MANCHESTER UNITED’S PLAYERS
March 3, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everton will be engaged at Old Trafford where the Manchester United team will contour three news faces. Worrall, the ex-Sheffield Wednesday full back, who is residing in Buxton, will appear at right full back, and the other new comers will be Walker a centre-half of Eccles Borough and Lance-Corporal Campey, the ex-Walsall and Selkirk centre forward who has scored 60 goals for his regimental team. The visitors will include the South Liverpool player Rigsby, but the centre forward position is still in doubt. As at present arranged the following sides will take part; Everton; Fern; Thompson, MaConnachie; Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, A.N. Other, Rigsby, Harrison. Manchester United; Mew; Worrall, Barlow; Heywood, Walker, Cipps; Forster, Woodcock, Campsey, Halligan, Winterburn. EVERTON AT MANCHESTER
March 3, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
All Evertonians must realise what a troublesome time Everton have had in completing their team and the centre forward berth still troubles the selectors. If Clennell is able to play, he will take his usual place and probably Risgby would become the centre-forward. Rigsby was in the Southport team sheet this week but there is no doubt that my news regarding the selection of Everton will be carried through. He is a close dribbler and a strong shot. He graduated with Marine and has assisted South Liverpool for a far length of time. His game as that of the other members of the side at Manchester United’s ground will be especially reported by F.E.H in the morrow’s Football Echo which will provide you with all the general and sporty news of the day –complete and reliable Team; Everton; Fern; Thompson, MaConnachie; Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, A.N. Other, Rigsby, Harrison.
Everton at Manchester.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 03 March 1916
All Evertonians must realise what a troublesome time Everton have had completing their team, and the centre forward berth still troubles the selectors. If Clennell is able to play, he will take his usual place, and probably Rigsby would become the centre forward. Rigsby was in the Southport team-sheet this week, but there no doubt that my news regarding his selection of Everton will be carried through. He is a close dribbler and a strong shct. He graduated with Marine, and has assisted South Liverpool for fair length of time. His game, as that of the other members of the side at Manchester United's ground, will be specially reported by " F. E. H." in the morrow's " Football Echo," which will provide you with all the genera! and sporty news of the day—complete and reliable. Teams: Fern Thompson and Macconachie; Brown Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, A.N. Other, Rigsby, Harrison. Manchester United; Mew; Allman, Barlow' Heywood, Walker, Gipps; Forrester, Woodcock, L Corp Cumpey, Halligan, Winterburn.
OLD EVERTON PLAYERS
March 4, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Prisoners In Ruhleben Camp
Amongst these who are prisoners in the German concentration camp at Ruhleben are many well known sportsman, including Sam Wolstenholmes, the Everton international half-back, John Brearsley, a forward, who was associated with the Goodison Club, and also with Tottenham Hotspur; “Steve” Bloomer, of Derby County fame; John Cameron who helped the Spurs to win the F.A. Cup and F.B. Peatland, who was from Blackburn Rovers to Middlesbrough and there earned international honours. A little magazine known as “In Ruhleben Camp” contains an interesting article from the pen of Pentland; who says a great many men in camp are interested more particularly in sport than in anything else. For all grades in camp the institution of our national games was a b00n, but for the more studious it was a real goal-sent. It provides not only healthy, pleasant exercise for the players, but is also an interesting time killer for those who through various disabilities are debarred from actually taking part in games, and therefore are compelled to play the part of spectators. As in the last season a Football Association was former, consisting of a delegated from each barrack and a chairman and secretary. The rules we play under are as near as possible those laid down by the English F.A, with two exceptions, viz, we play only thirty five minutes each way, and there are no transfers. The latter rule is very strict, and a man is only allowed to play for the barrack he was located in at the opening of our second campaign on October. The first two days of the recommencement were spent in preparing out two pitches. We had many willing hands so that when we officially started the season on October 3 with an exhibition match between two teams chosen by Steve Bloomer and John Cameron, the grounds look pictures. The commands of the camp Baron Von Taube, paid in the honour of kicking off. After a grand game Bloomer’s side won by 5-2. The following six days the pitches were allotted to the barracks for practice matches. The League tourment started on October 10. There is an athletic store in camp where one can obtain all the necessary gear, but as footballs cost 15s each, we have had to depend on the generosity of thoses at home in this matter. To Mr. F.J. Wall and some friends of John Cameron’s at Chiswick we tender out most grateful thanks for the present of three footballs each, without which the purchase of these articles would have thrown a great burder on our slender resources. Pentland secured the views of the fellow football coaches on the quality of football that has this winner been played in camp. He adds Wolstenholmes is the captain of the present League leaders, Barrack 9, and his team is certainly a credit to the old Everton and Blackburn Rovers half-back. “Well, Sam, what about the football in the camp,” I asked. “Considering the circumstances, I reckon it’s quite good, he answered. “Do you think any of the players here have shown form which would entitle them to be given a trial with League teams at home.” Most decidedly I do.” Sam said “Of course” be added. “It would hardly do for me to mention the names of the particular players I have in mind, but there are man here whom I shall certainly recommend to first-class clubs when the proper times arrivals” John Brearsley” hesitated before answering as to his impressions, but John was always that way inclined. Then he opened out and said, “The football is not a patch on that of last season.” “Why” i asked. “Well” said he, “the reasons ought to be quite obvious without going into minute details. But one great face against really clever play is the ground. As you know, it has cup up pretty badly through the great number of games played on it, and the lack of proper tener to keep it in oder. “ and what about the form of the man? I queried. Brearsley answered “With all due respect to everyone, only a very few have shown decided improvement, and most of these are men who have never before played Association football. On the whole the play has been much above the standard one expected and some of the players may be heard of later on in English football.
RIGSBY’S DEBUT AT OLD TRAFFORD
March 4, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton went to Manchester to start the second portion of the season and again they had trouble to complete their team, although with the return of some of their best first –teamers they were not as badly off as in the game with Liverpool last week. Rigsby, the South Liverpool player, played for Southport against Manchester United last week and today made his bow for Everton –against Manchester United, strangely enough! Rigsby learnt his football with Marine. A comparatively short journey to Manchester was made in good time by the Everton players. On arrival at Cottonopolis tax cabs speedily converted to Old Trafford. The weather through fine is bitterly cold, and a chilly wind blew from the northeast. This had an undoubted effect on the attendance, for the ring of spectators was only 7,000 when the men lined out. The home club was complimented by the team oringally selected and Everton declined to put Wareing in the centre forward position. They therefore lined up as follows:- Everton: - Fern (captain), goal; Thompson and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wareing, Rigsby, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United: - Mew, goal; Worrall, and Barlow, backs; Heywood, Walker, and Cipps, half-backs; Forsters, Woodcock, Campsey, Halligan-Lep, and Winterburn, forwards. Referee W.J. Heath. United started against a troublesome cross breeze and the opening exchanges were chiefly indicative of a settling down process on the part of both sides. Everton were the first to find their feet and they made excellent play on the left. The ball was put well into the goalmouth and Mew ran out to clear. The visitors however, returned almost immediately and taking a pass from the half-backs, Wareing scored with a tricky shot. There seemed to be some momentary doubt about the point –the offside rule evidently troubling some of the Manchester spectators-but the referee pointed to the centre.
Wareing scored for Everton
VISIT TO OLD TRAFFORD
March 4, 1916. The Evening Express.
Blues’ Early Lead.
A Keen Game with Manchester United
Everton’s first match in the supplementary competition was against Manchester United at Old Trafford, where the home team made interesting introductions to their ranks. Worrall, the ex-Sheffield Wednesday full-back, who is residing in Buxton, was selected to appear at right full back, and the other newcomers were walker a centre-half, of Eccles Borough, and Lance-Corporal Campsey, the ex-Walsall and Selkirk centre forward, who has scored 60 goals for his regimental team. The visitors included the South Liverpool player, Rigsby, and the centre-forward position, which had been in doubts was again allotted to Waring. The teams were, therefore, as follows: - Everton: - Fern, goal; Thompson and MaConnachie, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wareing, Rigsby, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester United: - Mew, goal; Worrall, and Barlow, backs; Heywood, Walker, and Cipps, half-backs; Forsters, Woodcock, Campsey, Halligan-Lep, and Winterburn, forwards. Referee W.J. Heath. The weather was fine with a stiffest breeze across the ground. There was not a big attendance, though spectators were coming in at the start, which was delayed five minutes.
The United opened play, and went at once aggressive, but they met with a stern resistance from MaConnachie and Thompson and further good work by Fleetwood led to Chedgzoy making a run on the Everton right. Nothing came of the advance and the ball was placed wide over the line; the following mother advance Harrison and Rigsby gave Worrall, the ex-Sheffield Wednesday back some trouble, though nothing tangible occupied. However, the Blues were more fortunate, as owing to hesitation on the part of the home backs Wareing who was in possession beat Mew with an easy not –the keeper being evidently under the impression that the Everton leader was offside and making practically no effort to save. The Referee, however, jointed to the centre, and the Blues thus enjoyed an early lead. In a trice Woodcock tested Fern, and no sooner was a clearance effected than Halley I’ m a few yards range drove hard, only to see Fern knee the ball out when all seemed hopeless.
A Narrow Escape.
This was a narrow escape and was signalised by Everton taking up the offensive but as before Harrison and Rigby were forestalled by Worrall and the ball went behind play was now very keen, though. Neither forward line displayed footwork above the average and the best came from the respective defenders. On one occasion the Everton last line gave a capital account of themselves under pressure, MaConnachie in particular saved the situation at close quarters. Fern apparently was under difficulties. Twice the ball was volleyed in from short range by Woodcock and Halligan and as often repelled, and when the pressure ended Fleetwood contributed some good play and sent the forwards on an aggressive mission again.
Chedgzoy contributed a fine spirit, and centred for Harrison, who had closed in, to try a long drive, which Barlow neutralised, and from his return the United went away strongly. MaConnachie was beaten, and Campoey in full career raced on. He had no one to beat but Fern, but his effort to do so was painfully weak, and the Blues breathed freely. At the other end Harrison was even more faulty with an easy shot, and up to now it could scarcely be claimed that either set of forwards were at all effective in the most important branch of their work. After severely efforts to beat Fern the ball was finally rushed into the net, but Harrison was obviously offside and the point was not allowed. Play had now become exceptionally keen. Still there was no advance in cleverness, and while the United were just now the most persistent their efforts to beat Fern were somewhat crude.
The nicer point of play were unmistakably sowed up by the Blues, of whom Chedgzoy, who was well served by Fleetwood and Wareing, was the most prominent figure, and several of the wingers centres were worthy of better results. A moment later it looks odds on Everton increasing their lead, as Wareing wot a clear start of his opponents, but he was beaten for speed. Still he managed to make a quick recovery, only to shoot wide of the mark. Then came another onslaught by the United right, and two clever efforts from Woodcock, but Fern in each instance brought off wonderful saves. Again Everton had a turn, with Chedgzoy leading the way, but the wind led to his centre miscarrying and Mew was not seriously troubled. There was a terrific bombardment of the Everton goal just before the interval, and when all seemed lost one or another of the defenders rose to the occasion and booted the ball well out of danger. One brilliant shot from Woodcock was again saved by Fern.
Half-Time, Everton one, Manchester U. Nil.
