Match 2, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton are only two points, below the leaders, but if they are to win at Bradford they will have to exhibit more forceful football than in their last match at Bolton Wanderers. The team remains unchanged. Uren, the ex-Liverpool player again taking the outside left position.
BRADFORD CITY 1 EVERTON 0
March 4, 1912. The Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON DEFEATED AT BRADFORD.
In failing to gain at less one point at Bradford on Saturday the Everton team must be accounted distinctly unlucky. There is not the slightest question that in the first half of a hard fought game in which high wind played no inconsiderable part; the Evertonians were distinctly superior to their opponents. Their failed, however, to make the best use of the openings afforded, and allowed Bradford to slip through and score the only goal of the game. It would be idle to suggest that the accurately reflected the source of play, but it must be regarded as the fortune of war. If the same time it is only fair to the home team to say that they were quite as good as Everton in the second period, and some indication of their sharp shooting may be gleaned from the fact that they struck the crossbar on three occasions. Considerable interest attracted to the appearance of Harold Uren in the Everton front line, and it may here be said that he acquitted himself well, especially in the second half. But the front line on a whole had scarcely the accuracy understanding, and the lack accurate in large measures for the ability to score.
THE ONLY GOAL.
The visitors set the pace very aggressively, and with the wind at their backs they repeatedly forced the Bradford defenders to full back into goal, and there were two occasions when it escaped almost miraculously. Beare was repeatedly busy on the wing, but his centres were somewhat wild, the ball being sent out of play or over the bar. The first twenty minutes ruled almost entirely in favour of the Evertonians who were quite quicker in dealing with a lively ball than the Bradford men. After this period of the half , the home forwards made more of their rare breakaways, from which they forced a corner. From the place kick O'Rourke headed the leather against the crossbar. It rebounded swiftly to Logan who with a quick drive safely netted it past Scott before Scott realised what had happened. The reverse served to stimulate the visitors, and some exceedingly pretty but ineffective play on their part was witnessed. Time after time they got through, and once both backs were completely beaten, when McDonald dropped into the goalmouth and saved the situation. A aggressive spurt just before the interval failed to find an equalise, and Bradford crossed over in the leading position of being one up. As has been already indicated Bradford City showed up too much greater advantage when they held the weather gauge. Their forward work was much better regulated, and it was only the sterling defence that kept them at bay. Everton made frequent rushes into the home territory, but with the exception of several fine square passes from Uren their attack was rather ragged, and at the close of play Bradford City still maintained their lead.
Mention has already been made to the ex-Anfielder, Uren, and it need only be added that he ought to prove an asset in the Everton attack. Beare on the opposite wing scarcely played up to his best form, his finishing touches being far too wild. Jefferis and Bradshaw both showed their characteristic touches, but both were unlucky. The former had a disposition to hang a little too long over the ball, while Bradshaw displayed a certain tendency to roam. Browell was completely bottled up by Torrence. The red-haired half back never left him for a moment, and for once in a way the youngster was quite cut of the picture. The halves all did well, Fleetwood work in particular being a positive glutton for work. Both Macconnachie and Stevenson played a fine defensive game, and Scott could scarcely be blamed for the solitary goal, which beat him. Bradford City are no doubt a bustling side, but they were certainly not value for the two points on Saturday. Teams: - Bradford City: - Mellors, goal, Buecock, and Gates, backs, Hampton, Torrance, and McDonald, half-backs Bond, Logan, O'Rourke, Devine, and Thompson, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, Srevenson, and Macconachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Referee J. Kenny.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BURNLEY RESERVES 1
March 4, 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 21)
Although Everton's display against Burnley was an advance upon that given at Anfield a week ago the performance was much below that expected from a side of Everton's calibre, and the fact that they only succeeded in dividing the honours was simple proof that the side needs strengthening. Little fault could be found with the play of Meunier and Holbem, the former playing a forceful and steady display. Bromilow was not safe in goal; while the half-backs gave a very ordinary exhibition. Weller being the pick of a poor lot. The chiefly fault, however, lay with the forwards, who seemed unable to formulate a decent plan of attack. True, the line was rather experimental in formation, for Chedgzoy occupied the outside left position, and Gault acted as centre forward, and while the latter was not so effective as when performing on the wing. Chedgzoy was totally put of sympathy with the line. The best thing Chedgzoy did was to send cross the centre from which Pinkney scored Everton's solitary goal. The game never rose above mediocrity, and Everton's position in the table is a rather inglorious one (13). Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Holbem, and Meunier backs Allan, Weller, and Grenyer, half-backs, Pinkney, Robinson, Gault Burton, and Chedgzoy, forwards .
London Daily News - Wednesday 06 March 1912
In view of the possible dislocation of the railway traffic owing tho coa strike, the Eveton directors are running no risks for their English Cup tie at Swindon, and have decided to send their players to Oxford on Friday morning, the team leaving Liverpool at 8.50 a.m. A special train has been engaged to take them from Oxford to Swindon at 1.40 on Saturday, they will reach Wiltshire in ample time. The players were at Southport yesterday, and there again to-morrow, home training being the order for the remainder the week. With Davidson fit again the team will be: Scott; Maconnochie. Stevenson , Harris, Fleetwood. Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, Davidson.
