LIVERPOOL 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 555)
October 1, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
EXCITING CONTEST AT ANFIELD.
WALTER ABBOTT PENALTY MISS
An 40,000 people at Anfield enjoyed one of the tit-bits of the local football season on Saturday. The meeting of Everton and Liverpool has a place on its own in local circles. Not only to the regular supporters of both clubs who turn out in strength, but many people not usually to be seen at a football match make a point of attending the tussle between the rivals. The Anfield ground held more spectators than ever before, and yet crowds of people were unable to gain admission the gate being shut a quarter of an hour before the start. The Enthusiastic supporters of the pastime were well rewarded by witnessing one of the best and most exciting matches ever played in the lengthy inter-club record. From start to finish the game was full of incident, and there was hardly a dull movement. The general level of play was excellent. It may not have been quite up to the class to be expected from Cupholders, and League champions, but it was very far indeed from discrediting the unique occasion. Both teams had pulled themselves together for the event. Neither has done well of late, but a genuine effort was made on Saturday to play to the last ounce, and the result was a splendid fought contest, brimful of excitement, and displaying in no slight degree the highly cultivated skill of modern League football.
There were changes in the personnel of both elevens, and these served to add a spice to the already interesting occasion, for none could be certain how the experiments would work. On the home side Parry was dropped and Robinson, took his place, the vacancy on the right wing being filled by Parkinson. West was still on the injured list, and Saul therefore kept his position. For Everton, George Wilson partnered Hardman on the leftwing, this being the first time the newcomer had appeared as an inside player. Under almost perfect weather conditions the players toed the mark, Raisebeck's men having to face the sun and a slight breeze. Everton were the first to find their feet, and amid a continual roar from the excited crowd they attacked on the left, and in few moments Jack Taylor sent in the first shot of the day, Hardy saving. The Blues came again and Bolton narrowly missed with a close shot, which the Anfield custodian cleverly diverted round the post. Goddard changed the scene of operations with a fine run and centre, but he was poorly supported, and Taylor falling back, cleared, his lines while later Scott was in difficulties with carlin, but the custodian was equal to the emergency.
INCIDENT OF THE PLAY.
And so the game proceeded at a fast pace, with exciting incident at either end. A continuous report would be a record of shots saved or missed at both goals, so rapidly did the play changes ends, and so numerous the incidents in the closing stages of the attack. A wonderful clearance by saul when Hardman seemed certain to score must be mentioned, and just afterwards Young missed a good chance when Hardy had only half cleared a fast drive from Sharp. The Everton centre often found himself with openings, but his shooting was poor, and although the chances had been with the Blues it was the Reds who first scored. Parkinson receiving from Carlin got through, and despite the attentions of the backs he stuck to the ball and at close quarter beat Scott with a fast, low shot. The same fast end to end play continued. Occasionally the Everton front line put in some really brilliant forward work, the accuracy of the passing, and the perfect understanding between the men making a pretty spectacle, but the finish was lacking. Just before the interval Wilson was getting dangerous when Robinson dispossessed him, but in doing so the ball struck the Liverpool's man hand, and the referee awarded a penalty kick . Amid intense excitement Abbott took the kick, but hardy's outstretched hand caught the fast driven ball, which flew over the crossbar, while a might roar went up from the crowd. The corner kick was about to be taken when the whistle sounded half time, Liverpool leading by a goal to nil.
AFTER THE INTERVAL.
The second half opened in much the same fashion as the first, and the fast and punishing pace was kept up. Both ends were visited, Young being prominent in the Everton attack, while Carlin nearly put his side further ahead. There was more method about the visitors' forward work than in that of their opponents and it had its reward when Makepeace initiated an attack on the right wing. Sharp and Bolton passed Dunlop and Bradley, and the latter tipped the ball to Young. The centre fastened on it, and with a quick drive sent the ball well out of Hardy's reach. The teams were thus level, and the Everton supporters cheered themselves hoarse. The game now became faster than ever. Both sets of contestants strained every nerve to secure the leading point, and with the forwards, shooting at every opportunity both goalkeepers were tested. At length Hardy was beaten. Following good work by the untiring left wing Young again got possession, and with a long oblique shot into the far corner of the net, the centre scored Everton's winning goal. A desperate effort by the Reds failed. At one time the bulk of the players of the two teams were crammed in the Everton goal-mouth. Twice the ball emerged from the melee, and was sent back, but at length it was got away, and punted down the field.
