perfect accuracy beyond the Bolton custodian’s grasp, and it was several minutes before the Evertonian was able to resume. Hodgkiss also bore visible traces of am impact, but he was quickly in action again, Bolton attacked determinedly, and they rushed around Fern, who brought off several chances quite of his best order. Three minutes from the interval, however, Smith considerably beat him, and nothing further accruing, Everton crossed over a goal in the good.
AN UNPRODUCTIVE MOIETY.
The second half was brimful of incident, with Everton always the commanding force, and with Bolton ever going whole-heartedly for the equaliser. The home forwards showed more amount of brilliance, many of their advances being perfectly maneuvered. They found the Bolton defence, however, a tower of strength, Hodgkiss’s work in goal whenever he was called upon, being the most enterprising order. Thompson was a firm defender whenever the Wanderers made one of their rare attacks, and the home side always had their opponents well held. Parker was always energetic, but he was never fortunate enough to secure the goal for which he constantly strove. One of the best efforts of the second half was a glorious angular drive from long range by Chedgzoy, whose effort missed by inches after barely skimming the opposite upright. The contest proceeded on interesting lines to the end, but there was no further goal-scoring on either side, and Everton won in more deserved manner than the narrow margin indicates, by two goals to one.
Much interest in the appearance in the home ranks of Private Snoody, the Scottish soldier, who partner Thompson at back. The regular Evertonian perhaps overshadowed him, but he was all the same a reliable defender, whose introduction justified himself. Thompson was always safe and clean in his returns, and Fern in goal brought off one or two brilliants saves. The home half backs were a powerful trio, whilst the forwards were in fine trim, although they found goals very elusive, Parker was at his best in the centre, and he kept his wings engaged with unrelaxing persistency, whilst always being in the alert for an individual effort. He was however, not blessed with the best fortune. Clennell and Jefferis worked untiringly and the entire rank gave a powerful artistic display. Bolton own it to Hodgkiss that the score against them was not heavier. He was ubiquitous in his work, and he snapped up many threatening looking efforts with unerring skill and accuracy. He was well supported by his backs, and he had also in front of him a trio of hardworking half-backs. The Bolton forwards were not allowed much opportunity of doing any combined whole, the Everton halves being too vigilant and attentive, but the visitors nevertheless gave a spirited exposition and one which was worthy of a better position than their lowly situation in the table shows. Teams: - Everton: - Fern (captain)goal, Thompson, and Snoddy, backs, Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Hodgkiss, goal, Baverstock, and Hurst, backs, Hulme, Bache, and Glendenning, half-backs, Hilton, Lillycrop, Roberts, J. Smith, H. Smith, forwards.
BOLTON’S PLUCKY DISPLAY.
January 17, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
Bolton’s gallant attempts at Goodison Park to put a better aspect on their record did not materialize, for although they kept the home side busy every moment of the game, they never looked like lowering the colours of the Blues who were at every point the better side. Just the qualification may be made, the Wanderers could not have been better served so far as custodianship is concerned, for Hodgkiss playing for the first time for them, brought off all sorts of clever saves. The home forwards, if their efforts did not produce more goals were in particularly sparkling form, and some of their movements were the essence of cleverness and artistry.
An Ideal Game.
It was in its every phase an ideal contest, full of activity and dash, and contested in the best of spirit. What a pity it is one may observe in passing for mention of the cleanliness of the encounter brings the incident to mind, that some players even nowadays show a tendency to lack of self-control, as witness the incident at Sheffield where in the local “Derby” two opposing players literally fought and received matching orders. No such unseemly incident marred the meetings of Everton and Liverpool clubs, and it really seems that Liverpool in all respects is setting a pattern for some of her contemporaries. Bolton tried valiantly all through, and the exchanges were always exciting yet there was not one single blot on the play, which is as it should be.
Play And Players.
Much interest centred in the appearance in the home ranks of Private Snoddy, the Scottish solider, who partnered Thompson at back. He was perhaps overshadowed by the regular Evertonians, but he was all the same a reliable defender, whose introduction justified itself. Thompson was always safe and clean in his returns, and Fern in goal brought off one or two brilliant saves. The home half-backs were a powerful trio, whilst the forwards were in fine trim, although they found goals very elusive. Parker was at his best in the centre, and he kept his wings engaged with unrelaxing persistency, while always being on the alert for an individual effort. He was, however, not blessed with the best of fortune. Clennell and Jefferis worked untiring, and the entire front rank gave a forceful artistic display. Bolton owe it to Hodgkiss that the score against them was not heavier. He was ubiquitous in his work, and he snapped up many threatening looking efforts with unerring skill and accuracy. He was well supported by his backs, and he had also in front of him a trio of hardworking half-backs. The Bolton forwards were not allowed much opportunity of getting going as a combined whole the Everton halves being too vigilant and attentive, but the visitors nevertheless gave a spirited exhibition and one which was worthy of a better position than their lowly situation in the table provides.
EVERTON'S FINESSE AGAINST BOLTON
January 17, 1916, The Liverpool Echo
The home team had a good time on Saturday and there was pretty heavy scoring in most places, but at Everton, where the over-whelming superiority of the home side should have gained them a good goal crop, there were but three goals and one of these went to Bolton Wanderers, but it was a curious game in that Everton's forward line could do everything but score more than twice. They should have pieced the defence of Hodgkiss and Co much more frequently. The reason they did not was to be found in the finesse ad weak shooting at close range. Time and again they had chances, and the absence of steady aim was most noticeable. Further there was as inclination to hog the ball and over crowd the players, and these points counted in Bolton's favour, for they had two sturdy stop-at-nothing backs, and Everton's policy made matters go Bolton's way. In the second half the pressure applied by Everton should certainty have been turned to account but the players preferred to unease to a reasonable shooting range, and then fire hard –and wide.
First there was Parker's goal scored by Clennell. That may seen an Irish statement but it is a correct definition when Parker worked single-handled, hit the upright and left Clennell with nothing worse than to tap the ball into an empty goal. Next we saw Chedgzoy score, and it was a swift determination on his part that led to the goal. Clennell was no provider of a centre and Chedgzoy and the goalkeeper came together, the instant Chedgzoy had nodded the ball into the empty goal. Both men were injured and one feared that Chedgzoy had been seriously damaged, but in the second half he showed that this was not the case. It was near half time when Everton's defence became tied up. Fern undoubtedly divided that H. Smith was about to shoot, whereas the winger not for the first time, screwed the ball back a lot in attempting a sweeping centre. Thus Joe Smith clever shooter had a chance he took with his right foot. That was the end of the scoring and Everton might easily have yielded a point had their defence not held out gamely to the final. Bolton spasmodic but hearty dashes away being hard to check. Roberts at centre being a lousy customer. Fortunately Private Snoddy the Scot, who was making his bow before an English audience was resolute of a tried slow and dallying, and with Bon Thompson ceding like a horse and revealing his great speed. Bolton had to give up both points.
Memories of Athersmith.
Recently has not been quite so accurate formerly in crossing the ball goal or to inside left. Generally has excelled in this direction, but times this season has not applied sufficient pull inside, and the ball has curled just outside. On Saturday he gave me memories of Charles Athersmith, the former Villa and Small Heath player. the first half lie made a brilliant -in -the-extreme shot from the touchline, and the Bolton goalkeeper made clean catch. How Chedgzoy contrived to make that ball reach a scoring point is not hard understand, but what does get me beaten heavily the pace enabled put into the shot from a wretched angle. Athersmith relied more on the curl on the ball to deceive the goalkeeper but Chedgzoy relise on pace as well direction. Even so I found much in Chedgzoy's game that was alike Athersmith's, and on that score alone I would like thank the Ellesmere Port man, than whom there is no more popular man in the Everton ranks, full though the latter and of men who are likeable. Parker and Jefferis, to my mind, were our best forwards, but there's still need for a sweeping pass from the inside man of one wing to the inside man of the far wing. Jefferis gave unstinted pleasure his artistic and at times fantastic play just as Clennell always gets the glad hand, but thought Clennell remiss in shooting and a trifle wild his attempts. The half back line was sound throughout, and as for the losers, well, they lost something by the absence of Vizard, it is true, but it was not deal because Hilton played a capital football. Roberts and Joe Smith were dangerous men of the line, and at half back Buchan, who is a versatile man and can play forward, half back, or in goal, showed a good idea of centre half work—but, there, anyone can play centre half, gentlemen, for it's the easiest place the field, although there's plentv hard work to got through in that berth.
Note C. Challinor played as a guest for Rochdale.
FOOTBALL'S “OWN” BAND LEAVES MERSEYSIDE
January 18, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
On various occasions I have made happy allusion to the band of the 8 th (Irish) K.L.R, so ably “baton-ed” by “Joe” Leadbetter, an Ex-Everton player, by the way. But this time the pleasure is tinged with regret, for intimation reaches me that the “musical circle” leaves Liverpool tomorrow (Wednesday) to join –and charm –their battalion now stationed at Blackpool. Goodison Park and Anfield congregants had begun to look upon the “8 th ” as Football's “Own” Band, providing as it invariably did, a bright episode on Saturday afternoons and incidentally “lighting up” many a prosaic game in forbidding weather. Evidence of the loyalty of the bandsmen and their attachment of the sport and its following was afforded during the Christmas vacation when they turned out voluntarily at Walton on Christmas Day and again on Boxing Day. Naturally the Everton Club rewarded their good-natured act. City folk too –as one can readily gauge from “P.'s” brilliant article –will feel the loss of the wonderfully-magnotion recruiting band. “Music is sunshine to the mind,” especially to those following humdrum avocations and high-pressure pursuits “done-town.” The bandsmen have our very best thanks and good wishes for their future “harmony” and welfare.
FOOTBALL'S OWN BAND HISTORY OF THE DERBY LEAVES MERSEYSIDE
January 18, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
“Vin” writes –On various occasions I have made happy allusion at the band of the 8 th (Irish) K.L.R so ably baronet by “Joe” Leadbetter an ex-Everton player by the way. But this time the pleasure is tinged with regret for intimation reaches me that the “musical circle” leaves Liverpool tomorrow (Wednesday) to join –and –charm –their battalion now stationed at Blackpool. Goodison Park and Anfield congregants had begun to kick upon the “8 th ” as Football's Own Band providing as it invariably did a bright episode on Saturday afternoon and incidentally “giving up” many a prosaic game in forbidding weather. Evidence of the loyalty of the bandsmen and their attachment to the sport and its following was afforded during the Christmas vacation when they turned out voluntarily at Walton on Christmas Day and again on Boxing Day. Naturally the Everton club rewarded their good-natured lot.
