MANCHESTER UNITED 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 879)
March 1 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON MAINTAINED FORM.
TOO GOOD FOR UNITED.
It is a poor proverb that will not cut both ways, Everton, in their game with Manchester United, Trafford Park, on Saturday, demonstrated the fallacy of always believing that youth will be served. In this instance it was a case of experience overcoming lack of experience overcoming lack of knowledge. The youngsters who formed the preponderating part of the United eleven were vigorous and willing enough, but they were no match for the seasoned players to whom they were opposed. The contest was fought under the most miserable conditions, wind and rain spoiling all comfort, but in spite of these drawbacks a crowd of well over 15,000 people witnessed the game. The Evertonians, after going off with great dash at the start, eased up in a rather unaccountable fashion, and it was only when they began to fell the waspish strings of the disjointed but wonderfully energetic home forwards that they settled down to serious football. Then it was that experience began to tell. The right wing pair gave the spectators an exhibition of their cleverest footwork, Chedgzoy being particularly brilliant. It was from the other wing, however, that both the Everton goals came. After just over half an hour's play Harrison and Clennell got off the mark in fine style, and the latter closing in to within an arm's length of Parker, scored with a low shot which travelled across the goal and entered the far corner of the net. The second point was gained in very much the same fashion Spratt and Haywood was completely out-maneuvered by the clever left wing pair, and the effort culminated in Harrison beating the watchful Beale. From this period onwards there was no mistaking the superiority of the Evertonians. When the change of ends came United held the weather gauge, but they could do comparatively little against the splendid defence of the visitors. Fern was given plenty to look after, though as a rule the rushes of the United forwards were successfully broken up by either Macconnachie or Thompson. Still the Mancunian vanguard kept pegging away with admirable assiduity. There was not very much method in their attack, but finally one shot from Woodcock got home, and so, though outclassed, Meredith and his men were by no means disgraced. The work of the home defenders especially that of Beale, the custodian, was most praiseworthy. Where United failed was in the weakness of the halves and the lack of combination among the forwards. Of the Everton team it is not necessary to say more than that they maintained the form which has recently brought them so much solace. Both the backs played finely, and the work of Galt, and his two partners was the finished product of class football, Albert Fleetwood was frequently worried by Prince –a promising young player –and Norton. All the forwards did well, and their scoring might easily have been heavier. The teams were: - Manchester United: - Beale, goal, Spratt, and Allman, backs, Haywood, O'Connell, and Cookson, half-backs, Meredith, Potts, Woodcock, Price, and Norton, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (captain), and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.
EVERTON NEARING THE TOP
March 1 1914. Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Critic
The “Blues” defeated the young Manchester United team somewhat easily. In the course of his comments, “Rover” says; - This game resolved itself into a tussle between a persistent striving side that however lacked the essential quality of finish, and the older hands, who by superior footwork when the critical time arrived were able to drive home their advantage. The general character of the play only reached a moderate standard, and though there were times when the young, inexperienced United forwards by sheer grit and forcefulness dominated the play there were but few anxious moments so far as Everton backs were concerned. They were invariably ready for every emergency, and by a clever anticipation, and interception of opposing movements they reduced the prospects of the United's chance of victory to a minimum. Everton's two goals were scored by Clennell and Harrison, the first after thirty minutes play and the scored ere the interval arrived, but the margin of victory must have been emphasized but for the masterly display of Beale, who kept a remarkable good goal. The half-backs were a level line both in attack and defence, and MaConnachie with Thompson formed an excellent cover for Fern, who was not seriously tested. As indicated Beale was a tower of strength, one of his smartest feats being a one handed save from a ball that rebounding from one of his backs, looked certain to pass under the bar. The backs played a sound, if not brilliant game and a half-back O'Connell was an excellent pivot.
EVERTON'S BID TO ENTER SEMI-FINAL
March 5, 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Critic.
Important events are down for decision tomorrow, and ho doubt the fourth round ties will create a deal of excitement, even though the gate, may not be a large as in the corresponding ties of last season or any other normal period. The curtailment of railway facilities will prevent any considerable number of enthusiasts travelling from Liverpool to follow the fortunes of Everton, but their thoughts will be with the Blues in their endeavour to reach the semi-final once more. The “Football Express,” as usual, has made arrangements for the transmission of the reports of the game and the results of all the ties, together with details of the games will be found in the popular pink. “Rovers” will attend the Bradford match, and he will gave you a correct idea of the run of the game. The ties stand out as four tip-top attractions, and each one will, I am sure be fought out with skill and determination. There is no denying the fact that Everton have a very hard task to perform, and though the City may be handicapped somewhat as the result of their strenuous mid-week game, their defence is so strong that their friends expect them to beat the chosen men of Goodison Park. On the other hand the Blues are fresh and while their defence is sound their forwards on form are superior to the City's attack, and it may be this superiority forward which will turn the scale. It is good to know that Galt has recovered from an injury, and his presence in the team will spur on his colleagues. The Everton front line is much livelier than Bradford, and if Parker, Clennell, and Chedgzoy are in their most sparingly mood the City defence may not be sufficiently strong to withstand the onslaught. The tie is a rather even one, but I am not without hope of an Everton victory. The Blues will be represented by Fern; Thompson and MaConnachie; Fleetwood Galt, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell and Harrison.
Second Strings at Anfield.
For the second time within a brief period the Mersey City is without a League and Cup match tomorrow, and the opportunity is being taken to decide the return Central League fixture at Anfield between the rivals second strings of Everton and Liverpool. It will be remembered that on the occasion of the last encounter between the sides Liverpool won rather easily, and Everton are, of course anxious to reverse that decision. A keen game may be looked for, and local enthusiasts who attend the match will find the result of the Everton cup-tie posted every quarter of an hour. The teams will be;- Liverpool; Campbell; Speakman, Wadsworth; Scott, Duffy, Ferguson; Bartrop, Rounds, Watson, Metcalf, and Dawson. Everton; - Mitchell; Simpson, Weller; Brown, Wareing, Roy; Palmer, Nuttall, Wright, Howarth, and Roberts.
EVERTON'S CUP EXPLOITS
March 6 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool.
The “Blues” Hold Good Record.
If Fourth Round For Eight Time in Eleven Seasons.
Play and Players.
By the Critic.
It seems but yesterday that Everton won the Cup, yet that memorable success over Newcastle United was achieved no fewer than eleven years ago, and the “Blues” have gone through many exploits since we welcomed Jack Taylor and his colleagues at Central Station. Although the Goodison Park club can only boast one final victory, their record no matter what may have happened in today's fourth round tie, is one to be proud of. They have been “near, and yet so far” several times, and only a few years ago the “Blues” held the reputation of being the finest cup-fighting side of the time. They were set a big task at Bradford today, and the report on another page will tell of their success or defeat, or that they live to fight another day; but whatever, the outcome I a insure the records of the “Blues” cup experiences in the last ten years will be of interest. It is possible that Everton may bring off victory today, and in that event their record will be enhanced in the estimation of enthusiasts. Everton have undoubtedly proved themselves a capable team, and the only play is that three players should have come under the official ban in this season's ban. On the whole, the side which has been doing duty for some time past is one of the best the club has put into the field since the victorious players of 1906 period. But to come back to the record.
A Terrific Struggle.
Many of my readers will recall the terrific struggle, which occurred in the semi-final of 1905, when Aston Villa opposed the Goodison brigade. After a ding-dong struggle at stoke, which resulted in a draw of one goal each, the teams met again and the “Clarets” prevailed after a thrilling encounter. The Villa were regarded as a very lucky side that day to get into the final for after they had gained the lead their goal was subjected to a terrific onslaught, but try as they would the “Blues” could not force a way through. At least they did not secure the official sanction of a second goal, though many who were present at Nottingham that day maintain that Everton should have been awarded an equaliser. In the last half an hour Jack Sharp, and his colleagues simply ran the Villa off their feet, but the “Clarets” were left on the right side. Everton gained their reward in the following season, as they beat Liverpool in the semi-final and went on to win the cup. The story of how they reached the final again the next season only to be beaten by Sheffield Wednesday is well known, and since that time the Merseysiders have reached the fourth round on five occasions including their semi-final set to with Barnsley Last season was the first time during the period under notice that Everton have fallen in the initial stage, but I will let the following record speak for itself: -
Semi-Final- Aston Villa 2 Everton 1 (after draw 1-1)
Semi-Final –Everton 2 Liverpool 0 Final Everton 1, Newcastle 0
Semi-Final -Everton 2 West Bromwich 1 Final Sheffield Wednesday 2 Everton 1
Fourth Round -Southampton 3 Everton 2 (after a draw at Goodison 0-0)
second Round –Manchester United 1 Everton 0
Semi –Final -Barnsley 3 Everton 0 (after draw 0-0 at Leeds)
Third Round –Derby 5 Everton 0
Fourth Round –Swindon 2 Everton 1
Fourth Round –Oldham Ath 1, Everton 0
First Round –Glossop 2 Everton 1
Fourth Round –Everton ? Bradford City ?
Three times in the fourth round in four seasons is not bad. It is their second Semi-final in six years.
Two Bradford Stars.
Two players of sterling qualities have been recognized in the Bradford City team during their visits to local grounds this season, and if the City have managed to bring off victory today no doubt Torrance and McIlvenny have had much to do with the success. Formerly a full back Torrance was drated into the half back line where his first big success was achieved in the replayed final tie at Old Trafford, when the City beat Newcastle and won the Cup. Torrance simply broke up the attempts of the Newcastle forwards to get into working order that day, and he was as tireless as he was effective. A rare spoiling, he is vigorous and dashing, and of immense worth to his side. A native of Kirkintiloch, he is a dour Scot, standing 5 feet 7 and half inches in height, and weighting 10st 13 lbs. He is not what one would call a perfect centre half for he is lacking somewhat in the finer points of the game, but as a breaker up and a defensive player he is hard to beat. Another player to make his mark in the City team this season is J. McIlvenny, a smart half-back who combined effective defensive measures with an ability to ply his forwards with near passes. At Anfield this season he was marked out as an exceedingly capable artists, and in last Wednesday'
HARD FOUGHT GAME
March 6 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Exciting First half at valley Parade
Brilliant Bradford Defence.
Chedgzoy Scores for Everton
Fine Victory for the Blues.
For this tie at Valley Parade the Everton team, accompanied by Messrs Clayton, Kirkwood, Coffey, and Halsall, directors, and Mr. W. C. cuff, secretary, reached Bradford shortly after 1.30. There was no change from the side that carried the Everton club to the previous stages of the competition, and this is admittedly a big asset, while on the other hand the City side was not definitely decided upon until practically the last moment. After the home team's severe tussle with Norwich it was generally considered that the chances of Everton were of the best, and with a good game in prospect the enclosure was well lined before the players put in an appearance. The weather was all that could be desired, and contrary to expectation, the playing pitch was in fairly good order. In spite of the heavy rain overnight the turf was just sufficiently holding to favour a fast game. The teams lined up as follows: - Bradford City: - Ewart, goal, Chaplin, and Boocock, backs, Robinson, Torrance, and McIlvenny, half-backs Bond, Fox, Storer, McDonald, and Logan, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (captain), and Makepeace, half-back, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. J.C. Bullimer.
It will be noticed that Fox and Storer returned to the side, and to enable the first named to again partner Bond, Logan was able to take up his proper position at outside left. The accommodation of the ground provided for 40,000, and when the teams lined up there must have been well over 30,000 present.
Everton Win the Toss.
By winning the toss Galt placed his side with a slight breeze at their backs. The first incident of note was a long drive by McIvenny which caused Fern to Handle, but immediately afterwards Chedgzoy got in one of his characteristic sprints, and centred almost from the line, Chaplin came to the rescue, but only partially cleared, and Parker sent in a strong drive which fully occupied Ewart. The “Blues” kept up a vigorous pressure only to find Chaplin successfully challenging Clennell and when followed a sprint by Bond, who, however, failed to exact quarters from Makepeace. During the next few minutes MaConnachie was afforded an opportunity of displaying his abilities and responded well. Following a movement down the Everton left. Parker made an effort to centre from the corner, but the ball had gone out of play. Everton were again well placed, but Harrison passed badly, enabling Torrance to clear, and in a thrice Storey, with a great pass out to Bond, sent the home supporters into ecstasies. The winger flow along the line and looked like getting in a dangerous centre, when MaConnachie just managed to hustle him out of play, and once again matters ran favorably to the Blues. They were however, up against a stout pair of defenders, especially so in the case of Chaplin, with the result that a parting shot at Stewart was not forthcoming some clever footwork in which Fox and Bond took part, looked promising when Galt was penalized for fouling the inside man.
Effort on Everton Right.
This led to a corner, which Bond placed nicely only to find Fleetwood head way. Next came a burst on the Everton right, Clennell was just a trifle late in his steadying for a shot, and Ewart was able to clear in easy fashion. The Blues kept pegging away, and by clever half-back play the forwards were kept well employed. From a rush Bond forced a corner which again came to nothing for Kirsopp punted well always and play again settled down in the home half. Interest in the proceedings was sustained by reason of the quick successive visits to either end, and from one of these Bond centred nicely for Storer to head goalwards. There was not much speed, however, behind the ball, and Fern cleared with ease. Then came some sensational incidents in the Bradford goal. Ewart come out to prevent Parker getting in a shot, and after partially accompanying the object, had to repeat the movement to prevent Harrison from forcing the breach. In this latter period the keeper was well down the field of play and from a return by Galt, Chaplin who had dropped back, headed the ball from the goalmouth, Ewary meantime being occupied in getting back to his goal. The pace was keener than ever with little between the sides. On one occasion Parker looked all over a scorer, when Torrance pulled him up just outside the penalty line. A narrow escape came from the free kick, and returning again, Clennell passed across the goalmouth and out of play. The bright sunshine now gave place to a heavy downpour, which looked like continuing and would play a big part in testing the staying power of the teams. From a weak goal-kick taken by Boocock, Parker dashed up and sent in a flying kick, but the full back followed up and succeeded in getting his body in the flight of the ball. Everton maintained the bulk of the attack for some time without, however, being able to drive home the advantage, and from a breakaway headed by Logan, Bond was well placed but made a wretched attempt top score. During the next few minutes Boocock gave a sterling display of defensive methods in which he showed plenty of resource and finally put his forwards in possession again. However, the Everton forwards were not to be denied, especially on the right, where Chedgzoy and Kirsopp were prominent, and the latter by holding just a trifle too long enabled Chaplin to cross his path successfully. In a further incisive movement, it was necessary for the referee to administer a caution to Robinson for kicking Harrison, and the free kick led to a further tussle. A couple of corners followed, from which Ewart performed prodigies in the goalmouth first dealing with a header from Kirsopp and again another on the ground from the same player.
Bradford's Fine Defence.
It looked odds on the keeper being beaten in this hot siege, but he came well through, and was loudly applauded. Try as they would the Blues could not penetrate the last lines of the Bradford defence, and following some further capital work by Boocock Logan raced off and turned matters in favour of the home side. However, Thompson and Fleetwood accounted for the movement, and play was quickly at the other end again where Parker tricked Torrance and put out to Harrison. The winger took the ball on the run, and flashed it in, only to see it travel wide of the post. From a breakaway by Bradford. Fleetwood conceded a corner, which was followed by a second and Fern cleared from Torrance and Storer. Another fine movement by the Everton forwards almost brought about success. After having eluded a couple of opponents Parker let drive from 15 yards range, and Ewart flung himself full length, but was spared the effort as the ball, much to the disappointment of the Everton forwards rebound from the upright, and was cleared. On a further return Torrance distinctly handled, when the ball was going to Chedgzoy. Only a throw in was granted and this led to a movement towards the Everton end. They did not remain there very long for the ball was swung swiftly across the Everton right, who once again found a worthy, opponent in Boocock. However Kirsopp was next again in the picture, and maneuvering for position finished up with a capital left foot ground shot which, however, did not deceive the watchful Ewart. As the interval approached Bond out in a great effort but as before his centre was lacking in precision and the ball turned over the bar.
