EVERTON 3 MANCHESTER UNITED 0 (Game 560)
November 5, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON STILL LEAD.
MANCHESTER UNITED WELL BEATEN.
Reverse of pleasant was Manchester United's initial League experience at Goodison-park. Once before they had figured in a cup tie at Everton's magnificent enclosure, for they met the Blues in an English Cup tie in February, 1903 and were defeat by three goals to one. On Saturday they fared even worse. Everton again put on three goals, but their opponents were denied even a solitary scoring point. Successful as they had proved away from home, one scarcely expected that this ex-second Leaguers would be able to extend the League leaders. The opinion was amply justified by results, and had it not been for a brilliant exhibition of goalkeeping by Moger, the chances are that United would have returned to Manchester with a much heavier defeat. The fixture was scarcely productive of an enjoyable trial of strength. Certain of the referee's offside decision furnished curious roading of the rules, and the frequency with which one or other of the United backs deliberately placed opposing forwards offside certainly detracted from the interest and pleasure of the encounter.
INCIDENTS OF THE PLAY.
The weather was delightfully fine when the game started, though in the latter stages it became misty, and one of the best crowds of the season-fully 25,000 –assembled at Goodison-park. Naturally enough, Everton relied upon the team ‘bat triumphed at Burnden-park and Manchester United made only one change, this being the substitution at inside left of Yates for Picken, who was not feeling in the best of health. The Blues evidently intended to make their position safe as early as possible. They started in the manner of perspective champions their passing was neat and well timed, and they gave one the impression from the outset, that they were a winning team. The game was quite young –just about seven minutes had elapsed –when one of Sharp characteristic tuns and centres, Settle had placed the ball past Moger. But their success did not stay here. One goal, was not enough to make the issue safe. Consequently the players gave of their best and it was not long before Young got in a hard drive at Moger, who only partially cleared, with the result that George Wilson nipped in, and put on a second goal. Up to this time the play was pretty to watch, but whether it was that the Blues were satisfied with their lead, the same excellent standard was not maintained. The Manchester United attack exhibited some pretty midfield work, but that was all that could be said about them. They were singularity inept when in the vicinity of the goalmouth, and thus Everton led at the interval by 2 goals to nil. The second half was not of an exhilarating description. The United forwards could not take advantage of opening, and except for a brilliant goal by Young, the giant United custodian would not allow other capital shots to take effect. Everton got no more than their efforts deserts in winning by 3 goals clear goals.
Probably the outstanding feature of the play was the exhibition of goalkeeping given by Moger. Unquestionably his was a masterly performance, although he had to acknowledge defeat on three occasions. He used his great reach to admirable advantage, and moreover, all his work displayed methods and judgement. Certainly he saved some shots which only a man of his stature could have coped with. Scott, on the other hand, had little of a serious nature to contend with. He was well covered by his backs –the brothers Balmer –and was confronted by a set of forwards who, when the pinch came, seemed afraid of having a shot at goal. The Everton halves were all good, with Taylor perhaps the most prominent of the trio. Young was a capital pivot, despite the disadvantage under which he played on account of the frantic efforts of the opposing backs to place him offside, but the star performer of the front line with Sharp, who led both Holden and Bell a merry dance, and whose dashes along the wing and accurate centres were worthy of an international. Although somewhat slow at times Settle judgement was of great value, and Wilson partnered him greatly until he had to leave the field through having received a nasty kick, whilst Bolton was responsible for some clever footwork. Of the United representative Benthorn, Roberts, and Wall were the most effective, but the forward line will have to exhibit much more liveliness in front of goal if the club is to obtain a respectable position in the League table at the end of the season. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer backs, Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle and G. Wilson, forwards. Manchester United: - Moger, goals, Benthorn, and Holden backs, Downie, Roberts, and Bell, forwards. Young, Wonbwell, Pedie, Yates, and Wall, forwards. Referee A. J. Barker.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
November 5, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 8)
Everton gained a handsome victory over Manchester United at Manchester on Saturday, but it can hardly be said that they showed any marked superiority over the home side. The score in their favour was 2 goals to 1, and that they capture both the points was due to a great measure to the fine goalkeeping of Sloan, who was found plenty of work, particularly in the second half. All the scoring was done in the first portion. Pretty play by the Everton forwards led to Graham scoring a fine goal, but Williams equalised. Then Cooke gave the visitors the lead, which they held to the finish. True Sloan was once beaten, but the goal was disallowed for offside, and a hard-fough and exciting second half was unproductive of a legitimate point. As already stated, Sloan kept goal well, and was admirable covered by his backs. The halves, as usual were sound, while Graham. Jones and Cooke were conspicuous among a fine forward line. Indeed, Everton was voted one of the best Lancashire Combination teams to visit Manchester for some time. The home club gave a good account of themselves, and taking the run of the game all through were perhaps somewhat unfortunate in not drawing level. Seeing that the Manchester team included quite a number of men who have assisted the League team this season, Everton are entitled to considerable credit for their victory. Everton: - Sloan, Hill, and Stevenson backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Thomas, Graham Jones, Cooke, and Butler, forwards.
