COLNE PLAY GOOD LOSING GAMES.
Wednesday 2 November 1910 Burnley Gazette
Colne payed visit to day when 3.000 spectators assemble the Goodison Park to enclosure to witness the match. The teams lined up follow; Colne: Kneesbaw; M'Kenua and Lash; Hewitt, Houlker and Plew Tracey, Griffiths. Taylor. Lewis and Riley. Everton : W, Scott; Meunier and Stevenson ; Weller, Borthwick, and Davies ; Pinkney, Gault, Ness, Carlisle, and Michaels. The homesters once made tracks for the visitors ‘goal but Leah neatly robbed Gault when in a position. The Colne men than had turn, and cleve r centre by Tracey was cleared the nick of time. Ever ton again attacked and faulty work by the Colne defence allowed Gault to twice try shot for goal, but each attempt went wide the mark. A clever passing bout between Taylor and Griffiths carried the ball the other end, where Davies just managed to dispossess Lewis when things looked ominous for the home side. In an attack on the visitors' goal Leah handled in the penalty area. Ness took the kick, but Kneeshaw brought off a brilliant save, for which was loudly applauded. Everton now had the visitors penned their own half, but the Colne backs defended splendidly, and resisted all efforts score. Pinkney getting past all the defenders, looked like doing the trick, but Kneeshaw rushed Out of goal and kicked the ball from his toes .Carlisle scored for Everton after Kneesbaw had saved from Gault. Nearing half-time the Colne men forced two corners, both proved abortive. Interval Everton Reserve, 1 , Colne. 0. on resuming Taylor ran right through from the kick-off and just beaten by Stevenson Play still hovered around the home goal, and Griffiths was fouled just outside the penalty area. Plews took the kick, and placed just wise of the post. Nicholls then threatened danger with neat ran, and a centre from which Carlisle shot wide, Colne now made desperate efforts to get on level terms, but the home defence proof against all attack. From a foul against Borthwick, Griffiths had a splendid opening, but shot weakly into Scott's hands. Taylor was then at fault with an equally good chance. Next followed severe bombardment of the visitors' goal, but Kneeshaw saved in clever fashion . Final : Everton Reserve, ; Coins, 0.
November 2, 1910 Liverpool Evening Express
Local enthusiasts will learn with regret that there is no improvement in the condition of Macconachie, the popular Everton defender, who, it will be remembered, was injured in the match against Sunderland on Saturday last. We are informed by the Everton officials that he may be absent from the team for three or four weeks. This is very unfortunate for the club, and much sympathy will be felt for the clever defender in his enforced absence from the field. Mr. Cuff, the Everton secretary, having won the toss for the choice of ground, the semi-final tie in the Lancashire Cup Competition on the 21 st of the month will be played at Goodison Park. The Everton team to meet Woolwich Arsenal on Saturday at Goodison Park will be as followers;- William Scott; Clifford, and Balmer; Harris, Young, and Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Freeman, Gourley, and G.H. Barlow. The Everton combination team travel to Southport on Saturday, where they are to oppose Southport Central. The Everton Club will be represented by Walter Scott; Stevenson, and Meunier; Allan, Borthwick, and Llew Davies; Pinkney, Gault, Ness, Young and Mountford.
EVERTON AGAINT WOOLWICH
November 3, 1910 The Liverpool Evening Express
The visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday have not done too well in their League matches this season. Like all the London clubs, Woolwich have met with but moderate success so far, and out of ten matches played their have won two, having lost four and drawn four. Their defeat by Manchester City on their own ground last Saturday was a very bitter disappointment for the Arsenal's supporters, who had been looking for a victory on that occasion to improve their position in the League. It is interesting to note that while the Blues have a much better record to show than that of the Southerners, the scoring achievements of each side has so far been equal, namely nine points, and it is a weakness amongst their defenders that has placed Woolwich in a lowly position in the table. Their team for the match is not yet to hand, but Woolwich may be relied upon to put the strongest eleven available into the field, for with the improvement in form shown by some of the clubs in the danger zone, a retrograde movement by Woolwich might land them in a position of some difficulty. However, the Everton team for the match is pretty confident of adding two more points to their score on Saturday. Last year Everton won by the only goal if the match. On the injury this morning I learn that Macconacchie's condition is much about the same, and I am sure all his admirers will wish a speedy return to the team, for we cannot afford to be without his services too long.
GEORGE BEARE SIGNED FOR EVERTON
November 4, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
The Everton secretary, Mr. W.C. Cuff, paid a visit to Blackpool yesterday, and succeeded in signing on Beare, the seasiders's clever forward. Beare can play either outside right or left. He has played consistently well for two seasons, and gave a capital display against Everton in the Lancashire Cup-tie a couple of weeks ago. Beare who hails from Santhampton, with which club Everton will have to settle, is 24 years of age, stands 5ft 7 1/2 ., and weighs 10st 7lb. If it is at all possible to get his papers through in time he will make his debut against Woolwich tomorrow.
Everton's and Woolwich Team news
Woolwich Arsenal are the visitors to Goodison Park tomorrow, and although the Gunners are not one of the fashionable teams, they usually provide a good game, and last season they ran Everton to a goal in the League match, although they were heavily beaten in the cup-tie at the Park. The Arsenal have weathered some storm, and after the crisis of last season it is wonderful to see the London club plodding away. They have earned eight points out of ten so far this season –a record which a not at all a bad one when we consider the position of some of the others –and they are not an easy side to overcome. They are sure of a warm welcome to the Park, and despite Everton's heavy defeat of last Saturday I anticipate a big crowd to see the match. Much interest will be centred in the display of the forwards, especially the inside trio. Although Freeman and Co have left a lot to be desired in the matter of goal-getting, it is felt that the line will yet settle down to harmonious working. Barlow comes in again at outside left in place of Mountford. Turner not yet being fit, and if the amateur is in anything like his true form Gourlay is sure to provide him with plenty of passes. At the same time there are those who believe that Mountford should be preserved with. However, that is but a matter of opinion.
Freeman has another opportunity of distinguishing himself against his colleagues, and his many friends would dearly like to see the centre in a scoring mood once more. The forward line had no chance against Sunderland last week owing to Macconnachie's injury, but they may show to advantage tomorrow, Clifford and Balmer, should be capable of defending the Everton citadel. The fair-haired “Mac” is a “draw” in himself, but Clifford is a capable substitute. Fortunately Balmer is reported fit again, and Bob, in form, is as sure as any back in the country. The halves we know to be amongst the finest playing, and if the forwards can finish with any power at all the Blues ought to win comfortably. The Gunners must not be trifled with, however. The Everton team is;- Scott; Clifford and Balmer; Harris, Young, and Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Freeman, Gourlay, and G.H. Barlow.
The Woolwich directors are evidently intent on outting forward their best eleven, for the final choice has been deferred till later on. It is very probable, however, that Neave will return to the side after a brief absence through a strained groin, but should he not be fit Heppinstall will be given a further opportunity, and the side will probably be;- Bateup; Gray, and Shaw; Ducat, Sands, and McEachrane; Greenaway, Lewis, Chalmers, Common, and Neave (or Heppinstall).
BEARE, BLACKPOOL FORWARD AND CRICKETER.
November 4, 1910. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton have captured, Beare of Blackpool, has been signed on. This is the young gentleman who annoyed many of us by his tactics in the Lancashire Senior Cup-tie, Blackpool v Everton last Monday. He will need to put those “throw-in” actions out of his football catalogue now he is with a Liverpool club. As a matter of common justice to the man one had to say that he was Blackpool's best forward on the day mentioned. He was streets ahead of the other attackers, and his shooting was strong and the ball invariably kept low. The young fellow is twenty-three years of age, married, and bent upon making a name in football. He loves his work and wants plenty of it. In truth he is knows to sulk if he does not get sufficient chances of showing his powers. Fast and sure of centre he is able to play on the extreme left or right, but the right wing is his favourite and most useful position. Everyone will be wanting to know whether he will play at Walton to-morrow. This is possibility, and the matter lines solely upon whether the transfer arrangements can be completed on time. You see Everton have to consult Southampton on the matter, for Beare (“Teddy is his nickname, I suggest although the name is pronounced as “Bear”) is still on the Southern club's books. It is strange that Everton should collect around their membership large number of footballer-cricketers. Their ranks have included Sharp, Makepeace, Turner, all countymen – Meunier, the Balmers, and others. Now Beare is added to the list. He is a pro for a Southampton club, and has the reputation of being an able all-rounder. Soon we shall be able to run the Everton County Cricket Club in summer months. Beare apart from this season's membership, has served Blackpool two full seasons and he has only missed a handful of matches in the whole of that time. He doesn't look much, standing 5ft 7in, and weighing somewhere about 10st 8lbs. but he makes you follow him once the game starts by his class.