A FRUITLESS PENALTY CLAIM.
The reds claimed for a penalty, the allegation being that Makepeace had handled, but the referee disregarded a very strong claim. The game was continued with the same desperate earnestness for a short time, but it soon became evident that Liverpool had shot their bolt. Playing a winning game with confidence, the Blues had now the whip-hand of the Anfield defence. The home backs tired, and the faultless passing of the Everton quintette quite baffled them. Hardy was still to be reckoned with, and one long fast oblique shot he dealt with in masterly fashion. The Reds afterwards broke away, and they were attacking at the finish, but no more scoring was done, and Everton ran out winners of a memorable game by 2 goals to 1. There can be no doubt that the Blues well deserved their victory. They were the superior team, and only the defective shooting of Young prevented that superiority being shown on the score sheet at the interval. Young made ample amends in the second half by shooting two goals, both of them good points, with no element of flukness about either of them. The strength of Everton lay forward. George Wilson coalesced well with Hardman, and with Bolton showing vastly improved form the whole line was very effective. Hardman, speedy and clever, was in a delightful vein. It was the left wing that did the work in the first half, Sharp doing little against Dunlop in this moiety.
THE FORWARDS CONTRASTED.
The Liverpool forwards in comparison were uneven. Well watched by Taylor, Hewitt was unable to distribute the work in his best style, and combined play was lacking, the forwards generally making their own opportunities. Parkinson's goal for instance, was an individual effort, while both Everton's goals were the result of methodical combined work. The home forwards were very faulty in passing, a big percentage of the passes going wrong through inaccuracy rather than the alertness of the Everton halves. Goddard was the leader of the home vanguard; many of his centres were perfect but they were not turned to account. Cox failed conspicuously with one of them, and the left winger generally did not do himself justice. In the half-way line both sides were excellently served, and neither here nor at back was there much between the two sets. Raisebeck was infinitely better than at Birmingham last week. He broke up many a dangerous attack, but much too frequently his clearances carried the ball straight at an Everton player. Taylor was less showy, but he fed his forwards with greater accuracy. Makepeace and Abbott did much good work, and for Liverpool no complaint need be made against Robinson or Bradley. The former, in fact, showed that he is more valuable as a half than a forward, and the Reds would less rule if he maintained that position. Both sets of backs did well, although Dunlop apparently tired in the latter stages. He was a formidable barrier to Sharp and Bolton for the best part of the game, but in the latter stages the visiting forwards held the upper hand, and deserved their victory.
Teams: - Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, Saul, and Dunlop, backs, Robinson, Raisebeck (Captain), and Bradley, half-backs, Goddard, Parkinson, Hewitt, Carlin, and Cox forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Referee A. green.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 STYLEBRIDGE ROVERS 0
October 1, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 5)
It is becoming quite the usual thing for our local reserves to win easily at home. A week ago Liverpool put on six goals at Anfield and on Saturday it was Everton's turn. Stalybridge Rovers provided the opposition –but a weak opposition it proved, for Everton gained an easy triumph by six clear goals. The first half was fairly even, with Swann having more to do than Sloan, Jones, scored for Everton in the first minute, and Graham afterwards added a scored goal. In the second portion Everton outplayed their opponents Thomas, Donnachie, and Jones (2) beating Swann, and they won as stated. Sloan had not much to do, but the few shots that reached him required some handling. One save from McCartney bordering on the miraculous Hill, was far and away the better back, and just on the interval by a splendid bit of work he beat four or five opponents near goal, and relieved a dangerous position. His clever headwork was also noticeable. Among the halves Donaldson appeared most prominent, breaking up the opposing wing and giving Swann some fine long shots to negotiate. All the forwards performed capitally, though Donnachie shined mos. His centres were quite a feature of the match, not one missing its mark, and his successful shot at goal- a left footed drive –beat Swann all the way. Jones also was prominent, his three goals being the award of rare dash and good shooting. For the losers, Swann could not be blamed for the severe defeat, as he had had innumerable attempts to deal with. Grindrod was the better of the backs, and Patterson most prominent of the halves. Among the forwards, McCartney, Monks, and Roberts were the pick, and if such openings as came along had been accepted they would not have gone away without the solatium of a goal. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Hill, and Stevenson, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Jones, Thomas, and Butler, forwards.