“I was Driven To This.”
Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal - Saturday 29 January 1916
Famous Scottish Footballer Shoots His Brother
A cable to London police requesting investigaions concernings certain insurance money was the first initimation in this country of the arrest of Sandy young, the famous Scottish international footballer, on the grave charge of murdering his brother John in Australia. The murdered man left his native Dunfermline about the end of 1912. He was married, and had four children. On reaching Australia Mr. John Young made a temporary home in melborne, where he remained for a period, being subsequently joined by his brother Alexander, or “Sandy” as he is popularly known. They started a dairying enterprise at tongola, and business at the time the allaged murder is said to have been committed was in a prosperous condition.
Gun Shots Were Heard.
It was in the early hours of the morning that the tragedy occurred. The two brothers assisted in the milking of cows in a shed not far from the cottage in which they lived. Suddenly gun shots were heard, and in a moment John was lying on the ground. He was terribly wounded, and died shortly after his admission to hospital from internal baemorrhage. The police was summoned, and when they arrived it was found that Alexander had disappeared. There was no trace of any weapon, and beyond, the statement of a friend of the deceased that he had seen the brothers together walking towards the cow shed, the police were for the time being in the dark as how John had come by his wounds. A search followed, and later Alexander was discoevered at home. His appearance provided an immediate clue as to what had happened, for the left side of his face was practically shattered by gunshot.
On the Spur of the Moment
Alexander was hastily removed to hospital, where the brothers occupied adjoining beds. John, stated, succumbed his wounds, but an operation saved Alexander's life. Before was removed hospital, John made a long and sensational deposition to the police, from which it was inferred that the brothers had been on unfriendly terms for some time. There must have been an angry altercation on the morning of the tragedy, for Alexander, in his statement to the police, remarked, ‘‘l was driven to this. l am sorry. I shot him on the spur of the moment. Can the doctors not for him?” He was told John was gravely injured, and probably would only live a couple of hours, whereupon Alexander, burying bis face in his hands, cried out. "Poor Agnes and the baims; what will become of them?”
Inquiries amongst Sandy Young's friends in the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club elicited expressions of amazement at the story of his brother's death and his own arrest the charge of murder. I knew Sandy exceedingly well,'' said the Secretary of the Club, “and I am astonished that he should be involved in such a grave affair. I find it difficult believe the report. I could imagine ‘Sandy' Young” killing Germans and winning V.C.'s, but murder—-well, I'm sure he would be the last chap in his sane, sober senses to be guilty of such dreadful deed.”
“ Did I ever hear from him? “
“Yes, we had a letter about the middle of November. He appeared to be good spirits. He spoke of a coming visit England, winding up with the query, ‘How does the old place look now?' “Sandy was one of the finest centre-forwards the world. He was broadly built man and a hard nut to crack on the field. He had the born cleverness of the Scot, and a ‘spoofer' on the field was unrivalled. There was not trick in the game of which he was not an artful master. He always knew what the other fellow' was doing, and this was the secret of his success. He had the measure of his opponents in the twinkling of an eye, and heaven help the man that dared to bluff Sandy Young. One of the greatest and certainly the most marvellous games ever played was in the English Cup final, which he won for Everton 1906. Newcastle United were the challengers, and they'll never forget it. By sheer bluff and dazzling tactics he was the goal-getter who made football history one of the most memorable matches on record.” The latest cable concerning Young states that tho famous player will not be able to leave hospital for a long time.
EVERTON & MANCHESTER CITY TEAMS
January 19, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
This morning we have news from Everton and Manchester City that their teams have been selected for the “needle” game due at Hyde-road on Saturday next. In view of the rivalry between the two cities and the fact that the “championship” to some extent hangs upon the match at Hyde-road, too deeper interest is being shown in the game, and I learn that Everton will not be without vocal assistance as a number of followers have made up their minds to witness the tussle. Everton have recalled the West Bromwich Albion back Smith in place of Private Snoddy and McNeal, also of West Bromwich is due to appeal in the half-back line. He was selected for last week’s game but could not make the journey in time for the kick-off and probably will find Manchester an easier place to get to than Liverpool. Those side should put up a strong game, and though we in Liverpool cannot see Manchester City a top-hole side, yet we know that Barnes and Taylor are forward of a most dangerous type, and we realize that Everton will have to show their best form if they are to win or draw on Saturday. Teams; Everton; Fern; Thompson, and Smith; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeil; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison. Manchester City; Goodchild; Henry, and Fletcher; Hughes, Bottomley, and Brennan; Broad, Taylor, P. Fairclough, Barnes, and Cartwright.
OUTLOOK FOR EVERTON
January 21, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Virtually the losing of the match at Hyde-road tomorrow should mean that Everton’s chances of figuring at the head of the Lancashire League would become very remote. But Everton have not yet lost, and they don’t intend to give way to the Mancunicans without a sturdy struggle. The team they have selected include McNeal and Smith of West Bromwich and now that they have had two games with the Everton team – or one and a half ought to be accurate –they should settle down to their normal game which game stirs will be constable to Everton for it is in the case of Smith the Roberts Thompson type, and in the case of McNeil it is meet assuredly the Harry Makepeace style. I dare wager that you cannot produce to my notice half backs of the build and weight more “fitting” than McNeal and Makepeace. Well tomorrow at Hyde-road, Everton will need to throw off some of their finesse and go for the gloves. They have carried their prettiness in attack to an extent that has jeopardized their goal-getting ability. Tomorrow Henry Fletcher and Goodchild have to be faced and while the backs are strong and fearless the goalkeeper is swift accurate and daring. So Everton away with finesse. Steady must be the aim of the shooters, and forward marches must be incisive. It should be a rare grueling game, and as Everton have yet to make a drawn game in the competition, I look to tomorrow’s game to fill the blank –it will be a performance to draw for the City folk are awfully keen on holding their place at the top of the League ladder “F.E.H” will presents to “Football Echo” readers a complete account of the match and, in addition there will be a host of other interesting “F.E” features that must interest you. Teams; Everton; Fern; Thompson, and Smith; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeil; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison. Manchester City; Goodchild; Henry, and Fletcher; Hughes, Bottomley, and Brennan; Broad, Taylor, P. Fairclough, Barnes, and Cartwright.
Everton X1 at Cammell-Laird’s
At Cammell Laird’s ground, near Birkenhead Park station on Saturday, a match for “comfort” &tc, for sailors, serving in battleship built at Birkenhead” will be played. The following players represent F Sugg’s Everton team; W. Bromilow, goal; R. Stewart, Private Snoddy (St Mirren), backs; H. Johnson, J.A. Lymes, Private Daleney, half-backs; W. Kirsopp, H. Rastell (Lincoln City), H. Baines, Lance Johnstone, J, Manley, forwards. Reserves T Baines, J. Coffee, W. Darbyshire, F. Jackson, and T. Hardford, A. Lymer, and Joe Smith will be in charge of the team. After the match a concert organized by Frank Sugg will take place at the Birkenhead Town Hall, commencing at 7.45 the entire proceeds going to the same deserving object. The following artises will take part; Madame, Annie Battle, Madame Caerus Owen, W.H. Athkinson, Tom Barlow, J.E. Brien, Harold Yates, Fred Owes, Reginald Howe, A. Lymer, Master S. Sefton, (principe solo boy Liverpool Cathedral) the Minster Quartets, and the S.R. S.S. Band. The Major of Birkenhead has kindly promised to take the chair.
BLUES’ GLORIOUS OPPORTUNITY
January 21, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Tomorrow’s match will be of supreme importance so far as the Liverpool clubs are concerned, for Everton have a chance of ascending to the head of the table. Burnley and the Everton team are on an equality, so far as points are concerned with Manchester City who are Everton’s rivals tomorrow, a point ahead of both. But Everton’s opportunity lies in the circumstances that owing to the abandonmous at Oldham they have placed a match less than either, and in the event of victory even with Burnley’s successful, they well in the natural order of things take precedence. The match is at Hyde-road, but this should not prove an insurmountable handicap as the Everton side is strong, and their forwards are always a capable and deadly quantity.
MaConnachie and Grenyer will be absentees from the visiting side. Both being engaged on munition work, but their places will be taken by Smith and McNeal, each of whom gave a satisfactory account of himself on the occasion of the previous appearance. Smith made a excellent and polished defender, and McNeal was always on hand for anything that came his way. The full teams will be as follows: - Manchester City: - Goodchild; Henry, Fletcher; Hughes, Bottomley, Brennan (or Henderson); Broad, Taylor, Fairclough, Barnes, Cartwright; Everton: - Fern; Thompson, Smith; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeal; Chegzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, Harrison.
CHARGED WITH MURDER
January 22, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Famed Footballer Sad Position
Alleged to Have Shot His Brother
The news we publish today will cause a shock to all football enthusiasts of the British Isles. “Sandy” Young is charged in Australia with shooting his brother. He is also alleged to have attempted to commit suicide. “Sandy”! Alexander was his name, but “Sandy” was his name to all who deal in football wares, was famous with the Everton team for many years. He joined them in or about 1902 was capped for Scotland against England and Wales in 1906, and was the scorer of the goal by which Everton beat Newcastle United in the English Cup final of 1906. After serving Everton for a number of years at centre forward, he became a player for Tottenham Hotspur, and a season with them saw his end so far as London was concerned. He afterwards played a season for South Liverpool F.C., after which pint he migrated to Australia, joining his brother in a farm. It is suggested that Young's mind had become unhinged. Advices from Melborune gives the following particulars of the case.-
On December 1, the following announcement was made from Echuca. The closer settlement district of Tongala was disturbed this morning by a sensational affray, in which two brothers were concerned. Alexander Young and his brother, John Young, occupy adjoining blocks, about six miles to the west of the township of Tongala. For some time past, it is alleged there had been frequent quarrels between the brothers. These culminated in a dispute on Tuesday of more than usual intensity. The men are the joint owners of a herd of dairy cattle. This morning John Young left his home shortly before 7 o'clock, and proceeded to the cattle shed where he proceeded to milk a cow. Soon afterwards he was joined by his brother, Alexander. The latter it is alleged had a double-barrelled gun? Whether there was a resumption of the quarrel is not known. Sometime later a neighbour named W.D. Pearson found John Young at the cowshed with gunshot wounds in the left shoulder. The injured man was taken to Tungala and attended to by Dr. Wight. Meantime the attention of Mr. George Chenhails of Echues, who was driving past Young's house in a car, was attracted by a boy named Hodson, who stated that something had happened to Alexander Young, Mr. Chenhails found Alexander Young lying at the door of the house with terrible injuries to the side of his face. These evidently had been caused by a shotgun. Mr. Chanhails too the injured man in his car to Tungala and then to Echuce Hospital. John Young later in the morning was taken to the same institution by the Messrs J. Law and R, Hill, Tungala, in the latter cars. An operation was performed on Alexander Young by Dr Wood and Elocates, and it is believed that the life is not in danger. John Young, is however in an serious condition, suffering from gunshot wounds in the shoulder and left lung. His life is despaired of, John Young is a married man, aged forty-seven years old and has a wife and five children. He came to the settlement about three years ago from Dunfermline, Scotland, and was joined last year by his brother Alexander, who is a single man, about thirty six years of age.
