BURY DESERVEDLY BEATEN.
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.
EVERTON v. BURY.
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.
AN EXCITING FINISH AT BURY
Athletic News - Monday 02 March 1903
Everton Reserves were the visitors at Gigg-Lane, and they not only brought a strong team, with a forward rank composed of Rankin. Boardman, Brearley, Sheridan, and McEwan, but they were opposed by one which included Gray, Berry, Cox, the latter a brother to the famous international of Liverpool. A clean sheet was maintained until twenty minutes from time, when there was a sensational change, no fewer than six goals being scored before the whistle sounded the cessation of hostilities. Bury claiming four of them. The interest centred in the doings of Cox, who though rather slow, gave all-round satisfaction.
CUP TRIAL AT EVERTON.
Athletic News - Monday 02 March 1903
A smart rainfall about the hour of 2-45 on Saturday, while it probably meant a loss to the treasury at Goodison-circus of anything between £150 and £200, had some prejudicial influence on the character of the entertainment itself. There was no guarantee given at the turnstiles that Everton and Bury would exercise their sinews to straining point in search of League chalks, in view of more important engagements a week hence; but it was just this very circumstance of both being deeply interested in the National Cup competition that invested the meeting with particular attractiveness. The supporters of each are encouraged to look next Saturday's possibilities very hopefully in the face. I know that Mr. Albert Duckworth is prepared to wager the whole or any part of Bury Town Hall on the Gigg-laners advancing further in the ties than any other club you like to mention, and if Everton can beat an eleven of this calibre by three clear goals, the bearding of the Millwall lion in his own den should be inscribed on the tablets of history ere we are many days older. Mark you, however, there was no such disparity between the teams which were paraded on Saturday. Of the two, Bury appeared to me as the smarter in general field tactics. But a palpable miss on the part of Sagar in the first couple of minutes struck a faulty keynote, and generally the efforts of the visitors near goal were out of all harmony with the rest of their labours. So they were beaten, and, to put the matter briefly, Everton deserved their victory.
POINTS OF PLAY.
Ones more the local directorate had recourse to changes, but this time they were left no option in the matter, for Wolstenholme and Settle are both in the doctors hands, and while the last-named has had to forego his place in the English team to-day at Portsmouth it is not certain that he will able to turn out next Saturday. His substitute, Makepeace, is a trier, who may be worth persevering with, but Clarke, who officiated at half-back, is already in the good books of his employers. He plays clean-cut football, and lots of it, and his performance in the first half was as good as anything seen. Young, the Everton centre, resumed his post after an absence of three months. Much that he did was well meant, and would have looked considerably better had the ball and ground been light. Wisely enough he took few risks, but the team and crowd generally seemed pleased to have him back again. Now and again he got his forwards moving well, but Monteith replied with equal gusto, and though they had a slight breeze behind them it looked as if all Everton’s attempts to break through would be unavailing. However, the Bury keeper was rather slow in getting down to a ball from Sharp, whom Archer allowed free scope at easy range, while later Clarke finished up hot pressure with a fast low shot which found its billet. Bury got near, desperately near, both before and after the interval. But while Kitchen behaved well not a few of the shots which came his way were conspicuously lacking in power. Everywhere else the visitors were a match, and they should certainly have scored twice. As much by good luck as good management Everton preserved their goal intact during one fierce assault lasting quite three minutes, and then, as the last act in an interesting performance came John Bell’s masterpiece, worthy of his best days, and recalling that afternoon at the Palace when he virtually carried Scotland through on his back. Placed in possession some fifty yards out he got first run in against Johnston, who as the penalty area was gained, had absolutely no chance of barring progress, unless he committed himself by tripping, for he was yard behind all the way. Just as the ball seemed certain to escape over the corner flag line Bell hooked it so adroitly across goal that Monteith had to get a fist on it, and in doing so knocked it against the bar. Its rebound led to a scrimmage, whence it was banged against the timber again—this time, I think, by Sharp – and, cannoning off one of the defenders, who was being hard pressed by Taylor, it final reached the netting. A bit rough on Monteith at the finish, but a grand goal.
