EVERTON 1 BURNLEY 4
October 1 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Senior Cup, Round Two
After several years absence, the Burnley team renewed with Goodison park, were their opposed the Everton team in the Lancashire Cup competition. The weather was dull, 3,000 spectators were present. Teams: - Everton: - Sloan, goal, McConnachie, and Crelly, backs, Makepeace, Booth, and Abbott, half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton Young Settle, (Captain), and Winterhalmer, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson goal, Barron, and Barron, backs Cretney, MacFarlane, and Wolstenholmes half-backs, Valentine Whitaker, Ogden, and A. Smith, forwards, Settle, the acting captain, won the toss, and the visitors were to face the wind. R. Smith set the ball in motion for the Second Leaguers, who early pressed, Crelly clearing. When Everton retaliated, Bolton got offside and another incursion by the visitors followed, and R. Smith scored with a good shot. This unexpected success for the visitors had the effect of showing Everton that they had no easy task, and they put on pressure, to some purpose. Dawson saving from Young, and Winterhalmer. McFarlane was the means of putting his side on the attack again, and Whittaker tried his luck from long range, but the ball went wide. Young and Settle between then took the ball close to Dawson, only for the centre to get offside. Then Burnley attack, and McConnachie had to concede a corner, the visiting forwards swinging the ball about in fine style, and the home defenders always being kept on the alert. The corner was badly utilised, but Burnley came again, and Makepeace cleared after both the home backs and backs beaten. A clever bit of play by Settle led to a strong Everton attack, and following good passing Makepeace shot in, Dawson turning the ball against the crossbar. It re-bounded, and a couple of shots were charged down before Bolton missed a ridiculously easy chance. After Whittaker had sent in a little wide with a fine shot from long range, Young had a great attempt saved by Dawson, who after just managing to stop the ball effectially cleared before the Everton forwards could reach him. Winerhalmer then sent weakly outside and Burnley attacked again, Ogden sending outside from Valentine's centre. Everton at length wakened up, and from Donnachie centre, Dawson saved finely from Settle. Burnley, however, replied with a brilliant goal. The ball was taken up from the half-way line by clever passing, and Sloan saved splendidly from Valentine. He could not get the ball away, however, and, finally Whittaker gave Sloan no chance with a hard drive. Everton showed some improvement, and once Young was fouled inches outside the penalty area, Dawson clearing. The visitors, however, held an advantage, their dash upsetting Everton's attempts at science, and Sloan only saved with difficulty a grand shot from Whittaker. A free kick to Everton led to Abbott banging the ball just over the crossbar at a great rate, and Burnley retaliated, Valentine sending across goal and outside. The home forwards could do nothing right, whereas the visitors went for goal without hesitation and never lost a chance of shooting. It must be said that the visitors deserved their lead. Half-time Everton nil, Burnley two.
On resuming Everton pressed, Dawson saving timely from Settle, and Winterhalmer. Settle at last sent high over the bar, and from a goal kick, Burnley attacked. Whittaker scoring a fine goal. When Bolton put the ball past Dawson after the whistle had gone for offside there were ironical cheers from the spectators. Later R. Smith, beat opponents after opponent in a grand run, and looked all over a scorer, when McConnachie robbed him. Burnley, however, got a corner, which was cleared. From a corner to Everton, a desperate rush was made on the visitors' goal, but finally Winterhalmer sent behind. Crelly was hurt in a raid, on the home goal, but was able to resume, and Dawson saved a fine shot from Booth. Burnley followed with a corner, and only a fine save by Sloan prevented A. Smith from scoring another goal. Booth made the score 3-1 by beating Dawson from a corner, and Everton for a time showed as though they were trying. But they failed to overcome the sturdy defence of the visitors. Dawson made a few good saves, but Winterhalmer was several times at fault with his shooting. Another good run by the Burnley forwards resulted in yet another goal. A. Smith doing the trick with a fine cross shot. Afterwards Young retired and Burnley ran out easy winners. Final Everton 1, Burnley 4. The visitors well deserved their success, for in every department they were superior to the Everton men who, however, did not over exert themselves. Burnley possess a team that plays fine football and they have a set of forwards who lose no time in making for goal, and who proved themselves rare good shots. The combination that led up to the second goal was brilliant, and even such a half-back line as Everton had out was not capable of checking the Second Leaguers progress. The winners also possess a capable lot of defenders. Dawson proving himself a very safe goalkeeper, while MaCfarlane at centre-half gave Young no chance of distinguishing himself, and Wolstenholmes, who founderly had a trial with Everton looked after the home right wing. Of the Everton team, only Makepeace and McConnachie did anything worthy of comment. Sloan had no chance with the shots that were scored.
SUMMING UP THE EVERTON SITUATION
October 5, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
What of October. September for Everton was fair to middling. The second month should show an improvement, and if Everton are opportunists they will take two points at the first time of asking from their Bristol City visitors. The personnel of the City team which will probably turn out in the following order, is interesting; Clay; Annan and Cottie; Marr, Wedlock and Hanlin; Bennett, Mazwell, Gilligan, Burton, and Hilton. Some of the names are very familiar to us and the team's manager Harry Thickett, is remembered for two pointed feature –first his experience in the English Cup final when he had some hundreds of yards of bandage round his body and secondly, his sterling work for Sheffield United at back. One is glad to see Thickett stamp of footballer succeeding after playing days are over. Tom to jump from old-time football to a later day. Hanlin is the half back who left Everton about a year ago. He lacks weight, has splendid speed and has trained on into a really good half back to the delight of his uncle, Jock Elliott. Hanlin has been described in each week a bulletin as the best of the half back line. To revert again to the old school, we find Annan the discarded Sheffield United and Sunderland back, and another sharp blade in Bennett, who has the former Stoke, Sunderland and Plymouth player, Maxwell as his partner. When one recalls the Stoke team with four amateurs included of some seven or eight years ago, the figure of Maxwell comes vividly before one's vision. How he did shoot. Half backs were told off to specially keep both eyes and feet on this slippery Scotchman. He has within the last two years cine to the fore again with the Citizens and in the Second Division matches last season he scored with machine like regularly “I believe he scored in ten successive matches. This season he netted against Stoke, Blackburn, and twice against Sunderland. Not bad business for a supposed veteran, and Wedlock the centre half is a little wonder, I am told, and his maneuvers are reminiscent of Johnny Holt. Then there is young Cottle a Bristol lad, who from the day of his first trial with the seniors has not looked back; while the left wing are clever and pemoned. The city are a heavy-built team and though the members realize that they cannot avoid defeat for every away from home they are anxious to put the gold edging on the pretty picture they have been painting since September 1, 1905, by the honour of avoiding defeat at the hands of the Cupholders. “So mote it be,” one would rejoin, but it cannot be ignored that Everton must win at home and begin to trounce the leaders. Bristol are an engaging side, and are drawing the people to the grounds which they visit and there is sure to be a big crowd at Goodison to welcome them.
EVERTON V. BRISTOL CITY
October 6, 1906. The Liverpool Echo
League Division 1
Bolton Scorers in The First Few Minutes
Sharp Followings Suit
Sharp's Grand Goal
Bristol's Record Wiped
Blues Perform Well
Bristol City, who were visitors to the Goodison Park enclosure were beaten two seasons ago by the Anfield eleven but since then they have established a somewhat remarkable record in away engagements. Everton supporters were speculating today as to the likelihood of the Blues securing two points in the face of the visitors excellent work. When in the lower circle Bristol were always well in the front rank, now they have risen to the highest class of football they are evidently inblued with the intention of demonstrating to all and sundry their right to such an elevation. The visitors received a remarkably hearty reception, and the elevens were composed as follows;- Bristol Clay, goal; Annah and Cottle, backs; Spear, Wedlock, and Harlin, half-backs; Steinoforth, Maxwell, Gilligan, Burton, and Hilton, forwards. Everton; Scott, goal; W. Balmer and Crelly, backs; Makepeace, Taylor (captain)and Abbott, half-backs; Sharp, Bolton, Young, G. Wilson, and H. Hardman, forwards. There would not be quite 20,000 spectators present when Mr. N. Whittaker set the men in motion. The test for choice of position went against the Western man, which compelled them to face a stiff wind. After Gilligan had started Everton at once took up an aggressive attitude principally y dangerous the right, the first raid being checked by Cottle. The visitors ten fed their right wing, where the ball went out. Soon after the throw-in Young passed out to his right and when Sharp had had a turn Bolton dashed in and scored the first goal ere the game was a minute old Wing-to-wing play on the part of the home players kept the game in Bristol quarters but some minutes elapsed before the Evertonians made their way to within shooting distance. This object attained Wilson at once endeavoured to emulate Bolton but without success, and the next moment Clay was busy fisting away a further shot from one of the attacking party. A free kick to the visitors led up to a very dangerous incursion and the visitors were most unlucky not to equalized. Abbott failed to check, and Steinforth took the ball to the corner flag and centred prettily. Scott rushed out and cleared insufficiently, and before he could recover the Bristol front closed in, and Scot was most lucky to escape defeat as the Bristol forwards were putting in shots at the closest range. Ultimately the ball was gradually worked away by the Blues who signalized their escape by a menacing visit to their opponents end, and they attacked with Great Spirit from both wings, but though Sharp, Young and Bolton all essayed shots. City marvelously saved his charge. The Bristol right forced a corner but this gave the home defence no trouble and sharp was soon dashing away. Clay dealing with his final effort. Wilson then shot by the side of goal and a return move by Bristol ended in Wedlock shooting wide. The Everton left wing were checked in their endeavour to pierce the Bristol defence and the ball went back to Taylor, who fed Sharp the right winger shooting over the crossbar. A free kick against the Bristol left was taken by Makepeace and the ball went to Hardman who shot wide. A nice pass from Makepeace to Bolton gave Young a chance but his centre missed his him. This was followed by penetrating work on the part of the Everton left but the line on this occasion was never dangerous and finally Cottle transferred to centre Crelly checked an advance by Hanlin, but the Bristol left was busy again very soon only, however to find Balmer an insuperable obstacle. Wilson made play for his partner but the amateur failed to pass Spear, and once again the Bristol left essayed to beat Balmer, only to find the Blues too good, Wilson next put the ball across and Bolton tried a header only to find the leather travel to Jock Taylor who an effort to find Clay, but the ball cannoned on to Cottle, who was playing a rather good defence. The home attacked was continued but there was sufficient breeze to make passes uncertain. Young had excruciating luck when he scored a beautiful goal just as the referee sounded his whistle for some informality; but soon after the kick front goal Wilson showed some tricky work and gave the ball to Hardman who raced along and put in his centre, but the Bristol defence was strong, and the Evertonians failed to penetrate it, Hardman shooting behind. Hardman again centred but this time badly, and then he and Young headed a lively attack but both fell. Young recovered and shot, but without success. Taylor then worked the ball to Sharp who rounded. Cottle in beautiful style, and wound up with a brilliant shot, which gave Clay no chance at all, the second goal being the result of half an hour's play Sharp being heartily applauded for his effort. Immediately after restarting the Blues took up the attack, and Young was favourably placed when the whistle went, it looked as if the centre was not to get a chance of scoring though he was obviously anxious to increase his record. A free kick by Crelly availed the Blues nothing and Scott ran out much too far to meet the fancied danger from the Bristol right. A pretty move came next from Hardman, Young, and Sharp, but through the cricketer had an excellent chance his centre proved faulty. Once more did the Westerners essay an advance but there combination was not subtle enough for such adopts at tackling as Makepeace, Balmer, and Crelly and so the visitors efforts were in the main abortive. Half-time; Everton 2 goals, Bristol City nil.
Makepeace enabled his rightwing to attack and Sharp succeeded in forcing a corner off Battle. The Blues did their best at heading the ball, but finally Hanlin cleared the Blues out, and his men obtained a footing in Everton territory until Makepeace and Taylor eased the pressure. But a free kick gave the Westerners another chance, but Balmer neutralized, however, with a hugh kick . Bolton next sent across to Makepeace who failed to trap the leather which went out, and from the throw in Stainforth obtained and put the leather across Scott's citadel. The wind assisted the visitors now, as it had Everton and the Bristol men had their share of attacking. Wedlock sent the to Hilton who darted away and shot, and Hanlin followed suit, but neither effort troubled Scott. Balmer covered Scott in workmanlike style and on one occasion kept out a troublesome shot from Gillighan. After further futile efforts on the part of the visitors, the Everton men made a futile attack, the ball going from Makepeace to Young and through Sharp and Bolton to Hardman whose final effort went astray. The Everton left came again and Wilson tried a long shot which was not far off the mark. Aggressive work by the Bristol forwards flurried the home defence but when Stainforth was left with a grand opening he shot wildly and missed. Hilton made a capital –sprint along his wing but when dangerous he was cleverly attacked y Makepeace who soon dispossessed him. The Bristol men struck to their ground with great tenacity and the Everton defence was fully tested to meet the demand made on it. Finally Gillingham made a rather feeable attempt to beat Scott. After this the Blues became aggressive. An attack was headed by Sharp and Bolton, and the ball coming across to Abbott he put in a characteristic shot which was a little wide but had Clay beaten all the way. The Bristol custodian was evidently unaware of Abbott's partially for making a shot at a venture. After this the City took up the attack and Gillingham was prominent until sandwiched but the effort wound up with a brilliant shot by Burton. All efforts on the part of the Bristol forwards having failed, Settle tried a shot from half way but this, like many more, went wide. Everton again broke away and gained a corner. The wind carried the ball out, but on being returned by Balmer offside was given against Bolton. A rather fine note was then made by Hilton and Bolton and a corner was forced off Makepeace the ball being put behind. Just afterwards the visitors made desperate efforts in front of the Everton goal, and had the benefit of a free kick just on the penalty line from which Hamlin placed the ball over the bar. A fine attack then came from the Evertonians during which Young, Wilson, Bolton and Sharp worked manfully but Young failed with a header. The ball then went to Wilson, who made a terrific drive and toppled the crossbar. Bristol did everything but score, and the home defence was hard pressed. Final; Everton 2 goals; Bristol City nil.
