EVERTON RESERVES WIN
Liverpool Echo - Thursday 01 October 1914
Yesterday Everton Reserves beat Blackpool Reserve by 3-2 at Goodison Park, and in view iof the fact that Everton's team included Houston, Wareing, Grenyer, Nuttall, Simpson, and Harrison, and the fact that Blackpool had previously not an adverse goal average of 21-3, Blackpool merit congratulation upon their partial success. All the goals were scored in the second half, and Blackpool's goals were scored very late on. The scoring went thus; Harrison, Nuttall, Wright, Sibbald, and Farrington. Everton had by far the larger number of chances of scoring but they were not on the target once in four times and then had to contend with a useful goalkeeper in Farrington. Blackpool's backs, too, played strong burstling football, and were backed up well by Wilson and Furling. Forward the visitors were slow off the mark and weak at outside left, whereas at inside left and inside right force and skill were displayed. Everton's best forward was Harrison; yet with a year or two more on their heads Kirsopp and Wright will fare better - as it was they were workers and shooters. The half-backs were big fellows and skilled providers, and at back and in goal the winning side was useful, Simpson in particular showing speed and determination.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BARNSLEY RESERVES 3
October 3, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo.
At Goodison Park, Barnsley made their first move through Newton and Moore, but a slip on the part of the first named caused a failure. Everton made a capital reply Houston giving an effective centre and Harrison shooting sharply into Lindon's hands. After further well-contested play Everton forced a corner, but Newton slipped away down his wing and shot, and when the ball was sent in again from the right Bromilow cleared. The Blues were soon at the other end, where Nuttall sent in a testing shot, but Lindon proved master of the situation. Play veered from end to end, the Everton players always being dangerous, but Barnsley's pushing methods brought forth the first fruits of the game, Lees opening their account smartly. Lindon saved from Houston and Kirsopp just failed, but a minute later, had better luck, for Nuttall had missed a centre from Houston, there was a scuffle in the goalmouth and Kirsopp equalised. Barnsley again quickly took the lead again through Moore, but Kirsopp, who beat Lindon easily, nullified this. Nuttall met with an injury to his head, and had to leave the field just before the interval. Harrison scored for Everton. half-time Everton 3 goals, Barnsley 2. Nuttall reappeared after change of ends and Everton opened smartly. Bromilow disposed a centre from the Barnsley, Kirsopp and Challinor proved very useful at defensive work. A desperate visit by Harrison carried play into the Barnsley camp, but the Yorkshire men were soon attacking once more Page having his work cut out to check Newton, and when Bromilow beat down a shot from the same player. Everton pressed, and Lindon gave away a corner, but followed with a capital display of custodianship, while a barren corner fell to Barnsley. Barnsley scored a equalisier. Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Simpson, backs, Challinor, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Kirsopp, Nuttall, Wright, and Harrison, forwards.
Harry Mountford Speaks His Mind.
Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal - Saturday 03 October 1914
THIRD LANARK have had a very indifferent time of it this past year or two. Team changes of the weekly and wholesale order never yet made for success; but it must be said that injuries to players have necessitated the continual alterations this season. Willie Armstrong is still unavailable; Bobby Orr left Trainer hands only last week; Jack Butler was being treated for lumbago when visited Cathkin; W. Smith had 4-inch gash on the calf of his leg; and Harry Mountford limped with strained thigh muscle I Like a hospital,” commented Monntford, as he awaited his turn for the operating table. Then Harry dropped the remark that when Club was forced to make changes every week that Club was in a bad way. "Look at Third Lanark,” continued the Burnley man, through injury and other causes can't field' the same side two Saturday's running! What'e the result? A new c-huni turns out. and it's a thousand to one
He'll Play A Selfish Game
@He naturally wants to keep his place, and attempts to do too much to improve his sponsors. The consequence is that he thinks only of self; gets losts; and upsets the whole team! That's fact, and that is exactly what has happened in more places than Cathkin. “Now, there's none of us angels; and when we see a good bit of work being spoilt through selfish stupidity the rest of the lads are bound to be adversely affected. "I won't give the ball to him again" (meaning the selfish; and the sequel is demoraliasation instead of combination!" Harry knows mwhat he is taslking about, eh? That is generally the case when a debutant appears. The newcomers tries too much instead of doing a little and doing it well. Result -Another change!
October 3, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
One is delighted to note that so whole-hearted a player as Tommy Fleetwood has been honoured by the League. He is to play against the Irish League next Wednesday and certainty he well deserved the position. Ever since he made his debut at inside right for Everton. Fleetwood was appealed to me as a player likely to make his name. A hard worker throughout the whole 90 minutes, no matter what position he may be called upon to fill the ex-Rochdale youth has made many friends during his stay at Everton. Although not so polished as many of his companies he is nevertheless a very effective exponent and though one would rather see him operating in the centre, Fleetwood is making his presence felt on the left wing. Last season he developed his placing powers immensely and towards the end of the campaign was showing international form. Fleetwood made his first appearance for Everton as a forward in March 1911, but later developed in the half-back line.
Chedgzoy to the Fore
One of the most improved players in the local ranks is Chedgzoy, the Everton outside right. Against the Villa he was decidedly the most dangerous raider on the field, and once could hardly credit the fact that he had one with a very severe injury, which at one time seemed likely to finish his football career. He raced along the line like a stag, controlled the ball like a juggler, and centred with judgment. It was not his fault that Everton failed to score. The Ellesmere Port youth has undoubtedly waited long for his chance, but having regained his place he will not easily lose it. Chedgzoy style is very attractive, and if he goes on improving he will certainly come under the notice of the League and F,A. authorities. During the latter part of last season he gained some useful experience of First Division warfare, and he is now profiting by it.
EVERTON INFICY DEFEAT ON LIVERPOOL
October 3, 1914. The Evening Express
Parker Scorers Thrice, and Clennell Twice
Stirring scenes were witnessed at Anfield this afternoon. The meeting of Liverpool and Everton always arouses considerable enthusiasm, but today there was the added stimulus of the martial spirit. The military elements was predominant. The band of the Lancashire and Cheshire Garrison Artillery played stirring music both before the match and during the interval, and a prominent feature of the crowd was the large number of men in khaki, who given a brief respite from their military training, ocked to see their favourities do battle.
The crowd, although not so large as in years gone by numbered well on towards 30,000 and such a large muster of men certainty offered excellent facilities for recruiting purposes. Officers were in attendance, and a Tommy as a sandwich man paraded the ground with an appeal for recruits. A collection was also taken on behalf of the war relief funds and responded to liberally.
Dane Fortune once again smiled kindly on Everton, who by the way have not lost a League match at Anfield for fifteen years. Liverpool’s chance of reversing this order of things today were made the more unlikely seeing that they were without two such stalwarts as Miller and Lowe. Nichol was moved from outside left to the centre forward position, McKinlay being included as Lacey’s partner. Bratley took the place of Lowe at centre half. Everton, on the other hand, were at full strength. The teams were;-
Liverpool; Campbell, goal; Longsworth and Pursell, backs; Fairfoull, Bratley, and Ferguson (captain), half-backs; Sheldon, Metcalfe, Nichol, Lacey and McKinley, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Maconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain), and Makepeace, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell and Palmer, forwards.
Park’s Dash Off
The weather was fine, though dull, and from the kick-off Parker, dashed away, and was getting within shooting range when Fairfoull came across and dispossession him. The ball remained in the Everton quarters, but from a throw-in on the left, Jefferis got in a header, which was kicked away by Purcell. Clennell next pleased the crowd with tricky footwork, which came to nothing. An attack by the Liverpool right ended in Macconnachie having to kick back to his own keeper. Everton had opened with rare dash and vigour and for a time Liverpool were mostly occupied in defence. A long shot from the left was kept out by Campbell who next had to save a low, swift drive from Jefferis.
Score After Five Minutes
The game was only five minutes old when Everton opened the score. A free kick against McKinley led to the ball being placed right in front. Clennell getting possession and after rounding one of the backs, drove in with great force. Campbell touched the ball with his hand, but was not able to prevent it entering the net. This reverse caused the Liverpool players to liven up and following a spirited rush Fleetwood was just in time to prevent Lacey from shooting when nicely placed. Liverpool next forced a corner on the right, but it came to nothing. A pretty run by Palmer led to an exciting scrimmage in front of the Liverpool goal. Longsworth getting the ball away, when hard pressed. Chedgzoy next showed his sprinting powers, but his centre was intercepted by Bratley.
Liverpool were distinctly unlucky in not scoring from a well-placed corner kick, the ball being headed against the upright, and Nicholl, who met the rebound shot just over the bar. Liverpool forced another corner kick, but no goal was forthcoming. Everton who were playing with the wind behind them were again aggressive and Chedgzoy made a fine run, only to be finally pulled up by Longsworth. Chedgzoy was again prominent, and Parker came near to scoring from his centre. The game was being fought at a smart pace, and there was no lack of incident or excitement, both sets of players working hard. It was another fine centre which gave Clennell an opportunity of getting in a storming shot, but Campbell made a remarkably clever save. Everton came again in determined fashion, and receiving from the left, Parker placed to Jefferis, who shot wide.
Red’s Strong Defence
Everton continued to have the best of matters, but they found the Reds’ defence hard to beat. In the next Everton attack, parker, made a valiant effort to rush the ball through from a centre by Palmer, but he was sent over at the critical moment and the ball went wide.
Then Liverpool had a turn of attacking during which several likely shots were charged down. Ten minutes before the interval Everton increased their lead. Palmer got in a capital centre, and Clennell drove in with great force, Campbell stopped the ball with his foot. Parker came rushing up and crashing the ball into the net. Everton continued to press, but failed to add further to their score.
Half-time; Liverpool Nil, Everton Two.
Comments on First Half
Everton were distinctly the better side in the first half. Their forwards had given their best display, and they were putting plenty of sting into their shots. They were well backed up by their halves and their defence was sound. Liverpool worked hard, but their side was weakened by the absence of Miller and Lowe and their forwards were poorly balanced, but for the most part they were out-classed in all departments. There was this to be said for them, that they had been at a disadvantage in playing against the wind and having the sun in their eyes.
Liverpool rearranged their front line in the second half, Nicholl going back to his usual place at outside left, and McKinley going at centre forward. This arrangement worked better, but for all that the Liverpool forwards continued to lack combination. Danger threatened the Liverpool goal from a free kick, but the ball was headed away by Bratley. Following a spell of midfield play. Nichol smartly returned a centre from Sheldon, McKinlay being just too late in his effort to shoot. Lacey then made tracks and placed to Metcalfe, who shot wide. The Liverpool forwards now began to show up to better advantage, the Liverpool halves giving their forwards better support. Fairfoull tried a long shot, but Fern saved. Some clever work was shown by the Liverpool inside forwards, and McKinlay was given a glorious opening, but he clean missed. A minute latter the Everton custodian had to save a swift low drive from Nicholl.
The Everton backs had been hard pressed, but they were standing the strain well. A dash to the other end saw Palmer deliberately tripped by Longsworth. Everton were awarded a penalty kick from which Parker scored. Luck was against Liverpool. Another glorious chance was missed by McKinley. After recovering the ball from Fleetwood he got past Thompson and then had only the keeper to beat, but to the dismay of his colleagues he drove the ball over the bar close range. Chedgzoy got going and from his centre Parker got in a strong shot, which Campbell turned over the bar with the tips of his fingers. Palmer was knocked out of action by Fairfoull, but he was soon able to resume. Everton continued to force matters, and Clennell had a likely shot charged down. Ten minutes from the end Everton got another goal from a corner kick. Campbell had fisted the ball out in the scrimmage, but Clennel, who was lying a few yards back, got possession, and drove into the far side of net. Campbell having no chance of saving. Just before the end Parker beat Campbell with a long, straight drive for the fifth time.
Final; Liverpool 0, Everton 5.
Ideal day for football, with the attendance curate with the occasion of the meeting of our local rivals. The playing pitch was perfect, also the arrangement for housing the crowd, factors that do credit to those who have had the arrangement in hand. How will Nichol lead his men is the main topic among the crowd. Well, he’s had some before. The Blues bounded into brilliant form right from the kick-off. And looked like setting affairs too. The pace is not quite what we have been used to. But the players invariably keep themselves extended in these local tussles. The Livers were battling well in defence but the Blues forwards always suggested that success must come their way eventually. They had only five minutes to wait, and Clennell careering to the inside right position gave Campbell a teaser which he only partly arrested, and the ball glanced into the net off the post. The Anfielders, however, were not by any means out of the picture, and Nicholl was not shaping at all badly for he kept his wings well employed. Thompson nearly did it by conceding a corner. The Liver’s had the worse luck imaginable when Lacey headed against the crossbar and McKinlay missed the return by the merest shave. The Liverpool contingent were greatly in evidence this bombardment and even the supporters of the Blues could have begrudged the home lot an equalizing point had it come their way. Twenty minutes gone and there has been really nothing between the teams. Both sets of forwards were fast and generally made good use of their opportunities, but the respective defences were equally resourceful, with the result that spectators were having quite a good time. Bratley was all right in the centre and linked up well with his inside forwards, and Pursell had more than one stern tussle with Chedgzoy. Another Everton burst with the result that Clennell-almost repeated his early success. Campbell tipped over this time, and then Jefferis supplemented the sharp-shooting. Everton moving again, and Parker looked like sailing into the net. But did Pursell push? Most folk though so. The Reds going strongly just now, but there wasn’t a steady marksman among them, otherwise the score must have been leveled up. Crowd hugely amused at the wiles of Sheldon, who converted a throw-in in near the flag into a corner by throwing the ball at Galt’s back. It came to nothing, however. Another burst along the Everton left, which brought further success in its train. Clennel had overrun himself, but Longsworth was not on the spot. He recovered and drove in from short range for Campbell to kick the ball out. Parker was there, however, to drive home the advantage. Two goals up is a comfortable lead, scarcely representing the run of the play. At the same time the Liverpool backs had not touched top form. Liverpool’s left wing will need to show improvement if they are to.
Get In The Firing Line
Pleased to see the old formation when the teams line out. Nichol making up his old position with McKinlay as the pivot of attack. Another McKinlay dash give Fern some trouble, but he survived the ordeal. The Liverpool halves were now playing more on the opposing forwards with better results. Still the Everton near lines of defence were not giving anything away. Liverpool hopes just now were directed towards the left, where Nicholl was certainly more effective than in the centre. One long drive was not far from the mark, and then Fairfoul made a good attempt. The Reds’ forwards were now more aggressive than in any previous stage of the game, despite the close attentions of Makepeace and Fleetwood. On, what a yell went up when McKinlay failed with a perfect opening just a few yards from goal. Enthusiasm still running the way of the Anfielders when Nicholl sent in a beauty only to find Fern anticipations all that could be desired from a Blue’s point of view.
