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Belfast Telegraph - Monday 02 November 1908
Willie Scott's popularity amongst the proud Evertonians was never more pronounced than it is at the present moment.  It is of a character unparalleled in the history of the Mersey Club, and probably not even excelled by Nick Ross and Johnnie Holt, two of the most popular Taffies who ever donned the Royal Blue for the great Liverpool club.  And Everton's proud position shows that it is all thoroughly deserved, too.

November 5, 1908. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Lancashire Football association council have before it at Blackburn last night, the replies of the Everton, Liverpool, Manchester united, and Bury clubs to their demands for explanations of the weak teams played by the clubs in the Lancashire Senior cup-ties. After a long consideration, the council decided to accept the explanations of Bury and Liverpool. Everton were fined £25, and the Manchester United verdict was postponed for further inquiry.

November 9, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton made no mistakes in their match with Sunderland at Goodison-park. They gained the day by the decisive margin of four goals to nil. This was more than their most ardent admirers anticipated. It was generally felt that the contest would be close and that whichever side, prevailed there would be "little in it," Having been regruited by one English and two Scottish internationals, the idea was that the Wearsiders would make Everton go all the way, even if they did not snatch a victory. Everton were of quite another way of thinking. They had fought their way to the proud position of League leaders, largely owing to their unrivailed record of six successive "away" victories, and they did not mean to thrown away any chances of success in the competition. Right worthily did they justify all the praise, which has been bestowed upon them. Once again they proved that they possess the finest set of forwards in the League, while Freeman added to his reputation of champion goal getter of the season by accomplished the "hat-trick." It was in occasion, pleasurable indeed, to all supporters of the good old Everton club. At the same time the game was more even than the score suggests. Everton thoroughly deserved their victory, especially on their exhibition in the second half, but Sunderland were worthy formen, and if the fates, had been kinder they would not have been beaten pointless.

It was during the earlier stages of the game when Sunderland had the benefit of a cross breeze, that they were seen to best advantage. As a matter of fact, despite the excellence of the Everton defence, they had two glorious chances of scoring when Hogg and Bridgett had no one to beat, but the goalkeeper. Bridgett was obviously disgusted with his failure, and as for Hogg, he was simply bewildered at the successful daring of Scott, who took the ball literally from his toes. Meanwhile the Everton forwards had been by no means inactive. To this the versatile L. R. Roose would be most willing to testify. Freeman, Young, and Sharp, and Taylor gave him plenty to do, and once after he had saved a terrific drive from marvellous Jack Taylor, Sandy Young feebly shot at the custodian instead of utilising a splendid opportunity of finding the net. It was only about five minutes before the interval when the first goal of the match arrived. Forster, Sunderland's left back, who had been playing a quiet but effective game, was accidentally injured, and had to be carried off the field. From the throw down, Sharp placed the ball nicely to Freeman, who promptly netted, quite out of the reach of even such a custodian as the Welsh international. How far Forster's absentee affected the situation is at matter of conjecture. However, he was on the field during the whole of the second half, and it was in this period that Everton filled the picture. Sharp paved the way for Coleman to score. After this a tremendous shot from Thomson rebounded from the upright, and this piece of bad luck seemed to dishearten the Sunderland men. On the other hand, the Everton forwards and halves indulged in some remarkably pretty, and effective play, which was a treat to witness. Thanks largely to sharp, another couple of goals fell to Freeman, and although the opponents never gave up, they could make no impression on Scott, the end coming with a splendid victory for the Blues by four goals to nothing.

