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London Daily News - Monday 07 November 1904
Everton had not much difficulty in beating Notts Forest, at Goodison Park, the home side gaining a handsome victory five goals to one. Young scored twice for Everton in the first half, and Morris once for the Forest. After change of ends Young added two more goals for the home side, and Taylor one. During considerable portion of the game Ashworth and Niblo were off the field injured.

Athletic News - Monday 07 November 1904
Edwin Berry
By Junius
The election of Mr. Edwin Berry, C.C., to the chairmanship of the re-constructed Liverpool club has been hailed with complete satisfaction in all quarters.  He was born in Everton, and was one of the founders of what was practically the first football club in Liverpool –the St. Domingo Club-out of which the Everton F.C., sprang.  He then became connected with an organization known as the Liverpool Association, the members of which were chiefly schoolmasters and public school men.  When the Everton F.C., was formed he was prevailed upon to join them, and was a member of the team that won the Liverpool Cup the first year it was existence.  They played in Stanley Park, but afterwards transferred their head-quarters to Anfield-road.  After playing with Everton for several seasons Mr. Berry had to relinquish the game owing to the demands of an increasing business.  He, however, occasionally officiated as linesman and referee, though he only once operated as whistle-blower, this being in one of the local “Derby’s” between Everton and Bootle.  In conjunction with Mr. R.Lythgoe and Mr. T. Evans he assisted in founding the Liverpool Association, and was the first treasurer.  As a player he figured at outside-right, and his graceful style, speed, and powerful accuracy in centring made him an opponent to be feared.  Mr. Berry is a solicitor by profession, and his likewise been long identified with politics.  Last Tuesday he was re-elected as representative for the Breckfield ward, which post he has held for six years, and as deputy-chairman of the Arts Sub-Committee he has rendered invaluable service in maintaining a high standard of efficiency in this direction. 

November 7, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
After a threatening morning the weather turned out beautifully fine for the match between Everton and Notts Forest at Goodison-park. The home side strengthened by the reappearance of Sharp and Abbott, though Booth was still absents, while the Forest made several changes. There were about 15,000 spectators present when the teams faced as follows: - Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly, backs, Ashworth, Taylor, and Abbott half-backs Sharp, McDermott, Young Settle, and Hardman forwards. Notts Forest: - Linacre, goal, Craig and Iremonger backs Timmons, Barnsdale, and Crawford, half-backs Anthony Shearman Niblo, Morris, and Spouncer, forwards. Referee J.Adams . Everton lost the toss, and had to face the sun otherwise there was no advantage to either side. Young started, and the opening stages called for two stoppages. The Everton left wing right from the kick off took the ball down, and Craig in stopping a centre from Settle, put up his foot, and caught Young on the leg. The Everton centre was soon able to resume, but hardly had the ball been restarted than the referee blew his whistle and talked to McDermott and Niblo. A cross from Shearman brought out Scott, who safely kicked away, and next Morris placed high over the bar. Barnsdale was penalised for fouling Young, but nothing came of it, and rushing away Morris was becoming dangerous when Balmer fouled him not far from the penalty line. Iremonger took the free kick, but his shot was charged down and Iremonger himself came under the ban of the referee for his attentions to Taylor. Young initiated a dangerous attack, but it brought no benefit, McDermott's effort being feeble. The crowd were down upon Craig for his too vigorous attentions to Hardman and the free kick led to a fine save on the part of Linacre. Abbott placed the ball well in, and after Settle and Young had helped it forward, the leather seemed to be going under the bar when Linacre justed managed to divert over at the expense of a fruitless corner. Unusual feeling was imparted into the game, and fouls were numerous. Suddenly Young, who had been lying well up was seen in possession of the ball, and despising appeals for offside he darted away past the backs, and bringing out the goalkeeper, shot past him into the net. This reverse did not affect the Forest, and both sides went at it in ding-dong fashion. The Forest forwards were very smart on the ball and before they equalised thanks principally to the judgement of Niblo. That player dribbled on his own splendidly, and shot in from a few yards range, Scott was just able to touch the ball with his hands, but before he could recover himself, Morris had rushed up and equalised the score. Then Everton kept up persistent pressure, Linacre being frequently called upon. One of his saves from McDermott was remarkably smart. Another stoppage was occasioned by an injury to Niblo, who was caught on the ankle in an encounter with Balmer. He had to be assisted off the field. From the free kick, Scott was called upon and a corner followed. The loss of Niblo had no effect upon the Foresters, who came very near beating Scott Everton drove them back, and Linacre was applauded for a couple of brilliant saves from Sharp, and Young. From a corner, Settle headed over with an open goal. The pace was well maintained Everton at this stage doing most of the pressing, with Hardman going especially strong. McDermott skimmed the crossbar with a fast shot and then Ashworth was injured, and was carried off by Elliott. While this was being done Everton attacked and after smart work by Hardman and Settle, Young obtained a really fine goal. Half-time Everton 2 Notts Forest 1. After the interval it was noticed with satisfaction that the teams were again at full strength. The Reds were the first to make headway, but one of them was penalised for a foul as a high dropping shot was being sent into goal. The Forest right was clever but the ball went over the line, and then Sharp carerred along the wing, forcing a corner off Craig. The ball was got away, and Taylor came under the notice of the referee for pulling up Shearmen. Another attack in which Sharp was conspicuous, followed but Hardman, after smartly outwitting his man, failed with his centre. Taylor was again at fault, and this time the referee spoke to him, and also called up Balmer, the Everton captain. From an attempt by Morris, Scott in the nick of time scooped the ball over the bar, the ensuing corner being abortive. From a free kick Abbott put in a lovely shot, which Linacre intercepted at full length. At this period the Forest defence was being severely tested. Linacre in goal being a host in himself. A last Young receiving the ball from Settle, broke through and scored his third goal of the match. Niblo again left the field, and Taylor scored the fourth goal for Everton. It was a day out for Young, who scored a fifth for his side, and the fourth on his own account. Result Everton 5, goals, Notts Forest 1.