Second Day's Evidence
The coroner Mr. F. Bartold P.M. today opened an inquiry culminating the death of John Young at Tungala, on Wednesday morning. A post-mortem examination held by Dr. Woods showed the deceased had been shot in the back below the left shoulder, caused at close range. The shot smashed the rib on the left side and drove particulars of them into the lung, causing internal haemorrhage. Death was due to which and lose of blood. After evidence of identification had been given by the Argue Calder Young, wife of the decreased, the inquiry was adjourned until a date to be fixed. Alexander Young, also it is believed, attempted to committee suicide, is now in the hospital. He was formally charged today with the wilful murder of John Young. Constable Bruce, of Tongala, made an application for a remand for eight days. This was granted by Mr. A. C. Ostrom, J.P.
January 22, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Important Game At Hyde-Road
Struggle For First Post In League
One More For Clennell
This day Manchester City received Everton and as City led the League and Everton were very well placed the match became a League struggle of much importance. Everton chose Brown at right half, and with Wareing absent and Macconnachie unable to get away in time for the game, the West Bromwich Albion pair Smith and McNeal, were recalled to the Walton side. Manchester City played Fairclough at centre, and had a strong side engaged. For once in a way Manchester was weathered in spring sunshine and even the dismal outlook at Hyde road was comparatively pleasant. In view of the importance of the match, coupled with the glory of the day, there was a great crowd at the city headquarters. The spectators included an exceptionally large number of men in khaki. There was one change in the contesting team and the players were welcomed by at least 20,000 people. The teams lined as follows:- Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Smith, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeal, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester City; Goodchild, goal; Henry and Fletcher, backs; Hughes, Henderson, and Brennan, half-backs; Broad, P. Taylor, Fairclough, Barnes and Cartwright, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. T Turner, of Preston. Everton won the toss, and the City started against the sun and a fitful breeze. The opening exchanges were in favour of the home side, for Barnes with a beautiful pass, but Cartwright in possession, and the after shot at an oblique angle just outside. Everton at once replied by a smart run down on the left, but Harrison was over anxious and the leather was put harmlessly over the line. Straight from the goalkick the city flashes down on the right. Broad getting along the turf like a greyhound. From the corner flag, he centred grandly and Barnes just missed putting it into the net. This exciting incident had the effect of speeding up the pace, tremendously, and for some time the great crowd was treated to a splendid exhibition of footwork. Both League forwards pressed in turn, but they were too eager and as a consequence many promising openings were lost. Good work by Fleetwood put Parker and his wings in possession and the leather was put to Chedgzoy who shot with such strength that Goodchild only just recovered it from beneath the bay. The City at once replied with another effort on the right and Broad had completely beaten Smith when he lobbed the leather just wide of the mark. For some time Nicholas kept up the pressure, and Fleetwood once relieved the pressure by granting a corner, which was well cleared. Clever close passing on both sides provided plenty of incident, and Parker was rather unfortunate as shooting at close range right at the home keeper who cleared adroitly. A temporary lull was afforded through. A series of throws-in, and when Everton attempted to advance through Harrison, Booth proved more than a match for the clever winger. This led to a further attack by the city vanguard, Cartwright running in and placing the ball over the bar. As the other end Harrison and Clennell were busy and Parker was apparently well placed when he was ruled off side. A few seconds later he was through trickily and passed to defences but the latter lost possession and matters were scarcely improved when Clennell from long range, shot wild over the bar. At the other end Harrison and Clennell were busy and Parker was apparently well placed when he was ruled off-side. A few seconds later he ran through trickily and passed to Jefferis but the latter lost possession and matters were scarcely improve when Clennell from long range shot wildly over the bar. Subsequently there was a spell of midfield work of no particular moment but it was relieved when Broad raced through and out in a swinging centre which Fairclough just failed to head into the net. The succeeding stages showed the Everton front line in the cleverest vein, but luckily for Manchester both Henry and Fletcher were resourceful and cool, and half a dozen shots were intercepted in quick success. Henderson put his forwards in possession and Fairclough finished with a swift shot which Fern gathered on the ground. The visitors then went off with obvious determination and Parker sent in a lighting shot, which passed only inches wide. Everton, however kept plegging away and Henderson handled the ball outside the penalty area. Clennell took the kick, and directed the ball with such speed that it passed the goalkeeper and entered the corner of the net – A glorious goal. Blood having been drawn, the game became faster than ever, and McNeal trickled Broad and Taylor by a superb piece of judgment. The City at once returned on the left, and Cartwright had another pop but the shot passed outside. A slight injury to Parker delayed progress for a time, and when operations were resumed the City came down in full force. Broad swung the ball right across the goalmouth, and Cartwright promptly headed in. Fern, however, knocked it clear, but before the Everton keeper could quite recovered himself Taylor dashed into the melee and scored amidst frantic excitement. This equalizer had the effect of sending the Mancunians well nigh wild with enthusiasm and Fern's charge was subjected to a terrific fusillade. The shooting however, was as wild as it was vigorous and Fern held the fort until Thompson was able to clear his line. It was not long however, before the City were again in evident and Barnes caused some anxiety before being checked. Everton rallied strongly towards the interval, and Chedgzoy made a fine individual effort, but his shot was put wide. Both ends were visited without anything tangible happening and the teams were level at the turn.
Half-time; Manchester City 1, Everton 1.
It had been one of the fastest halves I have seen this season, and better football could not be asked for by the most critic. Both teams were quite obviously imbedded with the real sporting spirit and the speeds of both sets of forwards was surprising. The great crowd caught some of the infection of excitement and the two goals were acclaimed with Homeric cheering. The City forwards were perhaps quicker on the ball than their opponents and they certainly had more shots at the target. The Evertonians were exceedingly clever both in their footwork and finishing. Parker missed at least two good chances of scoring, but as a set off against this Fairclough was also slightly unfortunate in not having a point to his credit. The work of Fleetwood and McNeal at half-back was perfect to its way and it did much to break up the combination of the City sharp-shooters.
The spacious enclosure was comfortably filled when play was resumed. Manchester at once went off at a great bat, and Smith handled the ball just outside the penalty area. Barnes took the free kick and sent the ball earling just over the upright. This was rather a warm reopening of the contest, but it was soon followed by an even hotter attack and Brown in attempting a clearance, nearly headed the ball into his own goal. The pressure was maintained and Hughes who was playing a sterling game, missed the mark with a low swift shot. It was some time before Everton succeeded in getting over the centre line, this being accomplished by Fleetwood. Chedgzoy attempted to improve the shining hour by centering correctly, but Henry stepped in and spilt the movement. Two seconds later Chedgzoy centred perfectly and Clennell was given a chance in a thousand to net the ball, when he hesitated and the leather was sent over the bar. Further attacks by the Evertonians were of a most determined character. Parker, getting away, put nicely out to Harrison, but once more the winger was out-manocurved by Henry and the City were soon again in full cry. Fern and the leather struck the upright at the same moment and there was a momentary doubt as to whether the ball had not crossed the line but the referee ruined that it had not. The City were inspiring in their effects to gain a lead and Thompson was hard out to in order to keep Cartwright at bay. The latter once had the Evertonian and gave to Barnes who had an open goal when he shot over. Later on the City gave a free kick just outside the penalty area and Barnes repeated his performance of sending the ball over the bar.
CHARGED WITH MURDER
January 22, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Famed Footballer Sad Position
Alleged To Have Shot His Brother
The news we publish today will cause a shock to all the football enthusiasts of the British Isles. “Sandy” Young is charged in Australia with shooting his brother. He is also alleged to have attempted to commit suicide. “Sandy” (Alexander was his name, but “Sandy” was his name to all who deal in football wares) was famous with the Everton team for many years. He joined them in or about 1902, was capped for Scotland against England Wales in 1906, and was the scorer of the goal by which Everton beat Newcastle United in the English Cup final of 1906. After serving Everton for a number of years at centre forward he become a player for Tottenham Hotspur and a season with them saw his end so far as London was concerned. He afterwards played a season for South Liverpool F.C., after which point he migrated to Australia, joining his brother in a farm. It is suggested that Young's mind had become unhinged. Advices from Melbourne give the following particulars of the case;-
On December 1 the following announcement was made from Echuca;- The closer settlement district of Tongala was disturbed this morning by a sensational affray in which two brothers were concerned. Alexander Young and his brother, John Young, occupy adjoining blocks about six miles to the west of the township of Tongala. For some time past, it is alleged there had been frequently quarrels between the brothers. These culminated in a dispute on Tuesday of more than usual intensely. The men are the joint owners of a herd of dairy cattle. This morning John Young left his home shortly before 7 o'clock, and proceeded to the cattle shed where he proceeded to milk a cow. Soon afterwards he was joined by his brother Alexander. The latter it is alleged had a double-barreled gun. Whether there was a resumption of the quarrel is not known. Some time latter a neighhour named W.D. Pearson found John Young at the cow-shed with gun-shot wounds in his left shoulder. The injured man was taken to Tongala and attended to by Dr. Wight. Meantime the attention of Mr. George Chenhalls of Echues who was driving past Young's house in a car, was attracted by a boy named Hodson who stated that something had happened to Alexander Young, Mr. Chenhills found Alexander Young lying at the door of his house with terrible injuries to the side of his face. These evidently had been caused by a gunshot. Mr. Chenhills took the injured man in his car to Tongala and then to Echuces District Hospital. John Young later in the morning was taken to the same institution by Messrs J. Law and R. Hill, Tongala in the latter's car. An –seven operation was performed on Alexander Young by Dr Wood and Elocate and it is believed that his life is not in danger. John Young, however, on a serous condition, suffering from gunshot wounds in the shoulder and left lung. His life is despaired of, John Young is a married man aged forty-seven years and had a wife and five children. He came to the settlement about three years ago from Dunferline, Scotland and was joined last year by his brother Alexander, who is a single man, about thirty-six years of age.