Half-time Bradford C nil Everton nil.
As will be gathered, the Everton team were decidedly the more aggressive side and nothing short of the brilliant defence opposed to them could have prevented them from assorting their superiority. Ewart Chaplin and Boocock were an impossible barrier to the inroads, and with very few exceptions the work of the trio was well earn perfect. It had been a fast first half and with the wind behind them the Blues frequently dominated the play. Parker was ably shadowed by Torrance to get in his usual dangerous shots, still the centre forward made the most of what came his way and kept his wingers well employed. There was a better understanding on the right, where, however, Boocock invariably kept Chedgzoy under control and when he failed to hold the clever winger there was always Ewarts to anticipate the final move. The Everton halves played well, and the backs were sufficiently resourceful to combat at times the dangerous rushers of the City forwards. All round it was an interesting first half, and promised good things for the spectators during the second period of play.
The Blues opened strongly, after the resumption. Fine work by Galt, supplemented by Harrison enabled Clennell to dribble to the penalty area, where, however, he overreached himself and lost possession, Chaplin coming through and clearing. Still Everton forwards kept pegging away and Harrison forced ahead only to find Boocock a stumbling block. From a breakaway McIlvenny placed the ball beautifully from a free kick only to see Fox and Bond fail to take advantage. Another cross shot from Harrison narrowly missed by Kirsopp, who headed over the line, and in a trice Ewart had to run out to field a long lobbing ball from Parker. The Everton forward efforts just now were scarcely incisive, and too much latitude was allowed the home backs. By steady stages the City vanguard got down, but they were slow in their efforts and invariably MaConnachie and Thompson timed their movements well, and cleared them out. A long shot from Fleetwood was ridiculously high, and Clennell taking the ball was also well out of his reckoning. Kirsopp following immediately afterwards. Chedgzoy had been somewhat subdued owing to having had a rude shaking up earlier on, but he was still a force to be reckoned with, and putting in a fine though Chaplin was lucky to get away. Following a couple of exchanges the leather went to Chedgzoy who had been standing wide from the ruck, and there was no recitation about him, and taking the ball as it came to him he flashed it into the net right out of the reach of the keeper. It was a brilliant goal, and quite the best effort of the day.
Final Result Bradford 0 Everton 2 Chedzoy scored for Everton.
EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL MET AT ANFIELD
March 6 1915. Evening Express Liverpool
Despite the inclemency of the weather quite 12,000 spectators assembled at Anfield to witnessed the return engagement of second stringers. Teams: - Liverpool; Campbell, goal; Speakman and Wadsworth, backs; fairfoul, Duffy and Ferguson, half-backs; Bartrop, Rounds, Watson, Metcalf, and Dawson, forwards. Everton: - Mitchell, goal; Simpson and Weller, backs; Brown, Wareing, and Roy, half-backs; Palmer, Nuttall, Wright, Howarth, and Roberts, forwards.
Liverpool won the toss, and elected to play with a strong wind, which was blowing from goal to goal. The opening exchanges were fairly even, but eventually the Blues got away and sent across a good centre which caused uneasiness to the Reds' defence, but relief came when Howarth shot over the bar. The Reds then got going and fine combined movements carried play to the home goalmouth, where Metcalf and Mitchell struggled to possession, but eventually the ball went past the post for an abortive corner. The homesters again threatened the Everton goal, but the fine defence of Simpson and Weller prevented them from seriously troubling Mitchell. A breakaway by the Blues looked ominous for the Anfielders the movement ending when Nuttall put in a very weak shot, when a pass to Roberts who was lying unmarked, might have spell danger for Liverpool. In another attack on the Liverpool goal Palmer had very hard lines with a tremendous shot which struck the upright and rebounded into play. Roberts then had a good opening but shots wildly over the bar. Liverpool then put in a spell of pressure, and in one attack on the Blues' goal; Mitchell saved three shots in quick succession. Shortly afterwards Metcalf broke through the Blues defence and crossed to Rounds, who was provided with an almost perfect opening, but to the consternation of the home supporters the Liverpool man missed the ball, and the best chance of the match went a begging. Palmer put in a fine run and centre, which enabled Howarth to get in a strong ground drive which Campbell only stopped on the goal line. Half-time Liverpool 0 Everton 0
BRADFORD CITY 0 EVERTON 2 (Fa cup Game 99)
March 8, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
VICTORY AFTER HARD GAME.
Fa Cup Round Three
Everton reached the semi-final of the Cup competition on Saturday by visiting Bradford and beating the City club by two goals to nil –a victory as hard to obtain as it was well deserved. Bradford City's team had a rare grulling for the last three weeks, their tussels with Norwich City having taken some sting out of them. Their forwards throughout the year had been most effective, but their defence stood out boldly against all the assaults, and although they yielding goals on Saturday, they played resolute and capable football, and only the persistence of Everton's forward line made them give way late on in the second half of a fast, interesting, and close game. Everton, with their usual side, were very hopeful of success and somewhat confident. But Bradford made changes in the belief that they were making a forward line of greater strength. Instead of the veteran O'Rourke, they played Storer at centre, who has something, more than weight and experience. Then Fox, in his day a wonderful forward, was brought in after a long absence, Logan passing to outside left and leaving Bond with Fox as his partner. The one change that looked like succeeding was at centre, and in the first half Galt and his backs had all their work cut out to prevent Storer dashing through by either force or intricate dribbling. In the latter half, however, Storer descended to the level of all the home forwards, and, but for a rousing roar of encouragement, the line would have been helpless against a rock-line defence. Once Everton had worm down this effort they resumed their numerous attacks on the Bradford fort.
Many sides would have had their pluck broken by the persistently sound defence of Torrance, Chaplin, Boocock, and Ewart. Three corners in quick succession were hard to get away, and, after Galt's header had been tipped over the bar, the free kick was put out to Chedgzoy, whose long, fast shot beat Ewart. There could be no denying that Everton deserved to lead, because with a trace of luck they would have led by a nice margin in the first half, shots by Clennell and Parker being really worth goals, and cross-drives by Makepeace Kirsopp, and Harrison going near the mark and outside the long reach of Ewart. There was an occasion when a penalty kick might have been awarded Everton, and there was a vital stroke a few moments before the interval, when Parker placed a low shot, the upright keeping the ball from gaining its deserts –a narrow shave. Five minutes from the finish of the game Clennell scored. Here again was perseverance and skill rewarded. Clennell had been an assiduous worker and shooter, and one fully tilted shot had been most luckily blocked. He preserved and when Harrison, Parker, and Kirsopp had attempted a goal and the home defence had ineffectually taken the ball, Clennell took the rebound of Harrison's drive –it hit the crossbar –and with a hot shortish range shot he beat Edwart.
Bradford were all defence, and seemed to realise that their only chance of victory lay in a sudden breakaway by one of their forwards, and successful resistance to Everton's forwards –two points on which they were baulked. Ewart is an unorthodox goalkeeper, whose heights and reach give him great advantage. His clearance of simple shots is made to appear a most difficult task. He is a showy goalkeeper. Campbell of Liverpool is just the opposite, making hard saves appear quite ordinary business. The conclusion one arrives at is that Ewart kept a good goal was daring and capable. His best save came when he threw himself full length to the ground, the ball being edged round the goalpost. His best fortune was centred in two incidents –Parker's hitting of the goalpost and Clennell's tremendous effort early on the ball being flukily blocked. He had great assistance from Chaplain who vied with Macconnachie in defence; Boocock, although not playing as well as last year, being very useful. Where Bradford disappointed was at forward and half-back, Torrance being their only half-back of note. He was robust and usually sound in his forward passes. Robinson was unable to keep up with the pace the young members of the teams set up. Bond was variable, Logan wasted at outside-left McDonald slow, Storer gripped by Galt, and Fox out of form, the whole line failing to trouble Fern with anything like decent shots. The whole team, every member doing well, and few standing out above the rest participated in Everton's success. Macconnachie was an exception, his game being both sound and brilliant throughout Thompson improves, and with Fleetwood not quite up to his best high-class standard, Thompson's work was all the more valued. The combination, incisiveness, and shooting of the forwards, added to the fact that they wisely swung the ball about –the ground churned up badly when rain fell –led to two goals against a stonewall defence. Chedgzoy did not succeed in the first half, whereas Kirsopp, Everton's best forward in the first half, faded away somewhat in the second half, what time Chedgzoy came to his brightest ways, and had the Bradford defence all at sea. Clennell and Parker, with short and sharp little passes between them, made Torrance's work enormous. Harrison, starting mildly finished in a hurricane, and joined in the honours Galt and his men had richly deserved. Teams: - Bradford City: - Ewart, goal, Chaplin, and Boocock, backs, Robinson, Torrance, and McIlvenny, half-backs Bond, Fox, Storer, McDonald, and Logan, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (captain), and Makepeace, half-back, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. J.C. Billimer.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 0
March 8, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 25)
The meeting of the local junior teams, at Anfield produced a much better contest than the previous game at Goodison Park, and what is most important, was free from any questionable tactics. The game was keenly fought, and the result' a goodless draw was a fair indication of the trend of the play. There was much strenuous work from both sides, and the most noticeable weakness was in the forwards who seemed afraid to put their shooting skill to the test. Numerous good openings were created and allowed to lapse without the custodians being tested. Howarth once hesitated when he was splendidly placed, so that when he did shoot the ball turned off Wadsworth towards the Liverpool goal, where Campbell picked up from the goal-line. Rounds ought to have scored for the Anfielders when Metcalfe put across a beautiful ball but he failed to trap the ball and the chance went begging. These were two of many instances of faulty forward work. The defence on both side was better than the attack. Wadsworth and Simpson took the chief honours, being prominent in both attack and defence. The half-backs did their work well, and much of the ineffectiveness of the forwards was no doubt due to their excellent play. The forwards expended a vast amount of energy for no result, although Metcalfe and Howarth tried hard to infuse some method into the attack.
EVERTON GOING STRONG FOR THE CUP
March 8 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Galt's Great Play
By the Critic.
So Everton are in the semi-final once more. From the start the “Blues” have shaped like a cup side, and with a typical cup player and Captain in James Galt to lead the team they have worked their way into the penultimate stage for the eight time in the history of the club, which dates as far back as 1878, when the foundation of the Goodison organiastion was laid under the name of the St. Domingo Football Club. Throughout the present tournament the “Blues” have shown rare form and as they have won two of the ties away from home it cannot be said that they have been favoured in the luck of the draw. They won handsomely on Saturday after a game crowded with incident, and along with Bolton Wanderers they are ready for the draw this afternoon, but the other four clubs must wait until next Saturday to settle their differences. Everton have an undoubtedly chance, and on paper, at any rate they are about the best side left in. At any rate they have done very well up to now, and the only pit –is that the times in which we live are not such as to enable us to get the full measures of pleasure from the position gained. As indicated in the “Express” on Saturday Everton are in the semi-final round for the fifth time in eleven years. In 1905, it will be remembered they were beaten by Aston Villa and in the following year they won the cup, the next season they were beaten in the final and in 1910 they lost to Barnsley in the semi-final. Prior to the period under notice they lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers (1893) and Aston Villa (1897) in the final stage of all, and they were also beaten in “the last four” by I think Derby county on another occasion, this completing their eight semi-final (including the present one).
Where Everton Excelled.
In the course of the comment “Rovers” who witnessed the match says: - The “Blues” were a faster cleverer and better team than were their opponents, and though for a lengthy period they were prevented from scoring by an admirable defence, they eventually asserted heir superiority and prevailed by two clear goals. In forward play especially did the team excel, and not before this season has there been so successful an understanding as existed between the van and the trio behind them, who were invariably alive to their requirements. The concerned movements between these lines left little to be desired, with the result that attacks, generally well conceived, were also capably executed. In spite of sterling opposition the forwards were particularly dexterous adroit in their footwork, and the outset it was apparent that it was but a matter of time for them to being the game to a successful issue. It was not a game of the nature usually identified with Cup-tie struggles, for though the contest was combated strenuously from start to finish there was little that even the most captious could take exception to. It was with but one isolated incident, cleanly fought and well contested and none of the twenty six thousand spectators who followed the game in a thoroughly sporting spirit could possibly have come to any other conclusion than that the visitors were thoroughly worthy of their success. The Evertonians were far greater value for the success than the score would appear to suggest.
Galt's Great Game.
Probably no more successful Cup-tie player than the pivot of the Everton team is on view at the present time, and it goes without contradiction that the popular captain of the side played a most prominent part in the proceedings. Not only was the Bradford centre-forward kept under his wing, but the inside players also were generally under control, and this enabled the outside halves to concentrate their attention upon subduing the home forwards, what time the full backs looked after the inside men when occasions required. Particularly was this so in the case of Makepeace, who challenged Bond at every turn, and when, as was sure to happened, the forward looked like getting the advantage a timely tap into touch was forthcoming to negative any chance of causing trouble to the rearguard. Nothing is more disconcerting to a wing player than to be thus thwarted, but it is part and parcel of the game, and it may truly be stated that the judgement displayed by the popular crickter-footballer on Saturday was equal to the best he has ever shown for his club. Apart from defensive methods adopted by the half-backs, they were equally persistent in providing their forwards with opportunities to display their abilities, and if these did not fully materilise it was due more to the excellent character of the opposition at close quarters than to any shortcomings on their part.
Several of the players decided improvement upon previous performances, and thereby brought up the general standard to a satisfactory level. Perhaps one of the most gratifying features of forward play was the decided advance of Kirsopp, who played his best game thus far for his club, and by sound practical footwork did much to enable the line as a whole to pursue their well-dressed plan of campaign. It was on the right wing that the most protnising work was effected and Chedgzoy maintained his reputation as a speedy resourceful and capable marksman. Parker was dead out of luck with several fine efforts to score, but apart from this he was an excellent provider for his wings, and his display throughout proved a most valuable asset to his side. The left wing pair were not so trustful as usual, still, they were always a force to be reckoned with, as no doubt Robinson, the City right half and Chaplin would be ready to testify.
March 121015. Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Critic
Everton, who are apparently making a bid for the doubt event, are at Blackburn, and it is felt that the Rovers are not what they were and Everton's chance of success at Ewood is their by increased. Still the Blackburn men are always difficult to master on their own ground and Crompton and his colleagues will do their best to stop the gallop of the Everton men. The team will lack the services of Galt, but Wareing may be depended on to make an effective substitute. The ex-Preston man will have Dawson, who is reappearing for the first time still Christmas Day to contend with, but that fine marksman Danny Shea, is still an absentee. Joe Clennell will oppose his old team, and no doubt he alone will attract a goodly number of spectators to Blackburn. Everton have been staying at Blackpool during the week, and they ought to be fresh and fit to make a big effort for victory. A win to morrow would put the “Blues” on the high road to the top of the ladder, but is recognised that it will be an extremely difficult matter to beat the Rovers. Everton will have the following players on duty; Fern; Thompson and MaConnachie; Fleetwood, Wareing, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell; and Harrison. Rovers: - Robinson; Crompton and Cowell; Walmsley, Smith, Aitkenhead, Simpson, Orr, Dawson, Latheron, and Hodkinson.
EVERTON'S RISE TO FAME
March 13, 1915. Liverpool Express, Liverpool
Eight Appearance in Semi-Final.
Will they Reach The Last Round?
By the Critic.
