Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 01 November 1911
Great interest was taken Craven Cottage in the first appearance of Clifford, the left back, who was signed on late in the week to take the place of Jamie Sharp, thigh again gave way in the Bradford match- Clifford rejoined an Old Bolton Wanderer and Everton colleague in Walter White, who now plays at left half, for Fulham. Clifford the very opposite of Sharp in appearance, being long, lean, and lathy. He showed a good knowedge of the game, and, though his kicking was not particularly powerful, he die some exceedingly clever stopping. On the whole, may be fairly written down a success.
W. Davidson and W Holbein
Dundee Courier - Sunday 05 November 1911
W. Davidson, Everton, and formerly of Middlesbrough, was ordered to forward the share of transfer fee improperly received by him to the secretary of the League by September 30, failing which he will be suspended from taking part League football until the sum is paid.
W. Holbem, it was agreed, was to receive 50 per cent, of the transfer fee paid by Everton to Sheffield Wednesday. The question of the method of estimating the period service was considered, and it was decided that any period of suspension must not be included part of player's term of service.
MANUFACTURING OUTSIDE RIGHTS.
Athletic News - Monday 06 November 1911
The Everton club are fond of trying to manufacture players for positions. Sometimes they succeed. One Jack Sharp was converted from an inside forward to an outside-right. He played for England, too. Now Sharp’s successor has been fashioned by bold experiment –being changed from an outside-left to an outside-right. Still this has been accomplished before. We refer to George Beare, who was born at Southampton, 25 years ago, and has only grown to 5ft 7ins, and 10st 4lb.
He little, but he’s wise;
He’s a terror for his size,
Although, of course, he is quite ample compared with F. Walden’s 5ft 4in, and 9st 5lb. A great schoolboy player, he afterwards assisted Southampton reserves –being a prolific scorer at inside right. Joining Blackpool, he earned his place in the first team – but which was his place we cannot tell. He appeared everywhere –a miniature Kinnard in this respect. Settling down at outside left, he played so well against Everton in a Lancashire Cup-tie that he excited covetousness. Everton signed him within a week. Everton needed wing players. His first match for Everton was against Bradford City on November 12, 1910. The following week he was outside-right, then outside left, and then inside right. Finally the Southampton “Saint” has eclipsed Pinkney, Lacey, and Chedgzoy –although it is doubtful if even Beare would have been preferred to Arthur Berry, the Oxonian, had this very fine amateur outside right-the best we have in England-been able to train strenuously and sacrifice the time for League football.
Athletic News - Monday 06 November 1911
Everton are angling after a centre forward, and he does not reside in a certain East Lancashire town. They had hoped to include a Scottish forward in their reserve team against Burslem at Goodison park, last Saturday, but the negotiations brought no tangible result. Holbem who underwent an operation to his knee during the week, is progressing very favourably, but he will be unable to play for a couple of months.
THE PROWESS OF COMMON
Athletic News - Monday 06 November 1911
Woolwich Arsenal 0, Everton 1
THE best team in a moderate match at Plumstead were Everton, who beat the Arsenal by one goal to none. This was the Woolwich club's first home defeat of the season in League football, and undoubtedly they played their poorest fame against team they would probably have beaten on normal form. The match was a sore disappointment to the 16,000 spectators who represented receipts £399. Without exception the Arsenal forwards were slow on the ball, and particularly so were Randall and Chalmers. Randall was the least effective of the five, and completely off colour, whilst Chalmers was given to stumbling. The extreme wing men, while frequently rounding the half-backs, were far from happy with Stevenson and Maconnachie, and it was left to Common to be the best man the five.
Strength and Weakness
But Common was handicapped by his cleverness, and try as he would he could not get his colleagues to appreciate the situation when he was working out the openings. His football was full of thought and his passing so beautifully precise that his lack of pace would have not been noticeable had he been better supported. Both Sands and Eachrane were very uncertain, and were excelled by Ducat, and there was a general disposition to hook the ball into the air and to kick feebly. At full-back Shaw and Peart both did admirably, but it cannot be said that they were opposed by a thrilling forward line, although there was a directness about the attack that always necessitated watchfulness, especially for the tricky runs and centres of Beare. Beare's game was pretty to watch. There was no telling precisely when he would middle the ball, his centres being deftly made whilst he was going at top speed. He should have been given more to do, especially in the second half, when the four other forwards were slow to follow up. Apart from Beare there was no great merit in the line, although there was more opportunism than in the Arsenal attack. Of the Everton defenders Stevenson was the most effective, and knew how to move the heavy ball. Maconnachie was not quite so good, but it should be said that he had the stronger wing against him. Harris, who has an injured ankle, was missed from half back, where Allan did just fairly well, and Makepeace was the best of the trio. In the centre Fleetwood was full of industry and excelled more in his tackling than in his feeding. Without exactly holding Chalmers he contrived to worry him into indecision.
It was following seventeen minutes of listless and poor play that Jefferis scored for Everton the goal that won the match. With Ducat about to tackle him, Burton sent the ball to Jefferis, who for the time being had converted himself into inside left. The old Southampton forward made no mistake, his low shot giving Burdett no chance. Prior to this Scott had nearly tumbled a shot by Chalmers into the net, and subsequently the Arsenal made several attacks of a kind without ever looking like scoring. The poverty in football science was again most marked in the second half. Within a few minutes Randall, through slowness, had missed an easy chance for the Arsenal, and Burton, through recklessness, shot at a wide angle when he had nothing to beat. No such favourable opportunities presented themselves afterwards, and for some time the teams vied with each other as to which could kick the ball the highest. The Arsenal, however, began to realise their position, and the pace and the play improved, but Everton controlled the ball the better, and had a little in hand to the finish, although both Chalmers and Common narrowly missed equalizing. For a few minutes of the first half Chalmers was off the field, while the play was stopped for the referee to have a damaged knee attended to. Woolwich Arsenal.—G. Burdett: Shaw, Peurt; Ducat, Sands. McEachrane; Lewis, Common, Chalmers, Randall, and Flanagan. Everton. —Scott; Stevenson. Maconnachie; Allan, Fleetwood, Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, Gourlay, Burton, and Davidson. Referee; T. J. Bowbotham, Nottingham
THE LEAGUE AND A TRANSFER
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 06 November 1911
With reference to the case of Davidson, who had been misled by the Middlesbrough club as his transfer to Everton, as he had refunded the £42 to the League, it was directed by the League Committee that the amount be returned to him the end twelve months from his signing, but the future computation time for purposes of sharing transfer fees, benefit, be reckoned from the date of the cheque being returned.
WOOLWICH ARSENAL 0 EVERTON 1
November 6, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON SPIKE THE GUNNERS.