On the whole the play of the first half was fairly interesting, but the finishing efforts were not all that could be desired. Still the United were the more persistent and among their shots, were several that called for Fern’s best efforts to save. The Everton keeper did well, especially at close quarters with low drives and had he been beaten and the teams on level terms again none could have begrudged the home side their share of honours. Fern had a particularly busy time in the closing stages of the first portion and he defended his charge admirably. The expectative backs were kept fully extended
The Everton Forwards.
Wareing distribution the play effectively, but the returns were not utilised and on the whole the Everton forward play was below the usual standard. The United an were hard grathers, but could not finish well, though the general display of the side scarcely justified them being in arrears at the interval.
EVERTON’S TRIUMPH AT OLD TRAFFORD
March 6, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
Manchester United 0, Everton 2
Fern’s Fine Feat.
Everton opened their second campaign in visiting and defeating Manchester United by two clear goals, but much of their success was undoubtedly due to a masterly display of custodianship by Fern. Everton’s keeper has frequently played a big part in the successful achievements of the club, but probably not before has he given so capable an exhibition which at every turn was stamped with the hail-mark of class. On the general run of the play, in the first portion of the game, the United, though operating against the wind, were the more aggressive, and at periods the forwards rained in shots thick and fast. Some of these were brilliant, among a number, that were moderate; still, all came alike to Fern whose anticipation of final efforts was an object-lesson to those who take a special interest in the art of defence. It must not, however, be interved that the Evertonians were more than ordinary lucky to win. Between the sides there was a marked disparity in general footwork, the cleverer execution of which came Everton’s way; and the fact that they drove home the advantage –a potent factor to success, and one which the United failed to grasp –entitled them to the spoils of the contest. Had the marksmanship of the home forwards been stable rather, than fitful, for there were easier chances opened out to them than was the case with Everton, probably a different tale would have to be told. Sound defensive play was a big asset in the visitors’ favour, and it was the complete understanding that existed among the last line, coupled with the inability of the home forwards to accept the chances that did come their way, that solved the problem for the visitors to Old Trafford.
Play and Players.
After a tame opening, the teams settled down to a keen and on the whole fairly interesting tussle for supremacy, and after five minutes Wareing, who was unsuccessfully appealed against for offside, took a pass from Harrison and opened the scoring. Following the hitherto comparative calm came a terrific onslaughts on the Everton defence, which never wavered, for Thompson and MaConnachie were always capable covers for the keeper, who when on occasion left to his resources, simply thrilled the crowd by his dexterous handling and ready clearance. Everton retained their lead up to would lose no time in drawing level. They had their full share of the play, and at intervals were decidedly aggressive, but scoring was not forthcoming and Kirsopp clinched matters by clever football which buffled the backs and drew out the keeper. All the efforts of the United forwards, Woodcock in particularly, were of no available the issue was left in Everton’s hands. Apart from the last lines, Fleetwood was a rare grafter and performed remarkably well, while Brown and Grenyer completed a very serviceable intermediate line. Wareing, if lacking in pace, controlled the ball with good judgement and kept his wings well employed, Chedgzoy and Harrison in turn, being mainly responsible, for dashing raids on the home defenders. The new comer, Rigsby, played on practical lines, and with further experience, should form a useful partner for Harrison. He improved as the game progressed, and the bustling methods more than once served a most useful purpose. Kirsopp scarely touched his top form, but the goal he obtained made amends for nay shortcomings. On the home side Mew kept a good goal, and was ably supported by Worrell, of Sheffield Wednesday fame, Barlow too, defended well, and the half backs found plenty of employment for those in front. Lance-Corpl, Campey, Walsall’s prolific scorer last season, led the van, but this time was off the mark, and the best efforts came from Woodcock.
March 6, 1916. The Evening Express.
“Rover” dealing with Everton’s 2-0 victory at Old Trafford writes;-
Everton opened their second campaign in visiting and defeating Manchester United by two clear goals, but much of their success was undoubtedly due to a masterly display of custodianship by Fern. Everton’s keeper has frequently played a big part in the successful achievements of his club, but probably not before has he given so capable an exhibition which at every turn was stamped with the hall-mark of class. On the general run of the play, in the first portion of the game, the United, though operating against the wind, were the more aggressive, and at period s the forwards rained in shots thick and last. Some of these were brilliant, among a number that were moderate; still all came alike to Fern, whose anticipation of final efforts was an object lesson to those who take a special interest in the art of defence. It must not, however, be inferred that the Evertonians were more than ordinarily lucky to win. Between the sides there was a marked disparity in general footwork, the cleverness execution of which came Everton’s way; and the fact that they drove home the advantage –a potent factor to success, and one which the United failed to grasp –entitled them to the spoils of the contest.
Apart from the last liner Fleetwood was a rare gafter and preformed remarkably well, while Brown and Grenyer completed a very serviceable intermediate line. Wareing, if lacking in pace controlled the ball with good judgement and kept his wings, well employed. Chedgzoy and Harrison, in turn, being mainly responsible for the dashing raids on the home defenders. The new comer, Rigsby played on practical lines, with further experience should form a useful partner for Harrison. He improved as the game progressed, and his bustling methods more than once served a most useful purpose. Kirsopp scarcely touched his top form, but the goal, he obtained made amends for any shortcomings. On the home side Mew kept a good goal, and was ably supported by Worrall, of Sheffield Wednesday fame. Barlow, too defended well, and the half-backs found plenty of employment for them in front. Lance-Corpl Campey, Walsall’s prolific goal scorer last season, led the van, but this time was off the mark, and the best efforts came from Woodcock.
EVERTON’S AWAY WIN
March 6, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
William Wareing scorer! He tried hard at centre against Liverpool, and on Saturday at Manchester he got a goal quite early in that tussle. It was the fifth time this season our club had “done the double.” When are we going to see an Everton draw! That law-of-average is a bit overdue in this respect. F.E.H. says of the Manchester game; Everton enjoyed all the luck of a rather curiously interesting game at Old Trafford on Saturday. They exceeded in scoring two goals against Manchester United in a contest that possessed many thrills but in which the luck of Fortune was ever on the side of the visit5ors. The latest forward line rushed in and netted where inner combination had feared to tread. The United vanguard, on the other hand could do nothing right. The first goal which came early in the contest, was to say the least of it, dubitable Wareing appearing to many of the spectators yards offside when he converted Harrison’s pass. Mr. Heath, however pointed to the centre, and United try as they would, failed to reduce the lead. In the second period the home forwards maintained their onslaught with indomitable vigour but all to no purpose, and when, a few minutes before the finish, Kirsopp netted rather luckily, the battle was over. Rigsby made a very promising debut in the Everton front line, style and circumstances and we venture to think that he will do even better. The halves had plenty of work to occupy their keenest cavities –a remark which applies equally to the two lines of defence. Of the United forwards, Woodcock and Hulligan were most dangerous; both of them frequently experience the hardest of hard lines in having their shots deflected.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 08 March 1916
Everton, at home to Stockport, play Fern, Thompson and Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, and M'Neal; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Wiiiiamson, Rigsby, and Harrison. Williamson is the Tranmere Rovers centreforward, who is making his debut in first-class football. Clennell is not yet fit, and Maconnachie unable to get away.
MR. CUFF DAUGHTER
Surprised and sorry are all hear that Mr. W. C. CufF daughter has had a serious operation. But it nice to know that the latest bulletin is favourable, and though it will be some time before her little ladyship is thoroughly well, she making good progress. The Everton secretary was unable to see his team play Manchester last week.
HOW NEW EVERTON CENTRE SHAPES
MARCH 9, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s match with Stockport is missing a lot of comment because Stockport on their last visit gave Everton a defeat that was not looked for in this city, though Ting Fayers forecasted it. Fayer was unable to play in that match, but he will operate against Williamson on Saturday, and a large crowd will take special pleasure in watching this grand centre-half. Regarding the man who place him –Williamson of Tranmere –I can say this. He comes from a good school- Edinburgh- Hibernains –in which he learnt to use his head as well as his feet. He played for the Hibernains last year until business brought him to this district, and he threw in his lot with Tranmere Rovers, with whom he has done excellent services. Williamson is not a “one position” man. Some good judges are of the opinion that he is been at his best at outside right, in which position he has frequently appeared in Prenton ranks. In fact, he occupied that Perth at Stalybridge on Saturday and he scored one of the goals that enabled the Rovers to halve the spoils. The player is on the small side, but when he lacks in size and height he more than balances by his tricky footwork, speed, and leadership. He is strong and deadly shot. His work has been very valuable to the Prenton Park team, and Everton’s gain in the Rovers loss.
March 10, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow Everton bring to our notice Rigsby and Williamson. The latter makes his debut and the former appeared for Everton at Manchester last week, and shaped very well. Williamson is a bit small, but Tranmere folk tell me he is a strong shot and a clever. At any rate the Goodison Park becomes all the more interesting by the trial of these two locals, and as Stockport are among the toughest in the land to beat, I think we can safely look to the morrow’s game to give us the very best of football. These are the teams; Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Rigsby, Harrison. Stockport; Molyneux; Goodwin, Robson; Mitten, Fayers, A. Waterall; Crossthwaite, Gault, Nuttall, Kellock, T. Waterall.
March 10, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everton have an admittedly tough task on hand despite the fact that they are playing at home. Stockport County come fresh with the encouragement of their already mentioned conquest of the earlier Champions to buoy them up, and they are one of the most difficult combinations in the tournament to shake off. Much interest will centre round the appearance of the Tranmere player, Williamson who takes the all-important position of centre forward in the home side. He will have the South Liverpool player Rigsby, on his immediate left, and if the pair play up to the capabilities they are known to possess, and with the remainder of the home team acting up to par, I shall expect Everton to energy successfully, though they will have to battle hard for victory. Probable teams: - Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Rigsby, Harrison. Stockport County; Molyneux; Goodwin, Robson; Mitton, Fayers, A. Waterall; Crossthwaite, Gault, Nuttall, Kellock, T. Waterall.
EVERTON’S NEW CENTRE.
March 9, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everton are making three important changes in their team to oppose Stockport Country, at Goodison Park. Simpson will appear as left full-back, and McNeal, the West Bromwich player, will figure at left half-back. A trial will be given to a new centre-forward. This is Private James Williamson, who formerly assisted Edinburgh Hibernians, but is now stationed at Birkenhead, and has assisted Tranmere Rovers in some of their matches this season. Fayers, the clever Stockport Centre-half did not play in Stockport’s last night at Goodison Park when the County gained an unexpected victory, but he is expected to be in his place on Saturday, when the two-sides will probably take the field as follows:- Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeal; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Rigsby, Harrison. Stockport County; Molyneux; Goodwin, Robson; Mitton, Fayers, A. Waterall; Crossthwaite, Gault, Nuttall, Kellock, T. Waterall.
ON “NEEDLE” MATCH AT EVERTON
March 11, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Stockport County have already beaten Everton 5-2 and 3-1, and it was natural that they should strive hard today at Goodison Park to make up the rubber against their famed opponents. There is intense rivalry between the sides (possibly because Gault and Nuttall, former Everton men, are helping Stockport), and as it was the first appearance of “Titty” Fayers on the Goodison Park enclosure, an excellent match was promised, and drew a large crowd.