Although The English Cup has only once found a resting place in the city, our clubs have made valiant efforts to win the trophy again, and following Liverpool's praiseworthy endeavor of last year, when they were only just beaten on the post, Everton are making an attempt to improve on their neighbours's gallant bid of last April, and I am sure supporters from both club sides of the Park will wish the Goodison brigade every success in their effort to bring the trophy to Merseyside. Everton's triumph of 1006 will be remembered as long as football is played. For so old and so wealthy an organisation is seems rather odd that Everton should have enjoyed but one final victory, but luck plays a prominent part in the national competition, and it cannot be said that the “Blues” were blessed with good fortune in the finals of 1897 and 1907. You cannot always buy success. But they are going to make an effort to recapture the pot this year. This remark applies to the whole of the teams leftin for that matter, but it seems be generally believed that it is not only Everton's turn, but that they are the best side of the lot. That remains to be proved of course. Still I think Everton represent the best “class” and their friends fancy emunensely. True it is not always the fancied side, which cares off the victory, but on form Everton would appear to have a great chance of beating either Chelsea or Newcastle, who were fighting for the honour of opposing the Blues today.
It is a long way to victory in the Cup, but when we remember that the Blues' have been at it since 1879, the single success hardly represents the value of the club's work on the field. It is ancient history that Everton were one of the original members of the league, and they can boast of being the only club which has never been in danger of losing its place in the senior division. That in itself is a record to be proud of. For the benefit of the more youthful enthusiasts who do not know the history of the Everton Football Club at their fingertips, I may be permitted here to give a few facts and figures.
A Small Beginning.
Like many clubs, Everton first saw the light through a group of young men forming a recreation combination that they might amuse themselves. It was in 1878 that, in connect with a Sunday School in St. Domingo-Vale, the youths formed what was known as the St. Domingo Cricket Club, which was naturally followed by a football club as September came round. The new club “caught” likes a house on fire, and the following year (1879) the name of the organisation was changed to Everton, and the first match under the name was played two days before the Christmas of 1879. The match was brought off in Stanley Park, and it was only fitting that Everton should prevail over their local opponents. It was from the small beginning that Everton rose to its present position in the football world, and though they can boast but one League championship (1890-91) and one cup final victory (1906), the “Blues” have always held a good record, and have frequently been “near and yet so far.” Certainly they have proved themselves the most consistent of the original members of the league.
The Early Days.
But, to return to the early days, I may mention that the club joined the Lancashire Association 1880, and took part in the County Cup competition, but their first taste of this were not sweet, seeing that they lost to Great Lever 8-1 and Bolton Wanderers 13-1. These set-backs did not upset the gentlemen who controlled the affairs of the club, and they plodded on until the season 1884-85, when they opened the Anfield road enclosure, Earlestown being the first visitors, and they were whacked by 5-1. The gate receipts amounted to 14s! Compare that with last season's gates, and you will have a correct idea of the advance which football has made. To go further, it may be pointed out that in their last year at Prioy-road they took £45, and the first season at Anfield realised something like £200. Since then Everton have raked in a sum within measurable distance of £22,000 in a season. It was in 1892, following the spirit at Anfield, which resulted in the birth of the Liverpool club, that Everton was formed into a Limited Liability company with a nominal capital of £2,500. Nowadays Everton are looked on as the richest club in the world, and probably no club will be able to stand the loss the present season has entailed better than the Goodison combination.
When Goodison Was Opened.
To give further dates, I may say that the Goodison ground was opened in 1892 by Lord Kinnaird, and it is recorded that in their first season a matter of something like £8,800 was taken in gate money. That was the beginning of the boom, and no one will deny that however regrettable it may have been held to be at the time the split (in 1891), which resulted in the formation of two clubs, was a fine thing for football in this city. We all have a fair recollection of events since that time, and I do not propose to go deeply into the subsequent career of the club at the present-sitting, except to repeat that they have reached the semi-final of the English Cup for the eight time. The disappointment of the 1892-93 final, when the “Blues” was supposed to have a “walk-over” and were beaten at Fallowfield by the Wolves, is remembered, while the brilliant game between Everton and the Villa in 18897 is still talked about. There was also the victory over Newcastle in 1906, the disappointment of 1907, when Sheffield Wednesday beat the “Blues” at the Palace, and the failure against Barnsley in 1910 at Old Trafford. These events stand out when one talks of Everton's Cup exploits. There is comparatively no money to be made out of the Cup this year, but the competitors still standing will be none the less keen on that account. Everton at any rate, will be all out for victory and the next stage at the Aston Villa ground is awaited with interest. It is Newcastle or Chelsea this time?
Everton's New Team.
Of the Everton team who met Bradford City on Saturday last (says the “Sporting Chronicle”) Fern did not wear an Everton jersey until December 6, 1913. John MaConnachie reached Goodison Park in 1907, and played his first match as a centre-half back for the club on September 9 th . Of course, he had previously earned considerable fame with the Edinburgh Hibernians. Roberts Thompson, the Scotswood lad found with Leciester Fosse, was introduced in October, 1913 to the exclusion of W. Stevenson. Thomas Fleetwood, signed as a forward when with Rochdale Town, appeared first at inside right on March 19 th 1911. Galt, the present captain at the beginning of last September; Harry Makepeace on February 21 st 1903. (“Silence or you meet your fate”), Samuel Chedgzoy on December 26 th , 1910; W. H. J. Kirsopp, the Wallasey boy, on January 1st 1915; Robert Parker on December 6 th , 1913; Joseph Clennell on January 24, 1914; and George Harrison on September 20 th , 1913. Thus, it will be seen that Everton have practically a new eleven, Makepeace being the “veteran of the party.
EVERTON V BLACKBURN ROVERS
March 13 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Keen Struggle at Ewood Park.
Blues One Down at Interval
By the Rovers.
With Everton and the Rovers out for honours, there was every prospect of a keen tussle for supremacy at Ewood Park this afternoon. The Everton team arrived from their training quarters at Blackpool in good time, and to which resort they returned at the conclusion of the game. With the exception of Wareing, the pivot of the team, the full Cup strength was available, and there were no changes from the originally selected Rovers eleven. The weather was on the dull side, but otherwise the conditions were all that could be desired and favoured a fast game. The attendance was an improvement upon that has been obtained in previous encounter at Ewood, still it fell short of the old standard and there were probably not more than 10,000 present when the sides made their appearance. The teams lined up as follows: - Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson, goal, Crompton (captain), and Cowell, backs, Walmsley, Smith, and Aitkenhead, half-backs, Simpson, Orr, Dawson, Latheron, Hodkinson, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood (captain), Wareing, and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee H. Smith Nottinghm.
Crompton Wins the Toss.
Crompton was fortunate in correctly naming the coin, for the Blues had to face a fair breeze. The Rovers were the first away, but were finely checked by Fleetwood, the acting skipper of the team, and immediately afterwards Harrison made tracks on the left only to be successfully challenged by Crompton. Cowell accounted for a movement on the other wing, and then Dawson looked like having a clean run through when Wareing took the ball from the toes and defy passed to the right, where Chedgzoy made good progress and centred to Kirsopp, whose header unfortunately sailed over the bar. Then came a spirited dash by the Rovers' left and Latheron looked all over a scorer which Fleetwood stayed his course, though at the expense of a free kick just outside the penalty line. From this Simpson was placed in possession, but Makepeace forced the winger to kick over the line, and following this Makepeace was penalised for tripping the outside right in the penalty area, and
Crompton Opened the Score
With a fast rising drive. The offence did not appear to be a glaring one for the half-back was going for the ball than the man. The Everton forwards were seen on one of their best moods after this reverse and following an incisive advance Parker tested Robinson with a shot which the keeper tipped over the bar at the expense of a corner. The Everton centre was again heading an attack and finished up with a good shot, but as before the home custodian anticipated his effort and warded off the danger.
From this point the pace was laid on thick, and by reason of fast end to end passengers the interest of the crowd was fully maintained. For some time the Rovers forwards mapped out the play and fully extended the abilities of both MaConnachie and Thompson. The former put in some capital touches of defensive work to the exclusion of Simpson, and by steady stages the Rovers were gradually forced back. Robinson had no difficulty in keeping out a dropping ball from Harrison, but a moment later he was called upon to prevent a fast cross-drive from Chedgzoy entering the corner of the net. The Everton right winger thus far had been most prominent in the raids on the Rovers' goal, and the next few minutes' play of the Blues fully
Merited an Equalising Point.
However, Crompton and Cowell covered the keeper successfully in spite of a couple of rare efforts by Parker. Breaking away, Simpson forced a corner off MaConnachie, and from this Chedgzoy and Kirsopp got away in a promising style, but the winger lost control of the ball at the finish, when he had Cowall beaten. Then Harrison was allowed to lead a strong attack through from an offside position, but the movement came to nothing, for Wareing at the close drove high over the bar. Shortly afterwards Thompson effected a grand save when Hodgson looked like racing clean through and the relief had no sooner been effected than Latheron tested Fern with a brilliant rising shot, which Fern as brilliantly anticipated, and
Fern's Smart handling.
At this junction there was no respite for the Everton defenders, who were subjected to a severe spell of pressure, and, despite their capital resistance, fern had more than one shot exceptionally smart to deal with. On one occasion Orr was well placed, but finished tamely and on a further return Dawson headed into the keeper's hands. At length the Blues front line took up the running, and following several moderate efforts to pierce the home goal Parker with a long drive brought Robinson to his knees. Next followed another duel between Simpson and Makepeace, and the veteran showed good judgement in combating the tricky movements of the winger by placing into touch. A long drive from Harrison came to nothing and at the other end Orr just missed a fine cross shot by Hogkinson. Latheron was to the fore a moment later, but could not exact quarter from MaConnachie and at the interval drew on Everton struggled hard top level up matters. A tame shot from Fleetwood was the only attempt at the finish. Half-time arrived with Everton one goal down.
Half-time Blackburn Rovers 1 Everton 0
The Rovers were good value for their lead at the interval, for their forward work was more incisive than that of the Evertonians, and it was in this respect that they claimed the greatest advantage. Makepeace was rather severally penalised, and but for this unfortunate happening the probability is that the first portion would have yielded a division of honours for the Everton rearguard were in good form.
The Rovers opened strongly after the resumption but Fern was not severely tested, and in a trice Chedgzoy raced off in one of his characteristic sprints, but he ran the ball over the line, ere getting in his centre. Then came a great burst by the Rovers inside men, and the swift concerted movement bewilded Wareing, and for a time the last lines of the Everton defence had many anxious moments. However, MaConnachie and Thompson performed creditably, and following one clearance, by the Scot the way was paved by Parker for Clennell to level up matters. The inside left flashed past Crompton, and when success seemed sure Robinson dashed out and throwing himself full length turned the ball
Wrong Side of the Upright.
For a fruitless corner. The Blues were now showing to better advantage and following a foul on Chedgzoy by Cowell Robinson's charge was assailed several. A good effort came from Clennell who took the ball in its flight and flashed it goalwards only to see it sail across the breach, and passed out of play. Another raid led by Chedgzoy came to nothing, and a further effort by Harrison was ably checkmated by Crompton. The pace continued to be keen, and both sets of players. Kirsopp equalised for Everton. Dawson scored a second goal for the Rovers. Final result Blackburn rovers 2 Everton 1
EVERTON RES, V. BLACKBURN R. RES
March 13 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool.
There was a moderate attendance at Goodison Park this afternoon when the above teams lined out as follows: - Everton: - Mitchell, goal; Simpson and Weller, backs; Brown Challinor and Grenyer, half-backs; Palmer, Nuttall, Wright, Howarth, and Roberts, forwards. Manchester United: - Howarth, goal; Walmsley and Sutie, backs; O'Neill, Heaton and Jaques, half-backs; McGhee, Caulfield, Healless, Porteous, and Duckworth, forwards. Everton went off at a hot pace, and Palmer racing down the wing put in a grand centre, which Wright made a good effort to convert into a goal, but Howarth the visiting custodian, got his fists to the leather just in the nick of time. The next dangerous movement came from Howarth and Roberts, the Everton forward passing in very effective manner, but Walmsley intervened and removed the danger. Everton continued to exercise pressure on the Blackburn defence. Offside spoiled a couple of promising movements whilst Wright and Nuttall made a couple of desperate efforts to rush through the backs, but without success. After Simpson had taken the ball off Porteou's foot, just as the Rovers was about to shoot from shot range, Palmer raced down his wing, beat Walmsley, and forced a corner off O'Neill. This was grandly placed, and Roberts sent in a hot handful which Howarth had no chance of saving. The Rovers forwards did not combine well, and Everton again attacked, Roberts twice shooting over the bar from short range. Walmsley played a fine defensive game for the Rovers and pulled up Wright in the nick of time, or else another goal would have accrued to Everton. Half-time Everton Res 1, Blackburn Res nil.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 880)
March 15 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON UNLUCKY AT BLACKBURN.
TALE OF A PENALTY
It says much for the popularity of the Everton Club that they attracted to Ewood Park on Saturday the largest gate that has been seen in Blackburn this year. When the wearers of the Blue Jersey and the famous Rovers meet one is always certain of an interesting and strenuously-fought contest. The game under notice proved no exception to this general rule. Play was not, perhaps, always up to the highest standard –there were certain ragged patches –but it was quite full of good things, and gave us glimpses of the bribhest side of the Association code. All things considered, the two teams were evenly matched in all departments, and Everton were distinctly unlucky to lose the day through what we have the best reason for believing was an accidental penalty. This mishap to the visitors occurred early in the struggle and no doubt, largely influenced the succeeding course of events. When, in the second period, the visitors equalised it looked as though there would be a division of honours, but Blackburn got in a second telling shot a few minutes before the close, and so carried off the palm. A merry pace was set on a sticky surface, which became worse when a fine “Scotch mist,” settled over the spacious enclosure. Everton were the first to become dangerous, but “ the old war horse” Crompton checked, and the Rovers' right made pretty play. Makepeace, in tackling Simpson in the penalty area, accidentally tripped the famous outside right, and Mr. Smith, the referee allowed the claim. Crompton took the penalty kick , and safely landed the leather just beneath the crossbar into the net. The visitors retaliated with a series of well-conceived attacks, but the home halves had an awkward methods of breaking up the combination just as the assailants looked like getting through Parker for instance, was so closely watched that he was rarely permitted to shoot, and when he did he was so hampered that the effort went away. Added to this, long cross shots from both Chedgzoy and the watchful Robinson safely dealt with Harrison. The Rovers, therefore, crossed over with a goal lead, and it was not until the second period had progressed half an hour that Everton got on level terms. This success was primarily due to Harrison, who got away at top speed, and Cowell, in attempting to check him fell. This gave Kirsopp a chance, and he took full advantage of it, nipping in and scoring with a fast shot. The Rovers, however, were not yet done with. The returned to the attack with renewed determination, and Orr getting clean through, drove the ball with terrific force at fern. The goalkeeper fell as he partially cleared, and he was still on the ground when Dawson directed the leather into the open goal. The Everton defence calls for nothing but the warmest praise, Macconnachie and Makepeace being the outstanding figures. Chedgzoy was the most brilliant forward, though he suffered from lameness in the later stages of the game. Harrison was also in the picture, and Clennell defeated his own ends by an over anxiety to score. He had at least two fine chances, which he missed. The Rovers showed balance and a proper understanding. Cowell was a most effective partner to Crompton, and Aitkenhead was conspicuous among the halves. The forward line showed cleverness and dash, Latheron and Simpson displaying particularly good form. Teams: - Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson, goal, Crompton, and Cowell, backs, Walmsley, Smith, and Aitkenhead, half-backs, Simpson, Orr, Dawson, Latheron, Hodkinson, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Wareing, and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Referee H. Smith.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0
March 15, 1915. The Liverpool Football Echo.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 26)
At Goodison Park. The game opened in favour of Everton. Palmer taking the ball down, Howarth saving the header from Wright. When a further centre came from the left wing, Suttie came from the front of goal. The Rovers went away and gained a corner, but they were unable to make any further inroads, and principally through Palmer's efforts the Rovers were placed at a disadvantage until Suttie relieved. Roberts was the prominent figure in the sorties of the Everton moves, and Wright's dash was often noticeable, but Suttie was defending so smartly that the goalkeeper was not often troubled. With the exception of an occasional breakaway by McGhee Everton had full command of the game, but Palmer and Challinor each failed to find the target. Roberts opened the scoring after palmer had forced a corner. Half-time Everton Reserves 1. Rovers Reserves nil. Commencing the second half, Everton again showed superiority, Wright and Nuttall each shooting hard, while Roberts was prominent on his wing. The Rovers suddenly broke away, and Caulfield appeared a certain scorer, but the ball hit thee goalkeeper and passed outside by Inches. This was very hard lines, for Blackburn who again tried desperately hard to equalise, but Everton's defence look keen for them, Mitchell and Simpson beening very smart. After a long attack Wright headed cleverly and scored a second goal for Everton. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Simpson, and Weller backs, Brown, Challinor, and Grenyer, half-backs, Palmer, Nuttall, Wright, Howarth, and Roberts, forwards.