The Evertonians and their supporters have every reason to feel gratified at the success of the team against Woolwich Arsenal, at Plumstead, on Saturday. The gratification arises from the fact that the victory, although achieved by the narrowest of margins, was a thoroughly well deserved one. After all there is something infinitely comforting in the knowledge that one's honours have been merited. To put the matter briefly, the Goodison Park brigade were always the better team, and if half the openings that were offered had been taken advantage of the score might easily have been much greater. Everton's strength lay in the half-back line, which throughout the whole ninety minutes played exemplary football, and to them is mainly due the credit of a performance which gains in importance when it is remembered that Woolwich had not so far this season been defeated on their own ground. Except on occasion the game can scarcely be described as a fast one, but it was always episodic and interesting, and towards the close there was shown a strenuouness which kept excitement at the highest pitch until the whistle finally sounded.
The visitors were the first to assume the aggressive, and the right-wing pair proceeded to keep the Arsenal defence busily engaged. Beare, and Jefferis raced through times without number, and both were unlucky in failing to find the net. Whenever the home forwards got going, and they did this pretty frequently, they invariably found their combination upset by the Everton halves, who played the part of watchdogs to perfection. Nevertheless they did occasionally get through, and Scott was once conspicuous with a brilliant clearing from a corner. The first and only goal came after rather less than twenty minutes' play. It happened in this way. Burton, dashing down passed the ball to Jefferis, who was at the moment in the inside left position, and taking the ball on the run, he netted it with his left foot in the far corner of the goal. Burdett the home custodian, was taken quite off his guard, and had little chance of saving a wonderfully clever shot. Woolwich, to their credit be it said retaliated by harassing the Everton defence, and there was a confident appeal against Allan for handling. The referee, however, after consultation, ruled that the incident was accidental.
In the second half period the Arsenal showed considerably improved methods, and for a long time, play was of a fairly even character. Common worked like a Trojan to pull the line together; but the Everton halves, as we have already said, were simply irresistible. As a result the shooting of the Gunners was wild and spasmodic, and when Randall and Flannagan both had chances of scoring they mulled them very badly. By the same token Everton were also at fault more than once. Burton and Davidson each missing obvious openings. In the concluding stages Common twice-tested Scott, and Lewis almost dropped the ball into the net. The visitors however, maintained their lead, and retired with a valuable brace of points.
It is pleasing to place on record the fact that the Everton forward line showed marked improvement. We should say that Beare is just now at the very top of his form, while Jefferis is equally clever and neat in his work. The left wing pair are still devoid of that necessary ounce of dash which makes for goal getting: but still they played capitally. Gourlay seemed somewhat over-weighted in the centre-forward position, but he certainly tried his best both in distribute the ball and to keep his wings together. We have already indicated the great part, which the half-backs took the game. Makepeace was seen at his best. Fleetwood filled the centre position admirably, and Allan proved his right to further trials in first-class company. Both the backs did well, and Scott displayed characteristic custodianship. Teams: - Woolwich Arsenal: - Burdett, goal, Shaw, and Peart, backs, Ducat, Sands and McEachrane, half-backs, Lewis, Common, Chalmers, Randell, and Flanagan, forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Allan, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Gourlay, Burton, and Davidson, forwards. Referee T.J. Rowbottom.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BURSLEM PORT VALE 2
November 6 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 7)
By dividing the points with Burslem Port Vale. Everton got just as much as they were entitled to having regard to the run of the play. The contest was always worth watching, and at times the excitement rise to a very high pitch. Both sides were exceptionally keen, and the footwork at various times reached a high level. Everton scored first through Grenyer, and then after the interval, Murray, the ex-Everton forward, who by the way, played a capital game equalised. Ten minutes before the finish Weller gave Everton the lead, and just on time Cannon made the scores equal. Burslem have thus taken three points from Everton. Berry was not too reliable in goal and made more than one faulty clearance. Bardsley and Patterson got through their work creditably, and Weller was the best of the intermediate trio. Young, who filled the centre half position was not in his happiest mood, his placing often going astray. Gault. Pinkney, and Chedgzoy were prominent performers in the attack. Everton: - Berry, goal, Bardsley and Patterson, backs Weller, R. Young, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Magner, Gracie and Gault, forwards .
EVERTON'S TRAINER IS CHARGED
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 10 November 1911
With Theft of Bottles of Whisky.
At tho Liverpool Police Court John Elliot, trainer the Everton football team, William Selby, and Robert Shaw were charged with the theft of bottles of whisky from the bonded stores Messrs Elliot & Co., wine and spirit merchants, of Eberle Street, Liverpool. The prisoner Selby was first called for the prosecution. He alleged that Elliot went to the cellar where he was working and induced him to part with bottles whisky in exchange for theatre pastes which (Elliot) had had presented to him being the trainer for the football club. Altogether (Selby) had stolen eleven bottles of whisky, five which he had given to Shaw and some to Elliot. Elliot, giving evidence for the defence, said that he had been with the Everton Club for twenty-two years, and he was now receiving £3 per week all the year round as trainer, He frequently had theatre passes given to him. He knew Mr Smith, the manager of the bonded stores, and sometimes went to see him, when he give some of the passes to the young ladies or to Selby, but he never received any consideration in the way of whisky otherwise. He did not drink whisky, and never kept any of in his house unless for medicinal purposes. There was no need for him to get whiskv in the way suggested, and he had never had any charge preferred against him previously. It was great shock to him when he was arrested at midnight: and brought the police station. The case was adjourned for the attendance of Mr Smith, the manager of the stores.
EVERTON'S TRAINER IN TROUBLE
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Friday 10 November 1911
Yesterday a big sensation was caused in Liverpool football circles by the arrest of John Elliott, 21 years' trainer and formerly a player of the Everton Football Club, who was charged with receiving bottles of whisky, knowing them to have been stolen. Elliott vigorously denied the offence, and was remanded till today, an important witness being absent.
EVERTON SIGN SMART CENTRE FORWARD.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 11 November 1911
Everton have secured the transfer of Frank Bradshaw the Northampton Town forward, who formerly played for Sheffield Wednesday. The transfer fee has not transpired, but it is understood to be well over a thousand pounds. Everton have been short of good centre forward, and it is hoped that Bradshaw will suit the Everton style. He is 26 years old, weighs 12 st., and stands 5ft. 1in Everton have transferred Bob Young, their centre half-back, to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Young is a robust player, who has been with Everton one season. He should do well with the " Wolves." He formerly played with Middlesbrough.
BRADSHAW TRANSFERRED TO EVERTOX AT BIG FEE.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 11 November 1911
The director- hive arranged the transfer from Northampton of Frank Bradshaw, formerly of Sheffield Wednesdav, at fee falling little short of £2,000. R. Young, the centre half, who went to Everton from Middlesbrough two seasons ago, has been transferred Wolverhampton Wanderers for £8OO. Bradshaw was the Sheffield Wednesday team that won the Football Association Cup in 1906 7, and has played for the English League v. the Scottish and Irish Leagues.
CHARGE AGAINST THE FOOTBALL TEAM TRAINER DISMISSED.