EVERTON 2 BRISTOL CITY 0 (Game 556)
October 8, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
MORE POINTS FOR EVERTON.
A MODERATE GAME.
Bristol City failed at Goodison-park to maintain their reputation as an unconquerable team away from home. Indeed, at no period of the engagement, which was witnessed by some 20,000 people, did the representatives of the southwestern port ever suggest the likelihood or victory being snatched from the Blues. By the way it is singular, though none the less correct, that for three Saturday's running have Everton been extended against teams which appeared in Red jerseys. On the first occasion Aston Villa inflicted upon them the indignity of a defeat at home, but since then they have triumphed over Liverpool, and Bristol City. The latter by no means proved to be the sturdy representatives which report had suggest. The wonder is that Everton's success was not more pronounced, than the verdict –two goals to nothing –Indicates. Anyhow a couple of points accrued, and Everton have reached double figures in the matter of points.
Bristol City received a damper in the first minute of the game. Hardly had the ball been kicked off from the centre than it was in the net, quite out of the reach of Clay. Hardman and Wilson carried it down, and a long swinging pass gave it to Sharp, who quickly transferred to Bolton, with the result that the latter was credited with his first goal for a month. This early reverse seemed to take a lot of sting out of the visiting side, or rather it placed Everton in such a position that, barring accidents they were likely to remain at the top. A strong wind, too, of which the Blues had the advantage, was all against the Bristol representatives, who by no means came up to expectations. Their forward play was ragged to a degree, and it was fortunate for them that their defenders rose to the occasion. Everton's right and left wings were both in great form, and if Young had been able to reproduce the style of which he is capable the home side must have acquired a rear harvest of goals. As events turned out it was left to Sharp to register Everton's second goal. This he managed in characteristic fashion. The ball was sent out to the wing to Sharp, who, while on the run, narrowed into goal until he found an opening from which to shoot, and beat Clay all the way. There was no question about Everton's superiority, and at the interval the state of the game 2-0 in favour of the home team was no more than the run of the play merited. It was after the change of ends that, Bristol City were seen to any advantage. Even then the front line sadly mulled what opportunities their halfbacks created for them. Indeed, it was from the intermediates line that Scott had to look for danger, unfortunately the Everton custodian was on the alert and the game ended in a win for Everton by two goals to nil.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Although success rightly rested with Everton, the spectators were not treated to any exhilarating display of football. As a matter of fact, Bristol City were outclassed. They are a sturdy lot, but their styles fall considerably below that of Everton. they are undoubtedly a stronger in defence than in attack. Clay, of course, is a goalkeeper of neutral ability, while in Cottle, Bristol City posses a young left back of exceeding promise. Certainly his display on Saturday against Sharp and Bolton, Pretty well at the top of their form, was one of the features of the visiting side's exhibition. Wedlock, the centre half-back, was another outstanding player. Not only is he tricky, but he knows how to shoot, and one of his drives in the latter part of the game troubled Scott not a little. On the Everton side Young was unquestionably the weakest of the forwards, and late on in the second half it was aggravating to note how badly he mulled an opening worked for him in really great style by Bolton. Taylor was not as happy as usual, but Makepeace was quite himself again, with Abbott also alert and resourceful. Crelly was all-right, but Balmer, who was without doubt the most effective back on the field, overshadowed him. Scott in goal was not greatly troubled, but he never flinched when the time of trial did come. Altogether Everton had not to work very hard to obtain the maximum points.