March 9 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton provide the attraction in the South, and all things considered the Mersey team look like repeating the dose on Swindon that they administrated to Clayton, and Oldham. The present champions of the Southern League, however, are no mean opponents, as is shown by their record this season, of scoring 70 goals, in 27 matches. The home record in Cup-ties is indeed noteworthy, for since 1906-07, Swindon have played ten Cup-ties, at home, without losing one and this season they have scored eleven goals in three games. No change have been found necessary in the Everton team, which will be at full strength but as regard Swindon, there seem some doubt about Fleming having sufficiently recovered to able to play.
SWINDON v. EVERTON: SOUTHERN LEAG REACH THE SEMI-FINAL.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 11 March 1912
At Swindon, before 13,000 spectators. A copious rainfall throughout the morning rendered the ground in a shocking condition. Everton provided a sensationin the first minute, Beare taking advantage of Walker's hesitation, Stiller narrowly saving. Swindon's right made a; stirring attack, Maconnachie heading out from Jefferson. Lamb obtained a corner, and Jefferson scored for Swindon after twelve minutes' play. Fleming was nearly through again for Swindon. Macoonachie flooring him just in time. Everton's forwards showed wonderful enthusiasm, Beare and Davidson'especially being prominent. Bown scored the second for Swindon in twenty minutes, heading through from a corner. Everton played dashing football, but combined less effectively than Swindon. Everton's goal had a wonderful escape from Lamb's shot, and Swindon had equally lucky escape from Browoll and Jefferson. Half-time : Swindon 2 goals Everton none. The second half opened with striking play from Flemingat outside left, but Wheatcroft failed to gather his centre. Makepeace scored for Everton ten minutes after the resumption, the ball being turned accidentally into goal by a Swindon player. Everton kept up strong pressure after this, the Swindon defence being severely tested. Walker and Kay defended brilliantly. Then Jefferson darted off to Lamb, whosem shot Scotts saved grandly. Except for occasionals dangerous raids by their forwards, Swindon were being over-played. Skiller was somewhat fortunate to save a straight swift shot Browell. Scott at the other end checked shots by Jefferson and Wheatcroft. A wonderful pace was maintained by both sides. Swindon having recovered finly, Wheatcroft nearly bundled Scott through the goal with the ball in his hands. Shots by Jefferson, Wheatcroft, and Bown were splendidly saved by Scott. Result;- Swindon 2 goals, Everton 1 goal.
SWINDON TOWN 2 EVERTON 1 (Fa Cup Game 89)
March 11 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Fa Cup Round Four
Everton have bidden good-bye to all prospects of the English Cup, but they have laid down their arms with honour. Though beaten by Swindon in the Wiltshire town they gave the spectators a rare taste of their quality, and it was generally admitted by the happy inhabitants of the busy railway centre that they had never seem a cleverer side. This at least is salve to the sore wound of defeat, and it is not unmerited, for no impartial spectator would hesitate for a moment to say which was the more skillful side. The result of the game furnished one more example of the axiom that the race is not always to the spoils nor the battle to the strong. In strength it is true the Swindon players were quite equal to their opponents, but in the matter of speed, dexterity, and calculative combination they could not compare with the Evertonians. It may be that the state of the ground which was partially under water, had something to do with the determination of the issue, for it certainly handicapped the visitors in their finer work. The home side, on the other hand, fairly revelled in the swamp and when, by vigorous rushes, they gained a lead of two goals, it was recognised that their opponents were in desperate straits. Everton to their credit be it said, rose finally to the occasion. Altering their tactics, their reduced the lead by one goal, and with the least slice of luck, they would undoubtedly have put themselves on level terms. Fate however, decided otherwise, and the only solatium left to the wearers of the blue jersey was that they retired from the field of battle beaten, but by no means disgraced.
THE FIRST HALF.
Everton started with the slight advantage of a troublesome cross breeze, and in the first few minutes they gave the home defence some cause for anxiety, Walker clearing very cleverly from first Browell and then Jefferis. The latter it may be here stated, was perhaps the most brainy player on the field, and throughout the game the crowd were not slow to recognise his wonderful footwork. This by the way. Further pressure by Everton on the right promised well but Beare finished badly, and the home forwards gradually settled down to a period of persistent rushes on the Everton goal. The game had been in progress less than a quarter of an hour when first blood was drawn by Town, who getting away at top speed, put the ball to Wheatcroft, who, with admirable judgment passed it to Jefferson, who scored with a fast drive that sent the leather just under the bar. For some little time after this the Swindonians carried away by their success kept Everton strictly on the defensive, and it was only the cleverness of Makepeace and the dour determination of Fleetwood that kept them out. The visitors attempted on severe occasions to equalise, but Browell was so closely watched by Silto that he was never allowed to get away and his most dangerous exploit was to head the ball over the bar from a past by Davidson. The home attack becoming again aggressive, Brown forced Stevenson to grant a corner, and from this a second goal accrued, the former from the place kick heading the ball into the net out of Scott's reach. Having secured the double advantage, the Swindon players slacked up a little, and Evertonians ought to have taken the opportunity of rushing the home goal, but though Bradshaw and Jefferis repeatedly got through they were always beaten back and the interval arrived with Swindon two goals to the good.
