Everton Independent Research Data


North Devon Journal - Thursday 02 November 1905
Frank Oliver, Everton's new centre forward, is a native of Southampton, 21 years of age, 5ft 11in, in height, and 11st 11lb, in weight.

London Daily News - Thursday 02 November 1905
The Everton team to meet Woolwich Arsenal on Saturday has not yet been officially selected, but there is no reason why the Liverpool club should not be fully represented. Everton will journey to London in readiness for the match to-morrow afternoon, and will stay over Sunday in order to meet Chelsea in a friendly at Stamford Bridge on Monday. In view of the fact that injuries have recently laid aside such prominent members of the Arsenal team as Sharp and Templeton, Saturday’s game has been awaited with some amount of trepidation by the Woolwich supporters, but are able announce that every member of the team is now fit The Arsenal team will be: Ashcroft; Gray and Sharp; Dick, P. R. Sands, and McEachrane; Bellamy, T. T. Fitchie, Coleman, Blair, and Templeton.

November 4, 1905. The Liverpool Football Echo
The Evertonians were due at Plumestead to-day in order to fulfil their League engagement with Woolwich Arsenal. They have good reason to remember the Gunners for last year they were literally robbed of two points, through the fog, which stopped, the game within a few minutes of time. When the match was replayed, the home team secured the verdict by two goals to one. This afternoon's encounter was, therefore anticipated with more than ordinary interest. The Everton players left Liverpool yesterday afternoon, reaching the metropolis early in the evening. A quiet night at the theatre was succeeded this morning by seeing some of the sights of the capital, and at noon the men entrained for the somewhat inaccessible Woolwich enclosure. The day was beautifully fine, and this, together was the certainly fast and exciting game, drew a great crowd. Unfortunately for Everton, they were not able to put their full strength in the field. Booth owing to a strained muscle, was forced to sent down and Settle whose leg was not quite right was a doubtful starter. The home side were also handicapped by the absence of Gray, the full-back, and Templeton. It was hoped that the latter would have been well enough to play, but he was declared unfit, and Kemp, a very promising youngster, took his place. Gray's place was occupied by Cross. At the last minute it was decided to play Settle, and as a consequence Taylor went to centre-half back position, and McLoughlin was drafted in to partner Sharp. Just before the game began the weather became rather cloudy and the ground, though in excellent condition, appeared to be rather on the soft side. Prompt on time, the eleven's lined up as follows: - Everton: - Scott, goal, R.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, McLoughlin, Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Woolwich: - Ashcroft, goal, Cross, and Sharp, backs, Dick (Captain), Sands, and Macrane, half-backs, Bellamy, Fitchie, Coleman, Blair, and Kemp, forwards, Referee Mr. Farrant, Bristol. Taylor was unfortunate in the spin with Dick, and the visitors started in the face of a gentle breeze. After the opening exchanges the home side made ground on the right, but Crelly cleared finely, and than the Everton right took up the running. Sharp passed beautifully to McLoughlin, but the latter was just too slow for the Arsenal left back who slipped in and cleared finely. It was evident at the outset that both sets of forwards were in deadly earnest for the home left wing once got down, and beating Makepeace Blair put in a splendid shot which passed just outside. A timely punt cleared a second attack on the Everton goal on the past of young Balmer. There was a spell of midfield work, and then the home forwards once more raced down in the direction of Scott, when within shooting range, Coleman put in a beautiful grounded which Scott, only partically cleared, and Blair looked certain, when Balmer came in to rescue in the nick of time, and cleared. It was a very narrow escape for Everton, and the struggle caused the greatest excitement. A beautiful bit of combined work on the part of the Everton halves, and forwards carried the leather to within twenty yards of Ashcroft. Here Settle dropped the ball in his own infrontable fashion, and steadying himself sent the ball spinning into the net right out of the home custodian's reach. This success came within five minutes of the start, and gave the visitors great heart. The home side, however, were distinctly a power to be reckoned with, and for a time the ball was sent from end, of the field in almost lighting like fashion. Great persistence on the part of the home forwards however, gradually got the better of the home halves, and Fitchell, working through passed to Coleman, who headed the ball into the net without giving Scott any chance to grapple with it. Both these goals had three goals had been scored within ten minutes of the start, and the pace with now terrific. The home forwards, were anything a little the cleverer at this time than their opponents, and after Sharp had run down, and shot into Ashcroft's hand the home right raced down, and Fitchie headed the ball inches over the crossbar. Clever work by Makepeace put Everton right wing once more in possession, and a long dropping shot, by Sharp led to a tremendous struggle in front of Ashcroft, the danger being finally cleared by Dick. The Arsenal then got down, and for some time the Everton defence had a very anxious time, but boths Balmer and Crelly were on the best behaviour, and after they had twice cleared their lines, Woolwich missed a great opportunity through Fitchie shooting over the bar. So far the game had been of a pretty even character, and an attempt on the part young to force the pace was spoil by the ball going into touch. This was followed by a breakaway on the part of Bellamy, but Crelly beat him at the finish, and the Blues once more got going. They worked the ball down prettily on the left, and Young but in a neat shot from Settle's pass but it was cleared, and the movement finally ended the Taylor trying a hot shot, which went outside. Following upon more give and take play the home forwards made splendid on the left, but Kemp overran the ball, and it was not long before Everton was again on the warpath. Hardman raced down and finished with a glorious shot, which