John Elliott, trainer to the Everton Football Dub, and formerly player, charged before the Liverpool Stipendiary yesterday with receiving two bottles of whisky, the property of firm of wine and spirit merchants, knowing them have been stolen. An employer of the firm admitted that had believed that if he cultivated a popular man like Elliott it might be good for business. The Stipendiary, without calling upon the defence, discharged Elliott.
November 11, 1911. Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Everton have transferred Bob Young, their centre half-back to Wolverhampton wanderers for, it is said £800. Young is a robust player who had been with Everton one season, he should do well with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He formely played with Middlesbrough, he is 24 years old.
ROBERT YOUNG TRANSFERRED
November 11 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Robert Young, the Everton centre-half and some time full back, has been transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Young was born at Swinhill, near Larkhall, in Lanarkshire. Twenty-four years ago, he was transferred to Everton from Middlesbrough in the summer of 1910. He stands 5ft 10 and half inches, and weights 13st.
Everton Record: - 1910-11, League apps 31 goals 5, Fa cup apps 1 goal.
1911-12 League apps 7 apps 2 goals.
Total League apps 38, goals 7, Fa Cup apps 3, goals 1,
Took five penalty's kicks for Everton without a misfire.
FRANK BRADSHAW SIGNS FOR EVERTON
November 12, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton yesterday signed Frank Bradshaw inside forward of Northampton Town, and ex-Sheffield Wednesday. The fee paid is a record one for Everton. Bradshaw is a product of Sheffield Junior football. He is twenty-five years of age and played in Inter-League matches for England against Scotland, and against Ireland, in 1909, and more recently for the Southern League against the English League at Stoke last month. He is well-conducted player of the brainy type well endowed with a height of 5ft 9 and half inches and weights about 11 st 10lbs.
IN SEARCH OF FORWARDS
Athletic News - Monday 13 November 1911
Last February the Everton directors instituted a search for forwards in order to strengthen their admittedly weak attack, and in the meantime they have spent much time and money in the endeavour to acquire capable attackers. The front rank as constituted against Manchester City on Saturday, a line which managed to score one goal against one of the most ordinary defences in the League, cost the club close upon £3,000. Broadly speaking, we should say that the various items worked out something after the following fashion: Beare £250 Jefferis, £600; Bradshaw, £1,250; Burton £200; and Davidson £500. Gracie, another centre-forward, cost about £650, so that Everton have invested about £4,000 within the last eight months in order to secure favourable forwards. They came out of the deal with Northampton for the acquisition of Bradshaw much more leniently than had been expected. The rumours about £2,000 having been paid for his transfer must be entirely discredited. The figures we have quoted may be taken as being not far removed from the actual price given.
WHY BRADSHAW LEFT NORTHAMPTON
Athletic News - Monday 13 November 1911
THE NEWS OF THE TRANSFER OF Bradshaw, Northampton’s inside forward to Everton, occasioned no surprise to the followers of the Southern League clubs, for it has been known for some time that the “Blades” has been anxious to change his quarters. Bradshaw and the Northampton officials part on the best of terms, and it was only the fact that Northampton did not agree with his wife, whose health has broken down during her stay in the Midland town that he required the club to place him on the transfer list. This was nearly two months ago, but the officials of the club realizing that such an action would materially lessen the value of the player, were unable to accede to his request, though they promised to transfer him as soon as they received a substantial offer for his services. Bradshaw went to Northampton at the end of season 1909-10 from Sheffield Wednesday for a small transfer fee. He was then on the injured list, his knee being badly damaged, but surgical attention soon put him right and he has been quite sound since he played his first match. No official announcement has been made as to the transfer fee, but whenever this was, by the terms of his transfer to Northampton one half goes to Sheffield Wednesday.
The Departure of R. Young
Some emissaries from Wolverhampton invaded the Everton pastures last Thursday and succeeded in gaining the transfer of Robert Young, the centre half-back. No more whole-hearted player exists than Young, but he did not seen to fit in with Everton’s requirements. There could be no mistaking his genuine intentions, however, and the Wanderers have secured a player who should render them signal service in their endeavours to gain promotion. Young was a spectator at the match at Goodison on Saturday and when Everton were awarded a penalty kick the people on the cinder bank turned round on masse and shouted for him to come down and take the kick. There is no doubt that Young was a great favourite at Goodison simply on account of the zealous manner in which he performed his duties, and there were many who were willing to overlook any other shortcomings by reason of his whole-hearted efforts when on the field.
Davidson and The League
The Everton outside-left-Davidson-who was secured from Middlesbrough has come through the ordeal with the Football League Management Committee very satisfactorily. It will be remembered that he was ordered to refund a certain sum which he had received for signing, but pleaded ignorance of any contravention of the rules. His case was so convincingly placed before the authorities by the Everton Secretary, Mr. W.C. Cuff, that the Committee agreed that Davidson should have the amount refunded to him at the end of twelve months, which means, of course that any claims for a benefit should he stay with Everton so long, will have to be reckoned from the date when the player receives this portion of the transfer fee.
EVERTON’S LUCKY DRAW
Athletic News - Monday 13 November 1911
Everton were distinctly fortunate in dividing the points with Manchester City at Hyde-road, for in the second half their goal was subjected to continual pressure. Booth managed to score, but the first half Magner had put through for Everton, and 1—1 was the result at the finish. City had Walter Smith in goal again, and he appeared thoroughly sound, but was not very seriously tested. Bottomley also made his first appearance of the season, but he was only fairly successful. Lawrence was the best man on the City side, and Eden did well at back, but the forwards finished badly, and Patterson was perhaps, the pick. For Everton, Lacey was their most prominent player, and Magner, Weller, and Pattison also did well, whilst Bromelow kept a good goal.
EVERTON’S SUCCESSFUL SCRAMBLE.
Athletic News - Monday 13 November 1911
Everton 0, Manchester 0
AS was the case last season, Everton defeated the eleven representing Manchester City, at Goodison Park, by scoring the only goal of the game. Had the victors prevailed by half a dozen points there could have been no disputing even this margin of supremacy, for the men from Hyde road were a weirdly weak combination, and the narrowness of their defeat must not be attributed in the slightest measure to any excellence of their own. Nor can it be said that the Everton team distinguished themselves by vanquishing this moderate combination by a goal; from the chances they were allotted they should have gained a most decisive triumph, and their usual feebleness when within shooting range, was entirely responsible for the fact that they only won by the narrowest possible margin.
BRADSHAW IN HIS NEW PLUMES.
