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Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 02 March 1903

The roles were completely reversed at Goodison, for at Gigg-laoe Everton went down, and Goodison Bury were the victims. The winners were three goals better on the day's play than their opponents. Occasionally the Bury forwards played dashingly, but Sagar's efforts, though fine, were not sustained any help got for any length time from his colleagues, while the home forwards played their best throughout. The men who got the goals by no means took the honours, for the rest were contributory to their success, and Abbott and Bell deserve special mention. Monteith was good between the sticks, or the adverse total would have been greater. His backs lent him strong assistance, but the Burr halves were unsatisfactory, except Johnston, who held Makepeace safe, and the home forwards cut through them like a knife through batter. Hie real cause of Bury'a big defeat was not so much any all-round inlenonty the spasmodic character of the their play, the better bits which only made worse the medmerity the greater part their exhibition. Perhaps they wore reserving themselves for the Cup-tie.



Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 02 March 1903

At Goodison Park, before 12.000 spectators. Rain descended in torrents from an hour before tlie start, completely spoiling the game. Sagar started against slight breeze and Thorpe placed Plant, whose centre went outside. Makepeace beautifully tricking Lindsay, enabled Bell to centre, Sharp heading inches wide. A mis-kick by Archer let in Makepeace, who lipped to Sharp, the latter scoring. The Bury left retaliated. Leeming handling close in. A capital attempt made by Wood to equalise, and a further attack resulted two corners accruing to Bury. Those were useless. Everton became aggressive again, Monteith saving splendidly from Taylor, whilst a huge return from Henderson nearly beat him. Again did the custodian fist away from Sharp, the forwards showering shots into the Bury goal. Clarke scored a second with a beautiful long near the interval, when Everton led by two goals to nil. On resuming, the rain had cleared away. Bury forwards were remiss near goal. Plant's centre going untouched across the front of the post?. Everton resumed pressure, Sharp missing by inches, but a sudden rush the Bury forwards gave Sagar a chance, centre's shot, going wide. Kitchen saved at full length, repeating the performance a moment later. Bury attacked determined fashion, the home goal being bombarded. Another foul against Everton was snapped up by Bell, who disposessed Lindsay. A corner followed upon Sharp's rush, and the Everton front line going down in a body, Sharp headed a third point. Result: Everton 3 Bury 0.

EVERTON 3 BURY 0 (Game 434)

March 2, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

It was under the most dismal conditions that Everton and Bury met at Goodison Park on Saturday. For some time prior to the time of kick off heavy rain descended with the result that the ground became heavy and slippery. The attendance of course suffered considerably, but as it was there were fully 10,000 people present at the start. There were a couple of changes in the Everton team Kitchen again appearing in goal, Whitley suffering from influenza while Clark displaced. Wolstenholme, who, sustained a kick the previous Saturday. Bury had a strong side up the only alteration being the substitution of Archer for Ross. Teams: - Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson, and W.Balmer, backs. Clark, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Makepeace, and Bell forwards. Bury: - Monteith, goal, Lindsay and McEwan backs Johnstone, Thorpe, and Archer, half-backs, Richards, Wood, Sagar, Leeming, and Plant forwards. Rain was still heavily when operations started, but nevertheless spectators kept rolling up. Everton won the toss, Sagar starting a minute or two late, and the visitors had the best of the opening exchanges. Thorpe passed out to Plant, who shot at goal from long range, but the ball travelled wide. Then the home left attacked and a corner was forced, but the watchful Shakes got it away safely. Richards and Wood tried to make headway, but Balmer cleared. Bury came again, and from some close work, at the Everton goal, Kitchen cleared a soft shot, which rolled slowly to him. Bury made play on the left, but the ball travelled over the line. End to end play followed, and during one of Everton's attack, Young slammed in a shot which would have bothered Monteith had it reached him, but the ball was luckily charged down. A moment later the same players got in another, which Monteith cleared at the expense of a corner. This was got away, but Everton continued to have the best of matters. Try as they would, however they could not pierce the visiting defence, and at the other end Plant centred from an offside position, but Balmer and Booth cleared. The game was very slack at this stage. Long kicking being the order of the day. Everton continued to have matters pretty much their own way put the defence was very stubborn. Booth tried a long shot, which was straight and had enough, but Montieth cleared it safely. Rain was still falling, and the players were plentifully despattered with mud. Plant and Leeming made an effort to get away, but they could make no impression on the Everton defence, and another attack by the visitors right was equally futile. Booth followed an attempt at a centre by Sharp ended in Taylor forcing a corner, and this by a second off a shot, but this was put behind. The Bury left wing, Plant and Leeming working well together put in a nice bit of work. The former cleverly evaded Clark and Leeming had a pop at goal in a good position, but Kitchen saved coolly. At the other end Sharp centred, and Young made an attempt to head into the net, but Sharp was given offside. The rain now ceased, and the light, which had previously been very dull, improved considerably. Sharp distinguished himself by a nice run, but spoiled it at the finish by a centre, which hit the side of the net. An attack by the Bury right was feeble, and although Kitchen had to clear, there was, however, very little sting in the effort. A much better move on the other wing result in Leeming putting in a swift header, which would have beaten many a goalkeeper, but Kitchen justified his reputation by a clever save. Everton retaliated, and McEwan missing his kick Young was left with a possible opening. He tipped the ball to Sharp, who made no mistake, beating Monteith with a fast shot. This success was within five minutes of the interval. After this the Everton forwards strove to increase the lead, and the Bury defence was kept hard at it. Monteith brought off, some fine saves, and to him belongs the credit of the narrow margin between the teams, for Everton were miles ahead of their opponents. A characteristic sprint was made by Sharp, but although it was futile Clark ultimately got possession and again beat Monteith half time Everton 2, Bury nil. The teams were late in reappearing, but they turned out nice and clean. A foul against Everton was the first incident of note, and this led to an attack on the home custodian a corner resulting. This was badly worked by the Shakers who were not showing their usual form in front of goal by a long way, Taylor put to Sharp in possession, and centring from the line the winger forced a corner, off McEwan. This was worked away, and play was afterwards in midfield, until a foul against Bury again took play into the visitors half. After a series of throw on Booth tried his luck from long range, but the effort, went wide. The Bury right was attacking, when a foul was given against Clark, but the ball was put over the line. Each end afterwards attacked in turn, but Everton were the more dangerous, and the Bury backs kicked out freely. Nevertheless Monteith had to save a couple of shots from the left wing, and a further effort from Sharp, only just missed by inches. Busy broke away on the right and after a nice passing movement, Sagar had a grand chance, but shot wide. It was a perfect opportunity, and the Bury man looked very chagrined as he saw the ball travelling far away from its mark. Bad judgement by the Bury defenders gave Bell a chance, but Lindsay managed to chip in and clear. Again Bell got possession, and Monteith ran out. The whistle was expected for offside, but Bell had his shot and missed. At the other end a free kick was given for Bury on the penalty line, and Kitchen twice saved grandly. Six minutes from the finish, Sharp scored a third goal for Everton from a centre by Bell. Result Everton 3 Bury nil.



March 2, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

Lancashire Combination (Game 23)

At Bury before 2,000 spectators. Bury started against a powerful wind, and both goals had narrow escapes, the play being very even interval no score. Returning Everton were the first to score, through Sheridan, but Berry beat Joyce, and equalised three minutes later, and Pooley gave Bury the lead with five minutes. Brearley equalised, and Ross twice scored. Bury 4, goal, Everton 2. Everton: - Joyce, goal, Lamb, and W Wildman, backs, Clark, Russell, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rankin Bowman Brearley, Sheridan, and McEwan forwards.