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 07 October 1907
A most surprising game! Nay, good sirs, the forty-second match between Everton and Liverpool was amazing, astounding, and stupefying to the adherents of Everton. Truly they assisted at a black watch. Not a man among them had anticipated, I’ll warrant, a victory for Liverpool –and much less by such a score as 4-2. Not since January, 1889, had Liverpool won a League match at Goodison Park, and never does history record that Liverpool have had the audacity to score four goals-four, mark you –on those pastures at Walton. The phrase may sound familiar but in very truth it was a red letter day for the cohorts from Anfield. So rarely have Everton had to lower their colours to their neighbours that they can afford to be generous and congratulate their friends the enemy. The game was worthy of keen rivals and sportsmen who can take the buffetings of foeman with equanimity.
In The Balance at the Interval
Two Saturdays in succession have I seen six goals registered in League strife. In the first half the scoring was equal, but, as I viewed the struggle, there was just a suspicious of luck about each goal-for both were, the sequels of infringements. The football had been of high quality, and if Everton compelled their adversaries to act on the defensive at the outset, Liverpool at last gained the upper hand-especially when Robert Balmer opened the door for Robinson and Joseph Hewitt coruscated with a rocket shot that appeared certain to begin the scoring. But with a cat-like spring and his right arm fully extended, Scott scooped the ball up and out, when it seemed like laying the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral to a pin’s head on a goal. How did he do it? He must receive a large salary. Directly after a free kick was given against Raisebeck in midfield. William Balmer urged the ball right to goal, with Young and Settle following up in hot pursuit. Hardy, had one eye on Young and the other on the ball, which rebounded from the post so conveniently that James Settle steered it into the net, as any schoolboy could have done. Everton tried to increase their advantage, Sharp and Young being the most prominent. Sharp made one thrilling oblique drive along the ground, but there was too much screw on the ball. At the other extremity Goddard, who was rivalling Sharp, pit in centre, which Joseph Hewitt headed over the crossbar. Still, his Hewitt headed over the crossbar. Still, his intention was strictly honourable, though his forehead was too resilient-else the ball was. Indeed, this Chester centre, Hewitt his namesake from the North-east Charles Hewitt, and the wingmen were very earnest in endeavor. Trying to make the most of a long pass, Charles Hewitt met William Balmer just outside the penalty zone. He fell several yards inside the dreaded area, but Tom Kirkham, of the suave but sincere voice, directed a free kick outside the line. The lint-locked laddie from Scottis, Raisebeck, drove that ball swift and low between many legs into the net, and the record was level at the end of 38 minutes. There is nothing like a ground shot to baffle opponents. Sharp tried another of his telling oblique drives- but he was so near and yet so far.
Liverpool’s Long-Cherished Desire
Thus the teams reversed with an equal chance of success. In the second half the football was not quite so scientific as before, because the Everton forwards declined in power for want of unison and for lack of discretion as to when to centre and when too shoot. Sharp was trying to prove himself a master of ornamental dribbling against saul. At times he succeeded, and once he centred right across the mouth of goal. The ball went on the ground almost from corner flag to corner flag-parellel with the touch line and a yard from it. Young endeavoured desperately to turn the ball at a tangent when within a yard of Hardy, but there was too much pace on the centre. The issue was sternly contested, and Robinson made a superb drive, which Scott sprang at with his right hand, and cut out at the expense of a corner kick, which produced a similar concession when Cox netted, but he had obviously handled before he shot. Still, a legitimate goal accrued to Liverpool, for Charles Hewitt, taking the ball from the right made an excellent shot, which gave his club the lead at the end of twelve minutes. Everton rallied, and after West had compelled his own goalkeeper to field a very awkward miskick Sharp again led the van, and after doubling back made some left-footed centres. Hardman could not reach one of these, but at last the outside left so hustled Chorlton that he conceded a corner by kicking hard over his own line. Hardman placed the ball quite on the 18-yards line, where Makepeace, with a fine soaring shot into the net, again made the scores equal when 23 minutes had gone. But in the remainder of the play only the “Reds” were seen to the fore. Sharp’s maneuvering was rather too fanciful, and not nearly so telling as the way the Annfielders made straight for the goal. There was a free kick against Makepeace, and the ball being dropped in the proper place, Joseph Hewitt cleverly headed into the net, with sixteen minutes to play. The football deteriorated all round, because Liverpool, knowing the value of time, frittered away every second that they could, while the Everton attack was disjointed-the wing men trying to shoot at goal when they should have centred. Within four minutes of the close a mistake by William Balmer emphasized the situation, as he simply put the ball at the feet of Cox, who made a 25-yards drive. Possibly Scott thought that the effort was wide, but rebounding from the post the shot abruptly turned into the net and all was over.
The Backbone of Everton
Despite these four goals Scott was brilliant on many an occasion, but the lion of the day in defence was William Balmer. I often think that a happy beginning encourages even an experienced player. William Balmer showed splendid judgement, precision, and power at the commencement. Nor did he ever falter or fail, despite the fact that he was indirectly responsible for the loss of two goals. We should take a man’s play as a whole, and see if the good points overbalance the faults. Balmer kicked a grand length with either foot. His lunges with the left were always true. His head made him as useful as another man. I do not remember his ever playing a cleverer or more consistent game. Bother “Robert” was serviceable. Of the half-backs Makepeace was the outstanding figure by reason of his pace and deft touches. He is an artist and stood alone, for Taylor was not the sturdy son of the rock we know. Dalliance and indecision often marred his game. Nor did he ply the forwards-especially the wing men- as he can do with such effect to set the whole team in motion. Abbott did not appear in his happiest vein against such a fleet-footed man as Goddard. To my thinking Sharp was the forward of the day, but he succumbed to the temptation for sheer trickery against Saul. Nevertheless his mazy footcraft was bothersome, but no one turned his efforts to the least profit. Despite some mistakes and considerable mis-fortune Young was the next most effective man in the vanguard, for Bolton was stereotyped, lacking in resource, and apt to throw his legs about. He was, however, severely cut on the shin, and the injury may have handicapped him. Settle and Hardman, judged as internationals, hardly ever rose above mediocrity. Indeed, Scott, W. Balmer, Malkepeace, Sharp and Young were really the backbone of Everton.
Why The Anfielders Excelled.
As a team Liverpool were a stronger collective force, and apparently in more than earnest. Hardy’s goalkeeping was in the same plane as that of Scott. Neither Saul or West rose above the commonplace, but the Gainsborough man tackled robustly and maintained a fine length. Possibly he was kicked. As a despoiler Raisebeck rendered yeoman service to his side. He captured his forces with discretion, but I do not think that he has the vim and versatility of two years ago. Bradley and Robinson worked hard, and the three considerably a stronger line than Everton had in there intermediate division. Despite the fact that Robinson received a nasty injury to his left leg, and that Goddard was manifestly limping, the right wing was a force. Godard is still a pretty and speedy player, but Robinson has too great an appetite for work. He is apt to wander and hamper some of his comrades. Both Hewitts are marksmen –and the more I see of Joseph Hewitt the more I am convinced that he ought never to be removed from the centre. He plies his wings, obtains position for the return, and shoots and heads with directness. I like the play. Cox was not much more to the fore than Hardman. These Blackpool international men sparkle intermittently, and then we are duly grateful. “Twas a gallant flight, and Liverpool won because they were the more persevering, the better balanced, and far more deadly near goal. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W), Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman. Liverpool; Hardy; West, Saul; Chorlton, Raiebeck, Bradley; Goddard, Robinson, Hewitt (J), Hewitt (C.), and Cox. Referee; Mr. T. Kirkham, Burslem.
EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 4
October 7, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
LIVERPOOL'S SENSATIONAL VICTORY.
Liverpool's success on Saturday was one of the sweetest, which has come they way for a long time past. Since the season 1898-99, when they triumphed both at Anfield-road and Goodison-park, they have never had the satisfaction, even though they have been champions, of boasting of a League victory over the neighbours. Thus their heart's desire has not come to them out of turn. It has been a dreary wait –even an English Cup-triumph in the interval did not make amends –but now that the long-looked for win has arrived there is naturally jubilation in the Liverpool camp. Well, Evertoninas need not begrudge them the enjoyment of honours, which have been denied them for so many seasons. They have been practically surfeited with opportunities of rejoicing over the downfall of the Reds –that is in matches with the Blues. Fortunately the feeling between the two clubs is such that each wishes the other well, except when Everton and Liverpool form the contending forces. Then it is that the true spirits of local rivalry is exhibited or rather should be. Saturday's encounter, though it upset calculations to form in rude fashion, was fought out pleasantly enough, butt still with a vigour and determination that appealed to the sporting instincts of the great crowd. Liverpool won by four goals to two, on the day's play they deserved the honours, and the gratifying feature is that the 40,000 and more people who witnessed the match recognised the merit of the victors, while they were not a whit behind in appreciation of the galliant efforts of the losers.
GOAL EACH AT HALF-TIME.
While Everton were in the satisfactory position on being able to place their's strongest combination in the field there were eleventh hour change in the ranks of their opponents. This was due to the uncertainty as to whether Macpherson's injured leg would staud the strain of a strenuous game. Anyhow it was decided not to run any risks, the consequence being that Chorlton was brought in at right-half. Robinson partnering Goddard, and C. Hewitt crossing over to the inside left position. Although the weather was misty, the conditions were favourable for a fine exposition of the game, and the winning of the toss was a matter of indifference to either side. J. Hewitt started operations amid subdued excitement, and the early stages placed the supporters of the Blues on good terms with themselves. Their attack soon got to work, and there was a smartness, and method about their movements which was suggestive of success. The Liverpool defenders, however, were on their best form, Saul in particular being conspicuous. By degrees the visiting forwards found their feet so to speak, and from their first real attack Cox had a chance of opening the score. It was following a free kick that Everton managed to draw first blood, Settle placing the ball against the upright and into the net while Hardy was watching Young. Everton for some time exhibited clever football than their opponents, though the dashing tactics of the latter boded danger. At last Liverpool equalised, the goal coming, as in the case of Everton, from a free kick. This time W. Balmer was penalised for fouling C. Hewitt just outside the penalty line, Raisebeck took the kick, and probably no one was more surprised –certainly no one was more gratified –than the Liverpool captain himself, when he saw the ball pass through a perfect forest of legs into the net. The interval arrived with the sides on an equality. Everton had shown the better footwork, but if anything Liverpool had more real chances of scoring.
THRILLING SECOND HALF.
If there was little enthuse over in the opening half, the second forty-five minutes produced sufficient excitement to satisfy the most expectant spectator. Moreover, it was worked up by progressive gradations, as they say in the political arena. When Robinson was led off the field after a mix-up between Taylor, W. Balmer and himself the outlook was not too promising for Liverpool. Fortunately Robinson's absentence was only of brief duration, and singularly enough, with his return the Reds were more aggressive than at any stage of the proceedings. They made the pace of exceedingly warm, and it was no more than their incisive attacks deserved when C. Hewitt completely blaffed Scott. But this was only the beginning of the excitement. Following a corner, Makepeace was unmarked, and he crashed the ball into the netting quite out of Hardy's reach. At this period Everton were going great guns, and it seemed as if their famous closing spurts would enable them to snatch the victory. However, Liverpool were by no means content to take it lying down, and coming again in great style, J. Hewitt put them ahead, while a chance shot by Cox, later on gilded off the post into the net and completed the Blues discomfiture.
Considering the local feelings, which naturally enters into such a contest, the game was conducted in friendly spirit and at a tremendous pace, particularly in the second half. Liverpool triumphed by reason of the invigorating dash of their forwards, and the promptitude with which they seized upon every chance of a shot at goal. The Everton vanguard gave us some pretty movements, but the opposing defenders rarely allowed them to settle down into their proper stride. There was an outstanding player on each side –Saul for Liverpool and Makepeace for Everton. The former played a grand game at back, and it was delightful a grand game at back, and it was delightful to watch the tussle3 which occurred between him and Sharp. Without attempting to race the speedy wing man. Saul yet gave him no liberty. Of course, Sharp had many a good look in, but it is long since he has met a left back so resourceful as Saul, proved on Saturday. Makepeace gave one of his most brilliant displays. Indeed, he quite over shadowed Taylor and Abbott. W. Balmer was the better of the Everton backs, though R. Balmer on one side, and West on the other did much useful work. Raisebeck had clever colleagues in Chorlton and Bradley, while there was no conspicuous player in the Everton quintette, Liverpool front line was best served by the wingers, though the centre and two inside men got through a tremendous amount of work. Scott was beaten four times, but he could not be blamed for the defeat, while Hardy was very reliable, one of his saves in the last few minutes of the game being really marvellous. By the way, the official estimate of the attendance was 40,000, the gate receipts being £1,160.
Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goals, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Taylor (Captain), and Abbott half-backs, Sharp, Bolton Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Liverpool: - Hardy, goal, West, and Saul, backs, Chorlton, Raisebeck (Captain), and Bradley, half-backs, Goodard, Robinson J. Hewitt, C. Hewitt, and Cox, forwards. Referee Fred Kirkham.
