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March 4, 1907. The Liverpool Courier
At last Everton and Bolton Wanderers have finished with each other for this season. Neither side will be disappointing, especially as in the course of eight days they have had to make each other's acquaintance on three occasions. The Wanderers can derive little comfort from their meeting with the Evertonians. Not only have they been ousted by them from the English Cup competition, but they have dropped four League points –two last Saturday –and have the rather disconcerting consolation of scoring a solitary goal during six hour's play. Well may the Bolton people be glad to welcome the fall of the curtain so far as Everton are concerned. After the storm comes a calm. This was very much in evidence in the return League match at Goodison Park. On the previous Saturday Cup-tie fever was rampant, and there was a record gate for the ground. The replay at Burden Park –again there was an unprecedented attentances for the ground –and Everton's brilliant victory took all the interest out of the third meeting of the sides in the League. Can one marvel at the comparative indifference manifested. In regard to Saturday's game, which Everton won by the narrowest possible margin?

There were notable absentees from each side. Everton suffered the most. They were short of W.Balmer, Abbott, Sharp, Settle, and Young –rather a formidable quintette. And with the exception of Abbott, who was doing duty for his country at Glasgow, all were laid aside as the result of injuries. Bolton too, contributed Stokes to the inter –League match, while Shepherd and Stanley were also on the injured list. Thus it came about that each team introduced a back new to League football –Strettell of Everton, and Slater, of the Wanderers. With so many brilliant players away it was only to be expected that the equality of the play would suffer, but even had both teams been at full strength, a doubt still remains as to weather the game would have risen above mediocrity. That, however, is mere speculation. For the most part Saturday's encounter was devoid of those thrilling incidents, which are so exhilarating to the football crowd. The first half was tame to a degree. There was absolutely nothing to rouse the spectators, from which it will be gathered that goals were wanting. After the change of ends an improvement was apparent, but still there was little about which one could enthuse. True when late on in the proceedings the plucky and versatile Hardman scored for Everton, the crowd were on better terms with themselves. Still few people were sorry when the whistle brought to an end one of the most uninteresting games seen at Goodison –Park this season.

It was not a match which require anything in the nature of serious criticism. As a counterblast to the feverish excitement of the cup-tie it was what might have been anticipated. League points were at stake, though they were not of undue importance to either side. Again Everton were unquestionably the cleverer eleven, even with their many reserves. Hardman and Wilson were the pick of the attack, the latter especially exhibiting some remarkably smart footwork. Rouse was by no means a success in the centre. Not only did he make a sad mess of several fine centres, but he failed to distribute the play as he ought to have done. The right wing –Donnachie and Graham –was good and bad by turns. The former was often beaten, but as compensation he got in some grand centres almost from the touchline. Chadwick deputised for Abbott with distinct. Indeed he is a half-back who would be heartily welcomed by many League clubs. Strettell made a fair first appearance, though under pressure he seemed to lose his head, while he exhibited a tendency to wander unduly. Taylor, Makepeace, and R. Balmer all did well, and as for Scott, he was rarely troubled. The Wanderers attack was singularly ineffective, and in defence, apart from Edmondson, who had no chance with the goal that scored, Baverstock, Clifford, and Gaskell best served them. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Strettell, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick, half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Rouse, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Edmondson goal, Baverstock, and Slater, backs Gaskill, R. Clifford, and Boyd, half-backs Weaver, Cameron, Owen, W. White, and McEwan, forwards. Referee A. Green.

March 4 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 26)
By beating Bolton Wanderers at Burnden-Park, Everton Reserves accomplished a good performance for the Trotters occupy a high position in the League table. The victory was only secured by the close margin of two goals to one, but it served, and Bolton people will now have had a sufficiency of Everton football. The visitors held a decided advantage during the early stages and Jones scored his usual goal, which enabled the visitors to lead at half-time. On resuming Dempsey equalised but Everton again took the lead, which they held to the end. Considering that Everton were without five of the regular team, their win was all the more praiseworthy. Bolton made only three changes owing to League team calls, but they were beaten by a better side. Everton now have a fine chance of ousting Liverpool from the leading position, but a good deal will depend upon their visit to Oldham on the 16 th inst. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Crelly, and AN Other, backs Black, Wright, and Stevenson, half-backs, Dorward Thomas, Jones Cook, and Butler, forwards.

March 4 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
At Ibrox on Saturday English League drew with the Scottish, no goals beening the result, Abbott the only player from this district quite warranted his selection.

Athletic News - Monday 04 March 1907
[By Junius.)
The Bolton week, like all other matters mundane, has come to an end, and the third chapter of the chronicles relating to the doings of Everton versus Bolton must pale by comparison with the deeds narrated in the two previous accounts. This was strikingly demonstrated by the attendance at Goodison Park, and in place of a record crowd teething over with earnest enthusiasm, there was but a moderate assembly, whose interest was by no means intense. The three tussles within eight days, between teams have resulted in considerable gain to Everton, whereas Bolton have secured neither goals nor glory. Everton were unable to play Settle, Young, Sharp, and W. Balmer owing to injuries sustained, while Abbott was away in Glasgow, and two men, Graham, late of 3rd Lanark, and Strettell, a local youth operated for the first with the League team. Bolton were without Stokes, Shepherd, and Stanley, three vital units of their eleven, so that both teams were sorely handicapped.  
In the first half there was no score and, truth to tell, goals never seemed like accruing to either side, though opportunities were created that should have been turned to profitable account The forwards did not blend harmoniously, for Rouse appeared unable to maintain a footing, and almost invariably had the misfortune to do the wrong thing at the crucial moment during an attack. Bolton could seldom get in a decent shot at Scott, and the interval figures, accurately represent the general trend of the play prior to breathing time. Slight improvement was witnessed after the resumption, and the winning point came after thirty minutes' battling. George Wilson, who was a veritable thorn in Bolton’s defence, was breaking through in his inimitable style, when Clifford brought him down foully just outside the penalty line.  Taylor took the kick, and lofted it towards the left where Wilson bustled Baverstock, and Hardman nipping in, took the ball almost into the goalmouth before netting.
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In the Everton forward line Wilson was the most prominent performer, and though Gaskell stuck bravely to his task of circumventing the sturdy Scot, both he and Clifford were tired of the business before the game ended. Graham showed very neat football, and Donnachie was extremely tricky. If he could centre as accurately, say as Jack Sharp, he would be a most dangerous this match were lacking in judgment. Apart from this, the two wings were satisfactory. And the newly-constituted right must be given credit for a capable exposition. Had Rouse been able to weld these with Wilson and Hardman there would have been greater trouble for Bolton, but he failed, and I should fancy that ex-Stoke player is becoming somewhat disappointed with his non-success at Goodison. The tide is a long time in turning for him. Makepeace was resplendent, and his speed was plainly too much for that of the wing opposed to him. He is returning to his last season’s form at a time when it will prove most useful to his club. Taylor was a splendid forager and initiator, and Chadwick gave a good display. He is a half-back of more than average merit.  Strettell was disappointing; this local lad started coolly and well, but White and McEwan got him rather mixed up, and then they showed him a few tricks. 
Bolton's Best
Edmondson was not severely tested in goal, but Baverstock showed to advantage against a formidable wing.  Slater kicked sturdily, but was not such a reliable defender as his partner.  Of the half-backs.  Gaskill was the most effective but for forwards were only moderate.  McEwan and White was occasionally noticeable with deft maneuvers, but as a line, the front rank was not a success.  Everton; Scott; Strettell, Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Taylor, Chadwick; Donnachie, Graham, Rouse, Wilson (G), and H.P. Hardman.  Bolton Wanderers;- Edmondson; Baverstock, Slater; Gaskell, Clifford, Boyd; Weaver, Cameron, Owen, White, and McEwan.  Referee; A. Green, West Bromwich.  