Ashcroft just pinched from finishing under the bar. The danger however, was not cleared entirely for Abbott rushed up, and shooting with great strength he sent the ball spinning against the crossbar. Fortunate for Woolwich in rebounding into play, and Cross was able to clear. The victors were now enjoying much the better of the argument, and for a considerable time for Arsenal were kept strictly on the defensive. Both sides however, played extremely well, and shots from Settle and Hardman were smartly intercepted. On one occasion Young came very neat to placing his side ahead for taking a pass from Sharp, he shot strongly, but the home custodian was all there, and he cleared with great dexterity the pace was now not quite so fast as at the start, but the balance of play still lay with the Evertonians. Try as they would however they could not fine the net, and a long spell of attacking was followed by a breakaway on the part of the home right. Bell forced a corner off Crelly. This led to an exciting bully in front of Scott, but Macrane sent high over the bar. Once more the visitors took up the running, and both Hardman and Settle were conspicuous to fine footwork. The latter worked his way thorough and passed to McLoughlin, and the inside right shot rather tamely into Ashcroft's arms. Play was now much slower, and the pace among the forwards showed a decided falling off, but there was he diminution of excitement among the spectators. Everton continued to press, and a swift low shot from Young was well cleared, while a second one from Settle was charged down by Cross. Clever work by Taylor and Makepeace stemmed a breakaway on the part of the home forwards and a moment later the Everton lot raced through and Hardman put in a clinking shot which was very smartly deal with by the home custodian. Towards the interval the visitors tried desperately hard to regain the lead, and a judicious pass by Taylor let in Sharp, but his namesake robbed the latter at the last moment. The home forwards attacked in turn on the right, and in the rush Crelly received a nasty knock on the knee which delayed the game for a time. On resuming Sharp race down in fine fashion, but he was closely watched by the Woolwich man beating the same name with the result that the ball was put outside. Still the visitors kept up the pressure, and a corner was forced off Cross, but before this could be taken the whistle sounded for half time. Woolwich Arsenal 1 goal Everton 1 goal. There were fully 24,000 people present when the game was restarted. The home team at once went away at a great pace, and both Balmer and Crelly were called upon to clear in the first minute. The Arsenal however, in the first minute. The Arsenal however were most determined, and swooping down again Sands put in a long shot, which went over. The Evertonians attack in turn, and some dangerous work on the left ended in Abbott getting through and putting a swift low shot, which struck the side of the net. It was soon evident that there was to be no slacking of hostilities for the home forwards again made ground as the result of clever combined work, but the movement came to nothing through Fitchie when in a nice position shooting wide. Midfield work followed and the visitors getting the better of the exchanges the home defence was given rather. An anxious time but McLoughlin was too slow and the defenders had no difficulty in clearing their lines, still the Evertonians kept pegging away, and a fine piece of work on the part of the three inside forwards looked almost certain to be crowned with success when Sharp broke up the combination in the cleverest manner possible. Then followed a most determined attack on the Everton goal, the whole forward line being concerned, but after a tremendous exciting struggle, Balmer beat Blair and Kemp, and the scene of action were removed to the vicinity of the centre line. From here the ball was taken by gradual stages to Ashcroft and Young, who showed some worefully clever dribbling was beaten at the finish by Sharp, and the struggle was resumed in midfield. It was not long before the Blues were once more forcing the game and some pretty work on the right ended in the ball being passed to Young who through perilously near offside managed to placed it into the net amid great excitement. This second success had quite an electrifying effect on the Evertonians who played up splendid, and twice the home goals was in jeopardy. The argument indeed seemed to be going all one way way, but the some team after a time steadied themselves, and a determined attack was made on Scott's charge. Balmer however, stopped the rush, and were was another series of attackers on the home goal. Hardman and Settle putting in some exceptionally fine work, the amateur eventually forcing a corner. This led to another great struggle, but Cross managed to clear, and the hope right wing went down at top speed, but ably to be checked when close in by Abbott. Returning to the attack Bellemy and Fitchie looked extremely dangerous, and they had beaten Crelly when Balmer rushed across and kicked into touch. This led to an exciting bully in front of the Everton goal, and Coleman put in a fine last shot, which Scott fisted from underneath the bar. The Evertonians ran down in fighting trim, and Ashcroft splendidly saved a swift oblique shot from the right at the expense of a corner. This was safely negotiated and, the next movement of interest was a break away by Fitchie, Coleman, and Blair, which ended in the latter heeling the ball into Scott's hands. Woolwich were now pressing rather dangerously, and the Everton goal experienced a very narrow escape, when Coleman shot inches wide of the mark. Coming to the attack again, the home side made things highly uncomfortable for the Blues and Barlow rather luckily charged down a fine shot from Bellemy. Ten minutes from the finish the pace became exceptionally warm, both side striving their to add to the score. On one occasion Sharp centred splendidly, and McLoiughlin ought to have scored, but he just put the ball across the goalmouth. Towards the finish Everton had desperately hard line in not scoring. Sharp raced down and forced a corner which was very finely placed, and from which Abbott struck the upright. In the late minute the home team worked down, but they were unable to pass the Everton backs and a fast and exciting game end, Woolwich 1, goal, Everton 2.