Two Locals Tried
Everton still lacked a known centre and inside-left. Rigsby played his second game for the club –he graduated with marine, Burscough, South Liverpool, and Southport. Williamson who made his debut as centre is the Tranmere Rovers player. MaConnachie, Wareing, Parker, Clennell, and Grenyer were well-known names missing from the Everton side.
Teams (referred by Mr. L. N. Fletcher); Everton; Bromilow, goal; Thompson ad Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood and McNeal (West Brom), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson (Tranmere), Rigsby (Southport), and Harrison, forwards. Stockport; Molyneux goal; Goodwin and Graham, backs; Mitton, Fayers and A. Waterall, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Gault, Nuttall (Everton), Kellock, and T. Waterall, forwards. Everton won the toss and had the advantage of a somewhat gusty wind, which Harrison found to his cost, when he centred a ball that was carried over. Fleetwood put in some magnificent work –strong, determined, and fearless, otherwise Stockport's inside-left would have found his cross pass near providing an early goal. For a time play was variable, and errors numerous. However, Rigsby showed his capacity, swiftly shooting from a half chance. His shot was blocked, but there was no mistaking the excellence of the effort. Everton continued to enjoy the major portion of the attack, and when Chedgzoy shot, Graham from the goal line, made a weak a punt that he must have been glad to see the ball pass out for a corner, so near was it to a goal against his own side. Rigsby went near from the corner kick, and then we saw one of Harrison's best and most powerful drives. Molyneux making a brilliant save by flinging himself to the right side of the goal and edging a corner. The ball was somewhat heavy, as Mitton discovered when he caught it full force against his head. Stockport eventually got Everton's defence guessing and when Bromilow slipped and fell the position was ominous. A shot was aimed at the tenantless goal, but the Everton backs had closed in and the shot was covered. After Nuttall had tried to score with an over-head kick, Williamson easily converted a perfect centre from Chedgzoy, the score sheet being opened after twenty minutes play. Unfortunately, however the beauty of the goal was parried by the fact that Chedgzoy was a yard or more offside when he took up the run towards goal. A further unfortunate ruling on the part of the referee was his pulling up of a Stockport forward who had been fouled. At the sound of the whistle the visiting players had recovered his balance and gained a nice position. Thus was the innocent side penalised by a free kick being granted to them. There was a spell of dullness, only relieved by a cross shot by Gault, capital work by Crosswaite, and a ballooning shot by T. Waterall. Promise of better things was held out until Stockport got into a shooting zone, and then their efforts were very paltry. In fact Bromilow was out of work. However the referee by pulling up Chedgzoy before the ball was out of play, gave the spectators something to talk about. Gault made a particularly tricky pass to Nuttall, and found the centre shooting weakly. Not until the fortieth minute did Bromilow handle a shot of sting. When he caught one from Crossthwaite. Everton's reply was a swift shot from centre. The difference between the forwards in the first half was marked and Stockport did not enjoy the hefty charge that met him when Simpson crossed his path. Williamson got a nasty kick on the ankle, but was able to play the half.
Half-time; Everton 1, Stockport 0
The first half had been tame, but when the second half opened the crowd was not kept waiting a moment for a sensation. Simpson did not settle down quickly, and when he conceded a corner, Crossthwaite centred so well that Kellock in spite of his lameness was able to head towards goal that had been left empty. It was a lucky escape for Everton. Stockport showed improved finishing power now, and Bromilow had to make a save from Fayers. Rigsby scored a goal after Williamson had hung on to Fayers and beaten him in the duel, but the score did not count through an infringement before the shot. There was plenty of life put into the proceedings at this point, and on two occasions Crosswaite's centre were nearly converted. Kellock took steady aim when close in, instead of delivering a swift shot. The game, from a practical point of view became tame again, and there was a tendency to roughness. Stockport had chances of equalising but did not accept them. Gault in particular made one bad mistake. Later Everton came to their form, and had a evenly time, Chedgzoy knocked Molyneux over with a fierce shot, Williamson was near, Kirsopp shot over, and Kellock, with the goalkeeper out again, was yards wide. Williamson snapped up a chance from the right wing at the seventy-third minute and scored a popular goal.
Williamson scored for Everton in twenty minutes
Williamson scored for Everton after 73 minutes.
March 11, 1916. Football Express.
Stockport County Again At Goodison.
Blues’ New Centre.
Williamson Scores The Opening Goal.
By The Judge.
Everton played the second of their supplementary fixtures today at Goodison Park, when they had Stockport County as visitors. There were several features of interest attaching to the fixture, as not only did the Cestrians last week succeed in defeating the champions of the Lancashire section. Manchester City, but they emerged successfully from the last encounter at Goodison Park. Again there was the inclusion of the Tranmere player, Williamson, in the home ranks at centre forward, whilst the South Liverpool forward, Rigsby, was again in the home side. Fayers was on this occasion in the visitors’ ranks, and there was every indication of a stubborn series of exchanges.
Everton’s Postponed Fixtures.
In passing, I may refer to the postponed Lancashire matches. It has been decided that all these are to be played. There are a trio of them outstanding viz; Oldham Athletic v. Everton, Oldham v. Bury And Bolton Wanderers v Stockport County. The clubs concerned will, it is hoped, be able to fix up dates amicably, failing which the committee will fix then at its next meeting on April 7, 1916. As regards Everton, it may be explained that Oldham desired them to visit Boundary Park on Easter Monday, and requested an order to that effect; but the Management Committee, decided that as Everton had already visited Oldham on a Saturday, when Oldham received all the gate, they could not compel Everton to give up a holiday date for the match. The match will therefore be played some evening in April on a half-holiday date.
And now to the game. The teams turned out in the following positions:-
Everton; Bromilow, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeal (West Brom), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson (Hibernian), Rigsby (South Liverpool), and Harrison, forwards. Stockport County: - Molyneux, goal; Goodwin and Graham, backs; Mitton, Fayers and A. Waterall, half-backs; Crossthwaite, Gault, Nuttall, Kellock, and T. Waterall, forwards. The weather was of a very wintry description, and had a subscription influence on the attendance. Stockport were unfortunate enough to experience a break in a remarkable defensive sequence for the first time this season, Robinson being unable to accompany his team. He is a victim to influenza, and had to remain at home, this being his first absence from the County’s defence. His place was taken by Graham, who was brought from left back. Rogers engaged on nunition work was also an absentee, and Nuttall appeared at centre forward, with Kellock on his immediate left. In the home side there was one important change, Bromilow coming in for Fern.
Stockport First To Attack.
Everton were first out. There was a comparatively meagre gate when Stockport, having lost the toss set the ball in action. After a quiet opening, in which Stockport were the aggressors Harrison got away, and tried a lofty shot from the extreme corner, but the wind carrier his effort wide. After a more determined attempts, for which Williamson was responsible, the visitors broke away on the left wing, only to find a stumbling block in Thompson. Some excellent and judicious feeding by Brown looked promising, but Fayers jumped in at the right moment, and the home offensive was driven off. Thompson then again cleared an attempt by Nuttall. A moment later Bromilow rushed out of goal and successfully dealt with an onslaught by the same player. At the other end a perfect centre by Harrison from which Kirsopp drove in, was nullified in the luckiest manner by Goodwin at the expense of a corner, which Rigsby kicked wide. A second corner to the Blues was instantly followed by a third from the head of Mitton, who momentarily dazed by the impact of the ball. This was easily got away by Molyneux and in turn, Thompson cleverly drove back the Stockport left wing.
Everton’s Opening Goal.
Molyneux saved a lofty shot from Chedgzoy, just as the referee Mr. Fletcher, whistled Rigsby, apparently for obstruction. Immediately after Chedgzoy was pulled up for offside play. The first goal of the game happily came to the new centre forward, Williamson. Although it was the judgement of Chedgzoy in his contributory run that gave the scorer his opportunity, he certainly made the most of it, with the result that at the end of 20 minutes he had put his side ahead, with a perfect goal. Play became highly interesting and a flagrant foul, of which Williamson was the victim, again brought the Stockport defence into action, Graham starving off the danger. At the other end T. Waterall shot widely over when promisingly placed. A much more, likely looking effort initiated by Crosswaite ended in Fayers shooting over the bar. Whilst play never rose to enthusiastic heights there were individual items of interest, but they produced nothing, and neither defence was unduly troubled after the opening score up to the interval. Stockport had quite as much of the argument as the home side and Bromilow must be given credit for one well-judged save from Crossthwaite, who appeared to be the chief source of danger on the visiting side. A sparkling save by Molyneux from Williamson was followed by a corner, but after a series of rapid exchanges on the home right Brown sent wide. Williamson, with an injury to the right thigh, left the field nearing the change of ends, but the handicap did not apparently concern the home players to an appreciable degree, for they remained on the attack. Williamson was soon back again and with Everton maintaining the pressure the Stockport defence was well occupied. There was nothing, however, really exacting in the demands made upon them, and play proceeded on even lines, with both sets of backs well in command of the situation. The home team was just about to take a free kick in a dangerous locality in the Stockport half when the interval was sounded.
Half-Time; Everton one, Stockport Nil.
Play restarted in good light and Stockport immediately rushed away and came within an ace of equalising. Fortunately the ball glanced over after touching the crossbar, but still the County, who now had a very useful force of wind at their backs, kept well on the aggressive. The venue was alternately changed by both the home extreme wings, but they were unable to make forceful headway. The visiting forwards were constantly on the run, but Thompson was brilliant in defence, and though mostly keeping well up the field, he was always strong enough to hold the country’s left wing. A free kick against Simpson a few yards from the penalty area, bore a dangerous aspect, but Thompson, at the crucial moment, came along with a perfect clearance and nothing resulted. Kirsopp who was always lying well in front was twice pulled up for offside, on the first occasion just as he actually shot into the net, but there was no mistake about the decision. Play proceeded on very energetic lines, and in the latter stages although there was no actual technical infringement, the players were not too gentle in their attentions to each other. Right to the finish the game was admirably fought out. Though Everton showed the better combination they had a determined defence up against them, whilst on the other hand Thompson was always doing the work of two men in keeping his opposing forwards at arms length.
The winterly conditions had an obvious effect on the attendance, while the sloppy state of the ground tended to hamper the movements of the players, who, however, still produced some good combined efforts on either side. Effective half-back play was the noticeable feature of the earlier stages whilst the back on either side were kept well employed, Thompson always being a conspicuous figure. It was quite the appropriate order of things for Williamson, whose appearance considerable interest was naturally taken to open the scoring. His goal in the first half was the outcome of perfect understanding with considerable interest was naturally taken, to open the scoring. His goal in the first half was the out-come of perfect understanding with Chedgzoy whose advance was admirably developed. End to end play was the order practically throughout the first half and whilst Everton deserved their lead, there was not really more than a goal in it, the half-backs and backs in either case well holding the key to the situation. Though they were a goal behind, Stockport resumed with the very material advantage of a powerful wind to help them, and play in the second half was distinctly lively, the visitors working energetically to get on terms, and the home defence striving with equal activity in keeping them at bay. The whole of the second half was determinedly fought, and in point of vigour it was well ahead of the preceding portion. Stockport never gave up but the home defence was untiring. Thompson proving a tower of strength and being at all points in readiness to deal with all the propositions with which he was confronted. In this half of the game the football was throughout of the most energetic order, and there was no want of interest to the end.
TAME DISPLAY AT GOODISON
March 13, 1916. The Liverpool Mercury.