A DOUBTFUL PENALTY
March 15, 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
By the Critic
In his comment on the Everton match, “Rover” says a “division of points would better have fitted the play, in which, Everton were decidedly out of luck, for in the early stages a decision was given against Makepeace that was open to considerable doubt. The early success by a penalty goal' stimulated the Rovers, and naturally unhinged the visitors. The Everton half-back had many tussles with Simpson, and it was from one of these that the penalty was awarded. There was no attempt to foul the Rover; both players were endeavouring to get possession of the ball, which was but a yard from the ground, and the locking of feet was a pure accident. Most folk were surprised at the ruling and the setback for a lengthily period had a bearing upon the subsequent play of the visitors. There was no scoring after this until 15 minutes from the close, when Kirsopp got possession before Cowell could recover himself, and fired the ball into the net. Everton's success, however, was short-lived, for after fern had flung himself at a hot drive from Orr, he was unable to regain his foothold in time to prevent Dawson scoring the winning goal. The respective sets of defenders played a prominent and successful part in the proceedings, and none did better than MaConnachie. Thompson at times was in difficulties with Latheron; still, his recovery was generally good, and on the whole he did well. At half back, Fleetwood, who by the way, captained the side, showed a decided improvement upon recent performance, and though Wareing was frequently prominent, and piled his forwards well, it was scarcely to be expected that he would rise to the standard of the skipper, whose services, naturally, were much missed.
Makepeace had a warm task in coping with Simpson, but his experience and sound judgment served his well, with the result that the noted Rover was more frequently than not subdued. The forwards for the most part were of their game. Parker was shadowed at every turn; still he managed to get in several smart shorts during the first half, and also provided his wings with chances that were not always well utilized. Chedgzoy was the brightest particular star in the line, and had a grather in Kirsopp, but Clennell's finishing efforts were not as deadly as usual. Harrison appeared to be overawed on approaching Crompton, still much of his footwork was good, and it was a smart move from him that led to his side's solitary success. Fern kept a capital goal also did Robinson.
EVERTON V OLDHAM
March 17 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
MaConnachie Injured in Second Half
Parker Scores Twice.
The rearranged League match was decided at Goodison Park today in dull weather before 8,000 spectators. Everton: - Fern, goal; Thompson and MaConnachie (captain), backs; Fleetwood, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Palmer, Kirsopp, Parker, Wright, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Matthews, goal; Hodgson and Cook, backs; Moffatt, Roberts, and Wilson, half-backs; Tummon, Kemp, Gee, Pilkington, and Donnachie, forwards . Everton were the first to get going, and for a time they kept the visitors on the defensive. Parker was neatly robbed by Hodgson in the goalmouth, and later the Everton centre was deprived of the ball by Roberts, and from a centre by Palmer Kirsopp placed outside. From the goalkick the “Latics” went away, Wilson tested Fern with a terrific drive, but the Everton keeper picked up and cleared. Play was decidedly interesting, and if the
Everton Forwards were Smart.
On the ball the visiting defence was also very capable, and Hodgson and Roberts were prominent in stopping the raid of the home attack. The visitors now put on pressure, and Moffatt had extremely hard lines with a shot which hit the bar, the ball afterwards rebounding to the post, from which the sphere went to Fern, who was enabled to clear. It was an extremely narrow escape for the Blues. More excitement followed at the Oldham end, when Harrison and Wright beat Hodgson, and Wright centred the ball to Parker, who, catching it on the volley, skied it and it seemed certain that it would travel over the bar, but there was a tremendous swerve on it, and it remained in play. Wright, following up smartly drove in a shot, which Matthews just managed to tip over the bar. From the corner there was another exciting scrimmage, but the visiting defensive prevailed. The visitors then came away in line, and from a centre by Wilson
Tummon was Enabled to Score.
For Oldham, the outside right meeting the ball with his head and placing it wide off Fern into the net. The visitors now seemed to have taken the whole of the game, and matters from an Everton point of view were not brightened by the fact that MaConnachie apparently strained his leg and had to retire, while Fern injured his hand. Thompson remained in the rear, and Everton gradually worked their way to the Oldham quarters and several desperate efforts were made but so far without success. The one-back game rather upset the Oldham calculations for a time and a couple of free kicks were given against them for offside. MaConnachie returned after a few minutes absence, though he appeared to be limping slightly. The Everton captain had only been on the field a couple of minutes when Fern ran out of his goal to intercept the ball, but failed, the leather going to Donnachie. That player placed it in the centre for Gee to score an easy second goal.
Parker's Clever Goal.
Immediately after this MaConnachie again retired, and from an Everton attack Parker taking a pass from Fleetwood, ran round the Oldham backs and scored a clever goal for Everton. It was a ding-dong struggle, with Everton despite the absence of MaConnachie, contesting every inch of the way. From a centre by Harrison, Kirsopp headed wide, and at the other end Moffatt was noticeable with a couple of very hard drives.
Half-time Everton 1 Oldham 2
The Second Half.
Everton were still without MaConnachie when play was resumed, and after three minutes Oldham went further ahead. From a capital centre by Donnachie, gee met the ball and placed it into the net right out of the reach of Fern. The visitors were now on good terms, and from another onslaught Gee hit the bar with a terrific drive. Donnachie was injured and retired to the touchline, but was able to resume. Following a capital run by Donnachie, the Athletic gained a corner, and from this Tummon scored a fourth goal for the visitors. Immediately afterwards Parker obtained the second goal for Everton.
EVERTON 3 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 (Game 881)
March 18, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
A GREAT GAME.
EVERTON TRY HARD TO OVERCOME HANDICAPS.
OLDHAM SCORES FOUR GOALS FROM “HEADERS.”
Yesterday a crowd of 12,000 spectators saw one of the best games ever played on the Goodison Park ground. It was fast, it prevailed plenty of good football, it showed the value of a personal leader like Charles Roberts, and it proved that the game is never won until it is lost. Further it produced four goals to Oldham, each being the result of carefully headed goals; this is surely a record performance in League football, and introduces to notice the value of placed headers. Till three quarter time Everton were a handicapped and apparently beaten side. Parker was the mainly spring of their energies. He flashed through the defence in electric fashion, and his first goal (from range that seemed impossible of leading to a goal) was a gem, and his second was equally brilliant, a strong shot leaving Matthews no hope. Finally Oldham defence wavered, and Cook missing his kick, Kirsopp was left with a chance. He took the ball ahead, and Matthews left his goal many yards behind in order that he might reduce the vice point of the forward. However, Kirsopp trickily dribbled beyond the goalkeeper and swung the ball crosswise into the open goal. From that point onward Everton were masters of the game, but not of the score sheet. Palmer had two glorious opportunities of levelling work at Matthews, but he did accept them. The goals were all good ones –no manner of faultiness or flakiness being found in them –and they ran in this fashion: - Tummon, Gee, Parker, Gee, Tummon, Parker, and Kirsopp.
It must be said in fairness to Palmer that although he did not make good, near the close he drove in a sharp shot that had Matthews beaten. Moffatt on the goalline, luckily turning the ball up to the crossbar. The worst misfortunate Everton could have had in a match of such impertinence was lack of usual members and the loss of Macconnachie throughout the second half. Galt, Makepeace, and Chedgzoy and Clennell were absence, and their deputies did well, but did not come up to the standard of the men they arced as substitutes for. Wareing was especially forward, and Wright was promising, Macconnachie's injury was a wrench of the muscles of the leg, and his absence meant much to Everton, as also did the injury to Fern's finger. However, the pain facts must be followed and considered, and that being so, Oldham must be given the palm for superior play, for much that was ideal, and for forward work that was brainy. They were the better side, and had the crossbar not intervened Everton would have been still further behind in the margin. The “cut and come again,” policy of Everton's forwards was all against them when one considered the capital half-backs and sturdy defenders opposed to them. Oldham showed the lesson; they kept the ball on the move, and swung it about promptly and with judgement. Donnachie's centres were gems, and Tummon, too was forward in this department. Gee, who took the place of the disappointing Cashmore was a stormy petrel when near goal, and Kemp was always a hard worker and a dangerous man to have to guard. Moffatt and Roberts were excellent half-backs and the former's shooting was on a par with what has been seen from McIlvenny, of Bradford City. On the Everton side, Parker was the originator, and his goals were worthy the man. Kirsopp was clever, and Harrison came to light with some striking centres and drives, Wright needs experience. The win gives Oldham a strong chance of the League championship, and probably means Everton's outside chance, drooping to fading point. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Palmer, Kirsopp, Parker Wright, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Matthews, goal, Hodson, and Cook, backs, Moffatt, Roberts, and Wilson, half-backs, Tummon, Kemp, Gee, Pilkington, and Donnachie forwards.
BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 18 1915
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 27)
Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Simpson, and Stewart, backs, Brown, Weller, and Roy, half backs, Howarth, Challinor, Nurttall, Johnston, and Roberts, forwards.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC SECURE STRONG POSITION
March 18, 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Everton's Fine Rally.
By the Critic.
As a result of their victory at Goodison Park, yesterday Oldham Athletic go to the top of the table and as they have three matches in hand of their nearest opponents, their position is an extremely strong one. Thirty-seven points for 28 games is, indeed, a fine record, and the Latics certainly have a capital opportunity of going right out for the championship. They played good football yesterday, but they were fortunate to find Everton below strength. In the second half, too, the “Blues” were deprived altogether of the services of MaConnachie, and probably the absence of the full back in the second portion cost Everton the match, for the “Blues” made a most praiseworthy effort, and even though at one time the Latics were three goals ahead, the Evertonians rallied finely and the forwards deserved praise for their efforts to pull the game out of the fire. I reckon the steadying influence of MaConnachie would have turned the table. One does not wish to detract from the merit of the visitors' football, for they played a most workmanship game, and the shooting and placing of the ball were alike superb. All their four goals were simply nodded into the net, and thanks to the capital placing of the ball, but there were many fine shots from gee. Moffatt, and Wilson which went very close indeed. They were the better side in the initial half, but at the same time Everton played so well in the latter portion of the second “45” and they pulled themselves together under disheartening circumstances in such determined fashion that they must be considered rather unlucky to lost both points.
It was a most interesting contests, and the spectators –there were 11,995 –were quite enthusiastic. Many exciting incidents cropped up, and on the whole the struggle was a most interesting one. As I have indicated, the Oldham goals were all neatly and easily obtained, but the best efforts of the match came from Parker. The centre forward has not been in the picture a great deal lately, but he brought his total of goals to 28 yesterday. He dashed round the backs and drove the ball on each occasion from a most difficult angle. The shots were superb and were dedecidly the bets of the match. The players on the stand –one noticed old favourites in Jack Taylor and Billy Stevenson among the present Everton and Liverpool players –notably Galt, applauded Parker's second point, and it was noticed that Wilson, the Oldham half-back “patted” Parker on the back as he walked up the field. These little incidents go to show that opponents as well as colleagues can admire a smart goal, and undoubtedly Parker's second point was one of the best I have seen. Kirsopp, too, deserved every credit for the smart way he took advantage of Cook's miskick to run nearly half the length of the field to bring Matthews out of goal and place the leather into the net. He was a little out of his reckoning with well-meant headers in the first half, but on the whole he did not play badly. Palmer nearly shared the points with a fine shot in the closing minutes but he was not prominent. Wright and Harrison worked well together, the former making a very effective substitute for Clennell. Fleetwood was about the best of the halves, and Thompson held the line under difficult circumstances. Fern had the index finger of his right hand badly cut, but he will be able to play on Saturday. By the way, one noticed that Matthews, the Oldham keeper, waited for Fern at the exit ostensibly to ask the nature of the injury received. MaConnachie I understand strained the muscles of his leg, and he will be fit to oppose Notts or Bolton. In view of the Cup semi-Final the injury to the noted full back is most unfortunate. The Oldham forwards played well together, Donnachie found Pilkington a partner suitable to his style of play and the ex-Everton man responded most ably. Gee was a thrustful centre, and Charlie Roberts proved a tower of strength.
Team to Oppose Notts
Everton are due to meet Notts County on Saturday, and the team chosen is Fern; Thomson and Weller; Borwn, Wareing, and Makepace; Palmer, Kirsopp, Parker Clennell, and Harrison.
Fleetwood and Chedgzoy, of course, have to attain the Inter-League match. Brown is a capable reserve half-back, who has on previous occasions shown to advantage with the first team.
ENGLISH CUP SEMI-FINAL
March 20, 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Can Everton Beat Chelsea?
By the Critic.
The final of the English Cup competition of 1915 will be memorable, and no doubt the four clubs still left in will fight their hardest in order to participate in what promises to be a contest played under unique conditions. Up to the present the venue of the final tie has not been decided on, and I expect the committee whose duty it is to settle these matters will be guided in their choice by the results of next Saturday's games. If Everton and Bolton were to prevail, of if Sheffield United should gain a place, Old Trafford would appear to be the most likely venue, but should Chelsea prevail Birmingham may be the scene of operations. However, the power that be have the matter in hand, and the question under notice just now is the outcome of the penultimate stage. Now, what do you think of it? Can Everton beat Chelsea? A number of enthusiasts have answered the query with an enthastic “Yes –easily” but I would remind these over confident Evertonians that Chelsea are a team of triers and a goodly proportion of the eleven are players of first rate ability. They are certainly not without hope of beating Everton, and while the latter recognised Cheslea as worthy opponents, and they know that they must play at the top of their form to win, no doubt the players fancy their chances. I certainly agree that the “Blues” have a good opening and on their best form they should prevail in the end.
Strenuous Game in Prospect.
My experience of cup-ties, however, tells me that one cannot depend on form to put you right where the English Cup is concerned. Those who laugh at the idea of Everton being beaten are surely going beyond bounds. You may depend on it that the directors and the players do not look on the match as a walk-over by any means, and I feel sure that the game will be one of the most strenuous of the campaign. I believe Everton will put up a great show and just about gain the day, but I am by no means inclined to dismiss Chelsea, as an inferior force. Their form at Anfield a few weeks ago was impressive, and a team that beat Newcastle on Tyneside in a cup-tie –even in these days –is entitled to the highest respect. For that reason it would be well for those who are already counting on Everton being in the final to wait and see. You remember that last season the general impression prevailed –before the match –that Aston villa would “wipe the floor” with the Reds –But the boot was on the other foot. The impression regarding the semi-final between Chelsea and Everton is hardly the same as that which was so badly upset last year, but I think Everton, in the minds of unbiased onlookers, are slight favourites, but it is recognised that Chelsea have almost as good a chance as the “Blues.” The recent improved form displayed by Chelsea has gained them a lot of friends, and it is felt that the smart forward line of the Pensioners will give the Everton defence something to do. In view of the development of combination and individual merit in the Chelsea ranks, it is to be hoped that MaConnachie will have recovered from his injury in time to take part in the great game, Everton without MaConnachie are not the same. With the Scot in his place and Galt also on duty, the full strength of the team will give the supporters of the club a good run.
Will Fern Be Fit?