March 2 1903, The Liverpool Mercury

Highly meritorious was the victory achieved by Everton over Bury, and on this form, if the Assoication Cup is to find a resting-place in Lancashire, then Goodison park, and not Gigg-lane should be the favoured venue. There could be no disputing the fact that in the game the honours went to the superior side, and the success was the result of better all round football than the Everton team has shown in some of its recent matches. It was not a case of the half-backs doing all the work, with the forwards occasionally breaking away, but each department of the team performed in share in creditable style, and to defeat Bury by three clear goals is as anyone who knows what the East Lancashire club is capable of accomplishing, a decidedly satisfactory state of affairs. Two useful members of the side were absent Wolstenholme having been laid up since Wednesday last whilst Settle was according to report hurt in the International match at Wolverhampton a week ago, and as Whitley was suffering from influence. Everton had to draw upon their reserve resources. These substitutes however proved very capable, and Kitchen displayed old time form in goal demonstrating that he is still worthy of a place is the League eleven. Clarke at right half, and the local youth Makepeace who partnered Bell on the left wing, were likewise in happy vein so that the absence of the better known man was scarcely noticeable. On the trenched surface, which was rendered inaccurate by the tremendous downpour of rain, an hour prior on the accommencement of hostilities, the home players fairly revelled in the going and in the early stages the extreme wing men often failed to reach the pace intended for them. Fortunately, the conditions improved as the game progressed, and in like manner did the character of the play, but whereas Everton trice netted the ball. Bury could not get even one past Kitchen, and the New Year's Day reverse was amply avenged. Bury however, were not beaten without a great struggle, and though Everton had more of the play than their opponents in the first half, there were periods after the interval, when the visitors rained shots on the home goal, without avail. Halves and backs defended stubbornly, but Bury came again to the attack in determined fashion, and whilst some efforts were consciously checkmated other shots cannoned off an opponent accidentally, whilst those that did reach Kitchen were attended to with prompt dispatch. Everton had made their position fairly secure before this, Sharp and Clark defeating Monteith with very clever shots, and just before the finish Bell led a raid on the leftwing, which culminated in an exciting bustle near the Bury goal, and after the ball had been sent in and driven back two or three times, one of the visitors diverted the leather into the goal. Bury could never get the upperhand of the Everton defence, and though their forwards worked down very judiciously on several occasions. Plant and Richards swinging across some seductive centres, the inside men were rarely allowed to indulge in a final effort, worthy of the play that had led up the opening. Everton on the other hand got in some stinging shots, the result of their front line circumventing the attentions of the Bury halves, and the backs, and in this respect of winners held a decided advantage. Bury were seen at their best after the interval, and at one time it appeared as if their persistency would wear down the home defence, but the latter never wavered, with the result that the issue was not afterwards in doubt. After being out of the League eleven for three months, Young once more filled the centre forward position, and though he was tried highly by the untoward conditions of the turf, and weather he did not shape at all badly, and gave evidence that on a more suitable day he would have been seen to far greater advantage. He seems to be the only player the club possesses that has an appreciation of what is required in this onerous post, and though several well meant efforts went estray, whilst other s were spoiled by an apparent lack of physical strength, he put in some very neat touches. If Young can only get thoroughly sound in health, Everton will be relieved from a tremendous difficulty regarding the constitution of their forward line. Taylor played a capital game, and the old Dumbarton forwards seems to have taken a fresh lease of life, for he infused any amount of dash and skill his movements, and furnished Sharp with abundant chances of showing his speed. Bell accomplished much good work, and Everton have no better forwards, yet then the veterans of the team. At half back Clark gave a surprisingly fine display, and Wolstenholme could not have improved upon the exhibition given by the old Hamilton Academical player. Booth was a troublesome opportnent to the Bury inside forwards and much of their non success was due to the worrying tactics of the Everton skipper. Abbott found a tartar in Richards, the smart outside right of the visitors and had to acknowledge defeat several times, for the Bury youth is an adept in trickery with the ball, and wasted no time in flashing away down the touch line. Balmer was in rare form, further behind, though Henderson defended well, and Kitchen kept an excellent goal, one save, low down from a sharp shot, following a foul near the penalty line, being one of the finest clearances in the game.

Bury were somewhat disappointing, with the exception of the period already referred to in the second half, and their forwards did not display that incisiveness near goal that is usually their characteristic feature. They have a habit of sweeping down the field in irresistible rushes, but this was strangely wasting in their play against Everton. Richards was the best forward and he was always dangerous when in possession, but Plant whipped across some fine centres, and leeming worked hard though not with a full measure of success. Thorpe was the pick of the halves, but Archer who filled the place of Ross on the left wing was not up to the standard of the others. Lindsay was the better of the backs, and Montieth kept goal very well, but he was completely beaten by the shots that took effect.

Everton at London

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 07 March 1903

Everton have been sojourning during the week within easy distance of London preparatory to their cup-tie with Millwall at "Isle of Dogs." Goodison Park club evidently fancy their chance agams', the Dockers, for rumour be true they offered them terms to come North, an offer which, however, has not been accepted. Somehow, Everton journeys to the South have never been happy ones. They have been knocked out by Tottenham and Southampton in previous years, and with the statement that the present tie will prove runaway affair for them few will disagree. They have, apparently, not decided on the men who shall have the honour appearing on the team, for fewer than nineteen playors have been forwarded to us from which a selection will made. Incidentaily, it mentioned that Everton nave benefitted to the extent of $1,400 their cup ties to date. And there is a prospect the figure being materially increased.



Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 07 March 1903

This match was played in miserable weather at Millwall, before a crowd of some 12,000. The ground was against good football. Millwall turned out first, amidst enthusiasm. Everton were soon out. Millwall won the toss, and Everton at once commenced to press severely, and caused Sutcliffe a lot of anxiety, only the dreadful state of the ground preventing as score on several occasions. Millwall made some good breaks away, but the defence opposed to them too strong, and play was nearly always round the Millwall goal. Then Millwall pulled themselves together, and showed much better football. Moran on the outside right, falling over when right in the goalmouth. Everton again took up the running and for several minutes simply bombarded the Millwall goal, Sutcliffe saving well by conceding a corner, which was cleared from the goal. Half-time; Millwall 1, Everton 0. Result; Millwall 1, Everton 0.



Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 07 March 1903

At Goodison, before a small attendace. The visitors started at a rare pace and had all the best of the opening play. A combined rush by the home forwards was well checked. At Last Rankin got going and gained the first corner for Everton but nothing ensued. A regular seige was laid to the visitors' goal, and Gaskell had an anxious time. Breaking away, Hall sailed down and put through for Oswaldtwistle, but offside spoiled his effort. Tricky play between Hall, Longsworth, and Pope resulted in a goal for the vsiitors after 15 minutes' play. Pope put the finishing touch to the ball, which rolled into the net just out of Joyce's reach. In a wild scramble to retaliate Bowman collided with one of the visiting backs, who was disabled for a few minutes. rare good work was put in by Cunliffe and Hargreaves. Bowman equalised with a flying kick, Gaskell being completely beaten. Half-time; Everton Reserves 1, oswaldtwistle 1. Play in the second half was fast and furious. The home team had met their match, and though the Rovers now played against the wind they fairly held their own. Gaskell once or twice risked disaster by running too far out to save, but it came off all right. Bowman had a grand chance but sent wide. Hargreaves defended splendidly, and Gaskell was not to be caught. Result Everton 1, Oswaldtwistle 1.

MILLWALL 1 EVERTON 0 (Fac Game 44)

March 9, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.