Down again, A Penalty this time; and Longsworth to blame. Parker piloted through alright, but before the infringement it looked odds on Palmer going clean through. Liverpool out of luck again. McKinley freed from the toils of Gault, had Fern at his mercy, only to drive over the bar. Everton again came with a confidence which counts for success. With Parker to pick up anything that came his way. One was almost a goal, for he forced a corner with a shot which Campbell fisted out quite a long spell of tame play with the Reds rarely dangerous. Not so the Blues, for Palmer sent across and before Campbell had partially cleared Clennel got through again. All over and Everton recorded their seventh on the pitch of their near neighbours.
EVERTON RES V. BARNSLEY RES
October 3, 1914. The Liverpool Express
There was but a meagre attendance at Goodison Park this afternoon, when the following teams lined out;- Everton Res;- Bromilow, goal; Page and Simpson, backs; Roy, Challinor, and Grenyer, half-backs; Houston, Kirsopp, Nuttall, Wright and Harrison, forwards. Barnsley;- Lindon, goal; Gittins and Tindall, backs; Smith, Ledginham, and Musgrove, half-backs; Kirsopp, Lees, Halliwell, Moore and Newton, forwards. Barnsley started but the Everton front rank quickly got into their stride, and Nuttall getting through sent out to Houston, whose centre was met by Harrison, and Lindon was called upon to handle a fast drive. Next a corner was conceded by the Barsnley defence, but safely negotiated by them, whilst later Kirsopp, trickling a couple of opponents sent wide of the mark. Lindon, the Barsnley custodian, showed fine judgment in saving a hot one from Wright, and up to this point the game had been very interesting, with Everton holding the balance of power. Success, however, came to Barnsley through some splendid combination on the part of their forwards, Newton and Moore, the latter sending across the goal mouth for Lees (who had been given his first chance for the Yorkshire man) to outwit Simpson and score a goal from short range. At the other end Houston was prominent with a well-directed shot whilst Kirsopp twice missed fine openings. The equalizer came from a well judged centre by Harrison, which was met by Kirsopp, the goalkeeper having little or no chance of saving. Within a minute Harrison sent across another centre and although Kirsopp got his head to the ball Lindon dealt with it in masterly style. Another concerted movement by the Barnsley forward presaged danger to the home citadel, and Moore tricking Page scored with a low swift shot quite out of reach of Bromilow. Five minutes later Kirsopp again equalized after Nuttall had made a dribble down the centre. On the whole the Everton forwards were showing excellent combination and initiative and were ably supported by the half backs but the defence was weak. Nuttall was unfortunate in receiving a “header” from a Barnsley half back, and retired. Everton took the lead three minutes from the interval, when Harrison met a pass from Wright and crashed the ball into the net. Half-time; Everton Res 3, Barnsley Res 2.
In the second half Lees scored for Barsnley. Final; Everton Res 3, Barnsley Res 3.
EVERTON’S SIXTH SUCCESSIVE WIN
October 3, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
Liverpool v. Everton
Customary Result At Anfield
Everton Superior by 5 Goals to 0
Liverpool’s Re-arranged Side Fails
Liverpool and Everton. When the list of previous results is studied their would seem to be no need to play this Anfield game, for Everton have won five times in succession, and Liverpool have not won since January 1899. Liverpool today had to make changes through Lowe and Miller being injured, and through the centres treid being unsatisfactory. So they did something memorable. They played Nicholl their outside left at centre brought McKinlay to partner Lacey and played Bratley, ex-Barnsley for the first time as pivot. Everton had no changes from the side that played against Aston Villa.
The teams refereed by H.H. Taylor were as follows;- Liverpool; Campbell, goal; Longsworth and Pursell, backs; Fairfoull, Bratley, and Ferguson (captain), half-backs; Sheldon, Metcalfe, Nichol, Lacey and McKinley, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Maconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain), and Makepeace, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell and Palmer, forwards.
When Ferguson and Galt led their respective sides on to the field the attendance was surprisingly good. Kemlyn road stand had to be shut a quarter of an hour before the start of the game, and the general appearance of the ground suggested a crowd of 25,000. It was a nice clear day and what wind there was favoured Everton in the first half. Here are three chat, items –Lowe will not be able to play for a month or more; Bratley and Galt the centre halves have never played in local “Derbys” before; and Campbell kept the game up for a minute through wearing a Blue jersey. Everton were dangerous in the first two minutes, Parker dribbled neatly, and had three men beaten when Fairfoull came right across the goalmouth and half cleared from Campbell’s nose. Chedgzoy kept the ball in play and Makepeace shot tell and truly. The ball hit a defender, and went for a corner, after which Clennel did a cute bit of dribbling and when the ball finally kept out to Fleetwood, Jefferis tried a first time shot spiritedly. Liverpool had yet to get on the offensive and McKinlay forgetting that he was a forward, ran up behind Jefferis and tripped him. A foolish foul with the consequently attaching. The free kick was taken and when Bratley hesitated a way was made for Clennel. The smart little Rover shot instantly. Though Campbell handled the ball it peered through the right hand side of the goal. Clennel had started Liverpool’s usual lack of success apparently. Still Everton were good value for this goal because Liverpool as it becoming the habit did not get off the mark well. Nichol as a centre showed a good idea of placing the ball. Once when the crossed the ball towards, Shelton, Macconnachie intercepted by a sharp of the head and earned applause. Liverpool woke up now, and Lacey drove over desperately wide. Nicholl from a corner given by Thompson crashed the ball against the crossbar, McKinlay with the rebound being a yard too high. Macconnachie was glad to give a corner in the next moment as his side was hard pressed. Bratley also gave a corner and it will give the readers an idea how swiftly the ball sped from end to end. Perfect football was shown when Galt set Chedgzoy on the move, and when Longsworth crossed right over to Chedgzoy and blocked his passage. A further sample of real football was enjoyed when Chedgzoy beat Pursell, despite a strong elbow in the forwards back. The crowd showed resentment when Pursell stretched his leg out for the ball and succeeded. Probably the throw that Chedgzoy experienced caused some of the crowd to form a wrong impression of the incident. The finest shot of the match came from Clennel. It was a rising ball and Campbell did well to tip it over the bar. The Liverpool right had so far been no balanced and Sheldon had clung to the ball thereby making Makepeace’s work a trifle easier. It was through Sheldon handing on the ball too long that a chance went to Jefferis whose shot from penalty box was wide. Chedgzoy was even wider. The Everton’s backs played great football hereabout albeit Macconnachie was lucky in tricking Sheldon. The referee ignored one foul which in my mind should have been with a penalty kick, as Pursell pushed Parker in the back. Liverpool had three shots in as many seconds and in each case the forward had no time to steady himself. Quite the funniest incident before the interval was Sheldon’s throw-in near the corner flag. Galt was running towards the goalmouth, when Sheldon took a swift throw in and with useful aim hit Galt in the back, the ball passing to the corner. Lacey, becoming desperate took it on himself to chase Chedgzoy which he did successfully. However all his good work was for nought when McKinlay centred back to the forward. Worse followed for the Everton shooter, Clennel escaped an outstretched leg and shot hard and low, Campbell rushed to the corner of the goal and was just able to foot the ball away. The rebound was a nice place shot for Parker who scored a second goal for Everton after thirty five minutes. Considering Liverpool had a line of shooters one wondered how long it would be before they gave Fern any work. It was an extraordinary thing that up to half time he had not handled a single shot, although of course he once saw the bar hit. Up to now Everton had been quite the better side, and the Liverpool team as a whole had not shown its true form. The right wing and McKinlay had been weak and Ferguson had found Jefferis a subtle merchant. On the Everton side Clennel (as a shooter), Makepeace were the stars. Still the whole Everton side had been of better balance than their opponents and that Fern had not a shot to stop was striking testimony to the fact that Liverpool had not shot and to the fact that the visitors backs and half-backs had done their part well.
Half-time; Liverpool 0, Everton 2.
Everton Increase Their Lead By a Penalty
Liverpool changed their forward line in the second half, the line now reading; Sheldon, Metcalfe, McKinley, Lacey and Nicholl, and another point that most be mentioned in view of the fact that a large number of people failed to notice the incident was that Longsworth was off the field, in the first half for a couple of minutes or so. The change in the Liverpool front was a wise one, and Nichol in his usual position made his presence felt. He centred well, and got the Everton defence in a knot, but still there was no one willing to give the unemployed Fern work. The Everton and Liverpool games are generally of the easiest possible character to referee, and this one was of no great trouble to Mr. H.H. Taylor. Up to now these had been no serious injury, but now Makepeace fell heavily on his back and was considerably hurt. Before he had thoroughly recovered Sheldon from a vile angle, had crossed a beautiful centre. Nicholl heading the ball straight down, and he was followed by a wide shot from Metcalfe of a straight but weak one by Nicholl. It was quite good to see Thompson kicking in more certain manner. Still, he could not have prevented a goal had McKinley timed a cross-shot by Metcalfe. It was a bad miss. However, Liverpool so far improved, that Fern had to fist away a drive by Nichol, and the Everton right responded nobly after having had a quite period, Pursell was not fair in his treatment of Chedgzoy yet the Everton man was able to overcome the foul and centre, and after by play, Makepeace with an usual idea became outside left, and took the ball along the line towards Campbell in a way patented but not often purloined by Tom Niblo the Old Newcastle and Villa player. The outside of the originality of Makepeace was a penalty kick, Longsworth bringing down Palmer. Parker scoring after an hour and two minutes play. Liverpool seemed to become unsettled through their decisive deficit and first Fairfoull with a free kick. Wasted a rare chance and then McKinley raced forward and had an open goal but lofted the ball over. To be quite fair, there was some excuse for McKinley this time, for he was fouled from behind and would probably have gained a penalty kick if he had not been efficiently balanced to go forward and have a shot at goal. There was no doubt that McKinley was hindered by the foul.
Only One Side in it now, and all the Everton team played confident football, none more so than Thompson. Palmer was injured by a strong charge by Fairfoull, but was able to resume. Ten minutes from the finish, after the ball had travelled across the Liverpool goal several times, Clennel took a hot shot, and had the satisfaction of seeing the ball enter the net for the fourth time. Ferguson was penalized near the penalty area and Fleetwood drove wild from the free kick. Galt gave Parker a lovely pass down the centre, and Parker taking the ball first time scored from 30 yards range.
Final; Liverpool 0, Everton 5.
Clennell scored for Everton after five minutes
Parker scored for Everton
Parker scored from a penalty for Everton seventeen minutes from re-start
Clennell scored for Everton ten minutes from time
Parker scored a fifth for Everton two minutes from time.
Incoritestably today’s was a right result. Liverpool of course complain that they had to shuffle their tam about twice, but the fact remains that Everton were superior in practically all departments. Bratley at his baptism in the First Division, did not at all badly yet his play was not brilliant in defence. Pursell was too prone to foul. Liverpool’s wing halves did not compare with Everton’s in defence or attack. Everton had a balanced line as compared to a piggle-pigley line. Liverpool had 13 goals scored against them in three matches.
Play and Players
Well gentleman here we are again and with exceptional circumstances. The game and the war have in connection, provoke rather much bitter controversy but there is no reason for to lose our tempers, pretend the customary dogged. In spite of strife and war’s alarms. The game of football has its charms. And to a limited degree. The reason’s plain why this should be. The young should fight, the old should not, and one and all must do their best. To play the game “with added zest, the letters of the rolling years. Keep those at home who have no fear, to face the foe on foreign soil, or undertake the hardest foil. But sign to war they cannot go. Why should they all their sports forget, better by far a little play. Than sit at home and nope all day.
If anyone doubted if there was a slump in the game he would have been disillusioned for an hour before it began. Most of the doors in the big stands were closed, and when the players came forth from their respective dressing rooms they were greeted with cheers from at least 35,000 throats. The crowd was in high spirits and its colour scheme was deeply tinged with patches of khaki. The regulars and Terriers were having an afternoon off –enjoying looking on at the playing field before struggling on the battlefield. The first incident of note was that Campbell was sent back to change his jersey. He had come on in Everton colours and had to exchange the ultra marine garment for one of snowy white. Then the game began and the pace was an eye opener. The Everton forwards were evidently out for blood and Fairfoull saved the situation when the Anfield defence was in sore stress. Later on Jefferis was only stalled off at the critical moment. Jefferis was again in the picture when he was fouled by McKinlay, and from the subsequently free kick disaster befell the home side. The ball was put up in the goalmouth, and Clennel seizing upon it shot with all his might. Campbell just managed to touch the flying sphere but it struck the upright and glanced into the net. The cheers that greeted this success rolled across Stanley Park and must have delighted many who were present on the Everton enclosure. So far Everton had certainty deserved their success, but Liverpool suddenly neulised their strength and after fine work a corner was forced, from which Nicholl headed the ball against the crossbar. It rebound into the inside group of players and there was a gigantic chorus of “oh” when McKinlay directed it over. Everton soon assumed the offensive again, and Bratley was frequently instrumental in breaking up their forward line. His first appearance with the premier eleven was indeed encouraging his tackling and clearance rendering great relief to both Longsworth and Pursell. Taking a rough summary half way through the first forty-five minutes Everton still had the advantage. The halves were more than a match for the Liverpool forwards, whose combined rushes were broken up time after time. showing still further improvement, the Evertonians came within an ace of increasing their lead, Clennell again being the hero, Campbell however tipped the ball over. The tide of battle however, continued to roll in favour of the visitors and Jefferis was unfortunate not to put his side two up. Sheldon raised a jubilant shout as he raced along the wing, but his equally rideshared opponent cleared with a hugh kick and we again had the spectacle of Everton bombarding the Anfield goal. Parker was sailing through when elbowed off by Bratley, but an appeal for a penalty failed. Try as they would, the Liverpool forwards could not get going. Lacey once charmed the crowd with the watchers of the footwork but it led to nothing more than a bare corner. Everton moved off once more in masterful manner, and Clennel who had been playing a wonderful game, shot hard at the corner of the net. Campbell just got one foot to it, but before he could effectively clear Parker rushed in and put his side two goals ahead. More frantic cheering and cries from half the spectators of “Play Up Liverpool.” Just before the interval the sun, hitherto obscured shone out strongly and it seemed to give Anfielders fresh hope, though it dazzled their eyes. Metcalfe, shading his eyes broke through at hot speed, only to be baulked at the last moment. Then the whistle sounded for the suspension of hostilities. Reviewing the first period in a sentence Liverpool were distinctly unlucky in not having one goal to their credit of the change of ends, but Everton certainly deserved the lead. In the interval patriotic ardour was stirred by the crowd rising like one man and singing the national anthem in stentorian tones. It was then that the presence of so many soldiers was noticed and the glint in the eyes showed that for them this afternoon was but a lull before the tune of action. The Anfielders rearranging their forward line on returning to the field, and Fern who so far had held the position of a spectator was given some warm work to do. The reshuffling of the attack began to make is effectiveness felt, and Everton for quite a time were beaten back on their own lines. The advantage ought to have been rammed home, when McKinley “fizzled” a chance in a thousand. Nicholl tried to make compensation with a tremendous drive which Fern just cleared; and then began a period of vigorous movement which kept the crowd in constant excitement. Like Greyhounds on the least each side strained every nerve and fibre and fouls became rather frequent. Thus Longsworth pulled Palmer down in the dreaded area and Liverpool paid the penalty – for Parker taking the kick scored a third goal. Long kicking was now the order of the game, and again Liverpool were out of luck in failing to get through by means of McKinley. Everton, recovering themselves, proceeded to play with quiet assurance and their forwards worried the Anfield defenders with pertinacity that Fairfoull – forgetting the game –was spoken to by the referee.