Everton 2, Stockport County 0.
There was much poor football at Goodison, on Saturday, when Everton triumphed over Stockport County by 2 goals to nil. Everton were easily the better side, but the standard of play throughout was below the usual. The best work was seen at the start and at the finish of the contest, for the visitors led off at a good pace, but were unable to maintain it, and Everton quickly assumed the imitative Stockport made another fine spurt in the second half, and it was only their weakness in shooting that prevented them obtaining some tangible recompense for their efforts. Williamson, the Tranmere Rovers player, made his debut in the centre forward position, and in addition to scoring both goals gave a most satisfactory display. He was very keen, worked hard, and revealed capital knowledge of the requirements of the centre position. The first goal came from Chedgzoy’s excellent work, although Williamson deserved praise for the smartness in converting the centre. After the interval Williamson snapped up a long punt and claimed a second point. There were many changes from the usual Everton side. Bromilow made a capital substitute for Fern. Thompson and Simpson were somewhat shaky and inclined to risk much. Fleetwood was the best of the half backs, and Williamson and Harrison the most enterprising of the forwards. Two ex-Everton players Nuttall and Gault appeared for Stockport, but the honours in the visitors line were earned by Crossthwaite. Stockport play the practical game, and in Fayers, Mitton, and Goodwin they have an excellent combination. Result Everton 2, Stockport nil.
EVERTON’S INTACT DEFENCE
March 13, 1916. The Evening Express.
By the Judge.
A Runaway Openings
The new series of games forming the supplementary competition which will carry us to the end of affairs so far as the remarkable season of 1915-16 is concerned, has been for Everton in the nature of a runaway triumph. They share honours with Nottingham Forest, who have been similarly successful in the other section, in not having had their defence pierced in either of the two games played, and considering that on Saturday Fern was not in his usual place where he put up such a fine exhibition on the previous Saturday’s, the position is one of distinct credit to the defenders. Bromilow did all that was required of him on Saturday, with skill and complete safety, but the chief honours in the defensive line among all concerned must be awarded to Thompson who acquitted himself in commanding style.
Ideal Back Play.
Thompson is always good to watch, but he struck me against Stockport as being in every letter and more confident form than usual. This dominating figure quite had the masterly over his opposing attack, whom he not only sailed up time after time, but whom he drove back in nearly every case with long lusty kicks, which always carried the ball well up the field and mostly at the feet of one of his own forwards. Simpson, although making no mistake has quiet by comparison with his confrere, but both had the County attack well in hand. It was quite Thompson’s day out.
A Lively Centre.
Private Williamson making his debut for Everton was inevitable the cynosure of all eyes, and he had the supreme satisfaction of scoring both the goals scored by his side. There is not much of Williamson, as Chevalier would say: - “E only stands abaft so ‘igh, that all”- but what there is, is a forceful embodiment of worrying power. The usually effective Fayers had a lively time with him, and he was at every part of the game always going straight for goal, with the result indicated. Two goals, and those the only two scored in the match of the debut, is something of which any player may be justly proud and Williamson may well be proud of the display he gave. It will certainly not be his last appearance for Everton if his services are available.
Liverpool Echo - Monday 13 March 1916
Stockport fell for the time this season in their Liverpool visits, and they fell when they least erpected to. Everton had to try two locals in the forward line, and Stockport, although not at full strength, felt they could easily put paid to account, whereas as a fact Everton preserved their goals against column for the second week, and Williamson made his debut good for two goals. That Stockport did not score was amazing; they had dozens of chances, and, strangely enough, they had at least, three chances when the goal was not tenanted. But the visitors must have joined the Flying Corps, for they were dealing in aero-shots all the time. Until 40 minutes had gone they had not given Bromilow anything to think about. After the interval Stockport did trifle better at the start, but there was still a gross lack of determined straight shooting when goal area was reached, Hence Stockport paid the penalty. Kellock, lame, was a big sinner in the second half, but there others who were equally blameworthy. The extreme wing men were the star forwards, and Crossthwaite, judiciously fed by Gault, whose trickery improves every week, was the visitor's strongest raider. Tiny'' Fayers got through a power of work and one of the memories of a rather tame game will ever be centred upon the tough work put by Fayers, more especially by Tom Fleetwood. The game would have faded to nothing but for tho element of that crept into the game when the "needle" pricked, which was fairly often. Even so, the game was always hard, and, therefore, well worth wotching.
Molyneux in goal, did nothing better than edge away powerful shot by Harrison and keep clear a shot from Chedgzoy that sent him flying the ground. The backs were very useful and Mitton at half-back did wonderful work. On the other side chief interest centred in the locals. Rigsby is a double of Liverpool's Watson save for the hair. He can boot a ball with his left foot, and doesn't want much space in which to dribble or shoot. He's quite promising in fact, although like Pte. Williamson, he has no height or weight worth considering. Each man is hearty, and that makes up for much. Williamson is plucky and determined, and "carries on" with a will and does not lose in judgment in tight corners. His first goal was well converted, although Chedgzoy was a yard or more offside when received the ball, and the centre forward's second goal showed that he had gone in for goal-scoring with earnestness. McNeal's half back work against a strong wing did not look great, if one did not search into it. McNeal was ever thus. That his game is highly useful no one can deny. At full back Thompson was the star.
MURDER CHARGE AGAINST FOOTBALLER.
Liverpool Daily Post -Tuesday 14 March 1916
SANDY” YOUNGS TRIAL NEXT MONTH.
Melbourne, Monday -The trial of Alexander Young, the former international footballer and Everton and Tottenham player, on a charge of murdering his brother, "will take place on April 11 or April 29. It is stated the accused and his brother John, a married man with five children, occupied adjoining blocks at Tongala, a small irrigation settlement, and owned jointly a dairy herd. It is alleged the brothers quarrelled frequently over money matters, and that on December 1 Alexander drank heavily and wanted to fight John, who struck Alexander with a stick. Later, it is further alleged, accused shot John in the right shoulder with a gun, and then tried to blow out his brains inflicting a severe wound.— Press Association Foreign Special.
March 15, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everton will on Saturday be opposed by the Manchester City team at Goodison Park and naturally a keen and attractive match is anticipated. The home side will be the same with two exception, as last Saturday. The changes are at inside left, where Clennell returns to the side in place of Rigsby and in goal. The new centre forward, Williamson, who distinguished himself by securing both goals scored in Saturday’s game, will again turn out, and Fern will resume his position as guardian of the goal. The team is accordingly expected to turn out as follows: - Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeil; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, Harrison.
MEREDITH, FERN, AND CLENELL REAPPEAR
MARCH 15, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton's match is at home with Manchester City the champions of the first season, and as there is tremendous rivalry between the two clubs we may expect a thrilling match. Meredith's return in City colours is decidedly interesting ad welcome and it is a point of strength with the Everton team when Clennell returns. He has been absent for a month or therebouts. Fern too, is to reappear, and the Trainers man, Williamson, has again been chosen to had the forwards.
THE GAME AT GOODISON
March 16, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Manchester City are expecting to have a full team out for the match with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. No word has as yet been received from Brennan or Henry, but they are expected to play and Meredith will again appear. I gave the Everton team yesterday and explained that Fern would return to the goal, and that Private Williamson would again operate at centre forward. W. Clennell coming in for Rigsby. The full sides are thus expected to be as follows: - Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, McNeil; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, Harrison. Manchester City; Goodchild; Henry, Fletcher; Hughes, Henderson, Brennan; Meredith, Taylor, Fairclough, P. Barnes, Cartwright.
At Goodison Park.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 17 March 1916
Everton will find Manchester City very keen and clever, and fast game is certain to ensue. Meredith's reappearance in our city will a great delight, and the old fashioned fellow from Chirk will be the centre of all eyes. In addition, Barnes, Clennell, and other sharpshooters will also attract our attention, and the outlook favours a good deal of shooting and goalkeeping. These arc the teams: EVERTON. Fern Thompson Simpson Brown Fleetwood M'.Neal Chedgzoy, Kirsopp Williamson Clennell Harrison. Manchester City; Goodchild; Henry, Fletcher; Hughes, Henderson, Brennan; Meredith, Taylor, Fairclough, Barnes, Cartwright.
ON CHAMPIONS VISIT TO EVERTON
March 18, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
The subsidiary competition –short, and snappy and welcome –was carried on effectively today, when Manchester and Liverpool as cities up against each other. For two visit of the champions, Manchester City at Everton, the local side had Fern and Clennell back and they were heartily welcomed by a crowd of large dimensions. Manchester were unfortunately without Henry (he has joined his regiment in Glasgow), Gartland taking his place, but they had one of football’s greatest personalities in Meredith, and viewed from all ways, the game was particularly attractive and promising, when the teams lined up. Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeal, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester City;- Goodchild, goal; Gartland and Fletcher, backs; Hughes, Henderson and Brennan, half-backs; Meredith, Lot Jones, Fairclough, Barnes and Brennan, forwards. Referee;- Mr. J. H. Alderson. One of the best crowds of the season witnessed a game played on a perfect playing pitch. There were no startling incidents for ten minutes, although Hughes by blundering with a pass back let in Clennell without tangible result. McNeal rarely has a free kick granted against him, and Meredith is rarely penalised for offside. However, McNeal conceded a free kick and thrice in three minutes Williams from Chirk was thrown offside. The forwards of both sides were meeting resolute defenders and the half-back play also was of a high standard, with the result that incidents were rare. Cartwright made a fine centre, which called unavailingly for conversion to goal. This was followed by a shocking waste of opportunity on the part of Brennan.
Wise Combination and by keeping the ball on the ground, the City forwards attacked and had Barnes been able to steady himself for a shot it is probable that Fern would have found an awkward handful. Then Lot Jones wound up a dribble with a shot against the side net and Clennell lost his footing when in the penalty area after which we saw the nearest approach to a goal in the first twenty minutes of the game. Barnes beat Thompson and centred to Lot Jones whose shot was blocked by the indefatigable Fleetwood. The ball cannoned out to Fairclough who was slow to take a good chance. This incident set life into the game and upon Barnes putting a shot into Fern’s hands Henderson followed suit. The pressure caused Everton to awake and Kirsopp made a capital run and shot. Goodchild caught in a doubtful mind, and lucky for him the shot was too oblique and carried out. A striking incident followed one of Chedgzoy’s well-taken corners, Harrison was left with a chance such as he yearns for. Godchild was helpless with the shot, but Fletcher standing in the corner of the goal, kicked clear. Henderson and Brennan gave a great pleasure by their wonderful nouns. At this point another half back came into the picture by reason of an accident. Brown was the player, and a kick on the left instep the accident. Apart from two stringers from Meredith and the rattling of the ragging by Clennell there was nothing doing for a fairly extensive period. The first goal against Everton in the new competition was scored by Jones three minutes from the interval. Fairclough helped considerably in the making of the goal and under the circumstances the City were worth a lead at half-time even though Goodchild had borne a charmed existences. City’s combination was truly “pretty” and Brennan, Fletcher and Cartwright of the leading side had shown up best while for Everton the left flank Harrison, McNeal and Fleetwood and Thompson in their customary vigorous and able mood.
