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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.



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.


November 6, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.


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.



November 6 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.


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 .


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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


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.



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.



November 13 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.



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.


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.


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.


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.



November 13 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.


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 .


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.

J.C Bardsley

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.


November 20, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.


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.


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 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.



November 20 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury


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.


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 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, 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.


November 27, 1911. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.


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.


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.


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.


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.





November 1911