November 7, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 10)
Played at Moorhead Park, Accrington lost the toss, but did the bulk of the pressing, and the game was exceedingly fast. Half-time no score. Play continued to be of an uninteresting character, Anderson scored for Accrington with a beautyful screw, and Accrington won by one goal to nil. Everton: - Kitchen goal Wildman and R.Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Chadwick, and McCartney half-backs, Rankin McLoughlin, Smith, Caldwell, and Evans forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 07 November 1904
By Junius
A year ago the bold Foresters of Nottingham came to Everton, saw, and conquered by two clear goals, and this at a time when the Goodison brigade had steered clear of defeat in all their previous home matches. Under precisely similar conditions did the original Reds visit the Everton headquarters once more, but their experience differed considerably from that of their last visit, and a defeat was turned into most a decisive victory by the skillful play of the home side. With the exception of Booth, Everton were able to place their strongest available team in the field, but the visitors made some changes from the eleven beaten a week ago, which will doubtless be best understood by glancing the subjoined list of players at the foot this article. A showery morning gave place to a bright afternoon, and the spin of the coin favouring the Foresters, Everton had to face the rays of a brilliant sun in the first half.  This proved to be an extremely unfortunate period for two of the players, for Balmer, in tackling Niblo, caused the latter’s temporary retirement, whilst about ten minutes from the interval Ashworth collided with an opponent, and was stunned, which led to his being carried off the field. When breathing time arrived each side was represented by ten players. In the meantime some most interesting work had been accomplished by both elevens, but seldom have I seen so many fouls—and bad ones, too—in a First League came at Everton. Keenness has not confined to the actual playing of football, and this was the chief blot on the early proceedings, which was not creditable to those concerned on either side. Afterwards, the men adopted more sportsmanlike attitude to each other and no fault could be found with the players after the resumption. A quarter of an hour elapsed before any scoring took place. Both goals had been alternately visited, each of which had narrow escapes of being captured, but of the two custodians Linacre had by far the more difficult work perform. After a splendid clearance from Young at close range the Everton centre forward, a moment later, obtained possession in midfield, and, disregarding cries of offside, ran on and beat the keeper, who had come out to save. But Everton only held this advantage a short time, for a dashing bit dribbling by Niblo enabled him to get close in, and Scott could only partially stop his shot, Morris doing the rest, After this play waxed more furiously than ever, but the home team were always holding a slight advantage. They were more effective near goal, and when Young received from Settle and again placed his side ahead, there could be no disputing the fact that the better team were in front. Up to this point, however, the Forest forwards had displayed any amount of cleverness, and their passing was at times excellent, but they could never really shake off the attentions of 'the Everton half and full backs. The final retirement of Niblo settled them completely, and during the last half hour there was almost one continual onslaught their goal. Linacre kept out a terrific shot by Abbott from a free kick, but eventually Settle received from the right wing, placed forward to Young, and the centre had gained his third goal. It was no use for Linacre to attempt to stop such shots as these. More brilliant work ended in Taylor putting on a fourth, and Young finished as had begun, by again beating Linacre with a header from a lovely centre by Sharp.  Thus the Forest fell in a floundering fashion by five goals to one.  They simply could not keep the pace set by their opponents, and in the closing stages they were content to defend as best they could.  For forty-five minutes they had put up a good fight, but afterwards the Everton forwards were all over them, swarming into their defences with a persistency that would not be denied.  What came over the men in the first half I cannot imagine and some of the tactics adopted by the players on both sides during this period were most uncalled for.  It appeared at one time as if they had become infected with some disreputable microcosm, which had utterly deadened their sense to a sporting fitness of things, and the change after interval was decidedly appreciated. Young scored four out the five goals. He is an earnest player this smiling-faced Scot, and some of his touches were simply delightful to witness. He is unfortunate in this respect, that when he blunders he does so very badly, and one is apt to forget his previous excellences. But four goals, and excellent ones, too, must be a soothing consolation for all deficiencies to this smart centre. On either side of him there were some really artistic movements expounded. Settle was in his best humour, and he plied Hardman with repeated flashes to the wing that satiated even this irrepressible bit of humanity. Timmins and Craig were kept ceaselessly moving by this pair, and they did well keep them under control to the extent they actually accomplished. But McDermott had no superior on the field, and I don’t know any forward who can mystify the opposing half so frequently as the ex-Celt does. Sharp was evidently holding himself within bounds, but he showed, when the opportunity arose, that he was equal to the demands upon him. His race down the wing, the beating of Iremonger, and the superb centre to Young, which led to the fifth goal, were the most enticing tit-bits of a fine second half. Abbott and Taylor were in rare form at half-back, and there existed that mutual understanding between them and their forwards that eventually led to the fall of the Foresters.  Tackling with deadly accuracy, and placing with commendable judgement the pair gave their forwards every opportunity of maintaining the aggressive, and the latter responded gamely.  Ashworth played well and pluckily, and in the second half exhibited no signs of his earlier rough experience.  Balmer and Crelley proved almost invulnerable and their work at full-back could scarcely have been improved upon.  They defeated so stoutly and determinedly that Scott was seldom requisitioned and the custodian, though he had several awkward shots to deal with was not unduly called upon.  The Forest forwards were seen at their best before the interval, and it only fair to assume that their calculations were upset by the enforced absence of Niblo in the second stage of the proceedings.  Shearman was always on the ball, and he strove valiantly to minimize the value of the opposition.  He and Morris were responsible for the finest work of this line, for Niblo was too much inclined to dribbling instead of giving his wings more chances of getting away.  Anthony started in very good style, but he fell away completely after the second half had been in progress a little while.  The half-backs tried hard, but they were no match for the home forwards, and it was here that the weakness of the visitors was chiefly apparent.  They had a tough task on hand, and were not quite capable of getting through it with advantage to themselves.  Iremenger and Craig defended sturdily and vigorously, but Linacre was the most prominent and withal effective member of the rear division.  One save of his from Young at point blank range was as fine a clearance as anyone could wish to see.  Everton; Scott; Balmer, Crelley; S.B. Ashworth, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman.  Nottingham Forest; Linacre; Craig, Iremonger; Timmins, Barnsdale, Crawford; Anthony, Shearman, Niblo, Morris, and Spouncer.  Referee; J. Adams, Birmingham. 

Athletic News - Monday 07 November 1904
By Junius
Prior to Saturday, Everton were a point in arrears compared with the corresponding matches of last season, but the splendid victory gained over Nottingham Forest places them once more a point in advance, for the Reds were successful at Goodison Park twelve months ago. Abbott and Sharp were both available again, and their presence makes a vast difference to the team. Particularly is this the case with the latter, and the value of his service was fully demonstrated in the Forest match. His understudy. Rankin is a more than useful player, but he lacks one important attribute, namely, that of finishing well what he has begun. In speed and ability in getting clear away there is not a great deal to choose between the two, but when it comes to a question of whipping the ball across,  well Sharp is first, without a rival anywhere in sight. Young has a happy knack of rising to the occasion and completely flouting his critics, who are inclined to question the efficiency of his play- There, is no fault to be found with his work in midfield, and those who depreciate his services near goal, received an awkward poser by his scoring four points against the Foresters. The centre forward who can locate the netting four times in one game possesses a virtue, which like charity, covered a multitude of sins. In their search for new men, the directors have evidently abandoned the Scottish pastures, and are confining their attentions to local recruits. In this they are to be commended, for there are youths participating in local League matches in the district that are equal to anything that is available across the Border. A centre-forward, with the uncommon name of Smith, was tried in the reserve team at Accrington, and as Everton were only beaten by a goal it is natural to assume that did not disgrace his position. 

November 7, 1904. The Liverpool Mercury
Everton's decisive victory over Nottingham Forest furnished ample compensation for the defeat sustained last year at Goodison Park by two clear goals. On two previous occasions only had Everton prevailed by more than four goals against the Midlanders and during the first half of the game under notice there was no indirection that such a one sided verdict would be gamed. But after the retirement of Niblo early on in the second half, the Foresters were simply ran to a standstill, and their backs were willing to kick the ball anywhere so long as they dispossessed their opponents. Only the sterling work of Linacre in goal averted a more complete rout, end some of this smart keeper's clearances were exceptionally skillfully. Prior to the interval, the football was marked more by indiscriminate keenness than by real ability, and fouls were frequent. A considerable element of roughness was infused into the proceedings by both sets of players, and, as an exhibition of League warfare, the play during this period was unworthy of the reputation of the men engaged there in. there were faults on both sides, and when half-time arrived the visitors were without Niblo, and Everton were minus Ashworth. Hacking and tripping were frequent offences, and caused one to wonder what had come over the players. Seldom have to many flagrant cases occurred in a first class game on the Everton ground, and it was quite a relief to find, as the play progressed after the interval, that different tactics were being adopted. Everton were slightly the better side during the first portion of the contest if only by reason of the fact that they were more dangerous near goal, and the Foresters missed several nice chances of making their position more secure. However, when the teams changed ends Everton quickly stated their case, and the longer they played the more effective did their work become. Young, who had scored both goals in the first half, added two more, while Taylor gained his initial goal this season, and the final whistle was a grateful sound to the Midlanders, who had more than enough before the play ceased. Taking the game all round, Everton can be congratulated upon achieving such a desirable and well-deserved victory. They were not so skilful in their movements during the earlier stages as was the case later on, but they had set a pace which left the Foresters in the lurch at the finish and which enabled them to win with ease. Young deserves special commendation for his fine feat in scoring four of the five goals. His distribution of the work to his wings was not always accurate, and frequently his passes went all awry, but as already stated, improvement came later, and some excellent combined work between him, Settle, and Taylor was witnessed. McDermott gave an almost similar exhibition his best work being accomplished after the interval. Settle was the most consistent forward, the inside left exhibiting a dash and vigour which led to this branch of the attack keeping the Forest defenders continuously extended to the full. Hardman was well attended to by his partner, who plied him with in numerable chances of getting away to which the extreme winger grandly responded. Sharp was not so prominent throughout, but when he did obtain an opening, he invariably made good use of the opportunity. The movement on his part, which led to Young heading his fourth goal, was a notable example, and the finishing touch, which the centre gave, was a fitting termination to a most judicious piece of work. In every department the rear division acted excellently. Scott had not many awkward shots to deal with, but he never made a blunder and the efforts by Niblo of which led to his only defeat, was a terrific ball, to deal with. Balmer and Crelly tackled with deadliness that they have seldom displayed together, both men were repeatedly prominent in pulling up the Forest forwards, and their kicking was never at fault. Taylor and Abbott were the most prominent figures at halfback, but at times the former rather allowed his zeal to overrun his discretion. Still he was responsible for any amount of downright good work, and there was no better player on the field. Abbott also put in some sterling defensive play and he gave the wing in front of him, valuable assistance. Ashworth was not so successful in the first half, but the severe shaking he received just before the interval instead of acting detrimental on his play, created the opposite effect for he shaped capitally during the second portion of the game. When at full strength, the Forest forwards exhibited smart tactics, but they were inclined to selfishness, and when near goal they frittered away several easy chances. The three inside men, Shearman, Niblo, and Morris, displayed some intricate footwork at times, and again a moderate defence would doubtless have done great damage. Had they opened out the play more they might have taxed more successfully, but the extreme wingmen were not over burdened with openings. The great weakness, however, was at half back, and the complete failure of the line to hold the home forwards threw a tremendous amount of work on the full backs. They could not accused of lack of endeavour, the simple matter of fact is they were not capable of accomplishing the task they had to face. The full backs did well, and Linacre kept a splendid goal. One save from Young in the first half was particularly fine, and although beaten five times, he could not be held in the slightest degree responsible for the defeats.