STOKE CITY 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 561)
November12, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
TWO POINTS LOST AT STOKE.
Everton's triumphant record since September 22 nd received a check at Stoke on Saturday. After winning six matches in succession it was scarcely anticipated that the Potters would be able to vanquish the League leaders. Yet a club which in 12 games had only scored 11 goals and obtained six points managed to do the trick. After previous disappointments this turn in the fortune of the club was intchsely pleasing to Stoke's supporters. More especially was this the case in view of the fact that their victory was achieved after having parted with their star forward Rouse –curiously enough to the very club which met them on Saturday. The Potters have still life in them, and if science is not too prominent a feature of their play the deficiency is more than counter balanced by the earnestness and dash which they impart to their work. With L.R. Roose again in goal, Stoke should soon make their way up the League table. The Welsh International unquestionably had not a little to do with the success of his side.
INCIDENT OF THE GAME.
Pleasant conditions prevailed, but the attendance could not be regarded as satisfactory. The good people of Stoke are not too enthusiastic when matters from a playing point of view are going against them, but Saturday's brilliant victory should influence them in furnishing adequate support to the old club. The absence of Rome was not appreciably felt, and from the start Holford set his side a fine example in the way in which he worked with whole-hearted determination. Everton who played Hardman for Wilson, and Crelly for the younger Balmer, had the benefit of a fairly strong breeze in the opening half, and for some time the advantage undoubtedly rested with them. Somehow or another they could not get into their proper stride, the Stoke halves adopting worrying tactics which upset many efforts at combination. As the contest proceed Stoke improved wonderfully, and a few minutes from the interval the veteran Capes his side the lead with a well judged shot quite out of Scott's reach. After this Roose had a particularly warm time of it, but he was not to be caught napping. How he managed to dispose of a couple of warm shots from Abbott, and Settle is not easy to explanation. Anyhow he did. We always expect something extra ordinary from the Welsh custodian. In the second half Stoke dominated the play much more then they had done in the earlier stages and the Blues never looked like pulling the game out of the fire. It was however, reserved for the last minute of play for Stoke to put on their second goal. Arrowsmith running though and scoring after Crelly had been brought to earth. Thus Everton lost by two goals to nil. They scarcely deserved to be beaten by this margin, but Stoke's pluck and energy were value for a couple of useful points.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Everton's display was disappointing. They did not seen the same team that we have seen in recent matches. There were not a few fine movements, but the attack was by no means in the happiest vein. True Roose, made at least three magnificent saves, when a goalkeeper of ordinary class would have been beaten, but all he is a member of the team, and surely none know his qualifications better than his former Everton comrades, it was one of those off day for the Everton forwards. Settle perhaps was the pick of the quintette. Inasmuch as the most dangerous shots came from him. The halves could not be blamed for the reverse, each of the trio battling desperately against the lively Stoke forwards. Scott performed creditably, and little fault could be found with the backs. On the Stoke side Holford was quite a success in the centre forward position. To a large extent the credit of both goals belong to him. As already said Roose already limping was a great keeper and Llody Davies was the better of the two backs. The halves rendered their forwards admirable assistance. It was due to the splendid spirits of determination, which prevailed rather than to individual excellent that stokes obtained their victory.