In the second period the visitors, as we have expected changed their tactics, and as a result of this view managed to reduce the adverse margin. They proceeded to play Swindon at their own game, with the result that the home defenders were thrown back into the trenches so to speak. The ball was repeatedly lobbed up into the goalmouth, and on more than one occasion the backs got it away more by good luck than good management. Rather more than ten minutes had passed, when Makepeace taking a pass from the right wing, coolly beat a couple of opponents and finished with a shot that passed into the net. From this point onwards the Evertonians displayed magnificent pluck, and determination. Fleetwood put in a drive that was tipped over the bar, and shots from Bradshaw and Jefferis through well directed, failed to find their billet. The last twenty minutes of the game were altogether in favour of Macconnachie and his men and Swindon except in one instance when Fleming got through, were never again dangerous. The managed, however, to maintain their lead, and so, once again enter the semi-finals stages of the tournament.
There is little necessity to individualise with regard to the composition of the Everton team. Let it at once be said that the weakness lay with the wingmen. Neither Beare nor Davidson adapted themselves as they should have done to Cup-tie warfare. Bradshaw and Jefferis were indomitable workers, but the openings, which they created, were invariably missed. The reason for this was not wholley the fault of Browell who was practically kept a prisoner by the home half backs. Too much praise cannot be accorded to Fleetwood and his supporters. They had a difficult task to perform, and they want the whole way. Stevenson was scarcely as reliable as usual, and Macconnachie seemed to be flurried once or twice; but the back play generally was very creditable. The Swindon eleven is one that can give and take a gruelling without turning a hair, and who ever they meet in the next round will have to move all the time if they was to figure in the final. Teams: - Swindon Town: - Kay, and Walker, backs, Tort, Silto, and Sandly, half-backs. Jefferson, Fleming Wheatcroft, Brown and Lamb, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, Stevenson and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris Fleetwood, and Makepeace half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson, forwards. Referee F. Heath.
LINCOLN CITY 4 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 11 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 22)
Everton found Lincoln City much to strong for them, and suffered defeat by four goals to one. Lincoln had the game well in hand, before the interval, although some allowance for Everton's defeat must be attributed to the fact that the Everton custodian Bromilow sustained a broken finger in attempting to stop the shot which gave Lincoln their second point and Meunier play the remainder of the game as custodian . Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Holbem, and Meunier, backs Allan Weller and Grenyer, half-backs Chedgzoy Pinkney, Robinson, Burton, and Gault forwards.
MARCH 12 1912 Hull Daily Mail
Everton's reserve goalkeeper, Bromilow, broke the middle finger in his right hand in trying to save a shot during the Central League game with Lincoln City.
HULL CITY TRANSFERS.
Hull Daily Mail - Thursday 14 March 1912
"JOE" SMITH & ANDY BROWELL
Join The Everton Club,
MORE BIG CASH BARGAINS.
(BY ONE OF "ATHLEO'S" STAFF.)
The Everton Club have provided Hull with yet another football " sensation." It is announced that "Joe" Smith, the speedy right winger, and "Andy" Browell, the centre half, have been transferred to the Goodison Park organisation, following negotiations with the City directors last night. The sensation " was not altogether unexpected in some quarters, but, as has been stated in the "Mail," it has been officially denied that any negotiations were in progress. The transfer fees for the two players are said run well over four figures, but the actual amount has not been divulged. The high figures are accounted for by the brilliance which both men displayed until few weeks ago. Andy Browell was even spoken of for international honours la6t October but, when playing at Fulham October 7th, he was not up to his usual form, and the Selection Committee evidently formed the opinion as his merits from that particular game.
" ANDY " BROWELL
is 23 years ol age, came to City from Walbottleon-Tyne in 1907, and played the first team in November, 1909. Had he stayed at Anlaby-road for another season he would have participated in the proceeds of a benefit match. Stanley " Smith was born at Middlesbrough, and is 25 years old. Before joining the Tigers seven seasons ago he played for West Stanley, from which club took the "nickname" by which he is popularly known in Hull—" Stanley" Smith. received his benefit (£175) last season. He is one of the best type of professional Soccer players, and up to his injury at Wolverhampton on November 4th, was one of the "star artistes" of Anlaby-road. It will be remembered that his leg was hurt in a collision with the Rev K. G. Hint, and since his enforced absence his form has sometimes not been altogether equal his old achievements. He has always been a prime favourite with the crowd, and his conduct has been exemplary The transfers have created a great impression amongst the City supporters, some of whom question tbeir wisdom, considering that the Cub has not sufficient reserve talent its disposal to fill such great gaps as the withdrawal of the two Browells and Stanley Smith will undoubtedly cause.
"GOOD-BYE AND GOOD LUCK" TO "STANLEY " SMITH AND BROWELL DEPARTURE TO EVERTON.
Hull Daily Mail - Friday 15 March 1912
Andy browell and Stanley Smith left Hull for Liverpool by the 9.5 train this morning. There were many admires of these players on the Paragon Station to wish the lads "good-bye" and good luck." In a short chat with the players, they said they were very sorry to leave Hull, and they had so many friends, but at the same time we were delighted to receive their transfer to Everton where they felt they would be more comfortable. Both the players expressed a desire to leave the Hull City Club. The transfer figures have not been announced, but Andy Browell told me that he received more money as his sahre- over $200- than he would have done had he waited for his benefit. Smith had not heard how much he was to receive, but he anticipated that he should receive somewhere about $100.
