REDS V BLUES
(“Blues” won 3-1 last season)
October 5, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool
Today's Local Derby at Anfield.
Good Goals by Browell and Gault.
The visit of Everton to Anfield this afternoon was the thirty-first meeting of the teams in league football, and the occasion was marked by the usual large crowd. Keen excitement and, withal good humour. The colours of the respective clubs were freely worn, and there was the customary pleasant banter between rival groups of followers of the two clubs. Everton has set up a remarkable record in regard to visits to their near neighbour, having avoided defeat on these occasions for a dozen years. Liverpool had made several changes in their forwards Parkinson appearing for the first time this season at centre, Stewart displacing Tosswill at inside right, and Millar again partnering Lacey on the left wing. On the other hand, the defence was at full strength. Pucell having recovered from his recent injuries Everton played Davidson at outside left in place of Uren and two other changes were made at the last moment. Holbem having to take the place of MaConnachie who is suffering from a damaged rib, and Gault re-appearing in the forward line in place of Jefferis who is also on the injured list. Teams: - Liverpool: - Campbell, goal, Longsworth, and Pursell, backs, Lowe, Ferguson, and McKinlay, half-backs, Goddard (Captain), Stewart, Parkinson, Miller, and Lacey, forwards. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Holbem backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace (captain) half-backs, Beare, Gault, Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson, forwards. Referee H. Taylor. It was a glorious afternoon for football, the ground bring in almost perfect condition, the sky clear, and the bright sunshine also making the conditions pleasant for the spectators, Long before the match started the ground was filling rapidly and the period of waiting was rendered less monotonous by strains of music rendered by the Artillery Band, which discoursed popular airs, which the crowd promptly took up lustily singing well-known chorus.
Blues Win the Toss.
There would be over 40,000 spectators present when Crawford led his men on to the cheers of the multitude. Everton, who followed soon afterwards, were given an equally hearty reception. Makeapace won the toss for Everton, and Liverpool commenced the dazzling, sunshine to the faces. The first incident of note was a breakaway by Goddard, who stumbled when about to centre. Parkinson did get possession, but was not in a position to shoot Liverpool came again and a mistake by Stevenson let in Millar, who forced a corner, which was not improved upon. The Everton forwards who had opened tamely, began now to get a grip of the game. They forced a corner kick, only for the ball to be finally shot wide by Gault. The Liverpool half-backs were allowing no quarter, and the Blues forwards were frequently finding their movements nipped in the bud.
The Parkinson got in one of his lively rushes, only to unintentionally turn a somersault when nearing the danger zone. There had been ten minutes' play, as yet neither keeper had a single shot to stop. A breakaway by the Blues ended in Beare sending in a low ground shot. Campbell was beaten to the world. Fortunately for Liverpool the ball struck the foot of the post, and went out to Gault who returned it smartly, one of the backs, bringing relief. Lacey after a fine spirit made an equally fine centre Holbem intercepting with a timely header. The ball was next put out to Gooddard, who after dashing ahead gave Caldwell a dangerous shot to stop. Ferguson was prominent with his headwork, but his attempt to find the goal with a long shot was anything but a success.
Then came an anxious moment for the Blues' defence. Lacey sent right across the goal and after Parkinson had let the ball pass him Stewart came rushing up and shot straight into the hands of Caldwell, who made no mistake in clearing Goddard from the wing got the ball right into the goalmouth, and Parkinson made a desperate effort to rush the keeper through but failed. Exciting play followed right in front of the Liverpool goal and twice at least a goal seemed certain. Everton were rewarded a free kick close to the corner flag. It was well placed and Browell divided goalwards with his head. Campbell springing up and placing over the bar with the tips of his fingers. From the second corner kick the Liverpool goal had an equally narrow escape, the ball was crashed against the side post and Browell was just about to shoot with only the keeper to beat when Longsworth took the ball from off his toe in the nick of time.
Everton Force the Pace.
Everton continued to force matters and from a centre by Davidson, Beare missed a glorious opening by shooting wide when presented with a clear goal. The game continued fast and interesting, and Liverpool next enjoyed a spell of attacking which was rendered abortive by the inside forward's ability to shoot straight at the right moment. At the other end Bradshaw grazed the far side post with a stiff shot. The Liverpool goal continued to have anxious moments and on one occasion a forward pass to Makepeace ended with Gault getting in a deadly shot. Campbell being lucky to save at the expense of a corner.
There was great enthusiasm over the first goal, which came on 33 minutes after the start. Beare galloped away, and cleverly tricking McKinley and Purcell, centred with judgement Browell meeting the ball and scoring with his usual precision. The Liverpool forwards kept on trying, but the inside men continued to lack real shooting ability. The Reds' rushes were always dangerous, and on occasions Parky was distinctly unlucky in crashing the ball against the crossbar. Lacey met the rebound out to place a yard wide of the target. Goddard was next unlucky with a flag kick and after a scrimmage again shot wide.
Half-time Liverpool 0 Everton 1.
Lively Interval Scenes.
During the interval some amusement was caused by the handy way in which a score of stalwart policemen commenced to throw the spectators on the playing pitch into their proper places, behind the barrier. Some of those who had been put over the railings were inclined to result. Several outbreaks of fisticuffs, which took place at this point, did not help matters, and for the moment or two the situation was ugly. One unruly spectator was led off the field by a policeman and by the time the players reappeared things had quieted down.
Early in the second Half Lacey and Parkinson made desperate efforts to get through and Lacey was only inches wide with a good shot. The ball was taken from end to end in quick succession but the backs were more than holding their own. The play was at times very scrappy, and the Blues' forwards were not at their best in regard to passing. At the Everton end Stewart had a likely shot charged down and a minute later Parkinson rushed the Everton keeper with no better result than to have a free kick given against him. The game continued to be a hammer and tongs variety and Liverpool were striving their utmost to get level.
A Second Goal.
Their spirited rushes however were not backed up by forceful shooting Everton increasing their lead twenty minutes in the second half. From a fine clearance by Holbem, Gault took up the running, Purcell should have cleared, and his lapse ended in Gault scoring with a capital shot. Soon afterwards the play had to be stopped through miller being injured. Liverpool redoubled their efforts, and Lacey after clever footwork got in a low drive, which deserved a better fate than to graze the post. Gault continued to show rare shooting ability. Campbell got rid of a hard drive from him. The Liverpool forwards were again attacking strongly, but they continued to lack methods in front goal. Parkinson came near rushing the ball through on one occasion and later Miller sent wide with a long shot. The closing stages were continued at the same fast pace. Browell was making for goal when he was pulled up by Purcell. A corner kick followed, and it was well placed by Beare, Bradshaw coming near to scoring.
With a header. The next Liverpool attack saw Goddard in full flight, and he gave Caldwell a hard shot to stop. A minute or two later the Everton keeper saved from Ferguson. Just before the end Browell was making a bee-line for goal, when Cambell rushed towards him and when twenty yards from goal succeeded in dispossessing him. It was a very dangerous move, but successfully executed.
Final; Liverpool 0, Everton 2; Goal Scorers, Everton Browell, Gault.
The gates are favouring Liverpool this season surely, for the weather was simply perfect for great the game at Anfield. But everything was as near perfect as could be desired. The ground arrangements for dealing with a big crowd, and the appearance of the enclosure, which must rank as one of the finest in the country, were a like excellent. Naturally Mr. Tom Watson was delighted with the state of affairs and a great deal of credit is due to the popular secretary for the complete character of the arrangements, which worked with a smoothness and ease that could only betaken perfection foresight and detail. The pitch was all that could be desired too, and was fitting evidence of the ability of the groundsmen, who were evident given their full time to produce all that is best. From the point of view of “gates” it was a prominent success for they were swinging merrily on their hinges an hour before the start. Topic of the moment –“What will the 33 rd bring about? And will the Reds prevail after their long series of home defeats. “Everton's loss is Liverpool's gain” say many of Mac and Jefferis are not with us. Talk about receptions –they could scarcely be excelled.
Start of Game .
Now they're off with Parky and Goddard well in the picture. No quarter given. First corner to Liverpool. Blue jersey on the spot. Fine incisive movements on Everton's let, but Ferguson's head came in useful from the ensuing corner. First likely opening thus for when Parky raced through, but Stevenson's interception was great, but still the back was lucky. Not much between them in the first ten minutes. The Reds' supporters were delighted with the dash displayed by Parkinson. Whew! Campbell almost beaten from a fine oblique shot from Beare. Just an inch or so out and the upright saved the situation. No slacking, and the spectators were having good value. No indication up to how the game is likely to go. Both keen as mustard, and silgulirily enough the keenness did not rob the game of the nicer points. Ferguson at fault hereabouts with faulty passing when the right wing was looking for work. However, Goddard got in a beauty as also Stewart but Caldwell's work was beyond reproach. Liverpool just now the faster and cleverer team yet made poor use of their superiority. The home of the “Reds” –Parky deadly. Near thing Everton. One of the popular old-time goalmouth tussles with the defenders eventually prevailing. Longsworth a bit out of his reckoning at time or two, but the “Blues” were somewhat generous.
Ballooning greatly in evidence just now, but from Liverpool's point of view it paid, as Goddard presented Stewart with two open goals but –oh! Low the supporters of the “Reds” winged. Ne'er were such chances. Were finishing touches on a par with the general display both sides must have been chalking him up. One of Browell's best –but Campbell ably did the needful. After thirty minutes came the first real shot and Beare, and Browell were the joint causes of it all. That was a great effort on the part of the winger and a fine judged header by the centre that left Campbell hopeless. Same old tale, Everton always more dangerous when they get down. Reds had chances enough but continued to finish badly. Another chance to Stewart. No luck, but distinctly hard lines when Parky struck the crossbar. Three minutes to go, and Goddard had the vilest of luck with a brilliant drive, which yielded but a corner. Verdict on the first half, Liverpool defeated themselves by failing to take openings that came their way. At it again. Not quite so scoring this time.
Liverpool dominates the opening stage, and Lacey had a possible chance, but just wide. The belated equaliser looked forthcoming after "Parky” had drawn the defence and put out to Lacey. Unfortunately, the lapse was one of inches on. “Hail luck, Stewart” and “Well played Holbem,” almost in one breath. Once again the “Reds” were the faster side, but Holbem, almost in one breath. Once again the “Reds” were the faster side, but Holbem particualy would not be beaten. Parky bothered Caldwell almost on the penalty line. A corner to Liverpool to no avail. The final touch being lacking. Everton half-backs give a polished display Anfielders depressed. Purcell misjudged the bouncing ball and Gault was there to take full advantage. Another instance of the great alertness of the Blues when openings came along. All over, and the Blues romp offence more with the spoils of victory. Evidently “the ground for players” had found a maxim as “horses for courses” so far as the Evertonians are concerned.
Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 05 October 1912
Patrick Thistle F.C, management have been able to fix up a new centre forward in William Murray, of Everton, regarding whose transfer negotiations were concluded yesterday. Murray hails from Cheshire.
EVERTON RESERVES V. CREWE ALEXANDRA.
October 5, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
At Goodison Park. Teams: - Everton: - Hodge, goal; Simpson and Laurie, backs; McClulloch, Tyrer, and Grenyer, half-backs; Smith, Gourlay, Wright, Robinson and Uren, forwards. Crewe: - Box, goal; Chorlton and Stanley, backs; Peters, Bannister, and Brown, half-backs; Bracegirdie, Mack, Smith, Wallace, and Milward, forwards . Crewe started operations with only ten men. Box missing his train. Everton gave a trial to two local players in Tyrer, of Wallasey Rovers, and Wright, of Egremont. In the opening stages some fast and interesting play was witnessed, with Everton having slightly the best of matters. In fielding a miskick by one of his backs, Hodge handled outside the penalty area, but the referee had evidently forgotten the new rule, for the home keeper was not penalised, much to the merriment of the spectators. After give and take play Gourlay executed a heat dribble, and centring to Uren the outside man experienced little difficulty in placing the ball into the net. The Railwaymen then made tracks for the home goal, and Milward was brought down on the penalty line, and from the ensuing free kick Bracegirdle headed over the bar. The visitors maintained the pressure, and the Everton goal had a narrow escape when Laurie kicked the ball against the opposing centre forward. Hoye saving the situation with a wonderful save. Hodge again proved his worth in saving a hot shot from Bracegirdle with a couple of Crewe forwards in close at tendency. The “Blues” then carried play into the other half, where Uren placed a corner to Gourlay, who only just missed with a lighting drive. Box put in an appearance after twenty minutes' play and with their
Crewe made strenuous efforts to get on level terms. Smith, who had deputised in goal, soon made his presence felt in the forward line, and from Bracegirdle's centre he only just missed the mark, while later he had a shot headed out by Simpson when the home keeper was beaten. Everton then had a turn, and with a little luck both Gourlay and Tyrer might have increased the “Blues” score. Both the new men made a creditable debut, and Tyrer was especially noticeable, his grit and determination in following up making several openings for his colleagues. Half-time Everton 1 goal, Crewe nil.
LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 2
October 7, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
BATTLE OF THE COLOURS.
EVERTON AGAIN PREVAIL.
Games between Liverpool and Everton are always interesting, as no matter how the sides have fared in other engagements, followers of the clubs can always rely upon the players giving of their best when these meetings come round. There would be about 45,000 spectators present, and though the conditions were somewhat summer-like, the big crowd were provided with a capital afternoon's sport. The remarkable sequence of successes by the Goodison Park brigade on the old home of the club was continued, and it would appear that the Blues are desired to enjoy a charmed existence when at Anfield. There was little indeed between the sides so far as general footwork was concerned, and though the exhibition did not come up to the standard of several that have gone before, there was a compensating infusion of dash and persistent goaheadness that kept the respective supporters of the clubs extended to the full limit of enthusiasm. Everton citement at times was intense, and was by no means confined to the crowd, for the players caught the infection, and the Anfielders were obviously the more unmerved. They were as good, if not better, as their opponents in every detail with the exception of finishing touches, and even allowing for occasional lapse under exceptional circumstances, they ought to have narrowed down the margin of victory. Still, there could be no mistaking the fact that the more polished artists when it came to the crucial test were on the other side, and the close follower of the game could not arrive at any other conclusion than that the Evertonians fully deserved their triumph.
The ability of such star performers as Macconnachie and Jefferis to take up their accustomed positions had a disturbing influence on the minds of the Everton supporters, but as matters eventuated neither was missed, as their respective places were filled up by experts who upon their form displayed in no uncertain fashion their claim to inclusion in the highest flight of football. The re-shuffling of the Liverpool team and the return of old favourities lent a spice to the proceedings, and thus it was that when the game opened at a terrific pace the spectators recognised that they were for a most profitable afternoon. It was hard fought, rousing, and withal a clean game, and if many of the nicer touches were conspicuous by the absence, it was the result of the keen spirited which deminated the tussle from first to last. In midfield play, and leading up to attacks upon the respective defence, the Anfielders were generally the better combination, but when it became a matter of utilising chances that came along the “Blues” were undoubtedly the more expert. There were occasions when Parkinson and Goddard struck the woodwork, but twice also did the Liverpool goal escape in similar fashion, and this before a tangible point was recorded The outstanding superiority was the finish displayed by the visitors, and yet the Anfielders were provided with openings which had they been accepted, must have placed them outside the pale of defeat.
Coming to the players, and dealing first with the Everton forwards, pride of place must be given to Beare, who displayed all his old cleverness in taking the ball, eluding his opponents, and centring with an accuracy that was beyond reproach. He it was who engineered the first goal of the match, and in conjunction with Gault formed the most successful wing on the field. Browell was there to supplement whatever came his way, and while Davidson had a good time in the first half, when he centred accurately after a clever sprint, he tapered off in the second portion, and this reduced the standard of effectiveness. He was in half-back play where the Evertonians mostly excelled. As a pivot, Fleetwood was always a worker with a definite aim in view, and his shadowing of Parkinson and attention to his own forwards reminded one forcible of the great success in this position a couple of seasons ago at Bristol. There was no deterioration on the part of Makepeace, and Harris, and most folk who follow football know what these players are capable of accomplishing. The “trio” were a capital line, both in attack and defence, and in the matter of speed they compared favourably with the best on the field. Everton's rearguard has probably never been better served. Doubts were entertained as the soundness of Holbem, and his ability satisfactorily to fill the position rendered vacant by the skipper. There were cast to the winds ere the game was many minutes old, and it can safely be stated that Macconnachie at his best could not have rendered better service than did his understudy. Stevenson was also a success, and in goal Caldwell was found wanting.
The Liverpool forwards, were for the most part evidently labouring under the failure to take advantage of openings that occurred early on. These did not come singly, and the frailties of the inside men to accept chances when the custodian only lay between them and success must have put quite a damper on the ardour of their colleagues. In this respect Stewart was the greater delinquent, for he was piled with passes from Goddard and Parkinson that would have gladdened the heart of any ordinary marksman. Otherwise his work was satisfactory, and with Goddard proved the more effective wing, but though the line as a whole were incisive enough in their advances, they compared badly with the opposing quintette when it came to a point of driving home an advantage. Parkinson's return to the fold was a pronounced success, but he was unfortunate enough to have found Fleetwood on the top of his form. His flashes down the centre, and hustling of the backs, and drawing the defence round him what time he put the ball out to his colleagues, merited better results, but the inside men lacked the last yard otherwise a different tale might have to be told. Ferguson gave an improved display and got through much useful work, as also did Lowe who kept a vigilant eye upon the movements of Bradshaw and Davidson. McKinlay was up against a smart wing, and on the whole gave a good display, but the exercise of a little restraint would improve his efficiency. Longsworth had a big task on hand, as Purcell was not as reliable as usual, while Campbell brought off many fine saves, but had no chance of preventing the points recorded against his side.
The details of play may be briefly summarised. Facing' the glaring sun, the Anfielders opened in promising fashion, but found themselves opposed to a sturdy defence. The first exciting incident came on Browell putting the ball out to Beare to send in a rasping a shot with Campbell beaten, but fortunately for the keeper, the ball rebounded from the upright and was cleared. Following this Stewart failed with two easy chances, while at the other end Campbell brought off smart saves from Browell and Gault. After half an hour's play Beare pounced upon a clearance by Stevenson, and cleverly tricking McKinlay, he went off on one of his electric flashes, rounded Pursell, and centred accurately for Browell to head into the net. Following the interval the “Reds” ably led by Parkinson showed much promise of equalising but a lapse on the part of Pursell, who misjudged a bouncing ball, provided Gault with an opening, which he utilised to the fullest extent. Strive as they would, the “Reds” could not beat down the opposition, and when the end came with the “Blues” leading by a couple of goals the popular verdict was that the Anfielders were lacking in the final spurt which is so essential to success in these days of competition. Teams : - Liverpool: - Campbell, goal, Longsworth, and Pursell, backs, Lowe, Ferguson, and McKinlay, half-backs, Goddard (Captain), Stewart, Parkinson, Miller, and Lacey, forwards. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Holbem backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Makepeace (captain) half-backs, Beare, Gault, Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson, forwards. Referee H. Taylor.
Dundee Courier - Monday 07 October 1912
Patrick Thistle reckon they have discovered a centre-forward in Murray, of Everton who appeared and scored a goal against Hamilton. The latter were somewhat unlucky to lose full points in a game which was throughout keenly contested.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 CREWE ALEXANDRA 0
October 7, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 8)
At Goodison Park Everton overcame Crewe Alexandra by one goal to nil. It was an exhilarating encounter, and there was not a dull moment during the whole match. Uren scored the only goal from a judicious pass by Gourlay, after five minutes. On the run of the play the Blues just about deserved to secure the points, if only for their superior marksmanship. The Railwayman had plenty of opportunities, but their work when in the vicinity of the goalmouth left much to be desired. The feature of the match was the remarkable display given by the diminutive Everton back, Simpson. He kicked a splendid length, and as a tackler was excellent. Everton gave a trial to two locals in Tyrier, of Wallsey, and Wright of Egremount. Both players gave a creditable show, especially Wright whose trustfulness and persistency gained many openings for his colleagues. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Simpson, and Laurie, backs, McCulloch, A. Tyrer, and Grenyer, half-backs, Smith, Gourlay, Wright, Robinson, and Uren, forwards. Crewe: - Boxes, goal, Chorlton, and Stanley, backs, Peters, Bannister, and Brooks, half-backs Dracegrade, Mack, Smith, Weller, and Milward, forwards.
REDS' FOURTH DEFEAT
October 7, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
How Everton Gained Their Usual Victory.
Holbem's Improved Form.
By the Critic.
Another League game between the two great clubs of Liverpool has been played, and yet another victory has gone the way of the “Blues” jersey. Really the supporters of the Anfield brigade must be approaching that stage when they despair of ever beating Everton at Anfield road. The series of “Blues” victories on this ground is indeed remarkable, and it would seem that the Everton players would rather oppose their rivals on the latter's pasture than on their own green sward at Goodison Park. Judging by past events the “Reds” favour the Park. However, the fact is that Everton won again by 2 goals to nil, but whether the verdict was a true reflex of the run of the play is a matter of opinion. Personally I thought it was an interesting, if not brilliant game, with very little between the side up to a certain point. Liverpool hardly deserved to be beaten by 2-0, but when a back makes mistakes which results in a goal, that is not the opposing side's fault. Pursell undoubtedly game the “Blues” the opportunity to net their second point when he misjudged that bouncing ball. But for that slip the game might easily have ended in a draw, for Liverpool were showing up well at the time.
The left back was guilt of a similar error against Manchester City as both Everton's goal came from his side of the field, it will be seen that the Scot was not at his best. The real cause of the defeat, however, was the failure of the forwards to take good chances near goal. In midfield there was nothing to choose between the respective sets of forwards, but Everton showed superior marksmanship, and apart from the two goals other efforts by Bradshaw and Beare struck the woodwork. With the latter's effort I though Campbell badly misjudged the ball. He evidently believed it was going outside, and he must have received a shock when the ball struck the post. At the other end, too, the woodwork came to Everton's rescue once from a shot by Parkinson, and again Goddard hit the post so that matters in this way were pretty well levelled up. It was not a “forward” day out. The big crowd –of 43,415 paid for admission, and the gate receipts were over £1,400 –showed the usual enthusiasm and the play, except in one instance was not marked by any show of temper.
As a team Everton were undoubtedly the better side. Caldwell performed with credit in the first “Derby” despite the ominous green jersey, and he was ably supported by two good backs. MaConnachie's absence –the cause of which is something of a mystery –was not felt in the least, so well did Holbem fill the vacancy. The ex-Sheffielder gave a very sound display indeed, and it was quite evident that he has recovered his old form. He kicked with power and judgement, and in addition to looking after his own side of the field Holbem found time to cross to the other wing to the assistance of Stevenson. On this form Holbem is a decidedly good emergency back. No better compliment could be paid to him than to say be filled the captain's place with no apparent weakening of the side. The halves were in their best vein. Makepeace is particular taking the eye although Fleetwood struck to Parkinson like a brother and never allowed the opposing centre an inch of room. Val Harris was as usual, effective against a moderate wing pair, for Miller did not shape at all well, and Lacey suffered in consequence. The Everton right wing pair gave a sparkling display, and the advancement of Gault as an inside-right must have been noticed by those who did not see him perform at Derby and Manchester. Gault is on the small side, but he knows the game and possesses much skill, whilst his speed was a noticeable feature of his play on Saturday. He combined well with Beare, and the outside right being in a lively mood, the pair constituted the most dangerous wing on the field. Beare ran like a stag and centred with great precision, and the movements, which resulted, which resulted in the first goal was a treat to watch. Beare received the ball on the half-way line, and racing ahead he beat Mckinlay and eluded Pursell almost on the goal line. His centre was the acme of precision, and Browell neatly headed the ball into the net. It was as pretty a goal as any one needed wish to see.
Liverpool's Successes and Failures.
The other three forwards –Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson did not come up to the standard of the right wing pair. The outside left started well, but was slow afterwards, and Bradshaw made many mistakes in his attempts to get the ball out to the wing. Coming to the Liverpool players, they gave what I may call a mixed display. At Times they promised well only to flitter their chances away. Campbell was all right in goal, whilst Longsworth was the better of the backs. Ferguson stood out as the finest half-backs especially in defence, but McKinlay was not a success. I have seen this clever Scot play much better football than he did on Saturday without paying so much attention to opponents. The ball should be the object of every player. Lowe was not at all bad but he too has played better. The forwards were disappointing. Parkinson worked like a Trojan and put in a deal of fine work despite the close attentions of Fleetwood, but he lacked the support of his inside men. Miller was off colour, and Stewart was too slow and faded to keep up with his partner. He had bad luck with one shot, which struck Stevenson, but on other occasions he missed good openings. Goddard was perhaps the best of the line whilst Lacey did well when the ball came his way, which was not very often.
MANCHESTER CITY 0 EVERTON 0
October 8, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Senior Cup Round Two.