The match produced as fine display of Association football you could wish to see. In view of the number of internationals on the field, this was what might have been expressed. The first half did not compare either in play and cleverness with the second half. For the Everton boys covered themselves with glory. In every position the visitors were gradually served. Scott had not so much work as L.R. Roose, but for all that, only a goalkeeper of his resource would have kept his charge intact. As for the amateur custodian, the shots, which beat him, were absolutely unstoppable. Balmer was the most effective back, although MaConnachie's coolness was a great service to his side. The half-back line was really brilliant, and it is pleasing to see that Harris seems to improve each game. Although Freeman credited himself with the hat-trick, Jack Sharp was the best of the forward line. His centres, were remarkably accurate, and it was no wonder that a centre of the capabilities of Freeman should have been so successful. Tim Coleman was in happy mood, and though Barlow and Young were not so prominent, it his old ability, as the pivot of the attack, the best of the forwards being Bridgett and Hogg. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and MaConnachie, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Barlow, forwards. Sunderland: - Roose, goal, Agnew, and Forster, backs, Low, Thomson, and Jarvie, half-backs, Murdue, Hogg, Brown, Holley, and Bridgett, forwards. Referee J.T. Howcroft.

November 9, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One
Everton on Saturday sustained their first defeat since September 9. Carlisle United just getting home by the only goal of the game. On the run of the play Everton did not deserved to lose, but the Cumberland men presented a sound defence, particularly in the closing stages, when the visitors did a lot of pressing. Carlise's goal was scored in the first half, Stewart heading through after a shot from Campbell had been opened, and afterwards the home backs, and goalkeeper did so well that Everton could not get on level terms, though Lacey shot well. Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Strettell, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Buck, Lacey, Couper, Bolton, and Dawson, forwards.

November 16, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton went to Chelsea on Saturday with an unbeaten record away from home. They drew at gate of 30,000 spectators, who witnessed one of the most sensational games ever played on the famous Stamford Bridge enclosure. The Lancashirians still charish their record; but they came precious near leaving it behind, and although the result of the game was a draw of three goals each. I must certainly award the Londoners the certificate of merit as being the best team. They could not claim much superiority, however, but there was undoubtedly more sting in their football, especially in the first half.

The game opened in a truly remarkable manner, for barely half a minute had elapsed when Chelsea had scored their first goal . Straight from Hilsdon's kick-off the ball was swung out to Brawn, who made a dash down the touchline, and sending his centre crashed against the upright and before the defence could clear Hilsdon scored, before the game had mean played for a minute and continued right up to the close, when both sides were struggling just as grimly for as winning goal. The exchanges always sparkled with brilliant movements, and incidents followed incident with regularity. Freeman was not as conspicuous as the Chelsea centre, but he came and he added to his fame by scoring two further goals. Chelsea did so much attacking in the first half that it is still a mystery to me now they failed to increase their lead before the interval. Balmer was none too safe, and seemed miskicking often in the Everton defence in a tangle, but somehow they managed to recover themselves and get the ball away. Only once did Chelsea appear to throw away a chance. Hilsdon had just failed to get his head to a centre from brawn, and the ball dropped at the feet of Windridge, who with only Scott facing him, shot yards wide. The Everton forwards had seldom been in the picture during the first half hour's play, but eight minutes later they started on a movement which not only protruded a goal, but served as a splendid tonic to them, for the remained of the game. Sharp slipped the ball onto Freeman, who worked through, but, being tackled, the transferred to Coleman, and the latter finished a characteristic fashion by scoring a great goal.

Everton had hardly deserved to be level with their opponents, but there was no mistaking their intentions when the second half was commenced. Their swarmed round the Chelsea goal at once, and Whitley made a glorious save from Barlow. Then followed a series of sensational incidents that almost baffle description, and three goals were scored in twice as many minutes. Everton were the successful team to obtain the first, but the goal was one of the many surprise incidents of the game. Whitley had come out of goal to meet a dangerous centre from Sharp, but Cameron got his head to the ball first, and it went straight to Freeman, who stood right under the crossbar thinking it go over, but to everyone surprise it dropped right in front of goal, so Freeman had only to touch the ball to score. From the kick off Windridge dribbled through, and passing at the exact moment to Hilsdon, saw that drive beat Scott with a splendid shot. Away went Everton again, and Freeman taking a pass from Taylor, was tackled three times. He managed to recover the ball each time, however, and eventually found an opening to score with a cross shot. The excitement ran high after this, and in a fierce attack on the Everton goal, one of the defenders handled the ball in the penalty area. Hilsdon took the penalty kick , and with a beautiful low shot he brought the scores level again. The remaining play was desperate fought out, but both sides failed to press home any advantage, so the game was left drawn as stated.