Teams: - Stoke City: - Roose, goal, Burgess, and Davies, backs, Whitehouse, Baddeley, and Sturgess, half-backs, Fielding, Arrowsmith, Holford Capes, and Miller forwards. Everton: - Scott, goals, W.Balmer, Crelly,backs, Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Referee H. Pollitt.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 DARWEN 2
November 12, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 9)
Everton turned out such a powerful team at Goodison-park on Saturday that Darwen's chance of success seemed very remote. As it happened, however, they ran the Blues to a goal being just beaten by the odd goal in five. The exchanges in the first half were fairly even, though Sloan had a great amount of work and came out of the ordeal well. Graham scored in the first minute, there being no further additions till just on half-time, when D. Wilson got in a grand run full half the length of the field, and beat Lill with a splendid shot. A minute later Rouse –Everton's latest acquisition –received from Wilson and beat Lill again, the scoring efforts of Everton being the only time when the goalkeeper was really tested. Darwen were thus three goals down at half-time, and it was solely owing to Sloan's efforts that Darwen were unable to notch a goal or two. In the second portion, the game was fairly even, and in the semi-darkness Heywood scored. Then Everton were awarded a penalty, but Graham banged the ball at Lill, who easily saved. Edgar Chadwick scored just before the finish and Darwen were thus just beaten. For the winners, Sloan played a grand game, one save when he ran out and took the ball from Crook's toes being marvellous. Srettell was the better back, Stevenson miskicking badly. Black was the pick of the halves, while the forwards, Graham, Rouse, and Wilson were the strong men in a good forward line. Rose was well watched, but on every opportunity ‘he finished the ball out either to Butler of Donnachie in fine style, besides making many dashes for goal. Darwen was best represented by Lill in goal, who could not be blamed for any of the shots that beat him; Duckworth and Derbyshire were capable backs, who got through a great deal of work in splendid fashion. Thompson was the best half, and hung on to Rouse all the afternoon, while the forward Chadwick and Booth formed a strong wing, the old Everton man getting a grand reception and playing exceptionally well for a veteran. The other forwards also did good service, and Darwen were rather unlucky to lose.
Everton: - Sloan, Strettell, and Stevenson, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Rouse, D. Wilson, and Butler, forwards.
ATHERTON 4 EVERTON RESERVES 2
November 15, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 10)
The above fixture was decided at Atherton at Atherton yesterday. The home team immediately assumed the aggressive, and after some play in the visitors half Williams grazed the upright. Everton retaliated strongly, and Jones shot in, Hewitt Hewitt effecting a clever clearance. Atherton resumed the attack, and Sloan, in the visitors goal gave a brilliant display. He was however, defeated by Tonge. A little later Jones equalised. After a little even play, Atherton allowed their goal to be easily captured, Jones scoring a simple goal, from Beattie's centre. Half-time Atherton 1, Everton 2. The second half though splendidly contested greatly favoured the homesters, and the game terminated. Atherton 4 goals, Everton 2.
EVERTON 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 (Game 562)
November 19, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON STILL LEAD.
ROVERS EASILY BEATEN.
Everton this season apparently have a penchant for Lancashire clubs. With the exception of Bury, they have not and conquered all the First League clubs in the County Palatine. Their latest victims were Blackburn Rovers, who were defeated at Goodison-park on Saturday by two clear goals. The victory in itself was quite satisfactory, and but for lost opportunities the score against the Rovers would have been much more emphatic. Still it enabled the Blues to retain their position at the head of the League table, and to afford their supporters another proof of the determination of the team to gain one of the honours of the football world which has denied them since the early days of the formation of the League. It was not a pleasant day for outdoor sport, but the Everton ground, is so well equipped in respect of covered accommodation that the spectators suffered little inconvenience. A distinguished party, who was hospitably entertained in the directors' comfortable enclosure, too, witnessed the contest, with interest. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, together with a party from Knowsley, were interested onlookers of the match, which, under the prevailing conditions, produced a fair exhibition of Association football.
EVERTON TO THE FRONT.
There were alteration in both teams, but these were more detrimental to the Rovers than to Everton. Apart from the loss of their goalkeepers, an injury during praction sustained by Cowell interfered sadly with the visiting rear division. The consequence was that Crompton was called upon to appear at left back with an understudy in the person of Cameron as his partner. This arrangement was scarcely attended with success. Crompton was not as conspicuous as when in his right position, and Cameron afforded the opposing forwards too many opportunities to shine to be pleasant for his side. The opening half was entirely in Everton's favour, and it was by no means surprising that Young and Settle should have scored, both goals, curiously enough, following free kicks. Really the only variety was furnished by the clever outside left of the Rovers, for any danger which threatened Everton came from dashing runs on the part of Chadwick, whose centres were either badly missed by his colleagues or anticipatedby the alert by the alert Everton defenders. The second half of the game was nonproductive in the matters of goals. The Rovers, with the wind behind them, had more of the play than formerly, but the same lack of earnestness was in evidence. Numerous chances fell to the Everton attack, and how Young managed to shoot wide so often is not easy of explanation except it be for the fact that the ground was slippery and the ball greasy.