F.A.Cup Round Three

Storrier misses a penalty kick for Millwall

Anything more lugubrious than the Millwall ground, where Everton met the local club on Saturday in the third round of the English Cup competition, will be difficult to imagine. The district is a good colourable imitation of the “Black Country” and the field of play is burrowed amongst railway arches and works with a background of black mud. The Weather conditions were in keeping. From early morning the rain had been soaking down and the wind raging, and the ground was like a swamp. However, the attendance numbered about 15,000 when the teams faced as follows : - Milwall: - Sutcliffe, goal, Easton and Storrier, backs, Riley, bell, and Watkins, half-backs Moran, Astley, Hulse, Gettins, and Jones forwards. Everton: - Whitley, goal, Henderson, and W.Balmer, backs, Clark, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham. Millwall won the toss, and played with their backs to the breeze. Young kick off, and the Everton left wing at once pressed. A bad pass by Sharp allowed the Millwall front rank through, but Henderson saved with a good kick, and then Millwall got away on the right with a good run, which culminated in an abortive shot by Astley. The Everton left then asserted itself, and from a pretty pass by Settle, Sutcliffe had to run out, but was impeded by Taylor, and the referee immediately blew his whistle. The ball had only just got over the half-way line when the Everton left was again conspicuous, and Sutcliffe was called upon by Bell and made a lunging kick, and the home team rushed away again. The sticky state of the ground made the play difficult. The Everton forwards were well in line before goal, when Watkins deliberately tripped Sharp. Luckily for Millwall it was within a few yards on the right side of the penalty mark. The play ensuing on the free kick was rather week, and Sutcliffe had no difficulty in clearing. Up to now the kicking had been remarkably accurate, but there were signs that the pace was beginning to tell. Sutcliffe saved very well when Sharp and Taylor were upon him. Splendid passing and judgement between the halves and the Everton left wing enabled Bell whose speed beat Easton to pieces, to send the ball right across an unguarded goal, but Sharp could not reach it, and a moment later Settle missed a good chance, but the Millwall goalkeeper had a warm time of it. A long kick sent play to midfield once more and the Everton players were at this point more than holding their own. Sharp secured, and he and Taylor made a pretty run, but following this Jones and Gettins attacked, but not very dangerously. From a thrown in, Moran got pass Balmer, and Whitley was unable to clear the shot, the ball lingering in front of the goal with half a dozen White figures rushing forwards it, when Balmer cleared it away with a wonderful effort. The resultant corner was safely negotiated. Settle was tripped by the Millwall Bell, close up tom Sutcliffe but the free kick was of no use to the Everton men, Storrier was very active against Sharp, and had several tussles with him on the right wing of which he did not always get the better. Young gave a clever exhibition of dribbling, and put in a good shot, but Sutcliffe was in his best form. A free kick against Riley for fouling Bell, who obviously gave him too much to do for his comfort came to nothing. Bell was seen to advantage with a pretty dribble, but Millwall forced the down on the right, and from a thrown in Watkins secured and beat Whitley with a beautiful shot after 23 minutes play. The Everton forwards got right up the pace being terrific on both sides, and the excitement great, but Sutcliffe saved when Young and Taylor were both on him. Whitley had to save from a good shot by Moran a moment later. Then the Everton front rank raced down abortively. Once more down they swept, Sharp rushing up and sending the ball across the goal. It seemed Everton's chance, but the centre was too far off the ball, and Sutcliffe cleared. Abbott stopped a dangerous rush and placed the ball well, but the Millwall backs kicked and ran like men, and the play returned into the “Blues” territory. Sharp received a good pass and beat Storrier, but missed his kick when he tried to centre the ball. Once more Riley fouled Bell, but Millwall were lucky in clearing. Easton was throughout conspicuous, for good defence. Play was keenly contested to the interval. Half-time Millwall 1, Everton nil.

The weather had cleared soon after play had restarted, and the sun shone out during the second half of the game. The wind was now at the back of the Everton players, and they soon took up the running. Abbott dribbled through nicely and got very close up but his shot was a failure. A foul against Hulse looked well for Everton, but Easton got the ball away. Whitley responded well to a call made upon him by Astley. Then the Millwall halves gave Everton another free kick by attempting to hook Bell. Everton got the ball down, and some splendid short passing in front of goal ended in the usual bad luck. Balmer and Henderson, defeated a rapid rush, and midfield play followed. Astley had a good chance but shot weakly. Bell got away and passed to Settle, and the pair rushed away, but the backs could not be overcome. Booth got in a beautiful left footed shot, and Taylor also tested Sutcliffe, but the latter was as cool, alert and collected as ever. Rain now came down heavily. Two fouls against the Blues caused trouble, and there was a wild melee in front of Whitley for some minutes. The game was now stopped owing to a terrific storm of rain, when 22 minutes of the second half had been played. The game was resumed four minutes later, the referee throwing the ball up in midfield. It was seen that Bell had gone centre forward. Everton forced a corner, which was fruitless. There was a furious attack by Millwall, and the ball was knocked out of Whitley's hands. A penalty kick was then given for some reason that was not very apparent in the press box against Everton, but Storrier's shot rebounded from the crossbar. The game continued fast and furious in spite of the heavy ground, but though Everton tried desperately hard in the remaining stages, they failed to equalise. Result, Millwall 1, Everton nil.



March 9, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination (Game 24)

At Goodison-park. The Rovers scored an offside point shortly after the start, but they were not to be denied and Pope scored. Bowman however, soon equailised. Half time 1 goal each. There was no score in the second half, though Everton kept up a hot pressure, the game ending a draw of one goal each. Everton: - Joyce, goal, R.Balmer and W.Wildman backs, Clayton J.Russell, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rankin, Cranston, Bowman, Sherdian, and McEwan forwards.



March 9, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Once again Everton have sadly disappointed the hopes of their followers that at last the English Cup, that insignificant, but still greatly desired trophy should come to this city. Barely successfully passed through two rounds in this unique competition, it was finally hoped in Liverpool that, even although drawn away from home, Everton would at least share the honours with Millwall and that eventually the reply at Goodison Park they would qualify for the semi-final stages. Unfortunately the Everton team flattered only to deceive, and the result if their visit to the metropolis was that they were only beaten by a goal, but still that one point was quite sufficient to being about their discomfiture it must be admitted too that the reverse was largely due to the fact that the Everton forwards failed lamentably to turn to account opportunities that came their way.

As far as the science of the game is concerned Everton compared more than favourably with their Southern League opponents, but unquestionably the latter made amends for any lack of skill by sheer determination and absolute do-or-die spirit which is always an important, and in fact, a leading factor in cup ties. Time and again this latter quality was evidenced during the afternoon. Finessing with the ball is all very well in its way, but one would have though that players with such wide experience as is possessed by the Goodison park brigade, would have early on become conscious that, if victory were to be assured, there must necessarily be a variety of tactics adopted to accomplish the desired end. Unfortunately, there was a persistent tendency on the part of the whole of the front line to hug the ball, and though their plan of campaign conduced to attractive display, it was quite apparent that under the existing conditions, their methods were not likely to produce tangible result. The undulating surface of the ground, soddened by heavy rain, was altogether against any side giving a scientific exposition of the code. In face of the strenuous efforts put forward by the visitors-efforts that must have taken a great deal out of the players-there was an idea abroad that Millwall would have a most difficult task on hand to get through successfully. At the outset the maneuvering of the Everton forwards was promising of success, especially, so as both Bell and Young were placed in good position, and sent in rattling shots, only, however, to find Sutcliffe on the top of his form in not only saving his charge, but clearing in most safe fashion. There could be no doubt that the short passing of the Everton quintet was effective and generally admired, but instantly they got within shooting range, they were seen through different spectacles, and the contrast stood out in marked fashion. Still, there were occasions when Bell and Settle sent in really capital shots early on, and none but a custodian with the credentials of Sutcliffe could possibly have safely attended to them. The best efforts of Everton were generally seen when they were playing against the wind, which powerful factor may be readily gauged when it is stated that on one occasion the ball, from a goalkick was driven the full length of the playing pitch. Meanwhile the Millwall forwards got into their characteristic methods of winging the ball from one wing to the other, until they approached the opponents goal when they settled down to smart combined methods and generally finished up with a rasping shot which was invariably somewhere about the mark. Their close acquaintanceship with the nature of the ground evidently served them well, and it was surprising that the visiting halves and full backs should have been at times out of their reckoning is anticipating the passage of the ball. Twenty five minutes had gone by when Watkins the left half-back of the home club, fastened on to the ball from a throw in near the Everton line, and with a fast, rising ball defeated Whitley, who however, should have saved. Unlike many teams, the home lot were not content to rest upon their initial success, and pegged away at the game in a manner which would have occasioned little surprise had they further increased their lead. Several clever shots were levelled at Whitley, who was at this juncture playing a great game, but there could be no question that at the other end of the field, the ex-Bolton Wanderers custodian played a most prominent part in preventing Everton from getting upon level terms. When the interval arrived Everton were one goal in arrear, and to those present the deficit was not considered serious in as much as the visitors had played against a stiffest breeze on a ground that was altogether unsuitable for the carrying out of their plan of campaign. During the second portion of the game, it was readily apparent that the Evertonians were not nearly so keen on the ball as were their opponents, who stopped at nothing whereby to turn the tide in their favour. . Still Sutcliffe was kept extended to his best efforts and by skill, pluck, and a little luck that custodian managed to extricate himself from more than one difficult position. When the visitors looked like eventually getting upon level terms, a terrific rainstorm broke over the ground, and on resuming again their movements became more laboured. Still, they had several chances, even of taking the lead, and none must have been more disappointed than bell, who had gone centre forward vice Young, when five minutes from the close he slipped when there was practically an open goal before him. Again in the last minute Sharp afforded a chance of getting through, but he was evidently over anxious and Millwall were fortunately enabled to retain the lead. As is suggested, the Everton forwards were mainly responsible for defeat. They were not nearly so keen on the ball as were their opponents, and to those who witnessed the game there was displayed beyond any doubt the advantage to be derived by the close following up of the ball. Where the ball dropped there was invariably a Millwall forward ready to pounce upon it, and the alacrity in this respect stood out in marked contrast to the comparative sloth of the visiting forwards. Young appeared quite helpless on the heavy ground, and was unable to keep his wing together. The outside men experienced the greatest difficulty in getting along the slimy surface, and their speed, for once in a way, was of no avail. During the second half, when Bell occupied the centre forward position, attacks were more incisive but the possibility of being overhauled stirred the “ Dockers” to extreme efforts, and Everton's spurt came to late. Unquestionably, the best work on the Everton side was accomplished by the half-backs, of whom Abbott stood out most prominently. On one occasion he tried the home halves in masterly fashion and evading the backs sent in a shot that Sutcliffe was indeed lucky to get away. Booth also played well, but the trio were considerably overlooked owing to the inability of the forwards to keep possession, and it would not have been surprising in the later stages had a further reverse been recorded against their side. Further behind Balmer played a strong game, often coming to the rescue of his confrere when in difficulties with the home left wing. In goal, Whitley had a fair amount of work to get through. The goal recorded against him was within his reach, but apart from this he gave a capital display, and cleared his lines with good judgement. It is remarkable how often in Cup ties the fortune of Everton have been rudely shattered, mainly by reason of the cleverness of players who were formerly associated with the Goodison Park organization. On Saturday, probably one of the most conspicuous of the Millwall players was Storrier, who in his time rendered good service to the Everton club; but yet was allowed to seek fresh pastures in the South. That there is still plenty of football in Storrier was plainly evidenced by the close attention, which he paid to Sharp and by his smartness not altogether in using his weight, but in honest, and fair tackling. He was a back of which any club might well be proud. It need only be stated that Sutcliffe was at his best, and everyone associated with the game knows what that means. The half-backs played a game that was not at all relished by the Everton forwards, who were showed at every turn; while in the front line Hulse, on the heavy ground, was a most capable pivot. He revelled in the heavy going and the wingmen were kept busily employed throughout. The most efficient of the quintet was Moran, who, by reason of his speedy runs and accurate centres into goal, kept the Everton defenders fully extended. Still though successful on Saturday the play of the Millwall men did not suggest that they would have much chance of success on neutral ground with the clever teams still left in the competition.