Second's Day Evidence
The coroner Mr. P. Bartold P.M. today opened an inquiry concerning the death of John Young, at Tongala on Wednesday morning. A post-mortem examination held by Dr. Woods showed that deceased had been shot in the back below the left shoulder blade at close range. The shot smashed the ribs on the left side and drove portions of them into the lung, causing internal hemorrhage. Death was due to shock and loss of blood. After evidence of identification had been given by Agnes Calder Young wife of deceased the inquiry was adjourned until a date to be fixed. Alexander Young, who it is believed attempted to commit suicide is now in the hospital. He was formally charged today with the willful murder of John Young. Constable Bruce of Tongala made an application for a remand for eight days. This was granted by Mr. A. C. Qstrom J.P.
January 22, 1916. The Football Express.
Bid For Championship.
Both Sides Score In First Half.
Fern In Great Form.
With Manchester City already at the head of affairs and with a possibility in certain by no means remote eventualities of displacing and replacing them, Everton visited Hyde-road today fully impressed with and hopeful in the task confronting them. There was a great similarity in the records of the teams up to today’s meeting, although Everton with six successive victories held the advantage in this respect. Today the Citizen included Peter Fairclough as centre-forward, an inclusion which was calculated to strengthen materially the home attack, whilst Henderson was ready to take the place of Bottomley at centre-half, the latter having injured his foot at Oldham last week. Everton once more included the “Throstles” Smith and McNeal, the former at left back (although he is usually found at the opposite side of the field), and McLean in his international position of left half. MaConnachie, Grenyer and Wareing were all on munition duties, and Kirsopp was to be found in Mr. Sugg’s Birkenhead charity side. The full teams therefore, were as follows: - Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal; Henry and Fletcher, backs; Hughes, Henderson, and Brennan, half-backs; Broad, Taylor, Fairclough, Barnes, and Cartwright, forwards. Everton: - Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and Smith (West Bromwich), backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeal (West Bromwich), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. J. J. Turner. The interest in the meeting of the teams can be readily imagined when it is stated that the ground was comfortably filled when the teams made their appearance. There would be fully 20,000 spectators within the enclosure. There were evidently in for a capital afternoon’s spot as the condition; were all that could be desired in a stern tussle for supremacy.
Ferns Wins The Toss
There was a slight breeze from end to end, and Fern in winning the toss, secured this potent factor for his side. The game opened in particularly brisk fashion, and was at once indicative of what was in store. The Blues were the first to get down, but their every effort to penetrate in the shooting zone was as keenly challenged. The City left responded only to meet with equal effective resistance, though from a further advance, led by Broad, the last named placed across the goal only to find Barnes fail. There could be no mistaking the earnestness of the teams as they gave fully of their best, and the forwards keeping themselves finely extended gave considerable trouble to the respective defenders. At one time it looked as though Goodchild would be beaten by a shot from Chedgzoy, but the keeper came to the rescue on the line and effected a really clever save.
In return the Everton left was ably checked by Henry, and from another advance initiated by Fleetwood the home defence was subjected to further pressure. However, the defence prevailed, and following the relief Fern was afforded several opportunities of displaying his ability. He first correctly anticipated danger from a corner kick placed by Broad, and again, fielded a swift ground drive from Henderson, and in addition cleared his lines with great judgment. There was no flagging of pace, and amongst several items of interest was a wonderful shot from Parker, who screwed round and drove in from a pass by Harrison, but his surprise effort was forestalled by Goodchild, who happened to be in the only possible position for saving. At the end Cartwright, after a dashing run slashed the ball inwards, nicely, to find none of his comrades up to take advantage. And so play proceeded, always bright, full of incidents, still with the respective defenders masters of the situation.
Parker Gives Way To Clennell. On one occasion Chedgzoy showed great command of the ball and finished up with a capital centre. Parker, seeing Clennell who, however, was very wide in his efforts to reach the mark. Meanwhile there could be no mistaking that the effectiveness of the respective centre half backs for both Fleetwood and Henderson were effective, both in their spoiling and feeding tactics, and from one swinging pass by the City pivot, Broad was afforded a further opportunity of testing Fern’s ability. The keeper, however, was not to be beaten, and on Everton getting under way again there was some pretty footwork between Parker, Jefferis, and Chedgzoy that called for the recognition of the crowd. Attacking again Henderson came under the bar of the referee for handling just outside the penalty area, and Clennell scored with a long drive into the corner of the net. Within a minute of Everton’s success it look long odds on the score being levelled up, but Fern effected two clever saves in quick succession, and on a further return Thompson succeeded in beating Fairclough in a race for possession.
However, the home forwards kept pegging away, and their persistency was eventually rewarded. Their success came about in this way. Broad made progress on the right and centred across to Cartwright to put in and headed the ball goalwards. Fern gathered the leather, but could not effectively clear, and Taylor dashing up placed the ball safely into the net. Following this came a terrific bombardment of the Everton goal. Fern played a conspicuous part. Shots from all angles and ranges were ably dealt with, and on other occasions the downfall of the position was only averted by the narrowest shave. After a long spell of pressure had been sustained by the Everton defenders, Chedgzoy was soon careering towards the home goal, but was evidently overcome by the exciting conditions, for he drove from long range with only the goalkeeper to beat and failed.
Half-Time: Manchester City 1, Everton 1.
With the teams on level terms it was only to be expected that the same keenness would be forthcoming that obtained in the first portion. The second half opened with a strong attack on the Everton defence, and on Smith being penalized just outside the dreaded area matters looked ominous for the visitors. However, Barnes was too lofty and strong with his kick, and the situation was relieved. Nevertheless the City forwards kept pegging away, and a brilliant shot from Hughes was only equalled in cleverness by the adroitness of Fern, who, getting down saved as the ball was about to cross the line.
Excitement just now was intense, and the players urged on by the spectators, kept up full pitch as play progressed. Everton came into their own, and levelled several dangerous attacks upon the home goal. It was however, noticeable that Chedgzoy was not able to do himself justice as he appeared to be bothered with a leg trouble. Still, one of the centres was skied over the bar by Clennell, and was one of those happenings which at times confound onlookers. A weak return at the other end by Thompson almost led to disaster, but nothing transpired, and the game proceeded on its keen and even course. The City forwards were at times very aggressive and on the whole were more incisive with their finishing touches.
Comments On The Game.
There could be no mistaking the earnestness of the players in their endeavour to secure the lead in the first portion of play, and there could also be no denying the fact that the spectators were fully alive to the efforts of the respectative teams to serve up the best that is to be had. In all departments of the game the players responded well, with the result that everyone was satisfied. On the whole the City forwards were the more dangerous and caused Fern much anxiety. Apart from this the quality of the footwork all round was quite up to the best standard or normal times. Perhaps the most gratifying feature of the game, so far, was the fact that there was not a slacker amongst the 22 players.
MANCHESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 1
January 24, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
GREAT GAME AT HYDE ROAD.
MANCHESTER CITY LEAD.
Lancashire section principal tournament (Game 20)
The tit-bit in the Lancashire section of games was served up at Hyde-road, where Everton furnished the visiting side. Upon a decisive result depended the right of leadership, and as matters eventuated Manchester City secured that honours, and well deserved their triumph. It was a great game, worthy to rank among the best that have been played by the teams, and the 20,000 spectators had every reason to be satisfied with the fare that had been provided for them. The nicer points of the code were kept prominently in the forefront during the whole time that play was in progress, and whilst there was little to choose between the teams in this respect, the palm of victory went rightly to the City players by reason of the greater dash displayed by the forwards. This was the only quality in which the victors excelled, and it was by sheer persistency that the home front line, especially in the second portion, when the wind was behind them, eventually accomplished their object. The goal recorded were, however, not the outcome of any exceptional brilliance, for Everton’s success was the direct result of a free kick taken by Clennell from 25 yards range, while the two recorded by the City were obtained by Taylor and Barnes from corner kicks, and scrambled through after the Everton keeper in each instance had effected but a partial save.
POINTS OF PLAY.
There was not a dull moment in the game, which at times was brimful of incident. The teams were wonderfully well balanced, and if certain bright particular stars did not do full justice to themselves, there was nevertheless a standard of efficiently that had not been reached by either team so far this season. As indicated, it was by superior dash that the City could claim any advantage over their rivals. Both forward lines had a profitable plan of campaign in view, and worked it well, while behind there were half-backs always fully extended, that showed a ready conception of the requirement of their respective forwards. There were many pretty and effective triangular movements when foraging for position, and as a natural result there were frequently flashes along the wings, and swinging centres that served to keep the big crowd on good terms with themselves. Defensive play, too, was a prominent feature of the proceedings, and though the Everton last line were subjected to greater aggression, they quite held their own, and compared favourably with the work of the City rearguard.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Dealing with the players, probably none caught the eye of the crowd more than did Fern. He had by far more work to get through than Goodchild, and it can safely be asserted that he stood between the City forwards and quite a crop of goals. He anticipation of the final touches was invariably correct, and his clearance, with the two exceptions noted, was always placed well out of danger. Thompson, too, played a big part in defensive operations, and was perhaps the busiest man on the field. Smith was an able seconded, and it was unfortunate that the corner kick that he conceded should have cost his side a goal, which was obtained while he was receiving attention behind the line. As the pivot of the team Fleetwood played a strong game both as a spoiler and provider of opportunities, whilst Brown and McNeal kept well in touch with their wingmen. From the Everton section of the crowd much attention was directed towards Parker, but Henderson, the City half-back, also recognised the importance of keeping his eye on Parker, and shadowed the leader with a persistency that for the greater part of the game placed him out of court. However, there were occasions when Parker eluded his watchful opponents, and gave a real glimpse of his ability in marksmanship. One wonderful shot accomplished on the turn just missed its mark, and others taken under difficulties served to demonstrate what might have happened had any elbow room, been allowed him. Chedgzoy and Clennell were the most dashing of a skilful line of forwards; and on the home side Taylor and Broad were very effective. They had good support from Hughes immediately behind them, while the last lines of defence played a sound and effective game. Teams: - Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Henry, and Fletcher, backs, Hughes, Henderson, and Brennan, half-backs, Broad, P. Taylor, Fairclough, Barnes, and Cartlywright, forwards. Everton: - Fern (captain), goal, Thompson, and J Smith (West Brom), backs, Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeal (West Brom), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.
