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November 1, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.



The spell of misfortune, which has attended Everton, was happily broken on Saturday, when they vanquished Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park by three goals to one. The victory did not come out of its turn, for the “Blues” had experienced four successive defeat, two of them on their own enclosure. It was a pity perhaps that a struggling Lancashire club had to be their victims, but the time had certainly arrived when the Everton players, for their own credit's sake, had to do something to revive the dropping hopes of their faithful supporters. Although maximum points were gained, the game in no sense could be described as a thrilling exposition of the Association code. Indeed, for the greater part of the ninety minutes, the football was singularly uninteresting. It was redeemed by the fact that the record League scorer, Freeman, placed another “hat-trick” to his credit –he had done a similar thing against Blackpool last, Monday –and so long, as the centre piles on the goals, one can forgive him for laches in midfield.


For thirty-five out of the forty-five minutes in the first half, the exhibition was of the most moderate description. There was absolutely nothing to enthuse about, and goals never looked like coming. As the interval approached the Everton attack evidently began to realise that their mission was to obtain goals. Turner crashed the ball against the crossbar, and from the rebound Sharp directed it against the upright, but this ill luck was neutralised when Freeman registered a surprise goal from nearly thirty yards' range. It must not be imagined that Everton had it all their own way. The “Trotters” enjoyed quite as much of the play, and it was the fault of their own forwards that nice openings were nulled after good work in midfield. Indeed for some minutes after the resumption the Wanderers might have easily have equalised. When Everton realised the danger of the situation they imparted more earnestness into the proceedings. A neat pass from Borthwich enabled Lacey to again find the crossbar, but this time Freeman met the rebound, and in a twinkling the ball was in the net. A few minutes later Sharp sent across, and the redoubable Freeman credited himself with his third –a delightful effort. The game was then as good as over, but taking advantage of temporary looseness on the part of Everton defenders Lockett was rewarded with a goal from a high dropping shot which deceived Scott. Clifford in the closing stages nearly led to another Bolton goal, and perhaps the verdict of three to one was rather flattering to Everton on the run of the play.


Owing to an injury to his heel sustained in the Woolwich Arsenal match, Balmer was unable to turn out, but as events proved it was a happy inspiration on the part of the Everton directors to give a trail to Clifford at right backs. His display astonished those who have only seen him in the centre-half position. His kicking was clean, and judgement characterised not a few clearances. It would not be going too far to suggest that he was about the best back on the field. Then Borthwick played his finest game so far in the centre half back position. He is not a Taylor, but he is improving, and with riper experience should be a useful man for Everton. Lacey, too, made a successful appearance in the League front line. Though not the tricky player that Coleman is, he is a real hard worker, and one who can shoot with plenty of power. He and Sharp constituted the best wing, though, in the second half especially; Turner and White accomplished much good work. As already indicated, Freeman's forte was in scoring the goals. McEwan and Stokes were the prominent figures in the Wanderers' attack whose improvements were spoiled time and again by faulty finishes. Greenhalgh stood out among the halves, and Edmondson, who could not be blamed for the goals was generally well covered by Baverstock and Slater. Teams : - Everton: - Scott goal, Clifford, and MaCoonachie, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Lacey, Freeman, White, and Turner, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Edmonson, goal, Baverstock, and Slater, backs, Gaskell, Greenhalgh, and Robinson, half-backs, Stokes, Lockett, Hughes, Hunter, and McEwan, forwards. Referee A. Hargreaves.



November 1, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 10)

The respective defences had much the better of the deal in the game between Bolton and Everton Reserves. Bolton were the better side in the first half but Everton scored first through Mountford. Jones equalised before the interval, and with the second half blank the game ended 1-1. Everton: - Berry goal, Stevenson, and Barnsley, backs, Weller, Webster, and Adamson half-backs, Michaels, Gourlay, Jones, Anderson, and Mountford forwards.