POCKET GUIDE TO THE SEMI-FINAL
A Rather than linger over a critical survey of the proceedings, I might incorporate a winding-up note with a line or two of speculative chatter on next Saturday’s ties in the third round. Having within recent times been closely acquainted with Notts. I may be permitted to remark that if they cannot –as seems likely—pull out anything better than they showed against Southampton and Grimsby they are near the end of their tether. This much said, some of the efforts which the Bury forwards made to get past Kitchen on Saturday were utterly unworthy of a first-class team, and in order to secure success at least two of the inside men will have to display a livelier appreciation of the labours of their confreres on the wings than was now the case. With the exception of Archer, who was quite new to the business, two very capable rearguards were on view—good enough for any team to take the field with in a final tie, and so I make out that the success of Bury and Everton their respective engagements next Saturday depends solely upon the forwards. Unfortunate as he was in many of his attempts to weld the front I line together, I think Young’s return to the fold will make for the improvement of Everton’s attack, but in Cup-ties he will just have to push the ball out like Sagar does. Sagar for once was a failure near goal, and allowing that Leeming’s introduction forward is a step in the right direction, the most dangerous man in the Bury front line on Saturdays showing is Richards, who fairly enjoyed himself against even such accomplished opponents as Abbott, and Balmer. Summing up the matter, Everton's work in this match backs up a most hopeful case to take to the Millwall court, and only on the score of wretched marksmanship can I imagine Bury being food for the ’’Magpies.” Everton; Kitchen; Henderson, and Balmer; Clarke, Booth and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Makepeace, and Bell. Bury; Monteith; Lindsay, and McEwan; Johnson, Thorpe, and Archer; Richards, Wood, Sagar, Leeming, and Plant. Referee; J. Cooper, Blackburn.
EVERTON MERITORIOUS VICTORY.
Athletic News - Monday 02 March 1903
The success of Everton over Bury was achieved in a manner that will fill the breasts of their supporters with confidence for their future engagements both in Cup-ties and League fixtures. Their defence was, as it has been throughout the greater part of the season thoroughly sound, but the most satisfactory part of the proceedings was the improved nature of the attacking line, and for once it is pleasing to be able to record unstinted praise to the forwards. Not since November 22, in the League match with Stoke, had Young operated as pivot of the forward division, and it is worthy of consideration that the first time he resumes in that position a vast advance is seen in the character of Everton’s work in the front line. It is true that Young was far removed from his best, and that form which he displayed last season was not by any means reached in the Bury match, but it must not be forgotten that the conditions under which he was resuming were as bad as could possibly be imagined, and on a dry day I think that the only decent centre-forward Everton possess would have been seen to greater advantage. There is one thing about Young; he does realize the requirements of his position, and it is more than a novelty to find Everton wing forwards working together in something like unison. If Young can stand a day such as Saturday proved, he should be a greater certainty on a dry surface. Clarke, who played at right half, surprised me by his capable exhibition. I have seen him perform in Combination matches, and Wolstenholme was not missed, which is as creditable a testimonial as the reserve half need wish for. Everton fully deserved their success, and their victory was the result of superior play.
MORE OF EVERTON
Blackpool air evidently suits the Everton players, and the men who have been at the Queen’s Hydro, South Shore, since Wednesday last, are returning there for the present week. They will journey direct to London on Friday next, to be within easy distance of the venue of their Cup-tie with Millwall on the following day, and a full team will be ready to oppose the “Dockers.” Whitley, who was unfit to play against Bury, has been suffering from influenza, but this position need not cause Everton much anxiety, for Kitchen kept goal in such a style against Bury that should he be called upon to fill the breach no weakness in the team would be the result. Wolstenholme received a nasty kick in the Cup-tie with Manchester United, and has been laid up since, but he will be in trim for next Saturday if required. Settle is another uncertain starter, and though his understudy, Makepeace had made a fairly successful partner for Bell during the last fortnight he does not possess the resource of Settle, lacking that experience which is such an important factor in a trying Cup-tie. Makepeace is, however, a promising player, and his abilities are not confined to football, for like Sharp he is a decidedly capable cricketer, and next year will occupy the position of professional for the Wavertree Club. Much interest is being evinced in next Saturday’s game at Millwall, and the Southern League club will find the Everton defence a stiff obstacle to fight against. The forwards, should they reproduce the form shown against Bury, will also require some keeping in check and although averse to vaticination in such unreliable matters as Cup-ties, I am fain to think that Millwall will be found incapable of undermining the solid back division of Everton, whatever the latter’s forwards may accomplish.