Note, This is the Last Mercury match report, Mercury form up with the Liverpool Daily Post

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 10 November 1904
The Bangor Football Club have secured the signature of "Smart" Arridge the ex-Everton and Stockport County full back.

November 12, 1904. The Liverpool Football Echo
Sheffield Wednesday Davies sent off
Scott retires after third goal is scored, and Abbott goes between the posts.
Everton five goals to one up at the interval.
The Everton eleven travelled to Sheffield to-day in order to meet the Wednesday Club at Owlerton. The meeting between the clever Goodison Park brigade and last season's champion's great interest in the cutlery capital, and a large attendance was assured by reason of the delightfully fine and mild weather. The Sheffielders had, it is true, rather fallen from their high state in as much as they suffered defeat in the last three matches. The home supporters, however, were more confident to-day, when they remembered that Everton have never won at Owlerton. Sheffield men were all reported fit and well, and we were glad to see Tom Booth, who came down to witness the game, looking much improved in health. The directors relied upon the same team as last week, while the home contingent were as their fullest strength. Prompt to time the men faced each other as follows: - Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer (captain), and Crelly backs, Ashworth, Taylor and Abbott, half-backs Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Jarvis, goal Layton and Burton, backs, Ferrier, Crawshaw (captain), and Ruddlesdin, half-backs, Davies, Stewart, Wilson V.Simpson, and G.Simpson, forwards. Referee F. Steath of Birmingham. It will be seen that Lyall the regular Wednesday custodian was absent, the cause being an injured leg. There were fully 12,000 spectators present when operations were commenced. Crawshaw won the toss, and the visitors started with their faces to the sun, but this was the only disadvantage as there was practically no wind. After the opening exchanges the Everton right moved along, but Ruddlesdin proved too much for Sharp, and the leather was sent to midfield. Here Hardman got possession and Layton in attempting to clear his lines, let in Young, who nipped in like the proverbial streak of greased lighting and running in, he netted the ball out of the reach of Jarvis. This success came in the first two minutes of the game, and it consequently put Wednesday on their best mettle. They broke through in ominous fashion on the right, and from a fine centre by Davis, Simpson headed the ball over the crossbar. This was followed by an other prolonged assault on the Everton goal, and for a time both backs were severely taxed. Balmer eventually clearing with one of his high punts. A breakaway by the Evertonians transferred play to the home territory where Taylor was in a good position when he lost possession, and the Everton goal was again visited by the home forwards. The pressure was removed by Simpson shooting wide, and the succeeding stages were not of an open order. The visitors, however, gradually worked they way down, and splendid combined work on the part of the three inside men ended in McDermott sending in a low swift shot which Jarvis saved in almost marvellous fashion. The home forwards in turn took up the attack, and this time their determination met with its don reward, for finest pass by Simpson, Davies was given possession, and the speedy right winger banged the leather into the corner of the net, amid great cheering. The sides being once more on level terms, the pace increased considerably, and excitement run high as the homesters again began to pose with great persistence. In one of these rushes Vivian Simpson and Ashworth came into violent collision, with the result that the Everton amateur sustained a rather severe kick in the back and had to be carried off the field. Although weakened by this loss, the Goodison Park contingent stuck gamely to their work and pretty footwork among the forwards took the ball into close proximity to charge. Here Settle was just about to shoot when Layton beat him though the latter's method of getting possession was open to question. After a further spell of midfield play the home forwards made progress, but without success, and then a great cheer went up as Ashworth was seen to emerge from the dressing room and resume his place on the field. The visitors were now two clear goals ahead and their confidences was completely restored. Indeed they quite played with their opponents, who were thoroughly non-plussed, and the position of the Wednesday became well high hopeless when Hardman, as the result of more fine forward work added No.4. These could now be no mistaking who was the cleverer team, and even the spectators who at this period numbered close upon 20,000, cheered for nice combination movements of the Evertonians. A breakaway on the right was accounted for by Scott, and then Hardman ran right round Layton, and shot across to McDermott, who put in a long dropping shot, which Jarvis just succeeded in fisting clear. Towards the interval the visitors enjoyed all the best of the play and in more than one instance some of the home players began to lose their temper. Still the Evertonians pressed, and in long spell of attack resulted in Young tending in a swift drive, which Jarvis cleared very cleverly. The home forwards then advanced in business like fashion, and from a neat centre by Stewart, Simpson headed the ball in, but Scott was not to be caught napping, and he cleared handsomely. Just before half-time Young worked his way right through his field, and passed out to Sharp, but the latter was palpably offside. A few movements later, Settle, Young, and McDermott all had shots at close range, and from the last named player's effort a corner was forced. This was nicely placed by Sharp, and from a bully in front of Jarvis, Abbott put in a swift drive, which credited the visitors with their fifth goal. A few seconds later half-time came and brought a temporarily relief to the homesters. There was no doubt that the Evertonians had so far given a wonderful display their work all record being splendid. In the second half the Wednesday showed considerable dash and after Scott had saved a warm one, Stewart scored from a penalty kick , George Simpson scored a second, then Scott retired hurt Abbott going in goal. Six minutes from the finish Wednesday scored a fourth after which Davies was ordered off for striking an Everton player. In the last minute Ferrier scored at equalised goal, and the game in a draw of five goals each.