March 5, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
The Everton players left Liverpool yesterday by the Great Central route for their training quarters at Chingford. They however, stayed at Sheffield in order to bring off the postponed League match with the United at Bramell –Lane. The afternoon turned out beautifully fine after the fog in the early morning. Hardman were unable to play, and the Everton directors decided not to select the team until just before the match. There were hopes that David Wilson might have reached Sheffield in time to take his place in the forward line, but as he did not put in an appearance, the Everton directors a quarter of an hour before the time for starting had to pick the team without him. In addition to Hardman, Everton were short of Young, Settle, Abbott, and R. Balmer. The teams were - Everton: - Scott, goal, Strettell, and W. Balmer, backs Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Chadwick, half-backs, Sharp, Graham, Rouse G. Wilson, and Donnachie, forwards. Sheffield United: - Leivesley, goal, Benson, and Johnson, backs W. H. Wilkinson, B. Wilkinson, and Needham half-backs, Thompson, Bluff, Brown, Drake, and Lipsham, forwards. Referee P. Heath. The home team was the same as that which defeated Woolwich Arsenal on Saturday. Although the weather was spring like, there was only a moderate attendance. Taylor lost the toss, and this meant that Everton had to play with the sun in their faces. Rouse kicked off, and the United immediately made tracks for the Everton goal, Balmer prevented Brown getting in a shot, but a moment later the centre forward head the ball into Scott's hands. The Blues could not get over the half-way line and Strettell was weak in his kicking though fortunately nothing came of one bad mistake. A hugh kick by Balmer set Everton going, but Graham in passing back to Sharp, sent out of play. Taylor was prominent, and from one of his passes Donnachie had a chance of making progress, but Johnson dispossessed him. Sharp although not in condition put in some neat touches, and on the left Donnachie displayed tricky footwork. Still the Sheffield goalkeeper was not troubled so far there was not much of interest in the play mistakes being made by both sides. At length Rouse had an opening and he shot in low and hard, Leivesley stopping the ball at the corner of the net. Them Rouse's pass Sharp shot across the goalmouth, Needham conceding a corner, from which Leivesley saved cleverly from Graham. Lipsham, when apparently offside, ran well down only to be beaten by Strettell, but the United continued to attack, Scott being twice called upon. The home right was showing up well, and from their work, Brown had a chance, Scott however, was too good for him and the Irish International also saved neatly from Drake. The United were doing all the pressure and when within the penalty area, Taylor came under the ban of the referee for tripping Brown. The referee awarded a penalty kick , and the kick was entrusted to Brown, who shot into the corner of the net, quite out of Scott's reach. Neither side unduly exerted themselves, and for the most part play favoured the home lot. Once Sharp got in a lovely centre, and it was not without great difficulty that Leivelsey successfully defended his charge. Throws –in, were unusually numerous, and there was little to excite the spectators, B. Wilkinson called upon Scott with a long shot, and at the other end effective work between Rouse, Graham and Sharp ended in the latter having a pop at Leivesley. Eventually Everton showed some of their true form, the whole front line combining with rare effect. Johnson when hard pressed by Sharp, kicking out, and from the throw in, the ball went to Rouse, who scored a really clever equalising goal. Sheffield quickly retaliated and there was an appeal against Strettell for handling within the penalty area, but the referee was in favour of the Everton men. Next Thompson shot over, and Scott throwing himself full length on the ground just managed to divert a dangerous shot from Brown at the expense of a fruitless corner. At the other end Sharp, forced a corner, but Chadwick shot over the bar. Strettell was compelled to concede a corner which again was badly utilised, and Bluff was too high with a hot shot in the course of further pressure, Strettell rendered his side good service. Thompson was injured in contact with Balmer, but he soon returned. Pretty passing by the Evertonians carried the ball well into the Sheffield half, G. Wilson shot over, and Graham had a splendid opportunity of scoring when close in, but shot weakly at Leivesley. Another onslaught by Everton was unproductive and the next item of interest was a capital attempt by Needham, whose shot was fisted away by Scott. Brown too, with a fast low shot, only missed the post by inches. Sharp cleverly outwitted a couple of opponents, but nothing came of his centre, and the change of ends came with the score level. Half-time Sheffield United 1, Everton 1.

In the second half play was much livelier, and the home team did the bulk of the pressing, but they missed many chances. Somehow or another Everton could not get into their stride. On the other hand the United forwards were on the alert, and once Brown placed them ahead, was no holding them. Meanwhile Chadwick had been in the wars, receiving a nasty kick on the leg, and it was no great surprise when Brown added a third goal about which there was more than a suspicious of offside. The "hat-trick" accomplished by Brown seemed to spare his colleagues, and the United made their position even more secure when Bluff added a fourth. After this Everton put fourth desperate efforts to assert themselves, but it was too late, and even then was unsuccessful. several corners fell to them, and on one occasion Needham's judgement in falling back into the goalmouth saved a certain goal. However, the end came with Everton well beaten. Final Sheffield United 4, Everton 1.

There was no doubt that Sheffield United on the day's play were the better side. Everton were sadly handicapped on account of injuries to several of their regular players, and four hard games in the course of ten days naturally told a tale. The first half was pretty even, without producing any exciting episodes, but later until Sheffield United had made their position secure Everton was never in the hunt. The "Blues" came again in the last ten minutes of so of the game, but the United prevailed. The Everton players will now have a rest until Saturday and it is to be hoped that the stay at Chingford will find the regular members of the team fit for the fourth round tie against Crystal Palace.

March 5, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Wales played Scotland at the Racecourse Ground yesterday afternoon, in presence of 8,000 spectators. Wales winning by a goal to nil.

March 11, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Fa Cup Round Four.
The match between Crystal Palace and Everton on Saturday, on the ground of the Glaziers, was a true game of Cu- -tie football –more rough and tumble or rush and smush than anything else. True football, as it is seen in the best League games, was nearly an entire absentee. Such of it as there was Everton was responsible for, and more by far in the second half than the first. Looking back on the game, one cannot help but wish that the Crystal Palace goal had been secured by other means than an accident. But of such is the game of football. The two Balmers are usually as safe as houses, but why they should collide with each other at a critical moment and leave the Glaziers' right wing men free –very much to their surprise –is a mystery that will take a deal of fathcoming. Of course, when the ball had been passed back to Astley and Scott (who did everything he ought to have done in leaving his goal) charged him the home centre scored. There lay the crux of the game, and it was this goal which makes it necessary for the teams to meet each other again to settle their differences before either can enter the semi-final.

The homesters fully deserved their respite. They had worked hard and had proved the surprise packet of the South. All the better known Southern clubs had gone down, with the single exception of Woolwich Arsenal, and yet the perky Glaziers still came up smiling to tackle the redoubtable Cup-holders, and so they deserved to get another chance. They played much better football than they have done since they beat Newcastle United. They were cheered by having a large gate –a record. In fact, on their ground, apart from a Cup-final –and their supporters were buoyed up by a confidence, which was certainly not warranted on form. Determination was the note with which they entered on the conflict, and it was evidently the spirit with which they fought the game.

From soon after the start it was clear that the match was going to be a tough one. The visitors did not seen to consider their opponents were quite so doughty as they proved to be. Perhaps, however, lucky is the word to use, for while none could say that the Palace men played such good football as Everton, yet it is equally certain that they were always right on the ball, whenever their presence was most needed. The number of fouls was very large, and it was particularly noticeable that Needham the home back was in most of them, either as the aggressor or the injured party. It would scarcely be fair to say that even the worst of the fouls except perhaps one where Wilson was tripped, was at all dangerous. The most serious accident was that which occurred through a collision between Innerd, the home captain, and R. Balmer. Both players seemed to bang their heads together very severely, and the former had to be carried off the field. He did not return again, but recovered very quickly in the dressing room. This accident happened within three or four minutes of the end of the game.

The first half, and the second differed entirely from each other. In the earlier portion of the game it would be hard to say which had the better of the game except from the point of view of the score sheet. Both halves of the ground were invaded in turn, and it did not seem as if either side intended to score until close upon half-time, when the home team secured the goal before described. There were shots and shots which in second class game might have scored, but the best attempts was one by Young, which struck the cross bar and bounded over. A little lower and the result of the game might have been completely changed. The other shots – with the exception perhaps, of one by Wallace right across the mouth of the goal –were not nearly so well judged, and many were sent straight into the goalkeeper's hands. The second half was much different. It may have been the heavy rain that made the change, but whatever it was the visitors made far more of their opportunities, and had much the better of the exchanges. There had been a drizzling rain falling all the afternoon, beginning about one o'clock, but in the second half it became a steady downpour. There was little if any breeze. It was during this half that the visitors seemed to show more of their true form, and some of the passing was very pretty. The tackling too, was very neat. One especially fine bit of work was done by Makepeace, who took the ball from the toes of the opposing forwards, and after trickily evading Ryan and Forster passing to Donnachie, who centred beautifully. The effort came to nought, owing to the splendid work of Needham.

The one score by Everton was just the sort of smart play, which one likes so much to see on the part of a footballer. Taylor deserves every credit for his score. He got the leather right in the midst of an array of opponents, and without giving any one time to think his mind was made up, the ball was inside the net. Neither Needham, Edwards, nor Ryan, all of whom were near, had any chance to stop him, and he took good care to let the goalkeeper have no opportunity either. There was no further score, but it certainly seemed to the onlookers that there ought to have been, for the whole of the advantage was with the visitors. Apart from an isolated breakaway, the home eleven were kept pegging away at defence the whole of the last quarter of an hour or twenty minutes. There is little need to particularise because, generally speaking, every man in both teams did all that was required of him, and it is hard to say which was the best man. Teams: - Crystal Palace: - W. Wilson, goal, Needham, and Edwards, backs Innerod (Captain), Ryan, and Foster, half-backs, Wallace, Harker, Astley, Woodger, and Roberts, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain) and Abbott, half-back, Donnachie, Settle, Young G. Wilson, and Hardman forwards. Referee T. Kirkham.