Teams : - Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Bristol City: - Clay, goal, goal, Annan, and, Cottle, backs, Spear, Wedlock, and Hanlin, half-backs, Steinforth, Maxwell, Gilligan, Bruton, and Hilton forwards. Referee N.Whittaker.
BLACKPOOL 3 EVERTON 0
October 9, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Senior Cup First Round.
W Balmer penalty miss
Only 1,000 spectators witnessed the Lancashire Senior Cup-tie at Blackpool yesterday afternoon, in threatening weather, and the following teams, which were mixed elevens turned out: - Everton: - Scott, goal, Hill, and W.Balmer, backs, Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, G. Wilson, Jones, and Hardman, forwards. Blackpool: - Wilcox, goal, Lowe, and Scott, backs, Crewdson, Parkinson, and Clarke, half-backs, Gow, Connor, Swan, Dunkeley, and Copstake, forwards. Winning the toss, Everton chose to play with the wind behind them. Swan started, and Connor passed back to Parkinson, who gave to Crewdson, but Everton attacked, the move initiated by Balmer. Donnachie raced away and shot hard, but Lowe headed out. Copestake got away, and ended with a terrific shot against the outside of the net. Jones got away, and things looked promising, but he finished very badly. A moment later Taylor was robbed in the nick of time by Scott (Blackpool). Graham came within an ace of scoring for Everton with a low shot. The Blackpool goal had a further narrow escape, Hardman receiving from Jones, but Scott (Blackpool) charged him off the ball in the nick of time. Low gave a corner when he had plenty of time to clear, but Everton put the ball behind. The home team had the best of matters, and they scored (Connor). Just prior to the interval, Everton were awarded a penalty kick . This was entrusted to Balmer, but Wilcox effected a grand save. Half-time Blackpool one, Everton nil. In the second half the home team continued to show superiority, and having got the lead, Blackpool were evidently unanimous in their resolve to keep it. The game was restarted before nearly 3,000 spectators. Blackpool at once swarmed round the Everton goal, and increased their lead in less than five minutes through Swann, from a beautiful centre by Copstake. Everton paid a visit to the Blackpool quarters, but it was only temporarily, and after cantering back Connor slipped between Hill and Balmer and beat Scott for the third time. The Everton defence was altogether too loose. Their forwards certainly did try hard afterwards, but the wind against them, and after Taylor had steadied himself and shot a yard over the bar the locals returned to the attack. The closing stages were very uninteresting. Final; Blackpool three, Everton nil.
NOTTS COUNTY 0 EVERTON 1 (Game 557)
October 15, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
MORE POINTS FOR EVERTON.
DISSAPPOINTING GAME AT NOTTINGHAM.
Everton, defeated Notts County at Trent Bridge by a goal to nil. A victory on an opponent's ground is always welcome. As a rule it helps the average of points considerably, for a team that can win its home matches need never fear for its position in the League. The fact, however, remains that Everton have played many a better game than they did on Saturday, and yet have lost a couple of points. The victory was lucky, and paradoxical though it may appear it was no more than the team merited as far as playing superiority went. At the same time, seeing that the deciding goal only came in the last few minutes of the game, one cannot help having a feeling of sympathy with Notts County that they should have been beaten after having withstood so much pressure. But this is all in the fortune of the game. From an Everton point of view, it made amends in very agreeable fashion for the point, which they lost on the 17 th September when the County appeared at Goodison-park.
INCIDENTS PF PLAY.