EVERTON 3 BURY 0
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.
BURY RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 2
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.
MILLWALL v. EVERTON.
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.
EVERTON RESERVE V OSWALDTWISTLE ROVERS
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.
MILLWALL AGAIN SEMI-FINALISTS.
Athletic News - Monday 09 March 1903
By The Docker.
For the second time in the club’s history Millwall are in the semi-final, and there are hopes in the East End that the team will go higher yet. Whether it does or not, the success of the club this season is an object lesson of pluck which should commend itself to everybody. Boasting very few stars in the ranks, they have gone further than any of the more fancied teams in the South. Bristol Rovers, Luton, Preston North End, and now Everton have been their victims so far, and if they in their turn fall in the semi-final, they will have done sufficient to earn another niche in the football temple. They won against Everton on their merits, and surprised not only the First League team, but the goodly number of Liverpool people who made the journey, by the way in which they went about their work.
THE STORY OF THE GAME
Everton, who made their first appearance at the Docks, came to town with all the glamour that still attaches to a First League team, and they were more fortunate than their opponents in that they had to make only one change in the constitution of their eleven, Clark taking Wolstenholme’s place at right half. The Millwall case was far worse. At the last moment it was found that Morris, the left half-back, could not play owing to a badly kicked thigh. No other half-back was available, for the East Enders are not rich in reserves, so that to get over the difficulty Watkins was shifted into the position from the forward line. J. H. Getting, who was originally chosen to play inside right, was shifted to the left wing, and this allowed of Astley, who had been dropped for the amateur, taking his old position at inside right. There was much shaking of local heads over these alternations, but after all they turned out trumps, though early on in the game it certainly looked as if the team had been disastrously weakened by them. That was when Everton were forcing the pace. The blue-shirted ones-MIllwall by the way, played in white for this occasion only- made it a cracker from the moment when Mr. Kirkham blew his first blast. They looked as if they had instructions to play Millwall at their own game, and they played it well. But after ten minutes or so they wanted to ease up a bit. Then it was the locals’ turn, and much to Everton’s surprise the East Enders kept them at it harder than ever. Considering that the ground was after only ten minutes’ football, a mud heap the contest was a capital one to watch, and Everton will do their hosts the credit of acknowledging that the Southern League Jack was every whit as good as the First League master. It was easily apparent that the referee would not have to note many goals, for the greasy pitch and the sodden ball did not make for accurate shooting. As it happened only one goal was scored in the game. Twenty five minutes from the start Millwall were awarded a throw-in. The ball came out to Watkins, who was standing quite 30 yards from the goal. Taking deliberate aim he let fly a champion drive. Whitley jumped, as a matter of fact easily got to the ball. But it skidded out of his hands into the back of the net, and Everton’s fate was sealed.
Though it was the only goal of the match, it should have been accompanied by others, for while the Millwall forwards were not so quick at taking advantage of openings as I have seen them, they were streets ahead of the Everton five, who time after time seemed hypnotized by Sutcliffe. There was plenty of good work done by the respective defences, notably in some fierce scrimmages in the goal mouth, but, as a rule, the attacking forces did not seize the opportunities that presented themselves. For Everton Bell, Sharp, and Taylor were great sinners in this respect, while Millwall had a goal presented to them in the shape of well-deserved penalty kick. But they refused it, for Storrier hit the crossbar a resounding thump, and by one goal only they took their place among the last four. Only at the commencement of the second half did Everton look to be holding their own. With a driving storm of wind and rain and blinding hail in their faces Millwall seemed unable to move away from their goal, and the visitors were apparently all over them. But gradually the locals found their feet, and their strong wing rushes down the field were always spelling danger to the visiting defence, and they well deserved to hold their lead to the end.
CRITICISM AND COMMENT.