To-dayEverton succeeded in spiking the Arsenal's gun, and upon this achievement they are entitled to the warmest congratulations. The game throughout was hard, fast, and full of incident and tremendously interesting from start to finish. Mr. Phillips Kelso, the courteous Woolwich secretary tells me it is the best exhibition seen on the Arsenal ground this season, and I can well believe him. The Evertonians certainly have rarely played a better of more scientific game, and they were pitted against a team that thoroughly ineffected the art of short passing and smart footwork. The re-entry of Sandy Young into ranks of the Goodison park brigade seemed to act as a tonic to the whole of the Everton side. He was indeed for once in a way, the personification of a medicine man, and the other members of the team played up to him as though they had combined all the superstition of the Red Indian race. I suggest that the yells of the spectators offered adequate local colours in the way of warwhoops. Now to return to the game, let me repeat that it was one well worth travelling to Woolwich to see. The centre of naval and military activity a anything but an easy place to reach, and when you have got there the outlook is not very encouraging. Still when one scores a couple of points one is not over particular about the landscape. By the victory Everton make ample amends for the hard luck experienced last season. The swing of the pendulum, was Everton wards, and when the clock struck 4-30 the visitors retired with two points in their pocket. Taken in a whole, in the first half there was very little to choose between both teams. Both sets of forwards showed marked cleverness and skill, and the command of the ball in many instances was really remarkable. Both the Evertonians and the gunners were playing in the same style, and as a result the spectators were treated to an exceptional exciting display of the Association code. Both sides had slices of ill-luck for whereas the Arsenal had at least two chances of scoring, and in the first few minutes, the victory were unable unfortunately, in Abbott and Hardman failing to realise what judging by the flight of the ball, looked like giving two certain goals. Having drawn first blood, the visitors looked like making matters exceedingly hot for their opponents, but the Gunners were to be down beaten, and the game scarcely ten minutes old when Coleman equalised. Ding-dong work for the remainder of the first portion all led to nothing, and at the interval the division of honours about represented the game. It was in the second forty five minutes that the Evertonians showed their superiority, and when Young placed them ahead they never looked back, and romped home winners in a manner already described. There can be nothing but praise for the whole forward line, the weakest link in which was McLoughlin, Settle in spite of his damaged leg, did some remarkably clever work, and the two outside men played with delightful dash. Taylor restored in the halfback line, proved once more that this is his proper position, and this way he broke up the combination of the home forwards was exhilarating to watch. He was very ably supported by Abbott, who had at least, a dozen potshots at goal, and by Makepeace, Balmer and Crelly both defended well, and Scott once again proved that he is a custodian of tried metal. I have already said that the home side played smart and tricky football, but today they met a team of greater experience, and more cultured tactics. I compliment the Gunners on giving their opponents a gallop which after the full ninety minutes, and congratulate Everton upon the best exhibition away from home this season.