November 5, 1910. The Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton have distinct hopes of victory because they are at home to Woolwich Arsenal, who, though they have brought of one or two suprises, are not on the whole good enough for Everton at Goodison. Still out of the financial chaos of last season the club has arisen manfully, and of one thing spectators can be assured the Arsenal will endeavour to win. They are a better side than that which suffered total eclipse at Goodison in the Cup last season, and at Anfield in the League game, Notably Alfred Common has in fused life and without Macconnachie who will not be well enough for some time, but fortunately Balmer returns. Except that G. H. Barlow take's Mountford's place, this is the only change as compared with the side beaten at Sunderland in the original selection. But since the directors meeting important events concerning the transfer of Beare from Blackpool have been pending and all that remained last nigh was for Everton to complete the business with Southampton, who also own Beare on their books, to enable him to turn out to-day on either extreme wing.
EVERTON V WOOLWICH ARSENAL
November 5, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
(Everton won 1-0 last season)
Blues Improved Display
Everton's rough usage at Roker Park last week inspired hope in the Arsenal eleven of being able to follow in the wake of Manchester United and Aston Villa in not going away from Goodison Park empty handed. Unfortunately for the homesters, Macconnachie's injury had turned out to be rather serious, and his place at left back was filled by R. Balmer. Another change was the appearance of G.H. Barlow at outside right instead of Mountford. On the other hand, Woolwich were at full strength. Neare, after a trial yesterday, was chosen to return to the outside left position with Common as his partner. The ground was on the soft side, but as regards the weather there was just that snap of frost in the air to add to the natural enthusiasm of the game. When the teams lined up the spectators numbered about 12,000. Teams. Everton; Scott (Williams), goal; Clifford and Balmer, backs; Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace, half-backs; A. Berry, Lacey, Freeman, Gourley and G.H. Barlow, forwards. Woolwich Arsenal;- Bateup, goal; Gray and Shaw, backs; Ducat, Sands, and McEachane, half-backs; Greenaway, Lewis, Chalmers, Common and Neave. Referee Mr. F. East. Everton put the ball in motion, and a movement on the left was checked by one of the backs. Makepeace then showed a clean pair of heels, but his shot went outside. The homesters again broke away, Harris centering and after some pretty open play the ball went to Gourley, who was unable to put any force behind his shot, Bateup sending back into midfield. Then the Arsenal got going, but the ball was sent behind. From the goal kick Berry and Lacey raced away, only for Shaw to intervene no far from the goal line, the ball being placed into touch. The Everton inside forwards were opening out play, and the Woolwich backs were kept on the alert. After Shaw had cleared a dangerous movement on the right, Barlow and Gourley were next dangerous with neat passing, and Gourley looked like going through on his own when Gray intercepted and cleared with a powerful kick. For the next few moments Barbour was having trouble with Greenaway and Lewis and before the pressure was relieved McEachran got the ball on his toe in a favourable position, but he failed to hold it, a good opening thus being missed. End to end play followed, and up to this stage there had been nothing to enthuse about. A long range shot by Connor was a yard wide of the goal. The visitors were showing up well in defence, and their halves were always busy. On two occasions dangerous movements by the Woolwich inside men were checked in cool fashion by Clifford, and then there was a shout of applause when Gourley fastening on the ball, dashed forward and sent in a terrific ground shot, which Bateup just managed to save at the near corner. Young next tackled finely, and Berry carried play almost to the goal line and centre across. Freeman was too far down, but he nipped back and sent over to Barlow, who centred, Shaw clearing with a big kick. It was after eighteen minutes' play that Everton drew first blood. It was one of those rare bits of play when a goal seems to have a charmed existence only to fall in the end. Freeman made of his old old-time rushes but he failed to steer the ball into the net. It looked like going out on the right when Gourley returned it to the left and thus after crisp passing from one wing to the other right in the jaws of the goal for several minutes Lacey nipped in and crashed the ball into the net. Following upon this came a break away by the Gunners, and Lewis treading his way cleverly through the opposition, sent in from close range, Scott saving without any difficulty. Ducat beat Freeman for possession in midfield. Then followed a period of tame work in midfield. Woolwich were sadly lacking in combination and the wing men were being neglected. Freeman again darted forward, and his shot, although pregnant with force, went to the left, and although Lacey got possession he was given offside. Chalmers then had his kick charged down by Clifford, an dat the other end R. Young made a big effort, only to send a skier wide of the goal. The home centre half as next applauded for breaking up a nippy attack by Common and Lewis. Arsenal again forged ahead, and when Chalmer darted forward a goal seemed not unlikely, but he made no attempt to get round Clifford, who, after trapping the ball, sent well down the field. In the next moment Greenaway was making tracks, only to be sent right about by Balmer. The homesters by a well-combined movement were again dangerous, Bateup having to leave his goal to clear. Some petty play was next seen on the left wing. Greenaway cleverly outwitting both Makepeace and Young, and then, rounding Makepeace centred across to Lewis, who sent the ball skimming over the bar. Freeman was again conspicuous and finding himself in difficulties he placed to Gourley, whose hot shot was only inches wide of the target. A centre by Neave looked dangerous, Balmer being just in time with a header. In Everton's next attack Gourley had again the misfortune to shoot wide. Woolwich cane near to equalizing a few minutes from the interval, a mistake by one of the home halves placing Clifford in a tight corner. Instead of trying to turn the ball away he placed the ball for Scott to pick up and send into midfield. A minute later the visitors were further discomforted by neat work on the home right, leading to Berry placing out of the reach of Bateup with a long oblique shot. thus at half-time Everton were leading by two clear goals.
Half-time; Everton 2, Woolwich Arsenal nil
The first half had produced some interesting play in which Woolwich found most of their work taken up in defence. The Everton forwards were always dangerous near goal, and the Arsenal would have been further in arrears had Gourley shown better marksmanship.
Blues Fine Victory
When the second half opened the visitors were without their left back Shaw, who was receiving attention in the dressing room. Woolwich had a particularly narrow escape in Shaw's absence, a pass by Freeman ending in Berry sending in a stinging shot which seemed like entering the net at the far corner. Batcup flung his arm over his head, and from the position he was in it seemed odds on him placing into his goal, but, to the great joy of his colleagues, the ball went, over the bar. Greenaway next put in two clever sprints but his accurate centres were not utilized by the inside men. The next thrill was provided by Barlow, who capped a fine run by an equally fine centre. Freeman got his toe to the ball, but it darted from him, giving Batcup the opportunity of rushing out and kicking away. At the other end Chalmers had a golden opportunity when from a pass by Greenaway he had only the keeper to beat, even after steadying himself for the shot he sent wide of the mark. The visitors were still without Shaw, who had strained the muscles of his thigh. As the game wore on the home defenders did not seem to have much difficulty in holding the Arsenal forwards in check, their attacks for the most part being very disjointed. Everton continued to do most of the attacking, and there was a howl of disappointment when Lacey sent high over the bar. Barlow was temporarily injured, but was able to resume. McEachran, who had taken the place of Shaw at left full back, repeatedly broke up the attack of the home right wing. There was another outburst of applause when Lacey, after receiving from Berry sent in a screw shot which missed the near post by inches. In the closing stages both sets of players put more life in their play, and Everton in particular made valiant. The game had never been of a high order although Everton were full value for the victory.
Goals scorers-Lacey and Berry for Everton.
Final Result; Everton 2, Woolwich Arsenal 0.