Half-time Manchesterr City 1, Everton 0
When the game was restarted Manchester at once resumed their “combined way, and a couple of offside –one of them understand able- were the include of two lively incidents. First clumsy defence looked like costing Everton a goal until Fairclough held on to the ball excessively. Then at the other end Williamson scored the third goal in the second match. Chedgzoy was the maker of the goal as his last shot brought Goodchild to ground, Williamson’s task being simple. At the fiftieth minute things were all square and first Chedgzoy and then Williamson enlivened matters and threatened to gave Everton the lead. Actively both teams and the game increased in interest. A forward rush by McNeil showed the Albion man’s enterprise and dash and Simpson’s tackling of Barnes, when the latter sped through was of a par with Fletcher check of Chedgzoy. An old fashioned Meredith centre and a skimming shot by Clennell was next in a fast game. Clennell’s shot found Goodchild in delicious form, but it finished up in glaring off the angle of the goalpost.
Goals; Jones scored for Manchester City after forty-two minutes
Williams scored for Everton after 50 minutes.
March 18, 1916. Football Express.
Lancashire Champions At Goodison.
Attractive Sides In Opposition
Visitors One-Goal Up At The Interval.
By The Judge.
There were many elements of attractiveness about the match at Goodison Park today. For one thing the visitors, Manchester City, are the champions of the Lancashire Section after a fine season’s record, and although they are still without victory in the supplementary competition of which today’s game formed the third match, the very presence of the Welsh international Meredith, in their ranks, and still playing in good form after twenty one years of it, was in itself a sufficiently strong drawing card.
A Changed Atmosphere.
What a change there was in the atmosphere! In contradistinction to the cold bleak winds under which we have of late shivered, the atmosphere was quite balmy, and much of the discomforting of watching was thus happily removed. Though there are distinct signs of the waning of the season, there was still a good and growing attendance when the teams turned out in the following order:- Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson, and Simpson, backs; Brown, Fleetwood, and McNeal, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Pte Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal; Gartland and Fletcher, backs; Hughes, Henderson, and Brennan, half-backs; Meredith, Lot Jones, Fairclough, Barnes, and Cartwright, forwards. It will thus be seen that Henry was at the last moment unable to turn out, Gartland taking his place. Henry it may be mentioned yesterday his regiment in Glasgow. There was some doubt up to a late moment as to the constitution of the Manchester side. As indicated Gartland came in at right back for Henry and Lot Jones took the place of Taylor, particularly Meredith on the right wing. The doubt had been as to the appearance of Hughes for whom in the event of his absence Lot Jones would have played at right half. Ever
Body turned up alright, however, and the teams they appeared as above with Mr. J.L. Alderson in charge.
The conditions were quite ideal, and there was an excellent crowd when the rival skipper tossed for chosen of ends. Everton won the toss and the game was started on an almost perfect surface. Manchester were the first to make headway, and after Fleetwood had once relieved Lot Jones drew exerting himself. A pretty piece of feeding by Breenan set Barnes going, and Thompson kicked into touch. Manchester were very persistent, and after both home backs had been called upon Williamson was pulled up for offside. He tried well a moment later to set his right wing in motion, but Fletcher had ample room to clear and then Fairclough was penalised also on the ground of offside. Chedgzoy was making good headway for goal but he kicked too far and the ball harmlessly outside.
A particularly pretty and prefers piece of week was forthcoming from the Manchester right wing, when Lot Jones gave beautifully in Meredith, who returned just as adroitly to his partner. The latter transferred to his centre-forward, who shot just round the post. At the other end Williamson was prominent with some clever centre work, but he was unable to develop it. The Everton goal underwent a particularly narrow escape after Barnes at the end of a sparkling run sent beautifully across to Meredith, who unhesitatingly placed the ball at the feet of Jones, the latter showing just outside when Fern was well on his toes with his charge dangerously, threatened. At the other end Chedgzoy drove outside after Williamson, who was playing a most enterprising game, had worked well forward. Fern had a good test from a long shot by Barnes which was perfect in speed and direction. He got to it with safety.
Everton Improve. A moment later, as the result of a fine pace of work by Meredith, he effected a well judged save from Henderson. Everton showed signs of improvement, and after a period on which they caused the City attack plenty of anxiety Chedgzoy forced a corner from which the visitors goal underwent an altogether remarkable escape. Goodchild was well out of range when Harrison shot in with terrific force, but Fletcher in the luckiest possible manner, got his toe to the ball dead on the goal line as it was passing through. Manchester improved on the escape, and exerted further pressure on the left wing, but the defence easily withstood the onslaught and Chedgzoy was about to change the venue but kicked weakly on to the foot of Fletcher a pass intended for his partner.
Lot Jones Scores.
A brilliant movement by the home left wing nearing half-time resulted in Clennell from a difficult angle, hitting the side of the net, but Manchester returned smartly to the attack, the ball driven out by Barnes. Whilst there was any amount of clever speedy forward movements on either side, the respective defence appeared likely to prevail until the interval, but as the chance of ends was fast approaching Lot Jones was presented with an opportunity of which he took full advantage and from comparatively short-range he scored an unstoppable goal with a quick low drive.
Half-Time; Manchester C One; Everton Nil.
The Second Half.
Manchester were quickly on the aggressive on resuming, and after Lo Jones had once been erroneously pulled up for offside the home goal was subjected to considerable pressure until Barnes shot outside. Then a sudden change came over the position. The Everton forwards dashed down on the right wing, and Williamson who had through played an excellent game, secured possession at close range, and although Goodchild made a valiant effort to stop his shot it was in the net before he had time to collect himself. This success for the come side was naturally greeted with considerable enthusiasm, for the efforts of the home attack were well worth a goal. The home centre was soon afterwards again prominent, and only the duel pressure of Gartland and Fletcher kept him out at the end of a very threatening run.
Mancunians Active In Early Stages.
A fine crowd assembled to watch what promised to be and speedily developed into a thoroughly interesting game. The Mancunians were very active in the early stages, and they kept the home defence at full stretch. Their combination was splendid, and the Everton defenders had to be very active in dealing with their rapid passing movements. Manchester certainly enjoyed the bulk of the attacking in the first portion. The movements were always skilfully engineered and well developed and they lost no opportunities of shooting, though they always found Fern well prepared. One of the best efforts of the home team in the shooting line was that of Kirsopp, who at the end of twenty minutes play drove clean across goal, the ball passing narrowly outside with no one in attendance.
Not A Dull Moment.
Play remained full interesting, and there was not a dull moment in the work of either side, with the Manchester forwards rather the more aggressive. There were two short stoppages, one resulting from the injury to Brown’s left ankle, but they were only a momentary nature, and play proceeded with its full attractiveness. Certainly all round the men were giving an excellent account of themselves. The game was fought out on clean, spirited lines, both sets of forwards giving an excellent account of themselves, but in each case finding a valiant determined defence in opposition. It was distinctly hard lines on the home team that their fortress should be captured so near the change of ends but the Manchester goal was one which was thoroughly deserved. The second half like its predecessor was brimful of interest, and both sides played for all they were worth, with the result that we were regaled with one of the most attractive encounters to be desired. The battle was well and consistently fought out to the finish, and there was not an idle moment for either players or onlookers.
FIRST EVERTON DRAW THIS SEASON
March 20, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
The visit of Manchester City to Everton was a draw in both senses of the word. First Everton and their Manchester rivals draw by sore, and second the game and the beautiful day drew a large crowd to Goodison Park. With Clennell back in the forward line, and Everton enjoying the speedy dash-through of Private Williamson, it was expected that the champions would be hand pressed to draw. But to the candid the home forward's did not impress greatly and to combat with a defence such as Manchester put s up it as necessary that your forward line shall have a good understanding and shot shall be plentiful. Well that could not be asserted in Everton could it? True Goodchild bore a charmed life. He was caught it guessing more than once, and he had to thank Fletcher and the goal-post for keeping his goal intact. I have never seen Goodchild play so poorly –it was his day off. May be a little more direct handwork would have given him the spicy effect he was wanting. Fern, too, was not over whelmed with work, but his saves were clear catches, and there was no hesitance in his position or punt. So that, summing up and conjuring up the memories of the match, one finds that neither goalkeeper was taxed greatly, each had to yield one goal, and the Manchester man could not do wrong even though he left his goal to the mercies of the men who were at full back. Perhaps Henry's absence trouble Goodchild. Good as Henry is Gartland was just as good and with Fletcher playing a grace aboy himself it needed Chedgzoy and Kirsopp's best if victory were to come. Besides who present could fail to notice the old Bradford half back's success. Brennan I mean. A stunning game was he, in fact, I should say he had no superior, although Albion's McNeal gave the best display seem from him since he came to Everton's help.
One of the most fascinating of many fascinating tit bits the game gave was the appearance of the Welsh triangle of the right wing. W. Meredith, Lot Jones, and Ernest Hughes –all good friends of the writer. For a long spell William's legs would not act swiftly. He was a shade cumbersome –so unlike William, you know. But later the old fellow came to his brightest, and one of his centres was worth photographing. I should like to have many of those “funned-in” centres of Chedgzoy's for the benefit of junior footballers, and I should like to add Harrison's great drive from close in. But best of all, I should like the juniors to note Meredith's safe lob. It is longer than most centres made by wingers and it is also loftiest than the majority of centres. In the eye of the mind one could imagine Private Sandy Turnbull standing on guard waiting for those select centres crossed by Meredith. No wonder, they paired although they were not on the same wing. Such centres ask to have a nodding acquaintance with the back of the net. Towards the finish of the game little Lot Jones, who had been skipping out of the way of Simpson and other big men, helped in a round of trio-passing that raised the crowd to some enthusiasm? That Meredith was miles below his ordinary form is certain. The question is “Will he come back!” Well, he is a steady fellow and he may. But I have a fear that the loss of play for a long time will prevent his ever again showing his wondrous form on the wing. What about full-back, though, William? Talking of Simpson there was just one moment when tempers threatened to come undone. Fortunately they did not, and the hefty charges delivered by Simpson were not a trouble. He thoroughly enjoyed his tilt against Fairclough and others; and Thompson against Barnes made quite a creditable show, although at times floundering before kicking clear. Dogged was Tom Fleetwood; but best of the line was McNeal to my way of thinking.
Keep The Ball On The Ground
Manchester's strong point was their usage of passes. They did not balloon the ball, and put only were passes sent along the ground, but men were swift to place themselves for a pass. So often do forwards and half-backs take up impossible positions –and the call for the ball! There were many object-lessons from Saturday's interesting game, and Everton provided a number of them. It was Everton's first draw of the season and those who talk glibly of “systems” would do well to bear this vital case in point. Imagine the man who spun a coin ninety-nine times, and it yell at “head” each time. He would say that the hundredth spin would, be a sure “tail”. But his idea of the rate of the possibility would be out of proportion. It could only be “head” or “tail,” and therefore it would still be an even chance. System-mongers work out their pet themes on papers, but when the test is applied they suddenly find that there is a precious little flow of average and the most uncanny things happens. Such as uncanny thing is Everton's failure to draw one game until Saturday. If you doubt me just ask in certain quarters, and don't be surprised at your answer.
EVERTON SHARE SPOILS.
March 20, 1916. Liverpool Mercury.
Everton 1, Manchester City 1.