The Athletic News- Monday, March 11, 1907
Everton are leaving nothing to chance, and placed a strong team in the field against Manchester United, a crowd of about 8,000 at Goodison Park witnessing a home victory by 3-0-That wonderful little goal-getter, Jones, who was secured by Everton from Prescott, last season, did the hat-trick, and scored one goal before the interval, and two afterwards.  He has now put on no fewer than thirty-six goals-a wonderful record considering that he has not figured in the whole of the matches. 

Athletic News - Monday 11 March 1907
By Tityrus
The Crystal Palace team know nothing about cowardice.  They fight Cup-ties win.  Their team has one head, one purpose, one spirit, twenty two busy feet, with a burning ambition.  In the happy exception of having everything to gain, and with continues of club traditions to live so they play football with the sole not a victory.  Everton discovered all things on the great sea of grass on Saturday when 30,000 people, vastly southerners, saw the Northern horde rival blue thoroughly held and extended the very latest aspirants for Cup fame.  However, the Evertonians were never playing with the easy grace of masters.  A certain famous goal shot at Newcastle-on-Tyne had forewarned them.  They dare not feel that they had their opponents in the palm of their hand.  Indeed, the game rather suggested to me that the Cup holders were frightened lest the Palace should win, lest they should tarnish their reputation as a great power.  It is still the fashion among the football folks to speak with disparagement of the southerners but it seemed to me after this game that such remarks were ill-founded. 
Much Cry, Little Wool
The only excuse that Everton can advance for their failures to win is the absence of Sharp, who has a leg that he did not feel inclined to subject to any severe strain on a treacherous turf after rain.  The Palace had precisely the same team as astounded the Tynesiders.  Although Ryan, Harker, Astley, and Woodger made a nice movement and compelled Scott to handle near the post, for some time the visitors showed the more systematic football.  There was more calculation in the way they concentrated their attack and carried operations to within shooting distances.  But then, over the crossbar seemed to be the only vogue of the Everton forwards.   When the Palace performers made tracks there was more danger about their culminating movements.  Roberts once passed forward to Woodger to race for the ball.  The Croydon conjurer said Heigh Presto!  and Scott was concerned about fielding a lovely centre.  Again Harker gave Roberts an opportunity, and he, seeing that the custodian was comfortable with high drives sent in a ground ball.  But that was diverted.  Settle and Donnachie were often forging ahead, but still over the bar was the mode.  Next William Balmer was at fault, and the ball was beautifully passed to Wallace, who whirled in a centre at a right angle – all along the grass.  This was the most perilous thing for Everton, as it rolled right across the goalmouth, and about six yards from it.  This was an invitation to score, and so Scott hurled himself at the ball and probably disconcerted Astley, who turned it outside.  The Evertonians must have feared in that moment.  Away at the other end, where Everton again settled down to a tip-tap-toe style, Hewitson saved his charge from an onslaught by Settle, and bounced the ball until he could punt it to the wings, but shortly after a shot, as from a catapult, hit the top of the crossbar and bounced over, to the sorrow of Makepeace, who seemed to have put all his hope and soul into that drive.  But the “Crystals” –why not? –again disputed the issue in mainly style.  Harker, with a dainty side pass, sent Wallace on his way rejoicing.  Astley utilized the centre, but the shot was charged down, whereupon Roberts made a lovely drive into goal, Scott barred the way. 
A Triumphant Thrill For The South
Everton pressed home attacks, and here-abouts there was a little excess of vigour which Tom Kirkham had to check in his quiet and convincing way.  Ryan passed down the centre for Astley.  Just outside the centre circle –for Everton were well advanced –William Balmer tried to return the ball.  But he was a fraction of a second too late, for Astley took it from his toe.  Robert Balmer rushed up at the same moment and charged at Astley.  He slipped between the part, and the brothers Balmer colliding lay prone, knowing that disaster had overtaken them.  One back had not covered the other.  William Balmer’s blunder was emphasized and heightened by Robert Balmer’s impetuosity.  While they lay on the grass Astley was speeding towards goal as straight as an arrow.  Scott saw that the whole burden lay on his shoulders and rushed direct for his opponent.  He came out about twelve yards.  It appeared as if Scott and Ashley met and both also fell.  But Ashley was quick to his feet, and Scott, not having taken the precaution to secure the ball, the Palace centre stood still.  The monarch of the open goal that he surveyed, he gently placed the ball into a cosy corner of the netting.  What a thrill! What jubilation!! The man who scored the ever-memorable goal at Newcastle-on-Tyne had actually taken what the gods and the Balmers gave him, and, keeping his brain cool and his feet busy, this burly centre raised hope of another victory.  The goal vividly reminded me of Stephen Bloomer’s effort which equalized the game with Scotland on the same turf six years ago.  These accidents will happen in the best regulated teams.  While Everton could still do no better than go ballooning the “Crystals” took heart from this goal, and we saw Scott clearing several shots, Harker, Astley, and Woodger profiting by the miskicks of Taylor, and William Balmer and their own ingenuity.  Indeed, we actually saw Robert Balmer kicking out!
Everton Equalise
Everton commenced the second half a goal in arrear, and their opponents fired with more confidence and hope.  Roberts early tested Scott with a superb drive after he had dribbled inwards towards the centre, while Woodger and Astley gave the Balmer’s a trying time, and even forced corner-kicks.  Indeed Scott found plenty of manual labour.  At length Harold Hardman ran down his wing, and when he tried to centre Needham diverted at the expense of a corner-kick.  Hardman placed well, and considerable tension among the players near Hewitson was terminated by Taylor scoring the first goal for his side just as he did at Bolton –only the ball was driven between legs instead of hooked with heads.  With the sequel to be as at Bolton? With half an hour to play there was amply time for Everton to win – if they had the ability –but in a flash the Palace were away at the Everton end and Astley driving in a ball which Scott fell upon before he could rid himself of such an objectionable cumulate and of a magnet that was drawing him forwards into him. The “Crystals” with intention of abandoned hope, and sustained much pressure, Scott again saved from Astley.  Everton begin to open out the game as there have done many times before, and Hewitson turned a drive from Settle round the post.  Indeed, both teams struggled most manfully for victory, and there were several exciting incidents, but no further goal – and so we had a drawn battle of one goal each.
Full of Possibilities to the Last
Probably Everton had rather the better of the midfield play, but they frittered away their chances by wild marksmanship, by straight drives, and by lack of resource and dash near goal.  The Palace went the nearest way to the habitation of Scott and tested him whenever opportunity presented.  The Everton eleven found their adversaries exceedingly quick in intervention.  The backs were bustled and the forwards were harried and worried.  The Evertonians were never given ample time to develop their schemes.  Without being rough, the Palace were robust, dashing, determined, and always bobbing up serenely when Everton did not want them.  As an exhibition of science the match was wanting in many essentials.  As a display of desperate striving and individual effort and thwarting the battle was a pronounced success, with the issue in the balance until the last kick. 
The Pretty Palace Forwards.
The Southern Leaguers have an excellent set of forward.  Charles Wallace has made a name this season as an outside right.  With his speed and craft I can quite understand him being a mazy mystery to a half-back of an interior class to Abbott.  But Abbott was such an interfering busybody that he often compelled Wallace to make his centre the moment the ball dropped near his feet.  These first time strokes are haphazard in character.  Sometimes Wallace tried more conventional tactics, but if he got past Abbott, Robert Balmer had to be reckoned with.  I certainly thought that Roberts, the West Bromwich-Newcastle-Middleborough outside-left, was quite as fine a wing pioneer as Wallace.  Roberts may wander, and it may be difficult to tell at times whether he is a forward of a half-back, but his utility is great.  Harker is an adept passer.  He would make any forward play a wing game.  Astley is a strong go-ahead centre.  But to my thinking the finest, trickiest, most persevering forager at Sydenham is Woodger.  This inside left, formerly an amateur at Croydon, is known as “Lady” Woodger-the inference to me being that he is so dainty in his foot craft.  There is as much cunning in this fellow’s toes as in many a man’s head.  Ask William Balmer and Makepeace for corroborative evidence!  Edwards and Forster were fairly good in defence.  Ryan was still clever.  Hewiston did his duty, but I do not think he was adequately tested.  We may tell better in the replay at Goodison Park on Wednesday.  The finest resistance to Everton was offered by the captain—lnnerd—the right half-back, and Needham, who was the back behind him. Those two men were never given much rest by Hardman, Wilson, and Abbott, and magnificently they responded to all attacks. The defence of the Palace is not equal to their pretty attacking line, but it will serve most occasions. Whatever the Palace team lack they have indomitable pluck, energy, and harmoniousness. These qualities have enabled them to go far.
I am sorry to say that Everton did not do themselves justice. Possibly the Southerners were responsible for their lack of finishing power. The forwards were individually clever in the open country, but having stalked their quarry they could not bring it down. The half backs saved the match, for the backs and the goalkeeper lost their self-possession.  They were at times completely entangled. Neither of the Balmers was as steady under pressure and when hustled as I have known them to be—and I thought "William” guilty of hesitation until he flurried himself, while "Robert’s" only resource was to seek refuge in the touchline. Fancy Scott —above all men —not | only failing when he came out to Astley but just before the finish he rushed 25 yards to William Balmer, who was being bothered by Woodger. The result was that Scott and Balmer collided, and "William" was underneath and rather Shaken. This was unnecessary on the part of the Irishman. I never saw the Balmers and Scott so excited in any match.  The half-backs maintained a level of excellence that saved the club at the crisis. Taylor was possibly the outstanding figure, but he was very forcible. I cannot find fault with Abbott and Makepeace. They worked well and joined in the attack. As to the forwards, Donnachie was noticeable for much excellent work. But he dwells on the ball before making his centre with a dalliance that is positively irritating. While he is waiting the defence is forming and ready for anything. Settle nursed him like a master. Settle has an old head.   Young was too individualistic and did not serve his wings with freedom and accuracy. George Wilson and Harold Hardman were the more enterprising and artistic pair, but they had to encounter the stoutest defence, and Wilson neutralized all his efforts by repeatedly skying the ball over goal. However, both sides live to tight another day. Crystal Palace; Hewison; Needham, Edwards; Innerd (captain), Ryan, Forster; Wallace, Harker, Astley, Woodger, and Roberts; Everton; Scott; Balmer (W), Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Taylor (captain), Abbott; Donnachie, Settle, Young, Wilson (G), and H,P. Hardman.  Referee; T. Kirkham, Burslem. 