Unlike Liverpool, the weather in Nottingham was delightfully fine, although at one period of the match a downpour, which did not materialise, seemed imminent. Rain, however, had fallen heavily during the week, and this had the effect of rendering the ground rather slippery. Each team had one of its stars away at the Inter-League match, but the County evidently suffered more from the loss of Craythorne, than did Everton from the absence of Sharp. But really absentees or no absentees, the game taken as a whole, was not one about which the most easily pleased individual could become enthusiastic. The first half was particularly uninteresting, and it was no more than the players on both sides deserved when a section of the crowd openly jeered at their efforts. For practically the whole of the forty-five minutes Everton monopolised the play. They were continually in the Notts half, but as far as any concerned plan of campaign was concerned –that it in regard to goalscoring –it was to use a hackneyed expression, conspicuous by its absence. Opportunities galore were presented to the Everton forwards, how some of the chances were missed, it is impossible to imagine Schoolboys could have done no worse. There was moreover, a regrettable tendency to roughness, in which Young and Mainman were the principal figures, and probably it was a wise step on the part of the referee to call all the players together to administer caution. His lecture had some effect though it by no means rendered the after stages of the match immune from shady tactics on both sides. Notts were distinctly fortunate in evading the capture if their goal during the opening half, when Everton ought easily to have made victory assured. Doubtless it was this feeling which buoyed them up in the second half, which in point of interest was far in advance of what had gone before. Each goalkeeper had some dangerous shots to negotiate G. Wilson on the one side and Dean on the other being the outstanding figures in the attack. Fortunately for Everton the referee failed to see a case of handling in the penalty area, and then, with only four minutes to go, George Wilson banged in a terrific shot which Iremonger only just managed to stop. The result was that Young had simply to touch the ball into the net. This settled the issue. It was a goal the credit of which belonged entirely to George Wilson.
GEORGE WILSON TO THE FRONT.
Coming to the players, there is little of a complimentary nature to be recorded. That Everton were the superior side is undoubted, and when they failed to produce anything like their form, what can be said of their opponents? Iremonger could not be blamed for the defeat and considering the wild kicking of the backs, the wonder is that he had not more to do. Chalmers was by no means an efficient substitute for Craythorpe, and Mainman spoiled himself by exhibitions of temper, for some of which it must be admitted he was not altogether to blame. Pope's debut in the centre forward position with Notts could not be called a success, and Dean was the most effective forward. Ellis Gee being too well looked after by Makepeace to be able to shine. Scott was well covered by Balmer and Crelly, and the middle line for the most part held the opposing quintete without great difficulty. Young was not in happy mood, indeed the forwards exhibited little combination. Donnachie improved upon his feeble exhibition in the first half, and really the only forward who did himself justice was George Wilson. His centres and shots at goal, especially in the later stages, were a marvel of accuracy, and it was only fitting that his should have been the effort which, gave the Evertonians their narrow but none the less welcome victory,
Teams: - Notts County: - Iremonger, goal, Jones and Montgomery, backs, Emberton, Mainman, and Chalmers, half-backs, Dear, Humphreys, Pope, Tarplin, and Gee, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W.Balmer, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, D. Wilson, and G. Wilson, forwards. Referee J. Mason.
SHARP PLAYS IN INTER-LEAGUE MATCH
October 15, 1906. The Liverpool
England beat the Irish League by six goals to nil. Sharp scoring from a penalty kick.
SOUTHPORT CENTRAL 2 EVERTON RESERVES 5
October 15, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 6)
After having taken part in six matches without suffering a reverse, Southport Central on Saturday sustained their first defeat. The Sandgrounders have, however, no cause for despondency for their conjuerors were a strong Everton Combination team, and the match took place at Goodison-park, where, by the way, the Blues had not previously this season lost a goal. The game during the first half was well contested. Graham opened the scoring in the first few minutes with a fine attempt, play being then suspended owing to a downpour of hail. Immediately on the game being resumed Hinks got possession, and ended a grand run half the length of the field by shooting past Sloan with a fine oblque. To the interval the game was very open, though Everton should have gained the lead, their finishing efforts being weak. On charging over Graham put Everton ahead and from this period the Centralities were a beaten team. Hinks and Taylor being the only ones to make an impression on the home defence. Jones put on two goals for Everton, and Butler one, while just no time Taylor beat Sloan. Everton thus winning by five goals to two. For the winners Sloan had not much to do, but was safe. Hill was the better back. Chadwick the pick of the three good halves. The forwards were uneven. Cooke and Graham being most prominent. Butler and Dorward though doing well in midfield, finished very poorly and Jones was not so noticeable as usual, although he scored twice. Spink and McWhan best represented Southport in defence, though Sullivant had little chances with the goals. Forward, Tinks was in a class by himself. His runs and centres were a treat, and Taylor and Agron ably supported him. It was a good match considering the conditions that prevailed . Everton: - Sloan, goal, Hill, and Stevenson, backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Graham, Cook, Jones, Dorwood, and Butler forwards. Southport Central:- Bullivant goal, Spink, and Sinclair, backs Edwards, McWhan, and Tasker half-backs, Gate, Aaron, Taylor, Gara, and Hinks forwards.