“SANDY” YOUNG CHARGED.
January 24, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
ALLEGED MURDER OF BROTHER.
AUSTRALIAN FARM TRAGEDY.
The famous Everton and International centre forward, Alexander (“Sandy”) Young, who scored the winning goal for the Goodison Park team when they won the English Cup, has been brought up at Melbourne Australia, on a charge of murdering his brother John Young. A Melbourne message stated that Young and his brother occupied adjoining flats six miles west of Tongala. For some time, it is alleged, there had been frequent quarrels between them, which terminated in a terrible tragedy.
Young’s brother was the owner of a herd of dairy cattle, and on December 1 he left home early and proceeded to the cattle shippon. Later, it is alleged, “Sandy” followed him to the shed with a double-barrelled gun. Some time later a neigbour discovered John Young suffering from gunshot wounds in his left side. Meantime the attention of a passer-by was called to “Sandy” who was suffering from terrible injuries to the face. An operation was performed on “Sandy” and it is believed that he is not in danger. His brother, however, died, and a post-mortem showed that he had been shot in the back, below the left shoulder, at close range, and a portion of his ribs had penetrated his lungs. Death was due to internal hemorrhage and shock. He leaves a wife and five children.
“Sandy” was brought before the court on December 3 and remanded for eight days. Another account states that at seven o’clock on the morning of December 1, John Young was found lying wounded by a Mr. W. Pearson, who was attracted by cries of “Police.” Young said that his brother Alexander (“Sandy”) had shot him. “Sandy” was found by Mr. G. D. Clenhall, who was implored by “Sandy” to save his brother, whom he said he had shot. After dressing his wound Mr. Clenhall conveyed “Sandy” into Tongala and handed him over to the police, who took him to the Ecbuca Hospital.
“Sandy” Young was one of the most famous centre forwards who ever stopped on to a football field, and had played League football with Everton, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur. His last appearance in the country was with South Liverpool a couple of seasons ago, for whom he played prior to going abroad. He was born at Slamannan, in Scotland, and it was while he was playing with a junior team at Falkirk that his ability was recognised by the Everton directors, who signed him on, although both the Rangers and the Celtic were anxious to secure his services.
He was an immediate success, and proved a prolific goal scorer. “Sandy” was capped both against England and Wales, and had the honour of scoring the memorable goal for Everton against Newcastle which secured Everton the English Cup.
Dundee Evening Telegrapgh-Monday 24 January 1916
Scottish International Centre Forward,
Arrested on Charge of Shooting Brother.
Sensation created Scottish football circles
Saturday by the announcement the " Post" that " Sandy" Young, the famous international forward, who played for Scotland against England and Wales, and scored the winning goal for Everton when they won the English Cup, had been brought up at Melbourne, Australia, on a charge of murdering his brother, John Young. Melbourne message states that Young and brother occupied adjoining flats six miles west of Tongola. For some time, is alleged, there have been frequent quarrels between them, which terminated tragedy. Young's brother was the owner of herd of dairy cattle, and on December 1 he left homo early and proceeded to the cattle shippon. Later, it is alleged, Sandy" followed him to the sned with a double-barrelled gun. Some time later a neighbour discovered John Young suffering from gunshot wounds in the left side. Meantime the attention passer-by was called to Sandy," who was Buffering from shots in the face. An operation was performed on him, and is believed that hi? life not in danger. A post-mortem on John Young showed that he had been shot in the back below the left shoulder close range, and portion of his ribs had penetrated his lungs. Death was due to internal hemorrhage and shock. He leaves a wife and five children. Sandy" was brought before the Court on December 3 and remanded for eight days. Another account states that John Young was found lying wounded by Mr W. Pearson, who was attracted by cries of Police!" Young said that his brother had shot him. " Sandy" was found by G. D. Clenhall, who was implored "Sandy" to save hie brother, whom he said he had shot. " Sandy" Young was one of the most famous centre forwards who ever stepped on to a football field, and had played League football with Everton, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur. He was born Slamannan, Scotland, and it was while he was playing with a junior team at Falkirk that his ability was recognised by the Everton Directors, who signed him on, although both the Rangers and the Celtic were anxious to secure his services. Ho was an immediate success, and proved prolific _ goal scorer. "Sandy" was capped both against England and Wales, and had the honour of scoring the memorable goal for Everton against Newcastle which secured Everton the English Cup.
THE HYDE-ROAD DUEL.
January 24, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Our travelling representative with the Everton team says the game at Manchester was a great contest, worthy to rank among the best that have been played by the teams, and the 20,000 spectators had every reason to be satisfied with the fare that had been proved for them. The nicer points of the code were kept prominently in the forefront during the whole time that play was in progress, and while there was little to choose between the teams in this respect, the palm of victory went rightly to the City players by reason of the greater dash displayed by the forwards. This was the only quality in which the victors excelled, and it was by sheer persistency that the home front line, especially in the second portion, when the wind was behind them, eventually accomplished their object.
Fern v. City
Dealing with the players, probably none caught the eye of the crowd more than did Fern. He had by far more work to get through than Goodchild, and it can safety be asserted that he stood between the City forwards and quite a crop of goals. He anticipation of final touches was invariably correct, and his clearances with the two exceptions noted, were always placed well out of danger. Thompson, too, played a big part in defensive operations and was perhaps the busiest man on the field. Chedgzoy and Clennell were the most dashing of a skilful line of forwards.
January 24, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
There seems to have been some real good football at Hyde-road, where after Clennell had made Everton's lead the Manchester City team rose to the occasion and scored a victory that kept them at the top of the poll. Burnley pressed closely and Nesbitt (2), Boyle (2), and Lindley further increased Burnley's big total. Hillman Jack of that ilk, kept goal for them. Just fancy the old Everton-Chelsea men –he's latterly been training in Chelsea side –figuring in this years football. F.E.H. who was at Hyde-road reports as follows;- War-time football has not only weathered the storm of advance criticism but has brought to its ranks thousands of fresh adhered as the season has progressed. Those who witnessed the encounter between Manchester City and Everton at Hyde-room on Saturday –and there were more than 20,000 people present –must have been struck by the whole heartedness of the proceedings and the genuine sportsmanlike displayed by the contesting teams. There was, indeed quite a Cup-tide ring about the struggle and the strenuous way in which it was fought out must have served as an object lesson to nay slacker. From start to finish the pace was exceptionally fast, and much of the footwork was crisp sparkling and fascinating to watch. The antagonizing sides were admirably matched in all departments. Their style of play was curiously similar –intelligent footwork in excellent- and it was only in the concluding stages that the Manchurians set the seal to their superiority by securing a furiously contested goal. It is only fair to say that on the balance of play they deserved both points, for in the second half they kept Everton almost incessantly on the defensive and certainly enjoyed all the better of the argument. It was very rarely that the visitors were able to make progress in the closing period, whereas the City forwards kept up an intermittent fusillade which included three shots that hit the framework of the goal. Altogether it was a great game – well worthy of two such tried and honorable opponents. Everton set the pace in no unmistakable fashion and after the opening exchanges the spectators realized that they were in for a least of real football. Twenty minutes of vigorous play, in which every yard of ground was sturdily debated had passed before the opening goal was scored. This was gained by the visitors through the instrumentality of Clennell, who taking a free kick just outside the penalty area, netted the ball with a glorious shot. The City were now slow to retaliate. They attacked with extraordinary persistence and from a melee in front of Fern, Taylor equalized amid scenes of quite phenomenal excitement. The second forty-five as we have indicated was scarcely so even a struggle. Everton being mainly occupied in keeping, Fairclough and company at bay. Nevertheless there were many thrilling episodes and it was not until seven minutes from the call of time that the issue was decided. The winning goal came from Barnes who succeeded in piloting the leather into the net from a corner kick given against Smith. The latter was injured in beating back this particular advance on the part of the City forwards and he was off the field in the hands of the trainer when the point was gained. There appeared to be some doubt as to whether the corner should have been granted. But apart from this the Manchester team cannot be honestly begrudged the full points. There is little necessarily to individualize where all did well. Fern kept a splendid goal, and was well served by the backs, Fleetwood surpassed himself by the brains character of his work, and the forwards were fault only in their finishing touches. Harrison was scarcely up to concert pitch, and Parker did not quite fill the picture in the way he is accustomed to. Chedgzoy and Clennell, however were as agile and aggressive as ever. The City forwards showed good combination and Hughes gave a great display at half-back. The last line of defence of nothing to be doured. Result Manchester City 2, Everton 1.
THE SAD CASE OF “SANDY” YOUNG
January 25, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Stories of a Framed Centre
Everywhere where football is discussed the topic of the week-end has been the sad case of “Sandy” Young. It is a terrible business, and we must wait a while before commenting on the case. However no harm can be done as the trial is in Australia, in giving local views of people who had dealing with “Sandy” Young. He was idolized by the public of Liverpool, and his career is something of a romance. Signed from a Scottish junior club after a number of Scots had tried to gain his signature, he came to Everton, and at once made his name by brilliant foot-work and curious little artistries of dribbling that make a footballer a hero in the eyes of that make a footballer a hero in the eyes of the public. Tom McDermott was such a one, but hardly in the same measure as his countryman “Sandy” whose twisting and turning and feinting were a delight to the football enthusiast's eye. The height of his career was reached when he represented his country against England and Wales and scored Everton's solitary goal in the only Cup winning event that has ever been credited so the city of Liverpool.