March 11, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 27)
A Rather remarkable game was witnessed at Goodison Park on Saturday, when Everton and Manchester United were in opposition. The visitors had a very strong side out, including Berry (The old Tottenham Hotspur player) and Sager, and for some time held their own well, their half-backs in particular showing capital footwork on the muddy ground. Then, however, Thompson the United right half retired hurt, and later on Allynes one of their backs had also to leave the field. Afterwards, as might have been expected, Everton did all the pressing, and Jones the centre accomplished the "hat-trick." He began by beating Driver just before the interval with a neat shot, and on resuming added his second goal by a remarkable effort, following a fine centre from Cooke. Then he banged the ball against the crossbar with a terrific drive, but he subsequently added his third goal, and Everton won by three to nil. Jones has now scored 39 goals for Everton, all but three of them having been obtained in Lancashire Combination games. He has a wonderful facility for turning the ball into goal from all angles and although he nips up centres and shots without hesitation, he has fine judgement in placing the ball. With luck on Saturday he accomplished the "hat-trick" in each half. It is extraordinary that Jones should not have been given an opportunity of demonstrating his goal scoring with the first team.
Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Crelly, backs Black, Booth, and Donaldson half-back, Thomas, Graham Jones Cooke and Butler, forwards.

March 14 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Fa Cup Round Four Replay.
In football circles throughout the country intense interest was taken in the replayed English Cup-tie at Goodison-Park between Everton and Crystal Palace. This success of the Southerners has been the great surprise of the competition, and with a little luck they might have triumphed over the cupholders the first time of asking. However the general opinion was that in the replay Everton would prove easy winners. The Crystal Palace team, though suffering from injuries to players, was by no means dismayed at having to meet the cupholders on their own ground. Since Monday they had stayed at Southport where it may be remembered Tottenham Hotspur sojourned the year they won the cup. With fine weather prevailing before the match the chances of a big gate were all the more enhanced. Before the game started there were ominous clouds hovering around. About half an hour from the kick off there must have been fully 25,000 people within the enclosure. As previously announced Everton were able to play their full team. Sharp's injured thigh having come on all right. Crystal Palace too were not so badly off as regards the mishaps to players, and they were able to rely upon exactly the same teams as represented than last Saturday. The sides were: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer backs Makepeace, Taylor (Captain) and Abbott half-backs, Sharp Settle, Young, G. Wilson, and H.P. Hardman, forwards. Crystal Palace: - Hewitson, goal, Needham, and Edwards, backs Innerd (Captain), Ryan, and Forster, half-backs Wallace, Harker, Astley, Woodger, and Roberts, forwards. Referee J.C. Ibbotson, Linesmen, Messrs Muir, and Stoneheaver. Rain was falling heavily when the teams appeared on the field, in the presence of some 35,000 people. Taylor beat Innerd in the spin of the coin, and Astley kicking off, the "Glaziers" at once attacked. A foul against Ryan brought temporary relief. The Palace, however, returned to the attack, and W.Blamer and Scott were responsible for a clever save from Woodger and Harker. Then the Toffee men got going, but when approaching goal, Settle spoiled by getting off side. A moment later Young should have scored, but putting the ball too far forward, Edward dispossessed him. Sharp was not too happy on the slippery turf, and on a couple of occasions was badly at fault, with his centres, Settle and Young after combining prettily put the home outside right going, but he somewhat tamely allowed Edwards to rob him and then the Palace attacked. Their efforts were good, and only sterling work by Taylor and Makepeace prevented their scoring. At last Young got away, and putting down to Sharp, that player was again in fault. Needham was damaged in a collision with the home centre forward, but soon resumed, The visitors were rather having the better of the argument, the efforts of the home forwards lacking finish. The soft ground had undoubtedly to do with this. At last, however, Wilson got through, centred across to Sharp, that player passed back to Hardman, who with an oblique shot, easily defeated. Hewiston. This early success after eleven minutes play was a staggered. But not a bit downhearted the visitors attacked vigorously, and Innerd when given a chance just put wide. A move by the right wing resulted in Edward granting a corner, this being well taken by Sharp, Settle, with an open goal, made no mistake, and scored the second goal. A moment later Hardman passed to Young, who with a low shot, missed by inches, only. A free kick to the Palace taken by Edwards looked dangerous, but in some marvellous fashion, Scott managed to clear as the ball appeared to be going through. Hardman, the humourist, caused laughter by accidentally charging the linesman. Then Settle put in a stringing shot, which fully tested Heitson. Breaking away, the Palace centre-forward beat the brothers Balmer, but Scott coming out removed danger. One again came down the rain, and Settle, who was always to the fore, put in a splendid shot which, was stopped by the visiting custodian. Everton'' commanding lead robbed the game of a lot of interest, but to the credit of the Palace side be it said, they did not display the white feather. Outplayed as regards science, they were vigorous and whole-hearted in their methods, and on one occasion Wallace called upon Scott with a grand centre. Soon the ball was at the other end, and a lively attack resulted in Wilson centring and Hewitt on conceding a corner, from which Abbott shot just over. The Palace only occasionally broke away, and another terrific burst by Everton resulted in Settle scoring a third goal. From a move by Hardman and Wilson, the ball travelled to Taylor, who taking his time and finding Sharp unmarked, placed to that player, who put back to Young. The home centre, exercising a wise discretion, retrained from shooting, but, drawing the visiting attack, placed the ball at the toes of Settle, who easily netted. Then the Palace gained their first corner, but this came to nothing, and the homesters were soon attacking again. Sharp had now got going and being allowed plenty of latitude by Foster was indulging in some nice runs and centres. Hardman was exceedingly tricky, and after one clever run gave Young the chance of a lifetime, but his shot though strong was straight at Hewitson, who rathered the leather, and punted down the field. Astley fouled Taylor, but as Everton were going for goal, Wilson got offside. A moment later when everyone expected Hardman to score, the amateur after going close in, shot too high. Everton at this period were all over their opponents. Indeed the commanding lead, which the Blues had obtained, robbed the game of a lot of interest. Another determined onslaught by the home forwards brought the Palace goal into jeopardy, but Hewitson was alert, and Young relieved the situation by shooting wide. The Everton defenders coped easily with the spasmodic attack at the Palace, and the next item of interest was a run down the wing, by Sharp, whose centre went far wide of the mark. After tricking Taylor and W. Balmer, Woodger put behind and the ball was in midfield when the interval arrived. Half-time Everton 3, Crystal Palace nil.
The first half had borne out to a nicety the general anticipation. Everton were quite three goals the better side, but from the point of view of the spectators this greatly detracted from the interest which would have accrued from a close fight. Right from the kick off Innerd and Wilson displayed temper, and the game was stopped while the referee spoke to them. Then Young got through and though badly hampered, managed to put in a shot, which went wide. Next from a corner, a melee took place in front of Hewitson, bot Wilson and Sharp putting in terrific drives. The custodian was not to be caught napping, and saved in proper fashion. Taylor handled just outside the penalty line, and from the free kick, Astley put over. The rain had now gone off, and the weather was delightful. The homesters were undoubtedly the better side, and were simply playing with their opponents. From a breakaway Woodger was given a chance, but dallying instead of shooting. W.Balmer easily dispossessed him. For a time play was in midfield, until Young, Wilson, and Hardman dashed along, the first named putting in a good shot. After this Sharp raced away and centred onto Young head. Hewitson, however, brought off a smart save and danger was removed for the time being. From a foul on Young, the Blues attacked but could not score, although they were continually hovering round Hewitson. Wilson was in one of his best moods, and continually caused amusement by the easy manner in which he non-plussed his opponents. Young badly fouled Ryan, and then Hewitson missed a shot from Taylor, but luckily Needham was behind him and cleared. After this Astley had a couple of good chances, but there was never any doubt about the result of the game, and after Young had converted a centre from Sharp, Everton ran out the easiest of winners. Final Everton 4 Crystal Palace nil. There was a marked difference between the play of the two teams at the Palace and at Goodison Park. While Everton were somewhat lucky to draw at the Palace, they simply overwhelmed their opponents in the replay. Once Everton scored –and Hardman did the trick early on –there was only one side in it. Everton's victory by 4 goals to nil was no more than they deserved. The attendance was officially given as 34,340 and the receipts approximately £1,330.