November 4 1905. The Liverpool Football Echo

Lancashire Combination division one (Game 10)

The visit of the present Combination champions to Goodison-park this afternoon promised to provide a keen contest. The visitors brought a good following with them, and altogether their was a splendid attendance when the players faced as follows: - Everton: - Collins, goal, Hill, and Hannan, backs, A.N.Other, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-back, Birnie, Rankin Oliver, Cooke, and Grundy, forwards. St Helens Recreation: - Rouglet, goal, Turner and Burden backs, Hunter, Martin, and Patten, half-backs, Clarke, Hogan, Roberts, Dagnall, and Evans, forwards. The Blues commenced operations, and the opening moves favoured the visitors. Birnie caused Roughley to handle, and then the Blues came again on the left. Grundy sending outside. There was no mistaking the earnest now of the Recs forwards, who combined determinations with accurate passing with the result that Hill, and Hannan were kept on the defensive for some time. Play opened out and midfield was the order. In attempting to avert danger with a flying kick, Hills slipped and Roberts was presented with an tangible opportunity of opening the account. He shot hard, but inaccurately. Grundy at the other end was favoured with a good opening, and he ran and shot with good judgement, the ball falling on the crossbar, and rebounding into play. Clever forward work by the Recs enabled Clark to centre at the right moment and Roberts with only Collins to beat, shot weakly, and the custodian brought off a clever save. At the other end, Roughley was tested, but came through the ordeal successfully. Roberts netted from Clark's pass, but was ruled offside, Cooke sent in a beauty, which just missed the mark, by inches. So far the game had been evenly contested, both sides had put in any amount of hard work, and a keen struggle was the result. Evans got in a characteristic run, but travelled too far before parting with the ball. A well-conceived and splendidly carried out movement by the whole of the Blues front rank smelt danger to the Recs fortress. Grundy just too late to convert Birnie's pass into what must have been a certain goal. Clark sent in another good centre, which required the merest touch to send into the net. Roberts again failed. From a free kick Clark obtained from Martin, and easily beat Collins from close range. Half-time Everrton nil, St.Helens Rec 1. The second half opened in favour of Everton. Rankin scoring with a grand shot. The Everton forwards were now all over their opponents. Cooke gave Everton the lead, the same player scoring the third goal for the Blues. The closing stages were in favor of the home team who won by three goals to one.



Novemebr 6, 1905. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury

After their clever victory at Plumstead on Saturday, Everton remained in the Metropolis to fulfil their friendly engagement with Chelsea yesterday. A newly London club can always be relied upon to give their opponents a good game, and yesterday's match was regarded locally as a “very good thing” for Chelsea. Neither team. However, was representative, Everton in view of the importance of their matches, resting several of their players; whilst on the Chelsea side Foulkes and McDermott were notable absentees, the latter expressing a wish not to play against his old clubmates. The weather was in striking contrast to that of the past week and was beautifully fine, and there was a goodly ring of spectators when hostilities commenced. Oliver kicked off for Everton, and after midfield exchanges, Chelsea made ground on the right. After Crelly had been beaten, Hill, who was playing in place of R.Balmer, rushed across and kicked clear in the nick of time. Everton by easy stages moved up the centre, and Oliver, sending out to Hardman, the latter sent in a warm handful, which Byrne only just managed to get away. The next move of interest was a pretty run by Hardman, who completely beat Key and Millar, and was just in the act of shooting when he was unceremously bowled over by McEwan. After Byrne had again saved, Moran and Pearson essayed a run on the right, and Crelly was again in difficulties, when Hill, who was playing a good game, came to his assistance and removed the scene of danger. Play settled down in the Everton half for some time, and here Makepeace was injuried in endeavouring to dispossess Copeland, and Kirwan, and the game was stopped for some time. After a brief stoppage of hostilities, Chelsea once more in close proximity to Scott, and Moran all but scored with a beauty, which just grazed the upright. Chelsea were at this point having rather the best of matters, and but for the sterling defence of Hill and Crelly they must have scored. Eventually Oliver obtained possession and kicked out to Sharp, that player giving Byrne a hot shot. Chelsea's goalkeeper saved at the expense of a corner, and this was only sent away in the nick of time. Towards the interval the game inclined to take matters easy. Half-time No Score. On resuming, Everton attacked strongly, and the Chelseas defence was given a very hard time. Milnar and McEwan were beaten on several occasions. Henderson however, afforded them temporally relief and Young after nearly drawing out the opposing backs, scored with a shot that gave Byrne no chance. After this reverse the home lot had a shot and Scott had to save a hot shot from Copeland, but after a spell of midfield play Everton were again on the aggressive, and Oliver scored a second goal. Everton were now all over their opponents, and almost immediately Hardman who went to partner Sharp. scored third and final goal. Teams: - Chelsea: - Byrne, goal, Milnar, and McEwan, backs, Keys, Henderson, and Watson, half-backs Moran, Pearson, O'Harn, Copeland, and Kirwan, forwards. Everton: - Scott, P.Hill, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Booth (Captain), and R.Balmer, half-backs, Sharp, Young, Oliver, McLoughlin and Hardman forwards.