EVERTON RES V BARNSLEY RES
October 3, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
At Goodison Park. Barnsley made the first more through Newton and Moore, but a slip on the part of the first named caused a failure. Everton made a capital response, Houston giving an effective centre and Harrison shooting sharply into Linton’s hands. After further well-conceived play Everton forces a corner but Newton slipped away down the wing and shot and when the ball was sent in again from the right Bromilow cleared. The Blues were soon at the other end were Nuttall sent in a teasing shot but Lindon proved master of the situation. Play veered from end to end and the Everton players always being dangerous but Barnsley pushing methods brought forth the first goal of the game –Lees opening their account smartly. Lindon saved from Houston and Kirsopp just failed but a minute later had better luck for after Nuttall had missed a centre from Houston there was a scuffle in the goalmouth and Kirsopp equalized. Barnsley again quickly took the lead again through Moore, but this was nullified by Kirsopp, who beat Lindon easily. Nuttall now with an injury to his head and had to leave the field just before the interval. Harrison scored for Everton. Half-time; Everton Reserves 3, Barnlsey Reserves 2.
Nuttall reappeared after change of ends and Everton opened smartly. Bromilow disposed of a centre from the Barnsley, Kirsopp and Challinor proved very useful in defensive work. A desperate run by Harrison carried play into the Barnsley camp, but the Yorkshire men were soon attacking once more. Page having his work cut out to check Newton and then Bromilow beat down a shot from the same player. Everton pressed and Lindon gave a corner but followed with a capital display of custodianship while a barren corner fell to Barnsley. Leigh scored a third for Barnsley.
LIVERPOOL 0 EVERTON 5
October 5, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
HISTORY REPEATED AT ANFIELD.
EVERTON'S BRILLAINT VICTORY.
Perhaps the most surprising record in League Football is that which the Everton Club has set at the expense of their Liverpool rivals at Anfield. They have not been beaten on the ground since January 21, 1889, and from that date have played sixteen League games there, winning eleven and drawing five. In the last seven visits they have been victorious on each occasion, but last Saturday's overwhelming success was the most decisive that has ever resulted when these clubs have been in conflict together. Liverpool were utterly outplayed in every department save that of goal, and Campbell could not in any wise be held responsible for the reverse. Fern was never seriously tested, therefore there was no opportunity afforded of comparing the merrits of the respective custodians, but the Liverpool keeper played his part well. Evidently Everton have merely to step on the Anfield pasture to entitle them to at least a share of the spoils; the records of the past 15 years show that they prefer not a portion of but all the honours. They were full value for these in the match under notice, and a more one-sided game has never taken place between these friendly rivals.
WHERE EVERTON EXCELLED.
Saturday's game was keen enough to satisfy the most expectant. There could of course, be no question as to the overwhelming superiority of the Everton team, especially the forwards, who were opposite to a half-back, line that they were able to measure up with consummate ease. It was in this respect that they held their most decisive advantage and moreover, rarely failed to utilise it to the full. The Liverpool half-backs were repeatedly overran, and rarely during the course of the game did they co-operate with their forwards with any approach top effectiveness. Here lay the key of the situation for the Everton forwards, who were splendidly served by those immediately behind them. There were effective triangular movements on the wing, and a steady controlling force in the centre that suggested a well-conceived plan of campaign. In defensive play, too, the advances lay with Everton, but this occasioned no surprise, scoring that the last lines were so ably covered by a trio of players who were invariably equal to the demands made upon them by the Anfield forces.
LIVERPOOL'S FEEBLE FORWARDS.
The absence of Millar undoubtedly exercised a decidedly weakening influence upon the Liverpool attack, for Nichol was not a success in the centre, and in addition the left wing play, which had been one of the features in previous games, suffered considerably thereby. There was an improvement for some time after the change of ends, when McKinley took up the centre berth, but the damage had been done, and there was then no retrieving the position. Although the play of the Anfield forwards never soared to great heights, they were not altogether to blame, for they were, as has been indicated, only moderately supported. At the same time they had not been without opportunities of narrowing down the score, and as has frequently happened before with them, they paid the penalty of hesitancy when a favourable chance came their way. In this matter they stood out in marked contrasts to the Everton forwards, who, when they got within range, were invariably sharpshooters, and gave Campbell a busy time. The wingmen rarely wasted a ball, and should it be their fortune to come across half-backs in the same generous mood as the Liverpool trio were on Saturday, they should open out the way for quite a crop of goals.
DETAILS OF PLAY.
The details of play may be briefly summarised. The Everton forwards went off at a great pace, and almost scored from the first advance. They had bounded into a winning stride, and had not to wait long for their initial success. This came ere the game had been five minutes in progress, and the distinction fell to Clennell, who, crossing the centre screwed in a shot that Campbell could only partially arrest. Following this, Lacey headed in against the crossbar, and from the rebound McKinlay missed the chance of a lifetime, for he drove over with practically no opposition. Much might have happened had this levelling up materialised, but Everton were away again, and Parker scored a second after Clennell had only feebly kicked away from Clennell. Everton fully deserved their two goals lead at the interval, and proceeded to further assert their superiority in the second half. Longworth, who is rarely in trouble, was penalised for fouling Palmer, and Parker, scored the penalty kick , and with the exception of a long drive from lacey there was little to suggest that the Anfielders would be able to reduce the lead against them. During the closing stages they were quite overwhelming, and Clennell scored the fourth, and Parker the fifth goal.
CONCERNING THE PLAYERS.
Coming to the players and dealing first with the victors, Parker must be complimented upon his improved display in the centre. He kept his wings well employed, and moreover, applied the finishing touches to the work of his comrades with much success. The whole quintet formed a virile and energetic line, and probably none caught the eye more than did Chedgzoy, who got off the mark, beat his opponent and flashed the ball across the middle with a dexterity that stamped him as the most improved player in the district. He had good support from Jefferis, and Clennell, too, found plenty of work for Palmer, who towards the finish had the home defence in difficulties. The half-backs played a big part in the success of their side. Makepeace was the cool and brainy player. Fleetwood was ever harassing the opposing forwards and Galt generalled his forces with much skill. Macconnachie was at the top of his form and Thompson, too, did well, while Fern had a comparatively easy task. There were few reputations made on the Liverpool side. Nichol did not turn out the successful leader hoped for, and Lacey alone appeared to be the only player likely to score. Bradley, who filled Lowe's position at centre half, made a promising debut, but neither Fairfoul nor Ferguson could cope with the opposing wingmen, and were frequently out of touch with their own forwards. Longsworth played a strong game, but for once in a way Purcell was often in difficulties, while the severity of the defeat could not be had upon the shoulders of Campbell, who was kept well extended throughout the game. Teams: - Liverpool: - Campbell, goal, Longsworth, and Purcell, backs, Fairclough, Bradley, and Ferguson, half-backs, Sheldon, Metcalfe, Nichol, Lacey, and McKinlay forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Referee H.H. Taylor.
EVERTON’S SEVENTH SUCCESS
October 5, 1914. The Liverpool Evening Express
Reds Again Overwhelmed at Anfield
Year after year Everton successes are recorded at Anfield, and the supporters of the Liverpool club are wondering when they are to be rewarded with victory. It is an extraordinary thing, but no matter how well or how moderated the Reds are playing prior to the local Derby it is the same old tale of defeat at the hands of the Blues at Anfield. On this occasion the Liverpool team, to start with was thrown out of gear entirely by the absent of their regular centre-forward and centre half and the further the game advanced the more pronounced because Everton’s superiority. All round Everton had the better of the argument and their victory was thoroughly deserved. Fern had little or nothing to do, and the task of the backs was rendered comparatively easy by the excellent play of the halves in front of them. Galt was rare defender, and Makepeace and Fleetwood were prominent in breaking up attacks and plying their own forwards. Makepeace played one of his best games, and the understanding which existed between the cricketer and Macconnachie served Everton in good stead. The pair play remarkably well together. Chedgzoy followed up his brilliant game against the Villa by another convincing display on the wing. He controls the ball with skill, and one noticed that he centred accurately from difficult positions. Chedgzoy will make things hum if he continues in his present form. He had an excellent partner in Jefferis, who if he did not shine near goal have his partners plenty of openings. Parker led the line with judgment and his goals were good ones, but Clennel caught the eye by reason of his dashing and accurate forward play. Although he actually scored two goals, one of his shots was deserving of a third, and Parker put on the finishing touch. Palmer too, made several fine moves and on the whole the line worked with perfect harmony. There were 32,771 spectators present at the match, including 975 soldiers’ and 25 sailors. The collection for the war fund found amounted to £22.
EVERTON 1 BURY 1
October 8, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
LANCASHIRE SENIOR CUP ROUND TWO.
As the result of the visit of Bury to Everton, at Goodison Park yesterday, the teams failed to settle their Lancashire Cup difference, and they will have to meet again, to decide which shall meet Blackburn Rovers in the third round. The early stages went in Everton's favour, but the visitors were not long in finding their feet. Fern had much difficulty in getting rid of a hard shot from Wilson and McKnight dashing up almost forced the custodian and ball into the net. After Macconnachie had cleared cleverly from McKnight, Palmer caused McDonald trouble from a well-placed corner, the keeper being injured in saving. Bury then settled down to several strong attacks, mainly initiated by Smith, who put across many fine centres, but it was nearing the interval before Shakers scored. Smith got in a fine cross shot at close range, which Fern did well to save, but Mercer got his head to the ball and scored a fine goal.
In the second half Everton were mostly on the offensive and Parker struck the upright with a hot shot, while in another raid McDonald lost his foothold, but Parker hit the bar with a great shot. It was only occasionally now Bury got in Fern's vicinity, and after Houston and Palmer had netted disallowed goals, Chedgzoy tricked three opponents, and got in a remarkably fine centre, which McDonald fisted out. Houston, however, caught the rebound and equalised with an unstoppable shot. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Challinor, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Houston, Parker, Wright, and Palmer forwards. Bury: - McDonald, goals, Thomson, and Allan, backs, Goldie, Perry, and Bullen, half-backs, Smith, Mercer, Wilson, McKnight, and Connor, forwards.
FLEETWOOD’S SUCCESS IN INTER LEAGUE GAME
October 8, 1914. The Liverpool Evening Express
The first of the representative matches was played yesterday, when the League defeated the Irish League by 2 goals to 1. The match was interesting enough and the men were keen to show their pace. Thomas Fleetwood the Everton half back, proved a great success in the first “big” match. He was decidedly the best of the half-backs, his defence being superb while he plied the forwards in front of him with rare judgment.
Everton’s Lancashire Cup Tie
Everton 1, Bury 1
Lancashire cup ties there have been in the past which have aroused little interest, but the charge could not be leveled against the meeting at Goodison Park yesterday of Everton and Bury in the second round of the County Senior Trophy. The result, a draw of one goal each, however, hardly flattered the Blues, for though they were behind at the interval the home forwards were value for more than one goal in the second half. Indeed, prior to Houston’s equalizer, the player named and Palmer had each propelled the ball beyond the reach of McDonald but the points came under the offside disqualification rule.
Third Round Draw
Everton or Bury v. Blackburn Rovers.
EVERTON AT BURY
October 8, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were the victims of wretched luck in the second half of their game with Bury yesterday and so a draw was not a fair reflex of the run of the day’s work. Everton held their rivals too cheaply in the first half.
BRADFORD’S VISIT TO GOODISON
October 9, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
Everton are favoured by a visit from the new First Division club Bradford. It is their initial appearance in these parts, and no doubt they will attract a goodly crowd to Goodison. The form of the team this season is not good and their position near the foot of the ladder suggests that there is something lacking, but they are hoping to improve, and it will not do for Everton to hold their opponents too cheaply. At the same time, if Everton reproduce their Anfield form there is no reason why they should not add another two points to their record. Everton are relying on the same team as that which defeated Liverpool viz; Fern; Thompson, and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennel, and Palmer. The kick-off is timed for 3-30 and I understand a military band will be in attendance.
EVERTON 4 BRADFORD 1
October 10, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
BRADFORD BADLY BEATEN.
EVERTON'S FIRST HOME VICTORY.
Everton, without unduly having to exert themselves, beat Bradford 4-1. This was the fourth consecutive defeat for, the newly promoted Park-avenue club, and, by the way, Everton's first home victory. The game itself was never more than moderate, and there was a marked difference between the teams. The Bradford men worked quite as hard as their opponents; they did plenty of attacking, but alas; it went to waste for the most part through sheer lack of finishing power. Their forwards repeatedly got within the danger zone, so to speak, but nothing appeared to go right for them in front of goal. True, they had their chances but they frittered them away through either fatal hesitancy or lack of penetrative skill. Their forwards seemed fast enough in the open, but always a shade too slow when near goal. How different it was with Everton. Whenever, they did get within shooting range, the Everton forwards showed deadly precision, and the Bradford keeper made many fine saves. Everton were certainly the better-balanced team all round. They showed much greater skill and polish, both in defence and attack, and although the Bradford half-backs were keen tacklers, they did not exhibit the same matured judgement as the Everton trio. Bradford were certainly heavily handicapped in being without Bauchop, for Jobey, the Newcastle player, found the change from right half-back to inside left forward not to be his liking.
THE GOAL SCORING.