MODERATE GAME AT GOODISON WHERE CITY LOST RECORD
October 8, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Everywhere but at Goodison Park here appeared to have been a good game presented to the football followers. At Goodison things were flat –and had it not been for a few individuals. Two splendid goals even if Clay was at fault with hat from Sharp's foot – and them the ballooning. The game at Walton had few features. First and foremost it was to the credit of the Blues, who broke down the barrier which Bristol City have for so long a period held intact when posting as the visiting team. It is a grand and glorious performance to put up and the Citizers are to be praised for it almost equally Everton deserve encomium for succeeding where twenty-one others had failed. True City did not live up to their reputation; neither did Everton, unless it was living up to their characteristic nonchalance when engaged with what they imagine to be try Clay's charge was pierced in two minutes. Four men had a hand in it, and the culminatation was a ground shot which struck the inside of the foot of the post. Hardman originated it, George Wilson swung the ball right over to Sharp, who in trying to trap it carried it forward to Bolton, and the deed was done without a moment's hesitation. It was very shortly afterwards that Jack Sharp in inimitable style, went through and scored, but I thought Clay was at fault. Goals coming apace all was well; but having formed a lead, the Blues imagined vain things and were under impression that Bristol were nonentities. Simultaneous with Everton slackness came the Bristol bursts and as the latter have an usually big set of forwards they worried the home defence till they kicked anywhere and generally weakly. Fortunately in the second “45” Scott who had early shown symptoms of injudicious play by leaving his goal unguarded. Pulled himself together and brought off two saves the equal of which would be hard to find. They came from the feet of Hanlin and Wedlock and were if the swerving head high kind. Scott caught them when with the ball of a Tyldesley on the boundary line. When the Everton centre forward lapses into weak pivot work, it is only natural that the attacking line should go astray. The left wing and right wing, particularly the latter pair were in smart form. It availed nothing because Young did not hamper the backs, did not boot with force, and showed little resource. Mind you I give Wedlock credit for being a grand half-back. He is so small of stature that his ingenuity a remarkable. More than once we saw him take the ball from the centre's foot, and he was behind Young. Bristol City gave a business like team. There is height among the forwards as well as balance. The halves are full of spirit and determination and a delightful exhibition at back nothing better could have been wished for then Cottle. I considered him the most prominent man on the field. Maxwell's bulk deters him from doing great things and Abbott saw to it that he did not get in a shot. Burton in a tricky inside left and was the best of the quintet on Saturday. There was an enormous amount of ball booting and all the defenders were at fault in turn. These punts which led to throws in are irritating to the onlookers and the incessant calling upon the halves upon the touch line was one of the potent reasons why the game was not attractive.
October 7, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
The “Bes” has been gagged and robbed of all his teeth. He has been going through the Limericks and yesterday started the accounts for the best teams in England competition. In addition there is a correspondent who is barly on the Press path in an endeavour to solve the Everton forward line problem. There also additional problems this week in the constitution of the division of the team. Sharp will be engaged in the inter-League match and his usual deputy Donanchie was injured in the Lancashire Senior Cup at Blackpool yesterday. Settle was again present at the match on Saturday and he seemed to have completely recovered from the injured finger. If he resumes on Saturday or a fortnight hence, there will be a selection puzzle for the directors. This is how Swinnerton would solve the matter:-
I have watched the fine display given by G. Wilson in a new position –viz inside leg –against Liverpool and Bristol City. I wish to suggest that when Settle is able to resume his place G Wilson to be tried at centre forward, thus making the line read; Sharp, Bolton, G. Wilson, Settle, Hardman. I am sure the experiement is worth trying and no doubt it may prove t be as fine a forward line as there is in the country. Everton were beaten at Blackpool chiefly because they were quite handicapped by the conditions. The ground at Blackpool is very uneven and narrow. The consequence was that the visitors were unable to get into the game through being cramped. Blackpool for the other hand, played full steam ahead, and won comfortably. The Goodison men were without Sharp, Bolton, Young and Crelly who would have made all the difference in the world. The only goal of the first half was scored by Blackpool but they should not have been allowed to hold the lead when the interval arrived because Everton were awarded a penalty, which Balmer took –and missed for at any rate missed scoring, Wilcox saving in clever fashion. Everton tried to make up the leeway in fact, they started vigorously. Hardman tried several shots, but the Blackpool halves somehow always seemed to hold the forwards in check. Blackpool added two more goals, really on account of persistent tactics. Everton were without the services of Donnnachie for a part of the second half. He wrenched his knee and is now under the doctor but it is expected he will be all right for Saturday.
EVERTON AT NOTTINGHAM
October 12, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
Everton at Nottingham and short of Sharp, Settle is not quite fit, and Wilson will of course, take his position as hitherto, I have received several letters with regard to the claims and probable strengthening of the forward line with G. Wilson in the centre. One or two correspondents have assumed highly indignant attitude that any one should suggest Young being dropped. As the team has already appeared in these columns. I do not think it necessary to publish it. The County lost the first match last week and there is no reason to suppose that Everton will, not bag a couple at their expense tomorrow.
SHEFFIELD UNITED RECOVERING.
Athletic News - Monday 13 October 1913
Sheffield United 4, Everton 1
SHEFFFIELD UNITED have made a splendid recovery from a woefully bad beginning of their League campaign. The point extracted from the otherwise all-conquering Blackburn Rovers was the beginning of their uprising, and then came the superb success at Sunderland. Bramall-lane saw the United again in happy mood on Saturday, and 20,000 people watched them gain their first home victory of the season. But a mournful note tempered the rejoicing over a brilliant victory. Mr. Charles Stokes, chairman of the United football club ever since its formation, was not there to see Everton beaten by 4 goals to1. His ashes had been laid to rest in the “cold, cold” ground ere the match began, and the United players wore black armlets in respect to the memory of one of the best and happiest sportsmen Sheffield has ever seen. Naturally, with their men all fit and well, the Bramall-lane club put into the field the same eleven who had conquered the champions on Wearside, but Everton suffered in attacking force by the absence of Fleetwood, who had not recovered from his injuries. In the first half of the game the teams were fairly well matched, but the United had just a little extra power in finishing, and this finding exposition in a well-got goal, they led at the interval 1 to 0. Thirteen minutes from the start Bagnall, the new right-winger, who last season assisted Chesterfield, got going on his wing. There was a moan from the crowd when he seemed to have kicked the ball too hard, but this turned into a shout of joy when he recovered it almost on the goal-line and swung a glorious centre into goalmouth, whence the ball was sent out a little to Fazackerley, who swiftly returned it into the net. This was by far the most exhilarating incident in an otherwise rather tame first half, but after change of ends the fun waxed fast and furious. United started vigorously, and within two minutes Bagnall had given them a second goal with a sharp oblique shot from close quarters. Then came a period of exceptionally fine football by Everton, who played up so well that with a little better luck they might have equalized. Hitherto the visitors forwards had combined very cleverly, but finished weakly. Now for a brief space they showed both combination and dash. The United defence were hard put to it, and it was only by throwing himself at the ball and just turning it round the post that Gough prevented Page scoring with a lovely low drive. But a moment later the smart young United custodian was helpless when Johnston, receiving the ball from pretty play by Browell and Houston, flashed it wide of him into the net. Having thus scored, Everton’s determination and skill were so great that an equalizing goal seemed likely to come any moment.
UNITED FINISH WELL.
That it did not come was due to Gough, who saved brilliantly when Browell had swept clean through the other part of the defence. Then Everton suddenly subsided. Kitchen was a bold forcible leader and once he had beaten all else when Mitchell, with splendid judgment, dashed out and successfully tackled him. But a moment later the Everton keeper was at fault when he failed to stop a free-kick, fiercely taken at 25 yards by Kitchen, who thus scored United’s third goal, and before the end of the game Fazackerley, with a powerful drive, gave his side a fourth goal. The victorious Sheffielders gave an admirable all round display. In some respects Everton were equally as good, and in combination they were superior. But the United’s bold and brilliant individualism in attack crowned by accurate shooting was far more effective. Of four fine backs none was better than English on United’s left, but Macconnachie did some brilliant things for Everton, and Thompson was very sound. Good feeling by the half-backs on both sides was a pleasing feature of the play. The Second half was thrillingly interesting, but United were much the better side forward and quite deserved their big victory. It was a clean game and well refereed. Sheffield United; Gough; Cook, English; Brelsford, Hawley, Stugess; Bagnall, Simmons, Kitchen, Fazackerley, and Revill. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Macconnachie (captain); Harris, Wareing, Makepeace; Houston, Browell, Page, Johnston, and Harrison. Referee; C.R. Hall, Birmingham.
THE GREATEST GAME I EVER SAW
October 13, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Howard Spencer
English Cup Final of 1897
Was the game which stirred the most. The occasions was a remarkable one; the crowd was a remarkable one; the teams were without doubt two of the finest that ever contested an English Cup final, and the circumstances, so far as Aston Villa were concerned were quite unique. All that I can say, here is that the game was worthy of the occasion; worthy of the teams which contested it; and this day, wherever I go; if the English Cup competition comes up for discussion I hear people say; “Ah, the Villa and Everton match was the best game I ever saw” or “We shall never have a final like that of 97.” Now, I am not a believer in finality in football matters. We may get a better final than the Aston Villa v. Everton meeting produced but it cannot easily happen that paralled set of circumstances will arise. To Aston Villa the match meant something more than an English Cup Final, is apt to mean to one of the contending sides. There is no occasion which so stirs the pulse as the day of the Cup Final. While the International, England v. Scotland is if fist importance, it scarcely inflames the imagination –at any rate, it does not in this country –as the Cup Final does. Aston Villa had been in the final on three occasions prior to 1897, but never had they turned out at either Oval, or the Crystal Palace under such abnormal circumstances.
It is not for me to sing Aston Villa's praises to the prejudice of any other great side, and I am not the man to do so, either. I will therefore make no invidious comparisons, but I will say that the Aston Villa, Eleven of 1897 challenged comparison with any side which ever played Association football. It was indeed, a magnificent team. In goal, we had Whitehouse one of the coolest and most resourceful custodians of the day, and I had as partner the sturdy resolute and able comrade and at the same time courteous opponent, Albert Evans. No team has ever been much better served at half-back than Aston Villa was at that period. Reynolds Cowan, and Crabtree stand out as one of the greatest half-back trios the game has known. For a man who was remarkable for speed –he was even lacking in that quality –John Reynolds was one of the most successful half-backs that have played. He had an old head on his shoulders, if ever a man had. A glance at his cranium gave you the impression that he was in the aged class of footballers but a willier being never kicked a ball. He was full of originality and was one of the most perfect judges of an opponent's intentions I have known. Then James Cowan was and is accepted today, as the greatest exponent of centre half back play ever seem. A perfect tackler, he was grited with a remarkable turn of speed for a man of his build, and no one ever excelled him in the arts of trying up a centre forward who might be the mainspring of the opposing forward line. Then at left-half we had a player without parelled Jones Crabtree who was equally proficient and equally at home in practically any position on the football field. We had a forward line too which alike for individual skill. Althersmith and John Devey were undoubtedly the best club right wing pair in the century. Aston Villa has been sighing for a John Campbell ever since its famous centre returned to the Celtic and Fred Wheldon was undoubtedly the greatest inside-left of his times. He was one of the deadliest goal-getters it has been my privilege to watch.
The Everton Team
Everton had also a wonderside. Menham in goal was a tremendous fellow standing nearly six feet two in height and weighting 13st. The two backs were big men, too, Meechan weighing 13st and the famous Scottish international Storrier 13st 2lb. Then they had a skilful half-back contingent, for who has not heard of the game of their trio, Boyle, Holt and Stewart? Johnny Holt was one of the most scientific halves football has produced. He had no bulk to stand by; he was simple a small man with a wonderful knack of getting his own way in the game, and his little tricks were always diverting. He played some masterly games at the time when no one else had a chance of being picked at centre half back for England. The ex-soldier Stewart who captained our opponents was also an effective and hard working half. Then forward was the old Dumbarton and Scottish international forward Taylor, who had the distinction of playing in the final last year, then Everton at last realized –the object of their ambition and took the cup back with them to the banks of the Mersey. John Bell was with him on the right wing, and of all great footballers there has scarcely been a greater one that John bell. For skill pluck strength crash and persistency, where would you find John Bell's equal? And he still goes on playing and will keeps almost at the top of the tree. A wonderful exponent of the game indeed. Hartley cool and calculating, in the centre, and the left wing pair were of course, Edgar Chadwick and Milward, great as individuals, greater still as a pair. They brought the science of wing play to the highest pitch of perfection.
In Magnificent Fettle
Yes, there were giants on the field that day it was a battle between two mighty teams and two of the best-trained teams that that ever took the field. Aston Villa had been in magnificent fettle all the season; Grieson has indeed done his work will, and so had Lewis. We had usually had every feast we met beaten the closing quarter of an hour. But it was not so with Everton. Their were if anything a shade more aggressive than we were in the closing stage; indeed many people through they ought to half drawn level during that period. Certain I recall the fact that their attacks were very persistent and the Villa owed must to the skill and perfect nerve of their goalkeeper, Whitehouse who never gave a finer display than he provided the outlookers with that afternoon. The game started at a tremendous pace. John Devey, our skipper won the toss and we had the wind in our favour and also had the sun at our back. John Campbell scored for us fifteen minutes from the start with one of those deadly shots at close quarters; the ball went into the far corner of the net and Menham had not a ghost of a chance of stopping it. John Campbell was a most artistic man at scoring goals, he always put the ball just out of reach if the goalkeeper. The people who looked on were often convinced that such simple shots should have been stopped, but those critics were not between the posts. The art of shooting is to put the ball where the goalkeeper isn't, not (as so many forwards do) when he is. The pace at which the shot goes into nothing so long as you leave the goalkeeper helpless. That was what John Campbell usually did. Ten minutes later Hartley came along, and shot; there was a collision between some of the players and John Bell whipped the ball into the net. That was level pegging but Everton was soon in front, Boyle gaining a point in resourceful style. But before the interval came the Villa were leading once more for John Cowan scored from a free kick by Crabtree and from a well placed corner by Athersmith. Fred Whedon secured our third, and were leading by 3 goals to 2. And that was the actual result. Everton played well with tremendous dash towards the close, whereas the Villa forward play did not seen quite so effective or so well thought out as it had generally been that season.