No impartial spectator could doubt that the better side won. It may be that Everton were, to some extent, nonplussed by the inequalities of the strange ground, but before the match they themselves confessed that the eccentricities of the pitch were not so pronounced as Northern rumours had led them to believe. We saw little of the classy football expected from team of Everton’s standing, and from the scientific point of view both teams we have seen from the North have been pleasantly disappointing. But it may be that the responsibility for this rests with Mill wall. The East Enders don’t play the proper game themselves, and it is their object in life to prevent their opponents from playing it. On Saturday it looked as if they had succeeded, but whatever the reason the display of the Everton forwards and halves was behind that of the winners. Now and again the three inside men did some pretty work, but as a rule the home halves were among them too heavily and too often to allow of fancy touches, and when the local three were beaten they had the knack of recovering themselves speedily. Neither Sharp nor Bell treated us to the electric sprints we had anticipated, and their centres were generally snapped up eagerly by the opposing defence. The halves worked hard and untiringly, and all three took the eye for some occasional good shooting. Of the backs, Balmer was the better, for Henderson was more forceful than clever. The goalkeeper was not a wonder, and while he ought to have saved the only shot that scored, he was lucky rather than clever with the others that he kept out. But all round the side were nothing like the Everton we had anticipated. The Millwall fellows were a happier lot after the match, and well they might be. Sutcliffe was great in goal. Now and again he was in difficulties, but the celerity with which he recovered himself was marvelous, and his two right-handed efforts when on the ground at shots by Sharp and Taylor were worthy all the applause they evoked. But his crowning feat was in the last moments of the match. Young, Settle, and Bell had worked their way through in a final rush of desperation, and Settle, I fancy it was, had it in his keeping for the final shot. Sutcliffe literally threw himself out of his goalmouth in the path of the ball. He diverted its course, and the goal escaped—a lucky save somebody may say. Perhaps it was, but the effort was that of a genius in his own walk of life. Apart from Sutcliffe, a great deal of the credit for the result must go to the backs. Easton played the game of his lifetime. Ever in the thick of the fray cleared splendidly, and what Riley in front of him left unaccomplished in the way of breaking down the Bell- Settle combination he did cheerfully. Storrier, as usual, treated us to the back play born of experience and judgment rather than dash and vigour. Against his old comrades the effectiveness of his work was only equalled by the ease with which he performed it, and all round his exhibition was worthy of the palmy days when played for Scotland and for Everton in the 1897 final. Of the halves, Riley tried hard, but was not so prominent as his colleagues. Bell, in the centre, is another veteran, bat he has joined the select band of old timers who at Millwall have renewed their youth. On Saturday he was as great at feeding his forwards as at robbing his opponents of the ball. The experiment, too, of playing Watkins at left-half was more than justified, for the Welsh International was shining light all through the game. The forwards were not so good as against Preston North End, but it must be remembered that only two of them-Moran and Hulse –were in their unaccustomed positions, which makes the victory the more creditable. Moran was easily the best forward on the field. Hulse is a good general, with an eye to possibilities “come again” in the east end. Jones at outside left was not so good as he is in his proper position inside, but he did a lot of good work nevertheless. Gettins and Astley worked very hard without perhaps the effectiveness which characterized the play of their comrades in the line. But it was a great day for Millwall anyway. Millwall; Sutcliffe; Easton and Storrier; Riley, Bell, and Watkins; Moran, Astley, Hulse, J.H. Gettins, and Jones. Everton; Whitley; Henderson, and Balmer; Clark, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Bell. Referee; T. Kirkham, Burslem.
EVERTON’S LATEST DISAPPOINTMENT
Athletic News - Monday 09 March 1903
The Cup-ties are with us no more, and Everton have again disappointed just when they were least expected. Of the clubs left in the Association Cup tourney for the third round, Everton, if they had to be drawn away from home were evidently most favoured and I certainly thought that they would prove equal to the task of accounting for Millwall. It was with a feeling of surprise that we hear the game had been delayed owing to a storm of rain and sleet, and when just before this news came through it was made known that the Goodison Park eleven were a goal behind, there was a general impression that they would be fortunate in saving the match. The heavy ground would be a;; against them, and particularly so in the case of Young at centre forward, but in the face of no definite information on the point I hesitate to discuss the matter further. For the sake of general interest in Liverpool football I could have wished that Everton had prevailed in this match, but it was not to be, and from all appreances at present it seems that our two clubs will again draw blanks as far as the season’s football honours are concerned.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 OSWALDTHWISTLE ROVERS 1
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.