Everton Too Good for Chelsea.
London Daily News - Tuesday 07 November 1905
Although neither Chelsea nor Everton were at full strength at Stamford Bridge, some interesting play was seen. Everton, who were without Settle, Taylor, and Abbott, won comfortably enough by three goals to none, but Chelsea had a good deal of the game, and with little steadiness in front goal might have scored more than once. Early in the game Byrne, who kept goal for Chelsea in place of Foulke, saved two fine shots in succession from Young and H. P. Hardman, and then Moran twice got away on the right wing. In each case he centred well, but wild kicks sent the ball yards over the cross bar. The game went evenly for some time after this, each side attacking turn. Once Byrne saved cleverly a long, low shot by Sharp. Soon after the change of ends Young scored for Everton, who for time had all the better of masters. At the other end Copeland just missed with a skimming shot, and then from centre Hardman Young put a second goal. There was some fine play Moran after this, but his good centres were wasted, and before the end came Hardman boat Byrne with swift shot close in. The weather was charming.

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 08 November 1905
North End have secured the transfer from Everton of H.E. Jenkins, a Liverpool amateur. Jenkins has a reputation as a runner, and he is also a clever footballer. A few weeks ago he played at Deepdale for the Northern Nomads. His position is outside left, and when he gives himself seriously to football in preference to pedestrianism he may easily make a name, for he possesses sapped and skill in a large measure.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 09 November 1905
The Preston North End directors are endeavoring strengthens their forward rank, admittedly the weakest department in the team. Yesterday they secured the transfer from Everton of H. E. Jenkins, an amateur, who has a good reputation sprinter. He is fast and clever, and few weeks back gave exhibition for the Northern Nomads when playing at Deepdale.

Everton Hard Pressed by Rovers.
London Daily News - Monday 13 November 1905
Everton defeated Blackburn Rovers in an exciting struggle, at Goodison Park, three goals two. Fast and vigorous football was seen in the first half, during which only one goal was scored, Bowman getting through cleverly for the Rovers. The visitors started the second half in promising fashion, but the Everton defence proved safe. Subsequently the home side attacked strongly, and following several fruitless corners, Rankin centred, and Settle equalized. Abbott and Rankin scored further goals for Everton, and Davis got through for the Rovers.

November 13, 1905. The Liverpool Courier.
Though the margin was only narrow, Everton succeeded in adding to their stuck of points by defeating Blackburn Rovers at Goodison-park. This is what they set out to do, and, having accomplished their object they are to be congratulated, but it cannot be said that they treated the spectators to an exhibition of their best form. Indeed, for at least half the game they were distinctly disappointing, and only a marked improvement in the their stages landed them on right side. All's well that ends well, but still the crowd dearly love to see the Everton men play they classy and effective game of which they are capable. Probably the greasy turf accounted to some extent for their comparative failure. Let us hope that this was the case. At all events, the Rovers were beaten by three goals to two. Singularly

Enough in the corresponding game last season the Rovers were only defeated by a goal, but on that occasion they failed to penetrate the Everton defence.


There can be no question that the Rovers were the better team during the first half of the proceedings. To them fell the only goal during that period, and it was an did Everton player who managed to get the ball past Scott. A centre by Chadwick afforded Bowman, just the opportunity that he was waiting for, and without the slightest hesitation he gave his side the lead. Somehow or another the home forwards could not get into that stride, but this was doubtless largely due to the excellent display of the Rovers halves among whom Bradshaw, and another ex-Evertonian in the person of Wolstenholme were exceedingly prominent. After the resumption Scott was called upon to negotiate a couple of dangerous shots, but then Everton threw more determination into their work and placed the spectators on much better terms with themselves. It was Rankin's centre that Settle obtained the long deterred equalising point. The one which gave them the lead was to say the least decidedly lucky inasmuch as it was the outcome for a foul given against Robertson, who a second previously had himself been fouled by Abbott. Unfortunately for the Rovers the referee did not see the first infringement. Taking the free kick Abbott sent the ball well into the goalmouth, and as far as could be noticed in the falling light, the ball glanced off one of the Rovers defenders into the net. There was no question about the third goal, for which Rankin from a corner was responsible. Undismayed the Rovers made the matters warm for the Everton defence, and than the whistle blew, Davies turned a well centre from Whittaker to good account. Thus it was only after a hard struggle that the Blackburn men had to admit defeat in a game in which there was little to choose between the sides.