With perhaps one exception the Everton representative achieved all that was desired. The one weak spot was at outside right, and even then it is scarcely fair to balme Benson. Everton's expensive importation from Stoke, of course, he was out of his usual place. He is not supposed to be an outside right, and certainly on Saturday's form, he is no successor to Sharp. Once or twice be contributed useful runs, but his forte evidently is not on the extreme wing. Moreover, he missed one glorious chance of scoring, but after all, he was not the only sinner in this respect. The feature of Everton's play was the admirable display of the left wing. Hardman in particular giving of his best. Young was clever enough in midfield, and in taking the ball in almost impossible position, but time and again he spoiled himself by feeble attempts at goal scoring. Black, on his first appearance in the League team this season, was by no means the least effective of a capital trio of halves, while the Brothers Balmer were always ready to ward off any serious attempt to lower the colours of their side. Scott in comparison with his vis-à-vis McIver had little to do, and the Rovers may thank their custodian for the fact that they escaped with so limited margin of defeat. Wolstenholme was not the half-back of old, and the one conspicuous success in their ranks was the outside left, Chadwick, who was however, badly supported.
Teams : - Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Black, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Rouse, Bolton, Young, Settler, Hardman, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Milver, goal, Cameron, and Crompton backs, Wolstenholme, Wilson, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Whittaker, Robertson, Morton, E Cromton, and Chadwick, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham.
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 4
October 19, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 11)
Everton found Blackburn Rovers a far different team to overcome the Atherton, and whereas the latter had defeated the League reverse in the week by four goals to two, the Goodison men routed the Ewood-park brigade, the score in their favour being four goals to nil. There was never any doubt as to the result, for Everton had the measure of their opponents from first to last. Good defence kept the visitors out for half an hour, but then Jones scored a brilliant goal, and the Prescot lad afterwards added another. The Rovers forwards made a few good runs, but Sloan was not to be beaten, and on changing ends Jones scored again, thus accomplishing the hat-trick. The concluding goal came as the result of a scrimmage. Everton had a splendid defence, while the forwards went for goal, and gave the defence little rest. Seeing that Jones obtained both the goals scored at Atherton, he had a good week. Apart from scoring so freely he played capital football. Indeed all the forwards did good service and were too smart for the opposing defence. the Rovers were without McIver and Cameron, who were assisting the League team, but they had good substitutes. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettall, and Stevenson, backs, Chadwick, Wright, and Donaldson, half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Jones, Cooke, and Butler, forwards.
SUNDERLAND 1 EVERTON 0 (Game 563)
November 26, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON LOSE AT SUNDERLAND.
A KEEN GAME.
A solitary goal in the last few minutes of the game at Roker-park was quite sufficient to deprive Everton of a couple of points. It is no new experience for the Evertonians to be beaten by an odd goal on the banks of the Wear. As a matter of fact, on no fewer than twenty occasions prior to Saturday only a bare goal has separated the teams, while in as many games one or other of the sides failed to score. It is also a singular circumstance that Sunderland have beat Everton oftener than any other club in the county. Apart from the latest fixture they had participated in 40 games, of which Sunderland have won 24, and lost 11, five being drawn. This record is more flattering to the Northern club than in goal suggest, for despite the majority of victories of which they can boast Sunderland have only to their credit 67 against 56. The explanation is to a large extent denotes the fact that now and again when Everton have won, they have rubbed it in pretty severely. Indeed as long ago as September 1893, Everton had the satisfaction of inflicting upon Sunderland their heaviest League defeat.
RUN OF THE PLAY.