November 14 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 11)
While the senior were breaking records at Sheffield, the Everton combination team were crediting themselves with a fine victory at Anfield at the expense of their Liverpool rivals. The match was the chief Association game in the district, and with fine weather prevailing the attendance must have been fully 12,000. The spectators had plenty of value for their money. On form it was though that the Liverpoolians would have proved successful, but the football form, like that of cricket is not always to be relied upon Everton had the strongest side they have turned out for several weeks, with the result that they secured six of the eight goals scored. During the first portion of the game Everton favoured by having the sun, and wind behind them gave the Liverpool defenders plenty of work. Dilly easily scored a fine shot, but although the visitors did the greater portion of the attacking, Liverpool equalised near the interval, Carlin putting though from a centre by Dudley. This was the state of the game when ends were changed and when soon after resuming Carlin gave the reds the lead from Dudley's corner, it appeared as though the Anfielders were going to justify expectations. But McLoughlin, and Roberts converted a couple of centres from Rankin into goals. Platt might have cleared from the first “middle” but Everton's third goal was a beauty, the centre heading through after fine play by the right wing. The Liverpool defence had a bad time during the first 30 minutes of the half and Roberts added another goal. Afterwards although Liverpool put on pressure, the Everton defence was sound, and near time Evans added the sixth and last goal. Although Everton did not deserve to win by so pronounced a margin they were the smarter side. They were stronger at half-back, combined and shot better forward, while their defence was very sound. West got though an immense amount of work for the Reds, and it is gratifying to note that his accident has had no effect upon his play. Wilson was too slow, while very little was seen of Morris, and Pratt. Everton: - Kitchen, goal, W.Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick and Makepeace half-backs Rankin, McLoughlin, Roberts, Dilly, and Evans forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 14 November 1904
Five Goals Each!
By Tityrus
With the aid of an airship, twisting and turning about over the heads of the players and flying from goal to goal, I might have been able to describe the thrilling struggle which was produced by the meeting of Sheffield Wednesday and Everton at Owlerton on Saturday. But being an ordinary man with ninety  eight less eyes than Argus had, and being anchored on “terracotta,” as Mrs. Pattington would sway, I can only give a few impressions, mere snap-shot glimpses of the most extra ordinary game of football it was ever my lot see. Probably there have been more wonderful matches, but unfortunately I was not there. I was at Owlerton, and on calm reflection it seems to me that for scoring and sensationalism combined this battle deserves to live in the history of the game. To me it was like the one-wicket win of England at the Oval in 1902. Perpend; Everton lead at the interval by 5—l. surely victory was within the grasp of the visitors, No deduction could be more legitimate, but Sheffield Wednesday have the glorious attribute of buoyancy. They may not be eleven Mark Tapley’s, but they are eleven Micawbers in the sense that they keep on playing in the grimmest “I’m-a-devil never say-die” fashion—to continue the Dickensonian similes —in the hope that something will turn up. Four goals materialized in the second half. This was the reward of their persistency and they divided the spoils, although no man will convince me that there ought to have been any sharing of those points. In less than two minutes the first goal was on the book of the recording chiels. Everton were quickly advancing, and Settle passed in front for Young. Layton got the ball, but he was as weak as a child against Young, who just took the leather from his opponent’s feet, and with a plain straight shot a foot inside the post notched the first of the series. The reserve goalkeeper Wednesday—one Jarvis—seemed rooted to me spot- Perhaps he was so surprised at the course of events. The Wednesday rallied by the co-operation of Wilson and Davis, but the latter’s centre was headed over the bar by Vivian Simpson. But when once Everton felt their limbs lissome and elastic they gave an exhibition of perfect footwork. Their combination was masterly. The cunning and craft in their toes kept abreast with the designs suggested by their brains. I grant that Wednesday were not playing well, and their lapses made the tracing of Mosaic patterns all the easier for Everton, At the same time this mazy dribbling, this transference from man to man, was not a mere exhibition of prettiness without effectiveness.  Wednesday were bewildered and over whelmed. Yet all of a sudden Wednesday rallied and George Simpson crowned much hard labour with a centre which Davis drove into goal. Scott apparently stopped the ball at the foot of the post and Stewart was on it, but the ball had already entered the netted haven, so with nine minutes gone the record was even. Thus roused, the Sheffielders became more aggressive, and it really seemed as if Vivian Simpson would score, but he missed the ball and accidentally his boot came on to Ashworth’s breast—just above the nipple —and Sam Ashworth had to be carried off. Happily, he rallied and returned in about ten minutes amid cheers. The home team exerted considerable pressure, and both George Simpson and Andrew Wilson were dangerous —but not in any way fatal. A superb period of triumph came to Everton. Taylor, who was ever to the fore, made a fine pass to Hardman, who sprinted on though harassed by Layton. The latter, however, conceded a corner-kick which Hardman placed advantageously, and from a group of players Settle, of the twinkling feet, shot the ball into the far corner from where Jarvis was standing.  Within two minutes McDermott, who had strayed to outside right, dropped the ball into goal with a lovely centre. Jarvis ought to have made a catch and thrown away, but he waited for the leather to fall at his toe.  Settle saw his chance, was too quick for Jarvis—and presto!'-the ball was reposing in the net. Everton were simply walking through their opponents, and as Layton made another mistake a fourth goal seemed imminent, but Young’s shot was slow, and Jarvis repelled amid cruelly ironical cheers. But that fourth goal was not long delayed, for a methodical movement enabled Settle to give Hardman an opportunity. The Blackpool youth pranced along, and with a lofty screw registered a really grand goal —so that at the end of half hour’s football Everton were leading by no fewer than 4-1.  Wednesday once or twice raised the siege, but broadly, they marionettes compared with the all alive personages in deep white jersey.   Hardman was like a flittering spectra to Layton, but the next goal came from the other wing, as a corner kick perused on the right.  Sharp placed well, and Abbott scored a fifth goal less than a minute from the interval, when Everton were apparently in a commanding position with a lead of 5-1.  The sportsmen of Sheffield cheered and applauded Everton to the echo both as they went off the field and as they came on again.  It was good to hear such a demonstration after Wednesday had lost as many goals as throughout the season on their own ground.  But on reversing the Wednesday changed their inside men, for Stewart went to inside left, where he was more at home, and Vivian Simpson, an accommodating gentleman, who can take any inside position, crossed to Chapman’s usual place.  These alterations worked wonders, for Sheffield Wednesday had much more of the play-but even so I must frankly confess that I regarded their position as hopeless.  Probably I was not alone in that belief, but Wednesday never conclude that a game is lost until the signal “Cease Firing” is sounded.  Early on Crawshaw came near scoring from a free kick.  After Everton had been forced back Wednesday were very aggressive, and Scott had to save with Davis bearing down on him.  However, George Simpson was seen converging into goal at lightning speed, Balmer tripped hi up inside the dreaded area.  Simpson turned a complete somersault, and a penalty kick was the only course possible.  Stewart was entrusted with the task, but Scott shot up both hands and caused the ball to fall behind him.  The moment this happened the Wednesday forwards rushed in, and during the onslaught Scott was heavily charged, and lay prone on his own goal-line, while the ball was forced into the net.  Despite the vigorous appeals of the Evertonians the referee pointed for a goal.  Personally I do not think it was a legitimate goal-for Scott baldly injured his right shoulder.  He tried to play, but after Jarvis had twice saved Scott had another shot to repel.  Although he threw the ball away he simply curled up with the agony entailed by using his arms.  The Wednesday never faltered.  They kept sweeping down on the Everton position like a mighty host, and Crawshaw dropped the ball into the goal mouth.  I rather fancied that Balmer touched the leather as it fell, but George Simpson dashed in and netted, so that with twenty-five minutes gone in the second half Wednesday were only two goals in arrears.  Then Scott, seeing that he was useless, retired.  Abbott went in goal, and McDermott retired to left half-back.  Moreover, Abbott acquitted himself well, considering the difficulties of a position to which he was not accustomed.  Several times he parried awkward shots, and once Stewart hit the post.  From a corner given by Crelley, Vivan Simpson headed a fourth goal after Abbott had once saved.  Thus the Wednesday were stimulated to obtain one more goal, and so divide the honours.  But before this occurred Hardman and Davis headed at the same ball, and for some reason, quite unknown to me, Davis lost his self-possession, yielded to the base impulse of the moment, and struck Harold Hardman with his fist.  This is not characteristic of either the player or the club, and Davis was ordered off the field.  After the excitement of this regrettable incident had subsided, the Wednesday bore down on the Everton goal, and a free kick for a foul was given near one of the posts.  The ball bounced from head to head, and was finally scrimmaged through just on the stroke of time.  Thus was the score equalized and the game ended in a draw of five goals each.  Such a dramatic finish to a pulse-quickening combat produced a state of frenzy among the spectators which, I am pleased to say, I seldom see at a match.  Indeed, I do not think that such a nerve-wracking tension is healthy, and personally I was glad when the combat ceased.  That Everton are capable of the very highest flights of football science I have already suggested.  Their play in the first half was delightfully thrilling, and it was the pure and unadulterated art.  The combination between the forwards and the half-backs was the perfection of method, but at the same time, I shall always believe that Everton thought they had won the match when they began the second portion.  That delusion was one cause of their undoing.  While I congratulate Everton on their accomplishment, let me not withhold the heartiest praise for the bull-dog pertinacity of the Wednesday.  To face a leeway of four goals and draw the game was a wonderful achievement.  At the same time I cannot overlook the fact that for the last twenty minutes Abbott was in goal and that two points then accrued.  It is too, just possible that George Simpson would never have shot the third goal had Scott been fit and free to use his arms.  These are all reflections which arise in taking a dispassionate survey.  On the other hand, Wednesday may urge that the absence of Lyall, owing to a boil on one of his feet, was a serious handicap to them, and that the inexperience of Jarvis cost them at least a goal.  Nor should we overlook the absence of such a tireless worker as Chapman.  Thus, taking one consideration with another perhaps a draw was the best possible result, remembering all the “ifs”  “ands,” and “buts” Two of the Everton goals should be labelled.  “A Present from Sheffield” – but still with a lead of 5-1 Everton ought to have been sure of their booty.  Their backs rather “bucked” under pressure.  So much space has been required to indicate the course of events that for once criticism of players must be brief.  Scott was as safe as the Bank of England until hurt, but neither Balmer nor Crelley could withstand the raids of Wednesday after the interval.  They played a winning game well, but once they had to put their backs against the wall –so to speak –and fight they rather lost their precision, and their only resource was to kick into touch.  The shrewdest and most skillful half-backs on the field was Taylor, machinery going, but afterwards he could not quite keep Wilson in hand.  Of the forwards Sharp was not at his best, and McDermott hung back among the half-backs far too much, although always clever on the ball.  Young, Settle, and Hardman were most masterful.  I never remember seeing Settle accomplished so much in so little room, and very often with just a simple pass.  There were times when the Everton half-backs and forwards seemed able to make the ball travel along a tape, so to speak in passing from man to man.  If Everton can show football of this class, and maintain their steadiness and strength to the end, they ought to be very near winning The League Championship again.  The Wednesday defence was far from invulnerable.  Jarvis was feeble, but it must not be forgotten that Layton offered him no protection.  Indeed, Layton could neither run, stand, nor kick at times.  Rarely has he been so ineffective.  The mainstay of the rearguard was Burton, who never lost his form nor his head.  Now and again he did not kick the ball in the right place to put it where he intended, but nevertheless he was the soundest back on view taking the match all through.  Ruddlesdin was mainly responsible for the checkmating of Sharp. And he played well, whilst Crawshaw somewhat redeemed himself in the second half.  I did not think the Wednesday forwards were at fault.  They did their duty.  For sustained effort, sudden dashes, and fine centres I should give the palm to Davis, but Vivian Simpson played a capital game, considering that it was his first league match this season, while George Simpson was often prominent for good work.  Indeed, all the Wednesday men deserve a pat on the back for their long pull, their strong pull, and their pull altogether in the second half.  Sheffield Wednesday;- Jarvis; Layton, Burton; Ferrier, Crawshaw, Ruddlesadin, Davis, Stewart, Wilson, V.S. Simpson, and George Simpson.  Everton; Scott; Balmer, Crelley; S,B, Ashworth, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman.  Referee; F. Heath, Birmingham. 