Novemeber 2 1909. The Liverpool Courier

We are officially informed that the Everton club have signed on a new player named Allan, a right back from Bedington, a team playing in the Newcastle district. He is 5ft 8ins; in height, and weights a little over 11 stone. He will in all probability make his appearance with Everton combination on Saturday next.


CHELSEA 0 EVERTON 1 (Game 675)

November 8, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.



The Everton club were making football history on Saturday. It is well known that they are one of the few original members of the League. It was not until the first month of the present season that they were enabled to rejoice in a victory on the ground of Newcastle United. Until Saturday last they had never obtained two points on Chelsea's magnificent enclosure, and the significant fact is that their latest success now enables Everton to boast of the proud record of having been victorious on the grounds of all the members of the premier organisations in the country. The contest on the Stamford Bridage enclosure was robbed of much of its attractiveness by reason of the fact that four forwards for the greater portion of the game represented the home club. Again the players were none too wonderful with the result that there was an over indulgence in tactics that could scarcely be allied to true sportmanship. One can understand accidents arising in a game which is fought with keen determination, but there were instances when the players –and let it be said that both sides were equal culpable –went out of their way to accomplish their object. Apart from these blemishes the 40,000 spectators had a rare good afternoon's sport, which culminated in Everton obtaining the verdict by verdict by a penalty goal.


For the greater portion of the game Everton were the more aggressive side, but the finishing touches of the forwards were not at all in keeping with the all-round excellence that brought them to the shooting zone. There were occasions when the home keeper was the sole remaining obstacle to success and when all were prepared for a score there was an unfortunate miskick to save the situation. Early in the first half, and again towards the finish. Everton's crack marksman was apparently clean through, but he failed to get the right spot on the ball, which practically rolled to Whitley. There were escapes that rarely come the way of clubs, but there were other times when one might reasonably have expected the Blues' forwards to have found the net. It must not be inferred that the home van were in the background, and one shot of Hilsdon's was a beauty. An inch or two lower and Scott must have been beaten, while a couple of terrific drives from Humphreys and a great effort from Brawn were not far out of their reckoning. All through the game was suggestive of great possibilities in the scoring line, for end to end play in quick success in combined with skilful methods in and about midfield were dominant factors in a game that sustained the interest of the hugh crowd from start to finish.


Scoring was not forthcoming until the second half had been in progress 22 minutes, and this came about as the result of a penalty kick against Warren following upon a heavy bombardment of the Chelsea goal. Dealing with the players one must compliment the Everton forwards upon their open fieldwork, though their finishing efforts were scarcely stamped with the hall mark of class. White made many gallant attempts to defeat Whitley, and Lacey, on the other side of Freeman, showed again that he possesses the attributes necessary for the best of company. He took the ball well and was smart off the mark, and his work generally was suggestive of the great promise. Freeman had to pay the penalty of greatness, for he was well shadowed and sandwiched, and the pity was that the wings were not in their usual vein, otherwise the attention of Ormiston, Bettridge, and Cameron must have been thwarted. Sharp looked a certain scorer just after the interval, but miskicked, and in so doing wretched his leg, but after first and application he was seen to better advantage, especially in the closing stages. There could be no question about the cleverness of Turner but unfortunately the essential quality only showed itself on occasion. He was mainly concerned in the attack that led up to the bombardment of Whitley's charge, and an infusion of the same dash in the earlier proceedings must have benefited his side considerably. In half-back play, Makepeace had no compeer. He anticipated the dangerous movements of the home forwards to a nicety, and while attending well to Turner and White, he also gave great assistance to the last line of defence. Borthwick lasted well, and showed steady improvement, while Harris completed a capital half-back line. Clifford was the better of two hard working backs, and Scott accomplished everything that came his way with his accustomed skill. Hilsdon, who made his first appearance since the Liverpool match in the first week of the season, was injured in the first few minutes in a collision with Borthwick, and though he put in some fine shots afterwards, he was obviously handicapped. Then Fairgrey's retirement further disconnected the side. Still the reduced forces played with refreshing vigour with Humphreys always a powerful force to be reckoned with. The halves with Warren a veritable glutton for work, were a convincing lot, while the last line were in the safe keeping of Bettridge, Cameron, and Whitley. Teams : - Chelsea: - Whitley, goal, Bettridge, and Cameron, backs Ormiston, Fairgrey, and Humphreys, half-backs, Brawn, Hilsdon, Warren (Captain), and Windridge, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, Clifford, and Macconachie, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Lacey, Freeman, White, and Turner, forwards.