Saturday was a delightful day from the spectators point of view, and a fine crowd witnessed what proved to be an intensely interesting and hard fought encounter. After recent heavy rain the turf was rather slippery, and this probably accounted for mistakes in front of goal, for which players on both sides were responsible. This, however, was only a slight drawback in what was admitted to be the most strenuously fought game, which has been seen at Roker-park this season. Each side had a couple of changes, Sharp and Wilson on the Everton ranks, and Gemmill and Huggins, an amateur, in the Sunderland contingent. The Blues opened in dashing style, and in the first minute Settle nearly did the trick. It was soon evident, however, that the Wearsiders were determined at whatever cost of prettiness in tactics to contest every inch of the ground with their presumably cleverer opponents. And in this they succeeded admirably. There were some hard knocks given and taken without any suggestions of roughness. Scott on one occasion unceremoniously found the ground at full length, and both Shaw and Huggins were temporarily damaged. Still it was only what one could expect from a trial of strength fought out with such splendid spirit. When the interval arrived, neither side had secured any tangible advantage, although on the play Sunderland could claim a slight pull. In the earlier stages of the second half Everton looked all over like scoring, but Ward and his backs defended admirably, albert they had a slice of luck. Afterwards the Wearsiders put up a rousing attack, and well it was for Everton that the Brothers Balmer were as steady as rocks. Just when a goalless draw appeared imminent Gemmill who had gone to the extreme tight in place of Hogg, fastened on the ball following a free kick, well placed by Watson. Receiving it when on the wing near the end of the penalty area, he fired in hard, and the ball went into the net just under the crossbar, with Scott helpless. This settled the issue. The unexpected goal took a lot of sting out of the Cup holders, and in the few remaining minutes they never looked like getting on level terms again.
It is no disgrace for a team even of the standing of Everton to be vanquished at Sunderland by a goal to nil. Certainly the reputation up North has not suffered for, as previously suggested, they were participants in the best game which the Sunderland people have witnessed in their own town this season. The victors did not indulge in the finer points of the game, but they never knew when they were beaten, and went for the ball for all they were worth. To all intents, and purposes it was an encounter in which the opposing backs were the most conspicuous. The two Balmers were prominent throughout with effective tackling and fine, clean kicking, and equally clever were Rhodes and Watson, the Sunderland right back playing quite at the top of his form. There was little to choose between the halves. Taylor was ever in the thick of the fray, and Black though not a Makepeace, was responsible for some telling work. It was in the attack where Everton failed to realise expectation. Whether it was wise on the part of the Everton directors to drop Bolton in favour of Rouse, their costly importation from Stoke, is a quest about which they are supposed to be the best judges. At any rate the blame of the credit must belong to them. Even an artist of the capability of Rouse cannot all at once adapt himself, to the style of the Everton front line, who do not play a similar game to that of Stoke. This he is a footballer of undoubted ability is beyond question, and doubtless he will render great service to his new club. But it was evident on Saturday, that he has not yet tumbled to the style of his comrades. All round the visiting forwards was not as effective as usual, this to a considerable extent being accounted for by the worrying tactics adopted by the home defenders. Teams: - Sunderland: - Ward goal Rhodes, and Watson, backs Tait, Barrie, and McConnell, half-backs Hogg, Gemmill, Shaw, Bridgetts and Huggins, forwards, Everton: - Scott, goals, W. Baler, and R. Balmer, backs Black, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Rouse Settle, Young, and G. Wilson forwards, Referee J.H.Pearson.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 ST HELENS RECREATION 1
Novemeber 26, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 12)
The game at Goodison-park between Everton and St Helens Recs was a one-sidered affair, though as usually happeneds the team, which had acted on the defence most of the time, rusted away, and at first attempt scored. Whilst their opponents had all their work cut out to equalise, and then take the lead. The Recs were the first to attack, but Strettell was safe, and Jones made Dougherty save a nice effort. Sloan made one or two great saves this half, which ended goalless. The second portion was all in Everton's favour. The Recs were penned in most of the time, but following a breakaway King beat Sloan, and the Recs took the lead. The Blues were in their opponents quarters for the rest of the game, and five minutes from the close Dorward equalised, and amid great excitement Butler got a leading goal, the whistle sounding immediately after. Everton's win was well merited, for after the Recs scored they kicked out on every possible occasion, and Everton had hard work to keep the ball in midfield. Sloan in goal was very safe, he had not much to do, but the shots sent in were very ticklish. Strettell showed considerable improvement, and was about the best back on the field, while Donaldson was the better of the halve. Donnachie and Dorward made a good wing. Jones and Cooke also doing good service, Jones shooting particularly well. Butler was very uncertain. The Recs are a smart team, but were no match for the home custodian. Dougherty who hails from the Liverpool districts. He kept a wonderful goal, and it was solely to his efforts that the Recs were saved from a serve defeat. Turner was the better back. With Wilding most prominent among the halves. The forwards were a go ahead lot. The pick of them being Dudley, Wareing, and Carrington, the latter having many fine struggles with Strettell. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Stevenson, backs, Chadwick, Wright, and Donaldson half-back Donnachie, Dorward, Jones, Cooke, and Butler, forwards.