Athletic News - Monday 14 November 1904
By Junius
With both League teams operating away from home –a tremendous blunder in the arrangement of the cards-the Everton and Liverpool reserves had the city to themselves, and the Lancashire Combination match between the pair attracted over 12,000 people, a gate which some First League clubs would doubtless envy.  Two capital teams were turned out, and like their seniors, the Everton second string proved to be in a goal-scoring favoured Liverpool, but the “Blues” completely overplayed their rivals, and deservedly won by 6 goals to 2.  Dilly opened the scoring and Carlin equalized before the interval.  The same player then placed Liverpool in front, but Everton went ahead at a rare pace, and thanks to some splendid runs and centres by Rankin, McLoughlin made matters level, and Roberts twice found the net.  The latter dribbled through with a fifth, and just on time Evans finished a remarkable game with number six.  Everton were certainly the better side, and ought to have had another goal, for Dilly had the ball at his toes not five yards from Platt, but to the astonishment of everybody he completely missed the leather.  In the forward line the “Blues” was responsible for some smart work, and Rankin was the best of the bunch.  He had to face West, but the latter is only just recovering from his injury, and is not fit to tackle such a speedy customer as the Everton right winger.  What I admitted most about Rankin’s play was the accurate manner in which he finished his runs, and in the second half, when he was kept fully extended, nearly every move brought disaster to his opponents.  If he can maintain this form, and avoid falling into what I consider his only weakness, namely in finishing, he will require careful watching by any defence.  McLoughlin is a most promising inside forward, and Roberts demonstrated clearly that his proper position, is centre-forward.  Evans whom Liverpool allowed to leave after shaping creditably in the trial matches, is speedy, and centres well.  The three half-backs played a good combined game, and Young Balmer and Wildman kicked sturdily at full back.  Liverpool, on the other hand, were very erratic.  Carlin, in the centre, gave a good display, and Dudley a clever sprinter, on the extreme right, showed promising form, but he is very weak, Morris was too much inclined to play on his own, and Garside presumably gets stiff while waiting for a pass to come along.  There is ability for a pass to come along.  There is ability in this youth but more energy and determined is necessary, and greater celerity in making off with the ball likewise, if satisfactory development is to be made.  The half-backs were a useful trio, their best work being tackling, but they have much to learn in the way of feeding their forwards judiciously.  I was delighted to see West out again, and though he was not the West of old there were glimpses at times of a return to pristine form.  The club are allowing him hurried and their methods of procedure will assuredly prove correct in this case.  He had not the pace to keep Rankin in check in the second half, but he often beat him when it came to close quarters.  With the exception of the second goal Platt had no chance of stopping the other five shots.  Last year’s champions were seen at their best, and few teams will beat them on this form. 
Our League Teams
Everton are experiencing bad luck with their players, and Scott’s injury at Sheffield is one of the worst blows they have received yet.  Fortunately they have in Kitchen a custodian fit to take the post at any time.  Scott has made many friends in Liverpool, during the short time he has been here, his excellent work on the field and his unassuming manner towards him.  The draw at Sheffield places Everton two points in advance of those gained in the corresponding games last season. 

November 14, 1904. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The result of the meeting of Everton and Sheffield Wednesday at Owlerton Park, on Saturday, prove that the true praise delightful uncertainly is not confined to the game of cricket. At one period there was nothing more certain than that the visitors would return in Liverpool with a couple of points in their possession. As matters however, the compliance of the game changed with starting stubbornness and the Wednesday team came dangerous near snatching a sensational victory. It was a game of Sharp and marked contrast. Even the more rapid Sheffielders must admit that in the first half the visitors were head and shoulders above they opponents. They save an exhibition during the last twenty minutes of the first portion which has rarely been excelled, and which evoked the heartiest plandits even of the home team supporters. The result if five goals each is rather unique in the history of football, and it certainly constitutes a record at Owlerton. The real reason of the League champions being enabled to have one point at the eleventh hour was the result of the dallying tactics of the Evertonians. It is not always wine for a team who is leading by a goal to resort to what after all is a somewhat unsportmanlike action, like kicking the ball out of play. One instance occurred in the closing stages, which probably set the seal to the division of homesters. During one of these few attacking movements Hardman was pulled account of offside, for no early reason, Young sent the ball amongst the spectators. The referee noted the incident, and allowed extra time, with the result as stated. That this half minutes made to Everton all the difference between victory and a draw. Of course the fact must not be lost sight of that without doubt the Wednesday would never have pull up the gap which existed at half-time had it not been for the unfortunate circumstance which rendered Scott hors de combat. Almost a quarter of an hour after crossing over Balmer fouled G.Simpson within the penalty area. It was a stupid mistake, and it brought were heavy retribution in its train. Stewart took the kick, which Scott partially saved, but before he could quite recover himself the Wednesday man was upon him, and the same time with more than a suggestion of handling put the ball into the net, but the referee considered the point, legitimate.

In the confusion Scott sustained a severe bruise on the collarbone, and though he struggled gamely for some time to keen the “Imminent deadly Breach” he was obviously unfit for his duty, and this was plainly evidence when a moment later the “Blades” rushed down and scored a third goal, while Scott was feebly attempting to use his injured shoulder. After this he had force to retire and Abbott took his place. Although one of the best half backs in football, the Birmingham player cannot be considered a safe custodian. He did his best under the most trying circumstances, not the least being the almost hysterical shouting of the crowd, and he should scarcely blamed for letting two further goals being added by Wednesday's account. A regrettable occurred during the final stages. Davies and Hardman had an encounter into which, some engagement between the latter players. It culminated in the clever Wednesday outside right, losing his temper and striking Hardman with his fist. The offensive was so obvious that the referee could inflict no less penalty than that of ordering Davis off the field. A remarkable feature of a satisfactional game was that it was during the injurie time that the Wednesday secured their welcome fifth goal.

Dundee Courier -Saturday 19 November 1904
L. R- Roose, the Welsh International goalkeeper, has signed an amateur form for Everton. This news will come as a great surprise to the football public, for it was not known that the Everton Directors were in a quandary as to who they could place in goal to-day against Sunderland. well be remembered that the regular first team custodian, Soott, was injured in the memorable match against Sheffield Wednesday last week, while Kitchen, the reserve man, is laid up with influenza. So the officials set about looking for a class goalkeeper, and yesterday negotiations were completed with Roose, who is a doctor, and is well known to the football world most able, nimble custodian, who signed an amateur form for the blues. for four seasons kept goal for Stoke, to whom Everton recently transferred Whitley, and at the beginning the season he had differences with the club, and left them. Ashworth. Len Hales, and Rooee were amateurs with Stoke ' some four seasons ago, and did much good work towards keeping the Potters from falling into the Second Division of the League. Ashworth was the first to join Everton, and now Roose, daring to a fault, has decided to throw in his lot with them. At present he is staying London. Roose, of course, will keep goal to-day.