A certain amount of interest was imported into the game by reason of the fact that Everton were playing their most recently acquired forward, Frank Bradshaw, as leader of their attack. It must be admitted that the ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Northampton artist showed a better appreciation of the needs of this position than any player tried by the club since "Sandy" Young left for ‘Tottenham. Yet I should not like this verdict to be taken as an acknowledgment that Bradshaw is the ideal centre forward, and the man that Everton need to lead their front rank. By the many skillful touches that he made, and the intelligent anticipation of chances afforded, which enlarged upon, Bradshaw clearly demonstrated that he possesses rare ability as a forward, but it seemed to me that he would have been better employed at inside left. We have been treated to so many selections of forward leaders, without producing the necessary individual required, that Bradshaw’s display in this onerous post must, even for first attempt at Goodison, be recorded as a complete success. And to these limits are we thus landed by the moderate performances of men of supposed ability. Bradshaw opened out the play to his left wing in fine style, and occasionally gave the men on his right an opportunity of making headway. At times he went through individually, and one of his dashes down the centre, early in the first half, was excellently engineered. It was an attempted shot by him which cannoned off defender that enabled Burton to score the only goal of the game in the first fifteen minutes, and I should say that Bradshaw will prove a rare acquisition to the Everton ranks. Some of his passes were delightfully executed, and his command of the ball was sufficiently shown to demonstrate that with a better known understanding in his new sphere of influence he will be a power to be considered. Jefferis gave a most stylish display at inside right, and his passes to Beare were wonderfully alluring. Drawing the defence toward the centre, he would deftly transfer the ball to his extreme wing partner, and this almost without any distinctive effort in the direction towards which his energies were applied.
The outside forwards, Beare and Davidson, responded capitally to the chances which came in their direction. Davidson gave one of his best displays, being more aggressive and determined than usual, and his only fault was a tendency to place the corner kick behind the goal-line. Burton was not artistic in his movements, but he scored the only goal of the game, and he seems to possess a better knowledge of the location of the goalposts than any other member of the front rank. In the intermediate division, Makepeace was in splendid form. At times he seemed impatient with the ineffective advances of his forwards, and racing into the front line sent across some of the finest centres seen in the match. I do not know why he did not take the penalty kick awarded for a deliberate case of handling by Wall, for at one period of his career he had gained a rare reputation for scoring goals from this source. Other times, other manners, I suppose. Allan and Fleetwood did well, and further behind no fault could be found with the full-backs. It did not need much ability to deal with the miserable movements of the City invaders, and the Everton defence was never seriously extended. Scott was seldom called upon. The only player who gave him the slightest cause for uneasiness was Keary, and in the first half this Liverpool born forward showed his comrades where the possibilities of averting defeat lay. Scott saved cleverly at the expense a corner one of Keary drives which deserted an equalizing goal.
TIIE CITY SHORTCOMINGS.
If the form shown by the Manchester men in this match be any criterion of their real ability, then I should say that, they have need to seriously consider their position. A more purposeless and haphazard eleven I have not seen this season. Their forwards were feeble and vacillating, and they seemed to be no method about their movements. Let them not lay any flattering unction to their souls that they were only beaten by goal in this game; on the general run of the play they deserved a complete trouncing represented by a surprise number of debit goals. At inside left Keary showed some knowledge forward play, but he was a wanderer in a wilderness. Dorsett was speedy, but wretchedly weak in finishing, and Jones did nothing more than merely occupy the centre-forward berth. Kelly was evidently unsuited to the inside right position, and Hoad never inspired any confidence by his moves. I must say that these same forwards received precious little assistance from their half-backs. Holford was a mere nonentity when it came to a question of dealing with the Everton right wing, though he shaped slightly better in the second half. Wall was a lusty lunger whose chief concern seemed to hazard a long range shot at goal. Davies was not equal to the demands upon him, and beyond the fact that they managed to check their opponents, the City half-backs did nothing worthy mention.
A LESSON FOR BOTH.
At full-back Fletcher and Kelso were not a convincing pair. The former was inclined to rely upon the touch line for relief, and Kelso was only seen to advantage when there was plenty of space in which to formulate his returns. Beeby was not often seriously tested, but he was the most effective man in defence, and this despite the fact that he received little support from the players in front him. Taken all round, the City team seemed void definite purpose and the requisite ability to command success. Both m the front and rear ranks there was a lack of resource and definite motive that could only produce one result, and that dissatisfaction. They never even extended Everton, and the mere fact the latter only winning by the solitary goal of the match ought to convince the victors much of their own failings as the City of their palpable necessities. Everton.-Scott; Stevenson, Maconnachie; Allan. Fleetwood, Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, Bradshaw. Burton, and Davidson. Manchester City.—Beeby; Kelso, Fletcher; Davies, Wall, Holford: Hoad, Kelly, Jones, Keary, and Dorsett (J.). Referee: P. Sant, Barnsley.
EVERTON 1 MANCHESTER CITY 0
November 13 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON DESPATCHED MANCHESTER CITY
BRADSHAW MISSES “PENALTY” ON HIS DEBUT.
The Blues have certainly struck oil of late, and continued their lucky sequence on Saturday by scoring the only goal in the match with Manchester City, who by the way, have only scored seven points for eleven games played and would therefore, be at the bottom of the table but for Bury. On Saturday's play it is difficult to understand the parlous condition of the City as they showed fighting qualities of no mean order and several times looked like drawing level with the Blues. The game could hardly be called exciting, but it was fast and well-contested throughout. Everton tried hard for a second goal, but it did not come off, and with City fighting out the issue until the last gasp, there was always a chance that they might rob the Blues of ultimate victory. Everton have surely established a record in experimenting with centre forwards this season, so the chief feature of Saturday's game was the performance of their latest recruit Frank Bradshaw of Northampton. The newcomer is a fine player, and made a reputation with Sheffield Wednesday. He is now twenty-five years of age, stands 5ft 11ins, and weights 12 stone, and is withal a graceful and out-standing figure.
BRADSHAW'S BRIGHT BEGINNING.
Saturday's verdict will undoubtedly be that Everton are lucky to have secured a new player of Bradshaw's calibre, but whether he blossom out into an ideal centre-forward is a matter for speculation. He knows his art perfectly, and manipulates the ball gracefully and easily, but on Saturday he was not unduly venturesome, and so engendered a suspicion of lack of initiative, decisiveness, and boldness, nor necessary qualifications for a really effective centre forward. He did not prove himself a successful opportuntunist either, for he took a penalty kick , and put the ball outside, and though he used his head and feet judiciously he failed half a dozen times to work the oracle. He is deliberate rather than quick in his finishing touches, but apparently by no means deadly; perhaps this may have been due to nervousness, very pardonable in the case of first appearance. Bradshaw must aim at developing cohesion in the forward line; so that concentrated blows may be delivered. On Saturday the ball was far too much in the air which led to scrambling finishes. Everton should keep the ball low, and pass with more accurates. Bradshaw's methods are in this direction, and therefore we may hope for more effective combination.
MANCHESTER BUSTING FORWARDS.
The City forwards kept well on the move, working aggressively forward, but they invariably came to grief and lost their formation when they came to grips with Everton's stern defenders. Manchester fought grimly –cutting and thrusting boldly –but they were not masters of the fence by any means like Everton's halves and backs. Dorsett was an enterprising sort, and had a clever partner in Keary. Allan stuck to the pair like a terrier, but got a rare gruelling in the process, and was without doubt, the hardest worked made on the field. Fleetwood pleased immensely at centre half, and has steadied down wonderfully. He showed great self-control and never indulged in over-vigorous tactics, as adopted by Wall, and which evoked the censure of the referee. Nowadays Fleetwood's passes are kept low and are seldom overdone.