Was affected late on Wednesday evening. The Everton officials were in Hull during the afternoon, and at night Andy Browell was secured and taken to the Station Hotel, where he signed the necessary papers. Smith was caught when about to board the train for Withernsea, and in his own words, "he seized the pen and signed quick before anyone could change their minds." Mr. Cuff desired Smith to play for the first eleven against Manchester, on Saturday; but Smith owing to a damaged leg, asked for a rest. He also asked if he could be examined by a medical man, he was informed that he would at once be put under treatment. Whilst talking to Mr. Cuff one of the players said; "We have been playing in the Reserves, not being good enough for the first team, " to which the Everton official answered. "Never mind, you are quite good enough for us." Andy Browell will play tomorrow for the Reserves and Joe Smith will, it is expected play on Saturday week, his place, according to Mr. Cuff, being open in the first eleven. The Everton officials expressed themselves as delighted with Tom Browell and in their own words are Willing to Buy all Players of similar caliber that Hull City can produce.
March 16, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
Merseryside folks are quite justified in having a big opinion of Everton's chance of winning the championship. The Blackburn Rovers have a clever lead of three points, but they have still to visit, Bolton, Woolwich Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday, Everton, and Manchester United. Whereas Everton, apart from today's match have to go from home only three times, of the four clubs in the running for top place three have to travel from home today. Everton can be realised more to fight hard for both points at Hyde-road. The well be two changes in the visiting team, Holbem taking the place of Stevenson at right full back, and Smith, the newly acquired player from Hull making his debut at outside right in the place of Beare. Manchester are to introduced Sandy Young at inside left, and Kelly will probably take the place of Thornley, whose thigh is still troubling him.
EVERTON SIGN IRISH INTERNATIONALIST
Dundee Courier - Monday 18 March 1912
Houston, the Linfield outside right, whose fine work formed the best feature of the play of the Irish eleven against Scotland at Belfast on Saturday, is going to Everton for whom he has signed a League form.
MANCHESTER CITY v. EYERTON
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 18 March 1912
At Hyde Road, before 20.000 spectators. Young. Thornley, and Kelly were absentees. Play opened fast and exciting, and the visitors were hard put to to keep the City out. It was not until after thirty minutes' play that Manchester succeeded, Dorsett running and centering for Holford to open the score. Half-time: —Manchester City 1 goal, Everton none. With the wind in their favour Manchester's efforts were more successful in the second half. After Wall had a hot shot charged down, Bottomley was only inches too high. Holford increased Manchester's lead with a wonderful goal, hooking the ball over his head when standing in the penally area, and netting. Holford put two more through before the finish, Manchester winning 4 goals to none.
MANCHESTER CITY 4 EVERTON 0
MARCH 18 1912. The Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON WHIPPED AT MANCHESTER.
HOLFORD SCORERS FOUR
The task of crying over spilt milk is as disagreeable as it is inept. And by the same token the furshing as of excuses for an unmerciful is equally foolish. Bearing these two truisms in mind the less said, or written about Everton's display against Manchester City at Hyde-road on Saturday the better. No real excuse can be urged in extenuation of the utter rout of the Goodison Park brigade. It is true that for a period Macconnachie was hors de combat, but the injury to the Everton captain had little to do with the actual result. It may be accepted as some palliation for the last two goals, but it cannot be counted as a reason for the bitterly disappointing debacle. To put the matter quite plainly, the Evertonians were for once in a way run completely off their feet. The City team, obviously aminated by a determination to do or die, not the pace as such a rate that they positively staggered their opponents. Their forward rushes at times quite overwhelmed the visitors' defence, and altogether the Mancunians were more nippy on the ball, and more forceful in their tactics than the men from Merseryside. The game was not, perhaps a great exposition of the code, but it was brimful of incident and was a source of unmitigated joy to the delighted spectators. The outstanding features of the struggle was the personnel triumph of Holford, who scored all four goals. The singular thing about it in that he was only selected for the position at the eleventh hour. The directors will probably before removing him from it the claims of Thornley and Young notwithstanding.
The City started with a cross breeze in their favour, and they at once proceeded to pay attention to Scott who saved smartly from Wynn. Holland then got through, but was easily dispossessed by Holbem, and Everton made their first serious advance through Smith, whose debut it may here be said, was a perfect success. Further good work by Jefferis and Bradshaw came to nothing, inasmuch as Eadie and the Mancunians were soon on the warpath again. Hoad was a great thorn on the side of Macconnachie, but the latter, well supported by Holbem, generally came through these ordeals with credit. A promising combined movement by Everton gave Browell a rare opening, but he failed and three minutes later Dorsett, getting through, put the ball to Holford who opened the score. From this point up to the interval the City players had all the best of the argument, and they might easily have been more than one up at the turn. The second half opened in sensational style, Holford adding a second goal to his account with a long shot that passed just beneath the bar. Everton, to do them justice pulled themselves together for a game, and Smith came within an inch of scoring with a long dropping shot after he had nearly dislocated his neck in tilting at the upright. Bradshaw also came through but all the forwards finished badly, and the City men were on the move again. The second period had lasted just less than half an hour when Hoad waltzed round Macconnachie, who was very lame and shot Scott cleared, but Holford caught the return and scored his third goal. This was not the end, for a moment or two later he took the ball from Bottomley on the run and not the seal on Everton's discomfiture with a fourth goal.