November 21, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Everton have at last suffered their first defeat at Goodison Park this season. Where other clubs have failed Sunderland have the supreme satisfaction of having come, seem, or rather played, and conquered. It was only by a goal; but it sufficed. It meant two points which are a decided staggered to a team that fondly hopes to carry off the championship after many years of struggling for an honour which has only once been theirs, and that in the early days of the League. After all the success of the Wearsiders was nothing out of the common. For three seasons in succession now they have vanquished the Evertonians at Goodison-park. What is more in the three encounters Everton have not even the consolation of a single goal, to their credit. And yet six League points have gone. Saturday's failure in the goal department appears all the more inexplicable after the experience of the two previous weeks, when against Notts Forest and Sheffield Wednesday the Everton attack claimed no fewer than ten goals.
Apart from the result the game produced any amount of really hard and determined football. It did not attain the standard of excellence which one expected from two such removed sides. There were plenty of pretty touches and masterly passes, but for the most part these were subordinated to a general idea of making headway by hook of by crook. In the first half Everton unquestionably had the measure of their opponents. Their forwards frequently had the Sunderland halves in difficulties, and time after time it looked as if a goal must accure. Something however, was radically wrong with them, as regards finishing touches, for despite the alertness of the opposing backs, opportunities were forthcoming which, under ordinary circumstances must have been turned to account. Rowlandson, it is true, brought off some splendid saves, and Sharp was distinctly with a grand shot which struck the bar, but Young was palpably at fault in a couple of instances. Thus it was that the teams crossed over with the scoresheet clean. The second half was of a more even and exciting description. Still the issue was in doubt right up to the close, and even after Bridgett had scored, it was anybody's game. Dogged ill-luck, however, pursued the Evertonians who try, as they would, could not do the right thing.
Unfortunately Everton ought to have made their position secure in the first half. They had a least two glorious chances of scoring. After some lovely passing, in which Young, Settle, and Hardman participated the latter put in a perfect centre, which was missed by both Young, and Settle. Then a moment later the centre was presented with a perfect opening, but with only the custodian to beat the shot absurdly wide. These misses were galling to the spectators, especially in view of the fact that only a fortnight before Young himself was responsible for a quartette of goals. Apart from these mistakes, however, Everton new goalkeeper the versatile L.R.Roose, late of Stoke, was practically responsible for the defeat. It was distinctly hard lines upon the custodian that a slip should have meant such an all-important difference to his new side. Otherwise he kept a splendid goal. Indeed just before he was beaten, he brought off a clearance from Gemmill, which might have beaten the most expert goalkeeper in the world.
The shining light on the Everton side was little Hardman, who besides being engrossed in the game for the sake of the game, possesses the heart of a giant. He cares not how big the opposing defenders may be he throws himself into the fray with a whole heartedness, which always commands admiration. Would that Young was imbued with the same spirit. If so has occasional mistakes would count for little, for he would impart to his play just that almount of devil which might easily place him in the very front rank of centre forwards. Settle played a great game throughout, but McDermott was not quite so sparkling as usual, while Sharp's brilliancy was of the occasional order. Of the halves Taylor and Abbott were ever conspicuous, but Ashworth was scarcely a match for the clever Sunderland left wing especially Gemmill, who was by far the most successful of the visiting attack. Balmer and Crelly got through some hard work with credit, though the former was erractic at times and as for the new goalkeeper, a brilliant debut, was marred by his one costly mistake. Apart from the goalkeeper- another amateur by the way-Sunderland were best represented in defence by Watson, and a wonderfully dogged half-back line, who will break up the combination of not a few League clubs.

November 21, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 12)
Everton accomplished a creditable performance in taking a point from Darwen. There was no score at half-time, and the home side opened, their score in somewhat lucky fashion, the ball from a long low shot passing through a crowd of players into the net, before Dent could get at it. McLoughlin, who is proving a useful forward, equalised, an even game ending in points divided. Everton: - Dent goal, W.Wildman, and R.Balmer backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, and Makepeace half-backs, Rankin, McLoughlin, Roberts, Caldwell, and Thomas, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 21 November 1904
A keenly-fought game between Everton and Darwen ended in a draw of one goal each.  The Darwen team had much the best of three-parts of the game.  Everton failing to show any brilliance until the last half-hour, Wildman, Balmer, and Dent played cleverly in defence for Everton, and had a lot of work to do in the first half.  Chadwick was the pick of the half-backs, and in front Rankin and McLoughlin were ahead of any others in the line.  Haslam gave an improved display at back for Darwen whose best back was Duckworth, Wilson’s display at centre-half was splendid and both Hollies and Crook were good.  The forward line was not very dangerous, the men failing to finish their movements with anything like satisfactory shots. 

Athletic News - Monday 21 November 1904
By Harricus
Sunderland visited Everton as leaders but as they were only a couple of points better off than the Lancashire club it was easy to imagine that there would be a rare struggle for supremacy, and it was evident that the people of Liverpool thought so, too, for there was an assembly of some 25,000 the bulk of whom were considerably depressed at the close of the game, for the only goal of the match fell to the visitors.  Thus it was that the Everton crowd saw their pets drop their first points at Goodison Park, for their previous five matches there had produced full points and a goal average of 13-4.  Therefore the disappointment of the crowd was only natural.  But it must be said that the victory went to the right side, and I expert that the Wearsiders will more than ever fancy their chances of the championship.  They won on their merits too, for the sides were representative, Everton introducing L.R. Roose to league Football for the first time this season in place of the injured Scott- a welsh international thus displacing an Irish one-while on the other side an English International, W. Hogg stood down at the request of the F.A. enabling Norman Brown, of Willington Athletic, to make his debut in league football.  The Brown family seems to be increasing in Association football, and, if I mistake not, the latest addition has come to stay.  Judging from the run of the play for a long time after the start the match seemed good enough for the Evertonians.  Their passing was excellent, without being overdone, for the attackers always made headway, and some good shots were put in, but the ‘Varsity custodian proved that he was no mere amateur so far as ability is concerned.  He also received rare assistance from Rhodes, and half-time found the game in exactly the same condition as it commenced.  So far as I can remember.  Roose had not one real shot to deal with.  Of course, he handled the ball, but the goal was never in jeopardy, so that considering Everton’s predominance it cannot be said that fate dealt kindly with them.  The closing stages of the opening half showed Sunderland in a more favourable light, and they recommenced in earnest, and once Bridgett fairly shook the post with a clipping shot.  Again Brown, with a beautiful centre, gave his colleagues a rare opportunity, which they should have availed themselves of, being all in a line in front of goal, but Gemmill, whose turn it was to score, instead of slipping the ball into the net, banged straight at goal, Roose saving in brilliant fashion.  The latter, however, was guilty of running out, and this fault proved fatal, for coming out to a fine centre of Brown’s he left an open goal to Bridgett, who is a young man who does not throw opportunities away, and, therefore, obliged his employers by securing the goal which sent two points to Durham.  The game was conducted in a skillful manner, more so by the losers than the winners, but the Sunderland men, whilst also showing good football, always struck one as being the most likely to win, though there seemed every prospect of a goalless draw.  Everton certainty had hard lines in the second half when Young followed Bridgett’s example of whitewashing the ball with a shot which would have knocked Rowlandson’s hand away had it been a few inches lower, while the goalkeeper dived down to another shot, which seemed a certain scorer, so certain, indeed, that the crowd shouted “Goal,” but even if he was lucky to save, and I don’t say that he was, he did save, and that is what he is played for.  But after all Sunderland fully deserved their points for in the second half they were clearly the better side.  Whilst it would be churlish to blame Roose for the defeat as some disappointed people did, it must be admitted that he gave away the goal which meant victory to the other side.  We all know the abilities of the Welsh International, but his first appearance with Everton was, to say the least, not very happy.  He was not overburdened with work, but beyond his old weakness of running out he kept a good goal.  He was well protected by the two Liverpool-born backs, Balmer and Crelley, the former being perhaps the sounder of the pair, who are of the best brand.  Crelley, the former being perhaps the sounder of the pair, who are of the best brand.  Crelley went off some ten minutes from the close.  He has been a worthy successor to George Molineux, though he, too, might have migrated to the south.  As a matter of fact, he did play with Millwall for a month, and as he has only passed his twenty-third birthday since the season commenced he should have a long reign.  The half-backs had John D. Taylor, a famous “Son of the (Dumbarton) Rock,” who, like George Ross, will not be pushed out of League football.  There is no man playing more anxious for the success of his side, and certainly on Saturday he quite overshadowed the colleagues.  Ashworth was brushed on one side to Gemmill and he allowed Bridgett to pushed him back, but, after all, he was quite a midget against Sunderland’s sturdy left wing pair.  The forwards started in excellent fashion, Hardman was most best of the quintette, and Settler assisted him, though the latter had not his usual sting behind his shots.  The right wing did not make much headway, as for one thing Jack Sharp displayed a timidity which is not good for the successful working of a forward set.  I am bound to express my preference for the winners.  Their play demands it.  Rowlandson is indeed a custodian of the finest brand, and Eddie Doig, who I know has the success of the Sunderland club at heart, must feel quite proud of his successor.  He is quite a giant under the crossbar, and I think would be quite capable of taking his place in an international match.  Rhodes was certainly the best back on the field.  I saw him as a reserve man, and was then convinced that, given the opportunity, he would make a name in League football.  McCombie’s removal has given him that opportunity, and he is making the most of it.  He has everything in his favour, and Rhodes will surely be a shinning light in his native North of England for many years to come.  His partner, International Watson, was very shaky in the first half, but he came out in his true colours afterwards.  Doubtless he felt secure when he had the measure of Sharp.  The half-backs were rare tacklers and their gradual overpowering of the Everton forwards was apparent.  Fullarton is a great big fellow at centre-half on the slow side, but I fancy that he could be developed.  Aston Villa want a centre forward.  They turned James McLuckie away, and sent Mark Watkins to Sunderland a few weeks back, but the old Stoke player, on his Saturday’s form, would do the Villa a lot of good.  Whilst not brilliant himself, he held the forwards together admirably and, swinging the ball about to both wings he led a game which is more worrying than close passing.  His colleagues responded right nobly, Brown, Common, Gemmill, and Bridgett all playing excellently, though Common and Bridgett were the chief stars.  Commencing in the order named Brown’s debut was highly successfully.  Early on the Williamson young man came into nasty collision with Crelley, and had to retire for repairs.  This fact and the terrible ordeal –to him- of facing some 25,000 unsympathetic people must have been very trying to him, but he came through with flying colours.  His nervousness-he is but a boy –was very apparent at the start, and he simply shot wildly immediately he received the ball; but after some advice from his partner he adopted proper tactics by running forward with the ball, and then either shooting or centring it, in which latter department he is already an adept in fact, his work in this direction caused the goal to be scored.  He has come to stay.  Alfred Common is a fine player to have on a side.  He is not an artist, he is a worker, and does not mind playing half-back, or even full back, when his side is in a corner.  He is not particular whether he or his opponents has the worst of a charge, and Brown must indeed feel grateful to him for the fatherly interest he took in him.  Gemmill, the only Scotsman in the forwards –what a change! –plays the Scotch game, and after all, it is perhaps as well that there should be one of this type in the attack.    He fed Bridgett as with a spoon, and Bridgett profited.  The old Stoke player has thickened considerably and is undoubtedly one of the best left wingers in the country.  His running and shooting are admirable parts of his play; indeed, I know of no extreme wing player who is more dangerous with his shooting.  Everton; L.R. Roose; Balmer, Crelley; S.B. Ashworth, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, McDermott, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman.  Sunderland; T.S. Rowlandson; Rhodes, Watson; Farquhar, Fullarton, Jackson, Brown, Common, Watkins, Gemmill, and Bridgett;  Referee; Mr. T. Kirkham, Burslem. 