Once againRankin deputised for Sharp, who was suffering from a sprain. In his proper position who substitute gave a very creditable display and besides scoring a goal he flashed the ball across the goalmouth in clever style. Hardman and Settle however, constituted the better wing. The amateur pluckily encountered Crompton, but more than once he was allowed to proceed when apparently in an offside position. Neither Young not McLaughlin was in a happy vein, though each worked hard throughout. There was nothing spectators about the exhibition of the halves. The long shot tried by Abbott and Taylor did not meet with success. but for all that the first line of defence rendered good services. Although faulty in his kicking during the earlier stages R.Balmer improved considerably, and with Crelly proved a thorn in the side of the Rovers attack. Neither Scott nor Evans could be blamed for any of the goals, and Crompton, and Cowell admirably served the losers at back. Still the half-backs line was the most conspicuous part of the Rovers team. Bradshaw in particular playing a really great game. Like Everton the visiting forwards were arractic in front of goal, and Davies fed his wings discretely, and in Robertson, the Rovers possess a clever inside right. Teams : - Everton: - Scott, goal, R.Balmer and Crelly backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Rankin, McLaughlin, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Evans, goal, Crompton (Captain), and Cowell, backs, Wolstenholme, Berchall, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Whittaker, Robertson, Davies, Bowman and Chadwick, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham.

November 13, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 11)
Everton had a stiff task on hand in meeting the Rovers Reserves at Blackburn. The Ewood Park brigade are the leaders of the competition, and in coming away with a point Everton are to be congratulated upon a capital performance especially in view of the fact the Rankin and McLoughlin the most prominent Combination forwards, were doing duty for the League team. The match ended 2-2, and there was very little to choose between the teams. Oliver opened the scoring for Everton, but towards the interval Cameron, one of the Rovers forwards made the scores level. Keenly contested exchanges were the order after the change of ends, but Everton were rather the more dangerous near goal, and that useful forward, Oliver beat Milvor for the second time and once more gave his side the lead. However, from a penalty kick the score was equalised again by Cameron, and nothing further was done. The score represented the punt of the play, the teams beening fairly well matched. Everton's defence was sound and the half-backs all did well. Oliver and Dilly were the best of the forwards, the former being always dangerous when near goal, while the latter put in several good runs and centres. Milvor and Cameron defended stoutly for the Rovers, whose forwards showed good combination on the heavy ground. Everton: - Collins, goal, Hill, and Hannon, backs, Chadwick, Wright, and Donaldson half-backs, Birnie, Dilly, Oliver, Cooke, and Grundy forwards.

London Daily News - Saturday 18 November 1905
A benefit match of much more immediate date is that which will be played between Woolwich Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday at Plumstead this afternoon. The proceeds of the game will be given to Ashcroft, the Arsenal custodian, whose popularity may be gauged by the fact that his services are being thus recognized, though he has been with the club only six seasons —the minimum period for which the Football Association allows a benefit game to be played. Ashcroft was transferred from Gravesend United in May, 1900, and since October of that year has been the regular goalkeeper the first team. He had formerly assisted Everton Reserve, but had returned to Gravesend before he became connected with the Arsenal. Ashcroft, who last season assisted the English League against the Irish League, owes his. Popularity not so much to his rare ability as a custodian, but to his amiable disposition.

Sunderland’s best Performance.
London Daily News - Monday 20 November 1905
Sunderland accomplished a fine performance at Roker Park, gaining a thoroughly deserved victory over Everton by two goals to one. The weather was misty. Sunderland were far from being at full strength, Bell, Willis, Brown, and Holley appearing vice Watson, McConnell, Hogg, and Gemmell. After twenty minutes Settle scored the first goal for Everton, but a little later Holley equalized. Sunderland at once attacked on resuming, and Mackenzie put them ahead after a fine run by Bridgett. Everton tried desperately to equalize.

November 20, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Everton on Saturday failed at Roker-park, where last season they gained a well-merited victory by three goals to two. The conditions were not too favourable, for while the ground was frostbound the game was played to the accompaniment of a mist, which at times rendered the following of the play a matter of no little difficulty. On paper the fixture seemed to be a good thing for Everton seeing that their once famous antagonists had only gained a couple of victories out of eleven attempts. But the unexpected happened. Drastic changes in the ranks of the Wearsiders were attended with success, and their supporters were delighted with a couple of points at the expense of Everton. At the same time it cannot truthfully be stated that the victors played a great game, it was more a case of the losers falling to approach the standard of which they are capable. Everton were distinctly disappointing, and in at least two instances even a stronger word might well be used.