SOUTHPORT CENTRAL V EVERTON
November 5, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
At Southport, before about 3,000 spectators Everton were without Young, as advertised, Ness taking his place. The visitors opened and after a few minutes Willis miskicked in front of goal, but Ness mulled his opportunity. Winterburn at the other end shot over Pinkney was in form and transferred to Ness, who gave Wright a hot one. The Shrimpers next attacked strongly and were unfortunate in not scoring. Scott saved an easy one, and Everton set off on the right, rose beat Pinkney, but James fastened on the ball and scored. Central rallied strongly, Scott knocked the ball from under the bar from Brownerton, and Winterburn missed an open goal in the rebound. No further score took place before the interval. Half-time; Everton Res 1, Southport cent 0.
EVERTON’S LUCKY SECRETARY
Monday –November 7, 1910 The Athletic News
Everton and the Rovers will meet in the semi-final of the Lancashire Senior Cup Competition at Goodison Park on November 21. The clubs had to arrange the venue and the Everton secretary was successful when tossing for choice of ground. Last season, the Rovers came to Goodison Park for the final tie, owing to Mr. Cuff’s good fortune in naming the coin rightly. They will have occasion for respecting the Everton secretary’s ability in the direction by this time.
BEARE FOR GOODISON
Monday –November 7, 1910 The Athletic News
Everton are determined to strengthen their forward line, and their most recent acquisition in the Blackpool player Beare. He has figured in every position in the “Seasiders” front rank and against Everton in their Lancashire Cup-tie gave a fine display at outside-left. Robert Balmer and Val Harris found him a troublesome opponent, and bore willing testimony to his worth. Beare is 24 years of age, stands 5ft 7ins, and weighs 10st 8lb. he is also a capable cricketer, and has acted as professional for Southampton.
THE CRAY OF THE REDS
Athletic News - Monday 07 November 1910
Everton 2 Woolwich Arsenal 0
I am still hoping to witness a decent game of football this season. From an Everton point of view the most satisfactory feature of the match with Woolwich Arsenal at Goodison Park was that their team won; as regards the manner in which the victory was accomplished I very much question whether any gratification can be extracted. The forward play on both sides was as crude and ineffective as could possibly by imagined, and the only redeeming features were the occasional dashes by the extreme right wingers –Arthur Berry and Greenaway. The Southerners were handicapped by having to play ten men throughout the second half. Just before the interval Gray, their right full back had to leave the field, and he took no further part in the game. This necessitated a reorganizing of the Arsenal forces, and Common went right half-back, while Ducat occupied the vacancy further behind.
Neither cleverness nor efficiency was displayed by the Everton front line, for combination was lacking, and therte seemed to be no understanding. The left wing was especially feeble, and though provided with numerous opportunities, Gourlay and Barlow just as frequently failed. In his attempted passing the inside player was most erratic, and the amateur has seldom proved so ineffective. Freeman exhibited no advance upon his usual form, and Lacey could scarcely have done himself less justice. Considering that he was badly supported Berry shaped most capable.
Fortunately for Everton they possess a defence that has shown consistent efficiencu unsurpassed by any team in the country. In the half-back division Harris and Makepeace were seen at their best while Young also rendered excellent service. Their interceptions were cleverly timed, and they gave the men in front every chance of making headway. Clifford gave a delightful display at full-back –cool and calculating, never harassed, but always judiciously anticipating where his services could be needed. His returns were cleanly executed, and altogether his performance was most meritorious. Balmer was equally capable on the left wing, and showed by his prowess what a versatile defender he is, for up to this match he had figured at right full back. Scott was never troubled in goal; his most arduous work was in watching his comrades perform.
Like their opponents the Arsenal were best served in defence. Bateup kept a good goal, and two of his clearances near the finish from Lacey and R. Young, were excellent examples of alertness and ready resource. At full back Shaw gave a fine exhibition, kicking powerfully and accurately, while in dispossessing the opposition he showed especial skill. In the half-back line Ducat and Sands were extremely effective, and the latter was more than a match for the Everton centre-forward when it came to a question of fighting for the ball. Ducat easily held the wing he had to face, and provided Greenaway with alluring chances which were productive of the most daring advances made by the Woolwich front line. Little was seen of Chalmers at centre forward, and the left wing was by no means a dangerous combination. Lewis worked zealously, and his partner –Greenaway- after an unconvincing start, gradually developed into the best attacker on the side. Near goal, however, the forwards were useless.
The Two Goals
There were few details worthy of being recorded apart from the actual gaining of the goals. Everton showed some dangerous tactics at the start, and Lacey scored after the Arsenal goal experienced quite a succession of surprising escapes. Lewis might easily have equalized from a centre by Greenaway but he skied the ball when close in. Just before the interval Harris and Freeman went down in fione style, and crossed to Berry, who registered a splendid point. Nothing tangible was obtained afterwards all the scoring being confined to the first half. Woolwich with ten men, had little chance of averting defeat after the resumption, and Bateup’s cleverless alone prevented further disaster. Everton; Scott (Wm); Clifford, Balmer (R.); Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Freeman, Gourlay, and G.H. Barlow. Woolwich Arsenal; Bateup; Gray, Shaw; Ducat, Sands, McEachrane; Greenaway, Lewis, Chalmers, Common, and Neave. Referee; F. Heath, Birmingham.
November 7, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
By the Critic
The thrills provided in the match at Goodison Park were like plums in a pudding, only occasional. The only comforting feature was that Everton secured both points. I rather fancy that had the men from Woolwich come anywhere near giving the Blues a run for their money, so to speak, we should have seen better work amongst the home forwards than was the case. Had Clifford and Balmer proved less reliable, and a inspiring goal come the way of the visitors, it might have changed the whole aspect of the game. As it was Everton, without exerting themselves to the full, found themselves with a lead of two goals at the interval. I quite expected to see the visitors do better in the second half, but alas! Their task was made all the more formidable in view of the fact that one of their backs had to remain behind through an injury to his thigh muscles, the result was that right up to the end we saw the Blues doing most if the attacking, and those who had attended in the hope of being served of enthusiasm went away disappointed. That Everton were entitled to their victory goes without saying. Their forwards may not have reproduced that well-balanced biting attack that we have been waiting for week after week in vain, but still their deficiencies were not to be compared with the woeful impotence of the Arsenal quintets, who even when they did get into the danger zone could do anything but shoot. The Everton front line, while never showing really smart passing possessed the saving grace of showing forceful methods when anywhere near their particularly strong in defence, their backs permitting of no liberties being taken with them.
The Woolwich Weakness
The movement which led to the scoring of the first goal was exciting enough while it lasted. The ball was swung in front of goal from one wing to the other in a most tantalizing fashion, and then just when the home crowd were losing heart Lacey steered the ball into the net. The second goal, just before the interval was the result of neat work between Freeman and Harris. Berry dashing in and crashing the ball into the net. Woolwich had hoped that with Neare back on the left front line they would have been seen to better advantage. The weakness amongst their forwards, however, was quite general, their one outstanding failure being their inability to shoot straight and with force. Their half-backs proved themselves keen tacklers, although they did not feed the forwards well. Too much praise cannot be accorded to the backs, particularly Shaw, and Batcup could not be blamed for the two shots that beat him, many of his clearances calling for applause. To turn to the Everton players. It was very comforting to find that even in the absence of the redoubtable Macconnachie there was no signal weakness in the defence. Balmer made few, if any, mistakes, while Clifford certainly inspired confidence with his cool and resolute tackling and safe kicking. No fault could be found with the halves, and Young, whilst rarely failing to beat his man, showed improvement in regard to placing to the wings. The forwards were less satisfactory, although they did show some slight advance on one or two of their recent displays. Individually they repeatedly put in neat work; there were glimpses of effective passing on the wings, but as a line the understanding between the pivot and the men on either side was not what it should be. Freeman looked in vain for those deft passes which provide him with the opportunity if making dash for goal, and in this respect Gourley was the greatest sinner. Not only was this player faulty in passing, but his shooting was poor. Of the respective wingers, Berry was more purposeful than G.H. Barlow.
EVERTON 2 WOOLWICH ARSENAL 0
November 7, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON VANQUISH WOOLWICH
THE GUNNERS' MISFORTUNE.