The football at times reached a high standard and if Everton were somewhat disappointing in the first half they made up for it with then brilliance in the later stages of the game. Scott gave a splendid display between the posts, and in a plain straight forward way, saved many threatening situations. The Everton backs were unsteady in the start, no doubt Chelsea early goal unnerved them –and Balmer made several blunders, which might have pressed fatal, and he has to thank the sterling efforts of Harris for a lot of his recoveries. MaConnachie was much safer in his methods. He kept a cool head under pressure, tackled resolutely, and kicked with great accuracy on a greasy surface. All the Everton half-back did well, and they played most untirely throughout. It was hot until the latter stages of the game that they were of much assistance to their forwards, there mostly occupied in looking after Hilsdon and Co, but once they settled down and saw distinct cleverness line- Harris and Makepeace, and find vigour in Taylor. The left wing of the visitors were the most movement, especially in the second half. Barlow them held the ball more to himself and he generally worked into advantage for his side. Young made some neat passes, but he did not get many opportunities in front of goal. Freeman still adopts, the same brisk methods, that characterised his play when a member of the Arsenal team, but he has improved immensely with his juggling with the ball, and I should say he is now one of the cleverest forwards in the League. Coleman played a rather erratic sort of game, and his feeding to Sharp left room for improvement. He is still the same deadly player in front of goal, however, Sharp did many smart things, but he found the close attentions of Birnie rather troublesome at times. Taken all round it was a bright display played by clever performers, and watched by thousands of keen critical people. Teams: - Chelsea: - Whitley, goal, Cameron, and Miller, backs. warren Humphreys, and Birnie, half-backs, Brawn, Rouse, Hildson, Windridge, and Fairgrey, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goals, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman Freeman, Young, and Barlow, forwards. Referee A.J. Barker.

November 16, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One
Everton defeated Darwen at Goodison-Park on Saturday by seven goals to one. As the score indicates it was quite a one-sided affair, and it was only through a mistake by the home backs that the visitors scored. Couper was early in evidence, and scored two goals in the first few minutes. Lacey was responsible for the third goal, Couper the fourth, and Buck the fifth, which completed the scoring up to breathing time. After the interval, Smith scored for Darwen, and Lacey and Buck added further goals, for the Blues. Both fore and after the home side displayed excellence understanding, and the forwards never missed an opportunity to shoot. Independent of his hat track, Couper played a magnificent game in the centre, and his accurate marksmanship was quite a feature of the match. Lacey and Buck were also prominent, while in the defence Adamson was conspicuous for clever tackling and judicious feeding. Although beaten seven times Murray the visitors custodian did well, saving shots innumerable in a cool and clever manner. Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Strettell, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Buck, lacey, Couper, Bolton, and Woods, forwards .

November 23, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
We had quite a thrilling game at Goodison Park on Saturday –one to be long remembered by all who witnessed it. If only one could have foreseen what actually happened, there would of a certainly have been an even larger "gate" satisfactory though it was seeing that the attendance must have been somewhere near 25,000. Only rarely does a side pull a game out of the fire in the manner of Blackburn Rovers' performance against Everton. The game ended in a division of the honours, with four goals each. At the interval probably not one in a thousand of the spectators ever dreamt of such a result. Everton secured a three goal lead in the first quarter of an hour, and this on ordinary occasion is quite sufficient to ensure victory. Certainly on their form during the opening half the chances of Blackburn Rovers appealed gloomy indeed. But what a change came over the scene after the teams crossed over. Davies quickly scored, then Coleman added another for Everton, and all seemed over. This, however, was not the Rovers' ideas, for playing up with a dash and pluck, which were worthy of the highest praise, they bothered the home defence so greatly that Davies was responsible for three other goals. It was an eye-opener for Everton supporters, but the crowd, to their credit be it said, waxed enthusiastic over the exhibition of the Rovers, who came pretty near winning the game after twice being three goals in arrears.