Everton made a couple of changes in the forward line for their match against Manchester City at Hyde-road. Uren reappeared at outside left in place of Davidson, and Smith was given an opportunity on the right wing. Beare being an absentee. There was a lively incident in the first minute, Howard very skillfully hooking the ball into the goalmouth, where Caldwell made a grand save. The City monopolised the game, and in a well-sustained attack were unlucky in not scoring. Wallaces sent in a hard shot, which struck the crossbar. When the game was ten minutes old, Lawrence and Harris in jumping up to head the ball, collided with considerable violence, and both players had to retire with cut heads. When the game was resumed Wynn raced through the Everton defence and sent in a screw shot, which went wide. Everton now had a little more of the play. Harris was quickly back in the field, but the City went on to play with ten men. There was nothing much to choose between the teams in the first half, and the interval arrived with neither side having scored. Half time: - Everton nil, Manchester City nil. Play in the second half was well and pleasantly contested. Both sides were obviously out to win but the defenders were strong than the attackers, and a drawn game was a foregone conclusion long before the finish. Caldwell had more work to do than Goodchild, both men keeping goal brilliantly. There was really nothing to choose between the teams. Final no score. Teams: - Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Henry, and Chaplin, backs, Lawrence, Eadie, and Wall, half-backs, Hood, Wynn, Howard, Jones, and Wallace, forwards. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson, and Holbem, backs, Harris (Captain), Fleetwood, and Makepeace, half-backs, Smith, Gault, Browell, Bradshaw, and Uren, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Fletcher.
October 8, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Everton Players Injured.
By the Critic.
For some seasons now the Lancashire Cup Competition has proved a handicap to the leading Palatine League clubs who under pain of penalty are forced to play their strongest available teams in the ties, which arouse very little interest in these days of strenuous League and English Cup warfare. The clubs find it difficult to go through their heavy League programme, especially if they happen to go far in the Cup competition, and the county competition proves a further burden on the clubs, who run the risk of injury to their players in ties which avail them little. As a rule little “life” is introduced into these contents, and one would think that the competition, if confined to the smaller clubs, would result in a deal more interest; being taken in the events, and a decided improvement made in the quality of the play. As events stand today the ties arranged are not sufficiently attractive to draw the people, and I note that very few spectators thought it worth their while to attend the various games played yesterday. It is estimated that not more than 15,000 spectators in all were spread over the five games, so that financially the ties were a complete failure.
Injuries At Hyde-road.
The Football, too, was of a very moderate standard, and in three of the matches, not a single goal was scored. As showing the risk the clubs run, Everton had two of their best players seriously hurt, whilst Manchester City lost Lawrence. Harris and the latter collided heavily, and both sustained cuts on the head, the former being the more seriously injured and the wound had to be stitched. He did not return to the field, but Harris came back and finished the game. Bradshaw and Eadie also bumped their heads, whilst Harry Makepeace twisted his ankle so badly that he was carried off the field, and after the match he was very lame, and it is not at all likely that he will be fit to play in the League match against Bolton.
The game at Hyde-road was in accordance with the general tone of the other ties except for the fact that there was a lot of vigour and the accidents I have already referred to. The most satisfactory feature of the play from an Everton point of view was the continued good form of Holbem, who gain demonstrated his worth, and if he continues in the same vein it would seem that the directors will find it difficult to replace him. I am informed that the replay has been fixed for tomorrow week at Goodison Park. The City wanted the match to be played on Monday, but Everton pointed out that it was desirable to play on the Wednesday half-holiday, and this was eventually agreed to.
HULL CITY V EVERTON.
Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 09 October 1912
TO-MORROW'S INTERESTING MEETING
(SPECIAL FOR THE "DAILY M AIL.
The visit of to Anlaby-road tomorrow has occasioned a great deal of interest, and good exhibition game is expected. The brothers Browell and Stanley Smith are expected to included in the Everton team. Makepeace was injured in the Manchester City match (Lancashire Cup) Monday, and Maconnachie and Jefferis are also the injured Everton have played both on Saturday and Monday last, both hard matches, and have a hurdle in Bolton Wanderers ahead, four matches in eight days is a heavy strain, is no doubt that the local lads will try their hardest to show their supporters that they ate ready for the "'upper circle" beating one ol its leading teams. Everton : Hodge ; Simpson, Lawrie M'Culloch, Browell, Grenyen: Smith, Gourlay, T. Browell, Graham, and Uren. We hope, above all thing?, that none of the City players are injured, and are sure that Everton will be just as anxious, as they, like us, are trying very high, ' and a few more injuries to the players of either club would have serious results on their respective prospects.With the. opening of Hull Fair and the present glorious weather, there should a grand crowd present, and the City exchequer should derive further benefit from the bargain with Everton.
HULL CITY V EVERTON
Hull Daily Mail Thursday 10 October 1912
Reserve or First Teams?
T. Browell Scores 5 Goals
The visit of Everton to Anlaby road today is part of the transfer between Hull City and Everton of Tom Browell. The cash figures were $1,550, today's gross receipts being added on to those figures, I understand the arrangements were that Everton sent eight of their first team playters, but an Everton team without Caldwell, Stevenson, Macconnachie at back; Harris, Fleetwood, and Stephens and Makepeace at half-back; and Beare, Jefferis, Bradshaw, and Davidson in the forwards does not smack of Everton's first division strength. The Tigers have also a mixed side doing duty, both the regular backs being rested, Tim Wright at half, and Stephens and Gordon at right being out of the forwards. Having no reserve centre forwards who has distingusihed himself, O'Connell occupied the position. Teams; Hull City; Headry; Houghton, and Potts; Fenwick, McIntosh, and Gordon; Best, Goode, O'Connell (Briggs 45), Fazackerley, and Shaw. Everton; Hodge; Simpson, and Laurie; McCulloch, A. Browell, and Grenyer; J. Smith, Gourlay, T. Browell, Graham, and Uren. Referee; Mr. J. Talks, Lincoln. As will be seen, the only recognised first teamer with Everton is Tom Browell, who says "Nay, lad; I am the only first teamer." Tim Wright is injured and will not play on Saturday.
The composition of the Everton team caused great dissatisfaction amongst the spectators, who had been led to believe that they would see the Everton League eleven instead of which only the second eleven is present. The three ex-Hull players, Tom Browell, Andy Browell, and Stanley Smith, received a hearty reception, as also did Mr. J. Talk, the referee who is very popular in Hull. Tom Browell acted as captain and winning the toss elected to play from the Anlaby-road end. The start was very quiet, but a pretty movement commenced by Stanley Smith was only checked by Houghton charging down Uren's shot. A moment later Gordon had to concede a corner to check the career of Stanley Smith. A dash by Fazackerley did not yeild any result, and a moment later Tom Browell received and with a low shot brought Headry to his knees. Following this escape the Tigers, thanks to the work of Best, got into the danger zone, Goode and Best trying shots. So far the play had been of a distinct holiday kind, the players taking no undue risks. Andy Browell made a nice opening for Smith, whose centred resulted in a corner.
Tom Browell Scores
From this the ball came nicely out to Tom Browell, who shot into the net, giving Headey no chance. Shaw and Gordon got away nicely on the left, but at the end there were too many cooks to produce good broth. So far Everton had been far the more dangerous side, but the Tigers taking advantage of an error on the part of the Everton defence, made their presence felt. O'Connell put in a shot which Hodge saved, but before Everton had a chance to clear, Fazackerley got his foot to the ball, and with a lovely shot beat Hodge which success was loudly cheered.
McIntosh was prominnent by clearing cleverely from Stanley Smith, and later from Gourlay. This led up to another atatck by the Tigers, Best charging down Laurie's kick, but the ball went behind. Clever work by O'Connell gave Best a chance, Hodge saving with difficulty, and fisting the ball to the foot of Fazackerley, who with a first time shot banged the ball into the net. Before many moments had elapsed, Everton were on level terms. Tom Browell was both the engineer and the scorer. He put out to Smith, who returned it. The next pass went to Gourlay, who centred for Browell to pilot the ball into the net. O'Connell in centre, was very good, and the Best caused the defence a lot of trouble. The City defence had an anxious moment when Tom Browell got possession and sent over. Tom Browell dashed through the defence and scored.
A Glorious Goal
After a solo effort. Later Hendry saved from the same player, and Gourley shot through from an off side position. Shaw put in a couple of centres, which caused Everton some uneaseness. It was from the right wing that the Tigers next chance came, but Shaw hesitated.
O'Connell left the field injured, Stan Smith slipped in and scored.
Half-Time; Everton 4, goals; Hull City 2 goals.
The attendance was about 10,000. After bthe match the Tigers go to Hornsen in preparation for the Bristol match.
A Sportsmanlike Act
Tom Browell restarted, City being without O'Connell, but as an act of coursey Everton allowed the Tigers to bring up the full complement of players by the inclusion of Briggs. Stan Smith got away direct from the kick-off, and put across a centre to which Tom Browell got his head. Hendry saving brilliantly. Immediately afterwards Browell dribbled through but after beating all opposition he miskicked. The Tigers were not working quite so smootly this half, and Everton were having much the better of the play. I hear that O'Connell has sustained such injuries that it is not expected he will play on Saturday. With Tom Wright off and O'Connell doubtful, the Tiger's half-back line will be considerably weakened for the match at Bristol. Tom Browell shot ove when in a good position. Everton should have been grnated a penalty for hands by Potts. Fazackerley, now playing centre, led a rush on the Everton goal, and Goode slipped the ball into the net. McCulloch went off injured. Three quarter time; Everton 4 goals; Hull City, 3 goals.
After attention McCulloch resumed. The Tigers almost monopolsed the play. Shots galore were put in, but nothing was scored. Hendry saved brilliantly from Stanley Smith, and was loudly cheered. Uren and Graham, fed by Tom Browell, passed to the latter, who trapped the ball cleverly and scored. Within a couple of minutes Stanley Smith centred, and Tom Browell, judged the flight of the ball cleverly and headed over Hendry's head. Dashing in a few minutes later, Tom Browell, found the ball handy, and scored his fifth. Result; Everton 7 goals; Hull City 4 goals.
HULL CITY V. EVERTON
October 11, 1912. The Hull Daily Mail
Browell's Brilliant Brain-Work
I am afraid the visit of Everton did not prove quite as successful as was expected. The attendance was quite good, and added to £1,550 cash, yesterday's receipts swelled a pretty useful sum received for the transfer of Tom Browell. What, however, was not so satisfactory was the fact that both teams had a number of reserves in their ranks. Everton for instance, had one recognized first teamer on view, whilst City, owing to injuries, etc, had McQuillan and Nevins, the regular pair of backs, Tim Wright at half, and Stevens and Gordon Wright, forwards, resting. It may have been that in the case of both clubs there was necessity to rest men who were damaged, but the public, who paid with the expectation of seeing the Hull and Everton League teams, were very disappointed. Certainly Everton's side was very unsatisfactory, although perhaps it may be argued that it was quite strong enough for the purpose. It was not, however, to see one or the other team win that the public went. The attraction to them was to witness 1 st League football as shown by the Everton team, and as this was not on offer, it is only natural that many of the spectators were dissatisfied. I have said that Everton only had one first teamer, that one being “Tommy” Browell himself, and judging from what this youngster did, it is perhaps as well that his first team colleagues were no with him. £1,800 seems a tremendous amount of money, but Everton do not regret one cent of the sum paid for Browell's transfer. We have heard from a Hull authority that Browell is only a success with the Everton team because he has two glorious inside men like Bradshaw and Jefferis as the side of him, yet Boy Browell can come to the Anlady-road ground, and, during the course of one afternoon, beat the redoubtable Hendry on five occasions, which is more than the combined efforts of seven clubs have been able to attain in the previous matches this season. And such goals! Hendry never had a possible chance to save one. In fact, despite the heavy score put up against him, Hendry performed quite well. Everyone admits Tom Browell can shoot, but many refuse to give him credit for being able to make the play which leads up to the opportunity. Perhaps these doubters, after seeing the manner in which Browell fed his wings yesterday, will change their mind. Browell when he left us was a great player, but I am pleased to note that his further experience has polished off many of his raw points. I do not wish to draw any unpleasant comparisons, but it was obvious that Browell yesterday stood out in a class by himself. Whereas the other forwards –both Everton and City –were attempting to drive the ball into the net by sheer force and speed. Browell used his brains, and placed the ball were the goalkeeper could not get to it. I have dealt at greater length with Browell than I intended, but really, yesterday's show would have been very poor had it not been for the young centre. Other players at times showed pretty work, and Fazackerley showed that he knows the way to the net by performing the hat-trick. If I were to select another player who added to his reputation I should select O'Connell. The Irish International, when with Sheffield Wednesday, had experience at centre forward, but his abilities in this position were unknown in Hull. Unfortunately, we only had the pleasure of seeing him for about half the match, but what we did see stamped him as easily the best centre we have had since Browell left us. He was neat, and fed the men on either side of him judiciously. Considering our weakness in this position, combined with the fact that in McIntosh we have quite a good centre half, I should like to see O'Connell again at centre forward. I suppose I must mention what the other two ex-City men did. Andy Browell was not, perhaps, very conspicuous, but he was always knocking around when wanted, especially paying attention to the task of keeping his forwards supplied. In this he was most successful, and was the originator of many a prominent movement. Stanley Smith, despite being on the injured list, since the practice matches, showed he has lost none of his old speed or ability, and was a most dangerous wing. It is unnecessary for me to give further details of the match, which, apart from the teams being far from representative, smacked throughout of the “friendly” spirit, that is, the whole of the players did not exert themselves. A trio of them, notably Best, Goode, and Fazackerley did not spare themselves, but to deal at length with the individuals is quite unnecessary. It was most unfortunate that O'Connell twisted himself so badly as to prevent him taking part in the match at Bristol and I hope that the injury will not keep him out of harness many days. With Temple, Chapman, O'Connell, and Tim Wright on the injured list, the Tigers are beginning to feel the strain upon their resources. I was pleased to see Davy Gordon again on the field, and judging from his work he appears quite fit and sound, and is included in the team selected to meet Bristol.