Derby Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 23 November 1904
Evans who assisted Liverpool in their practice matches, and shaped well at outside left, has been signed on by Everton. He has been brought out of the Army, where he served as an artillery man and his career will be watched with interest.

London Daily News - Friday 25 November 1904
The expected has happened in the selection of the Woolwich Arsenal team to oppose Everton in the English League match at Plumslead to-morrow. Crowe will make way for Gooing at centre forward. The change was inevitable after the former's display against Derby County. Crowe's sensational debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Owlerton five weeks ago inspired the hope that he would develop into a first class centre, but his three succeeding exhibitions have been most disappointing, and last Saturday's failure has proved to be the last straw. Yet it is remarkable that of the four League games in which Crowe has taken part, two have been won and two drawn, so that he can least claim not to have been the losing side in a League match. After a month's rest Gooing should return to the team a giant refreshed. Gooing took part in the friendly game at Cambridge on Tuesday and scored two of the Arsenal's four goals. The only other probable change from last Saturday is the substitution of Gray for Cross at right fall back, the Scotchman having made a goad recovery from injured ankle under a Sheffield specialist. Briercliffe, who has not played since his breakdown against Notts Forest six weeks ago, is back into training, but his injured leg is not quite sound, and it would be unsafe for him to turn out this week. Everton, who leave Liverpool for London to-day, are bringing down the eleven which suffered its first home defeat against Sunderland last Saturday, which means that they will still be without Booth, their international centre-half, who has been on the injured list since September. To-morrow's will be the first game ever played between the teams. Everton are one of the five clubs who have had uninterrupted membership of the First Division of the English League since its formation in 1888. They have only once been championsó1890-Ióbut have thrice been runners-up and thrice occupied third place, so that their record is a highly creditable one. Teams: Arsenal: Ashcroft; Gray (or Cross) and Jackson; Dick, Sands, and McEachrane; Hunter, Coleman, Going, Satterthwaite, and Linward. Everton: L. E. Roose; Balmer and Crelly; S. B. Ashworth. Taylor, and Abbott; Sharp, Dermott, Young, Settle, and H. P. Hardman.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 26 November 1904
Everton's unbeaten record at home was spoiled by the spirited players from Sunderland, with little assistance from Roose. The player named, who used to figure with Stoke, was secured Everton last week, when it was discovered that Scott would be unfit play. The decision of live talented Welshman to appear with the Tollee team was not surprising, for rumours had been abroad that he would not averse to joining his old Stoke comrade, S. B. Ashworth. Rooso was not keen, however, on playing in this particular match owing to lack of practice, and if marred his otherwise excellent exhibition by giving away the one goal of the game, he must not be too severely criticised. He is a brilliant custodian, though inclined to impetuosity and running out, and will probably be of great service to the club. By the way, it is curious that Everton should supply Stoke with Whitley, and that the Staffordshire club should furnish Everton with Roose. but the latter being amateur is, of course, free to play with a club or not according to his personal wishes. By by, Everton are well off in having two international goalkeepersóRoose (Wales) and Scott (Ireland).

Lincolnshire Echo - Saturday 26 November 1904
At Plumstead, in winterly and foggy weather before 15,000 spectators. The ground was slippery. The Arsenal were without Gray, and played Gooing instead of Crowe, while Everton had Settle away. The Arsenal pressed at first, and Coleman scoredin ten minutes but immediately afterwards Young brilliantly equalised. Subsequently played ruled even, but Hardman scored again for Everton. Interval Arsenal 1, Everton 2. Everton 3, Woolwich 1 (match abandoned).

November 26 1904. The Liverpool Courier
The visit of the Everton team to Woolwich was marked by a most unsatisfactory experience. They had a big task on hand in a struggle to claim points from the Arsenal, for it will be remembered that only one team- Notts Forest-had hitherto succeeded in defeating the Gunners at Plumstead. Still they had practically accomplished their object when they were doomed to disappointment owing to the prevalence of fog, for at the time the referee decided to abandon play the “Blues” were leading by a margin of three goals to one, with only fifteen minutes to run. A heavy fog had surrounded the ground an hour before the start, and it appeared that play would be impossible. It lifted considerably but even there was always an air of uncertainly as to whether the final stages of the game would be reached. It was a bitter disappointment to the Evertonians, who brought every influence to bear upon the referee to continue the game, though to no purpose.

At the outset of the proceedings the Arsenal gave one the impression that they would be a most difficult side to overcome, for they pounced upon the ball, and made for goal in truly invigorating fashion. There was some capital combination displayed by the forwards, who were very smart at taking the ball in the air, and it was by adopting these methods that Coleman was enabled to open the score for his side, after ten minutes play. The lead was not held, long, for Young took advantage of a capital pass from the right wing and drew level, while a little later, from a similar movements in the same quarter Hardman dashed in and scored. Play in the second portion was altogether in favour of the visitors who were repeatedly cheered for their fine combined play and sterling defence. After several failures Young headed through from a corner kick, and the state of the game was three goals to one in favour of Everton, when the fog became so dense as to render the pursuit of the ball practually impossible.

Dealing with the players, Balmer and Crelly are to be complimented for excellent tackling, and powerful kicking during the earliest stages of the game, when the Arsenal forwards were almost irresistible. They were not seriously hampered afterwards, but although their work was everything that could be desired. One of the most pleasing features was the perfect understanding which existed between the half-backs and forwards. At times the movements of the trio and the forwards were exceptionally clever. Taylor, of course, was in at everything, and his fearless tackling quite unhinged the plan of attack adopted by the home inside forwards. Abbott and Ashworth were equal to all demands upon, them, and in the front line, where all did well, special mentions of a player would be invidious. Still McLoughlin, who was called upon at the last moments to fill Settle place, made it must be said, a creditable debut, in First League Football. The Arsenal team is weak forward, but the half and rear line of defence is up to average standard. Arsenal: - Ashcroft, goal, Cross, and Jackson, backs, Dick, Sands and McCbrand, and Hunter half-backs, Coleman, Gooing, Scatterthwaite, and Linwoody, forwards. Everton: - Roose, goal, Balmer (captain) and Crelly backs Ashworth, Taylor, and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, McDermott, Young, McLoughlin and Hardman, forwards.