EVERTON 4 SHEFFIELD UNITED 2 (Game 558)
October 22, 1906. The Liverpool Courier
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR EVERTON.
CAPITAL GAME AT GOODISON.
One of the best expositions of football at Goodison park this season was witnessed on Saturday, when Sheffield United went under to Everton to the score of four goals to two. It was worth going a long way to watch and the spectators came away in that happy favor of mind which suggest that they had got their moneys worth. A bigger “gate” might have been expected –a circumstance which the quality of their play fully warranted. With one exception Everton were enabled to place a strong team in the field, despite the absentee of Crelly and Abbott, and in view of the tough exposition which it was found they had to meet it was well that the team was so well felled. Crelly was on the injured list, and Abbott had a severe cold. Robert Balmer made his first appearance of the season at back, while Booth appeared at right back. Makepeace securing the left half position. In their old places too, were Sharp and Hardman. The United were at full strength, being able to avail themselves of the same team which had displayed such a welcome improvement in the last three matches.
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED.
There were indications from the start that some fast and interesting play was going to be witnessed and the way goals were put on provided a spice of excitement for the spectators. The first came in about five minutes. Although Young had the credit of it, a hugh share was due to Sharp, who centre the ball so effectively, but he provided Young was a splendid centre. That player headed the ball quite out of Livesley's reach. The game began to open out very prettily, both sets of forwards displaying very creditable work, Lipsham who is still resourceful as ever, required a great deal watching, as Booth no doubt will be able to testify to. The famous winger, as a result of a fine run, placed Payton in possible, and that player equalised. Again it was a case of full steam ahead, and five minutes later saw George Wilson put his side in front with a shot from long range. This success is worthy of special note, as it was Wilson's first goal in English football. Still more excitement. Only a few minutes had elesped before Brown, the United centre, had a second goal through from a Penalty kick , which had been awarded the Blades in consequence of Booth's questionable tactics with Lipsham. From now until half-time both side's were giving of their best, although the work of the forwards in either case appeared in a greater degree that that of the backs. Some very dangerous onslaughts were made on the Everton goal, and a splendid shot from Donnelly fairly tested the capabilities of Scott. The Evertonians once again gave evidences of their scoring mood, for Young, receiving the ball from Booth's throw in, tried a cross shot from long range which beat Livesley. Thus at half-time Everton had the advantage by a goal. The rapidly with which the goals were scored will be gathered from the fact that the four points were obtained within a period of 20 minutes. Play in the second half was not as consistency good as in the first portion, and signs of disorganisation were at length unmistakable. Still there were many movements which evoked admiration, resulting. In brave attempts at scoring on both sides. The persistency of Wilson and Hardman seemed to ruffle the feelings of that clever back, Benson, whose attentions now and then were such that he came under the notice of the referee. The play brightened up in the later stages, and eventually a fourth goal came Everton way through a nice piece of play in which Wilson and Hardman were conspicuous. Wilson passed to Hardman, who placed a beautiful centre to Bolton, and the latter had no difficult in scoring.
YOUNG'S IMPROVED FORM.