HULL CITY 4 EVERTON 7
October 11, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
BROWELL SCORERS FIVE GOALS.
Everton played a friendly game at Hull yesterday, the match being in part payment for the transfer of Tom Browell, who joined the Blues from Hull City last season. Both sets of forwards proved to be in splendid form, no fewer than eleven goals being scored. Browell (5) and Gourlay (2), were the scorers for Everton, and Fazakerley (3) and Goode obtained the goals for Hull. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Simpson, and Laurie, backs, McCulloch, A. Browell, and Grenyer, half-backs, Smith Gourlay, Browell, Graham, and Uren, forwards.
(“Blues won 1-0 last season)
October 12, 1912. Evening Express Liverpool.
Bolton Wanderers at Goodison.
Blues Beaten in the Second Half.
The recent displays of Everton have not been very inspiring, but still it was expected that they would gain both points at the result of the visit of Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. There were no alterations in either side, Everton being again without MaConnachie, Makepeace and Jefferis. The teams were: -. Everton: -Caldwell, goal, Stevenson and Holbem, backs, Harris (Captain), Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Gault, Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Edmondson, goal, Baverstock, and Feebay, backs, Greenhalgh, Fay, and Thomas, half-backs, Donaldson, Barber, Jones, Smith, and Vizard, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Pellowe.
There was only a moderate attendance, the spectators numbering less than 20,000 at the start. The game opened tamely. Everton were awarded a free kick early on, and the ball was placed right in front for Bradshaw to steer wide. Holbem was next conspicuous in checking a dangerous movement by the Bolton right wing pair. Beare next outwitted both Feebay and Thomas, and tipped over to Gault. The latter banged the ball against Bayerstock, who made good his clearance. The Bolton forwards then got in some pretty work, but were not allowed to shoot, and then Fay sent in a long shot which went a yard wide. The ball remained in the Everton quarters, and a pass from the right gave Jones a chance of dashing through, but being hampered by Stevenson he lost possession. A few minutes later Vizard was unsuccessful with a long drive; and them came
A Sparkling Movement.
By the “Blues” forwards ending in Browell shooting strong and true. Edmondson, however, made a fine save. Everton were next awarded a corner, Greenhalgh getting the ball away with his head. So far there was little to choose between the teams, and very little to enthuse about. Bolton were next awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area, but nothing tangible came of it. Following some keen work on the home right, the ball was swung into the centre Bradshaw being only inches wide with a strong shot. There was an equally fine effort at the other end, Donaldson just grazing the crossbar. A neat pass by Davidson saw Browell make a spirited rush for goal, but before he could shoot Baverstock had dispossessed him.
Bolton Drew First Blood,
But their joy was short lived, Everton equalising a minute later. The Bolton goal reflected anything but credit on the Everton defence, Jones dashed down in great style and worked his way within a few yards of goal. He got past the backs and then shot a few seconds before being rushed by Stevenson, the ball rolling into the net without any attempt from Caldwell to keep it out. The keeper showed had judgement in not rushing out to Jones. He simply stood in the centre of the goal and made no stir until it was too late. Edmondson could not be blamed for not preventing Everton's goal. A pass from one of the wings ended in Browell getting in a long shot, which looked like going outside. Edmondson threw himself across the goal, but be failed to save, the ball striking the inside of the far side post and
Rebounding Into the Net.
These successes infused a little more life into the game, but for all that real thrills continued few and far between. Then followed some exciting work in front of the home goal, and Grenyer was just in time to prevent Jones from shooting from close range. A breakaway from the other end saw Davidson put in a grand centre, Browell's shot being just wide. Donaldson, the Bolton outside right, was proving more than a match for Grenyer, and from one of his beautiful centres Vizard got a glorious opening, but he fumble, with the ball and finally shot wide.
Everton's Second Goal.
Which came after 35 minutes play, was a real beauty, Davidson had forged ahead, and then put over to Bradshaw. The latter could have shot, but instead he placed to Browell, who, with his usual marked precision, drove hard and true into the net. There was a shouts toppage through Barber being injured, and the Bolton inside right was absent for a short period. Browell was next applauded for clever footwork. The Blues had certainly improved considerably towards the end of the first half with their footwork, and passing. Bolton had a share of attacking, and Caldwell saved a hot shot from Jones. The ball was quickly taken to the other end, and Gault was deservedly applauded for a shot, which came near to finding the target. In the next few minutes.
Bolton Goal was Hotly Charged.
Harris got in one straight drive, which was charged down. Then came a likely shot by Gault, Edmondson keeping the ball out by the tips of his fingers. The Bolton goal had yet another marvellous escape, a stinging shots by Bradshaw striking the crossbar.
Half-Time Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.
It was not until Bolton had gained the lead that Everton really warmed up to their work. The forwards then showed a welcome return to form. Browell's shooting powers were once again strikingly demonstrated.
The Second Half.
Bolton commenced the second half, without Jones, who came on soon afterwards limping and with his leg bandaged. Everton were the first to become dangerous, and from a centre by the right Browell had a dangerous shot headed away by one of the backs. Browell was again prominent soon afterwards, with another fine shot. A goal seemed certain, but Edmondson was not to be beaten, throwing himself full length and executing a marvellous save. The second half had only been in progress a few minutes, when Bolton equalised. A free kick had been given against Stevenson for fouling Vizard just outside a penalty area. The ball was swung over the right, and
Barber Scored with a Header,
Caldwell getting his fist to the ball, but could not prevent it entering the net. Following this the Bolton goal had some anxious moments. Edmondson got rid of a hard drive from Browell, and immediately afterwards the ball was dangerously near the Bolton goal. Twice it was banged against the crossbar, but enter the net it wouldn't. It was more good luck than good management to save the Bolton goal from disaster at this period. At the other end a miskick by Stevenson let in Donladson, who with only to keeper to beat shot high over the bar. Two corner kicks followed at the other end, and the
Tension Was Relieved.
By Bradshaw placing wide. Everton continue do force matters, and Grenyer was showing great form at left half-back. Bradshaw next cleverly worked his way past his opponents only to finally shoot high over. Neither side relaxed in their efforts and Donaldson after a fine run placed right across the goal. Jones making valiant attempt to rush the ball through, but without success. The Bolton goal, had another lucky escape from a determined rush by Bradshaw. He got clean though, and although Edmondson rushed out to meet him he failed to reach the ball, which just went wide of the far post. Browell for once was caught napping, Gault giving him a pass in a glorious position, but he failed to take advantage of it.
Bolton's Third Goal.
Everton were now monopolising matters, but they were meetings with a stubborn resistance from the Bolton backs. There was great enthusiasm over Bolton's third goal by reason of the fact that it produced a fine effort on the part of Donladson, who after clean beating both Grenyer and Holbem scored with a glorious shot.
Final Result; Everton 2, Bolton wanderers 3. Goal Scorers: Everton Browell (2) Bolton Wanderers, Jones, Barber, and Donaldson.
Falkirk Herald - Saturday 12 October 1912
It is said that Caldwell, the Everton goalkeeper, uses resin on his hands to make the ball stick. But it did not prevent him letting it slip several times in a recent match.
Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 18 October 1912
G.H. Barlow, the well-known amatuer outside-left, who formerly played with Everton has signed on for Preston North End, and will appear against Leeds City at Deepdale on Saturday.
EVERTON RES. V. GLOSSOP
October 12, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
At Glossop. The Peakities opened in aggressive fashion. Bowden twice forcing the Everton keeper to save. Stoodley missed a glorious chance from Challoner's centre, and when Smith provided Robinson with an opening Davis, The Glossop keeper made a brilliant one-handed save close to the upright when surrounded. Interval –Glossop nil Everton nil.
EVERTON 2 BOLTON WANDERERS 3
October 16 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON'S THIRD DEFEAT.
BOLTON SECURE BOTH POINTS.
It was a valiant struggle at Goodison Park, and at the close at large section of the Everton supporters joined heartily with Bolton's followers in cheering the victory. It is certainly a long time since the success of a visiting team at Goodison Park created such enthusiasm as did Bolton's victory. As a general rule, when the home side is beaten, the crowd is too full of disappointment to show any marked appreciation of the performance of the conquerors. Saturday's match furnished a bright exception to the rule, and the really enthusiastic demonstration was all the more noteworthy in view of the fact that Everton hardly deserved to lose. The game itself was worth going a long way to see. It was brimful of keen play, and its intensity was all the more emphasised by the really businesslike methods adopted in front of goal. There could be no question that the Everton backs stood the strain better than the Everton pair and Macconnachie was greatly missed at left full back. There were times when both Stevenson and Holdem were shaky, and they never came up to the standard of Feebury and Raverstock, who were giants in the game from start to finish. There again, Edmundson was wonderfully safe in goal. Some of his saves were really brilliant, but even then there were times when it was more good luck than good management that saved the Bolton goal from disaster.
It was not until Bolton had opened the scoring that Everton got into their proper stride, but this reverse 16 minutes after the start, served to make the Blues realise that their opponents were men of tried worth. To use a common expression. Bolton's first goal was a soft one, and for once the Everton defence was made to look very small. Jones, the Bolton centre, after a spirited run, seemed safely jammed between Holbem and Stevenson; but no, he was allowed to go through and score. Caldwell, the home keeper, seemed nonphussed for he neither ran out to meet Jones nor made any effort to keep the ball out. The equalising goal by Browell, which followed almost immediately afterwards, was much more satisfactory. Tommy had previous to this been showing rare shooting powers, and getting possession from a corner kick he steered the ball with deadly accuracy past Edmundson. The pace had now become a cracker, and there was nothing to choose between the teams. Everton gained the lead before the interval. Davidson passed accurately to Bradshaw, who transferred to Browell, the latter without the slightest hesitancy during hard and true into the net. Bolton's equalising goal three minutes after resuming was the result of a free kick, which had to be taken twice. At the second attempt the ball was swung over to Barber, who headed through from close range. During the next quarter of an hour the Bolton goal had many narrow escapes. For fully five minutes the Bolton citadel seemed to have a charmed existence. Time after time the ball was crashed against the crossbar, but enter the net it would not. It was well on towards the end that Donaldson scored the winning goal for Bolton. He received a wide pass and cleverly circumventing Holbem, he dashed in and scored a really brilliant goal.
THE HOME PLAYERS.
Bolton had worked hard for victory, and their success was all the more noteworthy, in view of the that they had two forwards temporarily disabled in the first half, while Jones was limping during the greater portion of the game. As already indicated, the Everton defence was not seen at his best. No fault could he found with the intermediate line, both Fleetwood and Younger showing up well, Browell and Bradshaw were the pick of the forwards, the home centre once again proving himself a sharp-shooter of the first order. Davidson was the least satisfactory, for while he did get in several accurate centres he was slow and sadly lacking in resource. Beare was not seen at his best, and while Gault several times earned applause for his shooting he had not that clever command of the ball possessed by Jefferis, whose place he took. Bolton gave a well-balanced display. Edmondson was as sound as a rock in goal, and both Feebury and Baverstock and Baverstock were most reliable. Fay was a hard worker at centre half, and Greenhaigh also gave a good account of himself. Donaldson was the shinning light of the front line, Smith and Barber being the best of the inside men. Everton: -Caldwell, goal, Stevenson and Holbem, backs, Harris (Captain), Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Gault, Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Edmondson, goal, Baverstock, and Feebay, backs, Greenhalgh, Fay, and Thomas, half-backs, Donaldson, Barber, Jones Smith, and Vizard, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Pellowe.
GLOSSOP 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
October 14, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRE LEAGUE (Game 9)
Everton Reserves with weakened forces through the calls of the League team, gained two further points at Glossop, where they managed to secure the only goal recorded. The victory has placed the Blues once again amongst the ruck of clubs near the top of the League chart. Everton: - Hodge goal, Simpson, and Laurie, backs McCulloch, A. Browell, and Gourlay, half-backs, Smith, Lovelady, Lennon, Wright, Robinson, and Uren, forwards.