BURTON'S WINNING GOAL.
Everton's winning goal was an orphan, but it had a kind of stepfather in Bradshaw, though Burton claimed it for his own. The inside left is Everton's prime opportunist. Vigorous enterprising and a powerful shot, he snaps on an opportunity with cut like precision, and has now hit the bulleye four times for his new club. Bradshaw must, however, be prominently associated with this goal, as he took the ball down boldly and banged it against Fletcher from whom it cannoned at Burton and a moment after it was going past Beeby into the net.
Beare is coming on apace in cleverness, and for a little man has remarkable merit. Several times he fought Holford, Fletcher, and Wall together and escaped from their fouls. Jefferis too, was aggressive, his forceful tactics and powerful shooting made a big impression on the City defence, and put courage into his colleagues, who were somewhat inclined to bang fire and indulge in superfluous manipulation. Everton were superior to their visitors in everything but energy and reckless courage. Far and away the best half-back on the field was Harry Makepeace, who played as if the Selection Committee was present. Hoad is speedy and full of craft, but he found his master in Makepeace, who confounded him and Kelly with all kinds of su8btle touches and devices. The Everton half-backs seemed imputed with inexhaustible energy, and not only found time to interfere with Lot Jone's but made several creditable efforts to lower Beeby's colours. Everton were expected to win by a wider margin, and well deserved at least another goal, but at the same time it must be admitted that City played a bustling game, and put up a stiff fight for a division of spoils. Teams : - Everton: - Scott goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain) backs, Allan, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-back, Beare, Jefferis, Bradshaw, Burton, and Davidson, forwards. Manchester City: - Beeby, goal, Kelso, and Flecther backs, Davies, Wall, and Holford half-backs Hoad, Kelly, L. Jones, Keary, and J. Dorsett, forwards. Referee P. Sant.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
November 13 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 8)
All things considered Everton must considered themselves extremely lucky to have extracted a point from Manchester City at Hyde-road on Saturday. The Blues were kept strictly on the defensive for the best part of the game in fact, during the second half Smith the City custodian only handled the ball twice. Magner finished a brilliant individual run by scoring a grand goal for Everton this being the extent of the scoring in the first half. Patterson and McIntyre, the Everton backs preformed valiantly, both men tackling with great determination. Unfortunately for Everton the former was injured before half-time and took no further part in the game. The Blues could do nothing right after the interval. Booth equalising the score, for Manchester, a draw of one goal each being the result. During the bombardment on the Everton goal, the ball burst, a new one having to be requisitioned. A rather remarkable incident occurred at the close. The referee blew his whistle apparently for final and several players left the ground for the dressing room. The mistake soon found out, and play was prolonged for a further three minutes. Everton: - Bromilow goal, Patterson, and McIntyre, backs, W. Davies, Weller, and Grenyer, half-backs Chedgzoy, Lacey, Magner, Gracie, and Gault, forwards .
A. YOUNG AND THE 'SPURS.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 15 November 1911
We are informed that at his own request A. Young, of Tottenham Hotspur, who was formerly with Everton, has been placed the transfer list.
Young Leaving "Spurs.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 16 November 1911
The man of'the moment in football is still the centre-forward. At least half-a-dozen of th 6 clubs in the First Division of the League are concerned about the pivot of their front, rank, and the other day a club director told me that there were no centre-forwards obtained for love, and only one or two for less than £2.000.' Yesterday a noted centre was put on the market—(how easily one slips into commercialisms in speaking of football) —in the person of Alexander Young, late of Everton- and now Tottenham Hotspur. It would interesting if we could learn the reasons which prompted Young's request to be put the transfer list. At the beginning of the season the 'Spurs were of the opinion that with Young at centre-forward they would have one of the finest front ranks in the League. Against Wednesday, on September 4. Young played a great game. and the Spurs' forward line was magnificent. A few weeks afterwards Young was dropped, after one or two disappointing games, and since then he has been figuring in the Reserves.
Reserves Out of Favour.
It. is a coincidence that Percy Humphreys, who was deposed from the centre-forward position to make room for Young, also asked be put on the transfer list, and was transferred Leicester Fosse. Apparently the idea of playing in the Spurs' Reserve team is not fancied by star as extremely unlikely that a good man like Young be allowed to remain idle long, and to the club not in need of centre forward he would be a god investment as an inside forward. In fact he is a better inside forward than centre.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 18 November 1911
Manchester City have secured a new full back named J.C. Bardsley, whose transfer has been secured from Everton, and who will make his debut in the Central league team at Blackpool today. Bardsley is an amateur, a native of Warrington, and is of massive build, standing close on 6ft and weighting nearly 13st.
PRESTON NORTH END 2 EVERTON 1
November 20, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON DEFEATED AT DEEPDALE.
For the last twelve years at least, Everton have invariably done so well at Deepdale that their meeting with Preston North End on Saturday was regarded with confidence; and as a matter of fact, they ought certainly to have shared the points with their bustling opponents. The fortunes of war, however, were not in their favour, and the award of a somewhat doubtful penalty kick against them gave the North Enders an extremely valuable couple of points. Taking the play generally even the Prestonians themselves will probably admit that Everton were the better side in point of correct football. It was, indeed, this very correctness that their undoing for while weaving dainty patterns on the turf they permitted the home defenders to ruthlessly step in and nullify the movement. In other words, the Evertonians were much too prone to dally with the ball when in front of goal. This, of course was quite a wrong policy to pursue in dealing with a team of the calibre of North End, who are nothing if not robust in their style of play. So it came about that all Everton's cleverness was discounted by the vigour of the home defence and though they may claim a moral victory, the consolation remains rather a poor one. As we have said, a division of the honours would have been the best reflex of a game that had scarcely a dull moment in it.
THE FIRST TWO GOALS.
Always on the soft side, the going at Deepdale was very good, and from the start the opposing sides set each other a merry pace. North End were most aggressive to begin with, and after several rushes Green, from a nice pass by Thompson, scored with a brilliant shit that gave Scott no chance of saving. Less than ten minutes had passed when this point was gained and it had the effect of turning the Evertonians right up to concert pitch. First Beare, and then Davidson, flew down their respective wings and centred bravely, but Bradshaw twice failed to take advantage of these opportunities. At the third time of asking, however, the Everton centre forward made amends, for previous delinquencies. Beare, after taking the ball almost to the corner flag, put in a magnificent square pass, and Bradshaw beat Taylor with an exceptionally fast shot. This occurred after half an hour's play, and the remaining fifteen minutes before the interval saw the visitors at the top of their form. Time after time they made rings round their opponents, but it was the old story of trying too much finesse, and so when half-time sounded the pegging was level.