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.
EVERTON CAME LAST AND DROP DEAD
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.
EVERTON PLAYER FOR THE ROVERS.
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.
BOWMAN TO BLACKBURN
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.
BOWMAN TRANSFERRED TO BLACKBURN.
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.
EVERTON PLAYER FOR BLACKBURN ROVERS
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.
A LIVERPOOL OPINION OF BOWMAN
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.
ABBOTT AND BOOTH
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.
VIGOROUS FOOTBALL AT GOODISON PARK.
Athletic News - Monday 16 March 1903
Everton helped the Wearsiders over another obstacle in their path towards the Championship by being vanquished at home to the extent of three clear goals. But in this instance there were extenuating circumstances of no mean character, and it is no joke for a team that has been well worked in recent weeks to be deprived of two of its half-backs, its most reliable full-back, and centre-forward, when the visiting team is at full strength, keen on the championship, and having enjoyed a comparatively easy time of it for about a month. These were the conditions under which Everton opposed Sunderland, and there can be little surprise evinced at their overthrow under such depressing circumstances. Yet, for a time, Everton made a gallant attempt to avert what looked at best but hopeless chance. In addition, their already weakened resources were accentuated by an injury to Sharp, which kept the right winger out of the game for portion of the first, and the whole of the second half. Indeed, little quarter was shown by either side, and Sunderland were the first to suffer, Robinson having to be carried off the field early on, though he resumed in the second moiety. Then Sharp was hurt, Watson was limping for a long time, and Bridgett had all the play knocked out of him by a nasty kick before the interval. The football was more vigorous than pretty, and Sunderland received quite as much they gave.
SYNOPSIS OF THE GAME
Everton had the breeze in their favour in, the opening hall, and this was an important factor, for the side that was in favoured in this respect held a decided advantage in the general play. The home team did the bulk of the pressing before the interval, yet, as often happens, they were a goal in arrears when half-time was reached, and it was clear then that their fate was sealed. The Wearsiders opened with a tremendous rush, but the Everton defence was very steady, whilst there was any amount of vigour about their attack, and only the skillful work of Doig in goal prevented them from taking the lead. They had been pressing for some time, when the Wearsiders broke away, and Miller crowned a series of rapid exchanges near the penalty line by hooking the ball into the corner of the net, with a shot that Whitley ought to have got at. This was accomplished after Robinson and Sharp had left the field, but Everton went at it afterwards in dashing style, and Doig had two shots from Settle, close in, that were dealt with in masterly fashion, whilst a header from Sheridan was tipped out when the ball seemed certain to find the net. Doig undoubtedly saved Sunderland during this period, but afterwards there was only one team in the running. Hewitt added a couple of goals in the second half, the first from a centre by Hogg, whilst the other came after some neat passing all along the line, and in each case Whitley had no possible chance, for the scorer almost on him before receiving the ball.