Millwalls Success.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 09 March 1903

The continued success Millwall, writes another London representative, is astonishing' as it is pleasing. With the exception Sutcliffe, Storrier, and J. H. Gettens. the eleven is composed of unknown men, and of these three, only the goalkeeper may be reckoned to be i-i tho prime his career as a footballer. " Age does not wither the case John William Sutoliffe, but, for the matter of that, the quotation applies with equal force to the majority the team, for, in addition to three aJready mentioned, Bell, the centre-half, was reckoned old as far players when he left Chesterfield for the two seasons ago. Hulse, the centreforward, and captain ; Morris, the left-half; and Watkins. the outside-left, are all veterans, yet they are good enough blend with the young members the team to be able to run the club for the second time in its history into the semi-final. When the trick was first done the side had " classy look about it paper. This season an examination of the names suggest that cleverness is not, so prominent taking the eleven through, but Mill wall have a habit of arriving.'' and once again they are the last four. Probably club in England better managed. With no moneyed men at the head of affairs, and in one of the districts that can be imagined, the directors have faced all sorts of difficulties, and have run the club practically free from debt. To-day it is the " hope of the 'South." and am certain that, matter who their opponents may be in the semi-final, the players have the good wishes the football kingdom generally a reward for the pluck the directors and the comradeship and good feeling amongst the players. Not much need be written about the tie with Everton. The First Leaguers expected win, and they commenaed operations tyring to run the Dockers off their legs in the first quarter hour. This was playing the Millwall game with a vengeance, and the locals so enjoyed it that when Everton wanted to try little less dash and a little more science they would not allow it, and made the pace hotter than over. Consequently the Everton front rank became flurried and disjointed—so much that they were never again together. Of course. Sutcliffe played his part in the victory, and the great man can never have done better. One save in the agonising last minute the game, when he literally flung himself a heap from his goal line in the path of shot from Bell, was worth going miles to see. It was the crowning feat of afternoon's work, in which gave one the imipression that he simply toying with the opposition. All round, the Mill wall men played well; and Starrier —the latter was performing against bis old club played a champion game. Of the halves, Bell and Watkins were ever prominent, while little Martin was again the best forward on the field. The little man's success must be very pleasing to his old Sheffield United friends.



Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Tuesday 10 March 1903

The Everton footballers might have found in Saturday morning's newspapers a very sinister paragrapgh. One of four horses competing in a race at Sandown Park on Friday was named Everton. He came in last, and afterwards fell dead. The portent was very sure. Everton went to Millwall, and were beaten by one goal to nothing.


Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 11 March 1903

Yesterday afternoon, Bowman, the Everton centre forward was transferred to Blackburn Rovers, who are strengthening their team in order to try and retain their position in the First Division. Bowman is a clever player, 5ft 10in, high, and weighting nearly 12st. He is a good shot, and has been with Everton three seasons. The transfer fee is said to exceed 200 pounds.



Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 11 March 1903

Blackburn Rovers yesterday evening obtained the transfer of Everton centre forward, at a price stated to be over 200 pounds. Bowman joined Everton from East Stirlingshire three seasons ago and though he has not played regularly for the Goodisn park Club this season, it is merely because Everton have an excess of forwards of equal merit. Bowman is fast, and has the reputation of being a rusher. The Rovers will spare no expense to escape the Second Division.



Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 11 March 1903

Arrangements were made yesterday between the representatives of Everton and Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of Bowman to the latter club. Bowman is well built for a centre forward, and in different team may prove a useful servant. 'He has been with Everton for two years. He is very deadly near goal, speedy, and capable of further development. Much of his nonsuccess at Everton was duo to the barracking by the spectators. He seldom had the chance of giving a real display of his abilities.


March 11, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

Blackburn Rovers, who have not yet out of danger as regard, their place in the first division of the League next season, have secured from Everton Football Club, the transfer of Bowman, one of the Everton forwards. We understand that the transfer fee is upwards of £200.


Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 14 March 1903

I suppose Everton's defeat at Millwall wll be called a "Southern" victory? The three most conspicious contributors to it, though, were Northerners -Sutcliffe, Hulse (the captain), and Storrier. The last two, by the way, are old Everton players, and it looked like the judgement of Nemesis. This brings me to the transfer of Bowman, who has been sold to Blackburn Rovers, says "Tom Tiddler," which he has not been allowed to confirm or improve at Goodison. Bowman has been consistently kept in the back-ground -relegated to the Combination; but merit, like murder, will out; and I think Rovers have got a bargin, and the Toffees have once more (as usual) parted with a downright good player.



Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 14 March 1903

A word about the honours to ASbbott and Booth, who are playing in the Inter-League for England against Scotland. Abbott is a very dangerous player; he scored the winning goals for his club against Portsmouth and Manchester United, and would have scored the winning goal at Millwall against a less skilful custodian than Sutcliffe. Booth is noted for his judicious generalship of the Everton forces. The absence of two such clever players seriously handicapped the Toffees for their match with Sunderland today. The rivalry between these clubs has always been keen, with a balance of successes on Sunderland's side. There are still two old Sunderland players, Doig and Miller, who played in the Wearsiders' first League match against Everton, but as might be expected from Everton's love of change there is not one of the original team left that first played Sunderland in the League, just after the Wearsiders had been admitted to the charmed circle.


Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 16 March 1903

Sunderland are certainly to be congratulated on their big win at Everton on Saturday. In fairness to the Everton organisation, however, it must be stated that they were but ill-presented owing to the absence of Booth, and Abbott at Glasgow. They also suffered in the course of the play, for after the interval Sharp, who had given the visiting backs considerable trouble, was unable to take part, and Robinson could do no more than limp about. In the first half, the Goodison Park men forced the pace in a merry style, time after time play settling down in front of Doig, who was subjected to an almost continuious bombardment. But the injuries to Sharp and Robinson had a serious effect on the combination of the Everton side, for after they had left the field disaster quickly followed, and the Northerners crossed over with a lead.



Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 16 March 1903

Played at Goodison Park, before 15,000 spectators. The game opened at a fast pace, and after pressure Miller scored for the Wearsiders. Both sides had now only ten men, Robinson and Sharp having retired near the interval, when the score was -Sunderland 1 goal, Everton none. Sunderland were at full strength in the second half, but Everton were without the services of Sharp, whose absence was severely felt. Sunderland had the best of the exchanges, and from centres by Hogg and Robinson, Hewitt added two to Sunderland's score. In the latter stages Everton adopted the one back game without success. Result- Sunderland 3 goals, Everton none.



London Daily News - Monday 16 March 1903

These teams met at Goodison Park in showery weather before a crowd of 15,000. Sunderland, who had been undergoing special training, had their full team, but Everton lacked the services of Balmer, Booth, and Abbott. A great pace was kept up throughout the first half. Though playing against the wind, Sunderland had a great share of the play, and scored through Miller. During this half Robinson and Sharp left the field injured. The first-named reappeared in the second half, but Sharp was unable to return, and Sunderland had no difficulty in asserting their superiority with only ten men against them. Despite excellent defence on the part of Everton, a couple of goals were added by Hewitt in the later stages of goals were added by Hewitt in the later stages of the game, and Sunderland were left easy winners. Score; Everton 0, Sunderland 3.



March 16, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

Jack Sharp carried off, Everton down to ten men, later in first half.

Everton were unfortunate on Saturday in having to meet Sunderland minus the services of Abbott, Booth, and Balmer, the two halves playing against the Scottish League, while Balmer was suffering from a kick received against Millwall. The front rank was also rearranged. Settle playing centre and Sheridan inside left. The Wearsiders had been in training at Seaton Carew, and brought their strongest eleven. There were 15,000 spectators present when the teams faced as follows: - Everton, Whitley, goal Henderson and Crelly, back, Wolstenholme, Clark, and Makepeace, half-backs Sharp, Taylor, Settle (captain), Sherdian, and Bell, forwards. Sunderland: - Doug, goal, McCombie, and Watson, back Farquhar McAllister, and Jackson half-backs, Hogg, Robinson, Miller, Hewitt, and Bridgett, half-backs, Referee J.Adams. Sunderland started against the win with rare deal. Clever passing on the left wing ended in Hewitt sending just outside the post. The Clark passed out to Taylor, who gave Sharp a clear run down, and Sheridan headed in only to find Doig quite prepared with his fist. Sunderland afterwards got away by means of splendid passing, and several exchanges took place in the goalmouth resulting in Whitley saving at full length from Robertson. Passing between Sharp and Taylor enabled the latter to send the ball out to Bell, who forced a corner, this was beautifully placed, and Sherdian heading in Doig brought off a wonderful save right under the bar, just tipping the ball forward. Sunderland then raced down and Henderson conceded another corner, but a foul against Farquhar brought relief, and the Everton left worked their way down, only for Sheridan to be given offside when in a good position. Robinson collided with Clark with such disastrous effects to himself that after having been attended to on the side of the field, he had to be carried off on the trainer's back. A period of pressure by Everton ensued. Bell unfortunately dribbling over the line. Still they continued the pressure, and Settle got through only to be stopped. Sheridan, however, dashed in, and in preventing the back clearing was temporarily incapacitated. Bell had A try, but banged the ball just over the crossbar. The next item of interest was a pass from Makepeace to Settle, who put in a clever shot, which was cleverly saved by Doig, at the expense of a fruitless corner. Sunderland now only occasionally troubled the Everton defence, and after fine work by the home halves Sharp sent in a swift shot, which went the wrong side of the upright. There was no falling off in the pace with which the game started. Although foul play was conspicuous by its absence. Sharp was injured, and had to leave the field. Just after this with both sides playing ten men, the visitors dashed away, and there was a series of exchanges between the Sunderland forwards near the penalty line. Eventually the ball came out to Miller, who with an overhead kick shot into the corner of the net. Whitley was unprepared for the shot. After this reverse Everton played up with spirit, but Doig had not difficulty in dealing with a long shot from Sheridan. Everton pressed to the interval, but without success. Half-time Everton nil, Sunderland 1. On restarting Robinson, resumed his place, but Everton were at a disadvantage in still being deprived of the services of Sharp. The home side at once took up the running, and Settle tried hard to get through, but could make no impression on the capable Sunderland full backs. The Wearsiders soon made their presence felt. The Everton defenders had all their work cut out, and Whitley was twice called upon, once under very difficult circumstances. Though the pace was not quite so fast as in the opening half, there were many interesting episodes. Everton made desperate efforts to drew level, despite the absence of Sharp, but McCombie and Watson gave absolutely no quarter. Gradually the wearsiders forced ahead, and although Crelly put in some admirable defensive touches the Northerners were not to be denied. A centre from Hogg glanced off Henderson, so as to place on-side Hewitt who had no difficulty in registering the second goal for Sunderland. A tussle between Taylor and Watson, both of whom exhibited temper, caused a temporary stoppage while the referee talked to the two players concerned. Everton could make little headway, and Whitley smartly saved from Miller. Bell initiated a grand offensive movement, and with a little luck the Sunderland goal might have been captured. From Robinson's centre Hewitt scored the third for Sunderland. Everton resorted to the one back game, but with no success, and Sunderland gained an easy victory. Result Everton nil, Sunderland 3.



March 16, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination (Game 25)

J Brearley sent off during second half.

At Padiham. Hargreaves kick off for Padiham, Kitchen having to save three shots in succession. Leeming also striking the bar, at half-tine where was no score. Hargreaves scored from a pass by Leeming on the restart a penalty was awarded Padiham, Dewhurst scoring, and Hargreaves put on a third. Brearley was ordered off the field and Padiham winning by 3 goals to nil. Everton: - Kitchen goal R.Bakmer and W.Wildman, backs, Clayton, Russell, and Chadwick half-backs, Rankin, Boardman, Brearley, Dixon, and McEwan forwards.



March 16, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.

Booth and Abbott played in the twelfth annual contest between representatives of the English and Scottish Leagues at Celtic-park, Glasgow, on Saturday, in fine weather, before 42,000 spectators. The English winning the match by three goals to nil.