EVERTON V. NOTTS COUNTY
October 13, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
League Division 1.
Neither Side Score Up to the Interval
The Everton team were due at Nottingham today in order to fulfill their return engagement with the County Club. When the teams met at Goodison Park last month the game resulted in a draw but the visitors were sanguine enough –this afternoon to anticipate annexing both points. The tiresome journey into the Midlands was made in excellent time, and on arrival to the great late centre the weather was beautiful fine and mild. The visit of the cupholders excited the keenest interest locally, and there was a capital crowd on the famous Trent Bridge ground when the players appeared. The opposing elevens had both a prominent member away at Belfast, and Craythorpe doing duty for the English league against the Irish. Sharp was not the only absentee from Everton's ranks, Harold Hardman, being the victim of a cold. Under the circumstances he brothers Wilson formed the left wing, while Donnachie was drafted in to partner Bolton. If the County ranks Crays thorough place was filled by Charlotte and Pope filled the centre position in place of Green who was injured last week. This was Pope's first appearance with the senior eleven. Prompt to time the men faced each other as follow;- Everton; Scott, goal; Balmer and Crelly, backs; Makepeace, Taylor (captain) and Abbott, half-backs; Donanchie, Bolton, Young, D. Wilson, and G. Wilson, forwards. Notts;- Iremenger, goal; Jones and Montgomery, backs; Emberton, Mainman and Chalmers, half-backs; Dear, Humphreys, Pope, Tarplin, and Gee, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Heason, of Dursley. There were fully 10,000 spectators present when the rival captains tossed for choice of goals. Taylor was successful and Pope set the ball in motion against a rather stiffish cross breeze. After the opening exchanges the home forwards made stremous play on the left, but Makepeace checked Gee, and play was at once transferred to the other end. Donnachie ran down and passed to D. Wilson the latter being easily robbed by Mainman. A few moments later, however the Everton left wing worked their way cleverly down but D. Wilson the office when he shot a yard wide of the post. Give-and-take play was followed to another advance by Notts but the movement was altogether spoiled by Emberton shooting wildly outside. The game so far was very startling and a breakaway by the Everton forwards only resulted in Donnachie well-placed directing the leather very wide. Still the Evertonians maintained the pleasure d had their shooting been anything like accurate the Count goal must have fallen. As it was half a dozen fine chances went begging. Young twice dallying so long that Jones was able to clear. Nevertheless they continued to enjoy all the best of the play and G. Wilson running round the back, gave Iremonger a warm handful which he threw. A few seconds later Everton right was in evidence and Bolton had the goal at his mercy when he placed outside. There was little improvement in the character of the play, but the pace was certainty fast, and Dean looked extremely dangerous when he was pulled up for being offside. Gradually the Evertonians settle down to serious football, and the home defence was severely taxed but Montgomery and Jones were both on their best behavior. A break away by Gee promised well, but Balmer came to the rescue of Makepeace and saved the situation. At the other end the Bros Wilson were conspicuous with a pretty movement, but the inside man spoiled it by handling the ball and play was transferred to Everton territory where “hands” again barred profitable progress. Some useful work by Abbott put the Evertonians once more in possession, but Bolton was palpably offside when he trapped the ball half a dozen yards in front of Iremonger. The next item of interest was in other forward movement by the victory right wing, but Donnachie shot very feebly and without any semblance of accuracy. The game, indeed was sp tagged at this time that a section of the spectators began to jeer and there was loud laughter when Donnachie missed another golden opportunity of putting his side ahead. Young also was an offender and at length Makepeace fought to set his forwards an example by running through and shooting; but the ball was charged down. After this the front line did waken to a little and D. Wilson and Young both shot strongly the latter's effort being luckily stopped by Jones. A decision of the referee in ruling the three inside Notts forwards offside was received with some disfavor, but their play generally was wholly devoid of proper combination consequently it was not long before Everton were again on the aggressive and from a neat pass by Donnachie, Young headed the ball just wide of the net. The Notts right wing pair then broke away in splendid style and Scott was forced to run out in order to clear from Dean. Midfield work ensued and Young and Mainman came to loggerahead with the result that both were spoken to. A moment later there was another outbreak of feeling, Humphreys being the culprit this time. Mr. Mason there upon stopped the game and calling all the players to him cautioned everybody.
A Unique speculate which was loudly cheered. After this the pace became much faster and G. Wilson bobbed the ball right into the goalmouth, Iremengor fisting it out from under the bar. A sprint by the home right wing and well checked by Crelly and Taylor passing out to the right wing. Donnachie ran through and put in a swift going shot which Montogmery was fortunate enough to intercept. End to end play followed and Everton looked like scoring when D. Wilson was ruled offside. The offside rule was also brought into operation in stopping Humphreys just as the inside man was making off at top speed while a few moments later Bolton taking a pass from Donnachie was adjudged to be lying too far forward. As the interval approached Everton exerted great pressure, but their shooting was execrable and Abbott trying a pot shot put the ball outside. Good work by Bolton and Donnachie ended in Montgomery having to concede a corner, but the ball was badly placed and the Notts defenders easily cleared. Just before half-time Emberton sent in a long shot which gave Scott considerable trouble. He cleared well, however and G. Wilson racing down put in a long oblique shot which Iremonger only saved at the expense of a corner. This led to nothing but the Everton left wing came again and from a centre by D. Wilson, Bolton netted the ball but he was obviously offside, and the referee did not hesitate to rule so. Notts trade a desperate clash down in the last few seconds and Scott cleared very cleverly from Humphreys. Then came half-time, neither side having scored. Half-time; Notts County nil, Everton nil.
Weak Display of Football
Spectators Jeer at Players
A Unquie Spectacle
The Referee and Players
A Win For Everton
When the game was resumed Mainman was limping badly, having wrenched his side. Notts attacked, but Balmer and Crelly drove then back, and in rapid succession Montogomery disposed of both Young and Bolton. Notts forced a corner which was not improved upon, but a little later, thanks to sturdy tackling by Jones, Pope and Humphreys work through and the last named gave Scott a magnificent shot, which was cleverly parried. The home side attacked hotly, and then Mainman was again injured in tackling Makepeace, but was able to resume. A beautiful movement by Everton enabled G. Wilson to send in a shot which Iremongor fisted away. Shots by Bolton and Donanchie rebounded off opposing players, but there was no mistaking the earnestness of the visitors at this point, and Irelonger had to run out to dispose of a fine centre by G. Wilson. A splendid run and shot by Dean only just missed its mark the ball hitting the upright. Emberton and Moutgomery managed to check Notts career, though with difficulty. E. Wilson gave Iremonger anxious moments and the goalkeeper cleared at the second attempt. Dean got away and missed the post by inches. The ball was stopped when Scott was lying on the ground. Notts now showed better form. From a corner the Everton goal had a narrow escape. Abbott and Taylor missed a good opening made for them by D. Wilson. Four minutes from the finish G. Wilson was allowed to run down with a clear course and finished with an oblique shot, which Iregomery went down on all fours to save. The ball was travelling at a terrific speed, and the goalkeeper failed to hold it, with the result that Young who was handy scrambled the rebound into the net it was a lucky goal and Everton, it was felt did not deserve their lead on the play. Final Result; Everton 1, Notts County nil.
Jack Sharp played for the English League against the Irish League at Belfast, Sharp scoring one of the five English goals.
EVERTON V SOUTHPORT CENTRAL
October 13, 1907. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lancashire Combination –Div 1
At Goodison this afternoon. The players faced as follow;- Everton; Sloan, goal; Hill and Stevenson, backs; Black, Chadwick and Donaldson, half-backs; Dorward, Graham, Jones, Cooke, and Butler, forwards. Southport; Bullivant, goal; Spink, and Sinclair, backs; Edwards, McWhan, and Tasker, half-backs; Gate, Aston, Taylor, Gate, and Hinks, forwards. It was raining heavily when Jones set the ball in motion for the Blues who from the outset monoplosied the attack and to such good purpose that Graham was enabled to get in a shot from close range, which, however, went wide. The Blues persistent and Dorward gut in a beautiful accurate centre which Jones just missed turning to profitable use. The Seasiders next had a look in and good work by the right wing pair carried operations within striking distance of Sloan's charge when Aston sent in a fast rising shot which just missed the mark although the player was obviously offside. By the aid of clever combined forward work the Everton right sought to eclipse the efforts of their opponents and Graham tested Bullivant with a fine low shot, which the custodian neatly cleared. Then following some desultory work in midfield the defence on both sides accounting for the efforts of the forwards. At this stage a perfect hailstorm swept over the ground, but play was continued and from a long shot Graham had the satisfaction of beating the visitors custodian. The referee deemed it inadvisable to restart until the storm had subsided and the players retried more genial conditions. After an interval of five minutes the game was resumed and the Seasiders were the first to become really dangerous but, as before off, side spoiled Taylor from taking advantage of a favourable opening. Sinclair showed clever judgment in defence but the ex-Prescot youth eventually got the better of him and then Cooke completely spoiled the movement. Following that the leather was punted well from the Southport goal and Sprinks obtaining possession easily outdistanced Hill who have stern chase after his adversary. Sprinks however finely clinched the argument by sending in a fast shot, which Sloan touched but failed to clear and the game was 1 all. The cheers which greeted this Southport helped to stimated the dumber of seasiders present which must have been considerable. Jones was prominent with a beauty which Bullivant cleverly tipped over the bar. The Everton defenders were in constant danger of being beaten from long returns through their desire to lie well up the field. Thirks was always a source of danger when in possession and he again troubled Sloan with a raiping shot, which the custodian cleared rather feebly. Jones was again to the fore but he was cleverly watched and then Gate was responsible for a fine attempt to beat Sloan which however the custodian averted by racing forward while on the ground and Gara finished the movement by hitting the upright.
Half-time; Everton 1, Southport 1
Final; Everton 5, Southport 2.
Chadwick, of Everton.
Athletic News - Monday 14 October 1907
In the Everton team which so signally defeated Middlesbrough for the first time in the League tourney at Ayresome Park, was included Tom Chadwick. He was brought into the eleven owing to Makepeace being required for the Interleague fixture, and many judges consider he has strong claims for permanent inclusion. Chadwick born at Blackburn 23 years ago, and when 15 became a regular member of the St. Philip’s team, which was connected with the Sunday School League in that town. As centre half-back he assisted them for two seasons, after which he joined Blackburn Park-road, one of the Lancashire Combination clubs of that time. Here again he figured at centre-half, but only for one campaign, following which rejoined his former comrades the School Leaguers. In the season 1902 he was secured by Everton, and after playing with the reserve eleven nearly two years was drafted into the first team on September 10, 1904, when operated at centre half-back against Sheffield United. Since then he has frequently taken a position in the intermediate line, and last year took part in several important league games and an English Cup-tie. He is a sound, reliable player, and possesses a cool style, which compares very favourably with that of the more experienced member of the Everton premier eleven. He stands 9 and half in, and weighs 11st 5lb., so that from a physical standpoint. During the summer months swimming claims his special attention, and he is no mean performer over 100 yards distance. That he is a coming League player is admitted on all sides, and the only factor that has retarded his promotion up to the present is the formidable line which has represented Everton so successful during recent years.
EVERTON OVERWHLEM OLDHAM
Athletic News - Monday 14 October 1907
Everton Reserves fairly romped round the second team of Oldham at Goodison Park. The visitors were unfortunate for their goalkeeper was injured just before the interval, and was unable to resume afterwards. This may account to a certain extent for the big score against the Athletic, 9 goals to 1 being the final figures. Jones obtained three goals, Graham three, while Macconnachie, Woods, and Mountford added one each. Everton played fine football, and were four goals ahead before the custodian was incapacitated. Graham showed capital form, and is one of the most promising forwards Everton possess.
Athletic News - Monday 14 October 1907
The remarkably fine goalkeeping of Scott was the outstanding feature of the match at Middlesbrough, where Everton beat the Tees-siders for the first time on their own ground. His exhibition in the second half when facing the wind was the finest ever seen on the enclosure, and he was the one man in the game in the game to be singled out as perfect. When the game started 23.000 persons were assembled, and the opening stages were contested at a great pace, although the shooting on both sides left much to be desired. , The first goal came at the end of twenty six minutes. Abbott got in fine centre, and Hassell just reached the ball to touch it away to the feet of Young. With both the Borough backs on the ground and two of the Everton forwards and Hassell similarly situated, the Everton centre coolly put the ball into the net. It was generally conceded at the interval that Everton had done too well to get but one goal with the elements favourable to them
EVERTON'S GREAT HURRY
The restart was sensational. Barker handled, and from the free kick Bolton was put in possession. He shot, and the ball glancing off Wilson's side went just inside the post. Hassell having no chance through being unsighted. Notwithstanding this reverse the Tee-siders struggled valiantly, and the shooting of Brawn, Bloomer, Common, and Wilcox was magnificent. Try as they would, the Borough could not beat Scott. All shots came alike to him. Even when R. Balmer headed into goal he was prompt in accepting the ball, and whipped it clear. And Everton won by 2-0. Rarely has a side had so much of the play and lost. Scott was none too well supported by the brothers Balmer at times, which fact makes his performance all the more meritorious. W. Balmer was the better of the two. Booth played an excellent game throughout, though Chadwick and Abbott were little inferior; indeed, Abbott's feeding of his forwards and general footwork gained for his side much skillful and dangerous man. His work throughout bore the hall-mark of excellence. Sharp was good, but appeared to be suffering from some injury received early on. Hardman, too, was to the fore with many cleverly executed movements, but on the whole Brown was more than a match for him. Young played a pretty and effective game, while Settle, too, was often in evidence with capital efforts.