There was no mistaking the superiority of the Sunderland team, and they play the sort of football that should bring them again the Championship of the League. Their defence was of such a sturdy, granite-like character that it simply defied the efforts of the Everton attack, and as already stated, these in the first half required some dealing with. There was nothing particularly striking about the display of the Sunderland forwards, but with a set off backs like they possess, and a custodian of the calibre of Doig, they can afford to view with equanimity the advances of a moderate front rank, and await patiently the chances that are bound to come. Thus it was in this case. The attacks of the home forwards were beaten back again and again, and Settle put in two surprise shots that deserved to score, whilst many others were dealt with in equally effective fashion. The experimental Everton team did as well as could have been anticipated, but the absence of Sharp handicapped the front rank too severely. The forwards were not disappointing, for no one had expected them to show to advantage against the Sunderland backs, and as a matter of fact, they fared more creditably than the constitution of the line had led me to suppose. Taylor was the best of the bunch, and he had some rare tussles with Watson, of whom Sharp fought very shy prior to his injury, which was purely accidental. The halves were not good enough for the opposition, though the reserve lad, Makepeace, played a capital game, but could scarcely be considered as equal to the player whose position he was for the nonce filling. Clarke was erratic in the centre, but, further behind, Crelly gave a grand exhibition, his tackling being exceedingly fine. Whitley should stopped have stopped the first goal, but had no possible chance with the other two shots that took effect, and some of his intervening clearances were very capably accomplished. The defence of the Wearsiders was as stubborn as of old, and their two full-backs don’t stand on much ceremony in getting the ball. Watson found a tartar in Taylor, and the pair came very frequently under the referee's notice, and in one instance, which caused that autocrat’s interference, they had evidently mistaken each other for the ball. Doig was simply invincible, and without being at all perturbed by the dashes of the Everton forwards before the interval, cleared with the celerity and precision which betokens the quick eye and natural aptitude to anticipate the oncoming of the ball. The half-backs were always on the alert, harassing an opponent and attending judiciously to their own comrades, Jackson being the most prominent in this capacity. Of the forwards, Miller, Hewitt, and Hogg, were the pick, though it must not be forgotten that Robinson was injured, whilst Bridgett will for a few days feel the effects of what he received, incidents which undoubtedly seriously affected the play of this pair. Sunderland previously were strangers to victory at Goodison Park, but they were never more favoured than on this occasion. Everton; Whitley; Henderson, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Clarke, and Makepeace; Sharp, Taylor, Settle, Sheridan, and Bell. Sunderland; Doig; McCombie, and Watson; Farquhar, McAllister, and Jackson; Hogg, Robinson, Miller, Hewitt, and Bridgett. Referee; J. Adams, Birmingham.
SEMI-FINAL AT EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 16 March 1903
The selection of the Everton ground as the venue for one of the semi-finals of the Association Cup journey has given rise to the greatest satisfaction in Liverpool, and with decent weather –though it appears futile to imagine such conditions this season –there should be a hugh assembly. Both teams are great favourities in this city, and invariably draw big gates both at Goodison Park and Anfield, so that apart from the crowds that will come from Bury and Birmingham there is sure to be a rare muster of local enthusiasts. The last time Liverpool was honoured in this manner was when Notts County met and defeated Bolton Wanderers in the final at Goodison Park, in 1894 by four goals to one. Messrs Lythgoe and Cuff have charge of the arrangements, and in conjunction with Mr. Woolfall they went over the ground on Friday last, for the purpose of allocating the prices to the various parts of the enclosure. I understand that it has been decided to charge 6d, for admission to that side of the ground in front of the directors box, and I feel sure this will be appreciated by those who would otherwise stay away rather than pay 1s, entrance fee. The vast majority of the supporters of football in Liverpool are accustomed to doing out the nimble sixpenny weekly, and doubling the price of admission would have had a detrimental influence on the gate. Bury will have a stiff task to face, but in the interests of Lancashire football, it is only natural that people in this city should wish them every success.
SUNDERLAND EMBRACE THEIR OPPORTUNITY
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.
EVERTON V. SUNDERLAND
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.
EVERTON v. SUNDERLAND.
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.
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.
PADIHAM 3 EVERTON RESERVES 0
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.
INTER-LEAGUE HONOURS FOR EVERTONIANS
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.
PADIHAM BEAT EVERTON RESERVE
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.
EVERTON WELL BEATEN.
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.
STOKE SHOW IMPROVED FORM.