Of course, Everton were not at full strength, but apart from Booth the only absentee of note was plucky little Hardman, for whom Rankin deputised. Moreover, the experiment was tried of playing Oliver in the centre with Young as partner to Sharp, while W.Balmer was called upon in order that his brother might enjoy a rest. Sunderland dropped no fewer than four of their regular men, and gave a trial at back to Bell, who is quite new to first League football. During the first half Everton, in a somewhat scrambling game was the better team, although at the interval the score was one goal each. Rather more than twenty minutes had elapsed before Settle, put his side on good terms with themselves by means of a clever goal, but soon afterwards Holly quite as smartly equalised. The game was resumed without the players being allowed to leave, the field, and the breathing space, short as it was seemed to impart new life to the Sunderland representatives, who realised the desperate position of the club in the League table, and were evidently bent upon leaving no stone unturned to bring about an improvement. Certainly they went to work in praiseworthy fashion, and got the more than their desserts when as the outcome of a bustling attack McKennie from twenty yards range, obtained what proved as the winning goal. Handicapped as they were by a couple of passagers in the front line Everton never looked like pulling the game out of the fire, though forwards the close they put on a spurt which bothered the Sunderland defence considerably.


As will be gathered, Everton vanguard was by no means a success. Rankin, useful man as he is on an emergency, quite failed to shine at outside left, while Oliver in the centre, was not only shable to impart any dash into his play, but was woefully at fault in his distribution of the work. As a matter of fact Everton really had only three forwards, and naturally the continuous demands on the half-back line threw the whole side out of goal especially as the older Balmer did not produce his usually judicious style of play. Why not try the experiment when Booth is again fit and well of giving a trial to Makepeace at inside right, with Young in the centre? Certainly it would be an improvement on last Saturday's display, it could not well be worse. Settle got through a lot of good work and scored his customary goal, but as a wing, Sharp and Young, were far superior to their colleagues on the left. For reasons suggested the comparative ineffectiveness of the halves was not surprising. Crelly was better than his partner, and though beaten twice Scott kept a good goal. Bell made a satisfactory debut for Sunderland, and Holley, besides scoring a goal displayed promising form as partner to Bridgett. Farquar, Barrie and Willis were a rare trio of halves, but they were fortunate in meeting the Everton attack when much below par.

November 20, 1905. The Liverpool Courier
Lanchashire Combination Division One. (Game 12)
The match at Goodison-park between Everton and Manchester United was productive of a good game, considering the conditions, and Everton deserved their victory by 3 goals to 2. Their superiority was most marked in the opening half, when they scored 2 goals to nothing. Their forwards seemed more at home on the slippery ground, and the efforts of the United quintette were feeble in comparison. McLaughlin opened the scoring from a penalty kick, and Wright added the second goal from Grundy's centre. In the second half, Cranus scored for the visitors, but Cooke replied for Everton. Before the close, Arkenden added the Mancunians second goal, and Everton won as stated. It was a good performance for Everton to win with a side which lacked Oliver, and Rankin among the forwards, and in view of the fact that no fewer than seven of the visitors have played in the first eleven of their club this season. Everton gave a trial in goal to Walton, and a son of the old Blackburn Rovers player, and although on the small side he showed promising form. Wildman at back got through his work in fine style, the halves all did well, while McLoughlin and Cooke were the best of the forwards, Manchester were best represented by their defence. Valentine making some splendid saves, while Bonthron was a vigorous and safe back. Everton: - Walton, goal, Hill, and Wildman, backs, Black Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Birnie, McLoughlin, Wright, Cooke, and Grundy forwards.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 25 November 1905
At Goodison Park, before 15,000 spectators. Everton played Young centre forward. Taylor inside right, and Booth centre half. Birmingham had the wind in their favour, and the opening exchanges were even. Anderson missed a good opportunity, and Robinson was frequently tested by the Everton forwards. Jones scored for the visitors and Hardman equalized for Everton.
Half-time; Everton 1, Birmingham 1.
Play was vigorously contested in the second half, Everton having the best of matters at the start. Crelly was injured, and Everton played ten men for a time, but they still held their own. Anderson, however, scored for Birmingham from a corner. Result; Everton 1, Birmingham 2.