November 8, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 11)

Everton and Colne can now cry “quits” for earlier in the season at Colne the Blues were defeated by 2 goals to nil, while the return match at Goodison Park on Saturday resulted in the triumph of the home team by exactly the same score. For the most part the game was uninviting, and it was only in the last half-hour that the two goals was scored. In the initial half defence on each side played the most prominent part, for both sets of forwards were weak in finishing tactics. The visitors in the second half showed a lack of staying power, and the home vanguard at once took matters into their own hands. Mountford, who scored after Kneeshaw had saved from Jones, secured the first goal. The most goal was the outcome of a melee in the Colne goalmouth, for Weller rushing in amongst a ruck of players, placed the ball into the net. There ended the scoring, though nearing the end Everton missed several opportunities. Everton: - Berry, goal, Osborne, and Bardley, backs, Allen, Webster, and Adamson, half-backs, McFarland, Gourlay, Jones, Mountford, and Michaels, forwards.



November 15, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.



For some seasons past Blackburn Rovers have not been blessed with much success at Goodison Park, although less than a year ago they shared in a draw of four goals each after apparently being hopelessly beaten. Last Saturday they made no mistake in their game with Everton, and were value for their two clear goals victory. At the same time, while no one begrudged them their acquisition of maximum points, they were fortunate in winning by such a substantial margin. Everton, however, had only themselves to blame. Their defence could not be held responsible; the fault rested with the forwards, who were singularly at sea in endeavouring to drive home their attack. As far as actual pressure went, the Everton front line rejoiced in more than their share, but there was a inmentable lack of finish in their methods, which made all the difference. For instance, even when the marksman, Freeman, in the closing stages of the game raced to within a few yards of the goalkeeper he could only divert a curling ball towards the goal flag, rather than into the net. It was a dreadfully disappointing match from the home point of view, but the Rovers showed sufficient of their quality to impress one with the idea that they are in the right position at the head of the League table. They are a well-balanced lot; for the most part young and energetic, hence their run of successes.


There was a fine crowd; anywhere about 25,000, to witness what was hoped would be a stop to Blackburn Rovers' point annexing career. Alas for the Evertonians, the Rovers proved that their place at the head of affairs has been gained by real merit. The opening half was not productive of exciting or scientific football. The onslaught of the forward line's lacked destruction, and there was always the impression that the respective defences were equal to all demands that might be made upon them. Certainly neither Scott nor Ashcroft could complain of being unduly taxed. The second portion of the match was much more interesting. Quite early on the Rovers obtained the lead. Borthwick the rebust home centre half had got the better of two or three opponents, but in trying to be too tricky the ball was taken from him, and this proved the undoing of his side. Davies pounced on the leather, and Aitkenhead scored, with a glorious long shot, which found the far corner of the net. Everton pressed hard after this set back, but all they could secure were abortive corners. To add to their discomfiture, Latheron added a second goal, and the Rovers brilliant defence prevailed to the end, although in the last few minutes, Freeman bangled a great chance of averting the severity of Everton's defeat.