Athletic News - Monday 23 March 1903
The afternoon of Saturday was about the only one on which fine weather favoured the “Potteries” but all the same Stoke played against Everton to a beggarly array of empty benches. The enclosures were very sparsely lined, and with a crowd only 5,000 strong the gate receipts realised but £118, absolutely the worst League gate at Stoke this season. Of course, the visit of Lord Methuen open the new Drill Hall at Hanley, attended by an imposing Volunteer demonstration, adversely affected the gate, many thousands lining the route taken by the procession; but the two defeats at Derby in Cup-tie and League games on successive Saturdays had probably more do with the absence of a notoriously fickle local crowd than anything else. Watkins, who is still under suspension, was again an absentee from the Stoke side, and Holford operated at centre-forward, his place in the half-back line being taken by S. B. Ashworth. Lockett and Clark were again left out, and further trials were given to Harris and Benson. Everton were rather weakly represented in the forward line, for Sharp was unable to play owing to a strained leg, and Rankin took his place, whilst Makepeace, of the reserves, was tried at centre-forward. STOKE FIGHT WELL
With a stiff wind in their faces Stoke made a most stubborn fight in the first half. Everton in the opening quarter of an hour kept the ball well in Stoke territory, mainly owing to the strong forcing tactics of their half-backs, and only the coolness of the Stoke defenders prevented their goal from downfall on several occasions. Wilkes, who showed a huge improvement on his Derby form, made two particularly fine saves, and both Burgess and Benson were responsible for some grand clearances. The Stoke forwards were not by any means idle, and gave, Kitchen some anxious moments, but there was as a rule, an absentee of sting in the finishing efforts. Still, the Everton keeper was very fortunate in twice saving whilst on the ground from Capes and Whitehouse. There was a clean sheet at half-time, and against so strong a wind Stoke undoubtedly done well to keep their opponents out. The lion’s share the pressure had gone to Everton, but the Stoke defence had been resolute and sound. In the second *'45" there was no mistaking the fact that the home team were superior. Time after time the Stoke forwards had the Everton defenders in difficulties, but it was not until twenty minutes had been played that they broke down the stout opposition presented by the Everton defenders, amongst when Booth and Henderson were ever prominent for sterling work. Holford was the executant with a neat header, and ten minutes later Higginson, after determined pressure, splendidly converted a centre from Capes, and placed Stoke two ahead. It was after this second reverse that the Everton forwards showed their best form of the game, and Bell was only a few inches wide with a shot which had quite beaten Wilkes. Settle and Taylor both made clever attempts to get through, but the Stoke defence remained unpierced, and the home team scored a clever victory by two goals to none.
Stoke well deserved their success, for they defended against the wind much better than Everton and when in turn they had the wind at their backs they were almost continually dangerous. Wilkes showed a welcome improvement in form and as I have indicated both backs played well. Benson is certainly worth a further trial. The half-backs play was very sound, and Ashworth, in back play was very sound, and Ashworth in Holford’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 attacks. All the other attackers were useful, but capes has played much better. On the Everton side, Kitchen made many smart saves, but I thought he rather misjudged the header with which Holford scored the first goal. Henderson showed himself a powerful 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 any attempt at cohesion. Stoke; Wilkes; Burgess, and Benson; Baddeley, S.B. Ashworth, and Bradley; Whitehouse, Higginson, Holford, Capes, and Harris. Everton; Kitchen; Henderson, and Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth (captain), and Abbott; Rankin, Taylor, Makepeace, Settle, and Bell. Referee; T.P. Campbell, Blackburn.
STOKE v. EVERTON.
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.
IRISH ASSOCIATION SATISFIED.
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.
STOKE CITY 2 EVERTON 0
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.
INTERNATION CAP FOR SHERIDAN
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.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 ROSSENDALE UNITED 0
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.
WHY EVERTON LOST AT STOKE
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.
DERBY COUNTY v. EVERTON.
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.
DERBY COUNTY BEATEN AT HOME
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.
POINTS FOR EVERTON AT DERBY.
Athletic News - Monday 30 March 1903
The Derby directors paid the penalty on Saturday of being too magnanimous. In allowing Archie Goodall and Charles Morris to gratify their laudable ambition to take part in the international match at Belfast they undoubtedly did a sportsmanlike action, which in this sordid age must be set down as highly commendable. But after all it took a couple stars out of a team that was already lamenting the absence of Stephen Bloomer, and Everton took advantage of the opportunity that presented itself and helped themselves to a couple of points. The men from the banks of the Mersey had no absentees to deplore, and their level excellence was quite in advance of anything that was exhibited by their opponents. DERBY'S WEAK OPENING.