There was a more hopeful note in Everton's play on Saturday, when they took two points from Woolwich Arsenal at Goodison Park. If it was not as whole of a brilliant order, it certainly gave the impression that the side was one of triers, although in the course of the match there were one or two chances missed, notably that to Freeman towards the close, when after the Woolwich goalkeeper had knocked the ball down to him in clearing a corner, the centre made a miserable attempt with a splendid opening. Just before this, R. Young seemed to have a rare opportunity of increasing Everton lead, as Batcup, in trying to clear from Berry, lost the ball, instead of shooting in himself, as he might easily have done, he preferred to pass to the right wing, and the opening was lost. It was instances of bad judgement like these, which discounted some otherwise good play, and during all that severe pressure on the Arsenal goal in the second half the Blues ought to have added to their score.
TAME FIRST HALF.
The home men shaped none too well in the early part of the game in meeting the combined movements of the Gunners, and when they were in the Woolwich half faults were noticeable both in the halves and forwards. For some time the play was of a tame description, and there was little of an exciting nature until Everton's first goal was forthcoming 18 minutes from the start. It was quite an extraordinary affair. Freeman initiated the rush to goal, only to send the ball over, and almost immediately he again sent in and the ball was charged down. The goalkeeper came out of his charge, but before he could get the ball Freeman centred across. The ball seemed to bob about between the half a dozen players, who, however, could not get it through, and it was not until Lacey nipped in that it was finally put into the net. After this Everton allowed their opponents some latitude, and there were clever runs by Greenaway, whilst Common was being well served by his colleagues. The ex-Middlesbrough man ought to have scored on one occasion. The Blues second goal came from Arthur Berry, who sent in a great shot which found Batcup helpless. Harris had been instrumental in helping the winger to bring off this success, thus enabling Berry to register his first goal this season.
Everton showed more business like methods in the second half, and had by far the bulk of the play, though it must not be forgotten that Woolwich were forced to play with ten men through an injury to Shaw, who had been very useful up to now. This necessitated a rearrangement. Ducat going to the rear and Common operating in the half-back line. A valiant defence was offered, and as it turned out, it prevailed against the Everton attacks, in which Berry and Barlow figured prominently, the former's centres being well directed. Batcup, however, was always safe. Berry is just now playing a fine game, and forms one of the strongest links in the forward chain. Lacey and Gourlay were seen to better advantage and when Gourlay is more sure about his marksmanship he will be a dangerous man to reckon with. Freeman's play was erractic. Early on he gave us a taste of his old time dash and good intention, and worked for openings, but the spectators are still waiting for that goal. Frequently they concluded that this was forthcoming, only to be disappointed, however, by the centre's wild kicking over the bar. R. Young at centre half was in good form, stopping several dangerous rushes and tackling effectively, whilst on Saturday's form Harris has improved. R. Balmer was quite at home in the left back position, and he and Clifford, who shaped very well were equal to any emergency. Scott had nothing like the heavy task of Batcup, who proved himself a keeper of resource. Teams: - Everton: - William Scott goal, Clifford, and R. Balmer, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. Berry, Lacey, Freeman, Gourlay, and Barlow, forwards. Woolwich Arsenal: - Batcup, goal, Gray, and Shaw, backs, Ducat, Sands, and McEachrane, half-backs, Greenaway, Lewis, Chalmers, Donnor, and Neave forwards. Referee F. Heath.
SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
November 7, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 9)
Southport Central, even though playing at home, are to be congratulated upon holding Everton in check. The Goodison men had prior to Saturday gained six successive victories, but the record of their Leaguer reserves had no terrors for the Central, who deserved the draw of one goal each. There was a bit of luck about Everton's goal, too, for Wright was adjudged to have gone over the line in saving a shot from Gault. Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Stevenson, and Meunier, backs Allen, Borthwick, and L. Davies, half-backs, Pinkney, Gault Ness Young, and Mountford, forwards.
November 9, 1910. The Liverpool Evening Express
Another New Player
By the Critic
There have been numerous complaints made to me regarding Everton's forward line, and of course, the majority o my correspondents have been most emphatic on the point that new players should be engaged. I have always said that whatever defeats there are in the team there is a hand of able directors ready to do their utmost to rectify such faults, and I hope the information that is being imparted to my readers this week will comfort them a little. Well, what is the news? As announced in last night's “Express” another new player had been secured for the Blues. This goes to show the alertness of the Everton officials who only a couple of days ago secured Beare, a capable forward from Blackpool, reputed to be able to play on either wing, and I now hear of another player with excellent credentials who can play inside or outside left or even left half-back. These are the kind of players required. The latest acquisition, is Greener.
GRENYER SIGNS FOR EVERTON.
November 9, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post.and Mercury.
We are officially informed that the Evertoin directors' has signed on Grenyer of North Shield.
NEW EVERTON FORWARDS DEBUT
November 12 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton, who meet Bradford City, have a very stiff task. It is true the Yorkshire men like Nottingham Forest, have preformed better in away matches, than before the home supporters. Nevertheless, they are always a hard side to overcome at Valley Parade, and Everton will have to show some of their true form to gain any reward. The changes made in the forward line will, be watched with interest. Freeman is chopped, and Sandy Young's drafted to the centre position. As was anticipated, Beare will make his debut in senior football he takes the place of Barlow. Bradford have out a good side, and a hard game is in prospect.
EVERTON RESERVES TEAM
November 11, 1910, The Liverpool Evening Express
Everton Reserves team to meet Chorley at Goodison Park; kick-off, 3 o'clock. Walter Scott; Thompson, and Meunier; Allan, Borthwick, and Llew Davies; Pinkney, Gault, Ness, Carlise, and Mountford.
BRADFORD CITY 3 EVERTON 1
November 14 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON LOSE AT BRADFORD.
The display of the Everton team in the two halfs of the game at valley Parade was one of contrast. At the outset they border into brilliant form, and though a goal of the great order was registered against them in the first five minutes, they were not at all disconcerted. The whole heated efforts, and capital footwork of the forwards came as a revelation after recent displays, and the pity was that their work did not carry into train a substantial lead that could not been begrudged them by even the most biased City follows. Mellors, the custodian alone stood between them and a crop of goals he bore a charmed existence, for while he executed many brilliant saves, fortune's favours smiled on him on several other occasions. The reverse side of the picture was presented in the second half. The City players cut out the pace to their own particular liking, and though they were not nearly so well balanced a side as their opponents, they made amends by the adoption of more robust methods opposed to which the Everton defenders cut a very sorry figure certain members of the home side stayed the pace splendidly, and the vigour they infused into their movements was a potent factor that eventually enabled them to clinch the game in their favour by three goals to one.
CAUSE OF DEFEAT.
There is. However, something to offer in attenuation of the failure of the Evertonians to hold their opponents in check. Just before the interval the muscles of Balmer's thigh were again put out of gear, with the result that he was practically incapable of meeting the irrepressible Bond on level terms. This was the main cause of Everton's downfall, for it led to a disorganised defence. The halves became overrun, and the inside forwards perforce frequently dropped behind. Thus the hitherto successful plan of campaign adopted by the Everton van was completely changed. There were not apparent the swinging passes and clever footwork that dominated the earlier proceedings and it would probably have benefited the side more had they persisted in attack rather than concerned their energies towards defence. Then, again the heavy nature of the turf had told its tale, and as certain players on the home side were more comfortable on the holding surface, there were occasional bursts that quite overwhelmed the visitors' defence. The dash of the right wing pair here showed to useful purpose, for Bond, so whom most attention was directed flashed along and swung the ball across, to the complete discomfiture of the Everton defenders. It was during the last quarter of an hour that defeat was rubbed in, but none of the goals recorded by the victors had any special merit attached to them, and did not compare favourable with the solitary point recorded by Everton.
PLAY AND PLAYERS.
ANOTHER RECRUIT FOR EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 14 November 1910
Everton are endeavoring to strengthen the weak places in their forward line, after following the acquisition of Beare from Blackpool, they have enlisted the service of Allan Grenyer, who played for North Shields Athletic. He is only 19 years of age, stands 5ft 10ins, and weighs 12st. When Everton saw him play he figured at outside left, but he prefers the inside left position. The Goodison Park club paid a good price for him.