There was many dull periods in the first half, but when they did get away Everton generally scored or came very near to it. The first goal came after six minutes play, Palmer working the ball past Watson, and placing the front; Parker, when only a yard or two from goal diverting the ball into the net, out of the reach of the keeper. The second goal was the result of a free kick given through Parker being tripped. Galt shot straight at goal, and Drabble touched the ball, but failed to keep it out. A free kick also led to Everton getting their third goal. Parker again scoring from Palmer's centre. Drabble kept out several straight drives, while all the other end the Everton keeper was rarely called upon. It was not until the second half that Fern had a straight drive to stop. The Bradford inside men missed several easy chances, and once Jobey failed completely when presented with an open goal. Chedgzoy, who took the ball on the run and netted it from a most difficult angle, scored the best goal of the match. It was not until the closing stages that Bradford obtained their one and only goal, Smith scoring with an accurate precision which had been lacking in his previous efforts. Had Everton made the most of their chances they would h8ave won by a much larger margin. Parker swung the ball out to the wing freely, and while Palmer was clever, Chedgzoy was the more speedy, and his smart footwork frequently called for applause. Parker was always alert for openings, and Clennell was also prominent for his deadly shooting. Galt, as centre half, was much too good for Smith, Makepeace and Fleetwood was equally useful. Macconnachie and Thompson were most capable backs, but unfortunately the right back received an injury to his knee in the closing stages, which compelled him to retire. The Bradford wing forwards were speedy, but what chances they did provide were not utised by the inside men, and Smith, at centre forward, seemed lost without the able assistance of Bauchop. All three of the Bradford halves were keen tacklers, and Watson was the best of the full-backs. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Bradford City: - Drabble, goal, Watson, and Blackham, backs, Garry, Bowie, and Scott, half-backs, Stirling, Little, Smith, Jobey, and McCandies, forwards.
EVERTON V BRADFORD
October 10, 1914, The Liverpool Express
Yorkshire Teams First Appearance at Goodison
Blues Decisive Victory
Bradford after three consecutive reverses visited Everton this afternoon, and their chances of success were rendered the loss resent games, the fact that Bauchop was too unwell to appear, Jobey took his place at inside left, Garry being introduced at right half back. Everton were at full strength. The teams were;- Everton; Fern, goal; Thompson and Macconachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain) and Makepeace, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennel, and Palmer, forwards. Bradford; Drabble, goal; Watson and Blackburn, backs; Gorry, Howie, and Scott, half-backs; Sterlin, Little, Smith, Jobey and McCaudles, forwards. The game started before fully 15,000 spectators, and Chedgzoy instantly made tracks on the right, but was not permitted to get in his centre. Macconnachie was then called upon to stave off a spirited rush, and Bradford next forced a corner on the right. Nothing came of it, however. The middle line on either side were prominent. Chedgzoy who was finding Blackburn a hard nut to crack at length went past him, but his pass to Parker went astray. Everton had not long to wait for a goal.
Parker Scoring from close range after clever play by Palmer, who finished a most sprint and placing right in front. This success came after five minutes play, and Palmer had visions of repeating the dose when he was brought down by one of the backs. Bradford then got in a spirited attack, and Little failed to shoot when in a good position, the ball being eventually kicked away by Thompson. It was a fast game and the Bradford men were very keen both in attack and defence. The Bradford forwards were finishing their movements badly, and the home backs were more than a match for them. For a time the Everton front line made little or no headway, so keen were the Bradford defenders. Neat passing between the Everton inside forwards ended in Drabble having to rush to clear from Chedgzoy. The Everton backs were than hard pressed, but Bradford rarely looked like scoring. The play fell away considerably, but Everton got another goal after about 27 minutes play, Parker had shot over the bar when a free kick was awarded to Everton just outside the penalty line. It was taken by Galt, who drove with full force at the goal. One of the backs had taken up a position alongside the keeper, and when Galt shot Drabble got his hand to the ball, but failed to keep it out. Clennell came near to adding a third with a rousing shot, but this time Drabble made a very clever save. Parker added another goal within the first half hour's play. Palmer was tripped on the wing, and from the free kick Parker rushed in and drove against the inside of the far-side post, the bid going into the net. The play had now livened up considerably, and the Everton forwards were giving a repetition of the good form they showed against Liverpool last week. A clearance kick by Thompson gave Parker his chance of pushing forward, and he gave Drabble another hot shot to stop. Palmer next got in a wonderful centre, the ball travelling along the top of the crossbar and going outside. Parker was next prominent and twice he drove at the keeper, but Drabble saved each time. The Bradford forwards had slackened up considerably and just before the interval they got in a dangerous rush, Fern coming out and clearing.
Half-time; Everton Three, Bradford Nil
There had been many dull periods in the first half, when they did get going the Everton forwards either scored or gave Drabble shots to save. It was difficult with the Bradford forwards. They had worked hard but without making much impression on the Everton defence. For one thing they lacked finish and their centres were generally badly timed, Everton were much the better team in both defence and attack.
The Second Half.
The second half opened with brilliant football by Chedgzoy. His well placed centre was not made the most of. After an attack on the left a corner kick followed, which was not improved upon. Chedgzoy repeatedly caught the eye with good play, and one well incant effort was charged down. Parker was provided with a glorious opening by Palmer. The Everton centre failed completely with only the keeper to beat. Bradford were now trying desperately hard but they allowed one easy chance to get away, a centre y Sterling being missed by Little and Smith and Jobey should have scored when Fern was out of goal. He also failed to shoot. Soon afterwards Little had another chance. He called, and finally shot over. At the other and Drabble made a clever save from Palmer, who run in and shot from close range. Clennell next had a pop at goal his shot going just inside wide, while Parker followed by driving over the bar. Bradford next had a fortunate escape from a clever centre by Chedgzoy. Watson saving from Parker when the keeper was out of his goal. Nothing seemed to go right for Bradford when near the goal. On one occasion two of the inside men broke clean through and a goal seemed certain when Fern rushed out and fell on the ball. He saved, but in doing so he was badly knocked about, Chedgzoy's goal, Thompson was injured and although he continued to play he limped badly. The best goal of the match was then scored by Chedgzoy, who took the ball on the run and drove hard and true into the net. Bradford's Goal After many fruitless attempts Smith managed to beat Fern with a capital shot. Bradford were without Stirling in the closing stages, but nevertheless they kept on trying. Thompson also went off just before the end. Final Result; Everton Four, Bradford One.
BRADFORD BDLY BEATEN
October 12, 1914. The Liverpool Courier
Everton's First Home Victory
Everton without unduly having to exert themselves, beat Bradford 4-1. This was the fourth consecutive defeat for the newly promoted Park Avenue club and by the way. Everton's first home victory. The game itself was never more than moderate, and there was a marked difference between the teams. The Bradford men worked quite as hard as their opponents; they did plenty of attacking, but alas it went to waste for the most part through sheer lack, of finishing power. Their forwards repeatedly got within the danger zone so to speak but nothing appeared to go right for them in front of goal. True, they had their chances, but they frittered them away through either fatal hesitancy or lack of penetrative skill. Their forwards seemed fast enough in the open, but always a shade too slow when near goal. How different it was with Everton. Whenever they did get within shooting range, the Everton forwards showed deadly precision, and the Bradford keeper made many fine saves. Everton were certainty the better balanced team all round. They showed much greater skill and polish both in defence and attack, and although the Bradford half-backs were keen tackles they did not exhibited the same mastered judgment as the Everton trio. Bradford were certainly heavily handicapped in being without Bauchop for Jobey, the old Newcastle player, found the change from right half back to inside left forward not to his liking.
The Goal Scoring
There were many dull periods in the first half but when they did get away Everton generally scored or came very neat to it. The first goal came after six minutes play, Palmer working the ball past Watson and placing in front Parker, when only a yard or two from goal, diverting the ball into the net, out of the reach of the keeper. The second goal was the result of a free kick given through Parker bring tripped. Galt shot straight at goal and Drabble touched the ball, but failed to keep it out. A free kick also led to Everton getting their third goal, Parker again scoring from Palmer's centre. Drabble kept out several straight drives, while at the other end the Everton keeper was rarely called upon. It was not until the second half that Fern had a straight drive to stop. The Bradford inside men missed several easy chances and once Jobey failed completely when presented with an open goal. The best goal of the match was scored by Chedgzoy who took the ball on the run and netted it from a most difficult angle. It was not until the closing stages that Bradford obtained they one and only goal. Smith scoring with an accurate precision which had been lacking in his previous efforts. Had Everton made the most of their chances they would have won by a much larger margin. Parker swung the ball out to the winger freely, and while Palmer was clever, Chedgzoy was the more speedy and his smart footwork frequently called for applause. Parker was always alert for opening and Clennell was also prominent for the deadly shooting. Galt at centre half, was much too good for Smith. Makepeace and Fleetwood were equally useful, Macconnachie and Thompson were most capable backs but unfortunately the right back recovered an injury to his knee in the closing stages, which compelled him to retire. The Bradford wing forwards were speedy but what chances they did provide were not utilized by the inside men, and Smith as centre forward seemed lost without the able assistance of Bauchop. All three of the Bradford halves were keen tackles and Watson was the best of the full backs.
October 12, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Everton won quite easily against Bradford who had to play a half-back at forward thus adding to the handicap of the weighty attack. Bradford must be capable of better work or else their rise to the senior position has been a large fluke. Certainly Everton kept up the good form they showing against Liverpool, and with the defence as sturdily as a rock and the half backs line awkward to pass the forwards ought to be something. On Saturday's showing Palmer can play football of a high grade. He fares better when opposed by heavy weight backs, but what pleased me most was his manner of centering –without undue delay and with good length and height. Parker scored two goals –one a great one. Chedgzoy found the mark with a swift one, and Galt scored his maiden goal at Goodison.
EVERTON'S FIRST HOME VICTORY
October 12, 1914. The Liverpool Express
Everton's third home match resulted in a victory, the first which has favoured the “blues” at Goodison this season and now that the team have made a start, further successes are anticipated. Nine goals in two games is good is good enough to be going on with, yet ready the “blues” ought to have gained one or two more on Saturday. There were chances which ought not to have been missed, but things went wrong at the last moment. Truth to tell, the opposition was not strong, and one feels that Bradford will not be able to hold their place in the senior circles unless the side is strengthened. Everton had matters pretty much their own way in the first half, but they did not make use of all the opportunities afforded. The best goal of the day was the third point. Parker taking the ball on the bounce and driving it into the net from a difficult position. Palmer was rather lucky in dragging the ball ahead to enable him to centre for Parker to obtain the first point, and Drabble was at fault when he allowed Galt's ground drive to beat him, but afterwards the Bradford keeper made some very fine saves. There was some capital individual efforts on the Everton side, but the forward line as a whole did not work too smoothly. But a 4-1 victory is most satisfactory. One trembles to think what would have happened to the Bradford citadel had the “Blues” forced home the opportunities which came they way in the second half Chedgzoy's goal was a great one.
EVERTON TEAM ARRANGEMENTS.
Liverpool Daily Post - Tuesday 13 October 1914
Against Bury in the replayed Lancashire Cup tie at Bury this afternoon Everton will play the followingt team; Fern; Simpson, and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer. The Everton team against Tranmere Rovers in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup tomorrow at Goodison Park (kick off 3.30 p.m) will be; Mitchell; Page and Wareing; Brown, Challnor, and Roy; Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright, and Harrison. Everton will play the following against Oldham Athletic at Oldham on Saturday; Fern; Simpson, and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer. Everton reserves against Oldham Athletic at Goodison Park on Saturday (kick-off 3.30 p.m.) will be the same as that which plays Tranmere Rovers.
ASSOCIATION AND EVERTON'S OFFER.
October 13, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
At a meeting of the Council of the Football Association held in London yesterday, a letter was read from the Everton F.C., suggesting that the Association should originate a county match competition, and stating that the club would provide a challenge cup and medals, the proceeds to go to the War Relief Fund. The Council thanked the Everton F.C. for its generous offer, but was opinion that as all their clubs were already rendering all possible assistance, both financially and otherwise, it was not desirable to institute the competition suggested. The Football league wrote asking the Association to forego for this season the 5 per cent deduction from the cup-ties gates, semi-final, and final gates. The Council referred the matter to the Finance Committee to consider and report as soon as possible. Among other matters brought before the meeting was a report upon the question of playing football during the war, and communications on the subject, which had passed between the Football Association and the Army Council. The report, after specifying the scheme suggested and offers made by the Football Association and the acknowledgement of the Army Council, concludes: - “ As the War Office are satisfied, the Football Association are of opinion that its members should continue to play matches, where by so doing they can assist and do not hinder the authorities in recruiting.
BURY 1 EVERTON 4
October 14, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
LANCASHIRE SENIOR CUP ROUND TWO REPLAY.
Fog threatened to prevent the game at Bury being competed. Fleetwood was kept bust defending and when Parkinson beat Galt and pushed forward McKnight tried a shot at too long range. Chedgzoy started a bonny round of passing, which was completed when Clennell shot from amid a crowd of opponents, McDonald saving the surprise shot cleverly. The former Everton player, Joe Smith made his first mark when he tricked Macconnachie, but the ball passed too far to allow him to get a shot. In eight minutes Clennell scored, Palmer centring and Parker turning the ball to the ex-Rover whose shot was a fast high ball. Parker was foully tripped by Perry, and Galt taking of the free kick resulted in a punt out by McDonald. Shooter and goalkeeper deserved great credit for their work. Parkinson's display so far was of a very useful order, and Goldie too was a guiding light. As McKnight shot hastily, when the ball travelled awkwardly, otherwise an equaliser ought to have been chronicled. Simpson made glorious out to Palmer, and a penalty was claimed, but undoubtedly the ball hit the back of his face. Clennell though signalised offside, drove fiercely to goal. Bury played a good game, and should have scored, when Smith took a free kick close in and later when Smith centred to McKnight. Against these were strong shots by Clennell and Parker. The defence was so well parked that the ball cannoned out. Still, Everton scored after twenty-six minutes, Palmer kept the ball in play by shouldering it, and his centre left Parker well in front of goal, and the chance was take immediately. A penalty offence on Jefferis was ignored on error on the part of the referee. Half time Bury nil, Everton 2. Clennell scored three goals, and Parker one for Everton, Perry scored for Bury, and Everton won by 4 goals to 1. Teams: - Bury: - McDonald, goal, Thomson, Allan, backs, Goldie, Perry, and Bullen, half-backs, J. Smith, Mercer, Parkinson, McKnight, and Spottswoods. Everton: - Fern, goal, Simpson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES V TRANMERE ROVERS
October 14, 1914. The Liverpool Evening Express
(Liverpool County Cup-Semi-Final)
At Goodison-road, before about 1,000 spectators. The Rovers commenced well, Mitchell having to save a long dropping shot from Moreton, while Smith drove in a good shot, which the Everton keeper cleared well. At the other end Ashcroft made a fine save, when Nuttall headed in a fruitless corner, resulting Everton gradually assumed the upper hand and after about twenty minutes, Harrison made a fine run and Kirsopp meeting the resulting centre easily defeated Ashcroft. Interval; Everton 1, Tranmere 0.