Everton well deserved their win; it was secured by dint of hard work and sterling play. The forwards were on the top of their form and if this can be maintain it is bound to lead the club well in the directions of the championship, for which they appear to have designs. It was Young's day out. The fact that he had in front of him the half-back line, Wilkinson, the international, had no terrors for him, and all though his dribbling, passing, and shooting were something to admire. He never spared himself in fact. The rest of the forward line coupled his example. Sharp and Hardman played a fine game, the first named using his speed to some purpose, and in a manner, which often nonplussed Johnson, the left full back. Wilson got along very smoothly with Hardman, constituting a very effective wing. The quintette altogether proved an excellent foll to the style adopted by the United forwards, who swung the ball about with surprising freedom. The ubiquitous Lipsham, despite the harassing attentions of Booth, was of great service to his side, and indeed all the five performed well. The Everton defence, though not perfect, was safer than that of the United. R.Balmer and Booth showing up better in the second half than in the first. Needham, in particular, gave a masterly display at half-back, although of course he is rather slower than of yore, and Benson was more successful than Johnson, who was occasionally in difficulties. As already indicated, it was an interesting game to watch there being less tendency to offside play than is often the case. Teams: - Everton: - Scott goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and Hardman, forwards. Sheffield United: - Lievesley, goal, Benson, and Johnson, back, McClure, B. Wilkinson, and Needham, half-backs, Donnelly, Payton Brown, Drake, and Lipsham, forwards.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
October 20, 1906. The Liverpool Echo
At Aston Villa, before 3000 spectators. The Villa won the toss,, but Jones passing out to Butler, enabled the speedy left winger to make a good opening. Johnson however, saved and at the other end Cantrell caused Sloan some anxiety. Millington opened the Villa's account and near half-time Cantrell and Chapman added further goals. Half-time Aston Villa, 3 goals Everton nil. (No details of second half)Team: - Everton: - Sloan goal, Hill, and Stevenson backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson half-backs, Donnachie, Graham, Jones, Cook, and Butler forwards .
BOLTON WANDERERS 1 EVERTON 3 (Game 559)
October 29, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON TOO GOOD FOR BOLTON.
FINE WIN AT BURDEN PARK.
After the good form displayed by Bolton Wanderers in recent matches by which up to Saturday week they had not suffered a reverse, it came as a complete surprise that they should gave such a weak display at Burnden park against Everton. It was indeed a most disappointment exhibition, and naturally their own supporters were in the dumps. Of course, they were meeting the best team on present form, in the League, a circumstance, which demanded that their own house should be in perfect order. But, alas grievous mistakes, and at times incompetency that was almost pitiable, prevented them rising to the occasion, and they suffered disaster to the extent of three goals to one. They made one chance in the team that lost at Birmingham. Dempsey a recruit from Accrington Stanley, taking the place of Cameron at inside right. On the Everton side Harold Hardman was not available, Settle being back again in the team at inside left, whilst George Wilson operated on the extreme left. The presence of over 25,000 people at once testified to the popularity of the cup-holders in Trotterdom.
YOUNG'S DOUBLE EVENT.
The game was interesting, but mainly so on account of the brilliant work of the Evertonians, which was, maintained nearly the whole course. In the early stages Sharp's clever work was generally admired especially the way he repeatedly left Struther. For the first ten minutes or so the Wanderers could not get into their stride, and it was at the expiration of that time that Everton's first goal was registered. Bolton heading through from a well-placed corner by Wilson. It was though that this would spur the Wanderers to better work, but it did nothing of the kick, and their passing lacked judgement. Stokes, however, was a notable exception, and he put in some very useful work at this juncture. A splendid centre from him looked very dangerous, especially when W. Balmer had not counted upon, the rapid approach of Shepherd, and it was as much as the Everton back could do to kick into touch in time. The Bolton men were now playing with more dash, although they lacked the perfect cohesion that was necessary whereas the visitors were combining to very good purpose. Then the surprise of the day came, and the dismay of the Bolton crowd was unmistakable. Two more goals fell to the Goodison brigade in the short space of four minutes. Both were credited to Young, the first bring a fine screw shot from the centre by Sharp, and the other the rest of a mistake between the Bolton goalkeeper and Struthers. Young having nothing to do than just to touch the ball through. The Blues had all their own way up to the interval. The Wanderers, it is only fair to state, were handicapped in the early stages of the second half, by losing Struthers, who had been injured, but he reappeared later, not as full back, however, but as a forward. The lameness troubled him up to the finish. In the second half there was an improvement in the Bolton defence, but although the visitors did not increase their score, they easily managed to hold their own. Shepherd was responsible for Bolton's solitary goal, he taking advantage of White's pass.