As was generally anticipated, the meeting of Everton and Manchester City provided one of the best games of the season. It was Everton’s first undecided contest, and was distinguished by some really brilliant and skilful play. So far as general work was concerned the City were the cleverer side, and one of the best features was the wonderful trainglar play of the Welsh international trio-Meredith, Lot Jones and Hughes. At one stage it was so delightfully bewildering in its complexity that Simpson, the Everton defender was sorely puzzled. A capital crowd enjoyed the fare and showed their appreciation of the City’s clever forward. Each side scored once, Lot Jones, and Williamson being the scorers. The game was fought as a good pace, and strong and clever as were both sets of forwards they often found their masters in the half-backs. It was really a duel between the half-backs and forwards. Neither Fern nor Goodchild had much to do although the latter made a brilliant attempt to save the City goal when Williamson scored. He stopped the first shot, from Chedgzoy by slinging himself full length, but was enabled to recover to meet the second onslaught. In addition to this the City goal had two remarkable escapes, once when Fletcher kicked the ball from the goal line from Harrison’s fast drive, and again when Clennell sent a thunderbolt on to the bar with Goodchild unplaced. The interest was sustained to the finish and the successive of the Everton team included Fleetwood, Harrison, Chedgzoy, and Clennell while prominent on the City side were Fletcher, Hughes, Henderson, Brennan and Lot Jones.
EVERTON STILL UNDEFEATED.
March 20, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
The third stages of the supplementary football competition sees Everton still undefeated, though they had to fight tremendously hard on Saturday to prevent Manchester City from securing their first victory and thereby bringing about the Blues’ downfall. The game at Goodison Park is from every standpoint excellent, and with such a distinct improvement forthcoming in the meteorological conditions the encounter was of the most engaging description. With both teams playing for all they were worth we still had a particularly clean exhibition of football, and I still maintain that taking the season as a whole the play served up in each succeeding match, has been well worthy of being compared with anything experienced in previous campaigns. So far the Evertonians rest securely at the head of the table, with Liverpool in close attendance, and on the form so far shown since the final act of the proceedings was entered upon there is no small justification for suggesting that they will remains at the summit.
Williamson, The Sharpshooter.
Pte Williamson, had certainty made, his presence felt since he took over the difficult role of successor to Parker, who naturally finds it extremely difficult to get away from his duties. Williamson on Saturday played his second game, and he again came out as Everton’s scorer, having, now scored all the three goals obtained in the contests in which he has participated. Saturday’s exhibition showed the Royal Scot with a gain of confidence in all his work, and he gave a great account of himself both as a markman, and as a centre-forward as such. He was of great assistance to his wings, and his introduction to the Everton team has been a most successful expedient.
• Bromilow, Challinor, and Roberts played for Tranmere Rovers against South Liverpool.
NEWS OF THE FOOTBALL PRO-SOLDIER.
Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 22 March 1916
Last week I ran across Smart-trimmed fellow who, to me, had been missing ever since I made the long journey the supposed silent match " a cup-tie behind closed door ? and before a crowd of newly-made directors," &c., numbering some 2,000 spectators refer to the Liverpool man, Arthur Woodlands, who, after playing with Kirkdale, went to Norwich City, their captain, and helped considerably in the team's success in the cup-ties of last seaeon. Woodlands is a member of the Motor Transport section, and stationed at Bisley, where James Galt, the Everton player, has been ever since he left Everton. Woodlands says the men get plenty of football, and there intense rivalrv between various sections. He quoted the following team show the strength that can be brought to bear upon certain regiments:— Hampton (Chelsea), goal Weller (Everton) and -a local, backs; Woodlands (Norwich), Galt (Everton), and Grosset (Fulham), halfbacks; Douglas player of a French team), Forrester (Manchester City), Smith (for whose transfer Bradford P.A paid $1,200, Allan (Clyde) and Brown (Hearts), forwards. The side was beaten in its first match (v. the 19th Hussars), but afterwards carried all before it. In the meeting of the Battery League Galt’s team beat Woodland’s, but Woodlands’ won the league.
FAMED FOOTBALLER'S SERIOUS CHARGE
March 25, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Old Everton Play and His Murdered Brother
The Full Story
Inquest In “Sandy” Young Case At Echuca
We give today the full inquest story in the case of the former Everton player, ‘Sandy” Young:-
At the courthouse, Echuce, the coroner (Mr. P. Bartold M.P.) resumed the adjourned inquiry concerning the death of John Young farmer of Tongala at the Echuca District Hospital on December 1. Alexander Young brother of the deceased, who is charged with the wilful murder of John Young was present in custody. Young, who looked pale and emaciated, had several deep scars on the right side of his face, showing injuries caused when he made an unsuccessful attempt on his life. He is a man of average height, partially held. During the hearing of the case Young fidgeted with his hat nearly all the time, and his eyes, full and expressive, had a haunted look. He bore the ordeal well, and at no time showed signs of distress. Mr. Sawyers (of Morrison and Sawyers), Kyabram, appeared on behalf of Alexander Young, and Mr. A.J. Mitchell appeared on behalf of the relatives of the deceased. Superintendent Dungay conducted the case on behalf of the police. At the previous sitting the widow of John Young identified the body at the hospital as that of her husband. Dr. Woods gave evidence of having made a post-mortem examination of the decreased, death having been due to a gun-shot, wound, which had entered at the back of the left shoulder. Agnas Calder Young, widow o the deceased recalled, said she came to Tongala with her husband in March, 1911, arriving in Echuce from Scotland in the previous January. They took two blocks of land at Tongala and went in for dairy farming. Her Husband wrote to his brother Alexander, who was in Scotland, for some money. She did not know whether a suggestion was made that Alexander –should come to Australia. The next her husband heard of him was by telegram from Fremamtle, stating that Alexander was on his way. Deceased went to Melborne and met Alexander, bringing him home with him. Alexander had while in Melbourne, secured block 45, which was next to John Young's block. Witnesse's got some money from Alexander while they were in Melbourne. She did not know the exact amount, but she knew her husband asked for £100. Later the two brothers nominated their sister and her husband, George and Mrs Buchman to come out. They came, and were assisting on the two blocks. There had always been friction between the brothers but it was not quite so bad after the Buchanans came out. About four months ago George Buchanan and John Young had words concerning the feeding of a calf.
The Buchanans left that morning. About a week before the tragedy there was a disputed between John and Alexander regarding the latter's Lucerne. Alexander thought there was too much work in the lifting of the Lucerne, and did nothing that day, as he was sick. John went to attend to a crop of his own. About that time Alexander appeared to have been drinking. Next day, she thought, he went to Echuca, and she had not seen him since until now. Witness saw two cartridges like those produced on the Monday before the tragedy. She took them from her husband. On Wednesday, December 1, at 7 a.m. she thought her husband would like a cup of tea while he was milking, and she took up Alexander Young's breakfast and a cup of tea and a slice of bread for John. When she got to the milking shed John said Alexander was not there. She went into Alexander's kitchen with the breakfast, and the supper she had sent up the evening before was still there. She took the meals back home, stating to her husband that Alexander was not there. Not long after she got to her own house she heard a gunshot; but paid no attention to it. A little later she looked up to the block to see if John was finished, and saw some people about the paddock. This was unusual, and she went to see what was the matter. She saw John lying on the ground and sat beside him. She asked John what was the matter and he said. “He came out after you left” witness said, “I wish I hadn't gone now.” John said, “Thank goodness you did, or you would have been lying here too.” He said nothing more regarding what had happened. Dr. Woods (re-called), in reply to Mr. Sawyers, said he understood that the deceased had been attended to by someone in Tongala before he was taken to hospital. Mr. Sawyers –I understand that from the state of John Young it appeared as if the shot struck under the left arm and then struck the body. Witness replied he saw no indication of such a wound. The shot seemed to have come from side and back. The shot could not have been directly fired from the side.
A Head ---Ip
Thomas Lyons, water bailiff, Kyabram, said that on Tuesday, November 30 he was at Tongala. He saw the deceased, John Young, there, and went with him to Alexander's place. Alexander jumped off a chair and met them at the door. John said; “Now Alick what's all this trouble?” Alexander said “John tried to kill me this morning,” and coming to witness, said, “Feel this, Tom,” putting his hand to the back of his (Alexander's) head. He also pulled up his sleeve and showed a mark on his arm. Witness felt the back of Alexander's head, and found there was a big bump. Witness said to John, “Do you do this?” and John said, “Yes to defend myself” Alexander said, “I did nothing to you.” Witness said it was very hard for the brothers to be fighting like there were. Alexander said he did not want to fight; all he wanted was his own. John asked what about the work he had done on the block, and Alexander said he was prepared to pay him for anything he had done; if there was anything on the block belonging to him he could take it away. John said, “What about these cows? Half of them belong to me.” Alexander said, “I don't think so. My cheque paid for them.” John said he mortgaged six cows to pay for them. Half the cows belonged to the State Rivers Commission. Alexander asked John, “How much money did I give you when I came here” Did I not give you £100” John said that had nothing to do with it. Alexander said he had also spent £400 on John's block, and had not as much as a stroke of the pen to show for it. Witness advised the man to call in an arbiter to settle their differences and they agreed to do so. After John had gone Alexander said, “I cannot stop here, I am afraid John will murder me.” a little later witness spoke to John in the cow shed. Witness was going away when John said “Don't go away vet Tom, I am afraid Alex will come out and shoot me” and Witness remained with him for a while. Both men were quite sober but heated. There was no “Violence.” By Mr. Swayer. When Alexander showed him his arm it was skinned between the elbow and shoulder. He said there had been a quarrel, and John had struck him on the hand and arm. When witness left Alexander he was quite calm. Mary Hodgson residing with her husband at Tongala, opposite Alexander Young's block, said that on December 1 between seven and eight in the morning he boy came to her and said that John Young was lying shot. She went to Alexander Young's block, and saw John on his hands and knees near the cow shed. She saw that he was wounded in the left shoulder. Later she went to Alexander's house for water, for John, and met Alexander there. She said to him. You silly man, why have you done this?” Alexander's face was bleeding and the though the men had been shooting at each other. Alexander said, “Save his left it doesn't matter about me.” She went back to John and asked Alexander to bring some water. This he did, helping witness to give John's drink. Witness suggested getting help, and Alexander said “Yes het help as quickly as you can and save him.” Mr. Chehalls who was passing in a vehicle was called and drove to the fence. They tried to lift John but he could not stand, and he asked to be put down. Alexander Young went away with Mr. Chenhalls, and witness remained with John until the doctor came. By Mr. Sawyers –Alexander did everything he could for John, and repeatedly asked witness to get help and save his life. To the Corner –Neither of the brothers spoke to the other in her presence, before she had seen Alexander she said to John. “Why did you do that” John said “it wasn't me.” She had often previously heard the brothers noising and quarrelling. George Douglas, Chenhalls farmer Tongala, described how he had been called while passing Alexander Young's block, and saw the deceased John Young there on his hands and knees. Witness could see that he had been shot. His attended to John, and while he was doing so Alexander came along, and stood behind Alexander said “I did it” Witness asked Alexander to come with him to Tongala, but Alexander said “Never mind me; save his life.” On his way to Tongala Alexander said “I was provoked to it,” and showed a lump on his head and complained of his arm. He added that he would give himself up to the police and it would be a case for the gallows. When witness took Alexander to the police station, Constable Bruce asked Alexander what he had done and Alexander replied that he had shot his brother and himself. Alexander at that time had wounds on his face and was taken in a motor-car to Echuca. Witness afterwards returned to Alexander Young's house, and found the double-barrelled gun produced lying outside the door. There was a discharged cartridge besides the gun and another discharged cartridge in the left barrel. He remained with John Young until the arrival of the doctor. George Buchanan, farm labourer, Tongala, and a brother in law of the decreased John Young, said that he came to Tongala from Scotland as the decreased request in February of last year. Witness first resident with John Young for a week and afterwards with Alexander Young. He remained there until about September 26. There was a dispute between John and his sister witness's wife, and this caused witness to remove to Alexander's house. There were dispute between the two brothers on several occasions on business masters, Alexander being more on the giving side than than John. Eventually witness had a dispute with John and left the place altogether. In the months of August John lifted a stick with which to strike Alexander, and witness intervened. That was the most serious dispute to had seen between the brothers. Witness was not in the district when the tragedy took place.