March 16, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Taking into consideration the team that Everton had at their disposal to face Sunderland their defeat need occasion no surprise, and had they been fully represented, it would have required a great effort on their part to avert disaster. The strength of the Everton team this season has been in defence, for the forwards have only at rare intervals done themselves justice, and displayed that form which might naturally be expected from such an array of talent. When therefore half the rare division is away, and these three chief figures in it, there is not much ground left for victorious anticipations, for to fill such vacancies satisfactorily requires a reserve strength of exceptional ability. Booth and Abbott were away at Glasgow assisting in the pulversation of their Scottish brethren, whilst Balmer owing to a kick on the ankle received at Millwall, and which had not developed in the manner required, had perforce to cry off. Young was totally unfit to play, this necessitating Settle taking the centre forward position, and to add further to this untoward state of affairs, Sharp received a kick in the first half, which kept him out of the game for the remainder of the afternoon. Unlike his opponents, Robinson who had to be carried off the field, the Everton right winger walked into the dressing room, and the dissimilarly was carried still further, for the Sunderland forward reappeared after the interval, whilst nothing further was seen of Sharp. The game was certainly more vigorous than scientific, hard knocks were given, and takes and more than one player was limping at the finish. With the wind in their favour during the first half, Everton more than an even share of the play, and though they were a goal behind at the interval, as far as figures were concerned, there was no such difference in the play of the combatants, and Everton did not deserve to be in arrears at breathing time. Sunderland commenced with rare dash and Whitley was frequently requisitioned, but Everton gradually forged ahead and gave Doig plenty to do. Both goals were visited with rapid alteration corner kicks being common, and from one of these Sheridan headed into the goalmouth, only to find Doig bring off a pretty clearance. The Sunderland custodian effected two very fine saves from Settle, and after a spell of pressure had been relieved, the visiting forwards broke away smartly, and Miller completely took Whitley by surprise with a high shot. Everton were the more aggressive up to the interval, and Sharp after a long run just missed equalising, but though several creditable efforts were made, Doig defied every attempt to secure the downfall of his charge. After resuming Everton had only ten men, whilst Sunderland with a full complement were always superior in every department. They twice scored through Hewitt after the Everton defence had been tied in a knot, and Whitley was left absolutely helpless at the finish. Only once during this moiety did the home forwards look like scoring, this being from a breakaway by Bell, but the Sunderland backs by their unceremonious tactics stated off the danger. Amidst a host of failure, there was one redeeming features in the display of the Everton team, and that did Crelly at give the splendid exhibition left back. He had the strongest portion of the Sunderland attack to face, and he came out of the ordeal with distinct credit; in fact, on this form there can be no doubt about his claims to a permanent in the team. His tackling was grand, and this was accomplished not by a mad lunge at the ball or the man, nor by recklessly flinging himself whole sale on to an opponent, but was the result of purely superior skill in a dispossessing the forward and coolly placing to one of his own side. His style remained one forcibly of Molyneus at his best, and the methods be adopted were like those of the players whom he so strikingly resembles in appearance. Whitley made some capital saves, but he was not ready for the first shot that beat him, whilst Henderson was lacking when it came to a question of close quarters, the two goals obtained by Hewitt being in a great measure due to weakness in this department. As was expected, the halves were unequal to the task in front of them, and in taking into consideration the play of the full backs, this fact should not be forgotten. Makepeace was equal to the best, placing well to his forwards, but being scarcely so effective in tackling. Clark was but moderate in the centre, and though Wolstenholme got through a tremendous amount of work, he found the opposition rather too strong for his capabilities after his illness. Forward, there was little that was worthy of comment displayed, the best work being accomplished before the interval, and could they have once got the ball past Doig, the forwards might have gone into the fray with more spirit. Their keenest efforts were baffled by the cleverness of Doig, and little wonder can be expressed that they fell to pieces in the second half. Taylor, as usual was always in the van, and he is just the sort of forward to face the quality of a defence like that possessed by the Wearsiders. He received no quarter and gave none, and did not come off second best, by any means. Bell did little, and Settle was far from happy in the centre, whilst Sheridan was overwhelmed by the heavy caliber of the defence.

Sunderland maintained their reputation for playing's sturdy vigorous game, and it will be no half hearted sort of attack that overcome their defence. Whilst they possess an artist like Doig in goal they will always require some beating, and the veteran appeared to have lost none of his vivacity and cleverness in dealing with close range shots. The full backs were seldom in difficulties, and there is no doubt they are a pair that requires a considerable amount of circumventing. They kicked surely and with power, and certainly utilise their weight to the fullest advantage. The half-backs were always on the ball, and Jackson was the pick of this line, in attending to their forwards they were most assiduous, and in this respect were greatly superior to the home trio. But what was of greater amount was the fact that they kept going the whole 90 minutes, and in the closing stages had matters all their own way. The forwards infused plenty of dash into their play, and their passing was at times nearly executed. Miller was a capable centre, and demonstrated to Clark a few tricks which the Everton player could cope with, whilst Hewitt and Hogg responded effectively whenever called upon. Sunderland were undoubtedly the superior side, and Everton were always fighting an up hill game, their forwards being able to make no impression on their opponents defence, whilst their rear division was kept hard at it by onslaughts of the vigorous Wearsiders.

Bowman goes to blackburn

Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 18 March 1903

Bowman, centre forward of Everton, has been transferred to Blackburn Rovers. He is Forfar man. When employed as attendant at Murthly Asylum two three years ago, he assisted St Johnstone in a few matches. A Dundee deputation watched him play, but were of opinion that would want lot of polishing before he would fit for League team. He signed for East Stirlingshire. Everton, fancying him, gave the Bainsford club £50 for his transfer. He has done fairly well at Everton, and it is to be ho ped that will assist the Blackburn club to retain their position in the First Division of the League.



Burnley Gazette - Wednesday 18 March 1903

A good gathering was attracted to the Padiham ground on Saturday, to witness the contest between Padiham and Everton Reserve. The competing combinations were as follows; Padiham; Tattersall, goal; Turner and Frost, backs; Robson, Wilkie, and Boardwell, half-backs; Lamb, Richards, Hargreaves, Leeling and Dewhurst, forwards. Everton Reserve; Kitchen, goal; Balmer and Wildman, backs; Clayton, Russell, and Rankin, half-backs; Boardman, Brearley, Dixon, and McEwan, forwards. Mr. Stott of Rawstenstall, was the referee.


Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 23 March 1903

The beating which Stoke gave Everton on Saturday was a sound one, and the points were well deserved. On the Everton side Kitchen made many smart saves, but rather misjudged the header with which Holford scored the first goal. Henderson showed himself a poerful and resourceful defender, but the brunt of the work was borne by the half-backs, amongst whom Booth stood out as a tower of strength. The forwards were disappointing, and it was not until the closing stages of the game that they showed a welcome improvement in form, and both backs played well. The half-back play was very sound, and Ashworth, in Holland's place, was distinctly serviceable. The "Little man," of the Stoke team was quite a success in the centre forward role, and was the initiator of many dangerous atatcks. All the other attackers were useful, but Capes has played much better.



Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 23 March 1903

Played at Stoke, before 4,000 spectators. With a strong wind behind them Everton had the best of the opening play. Stoke afterwards atatcked hotly, but missed many chances. At the interval nothing had been scored. With the assitance of a strong wind Stoke at once exerted severe pressure, and the Everton defence was sorely tried. Kitchen made several grand clearances, particularly from Capes, but he was beaten by Holford after twenty-five minutes' play. Five minutes later Higginson scored again for Stoke, who did all the atatcking until the end. Result-Stoke 2 goals, Everton none.



Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 23 March 1903

Team Against Wales.

The Selecting Committee of the I.F.A. on arrival the Ardrossan steamer at Belfast yesterday morning chose the following eleven represent Ireland against Wales at Belfast, 28th March: Goal, Scott (Linnfield); backs, (Ulster) and Boyle (Sheffield United), Captain; half-backs. Darling (Linnfield), Goodal (Derby County), and Milne (LinnEeld); forwards, Mercer (Distillery), Sheridan (Everton), Shanks (Woolwich), Connor (Brentford), and Kirwan (Tottenham HotspurL Referee. Mr Kirkham. Preston. Irish Linesman- Mr J. K. Patrick, I.F.A. This shows one change from the team which beat Scotland. Goodall taking Milne's place a.t centre. Milne taking Magannis's place at left half.



March 23, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.

The Everton team traveeled to Stoke on Saturday to fulfil the return fixture with the Potters. The team was by means at full strength in the absence of Balmer, Sharp, and Sheridan while Stoke were minus L.R.Roose and Watkins. The teams were: - Stoke: - Wilkes goal, Burgess, and Benson backs, Baddeley, Ashworthy, and Bradley, half-backs, Whitehouse, Higginson, Holford, Capes, and Harris, forwards. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Henderson, and Crelly, backs, Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Rankin Taylor, Makepeace Settle, and Bell, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham. Everton had the wind in the first half, and pressed at starting without result. The home centre Holford kept his wings well employed with the result that the visiting defenders were kept fully extended. Eventually Settle and Bell made off, and an opening was made for Taylor, who, however, shot loftily over the bar. Play was quickly at the other end, where Harris shot over, and immediately, afterwards Settle put in a brilliant shot, which Wilkes managed to fist away. This was followed by a severe attack on the Everton goal, and there seemed a likelihood of it being captured. Booth came through with a clever header, and once again play settled down in the home left. A tremendous efforts was now put forward by the Stoke forwards, and but for the alertness of the Everton defence they must have accomplished their object. The excellent work of the Everton. half backs was now more pronounced, as the trio to a man were ever ready in their attentions to their forwards, who were however, somewhat remiss in finishing efforts. A corner kick was eventually forced off Benson, but it was badly placed by Rankin, and from the goal kick the home players were enabled to get well down. Whitehouse had an opening, but shot indifferently, and when going strongly Taylor was adjudged off side. Some fine converted movements by the whole of the Everton forwards immediately followed. Wilkes saved from Taylor at the expense of a corner, which looked like bringing a tangible point, when Holford got away, and after parting to Whitehouse the centre forward brought Kitchen to his knees with a ground ball which was luckily got away. At length matters favoured the visitors, and a free kick placed by Wolstenholme looked like bringing about a tangible point, when Settle was found wanting. A corner kick succeeded this but again with no result, and play was quickly at the other end, where Henderson was conspicuous in his attentions to the left wing pair, who were now most aggressive. Another strong raid was levelled from the Stoke right, and Capes put in a shot, which required Kitchen best efforts to keep out. The custodian made no mistake and following his clearance the game took a faster turn, and was on the whole more interesting. The attack, however, on both sides was distinctly weak, and the issues were directed to a fine display by the defensive branches, which as a rule had little difficulty in overcoming the attack. As the interval approached, however, the Stoke forwards roused themselves, and put on persistent pressure, Capes, Holford and Whitehouse each plying Kitchen with shots that might easily have found a billet. The custodian brought off a couple of magnificent saves under high pressure. Half-time Stoke nil, Everton nil.