The honours of the game both collectively and individually fell to the Rovers. Latheron was the finest forward on the field, full of initiative, and ever ready to turn any possible advantage to account, and Cowell caught the eye as a defender of infinite resource. Probably no one has a better idea of Cowell's capabilities than Jack Sharp, who has rarely been so much troubled by a back as was the case on Saturday. In seemed as if the Everton captain tried so hard to get the better of the Rovers' left back that he failed to return the ball to Lacey as he might easily have done, on more than one occasion. This was the more noticeable inasmuch as the Irishman was the one forward in the Everton front line who ever looked like troubling Ashcroft. With Freeman off colour, the home left wing was not to prominent; indeed the whole line disappointed by reason of their inability to profit by the chances afforded them by the halves. Clifford again proved his value in the right back position, and was more prominent than Macconnachie, whose best work was seen in the second half. The Rovers were strong fore and fit, while in the middle line Chapman and Bradshaw were great. There was little to choose between the goalkeepers, but Scott was unlucky as compared with Ashcroft, in having his charge twice penetrated through no failure on his part. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Clifford, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Borthwick, and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Lacey, Freeman, White, and Turner, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Ashcroft, goal, Crompton, and Cowell, backs, Walmsley, Chapman, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Garbutt, Latheron, Davies, Aitkenhead, and Bracogirillo, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Hurrocks.



November 15, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 12)

Everton were distinctly unfortunate to lose at Blackburn. They put up an excellent fight, and when Mountford scored a fine goal in the second half, and the Blues were leading near the end, it looked odds on the visitors capturing the points. But then Stevenson equalised and in the last minute Crompton put the Rovers in front. Everton being beaten by two goals to one . Everton: - Berry, goal, Osborne, and Rafferty, backs, Allen, Weller, and Adamson half-backs, Michaels, Gouray, Jones, Anderson, and Mountford, forwards.



November 22, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.



Ordinarily the advantage of a side playing on their own ground is supposed to be equal to a goal. Judged by this standard Everton did not do badly in losing by a goal to nil on Nottingham Forest's enclosure. Still, it must be confessed that the result was disappointing. The changes in the Everton front line were expected to be beneficial to the play of the team as a whole, but truth no tell, there was no improvement on some of the displays which since the season opened have been served up by the Evertonians. It was not so much a question of contrast between the methods of older and younger players as a continued inability to produce what is known as the Everton class of play. All clubs at one time or another have to pass though their bad times. It is Everton's turn with a vengeance, but even the darkest cloud has a silver lining, and with a board of directors, who are knowed with the spirit of enterprise these should be bright days for the Goodison road club before the season closes.


Meanwhile some impression of the latest reverse at Nottingham must be recorded. After the frost and subsequent thaw, coupled with the prevalence of fog, the conditions were favourable neither for players, nor spectators; indeed for a great part of the game it was difficult to follow the proceedings with any degree of accuracy. This did not prevent one coming to the conclusion that with all the difficulties, which the men had to encounter the standard, attained never got beyond mediocrity. It was in the matter of attack that both sides were at fault. The Foresters, it is true, made more chances for themselves, but in midfield the Blues also did creditable work, though they were even greater chances than the Forest –and this is saying a good deal –when it came to an effort to beat the keeper. Really the forward work of both lines was not capital to say the least. West was man who won the game for the Forest, though there was an element of luck in the goal which gave the home side a welcome victory after some disagreeable experience of late on their own ground. If Scott had not bothered himself with appealing for offside, the goal might never have been scored. Ryalls, on the outside right punted the ball well towards goal, and West, who was lying close in, raced after it. The Everton custdian's appeal being disregarded by the referee, he had only time to divert the ball against the post, and in the dim light West appeared to bang the leather against the upright, whence it glanced into the net. Anyhow, it was the point, which proved Everton's undoing, although in the last few minutes Freeman came near equalising with a great shot which grazed the top of the crossbar.