November 27, 1905. The Liverpool Courier.
For the first time in their career Birmingham- it is difficult to forget the old title of Small Heath-secured maximum points in a League match at Goodison-park. This was a performance on which they had every reason to congratulate themselves. But, what about Everton? It is not too much to state that they are proving a disappointing team. There has been a considerable falling off from last season, and unless some new life is imparted into their play itself, position in the League table at the end of the season will be below that which one expects from a club possessing the resources of Everton. The failure at Roker-park was a bitter pill, but Saturday's reverse was more unpleasant especially in view of the fact that the visitors had never previously lowered the colours of the Blues at Goodison-road. Still, it had to be borbe in mind that the Birmingham men came to Liverpool with a capital record. Indeed, they rank with Derby County as having lost fewer points than any other League club while they can boast that no team in the First Division has been so successful in the matter of “goals against” Thus their victory perhaps was not altogether surprising but none the less Everton's defeat was not at all palatable.


The teams were representative and the conditions favourable to a good game. Right from the start the Birmingham representatives made the pace oretty hot, and in the first few minutes a glorious chance of opening the score was mulled by Tickle. It took Everton some time to settle down, and when they did they found what a superb defence it was with which they had to deal. The attack too, though there was too much dalliance in front of goal, was ever on the alert, and following a corner Jones, placed his side on good terms with themselves when he sent the ball into the net, after Scott had fisted away from Beer. This seemed to gave the Evertonians the stimulus which was sadly needed, and when Hardman equalised- the goal, by, the way, was not awarded until after the referee consulted a linesman as to whether the ball was over the line when Robinson saved- there were visions of an Everton success. Robinson, and his two backs, however, rose to the occasion in grand style, and largely to the efforts of the custodian the teams were on level terms at the interval. The second half was not an interesting as the earlier portion of the game. Robinson, it is ‘us, had some stringing shots to deal with, but he was safety it self. It was during the temporary absence of Crelly that what proved to be the winning goal was scored. It was the outcome of a brilliant run down the right wing, which ended in Anderson meeting a splendid centre and heading past Scott. After this Everton never seemed likely to pull the game out of the fire. For once that great spurt in the closing stages was lacking- and well Everton lost by two goals to one.


After his display at Sunderland it was only natural that Oliver was dropped. Young resumed in his old place, and once again the versatile Taylor tried his best as partner, to Sharp. The front line, however, was by no means satisfactory. There was a lack of method and judgement especially in front of goal, although it must be conceded that Robinson had some ticklish shots to negotiate. Young was uneven as regards the distribution of the work, but he sent in some pretty touches. Hardman and Settle worked hard, but Sharp sadly lacks a partner with the ability of a McDermott to afford him those neat passes which he knows so well how to turn to account. The halves were only moderate for such a trio, while the backs, young Balmer and Crelly, compared unfavourably with Glover and Stokes, who afforded the home attack few loopholes. Even when they did, Robinson was always on the alert. Altogether it was more on account of the effectiveness of the defence than any cleverness on the part of the forwards which gave Birmingham their very welcome couple of points. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Booth (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Taylor, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Birmingham City: - Robinson, goal, Glover, and Stokes, backs Beer, Wigmore, and Dougherty, half-backs, Tickle, Green, Jones, Garman and Anderson, forwards. Referee N.Whittaker.



November 27 1905. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 13)

Everton had a stiff task on hand in having to meet Stockport County last season's champions, at the Cheshire town, but they held their own well, and succeeded in dividing the points. During the first portion of the game, Everton held a decided advantage. Rankin made some capital runs, and from a smart dribble and centre by this player Oliver, was enabled to open the scoring. Everton retained their lead to the interval, but Stockport improved after the chance of ends, and despite good defence by Collins and his backs, an equalising goal was rushed through from a scrimmage. The game thus ended one goal all. Both defences were sound all though. Collins making some line clearances, while the halves did good service. Everton had a slight advantage forward where Cooke and Rankin did well for the visitors. The Goodison team now occupies a capital position in the table, and but for a poor start at the beginning of the season, would now be at the head of the competition. Everton: - Collins, goal, Wildman, and Hannan, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Birnie, McLoughlin, Wright, Cooke, and Grundy, forwards.

Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 29 November 1905
Harry Makepeace, the speedy Everton footballer, has joined the Old Trafford ground staff. Makepeace has done excellent service as a batman and fair change bowler, right arm slow, for the Stanley and other clubs in the neighborhood of Liverpool, and those who know him well fore-shadow fame for him, now that he has received recognition from the County authorities.


November 1905