By Mr. Sawyers –it was, he understood, Alexander's money which was being spent. Dispute arose over business which had been done by John with Alexander's money without consulting the latter. The brothers were very fond of each other, and disputes only arose over money matters. Witness was in Scotland when Alexander left. The latter had been a professional footballer, and when he left said he did not intend taking up land here. John had asked him for a loan of £100, and Alexander said he would give him the money and go out to Australia to see what position John was in. Alexander tried to separate from John from time to time, and said he was willing to make a sacrifice to accomplish that. He said he could do well enough on the block, but he could no longer tolerate John. By Mr. Mitchell –John went to the markets and did all the business. Alexander remained on the block. Shortly after witness arrived at Tongala Alexander expressed a desire to separate from John. Constable Dainty said that on Wednesday, December 1, he was at the Echuce District Hospital and saw there the decreased John Young. Alexander Young, A.J. Moore. J.P. and Sergeant Lambden. A statement was made by John Young in the presence of the persons mentioned. The statement was taken down in writing by witness as was a statement made by Alexander Young. The statement were witnessed by A.J. Moore; J.P. Sergeant Lambden, and witness. These statements were as follows:- John Young said “I want to make a statement. Well my brother he went away on Friday because I would not fight him. It was Saturday he took the 1 p.m. train and came to Echuce on Saturday, I did not know what had become of him. He was drinking, and the hotel keeper at Tongala would not supply him, and he came into Echuca to get drunk . “He returned home on Tuesday and started to quarrel with me in the morning. He brought home some rum with him. He wanted me to fight and I said I could not fight but if you come to me I will take a stick. He did come to me, and I struck him, and that frightened him. After that he went away to the town and came back. I went into the house and saw the gun and two cartridges and took them home to my house and then went to look for the constable, and as he wasn't in I got the water bailiff to help me to milk my cows. This morning I rose at five o'clock and got my cows in. The wife came up to me with a cup of tea. My wife was not five minutes gone, and I was sitting milking a cow, and my brother said, I am going to shoot you. “I jumped up and faced him and said. “Put the gun away you are only trying to frighten me; and with that he fired at me and says that's you now, and I am going to do for myself. Last I saw of him was kneeling down with the barrel of the gun to his head and the butt on the ground,” Alexander Young said; “I want over with a gun to shoot him. He said. Go on, and of course I shot him. I then went and tried to blow my brains out. I have heard my brother's statement, and its true about the shooting. Constable Bruce stated that on November 25 he saw Alexander Young at the house at Tongala. He seemed to be recovering from a drinking bout, and witness advised him to go home. On November 30 witness again saw Alexander at the hotel, but he was than perfectly sober. Neither of the Youngs could get drink at Tongala, as the publican there would not serve them. On Wednesday morning, December 1 witness was informed of the shooting, and Alexander Young was brought into Tongala. As soon as Alexander Young saw the witness he said, “I done it, Mr. Bruce.” Witness said. “Done, what” Alexander replied “Shot my brother and myself.” Witness said. “What shot John Young?” Alexander replied. “Yes” Alexander was bleeding from wounds in the face, and witness conveyed him in a motor-car to the Echuce District Hospital. On the way out Alexander said, “This means the gallows for me.” Witness told him not to speak, as he was only making his case worse, but he repeated the phrase several times at intervals.
Concerned With His Brother
By Mr. Sawyers –Alexander Young seemed to be more concerned regarding his brother than himself. By Mr. Mitchell –John Young had been on soft drink for some time before the shooting. By Mr. Sawyers –John was just as hard a drinker as Alexander was when he got started. Constable Bruce pre-examined said the gun and empty cartridges produced were handed to witness by Mr. Lawlor. The two loader cartridges produced were similar to the empty cartridges and were handled to witness by Mrs John Young. On searching Alexander's house he found a box of loaded cartridges similar to those produced. They were of the “Gerhiium” brand and were filled with No. 3 shot. This was an unusual brand in the district. On examining the cow shed near where John Young was found witness saw fresh shots marks. A trail of blood lead from the vicinity to pools of blood were John had been lying. There was another pool of blood hear Alexander Young's house and a tank had been perforated with shot. A trail of blood led through the kitchen and into the front room, where there was a large pool of blood on the floor. Mr. Sawyer said there was evidence which he could produce, but he did not intend doing so at present. Alexander Young wished to give evidence but he had taken the responsibility of advising him not to do so. Constable Daincy (re-called) said they he was present when John Young at 5.40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, at Echuca hospital. The coroner found that John Young had died on December 1, 1915 on the Echuca hospital from shoot and remorrhage the result of a gunshot wound wilfully inflicted by Alexander Young, and that the said Alexander Young did kill and murder the said John Young. Alexander Young was committed for trial at Shepparton on April 29 and was remanded to Melbourne goal in custody.
MARCH 25, 1916. The Liverpool Football Echo
Their Second Game at Oldham Ground
Clennell Re-Appears & Scores Goal
Everton were at Oldham's ground for the second time this season, the first game being abandoned through weather conditions. They were minus Brown (Injured), Johnson, a local making his debut in senior football. In the forward line Rigby returned. Various causes militated against an earlier definite selection. Finally the opposing sides turned out as follows:- Everton; Fern, goal (captain); Thompson and Simpson, backs; Johnson, Fleetwood and Waring, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic; Matthews, goal; Hodson and Goodwin, backs; Moffatt, Pilkington, and Wilson, half-backs; Donnachie, Cashmore, Wolstenholmes, Lashbrooks, and Knight, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Lord, Rochdale. True to tradition and its evil reputation, Boundary Park was once again a howling wilderness this afternoon. A full gala swept across the unlovely enclosure and icy showers of rain added to the general discomfort. It was a small wonder therefore that a mere handful of spectators turned out to witness the game. The Everton directors were unable to choice an eleven until the last minute. It will be noticed that there had been late alterations on both sides. Fern won the toss, and Oldham were set the task of facing the hurricane. Everton at once moved away on the left, and a long dropping shot from Harrison was promptly got away by Goodwin. Scrambling work in midfield was followed by another movement on the part of the Everton left, but Williamson lost possession when well placed, and the Athletic forwards made ground in promising fashion. In spite of the wind they beat their opponents back, and the movement coincided in Lisebrooks sending the leather over the bar. The home right wing were next busy, and they looked like proving troublesome, when Fleetwood came to the rescue and cleared. Still Oldham kept up pressure and Johnson and Thompson were out-mancurved when Wolstenholmes shot straight at Fern. The Evertonians custodian cleared with characteristic neatness and the victory made progress on the left only to see Clennell left standing. As effort on the part of Chedgzoy and Kirsopp was more than counter-balanced by Goodwin and for a period play ruled in haphazard fashion in the region of the centre line. Pilkington served up to his forwards nicely on one occasion, but Thompson cleared, Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison were concerned in a finely concerted movement. The centre forward eventually passed back to Harrison and the leader sent the ball flying just wide of the mark. Everton were now showing to advantage and Williamson appeared to be well placed when the referee adjudged him offside. Maintaining their superiority Everton proceeded to bombard the home goal and eventually they were successful. Harrison and Clennell had got through with success, and the visitors then returned on the right when Wilson fouled Chedgzoy. The latter from the free kick play the ball right across to Harrison who in turn passed it to Clennel, and the last-named with the side of his foot directed it into the net before Matthews could realise what was happening. It was perhaps a lucky goal, but on the run of the play it was thoroughly well deserved. Having taken the lead, Everton proceeded to further harassing the home defence and clever footwork by the three inside forward almost culminated in Williamson adding a second goal. The Oldham defence, however, offered a sturdy resistance and at length the Athletic forwards in turn begin to assert themselves. Cashmore tied desperately hard lies in not putting his side on level terms. Everton replied with a promising movement on the right, and Chedgzoy was quite unmarked when he shot over bar. On the opposite wing the Evertonians failed to take advantage of a corner and a few minutes later Chedgzoy sent in a long ground shot, which was easily fielded by Matthews. At the interval drew near Oldham exerted double pressure and Pilkington gave Fern a particularly warm handful, which was only disposed of at the cost of a corner. This way cheered and the visitors were once-more busy on the left, but they failed to get past Hodson. The Athletic vanguard made another desperate rally, and Moffatt from long range, put in a stinging shot, which passed a foot over the target. The game at this point thanks to a lull in the wind, was being contended in the most spirited fashion. Both goals were visited in rapid succession, and Everton came very near adding a second when Chedgzoy struck the side of the net. A still further onslaught on the part of the home forwards looked like bearing fruit, but Cashbrook in his anxiety, overshot the mark, and when Wolstenholmes and Cashmore came through Fern proved equal to the call made upon him. The visitors made three determined raids just before the interval, Williamson and Clennell both missing chances.
Half-time; Everton 1, Oldham 0.
The Second Half.
The weather was even more depressing when play was resumed but both sides renewed too argument with unabated zest. Everton were first to make ground, Harrison dashing down on the wing all alone and finishing with a smart if ineffective effort. The home forward line, it was noticed was rearranged. Cashmore and Wolstenholme having changed places. This was apparently an alteration for the better, for Oldham taking up an aggressive attitude kept the Everton defence extremely busy. Moffatt once worked his way clean through and sent in a long shot, which was somewhat luckily charged down by Simpson. A moment or so later Donnachie tried his fortune with a long shot, but this passed just outside. The visitors did not at first seem to be “sticking” against the wind nearly to well as their opponents had done, but gradually they worked down the field and gave the Athletic defence something to think about.
Taking the temperiuous weather into account the play on both sides had been both vigorous keen, and frequently exciting. Although-holding the advantage of the wind, Everton found themselves opposed to a strong defence, and the shooting of the forwards was frequently very wild. Clennell and Chegzoy were particular cupids in this respect. The half-back line gave a very creditable account of themselves and whenever Thompson or Simpson were beaten Fern stepped into the breach with wonderful alacrity. He had not, it is true, very many shots to cope with, but those that were dangerous were very cleverly handled, and it is largely to his credit that Oldham were not on level terms at the turn.
Goal Scorers.Clennell scored for Everton.
Famous “Sports” killed. T.A. Phillips the Welsh Rugby international half-back and Welsh golf champion, has been killed in action.
March 25, 1916. The Football Express.
Unbeaten Visitors To Boundary Park.
Meeting With Oldham Ath.
Blues One Goal Up At The Interval.