On the play the visiting forwards were not the equals of the home front line, if I except Roberts, whose efforts for the most part were puerile. Better shooting than that of the other four Borough front rank men in the second half could not be desired. Bloomer and Wilcox in particular, were ever on the aggressive and their efforts merited success. The half-backs was as active as ever, and repeatly broke up the Everton attacks, while in the second half they worked zealously and with sound judgement in their efforts to help their front line to score. Watson and Brown set up a capital defence, and they too, tried their skill at goal-getting, so one-sided was the play at times. Middlesbrough; Hassell; Brown, Watson; Aitkens (S.), Aitkens (A), Barker; Brawn, Bloomer, Common, Wilcox, and Roberts. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W), Balmer (R.); Chadwick, Booth, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman. Referee; W.C. Clover, Leicester.
MIDDLESBROUGH 0 EVERTON 2
October 14 190. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S LATEST RECORD.
FIRST WIN AT MIDDLESBROUGH.
In all their experience Everton until Saturday last had never rejoiced in a League success at Middlesbrough. They had shared the honours, it's true, but this was as far as they had gone. Nav, more it was only on that broiling 1 st September last year that they succeeded in scoring a goal on Middlesbrough's enclosure. Then they put on a couple, but as similar reward attended their points were equally divided. However, they achieved their heart's desire last Saturday for whereas they again secured two goals, the Middlesbrough representatives were prevented from finding the net. The visit North was therefore all the more pleasant. It meant a new record in the history of the Everton club, and in view of the previous week's disappointment, when the Blues unexpectedly fell before their great local rivals, it was an additional source of satisfaction to their supporters that they recovered their form this early. Still on the run of play they were somewhat fortunate in irristering such a pronounced victory. The point was that they accepted what chances came their way, and they had a spirited hard-working lot of defenders with a wonderful goodkeeper in W. Scott, who was in unbeatable form.
HOW EVERTON SCORED.
But to the fortunes of the game itself. First let it be stated that Everton were deprived of the services of Taylor and Makepeace, the former through injury and the latter through the call of his county to do battle with the Irish League, while Middlesbrough were without their class goalkeeper Williamson. The conditions were satisfactory, except for a strong breeze, Sharp won the toss, and took a slight advantage with the breeze at their backs. After end to end football, Young placed his forwards in possession, and good combination brought the ball into the goalmouth, and the ball cannoned of a defender, and Young had no trouble in scoring the opening goal of the game. Soon after Hardman went off with a twisted knee. Middlesbrough doubled their efforts to equalise, but it was the Middlesbrough goal, which might have fallen before the interval, Hassell clearing successive shots when it seemed odds on his goal being captured. No sooner had the second half been resumed than Everton were two goals up. Barker was penalised for handling, the ball was lobbed to the foot of Bolton, and he drove in with the result that the leather glided off Wilcox past Hassell into the net. This proved all the scoring. With Sharp cribbed and Hardman unable to do himself justice the defence rose to the occasion in grand style. Scott in particular, giving a magnificent exhibition of goalkeeping. The play, however, were not so one-sided as might be imagined. Abbott on one occasions crashing the ball against the crossbar with the custodian helpless.
THE CONSPICIOUS PLAYERS.
Everton accomplished a great performance in winning by two clear goals. It has already been suggested that there was scarcely this difference in the play of the sides. The Middlesbrough qiuntette the exception of Roberts exerted considerable pressure, but although they got in many fine shots, there was something lacking in regard in methods, when it came to the finishing touches. Then Everton for the great part of the game had passages on each wing, so that all the more credit is due to them for seizing the two goal chances, which came their way. Moreover they exhibited at times some exceedingly pretty footwork. The injuries to Sharp and Hardman naturally had an unfortunate effort, and under the circumstances the three inside-men, with Bolton the pick, did wonderfully well. Scott of course was the outstanding figure in the defence. W. Balmer was more effective than his brother, who was inclined to take too many risks. The halves all worked splendidly, although Tom Booth outshone his partners, Abbott and Chadwick. Indeed it was quite pleasing to see Booth once again play such an eminently serviceable game for his side. He had all his old resource, and equally judicious in falling back when danger threatened as he was in adopting the right moment to one of his forwards. The Middlesbrough men did not blend as well as expected of them, but certainly their defeat was not due to any lack of ability on the part of their reserve custodian. Teams: - Hassell, goal, Watson, and Brown, backs, S. Aitkens, A. Aitkens, and Barker half-backs, Brown, Bloomer, Common, Wilson, and Roberts, forwards. Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Chadwick, Booth, and Abbott half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman forwards. Referee W. C. Glover.
EVERTON RESERVES 9 OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 1
October 14, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Divison One (Game 8)
Oldham Athletic came at cropper at Goodison-park on Saturday, being defeated by the heavy total of nine goals to one. Everton took the game in hand almost from the kick-off as after Sloan had dealt with a splendid attempt by Moore, the Blues forced the pace of the interval. Jones opened the score with a fine individual attempt; Mountford and Graham (two) adding the further points. Wright the visiting custodian, here retired injured. On resuming the visitors finished the game with ten men. Gregory, a full back going between the sticks but they pleased the spectators by not resorting to the one back game. Gregory dealt with many attempts in creditable style, but eventually Graham scored his third consecutive goal, and this accomplished the “Hat-trick.” Jones found the net twice, and Macconachie also beat Gregory, when the visitors found the home defence lax, and Moore gained their solitary goal. Woods finished the scoring, and Everton won as stated. The Blues all round were a strong lot, and conceding that the visitors shaped poorly, still they would have beaten most teams on Saturday's form. Sloan had an afternoon off. Strettell and Crelly were in capital trim, while the halves were unbeatable, Rouse whose first appearance it was at half-back by no means being poor. The forwards all preformed creditably, but special mention must be made of Mountford, whose display was the best he her yet given. Of the visitors' display little need be said, except that Gregory, first at full back and later in goal, did good service. Everton: - Sloan goal, Strettell, and Crelly, backs, Adamson, MaCoonachie, and Rouse half-backs Rafferty, Graham, Jones, Mountford and Woods, forwards.
THE INTER-LEAGUE MATCH
October 14, 1907. The Liverpool Courier
A drizzling rain effected the attendance at Sunderland, where the inter-League match between England and Ireland was decided. England winning by six goals to three. Makepeace of Everton playing for the English Leaguers.
EVERTON AT NOTTS
October 15, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
The result from Nottingham came as a surprise without a doubt, after the exhibition the County gave at Everton a few weeks ago. Anyone who saw them with them down as a team that was going far, but during the last fortnight they seem to have been falling back and hence the most that was hoped for by the majority of their supporters was a drawn game. Everton on the performance in getting one goal, although they missed many others and trying the full points home. The game was a curious one. Young was in form, if we refer so his manner in giving fouls. When Young is on form as he has been for the last fortnight it must be the hardest thing in the world on the other four to keep in anything like shape line. Of course Sandy is such a customer. However he was not alone this time in his defence for David Wilson failed to come up to form. With Sharp doing duty for the English league at Belfast and Harold Hardman laid aside through cold, there was necessary a chance. In the front ranks Donnachie was drafted into partner Bolton and the brothers Wilson formed the left wing. The rearrangement on Saturday exhibition was not a success. The first half of the game was of such a scrambling character that really the least said about it the better. It was inept ineffective and absolutely uninteresting. The second half possession a proper exhibition. Play was so exciting and each of the goalkeepers had to be on the defensive to prevent their downhill. The excitement of the home team was worked up to a boiling point when an appeal against Balmer for a penalty was made unsuccessfully. Balmer had been subject to the suggest of a penalty against him for the last two of three Saturdays. On this occasion the referee said he could not see what happened and he consulted the linesman who was parelled to Balmer. This official never hesitated to state that the ball hit Balmer's hand accidentially. Perhaps it was one of those cases where the ball is kicked by an opponent at about two yards range and into the back hand and then there is a clamour for a penalty, George Wilson was the best man on the field and shot from every point and at every chance and would have scored but for Iremenger's vigilance. In fact the winning goal was really Wilson's as he shot with high force that iremonger was unable to get the ball away and Young placed it into the net. The half backs were good and the defence was steady and sturdy. Still it was a disappointing game as a game.
JACK SHARP TO RETIRE
October 18, 1906. The Liverpool Echo
How many footballers are popular whenever they go? There is a fair number of them and one of the foremost is John Sharp, whose decision to retire from the football arena at the close of this season is said to be irrevocable. This is most regrettable. One would not mind it so much if he would “retire after the manner of various well-known singers and actors whose farewell performance are chronicled every other month. The football world will miss Jack Sharp. He has endeared himself to the spectators by his arts of football and what is infinitely more to his credit by his appearance to all cases as a thorough gentleman. And what a pretty he presents as he enters cricketer of football field. His ruddily and slightly famed countenance, his excellent symmetry his whole bearing stamps him as a man who has led temperate life. Everybody who knows him is proud of the acquaintance. Men of his stamp are all too valuable example to other pros to lose from the tactise scene of football. We have seen the cricketer –footballer pulled up by a referee on about four occasions for a foul and when the whistle has gone the spectator has been constrained to suggestive things, of the sight of the referee. Doubtless Jack has come to the unfortunate decision to retire on account of the approach of his cricket benefit. This must surely weigh with him. He will probably take a benefit at Old Trafford within the next two seasons and it would be unwise for him to risk a football injury which might keep him from a lengthily career with the Lancashire C.C.C. Those who will fell his loss most will be the Everton directors. There's a gap to be filled that will require much thought and a big purchase. Sharp was born in 1879 and his first superior was Hereford Thistle after which he went to the Villa and from there to Everton in 1899, he became a regular member of the Everton team and since there have been breaks in service and these due only to injuries.
PLAYER TRANSFERRED TO CHELSEA.
October 18, 1907. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton announce this afternoon, that negotiations have been successfully carried out whereby Fred Rouse well in future be a Chelsea player. Rouse, it will be remembered was transferred to Everton by Stoke, when at the top of his form, he has been with Everton club as early as the beginning of last season. It was an open secret that Chelsea were badly in need of class players through injuries to their regular members. Rouse can be expected to serve his new masters well.
NORTHERN NOMADS 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
October 19 1907.
No Details . Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Crelly, backs Chadwick, MaConnachie, and Rouse, half-backs, Rafferty, Chetwood, Jones, Mountford, and Woods, forwards.
EVERTON V SHEFFIELD UNITED
October 20, 1906. The Liverpool Football Echo
(League Division 1)
Great Game at Goodison
Young In Great Form
Sheffield United invariably play a good, sound game when they come to Liverpool. They have not been successful at Goodison Park for some-seasons, however. The weather was dull, but fine when the start was made below 15,000 spectators. It will be noticed that the home club's half-backs line was rearranged. The teams were as follows;- Everton; Scott, goal; Balmer and Crelly, backs; Booth, Taylor and Makepeace, half-backs; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Sheffield United; Leiversley, goal; Benson and Johnson, backs; McClure, B. Wilkinson, and Needham, half-backs; Donnelly, Payton, Brown, Drake, and Lipeham, forwards. Brown had to face a stiff breeze when he kicked off but notwithstanding the visitors' left pressed forward, and from a free kick Scott saved, but the ball was taken by Drake and sent over the crossbar. The United were soon back on the right, where a corner was forced. This was very badly placed, the ball going out to Benson who shot wide. Then Everton broke away on the right only to lose the ball over the touch line. Following the throw in Taylor passed to Hardman who gained a corner from which Leivesley saved smartly, but Makepeace put the ball in again, and once more the goalkeeper had the better of the argument. The Blues were successful in the first few minutes as the result of beautiful work. The Blades had got away in line, looked dangerous when R. Balmer affected a masterly clearance. Sharp lasened onto the leather and passed in between Johnson and Needham swinging in a fine centre which Young took on the run and headed in past Leivesley and this scoring a grand goal. Soon after restarting the Blades put on pressure and established themselves firmly in the home territory when Drake missed a good opportunity of equalizing by faulty shooting. This was followed by several incursions of the Everton left wing but nothing tangible resulted. Attacks on each goal brought nothing tangible and on one occasion Everton obtained relief through a free kick this being followed by a clever bout of passing between Wilson, Young, Bolton and Sharp, and on the latter being cornered by Johnson, Booth dashed forward and shot wide. Then Wilson had a shot which failed to find the net, after which a free kick was given against R. Balmer which let in Donnelly, who threaded his way through and looked very dangerous until R. Balmer cleared Sharp got away, but was beaten by Johnson. After capital work Hardman gave a perfect centre to Young, who sent in a brilliant shot, the ball finding a resting place by the side of the net. The equalizer came in very pretty fashion though neither of the home backs were seen to advantage. The Sheffield left wormed past Booth neatly, and then Lipeham repested his tactics of dribbling the ball along the goal-line when he shot across the goalmouth. Both of the home backs were in the goalmouth but there was a moment's hesitation on the part of the older Balmer and Drake receiving the speedily leather scored.