THE SECOND HALF.
The second half was no less interesting and crowded with incident than the first. The home defence for a considerable period had all its work cut out to keep the Evertonians at bay; but this they did, and when North End took up the running they gained a second goal by means of a penalty kick . It is often difficult to accurately gauge what constitutes a deliberate foul within the prescribed area. On one occasion Macconnachie was tackling Thompson and Green when he shot his leg out, and the outside right tripped over it. A penalty was at once claimed, and awarded although Everton protested strongly. Rodway took the kick, and had little difficulty in scoring. The visitors to their credit be it said tried desperately hard to equalise. Both Davidson and Bradshaw got in brilliant shots, only to have them cleared. This ability to equalise appeared to have a demoralising effect, for in the closing stages of the game North End attacked with renewed vigour, and Anderson came within an ace of scoring.
Bradshaw further justified his selection as centre forward by scoring Everton's only goal. It is, however, only fair to Beare to pint out that he was mainly responsible for it, and it is additionally pleasing to note that Everton's outside right is maintaining his best form. On the opposite wing Davidson showed both speed and accuracy in centring, and the two inside forwards played their part in a wholley admirable combination. The halves were on their best behaviour throughout, and both Macconnachie and Stevenson displayed defensive tactics of the highest order; whilst Scott bore his share of the fray. Considering interest centred in the first appearance for North End of Bradley, the old Notts Forest player, at outside left. On the whole he created a favourable impression, but the two most prominent forwards were Green and Kirby. The Halves did not particularly distinguish themselves; but Rodway who, like port wine appears to improve with age, played a magnificent game at back. Preston are further fortunate in possessing a goalkeeper of the ability and resource of Taylor, who gave a remarkable clever exhibition. Teams: - Preston North End: - Taylor, goal, Baker and Rodway, backs, Holdsworth, Galloway and Wareing, half-backs J.W. Thompson Green Anderson, Kirby and Bradley, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, Stevenson and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs Beare, Jefferis, Bradshaw, Burton and Davidson forwards. Referee H.S. Bamlett.
EVERTON AGAIN DRAW
Athletic News - Monday 20 November 1911
The Goodison Park team are only shaping moderately in the new League. On their own ground they had to rest content with a drawn against Preston reserve. Gracie and Grenyer scored for Everton, and Thompson and Hall for Preston. For Everton, Lacey and Gracie were the pick of the forwards, the latter shaping very well as the leader of the attack. Towards the finish the play became rough and Joy the Preston centre half-back, was ordered off the field for a bad foul on Chedgzoy.
EVERTON’S STRENGTH & WEAKNESS
Athletic News - Monday 20 November 1911
Preston North End 2, Everton 1
Not for a period of fourteen years had an Everton side lost at Preston, the last defeat being as far back as 1896-7. And the probably is that, had Saturday’s struggle been judged on points, like boxing, their sequence of wins and draws would not have been broken. But Preston North End administered the knock-out blow, and got the verdict. I do not think, however, that even the most purblind Prestonian would quarrel with the suggestion that a draw would perhaps have been a more equitable result. Everton certainly played good football in the match to earn a point. That they did not do so was partly their own faults and partly that of North End defence.
Where Everton Failed
One could not wish to see better football than that they showed in the last half-hour of the first half. The forwards and half-backs had a perfect understanding, and repeatedly they had the opposition both guessing and straining. Bradshaw led the attack with a pretty appreciation of the possibilities in drawing the man and then slipping the ball out to waiting colleagues, and the whole line, backed up by half-backs who kept close touch with them, manceurved very skillfully. But always something went wrong in the end. There was the intrusive foot and the obtrusive charge, and away would go all the clever devices- destroyed by one rude intervention. All this time Baker and Rodway had a difficult task, and both played magnificently. Rodway was, as usual, a giant both in his tackling and the timing of his tackles, while Baker rendered him gallant assistance, some of his clearances being masterly, considering his lack of poundage. Behind them, too, Taylor kept a very clever goal, and it is difficult to see how, on this form, Peter McBride can hope to get back into the team. At this point the sides were on level terms, for after the home side had taken the lead in eight minutes Everton equalized at the end of half an hour. The home side’s goal was perhaps the better of the two, for after Thompson had careered through on the wing he centred squarely for Anderson to turn the ball back to Green, who took it as it came to him with the left foot and drove it well away from Scott’s right hand, I cannot help but think that Everton’s point was partly the result of slack defence, for Rodway was under the impression that the ball was passing behind when Beare reached it on the line. Be that as it may, it was well got, for Beare simply pushed the ball back to Bradshaw, who was waiting half a dozen yards behind, and with a hard, rising shot that only just got under the bar he had Taylor beaten.
Won By A Penalty Kick
Thus the position stood until half-way through the second half, although only Taylor’s agility had twice saved his goal from downfall prior to the interval, from Bradshaw and Beare. But there came a transformation which won and lost the game. Thompson bored his way through into the penalty area, and Macconnachie, beaten earlier on, got back to prevent the ex-Sunderland man finishing his effort. He could not clear, however, and as Thompson tried to force his way outward the back brought him down. It was not a bad foul put I do not see how Mr. Bamlett could have done otherwise than give a penalty kick from which Rodway duly scored at the end of twenty-two minutes. The Evertonians clearly did not like the decision –which, by the way, gave North End their only concession of the kind this season –and from that point the visitors collectiveness. North End played with surprising fire, and the wonder is that at the finish they did not win by a greater margin. The home side owed much to the dogged work of their half-backs, who, though often beaten, labored with unremitting zeal, and the brilliance of their defence. The forwards lacked nothing in the way of earnestness, but they had no system, Kirby being easily the best of the line. Bradley, making his first appearance in league football since his breakdown with Notts County last season, improved upon a bad start, but the whole line was deficient in ball control. Everton played splendidly until they reach the goalmouth. So much capital footwork should have had better results. Bradshaw promises to remedy the centre difficulty, for his football was both skillful and judicious, and Fleetwood’s capacity for work was only equaled by his craftsmanship. Preston North End; Taylor; Baker, Rodway; Holdsworth, Galloway, Wareing; Thompson (J.W.), Green, Anderson, Kirby, and Bradley. Everton; Scott; Stevenson, Macconnachie; Harris, Fleetwood, Makepeace; Beare, Jefferis, Bradshaw, Burton, and Davidson. Referee; Mr. H.S. Bamlett, Gateshead.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 2
November 20 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 9)
Preston player sent off.