But to consider the play in rather more detail. Everton commenced in irresistible fashion. Even before the home right wing had played the ball, Freeman found Crompton hesitating, and credited himself with his nineteenth goal of the season. Young's cleverness was really responsible for the point, and a few minutes later that player enabled Sharp to put in a grand shot, which Crompton deflected to Coleman, who had no difficulty in netting. This was a great beginning and the whole side were playing so well that the Rovers looked quite outclassed. A quarter of an hour from the start, a third goal arrived, the redoubtable Crompton this time turning a centre from Sharp into the net. After this the Evertonians took matters easily, but for all that Scott was rarely troubled. With three goals against them no one imagined that the Rovers, had any prospect of preventing their undefeated away record being besmirched. However, it was soon evident that they had made up their minds to do or die. Straight away, Davies worked his way through and cleverly scored his first goal, but when Coleman, mainly through Young's brilliant work, put on a fourth, it was though that all was over for the Rovers. Then it was that the visiting side roused themselves, after the manner of football heroes. Anthony delighted with some beautiful sprints, which were too much for the Everton defenders, Davies was ever on the alert, and taking a pass from Garbutt, he scored his second goal, completing the hat-trick a few minutes later, by a fine individual effort. Even then he was not satisfied, for he claimed a fourth. Were Everton after going to lose? There were moments when this seemed not out of the question, but happily the Blues roused themselves, and Ashcroft cleared a splendidly from Sharp. The end, however, was four goals each.

No more brilliant forward and half-back work could be desired than that shown by Everton in the earlier stages, of the contest. Young was a artist, he was Sandy in his happiest vein, and we all know what a brainy player he is. Well, he was simply delightful. Sharp and Coleman were also rare form, and it was hard lines on "Tim" that he was deprived on the "hat-trick" for which he worked so hard. Neither Freeman nor Barlow was up to concert pitch. The Halves did not last as well as usual, but there is this to be said for them, that both Harris and Makepeace sustained injuries. When the Rovers were making those dangerous rushes, they failed to hold them at bay, and during this period Balmer and MaConnachie were at fault, the latter especially being singularly ineffective. Scott, as far as could be seem in the bad light, could not be blamed for either of the goals put up against him. The Rovers were quite a difficult lot in the second half. Earlier their forwards were inept to a degree, and the awakening later was quite a revelation. Anthony played a sparkling game at outside left, but the remarkable success was Davies, who will have pleasant memories of the fixture, seeing that he scored all the goals for his side. Crompton was by no means the Crompton, that we know, for the most part he found more than his match in Young. However, he improved as the game progressed, and his stimulating influence had doubtless something to do with the Rovers partial success. While congratulating the Rovers upon their splendid uphill fight, Everton with a four-one lead half an from the finish never to have lost their hold over the game. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman Freeman, Young, and Barlow, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Ashcroft, goals, Crompton, and Suttle, backs, Houlker, Chapman and Bradshaw, half-backs, Garbutt, Latheron, Davies, Kylie, and Anthony, forwards. Referee J. Mason.

November 23, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 11)
Everton found Blackburn Rovers very keen opponents at Ewood-Park, but managed to share the points by reason of a draw of two goals each. The Rovers started well, Aitkenhead opening the scoring in the first minute, while soon after the change of ends the same player added a second goal. Then, however, Everton set to work, and Jones and Dawson scoring, the honours were divided. The Everton forwards took a long time to settled down, and has they started as well as they finished they might have carried off both points. Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Strettell, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Buck, Lacey, Jones Bolton, and Dawson, forwards.