A Very Smart Goal
The Blades thoroughly deserved their success as they played with great determination and there was excellent methods in their attack. More excitement was soon provided for the spectators in the shape of another goal. Everton going down prettily, and Hardman getting in his usual clever centre, Young fastened on the ball and passed to Wilson who shot a beautiful goal from beyond the penalty line. The visitors played up with refreshing vigour, and were making a strong attack when Booth found Lipsham within the penalty area and the referee at once allowed the dreaded kick, Brown having no difficulty in defeating Scott. For a few minutes play was rather tame but some rare forcing attacks by Everton brightened up the game, and at the end of these moves Young placed his side in front by means of a cleverly scored goal the game so far had been of a sensational character, very fast and of excellent class, but the good things were by no means exhausted. A brilliant dash by the Sheffielders resulted in Scott just managing to hand the leather over the bar. After a meritorious effort by Donelly , Taylor extricated his side, and the Blues sailed along in full force, and a stiff attack followed the Blues gradually nearing the Sheffield defence until Young found an opening and dashed the ball into the net, while Leivesley was full stretch along the goal in a futile effort to save. Thus five goals had been scored in half an hour and all good honest goals at that. After being beaten back the Everton forwards appeared to have the United defence tied up, but the only result was a wide shot from Bolton. On the visitors running down into Everton ground R. Balmer smartly robbed Donnelly and the next moment Brown took possession of a long possession of a long return from Benson and was passing between the backs when young Balmer headed away. Everton once more took up the attacking utmost irresistible style, and within a minute the goal keeper was tested thrice. Sharp hanged one shot in which was got away, and then Hardman passed back to Young who troubled the goalkeeper after which Sharp again out the ball in smartly, Leivesley responding finely. Then Taylor gained a corner, which proved barren after which he retried a shot, which failed to score. Five minutes from time the Blues were attacking so cleverly that the Sheffield defence was non-paused. The Blues passed one to the other at will and finally the ball sent back to Booth, who tried his luck and gave Leiveley a very warm handful to whistle sounded.
Half-time Everton 3, goals, Sheffield United 2 goals.
Restarting, Young made off and Makepeace fed Young neatly, but the Evertonian failed to pass Johnson. He was soon in possession again only to foul Benson this time. From this the Blades invaded the home territory where Lipsham led up to a corner, which was cleared by Taylor. Lipsham would not be denied and soon came goals, Scott having to run out to clear the left-winger's shot. Next the younger Balmer cleverly recovered a weak clearance by his brother. The attitude of the Blades continued to be threatening and the home defence was under pressure for some little time. At last Hardman got away and he was closely attended by McGuire, who came very near to fouling the Evertonian in the penalty area. Hardman had travelled too fast, and Young was not up to negotiate his past. A foul against the visitors rid Everton of a lot of pressure and on the ball going out to Hardman he sped along the wing, Wilson coming in at the finish and forcing a corner. A second corner was given by one if he defenders in his efforts to get the ball away and at this second attempt Hardman put the ball behind. Play was for some moment in the centre. Everton having he first to get away again, but Sharp and Bolton failed on finish well, the ball being returned by Johnson to the centres. A big effort was made by Taylor and Bolton to piece the “Blades” armour but a stiff attack was thwarted by Johnson and Needham. A goal kick ultimately brought relief to the visitors and they came along smartly on the left only to be held up smartly by Booth. But this took up the attack smartly on the right wing, Scott having to respond to Foyer. This was followed by a foul against Makepeace. Soon after G. Wilson was fouled when travelling well. The advantage was however, lost though both Young and Sharp had ineffectiveness shies at goal. Booth next sent to Young who transferred to Bolton but the inside man was cleverly offside as he shot over the bar. Everton seemed loth to leave the Sheffield quarters and Bolton almost scored from a pass from the home left. Payton, Drake and Brown tried a pretty passing move, but this was eventually broken up by W. Balmer, who enabled Hardman to get down his wing. Wilson gaining a corner, as likewise did Sharp but neither were fruitful to the homesters. Young at this point raced away beating Johnson and gave the ball to Bolton whose final effort was within a foot of the mark. Time after time the United's right tried to break through the Everton defence, but they failed to accomplish this. On the Everton right Bolton passed to Sharp and Johnson failed to him the right winger having hard lines, with his shot the wind apparently carrying the ball a trifle wide. A free kick against Needham gave opportunities to Young and Bolton the latter making a faulty miss. Bolton had hard lines several times when chances came his way but at last he succeeded at the result of an opening provided by Young. The left wing was, however really instrumental in menacoveing the leather, making ground and drawing of the defence. Bolton had an open goal for Livesley ran out and fell, misjudging altogether the direction of the ball. Final Everton 4, goals; Sheffield United 2.
Last season Everton 3, Sheffield United 2
EVERTON’S RESERVE’ FORWARDS
Athletic News - Monday 20 October 1913
The Everton eleven created the sensation of the day by trouncing Derby County, with a custodian of the capacity of Ernald Scattergood, by no fewer than five goals to none. And the joke lies in the fact that the Goodison Park club relied entirely on their “reserve” forward line. There must have been some mistake in the labels. The directors got them mixed. Whereas Beare, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, and Palmer have been regarded as the real Simon Pures, with Fleetwood as a reserve help, the first class tickets, must now be pinned on to Houston, Nuttall, Page, Johnston, and Harrison. They should really be more careful at Everton and not mix up the men in this way. Everton had not scored more than two goals in any match this season, and five equaled the total for the last four games. Indeed, it almost taxes the memory of the oldest inhabitant in the vicinity of Walton to recall when Everton the opulent last scored five “clear goals” in a League match. We have to turn back to January 21, 1911 for the like of it, and then another Midland club, Notts County, were the sufferers. These Midland County teams must protest against such rude treatment, especially by the “reserve” forwards –the unkindest cut of all. There is no denying that the “reservists” have been trained in the way they should shoot.
A Bootle Boy For a Centre
Everton were represented at centre-forward against Derby County by a local player-Tom Page – who formerly assisted Rochdale. Born at Bootle, this promising boy gained his first acquaintance with football at St. James’ Catholic School, and for two seasons he was their regular outside-right. He was also chosen to represent the North against south in schoolboy football and acquired a local reputation with them average merit. He had a trial with Liverpool reserve he played against Rochdale, who were impressed by his abilities. The Anfielders did not think fit to engage him, but Rochdale did, and for two years he rendered excellent service for them. His departure to Everton followed the arrive of his brother –a full-back-to Goodison Park, and a mishap Fleetwood enabled him to appear in the first eleven for the first time against Middlesbrough on October 4. Not only did he score a goal, but he controlled the ball well, and kept his wings judiciously employed. His display was sufficiently suggestive to guarantee for him further trial. His physique is not likely to inspire fear, as he is only 5ft 6 and a half ins, and 9st 4lb. Still he is as well equipped for the battle of life as William Hibbert, the dauntless of Newcastle –one of the pluckiest light-weights of recent years.
THE YOUNG MEN OF EVERTON
Athletic News - Monday 20 October 1913
Everton 5, Derby County 0
Many days have passed since an Everton team previously scored five goals in a League match at Goodison Park. Hence the accomplishment of this feat at the expense of Derby County created the liviest satisfaction in Liverpool. There were exceptional reasons for this feeling of jubilation, for Everton's front rank did not include one forward who figured in it in the first match of the present season. The five players who did duty in this contest were the same who represented the club in the opening Central League fixture, while another reservist appeared at right full-back. The line of forwards which made sad havoc of the Derby defence played skillful and intelligent football in midfield, and not satisfied with this alone, sent in some thrilling shots, five of which took effective. Everton's advance were marked by a dash and determination, coupled with a cleverness and deadliness near goal, that were delightful to behold. Page led the front rank most pluckily, and even after being roughly dealt with in the second half, kept pace with his comrades, and provided a praiseworthy exhibition. Every man did well, but some outshone the others in brilliance. Nuttall surprised most folk by his work, for his passing was beautifully executed, first Houston and then Page receiving the ball as accurately as anyone could desire, and placed to their advantage. Further than this, he mixed his methods, and late in the second half went clean through the Derby rear ranks and scored a grand goal.
On the extreme left was the youth Harrison, who I was informed, sustain a severe gash over the left eye at Sheffield the previous week, but who would persist in returning to the field. He appeared against Derby with a plaster on the still unhealed wound, but seeing that the stitches had been removed, he told me that he felt quite fit to take his place. This is the sort of spirit that deserves encouragement for the ex-Leicester forward eventually ran and centred in a style that was beyond reproach. I merely mentioned these two players because their work was productive of the most tangible results, seeing that Nuttall scored twice, while the goals gained by Page, Wareing and Houston were due to the outside left’s perfect placing into the goalmouth. Johnston showed himself a capable inside forward, clever in controlling the ball, deft in distribution, and ever ready to dart past the defence and essay a shot goalwards. Page was persevering and Houston, despite a nasty injury to his ankle, gave a distinctly creditable performance on the extreme right. His goal was a gem, the consequence of a first-time drive from Harrison’s centre. At half-back Everton were excellently served, and Harris who is gradually returning to his best form was seen to great advantage. Always a zealous worker, he plied his forwards adroitly, and came near to scoring one of his rare goals with a daring drive through a ruck of opponents. Wareing reached his highest standard, tackling and placing most effectively, but he was closely shadowed for supremacy by Makepeace who displayed fine form throughout. Macconnachie was easily the finest back on the field, cool, resourceful, and invincible. Thompson, at times was rash in his returns, but he knows not the meaning of defeat, and this served him in good stead. Mitchell brought off several smart saves in the first half, but afterwards when his side were well ahead, he dealt with two easy drives very clumsily.
The Midlanders were handicapped in having Barbour injured in the first half, and though he returned after the interval he played at inside left, while Walker went to left full-back. As four of Everton’s goals were scored after this mishap and a penalty also missed by Macconnachie, the visitors may well afford to declare that Barbour’s misfortune affected them seriously. Their forwards, however, were by no means inspiring, and the trickiest of the line –Grimes-spoiled all his cleverness by ultra-finesse when he had once beaten an opponent. Bloomer was in evidence for half-an-hour and then subsided. Leonard strove hard, and came near gaining a reward for his trouble, while Walker, who was about the most effective of the line, proved himself a versatile player, for he shaped very well at full-back. Just as he exceeded all his comrades in height, so did Buckley show an ascendency over them in ability. He was a ceaseless worker, intercepting passes, dispossessing opponents, and endeavouring zealously to get his forwards moving smoothly, despite their frequent failures to respond. No one on the Derby side could compare with him in point of efficiently, even though he did occasionally allow his zeal to over-run his discretion. Bagshaw was responsible for much useful work, as was Richards, but they could not cope with the speedy dashes and spirited onslaughts of the Everton wingers. After the interval they were completely overplayed, and the wonder is that more goals were not debited to Scattergood’s account. Barbour’s absence made a great difference to the defence, for Atkin could not stem the advances of his opponents. I should have liked to devote more space to the relation of the goal scoring for each was splendidly gained, but this is impossible. A movement between Johnston and Houston led to Nuttall netting after twenty minutes’ play. Soon afterwards Barbour retired, whereupon Harrison sent in a terrific shot, which Scattergood could not hold, and Page easily registered number two. Just on half-time a corner was conceded by Buckley, and Harrison placed so accurately that Wareing headed a third point. After the interval page was clean through when he was fouled in the penalty area, but Macconnachie shot against the post. Then Barbour changed places with Walker, following which Nuttall secured the ball, and after a brilliant individual dash through all opposition gained the best goal of the day. A centre from Harrison subsequently came along to Houston, and the Irishman darting inwards flashed the ball past the custodian at a tremendous pace. Everton; Mitchell; Thompson, Macconnachie (captain); Harris, Wareing, Makepeace; Houston, Nuttall, Page, Johnston, and Harrison. Derby County; Scattergood; Atkin, Barbour; Bagshaw, Buckley, Richards; Grimes, Bloomer, Leonard, Walker, and Neve. Referee; P. Sant, Barnsley.
Rouse's Return to London
Athletic News - Monday 21 October 1907
Fred Rouse has not enjoyed a long stay Everton, yet his departure is a matter for regret, for he is the type of footballer that one desires to see. Born at Cranford, in Middlesex, 25 years ago, he played amateur for Southall Athletic, Southall Reserves, and Wycombe Wanderers before he joined Shepherd's Bush. In one match with the Athletic he scored seven out of nine goals which fell to his side, and with the Bushmen registered three goals in each of three consecutive games. Thus he gained fame as a deadly forward, and after a match against Grimsby Town was persuaded to sign a professional form for the Fishermen.” He joined the ranks of the paid, and after a successful stay at Grimsby was secured by Stoke in 1904. From thence he went to Everton twelve months ago, but several reasons have combined to act detrimentally on his fortunes at Goodison. His transfer has not caused any surprise, and under the circumstances the club perhaps adopted a wise move both for themselves and Rouse when they allowed him to return South for a consideration of nearly four figures—£850.
KEEN FIGHT AT GOODISON
Athletic News - Monday 21 October 1907
In their earlier days Sheffield United were wont to look upon their visits to Goodison with some considerable amount of confident anticipation, and their initial victory in the First Division was gained on the Everton enclosure. They were only beaten twice in seven consecutive seasons, but their good fortune then left them, and not since the campaign of 1900-1 or, to place the matter perhaps more forcibly, during the present century have they prevailed at Goodison Park. Last year they treated us to a grand display of football, and were beaten by Everton’s greater near deadness near goal. To some extent the same result was forthcoming in their game on Saturday, and it was only after a desperate fight that Everton emerged victorious by the odd goal in three. Everton were deprived of the services of Sharp, and the United had to leave Bluff out of their eleven.
TWO FOR YOUNG.
When Tom Booth won the toss, there would about 20,000 persons present, the majority of whom were quickly placed in a good humour. Five minutes only had elapsed when Hardman slipped past McGuire and centred to Young. The latter doubled, and swinging round on his right heel, drove the ball obliquely with his left foot into the net. Lievesley had no chance of saving and it was rather surprising how the full-backs failed to charge down the shot. Nothing daunted by this reverse, the United settled to their work and treated us to a really capital exhibition of forward play. Their passing was well timed, and the dribbling excellent, while the rousing centres from Lipsham tested the Everton defence to the utmost. Many narrow escapes had the goal, and yet after twenty minutes play the "Blues" were two-ahead, Donnachie, who had been isolated practically up to this juncture, received the ball and forced a corner, which he accurately placed too Young to head into the net. I thought that the United backs should have averted this goal also, and Leivesley, when he made his effort, was too late to avert disaster. On the general run of the game Everton were scarcely entitled to such a commanding lead. The Sheffielders fairly swarmed round the goal, but 90 per cent of their shots were charged down by an Everton defender. It was not a question of hesitancy that produced this, for the visitors were very keen; but somehow or other, the Everton backs could not get away from the ball, over which they might have exerted a magnetic influence.