The weather was simply wretched, and the attendance was not much in excess of 6,000. It was regarded as a good omen when Methven won the toss as it enabled Derby to kick in the first half towards the station goal, with a good breeze at their backs. Despite this advantage they opened the game in most unpromising fashion, and it was only by the barest fluke that they did not at once find themselves in a minority. Sharp got in a fast shot which Fryer successfully got rid of, but the ball was promptly returned, and Settle, with the simplest of chances, made a terrible hash of it. Still Everton, even with the wind against them, were the better team, and Fryer had more than one good shot to stop, during the first half hour. In the same period Kitchen was practically idle, the only shot that reached him with any force behind it being one from Warren. At this point Everton with a bit of luck secured the goal that had been denied to their skill. Ratcliffe had conceded a corner, and from the flag kick Booth beaded the ball against the cross-bar, whence it passed into the net. From now the interval Derby were the better team, but the shooting exhibited no improvement, and Varney made a bad miss on one occasion when the ball came to him from the left wing.
MORE BAD SHOOTING.
The story of the second half is easily told. It was in the main a record of bad shooting by the Derby forwards, and of good goalkeeping by Fryer. There was not a great deal of fault to be found with their work in midfield, the ball being taken up in irreproachable fashion, and this moreover in the teeth of a powerful wind. The enormous advantage which everyone had expected Everton to display with such a trusty ally at their backs was never forthcoming, and so fast as the actual play was concerned in this half Derby had quite as much of it as their opponents. But the difference between the methods of the rival teams in front goal was as marked as it had been before the change of ends. Perhaps the best thing we were treated to was a wonderful save by Fryer, who threw himself at a shot from Taylor that appeared certain to score, and turned it safely out of the goal. It was a fine effort, and was deservedly applauded, as were a couple of fine centres by Davis that went a-begging.
THE BEST TEAM WIN.
Everton deserved their win by one goal to love, if only for the reason that they shot at goal much oftener and much more accurately than their opponents. In other respects there was not a great deal to choose between the teams, but in this all-important matter Everton were quite by themselves. In fact, it must be a long time since Kitchen had an easier task in League match. The level excellence of the men in front of him was also in contrast to that of the County, who had one or two glaringly weak spots. Booth played a fine game in the half-back line, and Taylor was the best of a useful string of forwards. Of the Derby men Fryer came well out of a hard afternoon’s work, and the regular members of the eleven exhibited no particular weakness except in the matter we have indicated. Archie Goodall’s absence, however, obviously unstrung the whole attack, Lloyd being very weak, and Varney doing little to justify his reputation at outside right. Ratcliffe, however worked hard at full-back, and improved as the match advanced. There are those who think he has about him the makings of a great player, and he was very far from belying his promise on Saturday. Derby County; Fryer; Methven, and Ratcliffe; Warren, Lloyd, and May; Verney, Warrington, Boag, Richards, and Davis. Everton; Kitchen; Balmer, Crelley; Wolstenholme, Booth, and Abbott; Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Dilly. Referee; R. Roberts, Crewe.
MANCHESTER CITY WIN AT GOODISON
Athletic News - Monday 30 March 1903
The reserve teams of these clubs decided their Lancashire Combination fixture at Goodison Park, and after a poor game the City managed to win by a goal to none. This was scored by Bevan after the interval, prior to which Chadwick had failed to convert a penalty kick for the home side. The forward play was very poor, the Everton front rank shooting in erratic fashion, and thus losing innumerable chances. Whenever a decent attempt was made Whitehouse was equal to the emergency. O’Hagan was not a success in his new sphere, and I do not think he will prove a centre-forward for his new club, as he is too slim for such a position. He will shape better as an inside wing player, this being his usual place in the Old Xaverians team. The Everton left wing, McEwan and Elston, formed the best portion of the home attack, whilst further behind, Joyce and Balmer defended capably, but the recruit, Galvin was not very noticeable. For the visitors, Dearden and Bevan were seen to advantage and Whitehouse had not once to acknowledge defeat. The Manchester United second string are due to Goodison on Tuesday evening, this being a postponed fixture from the 21st inst., when the semi-final was played on the Everton enclosure.
DERBY COUNTY v. EYERTON.
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.
DERBY COUNTY 0 EVERTON 1
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.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
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.
INTERNATIONAL CAP FOR SHERIDAN
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.