November 24, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-Final.
Our great local clubs, Everton and Liverpool, were drawn together in the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup Competition yesterday. The officials of the two clubs tossed for choice of grounds. The Everton secretary was successful, and the game was played at Goodison-park yesterday afternoon. The result was that Liverpool qualified for the final by two goals to nil. On the run of the play there was to other ending possible than a triumph for the Anfield-road organisation. But, after all, there was nothing to boast about in a full Liverpool League team, with two exceptions, vanquishing what was really an Everton reserve eleven. No doubt Everton, in their sensational game with Blackburn Rovers, had a quite unusual number of players more or less crippled. Therese were accidents which could not be helped, and nobody could have been more disappointed than the Everton directors themselve by the fact that they were only in a position to play three members of the team which figured against the Rovers. This in itself robbed the match of whatever interest it might otherwise have presented, for at all tomes local rivalry is aroused when our two local teams are seen in opposition at full strength. Such was not the case yesterday, and therefore, as has already been indicated, the fixture did not command the attention which otherwise would have been the case. The game itself calls for little in the nature of serious comment. Liverpool made their position secure in the first half of the game. During this period they gave an exhibition of delightful football, that is when an opposition is not too tertile or re-sourceful. Goode, the reserve inside right of Liverpool scored a couple of fine goals, besides accomplishing a lot of really clever work. After the chance of ends, the Everton shaped more creditably, but there was never any real danger of the "Reds" losing their lead, which they kept to the finish without much trouble. As for the players, Goodie was one of the most conspicuous men on the field, apart from his goal scoring capabilities, while Harrop played a great game at centre half-back, Settle was over-weighted by Cox, who, however, rarely drove his advantage home, and the best man in the half-back line of the losing side was Adamson. Young and Coleman gave occasional glimpses of their real form, but taken all round the Everton attack was only occasionally deadly. Berry shaped well in goal, and could not be held responsible for either point, which counted. Teams : - Everton: - Berry goal, Strettell, and R. balmer, backs, Rafferty, Borthwick, and Adamson, half-backs, Buck, Coleman Jones Young, and Dawson, forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, gaol Chorlton, and Dunlop, backs, Parry, Harrop, and Bradley half-backs, Goddard, Goode, Parkinson, Hewitt and Cox, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Campbell. The attendance was 8,000, and the gate receipts about £250.

November 30, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton had they baptism so far as First League football in Bradford is concerned on Saturday. It was their eight away fixture of the season, and the satisfactory feature of the visit to the Yorkshire City is that Everton still possess their unbeaten record away from home. True, they did not win, but they succeeded in accomplishing the next best thing –dividing the points. On the general run of the play the leaders, it must be admitted were lucky in escaping defeat. They met a team who plays a different class of football, and who, as possessors of the wooden spoon, are becoming really desperate in their quest of points. Now men are being secured in the effort to improve the club's position and, judging by the second half of Saturday's game, the management are being loyally supported by the players. Certainly after appearing quite a beaten side in the earlier portion of the match, the Bradford boys were a vastly different lot afterwards. They entered into their work, with wholehearted enthusiasm, and no wonder the Everton defence was upset by the do or die rushes of the home attack. Scott, in goal bore himself bravely, as he has oftentimes before now, and it was in no small measure due to his thoroughness and excellent judgement that Everton can still boast of a remarkable record in away fixtures –six wins, and two draws, or 14 out of a possible 16 points.