Everton gave promise of achieving a splendid victory and atoning for past failures, but they flattered only to deceive. In the early stages of the game they displayed such vim and understanding that one was justified in anticipating a brilliant success. As matters eventuated, however, a drawn game was probably the most fitting termination to the contest. In contrast to previous exhibitions, the Everton forwards infused plenty of dash into their work, and when Gracie scored with a long drive the reward was only in keeping with the efforts put forth. Then the Everton defence broke down, and Preston scored through Thompson. Just before the interval the Preston custodian left a shot from Grenyer pass through his hands after once stopping it. In the second half Preston adopted a most aggressive attitude, while Everton fell away considerably. Hall put in a shot from the touch-line, and Bromilow appeared to have taken up a position just over the goalline. In attempting to fist clear, the custodian misjudged the flight of the sphere, and the ball entered the net off Bromilow's hand. The game then degenerated into a rough and tumble scramble, Jay was order off the field for a foul on Chedgzoy. Bromilow was not too sure with several of his clearances. Patterson defended well, and Balmer made a satisfactory appearance. Allan was a bustling half-back, and the front line, after starting well, failed to justify themselves. Gracie was a good leader, and Lacey did some forceful work. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Patterson and R. Balmer backs, Allan, Weller, and Grenyer half-backs, Chedgzoy, Pinkney, Gracie, Gourlay, and Lacey forwards.
Young for Manchester City.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 23 November 1911
Manchester City have signed Sandy Young, the ex-Tottenham and Everton centre forward. The intimation will hardly come as surprise, as was well known that when Young requested the " Spurs' Directors to place him on the transfer list he did so with a view to coming North. Although past his prime, Young still retains much of the brilliance which earned him international honours. In any case, his knowledge of the game should prove of the greatest value to the Citizens, and he will greatly strengthen one of the weakest forward lines the League. Sandy Young first saw the light of day Leven, Scotland, and during his connection with the Everton club gained the highest possible honours, and represented his country against England in 1905. He was a most prolific goal-getter for the Mersey side club, and his transfer to the " Spurs" created mild sensation in Liverpool at the time. He appeared for Tottenham Hotspur their first Lieag'ue engagement of the season against his old comrades, and played one of his finest games at Goodison Park. Subsequently friction arose between Young and the London club, which culminated in that player's request to be placed on the transfer list. The fee paid for the famous Scot is a substantial one. It may be noted that Young the second centre forward transferred by the Spurs this season, Percy Humphreys being secured from Leicester Fosse a few weeks ago. In spire of these departures the "Spurs" have capable leader of their attacking line m Minter.
‘‘SANDY" YOUNG SIGNS FOR MANCHESTER CITY.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph-Thursday 23 November 1911
“Sandy” Young, the Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward, was yesterday afternoon transferred to Manchester City. Young, who was formerly with Everton, only played in a few matches for the 'Spurs, and, losing his place in tho team, was placed on the transfer list at his own request.
BURNLEY'S FINE CENTRE.
Burnley Express-Saturday 25 November 1911
Bert Freeman's Interesting Record
It would folly assert that one player makes team, but it is, nevertheless, no exaggeration say that Burnley's proud position in the world of football has been built up more than anything else upon the phenomenal success of one player. this pronouncement injustice done good all-round team. . Bert Freeman has without doubt become the idol of the football-loving public of this district, and his more recent performances have certainly made him the most talked of centre-forward England. That the Burnley Club is envied its good fortune in having such a clever pivot the forward line evidenced by the frequent rumours which have been in circulation respecting several prominent clubs. But Freeman comfortable Burnley, and the directors are also content, so that record fee has no attractions. the opinion spectators anything to go by, it never will. Freeman has infused new life into Burnley, and his excellent example has had remarkable effect, other members the Burnley team There is, now pervading the Burnley players that spirit of enthusiasm and good-feeling which means great deal, and which, combined with skill the game, ensures prosperity. Burnley this season have played better football than for seme seasons past, and great measure this has been due the introduction of such stalwarts the game Freeman and Boyle.
FREEMAN, BURNLEY'S CENTRE
Freeman, some means other, has been described as opportunist, but bis performances with Burnley bare shown him equally smart footwork, and hare stamped him a player of all-round excellence.. He has an exceptionally good command over tho ball, one of his strongest points that pertinacious dribbler, and whilst has fine style of his own getting' the ball into the net. never retains it if believes that a colleague has better opening. Selfishness unknown the Burnley centre. opens out the game well. and. whilst other members assist him greatly, he also plies them with .opportunities wherewith score almost often as he does himself. As a goal-scorer Ben Freeman is an expert, and certainly best- Burnley have had for years. upto to-day he has assisted Burnley in sixteen out of the seventeen matches played this season—the only one he was the Oldham Cup-tie -and has scored 21 goals, 15 being Second Division League games. This indeed a fine record for just short, three months" football. His usefulness to Burnley has been felt more particularly in two three matches, but all the time has been an important factor in Burnley's success. questionable whether there another prominent player the country who can show consistent record as can Freeman, who has failed score only the Bradford and matches—two out sixteen! Turf Moor has served up at least one goal per match for the satisfaction of the home crowd, while the occasion the St. Helens Town Cup-tie he netted the ball four times. His best ''away" performance was the "hat trick” against Fulham. Freeman was secured the early part of April from Everton, two days after was after Mountford was obtained from the same club, and, along with his old clubmate, he played in two of the concluding matches last season. That season was evidently Berth off" period, for only appeared in eleven games with the Everton first team, only scoring twice, and it was whilst was assisting the Reserve that appeared against Burnley Reserve at Turf Moor. In the season 1909-10 Freeman scored 22 goals for the Goodison Park brigade, but the 1908-9 period he put the remarkable performance collecting no fewer than 38 goals, Such cleverness could not be overlooked, and Freeman was chosen and played for his country against Scotland and Wales. He also officiated for the North against the South. Burnley spectators are hoping that Freeman will be similarly honoured this season, for his present form cannot bo overlooked by the Selection Committee. Before joining Everton the season 1907-8 Freeman assisted Villa and Woolwich Arsenal, and now least one of these clubs feels annoyed having allowed such a gem of a player to depart from their midst.
WEST BROMWICH ABLION 1 EVERTON 0
November 27, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON UPSET AT THE HAWTHORNS.
There is a trite and true axiom that youth will be served. To this cause must be act down Everton's reverse at West Bromwich on Saturday. The Goodison Park brigade revisited the Hawthorns after an absence of eight years and suffered defeat by the only goal scored in an exceptionally fast and level game. During the first period there could be no doubt as to which was the cleverer side. The footwork of the Evertonians in midfield was a positive treat to witness, but as was the case at Preston a week ago, the forwards fell away to nothing when in front of goal; and so it was the old, old story of feeble or inaccurate shooting. Not having established a lead in the first half as they certainly ought to have done, the visitors fell away in the most extraordinary manner, and the closing stages of the game saw them limp and lifeless. Altogether the display was by no means an encouraging one for; allowing the youthfulness and vigour of the Albion attack, the Evertonians should have overcome them by sheer ability and experienced. In the last quarter of an hour the Throstles cheered on by exultant supporters, subjected the Everton goal to a tremendous bombardment, and it was only the skill and adroitness of Scott that kept them at bay. It must indeed have been with a sigh of relief that the Irish custodian heard the last blast of Mr. Pearson's whistle.