But fern's dislocated finger is giving cause for anxiety, and if he is unable to turn out the side will be weakened. They may enter the final, and if they do they will stand a big chance of winning the trophy once more. I know the players are very keen, and they intend to make a bold effort at the Aston Villa ground next Saturday. If experience goes for anything the Everton club hold an advantage. Chelsea have only once previously appeared in the semi-final, while Everton are in the penultimate stage for the eighth time. Chelsea lost to Newcastle in 1911 by 3-0. Everton dismissed Preston North end in 1893 by 2-1; they beat derby county in 1897 3-2; lost to Derby County 3-1 1898; lost to Aston Villa in 1905 by 1-2; overcame Liverpool in 1906 by 2-0; beat West Brom 2-1 1907; and fell before Bansley 3-0 in 1910. That is the record of Everton in the last stage but one. The Everton and Chelsea have never met in the cup, but the pensioners have beaten the “Blues” at Stamford Bridge 2-0 this season. Curiously enough the return match between the pair was due to be decided on the final day, April 24 th , but a new date must now be found.
Birthplace Height Weight
F. Fern (Measham) 5/9 half 12 2
J.S. MaConnachie (Aberdeen) 5/9 half 11 1 3
R. Thompson (Scotswood) 5/7/quarter 12 0
T. Fleetwood (Kirkby) 5 8/Quarter 11 3
G.H. Galt (Saltcoats) 5 11/half 11 7
H. Makepeace (Middlesbrough) 5 7 11 0
S. Chedgzoy (Ellesmere Port) 5 8 10 7
J Clennell (North Silkworth) 5/4/half 11 3
R Parker (Possil Park) 5/ 7/quarter 10 6
W.H. Kirsopp (Wallasey) 5/7/quarter 10 7
G. Harrison (Ch Gresley) 5/7/3/4 11 6
ONE SIDED GAME
March 20, 1915. Evening Express Liverpool.
Everton's Fine Win at Goodison
Notts County Over-Played Blues' Forwards in Fine Form.
There were again quite a lot of men in Khaki at Goodison Park this afternoon, but the men who caught the eye most were a party of thirty who occupied a place in the principal stand. They were soldiers who had been wounded in the recent fighting at Neuve Chapelle, and at the invitation of the directors arrangements were made for them to witness the match against Notts County. Some limped so badly that they had trouble to get upstairs and were helped by Nurses and some had their arms in splints, and one had his head in bandages. But despite their suffering, they seemed in good spirits and took a lively interest in the match. The teams turned out as selected. Notts were without Morley. Teams:- Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Thompson, and Weller, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Makepeace (captain), half-backs, Palmer, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Perry, and Emberton, backs, Flint, Clamp, and Allesbrook, half backs, Waterall, Dale, Peart, Richards, and Henshall, forwards. Referee Mr. D. H. Ashton
About 14,000 spectators were present at the start. The game opened with some spirited play, and Notts attacked strongly, but were driven back. Harrison was prominent. Perry saving a dangerous situation. Then Iremonger was called upon to fist out a shot from Kirsopp and soon afterwards Perry again made a timely clearance. Parker then had visions of a goal, driving with great force, only for the ball to be driven over the bar. Harrison got going again, and from his centre, Parker again ballooned the ball over the bar. Wattersall then raced past Weller, and his centre provided a glorious opening, but Henshall was too slow, centring across the goal when he should have banged the ball in. Palmer got in a clever run, and dashing in, shot strongly. Emberton coming near to sending through his own goal. Everton scored after 17 minutes' play. Iremonger saved from Palmer, but he failed to get the ball away Kirsopp getting possession and scoring from close range. As the game advanced, Everton became more and more aggressive, but occasionally Notts got in lively attacks, but was lacking in finish. Allesbrook got in one tremendous drive, which Mitchell saved cleverly. There was one period when the play was really laughable. The Everton forwards were all over the Notts players, but try as they would they could not score. Parker got clear they could not score. Parker got possession and made several attempts to go through on his own, and once he nearly succeeded. Kirsopp was showing up well, and got past Emberton only to place the wrong side of the net.
Everton's Second Goal.
After thirty-five minutes' Everton gained a second goal, thanks to fine work by Kirsopp. He worked another fine opening, and placed in front for Parker to rush up and place into the net with a strong shot. The Notts defence was more than a trifle shaky, and when Palmer shot from close range it was more by luck than good management that Iremonger got in the way of the ball and effected a save. Everton continued to do most of the attacking, but whilst the Everton forwards put in a lot of clever work they were inclined to do too much dribbling, which, while it was pretty top watch, was not bringing goals.
Half-Time Everton 2 Notts County 0
The game had been one-sided in the first half, and Notts County were lucky not to be further in arrears. The Everton forwards had shown great dash and enterprise, and they had been well backed up by their halves, Brown showing up particularly well.
Everton Again Attacking.
Everton continued to have the better of matters in the second portion of the game. Quite early on Harrison got in a fine centre only for Parker to drive high over the bar. Everton next attacked on the right, and Palmer was applauded for a great shot, which was only inches wide. The Notts forwards continued to be held well in check by Everton's halves and backs. Once they gained a corner on the left, but nothing came of it. Palmer furnished another clever sprint, but his centre looked like going a begging when Clennell came rushing up and let fly with great force. Fortunately for Notts the ball struck Perry, or Iremonger would not have had much chance of saving. Just as the case in the first half, Everton continued unlucky in having shots charged down.
Kirsopp Adds a Third.
Thirteen minutes after the interval, Kirsopp who was playing exceedingly well, scored. Harrison placed right across, and taking the ball on the run Kirsopp dashed in and scored. A minute or two later, Clennell drove against one of the backs, and Parker also had a likely shot charged down. After Emberton had headed away a dangerous centre from the right, Kirsopp came near to adding a fourth. His shot struck the goalpost, and although Clennell recovered possession close in he placed the wrong side of the net. A breakaway by the Notts forwards led to the miniature Dale making a fine effort to score; he was too quick for Weller, but he was only anxious and finished by placing over the bar. Everton quickly returned to the attack, and a shot from the right was only inches wide. Clennell continued out of luck, another of his forceful shots, striking one of the backs full in the body. When Kirsopp looked a certain scorer, he drove in with great force, and to give him due credit , Iremonger made a clever save when he looked well beaten.
Rally by Notts.
Notts then got going on the left, and Henshall got in a centre, Makepeace clearing. Both Thompson and Weller met with injuries but unfortunately they were very slight. Parker was working hard and he was only inches wide with stinging shots. Everton's fourth goal came a quarter of an hour from the end. Parker clean through and drove in from the right. Iremonger stopped the shot, but only partially cleared. Clennell rushing up and placing it into the net. Notts were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position, but nothing came of it, the nearest approach to getting a goal being when Thompson almost kicked through his own goal. At the other end Parker again dashed through, and from his centre Clennell grazed the side post. Notts although late in the day, had now livened up somewhat and Mitchell had to rush up to save from Wattersall. Notts came again spirited fashion and from Wattersall centre Richards shot wide. Final result Everton 4, Notts County 0
EVERTON 4 NOTTS COUNTY 0 (Game 882)
March 22 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S EASY WIN OVER NOTTS.
BRILLIANT FORWARD WORK.
Notts County provided Everton with one of their easiest victories of the season, the superiority of Everton being just as great as the score would suggest. Notwithstanding this wide difference in the merits of the respective sides, the contest proved interesting because it produced some brilliant footwork from the Everton forwards. At times it was really bewildering in its intricacy, while it was always progressive and effective. True, the Notts defence was not of the soundest, but it often happens that when a forward line finds itself able in weave dainty and delicate patterns round the opposing defence it loses its penetrative force. It was not so in Everton's case, for the forwards pressed home their attacks will so much force that had not Iremonger given of his best a huge score must have resulted. Almost from the outset it was obvious that Everton were the superior side, despite the fact that the Everton team included five changes from what has come to be regarded as the regular side, substitutes being found for Fern, Macconnachie, Fleetwood, Galt, and Chedgzoy. Palmer initiated the movement that led to Everton's first goal, for he rounded off a fine sprint with an equally telling centre. Iremonger only succeeded in stopping the ball without clearing, and Kirsopp smartly drove the ball into the goal, Clamp helping it into the net, at the end of thirteen minutes' play. It was good to see Kirsopp's cleverness fittingly rewarded, for, in addition to scoring the third shortly after the interval with the finest shot of the day, he had much to do with the second point that went to the credit of Parker. By one of the most subtle passes imaginable Kirsopp left Parker with the easiest possible task when the latter scored the second goal ten minutes from the interval. Clennell got the fourth goal, and again Kirsopp had something to do with the preliminary work, for he supplied Parker with a nice opening, and the Everton centre after verging towards the right wing, centred low and accurately. Iremonger pushed the ball out, and Clennell had little difficulty in placing the ball into the net.
Notts County were quite overplayed, and Everton's decisive victory was well justified. There was not a weak spot in the whole of the Everton side. Palmer has often been the object of adverse criticism but on this occasion he gave of his best. His centres were always accurate, and he often made the Notts defence look worse than it really was. Kirsopp was the pick of the forward line, for his initiative in addition to his footwork was practical and he created many nice openings. Clennell and Parker worked hard, and Iremonger will long remember the power of Parker's shooting, for in stopping one of the centre forward's volleys he so damaged his finger that he knew little of the whereabouts of the ball for the next few minutes. Harrison too did much good work and helped to make the line a live force. The half backs aided the forwards splendidly, and Makepeace was to the fore with many delightful movements. The defence was reliable and easily held the Notts attack. The County forwards appeared too numbersome in their methods and they often spoiled themselves by their cramped play. The defenders with the exception of Iremonger who dealt with many shots in masterly style were unreliable and often broke down under pressure. Teams: - Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Thompson, and Weller, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Makepeace (captain), half-backs, Palmer, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Perry, and Emberton, backs, Flint, Clamp, and Allesbrook, half backs, Waterall, Dale, Peart, Richards, and Henshall, forwards.
CHEDGZOY AND FLEETWOOD CAPS FOR ENGLAND
March 22, 1915. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
England beat Scotland by 4 goals 1 at Parkhead before 55,000 spectators. Chedgzoy was carried off after brilliant outside right had been causing the Scottish left flank a power of trouble, his speedy runs, tricky dribbling, and command of the ball worried Nellies and Dodds. Chedgzoy came back on, and played through the remainder of the game limping badly, and crowed his game with a goal.
EVERTON'S EASY VICTORY
March 23 1915. Evening Express Liverpool
The Blues' Success.
The race for the League championship is becoming keener than ever and as a result on Saturday's play it will be noticed another change in the table has taken place, Manchester City now leading the line. The defeat of Oldham pegged them back a trifle, but the Latics are still better off than any of the competitions on the matches played Manchester city were on top of their form against the Wednesday, and the heavy defeat of the Blades was rather surprising. There are a lot of ups and downs just now. Notts County were outclassed at Goodison and the only wonder is that the “Blues” did not win by a much bigger margin. There were no methods about the Laceman at all, and Everton even with a weakened team, were able to carry off the points with ease. The Everton defence, which included reserve players in Mitchell and Weller were equal to all demands, and the halves, also took a good share in the victory. The forward line was full of energy and the goals were all the result of fine shooting. Kirsopp distinguished himself by obtaining two very fine points, the second one being a beauty, and there is no doubt that the players is rapidly making a name for himself. He improves every time he plays. Cool and clever he controlled the ball with rare skill and his passing was noticeable for the accuracy and direction. Parker brought his total to 30, and as usual Clennell was on the target. As energetic as ever some of his shots were remarkably strong, and it was lucky for Notts that their backs got in the way of several forceful drives. Clennell and Harrison led their opponents merry dances. Brown gave further evidence of his skill, and Wareing and Grenyer were also useful. Everton rang the changes again today and they undoubtedly have some very good reserves. Notts had a poor attacking force, and only Iremenger of the defences stood out.
EVERTON 5 BOLTON WANDERERS 3 (Game 883)
March 23 1915. The Liverpool Courier.
CROP OF GOALS AT GOODISON.
EVERTON'S VICTORY OVER BOLTON WANDERERS.
FOUR GOALS IN ELEVEN MINUTES
PARKER SCORED ANOTHER “HAT-TRICK.”
In the course of six days three League games have been decided at Goodison Park, and in these no fewer than 19 goals were registered, 12 by Everton and seven by their opponents. This gives rather a high average for each game, and certainly the spectators who attended the contests had full value for their money. On Wednesday last Everton lost to Oldham Athletic by 4 goals to 3, and on Saturday the Blues thrashed Notts County 4-0. The heaviest score of the three matches, however, was recorded yesterday, when two of the Cup Semi-finalists obtained between them eight goals. Everton came out on top once more, and in a game full of thrills the Goodison Park brigade gained the verdict by the margin of 5 goals to 3. As a result they have improved their championship prospects considerably, and they now stand on level terms as regards points with Blackburn Rovers, Oldham Athletic, and Sheffield Wednesday. Their record is superior on matches played and goal average to the first and last named. Certainly the Blues still have a good chance of securing the topmost place.
A STIRRING STRUGGLE.
It was a stirring game yesterday, and the 5,000 or 6,000 spectators fully appreciated the varying phrases of the play. The fortunes fluctuated considerably, and Everton, after scoring first, twice lost the lead, but they finished very strongly, and wound up the game with two goals, which secured a valuable couple of points. With the game three minutes old Parker receiving a neat pass from Howarth scored the first point. A few minutes later Roberts equalised for the Wanderers with a really capital shot, which struck the under part of the crossbar. Almost immediately afterwards Roberts converted a corner into a second goal, but Everton came away again and with the ball in an awkward position for shooting Clennell drove in with power and defeated Kidd, this equalising once more. All these points were obtained in the space of about ten minutes and the spectators were roused to enthusiasm. Everton were on top for a time, and through their shooting was dead on the mark they were not favoured by fortune. They were dashing and very accurate in their shooting but gradually the Wanderers forged ahead after a mistake by one of the home backs, Stokes crossed the ball to Smith, who save the Wanderers the lead. Despite splendid efforts by Parker and Clennell, the Bolton men reined their lead of 3-2 at the interval. The second half was keenly contested and at times the charging was none too, ladylike. Parker soon put Everton level by the aid of a penalty kick. The home centre was going through when he was tripped, but he recovered and went on to place the ball in the net. The whistle had gone, however, and Parker scored from the penalty. It was now a din-dong struggle, first one side and then the other gaining the upper hand, and on two occasions Bolton claims for penalties, which were not granted. In the last ten minutes Everton were granted a second penalty kick “hands” against Wilson and the kick was again entrusted to Parker. Kidd beat down the centre's strong drive, but could not get the ball away, and Parker following up, netted before the custodian could regain his balance. Just afterwards Clennell placed the issue beyond doubt with a cross shot at close quarters.
PARKER'S GOAL-GETTING FEAT.
It was a smart win and though the team included several reserves the eleven played with much fire and dash. The forwards worked with cohesion and Parker and Clennell have never been better in their marksmanship. The former brought his total to 32 for the season –six short of Freeman's record –while the ex-Rovers now claims 14. They were the prime movers in the attack, but Harrison, Palmer, and Howarth all rendered useful assistance. The later-a local player –made his debut in League football and he showed much ability the passing being marked by very fine judgement. The halves were unceating, if not brilliant in their efforts Fleetwood being the pick and Thompson was the star defender. Bolton were well served by Smith, Vizard, and Roberts, while the backs and halves were fair. Kidd in goal gave a wonderfully good display, many of his saves being executed with skill and judgement . Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Thompson, and Simpson, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs, Palmer, Howarth, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards.