Recalling the Scenes
What a scene is recalled by the memory's of Everton cup victory! The Walton brigade had been in the final before 1906, of course and Aston Villa beat them in the best-to-be remembered game in 1897 –this was the best final the Palace has ever known –but Everton had before then been in a Cup final –against Wolverhampton Wanderers –and so confident were the Mersey men in their ability to beat the Midlanders that a brass band was ordered to meet the conquering heroes at the Liverpool station. But Wolverhampton Wanderers beat them – and the band was silent. In consequence of the blow, and the fact that Cup finals are not certainties, few arrangements were made prior to the day of the final of 1906. First let us win the game said the officers. They won and when John Taylor and his fellows players returned to the city on the following Monday, Liverpool gave itself up to mafloking. Streets were crowded out, and Scotland road –and in fact all the journey to Goodison Park –was a study in heads. There was no band, there was no prearranged receptions, but the crowd simply waited and cheered themselves boarse. John Taylor held aloft the F.A Cup and waved it vigorously but his arm must have ached for days afterwards. “Sandy” scorer of the goal by which Newcastle United were beaten in the final round was especially idolized and a match refrain was made that has been carried to all grounds. The words were;- “Oh aye, Sandy scored the goal; Sandy scored the goal; Sandy scored the goal; ooh aye, Sandy scored the goal, and that's how we won the cup. In Liverpool during the last few days I have been able to add to the knowledge I already possessed in regard to Young's temperament. A widely known player who was as it were in charge of “Sandy” told me that Sandy was very highly strung had peculiar habits, and was a very somber man. He would live alone, as far as possible and many a time when out training he slinked off to some long walk and no one could get a word out of him. If one was not satisfied with his game one never offered any remarks on the point as “Sandy” would straightway have curled up, and played any sort of tosh. A curious temperament was Sandy and there were periods when he stroked the single lock of hair that adorned his forehead which suggested that he suffered severe pains in the head.
A Couple of Stories
When Everton's players used to leave the old dressing room at Bullens road for a match they entered the ground by the paddock way, and save that policeman were nearby, and that there was a barrier of iron there was nothing to stop the public chatting with or patting players. “Sandy” though idolized full upon moderate days –as all football idols do –and one day a spectator had got “Sandy” on the raw by protesting against his game. “Sandy” was in a bad humour and when he left for the dressing room a hero –worshipper patted him vigorously on the back and said “Bravo Sandy.” Well played. The replay came back from the soured man, “Ooh man keep your hands on yer pockets.”
Another story that is of later date concerning Young's leave –taking at Goodison Park. Young had a benefit match played after he had served the club a long period and sometime later his appearance in August did not suggest fitness of condition. He was away from the club for a month or so, and eventually the time came when it was questioned whether Young should be signed on. The directors were in pairs – half said “No” the other half said “Sign him for another season.” The public were advised of this state of affairs and through this column they made known their love of “Sandy” and their desire that his post services and the popularity should be borne in mind. Eventually another meeting of the directors was called and, I think, by a casting vote, Young's connection was broken. He was signed by Tottenham – another of the “Echo” numerous excusive item to the way –and early in the season the Sours can to Liverpool to play Everton. Of all the receptions I have ever heard that day's volume led the lot. Sandy was vociferously cheered by the multitude –and he replied by scoring a goal against his old side. Just what “Sandy” would do.
EVERTON V STOKE
January 28, 1916. Evening Express.
By The Judge.
A sparkling game will be seen at Goodison Park tomorrow, for with the Stoke team at practically its fullest strength, the Evertonians will be found plenty of occupation in endeavouring to annex all the points. The only absentee on the visiting side will be Private W. Temples, who is serving with the Army Veterinary Corps, but the Potters have nevertheless an unusually strong side out, and they will make the home team go all the way. Everton will include Private Snoddy again, and Kirsopp and Wareing will also come into the side. The teams will accordingly face each other as follows: - Everton: - Fern; Thompson, Snoddy; Brown, Fleetwood, Wareing; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, Harrison. Stoke: - Herron; Smart, Turner; Jones, Parker, Shelton; Hargreaves, Whittingham, Smith, Herbert, Ellis.
January 28, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton team to meet Stoke on Saturday at Goodison Park (kick-off 3.15 pm) has been chosen as follows; Fern; Thompson, and Snoddy; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison.
EVERTON 4 STOKE CITY 1
January 29, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo.
BROMILOW AND KIRSOPP WITH EVERTON
HARRISON PENALTY MISS.
Lancashire section principal tournament (Game 21)
To-day the Everton team brought to our notice once again the names of Bromilow and Kirsopp. The latter has been out for sometime through injury, but he had a run with a scrater eleven last week-end, and stood the strain without harmful effects. Fern has a bad cold, hence, his absence. Wareing come back to the half-back line, but was on the wing, and as Private Snoddy was given further opportunity at full back, the Albion couplet was absence today. Stoke were well represented, and the game promised much strong shooting, as Clennell, Whittingham and others have records, which prove their deadiness.
IN HARNESS AT 46.
There are the days when youth “over military age” seems to be asserting itself, particularly in “emergency” football (writes Vin) John Hillman the English international goalkeeper, reappeared last week for Burnley, and what is more, kept his goal intact. Unlike footballers and actresses, he doen’t object to your knowing his age. He is now in his forty-seventh year. Hillman came into promince with the Turf Moor club, and afterwards assisted Everton in those seasons 1894-95 and 6. Then he migrated to Dundee, and stayed their about two years, resuming to Burnley and receiving as captain in 1899. Went to Manchester city in 1902, and was with them until the time of the “Break up.”
Teams, referred to by Mr. Howard: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Thompson, and Snoddy, backs, Brown, Fleetwood (Captain), and Wareing, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Stoke City: - Heron, goal, Smart, and Turner, backs, Jones, Parkes, and Shelton, half-backs, Hargreaves, Whittingham, Greaves. Herbert, and Ellis, forwards. Referee Mr. Howarth. Everton won the toss, and the main points of the opening chapter were the determination of Whittingham and the unbalancing of Clennell by a trip by. Jones, the offence being committed outside the penalty area, and being ignored by the referee. Chedgzoy and Harrison were responsible for some capital centres, and Kirsopp was well covered when he shot at close range. Harrison was especially useful in putting the ball to his right. On another of our left representations, viz, full back, there was need for strength. Thompson had to cut across to the aid of his partner, and Snoddy later, after being beaten, redeemed himself by blocking Hargreaves, who had worked his way within a yard or two of goal. Instictly Greaves had a chance, and his shot was so hot that Bromilow was content to have saved even through the ball went to earth. Greaves was near heading a goal after which we saw Herron busy, Wright give him a simple to hand shot, and Clennell gave him a low strong drive, which he fielded well. Again Wright drive straight in the goalkeepers, the centre chance being made possible by Herron’s partial saves of Clennell shot. For five minutes Herron was a busy man and Wright was his main perplexity. Everton’s centre, though sandwiched by two big defenders, worked his way through and shot strongly. Herron edged the ball against the crossbar (Wright), and a corner was the result. There were three brilliants up to the moment, and they were Fleetwood, Jones, (the Welsh international) and Whittingham. The home right so far could not get the better of Shelton and Turner, whereas the visitors right was operating with success, and when Wareing was adjudged guilty of two fouls, the taker of the free kick tried long shots. Jones was wide with the first, but Whittingham with the second (it was taken twenty-five yards out and on the left wing) was precious near with a thrilling drive. These were many exciting incidents in the excellent game. These are two; Clennell was grassed by Smart, and Harrison missed by inches with the penalty kick. At the other end Heagreaves broke away, and had apparently beaten Bromilow when the ball crossed the goalmouth and was not converted. Harrison and Clennell worked hard and effectively, and when Clennell transferred the ball, Wright headed in swiftly, Herron hurting his hand in saving. Just before the interval, Herbett made a gross miss on ampty goal being insufficient inducement to him to shoot. Half-time Everton nil, Stoke City nil.
There was some hurt as soon as the second half started. Fleetwood was fouled, Wright hooked the ball wide, Clernnell screwed wide, and when Turner wandered to the right wing Kirsopp followed him and took possession of the ball, when Turner missed aim with a longest kick. It was a golden chance, and when the goalkeeper was drawn out of his lair, Kirsopp scored after forty-eight minutes. Everton had their chances and Chedgzoy forced Herron to touch away and Harrison with an oblique shot, made gallant attempts to incept the lead. Clennell was wide on three occasions, Kirsopp again wandering drifted to the centre, and went close with a shot that did not rise from the ground. Stoke for a long time were easily held, but Whittingham, after idle moments sent Greaves away with a lovely pass, and Thompson nipped the idea in the bud at the right moment. Fleetwood put Chedgzoy in possession, and the latter drove across a nice centre, which Herron fisted out. Clennell got the ball and was very unfortunate not to score, as his shot cannoned off Herron’s foot for a corner. Then Kirsopp went very near, with a shot that struck the upright. This was followed by pressure from the Stoke forwards, and first Greaves caused Bromilow to make a good save, and Whittingham with a hard drive, put the ball wide. A capital run by Hargreaves helped to keep Stoke on the attack, and after Bromilow had partially saved a good length, the ball from Hargreaves Whittingham again failed from close range.
Clennell scored after seventy-two minutes, Whittingham scored from a penalty kick, after Fleetwood grassed Greaves after seventy-five minutes, Cherdgzoy scored after eighty minutes and Kirsopp after eighty-four minutes.
SOME SHARPSHOOTERS AT EVERTON
January 29, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton at home to Stoke, here’s and attractive bill of fare, eh? There are sharp-shooters to be seen at Everton tomorrow and I shall be surprised if the goal crop is not usually heavy. You see, on one side we have Clennell, Parker, Kirsopp –not to mention two of the hardest shooters at the outside berth. Then on the other side we have the pleasure of seeing Whittingham. Whittingham is a sturdy grown young fellow who made his name at Blackpool and afterwards scored many goals from Bond’s centres and later at Chelsea, proved a deadly first-time shooter. He is one of the few footballers capable, these days of taking a ball at any angle or any reasonable height and slamming it to goal. Hence his success. Time was when we used to delight to catch a ball of half-volley –for we know we could get a fierce pace behind the ball. Other days, other ideas. Nowadays it is customary for the players to deaden the ball before shooting –folly, my sirs, and without any recommendation. However go to Goodison Park tomorrow and study the point – you’ll have plenty of opportunity to judge it. Note Whittingham’s haste to shoot. Yet while taking risks –he cannot be expected to be dead on the target every time any more than any average sniper can –you’ll find, if his form is of his ordinary level, that he keeps the ball low and wastes not a second before making up his mind to shoot. Stoke have been one of the surprise packets of the season and their visit to Anfield recently made for a good game and a good gate. Everton have championship chances, and in view of their style of football –always attractive, no matter what the result may be –there should be a big crowd and fast game. That Everton will win by nice margin I feel confident will the case. These are the sides; Everton; Bromilow; Thompson, Snoddy; Brown, Fleetwood, Wareing; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, Harrison. Stoke; Heron; Smart, Turner; Jones, Parker, Shelton; Hargreaves, Whittingham, Greaves, Herbert, Ellis.