EVERTON FAIL TO STAY
Athletic News - Monday 14 November 1910
Bradford City 3, Everton 1
That the game is not always to the swift has been time and time again proven on the football field. There are other elements besides speed which go to the making of victories, and it was so in the meeting of Bradford City and Everton at Valley Parade. Even the most critical patrons of the game must have been satisfied with the exhibition in the first half, for it was bright, and contested in a right good sporting spirit. Meanwhile the ground was wearing badly. It was soft at the opening, but by the interval it had become difficult to keep a foothold, and was heavy to traverse. It was then that the elements of physical condition began to count, and the team that retained most vitality was able in the concluding stages to beat down the opposition and secure victory.
There was a sensational opening. Before five minutes had gone Robinson put the ball forward to Spiers, who turned it inside to O’Rourke. The centre-forward made his way past the backs, and Scott came out to meet him. As the two came together O’Rourke slipped and went to the ground. In doing so, however, he got his foot to the ball, causing it to strike the goal post, from whence it went into the net. Sparkling play tested the Bradford defence. Just outside the first quarter of an hour, however, Beare put the ball over to Alec Young, and whilst the home custodian was foolishly appealing for off-side the Everton centre-forward headed the ball into goal. It is better to repel the ball than to appeal verb sap. Later on Everton were gradually overpowered. Devine obtained a goal with an oblique shot which Scott seemed to think would go out of play. In the last minute or so O’Rourke put the ball through after Scott had failed to clear from another shot.
The Balance of Power
Two more points to City’s credit are welcome, but their combination as displayed in this encounter left much to be desired. Probably, the most unpleasant thing one has to say is that Handley failed to come up to expectations. The ground was against him, and in the first half especially he was on short rations, though later in the game, when he was more literally fed, it cannot be said that he justified his inclusion in the team. Devine, too was rarely in the eye of the spectators. Hampton was little in evidence, and in a general sense, it has to be said that the attack on the City left was extremely feeble. Spiers, Bond, and O’Rourke, assisted by Robinson and Taylor, forced the pace on the right, but both the former made mistakes. Spiers had an unfortunate way of losing his feet at critical moments, whilst Bond’s shooting lacked accuracy. At a time when the issue was in the balance he also failed to settle about as simple a proposition as ever was set a first class footballer. At a time when Everton were playing the better football, and bidding for goals with consummate skill, the solid defence of Braford City held out in valiant fashion. The goalkeeper had able assistance from Torrance and Chaplin.
Berry and Beare to the Fore
On firmer ground Everton might have come out of the fight with more honours for their operations in the first half were skillful and artistic, and in most instances would have ended in material results. Beare, who was taking part in the highest class of football for the first time, made a good impression. He is a nippy forward, and shows judgement. That he knows how to make the most of his opportunities was shown by his many centres, one in which enabled Young to make the only goal to the credit of his side. Berry was dashing on the right wing and the whole front line did well before the interval. In the second half, however, the defence weakened under the pressure put upon it. Bradford City; Mellors; Torrance, Chaplin; Robinson, Taylor, Hampton; Bond, Spiers, O’Rourke, Devine, and Handley. Everton; Scott (Wm); Clifford, Balmer; Harris, Young (R.), Makepeace; A. Berry, Lacey, Young (A.), Gourlay, and Beare. Referee; Mr. H.H. Taylor, Altrincham.
The game may be briefly summarised. Play had only been in progress 3 minutes when Bond and Spiers took full advantage of a momentum lapse on the part of Makepeace and Balmer, and the inside man parting to O'Rourke, Scott hesitated, then came out, only to see the home centre direct the ball to the corner of the net. Fifteen minutes later Young equalised from a rebound off Torrence, and at the interval the score were level. During the second half the City players were the more dashing side, but it was not until the last quarter of an hour that Devine after a scarmble in goal, drove hard against the upright, for the ball to glide into the net. Three minutes from the finish O'Rourke completed the scoring from a melee in front of Scott. Coming to the players, the Everton forwards are to be complimented on the all-round excellence of their display. The veteran Young controlled the line in masterful fashion, indeed he was the most resourceful of the five, and his receiving and distributing powers were reminiscent of his palmiest days. Beare on his introduction to First League football was a signal success, and will likely prove a stalwart in the line, while the remainder completed an attack that but for an unhappy accident in the rear must have carried their side to victory. R. Young was not at his best, for he was frequently outwitted by O'Rourke; but Makepeace and Harris accomplished much good work. Especially the captain, had a tough task on hand in thwarting the designs of Bond and Spiers. While matters ran smoothly Clifford did well, he was naturally off his game in the second half, when additional work was thrust upon him. Balmer's injury was as can readily be imagined, most unfortunate, and of course, precludes him from taking part in the inter-League match today. Scott was not so severely tested as Mellors, who delighted the Bradford supporters. He had good support from the backs, while the halves assiduously plied O'Rourke, who, taking full advantage of Everton's misfortune, persistently put out to Bond, with satisfactory results to his side. On the whole it was a capital game, and Bradford if only by reason of their aggressiveness in the later stages, deserved the spoils of victory. Teams: - Bradford City: - Mellors, goal, Tourans, and Chaplin, backs Robinson Taylor, and Hampton, half-backs R. Bond, Spiers, O'Rourke, Devine, and Hardley, forwards. Everton: - William Scott goal, Clifford, and R. Balmer, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, A. Berry, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Beare, forwards. Referee H.H. Taylor.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 CHORLEY 0
November 14 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 10)
That Everton have once again designs on the League Championship is evidenced by the fact that out of the last eight matches they have secured no fewer than 15 points. Chorley, who were their opponents on Saturday, offered very feeble resistance, and the Blues ran out winners by four goals to nil. Everton had matters all their own way, and prior to the interval goals were secured by Gault and Pinkney, while Mountford and Pinkney added further goals in the second half. Gault and Pinkney had a perfect understanding, and gave perhaps the best exhibition of wing play seen on the ground this season in the reserve game. Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Thompson, and Meunier, backs, Allan Borthwick, and L. Davies, half-backs, Pinkney, Gault Ness Carlisle, and Mountford, forwards.
BLACKPOOL RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
November 17 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 11)
The Blues Combination team received a check to their victorious career at Blackpool yesterday. There was only a poor attendance, and in the opening stages at Blackpool attacked, and in the first few minutes Muller missed an open goal. As the result of a good run down the home right, Burt struck the crossbar, but the ball was cleared . Blackpool eventually gained a slight advantage, and they gave the visitors defence some trouble. The teams crossed over without a score having been record, but in the second half Burt succeeded in finding the net on one occasion, and Blackpool won by a goal to nil.
November 19, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
There is a good Lancashire battle in prospect between Everton and Blackburn Rovers, which in addition to promising a keen and fast game, should gave some indication to the result of the encounter between the same clubs on Monday in the Lancashire Senior Cup. Everton have been badly hit by misfortune in the way of Arthur Berry coming to amateur international calls, as well as Turner (who again broke down) and G. H. Barlow (who is on reserve for the representative match), they were left in a quandary as to the constitution of the forward line. Barlow or Mountford was the question yesterday afternoon and it was decided to leave the two names for the left wing in abeyance until shortly before the match. Beare remaining as selected at outside right. A blow has been struck through injury at the defence, for now both Balmer and Macconnachie are laid up, however, it is pleasing to knew that Meunier is being given his chance, he has plenty of weight and though he is short of experience in senior football, his debut should be an interesting success. The Rovers will have a strong side and will be difficult to conquer.
EVERTON’S INJURED LIST
Athletic News - Monday 21 November 1910
Macconnachie and Robert Balmer, Everton’s injured full backs, were both spectators of the match on Saturday. Both are progressing favourably, though some time must elapse before either will be fit to take his place in the League team. Everton are experiencing bad luck with their players this season for Turner, who was tried in the reserve team at Blackpool last Wednesday after a long absence due to an injured ankle, again broke down, and in his case also, rest is the only cure.