The following analysis, as indicating to some extent the run of the play, was prove interesting: - Taking the goal kicks by each side as a direct guide, it will be seen that Everton had considerably the best of the argument. Corners kicks were conspicuously few, only 5 coming to both teams throughout the game. Of these Everton took 3,2 in the first moiety, from the first of which Settle scored, and 1 in the second, whilst the Glaziers were accorded 1 in each half. As far as free kicks were concerned, Everton were penalised 8 times in each half- 16 in all, the Palace coming out with the cleanest record in this respect –7 and 6, or 13 all told. Everton's undoubtedly superiority is easily seen from the goal kicks taken by the respective teams, the Blues numbers totaling 5 in the first half, and 8 in the second (a total of 13), whilst the Palace figures were 15 in the initial stages, and 13 in the second –a total of 28. It will thus be seen that Everton were considerably the more aggressive side throughout. Once in each half, the referee stopped the game, and resumed play by throwing the ball down. The first goal came to Everton after play had been in progress 11 minutes, the second in 16 minutes, and the third when the game was 29 minutes old, the fourth being registered after 31 minutes had expired in the second half.

March 18, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
After Saturday's exhibition at Goodison-park, one can quite understand Stoke's qualifications for the position of wooden spoonists. If they should manage to escape relegation to the Second Division it would indeed be something in the mature of a miracle. Apart from the ever-versatile L. R. Roose, the team gave a sorry exhibition. They never looked like scoring, and in one of the most uninteresting League encounters seen at Goodison-Park for many a long day the Evertonians conquered with the greatest possible ease by three clear goals. The funny past of it is that all this was contrary to expectation. It was thought that with the League championship out of reach and the extra exertion, which had been necessary to make certain inclusion in the semi-finals, the Blues would not be included to go out their way to secure a couple of League points. Perhaps the better way of putting it would be to suggest that everybody anticipated that the Potters would fight with all the energy of despair to improve a position which was getting perilously near hopeless.

Yet what happened? The Potters had the first half, and even under these favourable conditions they could make no headway. They had at least a couple of chances, but their forwards were absolutely hopeless as regards turning the easiest of openings to account. The Everton men soon tumbled to the weak opposition they had to face, and, like the artists they are, they managed to manipulate the ball with an amount of cleverness which caused the spectators much amusement, even if one could only by a stretch of the imagination bring oneself to the belief that a struggle for League points was in progress. Bolton signalised his reappearance after an enforced absence by scoring Everton first goal with a well judged shot quite out of Roose's reach. Whatever chance the Potters had proceeded was gone when the chance of ends arrived. Everton with the breeze at their backs, did absolutely, as they liked. There was never any necessity to extend themselves, and it was quite a treat to watch how they toyed with the feeble opposition. At the same time, the two goals which they added to they score were beauties. The first came from a free kick given against Mullineux not far outside the penalty line, Abbott took the kick, and he did not forget to put plenty of sting into his effort. The shot went with what might be described as cannon ball force into the corner of the net. Roose being perfectly helpless in his attempt to avert disaster. The third goal too, which was claimed by Young, was another clever effort –quite after Sandy's own heart. Thus it was that Everton gained the day by three goals to nil, an exact reversal of the verdict in the corresponding fixture last season.

Everton tried a goalkeeper fresh to League football in Depledge, who hails from Wallasey. He had hardly a chance of showing his capabilities on Saturday. On one occasion, when attempting to fist out against the strong breeze, he barely escaped letting his side down, but to counterbalance this, he smartly cleared his lines when a mistake by the elder Balmer looked dangerous. Robert Balmer was easily the best back on the field, the ease and effectiveness of his kicking being particularly noticeable. The Everton halves had really little to trouble them, and the forwards had an afternoon out against a singularly weak defence. Bolton, after his long absence, was as artictis as ever in his manipulation of the ball. Incidentally be it mentioned that the sympathies of all Everton supporters go out to George Wilson in the second bereavement in the course of less than a month. As for the Stoke players, the only man to distinguish himself in any way was the international custodian Roose. Holford was the pick of the defence, but even he was unable to circumvent Young and the inside Everton forwards.

Teams: - Everton: - Depledge, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Stoke City: - Roose goal, Hargess, and Mulburn, backs, Baddeley, Holford, and Sturgess, half-backs, Fielding, Gallimore, Chalmer, Badderley, and Davies forwards. Referee T.E. Campbell.

March 18, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 28)
While Liverpool were losing a point at home, Everton were having a bad time at Oldham. It was hoped that the Goodison men, who were very anxious to win, would emulate the example of the Anfielders in taking four points out of the Oldham club, but the visitors were handicapped owing to Donnachie and Bolton being required for the League team. At the same time, Everton had their usual defence, and the fact that Oldham triumphed by four goals to nil, is evidence of the dashing play and effectiveness their forwards. Indeed, but for the capital work of Sloan, Everton would have been more than a goal down at the interval, but afterwards Oldham played in irresistible form, and in the end the Goodison-park men were well beaten. It is not often that Everton fail to score, but even Jones could not accomplish this on Saturday, the Prescott lad being very closely shadowed all through. As a result he got few chances, and the best forward work was done by Graham and Rouse. Booth worked untiringly a half, and Crelly, Strettell and Sloan struggled hard to keep down the score, the goalkeeper in particular making some fine saves. It was Oldham's day out, however, and Hancock, the former Port Sunlight player, showed excellent form throughout. Oldham are very anxious to win the championship, as they desire to enter the second Division of the League next season. There is practically nothing between the three leading clubs, and there promises to be a great fight to the finish . Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Crelly, backs, Black, Booth, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rouse Graham Jones, Not-Known, Butler forwards.

March 18 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Ireland played and lost their third match in a row by three goals to nil. Scott of Everton had to leave the field, after being injured.

March 18, 1907. The Liverpool Courier
Local footballers will regret to learn that George, and David Wilson, the popular Everton players, have lost another relative. Only a few weeks ago one of their elder brothers died, and now news comes of the death of a young brother.