ANOTHER DUAL DEFEAT.
October 14, 1912.Evening express Liverpool.
Failure of Everton's Defence.
Browell's Sharpshooting and Campbell's Keeping.
By the Critic.
For the third time in the space of four weeks enthusiasts in Liverpool are bemoaning a duel defeat of their favourites. The Manchester Clubs got the better of the Mersey teams on September 21 st , and the Midland organisations, the Villa and West Bromwich, also proved too good for us. Then Everton beat their neighbours from across the park whilst the latest debacle completes a rather bad few weeks. Certainly the faithful followers of football in the distinct have had precious little to enthuse over, and they must feel that the time has arrived when “Reds” and “Blues” should make a move if any of the honours are to come our way this season. On the face of it the double defeats on Saturday did not seen to be so overwhelming, but in the case of Liverpool only the splendid goalkeeping and the sturdy defence of the backs prevented a bigger margin; whilst at Everton it was the defence which let the “Blues” down. The drastic alterations made in the ranks of the “Reds” today shows that the forward line is still very troublesome.
Cheering the Visitors.
But to deal with the victory of Bolton Wanderers at the Park. In the first place I must congratulate the spectators on the good sportsmanship shown when the Trotters obtained what was a brilliant winning goal. It is not often one hears a goal scored by a visiting side cheered as was Donaldson's fine effort on Saturday, and it was evident that the home crowd, although reallising that the point meant defeat to Everton appreciated a good goal obtained by a skilful player. Even at the end of the match the crowd cheered the victors, and it is good to see that Mersey enthusiasts do not fail to bestow applause on visitors who merit it.
Mistakes and Goals.
It was a very good game to watch, there being many thrilling moves on both sides, and although the Wanderers gained the verdict, the “Blues” on the run of the play, hardly deserved to be beaten. Still when the defence practically gives a goal away and are lax in other respects, one cannot expect the remainder of the team to cover up the deficiencies. Where Bolton were strong in goal and at back Everton were weak, and this, to my mind, turned the game. Neither Stevenson or Holbem were reliable and when the pair stood by and allowed Jones to shoot past the Everton keeper the spectators were astounded. Probably each expected the other to tackle Jones, with the result that anybody's business was nobody's and Caldwell went a step further and never made an effort to get the ball. True he was a good distance from the ball, but the crowd naturally expected him to make a dive and from a distance it looked as though the ball went to very slowly. It could not have done, however, it was one of those shots, which appeared easy, but the keeper probably thought it was hopeless trying to get at it. Still it was a blunder all round. There were times, too, when Stevenson and Holbem were beaten rather easily and in the second half Vizard was very aggressive, and it was following a trip by Stevenson that the Trotters gained their second goal. It was a very neat header on the part of Barber, and Caldwell seemed to misjudged the flight. The halves could not be blamed, as Grenyer I though played a very good game, and he only backs experience to bring him into the front flight. Fleetwood also did well, but I have seen Harris play much better.
The forwards gave a rather mixed display. The right wing after starting well fell off considerably later, and Davidson was slow, and altogether failed to live up to the standard of play required. Bradshaw and Browell were undoubtedly the outstanding figures on the side, the latter being in rare trim. I have rarely seen a player indulge in such accurate sharpshooting as Browell, did on Saturday. With a bit of luck he might have obtained four goals, but he was unfortunate enough to run up against Edmondson at his best. The youthful centre did not wait to trap the ball. “First time” is his motto, and immediately the ball drops near him when near goal he drives the ball at a terrific rate, and nine times out of ten it is on the target. Rarely did he fail on Saturday, and I doubt if there is another player in the League who can execute the “first time” shot as accurately as Browell. He had not been too successful recently, but following his 5 goals against Hull he got two on Saturday, a feat which seems to indicate that he has regained his best shooting form. As long as he keeps on shooting Browell will get goals. He is truly a sharpshooter.
Bradshaw was a worthily helpmate, and Gault, too shot strongly, only to taper away But the defence undoubtedly, let Everton down. On the Bolton, side Edmondson kept a grand goal, and the backs were strong and fearless, whilst the halves were good. Donaldson is a capable young player, and his goal will always be remembered. Barker made him a good partner despite his injury. By the way both Jones and Barker sustained in injuries which left them very lame, so that Bolton's victory was all the more praiseworthy. As usual, Smith and Vinyard made a dangerous wing.
EVERTON 2 MANCHESTER CITY 4
October 17, 1912. The Daily Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Senior Cup Round Two Replay.
EVERTON LOSE LANCASHIRE CUP-TIE
MANCHESTER WIN AFTER EXTRA TIME.
CALDWELL SAVES PENALTY
WALLACE' SCORED A HAT-TRICK.
At Goodison Park yesterday, there was some sensational football in the replayed Lancashire Cup tie (Second round) between Everton and Manchester City. As in the first game between the clubs, injuries and ruffed tempers were frequent. Manchester City played daring and dashing football, and deserved to win in the ninety minutes, but three minutes from time Kelso handled in the penalty area, and Browell with the ensuing penalty kick , scored, so that extra time had to be played. In the extra time the game waged hotly, and from a penalty kick against Stevenson for tripping Caldwell saved Kelso's shot, amidst loud cheering from the crowd of 5,000, who had kept a splendid goal. Before the final whistle blew, however, Wallace scored twice for the City. At the start of the game rain was falling smartly. Uren soon got going, and from his centre Beare forced a corner, which was cleared. Holbem kicked away a ground shot in fine style, and Caldwell cleverly prevented a corner by giving a throw in. Again the City forwards had a chance of scoring. Jobing being yards wild from close range. An extradorindary melee in front of Caldwell seemed certain to being the City a score, but Caldwell made a brilliant save, although he could not get his hold on the ball, still finally Smith hooked the ball out of danger. In twenty minutes Manchester City were a goal to the good. Wallace scoring with a very fine shot off an accurate pass from the right wing. Caldwell flung himself at the ball, but failed to stop it. Gourlay was playing a particularly good game in the half back line, and Smith should have done better than push the ball wide of the goalmouth from a favourable position. Enoromous enthusiasm was aroused by Caldwell's goalkeeping. The Leading man had to face first Taylor, who took advantage of Stevenson's fall and walked to within two yards of goal, then Jobing, and next Kelly, and he made three thrilling saves. After this the wing attacked with vigour, and the ball was crossed. Beare hooking it out of the reach of Goodchild. The City strove hard for the leading goal, and actually netted the ball, but Caldwell had been charged when he was not in possession of the ball. Half-time Everton 1, Manchester City 1. In the second half Kelly got away, but shot wide. Taylor was truer in his aim, but his shot was taken from too long a range, and Caldwell was not troubled to catch and clear. At the other end, Browell headed over from a corner, and Howard copied his example in the next movement. Kelso, was troubled with his knee, and while he was being attended to Gourlay, Beare and Smith indulged in some neat passing. Gourlay finally trying his luck with a low shot. Smith and Fletcher got at loggerheads, and here about there were some feeling introduced into the game. Howard mulled a very good chance; and Stevenson got the ball away with a hugh punt. Everton improved as the game went on, and Browell had hard luck in sending one of Beare's centres high over, after taking a first-time shot. Then Beare was injured and had to leave the field. Gourlay brought down Wall as soon as the game was resumed, and from the free kick City applied pressure. Beare returned to the field, but was palpably unable to do himself justice. Kelso made a valiant effort to score, and Caldwell's clearance was particularly smart. Jobing should have given him no chance when Wallace centred right across the goal, but he shot yards wide of the goal. There were ten minutes to play when Kelso received the ball on the half volley and tried a pot shot, which beat Caldwell all the way. At the end of ninety minutes the score was 2 all, and extra time was played.
In the extra half hour a penalty was given against Stevenson, and Caldwell saved Kelso's shot. After then game had been going ten minutes Wallace tricked Stevenson and shot, the ball going beyond Caldwell through Holbem trying to clear, and drifting the ball out of the goalkeeper's reach. Wallace also scored a fourth, and the result was Manchester City 4, Everton 2. Teams : - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson and Holbem, backs, Gourlay, Fleetwood (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Smith, Browell, Gault, and Uren, forwards. Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Henry, and Fletcher backs, Garner, Kelso, and Wall, half-backs, Jobing, Kelly Howard, Taylor, and Wallace, forwards.
October 17, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool
Blues Undecided About Team To Visit Sheffield.
City's Cup Victory.
By the Critic.
What with injuries and loss of form the Everton camp is somewhat unsettled just now, and judging by the lengthily meeting held by the directors last evening the state of affairs caused considerable discussion. Things are not going well at all, but the gentlemen who held the reins may be depended on to give their utmost attention to the weak spots which require strengthening. Players of high standing are being sought for and before long I may be able to announce the signing of more than one prominent player. In the meantime the club must take the best of the material at their disposal. Injuries have depleted the ranks considerably, and on this account the directors were unable to definitely decide upon the eleven to visit Sheffield.
MaConnachie or Holbem?
Thirteen players were chosen from which the final choicer will be made on Saturday. It is at the moment doubtful whether MaConnachie will be called on and if the captain is not chosen Holbem and Stevenson will take up the back positions once more. The half-backs line remains unchanged. Makepeace, of course, still suffering from the effects of a twisted ankle. Grenyer, Fleetwood, and Harris will form the middle line. By the way the Irishman was given a rest yesterday as also was Bradshaw, Beare received a kick on the ankle in yesterday's game, but I do not anticipate that this will keep him out of the field on Saturday. Gourlay may possibly be included at inside right vice Jefferis, but the thirteen players selected are Caldwell; Stevenson, MaConnachie, Holbem; Grenyer, Fleetwood, Harris; Beare, Gourley, Jefferis, Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson.
The Blades Team.
Sheffield United are naturally pleased with their success over Liverpool, and they have decided to reply on the same side to oppose Everton. It is the first time this season, that they have been able to call on the same eleven in successive matches. The side will be: - Livesley; Benson, and Cook; Sturgess, Brelsford, and Trueman; Ritchie, Simmons, Kitchen, Hardinge, and Evans.
Caldwell's Great Day.
The match at the Park yesterday was fairly good considering the conditions, for the slippery turf did not lend itself to accurate play. The gate receipts amounted to £102 the attendance being larger than a glance round the ground would suggest. The City deservedly gained the right to entertain Barrow in the next round for they were quicker on the ball and adapted themselves to the prevailing conditions better than their opponents. They swung the ball about and in consequence were more effective. The spectators certainly obtained fall value for their money, seeing that they saw six goals scored, two penalty kicks taken, and in all witnessed two hour's play. You could not expect much more for sixpence. Everton rarely shaped like winning, and the only player to do himself full justice was Caldwell. The Everton keeper had a rare afternoon and he really saved the “Blues” from a much heavier defeat. Caldwell stopped shots at close quarters in remarkable fashion. He always seemed to be in the way of the ball, and it was really wonderful on one occasion prior to the interval how he managed to prevent a score, the ball being fired in from a few yards' range without effect. It was a repetition of his cup-tie from the Reading against Manchester United. Even the penalty shot of Kelso's he stopped but he had no chance with the others except perhaps in the case of the City's third goal, which Caldwell would have prevented, but for the fact that Holbem turned the ball out his reach. The new forward line did not blend too well. Gourlay did not seem to be at home at half-back. Neither side was at full strength, and though doctor's certificates were procured there will doubtless be the usual injury by the Lancashire F.A.
• George Barlow the well know amateur outside left, who formerly played with North End and Everton, has rescued the Preston club from a dilemma by signing on again.
(Blades won 2-1 last season)
October 19, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Sheffield United Opposed at Bramell-Lane.
The Merseyside clubs have been much in evidence in the cutlery town during the past week. This afternoon it was Everton's turn to appear at Bramell-lane, where Liverpool failed so disastrously last Monday. The eleven reached Sheffield shortly before one o'clock, and as Jefferis was pronounced fir there was but one change from the side that appeared against Bolton, while the United directors naturally decided to put the same side in the field that trounced the Anfielders so severely. The weather, except for some slight occasional showers, was all that could be desired and there was every prospect of a keen tussle for supremacy. The teams were: - Sheffield United: - Leivesley, goal, Cook, and Benson, backs, Sturgess, Brelsford, and Trueman, half-backs, Ritchie, Simmons, Kitchen, Hardinge, and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson and Holbem, backs, Harris, Fleetwood and Grenyer, half-backs Beare, Jefferis (Captain), Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson forwards. Mr. Referee T. Garner, Barnsley.