Scott might perhaps have saved a least two of the goals but he can scarcely be blamed for the heavy defeat. Nor can the backs be held responsible for such a disterous day. Holbem though occasionally inclined to take risks, played well, as did Macconnachie up to the time of his injury. The halves were all hard working but they did not hold the opposing forwards as they should have done though Makepeace put in many delightful touches. The front line only through Smith. The ex-Hull player has both speed and cleverness and it was certainly not his fault that the Evertonians failed to find the net. The inside men, though untiring were ineffective and neither Browell nor Davidson added to their reputations. On Saturday's form the City Club are undeniably in a false position and a continuance of such excellent play should bring them into a haven of safety. Teams: - Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal Henry, and Fletcher, backs, Bottomley, Eadie, and Wall, half-backs, Hoad, Wynn, Holford Jones, and Dorsett, forwards. Manchester City: - Scott goal, Holbem, and MaCoonacchie (Captain) backs Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace half-backs Smith, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw and Davidson, forwards. Referee T. Grant.
EVERTON RESERVES 7 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1
March 18, 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 23)
Everton's display against Manchester City was one of the best they have given during the present season. In marked contrast to their recent exhibition there was a method and understanding between the players that was quite exhilarating and refreshing. The decisiveness of Everton's victory was simple proof of the disparity between the sides. While Everton displayed a wonderful fund of energy and resourcefulness the Citizens were weak and lifeless. Robinson, Grenyer, Burton, Gourlay, Allan, and Gault (2) scored Everton seven goals. Beeby had a very busy afternoon and although he was beaten no less than seven times, he made some clever saves. There was scarcely a weak spot in the Everton team, the forwards being particularly accurate and deadly in their attempts at goal. A Browell made his debut with the Everton colours, and acquitted himself in excellent fashion. He is a sterling and wonderful worker, full of vigour and devoid of any showy display. Teams : - Everton: - Whelan, goal Balmer, and Meunier, backs Allan, A. Browell, and Grenyer, half-backs Chedgzoy, Robinson, Gourlay, Burton, and Gault, forwards. Manchester City: - Beeby, goal, Norgrove, and Humphreys backs Davies Dodds, and Bently, half-backs, Jobling, Keary, Seargeant, Brooks, and Wallace, forwards.
J. W. BACHE
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Saturday 23 March 1912
The cup-tie which stands out in my memory was the re-played semi-final between Aston Villa and Everton at Nottingham in 1905—the year we won the Cup. The first meeting at Stoke resulted in draw, but for sheer excitement this was not be compared with the re-play. We went off with, great burst, and managed to secure two goals pretty early. Naturaliy. were well satisfied with ourselves, but the Everton men were by no means subdued. They played with tremendous spirit, and as the result of fine, vigorous football, reduced the lead early the second half. Then the real fun commenced. We had instructions from our captain, Howard Spencer, to fall back on defence and keep the Evertonians out at all costs. This meant that they were able keep up an incessant attack, and I can assure you they fairly peppered our goal. Corner after corner fell to them, but we packed our goal, and attack after attack was repelled. Billy George, the Villa goalkeeper, played magnificently in the closing stages but, even so, I should think the bar and the post were struck quite half a dozen times by Jimmy Settle and Jack Sharp. I was fold afterwards that all round the ground Villa supporters were standing with watches in hand towards the close of the game. That last ten minutes was easily my most exciting experience, I shall never forget it, and I am sure '’Billy” George won’t.
March 23 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
The visit of Preston North End to Goodison Park will have an effect on the bottom places as well as those at the top. There is only one point difference between Preston North End's and Liverpool's total, and Everton can be relied upon to fight hard to avoid defeat in order not to prejudice Liverpool's prospect, in addition to improving their own chance of the championship in the enforced absence of Makepeace and Jefferis who are doing duty for the England eleven. Gourlay will partner Smith the ex-Hull player, on the right wing Grenyer filling the breech in the intermediate line. A change has also been found necessary in the line of defence, Stevenson returning and Holbem having to take the place of Macconnachie, who was injured last week. As regard to the Preston North End team, Ben Green drops out for the first time this season in favour of Anderson.
EVERTON V. PRESTON NORTH END.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 25 March 1912
At Goodison Park, in wet weather, before 10.000 spectators. Everton were without Jefferies, Beare. and Makepeace, whilst Preston made several changes from last week. Everton enjoyed the hulk of play at the outset, but the Preston defence was strong, and Taylor was not seriously troubled. Preston broke away occasionally, but they failed near goal . Browell scored for Everton after 32 minutes. Interval— Everton 1 goal, Preston North End none. Resuming, Everton were again aggressive, but the visiting defence effectively abashed their efforts. Browell seemed through once or twice, but was stumbling block. Scott, the Everton keeper, was thoroughly tested by Kirby and McCall shot past the post. Preston had the best of the game for time, and Scott had some difficult save. Result Everton goal, Preston North End none.
EVERTON 1 PRESTON NORTH END 0
March 25, 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
PRESTON OVERTHROWN AT EVERTON.