March 25, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Fa Cup Semi-Final.
Well, so far everything has gone their way. It has not been altogether an easy task, but still what team fights it way into the final of the English Cup without, having numerous difficulties to surmount? When Everton were drawn to meet West Bromwich Albion in one of the semi-finals at Bolton, the bulk of football followers regarded it as practically a gift for the Cupholders. A team holding second place in the League ought to pulverise any club in the lower division. That was the argument. But we know the fallacy of such methods of reasoning, especially in regard to cup ties. True, Everton on Saturday defeated West Bromwich Albion by two goals to one, but victory was not accomplished without a really desperate effort. Indeed for half the game the Second leaguers more than held their own. In the end class told its tale. Still the Throstles by their plucky display and sportsmanship demeanor gained many friends.
The conditions for such a great event in the football world were simply perfect. Probably the sun bothered the players more than they cared about, but it was very pleasant for the spectators, whose numbers by the way, fell far short of the memorable re-play between Everton and Bolton Wanderers nearly a month ago. And evidence was not wanting that the crowd had made up their minds that the Albion should not suffer through having to play on Lancashire soil. It was a much heartier greeting which was given to the Throstles than was extended to the Evertonians, and throughout the whole of the ninety minutes' play the Midlanders never lacked encouragement from the onlookers. Of course the Blues had plenty of support, if only from the thousands who made the journey from Liverpool. It was not, however until the second half was well advanced that they were in a state of mind to indulge in the "Portsmouth Chimes."
West Bromwich Albion in the first half of the game fairly astonished their opponents. They made the pace with a vengeance and their long swinging passes, desperate dashes for goal, and whole-hearted enthusiasm extorted well-merited approbation. Indeed, Everton, for quite a long time, had to play second fiddle. Their forwards were not allowed to get into their stride. The Albion half-backs gallantly led by the veteran Pheasant, were in no mood to allow the Everton forwards much scope, and thus it was that play for the first half hour or so was mostly in Everton quarters. Scoot, however, filled the breach in admirable fashion. The tricky Oxonian, Jordan got no change out of the Irish custodian, who, amongst other fine clearances was seen to great advantage when dealing with a nasty shot from Pheasant, which cannoned off the head of one of the Everton defenders. Still with all their pressing the Albion's colours were the first to be lowered. After a temporary respite through an injury to Taylor, the Everton front line made tracks for the goal, and the irrepressible George Wilson found an opening, and banged the ball into the net. Away went the Albion again, and in less than a couple of minutes a misunderstanding on the part of the Everton defenders resulted in Heywood equalising with Scott helpless to avert disaster. Half-time Everton 1 West Bromwich Albion 1. Half time scarcely represented the general play when the teams restarted, there was a striking change in the situation. Once Sharp fastened onto a cross from Hardman and scored a brilliant goal, the Throstles were to all intents and purpose a beaten side. They had brought about their own undoing. Their operation evidently had been to make sure of the result in the opening half. This did not materalise, and when their opponents appeared fresh and eager they were in racing perlace unable to raise a gallop. The consequence was that the second half was as dull as the earlier portion of the game had been full of life and interest.
That Everton deserved to win, could not be questioned, although they were nothing like as effective as on their previous appearance at Burnden-Park, when they romped round Bolton Wanderers. They came successfully through a trying time when the Albion put in absolutely all they knew, and for this they have to thank Scott, in large measure. His exhibition between the sides could not be too highly praised. Worried for some time, the brothers Balmer were still a tower of strength to their side, although Pennington the young international was perhaps the most effective back on the field. Handicapped by illness –he had not tasted solid food for a couple of days –the old war-horse John Taylor was of great service to his side, while Abbott and Makepeace was as usual reliable and resourceful. The forwards were not in their happiest vein. Young had one of his off days, Settle did not shine as was expected, and the most constant of the quintette was George Wilson. Sharp and Hardman were brilliant when a chance came their way, and both had a hand in the winning goal, the forward's judgment in working his way in to meet his colleague's centre being praiseworthy to a degree. Although beaten the Albion need in no way be ashamed of themselves. They have some fine young players at their command, notably the two amateurs Jordan and Parkes. Attendance, 32,381
Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs Sharp, Settle, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards .

Athletic News - Monday 25 March 1907
Red Roses and White Roses Will Bloom on the Palace Plain
By Tityrus
Are we to pass through an Evertonian era of Cup triumphs? That is the question which present itself when we see this famous Lancashire eleven again bound for the plains of the Palace at Sydenham in the South.  For three years in succession the team have been in the last four combatants and this spring, as twelve months ago, they have reached the scene which will end all this argue.  Everton have bravely for themselves and for the industrial duchy.  They have an ambition to restore that cup which recent was place in the centre of the long table which graces the cak-panelled room of the Everton directorates.  Everything at Goodison Park is palatial – and the most potential article of virtue which could grace their board is the one Cup that cheers and the masses with enthusiasm.  After possessing my soul in patience which required one hour and twenty minutes to encompass the fourteen miles between Manchester and Bolton, I made tracks for Burnden Park.  There flitted past me in the sunshine a red motor-car – a kind of char-a-banc, I saw it the other day in Liverpool.  The prophet of the party had hung a label out behind.  In blue letters on a white ground, I read; “Everton for the Crystal Palace via Bolton.”  I wonder what the fanatics thought when they heard that “Jock” Taylor had an attack of catarrh of the stomach and had not broken his fast for 48 hours.  Even so, Taylor was fast enough and strong enough to take his place, and the rivals were constituted exactly as in their recent Cup-ties. 
The Throstles “In and Out of Tune
For an hour the game was a source of delight, and at the outset it was clear that West Bromwich Albion were not as strangers in a distant land.  They had the sympathetic voice of the sporting assembly.  Pheasant, with a wave of his hand, elected to have the breeze at his back, and to place Everton so that the sun might harass them.  The “Throstles” soon convinced us that they had justly earned the praise bestowed on them by their swiftly flowing movements, but Sharp and Hardman speedily retaliated.  When Williams miskicked, and Randle was mastered by the perseverances of that most persistent player Hardman, the Albion might have quaked with fear as they saw a splendid centre.  Settle was well-place when he secured possession, and knowing his powers as a marksman, an early success seemed probable.  But he shot wide to his left, and shortly after Sharp failed to improve upon another centre by Hardman.  But the pre-semience of Everton came to an end, for the Albion swung along almost with the rhythmic precision of a regiment on the march.  Jordan, with oblique ground passes from the centre to the wings, set his comrades in motion.  Thus Parkes was made happy, and he returned to Jordan, who compelled Scott to field the ball the first exercise of the goalkeeper’s prerogative in the match.  Some nice work by Dilly again gave Jordan possession.  The young Oxonian dashed down the centre, until he veered towards the left.  The complete coolness and calculation of this debutant enchained me, for he wriggled round one back and between the pair until he tested Scott with a ball that he could only push away, but Parkes could not reach this rather feeble clearance in time to take advantage of it.  The Albion charmed us by their pretty and effective movements – raids which sparkled with speed and clean dribbling, and once Dilly made such a centre across the goal mouth that Parkes might have found the netted haven.  Instead of which the effort passed outside.  Occasionally Everton rallied, and some cunning wing work by Sharp was ended by one of Abbott’s dramatic and dazzling drives.  Stringer being relieved when he tipped the flying messenger over the crossbar.  The same Stringer sprang through the air like a giant to parry the well-placed flag-kick, and then William Balmer whizzed the ball in wild style over goal.  But Jordan served Dilly so well that the Arbroath boy twice compelled Scott to guard the breach against portentous centres.  Indeed, at this stage the Albion vanguard were the masters of the situation, the three inside men playing in a most dominant style.  Twice they were with an ace of scoring, for a grand shot by Heywood cannoned off Taylor’s head, and Scott saved where any goalkeeper might have been beaten, as he had to dash to the other side of the goal.  And, again when Pheasant hesitated to shoot and passed to parker, who forced a corner off Robert Balmer by his shot, the Everton position was nearly captured.  As the ball sailed in from the flag, Scott partially lost sight of it, and Makepeace did the right thing at right moment by putting away.  I have plunged so much into this narrative to let those who could not be there see how well the “Throstles” struggled.  But then came an incident which turned the course of the game.  Taylor was injured in the left knee and there was a cessation.  Sometimes a stoppage of this character breaks the thread of the story, so to speak.  The Albion never recovered from this interruption, for when the ball was thrown down near the centre Everton swarmed their opponents goal and could not be beaten off.  Young tried desperately to score, but after shots had been thrice kept out right on the goal-line Wilson took advantage of a puny return and touched the ball into the net.  Thus at the end of 38 minutes Everton secured a lead but the Albion were not content to remain in arrear.  Some fine forcing dribbling by Pheasant enabled Adam Heywood to secure possession, and the sturdy little man, once inside the penalty area, trickled his antagonists, and after swerving to his right shot to the left, leaving Scott absolutely helpless.  It was a lovely shot, within three minutes of the interval.  But I could not repress the thought with the least luck the Albion might have been leading.  We smacked our lips, metaphorically speaking in anticipation of the second period but this we deceived ourselves, for Everton began as if business only was meant, and having once got a grip on the game they never relaxed it.  Settle was very cunning.  By sheer skill and doggedly he mastered Heywood, and then he beat Pheasant and taking the ball right to the goal line pushed it back for Young to score, but Young was somebody brother, for he was shot wide of the target.  Still Young with the ball helped Sharp on the way to shoot whoever the ball came off the post.  Sharp was not to be discouraged by the opposition of a strip of wood.  He saw the flying Hardman drop a centre right square across the ground.  This descended twelve yards from goal and plump in front of the position.  Pennington and Sharp were facing each other.  The ball descended between them.  I thought that the “Throstle” should have removed the danger at the first attempt.  His momentary vacillation provided Sharp’s crowning glory, for in the twinkling of an eye Sharp scored with a regular rocket shot.  Twas well and quickly done.  And this point eight minutes after reversing decided the encounter.  The Albion were in arrear for the second time, for as they would they were never the same team again.  The Everton half-backs were three Paul Prys bobbing up serenely with a “Hope I don’t intrude” expression.  The Albion gradually died away.  Everton were content, and all that West Bromwich had to remind them of an eventful day was the ball which Pheasant picked up when the whistle sounded for the last time. 
Doggedness Does the Trick
It was a pity that the standard of the first half could not be maintained.  The game was excellent for an hour, but once the Albion had run themselves down, and Everton had established a winning position, I was driven to the conclusion against my will, that the Midlanders rather lost heart.  Yet they made a brave fight in the first half, and the quality of their football was at one time superior to that of Everton.  Briefly, the Cup holders were served by their experience were better balanced, and maintained as level standard of excellence.  Unless it was at West Ham and at the Crystal Palace I really do not think that Everton have been fully extended in these Cup-ties, but in the last struggle they will meet foemen worthy of their mettle.  There is a saying that youth will be served.  But against that we have the proverb that old heads cannot be placed on young shoulders.  Now I think that the extreme youth of some of the Albion forwards and their backs was the real cause of their undoing.  They had to grapple with old soldiers who know the game from A to Z and the winners, if they never attained the brilliance that the Albion showed at one time, plodded on and on until victory came.  When Burke, the prize-fighter, was beaten by Bendigo, he was asked how it happened.  His reply was that Bendigo “kept on a-doing of it” –that is kept getting “home” his blows.  This is just what Everton did in a more peaceful arena.  They kept on persevering.  They took advantage of their opponents’ momentary lapses, and so turned the tide until at the close West Bromwich had not a shot in the locker.  And yet I have seen Everton play better football than this, for they never mastered their opponents as they did Bolton on the same ground, and the Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.  Still, Everton prevailed, and they were no doubt duly thankful that they survived the fastest period of the game and the best on level terms. 
Wilson the Wonder Worker.
Scott kept his charge in galliant style, and he had some very awkward situations to grapple with, especially as the Balmers were not so reliable and so inspiring of confidence as they can be.  They were often at fault in the first half, but they improved as the game progressed.  The half-backs were a solid line.  Possibly Taylor was not the outstanding figure that he generally is, but there were reasons for his lack of virility.  Indeed, it was a wonderful feat of endurance that he went through the match in the valiant style that he did.  Abbott was at one time in difficulties, but he never flinched, gradually gained the upper hand, and was most serviceable both in defence and in his surprise shots.  Makepeace both by his pace and power was a prominent figure, and possibly the cleverest man of the three.  Young never did himself justice.  He should return to his League style of the early autumn.  It will pay better than the manner he now appears to be cultivating.  In the chain he was the weakest link, and I thought that George commands admiration for his control of the ball.  It might be tied to his toe with a long lace.  He may fall down, but he cannot be bustled of hustled off the ball.  And when he is not helping his forwards he is away rendering first aid to the half-backs.  It is doubtful if there is a better forcing player at inside left in the British Isles than George Wilson.  When Hardman was allowed the least latitude he showed pace and power on the wing, and his centres were timely.  If not in his happiest vein Settle was very useful, but Sharp was the man on the right.  The Lancashire cricketer never fails in these great matches.  His speed, his dribbling, his middling, and his shooting are alike telling.  He touches the ball with a purpose, and is never haphazard. 
The Virtues of the Albion.
Taking the match all through, Adam Heywood appeared to me as the most dangerous forward of the Albion vanguard.  A great forager and schemer, he would make the most men play.  He provided Dilly with many opportunities, but the Scot belied the name he has made for himself at the Hawthorns by his poor attempts at centers and his feeble long shots.  Without resource or finishing power, Dilly was a source of weakness-especially for the last hour.  Buck was the cleverest manipulator on the field prior to the interval.  At inside right he at one time challenged comparison with Wilson for his power of initiation and his jugglery with the ball.  Buck is a young master.  I have purposely left the two amateurs W.C. Jordan, the centre, and H. Peakes, to the last.  They both possess ability, but I fear that the latter was rather lacking in confidence-else he gave glimpses of a captivating style.  There is a future for Jordan, especially if he gains weight and strength.  His ground passes to the wings, his unselfishness, his cool scheming near goal struck me as fine points in his favour.  Perhaps he did not stay against Taylor, but he came through an ordeal for such a raw recruit in astonishing style.  If he had only Shinton’s physique! Well, I suppose it is fair to add if Shinton had only Jordan’s brains!!
The Albion middleman are a strong and sturdy trio.  Pheasent is still a wonder.  He went through the whole ninety minutes –and never lost sight of Young.  Pennington was wonderfully safe on the whole, but he has not the speed, in pursuit of a man, of Williams.  This lad has such splendid powers of recovery, and kicks and tackles so well that he may even rival the fame of “Billy” Williams.  Stringer never gave cause for anxiety.  And the Albion no need to grumble.  Nor have Everton.  Selah!  Everton; Scott; Balmer (W), Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Settle, Young, Wilson, Hardman.  West Bromwich Albion; Stringer (J); Williams (J), Pennington (J); Randle (A), Pheasent (E), Manners (J); Parkes (H), Buck (F), Jordan (WC), Heywood (A), Dilly (T).  Referee; F.H. Dennis, Middlesbrough. 