There would be about 15000 spectators present when Browell set the ball rolling with the sun full in the faces of his colleagues. The United right were first in evidence, but found stout opposition from Holbem, but as a rule the opening play was of a somewhat scrappy nature. Some pretty triangular passing between Harris, Jefferis and Browell was duly recognised by the crowd, when the Everton centre back-heeled the ball to the inside right when within shooting range, but the pass was not anticipated and Cook came to the rescue with a powerful kick. It was a fine movement, which augured well, for the visitors, as it suggested a well thought out plan of campaign. For some little time the United defenders had an anxious time, but Benson finally relived and from a breakaway Evans centred perfectly across the goalmouth for Simmons to rush up and head into the goal. It was a point that left
Following upon this the “Blues” became aggressive, and several incisive advances initiated by the halves looked promising. However, there was no passing the home defenders, who were on the top of their form, and after successfully staving off several onslaught, the United forwards went off in irresistible fashion and troubled Caldwell to some purpose. First Kitchen put in a beautiful shot, which the keeper correctly anticipated and cleared, only in the next moment to be called upon by Hardinge. He charged down the inside left's shot, but still the bombardment was sustained, and finally Stevenson, in the press of work, was unfortunate enough to deflect the ball into the net. Those successes came as a big surprise, but served to show how virile were the United forwards when they approached the shooting zone. The Everton halves just now were shaping none too well in their efforts to keep the Blades' wingers under control, and especially was this noticeable on the left, where Grenyer had all his work cut out in dealing with his trickery of Ritchie, who frequently made the ground for his colleagues to point thereby. At this point the Everton team underwent an alteration, Stevenson, who was obviously lame, the result of injury during a melee went outside right, while Harris occupied the full back position, and Jefferis went right half.
Immediately after the change Everton reduced the lead against them. Bradshaw had put in a clever low drive which Lievesley saved at full length, but he was not able to get the ball away and there being no one up to assist him Browell dashed in and turned the ball into the net. To Bradshaw, of course was the chief honour due as he previously overcame strong resistance, and has final effort was quite one of the best. At this point Stevenson retired and Everton struggled on with ten men. Naturally the United were now having the better of matters and from one burst away on the left Evans and Harris came into collision, and both were injured, play for a time being suspended.
United's Third Goal.
Resuming, Evans left the field, the United bore down again and when most folk expected the ball to pass over the Everton line Ritchie sped along and hooked it up to the front of goal in marvellous fashion. Here Hardinge lay in waiting and he headed into the net, Fleetwood in the meantime evidently having unlighted both Holbem and Caldwell. The Everton backs for some time were completely unhinged, and it was only by the merest shave that Hardinge failed to beat Caldwell from an open position. Both sides were now representative, with Stevenson still at outside-right, but the disportion of the players as a rule did not tend to enhance Everton's chance of holding their own. For quite a long spell play was continued to the Everton half of the field, and their last line of defence had a particularly anxious time. However, just on the interval the Blues went away on the right, and Bradshaw made an effort to get through, but as before, the home backs were as effective in their work as were their forwards, and there was no exacting quarter. The Simmonds raced off, finished faulty, and with Everton struggling again to get an advantage, the interval was announced with the score.
Half-Time Sheffield United 3, Everton 1.
The big margin against Everton in the first half came as a big surprise. Still, there could be no mistaking the fact that they had met their masters during this period. It was unfortunate that Stevenson's injury –strain of his thigh muscles –should have brought about alterations in the positions still before he was damaged the United had credited themselves with a couple of goals, and all round were the more forceful and clever side. Particularly was this so in the forward department, where the first time passes were taken and utilised to the best advantage.
On resuming Stevenson was still at outside right, with Harris as full back. There would be over 20,000 present when the second half opened. Caldwell had to clear in the first minute from Evans, and then Ritchie put in a dangerous centre, which Fleetwood accounted for, but in doing so a strong claim for a penalty was raised, but was not upheld. Eventually Everton got down and though Stevenson was in difficulties, he managed to get a couple of centres, which, however, came to nothing. Then came a strong advance on the United left and Caldwell, in rushing out to clear, overshadowed the penalty limit and from the free kick Evans
Skimmed the Bar.
A moment later Fleetwood failed to hold Kitchen, but fortunately recovered in time to kick clear. This was followed with a raid on the Everton left, and after Browell had made headway Bradshaw was pulled up for offside. An injury to Fleetwood caused a stoppage, but he soon resumed, and then followed another onslaught on the Everton goal. The United forwards, splendidly supported by their half backs, were frequently in evidence and the Everton backs, under the circumstances, did well to prevent them further increasing their score. Still the Blues were not altogether out of the running and movements.
Led by Browell.
And supplemented by Bradshaw were promising on more than one occasion. Their was another delay owing to Fleetwood being badly winded, but on securing Everton showed up more vigorously, and Fleetwood got in a fast rising shot, which Lievesley fisted clear. The Game continued to be keenly fought, but the visiting still showed lack of combination, and play was frequently very ragged. Evans scored a fourth goal for United just on time. Final Result; Sheffield United 4, Everton 1- Goal-Scorers. Sheffield United-Simmons, Stevenson (put through his own net), Hardinge, and Evans. Everton –Browell.
EVERTON RES V BURNLEY RES.
October 19, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
At Goodison park. Teams : - Everton: - Hodge, goal; Simpson and Laurie, backs; McCulloch, Browell (a) (captain), and Graham, half-backs; Smith Gault, Wright, Robinson, and Uren, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal; R. Reid, and Splitt, backs; J. Reid, McLaren, and Bradshaw, half-backs; Mosscrop, Lindley, Pickering, Weightmen, and Riley, forwards.
Everton commenced operations in a heavy shower. The Blues were first to make progress, Uren getting away on the wing and centring to Robinson, who ran the ball over the goal line. A misunderstanding on the part of the home backs let in the Burnley forwards.
Fell back and averted disaster. The visitors were not to be denied, however, for Mosscrop centred to Pickering, who was lying unmarked, and although Hodge advanced out of his goal the Burnley men cleverly scored after about five minutes play. A brilliant run by Smith, quite three parts the length of the field was the next item, but the wing man's centre was diverted for a fruitless corner. Again the Burnley men threatened the Everton goal, and only a brilliant save by Hodge from Lindley and Pickering relieved the homesters from further downfall. At length Browell
Raised the Siege
And placed his forwards on the move, and from a centre by Uren, Gault equalised. After a spell of midfield play Burnley again assumed the aggressive, and Weightman struck the crossbar with a longs hot. A fine run by Uren changed the venue and Wright had a likely opening, which he was too slow to turn to advantage. Most of the
Equalised from Mosscrop, who was giving a brilliant exhibition on the extreme right wing. He crossed the ball time after time and was a constant source of worry to the Everton defenders. Still another fine centre by Mosscrop was passed back to Bradshaw, who scored with a long shot, which completely deceived the Everton keeper. At the Burnley end Smith centred to Gault, who headed in for the goalkeeper to save, and Robinson receiving shot against the upright, and the ball rebounded out of play. Robinson then mulled a centre from Smith when he had only the keeper to beat. Interval Burnley 2, Everton 1.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 4 EVERTON 1
October 21, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON ROUT AT SHEFFIELD.
CROP OF INJURIES.
The Everton team gave an inglorious account of themselves at Bramell-lane on Saturday. They were a most disappointing side; indeed a set of players but the shadows of their former selves, and when were fairly, and squarely beaten. Followers of the club are cogisant of the ability of the side to not only provide attractive fare, but at any rate to put a finish to their work in order to bring about victory. However, those who made the journey to Sheffield must have had their confidence ridely shaken, for the game never looked like winning. Injuries to players no doubt had something to do with the scrappy nature of their efforts to establish themselves. Still, it must be remembered that during the period when the eleven were sound, they were rarely in the hunt, and did not look like settling down to produce anything like efficient work. A couple of goals were recorded against them before they practically knew where they were; then came an accident to Stevenson who started the muscles of his thigh, and as the game wore on other players on both sides received some hard knocks that, of course put them off their game. The contest was remarkable for the number of injuries to players. On the Everton side in addition to Stevenson, Grenyer, Harris, and Browell were at times limping about, while the United keeper hurt his shoulder in attending to a drive from Bradshaw, and Hardinge and Evans were labouring under the effect like others of making the man rather than the ball the real objective. So far as the nicer points were concerned the game was a failure, but for sheer grit and persistency the United players gave the Evertonians a big start, and fully deserved their pronounced triumph.
GOALS AND MEN.
The game was only five minutes in progress when the United obtained their first success. Evans had made the running, and flashing the ball across the goal, Simmons, dashed in and headed beyond Caldwell's reach. At the end of ten minutes Stevenson had the misfortune both to put through his own goal and at the same time strain his thigh muscles. Shortly afterwards came a rearrangement as the result of the full back's injury. Harris dropped behind, Jefferis taking up his position, and Stevenson filled the outside right berth. From this point Everton's prospects were hopeless, though from one of a few advances Browell scored after Bradshaw had caused Lievesley to throw himself full length in order to save. The keeper hurt his shoulder thereby, and for the remainder of the game he had to parry shots with his right hand. Evans was next in the wars, and both he and Stevenson temporarily retired for attention. While there were absent Hardinge put on a third goal from a centre by Ritchie, the keeper being unsighted, and thus at the interval the United were leading by three goals to one. The second portion of play was little removed from a mere scramble, and though Everton monopolised the bulk of the movements of play, they failed to beat down the home defence, and it was left to the closing minutes of the game for Evans to score a brilliant goal after fine work by Kitchen and Ritchie.
Regarding the Everton players, it would be kinder to draw a veil over their performance. No reputations were made, and many a long day has elapsed since the club was so feebly represented. Beare was never in the picture, and but for occasional flashes by Jefferis and Bradshaw the forward line might be said to have never risen above the level of mediocrity. At half-back Fleetwood worked like a Trojan, and of course injuries prevented the last lines from combating the virile United forwards. Caldwell could not be blamed, but he will require to observe the new rule, for he transgressed the limit on three occasions, and was twice generously dealt with. The United half-backs were mainly responsible for Everton's discomfiture. They were good in attack and defence, while the rearguard were ever ready for emergencies. The forwards required a deal of watching, and their dashing advances were features of the game, but had their marksmanship been in keeping with their general display an even more disastrous time must have been in store for Everton. Teams: -Sheffield United: - Leivesley, goal, Cook, and Benson, backs, Sturgess, Brelsford, and Trueman, half-backs, Ritchie, Simmons, Kitchen, Hardinge, and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Stevenson and Holbem, backs, Harris, Fleetwood and Grenyer, half-backs Beare, Jefferis (Captain), Browell, Bradshaw, and Davidson forwards. Referee T. Garner.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BURNLEY RESERVES 2
October 21, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 10)
Everton gave a very poor display in their match against Burnley, and were deservedly beaten by the odd foal in three. The visitors all though were the superior side, and displayed a better understanding than their opponents. The Blues' defence was very unreliable, and the forwards, with the exception of Smith and Gault, were of a very moderate quality. Burnley would have considerably augmented their score but the forwards seemed to want to walk the ball into the net, instead of shooting, for they had opportunities galore. In Mosscrop the visitors have a capital wingman, and his accurately placed centres were ever a menace to the home citadel. Pickering and Bradshaw scored for Burnley, and Gault secured Everton's goal . Everton: - Hodge goal, Simpson, and Laurie, backs, McCulloch, A. browell, and Graham half-backs, Smith, Gault, Weight, Robinson, and Uren, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal, R. Reid, and Spitt, backs, J. Reid, McLavren, and Bradshaw, half-backs, Mottcrop, Lindley, Pickey, Weightman, and Riley, forwards.
EVERTON AND THEIR PLAYERS.
October 21, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
By the Critic.
Everton, like Liverpool, during the last few weeks, are experiencing an unenviable time. They sustained their fourth defeat on Saturday, and in addition several of their players were injured, so that the club is badly handicapped. Stevenson was so badly hurt that he was merely a passenger for the greater portion of the contest, and eventually retired, whilst Brown received a kick which rendered the Everton centre almost hors do combat, and I learn that he will be unable to assist the English League against the Irish League on Wednesday. The injured list has grown considerably, and it is essential that the club should secure new players as soon as possible, negotiations are proceeding, and Dr. Whitford and Mr. Cuff are in Ireland no doubt with a view to interviewing Houston, and perhaps a few others. Houston has signed a league form for Everton, but he is not eligible to play for them until January. Whether he will eventually cross the Channel to Everton is a matter, which can only be decided by the course of time. He is to play inside right on Wednesday. Everton officials are on the look out in other parts of the country, and, as indicated in Saturday's “Express” Throughear, of Sunderland is said to be on offer. Are Everton angling in this direction? The “Blues” were badly beaten at Sheffield, so the “Blades” have had a good run against the Mersey clubs.
Everton Rout at Sheffield.