With Makepeace and Jefferis doing international duty at Glasgow Everton's team would have been seriously weakened, but more so because Macconnachie and Beare were also almost the missing, and thus the Proud Prestonians had not a formidable task before them in antagonising such a depleted team. In the connection, however, we must not underrate Smith who has a big reputation, which he is playing up to. Holbem also is a sound, reliable back, even if his methods are not so stylish as “Mac's.” The ground was in a very slippery state so that all the players had more or less difficulty in judging passes and shots, nevertheless a keen fast game resulted, even if it was devoid of noticeable of style in passing and placing. Preston proved persistent without being particularly clever, and right up to the last moment they seemed to a hold a chance of snatching a point. It was by no means a pleasant game to watch for the players like the spectators seemed chilled by the depressing weather, and seldom showed any real enthusiasm for their work. Smith worked hard to give his line a sequence of useful leads, but his efforts were only partially successful, as Everton's attack seemed neither incisive nor cohesive. Bradshaw showed little of his usual subtlety, and many of his passes failed to materalised on the dragging pitch. Browell worked hard and lasted well in a strenuous game, and wonderfully fit for such a slur-built youth. Jefferis was missed, for Gourlay does not posses the incisiveness and enterprise of the international. We must “wait and see” Jefferis and Smith in partnership before the newcomer will have a genuine opportunity of distinguishing himself. Gourlay is a roamer, and occasionally his mercury was so bad that he seemed oblivious of his partner's existence. Fleetwood was not so effective as usual, for neither he nor Grenyer supported the forwards closely, and consequently much of the work seemed aimless and abortive in fact, it was a case of wasted energy because there was no actual shirking of graft.
BROWELL WORKS THE ORACLE.
When players of phenomenal ability like “Jock” Simpson or Tom Browell are on the field anything may happen be the game ever as dull. Now Browell's introduction to the Liverpool public was dazzling quite meteoric in fcat. He begans with an impossibly standard and may have suffered a little since his reputation from the inevitable reaction. These best able to judge secure us there is no failing off whatever in Tom Browell. Let this dispose of idle rumour. On Saturday everyone was flat and mediocre, including “young Tom” but it only needed one flash of his undoubted genious and the oracle was well and truly worked, and full points assured Rodway, McFayden and McCall proved a dour trio particularly intent on “bottling” the Hull youth. They succeeded admirably. After thirty minutes the doughty three found themselves maceurved far apart, and an artful forward pass from Harris disclosed a fairly free passage for Browell, who made full steam ahead for Taylor, who elected to defend his left-hand corner, whereas the young Blue shot hard and true into the opposite corner. That was art. First blood proved invaluable because neither before nor after was Taylor or Scott in real jeopardy.
SLIPPERY TURF SPILS SHOOTING.
There was no hairbreath escapes or acusational episodes, and many a well meant shot found mark the archer never meant.” Morley was the keenest sharp-shooter on the field, and led Grenyer and Holbem a merry dance, without, however really getting Scott into serious trouble. The Everton custodian was always on the alert for stray shots of which there were many which might easily have proved his undoing if carelessly handled. Kirby also was dangerous and Scott had some trouble with his hard, clean drives. Everton were not exactly lucky to win, though on the general run of a hard game, more strenuous perhaps than slovenly and much less antiseptic than scientific the Proud Prestonians were as much entitled to a point as their hosts. Everton : - Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson and Holbem, backs, Harris, Fleetwod (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Smith, Gourlay, Browell, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Prerston North End: - Taylor, goal McFayden, and Rodway, backs Holdersworth, McCall, and Wareing, half-backs Morley, Anderson, McKeller Kirby, and Danson, forwards. Referee H.S. Bennett.
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 25, 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 24)
Everton divided the points at Preston after leading at the interval. Browell scored his first goal for the Blues following a centre by Beare. Preston draw level in the second half although the Everton defenders played well throughout the contest. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Balmer and Meunier, backs Allan A. Bowell and Weller half-backs Chedgzoy, Robinson Gault Burton, and Daividson forwards.
EVERTON-LIVERPOOL V INTERNATIONALS.
March 26, 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CHARITY MATCH AT ANFIELD.
The second annual football match for the benefit of the Theatrical Gala Charity Fund was the unfortunate victim of the worst possible conditions at Anfield yesterday. Last year, instead of the gate it was decided to play at match between a team composed of Everton and Liverpool players on the one hand and a team of Internationals got together by Mr. Tom Watson on the other. The inception was such a great success that it was decided to continue and probably this game was only less patronised than the first on account of the unfavourable conditions. Still, there was a good attendance, and there should be a useful balance on the right side. The ground was in a terrible state, being covered in please, with miniature lakes. Despite this and the fact that there was nothing at stake, the players gave the onlookers a good return for their money, and especially in the first half was football of a high-class standard witnessed. The one unfortunate incident was an injury to Hardy that will certainly prevent him from playing next Saturday, and may keep him out of the Liverpool team longer. In saving a hard shot from Freeman as was charged by a player, who accidentally wretchedly the goalkeeper's did wrist injury. This happened in the first half, and Makepeace kept goal for a time. In the second half Campbell reverse keeper deputised. True one of the international goals was scored while Makepeace guarded the posts, but he made several fine clearance and the real reason for the visitors victory by seven goals to three is that the local defence allowed some latitude to Mr. George Robey, who captained the Internationals. As he failed lamentably to take advantage of the chances his colleagues had, for appearance' sake to score goals. Longsworth crossed to the International side owing to Pennington being an injured absence, and he and McCracken made a clever pair of backs. Hay and Brittleton showed fine half-back play, and forward the first appearance of Freeman in Liverpool since he donned the Burnley colours was an interesting feature. He was a clever individualist as well as a generous provider. Holley was brilliant but neglected Vizard, but Meredith was always in the picture, and gave a fine example of class footwork. Williamson made a number of grand saves. Of the Everton-Liverpool forwards, Browell was in rare finishing form, and secured three goals. Bradshaw and McDonald proved a good wing in the first half and Jefferis and Goddard were a clever pair. Harron was conspicuous among the halves, Crawford and Stevenson did well, and Hardy kept a splendid goal. Additional interest was given to the proceedings by the presence of the police and Indefatigable Bands, and Councilor W. W. Kelly kicked off.