Gift of a Goal
During the first half, while the game was evenly contested, Everton scored twice, whereas their opponents failed. In the second stage of the proceedings the "Blues" had far more of the play, yet they could not find the net during this period. The United, however, did so, though the point was practically presented to them by the elder Balmer. A long, lofty return found him in sole possession with no one to hamper him. He dallied and fondled the ball until Thompson found time to get near, and then Balmer endeavored to trick him, instead of clearing. The Sheffielder right winger dispossessed him, and raving away, with only Scott to face, placed the ball safely in the net. Thompson again dashed almost into the goal mouth ere shooting, but, to the chagrin of himself and his colleagues, he sent the ball against the post. Eight corners fell to Everton in almost as many minutes, and Hardman drove across a fast centre which Leivesley could not hold, and the ball dropped from his hands five yards from the open goal.
The Everton forwards gave a most creditable display, and they were ably led by Young, despite the fact that the centre was handicapped by a bandaged limb. His first goal was a characteristic one, but I think it would have been more beneficial from an Everton point of view had he distributed his favours more frequently to the extreme right. In the second half this course was adopted, and the results-though goals did not materialize-justified the changed tactics. Hardman and Donnachie shaped good style, the little left winger being quite ubiquitous in the closing stages just when many others had experienced sufficient for the afternoon thereof. The outside right is a very promising player, and his centres were clever. Bolton gave him judicious passes, and throughout played a sound game. Of the half-backs Abbott was the pick, and it difficult to discern which was the more worthy of commendation -his cool dispossession of the Sheffield right wing or the accuracy with which plied his own left with the ball. Booth shaped creditably, and he had a difficult task to keep Brown in check. Similarly on the right Makepeace was tested to the by utmost by Lipsham and Drake, and he experienced as sultry a ninety minutes need be desired by the most voracious half back. The younger Balmer was better of the backs; of William's blunder I have already written, and his play all round was certainly not inclined to imbue one with confidence. Scott had not a great deal to do, for reasons which I have mentioned, many efforts meant for him being intercepted, some intentionally and others more luckily.
Similarly on the Sheffield side, the forwards treated us to some excellent combined work, the left wing bearing off the honours for effectiveness and cleverness. Brown proved a capable and judicious leader, quick to espy the wing which was best able to deal with his transfer. Levick was useful, and Thompson somewhat erratic, though on two occasions the latter dashed through the Everton defence in a manner that labelled him as a dangerous winger. The whole line worked well together, and they were seconded by two rare half backs in ‘Needham and Wilkinson. There was method in they every move, and Needham played as well as I have ever seen him perform. Wilkinson was a more virile antagonist, brushing his way through opposition, and having the goal especially marked as his object. Needham was more subdued, but every whit as effective. A zealous worker was McGuire, but the full-backs, though kicking rigorously, did not impress me with their reliability. In fact, this department of both sides did not shine. Leivesley could not be blamed for the goals against him, and his display was quite equal to the best efforts of his comrades. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W.), Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Booth, Abbott; Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle, and H.P.Hardman. Sheffield United; Leivesley; Benson, Johnson; McGuire, Wilkinson, Needham; Thompson, Levick, Brown, Drake, and Lipsham. Referee; W. Gilgryst, Manchester.
DERBY COUNTRY'S LATEST RECRUIT
Athletic News - Monday 21 October 1907
The NEWS that was published on Wednesday morning to the effect that Thomas Dilly had been secured from West Bromwich Albion proved very acceptable. It is true Derby had to pay a substantial sum for his transfer, but it is far better to do that for a ready-made player than spend smaller sums for inexperience’s ones, and hope to find a rouge diamond amongst them. So far as Dilly is concerned. It may be interesting to recall the fact that he was born at Arbroath In 1883, and he played for the Hearts of Midlothianian before he crossed the Border and settled down with Everton. He remained with them four seasons, and then migrated to west Bromwich, and it was for the Throstles that he played such a fine game against Derby at The Hawthorne last season. Indeed, he was hailed as a player of ability, and it has not taken him long to get popular with the crowd. With a good outside right Derby County will be set up. What the matter with J. W. Davis and Armstrongs?
Athletic News - Monday 21 October 1907
There has been some correspondence in the local papers as to the action of the Albion directors in parting with Dilly to Derby County. It was urged, plausibly enough, that Dilly did good service at Gainsborough, scoring couple of goals in a match when Shinton was not sound enough to turn out. That is true, but he did little except to score the goals, and there were reasons why it was deemed expedient to part with him. The Albion had a good offer and they accepted It. I could say more, but it is scarcely competent for me to do so, but I may say that I know that the reason which prompted Albion to accept the offer for the ex-Everton man was a valid one. Walker is a much better centre than Dilly; Indeed, Walker is a very fine footballer, and Bowser is coming on so well that he was bound to claim a trial.
EVERTON 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
October 21, 1907. The Liverpool Courier
EVERTON AGAIN VICTORIOUS.
A HARD GAME WITH SHEFFIELD UNITED.
On Saturday Sheffield United had their . Usual fate at Goodison-park. That is to say, they were beaten in a League-match by Everton. They have as yet failed since the century commenced to gain maximum points on the Everton enclosure. This they have sustained eight consecutive reverses. In their earlier days in First League football their experience was somewhat more pleasurable. Indeed, their initiation into the premier division was at Goodison-park, where they made a good start, winning by three goals to two. Their latest visit found them on the wrong side by two goals to one, by no means a bad performance on an opponents's ground. Moreover, they did not go under without a rare struggle. Although two goals in arrears early on in the proceedings they never gave up hope. They were distinctly unfortunate with not a few creditable attempts, and when at length they received some reward for their efforts there was a likelihood of their pertinacity yielding them a least one-point. The Everton players however, had a say in this. They roused the enthusiasm of the spectators in marked degree –and, well when the whistle finally blew no one could begrudge them the honours of a hard fought battle.
YOUNG SCORES TWICE.
Everton had to take the field with Sharp, in addition to Taylor, an absentee, while Sheffield United were short of Bluff, but even such noted players as those named were not greatly missed, so successful were the deputies. This game after the first few minutes, went all in Everton's favour. Hardman had lost all trace of the knee trouble, which he sustained at Middlesbrough, for he fastened on to the ball and dashed it across the goal, much in quite his best style. It was after rounding Benson beautifully that he put in a centre, which enabled Young to draw first blood with a shot, which left Lievesley helpless. This was a capital start, but the Blades forwards were exceedingly nippy, and the Everton defenders had not much leisure. Then came the Blues' second goal. Young again being the scorer. This time he got his head to a perfect centre, and the ball was in the net before Leivesley knew where it was. Thus with a two goals' lead, Everton's position was practically secure. The Sheffield forwards, however, had terribly bad luck in having rasping shots charged down in the goalmouth, and Everton were rather fortunate in holding such a pronounced lead at the interval. In the second half, which commenced in a terrific downpour of rain, the only goal fell to the visiting side. It was due to W. Balmer taking things too easily, with the result that he let in Thompson, who ran though and netted with ease. After this period United shaped as if an equaliser were soon to arrive, but once they realized the seriousness of the situation, the Blues peppered Leivesley's charge and kept the excitement at a high pitch. Everton eventually running out winners by two goals to one. CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Though not a great game, it was a thoroughly interesting and hard fought encounter, with the winners value for their victory. Sheffield United have a really fine team this season, and one that will have to be reckoned with by the strongest combinations in the country. Needham is still a force on the football field, and the way he served his forwards, apart from his judgement in checking opponents, was an object lesson to young players. The halves on both sides were to be commended. Booth and Wilkinson in their respective positions being notable for sound, and profitable work. Neither pair of backs was entirely satisfactory. The brothers Balmer were good, and bad by turns, while Benson, the United right back was frequently in difficulties, with Hardman, who was about the best forwards on the field. Donnachie and Bolton formed a clever wing, the former especially in the second half, bring prominent, while Sandy Young, in addition to obtaining Everton's goals, was responsible for several splendid attempts at scoring. Lipsham and Drake made a capital left wing for Sheffield, but Brown failed to gain his customary goal; and moreover was too forcible in his encounter with Booth. As the goalkeepers, no fault could be found with either of them. Teams: - Everton: - Scott, goal, W. Balmer, and R. Balmer, backs, Makepeace, Booth, and Abbott half-backs, Donnachie, Bolton, Young, Settle (Captain), and Hardman forwards. Sheffield United: - Leivesley, goal, Benson, and C. Johnson, backs McGuire, Williamson, and Needham, half-backs, Thompson Levick, Brown, Drake, and Lipsham, forwards. Referee W. Gilgryst.
ASTON VILLA RES V EVERTON RES
October 20, 1906. The Liverpool Football Echo
At Aston, before 3,000 spectators. The Villa won the toss, but Jones, passing out to Butler, enabled the speedily 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 Chappell added further goals; half-time; Aston Villa Reserves 3, Everton Reserves nil. Full Time; Aston Villa Reserves 3, Everton reserves 1.
BRILLIANT EXHIBITION OF FORWARD PLAY AT GOODISON
October 22, 1906. The Liverpool Echo We expected Everton to win and granted the concession that Sheffield United would give them a run for the points but it is safe to proclaim that so end of the 18,000 spectators present ever imagined when wending Goodison way, that the exhibition to be given would be of the exhilarant character it was. It was a remarkably attractive game –all too short –and as an exhibition of forward work I should say nothing has been seen to equal it. We will say unique exhibition of attacking power between each set of forwards overpowered the defenders by sharp passes, quick movements on the wing, strong and accurate centres and combination that was well nigh perfect. Now one often sees a quintet by its combined efforts wavering pass a defence say seventy out of the ninety minutes' play. It is a fairly common occurrence. Here, however, both quintets were in capital trim, and there was little to choose between the two lines. Up to the penalty area there certainly was no difference between the pair. Both were excellent. It was when it came to the vital points the final efforts that Everton were seen to more advantage than their rivals.
EVERTON’S NEW FORAGER
Athletic News - Monday 27 October 1913
In the match between Manchester City and Everton it was a curious coincidence that each club played an outside left never seen before on the Ardwick ground in a class match. Everton are trying their new forwards, and they seem to have found a useful youth in George Harrison, who made his debut in the upper circles on September 20, and has since held his place. This position has been a source of much trouble to the Everton directors, and they are hopeful that Harrison will solve the problem. Born at Church Gresley, Harrison has had a limited experience. Leaving Gresley Rovers he joined Leicester Fosse, with whom for two and a half seasons he appeared regularly in Second Division matches. Altogether he took part in 59 games, and never missed a first team match in which the Fosse were engaged. He went to Everton last march, and started his clever in the Reserve team. His form gained him a place in the first eleven against Liverpool, on September 20, and his debut was decidedly creditable. He showed cleverness in baffling the backs, and sent across centres in a judicious fashion. Though somewhat small in statue-he stands 5ft 6 and half in, he is sturdily built, and weighs 11st 2lb. Sprinting and cricket engage his attention in the close season, and being an ambitious youth he should gain fame at football.
A HOME WITHOUT ITS PLEASURES.
Athletic News - Monday 27 October 1913
Manchester City 1, Everton 1
By the Pilgrim
Perhaps it is the atmosphere of Hyde- road that is not suiting Manchester City, but it has been anything but a "Home Sweet Home” for them so far. Of the four matches they have played there they have not won one, nor deserved to win one, and they ran to within a couple of minutes of their third defeat in their encounter with Everton on Saturday. At any rate, that was the offical time at which they scored their equalizing goal, though along with many others I reckoned there was still two minutes left for play when Mr. Eccles applied the closure. Everton did not give what could be termed a brilliant exhibition of football, but they were much the better side. They were a better balanced team, quicker on the ball, more combined, more methodical, and far less inclined to rashness. Up the interval they played very well, and the work of their half-backs and forwards stood out in striking contrast to that of the home men. Thompson was not quite the staid, polished artist as his colleague. He was not so calm, so cool, or so sure in his returns as Maconnachie, or so neat and clever in his tackling, but he was never half hearted, never indifferent, and never hesitant.
Maconnachie was the best back on the field; perhaps the best footballer on the field. He played finely, though Maconnachie would play finely under far more trying conditions than he experienced in this match. He was never harassed, and he was never faulty. I was not at all impressed with the goalkeeping of Mitchell. He had not many shots to save, but in dealing with the few balls that did come his way he did not strike me as being any too safe. Everton’s strength was largely concentrated in their half back line, compared with which the City trio was a very fragile force. Wareing might have been fortunate not to have a penalty-kick given against him in the second half, but he was altogether too much for Howard, and Harris played a strong and virile game all through. Makepeace was not quite prominent, but did some very good work, and the line whole left little to be desired. The forwards started very well, displaying plenty of dash and shooting at every available opportunity. Up to the interval Page was always a source of danger. He made one or two very good runs, and shot well when travelling at full speed, but like Nuttall and Johnston, he fell away after the change ends, though Nuttall was always to be feared by reason of his dash. There is the making of a very strong player of the bustling order in this young man, but he should learn to keep his elbows down. But the best men in the line were on the wings. Harrison was the cleverest forward on the field, and frequently beat Henry with his skillful football, though, like Houston, he did not always finish as well as he might have done.
THE CITY'S WEAKNESS.