In the course, of the remarks on the Everton defeat “Rover” says they were a most disappointing side; indeed a set of players but the shadows of their former selves, and were fairly and squarely beaten. Followers of the club are cognisant of the ability of the side to not only provide attractive fare, but at any rate to put a finish to their work in order to bring about victory. However, these who made the journey to Sheffield must have had their confidence rudely shaken, for the team never looked like winning. Injuries to players no doubt had something to do with the scrappy nature of their efforts to establish themselves. Still, it must be remembered that during the period when the eleven were sound, they were rearely in the hunt, and did not look like settling down to produce, anything like efficient work. A couple of goals were recorded against them before they practically knew where they were; then came an accident to Stevenson, who strained the muscles of his thigh, and as the game wore on other players on both sides received some hard knocks that of course put them off their game. The contest was remarkable for the number of injuries to players. On the Everton side, in addition to Stevenson, Grenyer, Harris, and Browell were at times limping about, while the United keeper hurt his shoulder in attending to a drive from Bradshaw, and Hardinge and Evans were labouring under the effects. Like others, of making the man rather than the ball the real objective.
Blues Off Their Game.
Regarding the Everton players, it would be kinder to draw a veil over their performance. No reputations were made, and many a long day has elapsed since the club was so feebly represented. Beare was never in the picture, and but for occasional flashes by Jefferis and Bradshaw the forward line might be said to have never risen above the level of mediocrity. At half-back Fleetwood worked like a Trojan, and of course, injuries prevented the last line from combating, the virile United forwards. Caldwell could not be blamed, but he will require to observe the new rules for he transgressed the limit on three occasions, and was twice generously dealt with. The United half-backs were mainly responsible for Everton's discomfiture.
Dundee Courier - Tuesday 22 October 1912
Among those looking for "talent" at Tynecastle on Saturday were Mr. A.R. Swan, who is said to be acting on behalf of Everton.
EVERTON STILL HUNTING.
October 23, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool
Preston Refuse to Part.
By the Critic.
The player-hunting expedition by the Everton Club has not, up to the present at any rate been successful. The Preston covert has drawn blank, for the North End directors refused to part with their stalwarts, no matter what sum had been offered. Although the club are in a bad position financially, one cannot blame them for holding on to the few class players which they possess. It would be like committing suicide to part with such players as McCall, Houldsworth, and McFayden, as it is, recognised that the players named are the backbone of the team. The offer, which is said to have been made on behalf of the Everton Club, further demonstrates the awkward predicament in which they are placed, and it looks as through the ready-made article will be exceedingly difficult to obtain. The poorer clubs are loth to part with their “stars” and if they can possibly tide over their difficulties no one can blame them. If they dispense with the experts who the public go to see, the “gates” will go down to zero.
North End's Decision.
The North End directors held a special meeting last evening to consider the offer made by the Everton directors. The latter were in attendance, and after about half an hour's deliberation the Everton representatives were called –in to confer with the Preston board. Only a few minutes elapsed before the information was issued that there was “nothing doing” and that none of the players mentioned –McCall, Houldsworth, and McFayden -would join the Goodison brigade. So Everton must continue their hunt elsewhere. It is pretty state of affairs when a club like Everton should be so badly placed for efficient reserves. The lack of adequate reserves strength is being particularly felt in the rear division. It has long been thought that matters would become serious if anything happened to Stevenson or MaConnachie, and the present state of affairs amply justifies the opinion expressed in the columns from time to time that there were not sufficient backs to pull the club through a strenuous season. When the men turned out for training yesterday morning there were very few recognized League team men amongst the party –a fact which shows what inroads have been made on the first team by I injuries.
The Need for Nurseries.
The directors have a very difficult situation to face, and the selection of the team to face Newcastle at the Park on Saturday is anxiously awaited. The visit of Newcastle is always looked on as one of the “tit bits” of the season's card, and enthusiasts are hoping that a good side will be placed in the field against the Black and Whites. Everton will make efforts in order directions to secure the necessary talent, and it may be that a first class back will be secured before the week is out. The high prices which are being demanded for ready made players makes the fostering of junior talent all the more important. Each club should have its own nursery, especially these big clubs which can afford to spend money on junior players.
HOUSTON FIXED UP.
October 24 1912. The Liverpool Echo
Houston, the Irish International, was on form for Everton some months ago, but there been a long and apparently somewhat awkward delay in completing the arrangements with the Irish international. What happened was this: - Everton found their man, but when the news that they could not play, owing to Army regulations, some months, got abroad other clubs set eyes upon the player. Everton won well, and got the transfer of their highly sought player. Messrs Coffey and Cuff were in Ireland yesterday and came back this morning with the good news that they were succeeded. Houston is not a big fellow, but he has the heart of a lion. He fears nothing, and would bang into a lamppost, as the saying has it. His control of the ball is remarkable, and he was yesterday quite the best of the Irish forwards in the inter-League match. Bob Crompton, when asked; in a chat upon the team, what he thought of their Irish boys, said “The outside right is a good player, but the greatest of the man is undoubtedly Houston.” It is more important of course that Everton fix up with defenders, for their team is still in an awkward predicament, owing to injures and lack of members. It will surprise most Evertonians to know that Val Harris has really been unable to do himself justice for some weeks owing to injuries, also that Grenyer is unfit for service, also Gault is damaged, also that Holbem on Saturday got his thigh torn so badly that the Blues players at half-time asked the referee to look at the boots worm by the Sheffield players. The directors will meet this afternoon, and will probably postpone the team selection until shortly before the match. What will the team frame like? Caldwell is right for goal, and the backs may be Holbem and Simpson –the latter a Redcar youth, who would be asked a tremendous question to face Newcastle in his first appearance with the senior team. Simpson has made an impression on many folk by his play with the Reserves. At half-back and forward there is a mix up. Fleetwood is fit and Harris may be able to turn out. Forward, Bradhsaw, Beare, Browell, and Davidson stand their ground, and it is likely that Gourlay wind find a place in the line. . Houston will not be able to play until February.
HOUSTON AND EVERTON.
October 24, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Everton Still Doubtful.
The team to represent Everton is not yet chosen, and I fancy the eleven to meet Newcastle will not be decided on until the last moment. The injured players are still doubtful but it is good to know that Browell, who was hurt last week us sufficiently recovered to take his place in the field. MaConnachie may play, but of course, the matter will not be finally settled until it is known that every sign of trouble has vanished. Up to the time of writing no new players who will be of immediate assistance has been secured, and it looks very much as though the directors will have to do the best they can with the material at their disposal. Newcastle have decided to leave out Hibbert and substitute Stewart at centre forward with Higgins at inside left. The team will be; Lawrence; McCracken, and Hudspeth; Hay, Low, and Finlay; Rutherford, McTavish, Stewart, Higgins, and West. Duncan will travel as reserve.
The Position of Houston.
Some time ago I explained the position of Houston and his relation with Everton in this column. There has been a lot of talk about this player of late, but there still seems to be some misunderstanding. In the first place Everton secured the Irish International's signature to a league form, but of course the authorities refused to register the player as he had been brought out of the army, and that the required twelve months between his leaving the army and playing for a league club had not expired. Under the new rules clubs are not allowed to play army men by purchasing their discharge within twelve months. Houston is in this position. He is at present playing for Linfield and until the English authorities put his registration papers through he cannot assist Everton. Mr. Cuff and Dr. Whitford during their visit to Ireland made arrangements with Houston and the Linfield club, whereby he will assist Everton when the necessary rules have been complied with –viz, at the end of January. Everton may, therefore, have the assistance of the Irish International in February, but not before. For some time now Houston's name has been attached to an Everton League form, and the position is unchanged beyond the fact that the player, Linfield, and Everton have come to a better understanding in this matter.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 25 October 1912
George Kitchen, the former goalkeeper of Everton and West Ham, has signed on for Southampton
EVERTON SIGN NEW PLAYER. IN WAUEING, OF PRESTON NORTH END
Dundee Courier - Saturday 26 October 1912
TO FILL VACANCY CAUSED BY INJURIES.
Everton, who have so many players on the injured list, yesterday secured from Preston North End the transfer of Wareing, left half-back. Wareing, who is a footballer of little ability, will his new club against Newcastle United at Everton this afternoon. Unsuccessful overtures were, stated, made by Everton to the North End for the transfer of M'Cali and Houldsworth.
EVERTON SIGN NEW PLAYER
October 26, 1912. The Dundee Courier
In Wareing of Preston North End
To Fill Vacancy Caused by Injuries
Everton, who have so many players on the injured list, yesterday secured from Preston North End the transfer of Wareing a left half-back. Wareing, who is a footballer of no little ability, will assist his new club against Newcastle United at Everton this afternoon. Unsuccessful overtures were, it is stated, made by Everton to the North End for the transfer of McCall and Houldsworth.
EVERTON OBTAIN SIGNATURE OF WAREING.
October 26, 1912. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton have got the thin end of the wedge into the Preston block. They have signed one of the North Ends half-backs, a well built clever left-winger. Wareing by name. He is really a good man, who has helped with McCall, and Houldsworth, to keep the Preston team from utter failure. He is twenty-five years old, Stands 5ft 9ins, weights 11 st . He is a fearless tackler, and has showed good form for North End for some seasons, so much so, that Preston probably put a four figure fee upon his transfer. Everton through their directors (Messrs A.R. Wades, and H. Allman) have obtained by this signature a much desired left half-back for to-morrow's game. The Blues ranks are so depleted that the transfer will be a boon to the club. Mr. B. Kelly, another director had been to Preston twice recently, but Messrs Wade and Allman had worked so unceasingly to attain their object that one could readly suggest that they would have done wisely to have taken a season ticket for their journey to and from Preston. Only one night, in six have they failed to go to Deepdale. Wareing is not tied to the left half-back position, and can take any post in the intermediate line. He has been living at Southport. North End obtained Wareing from Chorley, a team whose ranks at this moment included a brother of the player just signed by Everton.
NEWCASTLE UNITED AT GOODISON.
October 26, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Sensational Scoring By the United.
Six Goal Victory.
The weather at Goodison Park today was most unfavourable for what has generally proved one of the most interesting matches of the Everton card. Whilst Newcastle had a very strong side out, Everton were in the unfortunate position of having to play a mixed eleven. Simpson, the Redcar youth, who has done fairly good services for the Reserves, was called on to partner Holbem. Wareing, the new half-back from Preston, also turned out, and Gourlay also played half-back. The teams were: - - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Simpson, and Holbem, backs, Gourlay, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs Beare, Gault, Browell, Bradshaw (Captain), and Davidson, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, McCracken, and Hudpeth, backs, Hay, Low, and Finlay, half-backs, Rutherford, McTavish, Stewart, Higgins and G. Wilson forwards.
The Fourth Captain.
Rain was failing and the conditions were very miserable when Bradshaw, the fourth player to captain the Everton side this season won the toss. The early exchanges were even, but the Newcastle forward men showed their ability. McTavish and Stewart had good shot luckily charged down. Everton made a move on the right, and Beare beating Hudspeth, centred, but McCracken cleared. Rutherford broke away and forced a corner from Holbem, but this was well cleared by Wareing, and Browell getting possession at centre raced down only to be dispossessed by McCracken, who kicked back to Lawrence to enable the goalkeeper to clear. Play for some time remained in the centre, and the players found a great difficulty in maintaining a foothold. Beare and Gault by pretty combined passing carried play to the United end. where Browell caused Hudspeth to concede a corner kick. This, however, was placed behind by Beare.
Rutherford was making tracks down the wing, when he was sent over by Holbem, but the free kick was prettily cleared by Wareing. Then the Newcastle goal had a narrow escape. Beare rushed through and sent right across, Browell met the ball, but sent wide. A moment later Beare presented Gault with a beautiful centre only to see the inside right shoot high over the bar. Rutherford and McTavish passed to some effect on the United right, but they were given little latitude by Wareing and Holbem. Stewart on one occasion, after breaking through shot terribly wide. Then the Everton forwards took up the running, and after some bustling work in front of the Newcastle goal, Beare was judged offside as a strong shot from him wide. The most dangerous movement up to now came from the Newcastle right wing, a cross shot from Rutherford next hitting the bar.
Low Heads Through.
A corner was forced from the rebound. This was well placed by Wilson, and Low getting his head to the ball it entered the net at the corner well out of Caldwell's reach. Immediately from the restart Everton came within an ace of equalising, when from a corner by Beare, Gorlay shot with considerable force the ball being cleared by Lawrence more by good luck than management. A foul on the goalkeeper eventually cleared the danger. After about half an hour's play Newcastle obtained a second point in clever fashion.
Rutherford ran down the wing and placed into McTavish who had a clear course, and drove the ball into the net at the far corner. Holbem way to prone to daily and claimed for offside and twice he has let in Rutherford through this mistake, fortunately for Everton nothing came from the movement. Wilson got in a spirited run, only to be smartly pulled up by Simpson. Newcastle were next awarded a free kick right on the home penalty line. It had to be taken a second time, and the resulting corner kick was not improved upon. The Everton forwards continued to make little or no headway against the forceful Newcastle backs. Another raid by United saw Fleetwood just in time to prevent Rutherford from Shooting at close range. Davidson next got going, and from his centre Browell made a valiant attempt to get the ball through but once again McCracken was too much for him.