When play was resumed Stoke, with the wind behind them, at once attacked hotly and Burgess got in two long shots, Kitchen saving the first, and the other being headed away by Henderson. It was a game for pop shooting, and one from Capes almost took effect, while Higginson shot narrowly wide. Everton rarely got away. For a time Everton roused themselves, and the Stoke defenders were caused anxiety by two corners. When 23 minutes had gone however, Kitchen saved grandly from Capes. He misjudged a header from Holford, and the ball passed under his arm, and into the net. Harris whizzled the ball over the bar soon afterwards, and then Higginson scored again. Result Stoke 2, Everton nil.



March 23, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury.

Scotland played Ireland at Celtic park, Glasgow, before 7,000 spectators, and Ireland winning by 2 goals to nil.



March 23, 1903. The Liverpool Courier

Everton were again beaten in a League match on Saturday, and it cannot be said that the result was at all surprising. Of late there have been so many drastic changes introduced that one can hardly expect the team to win matches either at home or away. For Saturday's game at Stoke another revised eleven was sent to do duty, and failed to improve upon the recent performance which have tended to keep Everton in a lowly position in the League table. With all the resources at their command it is somewhat astonishing that there should be such frequent occasions for chopping and changing. A rather notable instance in this direction is that of Makepeace. Originally he was brought into the team as a half-back, then he was transferred to inside forward and the latest transposition was that he was called upon to act as the pivot of the Everton attack. Makepeace undoubtedly possesses real ability as a football player, but it is difficult to understand how he can display his form when week by week his position n the field of play is altered for, it must be asserted, not very obvious reasons. In failing to repeat their victory of last season, the Evertonians got no more than they deserved. In fact so ragged was their exhibition that it was lucky for then they escaped even more pronounced defeat. At the outset of the game the conditions were altogether favourable to be Goodison-road contingent for a stiffest end to end breeze assisted them, but they failed to derive any material advantage from this important factor. Forward play was feeble in the extreme. There was little combined action shown, individual effort was not at any period prominent and the Stoke custodian was never at all seriously troubled. True play was mainly confined to the Stoke half of the field, but not at any period did the Everton attacking forces show any sign of abtaining a tangible point. Certainly they had opposed to them a sturdy set of defenders, but still it was not too much for one to expect that the Everton forwards would at least have put forth some of those efforts of which they are undoubtedly capable. When the sides changed ends, it was quite apparent that the Stoke forwards meant to utilise the advantage given them by the wind, and they at once put on severe pressure. In fact they levelled a persistent attack on the Everton citadel for fully 20 minutes, and more rewarded by a goal which however, to have presented any great difficulty to the custodian. Shortly after their initial success a second point came, and this practically sealed Everton's fate. Occasionally by a great effort the visitors got well down, and put in shots, put as a rule the Stoke backs gave then very little quarter. None of the quintet did themselves justice. The half-backs worked splendidly considering the tremendous amount of work that developed upon them, and Crelly and Henderson were a capable pair of defenders, while Kitchen despite the fact of being twice defeated, got through a heavy afternoon's work very creditably. The Stoke backs played a grand game, and the artistic touches of Bradley at half-back was greatly admired, while the forwards were a well-balanced line. Although there can be little doubt that Everton's position in the First League is secured for next season, an effort ought surely to be made to place the club which possesses, so many noted players, in a much more satisfactory position in the table.



March 25, 1903. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination (Game 26)

Goal-keeper Whitley Played in forward line, and scored a hat-trick

This postponed fixture was played at Goodison Park yesterday in fine weather. Owing to one of the forwards failing to turn up, Everton played Whitley at centre, Kitchen being in goal. The opening exchanges were fairly even Rossendale having somewhat the better of a lot of end to end play. The visitors had severe free kicks close in, but failed to trouble Kitchen. Whitley once heading away in most approved fashion. A little later he banged in a splendid long shot, which the visiting custodian only saved at the second attempt. Although favoured by the wind, Everton gave but a moderate display for some time, but improved later, and the Rossendale goalkeeper twice saved from Whitley's headers, while he punched away a long shot by Wolfe. Then Rossendale had a turn, but could not beat Wildman and Galvin although Kitchen once saved well from a shot from the left wing. Rossendale were awarded a penalty kick, but Kitchen saved. Shortley afterwards the home custodian cleared from close quarter, in fine style, and from Boardman's pass Whitley scored the first goal for Everton. Afterwards Kitchen again saved well, and then Rossendale custodian stopped a beauty from Boardman, and also cleared from Whitley. The latter put on a second goal, with another fine shot, and just before the interval, added a third. At half-time Everton led by three goals to nil.

A few minutes after resuming Whitley scored, but the goal was disallowed for offside. He was then kicked on the leg and had to retire. One of the visitors also left the field, but both returned as another of the visitors was assisted to the dress room. Rankin made two fine runs, and the custodian had to save from Wolfe. The injured visiting player then returned, and Everton had to defend for some time. Wildman and Galvin were in a capital form, however, and from a capital bit of work by Rankin Boardman put on a fourth goal. During further pressure by Everton the Rossendale's backs gave a splendid account of themselves. The visitors afterwards had rather the best of matters, but could not defeat Kitchen. Result Everton 4, Rossendale United nil. Everton: - Kitchen, goal Galvin and W.Wildman, backs, Clark, Russell, and Chadwick, half-backs Rankin, Boardman, O'Hagan, Wolfe, and J.Whitley, forwards.


Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 28 March 1903

by John Lewis

The Toffees lost again at stoke, a match which last season they won -dropped two more points like hot potatoes. Why? "Because the other side played the better football," was Secretary Cuff's candid admission to me. He would not go so far as to say Stoke are always the better team; he rather thought the Toffees were "off colour." But why they should be off colour he could no more tell than Secretary Watson can tell why Liverpool have regained their "colour." Here are a couple of firstclass football secreteries who frankly confess that they cannot account for these variations of form. Nor can anybody they don't know when the complaints is coming on, they don't know when it is going off; they only recognise it by the result. And yet football is said to be a "Scientific" game! There is still a good deal of ignorance about it as places where you would naturally expect to get enlightenment.



Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 28 March 1903

At Derby, before 5,000 spectators. Everton were well represented, but Derby were without Goodall, Bloomer, Morris, and York. Derby won the toss, but Everton had the best of the opening exchanges, and Fryer early on had to save from Sharp, Settle failing at comparatively easy chance from the custodian's partial clearance. Everton had a distinct advantage on play, but Derby retaliated well, and Kitchen had to negotiate a long shot from Warren, who just after shot past. Play was even after this but at the end of 30 minutes' Ratcliffe conceded a corner, from which Booth headed through,'the ball striking the bar before going into the net. Derby attacked after this, and Davis put behind, whilst Varney failed to accept a fine centre from Richards. Sharp broke through, but .wound up shooting into Fryer's ' hands, and Derby went back only see Varney shoot behind. Everton played the better football. Half-time—Everton 1. Derby 0. In the second half Derby played a much better game against the wind, but though Davies put in many fine centres nothing came of them. Fryer on the other hand saved several times in fine style, one from Taylor being particularly clever. Neither side scored again, and Everton deserved their victory. Result; Everton 1, Derby 0.


Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 30 March 1903

Derby County seem content to either rise or fall by the Cup competition. They still had a chance of gaining the championship; but this they sacrificed by their display against Everton. To have men injured now would seriously interfere with their chances of success at the Crystal Palace, but they will have to be careful in this sort of thing. On Saturday they were nothing like so good a team as Everton who should have won by more than a single goal.