Note-Fern is away through a cold. The tall and clever local Bromilow will deputise.
EVERTON V STOKE
January 29, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Bromilow and Kirsopp with Everton
Today the Everton team brought to our notice once again the names of Bromilow and Kirsopp. The latter has been out for some time through injury, but he had a run with a scrater eleven last week-end and stood the strain without harmful effect. Fern has a bad cold, hence his absence. Wareing came back to the half-back line, but was on the wing, and as Private Snoddy was given further opportunity at full back the Albion couplet was absent today. Stoke were well represented and the game promised much strong shooting as Clennell. Whittingham and others have records which proved the deadiness.
“In Harness at 46!
These are the days when youth “over military age seems to be asserting itself particularly in emergency football (writes “Vin). John Hillman the English International goalkeeper, reappeared last week for Burnley, and what is more kept his goal intact. Unlike many footballers and actresses he doesn’t object to your knowing his age. He is now in his forty-seventh year! Hillman came into prominence with the Turf Moor club, and afterwards assisted Everton in three seasons -1894-95 and 6. Then he migrated to Dundee and stayed there about two years, returning to Burnley and receiving a cap in 1899. Went to Manchester City in 1902, and was with them until the time of the break up.”
Teams; refereed by Mr. Howard;- Everton; Bromilow, goal; Thompson and Snoddy, backs; Brown, Fleetwood and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Stoke; Heron, goal; Smart and Turner, backs; Jones, Parker, Shelton, half-backs; Hargreaves, Whittingham, Greaves, Herbert and Ellis, forwards. Everton won the toss, and the main points of the opening chapter were the determination of Whittingham and the unbalancing of Clennell by a trip by J. Jones the offence being committed outside the penalty area, and being ignored by the referee. Chedgzoy and Harrison were responsible for some capital centres, and Kirsopp was well covered when he shot at close range. Harrison was especially useful in putting the ball to the right. On another of our left representations, viz full back there was need for strength, Thompson had to cut across to the aid of his partner and Snoddy later after being beaten, redeemed himself by blocking Hargreaves who had worked his way within a yard or two of goal. Instantly Greaves had a chance and his shot was so hot that Bromilow was content to have saved even through the ball went to earth. Greaves was near heading a goal after which we saw Herron busy Wright gave him a simple to hand shot and Clennell gave him a low strong drive which he fielded well. Again Wright drove straight to the goalkeeper, the centre’s chance being made possible by Herron’s partial save of a Clennell shot. For five minutes Herron was a busy man, and Wright was his main perplexity. Everton’s centre, though sandwiched by two big defenders worked his way through and shot strongly. The ball was edged against the crossbar by Herron and a corner was the result. Wright tried his fortune with a header but Herron again was cool and confident. There were three brilliants up to the moment, and they were Fleetwood, Jones (the Welsh international) and Whittingham. The home right so far could not get the better of Shelton and Turner whereas the visitors right was operating with success and when Wareing was adjudged guilty of two fouls the taker of the free kick tried long shots. Jones was wide with the first, but Whittingham with the second (it was taken twenty five yards out and on the left wing was precious near with a thrilling drive. These were many exciting incidents in the excellent game. These are two Clennell was grassed by Smart and Harrison missed by inches with the penalty kick. At the other end Hargreaves broke away and had apparently beaten Bromilow when the ball crossed the goalmouth and was not converted. Harrison and Clennell worked hard and effectively and when Clennel transferred the ball Wright headed in swiftly Herron hurting his hand in saving. Just before the interval Herbert made a gross miss, on empty goal being insufficient inducement to him to shoot.
Half-time; Everton 0, Stoke City 0.
There was some fun as soon as the second half started. Fleetwood was fouled. Wright hook the ball wide, Clennell screwed wide and when Turner wandered to the right wing Kirsopp followed him and took possession of the ball, when Turner missed aim with a lungerous kick. It was a golden chance, and when the goalkeeper was drawn out of his lair, Kirsopp scored –time forty-eight minutes. Everton had their appetite whetted and Chedgzoy forced Herron to punch away and Harrison with an oblique shot made a gallant attempt to increase the lead. Clennell was wide on three occasions, Kirsopp again wandering drifted to the centre, and went close with a shot that did not rise from the ground. Stoke for a long time were easily held, but Whittingham after idle moment sent Greaves away with a lovely pass, and Thompson nipped the idea in the bud at the right moment. Fleetwood put Chedgzoy in possession and the latter drove across a nice centre, which Herron fisted out. Clennell got the ball and was very unfortunate not to score as his shot cannoned off Herron’s foot for a corner. Fleetwood and Chedgzoy in possession and the latter drove across a nice centre, which Herron fisted out. Clennell got the ball and was very unfortunate not to score as his shot cannoned off Herron’s foot for a corner. Then Kirsopp went very near with a shot that struck the upright. This was followed by pressure from the Stoke forwards and first Greaves caused Bromilow to make a good save, and then Whittingham with a hard drive but the ball just wide. A capital run by Hargreaves helped to keep Stoke on the attack, and after Bromilow had partially saved a good length ball from Hargreaves, Whittingham again failed from close range.
January 29, 1916. Evening Express.
Sisters' Visit To Everton.
Appreciation Pf Liverpool Sympathy
Everton Club And The Defence.
I have some interesting news, writes, concerning the lamentable case of Sandy Young, with whom every commiseration will be felt in the very serious position in which he is placed. I had a visit this morning from two of Sandy's sisters, two charming Scottish ladies, who were naturally quite broken-hearted over the trouble. They wished me to say how much they appreciated the kindly sympathy of the Liverpool football public, with which sympathy they were much impressed. They had come to the city from their home at Avonbridge, Stirlingshire, and I was fortunately able to put them in direct touch with the Everton secretary, Mr. Cuff. I understand that the Everton club are prepared to do anything possible to assist in Young's defence, and they have already opened up communication with the authorities in Melbourne to that end.
News At Christmas.
The Misses Young, in the course of my conversation with them, said that the last news they had of Sandy, was at Christmas when they received a letter from him. He then appeared to be going on all right, and there was no indication of anything in the nature of approaching trouble. Sandy, they said, was always of a melancholy temperament, and they added –“Whatever he did, he must have been driven to it, for he was always good.” Their mother, they added, who is approaching her seventieth year, was terribly upset by the news, which had reached them through the medium of the newspapers, and concerning which they have, as yet, not learned anything from any other source.
Interview with Mr. Cuff.
The sisters' interview with Mr. Cuff was purely of a personal character, though they informed me subsequently that the Everton secretary gave them every assurance that anything the Everton club could do in the way of assisting Sandy in his defence, by the way of evidence or any other way, would be willingly done. Both the Misses Young were very much affected by the reception extended to them in Liverpool, to which City they are complete strangers. I took the opportunity of seeing them off to Edinburgh by the 12.40 train, and they were again expressive of their appreciation of the kindly courtesy of the Everton secretary.
January 29, 1917. The Evening Express.
Visit Of The Potters.
Important Fixture Under Ideal Conditions.
Kirsopp Opens The Score.
By The Judge.
Ideal conditions, Livered this important fixture at Goodison Park this afternoon, the weather being quite spring like, and a fine crowd of spectators turning out to welcome the Potters. Their visit to Anfield is still fresh in memory, for the game was more than usually eventual, no small amount of feeling being at one time introduced. The progress of Stoke has been out of the most noticeable incidents of the season’s football, in which, thanks mainly to the generally of Whittingham, they have always shown up prominently.
Everton had to turn out with weakened forces, Fern, owing to a cold, was unable to turn out, and his place was taken by Bromilow, whilst today, as announced in our stop-press column early this morning, a message was received from Parker’s stating that he was unfit for play. Stoke had practically their full forces out, except that Private Tempest, of the Army Veterinary Corps, was unable to play, and the teams took the field in the following order:- Everton:- Bromilow, goal; Thompson and Snoddy, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wright, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. Stoke; - Herron, goal; Smart and Turner, backs; Jones, Parker, and Shelton, half-backs; Hargreaves, Whittingham, Greaves, Herbert and Ellis, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Howard. Wright came into the Everton team at centre forward in place of Parker. His last appearance was at Blackpool. Stoke, who were warmly welcomed, had Greaves a reserve team player, at centre-forward instead of Smith. Otherwise the teams were as announced. The Band of the 9th King’s (Liverpool Regiment) supplied the incidental music.
Stoke Kick Off.
The game started punctually to time, Everton won the toss, but there was comparative little advantage, and Stoke kicked off a perfect surface. The opening play was in midfield, but Clennell so it made headway, only to be brought down just as he shot outside. Bromilow was the first of the custodian to be called on, a long drive by Greaves bringing him out of goal. Stoke after a long high shot by Harrison, which passed over, broke away on the right, but Thompson crossing over cleverly, compelled Hargreaves to kick into touch. As the result of some neat half back play by the visitors their left wing got nicely going, and Thompson cleverly headed away from a foul upon Ellis. Clennell sent the ball along with a skilful kick, but nothing serious developed
Everton Goal In Danger.
The Everton goal underwent two very narrow escapes, a brilliant run by Hargreaves , who completely outwitted Snoddy brought him right in front of goal. Bromilow effected a line clearance, but the ball was brought back and the Everton goalkeeper again had to save from the very persistent visiting forwards. After catching the ball he momentarily lost it, and it was a stroke of great good fortune for his side that he was able to recover and clear his lines with a return which brought him deservedly applause. So far Stoke were playing much the more effective game, their work in every part of the field being altogether superior to that of the home team. Thompson was doing any amount of service, his clearances on several occasions being accomplished with marked judgment and accuracy. Everton’s first shot at goal came from Clennell, but there was no mistake on the part of Herron, who cleared with coolness and judgment. A long ground drive from the same player a moment later chased him more anxiety, but he had a good view of the ball all the way and gathered it successfully. The home team showed up better, but they were met with a powerful defence, and of a trio of formidable full backs.
Clennell Again Busy.