THE ROUT OF THE ROVERS
Athletic News - Monday 21 November 1910
Everton 6 Blackburn Rovers 1
No greater contrast can be imagined than that which was generated by the play in the first and second half respectively of the games at Goodison Park. Prior to the interval no goals were scored, although several capital attempts were made, and the Rovers fully deserved their share of the honours at half time. Ashcroft had the more difficult shots to clear but the Rovers front rank proved a worrying line, lacking only a little steadiness at close quarters. After the change of ends came some remarkable football; the pent up forces in the Everton ranks burst forth with a hurricane rush, and goal followed goal with a rapidity that I have never before seen equaled. Seventeen minutes after the resumption no fewer than six goals had been registered, Everton claiming five of these, and the Rovers’ defence, which had performed so valiantly up to this juncture, was shattered. Ably led by “Sandy” Young, whose shooting was reminiscent of his best days, the Everton forwards were simply irresistible and they fairly bewildered their opponents by their dashing footwork.
A Young –Footballer
There was nothing like five goals’ margin between the abilities of the two teams, and to the credit of the Rovers be it said that they never ceased striving to regain a grip on the game. Everton’s triumph was in great measure due to the work of “Sandy” Young at centre forward; he was the real leader of the attacking line, distributing the play to his wings judiciously, and setting a fine example to them when within shooting range. His second and third goals were beautifully executed, and Ashcroft was helpless with them. Beare figured on the extreme right owing to Arthur Berry being away in Ireland with the English Amateurs, and he certainly created a most favourable impression. There was no hesitancy in his movements, and his speedy sprinting in his movements and his speedy sprinting, which was usually terminated with a creditable centre, stamped him as a dangerous forward. Barlow fared successfully in the second half, and it was from his centres that four of the goals gained by his side originated. Neither Lacey nor Gourlay was seen to particular advantage, and it was only when the forwards began to swing the ball about in the second half that appreciable progress was made. The half-backs were in their customary effective mood, each in his own characteristic fashion rendered valuable service, both to attackers and defenders. Further in the rear Clifford and Meunier was good and otherwise in turns; at times bringing off some clever clearances, whilst at others they were inclined to hesitancy. Scott kept a good goal, and near the finish saved his charge in rare style from the last efforts of the Rovers.
The Rovers put up a good fight, but it was not until they were hopelessly in arrears that they exhibited any deadiness in their attempts to score. Anthony and Garbutt were very troublesome, and afforded the inside forwards many capably utilized. On occasion the combination between them and the half-backs reached a high standard in midfield, but at close quarters there was room for considerable improvement. The defence experienced a bad time in the second half, and for nearly twenty minutes the backs were beaten with a frequency that was surprising. Prior to Everton’s whirlwind period they had performed most ably, and when they had recovered from the tornado they again showed commendable form. Walmsley was a zealous worker at centre half, and was the most prominent of the intermediate trio. Suttie was the better of the full backs, kicking and tackling cleanly, and Crompton defended stoutly, but it seemed to me that when Everton put on extra pressure their resistance was none too reliable, and Ashcroft could scarely be blamed for the heavy defeat. In the first half he brought off two thrilling saves.
Details of the goal-scoring must necessarily be brief. As already stated the opening half proved pointless, but in the first minute after resuming Barlow centred and A. Young scored from close range. Two minutes later Anthony raced away, passed to Aitkenhead, who transferred to Garbutt for the latter to equalize. After seven minutes A. Young received from his namesake and when fully twenty-five yards distant, drove the ball into the net with tremendous force. Ten minutes later Makepeace put Barlow in possession, and from the latter’s centre Beare, owing to a faulty clearance by Suttie, got possession and registered Everton’s third goal. Another centre from Barlow was converted by Lacey in the twelfth minute, and in the seventeen Beare scored after good work by the two Youngs and Barlow. Then Scott saved grandly from Davies, and Garbutt missed by inches, but Gourlay subsequently started A. Young on a further raid, and the sixth goal resulted. In the closing stages the Rovers made desperate attempts to redeem themselves, and the Everton custodian was more severely tested than at any previous part of the game. Everton; Scott (William); Clifford, Meunier; Harris, Young (r.), Makepeace; Beare, Lacey, Young (A.), Gourlay, and G.H. Barlow. Blackburn Rovers; Ashcroft; Crompton, Suttie; Stevenson, Walmsley, Bradshaw; Garbutt, Latheron (Killed during Great war), Davies, Aitkenhead, and Anothnoy. Referee; Mr. A. Pellowe, Oldham.
EVERTON 6 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
November 21 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S GREAT WIN.
COMPLETE ROUT OF THE ROVERS.
There were stirring times at Goodison Park. We have at length got a clear insight as to what Everton are capable of when they are in the good. The sound thrashing which they administrated to Blackburn Rovers –six goals to one –was not only the sensation of the day in League football, but is far and away the best thing the Blues have accomplished during a season which has produced not a few failures amongst the successes. Even the most vigorous of Everton's supporters scarcely expected upon such a startlingly sudden turn up as that which came over the interesting act of the sensational drama, when the extraordinary feat of scoring six goals in a quarter of an hour was performed. To do this against defenders like Crompton and Co., and a custodian of Ashcroft ability, is an achievement, which will ever be memorable by the annuals of League football, and the records of Everton football. It is a long time since the Rovers were so completely routed, but they would be the first to admit, that the Blues' totally well deserved.
The doing of the first half certainly gave extraordinary denouncement when was so soon to be witnessed in the second half. There have been so little to choose between the teams on play that one could easily be forgiven for hazarding with some show of assurance the opinion that the scoring would at the most have been low. Both sides were determined all through the first half, and neither gave anything away. There was perhaps more end to end play that was desirable for a high class exhibition, but in front of both goals there was often real dangers more so, perhaps at the Rovers' end where Ashcroft once brought off one excellent save from Bob Young, which almost staggered him. This shot would have beaten, nine out of every ten goalkeepers, and it is a tribute to Ashcroft that he succeeded in coping with it. The Rovers defence had proved very trustworthy up to the interval, but it went a bit wrong in the second half, when “Sandy” Young preluded the sextet by a fine goal. Blackburn quickly responded and matters were again level in five minutes from the start. But Everton were out for blood, and they went about the right way to get it. The raids they made to the Blackburn end presaged danger, and for the next ten or twelve minutes the spectators were kept on the tip-toe of excitement with an almost unparalleled series of thrills, what time “Sandy” scored two more goals. Beare two, and Lacey one. Every time that the Blues forged to the Rovers' end the spectators had now come to expect further mischief, but after this the east Lancashire men managed to prevent any further score.
AN IMPROVED ATTACK.
The most encouraging and satisfactory feature about the win was not, perhaps, the actual number of goals which placed Everton so far ahead, but the evidences of all-round improvement in the front line, where, of course, there has hitherto been the main ground for serious concerns. Mopreover, it is proof more concerning of the greater confidence and ability shown by the attack that the team was again deprived of it, regular full backs. Clifford and Meunier, the substitutes, were never really in difficulties, but whenever they were pressed they gave a good account of themselves. Meunier, who was the better of the two, shaped exceedingly well in this his debut in League company. He kicked with confidence, and disported himself with a coolness that one might expect from backs of riper experience. The half-back line were on the top of their term, and when this is said of Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace, it is not difficult to imagine what that means for opponents. The centre, indeed played a great game. He was always in the right place when wanted, and the way he made cover when the Rovers were attacking was brilliant indeed. But it was the display of the vanguard, which took the eye and created the greatest enthusiasm. They moved along with clockwork precision, understanding each other's play and combining with a unity that was delightful. “Sandy” Young was perfect as the pivot. He was in one of his most aggressive moods and as he paid attention to feeling those on the side of him things worked very strenuously. The surprise of the line was however, the Blackpool man Beare who on Saturday's form has made his place in the forwards certain. On this occasion he took the outside right position and adapted himself with extraordinary case and he excelled with his smart and clean sprinting and judicious passing. Beare is of that type off forward, which Everton has been in want of. Lacey played a useful game, and Barlow was usually effective where he had the chance he being rather neglected in the first half. On the Rovers' side Crompton displayed his old cleverness and resource, but Suttie was not always at home. The forwards played a crisp and bright game. Teams : - Everton: - William Scott, goal, Clifford, and Meunier, backs, Harris, R. Young, and Makepeace, (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Barlow, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Ashcroft, goal, Crompton, and Shuttie, backs, Stevenson, Walmsley, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Garbutt, Latheron, Davies, Aitkenhead, and Anthony, forwards. Referee A. Pellowe.