As may be gathered it was not a game in which either the general or individual play aroused much enthusiasm. The Everton front line was disappointing. Freeman was too closely shadowed to have much chance of distinguishing himself. Michaels and Lacey were slightly the better wing for Young had not too resourceful a partner in Mountford, who seems to lack that finishing dash which is essential in an outside forward. Borthwick suffered from an injury sustained early on, and this naturally affected his play. Both Makepeace and Harris worked hard throughout, and once again Clifford was superior to Macconnachie. On Saturday's exhibition the Forest are no great side. They have a good defence and Morris was the pick of the forwards, West, although scoring the goal, which won the match, being very erractic in front of goal. Teams: - Notts Forest: - Halsall, goal, Dubley, and Michaels, backs, Maltby, Borthwick, and Hooper, half-backs, Ryalls, Forester, West, Morris, and Horrick, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, Clifford, and Macconnachie, backs, Harris, Borthwick, Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Micheals Lacey, Freeman, Young, and Mountfield, forwards .



November 20, 1909. The Liverpool Football Echo

At Goodison Park. Teams : - Everton: - Berry goal, Stevenson and Bramball, backs Allan Weller, and Rafferty, half-backs, Mcfaralnce, Kay, Jones Gourlay, and Turner forwards. Whitechurch: - Bigham, goal, Dodds, and Brochley backs, Hughes, Thomson, and Stanley half-backs, Bettley, Dean, Rowland, A Hughes and Vaughan forwards. This friendly match was played at Goodison Park this afternoon. As usual with friendly matches, the attendance was rather on the small side, but kept gradually improving. Everton kicked off and attacked but the ball was sent behind. After a brief in incursion by the visitors, the home club again attacked, Adamson missing the goal by inches. The visitors retaliated and the result of a bristle onslaught, a corner was forced, but this was cleared. Everton got away nicely from the goal kick, but Jone's shot went over the bar. Another well-concerted movement by the home team gave them an opening, a splendid attempt, by Gourlay just failing to score. After some even play, the Everton got away again, and Jones scored after Bingham had saved. Final Result Everton 4, Whitechurch nil.



November 23, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-Final.

The semi-final tie at Goodison Park yesterday between Everton and St Helens Rec, provided a very good game. Even allowing for the fact that the ground was hard and slippery, the football shown rarely rose above mediocrity and the forward play on both sides was especially poor. Some of the players did not appear able to locate the goal, and good shots were rare. Everton won by two goals to nil, and deserved the victory, but apart from the satisfaction of reaching the final stages of the competition they had little to pride themselves upon. The Recs played with considerable dash, and fought galliantly to the end, and were somewhat unlucky in not getting a goal, but Everton's forwards were again very disappointing. There was no score in the first half, and indeed neither side looked like getting a goal. True Scott made one fine save at short range from Williams, and picked up and cleared a swift low shot from the same player, while Doig had a few slow shots to stop; otherwise both goalkeepers were idea. It seemed as through neither set of forwards had any idea of the art of scoring, nor it was due to Harris the Everton half-back, that the home side opened the scoring 10 minutes after the change of ends. Harris made a fine run, and beating several opponents gave Freeman a chance, which he accepted to the full. Afterwards Ryder nearly beat Scott with a fine long shot, the ball turning of the goalkeeper's hands, and –unfortunately for the Recs –rebounding for Scott to make no mistake at the second time of asking. Everton went away, and Mountford getting the better of Dalton put on the second goal. Afterwards Scott made a good save on the goal line from Cunliffe, and Doig kept put some good shots in the closing stages. The defences had much the better of the argument all through, for little was seen of the forwards. At back Clifford kicked better then Balmer, while Dalton was in fine form for the Recs. Ryder was the finest half back on the field, through Harris ran him close. and Weller showed himself to be a centre half of distinct promise. Williams was the outstanding forward on the Recs' side, while Freeman and Mountford were the best of a moderate Everton quintette.

Teams : - Everton: - Scott goal, Clifford, and R. Balmer, backs, Harris, Weller, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Michaels, Lacey, Freeman, Young, and Mountford, forwards. St. Helens Recreation: - Doig, goal, Dalton, and Williams, backs, Holden, Ryder, and Patten, half-backs, Williams, Lee, Chorley, Fairclough, and Cunliffe, forwards.



November 29 1909. The Liverpool Courier.