EVERTON'S LANCASHIRE CUP SUCCESS
October 14, 1914. The Liverpool Evening Express
Everton made no mistake to bringing about the downfall of Bury yesterday in the Lancashire Cup and as the Blues are now to meet Blackburn Rovers in the next round the tie ought to prove quite a tit-bit. There were only a handful of spectators present, but even in normal times the Lancashire Cup does not arouse much enthusiasm, so that big attendances are not expected in these strenuous times. Clennel gained three of the goals yesterday and Parker notched one point; Palmer again showed good form, and his centres were very accurate. It is quite evident that this player is own to his proper form, and a little more speed and fire would make him an ideal wing forward.
EVERTON CONTINUE WINNING VEIN
October 14, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Whatever may be said about the size of Clennell, it cannot be denied that he is one of our best shots. His drives is a thing to worry any of the leading goalkeepers. McDonald of Bury is no mean customer, and his punch is a terrific affair. Yet Clennell’s last goal yesterday was of such pace that McDonald’s knuckles were hurt and the ball skidded to goal. As the shooter was at inside right when he shot, had to take the ball in his stride and could only shoot at about two yards off the goal, the last point was the best of the five scored. It was at Bury, strange to say that two officers of Everton F.C went for business other than signing players. They chanced to meet the Rovers secretary, and expressed a desire for a forward of worth “Clennell” said Mr. Middleton. “Right” said Messrs Kirkwood and Coffey. Everton have not regretted that day’s business. Clennell got three goals yesterday and so was a big factor in making the club’s bag for the last three matches 5-0, 4-1 and 4-1. The inside forwards of Bury were weak and without initiation, though Parkinson opened the game very well indeed in the first quarter. J. Smith a former Everton player was the Bury star forward and at back Thomson defended sturdily against a wing that was not met squarely by the half-back. There is no need to individualize in such a case as this Lancashire Senior Cup tie, although credit must be given to the reserve players brought in –Grenyer and Simpson – who played capital football. The winners play Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park.
TRANMERE ROYERS BEAT EVERTON RESERVE.
Liverpool Daily Post - Thursday 15 October 1914
Everton Reserve got a shock yesterday from Tranmere Rovers in the Liverpool Senior Cup at Goodison Park. Tranmere Rovers a Lancashire Combination team, beat them 2—l, and well deserved their victory, for they were more alive to chances than Everton, whose forwards did not combine well and shot at random. Still, the shot that scored Everton’s only goal was right one from close quarters, being placed rather than bang into the back net. Ashcroft, in the goal, had only one anxious moment other than when Kirsopp scored, and then he fell sideways and edged a difficult shot round goal-post—a remarkably fine save. Rovers started second half scoring in forty seconds, Gould trying a long cross drive, which found its mark, and Leck gaining the lead, which the Rovers held tenaciously. Tramnero won because they shot frequently, and because their players never ceased to worry the opposition if they lost possession. Smith at centre made some fine attempts to score, but generally he was at a range that was far too long. Cunningham was the star forward on the field, and forraged hard for Moreton, who played a nice game. Holden was the best of a probing half-back line, and Bullough was capital full-back. Stevenson against his old side not getting going until the late stages of the game. On the Everton side, Wareing. Brown, Kirsopp, and Harrison fared best.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 TRANMERE ROVERS 2
October 15, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Liverpool Senior Cup Semi-Final.
Tranmere beat Everton Reserves at Goodison Park yesterday. Tranmere Rovers won their Liverpool County Cup Semi-Final tie by the odd goal in three. The game was an interesting one. The first half favoured Everton, and after Ashcroft had brought some sound saves, Kirsopp eventually beat him. The second half opened with Gould equalising in the first minute, and five minutes later Lock gave the Rovers the lead. Everton tried hard to equalised, but the Rovers defence was equal to all emergencies . Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Page, and Wareing, backs, Brown, Challinor, and Roy, half-back, Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright, and Harrison, forwards.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC V. EVERTON
October 17, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
A Keen Game Between Tow Good Sides
Everton reached Oldham in good time and drove at once to Boundary Park, which is still like a place in the wilderness. The weather was mild and fine but a mist overhung the ground when the men faced each other in the following order;- Oldham; Matthews, goal; Hodgson and Cook, backs; Moffatt, Roberts and Wilson, half-backs; Tunnon, Kemp, Gee, Walters, and Donanchie, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Simpson and Macconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain) and Makepeace, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell and Palmer, forwards. Referee; E.H. Spiers, Redditch. There were about 10,000 people present when Everton started up the hill. The home forwards at once made vigorous play, and Donnachie and Fleetwood were at once at logger heads. The game was momentary stopped while the referee spoke a few kindly works and then the battle was resumed in deadly yearness. It was obvious from the commencement that both teams were fully determined to extend themselves. The Everton backs repulsed a strong forward movement and Makepeace serving up well Clennell ran through was wonderful cleverness and put the ball just behind the post. The pace was now tremendous and the home right wing, catching the Lancashire cricketer on the hop. Tummon put in a swift, oblique shot, which was superbly cleared by Macconachie. For some time after this the Athletic men monopolized the offensive, and it was well for Everton that the defensive was so sound. Donnachie auxists to score against his old club mate put in a magnificent centre, which Wilson headed just over the bar. A little later the same player gave Fern a warm handful and the home left had once again worked down when Fleetwood cleared. The leather was swung across to Palmer who was well placed when dispossessed by Hodgson and again the tide of battle rallied in favour of the home side. Their forward work was certainly puzzling and vigorous and one left-footed shot from Walters was splendidly fielded by the home keeper. Fine work by the Everton halves put the visitors on the aggressive and they came along in good formation but just as Chedgzoy was rounding in he was knocked off the ball by Cook. Everton, however, speedily returned to the attack, and this time Clennell with a long drive, was unlucky in not finding the target. A slight slackening in the pace enabled Everton to make ground by easy stages, but Parker was scarcely in his happiest vein and an several openings made from the wing were lost. Following upon a free kick well taken by Macconnachie, Galt tried his luck with a long pot shot which Matthews covered easily, and when the Evertonians shortly afterwards came along on the left Palmer shot very tamely at the side of the net. Nevertheless the visitors now sticking more closely to their guns and the left wing half were through when Roberts dashed in and cleared. A little later Makepeace gave the crowd a touch of his cleverness by working down on his own account, but he eventually overran the leather. Oldham then wakened up again and Walters coming through like a flash struck the foot of the upright with a tremendous shot. Fern deflected it over the line, and the ensuing corner was safely coped with though only after an exciting struggle. The visitors were once again put on the defensive. Galt enhancing his reputation by the way in which he broke up the Oldham front line and the swift, low shot from Kemp was well gathered by Fern. Towards half time additional pressure was brought to bear on the Everton lines and Simpson cleared when Macconnachie and Makepeace were beaten. A few seconds afterwards Everton gave a wonderful display of forward work, the ball being sent shuttle fashion from wing to wing twice before Parker was robbed for the home side were again on the march. Walters put in one of his fierce shots, which brought Fern to the ground and he followed this-up by literally lying on the Everton keeper. Simpson stepped into the breach so vigorously that a bout of fisticuffs was imminent before the referee restored order. Palmer and Clennell tried hard to get away but they were pulled up, and then Parker wriggled through on his own account and seemed certain to score, when Hudson intervened. Then followed a brilliant onslaught on the home goal. Jefferis made play, and sent in a glorious shot which Moffatt intercepted just as it was sailing under the bar. Parker took up the running and he had got clean through when Matthews literally took the ball as the Evertonians was breasting it through.
Half-time; Oldham Athletic 0, Everton 0
Considered broadly, there had not been a very wide margin for difference in the first period. Oldham certainly held the advantage from the initial half hour but the fact that they failed to get through the Everton defence discounted their play considerably. In the last ten minutes before the interval Everton electrified the onlookers by their brilliance, and were unfortunate in not scoring. There were 14,000 people present when play was resumed. The visitors at once made play on the right and Jefferis put in a dropping shot, which was cleared. A second advance was nullified, Barker being offside and the Oldham forwards coming through Fern had to meet a shot from Tummon. The visitors were seen to some advantage on the right, where Chedgzoy was knocked off his game at the critical moment and a long drive by Galt might easily have beaten a less watchful custodian than Matthews. A very tricky movement on the part of the Everton forwards nearly led to Everton’s undoing for Walters was sailing in when he was fouled by Galt only half a foot outside the penalty area. Even as it was the free kick was dangerous but it was cleared. The Everton right then flashed down, and Chedgzoy put in one of his brilliant oblique shots, which was well gathered. Donnachie put in a centre, which appeared to be handled by Macconnachie who had rushed across to the assistance of Simpson. There were loud claims for a penalty but the referee declined to allow it. Gee scored with a fast driving shot. Jefferis taking the leather from Parker equalized with a brilliant shot. Final; Oldham Athletic 1, Everton 1.
Gee scored for Oldham
Jefferis scored for Everton
EVERTON RES V OLDHAM RES
October 17, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
At Goodison Park, Everton gave a place at left back to Stewart from Broxburn. Oldham attacked at the commencement and Brough shot across the goalmouth. Everton replied on the left and on the ball being put in the centre Kirsopp hesitated but quickly recovered himself and scored a fine goal. Then came good work by Houston and Nuttall. The first named gained a corner, and later shot grandly but without success. Oldham pressed home several attacks, but finished rather weakly, although once Brindle drove hard goalwards, Mitchell gathering the ball safely. Harrison put the ball forward for Wright but the pair failed to make a breach. A further advance by Oldham but the Everton goal in danger. Tashmore put the ball over the bar, and another raid by the visitors was without tangible result. The Evertonians again went to the front and Nuttall piled Kirsopp, who let drive but Taylor managed to save his charge. Broad nearly scored for Oldham from a free kick. Broad tried several moves on his wing but failed to do much against Stewart the Everton recruit pleasing the crowd greatly by his defensive work. Half-time –Everton Reserves 1, Oldham Athletic Reserves nil.
Oldham played ten men in the second half, Hampson being injured. Early on Nuttall missed a grand chance of augumenting Everton’s score but Wright went very near and Kirsopp hit the upright. Cashmore equalized for Oldham and shortly afterwards Lee gave the visitors the lead. Houston scored a second for Everton Res.
R.H. SIMPSON LEAGUE APPEARANCE
October 17, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
By the Critic
The intimation that Everton were giving a trial to a full back named Stewart from Broxburn reminds me that the Blues engaged Simpson after a trial at Goodison Park after he had been refused by another club. Simpson who has had the first chance with the League team this season, is a dashing player, who is handicapped by his back of inches. He has plenty of pluck however, and he enters into the fray with a relish which renders his work a most useful boot. He fears no foe no matter how big, and spectators always adhere his dashing and plucky tactics. In the season 1912-13 Simpson made ten appearances in the League eleven and last season he played in two League games. He has undoubted proved himself as useful emergency man to Everton. He stands 5ft 5in on height and weights 10st 6lb.
On the whole Everton are not too well off for backs and it may be that Stewart who is being tried today may prove a useful addition.
Everton appear to have taken the bit between their teeth, in three games –two League and Cup tie –they scored 13 goals. Oh, yes, they have found the range all right.
Parker has obtained seven up to the present.
Frank Jefferis can claim but one. Palmer is coming out of his shell.
The Blues buried the Shakers’ Lancashire Cup prospects.
Clennell continues to please. His shooting is so strong that keepers know about it when they shop a shot. Galt didded Drabble with that free kick. Clennell is one of the most go-ahead inside forwards Everton have had for some time.
Bert Freeman has received his century for Burnley. Little Simpson, who partnered Macconnachie today, is dashing enough for anything.
Parker scored 17 goals for Everton last season. He has seven up to now, so that his previous record appears likely to be knocked into a cocked hat. He and Clennell are two of the finest shots in the League.
The “Blues” victory over the “Reds” appears to have put new life into them. Galt’s defensive work is superb. He ought to prove a immense value when the Cup ties come round.
Gourley the old Evertonian man, got two of the six goals scored by Morton against Queen’s Park.
Page of St. Mirren and late of Everton was also among the scorers.
Everton will meet Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC V. EVERTON
October 17, 1914. The Evening Express
Fine Defensive Work by Maconnachie
A Drawn Game
The Everton team, with Simpson at right full back in place of Thompson were hopeful of improving upon their last performance at Boundary Park. The home representation was at full strength, and the players lined up as follows; - Oldham; Matthews, goal; Hodgson and Cook, backs; Moffatt, Roberts and Wilson, half-backs; Tunnon, Kemp, Gee, Walters, and Donanchie, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Simpson and Macconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain) and Makepeace, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell and Palmer, forwards. The would be about 10,000 spectators present when Parker opened the game. Play had been a minute in progress when the referee had to lecture Donnachie and Fleetwood. On resuming the Blues held a distinct advantage. First Clennell finished up a fine advance with a shot that went wide, and then Palmer put a centre across only to find more of his confreres up to take advantage. The Everton van continued to do well, but eventually Gee led his forwards on and for a time matters looked threatening, for Everton, but Fern was not troubled. Macconachie’s clever anticipation served a useful purpose and twice in quick succession he saved very dangerous rushes. Returning again Donnachie put the ball into Fern’s hands, and after the clearance the Ex-Everton again got down, but on centring all Wilson, who had cut in, could do no better than head over the bar. For some little time the Athletic forwards well supported by the half-backs, monopolized the bulk of the play, but the Everton keeper was rarely in difficulties. He was ably covered by his backs. There could however be no mistaking the earnestness of the home forwards who repeatedly swooped down on the Everton defence, and from one of their raids Walters tested Fern with a capital shot to which the goalkeeper responded in an equally clever fashion. Macconnachie was ever prominent in defence. A fine punt to Parker followed by a pass to Chedgzoy looked like brining about a tangible point. Cook, however, came to the rescue, but the relief was only temporary, and Clennell with a strong drive was only just a trifle wide of the mark. Meanwhile Robert’s had been keeping an eye on parker, but the latter at times managed to elude the close attentions of the home skipper and kept his wings well supplied. For some minutes the Everton forwards controlled the position, the wingmen gingswin the ball across to some purpose but there was no getting a final drive at Matthews owing to the close attention of Hodgson and Cook. Smart work by Makepeace looked like hanging about an opening, but unfortunately his final drive was charged down by Hodgson and the ball eventually rolled over the line. Then followed a dashing attack on the part of the Athletic, who tried to penetrate the Everton defence. Gee threaded his way through the half backs and passing to Walters the latter received the ball and shot against the upright. Fern almost at the same moment diverted the ball over the line for a fruitless corner. Some fine combination between Galt, Parker, and Chedgzoy was the next item but when the last named was closing in Wilson vigorously challenged his progress, and as a result there was a sight stoppage. Though on the whole the home players were very aggressive, the Blues were not without their chances. Parker twice paid the penalty of hesitancy. Then came a fierce onslaught on the Everton defence, and after Walters had tested Fern with a splendid shot, which was repelled, Moffatt dropped in another immediately after and with the goalkeeper on the ground. A Scuffle ensued between Walters and Simpson. The upshot of it was a free kick, which cleared the Everton lines. Towards the interval the Blues came into prommance and Parker looked like running through when Roberts shouldered him off, while from a further return Jeffreys put a beauty across when Moffatt managed to clear. Then came a flash along the wing by Palmer, who centred behind the back when Parker dashed up. The keeper however, was first there, and the situation was saved. The game during the first half had been very keenly contested and on the whole the Athletic forwards were the more aggressive. Their finishing touches were good, but Macconachie and Fern stood between them and success.