EVERTON'S GOOD POINTS.
Everton gave one of these stimulating exhibitions, which have been associationed with their play in recent matches, there being another taste of the form, which conquered Sheffield United. There was not a weak spot in the team. There was perhaps, a little falling off in dash for some minutes in the second half, but there was never any thing seriously to fear from the Bolton men. There was fine combination spirited attacks, and sound judgement, while their quickness of the ball exciled admiration, Sharp and Bolton were perhaps the most aggressive wing. The cricketer brought off some of his old-time runs, his encounters with Struthers always ensuing in the discomfiture of the players, who altogether had a worrying time of it. He was no match for Sharp. Bolton played a great game –he was in his element. He passed and repassed with marvellous accuracy, forming with Sharp an ideal wing. Settle and Wilson on the left never tired, the first-named being as fresh as a daisy after his period of enforced idleness due to a broken finger. Young though not quite as illuminating as the previous week, nevertheless did very valuable work, the only thing that marred his play being his treatment of Clifford once when the latter was on the ground. The defence was so uniformly sound that it is needless to particularise.
WHERE BOLTON FAILED.
It was undoubtedly weak defence that lost Bolton the match, coupled, of course, with an course, with an inability to serve opportunities on the part of the forwards. The latter are on the small side, which placed them at a discount on Saturday. Stokes played a determined game, and given a better partner than Dempsey he no doubt would have turned things to better account for his side. He has plenty of resource, and uses his brains. Shepherd, at centre, was the only forward to put any real sting into his play, but his efforts were not seconded. One at least of the goals against the home eleven ought never to have been scored. Davies and Struthers, blundering badly, Clifford played the best game at half-back while White who was transferred to centre in the second portion, preformed pluckily.
Teams : - Bolton Wanderers: - Davies, goal, Baverstock, and Struthers, backs Gaskell, Clifford, and Boyd half-backs, Stokes, Dempsey, Shepherd, White, and McEwan forwards. Everton: - Scott goal, W.Balmer, and R.Balmer, backs Booth, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott, half-backs, Sharp Bolton, Young, Settle and G. Wilson, forwards. Referee A.Green.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BOLTON RESERVES 0
October 29, 1906. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination (Game 7).
For the third week in succession, an undefeated team visited this city on Saturday, and like its predecessors its record, suffered. Everton had administered the initial defeat sustained by Southport Central. On Saturday Bolton Wasnderers came to Goodison-park with an unsullied record, but they had this broken, as Everton proved, their superiority by two goals to nil. The opening portion of the game was in all in favour of the Blues, but Broomfield was in capital form, and would repelled many dangerous efforts. After a half hearted attack by the Wanderers, Jones, when near the half-way line, received from Graham, and' running clean though, he made no mistake, the custodian coming out but failing to stop the Prescot lads progress have for one or two bride attacks, the Blues were all over the Trotters this half, but Broomfield was unbeatable, and Everton only led 1-0 at the interval. Shortly after resuming, Stanley left the field for a few minutes, and Bolton were awarded a penalty kick, Joe took it, but Sloan affected a great save. Then Everton took the game in hand up to the finish, and after innumerable attempts to beat Broomfield had failed, Jones was at length successful. Everton were much the better team, and the wonder is that the Wanderers had previously accept defeat. For the winners Sloan in goal was very safe. Hill was the better of the two fine backs. Chadwick was conspicuous among the halves. Cook, Jones and Graham were the best of a good forward line. Broomfield, who kept goal brilliantly, best represented the Trotters. Key at back, and Freebairn at half. The forwards were but moderate. Everton: - Sloan Hill, and Stevenson backs, Black, Chadwick, and Donaldson, half-backs, Thomas Graham, Jones, Cook, and Butler forwards .