Manchester City…….. 31 14 7 10 43 31 38
Everton……………… .31 15 9 7 66 40 37
Blackburn Rovers…... 31 15 9 7 69 49 37
Oldham Athletic…… 29 14 6 9 63 47 37
Sheffield Wednesday. 32 13 8 11 66 40 37
Sunderland ………. ..31 16 12 3 69 61 35
Sheffield United … ..29 12 7 10 38 28 34
EVERTON'S DASHING FORM
March 23 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Parker Nearing Freeman's Record
By the Critic
On previous occasions Everton have fallen between two stoods and they may do so again , but one cannot get away from the fact that at the present they have an undoubtedly chance of winning the League championship and the Cup. In these days of strenuous competition it has been found most difficult to try the double event and several clubs who have found themselves in a similar position to that of Everton have failed, and not since Aston Villa accomplished the task in 1897 has the double event been carried off by one club. Will Everton do it this season? It is not an impossible task even now when the defeats at Blackburn and by Oldham at home have pegged the “Blues” back somewhat in the League. As a team they appear to be one of the best in, the last four of the cup and their friends expect them to be up for the trial. At any rate the position is decidedly interesting. Even the boys in the trenches are following Everton's doing. In the course of a letter to a friend Private Archie Edgar of the 10 th Liverpool Scottish, after asking for himself of quantities of cigarettes –the Tommy don't have them in hundreds –and home made cakes, which provide a change from the ordinary saying “Send me the Football Express” every Saturday. I should indeed by thankful, as we are very keen on football, What price Everton are now for the Cup. A stone certain tip from the trenches. We follow all their doings as well as Liverpool and have the same heard augments over their qualities as at home. Our Company is the best one of the battalion and we have not been defeated yet. Thus writes a Liverpool Soldier in his dug out only 60 yards away from the Germany lines. You see they cannot forget the national game even within range of the enemy.
“Blues” Fine Form.
Everton's form at present is good enough, and even with several reserves out they are showing splendid dash and scoring power. The Goodison club are fortunate in possessing several good class reserves, and in Howarth, Kirsopp, and Brown they have three men who have proved their ability in senior football, and will be heard of later. Howarth is a local youth, and for that reason one is especially pleased to note that he was afforded an opportunity yesterday. He struck me as a very likely youth, his passing being crisp and clean, and though we did not see much of him in the second half he did sufficient to demonstrate that he possesses ability, which will be brought out by experience.
The “Blues” now stand second on the list by reason of their superior goal average, and as they have still three home matches. Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday, and Chelsea, and four away –Bradford, Sunderland. West Bromwich and Manchester City they have more than an outside chance of finishing on top. Time well tell. The scoring at Goodison recently has been prolific. In the course of six days three League games have been decided there, and in these no fewer than 19 goals were registered 12 by Everton and seven by their opponents. This gives-rather a high average for each game, and certainly the spectators who attended the contests had full value for their money. On Wednesday last Everton lost to Oldham Athletic by 4 goals to 3, and on Saturday the Blues thrashed Notts County 4-0. The heaviest score of the three matches, however, was recorded yesterday, when two of the Cup semi-finalists. Everton and Bolton Wanderers obtained between them eight goals. Everton came out on top once more, and in a game full of thrills the Goodison park brigade gained the verdict by the margin of 5 goals to 3. The game was exciting enough, and if the respective rearguards were not all that could be desired the dash of the forwards was highly attractive. Clennell, Parker, and Harrison were in a dashing mood, and the former's wholehearted efforts roused the crowd. His energy seems inexhaustible, and though he scored two goals yesterday, several of his shots which were luckily diverted deserved to score.
Parker's Goal-Getting Feat.
It was a smart win. The forwards worked with cohesion under Parker and Clennel have never been better in their marksmanship. The former brought his total to 32 for the season –six short of Freeman's record –while the ex-Rover now claims 14. They were the prime movers in the attack, but Harrison, Palmer, and Howarth all rendered useful assistance. Parker now has a great chance of breaking Freeman's Record. The halves were unceasing, if not brilliant in their efforts Fleetwood being the pick, and Thompson was the star defender.
CHEDGZOY IN FIRST TEAM
March 24, 1915. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton teams for Saturday were chosen last evening and the most interesting point is the reappearance of Chedgzoy in the first eleven. It will be remembered that Chedgzoy was badly injured at Bolton on December 13, and it was then feared that he would not play again this season. Happily he was not so badly hurt as was at first feared, and he has figured in the Reserves team for the past few matches. The senior eleven are at home to Tottenham Hotspur, the chosen team being; Fern; Thompson, Macconachie; Weller, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison. The second team go to Barnsley and the following eleven will play; Mitchell; Stevenson, Simpson' Harris, Challinor, Roy; Beare, Brannick, Page (T), Bradshaw, and Palmer.
EVERTON'S CUP TEAM
March 24 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
“Blues” at full Strength.
By the Critic.
The absence of special away training and altered circumstances renders the preliminaries of the coming semi-finals about the quietest on record. All the glamour of special and prolonged visit to the seaside, or countryside and columns about the players and their prospects are absent, but I don't suppose that the players will mind this in the least. Away games is not aways relished, and the majority of the men would rather be at home. The fact that these semi-finals are to be fought, out under extraordinary conditions will not render the match any the less interesting, and though the absence of railway excursions will reduce the attendance's still the local folk will attend in goodly numbers. The Everton men are taking matters quietly at home, and Trainer Elliott is busily employed getting the men fir. The doing son the ground are varied somewhat by walks in the surrounding district and tomorrow the boys go to Southport, while on Friday West Kirby is to be visited. The Everton directors at their meeting last night selected the team to oppose Chelsea, and it is pleasing to note that as the injured members have been chosen there is evidently no doubt as to their fitness to play. The fact the “Blues” are to be at full strength will increase confidence, and certainly they are sure to make a bold bid. Fern's finger I understand is getting well rapidly and MaConnachie and Chedgzoy are a recovering. The team chosen is as follows:- Fern; Thompson, and MaConnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennel, and Harrison. The return of Galt to the half-back line will strengthen the side considerably. On previous occasions he has proved himself a dashing leader and a most able defender. He imparts vigour to the side, and if he plays as well as he did at Bradford, Everton supporters will have no cause to complain. He is in his element in the cup warfare, and he is the right man to look after three such able players as Halse, Thompson and Croal.
Chelsea, I understand are also doing their training at home and the men are progressing to a stage of absolute fitness. The only doubt appears to be whether Abrams or Walker will fill the left half-back position. I am officially informed that the team will be chosen from Molyneux; Bettridge, and Harrow; Taylor, Logan and Walker, or Abranis; Ford, Halse, Thomspon, Croal, and McNeil. Everton Reserves beat Oldham Athletic by 2 goals to 1 at Oldham yesterday
OLDHAM RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
FOOTBALLERS OF THE DAY
March 27 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Some of the Men in the Semi-Final
Everton and Chelsea Stalwarts
Everton have only two players who had previous experienced the thrills of the semi-final these being Harry Makepeace and John MaConnachie, but the Chelsea stalwarts were new to the day's surroundings at Aston. A few particulars of the players who took part in today's important contest will no doubt be of interest. To deal with Everton first, one comes to that very capable custodian Fern. since Everton lost William Scott, they for a time found it difficult to fill his place satisfactorily, but when Fern came along from Lincoln in December 1913, the defeat was quickly remedied. A most agile exponent, he is usually on the right spot at the right moment, and he saves are usually completed with thoroughness and tacts. Certainly one of the best in his particular line of business in the country. As a pair of backs MaConnachie and Thompson are almost ideal. The former's coolness and skill go well with Thompson's more rebust and dashing style, and Everton appear to have no occasion to be disallowed with their rearguard. MaConnachie, as we all know is a most able footballer, and though he came to Everton as a centre-half and on one occasion played as wing half, he soon found that full back was his proper place. “Mac” as he is familiarly known, is cool and calculating in all he does, and the judgement he displays in anticipating the moves of opponents is superb. On his day the ex-Everton captain, who earned a £500 benefit two seasons ago, is a great back. What he does is accomplished with a minimum of effort. In Thompson Everton posses one of the most improved backs, of recent years. The Goodison club certainly made a good bargain when they secured him from Leicester Fosse. He first became prominent in the Newcastle district, and with the Fosse he distinguished himself by reason of his dashing and effective measures. Since he joined Everton two years ago he has proved himself a most consistent defender, and it is noteworthy that he took part in 30 League games last season, only MaConnachie, and Harrison having better records in this respect. Thompson combines dash with an ability to kick hard and sure. Now we come to the half-backs. When Thomas Fleetwood joined the “Blues” from Rochdale in March 1911, he was known as a forward, and he made his debut at inside right. Although he did not reach “top hole,” he struck me from the first as a highly useful footballer, who would make his mark. After doing useful work in the front line he developed into a centre-half, and to show his versatility he vacated that position to take up the wing berth this season with eminently satisfactory results. So well has he played in fact, that he attracted the attention of the League authorities, and though not perhaps to “showy” as some wing halves, he is undoubtedly a worker who knows how to tackle and how to place the men in front of him. there is not a harder worker in the League than Fleetwood, and he is deservedly popular.
Taking about hard work, one naturally turns to James Galt. The Scot who is in his first season with Everton, is a glutton for work, and in the centre of the field he finds plenty of scope. He was not seen at his best until the cup-ties came round, but in the first round he demonstrated his real worth. Throughout the competition his energetic leadership has done much towards obtaining the place in the semi-final, and at Bradford especially he was a tower of strength. He simply bottled up the inside forwards, and the wing halves in consequence found their work easy. Everton certainly accomplished a fine stroke of business when they secured him from Glasgow Rangers. Few footballers have enjoyed such a lengthy and successful career as Harry Makepeace. He was a mere youth when he started his League career, and though a veteran as far as years of services are concerned, he is almost as sprightly as ever and retains much of the skill. Makepeace is a purely local product, and has always proved himself a most accomplished half-back. Although light, he employ's skill rather than vigour to defeat the designs of advancing forwards, and that he is possessed of great cleverness has been demonstrated many times at the Park and elsewhere. International honours have fallen to his credit, and for years he has been looked on as one of the most scientific footballers, ever seen in the Everton ranks. He is the only member of the side, which won the cup remaining, and has appeared in two finals. He entered the field today with high hopes of taking part in his third final round. It is generally acknowledged that the understanding existing on the field between Makepeace and MaConnachie is excellent and certainly the combination is most effective.
A Smart Forward Line.
The Blues' forward line is one of the best the club has placed in the field during recent years. Chedgzoy at outside right has come to the front at a bound. Always highly thought of the Ellesmere Port youth has advanced beyond expectation since he recovered from the injury sustained last season. he started the present campaign in brilliant fashion, his work comparing favourably with the stars of the past, and what is more, he has maintained that high standard of excellent. Developing a fine turn of speed, he possesses the happy knack of getting the ball into the centre from very difficult angles, and in this respect he reminds one forcibly of Jock Simpson at his best. Chedgzoy was honoured by being awarded the outside right berth in the inter-league game against Scotland. The winger has for a partner another local youth in Kirsopp, of Wallasey. This player has improved his play with ability and took part in first-class football, and Everton have no need to be disappointed at the measures of success adopted by first class football. He has proved a most able to supplement Parker, we know to be one of the best centre forwards of the day. since he arrived at Goodison in Nov 1913, the club have had no need to look elsewhere for their centre forward. No better tribute to his value could be paid than to recall that he scored 17 goals in 24 League games last season, and at present he claims 32 goals in the league for this season work. A player who knows where the goal posts are situated, and who knowns how to unapt power and direction to his shots. Parker distributes the play to advantage too. The left wing is very much alive. In Joe Clennel Everton have a very energetic and thrustful forward, and his skill is only equalled by his forceful methods. When Clennell shoots, keepers, know all about it. In his anxiety to get at the ball at times Clennell excises acrobatic feats which would do credit to a circus performer. He was recured from Blackburn and has proved of great value to the side. Harrison is a dashing winger who has the additional advantage of being able to shoot with strength and accuracy.
The Pensioners worked their way into the semi-final by dint of hard work, for at the fall of the year the prospects of the club reaching this advanced stage were none too bright. The new year found the eleven in more sprightly mood, and if they were but moderate in the league, and their position at the foot of the league today is not a good advertisement they have shown a capital football in the cup-tie. Curiously through their gaokeeper hails from this district, as he is a native of Port Sunlight. For the seasons he has displayed fine form at Stamford Bridge, and his undoubtedly ability has been brought fully into the limelight this season. he formerly played for Stockport County, and has held his place in face of strong opposition for the position. For so light a defender Bettridge is a fearless as he is affective, and though he has few pretensions to be styled a “class” back, he possesses great dash, and the biggest forward has no torrors for him. at Chelsea since the 1909-09 season, he formerly played for Burton United. Harrow, his partner is a reliable back, who is hard in tackling and allow's opposing forwards little scope. Knows how to kick within reach of his own forwards, and is described as one of the most dashing young men now playing. Chelsea's main strength lies in the half-back line.
The captain of the team is Taylor, the right half-back, who joined his previous club from Gainsbrough Trinity in December 1909. He is one of those players who does not believe in weaving dainty patterns, but plays practical football, with his main objective the opposition goal. The centre half is a fine upstanding Scot, imported from Barrhead. He formerly assisted Falkirk and a smart footballer, who employs up to date methods, and is equally skilful in defence and attack. Bobby Parker would no doubt find him a worthy opponent today. His judgement in heading and general placing is very noticeable. Walker is also a centre half who formerly shone as a forward, and he is able to change to allow Logan to come in on the wing when occasion demands. A really good man, and the Chelsea difficulty has been to know where to play him as they have several tip-top halves. In Abrams is another half-back of distinct Scottish style, though he is an Englisnman who became familiar with football at Southport. A strong sturdy player, who is skilful tackler, and dribbles the ball cleverly in small space. Holds a reputation for shooting at long range, and is a penalty kick artiste.
A Skilful Forward Line.
It is in the forward line where skill has been shown, though strange to say, the scoring proclivities of the men have not been great. On the extreme right we have a Fulham young man in ford, who is purely Southern-trained footballer. He has had three seasons of first class football with Chelsea, and his ability has been brought out to the full. An excellent shot, and generally a speedy wing forward, we know Halse to be first class forward, and his play with Aston Villa and Manchester united are fresh in the minds of enthusiasts. True, he has not done too well with Chelsea, but he is still a most dangerous forward. The centre forward is a go-ahead sort of player, who is continually hustling opposing backs. A capital shot and a man who keeps his wings fully employed. He has had four years experience with Chelsea. Croal is the scientific inside left who exhibited dazzling from across the border last season. something approaching a sensation followed his transfer to Chelsea, and for some time, he did not shine in English football, but he has come on steadily, and along with McNeil forms a skilful penetrative left wing. He formerly assisted Falkirk. McNeil is a brither Scot who hails from the Glasgow district and is a neat and artists dribbler. Undoubtedly a winger to he respected by the best of half-backs.
THE CUP SEMI-FINAL
March 27 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Keenly-Fought Game at Birmingham
Blues' Sharpshooters Well watched.
Halse and Croal Score.
For the second year in succession the Mersey city was represented in the semi-final of the English Cup. Last season the Anfield club worked their way into the final, and today Everton did duty at the Aston Villa ground against Chelsea. The Blues had played extremely well in the earlier rounds, and they had won their ties at the first time of asking, whereas Chelsea were forced to play two games against Swindon and two games against Newcastle United before they reached today's stage. The table gives the record:-
Barnsley (h) 3-0 Galt, Parker
Bristol city (h) 4-0 Clennell, Kirsopp, Wareing Parker
Queen's P.R (a) 2-1 Galt Clennell
Bradford City (a) Chedgzoy, Clennell
Swindon (h) 1-1 Thompson
Replay (h) 5-2 Thompson (2), Ford (2) McNeil
The Arsenal (h) 1-0 Halse
Manchester City (a) 1-0 Thompson
Newcastle United h) 1-1 Thompson
Replay (a) 1-0 Ford after extra time
The Everton team, accompanied by several of the directors, arrived in the Midland capital shortly after two o'clock, and on arrival at the Villa headquarters there was every indication that a capital exposition of the game would be provided. There was just a slight breeze otherwise the conditions were well nigh perfect. During the train journey it had become necessary to finally decide upon the composition of the Everton team owing to the fact that MaConnachie was still not feeling fit, and Simpson was drafted into the side. The attendance, owing to the lack of travelling facilitates was much below the average for a semi-final, and ten minutes from the start there were not more than 10,000 spectators present. The teams lined up in the following order:- Everton:- Mitchell, goal; Thompson, and Simpson, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Chelsea:- Molyneux, goal, Bettridge, and Harrow, backs, Taylor (captain), Logan, and Walker half-backs, Ford, Halse, Thomson, Croal, and McNeil, forwards. Referee H. H. Taylor Altrincham.