Unbeaten, like their Anfield neighbours, so far as the concluding stages of the football “tourney” is concerned, Everton, today found themselves cagged at far-away Boundary Park –far far away indeed this home of the Oldham Athletic Club may assuredly be described. The teams have only completed one previous fixture this season –that at Goodison Park, where the Laties were victorious for the game at Oldham had to be abandoned in the face of weather conditions, which made further progress of that particular contest impossible. It is stated that it will be brought to issue, though there appears on the face of thing little reason to worry over the master of a reply. However, today’s game was one interest, with the porteurs by no means unfavourable to the visitors. Rigsby was again enlisted into services as partner to Harrison, and the full sides, taking part were is follows: - Everton: - Fern, goal; Thompson and Simpson, backs; Johnson, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Matthews, goal; Hodson, and Goodwin, backs; Moffatt, Pilkington, and Wilson, half-backs; Donnachie, Cashmere, Wolstenholmes, Lashreek, and Knight, forwards. Referee Mr. S.Local. The conditions were not favourable for an attractive game, as there was a strong head-to-head wing, coupled with showers which rendered the playing pitch on the heavy side. There was a very moderate attendance when Wolstenholme opened the play against the breeze.
Everton attacked strongly at the outset, forceful play by Clennell providing an opening for the right, but the strong wind neutralised the advantage, and Goodwin cleared well. Returning again, Harrison made ground only to be foiled by Hodson, and from his clearance Knight showed a good turn of speed, and following his centre Thompson was hard pressed. The pressure was maintained, and finally Lashbrook essayed a shot which went over the bar. Keeping the ball low the Athletic forwards made stood progress, and for a time the best, efforts of Wareing and Simpson were required to prevent Donnachie and Cashmore from getting through. A big kick by Fleetwood inside the penalty area gave an opening for Wolstenholmes with the result that a fine shot was levelled at Fern, who saved the situation by getting down to a fast low drive in the nick of time.
The Heavy Ground.
The Blues then raced away, but could make no impression when close quarters were reached. The difficulties of successful footwork on the heavy ground were apparent and as a rule-the-respective defence easily prevailed. However, Harrison got in one capital centre which brought out Matthews, and immediately afterwards Clennell was busy and plied the ball nicely forward to Williamson. The latter had unfortunately worked into an offside position and a good chance was lost. Similar luck attended Chedgzoy’s few moments later, and following another advance the Everton leader again paid the penalty for keeping too far up.
However, Everton’s success was not long deferred. From a free kick the ball went across to Harrison who directly transferred to Clennell, who with a side shot, nicely defeated Matthews. The Blues’ forwards had been gradually settling down to more combined play, and well backed up by the halves, they were the more aggressive side. A dashing run by Chedgzoy was Clennell and Harrison continued to be leaders in the majority of advances to the home goal, but from a breakaway Cashmore from a free kick put in a clever shot, which just missed the mark. Then came a dashing run by Williamson when Hodgson effectually checked, and on a further return Chedgzoy was faulty with his drive, when there was practically little opposition.
Half-Time Everton One, Oldham Nil.
EVERTON STRENGTHENING THEIR LEAD.
March 27, 1916. The Liverpool Courier.
Two Points At Oldham.
The Everton team are rarely favoured with weather when visiting Boundary Park. It simple served up on Saturday was of worst, wind and rain prevailed all through the game, tendering the playing pitch extremely heavy, and the discomfort to the players can readily be imagined. For all chat the play reached a fairly good standard and by their success the Everton team was strengthened their hold on the leadership of the Southern section. They were, however, somewhat fortunate in annexing full points for though they were the more finished team in the first portion when they wind at their backs, they were subjected to a lot of great pressure in the second half, and Oldham’s luck was out of court, seeing that on three occasions, shots rebounded from the woodwork. Clennell had given his side the lead as the result of a free kick from Chedgzoy and this was the only point recorded in the first forty-five. It was in the second portion that the Athletic were particularly aggressive, but their persistency was not rewarded until late on, when Lashbrooke placed his side on level terms again. Prior to this Cashmore, Watson and Moffatt had hit the wood and the issue looked like producing a sharing of points until two minutes from the end, when Harrison deceived Matthews with a low shot which clinched matters in favour of Everton.
Concerning the Players.
Alternated changes in the Evereton team had been made, and the composition of the side was not known until the last moment. Fortunately Clennell was fit again, and resumed his old position, forming in conjunction with Harrison the most virile portion of the front line. They were opposed to able players in Moffatt and Hodson; still they more than held their own, and it was from this quarter that the home keeper was compelled to keep himself fully extended. The line was well led by Williamson, but over-anxiety to be in at the finish frequently found the Scot infringing the offside rule. Chedgzoy and Kirsopp were not as incisive at usual, though the latter was once out of luck with a shot that had the keeper beaten but the crossbar. At half back Fleetwood gave nothing away, and was in addition, a good provider, while Wareing Operating on the left, was more than a match for Donnachie and Cashmore. Johnson, a local youth figured as Everton’s right half, and had a big task on hand seeing that he has been out of the game for some time, and though he was often in difficulties, has somewhat unorthodox methods frequently deceived his opponents, but more must be seen of him to form a judgement on his ability as a class half-back. The Everton defence was sound, Simpson in particular being prominent in charging down some capital efforts of the home forwards, and fern in goal rendered an excellent account of himself.
EVERTON’S OLDHAM VISIT.
March 27, 1916. The Evening Express.
By The Judge.
“Rovers” dealing with the form and victory of Everton at Oldham, writes: - The Everton team were somewhat fortunate in annexing full points for though they were the more finished side in the first portion when they had the wind at their backs, were subjected to periods of great pressure in the second half, when Oldham’s luck was out of court, seeing that on three occasions shots rebounded from the woodwork. Enforced changes in the Everton team had to be made, and the composition of the side was not known until the last “moment.” Fortunately, Clennell was fit again and resumed his old position, forming in conjunction, with Harrison the most virile portion of the front line. They were opposed to able players, in Moffatt, and Hodson, still they more than held their own, and it was from this quarter that the home keeper was compelled to keen himself fully extended. The side was well lead by Williamson, but over anxiety to be in at the finish frequently found the Scot infringing the finish frequently found the Scot infringing the offside rule. Chedgzoy and Kirsopp were not as incisive as usual, though the latter was once out of luck with a shot that had the keeper beaten but for the crossbar. At half-back Fleetwood gave nothing away, and was in addition a good provider, while Wareing operating on the left was more than a match for Donncahie and Cashmore. Johnson a local youth, figured as Everton’s right half and had a big task on hand seeing that he has been out of the game for some time, and though he was often in a difficulties, his somewhat unorthodox methods, frequently deceived his opponents, but more must be seen of him to form a judgement on his ability as a class half-back. The Everton defence was sound, Simpson in particular being prominent in charging down some capital efforts of the home forwards and Fern in goal rendered an excellent account of himself.
HOW EVERTON “GOT THERE.”
March 27, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
An unexpected pleasure was it to know what Clennell was playing for Everton, and that he scored the opening point. Cashmore equalised, but near time Harrison made Everton's victory secure. “F.E.H.” comments on the home game as follows: - Everton were all things considered rather fortunate to bag both points at Oldham, on Saturday, for they were kept mainly on the defensive in the second had and the winning goal came within a couple of minutes of the finish. It is of course, to their credit that they held the lead at the turn, and there may therefore, have been a disposition to take matters somewhat easily against the biting blizzard that prevailed. Boundary Park upheld its reputation as a “blasted heath” and the rain at one time was so torrential that it momentarily looked as though the game –like one between the same clubs earlier in the season –might have to be abandoned. Arrangements for the replaying of the fixture by the way, have not yet been completed. There was an eleventh-hour reshuffling of the Everton ranks, and the selected team gave a capital account of themselves, showing considerably more balance than their opponents. The halves were perhaps not quite up to concert pitch, but they succeeded in breaking up the Oldham attack, and the dangerous shots that did get through were magnificently dealt with by Fern. Everton holding the weather gauge in the first forty five gained their lead through Clennell who made a welcome reappearance. Oldham replied pluckily when they had the wind behind them, and the woodwork was struck three times –a clear indication of the trend of play. Ten minutes from the finish Lashmore scored cleverly, and it looked as though the honours would be divided when Moffatt allowed Harrison to close in and clench the argument with a gift goal. Result Everton 2 goals, Oldham Athletic 1.
March 31, 1916. Evening Express.
By The Judge.
Everything promises splendidly for the meeting of our two leading club tomorrow. As the teams were given in their due formation yesterday there is no need to repeat them, the only feature being the return of Pagnam to the Liverpool side, and the presence of the Everton scorer Pte Williamson. Both are at full strength, and we are sure to witness sparkling contest. The individual charactertics of players are sufficiently well known, and with such a spirit of clean sportsmanship in evidence as has been such an outstanding feature of the previous meetings, the referee’s task should be a congenial one. I shall still adhere to my anticipation of yesterday’s that the struggle will end with honours even.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 31 March 1916.
The football world will be sorry to hear that the wife of the former Everton full back William Balmer died yesterday.
FOURTH MEETING OF EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL
March 31, 1916. The Liverpool Echo
Everton and Liverpool meeting at Goodison Park, it is the fourth engagement of the clubs this season, and Liverpool have three victories to their credit. Time was when Everton won at Anfield and Liverpool returned the compliment by winning at Goodison Park, but these are not times –these are bad days –and Liverpool have broken all vows of consistency by –straightway winning the rubber. Another meeting of the clubs is due in the season proper, and then there follows the meeting for the Lord Mayor's Fund. South and Tranmere are also expected to play in the same cause and the players by these matches will not only be responsible for a hugh sum being devoted to the admirable cause, but they will be able, for the first time this season be struggle for a memento! Medals are to be presented to the teams.
Plan of the Field
The following shows the formation of the teams which Mr. W. J. Heath will control:- Everton; Fern; Thompson, Simpson; Brown, Fleetwood, Waring; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Williamson, Clennell, Harrison. Liverpool; Taylor; Longsworth, Middelhurst; Bamber, Goddard, McKinlay; Pinkney, Watson, Pagnam, Metcalf, Cunliffe. These men will fashion a brilliant match unless I am much mistaken. There is strength of body, agihty of foot, and speed combined in the various departments. In goal there is not a pan's point between the pair. Each is a capable handler of shots. The backs are of the same style. Thompson and Longsworth adopt similar methods, and Simpson and Middlehurst are much alike. A half back we find on either side two experience members and two of the youngster generation and there again one fails to find a difference of strength worthy of any special note, albeit I fancy the Everton line a little more than Liverpool's intermediate line. In attack Everton's right is brilliant and Liverpool's is practical and not showy. At centre Liverpool has the advantage, and on the left Everton's wing pair has it because of its deadliness. Although Metcalfe and Cunliffe do some wonderful work in the open, they do not finish with the sting of the Clennell-Harrison wing. 86, reader you ll agree, if you are not a partisan that the teams are in very truth evenly manned in every department and a great game should be certain. It is hardly necessary but I will nevertheless point again in the fact that our local Derbys are a model to all other clubs and I would remind players of the glorious record and ask them to keep the record clean. Be earnest by all means, not eschew –as in former games –all shady tricks ad signs of temper.
The football world will be sorry to hear that the wife of the former Everton full back William Balmer died yesterday.