Clennell was again conspicuous with a head shot in point blank range, but Herron affected a wonderful save. The home forwards were mow exceedingly busy, but they were watched most closely and no latitude was allowed them at any point. A wonderful piece of individual work by Herbert, in the course of which he completely bewildered the home defence, ended in a free kick against Wareing who brought the Stoke forward down. A characteristic drive by Whittingham was the outcome and the ball passed with lightning speed just wide of the post, an audible gasp of relief coming from the crowd, which at this point numbered not less than 15,000, everyone of whom was having full value for his patronage. At the end of 32 minutes’ play Smart brought down Clennell with desperate force well, in the penalty area. The inevitable punishment resulted, and Harrison took the penalty kick. To the mortification of the crowd, however, he shot outside, and Stoke breathed again.
Wonderfully Lucky Save.
The concluding stages of the first half saw a wonderfully lucky save by Herron, who threw his hands up and diverted over the bar a shot from Wright which spelt any odds on a goal. Nothing came of the resulting corner and Stoke were soon operating at the other end, where Bromilow was called upon to deal with a high shot, which, however, presented difficulty from Shelton. Hargreave’s prominent up to the change of ends getting in some killing efforts and invariable ending up with accurate square centres. From one of these Whittingham missed with a goal practically at his mercy. Just before half-time Herron brought off a finely adjudged save from a corner. The Stoke goalkeeper was heartily cheered as he retired.
Half-time: Everton 0, Stoke 0.
After a good interval the game was resumed at 4.12, and Everton at once took up the running but a weak attempt by Wright went harmlessly outside. Clennell tried immediately afterwards a long shot, but the again was wide, and at the other end Snoddy had little difficulty in dealing with an attack by the Stoke right.
Kirsopp Opens The Score.
Within a minute of resumption Everton opened the scoring. Turner missed his kick when pressed by the home right, and Kirsopp working well for position scored. Everton manifestly encourage by their success, attacked with vigour, and two attempts by Clennell came very near taking effect. A stoppage ensured owing to an injury to Thompson but he soon resumed and Everton attack on the left, Jones kicking into touch to relieve pressure. Stoke were now well on the defensive but they were very active, and the home forwards were permitted no liberties. Play was quicker as compared with the corresponding period of the first half, but it was still full of interest. Barker brought relief to his side in kicking away from a corner, and next Clennell tried a shot from an almost hopeless position which naturally went well outside. In the course of some midfield play Thompson, who had all through played a stirring game, came along with another powerful clearance. Snoddy followed with a neat return from which, however, the home not able to make headway. Both the Stoke, backs were defending well, and they were kept full occupied. Stoke tried a run on the left, both Ellis and Herbert trying hard to work through, but Thompson beat the off and the visiting inside loft returning to the attack, tried a long shot which Bromilow got to with perfect safety. There was no much more method and speed about the home attack, but they were opposed to a determined defence and on one occasion Herron listed away with three of the home forwards on top of him. He again saved with Wright in immediate attendance Everton practically monopolizing the play, he had a most anxious time.
Another Narrow Escape.
The ball once went behind for a corner when it seemed that the Stoke goal could not possibly escape, and from an instantly superventing corner Kirsopp hit the post with a terrific shot with Herron practically beaten to the world. The visitors rallied an da hard long shot by Greaves brought Bromilow to his knees, a corner following after he had subsequently saved from Hargreaves. Another corned to the Potters, injudiciously conceded by Brown was put outside and play again veered round to the visitors quarters were more stalwart defensive work was witnessed. The game remained full of incident right to the finish, and in every detail the struggle was one of the best witnessed in Liverpool this season, both sides being vigorous and incisive to the end. Clennell scored a second goal for Everton.
The visitors opened din most attractive style, their passing being as picturesque as it was rapid and accurate. It was fortunate for Everton that Thompson was an excellent form. He intercepted many attack which always spelt danger. The footwork of the “Potters” was the acme of perfection. A more cohesive attack has not been seen at Goodison Park this season. It is only correct say that the “Potters” were emphatically the superior side for a long period. It was only the vigilance and resoluteness of Thompson that saved the Everton goal on several occasions. Throughout the first half the play was of a superlative character all round, with the visitors unmistakably the better combination on the day’s play. The exchanges never for a moment lost their interest, and in every respect it was an ideal contest.
January 31, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
It is easy to account for the prominent figure Stoke have cut in the League tournament of the present games. They are a young, strong and virile side, full of enthusiasm, and if at times some of them in the course of that enthusiasm are not over gentle, in their methods of dealing with an opponents they can always be relied upon to provide an interesting figured display. Some of their work in the earlier stages of the game at Everton was worthy to rank with that of Aston Villa in its best days. The ball was flashed from man to man with lightning rapidity, and more over the man was always in place to receive it and to transfer it to a waiting comrade. It was the outstanding work of Thompson who defended like a rock, that kept the Everton goal intact on more than one occasion, and the result was that we were presented with a display of football of readily the superlative order in the first portion when Everton, although they had a penalty were not a little fortunate to cross over with the game in a goalless state.
An Attractive Struggle. It was an attractive struggle in every feature. Although there were two penalities one in each half (Harrison’s aim was well wide), there was nothing of an unpalatable character about the proceedings, which produced a bright vigorous and sportsmanlike battle to the end. The Stoke team, as stated are a lively enthusiastic and powerful combination, which never knows when it is beaten, and any side is deserving of success that overcomes them. Everton’s victory, therefore it will be seen was thoroughly well deserved although the margin of superiority was perhaps hardly to the extent indicated by the score. Thompson was a fine defender, and Chedgzoy’s work was of a masterful achievement. Clennell was very pertinacious and worrying and Harrison and Wright were also always well on the more, with Wright over the alert. Bromilow’s work in goal was perfectly satisfactory, and it cannot be said that fern’s absence necessarily spelt, weakness.
The visitors as indicated are a hefty, hard lot. Whittingham had proved a wonderful asset to them ever since he joined their ranks, his shooting being always dangerous and his generalship being the priceless value. Hargreaves on Saturday was second in efficiency to the ex-Chelsea player, his work on the wing being polished and always dangerous, noticeably in the opening half. Jones was the most effective of a plodding trio of half-backs whilst Herron’s goalkeeping was at times wonderfully clever. The backs fell away after a promising opening, and the penalty of miskicking came on two occasions in the shape of goals to the home side, who never allowed opportunity to pass, and who gained a handsome victory in a brilliant contested game.
The exclusive interview secured with the sister of poor Sandy Young, together with the subsequently exclusive intimation of the action of the Everton club in cabing to the Major of Tongals will give general satisfaction, for the feeling in every quarter is one of sincere regret for Sandy in the unfortunate position in which he is placed. But the idea of anyone talking about a “reprieve” at this stage is premature for Sandy has not yet been either tried or convicted of anything. So all talk about the promotion of a “reprieve” movement when the case is sub-judice is well wide of the mark and virtually amounts in fact to a pre-supposition culpability. The Everton officials will do all that possibly can be done in their former player’s interests, and as I stated on Saturday, his sister are profoundly appreciative of the attitude of the Liverpool public towards their unfortunate brother.
EVERTON RUN RIOT LATE ON
January 31. 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Stocking up their Energies
Whether Everton stored up their energies to the last moments of the great game of Saturday I cannot say. Maybe Stoke after their particularly strenuous and clever exhibition of the first half had petered out through failing strengths and thus Everton were enabled to “come on” As any rate we saw one thing that was promised in the Notebook of Friday –goals were frequent and sharp-shooters was plenteous. Strangely enough so far as Clennell was concerned, the shooting was sharp enough but was not well erected –not Clennell's form by any means. A trier all the time, he seemed to be obsessed with goal-scoring. Still everyone was glad to see him did to his goal-crop after Kirsopp had broken the ice, because Clennell is such a likeable fellow and player. He has scored in well-high every match and his work has been of an arduous character that suggests he may be going a trifle stale. We hope not but Saturday's game tended to help on that belief. Alongside him was the stubby little “Jud” Harrison and he was with Kirsopp, Everton's most successive forward. It was Kirsopp first game for some time, but he showed his ability to get among the goals, and on that score alone his work was valuable. Chedgzoy did not fare as well as usual, because he was opposed by resolute defence and a half-back of leech like ideas. Thompson has rarely played a better game. He was a really busy man and he got through his labour with infinite credit. All co forwards found Herron's trustworthy goalkeeper, and at half time no one of the large crowd present could have expected that a big score would be put up against him, even though he had damaged his hand in stopping one of Wright's nice attempts to score.
A Study of Whittingham
Whittingham scored a penalty kick goal, whereas Harrison missed one. Whittingham's work in the first half is a thing I shall not forget in a hurry. With head and foot, with charging and with advice, he was all valuable and Stoke's little winger, Hargreaves responded to his imitation on work with a sprightness that had Private Snoddy guessing all the time. However, the remainder of the Stoke line did not play correspondingly well and so Whittingham “arrangements” served no purpose of tangible nature save to delight the onlookers. You recall his shot from the left wing. It was with a free kick and was fully twenty-five yards out of goal. A swift swerving shot was fired in by Whittingham, who was unlucky not to find-the ball arising the goalkeeper –it was a grand shot. He is built on heavy lines, and can take charge, and his quick-stopping football is on the lines that Clennell adopts and a quite fascinating to the spectator, so that we saw more of the old Blackpool player's style.
Not only did Snoddy play a moderate game, but Brown was off colour, Fleetwood had no superior at half-back and his ploughing winding dribbles were a source of much pleasure. Wright at centre was an able trier to Parker's and five times in one short period of the first half he gave Herron something to ponder over. Wareing on the wing started ineffectively, but later did much that was good if quietly operated. Stoke had two valiant half-backs in J.T. Jones the Welsh international and J. Shelton. The former I have seen may times in the long ago internationals matches, but candidly I have always found him too comelier some to the clever. However on Saturday he moved about freely and was quick to step in and check the left-wing and he did not waste the ball, mark you, when he had gained possession. At times he was inclined to shoot at foolish angles but that was his only fault. Turner played a capital defensive game, but for his solitary blunder which let in Kirsopp to snap the first goal. Both men were out of their places by the way when this happened. Herbert has gone off a lot and is not living up to his early reputation formed at Stoke. Hargreaves on the right was swift and centred well, but I should not like to trust a judgment on his game of Saturday because he was ably and his speed always carried him out of Snoddy reach. It was a most enjoyable game and set us wondering whether Everton have not a fair chance of winning at Burnley next Saturday.