March 25, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 29)
Everton did not experience such difficulty in disposing of the Rovers Reserves at Goodison-park on Saturday, and this credited themselves with four points at the expanse of the Ewood-park brigade. The margin in favour of the Blues was two goals to nil, and all the scoring was done in the second half. Indeed, during the first portion the Rovers were as good as the home side but either set of forwards could get in anything like a decent shot. Smith the Rovers right-back retired just before the interval, but resumed after the change of ends and then from a penalty kick Rouse opened the scoring. Subsequently Harvey, the visitors left back had to be carried off the field, and Rouse scored a second goal after a brilliant effort. He obtain possession near the half-way line, and beating three or four opponents, finished up by banging the ball into the net as McIvor came out. Everton were value for more goals this half, but McIvor showed that he can still keep goal although he was lucky on one occasion when St.John hit the crossbar. St. John was having a trial at outside left, but did nothing sensational. Rouse was the pick of the forwards and Donnachie and Graham also did good work. Jones was too well watched to do much. Everton had a fine half-back line, Booth in particular playing well, while the defence was soundness itself. McIvor kept a fine goal for the Rovers and until they got hurt the backs did splendid services. Stevenson was the better of the halves, while among the forwards Letheron and Cunliffe did exceptionally well. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Crelly, backs, Black Booth and Chadwick, half-backs Donnachie Graham, Jones, Rouse, St.John, forwards.