Half-time; Oldham 0, Everton 0
There would be fully 14,000 spectators present when play was resumed. Some good defensive work by Simpson just on the restart placed the Blues forwards in good position but a tame shot from Jefferis was the only result. Then Fern had to fist away from Kemp, but later the home inside forwards well supported by Roberts gave the Everton defence several anxious moments. The Latics kept up a steady pressure, and more than once looked like forcing the ball through, but all their efforts were ably checkmated by the Everton defenders, and the only call upon Fern was from Tummon. However, Gee rushed ahead, and when about to apply the finishing touch Gault got the ball away and the Everton keeper must have been relieved thereby for the close range had been reached. A long dropping shot by Galt was the next item of interest, but a moment later the same player almost jeopardized his side by pushing Walters outside the penalty area. The free kick led to a sharp skirmish, which eventually ended in Makepeace chipping in with a flying shot. The Athletic met with success at length, Gee taking a pass from Kemp with Fern prostrate on the ground and quite helpless to save. Final Result; Oldham one, Everton one.
EVERTON RES V OLDHAM RES
October 17, 1914. The Evening Express
At Goodison Park. The teams were;- Everton; Mitchell, goal; Page and Stewart, backs; Challinor, Waring and Roy, half-backs; Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright, and Harrison, forwards. Oldham; Taylor; Grundy and Goodwin, backs; Birk, Lester, and Lashbrooke, half-backs; Hampson, Blood, Cashmere, Lee and Brindle, forwards. The visitors went off with a dash and in the first minute the home goal had a narrow escape. The ball was worked down the centre and when Page came forward to tackle the ball was ten referred to Broad, who shot across the goal mouth. The blues came forward to play into the Oldham goalmouth, where Kirsopp secured and scored with a fine shot quite out of Taylor’s reach. Everton maintained the pressure and principally in midfield the Oldham men were outplayed. Their defended their goal splendidly and allowed the home forwards very few openings. On one occasion Houston went near the mark with a terrific shot which just sailed over the bar. As the game progressed the Blues vanguard became more troublesome, and Taylor several exhibition line defensive qualities. A breakaway by the visitors found Mitchell on the alert and the home keeper on two occasions saved splendidly when surrounded by opponents. The game continued principally in Everton’s favour but they could not again master the Oldham defence. Nearing the interval Everton made a supreme effort to score, but Taylor once again spoiled their purpose by bringing off a magnificent save. Stewart, the new full back made a promising debut, his kicking and tackling being clever and sure. Half-time; Everton 1, Oldham 0.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 2
October 17, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 7)
At Goodison Park. Everton gave a place at left back to Stewart, from broxburn. Oldham attacked at the commencement, and Brough shot across the goalmouth. Everton replied on the left, and on the ball being put in the centre Kirsopp hesitated, but quickly recovered himself and scored a fine goal. Then came good work by Houston and Nuttall. The first named gained a corner, and later shot grandly, but without success. Oldham pressed home several attacks, but finished rather weakly, although once Brindle drove hard, goalwards, Mitchell gathering the ball safely. Harrison put the ball forward for Wright, but the pair failed to make a breach. A further advance by Oldham put the Everton goal in danger. Tashmore put the ball over the bar, and another raid by the visitors was without tangible result. The Evertonians again went to the front, and Nuttall plied Kirsopp, who let drive, but Taylor managed to save his charge. Broad nearly scored for Oldham from a free kick. Broad tried several moves on his wing, but failed to do much against Stewart, the Everton recruit pleasing the crowd greatly by his defensive work. Half-time Everton 1, Oldham nil.
Oldham played ten men in the second half, Hampson being injured. Early on Nuttall missed a grand chance of augmenting Everton's score. but Wright went very near and Kirsopp hit the upright. Cashmore equalised for Oldham, and shortly afterwards Lee gave the visitors the lead. Houston scored a second for the Everton Reserves and game ended two goals each. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Page and Stewart, backs, Brown, Challinor, and Roy, half-backs, Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Wright, and Harrison, forwards.
PROGESS OF EVERTON
October 19, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
Everton fared well at Oldham, and in securing a point accomplished a good stroke of business for the Lactics are undoubtedly a strong side. Taking the play all through a division of honours was a fair reflex upon the general run of the play, for while the home team were the more aggressive during the first portion, matters were leveled up in the second half by reason of the superior finish that the Everton forwards applied to their work. If the nicer points of the code were not over prominent there was nevertheless a compensating keenness about the efforts of the players that made the game always interesting to the fifteen thousand spectators, who must have been well satisfied with the fare provided.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 EVERTON 1
October 19, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON FORGING AHEAD.
VALUABLE POINT AT OLDHAM.
The Everton team accomplished a smart performance at Boundary Park; Oldham where they divided the spoils in a game that was strenuously contested from start to finish. Indeed the Athletic came near to losing their unbeat home record in the closing stages of the contest, when the Blues, who had been steady improving as the game progressed, bounded into a brilliant stride, and almost brought about a winning goal. However, taking the play all though, a division of honours was a fair reflex upon the general run of the play, for while the home team were the more aggressive during the first portion, matters were levelled up in the second half by reason of the superior finish that the Everton forwards applied to their work. If the nicer points of the code were not over prominent, there was nevertheless a contesting keenness about the efforts of the players that made the game always interesting. The fifteen thousand spectators, who must have been satisfied with the fare proved.
PLAY AND PLAYERS.
With the exception of Simpson, who came into the team owing to an injury to Thompson, Everton were represented by the side that had given so good an account of themselves in recent games, and the Athletic were at top strength. Clay opened briskly with the home forwards generally the more prominent, but Everton defence was a strong barrier to their progress, and if the visiting van were not so frequently in possession, they nevertheless were more dangerous when in shooting range. There was no score at the interval, but seven minutes after crossing over Wilson, from a free kick, enabled Kemp to find an opening for Gee, who flashed the ball into the corner of the net. The lead was not held long, Jefferis taking the pass from Parker, made no mistake, and from this point to the close the Evertonians were slightly the better side. Concerning to the players, special mention must be made of the brilliant work accomplished by Macconnachie, whose anticipation and interception of the movements of the opposing forwards were rarely indeed at fault. Simpson opened shakily, but gradually gaining confidence, improved as the game went on, and compared favourably with other defenders in the second period of play. In spite of the excellent defence set up, Fern had several ticklish shots to deal with and quite maintained his reputation. The Everton halves, each with a style of his own, combined to form a strong barrier to the progress of the Oldham forwards, and at the same time they kept well in touch with their own forward line. Galt was difficult to pass, Fleetwood was always harassing the Oldham left, and the deft touches of Makepeace served to bring up the half-back play to a high state of efficiency. Parker led his men well despite the watchfulness of Roberts, and the extreme men-Chedgzoy and Palmer –by reason of their speed, often upset the calculations of the home defenders. Clennell was always in the thick of the fray, though without success this time, but both he and Jefferis got capital work out of those on either side of them. Teams: - Oldham Athletic: - Matthews, goal, Hudson, and Cook, backs, Moffatt, Roberts, and Wilson, half-backs, Tummon, Kemp, Gee, Walters, and Donnachie, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Simpson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Referee E.H. Spier.
EVERTON V BLACKBURN ROVERS
October 21, 1914. The Evening Express
(Lancashire Cup –Third Round)
The visit of Blackburn Rovers to Goodison Park this afternoon attracted about 4,000 spectators. In the Rovers team Orr played vice Dawson at centre, the “Blues” being unchanged. The Rovers started aggressively and in the first minute Hodkinson forced a fruitless corner, and then only a fine piece of understanding between Macconachie and Grenyer prevented Simpson from getting through. Palmer was then prominent with a fine run, but his centre did not cause Robinson any trouble. In a further raid by the Everton left, however, Clennell gave his old clubman a warm drive to stop. For a time play was desultory, but Chedgzoy relieved matters with a fine cross centre, which Clennell just failed to get his head to, while Parker brought out Robinson’s best ability with a good drive. The Blues’ goal then had an exceedingly narrow escape when a fine centre by Hodkinson hit the bar, and on rushing up missed the leather by the barest margin. Everton, however, took the lead after twenty-five minutes. Parker punching through a centre from Palmer. Five minutes afterwards Shea equalized from a centre by Simpson. The pace now became hotter, Hodkinson making a fine centre and Orr meeting the ball, dashed it against the near goal, while a race to the other end saw Robinson literally throw himself at a strong drive from Clennell. Crompton successfully intervened when Palmer was going strongly, for goal, and then Grenyer and Walmlsey were damaged in a collision, the Rover leaving the field. Just afterwards the whistle went.
Interval; Everton 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.
Fifteen minutes after resumption Latheron scored for the Rovers.
EVERTON AND OLDHAM CAPTAINS INJURED
October 22, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
The reason Everton had not the services of Galt yesterday, and Oldham on Monday were without Roberts was that these two big captains collided and injured their ribs. There was another case of collision in yesterday’s game, Walmsley and Grenyer “getting they heads together,” and Walmsley having a pretty deep cut. Galt it appears is progressing favourably and I will probably play against Manchester United at Walton on Saturday, when the kick-off, you will be surprised and pleased to know, is again 3-30. The end of October suggests an earlier time, but in pour city we always kick off later than others cities and there is no complaint of a match being unfinished.
Everton after being a goal up (thanks to Parker cleverly footing a centre from Palmer into the net), lost their third round Lancashire Senior cup-tie at Walton yesterday 3-1, a margin that did not do the Rovers justice in view of the fact that they four times had the Everton goalkeeper beaten and hit the goalposts each time. The first half of the game was unusually uninteresting and virile and Everton were quite as good as their rivals. Later the Rovers forwards got working in good order, and although Simpson probably never played to less advantage. Macconnachie and Grenyer refused to concede a yard of ground to him, the left wing was so dangerous. Orr’s solo runs so swift and Shea’s shooting so deadly that Everton had to give way. Considering how many Lancashire Cup ties have fizzled out the game was quite a good one, and Everton’s tam changes made for some interest in themselves. Neither Wareing nor Houston who displaced Galt and Jefferis respectively was prominent though one foraging run by Houston deserved a pass back that Chedgzoy did not offer. At centre Parker was keen and clever, and Clennell against his old club was apparently over anxious. At half-back Grenyer was the best and all the defenders played well. Fern making two very fine one handled saves and Simpson’s falling away came at a late point in the game. The Rovers lost nothing by playing Orr for Dawson at centre and the half-backs were the key to the situation in the first half, albeit Crompton, but more appreciably Cowell was hard to circumvent. Shea’s shots are things to be feared and Latheron is one of the best inside lefts in the country. Hodkinson is playing better than a year ago, and with Robinson back in goal. Rovers have regained their lost confidence in themselves. They are still, on yesterday’s showing one of the most attractive sides to watch.
EVERTON’S INJURED PLAYERS
October 22, 1914. The Evening Express
The Everton team to meet Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday has not yet been decided on, owing to the fact that several of the players are suffering from injury. Makepeace, Jefferis, and Galt were hurt last week, and some doubt existed as to their ability to turn out against Manchester United. I understand that the two former players are now almost fit, and it is expected that they will turn out, but Galt is very doubtful starter.
Merseysiders representatives have finished with the Lancashire Cup for this season. Liverpool knocked out on Monday, South Liverpool on Tuesday and Everton on Wednesday. The “Blues” were mastered by the Rovers rather comfortably, but the spectators who attended were rewarded with a smart exhibition of football. The Rovers were undoubtedly the better side, and it was rather remarkable that they should see about four or five direct shots hit the woodwork. Everton, too, came near the mark on several occasions, and altogether there were plenty of exciting incidents. Players on both sides showed very fine form. The Rovers famous wing pair, Shea and Simpson were in capital trim, and Orr led the line with much ability. Latheron and Hodkinson also showed skill. On the Everton side Clennell, Parker and Chedgzoy stood out when Macconnachie and Wareing were stelwart in defence. The Rovers won by 3 goals to 1, and thus earned the right to meet Burnley in the semi-final. Up to the interval, which arrived with the score one all, there was not a great deal to choose between the sides, though the balance lay with the Rovers, whose forwards and particularly Hodkinson required a deal of attention. Everton, however, were first to score, Parker turning to profit a fine centre by Palmer; but the Blues were not long in possession of the lead, for Shea took a pass from his partner. Simpson on the run, and gave Fern no chance. Prior to its capture he Everton goal had experienced lucky escapes, one in particular when Hodkinson struck the bar with a centre, and Orr dashing up only missed the falling leather by a hair’s breath. Robinson’s capabities were also well brought out, Parker giving him a rare drive to stop, while the Rovers custodian could only get away a hot “un” from Clennell by flinging himself headlong at the ball. The most exciting passages were reserved for the second portion. For a time the Ewood Park men gave the home defence a grueling, and it was only a fitting reward when, with fifteen minutes gone, Latheron gave them the lead. Following this Fern earned applause with a great save from Shea, but the Everton keeper was well beaten when the Rovers struck the upright with a dazzling drive. Everton rallied somewhat for a time, and Palmer more than once got the better of Crompton, who, however, had an able coverer in Cowell. The visitors soon had the Blues defence guessing again, and when Simpson and Shea were going through the former’s namesake brought down Shea, who placed the issue beyond all doubt from the ensuing penalty.