Everton played in Black and White Stripes
Owing to similarity of the club colours Everton appeared in black and white stripes, and the Londoners in White. By the time the teams took up their position the crowd had swelled considerably, and Galt losing the toss his men facing a glaring sun. The Chelsea forwards were the first to make an impression on their right, but they were ably challenged by Makepeace, and following a smart touch from the ball was sent out to Chedgzoy, who, however, was beaten in the race for Possession by Harrow. Croal and McNeil, however, caused a diversion on the Chelsea left, but could not could not get the better of Thompson, who forced the inside man out of play.
Some Fine Open Footwork.
By the Everton halves and forwards looked very promising, and during on e of those advances Makepeace unfortunately got into the wars, and play was suspended for a minute, while the popular Everton half got right. The Londoners, however, got going again, and matters went badly when Simpson clean missed his kick, though, fortunately, Thompson got across in time to prevent his namesake in the opposing camp from taking aim. Then following strong pressure on the Chelsea right, but they responded well and in a trice trouble was in store for Everton. Galt handled when croal was going strongly, and from the free kick a little outside the penalty line there ensued.
A Prolonged Pressure.
During which Mitchell only partly got the ball away and raced out to prevent McNeill getting in a centre. He, however, failed to accomplish his object and a couple of shots were sent in, but luckily for Everton these were charged down. It had been an anxious time for the Goodison Park defenders, whose clearances were hardly as forceful as the occasion demanded. Still they kept end up, and an advance was at last made to the Chelsea end. When going strongly.
Parker Game into Collision
With walker, and had to retire and by steady stages the Chelsea forwards fought a footing again in the Everton half. Another free kick against Galt forced them to give further ground and half a kick from Simpson further endangered the side. Still matters panned out all right and Clennell with a big effort, swung the ball to Chedgzoy, who, however, was unable to get the better of Harrow. A race between Thompson and McNeil ended in the latter being forced over the goal-line, and from the kick the Evertonians were seen in a more favourable light, though when it came to close quarters Bettridge and Harrow covered Molyneux in able fashion.
Further advances was checked by Taylor , and at this juncture Parker rejoined his comrades after an absence of seven minutes. Beautiful work between Fleetwood and Chedgzoy led up to a brilliant attack on the Chelsea goal, which had a narrow escape as a result of a fine drive from Parker. The centre-forward, however, was out of luck with his shot, for the ball, a fast rising one struck the upright and bounded out of play. The Movement which led up to this was the neatest this half, and on play settling down again Galt displayed much judgement in anticipating centres from McNeil. These were frequent in the next few minutes and the captain's height served his club in good stead, for he headed nicely out of danger, and moreover in a direction suitable to his own forwards. Clennell took advantage of
One of These Glides.
And made considerable headway, but as before, he was against a good defender in Taylor at right half. Another wide pass from Clennell to Chedgzoy showed that the inside left was alive to Everton's best chances, and his outside right sent across again, and Makepeace, who sent wide. A free kick gave Chelsea relief, and following one advance, Halse found himself in possession when well placed, but shot very high over the bar. The play had all along been keen, and there was still no slackening.
Parker was a Well-Watched Player.
Still at this point he put out well to Harrison, who responded with a beautiful centre, which Kirsopp was unfortunately not able to take advantage of, it was a half shot that he made, and after the clearance Croal and McNeil were well in the picture, but overdid the passing business and enabled Thompson to nip in and clear. Half-an-hour had gone by when Halse was presented with a perfect opening from the left wing. He was unmarked but did not have control of the ball and his ground shot was lacking in sting, enabling Mitchell hastily clear. The Chelsea men up to now had just the better on the balance of play, but they where not a powerful force at close quarters.
Splendid Work By Chedgzoy.
Who had been well provided by Fleetwood led to a rasping centre, which Clennell, dashing in took first time, but his great effort to seize was equalled by the skill of Molyneux in anticipating the move, and by throwing himself full length prevented what appeared a certain goal. Everton were now showing much improved form, and much better understanding prevailed amongst the halves and forwards. Still the Londoners continued to put up a good defence, and were invariably alert when the Everton sharpshooters were about. Clennell was again in the picture, and was going well when Taylor pulled him up unfairly a few yards from the penalty line, but Galt's drive was charged down. Ford next had a good opening, but he shot in very feeble fashion, and driving the next few minutes Parker, and Harrison were busy in extending the Chelsea defenders, who, as before, gave nothing away. Just before the interval Chelsea again forced the game, but could not claim any tangible result.
Half-Time Everton nil, Chelsea nil.
Taking a line through the play of the first half there was really little to call for enthusiasm. The varying stages were keenly enough contested but there was absence of cleverness that the spectators look for in a game of this description. On the whole the Londoners had been the more aggressive side, but they could not drive home the advantage that came their way. On the other hand the Everton forwards who only settled down to their game in patches were the more fancied when the scoring zone was reached and it was unfortunate for them that Parker's shot had not materalised. The Everton defence was at times hard pressed, but while they held out well their clearance were not so forceful as is usually identified with this department. Galt was conspicuous in defence, and his headwork was very valuable during the early stages, when swinging centres were sent in from the Chelsea wing. Like the Everton defenders, the Chelsea last line were a sturdy lot, well covered by a very hard-working set of halves, employed. However, Bettridge kept a watchful eye on the advance from this quarter, and from a clearance by Logan, Simpson could do no better than force a corner kick. this badly placed, but Chelsea returned again. McNeil had a good opening but topped that bar. A flying visit to the other end finished in Molyneux fielding the ball. Swinging passes from Parker to his wingers threatened the Chelsea defence, and this open style of play put the Evertonians in better light,.
Play was Suspended.
For a few minutes as a result of a collision between Ford and Simpson. The Chelsea wingman had the worst of the contact. Getting to work again. The Everton forwards still pursuing the open methods, appeared to have their opponents well beaten, but unfortunately a parting shot was not forthcoming. Still they kept pegging away, and once Chedgzoy with a great sprint just failed to get in a centre. The Clennell was unlucky in an endeavor to trap the ball, and after the clearance Ford and Halse put on heavy pressure at the expense of Simpson, but the latter, however, came through all right. Still, Halse got in one rasping centre, but found none of his colleagues up to take advantage, and Fleetwood eased the pressure. Returning again, Ford got the better of Makepeace and put across to McNeil, who dropped the leather
On the Top of the Net.
Then Chedgzoy raced along in his characteristic style and going in, he passed to Parker who sent the ball into the hands of the keeper when a powerful drive would have been to better advantage. Within a minute the Everton defence was again in serious difficulties and offside ruling saved the situation. Then followed a scramble in front of Mitchell, and the ball stuck the bar and came out to Simpson to clear. There could be no mistaking the earnestness of the Chelsea forwards just now, who, well placed by Logan, swarmed round the Everton defenders. They held out well, but an unfortunate happening led to their undoing. Mitchell had fielded the ball, was rushing out with it when Thompson the Chelsea centre charged down. The Keeper let the ball drop and
Croal Running in,
Put the ball into an unguarded goal. However, the Everton forwards set about their uphill task in good style, and had not Clennell been in the way of a
Final Resily Chelsea two Everton nil.
Goals scorers –Chelsea: Croal, Halse.
Players Prominent in the Game.
It was a bit disappointing when it was announced on the way down in the train that MaConnachie would be unable to play, but Simpson is an effective substitute. Mitchell took Fern's place in goal, so the team was not at full strength, but still good enough to test the strength of Chelsea. There was not a big attendance at 3.15, but the ground was rapidly filling. It was somewhat to see a semi-final with so comparatively small an attendance. Everton turned out in black and whites stripes, while Chelsea were in white. Both teams were cordially received and the prelimiarles were soon adjusted, and Everton kicked off. There was nothing in it for a time, but Harrow made a bad slip when he let the ball go through his legs. Still, Chedgzoy was just too late. It was a bit of bad luck when Makepeace hurt is am, but he was able toresume. Everton had the sun in their eyes, and this seemed to brother the backs for a time, but when Thompson essayed a run through his namesake of Everton checkmated him.
It seemed to me that the players were rather excited, Chelsea had the best of it in the early stages. Things looked black for Everton when a free kick was awarded against Galt, and matters became worse when Mitchell had to leave his goal and failed to clear properly, with the result that the Everton defenders were hard pressed. I thought the Chelsea men were very persistent; certainly they were playing typical Cup football. Logan, Thompson and McNeil were the outstanding figures, the inside-left putting in some excellent work. After about ten minutes' play Everton were unfortunate to lose Parker, who collided with Walker, and the Everton player left the field. Chelsea undoubtedly dominated the situation, and McNeill was very prominent, his runs down the wing being excellent. The forwards were well served by their halves, Logan and Walker standing out, they were held the Everton front line in a grip, especially in its weakened conditions. The two backs were also kicking sturdily. Harrow being noticeable for some good work.
Parker's Good Shot.
Bobby Parker came back after seven minutes' absence, and he took up a centre from Chedgzoy, which hit the post with a terrific drive. It was one of his best and the effort seemed to liven up the Everton attack. Chelsea soon returned, however, and I noticed their passing was very neat. Simpson was not too sure in his kicking. With 25 minutes gone there was no score, and try as they would the Everton line could not get going in their proper style. Galt was a tower of strength and Fleetwood and Makepeace rendered valuable assistance. Makepeace had a lively right wing to look after, but he was accomplishing his task with skill and in an Everton attack came along with a good drive. Everton appeared to be settling down now and Molyneux was forced to handle on a couple of occasions. Kirsopp might have done better, but he was well watched when Harrison put across a centre. Galt's strong kicking always came to the relief of his side, and Thompson was always doing well. McNeil and Croal were inclined to overdo their passing. On one occasion they lost a fair opening through this.
Not a Great Game.
It was not a great game, and the standard of play did not reach a high level, but Chelsea operated freely in the Everton half. They had this chances, but they were not taken. It is not like Halse, for instance, to shoot along the ground weakly with an open goal in front of him. at the other end too, Clennell was similarly at fault, from Sam Chedgzoy's centre, he did not put his usual sing behind the ball, and Molyneux was enabled to clear at the expense of a corner.
For once was not strong, otherwise Everton must have been in front. Towards the interval Everton had improved considerably, and gave the Chelsea backs a taste of their quality and though Logan and his colleagues still had a grip on them, the Everton men were doing much better than at the start. On the whole the keepers had little to do in the initial half, and it had been a keen rather than brilliant 45. Chelsea were perhaps the more pushful side, and the halves and backs were particularly good, the forwards failing to take their chances.
EVERTON RES V. SOUTHPORT CENTRAL
March 25 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
With Everton at Birmingham in quest of the Cup and Liverpool without an engagement through the same cause, Southport Central had the honour of being a first-class attraction at Goodison Park. There would be 2,000 spectators present at the outset when the teams lined out as follows: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal; Page and Stewart, backs; Brown, Wareing, and Roy, half-backs; Palmer, Nuttall, Wright, Howarth, and Roberts, forwards. Southport Central: - Hodgkiss, goal; Whatmough, and Hurst, backs; Rigby, Spruce, and Bibby, half-backs; A. Smith, Dixon, Stringfellow, McGuffie, and Semple, forwards. The Central started, and were operating in Everton's goal in the first minute of play. Bromilow fisting out a cross shot from Semple. The danger was averted and then Palmer and Nuttall showed clever work in getting down, but the latter's shot went the wrong side of the upright. Everton were the cleverer in midfield, but they met with stubborn opposition from the Central backs. The Central had a lucky escape shortly afterwards when Wright got pasts the backs and had but the goalkeeper to beat. The latter left his citadel and just deflected the centre's shot. Howarth was in close attendance, but he allowed Whatmough to charge down his shot. Then Hogkiss was loudly applauded for a splendid save from Roberts, who sent in a fast ground shot, which the goalkeeper intercepted and threw out. Subsequently the centre forwards gained possession, and Strongfellow sent out to Smith, who with a first time shot, beat Bromilow. Everton tried to get on level teams, but their shots were ill-directed or charged down. Wright endeavoured to plough his way through with no success whilst Palmer from short range missed a palpable opening, and Roberts at the other side was similarly unsuccessful. The Everton forwards showed poor form when near goal and persisted in passing when within a couple of yards from the objective. Nearing the interval Stringfellow scored another goal for the Central. Half-time Everton nil, Southport Central 2.
CHELSEA 2 EVERTON 0 (FA Cup Game 100)
March 27 1915. The Liverpool Football Echo.
NOTTING BETWEEN TEAMS AT INTERVAL.
CROAL AND HALSE SCORE.
MISFORTUNES BEFORE AND DURING THE MATCH.
Everton and Chelsea fought at Aston for a position in the final tie of the F.A. challenge Cup. The match aroused considerable interest in London and Liverpool, and in, spite of railway excursions being lopped off, the crowd of followers proved quite a useful number. For instance motor char-a-bancs were called into use; both the London and Liverpool end. Unfortunately Everton were not at full strength, Fern as I suggested on Thursday and Friday being unable to play owing to a dislocated finger of the right hand, an injury he sustained in the match v Oldham. He did not settle definitely until this morning that he would be unable to play, but there was always a grave doubt about the injured members. Mitchell of course was chosen as deputy, and as Macconnachie was not sufficiently recovered from his injuries (sprained muscles of the thigh) Simpson was called upon. Weller was also with the team as reserve, but it was decided to play the plucky little North-countryman. Chelsea also announced a change, Walker being chosen in place of the Southport man Abraham, otherwise the teams were as selected and therefore Galt returned to captain his side and Chedgzoy Kirsopp, and Fleetwood formed the right flank of the Liverpool team. Teams:- Everton:- Mitchell, goal, Thompson, and Simpson, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Chelsea:- Molyneux, goal, Bettridge, and Harrow, backs, Taylor (captain), Logan, and Walker half-backs, Ford, Halse, Thomson, Croal, and McNeil, forwards.