CUFF AT NORTHAMPTON
Athletic News - Monday 27 November 1911
Mr. W.C Cuff, the Everton secretary is in Northampton today endeavouring to settle the difficulty in respect to the transfer of Frank Bradshaw. It is whispered that Everton have been watching the recent displays of a prominent West Ham inside forward.
There was a remarkable game at Goodison Park on Saturday between Everton Reserve and Northwich Victoria. No fewer than fourteen goals were scored, ten of which were registered by the home team. Lacey obtained four, Gracie two, Gourlay two and Gault and Chedgzoy one each.
AFTER MANY SEASONS.
Athletic News - Monday 27 November 1911
West Bromwich Albion 1, Everton 0
It will be news to many people to be told that Everton had only visited the Hawthorns once prior to Saturday last. Everton came to the Hawthorns the year the ground was opened. One would have thought that the visit of such an attractive side would have drawn a big gate the Albion’s to the headquarters, but West Bromwich supporters seem to be a very luke warm crowd at the present time, and nothing seems capable of stirring their enthusiasm. The Albion stand well enough in the League table, und yet when the game started there were not above 12,000 people present, while at time did the gate exceed 15 000. This is very poor attendance considering the general attractiveness of the game. It seems to take very little to dispirit some these football crowds. The day was not at all unfavorable, although there was somewhat keen wind blowing. The Albion won by a goal to nothing, Pailor registering the point five minutes after the second half had commenced.
It was a very finely obtained goal. Pailor received the ball from Bowser, and let fly forthwith, the ball going through like a shot from gun. Pallor is playing very good football just now, and has made himself an indispensable member of the side. The Albion had other chances of scoring, but no especially good ones, Everton had two exceptional opportunities. Burton and Jefferis got clean through, and only had Pearson to beat, but there was nothing very convincing about the forward work of the Liverpool club. They showed plenty clever work, and gave one the impression of being a clever side, but there was a lack of aggressiveness in front goal. The Everton forwards want to do their clever things a trifle more smartly. It was a very interesting game, being picturesque and full of incident, and there always seemed to be plenty going on, but there can be no doubt that the Albion deserved to win. They gave Scott infinitely more to than the Everton forwards found for Pearson, who, indeed, had quite an easy time. Smith and Pennington shaped well, Smith did not open as confidently as usual, ballooning the ball too much, but he soon settled down, and there was very little amiss with the full-back play. McNeal and Manners were the best of the Albion half-backs. McNeal did plenty of clever tackling, and Manners Is in exceptional form this season. Baddeley, however, was not in good trim, and there has been a slight falling off in his form this winter. The best of the Albion forwards were Pailor and Shearman, the latter made plenty good centres; indeed, most of the aggressive work was done by him and Bowser, although the latter cannot trap a ball as Buck can.
EVERTON’S CENTRE FORWARD.
Wollaston and Wright were by no means a virile pair, and much of their play was on the weak side. Everton could not have been better served in goal, for Scott did some grand work, more particularly in the closing half hour, when the Albion were literally all over their opponents, Maconnachie was much the better of the visiting backs, although he fell away somewhat towards the close of the encounter. Makepeace was easily the outstanding figure in the half-back department. He always had Wright and Wollaston beaten, and he aided his forwards well, too. Fleetwood and Harris were serviceable, but were quite put into the shade by the left-half. Davidson and Burton made the belter wing pair for Everton, although this was possibly due to the fact that they were not unduly pushed by the opposing half. Bradshaw did nothing out of the common in the centre, and was far from being the model of an effective pivot. He showed some clever touches, but was never very conspicuous. Jefferis was always a useful member of the side, and he and Beare did some smart work indeed. Beare showed good pace, and always manifested an ability to get the ball into the centre advantageously. West Bromwich Albion.—Pearson: Smith, Pennington; Baddeley, Manners, McNeal; Wollaston, Wright, Pailor, Bowser, and Shearman. Everton.—Scott: Stevenson. Maconnachie; Harris, Fleetwood, Makepeace: Beare, Jeffers, Bradshaw, Burton, and Davidson. Referee: J. H. Pearson, Crewe
A BLANK FIRST HALF.
The opening stages of the game, were quite uneventful play being confined almost wholly to midfield. Eventually Everton settled down to a well considered method of attack, and clever centres were put in by both Beare and Davidson, but Bradshaw on each occasion failed to meet them. The home full backs were none too confident, and Burton, after cluding Smith, had a clear goal before him, when he stumbled and lost possession. Bradshaw a little later was admirably placed when he shot weakly, and the attack generally, as we have already said, left much to be desired. This was all the more inexcusable inasmuch as the play of the half-backs was wonderfully clever. The trio, led by Makepeace, commanded general approval, and it was a thousand pities to see their work wasted. When West Bromwich managed to get away the Everton defence invariably held them up, though Bowser put Stevenson to considerable trouble. The Albion inside left was distinctly unlucky on one occasion in failing to get through, and the first forty-five minutes showed a clear sheet.
THE THROSTLES' GOAL.
On crossing over the home forwards renewed their activity, and so great was the pressure they exercised that the Everton defenders were momentary thrown out of action. The half-backs were unable to stern a rush, and from a smart piece of work on the part of Manners, Pailor seized on the ball and scored with a long low shot, which Scott could scarcely be blamed for failing to field. For a little time after time after this the visitors made commendable efforts to equalise and then, with almost startling suddenness fell away. The forwards seemed almost unable to raise a gallop, and to the sterling character of the defence are due the fact that the score was not very much greater.
At times brilliantly clever in midfield, the Everton forwards were positively disappointing in front of goal. Bradshaw appeared to be unable to keep his wings together, and when long passes were put to him he more often not missed them. The inside men too, scarcely did themselves justice, and no blame attaches to either Davidson or Beare. Of the half-back line we have already spoken and it need only be added that the last two lines of defence merited cordial admiration. The Albion team is undoubtedly one of robustness, and the players have all the advantage of years in their favour. Pailor, Bowser, and Shearman were constantly dangerous, and it was no fault of theirs that the score did not reach a second figure. Teams : - West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal, Smith and Pennington, backs, Baddaley, Manners, and McNeal, half-backs, Welleston, Wright, Pilor, Bowser, and Shearman, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, Stevenson and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Bradshaw, Burton, and Davidson, forwards. Referee Mr. Pearson.
FREEMAN HEADS THE LIST OF ENGLISH GOAL-SCORERS.
Dundee Courier - Thursday 30 November 1911
The goal Freeman, the Burnley centreforward, scored against Stockport County,' was his sixteenth for the season. His nearest goal-getting rival is T. Browell, the centre-forward of Hull City, and he is as many as four points behind the old Everton player. Other forwards with good totals the Second League are Temple (Hull City), nine; Hall (Birmingham) and Turnbull (Bradford), eight each; Halligan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Hubbard (Grimsby), and Whittinghani (Chelsea), seven each. _ It will be noticed that the majority of these players are centre-forwards.