EVERTON 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS 3
October 22, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
Lancashire Cup Senior Cup Round Three
After a good game at Goodison Park yesterday Everton made their exit from the Lancashire Cup Competition, Blackburn Rovers deservedly taking the honours by 3 goals to 1. In the first half, during which each side got a goal, the Rovers' forwards displayed greater finish to their work than the home quintette, and they more than maintained this superiority in the later stages. Fern, in fact on four occasions found a saviour in the woodwork of the goal, and in addition the custodian made many fine saves from the Rovers' sharpshooters. The hardest worker in the Everton front rank was Clennell, who was operating against his old club, while Parker also did well. Chedgzoy and Houston did not blend too well on the right, and Palmer, though often getting the better of the passagers with Crompton, invariably spoiled his good work by hesitancy. The halves and backs, considering the amount of pressure at times exerted by the visitors, came out of the ordeal well.
From the start the Rovers were aggressive, but Everton took the lead first, Parker converting a centre by Palmer. Shea equalised from a cross by Simpson, following which Orr, with only the keeper to beat, dashed a centre from Hodkinson against the near post. At the other end Robinson had to throw himself at the ball when Clennell drove in at close range. After the change of ends Blackburn did much the more pressing, and after 15 minutes Latheron gave them the lead, while soon after wards Shea placed the issue beyond doubt by converting a penalty kick , given against Simpson, the Everton back, for a trip. In the Semi-final the Rovers meet Burnley, whilst Oldham Athletic have been drawn against Rochdale. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Simpson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy Houston, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson, goal, Crompton, and Cowell, backs, Walmsley, Smith, and Aitkenhead, half-backs, Simpson, Shea, Orr, Latheron, and Hodkinson, forwards.
MANCHESTER UNITED AT GOODISON
October 23, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United are at Goodison Park tomorrow and the team United have chosen will surprise the football followers. Stacey is absent, Wall is vice Meredith who is the only well-know forward present, although Atkinson and Travers have in the last two seasons done big things occasionally. United tried Wall in the unusual place of outside right last week and his show with the reserves team has made him his place this week in the first team. Everton will probably not have Galt, who is injured, but Makepeace a pretty certain to play and all told Everton should have a good game with their keen rivals and a capital “gate” is assured because Everton’s last four or five League matches have ended satisfactorily to them. Simpson in at full back again, Thompson not yet having recovered and I hear that Everton have been around Scotland for a full back –a Ranger who would not “move.” These are the probable teams for Walton tomorrow (3-30). Everton; Fern; Simpson, and Macconachie; Fleetwood, Galt or Wareing, and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer. Manchester United; Steele; Hodge, Hudson; O’Connell, Walley, Knowles; Wall, Travers, Anderson, West and Norton.
October 24, 1914. The Evening Express
By the Critic
The form shown by the local teams on Saturday was good and one is delighted to record an advance. Up to now, Everton have proved the more enterprising of our senior teams, and they did exceedingly well to draw at Oldham. Unfortunately the “form” was not maintain during the week, and both teams were knocked out of the Lancashire Cup. Better displays were anticipated today, Everton would appear to require additional backs, and in view of the fact it is satisfactory to learn that Stewart who is on trial just now played a capital game with the Reserves and showed every promise of development. Displaying excellent judgment, he kicked and tackled in a manner which suggests that Everton have secured a most promising recruit.
Everton’s new back Stewart of Broxburn shaped exceedingly well in his trial game last week.
How would Crawford suit Everton
Frank Jefferis gained the second goal of the season on Saturday.
Everton are getting on. They held a promising position on this morning.
The Rovers and Everton were on identical marks before today’s games started
The Blackburn men put it across the “Blues” in the Palatine Cup.
Simpson did not do at all badly against Oldham, the little man is as daring as ever.
Galt and Charlie Roberts are about the two biggest half-backs in the League
Wareing is regaining his old form
Everton surprised the critics by their form at Oldham
FRODSHAM V EVERTON "A"
Chester Chronicle - Saturday 24 October 1914
Frodsham fixed up a friendly with the Everton "A" team, and the arrnagement attracted a large crowd. The local team were quite the equal of their famous opponents, and actually led them three cleart goals at the interval. Later Evertyon equalised, but with only two minutes to go Frodsham scored the winning goal. Formstone (2), Harry Frodsham, and Savage scored for Frodsham.
EVERTON V MANCHESTER UNITED
October 24, 1914. The Evening Express
Well-Contested Game at Goodison
Blues’ Revival in Second Half
There were several strange faces in the Manchester United team which visited Goodison-road this afternoon. Apart from the absence of Meredith, Hunter and Turnbull, who have been suspended, Stacey was unable to play owing to injuries. Everton played Simpson at right full-back. The team were; Everton; Fern, goal; Simpson and Macconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain) and Makepeace, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Manchester United; Beale, goal; Hodge and Hudson, backs; O’Connell, Walley and Knowles, half-backs; Wall, Carvers, Henderson, West and Norton, forwards. Referee; S. Taylor. The crowd numbered about 25,000 and a start was made at 3.20. The game opened with a spell of midfield play in which good work was displayed by the halves. Then Chedgzoy put in a neat run but Hodge kicked clear. The Manchester right back was prominent in defensive play. After clearing from Galt, he cleverly tricked Palmer, and set the Manchester forwards going. Neat work on the right ended in Travers giving Fern a strong shot from close range. It was a capital effort, and an equally line save. Receiving from Chedgzoy, Jefferis tried to break through, but Hudson prevented him from shooting.
An Early Goal
The Manchester forwards then put in a fierce attack, and they opened the score after twelve minutes’ play. It was a soft goal, partly the result of a blunder by Fleetwood. This player found himself in difficulties with Anderson but instead of placing to Galt he kicked back to the keeper. The ball, however travelled so slowly that Anderson followed up and netted before Fern could cover the mistake. A minute later Everton were two goals down, the second point being added from a penalty. Travers dashed for goal, when he was deliberately tripped by Simpson and Wall, who took the penalty kick made no mistake. Spurred on by this success the Manchester forwards were busy in their attentions on the home goal, but Macconnachie staved off their onslaught. Everton forced a corner kick and following Parker came near to finding the goal with a header, while Clennell also failed to get through. Smart passing between the Everton inside men saw the ball placed to Chedgzoy, and from his return Parker again headed over the bar. Another centre from Chedgzoy met with the same fate, Clennell this time sending over. It was a fast and evenly contested game, first one side attacking, then the other, the Manchester forwards showing rare skill in passing.
A Wonderful Centre.
A corner kick against Everton saw Travers graze he side post with a strong shot. A stoppage followed through Makepeace being injured and Travers was limping badly. Wall got in a wonderful centre from the corner flag. Fern tipping it over the bar with his fingers. Simpson next came near to putting through his own goal. Fern having some difficulty in keeping the ball out. Play was transferred to the other end, where Parker provided Chedgzoy with a good opening, but the right winger drove wide of the target. O’Connell was injured and had to retire. Just before the interval Chedgzoy broke away and passed to Parker, but the ball was intercepted by Hudson while immediately following Clennell shot wide from long range.
Half-time; Everton Nil, Manchester United Two
Manchester United had more than held their own in the first half. Their forwards were speedy and tricky and gave nothing away in front of goal. Their halves and backs were also sound. The Everton forwards found it not easy matter to overcome the United defence and they failed to take advantage of any chances which did come their way. The United deserved to be ahead as they were a faster team and played a more open game.
The Second Half
When the second half opened, O’Connell was limping but Manchester was unlucky in regard to injuries to players, for early in the second half Whalley injured his knee and had to retire. Soon after, Everton had a narrow escape, Fern having to throw himself full length to save from Anderson while immediately following Wall just sent wide of the goal.
Everton scored after the second half had been in progress seven minutes, a surprise shot from Makepeace from long range taking Beale unawaites. This put new fire in the Everton attack and two minutes later Parker scored with a fine shot. The Everton players now redoubled their efforts and Beale next had to save a straight drive from Parker. Manchester forced two corners kicks in succession. From the first Norton missed a good opening while the second ended in Fern making a fine save and another likely shot went inches wide. Both sides were now making desperate efforts to gain the lead. Makepeace got in another storming shot which Beale saved. From a corner kick well placed by Chedgzoy, Galt headed just over. At the other end Fern made a clever save, and although rushed by two opponents he made good his clearance. A goal seemed certain when Parker shot from close range from a pass by Chedgzoy, Beale however managed to keep the ball out with his right arm. Galt was injured, but he soon resumed. Everton continued to fight hard for the leading goal and Beale saved a hot shot, from Jefferis. Clennell did get the ball into the net with a rousing shot, but the whistle had previously gone for off-side. The Manchester goal was now being bombarded, but their defence prevailed.
Everton Take The Lead
A quarter of an hour from the end Palmer gave Everton the lead, the result of a well placed corner by Chedgzoy. Parker sent to the left, and Palmer drove into the net. Soon afterwards O’Connell again retired, the injury he received in the first half causing him a great deal of harm. A few minutes later a centre by Palmer saw Parker work his way through the backs and score with a short range shot. Parker should have added another goal, for after beating the backs and with only the keeper to beat from two yards range he sent the leather wide.
EVERTON V MANCHESTER UNITED
October 24, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
Popularity Of Harry Makepeace’s Goal
Manchester Disunited F.C
Everton After Being Two Goals Down Beat Depleted Side
In foggy weather at Walton. Teams; Everton; Fern, goal; Simpson and Macconnachie, backs; Fleetwood, Galt (captain) and Makepeace, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer, forwards. Manchester United; Beale, goal; Hodge and Hudson, backs; O’Connell, Walley and Knowles, half-backs; Wall, Carvers, Henderson, West and Norton, forwards. Referee; S. Taylor. Everton won the toss, and 24,000 strained their eyes to see through the mist which has caused an earlier kick-off than the time advertisement from up aloft it was difficult to follow the flight of the ball but a long kick by Clennell and attempted shot by Jefferis and a centre by Chedgzoy caused admiration. Hodge was run into by Palmer with awkward results for the full back. Jefferis and Travers essayed a back heeling move which was ave by Fern from Travers. The shooter placed wide on the right hand side the ball rising and travelling apace. It seemed impossible for Fern to get near the ball as it was at a height of five feet from the ground. Nevertheless Fern stretched out his right hand, and sent the ball for a corner. There is only one word for such a clearance – masterly. Macconnachie by deceiving the forwards and Simpson by equally smart defence loomed, large and eventually led to Jefferis being in front of goal but badly placed, the ball once again cannoning against the defender. A raid by Wall in his unaccustomed position, came undone, and then Everton were shocked. Fleetwood failing to pass back to his goalkeeper with sufficient strength so that when Anderson nipped between the half-backs and the goalkeeper Fern’s position was well nigh hopeless. Anderson scored all right and looked like scoring a second a few minutes afterwards when Macconachie failed to judge the ball. Simpson came to Maconnachie’s rescue and made matters worse by tripping Anderson. W ell scoring from a penalty kick. This in fifteen minutes Manchester United with a disunited team had twice lowered a side that has not been beaten since September 19. Funny game football. Macconnachie had to keep a strict eye on Wall whose long stride and clever footwork and diminutive build make him an awkward customer to tackle. However, when Macconachie got clear the ball went out to Parker, who with a header went very close. Chedgzoy was responsible for two beautiful full-length centres from which his fellow forwards were not able to get any goals. Up to now the Everton half backs and forwards had not reached the softness of the turf their passes being invariably half a yard short and always with sufficient push. The ball wanted pushing today. It was good to see the crowd appreciate Fern’s endeavour to keep the game flowing on by running out and preventing a delay through a goal kick. Everton enjoyed more of the attack for a time, but when United get a corner Travers shot near and Anderson followed with a ground shot, which went inches wide. When he kicked Travers injured his leg and now the pain became acute and he hobbled about in a manner that suggested that he would be a veritable passenger. Makepeace stopped a shot and was injured in so doing, but he was soon right again and was busy taking a square pass from Macconnachie who had just previously overcome Wall. Nevertheless Wall sped away again and Fern thumped his centre for a corner, which Travers from a good berth failed to convert. Again miskicking was prominent. This time Simpson caused his own goalkeeper to be alert. O’Connell injured his left leg, and he and Wall had to exchange places, so that United on the right wing had two cripples. Even so, United were having the better of matters. Reprisals between Fleetwood and Norton and Simpson and Norton ended with Norton joining the injured members and as O’Connell left the field United had to battle against great odds. Beale had not a shot to stop in the first half and if Jefferis had been in position when Chedgzoy pushed forward this would not have been the case. Clennell varied the proceedings by trying one of his long ones, but the ball went wide.
Half-time; Everton Nil, Manchester United 2.
Everton opened the second half with renewed determination, and Parker had a shot blocked, a fate that befell a free kick taken by Galt, and the rebound taken by Clennell. Although United turned out at full strength in the second half the game had only gone three minutes when Whalley’s right knee gave way. While he was being attended to on the line, Anderson gave Fern a chance to distinguish himself, and Fern obliged with a marvelous clearance. The hustling defence of the United would not let the Everton forwards in, but no sooner had Whalley left the ground for the dressing room than Makepeace with a long shot – a bow at a vecture –got the ball through a crowd of player. The popularity of the player was shown by the cheers raised. It must be an age since Makepeace scored though one recalls his goal in the ninethsix minute of the Bradford game, the year Everton won the cup. The game in fifty-one minutes and three minutes later Everton copied United’s example of quick scoring, Parker boring his way to the right, and finding the net with a capital shot. Everton were level and the depleted United team lost some sympathy when certain of its members showed the ruffle feather, Knowles being cautioned by the referee. Everton stove for the lead, and Parker with a shot well caught by Beale and Chedgzoy, with a thrilling centre on the run, came near succeeding. However, the United should have resulted in the side getting the lead. Norton making a hail of a beautiful opening and Knowles finding a shot similar to that which Makepeace scored with, hit a defender. It was ding-dong game and the half backs seemed to take an unusual delight in shooting Fleetwood with one such effort causing a corner which Clennell slapped over. Makepeace fastened on the occasion being a rare shot from the half back and another masterly save by Beale. United were gradually being played down owing to their lack of centre half and yet the United spirited responded to Galt’s narrow failure to convert a corner. Wall with a sole run, forcing Fern to his knees. The shade of night were falling fast, and the question of finishing the was discussed by the spectators. Certainly the spectators had their money’s worth, although Balmer had weakened Everton considerably. This weakness fortunately had been counter-balanced by Chedgzoy’s brilliance. Beale made two brilliant saves one from Parker close in, the other from Jefferis. Still the game hung in the balance despite the fact that Clennell netted the ball only to find the referee signal offside. An injury to Galt resulted in he and Fleetwood changing places, and twenty-eight minutes after the resumption Palmer did something effective, thanks to the referee ignoring a plain case of hands in the penalty area. This decided O’Connell on his retirement so that United had nine men and deserved high praise for keeping Everton on tender hooks as long as they did. United went all to bits now, and Everton sailed ahead for all they were worth, to improve their goal average. Parker made the score 4-2 when he coolly but quickly beat three men when in the mouth of goal, and left Beale helpless. Immediately afterwards Parker had an equally easy chance and unaccountably placed the ball woefully wide. Final Everton 4, Manchester United 2
Anderson for Manchester United after eleven minutes
Wall scored for Manchester United after fifteen minutes
Parker scored for Everton eight minutes after the interval
Palmer scored for Everton twenty eight minutes after the interval
Parker scored for Everton thirty one minutes after the interval
MANCHESTER UNITED'S ILL-LUCK.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 26 October 1914
Manchester United were distinctly unlucky to be beaten by four goals two at Goodison Park. At the outset the- reorganised team played so well that Everton were quite outpaced, and were soon placed a couple goals behind. The first was obtained through Fern kicking short, which enabled Anderson run in and score. Directly after this Anderson had the defence beaten when he was fouled, and Wall scored from a penalty. Then began the series of accidents which were mainly responsible for the visitors' downfall. At this stage O'Gonnell was so badly injured that he had to go outside right instead of Wall. This occurred before the interval. The game had scarcely been restarted when Whalley, who was making his first appearance, had to retire with a leg injured. In 25 minutes Everton put on four goals through Makepeace, Parker, and Palmer. Then O'Connell had to retire, and the United struggled for the last 20 minutes with only nine men. But for the unfortunate chapter of accidents, for Wall, Hodge, O'Connell and Whalley were all damaged, Manchester would undoubtedly have won.