The weather was perfect and the crowd, although not relishing the stiff prices charged supported the match fairly well. The lowest price of sentiency fee was one shilling, and the people were asked to pay half a crown for standing in the centre portion of the paddock. There were stiff prices even if they were customary. I established a crowd a quarter of an hour from the start at 15,000. Apparently the Birmingham people did not cotton on to the game, and football interest as a consequence of the Villa, Albion and Birmingham being out of the running for leading honours is at a low ebb. The ground was firm and the going perfect in fact, there was hardly a spot that was not well grassed. The number of soldiers present was enormous including number of wounded. A novel introduction to the proceedings was the signalising that was going on between the soldiers at the various parts of the ground. As both clubs have the same colours Chelsea turned out in White and Everton in Black and white Stripes. Everton got the more hearty reception, and prompt on time the game started, Everton lost the toss, and therefore, faced the strong rays of the sun. Parker kicked off, and instantly Chelsea made ground on the right, Galt and Makepeace got the ball away. The first sign of Everton moving was troublesome to Chelsea's defence. Harrow letting the ball pass between his legs. Fortunately he was able to recovery from his error and he unwisely turned the ball to touch. Thompson twice loomed up with clean defence, and for a time it was plain, the players were somewhat troubled to settle down. Simpson nourished in a hearty rush and tackle, and then there was misfortune for Everton, as Makepeace interchanging positions with Clennell went in the forward line and was pitched on to his shoulder. He was able to resume play in a minute or two, but the wretch had left its mark. Thomson fiery rushes were not as dangerous as the Everton attack at this moment, Chedgzoy showing speed and centring. He perplexed Harrowe and Walker, and they simply smuggled the ball away, Fleetwood being placed in possession. He crossed the ball to goal; but none of the forwards could gather it. This set Chelsea on their mettle, and for five minutes they were around Everton's defence. The trouble started with a free kick, which Simpson standing on the goal-line kicked out. Back came the Chelsea men, and Mitchell was forced to push the ball wide of his right hand side. Still the danger was not cleared, and until Galt headed away there was always a nasty look about the situation. Another misfortune befel Everton when Parker fell and apparently wrenched his right knee, and retired, and immediately he went Chedgzoy was piled, and found Harrow difficult to overcome. The back's wise pass set McNeil going. He had a clear run through and was baulked solely by the decision of Thompson to force the Chelsea man to run the ball out –clever defence this. He followed it up with further excellence, his long legs being thrust out to prevent the left wing going right to goal. Parker returned in ten minutes, and he signalled his reappearance with a brilliant attempt at goal. Fleetwood and Chedgzoy combined admirably, and when Chedgzoy centred the ball came back towards the corner flag. Chedgzoy could have let the ball go out for a corner instead of which he tried a centre from the chalk line. The centre was just perfect, and Parker shooting from a range that recalled his first goal against Oldham, fired in a tremendous shot, which hit the near post and with a thud. For a quarter of an hour Chelsea had the best of matters and Everton had not settled to their normal game. However, with Parker's return to the field they had improved, and had, as will be gathered made the first real shooting effort so far.
Harrison sent the ball into the goalkeeper's hands. Still there was not as much danger in this as in an attempt by Makepeace with a long shot passing narrowly wide. It was a low long drive. Everton's improvement continued, and in truth it needed to, if they were going to win. Chedgzoy made three fine centres, and after Moyneux had punched out weakly Bettridge who was playing well cleared who trouble. Chelsea got going now as a consequence of a foul by Galt. Halse's pot-shot was hopelessly wide and in another minute the Everton goal looked likely to fall; Croal being splendidly placed, when Fleetwood rushed up with a terrific “do or die” effort and blocked the ball. The sun troubled Everton considerably, as did Chelsea's left wing, and when McNeil centred along the turf,' Halse shot feebly into Mitchell's hands. This was a poor return for a valuable centre. Kirsopp tried to dribble through three men near the penalty area, and further when he was unbalanced he attempted a close range shot, the ball having no pith behind it. A quick run by Chedgzoy would have been valuable because Chelsea's defence was spread-eagled. At a second chance he threw in the ball swiftly, and as a consequence he was able to beat Harrow, and centre. Clennell rushed forward, and without being able to impart any force to the ball he caused the goalkeeper to give a corner –a part save that did not impress one. Chedgzoy continued to centre brilliantly but the other forwards were never well placed to receive these centres. It was a pity, because they were certainly goalmarkers. Combination by our left, including Makepeace led to ground being made until Harrison centre was deflected by Taylor, a fate that was Galt's when he tried a hugh drive from a free kick. McNeil was unlucky enough to fall on two occasions when he was nicely placed. There was no other outstanding incidents before half-time, which was drawn blank.
COMMENT ON FIRST HALF.
The first half had been interesting, without being brilliant. The form shown by Chelsea was about the level of what one expects from a lowly League team; their forwards were very frail, and Mitchell went through the first half without a ball worthy the name of a shot. Everton were not a great deal better in this respect; but it must be remembered that Parker was away for a time and his absence left the attack without its mainspring. Certainly, when he came back to the field the form shown, was as different as chalk and cheese and Chedgzoy came to his own. His centres should certainly have been made more of. Then there was the case of Parker hitting the upright. A storming shot this, and an electrical effort. Simpson made a worthy deputy for Macconnachie so far, and he gave and took some hefty charges. He and Makepeace were entitled to some credit for keeping the Chelsea right wing subdued. They had been made to look very poor stuff. Thompson and the Chelsea left were the danger, and I though that Galt was very useful with his head. Still he took some time to settle down, in fact, the whole side did not do itself justice until towards the end of the first half.
As in the first half so in the second, Chelsea started by making a defence blunder; Clennell tried hard to snap up the chance, but was covered. Chelsea's reply was emphatic their combination being tactful and pointed. It was all undone, however, when Ford taking a corner that Simpson had given, placed the ball behind the goal –a ridiculous finish to all-round and capable work. Ford was similarly at fault in the next spasm, whereas McNeil tried a long cross shot, the ball passing a foot over the bar. Logan, at centre half, was a big fellow to beat, and it was only by steady means that Parker came out on top. Chedgzoy was the main wing attack of the day, and once he showed his opponents a clean pair of heels only to find his centre mulled by Kirsopp, who was not having a happy time.
Another bad accident occurred, Ford being knocked out by Simpson. One well-known judge said Ford brought on his own damage, but my view was that Simpson committed a foul. At any rate the referee had a chat with the player, but of course, no one can say what form the eyewitness story took. There was a remarkable incident, Galt giving a foul and Halse gesturing to take the law into his own hand. The play was not improving as a consequence of these unfortunate affairs, but the fire that the crowd put into Chelsea also warmed up Everton, and there was more bite now in the game. Harrison was pulled up through dallying and then Thomson passed the ball perfectly without seeing it touched by one of his own side. As a consequence Fleetwood trapped the ball and cleared. Chelsea enjoyed the best portion of the first quarter of an hour, and yet Mitchell had not handled a shot. He turned a lobbing centre from McNeil just on to the top network. A contrast in methods was shown immediately Everton attacked. Cleneell swung the ball out to Chedgzoy, who put the ball towards goal and centred to Parker. The latter had to take a hasty shot, and he found Molyneux safe. A centre from the Chelsea left and Everton were forced to pack their goal for the ball hit the goalpost without going out. Mitchell fell, but Galt hooked it away. Chelsea were undaunted, and for a minute out goal was in rare jeopardy. However, Chelsea still lacked a man who could take a chance, and when Halse tamely shot outside the spirit of the Londoners was checked. McNeil centred to goal, and Mitchell seemed to have time to clear. His hesitancy led to the downfall of his goal. Thomson charged him and he released his hold of the ball. Croal, standing near at hand, had an open goal gripping at him, and without undue force he planted the ball into the net. There was no mistaking it, Chelsea were deserving of the lead, and had at last seen fit to complete their attack. The time of the goal was sixty-seven minutes, and Chelsea were wild with delight at their success. An extraordinary turn in events was witnessed a few minutes after the first goal. From a corner taken by Harrison, Chedgzoy clean missed his kick, without however, being left with some sort of chance. He took the second chance and the goalkeeper ran, but Clennell from the centre forward position passed into the well-packed goal, and Bettridge cleared. Without any more ado the Chelsea right wing went down the field apace Thompson cut across to meet them, as Simpson right leg was troubling him. Thompson delivered a good charge, but Halse was left with the ball, and shot low and true. Mitchell dived across, but was too late to push the ball out, so the lowly club were two goals up. The Everton forwards did not become dishearten, and Parker took a right wing pass and shot hard to goal; Molyneux making a really fine save. Everton were plainly unbalanced at back, still their forwards did not play well, and their tactics were wrong, only Chedgzoy and Clennell seeing it necessary to keep the ball passing from wing to wing. Chelsea would have been three goals up if Croal had not tripped himself when close in; Thomson gave Croal a great chance, which the Scot was not able to turn to account. Makepeace was further in the wars with an injury to his face; but he continued playing. Chelsea opened the game out in spite of their lead, relieving the best defence to the attack. Everton were not at all themselves and things had not gone their way, but there was no denying which was the better side and as we are good winners let us be good losers. Chedgzoy made a disappearing effort three minutes from time, and a great shot was rather luckily saved by the goalkeeper, who had no idea he had saved I fancy. The result with an eye-opener which shows the absolute uncertainty of Cup-tie. Chelsea deserves commendation because they played whole-heartedly against supposed superior forces, and this had served them well. the last moments of the game flagged and Everton had undoubtedly given up the game as lost. They were naturally very disappointed, still they had to be content with some pleasure of getting as far as the semi-final. Thompson was rock at back and Simpson was an able assistant until his leg failed him. Mitchell had practically nothing to do, whereas Molyneux was twice tested thoroughly. Our half backs were terrors, but Galt was not in his greatest form. His heading was too much under the ball, and he did not break up with the same certainty as at Chelsea's ground. Makepeace despite a injurie was still able to control Ford and Halse, who were the weak wing. Of our forwards it must be said that they neither combined or dribbled well. near half-time they got the measure of the Chelsea defence only to lapse into the old faults of clanging to the ball too long when the game returned. Parker was unable to get a goal view, the big defender Logan taking great care of our centre. Without in any way attempting to suggest ill luck as the cause of defeat, it must be said that a goal when Parker return to the field, after being injured would probably have made the difference between defeat and victory. This was at the point of Parker's strong shot, which hit the upright –a goal then –ah? To the winners of the spoils they are not a sped side, their forwards being clumsy in front of goal. Still they have had a hard passage to the final and the victory may result in the London press feeding their readers with what they want. On the winning side special mention must be made of the half-backs centre forward and leftwing. The half-back line, however, took the palm, for they adopted worrying tactics and never ceased from start to finish.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 3
March 27, 1915. The Liverpool Football Club.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 28)
At Goodison Park. Southport went off merrily at the start but were soon pulled up, and Palmer and Nuttall made things away in the Southport camp, Wright being offside. The wingmen came again and Nuttall shot wide. Semple made a fine run for Central and his middle gained a corner, but Everton were soon attacking again although fruitlessly. Wright went away only to be spoiled by Hodgkiss, who advanced out of his goal. Howarth came into possession, but instead of firing at the empty goal, he diddled about and Rigby robbed him. Wright nearly got Hodgkiss in a knot, and a shot from Nuttall produced a barren corner. Southport broke away and a centre from Smith went in Everton's goal off Page. Everton made numerous mistakes and Springfellow scored the second goal, and at half-time the Central were winning by two goals to nil. The second half commenced slightly in favour of Everton, but nevertheless the game was lifeless until Roberts made a great dash, his shot only gainning a barren corner. For a while Everton combined to operate in Southport's quarters, but could do nothing right, and eventually Semple led the way into the Everton half, and after a corner had fallen to the visitors, matters were very lively in Everton's goalmouth. Watmough scored the third goal from a penalty kick, against Page.
March 29, 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Forwards Fail To Reproduce Their Best Form
Chelsea's First final Appearance.
By the Critic.
In the past Everton gained a reputation for failing at an obstacle which they were expected to clear with comparative ease. On Saturday the Blues were favourities, and their friends believed that they were quite good enough to beat the Pensioners, but the glorious uncertainty of the game was once more demonstrated, and Everton were knocked out. It is no use mincing matters. Everton were well beaten, and Chelsea deserved to win because they took their chances and had the more reliable defence. Last season Liverpool brought off the surprise in the penultimate round by beating Aston Villa, and it is rather curious that the Blues should this time fall on the Aston Villa ground to the Chelsea club. The London club was founded in 1905, so that in the course of ten years they have worked themselves to the final. This is, of course, their first appearance in the last round, and it is rather hard luck on the club that after southern enthusiasts have been longing to see a London club in the final, a representative should reach the goal in a year when there is comparatively no glamour about the competition and no Crystal Palace “flare up” to look to. In addition, the London press are saying nothing about the Cup. It is surely the irony of fate. In normal times the London papers went hot and strong for football, and there was a tone of regret in recent years that the Southern clubs did not show up more prominently. And now they have their principal club in the last round at the wrong time.
A Sign of the Times.
It was a sign of the times to see such comparatively small attendances at the semi-final. At Aston the attendance was estimated at 22,000 and the receipts £1,032. At Ewood Park there were 22,404, and the receipts amounted to £1,213. It was a surely a curious action on the part of the F.A. in these distressing times to keep up the high prices of admission, especially in view of the fact that visitors were compelled to pay full railway fare. Despite the fact that there were no excursions to Birmingham, it was surprising to see quite a number of enthusiasts travelling from Lime-Street on Saturday, and certainly they must now consider that it was a very dear semi-final. But to the game. It was not the sort of game one could enthuse over. Indeed, it struck me as one of the quietest semi-finals, I have seen. There was little or no enthusiasm in the crowd and the players appeared to be too excited to play their usual game. At any rate, Everton could not settle down to their proper game, and almost from the first the big Chelsea halves appeared to have a tight grip on the forwards. The line was never able to shake off the attentions of Logan and his colleagues, and, though there were occasions when they tested Molyneux with rasping shots, the keeper was always on the alert, and, if lucky at times, he cleared his lines Everton's inside trio never settled down, and perhaps the injury to Parker upset them. Chedgzoy was the only one of the five to do real justice to himself, and his shot in the final stages deserved a better fate. The keeper got his hands no more by good luck than anything else and the ball rebounded. It seemed to me that Molyneux was a trifle lucky to save on occasion but he must be given credit for good anticipation. In the first half for instance he cleverly anticipated Clennell when that player seemed certain to score, and again in the second he made clever saves. Parker was unlucky with his shot which hit the post in the first half, but generally speaking the Everton forwards were by no means at their best. The Chelsea five seemed to be more resourceful and they kept cool. They took advantage of the openings presented and undoubtedly hustled the Everton backs and keeper. Mitchell was caught napping as it were when Thompson charged him and he lost the ball and Croal had no difficulty in scoring. Halse's effort was also a fine one. The shot was taken from fairly long range and from a difficult angle, but Mitchell, though he went full length, failed to get at it.
It was a big disappointment at the start when the side had to turn out with MaConnachie and Fern. With all due respect to the men who played the two mentioned were greatly missed. MaConnachie's cool tactics and Fern's greater experience would probably have made a difference. However, that does not alter the result. Thompson and Galt were the leading figures in the Everton defence, though the three halves all did well. Chelsea do not possess a great team by any means, but the forwards, notably Halse, Croal, and McNeil, are smart, and the halves a big, sturdy trio who are adepts at breaking up combination. Logan stood out, and Walker also played well, while the backs were good without being brilliant. Molyneux, though perhaps a trifle lucky, gave a clever display. Sheffield United defeated the Bolton men, and I fancy they will win the Cup, but after the upsetting of Everton, anything may happen in the final. It would indeed be a catastrophe if Chelsea were to win the Cup and go into the Second Division. They must play hard if they are to avoid the latter.
THE HOLIDAY FIXTURES.
March 31 1915. Evening Express, Liverpool
Fern, MaConnachie & Grenyer Return
By the Critic.
There is quite a rush of fixtures this weekend, and the decision of the Easter games ought to pretty well decide the championship question. With two home matches to decide Everton ought to improve their position, and it is interesting to note that MaConnachie and Fern are due to return to the side, while Grenyer takes up the position vacated by Harry Makepeace, who, as reported in yesterday's “Express” sustained a broke collar-bone in the Cup semi-final on Saturday. Burnley visit Goodison Park on Friday, when the kick-off is timed for 3 o'clock. For this game the “Blues” will be represented by: - Fern; Thompson and MaConnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker, Clennell, and Harrison. Providing the players escape injury the same side will do duty on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday, and against Sunderland at Sunderland on Tuesday.
Everton reserves v Crewe Alexandra, on Friday: - Mitchell; McFayden and Stewart; Brown, Wareing and Roy; Palmer, Nuttall, Wright, Howarth, and Roberts. The same team against Stockport County at Stockport on Saturday, and against Burlsem Port Vale on Easter Monday, at Goodison Park.