Pretty Forward Play.
Newcastle well deserved their lead at the interval. The experimental Everton defence though good up to a point, were not strong enough to cope with the nippy Newcastle forwards, who considering the conditions, were a remarkable display of pretty football in comparison with the work of the Everton forwards, which was generally ragged and disappointing.
Half-Time Everton 0 Newcastle 2
There was no change in the conditions when the second half opened. It was still raining hard, and the playing pitch was dotted with pools of water. The Newcastle men were a much more hefty lot than the homesters, and they were much more at home on the soft ground. Early on McTavish was allowed to run on when in an offside position, and this led to the home goal having two narrow escapes. Caldwell saving in timely fashion.
A clever Try.
The homesters next attacked on the right, and a centre by Beare led to Gourlay cleverly diverting the ball into goal, but Lawrence refused to let the ball pass. Newcastle continued to be top dog all the time. Caldwell the home keeper was penalised for carrying the ball too far. The free kick had to be taken twice, and eventually the ball was sent wide. Newcastle were bent on increasing their lead. They had not to wait long. A fine centre by Wilson saw Holbem fail to get the ball away, and before he could recover
Stewart Drove into the Net.
A minute or two later a centre by Rutherford saw Stewart again placing in the goal, Caldwell this time keeping the ball out. There was a cheer from the crowd when Beare got in one of his best efforts. The home backs were now completely demoralized and the team as a whole were playing like a beaten side. Newcastle had two more goals in quick succession. The fourth was a result of a corner kick by Wilson, Stewart heading through while McTavish scored a fifth just after Rutherford had a likely shot charged down. So far the Newcastle keeper had not had a single real shot to stop. It is not the first time that Everton as received a sound thrashing from the United, who won 5-1 in 1911, scoring four goals in the last quarter of an hour. Just before the end Everton came near scoring, Lawrence having to save two capital shots from Fleetwood and Gourlay. A minute from the interval Law added a sixth with a long shot from the right wing. Final Result Everton 0 Newcastle 6. Goals; Low (2), McTavish (2), Stewart (2).
BURSLEM V EVERTON RESERVES
October 26, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
At Cobridge, before 1,000 spectators, in wretched weather. Burlsem were the first to be aggressive, and after Gosling had missed, Stuart scored for them after twenty minutes play. Five minutes later Adams added a second. The home team continued to have the best of the exchanges and Hodge had numerous shots to save, but the score was not added to. Halt-time Burslem 2, Everton 0.
EVERTON 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 6
October 28, 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
THE EVERTON DEBACLE.
EXPERIMENTAL DEFENCE CRUMPLES UP.
One can hardly remember Everton being made to look such exceedingly small fry as they did on Saturday. Six clear goals does seem a big margin, but it in no way over-emphasises the superiority of the Newcastle team in a game which was played under the most trying circumstances. Everton never had a look in. They were smitten hip and thigh, and in the later stages the side as a whole became completely demoralised. This is not the first time that Newcastle United have made merry at the expense of the Blues. Their victory at Goodison park a couple of seasons back was marked by sensational scoring, but on that occasion the game was not near so one-sided as on Saturday, the United scoring four of their five goals in the last fifteen minutes' play, after Stevenson had been carried off the field injured. There were certainly exceptional circumstances on Saturday. To have five of the regular players laid aside with injuries at one time would overtax the resources of most clubs, and it so happens that this year Everton are very badly off in the number of really first-class players at their disposal. The club have rarely found itself with such slender resources, especially in regard to capable backs, and it is hoped that the present serious situation will act as a spur to the directors to see that in future the club will be better prepared for such emergencies. In these days, when competition is so keen amongst the more wealthy clubs to corner tip-top players, it is becoming increasing difficult to fill up breaches in the premier team in times of stress, and as has been experienced by the Everton officials this last few weeks, even the poorer clubs are loth to part with their best players.
NEWCASTLE IN GREAT FORM.
But what a day it was. To look at the playing area dotted with pools of water and slush was enough to give one the shivers, and the heavy rain never slackened for one moment during the whole 90 minutes play. Newcastle were certainly on their best behavior. They were much the heavier team, and considering the state of the ground their forwards displayed remarkably nippy football. They played with a confidence that would have led to the undoing of most of the League teams, and the Everton Reserves defence could not have had a more severe test. The homesters played pluckily up to the interval, but for the remainder of the game they were completely overplayed. After Lowe had headed through Newcastle's first goal from a corner Browell was denied an equaliser by a great save by Lawrence. The second goal came neat the interval, McTavish scoring after clever work by himself and Rutherford . In the second half Stewart obtained two goals in succession, his second one being the result of faulty play by Holbem. The Everton made a spirited rally, and Lawrence had two difficult shots to stop from Browell and Fleetwood. Luck was against them, however, and before the end Low added the sixth for the visitors, following upon a corner kick.
HOMESTERS' SORRY PLIGHT.
Everton were certainly deserving of sympathy in having to tackle such mighty foemen with depleted forces. They struggled against tremendous odds with great fortitude, and, although much of their work was creditable it fell far below the standard of the United, whose movements were executed with great cleverness. The Everton halves were so harassed by the Newcastle men as not to be able to render much support to their forwards. Beare, at outside right, was always a trier, and Gault performed splendidly, while Browell did his best to create openings for himself, but he was ever under the watchful eyes of McCracken and Hudspeth. Fleetwood, the home centre half played a great game, and Wareing the ex-Preston North End player, on his unenviable first turn-out with his new club, put in a lot of useful work in the first half. The experimental defence of Holbem and Simpson was completely overweighed, and Caldwell also had an unpleasant experience. Little need be said of the Newcastle team. They played well to a man, and Rutherford once again justified his reputation of being one of the finest players at outside right that the game has ever produced. Teams: - Everton: - Caldwell, goal, Simpson, and Holbem, backs, Gourlay, Fleetwood, and Wareing, half-backs Beare, Gault, Browell, Bradshaw (Captain), and Davidson, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, McCracken, and Hudspeth, backs, Hay, Low, and Finlay, half-backs, Rutherford, McTavish, Stewart, Higgins and G. Wilson forwards.
BURSLEM PORT VALE 3 EVERTON RESERVES 0
October 28 1912. The Liverpool Courier.
It was a strange team that represented Everton Reserves at Burslem, and, as could only be expected, the Port Vale won easily by three clear goals. The Blues were two goals down at the interval, Suart and Adams having penetrated their defence, and after the change of ends Keary obtained Burslem's third point.
“BLUES” BLACK DAY
October 28, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Everton Forces Demoralised
By the Critic.
Newcastle 6, Everton 0 Phew! It took one's breath away. But it was right enough. Everton were completely routed, and enthusiasts wondered whether the Toffee boys had ever been so badly beaten on their own green sward before. “This is the limit.” Fancy Everton coming to this! You are sure it was Everton Bill? These are a few of the remarks one heard on Saturday night, and it was evident that although it was felt the “Blues” could not hope to win, it was hardly anticipated that the score would reach half a dozen. But there you are; the team which represented the great Everton club which boasted the record of being the most consistent in the First League, and which had never been in danger of failing into the Second Division had been, temporarily, I hope, reduced to ruins. It was indeed a black day for Everton in more ways than one. In addition to the fact the forces had been considerably reduced by injury and other causes the miserable weather conditions spoiled what otherwise would have been one of the best “gates” of the season.
The conditions were hardly fir for football. You will invariably find that big scores are recorded on days such as last Saturday, and the fact that 45 goals were scored in the First Division shows what an effect the wet weather and the slippery grounds had on the play. Newcastle and Blackburn each scored six goals, whilst two other clubs each notched four. It was indeed a prolific scoring day, but the defeat of Everton by such a big margin –a record against the club at the Park –will be talked of for many a long day. The Goodison organisation will get over it, however. The position must be faced with courage and determination. Undoubtedly the injured list has been abnormal, but at the same time the lack of good reserves has been plainly evident for some time. The club will have to pay heavily for any class player whom they wish to secure, and as showing the rate, which has gone up I, am told, unofficially that the fee paid for Waring reached £1,500. This may be above the figure actually paid, but there is no doubt that the fee was over £1,000, and although Waring is a good half-back, such a fee a couple of years ago would be pooh-poohed by any club. Things have changed, however, and if you want ready made players these days you must pay for them.
But to return to the match at the Park, Everton were beaten at all points, and I really think that if the Newcastle men had put themselves out they could have increased the score. They are a fine set of players, who know the game from A to Z, and the conditions on Saturday just suited them. Plenty of height and weight about the whole eleven, they booted the heavy ball with power, and generally controlled the slippery leather with superb skill. The Newcastle directors go in for good “big'uns,” and there is no doubt that this policy pays. You rarely see a player on the small side in the Newcastle ranks. The Everton team looked very small beside the Newcastle eleven, and under the circumstances the “little ‘uns” were outclassed. Caldwell in goal did not shape too well, and I thought he might have saved more than on eof the shots that scored. Considering the forces opposed to him little Simpson did not make a bad show at all. He is a well plucked ‘un, and never knows when he is beaten. He stuck to his task with determination, and but for the fact that he is too small he would prove a useful defender. Holbem has fallen away considerably. The half-back line was no great shakes. Wareing opened very well against a clever wing without receiving little assistance from the rear he was later overwhelmed. Wareing will do better. Fleetwood plodded on, but he too was not as effective as the general bulk of the club supporters would like, and Gourlay although doing his best with fair success, was not good enough. Bradshaw was really the only forward to hold his own, and the inside left put in a deal of good work, but received little or no assistance.
A Capital Right Wing.
The Newcastle forwards were a nippy lot, but the right wing caught the eye of the crowd. McTavish and Rutherford were an ideal pair. The winger is as graceful as ever, whilst in McTavish he has one of the best partners any winger could wish for. McTavish showed great skill in controlling the ball and placing accurately to the players on either side of him, whilst his shooting was also on the mark. No wonder Simpson made a name with such a partner. Strange that Blackburn Rovers did not try to secure this player when the opportunity occurred. Low always had Browell completely subdued, whilst Hudspeth and McCracken fully justified all the good things which have been said of them of late. Hudspeth is a young back destined for international honours.
EVERTON'S CHOSEN SIDE.
October 31, 1912. Evening Express, Liverpool.
Beare at outside Left.
By the Critic.
Although Everton are under a cloud just now, their supporters are not without hope of the team bringing a point or points from Oldham. There must be a silver lining, and it may show itself in the cotton town. Enthusiasts certainly will have more confidence in the side chosen to do duty than was the case against Newcastle, and despite the fact that the injured lists is still heavy, the side chosen, and which appeared in the last edition of the “Express” last evening, is a decidedly good one, and it is quite within the bounds of possibility that the eleven may bring off a surprise victory. The “Blues” have never prevailed in a League match at Oldham, so that their turn may come.
A Stronger Middle Line.
Jefferis, MaConnachie, Makepeace, and Harris, are still unable to appear, but it is good to know that Williams Stevenson is fit for duty once more, and along with Holbem ought to show a strong front to the Oldham attack. Grenyer also returns to the field, this time at right half-back so that with the line reading Grenyer, Fleetwood, and Waring, there appears to be more strength than there was last Saturday. Grenyer is a really good half and I quite anticipate that he will be equally at home on the right as on the other side of the field, whilst Wareing will, I fancy, be seen to greater advantage now that he is more familiar with his new colleagues. The most interesting alteration, however, has been made in the forward line. Beare crosses over to the outside left berth, and Joe Smith in at outside right. The first time I saw Beare play it was as an outside left at Blackpool against Everton, and it is a matter of history now that he so impressed the Everton representatives that he was within a week or so secured to help the Goodison Club. He played several brilliant games at outside left for the Blues, but latterly he has confined his efforts to operations at outside right.
Beare Changes Over.
Owing to the failure of Davidson, and Uren to find their true form, however, the directors have been forced to make an alteration, and as Beare is equally at home on either wing, the change ought to prove beneficial, for with a partner like Bradshaw the little winger need not starve for want of opportunities. Then Joe Smith the Hull City player who was secured at considerable expense, may find the opportunity convenient to show what he really can do on the extreme right wing Smith has plenty of weight and good speed, Whilst I have seen him control and centre the ball with good effect, and with Gourlay as a partner he may easily come away successful. It is certainly a good opportunity for Smith, and he should make the most of it. The full side to meet Oldham is Caldwell; Stevenson, and Holbem; Grenyer, Fleetwood, and Waring; Smith, Gourlay, Browell, Bradshaw, and Beare. The kick off is timed for 2.45.