Liverpool Daily Post - Monday 26 October 1914
FOUR GOALS IN SECOND HALF.
EVERTON'S victory over Manchester United was only achieved after hard and unremitting efforts; in fact, at the interval the United led by two clear goals chances of victory looked rather remote. Persistent effort and the ability to take tage of the Manchester side’s misfortune, however, enabled Everton to gain the verdict which before the end arrived was well earned. It does not speak well for the skill of the Everton forwards say that during the first half Beale had not a shot to handle that caused him the slightest anxiety. Plenty of chance presented themselves, but the forwards were too cramped and allowed the opposing defence to nip in too often. The United forwards were very little better, but they managed to get two shots past Fern. The first goal, after eleven minutes' play, was the result of feeble bock-pass by Fleetwood, Anderson getting to the ball before Fern, and. although Fern left hts goal to pick up, Anderson got there first and deftly piloted the ball into the net. Three minutes later the United were awarded penalty-kick, Simpson bringing down Anderson, who was go ng through nicely from miskick Maconnachic, and Wall converted. When the game was resumed after the interval Wall and O’Connell had changed places owing to the Utter being injured. After five minutes’ play Whaltey damaged his left knee and retired from the game; West falling back to the half-back line. This was Everton’s opportunity and they made haste to seize it for in the next minute Makepeace, with a glorious shot, scored Everton’s first goal, meeting the ball has it came across from corner and netting with a terrific drive. Then fuinutes later Parker made the' scores -level.- Going through unaided and skilfully outwitting Hudson-he scored from easy range. After Norton had missed an easy chance Evcrton returned the attack, and Beale was responable for a brilliant save from Parker, but was well beaten shortly afterwards by Palmer, who had the easiest task to convert fine centre Galt was injured, and when he resumed he changed, places with Fleetwood. At this stage O’Connell, who had limped about during the whole of the second half, left the field, and the United struggled bravely with nine men. Another fine solo effort by Parker brought fourth goal, and he narrowly missed a fifth with shot from two yards range, which he turned wide of the goal. The Manchester players deserve praise for their splendid fight, for they hod much the best of the opening half, and although they had to acknowledge Dverton’s superiority before the finish, their ranks were by means disgraced. made some remarkable saves. and Hodge rendered excellent services in defence. The half-back line and forwards suffered the repeated rearrangements, but West and Wall gave glimpses of their deft footwork. Fern had not great deal do, hut two his savesfrom Wall and Anderson, when he fell full length and turned the ball for corner in each case were prominent features in his work. Both Macconnachie and Simpson played well, although the latter failed to temper his dash with discretion. The half-back line did excellent service, and the goal by Makepeace was the best of the day. Chedgzoy’s pace and accuracy were not utilised to his co-forwards often they should have been. Parker did well in the centre, but the left wing suffered Palmer’s inactivity. Result: Everton 4 goals, Manchester United 2.
EVERTON 4 MANCHESTER UNITED 2
October 26, 1914. The Liverpool Courier.
FOUR GOALS IN SECOND HALF.
Some really good football was witnessed at Goodison Park on Saturday, and Everton won a remarkable game by 4 goals to 2. In the first half hour it looked as through Manchester were going to prove easy victors. There was no holding them at the start. They played a more open game than the home players, their forwards were quicker on the ball, and at times their combination was really brilliant. The adsence of such old hands as Turnbull, Meredith, and Hunter seemed no bad thing for the club, for the younger players who took their places infused a virility into the team's general display which has been entirely lacking in the earlier games. Their forwards were speedy and tricky, and they played with a complete understanding. Their defence, which was without Stacey, was also sound, and their half-backs were more than a match for the Everton forwards. But after scoring two soft goals their luck deserted them, and a chapter of accidents followed which completely turned the tide against them. The team became disorganised. In the first half O'Connell was so badly injured that he did top go outside right instead of Wall, while early in the second half Whalley, who were making his first appearance had to retire with an injured leg. Later O'Connell had to leave, Hodge was injured, and for the last 20 minutes Manchester had only nine men. But for this run of ill-luck the visitors would probably have won, for they were the smarter team in the first half.
THE GOAL SCORING.
Everton made a fine rally in the second half, but the keenest of the opposition had then become blunted by a sense of misfortune. Both of the United's goal were the result of Blundering on the part of Simpson, who took the place of Thompson at right full back for Everton. In putting the ball back to fern he was short in his kick, and Anderson followed up smartly and scored. Soon after this Anderson had the defence beaten when Simpson tripped him, and Wall scored from the Penalty Kick . Everton secured all four of their goals in the second half. Makepeace got the first with a long range surprise shot, Parker scored two and twice missed when presented with an open goal, and Palmer got the fourth from a pass from Parker. Everton never came up to the standard set up by their opponents in the first half. Chedgzoy was one of the best forwards on the field, and Parker was trustful in the later stages, but the inside forwards generally were not up to concert pitch, particularly in regard to shooting. Makepeace and Galt were the best of the half-backs, and Macconnachie played a great game at left full bank. Simpson, except for his two costly mistakes was an able defender. Fern made many fine saves, and Beale, the United keeper, played a great game in the second half. Manchester United gave probably the best display they have given this season, they were beaten through sheer bad luck. Their present lot of forwards would be hard to improve upon on Saturday's display, and their half-backs also played really clever football. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Simpson, and Macconnachie, backs, Fleetwood, Galt (Captain), and Makepeace, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer forwards. Manchester United: - Beale, goal, Hodge, and Hudson, backs, O'Connor, Whalley, and Knowes, half-backs, Wall, Travers, Anderson, West, and Morton, forwards.
A KEEN STRUGGLE
October 26, 1914. The Liverpool Evening Express
Everton Advance Against Weakened Side
By the Critic
Everton advanced a further stage in the League competition, but they must consider themselves somewhat fortunate in finding the United weakened by injured in the second half. The casualties in the visitors’ ranks were heavy, and it was stated at the finish that the United had but six sound men. Only nine men were on the field at the end, so that the Old Trafford brigade were extremely unfortunate. In the initial portion of the game the visitors played surprisingly good football, and they were faster on the ball than the home team and their two goals the direct result of fast following up. The Everton defence made blunders but at the same time the United merited the points. Everton did not start to gain the upper hand until McConnell, who was playing a capital game at right half was injured and he had to take up the outside right berth, where Geo Wall in the unaccustomed position was in capital rim. Thus two strong positions were rendered very weak. Everton forced their advantage in the second half in a marked manner, and after Harry Makepeace had driven home his shot there was never any doubt about the result. Clennell again stood out in the forward line, and Chaedgzoy demonstrated his worth once again. Makepeace was about the best of the halves and Macconnachie of course, stood out in defence though the captain was at times hard pressed. Simpson was all at sea in the early stages but he improved as the game advanced. Fern performed his task with credit. United appear to have quite a few young players who will develop. There were 18,000 spectators present at the match.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
October 26, 1914.
October 28, 1914. The Liverpool Echo
Everton make no changes, their rivals have for the first time this season taken the bull by the horns. Wilson of Chorley, knows nothing of big matches; Rowley’s chief recommendation is his masotic record of having played ten times at centre-half with the first team last season, nine of these matches being won by Bolton Wanderers and Buchan brother of the Sunderland player, makes his first show in senior football. Buchan was signed on last season from Blackpool. The operation of Hoad for appenditis has been successful which Blackpool and Manchester friends will be glad to learn. Bolton; Edmondson; Raverstock, Wilson; Glendenning, Rowley, Fay; Stokes, Roberts, Buchan, Smith, and Vizard. Everton; Fern; Simpson, and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer.
Everton Res (v. Bolton Wanderers Res);- Bromilow; Page and Stewart; Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer; Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Roberts and Harrison.
EVERTON SIDE UNCHANGED
October 28, 1914. The Evening Express
Everton are keeping their team together pretty well this season, and with the exception of Thompson the side is being maintained. On Saturday the “Blues” go to Bolton, and it is satisfactory to note that the team which defeated Manchester United is available. Thompson is still unfit, and Captain Galt appears to have recovered from his injury, and is again chosen to fill the centre-half berth. The full side is as follows; Fern; Simpson, and Macconnachie; Fleetwood, Galt and Makepeace; Chedgzoy, Jefferis, Parker, Clennell, and Palmer. Bolton Wanderers have had a rather mixed experience, and the team, while scoring many goals, do not seem to possess a defence strong enough to ensure success. Several important changes have been made in the Wanderers eleven in the endeavour to improve matters. They are trying a new full back in the person of Wilson of Chorley, a defender who shows much promise while Buchan, a brother of the famous Sunderland forward is to make his debut for the Trotters at centre forward. Buchan formerly played for Blackpool, and his been showing capital form with the reserves. His debut on Saturday will be watched with great interest. The Wanderers’ side is as follows;- Edmondson; Raverstock, Wilson; Glendenning, Rowley, Fay; Stokes, Roberts, Buchan, Smith, and Vizard.
Everton Reserves v. Bolton Wanderers Reserves –at Goodison Park, on Saturday, 3 o’clock. Bromilow; Page and Stewart; Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer; Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Roberts and Harrison.
EVERTON RES V BOLTON RES
October 31, 1914. The Liverpool Evening Express
At Goodison Park. Teams;- Everton; Bromilow, goal; Page and Stewart, backs; Brown, Wareing and Grenyer, half-backs; Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Roberts, and Harrison, forwards. Bolton; Toone, goal; Seebury (H.), and Seebury (J.), backs; Heslop, Seddon and Thomas, half-backs; Jenkinson, Hilton, Hodgkinson, Smith and Wallace, forwards. The opening exchanges were slightly in favour of the homesters and the best work came from the left wing, where Roberts and Harrison were very prominent in several attacks on the Trotters goal. After Stewart and Page had successfully warded off several Bolton attacks, Houston obtained possession in a good position and sent in a tremendous shot, which Toone saved in a remarkably clever fashion. The visitors then retaliated and Wallace, outpacing Brown and Page, sent across a neat centre which Hilton tried had to convert but Bromilow was on the alert and saved the situation. From a foul just outside the penalty line the Blues’ goal had a narrow escape, for Hilton got through the home defence and appeared to be a certain scorer, but to the disappointment of his colleagues, he shot wide of the post with only the keeper to beat. The home forwards then got to work again but they rarely managed to get within shooting range although on one occasion Kirsopp put in a tricky shot which Toone just managed to keep out. In an attack on the Bolton goal Everton experienced vile luck for a shot from Kirsopp seemed certain to score, but unfortunately for the Blues the ball struck and bounced back into play. Bolton put in a strong attack and Hilton broke right through the home defence only to be foiled by Bromilow who rushed out of goal and smothered the Bolton man’s shot. nearing the interval Houston sent across a beautiful centre from which Kirsopp scored in capital style. Interval; Everton Reserves 1, Bolton Wanderers Reserves 0.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0
October 31, 1914. The Liverpool Football Echo
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 9)
At Goodison Park. Bolton started, and as once went to the front. Hilton getting in the first shot of the game, but missed the mark. Kirsopp and Nuttall became busy for Everton, but were spoiled by Thomas and Harrison followed with a good centre, but nothing came of it. Bolton finished some neat advances weakly, and then Everton attacked hotly, the Bolton keeper being troubled by Kirsopp and Nuttall; but the whistle saved him when he was hard pressed. Bolton went to the front, and Wallace centred smartly, Bromilow saving from Hodgekinson. Kirsopp heisted an Everton attack by placing very high, but the Blues came again and kept up the pressure for some little while, but to no purpose. Hodgkinson failed in an endeavour to capture the Everton goal. Kirsopp outshone Harrison who was harrassed out of his usual game, and Toone kicked away the sweet shot from Kirsopp. Bromilow saved brilliantly from Hilton, and Kirsopp and Houston each missed, but later Kirsopp scored from Houston's pass. half-time Everton Resevres 1, Bolton Wanderers Reserves nil. Everton commenced the second half briskly, Kirsopp and Houston being busy, but the ball was passed over the line. The home played kept up the pressure in determined fashion, but Houston after a great effort, centred, but at least two failures were apparent in front of goal Kirsopp and Roberts having fine chances. Heslop handled in the penalty area, and Harrison scored from the penalty kick. Harrison scored a third for Everton and Roberts a fourth from Harrison forward pass . Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Stewart, backs, Brown, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Nuttall, Kirsopp, Roberts, and Harrison, forwards.
TOM BROWELL OF EVERTON IS TODAY TRANSFERRED TO MANCHESTER CITY
October 31, 1914 Evening Telegraph
One of the most surprising transfer was completed this afternoon in Liverpool, when Tom Browell, of Everton the young centre forward who went to Goodison Park with great credentials from Hull City, was fixed up by Manchester City at a fee which is understood to be a record for the Hyde Park club. When everybody had been satisfied there would not be much change out of £1500.