March 30, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Within the limits of the League no finer holiday attraction could be wished than the meeting of Everton and Liverpool. This was evident enough from the appearance of the Goodison-park ground yesterday. There were probably 50,000 people present, and more were waiting to get in at three o'clock, the time of the kick off. In the glorious weather that prevailed the scene was one of delight the eye of any football enthusiast. The playing pitch was in perfect order, and surrounding this parallelogram of green were massed half a hundred thousand of people, the mere numbers making an impressive spectacle. It only wanted the presence of the players to make the scene complete, and when the teams turned out, Liverpool in red jerseys, and Everton in blue, the sight was a pretty a one as a sporting event could be expected to furnish. Several circumstances combined to give interest to the contest, in addition to the inevitable rivalry of local eleven's, Everton are not only the cupholders and finalists for a second year, but they were challenging the position, of Newcastle as leaders of the League, while Liverpool, themselves the League champions, last week defeated the present League leaders, Newcastle United. The vast crowd was controlled by a mere handful of policemen within the enclosure, although there were several mounted men on duty in the adjoining streets. There was no disorder during the first half, and there were the usual humorous incidents to a big gathering. Anxious spectators clambered on the roofs of some of the stands to the imminent dauger of the necks. A diversion was caused when a kite fell across the ground, and the players, who were kicking the ball about had to gather up the string. All went well during the first half, but at the interval there was an ominous movement in the crowd near the town goal. Then the spectators burst through onto the playing pitch, first by couples, and then in scores and hundreds. The police were helpless in keeping them back and soon the playing pitch was encroached upon, and scores ran across the pitch to the far side. Someone produced a football, and an impromptu game was played. It looked as if the match could not continue, when in came half a dozen mounted policemen, and these soon forced the encroaching crowd beyond the touch line with the result that after an interval of fifteen minutes the second half was resumed, and continued without interruption to the close. Everton were at full strength, and Liverpool lacked McPherson, injured, Robinson again partnering Goddard. The teams therefore lined up in the following advertised order : - Everton: - Scott goal, W. Balmer and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Settle, Young, G. Wilson and Hardman, forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Saul, and Dunlop, backs, Parry, Raisebeck (Captain), and Bradley, half-backs, Goddard Robinson, Hewitt, Raybould, and Cox forwards. Raisebeck won the toss amid a loud cheer from the Liverpoolians present, and he had no hesitation in pointing to the town goal. Sandy Young started prompt to time. Dunlop had to kick away, but he kicked against an opponent, and Jack Sharp got possession from the rebound. He was nicely placed for a centre, but tamely sent behind. Cox and Hewitt tried to make headway, but the strength of the wind was miscalculated, and the ball went over the line. Raisebeck did his best to get the forwards going but failed, and then the skipper was penalised for a foul on Young. Hewitt missed a chance to get away, and then Cox and Raybould worked trickily together, and Will Balmer thinking discretion the better part of valour, kicked into touch. A grand run by Hardman electrified the crowd, but his final shot from long range comfortably caught and thrown away by Hardy. There was the first save of the game. A couple of fouls against Liverpool brought the Blues no advantage, and again the Reds' left wing was prominent, but they could not get within shooting distance and when Dunlop receiving a pass back, swung the leather to the other wing, Robinson headed wide. Jack Taylor broke up an attack initiated by Cox, but the Anfield right came again, and Robinson from long range shot over, while a moment later, following some close passing by the Reds, Hewitt narrowly missed with a fast drive. Sharp nearly work through, and Bradley had to kick back to Hardy. Play was suddenly taken to the other end, and Cox called on Scott with a long oblique shot, which the Irishman safely death with. Still sticking to their work, the Reds swarmed round the Blues and Hewitt with an overhead kick from Parry's pass shot over the bar. Saul and Hardman had a tussle, and a free kick against Liverpool took the ball to the Anfield goalmouth, where Settle sent just wide of the upright. Again play finished in a trice to the other end and Hewitt in a gallant effort was sandwiched between the backs. Taylor beat Hewitt, and feeding his forwards beautifully a dangerous attack ensued. Bradley having to give a corner, Raisebeck saved this, but another followed, from which Abbott headed over. The first quarter of an hour had been very even, there being really nothing between the teams. Saul and Raisebeck tried in succession to floor Sandy Young, and when the latter succeeded the referee promptly gave a free kick, which availed the Blues, nothing. The visiting right pressed and R. Balmer gave a corner, which was easily worked away. From another attack by the Anfield right, Robinson got in a centre, but the ball was bouncing awkwardly, and although Raybould got his head to it with an open goal, he sent straight into the hands of Scott. It was rather a lucky squeak for the Blues. A fiercer drive from Cox was charged down. Bradley beautifully fed Cox, and as a result the winger forced a corner off W. Balmer. This was perfectly placed and Raisebeck headed in, Scott saving in grand style. The Reds still pressed, and another corner accrued, again placed beautifully by Cox, but Scott rushed out and fisted clear. Just afterwards Hewitt shot inches over the crossbar. A cheer went up when Young got the better of Raisebeck, and Sharp getting in a centre Hardy saved under difficulties. At the other end the Balmers got the better of Hewitt, but the Reds were now having the best of the play. The second quarter of an hour had been decidedly in their favour, and the Blues had Scott to thank that they were not behind. Another corner to Liverpool were again placed, by Cox, with mechanical accuracy, and a hot attack on the Everton citadel ended when Robinson lifted the ball on top of the net. Raisebeck very prettily beat Wilson with a back heel, but a foul against Parry brought play to the Anfield half, where Young got off-side. Raybould was far too slow in shooting, but a pretty sequence of passing between the visiting right and centre looked promising, Hewitt however, finishing with a shot which went wide. Play continued in the home half, but the Liverpool forwards failed to gauge the wind accurately, and the Everton goal was rarely in danger. Another corner from the Reds was fiddled away –a disastrous lack of methods being shown in the attack. Parry put his leg up to Young, and a free kick was given. From this Dunlop conceded, a corner to Sharp. This was got away, and Cox was sprinting to the other end when he was unaccountably pulled up for offside. Dunlop cleared a free kick, but got hurt, and resumed with a decided limp. Play slackened at the interval approached, and the Reds had the best of matters, the two Balmers being kept busy, Scott was not troubled. A foul against Abbott resulted in one more corner for the Reds, but this time Cox put it behind. This was the last incident of the first half. Half-time Everton nil, Liverpool nil.

After a long interval owing to the crowd breaking in, as already described, Hewitt set the ball rolling against the wind and sun, Settle nearly work through in the first minute, but Hardy ran out and cleared, Cox then dribbled half across the field and swung the leather across to Goddard. R. Balmer kicked into touch, but Hewitt received and centred. Scott clearing comfortably. Sharp easily out raced Dunlop, and although Saul dashed across and cleared the Reds were penalised close in. a corner kick followed, but another infringement of the rules brought relief to the Reds. It was only for a moment as the Blues vanguard got up and a foul was given against the defence close in, the leather ultimately going behind. Sharp forced a corner of Bradley, and from this Young narrowly missed the mark with a fierce drive. Nice work by the Everton right wing, and centre ended in Young putting in a pretty centre, which Hardman made a galliant effort to convert. Hardy saving cleverly. The Blues were now having the best of matters, and their methods near goal looked promising. From a free kick close in Makepeace found himself with an opening, but his shot went wide. W. Balmer missed his kick when Cox was getting dangerous, and the right winger gaining possession, dribbled into grand shooting position, but there was no sting in his shot and Scott saved although three or four Liverpool forwards tried to dispossess the custodian before he could get rid of the ball. Then play veered at once to the other end, and a corner was forced on the right from which Harold Hardman hit the upright, the ball glancing behind. A long shot from Cox, was safely got away by Scott, and the next incident was a foul by Sharp on Dunlop. Hewitt was working well into position when Bob Balmer floored him in very questionable style within the penalty area. Play now rapidly changed ends. Sandy Young sent in a beautiful centre, which went begging and then Cox put in a lovely one on the ground. Robinson dashed out, but managed somehow to muff a glorious chance by skying the ball. The game was stopped for a moment when Robinson accidentally received R. Balmer's foot in his face. A long centre from Sharp was generally in the Anfielders half. Abbott, who drove along the ground at a terrific pace put in a fine shot, just by the corner flag. The spectators had "goal" on their lips, when Hardy flung himself at the ball and brought off a magnificent save. Dunlop completing the clearance by kicking away. Hardy's feat was deservedly applauded. A few moments later he kept out another that appeared to be going wide from Young. The Reds paid a visit to the other end, but it was of brief duration. With half an hour gone the score sheet was still clear and the crowd was getting anxious for goals. Cox and Raybould missed a perfect chance from Robinson's centre. Cox got the ball, but in his haste he headed over. It was a shocking miss. At this stage, Hewitt, who had never recovered from Balmer's charge, went outside-left. Cox going inside and Raybould centre. In a further attack by the Reds, Cox was entirely unsupported but the visitors were now making their presence felt. Dunlop tried to place Sharp offside, but failed, and Hardy had to fist out the winger's centre. The Blues, however, forced a corner, which was got away. Makepeace brought Cox down accidentally the ball being afterwards thrown up, and Liverpool's left winger had to leave the field. He returned in a moment or two apparently little the worse. Play was afterwards in the Liverpool half, but the desired goal never came. Dunlop gave a corner with a wild kick but from this the ball was sent over from a cluster of attackers. Then Liverpool broke away on the right, and obtained a corner, but this was easily dealt with, and just afterwards the whistle sounded. Result, Everton nil, Liverpool nil.

Liverpool threw the match away. With the enormous advantage of sun and wind they should have made the issue safe in the first half, but sheer ineptitude near goal, and glaringly missed chances in this and the second half spoiled them of victory. The Reds had the bulk of the play in the first half, and the Blues in the second moiety, but the pressure of the Blues was more sustained than that of the Reds. They too, failed by poor shooting, although one or two shots were exceptionally good. The defence on both sides was the best part of the teams the forwards being somewhat uneven. The Everton wingmen were very good at times, but it was by fits and starts, and there was very little of that combination throughout the whole quintette which is so effective. Of the Liverpool front rank the same may be said. The left wing over shadowed the rest, and Cox was perhaps the best forwards on the field. Jack Taylor had Hewitt well under control, and Robinson and Goddard were not a perfect wing. Raybould was painfully slow at times. Of the two sets of halves, the Blues were the better trio by reason of their more accurate serving of the forwards, and at back the Balmers would be preferred, although both Dunlop and Saul did uncommonly well. Both goalkeepers showed themselves classmen. While a draw leaves little to complain of –although it seriously jeopardises any chance of the championship Everton might have had –it was the winning of easy chances that cost Liverpool a point.

Yesterday's attendance constitutes a record for the ground. It is estimated that there were 52,000 people present and the gate receipts amounted to £1,460.

March 30, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 30)
This match which was of special importance to Everton in their struggle for championship, was played at Southport yesterday. The weather was splendid, and there was a good gate. Southport won the toss, and set the Blues to face the sun. Play was fast and even throughout the first half, and from a nicely worked breakaway by Everton, Roused scored after twenty minutes. Central tried hard to draw level, and obtained two fruitless corners in succession. Another following shortly afterwards Bullivant was hurt, and left the field, his place in goal being taken by McWhan. Central then reverted to the one-back game, which somewhat disorganised the play. Half-time Southport Central nil, Everton 1. In the second half, Bullivant re-appeared, and Alexander equalised, after about a quarter of an hour's play. The referee cautioned two of the Blues after this for rough play. Central made another effort, and Aaron scored a second goal, amid great enthusiasm. Result Central 2 Everton 1






















March 1907