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 0
November 21, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One
ALLEN SENT OFF DURING FIRST HALF
PENALTY KING SCOTT SAVES TWO PENALTYS
The match between the reserves of Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park was a keenly contested one. In fact play was rather too keen at times, and one of the Everton half-backs. Allan was sent off the field in the first half. But, although playing ten men for half the game, and in addition giving away two penalty kicks, (from Crompton and Orr), Everton held their own and were entitled to a share of the honours of a drawn game in which neither side scored. Walter Scott maintained his reputation as the “Penalty King” saving both the penalty kicks, and altogether keeping a fine goal.
Everton: - Walter Scott goal, Thompson, and J.C. Bardsley, backs, Allen, Borthwick, and Llew Davies half-backs A.N. Other, Gault, Magner, Grenyer, and Mountford (Captain)
EVERTON 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS 6
November 23, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-Final.
No fewer than 14 goals have been scored at Goodison Park during the week-end. Blackburn Rovers and Everton taking part in two remarkable encounters, the result of which demonstrated to the full the glorious uncertainty of the winter pastime. On Saturday, in the League match, Everton defeat the Rovers by 6 goals to 1, but yesterday in the Lancashire Cup semi-final, the Rovers reversed the verdict by exactly the same score. It would be difficult to find a parallel to this extraordinary “form” and the two games will be long in the memory. Of course, the Everton team was not as strong as on Saturday, several well-known players being absent, but it was surprising that they should fall by such a big margin of 6-1. The Blues' front line could never make any real headway, whilst the defence of Meunier and Clifford was extremely shaky, and the Rovers fairly swamped them in the second half, when the visitors put on three goals in the space of four minutes. Altogether they thoroughly deserved their success. Everton played Lacey at outside left, and Berry inside right, but the formation never seemed likely to prove successful, and in the second half Pinkney went outside left with Lacey and Berry on the right wing. The Rovers were without Latheron and Stevenson, whilst Everton were short of Makepeace Alec Young, Barlow, William Scott and Beare. In the first half the Rovers were the better side by a long way, and but for Robert Young they must have scored more often. The winners adopted the right tactics by swinging the ball about on a frost-bound ground, and the game was only a few minutes' old when Davies opened the scoring with a fine drive. Freeman equalised, and before the interval Bradshaw gave the Rovers the lead. In the second portion of the game Everton improved for about ten minutes, but the Rovers later took charge of the game, and Smith quite deceived Scott with a long shot then followed a goal by Orr, and another by Aitkenhead, the trio of goals being obtained in four minutes. Davies completed the scoring with a sixth goal near the finish. Freeman was hurt, but resumed, and Orr was carried off hurt before the final. It was a real triumph for the Rovers. Everton being completely out played at all points Teams: - Everton: - Walter Scott, goal, Clifford, and Meunier, backs, Harris (Captain), R. Young, and Llew Davies, half-backs, Pinkney, A. Berry, Freeman, Gourlay, and Lacey, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Ashcroft, goal, Crompton, and Suttie, backs, Walmsley, Smith, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Garbutt, Orr, Davies Aitkenhead, and Sinetham, forwards. Referee D. Hammond.
November 26, 1910. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Fortune smiles not on Everton, whilst injured list has just been augmented by Robery Young. The ex-Middlesbrough half-back was chosen for to-day's match with Nottingham Forest, but he found an injury to the chest, sustained some time ago, was recurring in various matches. So he was forced to retire and makes way for Borthwick, who makes his first appearance of the season in the senior team. Fortunately, Robert Balmer is able to resume at left back, and displaces Meunier, through the latter trails as reserves. Clifford seems to have lost his form in recent matches, and returns in favour of Stevenson. The forward line makes curious reading, of course, Beare was certain to be retained, but one doubts the efficacy of Beare at inside right while Barlow has hardly justified incursion. A. Young in the centre can make the line go a longway towards victory. The task is a big one for the visitors. The Forest are fast in attack and strong in defence.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 EVERTON 1
November 28 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
STERN TUSSLE AT NOTTINGHAM.
By obtaining a point at the City Ground at Nottingham on Saturday, the Everton team my it be said to have accomplished a smart performance, and yet, had the players taken advantage of the chances that came their way they might easily have secured full honours. The partial success of the side was rendered all the more praiseworthy inasmuch as the personnel of the team had undergone quite a revolution the back line, but one of the defence was in custody of reserve backs, while so was it unfortunate a point of resource. Moreover the forward have underwent a change, for at the last moments Arthur Berry, who has rendered excellent service to the club as outside right, preferred to stand down from the inside berth in favour of Lacey. Thus it can readily to imagined that the Everton team was a purely experimental combination, and that they held their own was fitting tribute to the resources of the executives of the club have at command.
This early proceeding of the game being much a result as subsequently followed, for the Forresters who infused some of their well known dash into their play, had more of the opening exchanges, than their opponents, and moreover were the first to take the lead. So that Evertonians viewed the situation with feelings of anything but a comfortable nature only eleven minutes had passed by when Needham headed beyond Scott from a corner kick and though for some time after this success the Forest looked like laying a further foundation, and the onlookers observer could not fail to notice the steady improvement in the Everton plan of steady that must ultimately develop. Eventually the Blues had so far the measure of the Midlanders, that they simply cut out the pace and fully gained the goal scored by Gourlay later in the second half. It came from a well-judged kick from Stevenson, and as the inside left had no time, he somewhat took the Notts custodian by surprise with his ground shot. In the concluding stages the Foresters were completely overrun, and it would not of been totally surprising if Everton eventually took the lead. However, finishing efforts did not compare favourably with movements that brought them within shooting range. So, that weighting everything in the balance a distribution of honours was a fitting conclusion to a game that was somewhat discounted by the heavy nature of the ground.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Coming to the players, one must compliment the respective sides upon the whole heartedness, which characterised their work. The Everton forwards were somewhat uneven, for though the veteran Sandy Young, distributed the play in accomplished fashion, the right wing did not approach the standard sustained in former games, and most of the promising movements came from the left where Barlow and Gourlay contributed much telling work. At centre half Borthwick passed through varying stages with consistent regularity and fortunately for the club his work was in the direction of steady improvement. After opening somewhat indifferently, he gradually obtained the measure of Marrison, Morris, and Co, and in the concluding stages played a centre half-game much above the average standard. Both Harris, and Makepeace were Stalwarts in defence and attack, and further behind little exception could be taken to the methods adopted to cover the keeper. It is a tall order to fill with efficiency the positions so ably guarded by such renowned exponents as Macconnachie and Balmer, but it can safely be urged that the rearguard on Saturday got through their work with a creditable amount of success. Meunier was not so polished in his methods as was his confrere, still he played a useful game, while Stevenson, clever in anticipating opponents movements, and speedy in recovery had no superior in defensive work. Scott was at times hard pressed, and gave nothing away, while the home keeper was a trifle lucky on more than one occasion. Maltby played a forceful back game for the Forest, and the halves constituted a sound line, while Morris was the most resourceful and dangerous forward on the side. Teams: - Notts Forest: - Hassell, goal, Gibson, and Maltby, backs, Armstrong, Wolfe, and Needham, half-backs, Hooper, Lackett, Morrison, Morris, and Horrocks, forwards. Everton: - William Scott, goal, Stevenson, and Meunier backs, Allan, Borthwick, and Makepeace (Captain), half-backs, Beare, Lacey, A. Young, Gourlay, and Barlow, forwards. Referee A.G. Neale.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 GLOSSOP 1
Novemeber 28, 1910. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 13)
In the match with Glossop, Everton included their latest recruits, Grenyer, and Chedgzoy, and scored a comfortable win by three goals to one. In the initial stages of the game it appeared as if the visitors were going to make a fight of it, but the Blues gradually assumed the upper hand, and Grenyer crowned a fine movement, started by the redoubtable Jack Taylor with a clever goal. This proved to be the only goal of the first half, but after the interval Grenyer and Magner added further goals, while Berwick secured Glossop's only point from a penalty for hands against Thompson. Grenyer made a very creditable debut, and proved himself to be a very capable forward, and having weight and youth on his side he will most likely turn out to be a useful man. It would be hardly fair to criticise Chedgzoy for he had very few opportunities to show his ability.