Robey won the toss, and Bradshaw made a grand dribble which eventually but Browell in possession, but Jefferis lost the ball. There was a brilliant bout of passing between Hay, Vizard and Holley, which Stevenson eventually broke up. Hardy caught a terrific drive from Holley and Williamson punched one from Bradshaw, after beautiful wing play between the Evertonians and McDonald. After eleven minutes Browell scored for the locals from beautiful manicuring on the part of Goddard, Jefferis, and Robinson. The Everton and Liverpool representatives had the better of the game, and Williamson was kept busy chiefly owing to the backs, and Wedlock continually putting the ball back when hard pressed. Freeman and Meredith did their utmost to provide Robey with openings to score, but he was slow, and Holley forecalled him by breasting a centre from Meredith and hooking it into the top corner of the net. McDonald had few opportunities, and gradually the game veered round in favour of the visitors among when Holley. Freeman and Meredith put in some pretty ground work. Hay was a tricky half-back and served his wing well, but Holley, brilliant in dribble and swerve gave Vizard little sight of the ball. However, the Sunderland player worked through and scored a second goal.
In a subsequent attack Freeman hit the post and Hardy saved grandly from the same player at close range. It was at this stage that the home goalkeeper hurt his wrist and had to retire. Makepeace taking his place . After thirty-five minutes Browell was well placed for a pretty pass by McDonald's and Williamson could only divert his shot against the post, whence it rebounded into the net. From Merdith's centre Freeman gave the international the lead. Makepeace made three clever saves, one from Holley, and two from Robey. Still the custodian was not a brilliant finisher, and Freeman was fortunately on the spot for Meredith splendid centres. Thus the ex-Evertonian centre scored a fourth goal just before the interval.
THE SECOND HALF.
In the second half Campbell had little to do in comparison to Williamson's mighty saves from Browell and Harrop. Holley forced a corner off Robinson, and at the other end powerful drive by Jefferis glanced off the post. Robey was allowed to take the ball right up to goal, but by some means he managed to lift it out of play. Browell's first time shots were good, but Williamson saved well. Holley well through when he was charged off by Crawford, but Vizard sustained the attack and netted a fifth goal for the internationals. The game became very slow as was natural, for although the players had not extended themselves they found it terribly hard work. The referee awarded a penalty kick, when Crawford fouled Freeman, McCracken and other members made vain overtunes to Robey to take the kick, but he was adamant and Freeman placed it over the bar. Browell scored the locals third goal, and Holley added a sixth for his side. Just before time a great cheer greeted a goal by Robey. His colleagues had tried hard to bring this about. When time was called the score was Robey Internationals team 7, Everton and Liverpool team 3. Teams: - Robby's: - Williamson, goal McCracken, and Longsworth backs Brittleton Wedlock, and Hay half-backs, Simpson, Robey, Freeman, Holley, and Vizard, forwards. Everton and Liverpool: - Hardy goal, Stevenson and Crawford, backs, Robinson, Harrop, and Makepeace, half-backs, Goddard, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, and McDonald forwards.
CURIOUS INCIDENT IN EVERTON MATCH.
Hull Daily Mail - Thursday 28 March 1912
The referee verdict of the match between Everton and Woolwich Arsenal at Goodison Park yesterday was a victory for Everton by 1 goal to nil, but the Arsenal players contended after the game that the result should have been a draw of 1 each. Everton took the lead ten minutes after the start, from a shot from Browell was deflected to Jefferis by one of the backs, and the Everton inside-right, drove the ball past the Gunner's goalie. It was early in the second half that the Arsenal got the ball into the net. Greenaway made fine run and centre, and Randall had only to turn the ball past Scott, but missed it. However, Lewis put the ball high into the netting as Common collided with Scott. The referee disallowed the point through Scott being impeded, but the Arsenal players, after the game, declared that the keeper was not interfered with. ' Common stated that Makepeace charged him against the keeper,the win was valuable to Everton, as it puts them second to Blackburn Rovers, who have the advantage by point and a match in hand.
CAPS FOR EVERTONIANS.
March 28 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
At Hampton on Saturday, England played Scotland, and witnessed by 80,000 spectators who watched the forty-first association international match between Scotland against England which resulted in a one all draw. Makepeace and Jefferis, playing for the English team.