Contrary to expectation Everton placed in the field their recognised League eleven. A week's rest had worked wonders with the injured players, at the same time it was evident as the game progressed that more than one of their number had not completely recovered. Their opponents had two recruits in their ranks. One of them was the ex-amateur Lintott of Queen's Park Rangers, and the other was a young sturdily built back, Torrance who was quite new to First League football, in which he promises to make a name for himself. The meeting of the top and bottom clubs attracted a big typical Yorkshire crowd, who were anxious to see the local record to much-desired victory, been though it meant breaking Everton's proud record. With the wind behind them, Everton were always masters of the situation. Although not approximating the form of which we know them capable, they were obviously cleverer than their opponents, who, forwards in particular, were woefully weak. Only once, however, did Everton penetrate the Bradford City defence. It was during a creditable movement on the part of the front line that the success arrived. The ball was sent well up towards goal, and Freeman was becoming so dangerous, that Torrance could not avoid kicking it against the Everton pivot, who promptly had it in the net with Spendiff hopelessly beaten. Though it appeared a lucky point, it was really well deserved, if only on account of Freeman's judicious seizure of an opportunity. Scott had practically nothing to do, and beyond one great effort by Coleman his vis-à-vis also was not tested to any extent. After the change of ends, Bradford's display was an eye-opener. Lethargy gave way to wonderful energy. There was nothing pretty about their football, but dash and grim determination compensated for want of class. Their bustling tactics quire put Everton off their game. It was a beautiful goal, too, which they scored, just such another as West obtained at meeting the ball with his head directed it into the far corner of the net. After this, except for brief intervals during which Taylor narrowly missed there was only one side in it, and that was not Everton. Scott performed prodigies of valour. More than once he seemed certain to be beaten, but somehow or other be managed to keep his charge intact. Right to the end Everton's record was in danger of being besmirched, and it was a relief to those supporters of the club who had made the journey to Bradford to hear the whistle blown for the final.

As already indicated Everton were seen by no means at their best. To some extent doubtless they were hampered by the narrow ground. The fact remains that they only occasionally gave glimpse of their real form. Even when they were quite the superior side there was a lack of that cohesion which they have been showing lately. Freeman had few chances of breaking through, and neither of the inside men was as affective as usual. Sharp was not at all happy, indeed he found a tough customer to tackle in Hanger. As for Barlow, he brought off several clever bits of work, but generally his play could not be regarded as much above a mediocre description. Of the backs, Makepeace was by far the most promising. Taylor did his best work in the first half, and Harris was evidently feeling the effects of last week's injury. Balmer and MaConnachie performed creditably considering the pressure to which they were subjected, but the outstanding man on the ties as a custodian, the Bradford spectators must have great respect. Lintott, although appearing in the centre half position played a fine game, especially in the second half. Torrance has already been mentioned. The side can exhibit the same determination as characterised their later efforts many League teams will not take even one point from Valley Parade. Teams: - Bradford City: - Spendiff goal, Torrance, and Farrer, backs, Robinson, Lintott, and Hanger, half-backs Barlett, Whittaker, O'Rourke, Logan, and West forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, R. Balmer, and McConnachie, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Makepeace, half-backs Sharp (Captain), Coleman Freeman, Young, and Barlow, forwards. Referee J.W.Bailey.

November 30, 1908. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Divison One (Game 12)
Despite the inclusion of White and Clifford, the ex-Bolton Wanderers, Everton were defeated at Goodison-Park by two goals to one. The game had hardly been in progress five minutes when Strettell had the misfortune to head the ball through his own goal. This completed the scoring in the first half. After the change of ends Everton equalised by the aid of a penalty kick, which did Mountford safely negotiate. Nearing the end the visitors secured the lead through Beauchope, who scored from a very doubtful position. Carlisle have a first-class custodian in Laburn, and he was well covered by a clever pair of backs in Mackenzie and Carter. Beauchorpe was the most conspicuous in the attack, and he was well supported by Sanderson and Spencer. On the Everton side White most filled the eye, and several times he had hard lines in not scoring. Adamson and Clifford were prominent in the defence, and Berry could not be blamed for his side defeat. Lacey gave his lamest display of the season, and McCage tish debutante was not a success. Everton: - Berry goal, Stevenson, and Strettell, backs, Rafferty, Clifford and Adamson, half-backs, Lacey, White, Jones Mountford, and McCage, forwards.





November 1908