AN UNDECIDED AT NOTTINGHAM
Athletic News - Monday 28 November 1910
It has been said that the position of left half-back is the most difficult to fill satisfactorily in any team. The author of that opinion was a man of experience, both as a player and a manager. Probably there was much truth in the remark, and a study of the leading teams of Great Britain lends support to the contention. I am led to ruminate on this topic by the rarity of two first-class left half-backs taking part in the match at trentside on Saturday, when a weak Everton eleven wrested a point from Nottingham Forest, who had one of their fleetest and finest forwards absent. I refer to Ford, the outside left. Unfortunately, a muscle in his thigh caused trouble, but with rest he is recovering so nicely that he expects to play next Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday.
A Triangular Trick
But let us return to our text and consider it together. The footballer who has inspired me is George Needham, of the Forest. It is not an exaggeration to say that he was the outstanding figure in this match. He held my eyes, spell-bound, by the way he dominated this game, especially in the first half. He was the man who could do no wrong, and it is not often that a player is so very good. I have frequently heard his praise sung, but it has never been my fortune to see him in this mood before. Those who have more opportunities of watching him –week in, week out – declare that he is always the same. He beat everybody. The man was always in the way, and the ball seemed to be continually coming to him. Needham, Grenville, Morris, and Horrocks formed a human triangle –the ball travelling from point to point. Twice had Scott brilliantly saved. He had repelled a drive from Morris and he had beautifully fielded a header from Horrocks in its flight. Then this human triangle attacked again, and the ball being deflected by an Evertonian, Morris jumped up and allowed it to roll over the goal line for a corner-kick. This was nicely placed by Horrocks, and after one of the visitors had headed out, Needham in the exact nick of time, took his chance on the half volley, and the ball was in the net before Scott could blink. Moreover, Scott had to beware of Morris, Marrison, and Needham again. The Everton custodian caught a beautiful header from Needham under the bar, and it was well fielded.
Everton only once looked like equalizing the score in the first half, and then Young’s drive was adroitly turned over the bar by has all. Everton had, however, much more of the game in the second portion, but twenty-five minutes elapsed before the Lancashire club registered their goal. Beare placed the ball in the middle of the field, and Gourlay, obtaining possession, made a surprise ground shot. This ought to have been stopped by Hasell, who was in the line of fire – right in the middle of the goal. He was, so to speak, on top of the ball, but he was a fraction too late in getting down, and that slight miscalculation enabled the visitors to share the points.
Brilliant Beginning; Faulty Finals
That they did so was largely due to the fact that on a ground which had been affected by frost and snow, and was only partially thawed, the Foresters failed to stay. Their play was sparkling for the first twenty minutes, but they gradually deteriorated, and finally their attack became very ragged, and entirely lacking in the great quality which charmed the spectators at the outset. What was this quality? The Forest forwards had the happy knack of keeping the ball well in front of them. The half-backs saw that on this frosty surface it was wise to pass ahead so that no man had to turn round. ‘Twas straight-ahead work, and what is more, all the forwards took the ball as it came with first time kicks. There was no hesitation and little inaccuracy, with the result that the game was open and fast –the ball being spurned and urged hither and thither. These tactics, admirably conceived and well carried out, kept the Everton defenders on the rack, on the twist and turn. This on-the-move football is a paying style, and very pretty when practiced so well as it was by the “Red” Then they lost all their facility, and the game degenerated until it became more of a scramble than a scientific spectacle. Now, Everton deserved their point, if only for one thing – they played the same striving game throughout. They were plodders. They never varied. Continuing in their jog trot, their perseverance met with a just reward. If the Forest were unlucky not to score more than once in the first twenty minutes, Everton were fortunate to get the goal they did. Hence a draw seems a fair result.
A Polished Left half-Back
Let us return to the left half-back with whom we began these lucubration’s. George Needham is a footballer pure and simple. He plays the pure game, and nothing but the game, and he leads a simple country life in Kegworth –a truly rural and beautiful spot. Originally when he came from the mine he was played at centre half-back, but he never quite gave satisfaction in that arduous post, for the all-sufficient reason that he was not a strong tackler, as a man in that position has need to be. Accordingly he was moved to left half-back –although he has not complete and perfect use of the right arm. In spite of this he practiced until he could throw in capitally –getting his force from the left, and his guidance from the right. He is, by the way, quite a clever left-handed bowler. Having overcome this difficulty his progress was assured. I will tell why I liked Needham so much. His power to intervention was never failing. Thrice only during the game did Beare succeed in outmaneuvering him. All the time Needham plays the ball; he never does more than hustle his opponent. But he gets possession, and where he excels so many men of the day is in placing. He never wages a ball. Along the grass it rolls to one of his comrades –nearly always to the forwards. And if not on the turf Needham drives the ball to a yard. Never did I see him present it to an opponent. The man is an artist –full of craft and cleverness because he seems able to do anything he likes with the ball. Wolfe, the centre half-back, is inclined to lack pace, and it would be well if he remembered that there are rules as to tackling. He appears to be the only Forester who forgets them for a moment. There is no want of speed about Armstrong, who is a power in defence. Behind these half-backs there are two serviceable full backs. Maltby was reliable, but not the brilliant player I have seen him on occasion. Indeed, Gibson, the only Scotsman the Foresters possess, was the best of all the backs. After being with the club over three years he is having his chance and giving Dudley a rest. Moreover, Gibson is seizing the opportunity with both feet, as it were.
Erratic Forest Forwards
The Forest forwards were uneven. That they have a fine conception of the Association game they proved at the start, but for quite an hour they were far below the standard that they set up. Hooper, Marrison and Morris were the most prominent. Hooper is quick for such a small man, and centres in dangerous fashion, while Marrison serves the wings with capital passes. Still a master when he is given the ball, Grenville Morris was the brain of the attack. And I do like his cross-kciks to the outside right. They made me think of John Devey, Lockett was always ferreting about, but he accomplished little. I never saw him play so poor a game. Horrocks faded away in power. A man of his inches needs to be extraordinarily clever for fiorst-class football. For what he cannot help he is entitled to sympathy, but I cannot forgive him for not re-passing to Morris. He seldom seemed to think that Morris wanted the ball giving back to him. Still the Forest have the nucleus of a sound team, and I do not wonder that they are so well placed in the table of merit.
Everton’s Mistaken Policy
Having seen the Forest at Sunderland I really went to watch Everton, but with the team they had I must reserve judgement. I hear that John Macconnachie is walking about again, but probably three weeks will elapse before he can play, and Robert Balmer dare not yet trust his injured leg. Robert Young is also under repair and the forwards were to me a medley. Arthur Berry, the Oxonian, had been announced to play at inside right as he did in South Africa and against the Irish amateurs, but I do not think that he is strong enough for such a position in league Football, and at outside right I have nearly always seen him play a good game, but I suppose that beare’s exhibition against Blackburn Rovers entitled him to another trial. I have often been told that Beare, who is of the Conlin build (two laths joined together), is a good player. Probably so, but he was not able to do anything against George Needham. I cannot keep this man’s name from flowing out of my pen. Lacey, Young, and Gourlay were all adepts on the ball, but they had one fault in common –they dribbled too much and shot too little. It was not the day for a close game, and it is always the day to fire away at goal. Of the half-backs Makepeace was the most judicious and capable. A fast fine player, neat in all that he does, and with an head on his shoulders, the Everton captain often induced comparison with Needham. (He’s there again), Borthwick is at a standstill and Harris as good as ever he was. The Everton backs made several mistakes. They did the best they could, but I have yet to learn that a jump is a tackle. Of course Scott was –well, Scott. He always is. Nottingham Forest; Hasell; Gibson, Maltby; Armstrong, Wolfe, Needham; Hooper, Lockett, Marrison, Morris, and Horrocks. Everton; Scott (Wm); Stevenson, Meunier; Harris, Borthwick, Makepeace (captain); Beare, Lacey, Young (A.), Gourlay, and G.H. Barlow. Referee; Mr. A.G. Neale, London.