EVERTON 1 WOOLWICH ARSENAL 0
March 28, 1912. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton's ambitious fight for the League championship received further encouragement yesterday, when they secured two points at the expense of Woolwich Arsenal at Goodison Park. Once again however, the Merseyside club only got home by the bare margin of one goal to none. The game –rearranged from March 9, by the way –proved very interesting, and good keen football was in evidence throughout. The visitors gave one of their displays, and certainly have not been seen to better advantage on our local grounds. They have a well-balanced side working with splendid cohesion. Moreover their footwork was high class, and it must be conceded they were just a trifle unlucky to be beaten. Their defence made one blunder which gave Everton the points but it was rather fortunate that the home half-backs were in good form and that Stevenson and Holberm defended Scott well. The latter had very little to do despite the Arsenal's consistent pressure. Holbem played his best game since resuming with the senior team and Stevenson vied with Peart as the most conspicuous on the field. The teams were fairly well matched at half-back for it Ducat and Thomson were the equals of their rivals Harris and Fleetwood, Makepeace was superior to McKennon. This was well for Everton, because with the least sign of weakness on this wing the defence, Greenaway the diminutive Arsenal right-winger, must have been instrumental in the downfall of Scott. As it was Greenaway played a beautiful game and deserved better support from Common in the centre. This famous player was too frequently offside and just lacked sufficient pace. He was well supported by the inside forwards, and Lewis on the left was an effect winger. In comparison, the Everton extreme Davidson and Smith, were rarely seen though the new player was much in advance of Davidson. Jefferis was clever in feinting dribbling, and passing, and Bradshaw also did well, Browell might have profited by a couple of openings but his play was an improvement on recent form. Roose was a notable absentee on the Woolwich side, his deputy. Crawford playing a useful game.
DETAILS OF PLAY.
The Arsenal started exceedingly well, especially on the right, where Ducat, Greenaway, and Flanagan played a nice triangular game. The best defensive qualities of Holbem and Makepeace were necessary but once had a grand chance of putting Randall in a scoring position when he preferred to dribble and allow Harris to beat him. Everton had their first chances for a foul on Jefferis, which developed on the left and terminated with a clever header by Smith. Woolwich played a beautiful passing game, and Scott had a series of narrow escapes, especially when Greenaway with the goal at his mercy shot wide. This was a lucky let-off but a subsequently incidents was much nearer being a disaster for the Blues. Greenaway's shot cannoned into the goal off Makepeace, and Fleetwood all but turned the ball through his own goal. A fine overhead kick by Stevenson saved an almost certain goal, and Everton straightway attacked. Browell and Jefferis so harassing the Woolwich backs who were both at fault that the inside-right easily shot into the net. This success coming after ten minutes hardly deserved on the balance of the play. But Woolwich were nothing daunt, and the Everton defence had to be on the alert to avert a header by Ducat and a low drive by Thomson. Lewis on the left wing was also a danger with brillaint rubs though he finished tamely after a couple of glorious attempts. Smith again performed with distinction on the home right. The game moved swiftly from and to end. Bradshaw put in a great shot at a difficult angle, and Jefferis tried another, which was well saved. Everton after the first quarter of an hour lead had the greater share of the play. There was an exciting incident in the Woolwich goal consequent upon a misunderstanding between Perat and Crawford, the goalkeeper. The latter held the ball and was nearly rushed through by three Everton forwards. Towards the interval the Arsenal came again, but the Everton half-backs played a strong game. The visitors were a trifle unlucky to be behind at the interval.
THE SECOND HALF.
The Arsenal goalkeeper handled in the first few minutes of the second half, but previously Davidson, who put behind, should have troubled him. Browell did much better with a centre from Makepeace. Crawford making a fine save in response to a hot cross- drive. Greenaway made a magnificent running dribble and his centre passed across to Lewis from whom Randall breasted into the net. Common was penalised for fouling Scott, however. Jefferis made several wonderful dribbles but on one occasion, Smith failed to improve with a glorious chance. Greenaway's footwork was a feature, as instance he back heel and wheel round Holhem. Common hesitated, and thus failed with a beautiful centre. A hot attack on the Arsenal goal ensued. Peart saving under the bar Woolwich were always dangerous, when they got away, the understanding among the forwards being admirable. That they did not trouble Scott was accounted for by Everton's fine half-back line and resolute backs. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson and Holbem backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace (Captain) half-backs Smith, Jefferis, T. Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson, forwards. Woolwich Arsenal: - Crawford goal, Shaw, and Peart, backs, Ducat, Thomson, and McKinnon, half-backs Greenaway, Flanagan, Common, Randall, and Lewis forwards.
EVERTON v. LINFIELD.
Belfast News-Letter-Saturday 30 march 1912
There is certain to be a large crowd of football enthusiasts at the Windsor Park enclosure this afternoon, when Everton are due to play Linfield. The Mersey men are at present second on the English League table and only one point behind the leaders, Blackburn, who have yet to play Everton at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Mr. Cuff, the Everton secretary, has wired that his directors are sending their strongest possible team to compete against the local Blues. Names like Scott, Makepeace, Harris, Bradshaw, and Browell are something conjure with in the football sense of the term. At the same time Linfield will be strengthened for the occasion, and the team will include Kelly, Willis, Darling, Rollo, M'Ewen, and Houston. It will remembered that the last-named player was one of the best men on the field during the recent international against Scotland, and he will be up against that well-known international, Makepeace, at Windsor today. The old veteran, Mr. Bob Milne, will act as referee. The gates will be open at 2 o’clock, and the Edenderry Brass Band will play a programme of music. The kick-off is 3-30 O'Clocks, the admission 6d and 9d, and ladies free. The following will represent Everton; Scott, Meunier, Holbein, Harris, Browell (A.), Makepeace, Beare, Gourley, Browell (T.), Bradshaw, Davidson. Grenyer, reserve.