It was a pity that Everton's return to a winning vein should have been reserved for such a miserable sample of weather as was served up on Saturday afternoon. The brightness of the morning gave promise of a big crowd at Goodison Park, where Sunderland have invariably been an attractive team, but, the lowering sky and the torrential downpours which followed not only kept many intending spectators away, but affected the ground to an extent which rendered the going extremely heavy. Still, it was a very hard game, and while Everton just about deserved the victory by two goals to one, Sunderland put up a fight, which was commendable in only slightly lesser degree. Everton's victory syuchronished with a return to the original forward line, but while welcome improvement was witnessed in this department, it must be conceded that Everton in some measure owed their success to a grand display of goalkeeping by Scott, who was in quite his best international form. However, Scott is a member of the side, and it would be ungracious even to suggest what might have happened if the custodian had not been in this happy mood. The essential fact is, Everton prevailed 2-1.


Another pleasing feature was that the side in all departments was more like the Everton we know. They gave us some exhilarating play, and imparted earnestness to their work, which was eminently gratifying. They were opposed too by an eleven who were equally zealous for the honour of their club, and who also gave of their best. The result was a contest which especially in view of the conditions, could not fail to satisfy the spectators. The opening half produced only one goal, and that fell to Everton, it can a quarter of an hour after the start. Adamson, who was deputising for Makepeace temporarily on the injured list, had been providing his wing with lovely passes, and from one of these Young and Turner carried the ball down, for the latter to send across the goalmouth. Sharp received and returned to Coleman, who cleverly headed past Roose. Neither Scott nor Roose had an idle time, and soon after the resumption the Everton keeper kept out a beauty from Holley. It was following a foul on Coleman that Harris planted the ball well forward for the ex-Arsenal man to rush in and score with a shot, which left Roose helpless. Sunderland never gave in, and curiously enough after Jarvie had left the field injured they obtained their only success. This was the outcome of a fine run by Holley, who gave an opening to Bridgett that was promptly turned to account. It was a ding dong struggle right to the end, and just before the whistle blew Scott obliged with a thrilling save from Bridgett.


Dealing first with Everton, Scott must be sleighed out for special mention. He gave a masterly display and was even more in the eye than the redoubtable Roose, who, however, on two occasions at least, by running out prevented whatever chance of Freeman might have had of registering his characteristic goals. Clifford and Balmer were a fine pair of backs, and while Taylor –the veteran was heartily welcomed on his reappearance –and Harris were always in the think of the fray. Adamson gave a wonderfully finished display. Apart from scoring a couple of goals, Coleman was the most effective forward on the side. He was greatly assistaned by Sharp, who got in some splendid centres. Freeman although closely attended to by the sturdy Thomson, was difficult to hold, and the left wing rendered useful service. Young at times being exceedingly tricky even on the churred up ground. Sunderland posses a capable side, and one which never knows when it is beaten. Roose-well was Roose –and to the defence none appeared to greater advantage than Thomson, while Bridgett and Holley were the stars of the attack. Teams : - Everton: - Scott, goal, Clifford, and R. Balmer, backs, Harris, Taylor, and Adamson, half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Coleman, Freeman, Young, and Turner, forwards. Sunderland: - Roose, goal, Thougheur, and Milton, backs, Tait, Thompson, and Jurde, half-backs, Clarke, Low, Hulky, Bridgett, and Mordue, forwards. Referee C.C. Fallowfield.



November 29, 1909. The Liverpool Courier.

Lancashire Combination Division One. (Game 13)

Everton were beaten by Manchester City by a goal to nil. The City were just the better side, but the goal which James scored might very well have been stopped by Berry, while Jones and Moutford each had hard lines in not scoring for the visitors. Macconnachie played a fine game, and was easily the best back on the field . Everton: - Berry, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie, backs, Allen, Webster, and Weller, half-backs, Marfarlane, Lacey, Jones Gourlay, and Mountford, forwards .




November 1909