November 28, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination “A” Division (Game 13)
The frostbound state of the ground at Goodison-park had the effect of completely spoiling the game between Everton and Rossendale United. The players had the utmost difficulty in keeping their feet, and in consequence of falls on the hard ground several players had to temporally retire. Rossendale were most unfortunate in this respect, and played ten for half the game. Everton, who secured an easy victory by four clear goals, had two new men on view, Finnegan, a Scotch centre-forward, and Thomas a local at inside left. It would be unfair to judge the players under such circumstances, but Finnegan gave evidence of being a centre with plenty of dash. He is tall and weighty, and he had the satisfaction of opening the scoring. Rankin played a fine game, at inside right, and his two goals were well deserved, Roberts was the other scorer. Rossendale who are probably the youngest team in the A Division, have several promising youngster in their team, and the backs played splendidly throughout.
Everton: - Kitchen, goal, Wildman, and R.Balmer, backs, Hanlin, Chadwick, and Hutchinson half-backs, Rankin, Roberts, Finnegan, Thomas, ands Evans forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 28 November 1904
Stockport chief attraction of the League club has been Ellis Green, the centre-forward but as yet there has been no deal, as the special finance committee are averse to disposing of any of the team.  Green is 24, stands 5ft 8in, and weighs 12 stone; but his abilities as a centre forward have only recently developed.  It was as a centre-half whilst with Stalybridge Rovers that he caught the eyes of the Everton directors but he was allowed to go, though he is still an Everton league player.  His Liverpool experience, however, polished him, for he captained Brentford in 1902-3 and last season he was with Fulham; but he is an example of a wandering returning. 

Athletic News - Monday 28 November 1904
Everton play Fulham today.  McLoughlin, who has been shaping so well in the reserve team as an inside forward, and Makepeace, the smart half-back, accompanied the team to the South.  They will probably be included against the Southern League eleven.  Everton were decidedly unlucky at Woolwich.  They will, according to rule, have to visit Woolwich again, when, may be the fates will not be so kind as regards their gaining a leading position. 
Last season’s champions of the Lancashire Combination are displaying something like their real form at present, and in their last three matches have secured five points.  They accounted for Rossendale by four clever goals, before a moderate crowd, and fully deserved to win by this ample margin.  Finnegain gives promise of being a more than useful pivot.  Evans was prominent in the second half whilst of the half-backs, Hanlin was the most effective.  Wildman defended well at full back and Kitchen brought off some very clever clearances. 

Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 28 November 1904
In wretchedly raw and cold weather these teams met at Fulham before 2,000 spectators. Fulham had a strong team out, but Everton were minus Settle, and Taylor. Twenty minutes after the start Pratt scored for Fulham, who led this point at the interval. Subswquently Balmer, in passing back, put the ball through his own goal, and the result was; Fulham two; Everton nil.

London Daily News - Monday 28 November 1904
Game Stopped at Plumstead
Everton Leading By Two Goals
the task of Mr. F Bye, the referee of the English League match between Woolwich Arsenal and Everton at Plumstead on Saturday, was thankless one from the beginning. The fog which fung over the City throughout the day was thickest along the river, and in robbed the Arsenal Club of several hundred pounds. There was much speculation as to whether the game would be played to the finish before the start, as it was with difficulty the spectators could see from goal to goal. However, Mr. Bye satisfied himself that he could follow the play, and he had the game going in good time. The start was sensational as before long Coleman had opened the Arsenal's account with a capital shot, which gave Roose no chance, from the opening made for him by Satterthwaite and Gooing. In less than a minute, however, Everton wereon level terms again as rushing away from the centre, only three players touching the ball before Young had it in the net. The game was splendidly contested, and the clever combination of the Everton forwards was greatly admired. before the interval Everton scored again, though how it was done could not be seen from the Pressseats. We were afterwards informed that Hardman had scored from Sharp's centre. At the interval the prospects of a complete second half was very remote, but the referee struggled on util within fifteen minutes of the finish, when immediately after Young scored Everton's third goal from a corner kick Jackson called the referee's attention to the increasing darkness and Mr. Bye immediately consulted his linesmen. All three officials must have been satisfied that the game could not go on, for the players were immediately asked to retire. The Everton players and officials were very indignant at the referee's action, and the visitors' secretary and a number of their directors walked on to the field and waited until time was up. They complained that the referee stopped the game prematurely, but it was admitted by all that he must have stopped it at least five minutes before full time had expired. Mr. Bye, however, might have terminated the game a few minutes after the interval without displeasing an imparetial spectator. Many of his decision were faulty in consquence of his being unable to properly follow the play. On one occasion he gave McLoughline, of Everton offside when he had three opponents in front of him, and more than once he allowed forwards to go on when they were palpably offside to the spectators who happened to be in a line with them. Everton are to be sympathised with, as they were cleverly the betetr team, fully deserving their two goals' lead. Cross and Jackson were in a capital form at back, but the only home half-back to do himself justice was McEachrane, Dick and Sands being off colour. Gooing was a considerable improvement on Crowe in centre, and Satterthwaite was again at his best, but the other forwards generally were outclassed by the clever Everton defenders. Many good shots were made at Roose by the Arsenal forwards, but the Welsh amateur was extremely smart under the circumstances. Everton gave a fine all round display, their passing being accurate and beautifully timed. Whereas Woolwich were still without Gray and Breirrcliffe the visitors had to take the field with Booth and Settle, but Taylor and McLoughlin, who acted as substitutes, were amongst the bets men on the field. The game will, of course have to be replay upon a date to be fixed by the English League Management Committee.

London Daily News - Tuesday 29 November 1904
There was vast difference in the form of Everton in the English League match at Plumstead on Saturday and in the friendly at Fulham yesterday. Whereas when the former game was stopped, owing to fog, fifteen minutes from time, Everton were leading by three goals to one, they were well beaten by Fulham, who, scoring a goal in each half, won by two goals to nil. Everton retained the cleverness they showed on Saturday, but played without that determination which is essential to success. The game was fairly fast and interesting throughout. Fog threatened to terminate the proceedings any moment, but by playing two forties,Ē and simply turning the teams round at half-time, without any interval, the referee caused the game to be completed. The weather was dull and cold, and, under the circumstances, attendance fully three thousand spectators was surprisingly good. Everton made only one change from the eleven which did duty for them against Woolwich Arsenal. Makepeace taking the place Taylor at centre-half. Fulham were without Sharp at back, but the team included Fitchie, the West Norwood amateur, who did brilliant work at inside left. Indeed, Fitchie, who was kept very well fed, and on the afternoons play, the cleverest and most resourceful forward the field. During the opening half the exchanges were even, both sets of forwards showing plenty dash, and the goalkeepers being than once called upon. Only one goal was scored, however, Pratt getting through for Fulham, after about twenty minutes. Fitchie had a large share in this early success. Cleverly eluding the Everton halves and backs, he sent in superb shot, which but partially cleared. The ball came back to Fitchie, who passed to Pratt, and the latter had no difficulty in scoring. Fulham's second goal came about midway through the second half. Taking the ball down. Soar sent in a swinging centre, and Balmer, the Everton left back, in attempting overhead kick, sent, the ball out the reach Roose and scored for his opponents. Taken generally, Fulham had the better of the play after the change ends, but Everton frequently became dangerous and on one occasion, at least. should have scored. Makepeace had to retired early after the interval, having injured his ankle in a collision with Pratt.

November 29, 1904. The Liverpool Courier
This friendly game, which was played at Fulham, in dull and miserable weather, attracted about 3,000 spectators. Everton made one change Makepeace taking the place of Taylor at centre half. In the first half, the exchanges were fairly even, Fatchie scored Pratt only one goal, after the result of brilliant work. Afterwards during the second half, Balmer had the misfortune to score through his own goal, and Fulham won by two goals too nil. Everton: - Roose, goal, W.Balmer (captain) and Crelly, backs, Ashworth, Makepeace and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp McDermott Young, McLoughlin, and Hardman, forwards.




November 1904