Both individually and as a team the City played very poorly, and especially in the first half. Smith and M’Quire are the only exceptions that can be mentioned. Once again Smith kept a very clever goal, and made a capital substitute for Fletcher. He tackled well and with splendid judgment, and for the most part returns were very good. But in the first half Henry was very unsettled, and his play at times was almost suggestive of indifference. It was very different exhibition he gave in the second half so far as his kicking was concerned, but even then his tackling was not so sure as it usually is. The City’s great weakness, however, was at half-back and forward. The intermediate men were very fair in defence, but except it was Holford they did not provide for the front line as they might have done, albeit the opportunities they provided were not taken. Of Howard’s play I have already spoken. He was altogether too wild, though he must be given credit for the shot which really meant the equalising goal. Like Taylor, this was the best thing he did in the match, for the last-named was still lacking in fire. Wallace was inconsistent, though he did not play badly in his new role, and Jones suffered in the general mediocrity; but one sympathized with Cartwright, the Northwich recruit, that he should be making his debut under such depressing conditions. He did not shine, but he had not much chance. Beyond the goals there very little in the game that calls for notice. Everton scored at the end of twenty minutes' play, Nuttall pouncing on the ball whilst Bottomley was on the ground, and driving it into the net from about twelve yards range. It was a well-obtained point, and only the smartness on Smith prevented the visitors increasing their lead before the interval, Nuttall on one occasion forcing the ball against the post, and the goalkeeper subsequently saving in brilliant fashion from a wonderful shot Harrison. The City men were completely overplayed up to the half-way stage, but they unproved a little after the change of ends and after Houston had struck the cross-bar they equalised. Howard taking a pass from Cartwright, and whipping in a great shot which Mitchell could not clear before Taylor dashed up and rushed the ball into the net. Manchester City .-Smith: Henry, M'Guire; Hughes, Bottomley, Holford; Wallace, Taylor, Howard, Jones, and Cartwright- Everton.-Mitchell: Thompson, Macconnachie (captain); Harris, Wareing, Makepeace; Houston, Nuttall, Page, Johnston, and Harrison. Referee K. Eccles. Darwen.
WINDRIDGE THE WIZARD
Athletic News - Monday 28 October 1907
By The Mate
To those pessimists who have already doomed Chelsea to a speedy return to the Second Division, the victory over Everton on Saturday should give pause. There was real honest merit in the success, and if the management of the Chelsea club have had wisdom forced upon them at this late hour what matters it, if the result is the same in the end. The introduction of Cameron and Rouse has made for strength, but will the West London club able to make up the ground lost in the early stages of the race is the question which is agitating the minds of Metropolitan supporters. I do not desire to raise any false hopes, but the impression I gained in their display on Saturday was one highly favourable to the future of the club. I was delighted with their whole-heartedness. They were eleven men fighting with a pertinacity borne of a grim determination not to be defeated. From the very outset they set their backs to the wall, to use a metaphor, and refused to budge an inch. And if they hardly deserved to lead at the interval I feel sure no one will begrudge them what little favour Fortune is pleased to bestow, for they have had a severe trial.
A GREAT IMPROVEMENT.
Everton played fine football, but the goal which Chelsea scored six minutes after the start, was a stimulant for the remainder of the game. They never really looked behind after that early success, not even after Booth had equalized nearly twenty minutes later, and when, just before the interval Chelsea again took the lead, they played such a strenuous game in the second half that one never had any presentiment that Everton would gain the upper hand. There was a balance about the home team which has not been apparent, in their previous games this season. True, the several men played with varying degrees of success, but there were failures. Combination was a factor in their success, and the forward policy adopted by the half-backs was one which resulted in profit. Never before this season has the defence displayed such solidity. There was purpose in everything which Cameron and Miller did. Each man supported the other, and Cameron played a vastly better game than when opposed to Bolton Wanderers. He kicked a fine length and his judgment in meeting the rushes of Harold Hardman and Settle was excellent. Miller, too, was sound.
A KEY TO SUCCESS
But no man in the Chelsea side merited higher commendation than George Key. This sturdy little half-back was ever breaking up the efforts of the Everton left wing, and time and again he recovered and beat his opponent when his chance seemed well-nigh hopeless. I like the player of Key's stamp. He is always going and never recognizes defeat. Stark was pillar of strength. He is no believer in the niceties of the game. He has no desire to rouse the crowd to enthusiasm by single-handed brilliance, and when the ball falls to his feet it is sent immediately sent goal wards and to the forwards in front of him. Birnie, on the other hand, sometimes fails to forget, that he was once a forward, but on Saturday he was a successful follower of his colleagues in the centre. Far and away the best forward on the side was James Windridge. He is a true artiste with the ball. His close footwork is only comparable to the grace and artistry of Sharp or Bloomer. There is something indefinably delicate about the way he manipulates the ball, and his two goals on Saturday were capital efforts, although it required no great skill to score the last one. Hilsdon rendered Windridge great assistance, and the way he harassed the backs pleased me immensely. He has of late been prone to fall back on the half-backs with baneful results. Rouse was the man upon whom 45,000 pairs of critical eyes rested. It was a trying ordeal to play against his old colleagues on the occasion of his debut at Stamford Bridge, and he was obviously affected by the strange situation. He improved considerably as the game advanced, and he was primarily responsible for Chelsea’s second goal, while in the last moments of the game he sent a brilliant shot careering past the post. Fairgrey was slightly better than Moran, but both were useful, and the Lincoln youth was a source of trouble to Jack Sharp on more than one occasion when the cricketer was getting the better of the Chelsea defenders. Scott had no possible chance of stopping the two shots which pierced the goal, nor had he a great deal to do; but one save from Hilsdon early in the game and another in the second half were superb. On the other hand, Whiting made three brilliant clearances. To stop long, swift shots from Sharp and Hardman he flung himself full length, and turned the ball round the posts, and then he saved a centre from Hardman and a peculiar dropping shot by Sharp. It was undoubtedly his best game of the season.
ABOUT THE EVERTON PLAYERS
I liked R. better than his brother William, because he was safer. William’s dash gave him greater prominence, but Robert's sure kicking and judgment were of the greater value. Booth was the best of the half backs, but the line generally was good. Young did heaps of foraging, and when he was on the move there was danger in the air, but strangely enough he never seriously troubled Whiting. Sharp was the most accomplished of the line, and Bolton was unable to do anything right. He was particularly unlucky in the second half when a grand swerving shot turned away from the goal, with Whiting hopelessly beaten. Hardman deteriorated, and Settle could not escape the worrying attentions of Key. Apart from the super-excellent play of Manchester United, the game was by far the best that I have seen at Stamford Bridge this season. Both sides played good football, and this despite a greasy ball and a heavy ground. The movement which led up the first goal scored by Chelsea was the culmination of some delightful passing by Hilsdon and Windridge, and the latter's successful shot was a glorious effort. Booth got the equalizing goal with a shot from twenty-five yards range, and then Rouse worked the ball cleverly forward just before the interval. He gave Moran a clear course, but the little wing man was dispossessed by Abbott, who unfortunately slipped and allowed Moran to recover. He centred accurately, and Windridge did the rest. I congratulate Chelsea on their success, and trust the victory will be the precursor of others. Chelsea;- Whiting; Cameron, Miller; Key, Stark, Birnie; Moran, Rouse, Hilsdon, Windridge, and Fairgrey. Everton; Scott; Balmer (W.), Balmer (R.); Makepeace, Booth, Abbott; Sharp, Bolton, Young, Settle, and H.P. Hardman. Referee; T.P. Campbell, Blackburn.
CHELSEA 2 EVERTON 1
October 28, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON LOSE AT CHELSEAS.
AN ENJOYABLE GAME.
It has taken Chelsea some time to find their feet in the First Division of the League, and they must have astonished even themselves when they beat Everton on Saturday by two goals to one. But the most rabid partisan could hardly begrudge them their victory before a crowd of close upon 40,000 people. Everton are a team that the London public delight to see, and almost every follower of the game has a sneaking regard for their picturesque style of play. In this particular match there was hardly a pin's point to choose between the teams in point of cleverness, and a most delightful exhibition of the game was the result. Chelsea won because they made the most of their opportunities, while on the other hand Everton although enjoying practually as much of the game as their opponents, threw their chances away through hesitation in front of goal.
INCIDENTS OF THE GAME.
The story of the game can soon be told, for the first half all the exciting football was witnessed. From the beginning play was contested at a fast pace, and the Chelsea goal was early in danger with Millar miskicking. Fortunately for the Pensioners Cameron dropped back just in time to prevent Bolton getting in his intended shot. Only five minutes had gone when Chelsea registered their first goal. Cameron had cleared an ugly rush by Settle, and Hardman and from his long kick Hilsdon fastened on the ball and passed it prettily to Windridge, who taking a quick shot, beat Scott at close range. There was a very exciting incident, after this for Bolton trapped a beautiful centre from Hardman, and flashed in a lovely shot which Whiting negotiated by literally throwing himself at the ball and conceding a corner. The most noticeable part of the game up to this period had been the beautiful work of the Everton half-backs. Their steady tackling and accurate passing to their forwards was much admired by the great crowd, but somehow they seemed to fall, which they got within shooting distance. Chelsea went in for more dashing tactics, and most of their movements were engineered by Rouse, the old Everton man, who was playing his first home match for his new club. Windridge and Fairgray instituted many thrilling movements, but it was left to Everton to provide the excitement of scoring an equalising goal. The forwards had indulged in a regular bout of passing, and finally Bolton took a shot at goal. His efforts, however, cannoned off Millar and went out to Sharp, and the Lancashire cricketer cantering along, dropped in a backward centre. The ball dropped at the feet of Booth, who, from a distance of quite 20 yards, sent in a low, swife shot which completely beat Whiting, whose sight was obstructed by his backs, Young almost got another in the next minute, but Cameron just managed to charge it down. Before the interval Chelsea, again took the lead. Rouse got a pass from Stark, and hooked the ball out to Morgan, and racing down the field he was successfully lackled by R. Balmer, but before the Everton back had time to clear, the little Chelseas winger had registered possession. He immediately patched across a curling centre, which Scott came out to meet, but the ball swerving out of the custodian's reach went to Windridge, and in a twinkling it was breasted into the net. As it happened this proved the winning goal, for the second half was devoid of scoring, though Everton came very near on several occasions. They pressed almost continuously during the last ten minutes, and Whiting, magnificently turned one great shot from Sharp, round the post. It was a wonderful piece of goalkeeping, and the crowd fairly rose at Whiting after he had seen Abbott head over the crossbar from the corner kick.
Coming to the individual merits of the teams in the first place the men on both sides should be congratulated on a really delightful display of clean football. There was hardly a foul in the game, and nothing in the shape of any unnecessary vigour was noticed during the whole ninety minutes. The forward play was skillfully executed while the defence all round was convincing and resourceful. Scott had rather more shots fired at him then Whiting, but little fault could be found with either man under the crossbar. The Everton backs were a shade cleverer than the home pair both the Balmers being sure with their kicking, Cameron the old Blackburn Rover, is settling down and on his display, on Saturday will prove a valuable member of the London team before the season closes. Reference has already been made to the play of the Everton half-backs, and it only remains to be said that Booth was a long way the best man in that position on the field. Abbott and Makepeace were both good, especially the former, who has a perfect understanding with Settle and Hardman. The Chelsea halves were not so clever as the opposing trio, but they were full of energy, with Stark and Birnie prominent. The Everton forwards were masters in the art of combination, but their shooting was not at all deadly. They wanted to make too sure of a position before letting fly. Sharp was a disappointment to the spectators, who had expected a great display from the international, but somehow, the ball seemed too lively for him. Bolton did good work while Young was a real pivot and worked the line cleverly, but as a pair Settle and Hardman were the most effective, their work always being convincing. The best of the Chelsea forwards were Windridge and Fairgrey, who took a lot of stopping when on the move. Teams: - Chelsea: - Whiting, goal, Cameron and Miller, backs, Henderson Birnie, and Key, half-backs, Moran, Rouse, Hilsdon, Windridge and Fairgrey, forwards. Everton: - Scott goals, W. Balmer and R. Balmer backs, Makepeace, Booth, and Abbott half-backs, Sharp (Captain), Bolton, Young, Settle, and Hardman, forwards. Referee T.P. Campbell.
EVERTON RESERVES 8 CHORLEY 1
October 28, 1907. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Combination Division One (Game 9)
Everton maintained their high scoring propensities on Saturday, when they defeated Chorley by eight goals to one, the visitors solitary point being obtained from a penalty kick. The game all through was a one-sided affair, though in justice to Chorley it should be mentioned they were short-handed for the greater part of the game, besides which they arrived late and the start was delayed twenty minutes. Play commenced with an attack on the visitors goal, but it was some time and Everton found the net –Donnachie doing the trick –the custodian and his backs putting up a splendid defence. Once this was pierced, however, goals came quickly, and when half-time was reached the Blues were leading 4-0 –Mountford (two) and Jones putting on the additional points. On resuming Everton looked putting on a record score, as three goals were put on in 15 minutes, the executants being Woods (two) and Mountford. Chorley were then awarded a penalty kick, and Pollard scored. Mountford recorded his fourth goal, and the eight for Everton, who pressed hard right up to the finish. Taken all round the match was very uneven. Sloan had an afternoon off, only fielding one or two shots. The backs were safe, while MaConnachie was the most noticeable of the halves, his shooting being a feature of the play. All the forwards were in splendid fettle, and got through some telling work. Little need be said of the visitors. The custodian could not be blamed for the severe defeat, but the remainder of the team hardly came up to the Everton standard. It is evident the Blues' forwards are in fine trim when operating at Goodison, as in their last two home matches, they have scored 17 goals. Everton: - Sloan, goal, Strettell, and Crelly backs, Adamson, Macconachie, and Chadwick, half-backs, Rafferty, Graham, Jones Mountford and Woods, forwards.