London Daily News - Monday 30 March 1903

Though the weather was of a wretched character for this game at Derby, about five thousand spectators assembled to watch the play. Derby County, who were without Bloomer, Morris, and Goodall, did not show to very great advantage in the opening half, in spite of having the wind in their favour, and Fryer at goal had a lot of work to do. At the end of half an hour's play Booth headed the ball into the net for Everton from a corner, and at the intereval the visitors led by one goal to nil. The Derby men played with great energy and spirit in the second half, and they certainly had nothing the worst of the game, though the wind was now against them. However, as matters turned out, nothing more was scored, so Everton won. Score; Everton 1 goal, Derby County 0.



March 30, 1903 The Liverpool Courier

The weather at Derby on Saturday was miserable in the extreme, heavy rain falling for some time before the start of the game between Derby County and Everton, and the attendance suffered in consequence. Changes were made in both teams, and the players turned out as follows: - Derby County: - Fryer, goal, Methven and Radcliffe, backs, Warren, Lloyd, and May, half-backs, Varney, Warrington, Boag, Richards, and Davies forwards. Everton: - W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs Wolstenholmes, Booth (captain), and Abbott, half-backs Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle and Dilly forwards. Referee R. Roberts. Young started for the visitors against a stiffish breeze. Everton were the first to make an incisive attack, and in the first two minutes Sharp tested Fryer with a shot that brought him to his knees. The custodian clearance was only partial and the ball went to Settle, who was only a few inches wide with his shot. Soon Everton were again busy, when Young was ruled off side, Varney and Warrington were nest in evidence, but the former exacted no quarter from Crelly, though for some minutes the Everton defenders had all their work cut out to prevent the home inside men from penetrating their charge. Booth at this juncture was putting in much good work, and in the front rank both Sharp and Settle were prominent in several raids on the Derby defenders. A further attack ended in Dilly putting in a low shot which Fryer disposed of by giving a corner, and this being well placed by Sharp, the home custodian had again to clear. Following this the home forwards became aggressive, but their finishing efforts were exceedingly feeble, and the visiting backs had no difficulty in clearing. A shot from Sharp was the next item, but it presented no difficulty to Fryer and put on a further return to the Everton end, the visitors goal looked like being captured. As the result of a free kick against Wolstenholme for fouling Davies close in, the ball was kept bobbling about the Everton goal until Kitchen with a flying kick gave relief, though a moment later he was again called upon to keep out a capital shot from Warren. The home side now put forward a great effort to obtain a leading point, and for some minutes play was contested in the Everton half. Some capital defensive play was witnessed, and eventually the Everton right wing went down Taylor forced a corner off Rdcliffe, and Sharp placing well, Booth headed in. the ball struck the under portion of the bar and passed into the net. There was no mistaking the determination of the Everton forwards after this success and, but for the able work of Methven and Warren they must have added to their score. After severe pressure the County forwards took up the attack, and the work of the right wing was several times promising of success. The play of the line at this point was more successful than at any other period, and several cross shots looked like bringing about their desired result. In averting disaster Booth and Abbott were very conspicuous Figure, and on one occasion. Boag looked like getting clear through when Kitchen rushed out and averted certain downfall. Again the home centre forward led on the attack, and getting first possession tested the Everton custodian with a clinkling shot, which was followed by a clever effort from Varney, who missed the mark only by inches half-time Derby nil, Everton one.

Upon resuming Fryer had to handle from Young, and then one of the Everton players was fouled when in a good position. Booth had a long shot, after which Davis ran down the Derby left wing, but from the centre Warrington missed. Warren next shot over. The home right wing pressed, and afterwards Everton forced an abortive corner. Settle next shot wide. Everton were having the greater part of the play by were repeatedly pulled up for offside. Davis was applauded for some work, but Balmer made him part. The Everton goal now had a narrow escape, and Rankle sent in a long shot, and another player shot over. Kitchen had a warm handful from Warrington. No further scoring took place, and Everton retired victorious by one goal to nil.


March 30 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Lancashire Combination (Game 27)

No Details in Mercury, or the Courier.

Everton: - Whitley, goal, Galvin, and R.Balmer, backs, Clark, Russell, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rankin, Norge, O'hagan, Elston, and McEwan, forwards.



March 30 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

Wales played Ireland at Celtic Park, Glasgow, in front of 10,000 spectators Ireland winning by two goals to win and Sheridan scoring the second goal.



March 30, 1903. The Liverpool Mercury

After a series of somewhat unexpected reverse Everton returned once more to something like the real form. They were engaged at Derby against a club that has worked its way to the final for the English Cup, and it was a graftying performance to annex the full complement of points from the County team. Seeing that early in the season they gained a League victory at Goodison Park when opposed to their antagonists of Saturday last, the Evertonians have every reason to be satisfied with the outcome of their League encounters with the Peakites. It is true that Derby were not at full strength, both Morris and Goodall being required for the International between Wales and Ireland, but there was no suggestion that the team placed on the field were reserving themselves for the great struggle at the Crystal Palace. On the play Everton deserved their win, the result –a goal to nothing-being a fair indication of the merits of the opposing forces. At the outset the Evertonians were set a difficult task, for they had to face a stiffest breeze and driving downpour of rain. Still, there was a determination shown by the forwards, who were ably backed up by the halves, that success appeared certain, and had a little luck attended their efforts foundation must have been laid early on in the game. Settle just failed to get the ball after Fryer had only partially saved from Sharp, and there were other instances observable where the least touch would have diverted the ball into the net. At length Booth managed to get the better of the custodian, and when that point was obtained none could honestly begrudge the visitors their success. Such was the state of the game up to half-time, and on charging ends it was generally admitted that the visitors now having the assistance of a strong end to end breeze would have no difficulty in placing the issue beyond all possible doubt. They had much the better of the opening exchanges of the second half, but were now opposed to a more determined defence.

The County forwards eventually pulled themselves together, and gave a sample like at Anfield on Monday last of a glimpse of their best form. After half an hour's play in this portion they swept the Everton lines with a persistency that boded success. Fortunately, they found in Balmer and Crelly, and Kitchen's a trio that had plenty of resource at their command. Against the wind the home side were, in the last 20 minutes of the game, seen to better advantage than at any other portions, but with very few exceptions, their forwards were not allowed to get in a parting shot. The visitors were somewhat handicapped by Sharp not being able to put on top speed owing to his leg again causing trouble, and wisely the Evertonians confined play to the inside men, and, with practically diminished force, managed to hold their opponents at bay. Nevertheless a big effort was made towards the close by the County to share the honours, but to no purpose. In view of recent weakness, which have been observable with the Everton attack, it was quite a pleasure to notice his improvement, which was shown in the department. Young although scarcely displaying his best form especially in front of goal, deserved commendation for the skilful manner in which he distributed the work, and also for the accuracy of his passes to both wings. Dilly was given another trial at outside left, and there was no doubt that this player has plenty of football in him. He is speedy enough and clever in his footwork, but a lack of dash and determination in his finishing efforts somewhat detracts from his effectiveness. Quite a feature of the game was an incident in which Taylor and Fryer were the outstanding figures. The Everton forward sent in a shot from which, under ordinary circumstances a goal must have accrued. But it was an extra ordinary custodian that had to deal with the shot, as it was only on account of the length of Fryer that capable goalkeeper by throwing himself at the ball managed to tip it past the post when everybody imagined that a goal was a certainty. The half backs played a sound game, for they were generally successful in their efforts to break up the Derby attack, and placed the ball with accuracy to their own attacking line. Booth in the centre gave a capital exposition, and was ever in close attendance upon Boag, while Abbott and Wolstenholmes filled their positions with success. There was little to choose in point of merit between the backs, but that little on the occasion favoured Crelly, whose tackling was well timed and kicking both clean and well directed. Kitchen had in the latter position of the game plenty of work on hand, and the effectiveness of his clearances left nothing to be desired. The County forwards infused plenty of dash into their movements, but invariably found that Everton trio in readiness to cope with their efforts. At half back Warren played a great game, as no doubt Settle will testify, and little exception could be taken to the work of the full backs, and custodian, who had to get through a hearty afternoon work.













March 1903